Tuesday, September 16, 2014

pink tumbleweed + sass & crafts

hey there!

{pink tumbleweed} black and white striped sweater & grey hat// {sass and crafts} seaglass & gold tassel necklace

i'm interrupting this loooong blog break to announce something i'm over the moon about. i might have mentioned my bestie's boutique, pink tumbleweed before. her store is not only ridiculously cute, she also carries the cutest clothes ever. (not to mention, she posts her new stuff every single friday. it's hard to stay away, believe me.) we decided to team up and style my jewelry + her cute clothes together, and i have to say- they compliment each other well.

{pink tumbleweed} cobalt lace sleeved shirt // {sass & crafts} necklace

totally digging this combo of cobalt + kelly green. 



mix & matched our bracelets together.. {sass & crafts} blue + black & white bracelet, purple + ivory bracelet with hong kong coin {pink tumbleweed} silver or gold bracelets


{pink tumbleweed} cobalt bracelet + gold bracelet // {sass & crafts} grey + black & magenta bracelet with green tassel

here's the rest of the sass and crafts stock available at pink tumbleweed... 



if you're in the midland area, be sure to stop by the store! or head on over to her facebook or instagram to see more awesome clothes. she ships anywhere, so you can purchase online or buy over the phone if you find something you can't live without:)

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

sass & crafts jewelry line


this little adventure is something i have been dreaming up since i lived in rwanda, and is just now starting to play out. i suppose i needed to get settled and gather the inspiration for it. my eyes had witnessed so many new things. new textures, color combinations, new ways of doing things.. it's kind of lame to say every adventure was an inspiration to me, cause it was much bigger than that. this jewelry line is the result of that inspiration. i will gladly stay up till 2am creating because it's also breathing life into me. (although, i really should stop watching law and order on netflix the whole time- right before i go to bed is no bueno.) 


i had a little booth in a local show a few weeks ago, and everything about it was so much fun. is it strange to say this has made me come alive a little? i obviously love to create things, but it's so fulfilling when people get excited with you and talk about the perfect outfit they have to go with the necklace they just got from you. it's so fun. i'm going to start having sales every thursday night at 8CST on instagram (@sassandcrafts) with brand new items, and i hope you'll join me there. i'm having a little giveaway to get things started- be sure to follow @sassandcrafts on instagram. if you share & tag the photo, you'll be entered to win an arrowhead necklace! it's the perfect staple to go with literally everything. if you're not into waiting, you can see some of my other designs in the shop


Thursday, May 1, 2014

hello, may.



drinking my mom's homemade peach margaritas. okay, it happened once but doesn't mean i don't dream about them all the time.
 
appreciating the last few days and how cool they've been! i just want to be outside all day.
watching videos my nephew and I made the other day in photo booth.
 
laughing at said videos cause we are just hilarious, guys.
eating homemade granola. 
dreaming about the summer! 

waiting. just simply waiting. and having a hard time being patient if we're being honest.
planning a little something something for the bestie's birthday. 
sleeping late. oops.
brainstorming for a blogger party molly and I are hosting soon:)
wearing shorts like it's my job. floral. lace. nike. love them all.
making jewelry like a crazy person. it will be in a show this weekend, then i'll stick the rest in my shop!
 
remembering this time last year.. easter was spent at an indian restaurant, then we went to tanzania. sidenote: jealous of last year's alison.
feeling inspired by Rachel's weavings.
getting excited to finish my birthday list! except.. sadly, i won't get to mark some off. #indiawasimpractical
loving lunches with sweet friends where you laugh your head off.
listening to bethel music. 
reading through some of my pepa's cards for his 90th birthday, and they were pretty precious!
enjoying wine nights with the besties.
thankful for close friends in my life this season.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

hello, april.



drinking coffee out of my cute new texas mug. i'll show you a picture soon, don't worry. 

appreciating road trips and the inspiration they bring.
watching stuff on my laptop because i got rid of my tv last month. (not missing it at all.) 

laughing at the fact that we went rollerskating last night. i busted. you're welcome. 
eating green chili hummus. i mean. one thousand times, yes. 
dreaming about the glampout. pretty much constantly. have you signed up yet? 

waiting is not my jam. but it's the story of my life right now.
planning is also not my jam. 
sleeping is always easier in the morning than at night. 
brainstorming new blog topics. geek, huh? 
wearing tassel necklaces on the daily. and maxi skirts are making a comeback in my wardrobe. #notjustforafrica
making some purging efforts. 

remembering to oil pull most days.
feeling excited for the new inspiration that comes with a new season.
getting the farmhouse ready for some guests next week:) 
loving the old dresser i recently updated.
listening sufjan steven's casimir pulaski day on repeat. and then i proceed to cry every time because it's so sad and perfectly beautiful. 
enjoying taxes. april fools. 

thankful for the friends in my life who speak life to me. and get mad at me for my self deprecating humor. you know who you are. :) 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Today is 41 Day!



Hi friends! Today I wanted to share a little with you about No.41. Maybe you caught that I said I lived in Rwanda last year, and No.41 is why. It's a sewing school, founded by my friend Tara. We took girls (in their early 20's) from the orphanage and local village and taught them the culturally relevant trade of sewing. They make bags, we call our Signature Bags- and now they've expanded into making aprons and Christmas stockings, with some other exciting things in the works:) The profits from their sales go back to them, and also fund a feeding program in our local village. I wrote more about it here, but honestly couldn't process it though words last year, but those are some of the photos I took the day our program started. We thought we would be feeding 250 kids when the whole thing was just starting out- but it kept growing. The day of feeding- it became 870 kids. Today, we're at over 1,100 children who are getting a hot, healthy lunch. (And let me say, it's pretty delicious too. One of our sweet cooks makes sure we eat as well!) 

