Thursday, July 31, 2014

Friday Favorites

Welcome to Friday Favorites! Today I am sharing only one favorite from this week (actually from the weekend) because as they say in Steal Magnolias, "There's a story there." All the fun is taking place thanks to the link up from AndreaErika, and Narci

Here's my story:

What's in a name? Chances are you might be reading my name incorrectly. 

When I was a kid I would explain it like this "Car rhymes with Mar" and you put "in (-en) at the end". Then later on in college a fella' at a party said "OH Mar-en. Like the fish Marlin but the "L" swam away." Yeah. That's it. Whatever works for you, Dude. 

I used to hate when people mispronounced my name or gave me nickname to avoid saying my name incorrectly. But then I wonder if my Great Great Grandmother had the same issues? 
 My Great Great Grandmother raised 14 kids on this Danish farm. 

When I was growing up I was always hopeful searching the shop shelves that I would stumble across a plastic cup, toothbrush, pencil, or key-chain with my name. It took me moving to Europe to finally find a ceramic cup with "Maren" painted on the outside. You better believe at 29 years old I was still a tickled 7 year old back in that knick-knack shop from years ago.  
Last weekend when Husband and I were visiting the monastery in Ettal, Germany I ran across my name again! This time there was a German translation of the name "Maren" printed on a greeting card. It's not the best quality but I couldn't resist and bought it!

Here's a German translated excerpt:
 "She has a good imagination, 
can delegate well and 
loves socializing."

The Danish translation is:
"of the sea."

I used two coordinating pieces of scrapbook paper to matte the card and added it into a picture frame I had on hand. Voila! A personalized piece of artwork to hang over my desk. I love the way it turned out!

Okay, I lied. I said I was only sharing one favorite today but since we are here... 
On a recent shopping adventure I found these jars cheap, cheap, cheap. I just fell in love with the polka dot lids and the colors...simply perfect! It's a good thing these were the last three jars or I might have gone over board and bought more.  I have no idea what I am going to put inside but I sure am enjoying looking at them (even empty) on my counter. 
I hope everyone has a blessed weekend. Enjoy every second! Don't forget the Back to School Giveaway is ending in just hours from now! See the details here.

Make Life Beautiful,


  1. Love those jars!!


  2. Love the polka dot lids!! And what a beautiful Danish farm!


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