Archives: November 2011

  • Tuesday, November 8, 2011
    This is one of the DIY projects we created at Ruche. Click the pictures below for more detail! ♥

    There are lots more projects, recipes and unique ideas to be seen! See more from A Homemade Holiday here.

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  • Monday, November 7, 2011

    Guest post by Little Luck Tree


    I probably use this trick on 90% of my photos to achieve a dreamy look. It's so easy--just one step!


    All you need is Photoshop! Let's get started...



    In the Adjustments window, open the Levels tool.



     Click and drag the center knob to the left--the further left it goes, the lighter and softer the image.



    So pretty! Enjoy!


    ♥ Shannon


    Little Luck Tree

  • Monday, November 7, 2011

    Holidays are almost here and we're anxiously awaiting crafty decor, decadent recipes and more. With autumn and winter inspiration, we collected unique ideas and created A Homemade Holiday for you. Enjoy!


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  • Sunday, November 6, 2011
    (Source: Pinterest)
    "November comes
    And November goes,
    With the last red berries
    And the first white snows.

    With night coming early,
    And dawn coming late,
    And ice in the bucket
    And frost by the gate.

    The fires burn
    And the kettles sing,
    And earth sinks to rest
    Until next spring."

    -  Elizabeth Coatsworth

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  • Saturday, November 5, 2011
    Have you stopped by Orchid Grey recently? Julie looks fabulous in our "royale marina print dress".

    Happy Saturday! May your weekend be filled with laughter, inspiration, and style. ♥


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  • Friday, November 4, 2011

    This is a post I wrote while completing an internship at an adolescent substance abuse group home. It's about loving your enemies, realizing those who aren't so far from being your enemy type thing. It's one of my most dearest reminders of how I want to love those who are not so easy to love at times.

    I hung this little inspiration wire of photos and things from Indiana. While I know I miss home, I haven't really had to think about it until today. I'm surrounded by gorgeous mountains and beaches. I've eaten the most amazing food and pretty much have been so distracted that I don't let my thoughts go there. By no means is it bad homesickness. I'm still so blessed to be here and excited to experience God's plan. But at this moment, I wouldn't mind being in my own room upstairs at my little farm house opposed to living in a group home for adolescents struggling with substance abuse.


    I am learning.

    The girls were more intense this shift, but there are good days and hard days. This one was a little more of a struggle, I guess.


    But don't get me wrong, I've seen glimmers of love and hope. I hurt for these girls and their experiences. I want to stand up to those who tell them they can't graduate, or won't amount to anything, or that they are addicts.


    At church this past year, Pastor DeNeff explored the meaning and significance of enemies. He opened my eyes to a more realistic understanding of an enemy and especially what it means to love your enemies. I think I'm learning that here. On off days, some of these girls know how to cut you down. From their words to their threats to their refusal of treatment, they push you to the line where you want to walk away. And, in those moments, my first reaction is to wish them the worst, write them off like everyone else, and become so frustrated that they won't let me walk alongside them in their treatment.


    The thing is I can't give up. No, I'm not going to do their treatment for them. But I can continue to show them endless love and care. I remind them that unlike everyone else (perhaps, their parents, teachers, or juvenile hall) that I am not giving up on them. And most of all, even in their screw ups and whatever state they're in right now, I'm going to keep loving them.


    I'm learning how to change my thoughts, feelings, and attitude. I'm hurt, but I'm not turning away. I'm frustrated, but I'll continue to be there. If they're angry, I'll give them space. Even though sometimes I want to send them back to the juvenile hall, I'm going to try to fight and encourage them to stay here in rehab, to give it a chance, to at least try. No matter how they treat me, I hope they prosper and fight against those who put them down or tell them they won't amount anything. I hope they go to college, and find someone who cares and protects them, and that they find happiness in the midst of so many depressing thoughts and experiences.


    They are worth it.


    Emilie Hoffman



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  • Thursday, November 3, 2011
    Guest post by Follow Us Here
    Hello! Today I'm going to show you how I made this bathroom tray using an old picture frame, old pair of lace leggings, and hot glue. 
    Old picture frame
    Old pair of lace leggings
    Hot Glue
    I removed the old picture from a 4×6 frame. I flipped the back piece of cardboard over, so the black velvet side would be facing up {not the cardboard side}.  Then cut the lace leggings leaving about 3/4″ extra so that I could wrap it around the velvet and hot glue. Once all the lace was glued and the corners were cut down so they weren’t too bulky, I placed the glass back into the frame, followed by the new lace backing and closed the hinges. I now had a bathroom tray that would hold all my little girlie treats! It took me less than 10 minutes and was basically free {although, this could easily be made or under $10 if you had to purchase everything}!

  • Wednesday, November 2, 2011
    Sometimes nature is the best set designer.

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  • Wednesday, November 2, 2011

    After hours of renovation, the new site is here! Welcome to our refreshed look, the new wishlist feature and simplified checkout. If you encounter any problems, please contact us and we'll be more than happy to help you!

    As Josh says, "We're working hard to bring fun new features as soon as possible; this is just the first step to continuing our journey. We sincerely apologize for any hiccups during our move and we truly thank you all for your patience with us.

    Thanks again for everyone's patience. We hope you all enjoy the updated shopping experience!


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  • Tuesday, November 1, 2011
    (Source: The Coveteur)

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