Sunday, December 28, 2008

What a fun Christmas...

Wow! Christmas has come and gone and now I'm recooperating! It feels so good to just sit in your PJ's and relax around the house after being so busy for a week or so. We had such a fun Christmas with Anna! I think she really enjoyed her first Christmas. She is a big fan of tissue paper and wrapping paper! :) She loved to shake it and eat it...hehe! We had a great time visiting family and friends. I'm now in the process of cleaning my whirlwind of a house..AHH! My husband got me some nice storage cabinets and drawers to store all of my sewing supplies and fabric in, so I'm excited to get it all stocked up....Just another reason to buy more fabric! Yay! :) I'm excited about all the new ideas I have this year for Gracious Creations...Vacation time is over and I am eager to get back to creating fun baby items. I bought some fun patterns and I'm excited to learn to make clothes this year. That is my goal and maybe I can get good enough to open another Etsy store for my clothing..AHH! All the fun ideas! :)

Well, the baby Einstein video is almost up, so I better get back to Anna. I wanted to share a picture of one of her favorite toys. She loves her hit them and then dance to the music. How fun!



If I'm not back before the 1st, Happy New Years! :)

~Stacy

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

My favorite Christmas recipe

When I think about Christmas food, my thoughts go immediately to COOKIES! :) There are so many different types of Christmas cookies and I would say my favorite would be soft sugar cookies with Christmas color sprinkles or Snickerdoodles! Yum! I wanted to share a good snickerdoodle recipe that I have and hopefully I will be able to make them this year!


Snickerdoodles
Ingredients
For the topping:
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
For the cookie dough:
3 1/2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Directions
In a small bowl, stir together the sugar and cinnamon and set aside.
To make the cookie dough, stir together the dry ingredients.
In a bowl with a paddle attachment, cream the butter. Add the sugar and continue to mix, then add the eggs, corn syrup, and vanilla, and mix thoroughly. Add the dry ingredients and mix until blended. Chill dough 1 hour if it's sticky or difficult to handle.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Roll balls of dough about the size of a walnut then roll them in the cinnamon sugar to coat. Place on an un-greased sheet pan 2 1/2 inches apart. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until puffed up and the surface is slightly cracked. Let cool on the sheet pan a few minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool.

What is your favorite Christmas cookie recipe?? Please share...If I have enough, I may post everyone's favorites! Christmas is 8 days away! Yay!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

This stuff should be edible.....

December's Featured EtsyBlogger is Spotted Cow Soaps! Let me tell you, if these soaps smell as yummy as they look, then I would be in the bath all the time! :)

Here is a little bio of Spotted Cow Soaps:

"Nestled deep in the heart of Vermont amongst the mountain views and dairy farms you will find Spotted Cow Soaps. I have been formulating and selling homemade natural soaps for over 8 years.What started out as a necessity to cure skin issues of my own has grown into an obsession and love for handcrafting great smelling soaps that leave your skin saying..."THANK YOU!" Spotted Cow Soaps also creates hand crochet bath accessories, gifty items and more. All lovingly created in our rural Vermont home!"

You can find her shop here: Spotted Cow Soaps

These would be great stocking stuffers, or fun gifts for mothers, sisters, grandmothers, and teachers. And for all the men out there....I'm sure your wives wouldn't mind some either! :)
This is one of my favorites! It is Gingerbread Whipped Soap. It looks so yummy! :)


There also are bar soaps, sugar scrubs, lotions, and handmade crocheted bath puffs. You can check out her blog at http://spottedcowsoaps.blogspot.com

Well have a great day...Only 11 more days until Christmas! Yay! :)

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Anna loves Christmas!

I had so much fun yesterday taking pictures of Anna in front of the Christmas tree. At first I saw her by the tree so I just grabbed my camera and took some pics of her and then I realized let's try to get our Christmas card pic and we DID! She is on a mission to crawl soon too! She has been getting around the last few weeks by scooting on her bottom but now she is getting up on her knees...So we'll see...I would love it if she crawled to her presents! That should be motivation, huh? Well here are a few pics for our "photo shoot"..hehe...I'll post her Christmas card pic after I get them sent out! :)






Only 2 more weeks until Christmas! Yay!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Free shipping

