Tutorial: Button Daisy Headband

Because my BFF’s upcoming wedding flower is a daisy and the colors are yellow, black and white, I was inspired to make myself this button daisy headband. It might be too casual or the wedding, but it will be cute for the bachelorette party or rehearsal dinner! Here’s how you can easily make one for yourself:
1. Cut six pieces of ribbon, 2 inches long each. 
2. Fold each piece in half and sew the ends together to make a loop. Now you have six petals. 
3. Sew the petals together, starting with two or three, and adding each petal at an angle to great a flower shape.
4. Sew a yellow button in the center. 
5. Attach the flower to an elastic headband by sewing under the button, carrying the thread over the elastic, and going back up under the button. Secure with a knot. I don’t recommend trying to sew through the elastic, it’s really hard to get a needle through, and I think it ruins the elastic. Plus, this way you can snip the threads on the back if you ever want to replace the daisy with something else!
6. Voila!
All that remains is deciding how to wear it, normally, or hipster style:
Me looking normal, and my hipster face. Yeah, I’m cool like that.

This headband is super quick (less than an hour) and easy to make, so it’s a great project for someone just beginning to sew. I think it would also be really cute for a baby or little girl’s headband. Hm, maybe  for the flowergirls? I might run that past the bride. 

I’ve also been making ribbon flowers like this one: 
If the daisy is level super easy, this is level extremely difficult. But, for those of you adventurous stitchers, I’m working on a tutorial. 
In other news, TODAY I’m officially accepting blog sponsors! Yay!
Honestly, I’ve been wrestling with when to start offering sponsorship opportunities for some time, and here’s why. Scribbles is a relatively small blog in terms of followers, although I do get a lot of traffic. You could buy an ad on a bigger blog for the same price. I know that. 
BUT. I really, really, really want this blog to make a difference. There are many, many wonderful charities, organizations, and non-profits I so want to support financially, but it’s a sacrifice to support the ones Brian and I are already committed to (it’s totally worth it :)).
Plus, I want to use this blog to motivate others to make a difference. That’s why I’ve decided to seek blog sponsors; 20% of each ad bought will be donated to a wonderful cause, starting with Food For the Hungry. I’ve written about them before here. In the future, I’d like to support Compassion International, and Love 146
If you are interested in an ad for your blog, business, or non-profit, you’ll find out all you need to know on the shiny new Sponsor page, and if you have any questions, email me! (ejconley(at)hotmail(dot)com. 
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Take Action Bible Book Review

The Take Action Bible, NKJV: Together We Can Change the World is unlike any Bible I’ve used before. Thomas Nelson Publishers partnered with World Vision to create this unique Bible. 

This Bible features:

  • 48 full-color pages
  • 15 real-life stories show how to take action with God’s Word
  • 52 Take Action ideas
  • Personal Take Action note pages
  • New King James Version® (NKJV) UltraSlim Bible text
  • Translation and text notes
  • Words of Jesus in red
  • Concordance
  • Bible reading plan

The purpose behind this Bible is to encourage believers to put into action what they read. The 15 true stories illustrate how people did just that, from young couples moving to the mission field, to an elderly widow who feeds the homeless, to a nine year old raising money for flood victims with a lemonade stand. Following each set of stories, there are Personal Take Action pages to jot down your thoughts and ideas. In the back of the Bible, you’ll find a list of 52 take action ideas, one for each week of the year.

My favorite part about this Bible was the stories. I love that they chose to feature people of all ages, from many different countries, those that God used to do incredible things, both big and small. Well, small by our standards. The stories brought home to me that in God’s eyes, our obedience is what matters, not the magnitude of what we do.

I love that this Bible stresses the importance of working with other believers (“Together we can change the world”) and showing our faith by our works, laying up treasure in heaven, and demonstrating Christ’s love right where we are, and all over the world. 

