Saturday, June 29, 2013

Follow us on Pinterest!

Here's a little exciting can follow pictures from our shop and business on Pinterest! You can find the board under my name Hannah Shields and follow the board Gladheart Acres Shop. My Mom and I are the pinners to that and I actually have some pictures of our new shop location to pin, so keep a watch out!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Picture Editing with Apps!

I recently got a new phone app Aviary for editing pictures! It took me a few times to really see what all it can do but it does have some really neat effects to it! 
**Without Effects...Original**
I took this picture a while ago of some dry flowers with my summer hat that I had been arranging in bud vases. It is such a beautiful picture and one of my all-time favorites, so I decided to add a few effects to see what it would look like (making sure to keep a copy of the original)!
**With the Boardwalk effect**
**With the Lucky effect**
**With the Avenue effect**
**With the Clyde effect**

Which one is your favorite?
I like that all the effects still leave it looking like a vintage looking picture!

Again the editing app I used was Aviary!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Not of this world

"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." Romans 12:2

Do you ever tire of the constant draw for 'the biggest, newest thing'? It seems that in our world today there is always a great effort put into "being in". The newest fashion, the latest device, the coolest vehicle, the just-released movies. The world is drawing people farther and farther in by making us believe that it is important to be in the 'in crowd', to be excepted and approved. But are these the standards we want to be approved upon? I would hope not! My advice would be to stay as far away as possible from the newest and best things that the world is embracing. It is easy to get drawn in, but ever so hard to find the path to return.

"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him." 1 John 2:15

Just some food for thought!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Beautiful Scenery

Here are just a few snap-shot pictures I took while in town on a gorgeous day!
I love that a quick picture out the window while driving can turn out so stunning!
This one is probably my favorite, it is so beautiful with the green, blue, and white crisp colors, and then of course the road sign helps to add a little art to the picture!

We live in such a lovely and vibrant state! 
I don't know if I could survive living somewhere without the mountains on all sides of me ;) I truly am blessed here!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Thoughts for Tea Time

Monday, June 24th's
Thought for Tea Time
Today's thought:

"Only one life, 'twill soon be past,
Only what's done for Christ will last." 
C.T. Studd

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Sunday Morning~

Happy Sunday Morning all! Here is one of my daily verses from this week...

"Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to them that love him." James 1:12

Friday, June 21, 2013

Wedding Coordinating

I have been so blessed to turn my dream into a small piece of reality by coordinating 3 weddings!
I have always had a huge interest in weddings and can't ever get enough wedding pictures.;) Several years ago as I grew more involved with the blogging world and older, I realized that all my hobbies were linked together and it has since become my dream to be a wedding planner! After dreaming and reading/studying all about it for a few years I got a chance to plan my first wedding for my sister Haylee in December.
It was such a wonderful experience that I enjoyed beyond words!! I love the whole process of planning, decorating, organizing, and making sure brides get the wedding day of their dreams!

Since then I had the opportunity to be the day-of coordinator for two weddings this June. One was an outdoor wedding on June 1st, it was a cool and beautiful day. The colors were wonderfully tied into the beauty of nature and we were able to enjoy the scenery all around without needing to stress over the wedding colors!
The second day-of job I did was for a gal in our Church who got married on the 15th of June. I had such an enjoyable weekend at the rehearsal, setting everything up and decorating, and then the wedding day! There were a few things that caused a some different stressful moments but we fixed it up...I did learn a few things that may be helpful in the future...did you know they made floral spray paint? Go figure right?! But they do indeed and it fixed our crisis of having the wrong color of flowers delivered to the wedding.

The big question now that I have been asked many times is the famous..."what next?" The answer...well I really don't have one. My desire and would-be plan is to start my own business in wedding and event planning but I am just beng patient right now and praying for direction. I don't want to do anything outside of the Lord's Will for me, and therefore am just taking the decision making slowly through the summer!

Anyhow, that is where I am in that area of my life and thought Id share with you! Prayers for direction and an open heart would be greatly apprieciated!

Friday Flings

Spending my day working our family's booth at Friday Flings (our small town Farmer's market). It's a refreshing day with cool weather and a little chilly breeze, but there's no complaints after all the beautiful sun we've been getting!
This above picture is from a few weeks ago when the sun was shinning and Hosanna captured a few pictures of our booth!
What are you filling your Friday with?

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Need a laugh?!