I wanted to let everyone know that I am spreading some Christmas "cheer" and offering FREE SHIPPING on every item in my shop! That's too great an offer to pass up! :)
All prices have already been adjusted.
If you're local, I can deliver your item to you and that can be your little gift! :)
Well I hope everyone is having a great Monday! Only 16 more shopping days until Christmas! Hurry, hurry, hurry! :)

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Giveaway Addict

You can ask any one of my 2 best friends (Kirk & Michelle) and they will tell you how I have become a giveaway addict lately! Any one I can enter, I try! It is so fun to enter a giveaway and actually win! I won a batch of Christmas cookies last week (I promise you will get one Michelle :)) and I won some snowman note cards on Monday. That only fueled me even more! HAHA! With that being said, I found an AWESOME giveaway going on at Busy Mom Blog.

2 Winners will win over $750 worth of prizes! Now that sounds fun to me! :)

Here is a list of all of the sponsors and what you could win!
The Sponsors:
Children
This and That - $20 gift card
Red Pajamas - Little Man's Tie ($8)
Baby Luv Gifts - Cute Custom Beanie ($15)
Baby Bears - $25 gift card
My Custom Baby Boutique - $25 gift card
Baby Goin Places - PocketChanger Diaper Changing Pad ($25)
Layla Legs - $15 gift card & free shipping
Second Story Window - $10 gift card
Inspiring Color Tie Dye - Youth pullover hoodie rainbow diagonal or swirl ($30)
Baby Peas - boy or girl cloth play blocks- set of 4 ($18)
Abby Chase Designs - Lotus Hair Flower ($13.50)
Tadpoles and Tutus - $20 gift card
Make it and Love It - onesie/bootie set of choice (14.99)
Jewelry
Four Dog Day - Cute Pink Key Ring ($8)
Jupita - $20 gift card
Zeba - Coin Pearl Earrings ($20)
Jodi Horgan - $25 gift card
One of a Kind Custom Jewelry - $20 gift card
Across The Pond - choice of any vintage button ring ($14)
Kerstin Hanson - $20 gift card
Bath and Body
Krug's Eco-Logic - $15 gift card
Indulgent Creations - Soy candle travel tin, soap and lotion ($16.50)
koko candles - holiday brownie cupcake candles ($25)
Dazzle Dott - $20 gift certificate
Especially for Mom
Mary Zoom - Pink Polka Dot Glam Cleaning Gloves ($10)
Maggie Sue Designs -A cup cozy and coordinating set of Tame Your Mane ponytail holders ($12)Gaia Conceptions - "My Everything" piece (clothing, $40)
BoojiBoo - apron of winners choice (only ones in stock, $28.75)
Yummy Treats
A Sugar Affair - $10 gift card
Cakebox Cookies - $20 gift card
A Thyme 2 B Comforted - $25 gift card
Double Dipped Sweets - $20 gift card
KE Cookies - One dozen chocolate chip cookies ($8)
AngelPie Cookies and Cakes - One dozen decorated sugar cookies ($18)
Meg's Creations - 2 pack of cookie and brownie mix ($24 including shipping)
Cookie Art by Sarah - One dozen sugar cookie snowflakes and $25 gift certificate ($53)
Paper Crafts
Paper Treasures 4 U - 2 page 12''x12'' Christmas layout ($9)
Inkspot Workshop - 1 Set of 6 Snowman Gift Enclosures 1 Set of 6 Tree Bird Gift Enclosures ($12)
Take Note - 1 set of personalized notecards ($15)
Articulations - 6 lunchbox love mini cards ($5)

If I win I will be estatic! That would be a fun Christmas present! :) You should enter too!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

2 Years Down...So many more to go!

This was the LORD’s doing; It is marvelous in our eyes.
This is the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.
~Psalm 118:23-24

Today was such a special day! My husband and I celebrated our 2 year wedding anniversary! I can't believe it has already been 2 years. Time has gone by so fast! We had such a sweet date tonight! It was our first time to go on a date since Anna was born (which was 7 1/2 months ago), so it was much needed! It was funny, about halfway through the dinner we both agreed it was weird that she wasn't with us and we felt like we should be doing something like playing with her, bouncing, shoveling food in, etc. All the fun things you'll do to keep your baby happy while you enjoy a meal..LOL...So we had a great dinner at Macaroni Grill and enjoyed a time just to ourselves. This year God has been so good to us by bringing us closer and by blessing us with a sweet baby girl. I am so thankful for my husband and the way he loves me and our family. He is a man of conviction, such a hardworker, and full of love towards his girls. I love you Kirk and I can't wait for so many, many more years with you!

