Thursday, August 28, 2014

it is HE who keeps us

I think it's been a little while since I've written an inspired post. I've gotten just a tad caught up in school, work, life planning (in general), and big family events. But today I read something that really got me thinking.

I was perusing some of my friends and fellow bloggers' blog posts, and came upon a blog post that spoke directly to my heart. This particular post talked about developing a "faith worth losing for". In other words, it talked about building up one's faith so strong that the heart is ever willing to give up momentary pleasures for the sake of the King. What an incredibly beautiful concept. truly.

Recently I've been so focused on getting multiple degrees, working 30-40 hours a week and applying for new jobs, building up my resume, and all around making sure that I "live life to the fullest" (doesn't that phrase get really old after awhile?). While yes, there isn't anything truly wrong with wanting to live life to the fullest; there is something wrong when one's focus is on that concept, rather than simply living life selflessly and richly for His glory. And it can become very detrimental to the individual (and very likely to the ones in their life). I've lost sight of living, simply living, for my Savior. I have been trying to fit my life plans into His, rather than joyfully accepting His plans as my own.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


So I've being doing this challenge since January and it has to do with art. Did I grab your attention? But really, it's actually been an incredibly exciting challenge and a lot of fun to do. It's the kind of challenge that has allowed me to focus more extensively on my art (that of painting, photo-making, sketching, collaging, etc) and has helped me to love on a bunch of folks. Below is my challenge "contract" that I posted on Facebook January 17th.

"I hereby promise to make a small work of art for the first 15 people who comment on this post and say "YES, I want in." A like alone is not enough of a commitment, nor is a comment without the specific wording. You may in turn post this as your status update and make something for the first 10 who comment on your status.
{Art is about freedom, not requirements. So for this post, you DO NOT have to do it for someone else. You'll just receive the art from me, and can choose to repost this status.}
*The rules are simple: it has to be your work, made by you, and the recipient must receive it before 2014 ends."

So it's been a lot of fun creating unique pieces of art of my different Facebook friends. I'm going to do this challenge every year, and next year I'll open it up to all my jolly friends here on the blog. Would you want a unique, handmade piece of art from me? Comment below or tweet/email me.

Here are a few artistic muses (photography, sketches, painting, typography etc) from the last couple of months, some of which were given away for this particular art challenge:

I apologize, the coloring on this photo is a little bright.

Hope you enjoy and whatnot!

All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2014 Charity Klicka Photography

Monday, August 25, 2014

our desire | WEEKLY QUOTE

"Love not pleasure; love God."
- Thomas Carlyle, Book II, Ch. 9 of Sartor Resartus

All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2014 Charity Klicka Photography

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Weekly Quotes

Hello readers! I've decided to start a new series. I have read many books, magazines, articles, and so forth in my short life, and have listened to many different types of speakers and teachers. And in the past few years I've compiled a plethora of inspiring quotes from these resources, and have saved them just for the purpose of encouraging and inspiring myself and those around me. I've finally decided to start a series on this blog where I can share my boatload of compiled quotes with you all. So here goes!

Every Monday, at 7AM EST, I will post an inspiring (think #MotivationMonday) quote graphic on the blog.
  • All the photos used for the quote graphics will be taken by me, and the quotes will be from inspiring people in the categories of authors, historians, world-shakers, philosophers, theologians, etc.
  • All the posts in this series will be under the tag Weekly Quote and organized under the category Literature

>> For this series, I will be accepting quote recommendations! You can email them to me with Weekly Quotes as the subject line, tweet them to me, or share them with me on Footprints in the Sand's Facebook wall. 

This series will start Monday, the 25th of August. 

All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2014 Charity Klicka Photography

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Pride and Prejudice Party Details - Revised

A friend of mine is hosting a Pride and Prejudice Party this weekend in honor of this year being the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's novel, Pride and Prejudice. I, along with another friend, are helping out with the decorations, dances, food, and other details. So I thought I would give you a few glimpses into the party planning. The photo above is a collage of photos that all fit our specific Pride and Prejudice theme. 

THEME: Books, blues, dancing, formal attire, candles & candelabras, delicious food, fans, and of course the book itself. 

This is a silhouette my friend
made of me for the party.
Here is a little snippet of a sample text for an invitation

This, the year of 2013, is the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice. In light of this great anniversary, I've deemed it most appropriate to host a ball to celebrate! In the honor of Jane Ausen, this will be an evening of dancing, games, and sociability.

Light refreshments will be served throughout the course of the evening. But it'd be splendid, dear, if you'd please bring a light dessert or refreshment which would be indicative of the time (Like a cheese platter, fruit, creampuffs etc...)

