Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Couple Week Rewind

I know I always say I am busy but sometimes I forget to show you what I have been up to.  Lately I have been a little slow on my blogging because I am trying to keep up with 2 of them!  I have a family blog too that I try to update often so my family back home can know what is going on with our crazy life here in Texas!

I thought it would be fun to show you a few pictures of my craft room, studio, back room, sunroom, exercise room...a.k.a the space in our house that I work in.  It has been a very transitional room for whatever we need it for.  Right now it is my work & one day I just know I will have a nice room or small guest house type location that all of my stuff will land in.  (no pressure honey!)  For now, this works.  Most days!

 This is our super fabulous couch that I scored at an estate sale for just $75 bucks!  
How awesome is that?  Can we say....a-m-a-z-i-n-g!
 This is my huge roll top desk that I have an love/hate relationship with.  It's so big but it holds & hides ohhh so much stuff!  Plus it was given to us so who can complain about that?  I mean seriously?
 This is my extra work space.  It really never looks this clean.  It is usually piled with scrapbook paper.
 All of my storage is generally over here!  This room really is a sunroom so it has 9 windows.  9 WINDOWS PEOPLE!  No wall space except for a brick wall....I highly doubt we will be hanging very much on that.  :-)  I use cabinets & my big roll top desk.  
 This picture is pretty blurry but it is my sewing area!  I don't sew very often but when I do I try & do a bunch at one time.  I like to do something different every now & then!
My little mailing station.  It holds all of my office supplies, hot glue guns, postage scale, laminator...etc.  Love it!

So check out what I have been working on lately!  I don't take pictures of everything I do but here is some of it.

Sports Theme Baby Shower Invitations

Monster Truck Party
 Digital file downloadable invitation!
Name Banner

Homestyle Baby Shower 
 Name Banners
 Words of Advice Cards

Wipe Container

Strawberry Shortcake Rosette Banner

Shabby Chic Love Blocks

 Aren't all these paper patterns fabulous??

I hope you enjoyed a little sneak peek into what I have been up to.  I have lost more going on like working on some props for Imagination Explosion.  Working on more things to go with that sports theme shower, a big pirate adventure party, and of course my favorite teacher appreciation week!  I love making people feel special!  Hope y'all have a great Wednesday!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

I feel like I start every blog post with how busy I am but seriously I am!  My business is keeping me so busy & just life is keeping me busy!  I am looking forward to summer!

I thought I would share a couple pictures from Gabe's kindergarten performance last week.  
Maybe I can get a little video clip up later of them singing.  It was super cute!

Here's a little glimpse into our Easter filled weeks!  We always kick off our season with some Jello eggs. I think it might be one of the highlights of Easter for Gabe!  I think he just likes making things!

We thought it would be a fun treat to bring them to his classmates at school.  They were a hit!

Although I don't have any pictures of it we love doing the resurrection eggs with our kids each year.  I think I might do them as long as they will allow me to.  I think they are a great way to tell your kids about the REAL meaning of Easter in a fun, exciting way!  We always hide the eggs, 2 each night, and they can find them.  We read them the story & scripture for each egg.  The night before Easter we review what each of the items are in the eggs & talk about it.  Super fun!

Also, have I mentioned that Gabe is on the fence of salvation?  I think if we would let him he would "pray the prayer."  I know what some of you are thinking....let him....but to us it is WAY bigger than just praying the prayer.  It does him no good to pray it if he doesn't really understand it.  We really don't want to sway his decision.  He has been talking about it A LOT lately.  My prayer is that God will show Gabe when it is the right time & us!  Pray that we have wisdom!

On a lighter note, check out these pictures from his school egg hunt & party!

On Good Friday we had friends over to color eggs!

Saturday my fabulous, amazing, kind hearted, hard working husband finished our patio so we could use it this weekend.  Check out his amazingness.

He added the wall with a double door gate.  I planted all the flowers for it-we got a lemon tree!

He also finished this little project for my kitchen!
We have an addition on our house so we have this window in our kitchen that looks into our sunroom (a.k.a Sarah's craft room) and we normally have a curtain up but I was ready to get rid of it.  Check out that super fabulous chalkboard!  I CANNOT wait to fill it up with scripture!

Saturday night I made resurrection cookies with my kids.  I love doing this because you can read right from God's word and teach them about Easter.  It is so hands on!  Lily obviously didn't get it...she participated in it but Gabe did.

Before bed we finished up our resurrection eggs and read from the bible about Christ dying on the corss & rising from the grave!  Hallelujah!

 Today we got to celebrate that Jesus is alive!

