tag: letters

it is well with my soul

June 23, 2014

it is well with my soul DIY (4)

it is well with my soul DIY (2)

this simple diy project has brought me so much joy. it fills our guest room with a touch of gold and sense of peace and rest.

“When peace like a river attendeth my way
When sorrows like sea billows roll
What ever my lot you have taught me to say
It is well, it is well with my soul”

- Horatio G. Spafford, 1873Horatio G. Spafford, 1873


it is well with my soul DIY (5)

it is well with my soul DIY (6)

i’m sure you crafty bunch won’t need instructions for this project, but i’ll list them here anyways! :) you could of course use the same technique for any phrase. let your imagination run free!


wooden letters
my favorite gold spray paint
3m mini command strips
– level, ruler and pencil (optional)

step 1: place the letters on a large piece of scrap paper (newspaper would work well). spray paint them making sure to get all the sides.

step 2: use a ruler, level and pencil to plot the letters on the wall. eyeball it if you wish!

step 3: place a small 3m strip on the back of each letter. place firmly on the wall and hold for 60 seconds (follow package instructions)

it is well with my soul DIY (1)

it is well with my soul DIY (3)

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thoughts through letters

November 8, 2012

Posted by in bonnie forkner

as i shared earlier this week, david and i will be packing up and moving cross country next week (eee!). i have a lot of feelings wrapped up in the move and about these two states, of which i’ll to try to express today with letters to each.

dear california,

oh how i have loved living here among your rolling hills and brilliant blooms. i will miss dearly your perfect weather, sunshine and lack of humidity. i will never forget running through your vineyards and letting your sunrises and sunsets take my breath away. it has been wonderful to let the outdoors in year round with no need for heat or air conditioning. our little vine covered cottage has been more than a home, it’s been a source of peace, inspiration and renewal. the ability to cut your fresh roses all year has been addictive, and i’m not sure what i’ll do without it. you’ve introduced me to neighbors and friends that will live in my heart forever.

your farm stands, markets and gardens have sustained us. i have never experienced a more vibrant land full of nutrition and wholesomeness. we will never forget the names of our favorite farmers and bee keepers who live here. january just won’t be the same without your juicy tangerines. the growth that we have experienced here has been monumental and life changing.

on the contrary, i won’t miss your increased living expenses, taxes and strict beach regulations. i will be gladly give up my fear of  earthquakes, great whites and tarantulas in our home. i will happily leave your dry land and sprinkler systems behind and will be overjoyed to dramatically decrease the distance between us and our families.

dear north carolina,

oh how i long to return to your mountains, green fields and beautiful trees. i can feel the mossy grass between my toes right now. i will welcome your seasons as i have missed attaching the cycles of my life to the cycles of your weather. i cannot wait to dig in your rich soil and sink my teeth into a juicy watermelon come summer. i have missed your streams, rivers and warm lakes. everything is always so green and full of life- it begs to be frolicked upon. i’m eager to return to your bluegrass music, amazing food and tilted barns. community thrives in your land and everyone feels like family.

i can’t wait to pull out my boots, sweaters and knitted goods as i will be glad to again be able to hibernate. i love nothing more than sipping tea by the fire as i watch your sky pour a blanket of white snow on the ground. you feel cozy and warm and snuggly in my mind. i am eager to return to this land where i was born, raised and fell in love. where our families and grandparents still reside. i will be so happy to never again miss a holiday, birthday or family reunion with my loved ones.

on the contrary, i am not so thrilled to be returning to your humidity, mosquitoes and general bugginess. it will be heart breaking to wake up and think about the people i love who i left in california. the ocean will now be a disspointing distance away from us, though i do look forward to returning to your shell filled sandy beaches again. though the mountains are my favorite source of beauty, i’m already dreading the essential curvy roads that make me sick.

in closing,

no state is perfect, but these two states have been perfect for us. i welcome the negatives because the pluses fill me with such joy. getting tossed to and fro the last few years has been a learning experience, a great adventure for us. but it has also left us feeling a little unsettled and we long to grow our roots. in closing, we’re finally going home to roost.

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Diy Cake Decor Lettering

August 8, 2011

Posted by in cooking ideas


One of the easiest ways to decorate a cake is with stylized lettering and text, but store-bought sugar letters can be tacky, while icing-piped text can look messy. An easy solution is to make custom edible letters all of your own!