Here are a couple of pics to relive that sweet day: :)


After the "I do's"

Our wonderful wedding party

I love this picture because it shows his new wedding band

The Kiss

Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Kirk Gibbs (yay!)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Sweet Stocking

Oh My!! I ordered Anna's Christmas stocking Friday from PotteryBarnKids.com and it came in today! I absolutely LOVE it! It is so sweet and cute! I almost cried when I opened it and saw it because I'm so excited about our first Christmas with her! It is so sweet and HUGE! :) There is plenty of room get lots of fun goodies in there! :) Well I better get back to sewing...I just wanted to share my excitement! :)

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Devotion

This past Friday night my husband and I hosted the weekly Friday Night Bible Study our church group does. I was so excited to host! It so much fun to have all of your friends in your house and know that they are well taken care of! :) We cooked soups that night because it was so cold and it was perfect! My husband, Kirk, shared on evangelism that night for the lesson and it was so wonderful. He asked some really challenging questions, such as, "What place does evangelism have in your life?" & "How important is evangelism to you?". I have to admit...I was very convicted and challenged by these questions. So many times I find myself, just strolling along through life in my own little bubble doing my own little thing and I forget to share about the most precious gift, which is that I am blood bought by my wonderful, gracious Savior Jesus Christ! There are so many people perishing in their sin and that are in despair and I really learned that I need to be more aware and willing to share my faith with them! I love to see when the Lord answers prayers and saves people and to think if I shared about Him to someone and the Lord changed their heart! That would be such a blessing! So I am thankful for my husband's study and I pray that I will keep my eyes and heart open to sharing my faith more with others.

That night we sang a song before the study that I really loved. I have never heard it before and I always love new songs! It is so powerful! It is called "Devotion".

Devotion
I've been runing trying to be one who sees
I've been working this salvation out on my knees
There is nothing better than knowing
We are redeemed
I'm believing trusting in creative hands
I am praying for our world to bow to your plan
And this one thought is unmistakable
To take up my cross and follow You Lord

When You stand the tall trees and mountains bow
When you speck the fiercest of oceans is still
and I see the sinner seek devotion
The lost become chosen and I fall to my knees

I'm forgiven by a Savior who did not deserve death
He was blameless and I was lost in shamefulness
Undelivered but it doesn't seem right
Unless I keep my eyes focused on the Savior who gave His life
In the middle of a world that denies it believes
It is breaking apart at the very seams
There is one thing to be alive for
And it's to take up my cross and follow you Lord

I will take up my cross and follow Lord where you lead me
And I will take up my cross and follow wherever you go

There is so much truth in this song it blows me away! "There is one thing to be alive for and it's to take up my cross and follow you Lord" and to tell other's of Him too on the way! :)

I hope everyone has a great Sunday! Thankgiving week is in full swing! Yay!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Thanksgiving Cooking

So like I said in my previous posts, we are starting a new Thanksgiving tradition at my mom's house this year. I'm excited because we all get to pitch in and bring something. I love to cook so this was right up my alley. I was requested to bring my Corn Casserole and I decided that I'm going to make something new and bring Buckeye Bars for dessert. Since there are only about 6 more days until Thanksgiving, I wanted to share my recipes with you!



Corn Casserole


Ingredients:

1/2 cup margarine
1 can kernal corn
1 can sweet cream corn
8 oz sour cream
2 eggs
1 pkg Jiffy corn bread
2 cups Shredded cheese (1 cup in, 1 cup on top)

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together and put into casserole dish. Cook on 350 for 45-50 mins.

Buckeye Bars

Ingredients:

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
3/4 cup crunchy peanut butter
22 NILLA Wafers, crushed
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 of 8-oz. tub COOL WHIP Whipped Topping (Do not thaw.)
3 squares BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate

Directions:

LINE 8-inch square pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides. Beat butter and peanut butter with mixer until blended. Mix in wafer crumbs. Gradually add sugar, mixing well after each addition. Press onto bottom of pan.
MICROWAVE COOL WHIP and chocolate in microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1 min.; stir. Microwave 15 to 30 sec. or until chocolate is melted; stir until blended. Spread over peanut butter layer.
REFRIGERATE 2 hours. Use foil handles to lift dessert from pan before cutting to serve.

