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September 22, 2010

7:12 AM

i should probably be waking up the girls right now, but i just wanted to check in quickly.

so, we are moving this week.  literally.  every time ryan or i goes over to the new place we take a box or two or a basket of toys or a metal star from the wall (harper was upset by that one and promptly told me that the wall wasn’t pretty anymore).  our current house is a WRECK and i’ve given up on trying to have it not be.  i’m keeping it clean (wiping the counters, sweeping the floors), but not neat.  reinforcements arrive on thursday night so starting friday morning we should be getting quite a bit done.  hoping that by monday i’ll be almost unpacked and that by the end of next week i’ll be somewhat organized. 

the whole concept of the girls living in a HOUSE for the first time is cool.  yesterday evening i did a little painting and ryan met us over there and brought pizza.  we had a picnic on a dropcloth.  i was so annoyed i didn’t have my camera because it was one of those moments when i thought, “i want this image burned on my brain.”  super special family picture.  anyway, as we were leaving, harper ran out to the mailbox, opened it and said, “no mail today!”  i was thinking how exciting that must be for her….for her entire life we’ve gotten our mail out of a little silver hole with a door.

this whole process is very exciting to me (i swear i have a huge smile on my face every time i’m packing a box), so i’m not in a rush to have it overwith, but there are alot of things that i’m looking forward to in the next 6 months or so, so i won’t mind when the moving in part is done:

  • starting up tuesday night Bible study again with some of my favorite women (and we’re reading Crazy Love by Francis Chan, which is a book i’ve been dying to get through)
  • assisting my talented friend Kat Braman at several weddings
  • shooting one of my own next month
  • cooler weather (which feels like it’s already started, although i’m sure i’m being deceived somehow)
  • Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas (we’ll get to have lights outside this year!)
  • Harper learning to read…i’m expecting to see her doing some probably before Christmas…she is flying through everything she’s being taught right now
  • so so so excited to start painting for the Homespun Chic Marketplace i’m participating in in April.  it’s always been a dream of mine to take part in a “craft fair/art show”, and this one seems like it’ll be really good.  i have big plans and in the new house i have an actual workspace.  SO STOKED to get some things on canvas.  (if you want to see some of my past works, you can go to my other blog, scroll to the bottom and click on “paintings”.)  several of my friends who have Etsy shops are doing it too, so that makes it extra fun and exciting.
  • watching Maitland learn to sit up and crawl….okay let’s be honest: i’m only excited about the sitting up part.  he can stay on his bottom for 6 months for all i care.  haha

it’s now 7:30 and my girls really need to be up!  gotta run.

the new place

June 22, 2010

we’re leaving tomorrow morning to head up to a condo in new smyrna beach with ryan’s family.  i’m super excited, but have lots to do before we go, so here’s just a few little quickies before i get up to face the mess at my dining table (let’s just say layne thought lunch today was new year’s eve and her macaroni was the confetti):

  • we watched The Book of Eli on sunday night.  i loved it.  it exceeded my expectations, and i don’t really feel like very many movies do that anymore.  i don’t want to say too much in case one of my 4 readers is going to watch it, but speaking as a christian, i can say that i was pleasantly surprised.
  •  layne is asleep in my bed right now.  i am shocked.  the pack ‘n play that she normally naps in is folded up and already packed in my car for our trip, so i had no choice but to put her on my bed (harper is having her quiet/rest time in the girls’ room, so layne couldn’t nap there).  i am SO proud of her because she didn’t try to get out of bed even once.  i think a big-girl bed is close on the horizon…most likely some kind of bunk beds…  when maitland starts sleeping through the night, we may end up just putting all 3 kids in there together…something i said i’d never do.  we’ll see.
  • going to pick-up soccer tonight.  i am so so excited!  i’m obviously super out of shape, and most likely won’t be able to walk tomorrow, but nonetheless i can’t wait to get back out there and kick the ball around a little bit.  the kids and i went to ryan’s game last night (which went surprisingly well) and it got me so stoked to play again.
  • my friend holly talked about me in her blog the other day.  i was so flattered.  we haven’t seen each other in forever…she’s a few years younger than me, but we ran track and did cheerleading together in high school.  like many other people i’ve been delighted to reconnect with, i got back in touch with her via Facebook.  she has an incredibly successful shop on etsy and her art is also now being produced by Demdaco (the big company that makes the Willow Tree figurines and other cool stuff that you can find like at Hallmark or christian book stores).  she’s cool and beautiful enough to wear her hair super short and i love that about her…not many girls have the guts.  holly, i love that we are in touch and i love watching your creativity and ideas and business grow!
May 28, 2009


i’ve been such a blog slacker lately.  here’s why:

**photo disclaimer: all of these pictures were taken with my small camera at night.  i realize the quality leaves much to be desired, but i really didn’t want to wait another day to do this post…turns out i never got it done last night anyway**

i’ve been up until at least midnight every night this week.  one night i was up sewing until 2:30 in the morning.  ryan thinks i’m crazy, but i hate to be interrupted when i’m working on this stuff so i really can’t do it during the day.  plus, i screwed up several times and the ended up taking me alot longer than it should’ve.  made new bedroom curtains.  the ones we had before had been there for over 3 years and i had never hemmed the bottoms.  it was either this or buy expensive wood blinds.

