Super Fun

I am so thrilled at how well my custom super hero/prince/princess capes have been selling. They are so much fun to make and I just love putting fun fabrics together. Seriously, every time I finish a cape it makes me smile. I tried to narrow down the amount of pictures I put in this post, but it was super hard. If you want to see even more that I have finished recently you can check out my album by clicking here. And if you want more info on ordering you can send me a message or see my etsy listing.

 

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Pondering Pinterest (saying that makes me smile)

So part of the changes that have been going on with me the last couple of weeks is that I have found lots more time wisely used time and energy! (Well, the energy starts to go around 7pm, but until then it’s great. I think that may have something to do with growing a baby.) So some of that time and energy is going to go towards Pinterest! I’m not super addicted, and I don’t follow a ton of people. I’m honestly not concerned about who is following me or re-pinning my pins. (I guess I’m not really sure… does anyone care? Should I care?) I really just love the service that Pinterest provides and how much it helps me keep my thoughts organized. It is genius if you ask me. I try not to pin things that I know I’ll never do. I want to keep it clean and tidy so I can find the things I really want to do!

My conclusion after pondering Pinterst is that if I’m going to spend the time pinning then I better spend the time doing! So without further ado, I present to you…. Pinterest Project of the Week! (I can hear all the wild applause. Thank you, Fabulous, I know!) Each week I want to share at least one project that I’ve done from my Pinterest boards. Kind of a little accountability, plus a fun time of sharing.

My first project that I’m sharing is a bit of a mixture of this pin from my Valentine’s Day Board and another project I saw online but unfortunately cannot remember where:

Paper Heart Wreath from the Hybrid Chick

I teach 3D art at the YMCA on Friday mornings and so for one of our projects we made these:

Framed 3D Heart Decor

I cut pink, red and purple construction paper into 2 inch wide strips (although I would possibly recommend narrower…. maybe 1 1/2″) then we folded them in half and curved the tops (unfolded side) in. One quick staple and you have a heart! We then dipped them in glue and stuck them onto white cardstock. Make sure when you cut your strips you are super straight though or else it will be tricky to get them to stick. I had a bit of that problem, but we also left the Y before they were dry and so as you can see I had one that shifted majorly. It could be seen as cute though… If you look at it with your head tipped a little.

When we got home I took the glass plastic out of one of my surplus Ikea frames – sidenote, Ikea sells frames that fit your child’s artwork perfectly! They are sized for 8 1/2″ x 11″, not 8″x10″– and popped in our art! If you want to frame these, make sure you leave a little extra space on the edges so your frame has some paper to hold onto without hearts getting in the way.

Miracle's

Mine

We tried to glue some together in an attempt to make the wreath, but the construction paper and the glue did not work together and we just ended up with deformed hearts. So we used our remaining few hearts to put together this little piece for Axel. Miracle is so sweet, she always tries to make a picture for Axel when we are at art class because she knows he is bummed that he misses it because of school.

A Heart Flower For Axel

If you have an awesome pin board (especially crafty or sewing) I would love to get some fresh new ideas! Leave me a link in the comments and I’ll come find you. Happy Pinning!

Gentle Reminders

Sunday was a little rough. Especially for my hubby. There wasn’t anything major that happened, just a few especially irritating things that when put together they became very discouraging.

We were just finishing up dinner after Awana when we got a phone call from some dear friends of ours. I use the term friend only because I don’t know the word for mentors/surrogate parents/ loving supporters. They asked if they could stop by because they had a little something for us.

Well, I have to admit I was excited to see them but a little embarrassed at the thought of visitors- especially these guys. I was really kicking myself for not getting the cleaning done that I had planned for that day! So Andrew and I bribed the kids and we whipped our little house into presentable shape in no time. (I in no way am endorsing bribing your children. heehee)

We had an absolutely wonderful visit, although very short, and they left us with a large wicker basket loaded with gifts. Some for the kids, some for the parents and some for the family.  As we watched the kids tear into their gifts we couldn’t help but be overwhelmed by this kindness shown to us. We never would have expected it, and the timing after the events of the day did not go unnoticed.

This lovely couple we do not get to see nearly enough but every time we do they leave us with a feeling of peace and joy. As a woman they encourage me to be a better mom, wife, host, housekeeper… a better person! I am blessed by every encounter. You can see God at work in their lives and their obvious obedience to Him. Thank you sweet friends, for the gentle reminder from God of the amazing people in our lives!

Our ‘Home’

Last week we celebrated the 2oth anniversary of our Pastor and his wife serving at Oakwood Church. Andrew and I feel so blessed to be a part of such an amazing ministry. We have been at Oakwood for five years now and love that we have a family and a home with the wonderful people and leadership at Oakwood.