I got this recipe from KraftKitchens.com. They have so many great recipes! I can't wait to try to make them! Yum!

What are some of the recipes you are making for Thanksgiving?

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Featured EtsyBlogger

The Featured EtsyBlogger for this month is StoryBeader!
She has some really pretty jewelry in her store!
You can see more at: http://storybeader.etsy.com/ and you should
check out her blog at: http://storybeader.blogspot.com/.
Here is a picture of a Christmas bracelet! This would be perfect to make any
outfit festive for the holiday season!


EtsyBloggers Blog Carnival

I have been out of the loop doing Blog Carnival, but I'm very excited to get back into it! Sorry Etsybloggers! :) The Blog Carnival for Nov. 24th is to dicuss this question:

What is your favorite tradition for the Thanksgiving holiday?

My favorite tradition for the Thanksgiving holiday is going up to my grandparents house in Little Rock, AR. Ever since I was little, we would always pack up and head up there for a weekend of fun, food, and family. We also had a tradition of getting together to watch the LSU/Arkansas game that is always the day after Thanksgiving. I loved those times and have so many fun memories from those trips. This year will be a little sad because it is my first year not to go up to Little Rock for Thanksgiving. Our family is just getting too big and things are getting cramped plus it just puts too much work on my aunt and aging grandparents, so this year my parents are hosting Thanksgiving! Although I was sad about not traveling, I am excited about our new tradition of my mom's house with all her girls and their children. I am so thankful this year because my year has been full of joy and I'm so excited for Anna's first Thanksgiving.

What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving traditions? Please share! I love to hear stories!

~Stacy

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

About The Fancy Fritter

The Fancy Fritter??? What does that mean? Well for all of you who have children, you know that all sorts of crazy things pop out of your mouth when you are either singing to them or playing with them and since my daughter was little I have just called her "fritter." She can be a "fussy fritter" or a "funny fritter", but she will always be a "fancy fritter." Totally corny, I know but I guess that is what motherhood does to you. That is why I started this blog. To write my motherly ramblings, share stories about my Fritter, my relationship with the Lord, church life, and my recent sewing projects. I love to sew and try to help bring in a little extra income by selling my handmade children's items. I'm having fun on this creative, fun, and sometimes crazy journey of a stay at home mother. I hope you enjoy the fun! :)

My Etsy Shops




Spiced Apple and Pear Pie

photo courtesy of foodnetwork.com



Ingredients
Dough:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup suhst
3/4 teaspoon fine salt
3/4 cup cold unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks), diced
1 large egg
3 to 4 tablespoons very cold water
Filling:
1/2 lemon
3 pounds baking apples such as Golden Delicious, Cortland, or Mutsu (about 6 apples)
1 1/2 pounds baking pears such as Bosc or firm Bartletts (about 3 pears)
2/3 cup sugar, plus more for sprinkling on the pie
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
Generous pinch freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 cup unsalted butter (1/2 stick)
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 large egg, beaten


