Creative Inspiration for February Projects

pink and red flowers in glass vases with color blocks for color inspiration, titled pensieri d'amore

Whatever kind of project you have in mind, I’ve got creative inspiration for you, including a love-inspired color palette and writing/drawing prompts. Whether you’re writing, painting, posting, or snapping photos, here’s a little creative inspiration for your February projects. Colors for February’s Creative Inspiration: Pensieri D’Amore February’s colors are inspired by thoughts of love. For […]

How to Celebrate the New Year with a Planner Full of Possiblities

Orance notebook with bookmark

I have a love/hate relationship with planners.  I love organizing my time and to-dos, and making lists. Even more than that, I love crossing things off of my lists. But it never lasts. I’ve started some great planners in the past. There are things I love about each of them. I had really high hopes […]

How to Make Classy Chalkboard Vases from Old Bottles

Chalkboard bottles painted with chalkboard paint from

She called them her “fancies.” Other children collect pebbles. Or seashells. Milly collected glass bottles of every shape and size. Now, after nearly a year and a half in the storage closet it’s time to unpack them, dust them off, and figure out what place they have in a grown woman’s room. In the past […]

How to Find Cottage Charm in an Old Closet

Bits of Ivory Entry Closet Bench

My dream home is a cozy little cottage. Instead I live in a 1980’s ranch. Happily, my beloved is very handy, and humors me when I have visions of charming nooks. As you are aware by now, I’m really awful about taking before pictures. In this case, though, even without an image of the very […]

5 Ways to Combat Cabin Fever This Winter

Bits of Ivory | 3 Ways to Combat Cabin Fever |

When I was growing up in the wild winter wonderland that is Wyoming, cabin fever was something you came to expect about this time of year. We became less and less enamored by the snow and cold and longed for the sunshine to peek through the clouds for an hour or two just to reassure […]

24 Simple Ways to Create A Christmas Advent For Your Home

Christmas Advent For My Home | 24 days to a peaceful Christmas home |

When I was a small child my grandparents brought us little chocolate advent calendars from Germany for Christmas. Another countdown was a quilted candy cane that my mother made,  with one candy each day for the 24 days in December leading up to Christmas. In a family of six siblings, somehow we survived the exquisite torture of waiting […]

All Her Paths are Peace

Wisdom | Her ways are ways of pleasantness and all her paths are peace. - Proverbs 3:17 |

This is one of my favorite photos of one of my favorite stretches of my walk to work in the mornings.  This quiet little stairway in the side of the hill is lovely, it’s true.  More than that, I treasure this peaceful time and place for reflection and prayer in the morning.  It’s a very […]

A Fond Farewell to Summer

Embrace and Cherish | Barbara Anne Williams

The summer is waning and autumn is finally tiptoeing in. The pleasant canyon breeze makes my morning walk to work so much cheerier. Is there anything quite as delightful as the scent of the ripening concord grapes hanging from the backyard pergola, or the flavor of sun-ripened garden tomatoes? Welcome, Autumn.  I’ve missed you. Of course, […]

He Shall Direct Thy Paths – Proverbs 3:6

Proverbs 3:6 - He shall direct thy paths.

I loved this photo straight from the camera, and just couldn’t resist using it to try out the Vintage Attic action from The CoffeeShop Blog.  I think I’m in love – beautiful results and simple to follow instructions.  A little scripture verse seemed the perfect finishing touch. He shall direct thy paths. – Proverbs 3:6

Bramble & Vine on Etsy’s Front Page!

Our Brown Paper Packages with Snowflakes ornament/album was on the front page of Etsy today, together wtih a treasury of really gorgeous handcrafted things.  Thanks to IlluminatedPerfume for including us in your beautiful treasury!  If you missed it, here’s a little snapshot!   These are our first ornaments of the season, but we’ll have several […]