Tuesday, December 29, 2009


Yup, I'm not gonna lie.  I'm a copycat.  When I see a good idea I just have to try it for myself.

A while back I got a set of 5 pairs of BabyLegs on BabySteals...however neither of my girls had anything to match one of the pairs, so when I saw the onesie Virginia made for Arianna I knew that was the way to go for these BabyLegs too..and then low and behold the Holiday Hangover kit matched them perfectly!

So I got out my needle and thread and set to work. 

(these were just taken today...isn't my girl such a cute chub?!?! )

Monday, December 28, 2009

Holiday Hangover

Yup, that's what a lot of us have isn't it?  It's also the name of the January kit at Scrap-Tastic.  It's got lots of bright and colorful goodies in it to help you over even the worst Holiday Hangover. 

*On a side note, I know this is a bit of a "scrappy" blog that has been rather scrapless lately but fear not, I've been working on that and have lots to show you over the next few day and lots more to do to!*

Here are a few of the things I've done with the kit so far.  

I made some "thank you" bag toppers for the workers in my daughter "Cubbie" class...there are 7 workers!  However, there are 45 to 50 preschoolers every wednesday night so they deserve a lot more than a little "Thank you!"  The stamps are by Stampin' Up.

and this is a 2 pager (but only 8x8) that I did for a circle journal about favorite Christmas memories.  I just LOVE stockings...they're so much a part of Christmas for me.  I loosely based this on a sketch by Julie Bonner.   

(Virginia taught me how to make those super cute Christmas trees!)

And just a simple little page with a quote I adore about good books.

(I'm totally addicted to these tiny alphas!)

Friday, December 25, 2009

The Gift of gifts

(photo by mtsofan)

This puritan prayer spoke volumes to me when I read it.  It is so perfect, it is my hearts cry to know and remember that in Him I have so much even heaven has nothing better to offer. 

O Source of All Good,
What shal I render to thee for the Gift of gifts,
thine own dear Son, begotten, not created,
my redeemer, proxy, surety, substitute,
his self-emptying incomprehensible, 
his infinity of love beyond the hearts grasp.
Herein is wonder of wonders: 
he came below to raise me above,
was born like me that I might become like him.
Herein is love:
when I cannot rise to him he draws near to me on wings of grace,
to raise me to himself.
Herein is power:
when Deity and humanity were infinietly apart
he untied them in dissoluble unity, the uncreate and the created.
Herein is wisdom:
when I was undone, with no will to return to him,
and no intellect to devise recover,
he came, God-incarnet, to same me to the uttermost,
as man to die my death,
to shed satisfying blood on my behalf,
to work out a perfect righteousness for me.
O God, take me in spirit to the watchful shephers, and
enlarge my mind;
let me hear good tidings of great joy,
and hearing, believe, rejoice, praise, adore,
my conscience bathed in an ocean of repose,
my eyes uplifted to a reconciled Father;
place me with ox, ass, camel, goat,
to look with them upon my redeemer's face,
and in him account myself delivered from sin;
let me with Simeon clasp the new-born child to my heart,
embrace him with undying faith,
exulting that he is mine and I am his.
In him thou hast given me so much that heaven can give no more.

Merry CHRISTmas!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Favorite Photos '09 - Part 2

and on with part 2!  (btw these pictures were picked with no rhyme or reason really...just whichever one happened to jump out at me when I was looking back through that month's folder...although a TON more jumped out than I'm showing you!  lol)


AND (I couldn't pick just one!)

(it's getting harder!)


Ok, I guess we'll make this a three parter because I need to edit some of my other favs. and I don't have time.  I'm off to make rice crispy ornaments and wrap presents! 

Merry Christmas Eve! 
Enjoy our Savior's Birthday!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Favorite Photos '09 - Part 1

I've seen some people doing posts of their favorite photos from the year around blogland and I thought it would be fun to look back through all my photos and pick one from each month too. 

So...here we go!


Zeke "enjoying" his DQ star for his 1st birthday.







Wow...there are so many great ones!  And so many I had forgotten about...and so many I haven't scrapped!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A Little Glimmer

Glimmer Mist that is.  If you've hung around here for long you know that I just LOVE me some Glimmer Mist.  (I'll even go so far as to say I like it WAAAAAAAAY better than Maya Mist.) 

It's the perfect touch for so many different things.  Anyway, I thought because I love it so much I'd let you in on a little secret. 

You can get some FREE.  

Yup, I said FREE!!!  Becky over at Scrap-Tastic is having a sale (it ends on the 29th!) and you get a free bottle of Glimmer Mist when you buy two...or TWO free bottles when you buy three...or THREE free bottles when you buy four!!!!!!!

I'm SERIOUSLY thinking about buying her out!  lol.  All you have to do is add what colors of Glimmer mist you'd  in the comments when you order.  SO there ya go, Merry Christmas to you!!!!

Also, I just found this...did you know that you can go here and Tattered Angels has a "matching" service?  You pick out the paper you're using and they'll tell you which Glimmer Mist which looks the best! 

