October 05, 2013

New Blog.....Again

I started a new blog!  Be sure to come follow over at Trying to be Trendy.  I'll be setting this blog to private soon because I no longer plan to be posting on it.  I do want to save my posts for my own enjoyment, and maybe print out a blog book, which I've read about, but have never done before.  In any case, if you want to keep up with me in my attempt to 'Try to be Trendy', hop on over and follow me there!  Thanks so much for being such awesome followers of this blog.  You guys rock!

September 10, 2013

Angel Babies

Today is September 10th.  Exactly 11 years ago, I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl.  She was born sleeping at 35 weeks gestation, and not a day goes by that I don't think of her.  I wonder who she would look like, what she would be doing right this very moment.  I miss her more than words can say.

 Two years ago, I started a home business.  I make personalized wooden blocks and other home decor items......the idea came to me when I made a set of blocks for a friend of mine.  She was a daycare provider, and had the blocks displayed in her living room.  All of her 'moms' kept asking her where she got those blocks, and then just like that, my business took off.

But, I digress.

For years, I have been trying to find something I can do for bereaved families of stillborn babies.  Once I started making these blocks, I knew I had found what it was that I could do for these families.  Please click on this link, which will take you to my business page.


Once there, click on my albums page, and look under the 'BABY ANGEL BLOCKS' album.  If you have been through the very difficult experience of having a stillborn baby, please message me, and tell me your story.  I will be happy to make a gift for you.

August 13, 2013

Ain't Nobody Got Time for That

No time for what?


Geepers Creepers, I'm pathetic.  I had all the time in the world when I was pregnant to post things and I didn't.  Now that baby boy is here, I have no time at all and so still there are no posts.  Uggh.  How do I balance this?

I started a blog years ago, and ended up deleting the entire blog because I had stopped posting.  I regret doing that only because there were a few blog posts that were so very meaningful to me, and I wish I had them back.  So, I do not want to delete my blog, but am trying to find a way to share my love for crafting, cooking and decorating in a way that doesn't take too much time, but will still be interesting to anyone who may read my blog.

If you have any suggestions on where you think I should take this blog, please leave a comment below.

With a new baby, I really need to buckle down and start bargain shopping again like I had done before.  I have fallen into the trap of Target shopping again, and I know I can find better deals at other places.  Nothing against Target, but I definitely need to find new ways to stretch a buck.

On the other hand, I love to craft and create new things, so that sounds fun, but honestly I have no time to do that AND take pictures AND post about it on my blog.  If I go this route, I need to find a more streamlined approach in how I do it.

I also love to cook.  Perhaps a cooking blog is the way I should go, but those are a dime a dozen.  So, while I figure this out, please be patient.  The kids start school again in a week, and am hoping to unveil the new 'theme' of my blog once we get into a routine again.

March 13, 2013

A Whole 'Latte' Change

Two weeks after having my baby boy, I thought for sure things would be back to normal around here.  Oh, how wrong I was!  It has been 9 years since we have had an infant in the house, and I completely forgot how much attention a newborn needs.....not to mention sharing that attention with my other 3 children, all while recovering from my second c-section (which in itself has been a lot harder this time around).  I just had this vision that I would bounce back quickly, and be cleaning, cooking, and crafting like the moment I got home from the hospital.  Foolishness, I tell you....LOL.

I did manage to change the look of my blog this morning....(priorities, right?)....and am anxious to share with you my new coffee bar space in my dining room.  That Pinterest has some wonderful ideas, doesn't it?

We are heavy coffee drinkers in this house, and knowing my love for coffee, my husband got me a Keurig for Christmas!  I have to admit, I haven't used it much.  I think the coffee is entirely too strong from the Keurig, so we use our coffee pot a lot more.  Do any of you have a Keurig, and what are your opinions?

In any case, I knew I wanted to make a coffee bar, and I had found this fun storage unit at a local consignment shop for $15.  I thought it would work perfectly for this space, and be functional as well with the storage for coffee underneath.

I had the shelf on the wall, which was a natural wood stain when I received it as a gift for Christmas one year.  A little spray paint goes a long way!  It was the perfect size for my coffee mugs, and those fun coffee sayings I found at a craft fair last fall.

Yay for me!  My first project since July of 2012......hoping to post more often now that I'm done being pregnant.  Check back soon!

Linking up with:
Someday Crafts
Gingersnap Crafts
Skip To My Lou

March 03, 2013

Decker Tate

My baby boy arrived last week!  Decker Tate......I think we'll keep him!

As soon as I recover from this c-section, I plan on getting back to so many things that I have put on the back burner for the past 9 months......blogging being one of them.  
I just wanted to share with you who contributed to my 9 month hiatus from just about everything.
He was worth it!

November 06, 2012

What I've Been Working On

To those who have been faithful followers, and haven't dropped me yet.....THANK YOU!

This year has been a roller coaster year for me. The first half of the year was pretty uneventful, but then came July 23rd.

July 23rd, we found out we were PREGNANT!  And July 24th, I fell ill with Hyperemesis Gravidarum, (an extreme form of morning sickness in pregnancy, 24/7 nausea).  I was quite literally on my couch for 12 weeks, and if I wasn't on my couch, I was in the ER receiving fluids from being so dehydrated.  I kind of expected this, because I have had it with each previous pregnancy, but you forget what it's like once it's over.  Granted, it took 9 years for my husband to convince me to try for just ONE more child, and when the sickness hit, it hit me like a freight train.  It should be a ton of fun once the baby gets here, though....I won't have any toddlers around to chase after.  My youngest are 9 years old, twins.....and my oldest is 12.  I will have plenty of help!

Praise the Lord, after I reached 15 weeks, the nausea eased up, and now I'm only sick when I wake up in the mornings, but feel pretty good the rest of the day.  The downside, at this point, is that I am already starting to get GINORMOUS, and I'm only 22 weeks!  The Dr. says I am measuring at 24 weeks, and the Ultrasound said 23 weeks.  Hoping this baby comes out 2-3 weeks before it's due! :)

In any case, this beautiful bundle of joy...I mean, BOY....is why you have seen no posts from me in the past few months.  And, future posts will be few and far between until this baby arrives in early March......but stick with me, please, because after this pregnancy is over, I'll be back to crafting again, and will definitely be finding ways to stretch a dollar, so there will be lots of fun posts ahead.

July 04, 2012

Picture Board Upcycle

You have no idea how excited I am to share this post with you!

I received this little number for free from my mother-in-law a while back.......

It doesn't exactly scream 'Keep me as I am' now, does it?

So, I tore off the white ribbon, 
the tacky daisy buttons, and the not-so-awesome checkered fabric and went to town!

First, I cut this fun polk-a-dot fabric I found at Hobby Lobby for 30% off to fit the picture board, making sure I left enough to pull and secure the ends to the back of the board.

I then proceeded to wrap the board as I would wrap a gift, making sure to pull tight each time so there were no wrinkles in the front.

How did I secure the fabric to the back, you ask?


That's all I needed for this project.....a glue gun and scissors.
Would someone please give the person who invented the glue gun a hug already!?!

It's not perfect, but this is the BACK, so who cares, right?

I then added tulle for ease of hanging:

Next up, I added the pink ribbon.  Again, securing it to the back with only hot glue.

And then the green ribbon in the opposite direction:

Finally, it needed that POP, and since I had a box of bling to work with, that's what I did......
I added a little bling to each spot where the pink and green ribbon crossed.

How did I do that?  Yep....a glue gun!  LOL.

The finished product.....I am totally in love with it!

Linking up with some of these awesome parties:

*Making the World Cuter Mondays
*I Gotta Try That
*Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating