Tuesday, April 25, 2017

a big move

We moved from Tennessee to Missouri about five weeks ago. It seems like we've been here for only a couple of weeks but at the same time it feels like we've been here for years. The people are so friendly, thoughtful and generous. Just tonight a man from the congregation brought over a play set for the kids...he drove it over on his tractor!! So fun! Small town life is pretty exciting! We have been blessed with so many things from babysitting, to eggs, meat, flowers, and now a playground. Just tonight I wasn't really feeling like cooking so I just planned on making "breakfast" for dinner...and then a kind woman walked across the street from the church and brought us the leftover food from the LWML Zone Rally that they had today. Some of the best broccoli cheese soup I've ever had along with croissants and chicken salad. God is meeting our needs in many and various ways. God is blessing our socks off with the generosity of these people. I'm pretty sure we won't have to buy eggs again...for a long long time. One man has already brought us 10 dozen eggs (not all at the same time) and another family with hens has brought us more. We have had two different families bless us with part of their cows. And we've gotten four whole chickens. Not to mention the pantry shower that the church had for us before we even got here. I don't need to buy green beans or corn for a very long time!! We feel very blessed. And if we don't just look at the material goods we see blessings too...the people are very friendly, generous with their time and very kind. We walk to the grocery store, the post office and the bank. We could walk to the library but it's a little bit further away and we usually get a LOT of books so we usually drive. We do our "big" grocery shopping about 25 minutes away but it helps me plan meals out better so I'm not always having to drive into town. The craft store is 25 minutes away too which obviously is good for my wallet!!

Speaking of the craft store...during our move I took some time off from my handmade business and I'm slowly getting back into the swing of things with my lettering and painting. I have many custom orders that I am currently working on and a HUGE project that I am so so excited about but I can't share what that project is just yet...but let's just say that it is a dream project! So here are a few random pictures from the last month or so...actually most of these are from the last week or so. I need to get back on this blog and write about our move.

We were so blessed with so many wonderful helpful friends during our time of transition. Many people came to help us get our house ready, bring us meals, watch our kids. We couldn't have made this move without the body of Christ. We are so grateful for their love and support and we truly miss our friends and family back in Tennessee. Thanks be to God for modern ways of communication. While it's totally informal and not as good as face to face, it is so good to be able to keep up with friends through social media, texts, and video chatting!!

Time for some pictures....
See, he literally drove it from his house to ours...on his tractor!!! So cool!!!

Our library had a rock painting night and now Naomi and I want to paint.all.the.rocks!!


My top secret HUGE project is inside this envelope! There's your sneak peek!!

I actually made something for my own house and it didn't take me 5 years!!

I took some time today to create a printable for Mother's Day...and a card that you can purchase as well. The printable is listed in my etsy store here and the card is here.

There is a German restaurant here with THE.BEST.GERMAN food I've ever had...and I'm German. Yum!!!

A friend asked me to draw their family for Mother's Day and I decided I better practice on my family first to make sure I could do it...besides Naom's glasses being too high I think it turned out okay!
 Sorry if we're friends on FB and you've seen all of these already! I promise to try to blog more...but honestly the best place to catch me and what we're up to is on Instagram!!

And if you want to check out a little bit of my craft room there will be a tour of it on my friends blog. I'll post the link tomorrow!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

the one about Chick-fil-A

I love everything about Chick-Fil-A...I mean honestly what is there not to love? Great food. Friendly staff. Clean restaurants. Incredible business model. And Christ centered. Love it all. So I've been very excited to be a part of the Chick-Fil-A mom panel for the last 4 years!! Incredible. They send us some awesome gifts, we give feedback and we participate in fun challenges. (my latest gift is pictured below)

The most recent challenge was to take one of their tortilla soup containers and re-purpose it. I love taking things that could be "trash" and turning them into something useable and even bigger bonus is if they can be helpful for me in my quest to be more organized. So as you know I'm a big crafter and I love to have my supplies easily at hand. So when I thought about how I could use my container I thought about what craft items I needed a new storage solution for. My washi tape is currently in a big glass jar, which is fine...but I cannot see all my tape or easily access it all. So I decided to use my soup container and a bigger container that held my favorite avocado lime chicken wrap. I just hot glued some empty spools to the two containers and called it good. This is so much easier for me to access my washi tape. Once we move and I figure out all my colors for my new craft room I plan on spray painting the whole thing to make it pop a little more!!! What would you make with the great plastic containers from Chick-Fil-A?


At the begining of the year a friend of mine who owns a local Chick-Fil-A told me that they remodeled their dining area and they have a new chalkboard. She had seen some of my lettering on facebook and asked me if I would come and letter on their chalkboard. I jumped at the opportunity and am so so glad she asked. I love creating a new piece for them on paper and translating it to the chalkboard! I have had so much fun doing these!!! Here are the chalkboards I have done so far. And I hope to get to make at least one more before we move!!







So what's your favorite thing about Chick-Fil-A?
#chickfilamomsdiy

Monday, February 27, 2017

Oh, the places you'll go

I hope you are all having a great February...it's almost over!!! How is it possible that February is almost over? Crazy. Well at this rate it will be the end of the school year and summer will be before us. So here's a little idea of something you could do before the school year ends.

I thought today I would share with you a little something that involves a little bit of planning ahead but honestly almost no time at all to prep an awesome high school graduation gift. The earlier you start this gift the better but honestly it doesn't matter too much how far your kid is in school...just start!!

I bought a copy of "Oh, the Places You'll Go" for each child that is in school. I will purchase more for my other kids once they start school. So I have three copies of the book because three kids are in school. Each kid gets their own book that I have their teachers sign at the end of the school year. The key is, the kids do not know that I am having their teachers sign these books for them. It will be so fun to give these books filled with notes from their teachers at their high school graduation party!!