Thursday, December 17, 2009


Ladies, I am ITCHING to create.
Positively giddy at the ideas spinning around in my head...
but alas there seems to be no time for it!
I may just drink some caffeine and suffer the consequences (think nursing babe + caffeine in my world = gassy grouchy girl) so I can stay up late tonight after everyone else is in bed and the house is quite and just CREATE.
The holiday season is one I love but life just seems to be piling up in every corner of the house and pushing out creativity.
I'm pretty sure sometimes I can feel it screaming "FREEDOM!" from somewhere inside me just TRYING to get out.
Maybe today...maybe today will be the day.
But not right now.
Right now I have to get dressed.
and comb my hair.
and pay bills.
and go grocery shopping (silly family thinks they need to EAT!)
and go to the bank.
and decorate a gingerbread house with my littles (ok, that one will be FUN!)
oh...and the laundry.  The laundry will NEVER be done will it?
I fully agree with Molly on this one...moms going "postal" over laundry.

and believe it or not, I'm looking forward to *most* of these chores because they're more time with my little crew and today I can't wait talk with them and watching them and ENJOY them.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

"Fall Cleaning" Continued

So if you remember this post, and this one you remember that I had a lot more I was working on and I forgot to show you!  Oops.  Anyway, I don't have any before pictures of the kitchen which is really too bad because it was quite a difference for just changing up what was on the counters and taking off the cabinet doors.  Here are the afters though.

Just imagine those cabinets on the right on both sides and lots of clutter on the counters and you'll have a pretty good idea of how the "before" looked!  lol

And a close up of my doorless cabinets (which I LOVE!  Got the idea from here.)

(yes, I know my blue dishes don't match my red and green kitchen...but the dishes are MINE and I love them and the kitchen...it's a rental!  lol ;)

And I also have tackled our bedroom.  This is the before of what I've done so far:

I had to move those bookcases there because we have SOOO many books we couldn't just get rid of them and there was litterally NO WHERE else to put them!  lol.  I think they might be getting a coat of white paint and some distressing come spring.  I love the way they look but I'm not digging so much woodgrain.

And this is after! (oh, and what you don't know is that the bottom four shelves are cram packed with books as full as they could possibly be so that I could make these upper ones more attractive!)

and a shot of the bed too.  I got the pillow idea from her. (I think...)

(it really is just a couple towels rolled up with some white fabric and ribbon pinned around it!  Can't beat that...aside from the fact that my kids want to destroy it and I'm afraid they're going to get poked!)

Ok, I think that's it for me tonight.  I'm off to try and scrap for the first time in I bet a MONTH!!!

sorry the pictures are being weird...blogger is the devil!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Raising Small Children

I know a lot of you who read my blog are in a similar time of life and have small children.  That means that many of us probably have the same struggles and thoughts.  One of the things I struggled with (more mentally than ever not requiring good behavior) was Why Require Unregenerate Children to Act Like They're Good?   The biggest thing that had struck me and stuck with me was that when I required behavior of them that they aren't able to fulfill it's an opportunity for me to point them to their need for Christ.  However as I was reading my mail today I saw that John Piper had written a new article on is very topic (see the link above) and he did mention that but also had other points that are very valid and important.  I strongly encourage you to read the article and think about these things yourself. 

Finally he encouraged us to not simply require good behavior but to also:
be forgiving and longsuffering.
praise and encourage each hopeful sign of life in our children.
apologize when we fail (I'm big on letting my kids know I fail and letting them see and hear me ask Christ for help.)
saturate them with the word.
pray for them without ceasing.
and many other things. 

Read the full article here.

And because she actually smiled for me...

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Shabby Blogs

I've been playing around with my blog again...I still can't get my post titles font size changed but I did get some of the other stuff that was bugging me fixed!  lol.  I figured as long as I was messing around on my blog I'd change it up a bit too.  I've been wanting a new header for a while and when I saw that my friend Virginia had given her blog a "facelift" it gave me the motivation to actually do it!  lol. 

Anyway, I just wanted to share the AMAZING site that I pretty much always get my backgrounds from.  It's called Shabby Blogs and they're great!  Their Shabby Blogs Blog is really cool too and they've got freebies all the time...and it's all so super cute! 

  I'm off to bed finally. 

Oh, and just because he's so stinkin' cute!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Advent Calendar

I've been thinking about what type of "advent" calendar or "count down to Christmas" I wanted to have and I finally settled on an idea and just did it! I wanted something unique and that wouldn't be too expensive to make. (my total cost was $.53 because I ran out of red embroidery floss!)

I'd seen people use tiny stockings and things like that for this idea but I didn't want to go out and buy 25 of those suckers...plus I wanted it to be a little more personal. So, what's more personal than socks?! (ok, underware are but there is NO WAY I'm making something for the whole world to see out of my underware! lol)

I grabbed all our "divorced" socks and a couple pairs too because I didn't have 25 mismatched ones and started stitching. I made sure I had socks from everyone in our family so they would be all different sizes and then I just embroidered the numbers on the top of them. After I did all that I decided they needed a little something more so I used fabric glue to add the pompom trim and buttons to some of them. Then I used clothes pins to hang them from a ribbon and was done!

Each sock has either a treat (for days I know we're going to be busy busy) or something fun to do.

(sorry the picture is so bad, this is hanging in a hallway and there was just no way to get a good picture of all of it. Oh, and i just noticed I need to take down the hangers for the pictures that are usually there! )

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Just Playing

Finally! It felt like it had been FOREVER since I had just sat down and scrapped. No deadlines, not projects to do, just scrapping. I pulled out my Season's Change kit from Color Me Daisy and had fun putting together this simple LO about my little monkey man's love of climbing. Yup...I got me a climber. Anything and everything...he can get up there!

That orange star is by Sassafras and it was in the July kit and the Thickers are from my stash. I outlined everything and added Glossy Accents to a few of the stars too.

And finally, stitched around the edges of the "Junoish" paper (I named that myself, because seriously, how can you look at it and NOT start singing this? LOVE this soundtrack but I still haven't broken down and bought it.)