I really truly don't laugh usually at things like this but I guess I was just in need of a laugh when I saw this! And just in case you need a laugh right now too, Im sharing it ;)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Modest Wardrobe #1

Welcome to this new series 'Modest Wardrobe'! Since I've been in the blogging world, modesty is one of the big subjects with the blogs I follow and it has always been interesting to me to read about different people's views on this subject. I respect it when ladies have the courage to post their convictions and beliefs with others, I don't always agree about everything but it is sadly a very controversial issue with many people and can start a huge discussion, so I do appreciate ladies that take the time to put together posts on this particular matter.
I will share with you what my beliefs are on modesty probably more on a step by step plan rather then all at once, but for this week I'll just kick off this new series with my 'Modest Wardrobe' for the day and a few quick links :)

This is what I wore yesterday...I have been baking this Summer and have had to become adjusted to wearing short sleeves, which in the past has never been an issue for me, I've normally just worn turtle necks or at least elbow length shirt all throughout the year but with our record-breaking heat this year Ive had to find some other options ;) And although yesterday was another very hot day it was very breezy out and help hugely with the temperature! So I went with a used-to-be-white tank top (now its a cream/gray :)), a light sweater and a flowy long skirt.

Activity of the day::::Attending a class on how to grow Peonies in Alaska!

A few Quick Links...

First, my Pinterest Feminine and Modest Style board! This is my most popular board with the most followers and re-pins :)
But I get these pins from other great boards and thought I'd share some with you today!
Here's a big one, Kimberly with femininity, femininity ll, femininity lll, and femininity iv! Plus she has some of the most beautiful boards with all sorts of pretty things and places!
I will share more with you in other Modest Wardrobe posts but I think those boards are enough to keep you busy for now!

Side note: You are more then welcome to pin my pictures, just please be sure to link back to me in the caption :) Thank you!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Thoughts for Tea Time

Monday, June 17th's
Thought for Tea Time

Today's Thought:

"Life isn't about finding yourself, 
it's about discovering who  
God created you to be."

This quote really is thought provoking for me right now as I am trying to determine the right decision in a big area of my life and have to remember that I need to be and do what God created me to be!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Random True Fact

There is an unwritten rule in the mosquito world that says that the most hilarious thing to do is to bother humans at night when they're trying to sleep! First the mosquito must circle around the humans head at least for several hours, causing a failed attach of arms violently striking, slapping and waving about in the air. Once the human is asleep it is the perfect timing to mark the accomplishment of annoying them by leaving the oh-so-famous ginormous bites all about the bodies!

Ok, don't ask the obviously, I'll just answer you here...yes, I have been kept awake by these "lovely" creatures. Yes, I have even had to move into a different room to sleep. And yes, they have marked me up so I won't forget. Aren't they just the sweetest?! (Said no one ever!).

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Summer Portraits

Hopey was kind enough to go outside with me the other day and work on some Summer portraits for me. We were able to get some nice ones out of the 100+ we took :) It was such a lovely day and Hope has such a talent with the camera and got very detailed with some of the pictures!

Thanks Hope for all your help, you did a great job!!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Thoughts for Tea Time

Monday, June 10th's
Thought for Tea Time

Today's Thought:

"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."

~Dwight Eisenhower

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Fundraising Yard Sale

There's a family in our Church who are trying to adopt a child or children from Ethiopia and have been raising funds as they go, so this spring they needed to have another large fundraiser so I volunteered to help ;-) The mom and children of the family had to go down and help take care of her ill father so I took on the full responsibility of organizing this yard sale! It was A LOT of work and time but really ended up to be worth it in the end! We were able to make 3'000 and still have lots extra for another sale later in the Summer! I have to say though....yard sales aren't my favorite event to organize...Im so done going through stuff ;) But I did learn a lot about hosting yard sales, especially fundraising ones...maybe I'll put together a post with tips and details...on my 'some day' list!

One of the really fun parts of the sale for me to put together was the lunch stand and bake sale but the part the customers loved was the homemade ice cream maker we had making ice cream to sell!
So it's said that Alaskan eat the most ice cream in winter, and not only did we get to prove that, we also got to see how well we do with 'winter' yard sales!! The middle May really isn't the ideal time for a large snow fall ;)
We got 4 inches that weekend...craziness! But thankfully it all is gone now and we have green trees and sunshine!
The Lord is so good, He provided such a great total even with all the many things that could have hindered it. And I can't wait to meet the little child He has already chosen for them from Ethiopia :-)

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Thoughts for Tea Time

Monday, June 3rd's
Thought for Tea Time

Today's Thought:

"Perhaps strength doesn't reside in never haven been broken but in the courage to grow in the broken places." 

I saw this quote on Pinterest today and thought how well it would make a TFTT post, then I remembered that I have one due so I put this together for you today! Hopefully I'll be able to find a few minutes to sit with some tea and ponder this myself ;)