I love this wall. Family photos and art...nothing gets better than that :)
Monday, November 29, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
I'm Blessed to be Stressed
I've decided that is my new mantra for the holiday season.
If I start feeling stressed, I am going to think about all the good reasons why.
For example, I was feeling stressed yesterday about grocery shopping/cooking (along with every single other woman in the country:), and I reminded myself how lucky I was to be able to buy the food, that I was blessed to have a family to celebrate with etc...
I'm signing off to enjoy the rest of the week.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Lots of love and blessings to you and your families! :)
Monday, November 22, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
I've put a few signed copies into my etsy shop...
But I am giving ONE copy away.
Do you want to win one? Leave a comment and I will pick a winner on Monday morning.
Have a great weekend!
I'll leave you with some images of the delicious projects...
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
After a day of "No", "Not right now", "Maybe later", "It's just not a good time", and "Honey, PLEASE, I can't right now", I felt the need to leave some positive notes around.
Here's to a day with a little more "Yes" :)
Monday, November 15, 2010
Operation Christmas is honestly one of my favorite all time activities during the year.
Please go here and watch this video: http://www.samaritanspurse.org/video/?bctid=260796487001 . I promise you will not watch it and not want to help.
Operation Christmas Child is a program where you collect, package and send out filled shoe boxes for less fortunate boys and girls across the world.
We started by getting on-line and showing the kids the Samaritans Purse Website. I think seeing some children helped them visualize what we were doing. We talked about how some children don't have any toys, very little food, almost no hygiene products. We also talked about how some children don't even have mothers or fathers, and that we would be spending time making them a present to open on Christmas morning.
You can see how we did this last year here. Last year my older boys were really into it. This year, Ava really got it. This child has been blessed with a heart for service. Four boxes were not enough for her. She wants all the children in the world to wake up to at least one Christmas present.
This is a family activity that always puts my heart into the right place before the holidays arrive. It is so tempting to over-do...but making Operation Christmas boxes makes all of us feel that giving is so much more fun than receiving :)
I'm linking up to Heather's Life-Made-Lovely Monday. There is nothing lovelier than helping others...:)
Have a great Monday!!
Saturday, November 13, 2010
We got back from our trip late Thursday night and now everyone (except me and Logan) is sick. :( It's a viral croup, so even though it's not serious, everyone is feeling very yucky.
This is the first Saturday morning in months that we are not committed to soccer or baseball games all day, and I have to say, it feels so nice to be able to just lounge around today.
I have a little thing for photobooth strips.
I intend to spend the whole weekend basking in the comfort of my home and the little things that I love.
Have a wonderful weekend, friends!
Monday, November 8, 2010
I made my first Christmas gift (for my 2 year old) this weekend. Before you start thinking I'm totally OCD, let me clarify that I have a HUGE work deadline on December 19th, as well as about 15 custom orders to make for Christmas. So I am a little early on Christmas stuff this year, but for good reason! :)here. My hardware store didn't carry MDF, so I used 1/4" plywood. Bad idea. If you make them, please search for the MDF. My wood split and I ended up spending a whole day sanding them down.
Also, I used blue painters tape to get the perfect lines down the middle.
I received an early Christmas gift here today. I highly recommend checking this site out.
I'll be traveling for a few days, but I'll be back soon. Have a wonderful week friends!
Sunday, November 7, 2010
God made the forests, the tiny stars, and the wild winds--and I think that he made them partly as a balance for that kind of civilization that would choke the spirit of joy out of our hearts. He made the great open places for the people who want to be alone with him and talk to him, away from the crowds that kill all reverence. And I think that he is glad at times to have us forget our cares and responsibilities that we may be nearer him--as Jesus was when he crept away into the wilderness to pray.
MARGARET ELIZABETH SANGSTER, "The Gypsy Spirit"
It was chilly, but so much fun. There is so much to be said to be out of the city and suburbs, and near some wide open spaces.
It's good for the soul...
I'm linking up to Heather's Life Made Lovely Monday :)
Thursday, November 4, 2010
I needed an excuse to play with my beautiful Martha Stewart glitters, so I made some cards yesterday.
I also spent some time with the kids yesterday trying to get a cute shot for Christmas cards. I'd love your honest opinion...Which one do you think is cuter?
I know they are very casual for a Christmas card shot, but that's the way we roll...:)
Have you started thinking, planning, creating, or buying for Christmas yet?
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
I've been cutting this stack of vintage pillowcases and sheets into 5" squares for a while now, waiting for the right pattern to appear. When I saw this free pattern over here, I knew it would be perfect!
Then I feel okay starting another new one :)