VOTE 2020

November 3, 2020

I can’t believe how fast time went from our last mock election. Use this VOTE 2020 PRINT OUT to teach your kids to use their voice and the importance of voting.

We share the stances of both parties, the things each party does well and how they can improve, and how there are other options rather than just Republican and Democrats. Our kids will be voting today, and last time it was split 50/50, so let’s see what happens in our home this year.

Happy Election Day! And no matter the real outcome, use your voice and vote. Use your ears to continually listen. Use your heart to put yourself in some else’s shoes. Use your eyes to see how to love and serve your neighbors better.

But ultimately I know my hope isn’t in my vote, my hope isn’t in who’s in office, or what political party is in control. My hope is in Christ alone. I don’t know what tomorrow will bring, but I know there will be new mercies, more grace, and more opportunities to follow Jesus as I seek to love my neighbors as God calls me to do. There will also be more trials and more opportunities to rejoice even when things don’t happen as I’d like.


September 22, 2020


Turn this little eye into your own artwork. What do you see? A monster? A bird? A self-portrait? Create all around with the eye as your base starting point. 


Coloring utensils


Have fun using the eye as a starting to point to create your own illustration. 
Share what you create with us! We want to see as each one ends up so different! 

If you don’t have access to a printer, feel free to make your own, and be sure to share your creation with the rest of us! We’d love to see! And as always, happy to have you share the project, just don’t forget to tag and credit please. Thank you!

See more ART A DAY projects here.


September 11, 2020

Well, since Covid hit in March, our guest room had been upside down (you might have seen it if you follow me on ig @rubyellenbratcher). There were still holiday boxes, and then the racks that held my craft stuff broke, so everything was just toppled onto each other. Then, I had various craft styling projects due, so I would just go in, take what I need, and then leave things lying around. The guest room got so out of hand that you could barely walk inside. It was an eyesore and giving me mess stress, but I didn’t even know where to start.

Thankfully, The Container Store’s most recent project was working with their new Virtual In-Home Design service  and turning my crazy craft closet into an organized craft closet with Elfa Space. When I had my first virtual consultation, I was trying to find time to clean the room before I showed someone online what it looked like, but I never found the time, so the designer saw my crazy mess in all it’s glory. 

I told him what I needed and he came up with the plan. We had a couple back and forths on switching out sizing of shelves, but once we finalized everything, everything was listed out and I placed my order. I didn’t have to figure out what pieces I need for my shelves because he did all the planning for me. 

For now, the shelves are in our guest room/office closet. It’s where I keep all my craft stuff. Well, some of it anyway. I’m so glad that the Elfa system is customizable and adjustable. Should we move ever move, I’d like to set it up as a bookshelf. I went with the Elfa Décor system with the 12″ depth. I love how you can adjust the rows however you like; we can adjust it as our needs change.

We installed it ourselves. You simply attach the horizontal bar to the wall, and from there, the vertical bars hook in. Then, I attached each shelf on after I figured out what placement would work. Getting it up on the wall was the easy part, now going through and organizing the craft mess took a few days. Thankfully, these Hyacinth Natural Baskets (I got them in different sizes) helped organize and group like items together. We got a paper sorter to keep all our different types of papers organized, and I also used the 20 Drawer Small Stackable Craft Organizer to hold all our jewelry beads. Now, everything has a place, so when things get messy, it’s much easier to clean it all up.

I love the way my craft closet looks and the closet became a more functional space with the added Elfa Décor shelves. Since everything has been organized, I cleaned up the rest of the room, and now the guest room/office has been such a peaceful place to retreat to. With my husband still working from home, he now has a place to work from. It definitely beats him working on the couch, dining table, or kitchen island like he had been the last several months. 

This post is in partnership with The Container Store as one of their Brand Ambassadors. The opinions and text are all mine. I appreciate the time you spend in this space, the support you give me, and the brands I partner with.


September 7, 2020

It’s still hot over here, and while I love my antique and vintage rings, they get put on hold in the summer when the days are really hot because my fingers swell. However, I still get to pile on my necklaces and I’m always wearing a neck mess.

All my jewelry has a story. I probably should write it down before I forget one day. My girls love all my jewelry and they have even called dibs on certain pieces.

The rose necklace on the left is on a chain that was my mom’s from the ’80s. The locket is a Victorian piece that Ben surprised me with the last time we went out of town. He told me to grab something for his camera in his camera bag, but it was really this locket that he surprised me with. I was so shocked. Surprises are so fun! The beaded necklace was made by me using a fresh water pearl that came from a bracelet Ben’s cousins got me. The bracelet broke, so I took each of the pearls and created something different with each of them. The gold chain was a Christmas gift, and the Victorian cameo was a Mother’s Day gift a couple years ago. The gold heart was from my mother-in-law that she sent along with a sweet little note. Then, I stack all these pieces together and have my neck mess.

I think I do love rings just a tad more than necklaces, but I do appreciate necklaces too. I think it all came from my mom surprising with little bits and baubles as a kid. She got me my first locket in kindergarten, and she has a pretty extensive locket collection herself. Then, as a teen, they would give me pretty rings as gifts. I lost one in the garage one time as I was doing a science experiment, and I’m hoping it turns up one day. Anyway, here are some pretty chain necklaces I have been eyeing online.

I love this bold figaro chain necklace from Aurate. I love all the different chain necklaces they have.

This love token “mama” necklace is so sweet. I wouldn’t mind something like this for the next Mother’s Day.

Edwardian. pieces are always so beautiful and this French lantern pendant is so unique.

To top all the sparkle, I love putting something fun on like this daisy chain necklace. My girls have been into making their own, so I may need to put in another request.

Are you a jewelry lover? If not, what’s something you appreciate? My BFF is into designer bags and appreciates the beauty and craftsmanship in those. Or maybe it’s fancy coffee for you? We’re just starting to learn about that. I don’t drink coffee, but my husband does, so our friends are educating him on good coffee. These are crazy and stressful times, so sometimes we need something to dive into to help destress a bit, and jewelry provides that bit of fun for me.


August 2, 2020


MATISSE template

Construction paper






1. Print out the template and cut out.

TIP: Cut construction paper down to 8.5”x11” to print directly onto colored paper. 

We printed 2 copies of the template in each of the colors.

2. Trace shapes onto construction paper and cut out.

3. Tie yarn to the dowel and glue each cut out shape on.

Put multiple cut outs on one strand of string, and vary placement, color, and number of pieces to get a layered looks.

Easy project to make, and especially fun to do if you’re studying Matisse. We love how colorful and eye catching this wall hanging turned out to be!

If you don’t have access to a printer, feel free to make your own, and be sure to share your creation with the rest of us! We’d love to see! And as always, happy to have you share the project, just don’t forget to tag and credit please. Thank you!

See more ART A DAY projects here.


July 24, 2020

Create your own Sturtevant piece, by using this Sturtevant-Warhol illustration. Watch the video to learn how to make your own Sturtevant inspired art! New art videos come out every Friday!

If you don’t have access to a printer, feel free to make your own, and be sure to share your creation with the rest of us! We’d love to see! Always happy to have you share the project, just don’t forget to tag and credit please. Thank you!

See more ART A DAY projects here.

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