Dough:
Directions
Whisk the flour, sugar, and salt together in a medium bowl. Rub 1/4 cup of the butter into the dry ingredients with your fingers until completely absorbed. Then rub in the remaining butter until it resembles cornmeal mixed with pea-size bits of butter. (If it gets warm and sticky, refrigerate it to chill.)
Beat the egg with 3 tablespoons of the water; then drizzle it evenly over the dough. Lightly stir the dough together with a fork. (The dough should just hold together when you squeeze it together, with some dry crumbly bits.) If the dough is really dry, sprinkle it with the final tablespoon of water. (To make the dough in food processor, see below.)
Divide the dough in half and wrap each half in plastic wrap and shape into disks. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to 2 days. (The dough can be frozen for 2 months. Defrost dough in the fridge overnight.)
Filling:
Finely grate the lemon zest and set aside. Peel, core and then slice both the apple and pear into 1/2-inch slices. Squeeze the lemon juice over the fruit, then toss fruit with the sugar, cinnamon, ginger, salt and nutmeg.
Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the fruit and cook, stirring until the sugar dissolves and juices simmer, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium, and cook, uncovered, until the fruit softens and the juices evaporate some, about 10 minutes. Evenly mix the flour into the fruit; then cook about a minute more to thicken the juices slightly. Stir in the vanilla and lemon zest; and remove from the heat. (The filling should resemble a tight compote.) Cool completely.
Form the pie:
Lightly dust the work surface with flour. Roll a disk of dough into an 11 to 12-inch circle. Transfer the dough to 9-inch glass pie pan (see photo), trimming so it hangs about 1/2-inch over the edge of the pan. Fill the crust with the prepared fruit so it mounds slightly in the center. Roll the remaining dough into a 12-inch circle. Brush the rim of the crust with some of the egg.
Roll the dough onto the rolling pin and unroll it over the fruit so it hangs over the edge of the pie pan by about 1/2-inch. Trim crust if needed, reserving the scraps for decorations or for patching, if needed. Fold the top crust edge under the bottom one, then press the edges together to seal. Cut trimmed scraps into designs if desired and set aside. Flute the crust by pressing a finger into the crust against the other hand's index finger and thumb to make an even impression. Repeat every 1/2 inch around the pie to create a ruffled edge (see photo). Refrigerate the pie for at least 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, place a rack in the lower third of the oven and heat to 425 degrees F.
Brush pie with egg and place cut dough designs on top if desired. Brush again and sprinkle with sugar. Cut 6 to 8 small steam vents into the top of the dough. Place pie on a baking sheet and cook for 15 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 375 degrees F. Bake until the crust (both top and bottom) is golden brown, about 50 minutes more. If the edges begin to brown too quickly, cut a pie shield out of a piece of aluminum foil and cover the edges (see photo). Cool on a rack.
Serve pie warm or at room temperature with whipped or ice cream. Keep pie, covered, at room temperature for a day, or refrigerate for up to four.
Cook's Note: To make the dough in a food processor: Pulse the flour, sugar, and salt together in the bowl of the processor. Add a 1/4 cup of the butter and pulse until it resembles fine cornmeal. Add the remaining butter and pulse until the butter is in small pea-sized pieces. Beat the egg and 3 tablespoons of the water together, add and pulse 1 to 2 times, but don't let the dough form into a ball in the machine (see photo). If the dough is dry add pulse in the other tablespoon of water. Remove the blade and turn dough onto a large, sheet of plastic film. Use the sides of the film to bring the dough together, then wrap tightly to chill.
Busy Bakers' Tips: The filling can be made up to 2 days ahead and refrigerated. The pie can be fully formed, except for brushing with egg and dusting with sugar, and frozen. Place the pie in the freezer for 30 minutes, to harden it slightly, and then double wrap it with plastic wrap. Freeze for up to 2 months. When ready to bake, unwrap the pie and brush it with egg and sprinkle with sugar. If baking from the frozen state, following baking temperatures above, the pie may need to bake slightly longer at 375 degrees F, about 1 hour 25 minutes.
For a different finish, top with several slices of sharp cheddar cheese, and melt under the broiler for 2 minutes.

Busy as a Bee making Bibs

Busy as a Bee making Bibs...(Try saying that 5 times fast..LOL)
Last week I got a exciting phone call from a friend that I went to high school with that has a embroidery business and she travels to all different craft shows and does really great selling all of her stuff. Well she normally gets her bibs wholesale from a big company, but she saw my site and wants to use me! I'm super excited! Well, today she calls me and said that she just heard back from this show in Arlington and that she needs a bunch of bibs by Thursday! :) So I'm meeting her this evening to get some fabric that she wants to use and then I'm going to be stuck to my sewing machine busy making bibs. I'm excited though and happy to know that my name is getting out there that people are wanting to use me.


As for my store goes, I'm hoping sales will pick up for Christmas. I recently added some sweet baby/toddler pillows and they are so sweet and I love the soft minky on the back...I was considering making one for myself! ;) I'm working on some boy ones too so after the bib craziness if over I will get to those. Here are some pics:




Well I'm off to start fueling up on some coffee...It will be a long night for me! LOL

Thursday, November 13, 2008

I've been tagged!

Ok so I've been tagged by Angie's Crafts now I'm trying to figure out what to do next! So I guess I'm supposed write 7 random things about myself then tag 7 other people to do the same!

