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Wild & Precious Life

Source: etsy.com via Tricia on Pinterest Originary art found here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/93115625/wild-and-precious-life-11×14

So tell me. What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

The clock is ticking and the pages on the calendar are flipping.  What’s your dream – your goal for 2013?

What is it you will do this year?

Everything we do today counts towards where we want to be tomorrow.  Either it moves you closer to your goal or farther away.

Go forward.




Bright Colors & Scarves

It’s What I Wore Wednesday (aka stupid photo day), the day when hundreds of women around (dare I say the world?) the country gather to find and give fashion inspiration.  It’s not so much about making a fashionable outfit as it is making an “outfit”.

Sometimes when women stay at home or work from home, they have a tendency to wear their bathrobes and yoga pants all day, every day. (Not that I would know anything about that.)  WIWW is a reason to get up and get dressed, sometimes even all fancy-like.

closeup mustard sweater & scarf

I only have one outfit for you this week, and here’s my reason.

It is blasted cold outside and windy to boot.  I don’t mind standing in the snow, but the wind turns me into a brightly clad popsicle in mere seconds. I can’t stand the thought of going outside to take a picture and I can’t seem to get good indoor photo.  Maybe it’s my lighting or my camera, but I suspect it’s my photographer.

mustard sweater & scarf

Anyhow, I think it’s a good outfit, at least from the waist up.  The jeans are much more comfortable than they are fashionable and I think I could use some mustard color boot socks, but it is what it is and it’s certainly better than my bathrobe.

Jeans: Kohl’s, T-shirt: Gap, Cardi: Target, Scarf: Charming Charlies

So what about you?  Got any great scarves?  I’m liking the whole scarf thing more and more every time I wear them, and I especially love this bird scarf.


I’m Flower Patch Farmgirl’s Guest

park bench Domestic Fringe

Please don’t faint on me, but I am a guest over at Shannan’s place, Flower Patch Farmgirl.

I’m writing something completely different, sharing a part of my story I don’t normally talk about on my blog.

I have a hard time seeing the boundaries and knowing what is good to write and what is better left unsaid, so I seldom talk about the serious stuff that involves other people.  The bottom line is that I’ve made people upset before by what I’ve talked about on my blog, so I walk a fine line; however, this is as much a part of me as anything.

That’s all.  Go read.

It’s rain and rainbows, going and getting wet.

See you there!


Sister Sunday // Missindeedy

Kristin from over at Lily & Light is starting a pretty awesome project.  It’s called Sister Sunday.

On Sister Sunday, you get to introduce a blogger to all your readers.  It’s a chance to show some bloggy love, an idea I adore.


Here’s what she says about herself.

I long to get it right, but often get it wrong. The mishaps are a’plenty, but there is grace galore. I’m a wife, mama, daughter, sister, and friend. I write words, but above all, I’m saved by grace and strive to remember that mishap by mishap. Oh, yes indeedy!

Missindeedy is a fairly new blogger.  She’s been blogging for around a year, but I can tell she’ll be around for a long time.  I am always blessed when I visit her blog.  She shares the miss-haps in life, but she also shares a lot of truth, and she’s a good writer to boot.

So remember, when she becomes all famous, you heard it here first – Missindeedy, a blog worth reading!

Valentine’s Day Inspiration

If you are anything like me, holidays zip by without so much as a nod in my direction.  I mean, I am lucky to catch big days, like Christmas, Easter, and my kid’s birthdays.

The little holidays get caught up in the mix of everyday.  They are here and gone before I can wrap my head around the word celebrate.

I jump into full panic mode if my son comes home from school and tells me he wants to wear a green t-shirt the next day for St. Patty’s day.  I’m not Irish, but I have nothing against Leprechauns and my husband happens to love corned beef and cabbage.  If I miss St. Patty’s day, I miss the sales on one of my husband’s favorite meals.  Not smart.

So this year, I am determined to stay on top of the holidays, big and small.

Source: lisaleonardonline.com via Tricia on Pinterest

I kinda love February.  I mean, it’s smack in the middle of the dreariest part of winter, and I look at all the red and pink hearts as a smidgeon of hope. There is life after winter.

Not only do I get to celebrate my birthday in February, but it’s also Valentine’s Day.

Like I said, I’m not so great with holidays, so my family is lucky to get a kiss from me, but I have been learning something.  Celebrations are important, even on a spiritual level, and while Valentine’s Day isn’t exactly Biblical, the principal of celebrating is all over the Bible.

That’s another post though.  Today is all about inspiration and I am getting way too wordy.

So without further ado, here’s some inspiration.

Source: fiskars.com via Tricia on Pinterest

Source: nestofposies-blog.com via Tricia on Pinterest

This heart wreath, by Nest of Posies, is my absolute favorite.  It’s gorgeous and I’d love one just like it.

This year, I am going to do some Valentine’s Day decorating, so expect a DIY post or two filled with hearts.

How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?


Pinterest Party #2December

So, today is December first, a tiny detail that somehow slipped my mind.  Wouldn’t be too bad if I wasn’t hosting a Pinterest Party on this blog, but I am.  I will continue hosting a Pinterest Party on the first of every month.  You may need to send me a monthly reminder, because I am a scatter-bran, but I’ll do my best to remember.