– chocolate morsels (white, milk, or semi-sweet)

– a glass container for melting chocolate

– a Ziploc bag

– wax paper

- optional: a computer, paper and printer

– dessert

I used white chocolate letters on this pan of chocolate raspberry brownies I made this weekend – the combination was amazing!

This project can be done freehand, but if you’re nervous about creating evenly-sized letters, you can create your own stencil.

Making the Stencil

Print your desired text from a word document. Make sure you use a large enough font that is easy to cut and trace, and looks proportional on your dessert. I printed mine in Arial Black, 80 point font.

Next, cut your letters out with a craft knife. Layer your stencil over wax paper on a flat, solid surface. When your stencil is ready to go, you can start melting the chocolate.


Melting the Chocolate

I placed about 1/4 cup of white chocolate in a glass measuring cup, and microwaved it on high in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until it was melted smoothly.

Spoon the melted chocolate into a Ziploc bag, and press all of the air out of the bag before zipping it shut. Let cool a couple of minutes, or else the melted chocolate could burn your hands through the bag. When it doesn’t burn to touch the bag, snip a small corner off the tip of one side of the bag.

Trace along the sides of the letter stencils with a steady stream of melted chocolate, and gently squeeze more out to fill the letters in. For any mess-ups, a tooth pick can be used to shape the chocolate the way you want it before it hardens.

The stencil is not totally necessary – you can free-hand your text on the wax paper, or even draw shapes with the chocolate.

Your letters should be hardened enough to transfer onto your frosted dessert within 20 minutes. Gently – and I mean very gently – peel the letters off the wax paper. If you used a stencil, the letters should easily pop of the paper if it is touching it along the edges at all. Next, carefully arrange the letters on the frosting.

If you have leftover letters, you can place them in sealed containers, separated with wax paper, in the freezer for a month or more.

ashley paul indie pretty project Out to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.

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Posted by in giveaway

world's tiniest post office giveaway happy monday, lovelies! do you remember the world’s tiniest post office by lea redmond i posted about last week? well today, i am so excited to announce that after partnering with chronicle books we are giving away the world’s smallest post service kit! now you can write your own tiny little letters to send to anyone you like, anytime.

isn’t it just the cutest (and most brilliant) thing ever? i think it would be the perfect way to make a big announcements or send a special hello. here’s how you enter!

how to enter:

tell us in the comment section who you would like to send a tiny letter to and why (and, if that’s too personal, just tell us why you like the tiny post office so much). one comment per person. giveaway will end sunday, july 31st at midnight. the winner will be chosen by a random number generator and announced on twitter and facebook on monday, august 1st. giveaway is only valid for united states residents.

good luck!

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world's smallest post office

i think we all have a certain love and appreciation for snail mail, but the world’s tiniest snail mail? now that’s something to just get silly about!

world's smallest post office

the world’s smallest post service is the brilliant creation of lea redmond from leafcutter designs. she hand writes, addresses and stamps each letter and then seals them up with a real wax seal.

world's smallest post office

next time you have a big occasion or just something special to tell someone, i think a teeny tiny letter is the way to go. don’t you?

lea redmond: {watch a video of the tiniest post office} {facebook} {twitter}


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Posted by in handmade

Confections for your Correspondence just like visiting the fair, paper pastries will leave you with a sweet taste in your mouth and a pretty prize in your hand!  properly put, these ‘confections for your correspondence’ will dress up your snail mail and inspire you to get out your writing pen.  let’s have a revival for pen pal’s, sideways stamps and love letters!

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Posted by in crafty blogs

hello from the beach everyone!  we finally made it and are settled in for the week!  i’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time, you can see my first glance of the ocean here!  it feels so nice to have nothing else to do other than write and relax- ahhhhh.

daily drop caps

Moving on, have you heard of jessica hishche’s daily drop cap project? the daily drop cap is an ongoing project where jessica posts a new hand-crafted decorative letter every day!  you can use the beautiful typography she provides for your personal enjoyment and beautification of your blog (not for branding or logos, read usage limitations here).  going far beyond type, jessica also illustrates and writes a wonderful blog, both of which will surely inspire you!

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