So here are the rules:Put a link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog. Share 7 random facts about yourself on your blog. Then tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their name as well as links to their blogs. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

So now for the random facts:
1. I have never been snow skiing.
2. I can never cook a good fried egg...LOL
3. I love to eat french fries with milkshakes....Something about the salty and sweet! :)
4. I love to get mail! :) Nothing will make your day brighter than having a sweet note written to you!
5. My water broke in Outback Steakhouse....Made for an eventful dinner! LOL
6. I have never been out of the country....I'm dying to go somewhere though! :)
7. I would love to open my own Children's Boutique one day!

Now for the tagging of 7 other people:

1. Fire Mommy
2. Grumpy Pants
3. Nora's Blog
4. Betsy Ann
5. Cards by Jenna
6. The Thrifty Nester
7. Strongholds

I can't wait to read everyones!

Monday, November 10, 2008

A Fun Sunday Afternoon

Yesterday afternoon after church we took Anna to the park for the first time and she had a blast! We had such a GREAT time! We went to the Greenwood Park which is only about 10 mins. away from our house and I plan on going back more because it was so convenient. We had a great picnic lunch and then we let her swing in the baby swing, which she absolutely loved! It was such a sweet family time! I hope you enjoy the pics of our sweet day!


Anna's first time swinging! All smiles!


Sliding down the slide together! Yay!


Smiling with Daddy (AKA Swing Pusher & Handsome Hubby! :))

P.s. My blog has been tagged so stay tuned for 7 random things about me...and Watch out! Your blog might get tagged too! :)

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Fun giveaway

A few weeks ago I ordered some beautiful fabric from the ladies at Marie-Madeline Studio's to make some custom pillow covers. Ever since then I keep going back to their site and picking out all my favorite things! Well their friend Jasmine is hosting a giveaway for one of their great purses. I hope I win! You should enter too! :)

I came to find out too that Jasmine is Voddie Baucham's daughter! My husband and I and all of our friends at church love him! We were first introduced to him when some friend's came back from John Piper's Desiring God conference in 2006. I just thought it was a small world that I found his daughter's blog. I'm excited to keep up with her blog and read her daily insights! How fun!

Ready for an Upset!

I'm up super late. but we just got in from a bonfire at our church. It was a night full of fun roasting hot dogs and making smores! (My tummy is very full now!) We also sat around the fire and sang "Lord of All Creation" and "Amazing Grace". I love having bible study outside because it just makes you feel so small and it is so great to just marvel at God's beautiful creation that He holds in place. Each star was placed there and He continues to keep it there just for His pleasure! Wow...It boggles my mind! :) Anna loved the bonfire! She was all bundled up in a little pink fleece suit with a matching hat. (I wanted to take a picture by I left my camera at the in-laws!) She just jumped up in down in my lap and watched the fire very intently. She was a sweet baby and had a good time so I was happy!


Well, tomorrow is a big LSU day! Tomorrow at 2:30 LSU takes on Alabama. Oh, how I wish I was there! The roaring cheers of Death Valley get me so excited!! I think BAMA is one of the most disliked teams by LSU fans, so I'm sure it will be crazy. I really would love to see an upset tomorrow! BAMA is currently the #1 team in the nation...How that works, I'll never know! (Whatever!!..lol) We are all getting together with some of our friends to watch the game and I'm excited because 2 of our couple friends (brothers and sister-in-laws) are big BAMA fans and we always have banter back and forth, so I'm hoping we can upset them. :) You never know?..Crazier things have happened! We'll just have to watch and find out! GEAUX TIGERS!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A Honorable Man

Well, the votes are in and I am disappointed to say the least. But I now look with optimism towards the future of America and pray for our new president that he would make good decisions that will help Americans and our families. What gives me peace at this time is that I trust in a sovereign God and I know that He puts men into power and I know that this is His will. That is what gives me comfort. I ran across a copy of the speech that McCain gave last night and it was wonderful. I wanted to share it with everyone! (Click the picture to read article.)




This will probably be the last time that I post about politics for awhile....I have to be honest that I am kinda glad it is all over. Well, have a great Wednesday and God Bless America! :)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Historical Election


Well today is Election day and what a historical day it will be. I just got back from standing in line for a hour and 30 mins with a squirmy 6 month old and it was so worth it! Anna did great too! She loved playing with the curtain once we got in the booth! You know it is a historical vote when you are standing in line and you see 5 people with walkers and 4 people with oxygen tanks all standing in line! I was amazed at the crowds, but happy to see everyone fulfilling their civic duty.