The 52 action ideas were a great idea, but I don’t think it’s really realistic to try to do one each week. For instance, if you’re on vacation, you can’t really invite a displaced person over for a meal (#6). Others, like donating a bag of toys to the children’s hospital, aren’t really possible for people without kids. HOWEVER, I think the list is a great place to start. I recommend going through the ideas and picking two to do each month, or something a long those lines.

I like that there’s a Bible verse given for each action item. For example, #2. Pick up a random piece of trash you see this week and throw it away (Genesis 2:15). By backing each idea with scripture, this Bible really does encourage you to take action on what you read. 

There’s also a website, SeeGodsWordinAction.com, where you can share your stories of putting God’s Word in action and be inspired and challenged by others. The site features news articles and resources, as well as a weekly challenge. You can also support World Vision by buying a Bible. Now there’s an example of a small action that makes a difference.

This Bible would make a great gift for someone interested in ministry, or a great Bible to work through as a family. If you buy it through my link to Amazon.com, I’ll earn 4% commission on your purchase. Currently, I’m donating my commissions to Food For the Hungry, another worthy organization that works around the world to care for people’s physical and spiritual needs.

On Amazon, the Take Action Bible, NKJV: Together We Can Change the World new costs $11.24.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

What books have challenged you to “take action”? Where do you find ideas for making a difference? I’d love to know!

March Only DaySpring Sales

I want to send birthday cards or cards of encouragement, but I never have the right card on hand. That’s why I’m excited about the first of this month’s special sales! If you join the Heart Connection Card Club, you won’t be caught empty handed again when a card giving occasion arises. Let me tell you how it works:

Heart Connection Card Club-Subscribe and get a Free card organizer and 10 premium cards
 Join the Heart Connection Card Club
The Heart Connection Card club is a monthly subscription where each month, you’ll receive 10 cards from DaySpring. Here’s how it works:

  • Each month, you’ll receive an email from DaySpring with their recommended card pack. 
  • Within ten days, you have the option to go with DaySpring’s choice, choose your own, or opt out of receiving cards that month. The card packs are made up of premium, best-selling greeting cards for all occasions: birthday, encouragement, thinking of you, praying for you, get well… or special themed packs such as the Really Woolly kids cards or Max Lucado cards. 
  • The cards arrive in your mailbox, ready to give!

If you were to purchase each card individually, it would cost around $30, but the monthly cost of the card club is only $12.99. And, if you sign up this month, you’ll get a FREE pack of 10 cards and a FREE card organizer!

You can cancel your membership or skip a month any time.

Here’s how you sign up:  Visit DaySpring Home Page, then click on the “DaySpring Sites” tab, the second to last tab at the top of the page. The Heart Connection Club is the first site. Click to go there, and fill out the form!

Inspirational Glass Dome

Christian Home Decor
I’ve had my eye on this for awhile. Wouldn’t it be the perfect centerpiece for your Easter breakfast?

You can find it here: 
Inspirational Glass Dome

Daisy Art and Encouraging Scripture- 30% Off
Special March Sales

I love DaySpring’s art because they combine it with scriptures. These look like the perfect pieces to bring you out of mid-winter blues!

Beautiful In Its Time – Ecclesiastes 3:11 Framed Canvas Print, and 
For I Know the Plans I Have for You – Gallery Wrapped Canvas Print

Inspirational Frames- Now 50% Off
Clearance Christian Gifts
These make good gifts, especially if you have graduations or weddings coming up, this might be a good time to stock up since they’re 50% off!

Or, if you’re working on your New Year’s resolution of redecorating, you might have the perfect place for one of these! Shop Clearance on Christian Gifts, Art, Cards, Decor, & More from DaySpring.

If you’re like me, you love a good deal. This post does contain affiliate links, so know that if you decide to snap up some of these deals, my profit from your purchase will be donated to Food For the Hungry. Thanks for making a difference!

