Thursday, May 9, 2013

It's already May?!?

WOW! It is already May?!? I swear time has been in fast forward these past few months! Lots of exciting things have been happening though. Fritter is finishing up with preschool in the next few weeks, Little A is not so little anymore & is growing so fast, & I've been busy doing a craft fair and a garage sale the last few weeks! Whew!
I have been busy working on new items for my craft fair & made some new pretty creations that I will hopefully get listed in my Etsy shop soon! ( The laundry MUST get done first...ha!)
BUT....I wanted to show them off here first! ;-)
I made this knot dress out of a vintage pillowcase & hankie for the apron. It is SO fun! :-)
I just love this big paisley fabric in a pretty coral & green. I even handstitched a crocheted dollie on the front of the bodice for a sweet touch. :-)
This is an old Riley Blake woodland creatures fabric I have had in my stash for awhile & I just paired it with some coordinating fabrics I had and it came out so fun! :-)
The back view
 This is a fun reversible pinafore top! I just love these because you get 2 tops in one & they are perfect for the spring & summer & then great to layer with in the cooler months!

  I've been trying to make more things for little boys too, so these are some super cute blue striped seersucker shorts! (I just love seersucker for little boys!:)
I have also been loving to make little ruffle shorts for the girls & I decided to pair denim with chevron & I love how it turned out! So fun for the Summer! :-)
Well, that's what I have been busy on lately & I have so many exciting new things coming up for this Summer.....but I can't tell yet! ;-)
Now...back to the housework...

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Catching Up & Dot Mom Conference

I've been pretty quiet on here the last week, because things have been so busy & hectic that this is actually the first spare moment that I've gotten to sit quietly and work on a post. (Thank goodness for a good naptime! :-))
My sweet grandmother went to be with the Lord last Tuesday morning. She suffered from Alzheimer's disease for the last probably 8 years and she is finally at peace now. So we did a turn around trip to go to her services in one day, so needless to say 8 hours in the van with both kids late into the night was not alot of fun. ha!
The next morning I was able to go to a really fun conference put on by Lifeway called DotMom in Dallas. It was a great time to get away with my best childhood friend and be encouraged in the Lord on mothering. I have to admit that it could not have come at a better time too. I have been very weary lately being in the "trenches" of motherhood and I really have not been valuing the time I have with my littles. This quote has always been special to me since I became a believer 9 years ago, and it was shared at the conference. I have been keeping it in the forefront of my mind all week when it comes to my parenting.
While we were there we were able to meet some fun & sweet ladies whose blogs we have read for years, Big Mama (Melanie) & Angie Smith. They were both so genuine & sincere and it was so nice to meet them.

I won a book at the Late Night Bash that will be coming out in the Spring called "Raising a Lady In Waiting: Parent's Guide to helping your daughter avoid a Bozo" HA! (That is my prayer one day!) They also had a younger book geared toward young girls 4-9 years old full of small devotionals and projects you can do with your daughters, so I'm excited to start that with her soon.
They also had a Compassion table there and I am trying to teach Fritter about missions and serving others, so I thought this would be a great idea for her to interact with another young girl her same age and learn to pray and write to her. We got a sweet girl named Ruth from Nicaragua & Anna was SO excited about her. She talks about her everyday and calls her, "Her new friend from South America!" We are going to sit tomorrow and color some pictures for her and write her a letter to get sent out & I'm sure they will become great pen pals! :-)
Such a sweet girl!
It was a great relaxing time & I am so thankful for my husband for wanting me to go and being Mr. Mom for a few days! :-)
Have you ever been to DotMom or another great Christian conference? What did you take away from them?
Have a great Wednesday!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Fritter Funnies

So..My little Fritter's are constantly keeping me laughing, so for my personal reminder I thought I would write them down. They may not be funny to you if you read, but they crack me up! :-)
The other day we drove through Wendy's to get lunch and they were so fast and nice, so I complimented them by letting them know. Anna then tells me, " Awe! They were so good, I wish they were my parents!"  UM.......I think I should be concerned. It gave me a good laugh! ;-)
Anna makes up words all the time & this week her word of the week was Donkficated.
What does that mean?!?!
Donkficated (Anna's definition): Like when the bread of my grilled cheese is brown on this side and too brown on this side. That is just so donkficated! Like frustrated.
haha! I guess I need to work on my grilled cheese skills, so she doesn't get donkficated with me. :-)
This is what I get awakened by this morning....
"Momma! Is it Easter yet? Because I just love Easter & Halloween, because you get some more candy, candy, candy!"
Geezz....I guess we need to have a talk about the true meaning of holidays! ha!
My little Fritter, Abram, is talking more and more and it is so cute when he says a new word how excited Anna gets. She notices everytime he says something new & is so amazed. The other day he said, "Juice!" and tried to get the bottle out of the refrigerator and she thought he was so smart. I hope she is always his biggest cheerleader! ;-)
That's all that comes to mind now that have happened in the last few days, so I hope they gave you a laugh. I know they sure did to me! :-)