My husband and I are McCain/Palin supporters and feel they will be the best for our country at this time! I am looking forward to them pulling out a win and to hush all of the left wing liberal medias mouths! (Oh, I could ramble on for days about this...) However, I can trust that our sovereign God has this election in His hands no matter what the results and that is what gives me comfort.


Well we will just have to see what will happen after all the votes come in! I hope the "Right" one wins! hehe! :)


~Stacy

Sunday, October 26, 2008

My Little Pumpkin

We had a blast this past week going to 2 different pumpkin patchs! Anna loved touching the pumpkins, but the most interesting thing to her was grass! She could have spent all day just touching it and looking at it! It was so cute, but kinda frustrating when trying to get a picture..lol..Time is flying by! She turned 6 months on the 17th and we went to the dr. last week and got all the fun shots! :( She was 14lbs 9oz; 26 inches long! She's a petite thing but steadily growing! :) This week ahead is full of sewing and getting all caught up with my orders! Christmas is only about two months away and I need to start now getting all my things made! I'm hoping to make a lot of gifts this year, but we'll see how it all works out! :)


Well here are some pics of my little pumpkin:




Sunday, October 12, 2008

Highchair Fun

Well, my baby girl is growing up! She'll be 6 months next Friday and I can not believe it has already been half a year! She mastered sitting up by herself this week and feeding her in her bouncy seat was not going to work anymore, so we got her a high chair! I found a deal at Target and got a $130 high chair for $99! I was so excited because I love it! Anna loves it too....here are some pics....





















Hehe...She is so much fun! Well, enjoy your Sunday! I'm working on some new projects and I can't wait to post them! Have a great week!

Much love,
Stacy

Saturday, October 11, 2008

We have a winner!

Yay! I have winner for my first blog giveaway! It's Mary Kate! She is expecting twins (a boy and a girl) in January, so I'm so excited she won! Thank you everyone that participated in the giveaway! It was so much fun seeing what everyone liked in my store! I may just have to have another one soon! Thanks again and have a great day!!

GEAUX Tigers, Beat those Gators! :)

~Stacy

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

My first blog giveaway!

I'm so excited to do my first blog giveaway and I hope you are eager to enter! The winner will win a bib and burp cloth set (either boy or girl print, whichever you prefer)! It's so easy to enter:

1. Visit the my Etsy shop: GraciousCreations. You will have lots of fun browsing through the creations there.

2. Come back to this post and leave a comment, mentioning your favorite item in the shop. Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win.

3. Comments will be closed at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 11.

4. One lucky winner will be chosen using random.org, and the winner will have 4 days to claim the prize by email or blog comment.

I'm so excited and I know you will be too when you see the sweet baby item you will receive! :)

Thanks so much and have a great week!

~Stacy

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Comedy lessons?!?!

Wow, what a busy week it has been and it is only Tuesday!! I have been helping a friend of mine that is a photographer do preschool pictures since Friday and needless to say..I'm not as funny as I thought I was! If someone only had a video camera to record how crazy we act just to get a little smile, they would make some money! ha! It has also been the first time for me to leave Anna for long time. She has been doing great though and my sister lives right down the road so I am able to hurry back to nurse her. She also now officially has her two bottom teeth and she is only 5 1/2 months old! My baby girl is growing up so fast! They are so cute though! I'll have to try to get a good picture of them soon to post.


Things have been busy with Gracious Creations also and I am so happy! I have been working on some custom orders lately...I just finished a sweet pillowcase dress and bib/burp cloth sets for a friend in Baton Rouge. I have a LSU dress to make for friend's little girl (just in time for the big Florida game!) and 2 baby blankets I'm all working on! I love it! The more the better! :) I love being able to create something for someone exactly with what they want because it makes it so special!


Here is a picture of the sweet pillowcase dress I made for my friend Amanda and I also listed it in my Etsy store:






And of course, I can't have a blog post without showing my sweet fritter, Anna. Here she is wearing the LSU pillowcase dress I made her for the Auburn game! GEAUX TIGERS!

Hehe! Well I hope you have a great rest of the week! I'm off to sew! :)


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

I Won!!