We will be dancing several dances of the period. So be sure to get in a little dance practice before this grand affair!

Please dress up as your favorite Jane Austen character. If you don't have one, just dress in a Regency Era costume. And if all else fails, simply wear something formal that is easy to move in.


Of course the guys must wear cravats!

Using a word, Microsoft publisher, or even simple editing programs such as, and card stock/construction paper, create a chic, era inspired party invitation that guest’s will enjoy (and even be able to save for their scrapbooks). Look for a subtle paper colors: creams, off whites, pale blues and pinks, etc.

Use graceful, curvy fonts such as
With a mix of some bold, exciting fonts such as:

And a consistent amount of simple, traditional fonts such as:

But remember to stick to 2 fonts, 3 at max so as to keep to a uniformed, stylish design.

Get creative! That’s the best part about hosting a party, and specifically an Austen-themed party: CREATIVITY!

In your invitation you can also include: 
    • A favorite Austen quote. There are countless references to balls, dances, and parties in such books as Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and Emma. Word searchable texts of Jane Austen's novels are available online
    • Chic black creatives: flowers, swirls, Victorian shapes, etc
    • Book flowers or other creative pieces made from book pages. You can actually use a book page as the base for the invitation, gluing or hole-punching and tying the announcement to the front
    • a requirement that your guests must either 1) dress-up as their favorite Jane Austen character, or 2) in a regency themed getup 
    • lovely hand-made envelopes (such as this lace envelope)
    • For a fun twist, include in your invitation masks (or send them a link to create/print their own masks) to add a little intrigue to the party

 Once again, you can use a word program and lovely card stock to create some unique
    • place cards
    • tags, and/or
    • labels (for different dishes)
For a playful edge, consider using an Austen character’s name for each card, thus allowing your guests the opportunity to sit in their favorite hero/heroine’s chair. It would be a pleasant touch to include a quote about the character beneath their name.

Here is a fun way to display your place cards: DIY paperclip namecard holders.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Morning Thinkings - Formerly List

The past few weeks haven't been particularly interesting, at least to your average reader. Although I suppose if you're reading this, you're certainly not average (in a good way). Here are a few formerly musings, in list form.

Songs I've been listening
We Both Know by Colbie Caillat, Gavin DeGraw
Monster by Imagine Dragons 
Scribbling in the Sand by Michael Card
Sailboat by Ben Rector
I Need You by Daniel Doss Band
Try by Colbie Caillat

Books I am Reading (when I have the time)
The Everlasting Man by G.K. Chesterton
The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough
Spartan Gold by Clive Cussler
They Came to Baghdad by Agatha Christie

Books I've Read << I am really excited about this list.
Sparkling Cyanide by Agatha Christie
A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie
Pale Horse by Agatha Christie
The Blue Cross: A Father Brown Mystery by G.K. Chesterton
Unnatural Death (Lord Peter Wimsey Series) by Dorothy L. Sayers

To DO for Today
Host a blog meeting for work
Do photo shoot for work with a bunch of teenagers
Pack up room

Oddities on my office desk
Verbena and Lemon body lotion
They Came to Baghdad Book
Pile of mismatched sticky notes
Two old stamps
PDF on Pinterest

Future Blog Posts (within the next week or two)
Pride and Prejudice Party (Revised)

There you are folks, my morning musings.

All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2014 Charity Klicka Photography

Friday, August 1, 2014

Colored Staples DIY

So it might just be me, but it's the little pops off color and sparks of change that really make a day for me. That being said, this post is a tutorial on how to make your own colored staples. Sounds silly, right? But in reality, using colored staples for me is the sprinkles on the cake of my day. It's just that added colored in the office that brightens up my projects, long social media reports, and the like.

So here are all the very simple details on how to make your very own colored staples, because we all know that's on your bucket list of DIYs.

  • Pack of staples
  • Stapler
  • Funky colored sharpies
  • and your creative self

  • Take one of the sharpies (I started out with blue, my favorite color) and a row of staples, and then...wait, wait! Are you ready for this? Okay,
  • the next step is to then color the staples with the sharpie. Make sure you color both the top and sides.

  • And BOOM! You've just created your very own colored staples to spruce up anything you so desire to be stapled.
notes: You can also color a row of staples different colors for a rainbow effect, just make sure to color it from top to bottom and not from side to side.

This picture makes me think of skyscrapers. Weird, huh?

So I hope you have fun with this, and if you're interested I'd love it if you sent me pictures of you using your funky colored staples. Something like, what is the craziest thing you can staple? #crazystaples. Seriously though, I'd love to hear from you. Email me

Go out there and color the world!

All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2014 Charity Klicka Photography