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Valentine's Day Fun

Thank you so much to everyone that posted on my last post! I'm so thankful for the advice and encouragement! :-) 
We have been having some Valentine's Day fun around here the last few days with parties on Tuesday & Wednesday. Today, Fritter had a party in her 3 day preschool classblast & she had so much fun. I snuck in and got to see her singing along and having fun with her friends.
Abram walked right on into the classroom and had a great time. He got a plate of food, sat right on down and acted like such a big boy! :-)
It was so sweet too that Fritter wanted him next to her and her friends, so she pulled a chair for him to join them. It is so sweet to see their love for each other blossom. She is such a good big sister, and even though they do bother each other sometimes, I look forward to see their sweet friendship grow.
I just can't get over what a big boy he looks like in this picture! Ahh!!
This is a horrible picture from my phone, but I made some fun Valentine's for the kids in her class. Of course, I got the idea from Pinterest and it was something fun & not candy. You just take little cereal boxes and tie a spoon around them with a label that says, "I CEREALsly like you!" Ha! It was cute & easy! :-)
Well, I hope everyone has a Happy Valentine's Day! We are all partied out, so we have a day of staying in our pj's, catching up on laundry (me at least), & I'm sure sneak a few pieces of that Valentine's candy! :-)

Monday, February 11, 2013

Overwhelmed, Yet Encouraged....

Lately the days have been long & hard...
I find myself getting so overwhelmed and on my last string when it comes to my children and that makes my heart so sad, but God is so good to answer my prayers and encourage my heart exactly when I need it.
I started reading some good parenting books and need to get back into them to help me keep focus on the big picture and not the here and now of disobeying, fussing, and whining and all the things that can make the days seem SO long.
One book I've just started and has been an encouraging read so far is Sally Clarkson's The Minstry of Motherhood. I can't wait to get more into it and seek some of her wisdom! :-) I may write a book review when I'm finished up!
I also am more than halfway through The New Strong Willed Child by Dr. James Dobson & this book has been such a blessing to me. I have a strong willed, yet sweet & funny little girl, but we can battle it out sometimes. This book gives such great examples and situations and give insight on how others have gotten through them.
I am also SO, SO excited because I just decided yesterday to go to a fun Mom's conference in Dallas called Dot Mom put on my Lifeway! It is going to be a great 2 days to get encouraged and refreshed. I'm going with my best friend and we are so excited to just get away, have a fun girl's weekend, & be refreshed by the Lord on learning how to be better momma's! :-)
Can't wait to blog all about what I learn! Are any readers out there going to Dot mom or having any great parenting books that have really helped you along the way?
Can't wait to hear your feedback! :-)

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Food For The Soul

Happy Sunday!

After a long week of sickness & no energy, I'm rejoicing in today and for a new week & thankful the Lord's mercies are new every morning!

Praying for a healthy & happy week!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Ikea Chalkboard Redo

Have you ever found something at a store, but you thought it was a little plain or boring? I found the LUNS Ikea Chalkboard this past summer on my trip to Ikea and it just needed something extra to give it some character and charm.
I decided to paint my chalkboard a cream white color and to cover it with a dark brown glaze to give it that rustic and not brand new look!
Latex Paint (whatever color you desire)
Glaze (whatever shade you desire; Mine was Chauteau Brown)
I had alot of paint on hand that we used to paint our kitchen cabinets and a glaze left over from another project, but if you are starting from scratch you could any latex paint color you would want & probably would only need a tester bottle amount. Not much at all!  
First off, when I opened my chalkboard it was all unassembled so I just kept it that way & primed each piece.
Then I applied the first coat of a creamish white color & let it dry & then I actually added another coat to get it completely covered.
 After my white coats were dry, I applied my glaze. My glaze was a dark glaze, so I had to work in sections. Apply the glaze liberally with a paintbrush and then wipe off completely with a washcloth.
You should then have a light tint to your wood as seen below. In the rectangle space, I decided to add fabric to give it a little pop of color. Just measure your fabric cut it out then use mod podge layer to glue it to the board and then apply a layer of Mod Podge on the top of the fabric to give it a nice finished look.
I let everything dry, assembled all the pieces & TA-DA!! A brand new fun, not boring Chalkboard! Perfect to leave little notes to each other & it is magnetic too!
 Before & After!

I hope I've inspired you to go find things that are boring & give them new life!
Have a great Thursday! :-)


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