Today, 41 day is about fasting for the 1,100 children in Rwanda who are eating and would have otherwise gone without. I'm not sure that's even something we can fathom here in the states. Today is about praying (if you're the praying type) for Him to turn our fishes and loaves into full bellies for another year. (And then some..!) 

I know not everyone can GO right now. (Believe me, I'm tying this through tears of the fact that I'm not there right now.) But there are so many ways you can get involved. 

Donate the price of lunch you'd be having today. (25 cents feeds one meal. Yes, really. Skip your $10 lunch and feed 40 meals! Or "take your coworkers out" and donate the price you'd be paying for that meal.) 

Purchase a bag or apron. Our feed bags feed 240 meals, which is the price to feed a student for an entire year, and also provides a sustainable wage for our sweet ladies

Sponsor a child for a year. $60 covers one student eating a hot, healthy lunch for one full year. 

Contact tara@no41.org for more information on how you can be a campus rep or hold a trunk show. And of course, feel free to email me if you have any other questions at all! (alisonholcomb1@gmail.com)  

Let's feed some kids today!!! 

Monday, March 17, 2014

freeway


a few friends and i started the bible study, freeway and we are about halfway through it. here's a little bit more info about it.. if i'm being honest- it's totally been kicking my butt. in a scary way. things have been brought up from the past that i need to deal with and truly get free of- and it's been hard, but it is so.. exciting. i'm ready for the change and weight to be free and gone, and so pumped to see where He's taking me. i am also thankful i have these sweet friends to walk through it with. i'll share another review at the end, and i won't be so vague. but if you're looking for a study to do with your friends, this is it.


just a few of the group! love these girls. 

Monday, March 3, 2014

the beloved society

oh, my.

have i even told yall about the goodness of the beloved society? my friend beth and i started it at the very end of january, and it's been such a fun adventure already and i would love it if you would follow along over there!


we just announced our royal daughter's glampout that will be happening in august, and we are beyond excited about it. we will be glamping in tipis, tents, campers.. whatever you want to bring! bring a group of friends and head to fredericksburg, tx to hang out for a weekend filled with digging into the word together, worship, new friends, yummy food, good wine, campfires and s'mores. it's going to be crazy beautiful, friends. and i can't wait to see y'all there! 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

empower// my word this year.

i know i'm a little late to the game, but i wanted to share my word for this year. god has put the word empower on my heart for months now. and seriously i feel like it has come up everywhere, and been reiterated to me in so many places already. when he first put it on my heart, i was like- hey god.. isn't this what we were doing last year? cause you know i have to question everything apparently. and then.. guess what? .. he totally showed me what it was about.

empower bracelet from the shine project 

for years, i was a young life leader.. 10 if we are counting. i walked along side so many precious girls, and loved on them, poured into them the best i could, and above everything- my goal was to show them that they are adored, loved and valued by our heavenly father in such a huge way. somewhere in the mix, i have felt women especially need to know these truths. when i got home from africa in july, i started noticing that women- no matter if they're in america or africa are so dang busy. not all the time, but lots of the time, they go under the radar and they are undervalued. and they are so dang tired. it hurts my heart, and makes me want to look every woman in the eye and tell her... you are lovely. you have value. and your to do list most definitely doesn't have to be completely checked off in order for you to hold that value.

in december, i was telling wynne and jenna about this during our baking day, where wynne encouraged me to reach out to beth and tell her what was on my heart. i just knew she would think i was a complete weirdo for writing an email containing run on sentences and a little of my messy heart. guess what? she didn't. instead, she sent me a photo of a painting and said that god had inspired her to paint of me. and then she sent me a picture of it.. and then i cried a little.. not just because it was incredible and she's clearly super talented, but because he was definitely up to something.


since then, it's been awesome and somewhat crazy to see what he has already done since placing this word on my heart. in just one month from the first email with beth, we started a blog, called the beloved society that we hope will speak life into women. and, in a few months- we will add something else to the mix that we are super excited about. cause clearly he's doing something through all of this.

my challenge for you is that you will take a few minutes out of your day today and spend some time alone with him. ask him to reveal some beauty and truth and start weeding out some of the ugliness around your heart that makes you believe the lies that you're not valuable. it will be hard.. i get it. and you'll have to be vulnerable, but it will be worth it. as a girl who has listened to the lies and struggled for years with insecurity and believed i have no self worth for years (years, people!!!) let's decide to declare that OVER and done with, friends.

you are altogether beautiful my love; there is no flaw in you. // song of solomon 4:7

Monday, February 10, 2014

37k in 37 days// the stepan family

let me introduce you to my friends, the stepans.


sarah and i met through a mutual friend, and she hasn't been able to get rid of me since. we both think it's kinda funny that we hadn't had a chance to get to know each other very well before i moved to rwanda, but somehow god totally wanted our friendship to work, because we actually became really close when i was there. when i came back, she was there with the group to greet me at the airport. i've so enjoyed getting to know sarah's heart and her sweet family. something i admire about them that i've experienced are that they are prayerful and so dang intentional about decisions.. and really, just about life.

the stepans met the boy they're in the process of adopting when our friends, the harpers hosted him for the summer from china. the stepans fell in love with him, and started intentionally praying for what is happening now. we are so excited for their family, and can't wait for yuan li to be here!!

Please consider being a part of the Stepan's adoption story. This is an amazing family, with amazing hearts & an incredible love for God. Let's get this little man home so he can get the medical care he needs & join his FOREVER Family!


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You can follow their blog over at:

sarahstepan.com/blog

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"And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me 
~Matthew 18:5