Lovin' Some Summer Art, Blogstyle!

Feelin the insane summer heat (we hit 106 yesterday) lead me to find some cool things
to spark the creative vibes! I hit paydirt with:

Dresses from fred flare

Outstanding, dreamy photography by Anna Aden

and the sizzlin', unique summer style
of the Red Velvet Art girlies!

featuring Elsie Flannigan & her new, limited edition "elsiecake girls" cards!

And we always need a summer drink:
Watermelon Margaritas by Domino Mag Online!
(before they shut down--breaks the heart!)

3 cups seedless-watermelon chunks
(about 1 lb. peeled watermelon)
1 1/2 cups fresh lime juice
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup tequila
1/2 cup Grand Marnier

Combine watermelon chunks, lime juice and sugar in a blender, and blend on high until completely liquid and frothy. Combine in a pitcher with tequila and Grand Marnier. Fill pitcher with ice, stir and serve.

(My girl pal, Auds, & I prefer them blended up rather than on the rox! Also a shortcut is to buy the premixed margaritas & just dump that in with watermelon, GM & ice, then blend awayyyyy for a summer cool-down!)
What gets your blood pumpin' for summer? What do you enjoy inside & out?


You Are Beautiful - No Matter What the World Says

Today I needed to feel different from all other days of recent.
I expressed such a need to my sweet little sister, Molly.
This is how she blessed me.

I cried....

Then I dared to believe....

.....how God sees me.


Miracle on Watson Street

Photo by Iman Sadeghi
"I listened carefully to His words. 'Son of man,' He said, 'I am sending you to the nation of Israel, a rebellious nation that rebelled against Me. They and their ancestors have been rebelling against Me to this very day. They are stubborn and hard-hearted people. But I am sending you to say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign Lord says!' "

How many of you have ever witnessed, first-hand, a miracle? Have you witnessed a baby being born? Have you been in the middle of a breathtaking lightning storm or seen a flower open unexpectedly? I would love to share what occurred in my kitchen on a lazy Sunday morning.

I was in the midst of having some quiet time with a journal, cup of coffee & open Bible. Of course, being Kate, I was distracted by something completely unrelated to the Word of God. In typical A.D.D. fashion, I found myself washing dishes & peering out the window at the gorgeous summer trees & green, green grass. As I scrubbed silverware (the worst part of dish-washing, in my opinion), I noticed 2-3 bouncy bubbles floating around my face. My mind wandered a bit & I found myself thinking, "Science didn't INVENT bubbles...it's merely discovered them. That's not quite as powerful, now, is it?" So I closed my eyes to thank God for inventing something as wonderfully happy & fun as BUBBLES!

When I opened my eyes, I defiantly squeezed the soap bottle, sending 5 or 6 fat bubbles into the air. Those glorious good girls of weightlessness danced in the steam rising from my sink! I started laughing to myself. They were so cute! So I closed my eyes again, waiting for one to softly hit my face. Nothing. I held my breath, to keep from disturbing the current path of another.... Again, nothing.

As I opened my eyes I saw something truly amazing & humbling. Hundreds of tiny bubbles floated down from my ceiling. They stirred all around me & began to fill my kitchen! As I slowly turned to make sure I wasn't on some soapy high, they lifted again & swirled to greet more friends. How it happened, I can't explain...but more bubble drifted ever quietly from some unknown place in my ceiling. Tears spilled over my eyelashes as I could feel the presence of the Holy Spirit in my kitchen. I heard a voice in my heart, "Now go tell the world what you've seen..." I was stunned. I didn't want the moment to end. God was in my kitchen.

This miraculous bubble-dance lasted a full 5 minutes. They swept up, danced around, met more friends & celebrated a simple, awesome moment with me. To Him, I am thankful for such an inspiring Sunday blessing to keep forever in a journal & my heart.

What miracles have you had in your life? Please come share them with me. I will be blessed to read every one.

~Miss Kate

P.s. Upon investigation, I can't find any soap bubble residue on any of my countertops or wine glasses....