Saturday, October 28, 2017

fall harvest birthday party




Today we finally got around to having Abi's 5th birthday party. October was a crazy busy month with three birthdays, our Anniversary, three kids playing sports and a trip to St. Louis. We just had to push Abi's party off a bit, but I don't think it bothered her much. If you've been hanging around here long you know that we throw our kids "big friend" parties when they turn 1,5 and 10...it seems that I am still throwing a big party every year...but at least it isn't 5 big parties!! Abi decided on a pumpkin party since I happened to ask her what kind of party she wanted one day while we were walking through Hobby Lobby two months ago. She wanted pumpkins (since we happened to be standing right next to some) so we went with a fall harvest theme. Really, it was just an excuse to use beautiful fall decorations and make some yummy treats.

I always go a little overboard with my parties but it is something I love to do. This is my jam. I would LOVE to plan parties for other people but I will start with my people. Some moms have gifts of math, organization, cleanliness, etc I have the gift of throwing a party...so I might as well do it to the best of my ability. I feel like I'm slacking a little bit lately on the actual "party" though because I focus so much on the table of snacks! ha!! Well, today I had a sure win when I asked a friend from church if they would bring their horse to our house and let the kids all have a ride!! And they did!! And the kids LOVED it (as far as I could tell). One sweet little boy even said, "I've never been a real cowboy before" before his turn to ride the horse. Abi smiled from ear to ear the whole time she got to ride the horse and the other party guests enjoyed it as well. The kids also did a little turkey craft that Abi picked out and they played outside for a bit.

Abi had a great time and I think her friends did too. It was a little cold and a lot disjointed but it was fun nonetheless. Thanks friends who came to share in this day with our sweet sassy Abi. We enjoyed your company and enjoyed having you celebrate with us. No pictures of the friends on the blog since I didn't ask their permission!! But here are a few from the party...mostly the table and yes most things were ideas from pinterest and most decorations were from Hobby Lobby!!


My amazing friend Kellee made these cookies for the party. We used the horse cookie and a leaf cookie for the party favors and ate the rest. So pretty and so delicious!!
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

i see you mom...

I see you mom. Wondering if it's okay to serve popcorn when you just can't get your act together to make a meal plan much less a meal. I see you mom. When you're wondering if it's acceptable to wear ear plugs so you can ignore the yelling kids. I see you mom. Wondering if you really should just throw all the toys away so you don't have to keep picking them up. I see you mom. When you're having your "quiet time" with me, surrounded by noise and cheerios under your feet. I see you mom. Wondering if it's normal to find yesterday's coffee in the microwave. I see you mom. When you wash the sheets and make the bed because someone didn't make it to the bathroom last night. I see you mom. When you feel guilty while loading your donuts, sugary cereal and other junk onto the conveyor belt next to the other moms veggie and other health foods. I see you mom. Wondering if you can just take a nap. Take a break. Take a pee. Alone. I see you mom. When you just want to run away. Run away to find yourself in me. I love our quiet time even if it means sticky hands all over my Word. I see you. I love you. I am enough for you. Nothing else REALLY matters. Cling to me. Let me be your ROCK.

Monday, October 02, 2017

craft room tour

Hello friends!! I hope you are all having a great fall!! After two weeks of temperatures in the 90s it is finally starting to cool off again this week and I am so excited about that. Along with fall comes thoughts of upcoming gift seasons and for someone like me who makes the majority of my custom items around Christmas I needed to get my craft room completed. You may remember back in April I gave you a little tour of my craft room in its infancy. We had just moved a month before and I was just starting to put everything in place. Well, its' been five months and I finally feel like my space is getting organized!! Yay!!

I have my tables in place and almost all of my items have a home. It is so much easier to make my custom pieces when I know where everything is. I also don't end up buying as much because I know when I truly run out of something and don't just buy because I can't find something. I have been making a lot of necklaces lately along with some custom family illustrations and home illustrations! Feel free to check them out in my etsy shop!!

But without further adieu let me show you some pictures of my cleaned up and organized craft space. I did have to reposition some things to fit better than what I originally had planned but it works so much better.

Here is the before of my corner that was going to just be a desk for business paperwork and such....

But it is now my sewing area!


Here is the before of what I thought would be my sewing area and then my painting desk. I was thinking of doing a big corner desk but I'm really happy with the way this area turned out.



I found an old door at a garage sale for $20 and then got the two white shelves from Ikea. I put a piece of plexiglass over the area where the window is in the door. I wasn't thinking of getting a door with a window in it but I really love it. I think it helps make the room brighter. The white shelves on the wall and the metal rod are from Ikea also. 

I love my "Maker" wall and am working on putting some more maker walls together as well...so if you're interested in a trade let me know!! 
I found the old "pepsi" crates which store my paints at an Antique store in the area and I had purchased the black bookcases from Walmart and Target. 

I love this space so much. And even though I don't have a window it doesn't feel like a black hole!! I have more ideas for adding more color too! I'm not quite done with this space!



This is the before picture of my shipping station. It hasn't changed too much but I have added a few things to the area!

 The clipboards hold my orders...order forms, paid and shipped. I have everything I need ready to go, all my business cards, pack ins and shipping supplies. It makes it so much easier than having to go digging for things when it's time to mail items!

This wall is really the only one that hasn't changed!!


 I still have to work on my closet. It is a huge mess and things are just piled in there but until I can get some shelves built in there it will just have to stay that way!! 

Thanks for taking a tour with me!
 Let me know if you have any questions! I would love to see your craft room...drop a link in the comments so I can check them out!!!