Dress Up A Pillow For The Holidays

Now, to be clear, I never ever want this to become a commercial blog. I’m really turned off by blogs that do only reviews for products, or post lots of coupons. But, on occasion,  I will share with you some things I like, that I have or would buy, or that are really good deals and I want you to know about them. And, right now I’m trying to raise money with my DaySpring Commission for Food For the Hungry. So far I’ve raised $1.25. And it doesn’t really count, because I earn commission on my own purchases and that was from a Christmas present I bought.

But today, I have a really good deal for you if you’ve got a ho-hum pillow sitting around. A pillow cover! These are my favorites. If you decide to get one, don’t forget to use the coupon code!

  • Choose one of 4 NEW pillow covers and add to cart ($25.99 to $35.99)
  • Purchase $50 of additional product (minimum of $75.99 total)
  • Use Coupon Code PILLOW during checkout for a $20 credit & free shipping!

  • Valid One Week Only! Offer expires Friday, December 10. Limit one $20 pillow coupon per order.
    Jesus Is the Gift - Christmas Pillow Cover
    Jesus Is the Gift – Christmas Pillow Cover

    In Quietness and Trust - Snowbird Pillow Cover

    His love is as gentle
    as freshly fallen snow,
    His joy is as lovely as winter’s glow,
    His peace is the quiet place
    our hearts can go.
    In quietness and trust is your strength…
    Isaiah 30:15 NIV

    In Quietness and Trust – Snowbird Pillow Cover
    Joy Lives in the Simple Things - Pillow Cover

    Joy Lives in the Simple Things – Pillow Cover

    What do you think? Which is your favorite?

    Give a Gift that Gives Back {And Free Advertising}

    Note: If you are a family member or friend who got an email from me or forwarded to you about this already, you can disregard most of this because I just copied and pasted it… it was too much work to write it all out again! Some of it is new, however, so you can start reading right about at the bullet points.

    Today I’m grateful for an opportunity to make a difference.

    As you may have noticed, I’ve been attempting to make a little income on my blog. I’ve had an Amazon.com affiliate store with Christian books mainly, and I’ve tried Open Sky. If you’ve seen the news, you probably heard about the mess with Amazon.com. I joined many other bloggers in boycotting Amazon, and I removed my store and looked for a new opportunity. Then of course, Amazon gave into to the pressure and removed the book, but not before I’d discovered a new affiliate program: DaySpring. You know those free e-cards? Well, there’s a lot more to DaySpring, as I’ve discovered!

    My application was approved, and I am working for DaySpring on commission. I make 12% of the profits on all non-card sales, and 15% on cards. 
    But, during the Christmas season, I’d like to take this extra income and donate it to a worthy cause. Food for the Hungry has always been close to my heart, ever since I first heard of the child sponsorship program when I was eleven years old. They work in the “hard places” around the globe, supplying emergency aid and teaching life skills to help the poorest of poor provide for themselves and build a better community. Not only to they tend to the real physical needs, but they start churches, evangelize, and encourage existing believers in their faith. (You can click on the Haiti banner on the right sidebar to learn more)

    So, I need your help! 

    • Please consider purchasing your Christmas cards, invitations, and thank yous through me. All you have to do is use the links and buttons I have posted to get to DaySpring, the blue one in the left sidebar or the Christmas one at the bottom of the page. 100% of my profits will be donated to Food for the Hungry. I think you’ll find that DaySpring’s prices are very competitive to what you could find at Walmart or Target. And unlike shopping at Walmart or Target, you’ll be supporting a Christian company and Food for the Hungry. It’s such a win-win! 
    • And I do still have my Amazon store. As I have mentioned in previous posts, all my profits from that store are also going to Food for the Hungry. So, if you have book or music lovers to shop for, check out Scribbles Shelf; it’s right under the blue DaySpring button.
    • Join me! Do you have an affiliate store, an Etsy shop, or something of the kind? Are you willing to donate any percentage of your profits to a charity or non-profit organization through the Christmas season? I would LOVE to offer you FREE advertising on my blog!!! Please shoot me an email and I will fill you in on the details! emi_jo08(at)hotmail(dot)com 

    How do you handle Christmas giving? There are so, so many admirable organizations and causes out there. What ones are dear to you and why? I’d love to hear about them! And don’t forget to email me if you’d like some free advertising!