Our family made a little video for them that we played during the service. It is on my husband’s facebook page so you may have to be his friend too see it, but I wanted to share it because it is kind of fun and I want you all to know how thankful we are! Click here to watch it.

I believe that it is so incredibly important for everyone to have a place where they can feel comfortable worshipping with other believers, be fed awesome Biblical truth, and serve God each in their own special way. If you don’t have that, find it!

Thank you so much Pastor and Lois for all you do for our church and our family! You have led us as parents, spouses, friends, pastors, leaders… the list goes on. I can see God at work in your life, your family and your ministry. Thank you for your Godly example and your commitment to Oakwood Church and our family there.

 

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

Are you singing now? Because you should be. Or at least humming…

The fabulous Sarah T. hosted a favorite things party for our friend holiday get together. She got the idea over at Nesting Place and I convinced her that we should go ahead with it.  So. Much. Fun. Not only did I get to find some awesome new products (and foods) I also got to have a girls night with some of my favorite friends and met some new friends too!

I can’t keep all this amazingness to myself now can I? There was some yummy food (everyone brought their favorite snack):

Some awesome girls (that were seriously not ok with my camera! I don’t know why though because they all are gorgeous.):

And lots of great gifts. I really wish I had taken more pictures at the party, but these girls were not feeling it. Oh well, I’ll get them next time! Here is my awesome stash:

(Almost every image is linked to a place where you can buy the item. You know you want to!)

This is what I brought along with a cute mug (wish I had pics) for each lovely lady. I can't live without my Chai!

I really wanted to bring something from the Melaleuca dry skin care line, but I didn't want them to think I was trying to sell them on it so I just stuck a lip balm in each mug as an 'extra'.

I knew Elissa is allergic to the chai, and preggo, so I brought her my favorite preggo tea.

Sarah brought this, and my whole family is already in love!

How cute is this little guy from April?! A bunny ring holder that is already sitting by my sink.

Elissa brought some silicone spatulas for everyone, but she had already given me a couple of the awesome little guys so she brought me these silicone pinch cups instead.

Nadine is a girl after my own heart. She also brought chai. Side note- my favorite place to go out for chai is 'The Steepery'. When getting my Christmas present Andrew found out they use Pacific Chai! Four scoops Pacific, two scoops creamer. You're welcome.

Katie misunderstood so she brought a different favorite thing for each lady. Who cares! I happen to love what I got.

This was also in my gift from Katie, and is great too!

Carrie's favorite thing is a bath, so she got us bath salts,

a candle,

and some lotion.

It was such a great way to get to know everyone better and find some awesome new products! The favorite things parties are going to keep coming, with new themes each time. Sweet right?!

The Most Awesomest Gift Giver Ever

My sweet husband has always been the most amazing gift giver. He always buys me the things I never splurge for myself, or he will get me something I would never in a million years have thought I wanted and then it turns out to be the thing I love. I have two pairs of shoes that I get compliments on every time I wear them. Andrew picked them out. I take him with clothes shopping because he makes better choices for me than I do…

It was his buddies birthday the other day and Andrew was showing me the coffee mug and beans that he picked up as a gift. They were really cool and unique. When I asked where he got them he told me about a little place over on Marshall (not in our neighborhood) so I said, “Oh, what were you doing over there?” Andrew replied, “Getting this.” It was just so obvious to him, but I don’t tend to think that way.

For me, when it comes time to purchase a gift (especially for Andrew) I find myself freaking out about what to get. I realized I don’t know people well enough and that makes me sad. Especially when it comes to my husband.

So my goal for 2012 is to become the most awesomest gift giver ever. I want to be the one who remembers and acknowledges birthdays, anniversaries, and special occasions. My cousin sent me a card the other day with a $5 gift card to Caribou to congratulate me on my pregnancy. So simple and yet so thoughtful. That little piece of mail made my day! (Thanks Anne and Ellie)

No more short cuts, no more excuses and no more laziness! Wal-Mart bags are not wrapping paper, and wrapping paper is not a gift tag… I will be thoughtful, I will be caring, and I will be the most awesomest gift giver ever.

Ok, maybe not ever. I do have Andrew to compete with, but I’m working on it!

Care for a Spot of Tea?

I picked up this little beauty last night:

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KitchenAid Teakettle

Word to the wise…. The amazon price is $29.99 but I got mine for $21.99 at Home Goods! I’m pretty excited. A few years back for Father’s Day I got Andrew a whole set up of coffee beans, a grinder, french press and (gasp) an electric teapot. It is cool for what it is, but no substitute for the real thing.

I just love the sound of the teakettle whistling to me that it is time for tea. And look at this cute mug Andrew got me for Christmas:

I am in relaxation heaven! Happy Weekend Everyone.

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