It's so funny to see how the enemy works.  We all got up early but took our time getting ready.  The kids were all ready to go so I quickly showered but then realized how late it was.  I had no time left to dry my hair or anything.  I threw on some clothes (nothing I wanted to wear of course) and got in the van & went to church.  Somewhat upset that I didn't look the way I had planned but my kids did.  :-)

Once I got there I received a call from my brother telling me that my grandma, Nana, wasn't going to make it.  She has been in a nursing home for several years now and we knew the end was coming near but I just wasn't thinking today.  They told the family it would probably be within the next 2 days.  I just lost it on the phone.  I was sobbing as I dropped Lily off.  At that moment I didn't care what I looked like.  I was actually glad I had no makeup on.  I wouldn't have raccoon eyes.  :-)  It brought great sadness to my heart, a heaviness.  I have the, "I wishes...."   I wish I was able to go home to see her last week with my mom.  I wish my kids knew who she was.  I wish she (and Jopa) could see how God has blessed my life.  I wish she could see how successful I am.  Maybe not to the worlds standards but to Christ's.  My life is full & rich.  

I am glad soon her pain will go away.  She will be looking into the face of the almighty God!  She will be dancing with the angels!  Her life will be full of joy.  Full of happiness.  With Jopa by her side!  Needless to say, the rest of our day was kind of heavy.  The unspoken words.  Waiting.  Praying.  Loving on each other.  Cherishing the moments together with family.
This is how we spent the rest of our day....

We had brunch & dinner at my house!  I love that I am able to cook for my family and serve them.  It brings me great joy!  I love that we have family here to spend the day with.  I am glad we have a savior who has risen from the grave and has given us freedom and overflowing joy in Him!  

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Easter Printables

You know how much I love paper crafts and I just stumbled across the blog, Eighteen25 where they have some precious Easter treats!
(Image from Eighteen25)
Swing on over to Eighteen 25 and download this awesome FREE treat bag topper!  Such an easy thing to do with your kids for their classmates!  Not to mention cheap!

(Image from Eighteen25)

How cute are they?  So much fun!

Imagination Explosion

I am super excited to be a part of Imagination Explosion.  The artist Molly Swanson from Specs and Wings pulled me into this event with Amanda McNeely Photography!  I feel very honored to work with such talented and artistic women!

Imagination Explosion is going to feature 4 handcrafted sets by Specs and Wings.  I will have the privilege of hand making some banners and props to go along with these amazing sets.  

For more details about the mini session visit, Amanda McNeely Photography!  You will want to sign up quickly because space is limited and will go fast!

Hope you have a fabulous Wednesday!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Weekend Wrap-up

We kicked off our fabulous weekend celebrating all of Gabe's hard work and accomplishment when he received his yellow belt at Tae Kwon Do!

Then Friday night we had a date night planned.  Yes a date night!  They don't happen very often but we are quite intentional about doing them as much as possible.  A good way to keep us accountable is our split membership with Jake & Jess to the local community theater!  We went to their beautiful home for dinner, amazing ribs & chicken!  (craved them all weekend)  Then off to to the theater!

Saturday morning we had the farmer's market and once again I didn't get any pictures.  Not because I forgot my camera but because it was so windy I was trying to keep my paper goods from blowing away.  But my fabulous husband watched my booth so I could bring the kids down to the YMCA for their kids day & sign us up!

I spent my entire Saturday cleaning & organizing my house...more pictures to come later with all that!  But I couldn't wait to show y'all my new stools.  Well, they are not new new I just redid them & they are super fabulous now!  I love them!

aren't they so cute??

Amidst all of our cleaning, purging, and organizing, Lily thought it would be a good weekend to start tee teeing on the potty, what?  seriously?  now?  Let me tell you has been amazing!  She's just doing it.  She's so independent.  I'm so proud of her!  We always fret over the whole potty training thing (I did more with Gabe than Lily) but when they are ready to do it they will and it is stress free!

We figured since she was using the potty it was time to convert the crib.  Yes, I said it, convert the crib into a bed.  It has been a little emotional.  We are done with the crib...for good.  Kind of bittersweet!

But she absolutely LOVES her "big girl" bed.  She has to get in and out all by herself.  I love it!

All day Saturday our poor community battled fires.  One huge fire claiming 40 structures and more than 16,000 acres.  The smoke seemed like it was so close.  This was out our front door over our neighbor's house.

So scary.  To think of the few things we would grab if evacuated.  The rest is quite meaningless.

We wrapped up our weekend with a trip to the Y for the family swim!  We will put our new membership to good work!

Hope y'all had a great weekend too!  Blessings!


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