Now, let’s get this party started!

I’ve tried a whole bunch of stuff from Pinterest and so far, I’ve loved them all.  Unfortunately, I don’t have anything ready for my party today.  Bummer, I know.

Here are some projects that I really want to do in the near future.  Let’s call it a Pinspiration wish list.

Source: pbteen.com via Tricia on Pinterest

DIY bookends.  You take cheap plastic toys and glue them to a wooden block.  Then you spray paint them.  How cool is that?

Source: abeautifulmess.com via Tricia on Pinterest

I would also  love to make this starburst mirror.  I think it would look great in an entryway or bedroom.  I’m not sure where I would put mine, but I am confident I will find the perfect spot.

Now here a few projects I have recently completed.

A DIY Glitter Deer

Glitter Deer Silhouette finished DIY project

A Painted Wooden Sign

others make a place beautiful 3

Ok, now it’s your turn.

Go visit Pinterest and get some inspiration.  Then make a recipe, put together an outfit, complete a DIY project, or simply make a “TO DO” wish list like I did, and come back and link up your post.

The only thing I ask you to do is provide a link back to The Domestic Fringe somewhere in your post.

Please leave your link in the comments, because the programs used to host link carnivals do not work well with WordPress.  I hope to have this problem fixed within a month or two. Thank you and I hope you’ll understand.  I will be around to visit each and every post.

Enjoy your weekend!


Book Review – Mended: Pieces of a Life Made Whole

When I began reading Mended: Pieces of a Life Made Whole, I had no idea what this book was about, but it didn’t take long before I realized I knew the author.

I didn’t “know” her in a personal way, but I recognized her voice, the way she writes.  I flipped to the back of the book and read all the inside pages near the flaps (the ones we all ignore), and I realized Angie Smith writes Bring The Rain, a blog I read long ago.

When my last computer crashed, I lost all  my bookmarks, and unfortunately, Bring The Rain was one of them.

Then it hit me, she wrote What Women Fear.  I read that book.  It’s sitting on my bookshelf.  I really do already “know” and love this author.

Mended makes me love her all the more.

I didn’t have to read long before God hit me over the head with something.  You see, for a while now, I’ve been thinking that we girls need to support one another.  We should be in the encouragement business, promoting our friends and their goals and ambitions.  We ought to help them see their dreams fulfilled.  You know, give them a shout-out more often than not.

We’re in this life, the good and the bad, together.  Why not be a cheerleader to those around you?

In some very small way, I have been trying to live that out, but I’ve had the nagging feeling it is not enough.

Maybe while you were reading this, several people came to mind, like women from a playgroup, work, Bible study, social interactions, or anywhere else there would be the potential for you to feel threatened in your role or insignificant in your own skin.  I firmly believe Satan gets a major foothold when he convinces us that we have people we need to keep up with, when that voice in the back of your head whispers, “That promotion should have been yours,” or “If you invite her to this event, everyone will just forget about you,” or maybe even something like “There’s room for one, and if you help her up it will leave you in the dust.”

Resonate with you?

Sometimes every little thing in life becomes a competition, and we begin viewing the women around us as our enemies instead of as our teammates.  I don’t believe there’s anywhere comparison plays a stronger role than in a woman’s life.  You may disagree, but keep your eyes and ears open.  It’s there like a low drone just below the skin.

There is no competition, ladies.  There is no little room that only a few can enter.

There are two choices, and the ironic part is that they don’t affect the other person the way they affect you.

Start right now, and do something bold.  Ask God to humble you and raise others up.  If that last sentence made you bristle, chances are the Lord desires this to be a place that is fully surrendered to Him, and we can assume that this nudge is from the Holy Spirit.  We need to hear encouragement from other sisters in the Lord, and they need to hear them from us.  We need to stop believing that these words of affirmation do anything to jeopardize our own standing.

It can be someone you respect, admire, or any other number of things, but before the sun sets on this day, reach out and tell that person that she means something to you, and make a commitment in your heart to pray that God will use her.”

This is only one teeny-tiny portion of the whole book.  For this alone, you need to read it.

Here’s what the practical outpouring of this heart stirring looks like for me in blogland.  Expect me to be your cheerleader.  I plan on commenting as much as possible, pinning everything that’s pretty or helpful, tweeting up a storm (they’ll think I’m a regular cuckoo bird), stumbling posts, and sharing them every way I know how.

I’m on your side.

I’ll pray for your success and anything else I can think of as often as I can, or remember.

I want you to do well, to be well.

We’re in this thing together.

Now, go read the book and find out what other gold nuggets are waiting inside.

*** GIVEAWAY ***

Because I liked this book so much, I am giving away my copy.

It doesn’t end there.  I am also giving away my copy of the One Thousand Gifts Devotional that I wrote about last week.

And, as a bonus and because I like to be random, one lucky reader will win a copy of The Busy Mom’s Cookbook.

*** TO ENTER ***

Leave a comment.

There will be three different winners, one for each book.

Of course I would love for you to follow me all over the internet, but you do NOT have to follow me to win a book.

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“May the odds be ever in your favor.”   ~Quick, name that book!

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* All quotes were taken from pages 44-46.