    Outlive Your Life by Max Lucado

    God uses ordinary people to change the world, claims Max Lucado in his book “Outlive Your Life.” After all, He did it before. Lucado looks at the book of Acts from a fresh perspective, making it incredibly applicable to ordinary life. In the first chapter, Max shares three questions that rocked his world: Had you been a German Christian during World War II, would you have taken a stand against Hitler? Had you lived in the South during the civil rights conflict, would you have taken a stand against racism? When your grandchildren discover you lived during a day in which 1.75 billion people were poor and 1 billion were hungry, how will they judge your response? He responds: “We are given a choice…an opportunity to make a big difference during a difficult time. What if we did?”

    The chapters are short and powerful – easy to read as a Bible Study. The dramatic take on the stories from the first twelve chapters of Acts were enjoyable to read, and convicting. Chapter three, “Let God Unshell You,” especially stood out to me and made me more aware of my defenses against feeling compassion. The true stories of ordinary people who made an extraordinary choice sometimes brought tears to my eyes, like that of Caleb, a nine year-old who donated the money he was saving for a video game to help provide clean drinking water in Central America, challenging his parents and the staff of his church’s children’s ministry to get involved. With those funds, two wells were dug in El Salvador. Or Nicholas Winton, a 29 year-old stockbroker in London during WWII who advocated for and rescued 669 children whose parents had been sent to concentration camps.

    This book would be best read in the context of a discussion group. There are thought-provoking questions in the back for each chapter that provide ways to apply the book’s message, everything from taking the time to look people in the eyes to researching specific needs and taking a short term missions trip. I highly recommend this book for your next small group or family devotional.

    Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

    This book would make a great Christmas gift that gives back! 100% of the author’s royalties from this book will go towards World Vision and other ministries of faith-based compassion. And, if you buy it here through my Amazon store, 100% of my profits from it’s sale will go to Food for the Hungry!

    I’m Grateful For Old Shoes

    Appreciate Life Postcards created by: Ana May DC., Archie A., Gen E., Hotaru N., Jamie M., Janine V., Laurice C., Marchelle V., Meliza A., Paolo O., Regina Y., Trezha R. 
    Find more at Journey of a Woman. Click to view full size. 
    I don’t know about you, but this one hit me pretty hard. I’m not an uber girly girl, but shoes…anytime! I have a shoe rack hanging in my closet full of shoes. And I still want more. All the time. I want a pair of converse all-stars to go with my skinny jeans and, well, everything, because they’re cool like that. I feel like I need a new pair of white flats because my old white flats were worn out and I finally threw them away … nevermind that I have a pair of black flats, brown flats, gray flats, and blue flats. 
    I get materialistic. I covet. And in light of the millions of people who go without clean water every day, not to mention a luxury like shoes … it’s plain disgusting how selfish I can be. 
    So today, I’m wearing my old shoes. They may be a little worn, they might not look as awesome as a pair of converse all-stars, but I am grateful. 
    On a different note, you may have noticed some changes here on my home page. In case you were wondering, I did not delete your blog button. I just moved it to my Inspiration page, which is my version of a blog roll. I still love you, and I find you inspiring! 
    You may also have noticed my new store. I’ve had Scribbles Shelf Amazon store for awhile, and I recently added an Open Sky shop.  Both stores operate similarly, I sell other people’s products, and I get a percentage of the sale. From Amazon, I earn about 4.00% of each sale, and on Open Sky, my earnings are approximately a 50-50 split of the net profits on each sale, which seems to be around 10% of the purchase price.
    During the Holiday season, the rest of November through the end of December, I am donating my profits from my Amazon store and my Open Sky shop to Food For the Hungry. I’ll tell you more about that, and how you can help, soon!
    What are you grateful for today that you sometimes take for granted?