A few weeks ago I entered into a giveaway on one of my fellow EtsyBloggers pages and guess what? I won!! I was so surprised that I actually won out of about 50 comments. I was so excited! I won a great assortment of handmade cards from Cards by Jenna. She has a great variety of all different cards and one to fit every occassion! They are also really cute! I can't wait to start writing all my friends little notes! Here is a picture of all that I received in the giveaway:



You should stop by her store and buy some cute cards and gift tags! :) You can also check out her blog at http://www.cardsbyjenna.blogspot.com.

Thanks so much Jenna! I love them! :)

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Fall Fun

I'm so excited it is starting to feel like Fall around here! After Hurricane Ike, the weather has been much cooler and very enjoyable! I can't wait to go walking with Anna! She loves to be outside! I'm so excited about Fall also because it is my favorite season. I love all the smells (pumpkin, cranberry, etc.), the first time I go to get my sweater out because it is getting chilly, and I really love Fall decorations. I just finished up my Fall placemats last night and I love them. I also got a few wreaths today from Wal-mart and put them up. I'm not skilled in the wreath making area. My sister's are much more skilled in that than I am. So these will have to do for now! I like them. Here is the one on my front door:





And here is the one on our side entrance door:



Here is a picture of my Fall table:



I love them so much I just wanted to share! I guess now I should start working on Christmas decorations...lol..Before you know it, it will be here! :)

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Blog Carnival

Well, it's Blog Carnival time again and this time one of the topics was to share what your favorite color is and to show it in your work. Well one of my favorites colors has always been blue. I love all different shades of blue- navy; teal; light blue, etc. One of my favorite new listings I have made recently is from Sandi Henderson's Farmer's Market fabric collection and it has such a pretty light blue background with pink flowers and cherries on it! It is so adorable!












Another reason I love blue is because of my daughter's beautiful blue eyes! I remember when I was pregnant I would just pray and pray that she would get my blue eyes (her daddy has brown) and it looks so far like they will be blue! So pretty!

Oh I could just kiss her face off! :)

Well off to bed...Have a great night!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

How cute!

How cute is this?!?!








I love this little tutu, from Love, September! It is so cute! I entered a giveaway to win it so hopefully my name is picked! I can just see Anna now all toddling around in it! :)


She has been so fun lately! Everyday she does a new thing! Yesterday she rolled over from her back to her tummy and is kicking and scooting when we put her on her tummy! She is also a little escape artist out of her seats..lol..


What a Silly goose!

Well I better go get ready for our church league volleyball championship game! Go Bethel Bombers!

~Stacy

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Brillant Blog Award

How fun! I was given the Brillant Blog Award!! Nora from Designs by Nora nominated me and I am so honored! How exciting! Thanks Nora!!


Nora sells some of the cutest little earrings:


And cute bookmarks!


She other great items too! You should stop by Nora's Blog and her Etsy shop and say Hi sometime! :)

Here are 7 of my nominees:

1. Call the Moon Down -Mandy Magoo

2. Dirty Footprints

3. On the Dot Creations

4. Tote-N-Tots

5. Spotted Cow Soaps

6. Miesmama

7. CreativeMines

Here are the "how to's" for those who were nominated!

Here are the rules for the nominees:

1) Add the logo of the award to your blog

2) Add a link to the person who awarded it to you

3) Nominate at least 7 other blogs

4) Add links to those blogs on your blog

5) Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs

Have fun and Have a great day! :)

Friday, August 29, 2008

Tulips Treasure Box

Wow! 2 posts in one day! I'm getting good at this! :)

As apart of the Etsy Bloggers team I just joined, you must blog about a shop that they feature monthly! I really love this idea because I am able to see everyone else beautiful handmade things! This month the featured shop is Tulips Treasure Box. You can find her store at: http://www.tulipstreasurebox.etsy.com/.

Oh my! She has some BEAUTIFUL jewelry and so detailed! I love it! One of my favorites I found while browsing through her shop is this one....

The Blues Beaded Necklace


I'm a sucker for anything blue and this is just so pretty with all the different shades of blue in it!
















She also has the really cool and eco friendly TeeTotes and they are made out of old T-shirts..What a great idea! I love the one about sisters...so sweet!!





TulipsTreasureBox is a great shop and you should stop by and look around! You can also read her blog at http://tulipstalking.blogspot.com/.

Have fun shopping! :)

 

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