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here’s  a close-up of the fabric (in the picture above it kinda looks like blue christmas trees).  i also made  dark denim accent pillow for the bed, but ryan was in the bed when i took these pictures, so you’ll just have to imagine it. 

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next up is the living room.  made new curtains and FINALLY (6 months later) got some photos into these frames.  the pictures are from our family session with rebekah hood.  it was so hard to find good vertical shots that’d be good in b&w, but i like what i chose.  they make me happy.

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i didn’t make the new pillow covers.  i tried, but like i said earlier, i screwed up.  went to target yesterday and they had these pillows for $9 each.  you can’t take off the covers, but the ones that were removeable were like $20.  i figure i’ll take them to the laundry mat every few months.  they are super soft and harper hasn’t stopped playing with them since we brought them home.  she’s made a bed on the floor like 5 times, a gymnastics mat, and a bed for baby jesus with them.

here’s a close-up of what’s in the frames (agian, the quality of these is terrible, and in NO way shows the amazing-ness of rebekah, but i didn’t want to use my flash)

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here’s a close-up of the new curtains.  i love this fabric.  it’s called terrarium.  i think i’m in an orange phase.  the ones i took down were orange corduroy.  i loved them, but they were just too “heavy” for summer.

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we got new fixtures for all our sinks the weekend of harper’s birthday (over a month ago).  ryan finally had time to put one of them in.  i love it.  i think it makes the whole bathroom look new again.  (pay no attention to the dork in the mirror.)

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May 12, 2009

doh-hon’t stop believin’

i really am going to get back to my normal bloggy self.  🙂

however, the main reason for the title of this post is: my friend kathleen just posted a show about Fox’s new show, “GLEE”.  i too am super duper excited about it.  the previews give me chills…  i’ll be sure to do a post after i watch the preview episode next week.  i’d probably pay to watch it.  i’m that excited.

anyway, one of the things i worked on last week was mother’s day gifts.  i never really want to spend a great deal of money for mother’s day, but i want the gift to be sentimental.  for me, this usually means making something.  this year, i wanted to give the mothers some of the photos from our family photo session in january.  i went to michael’s with really no plan (dangerous, especially when i have both kids with me).  i found these cool blank journals and decided that was the route i was going.  i got the supplies, went home and got to work.  i tried so hard to remember to take a picture of every step, but like i’ve said before, i hardly EVER finish a task all in one sitting, so it was hard to remember to take a picture every time i sat down.  below i will post pictures and tell you step by step how i made the journals, in case you’re interested. 

the blank journal


twisted the plastic-coated wire out of the holes so that i had two seperate flat pieces of cardboard to work with (this also allowed me to determine the number of pages in the album without ripping them out).


coated the front of each piece evenly with mod podge, then laid a pre-measured piece of scrapbook paper on each (the paper overlapped the cardboard on every side by about 1/2 inch).  rub the paper so that you get rid of any wrinkles or air pockets.


next, i sanded the edges until the overlapped portions fell off (i used sandpaper, but you can also use a nail file).  you could easily cut the paper to match exactly and then you could skip this step, but i like the antiqued look that the sanding gives the edges.


next, i used my paper piercer to poke through the holes that had been covered with the mod-podged paper.  i wiggled the piercer around in each hole to open it up as big as it would go.  (pardon my horribly neglected nail polish.  i promise that today it is long gone.)


next, i gathered what i’d planned to use for embellishment and figured out what my layouts would be.  i got the scrapbook paper and little flowers on sale and michaels.  had the dark brown paper, corner-rounder, and beads at home.  the paper that says “family” on it is just some of the blank journal paper that i put through my printer.


after i embellished the front, i mod-podged two more pieces of paper to the insides of the front and back.  we all signed the one in the back and i wrote a mother’s day message.  forgot to take a picture.  next, i twisted the wire back through all the paper and the holes.  this the probably the hardest part of the whole project…very tricky.


here is the finished product, although i am so annoyed with myself because i forgot to take a picture after i put the pictures in it.  i used photo corners (that i’ve had in my craft closet for like 5 years) as opposed to glue, so that if any of the moms wanted to take pictures out and frame them or stick them in their wallet or something that they didn’t have to rip out the page or something.


i made three different ones and my intention was to take a picture of them all together.  ugh.