Monday, January 31, 2011

One Year...and a Surprise

It's official.  One year ago, I entered the blog world.  I don't think that I had any idea at that point how much I would come to love this outlet.  Creatively.  Personally.  Emotionally.

Happy {blog} birthday to me.

So much has changed in a year.  For the good.

This was me, one year ago.

Fast forward 365 days.  Now, I'm blessed to wake up to this little man every morning.

How blessed am I?

{PS - for the Grandmas that read this, Brecken's 9 Month Appt Stats - really tall (95%) and semi-chub (50%).  Healthy as a clam!}

Anyway, blah blah blah.  To read my very first post, click here.

More importantly though, I've got such a fun surprise to share with you all!  But I can't reveal it yet, because well, it's not ready.  But I promise, this is BIG.  Like huge.  Well, to me.  :)

Here's a hint...

Hmm...vague.  I know.  Keep checking back for the ultimate reveal soon!

PS, I SO hate when people say, "I have a secret but I can't tell you".
A. Nnoy. Ing.

But I just did it to you.

Whoops!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Bye Bye Baby...Hair

We hit a milestone today.  Brecken's first haircut.
Mop top.
With scissors in hand, I cut off his beautiful blonde baby locks.

Why do my hands look so ragged?


Followed of course by some serious bathtime.



Look at my little stud muffin now:
Looks like a little man.         

You wait for these milestones, and say daily, "I can't wait until...".  And then they come.  And you all of a sudden don't want them anymore.  It happens too fast.

Not only did I mourn his baby locks today, but his first tooth started poking through for the first time today too.

So yes, it was a big day in the One in the SAHM household.  No more baby hair.  And our first tooth poking through.  

I'm going to go cry now.  :)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Etsy Favs

I love Etsy.  It is one of the places that you can regularly find me "window shopping".  For inspiration.  Home decor.  Personalized gifts.  You name it, you can find it on Etsy.

I thought I would showcase a couple of my fabulous (real life) friends as they attempt to make it big in the Etsy world.

First is a dear friend Kristin of K Rev
Not only is this lady so uber talented, but she truly has the heart of gold.  She went so far as to bring me my very own piece of K Rev jewelry when I was pregnant, simply because every mom wants to feel pretty while they are carrying their baby.  Oh my goodness.  It brought tears to my eyes.  Like the nicest, most thoughtful thing anyone has ever done for me.
Don't you just love them??

In the clothing department, there's my friend Becky of Oh Really Becky Makes AND Becky Sullivan Designs.  
 
This girl is a serious one-woman show.  She's got a blog, is planning a wedding, works, oh yeah, and makes these beautiful custom pieces as one of Seattle's most promised up-and-coming designers.
 She has gorgeous jackets, skirts, and can re-purpose seriously anything.

And then finally, a blogger BFF, Ashley of Little Miss MommaShe's got fun accent rings, and my most favorite of all - the Mustache Necklace.
I'm thinking that $15 of my spending money next month needs to get dedicated to this fun accessory.

And I speak of her often, but Emily of Jones Design Company seriously needs to stop making such cute EVERYTHING.

I want this:
  Oh, and this:
Well shoot, and this:
AND, she's even giving away all of this
So there you have it.  

I do have many more favs (like Vintage WannaBee), but I only have your attention for so long ya know?

Now if I could just convince my madre to let me run an Etsy shop for her beautiful creations...
Mom?

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Discouraged

I've been sort of hit with a wave of discouragement lately and I can't seem to shake it.

Discouragement is a nasty thing.  
It seriously just seeps into your life in such subtle ways, until all of a sudden (at least for me) it blows up into feelings of anger, depression, and just outright discouragement (duh, I know).

As some of you know, we've had our house on the market for a little over 5 months now.  Trying to sell this bad boy since September.  
Beautiful right?  Wannabuyit?
 At the start of this journey, there was nothing but sheer excitement.

We had found an opportunity to build our (right now) dream home for cheaper than the beautiful home that we were already living in.  With me trading in my fulltime paying job for a fulltime mommy job (that pays in diapers, spit-up stained shirts, and smiles) we thought it was the perfect thing.  Thank you God.

Well, we never anticipated it would take this long to sell our house.

Not to complain, but it is quite the hassle to play Fireman Fred when you get the call (that you desperately want) in the morning saying showing in 30 minutes, and your house looks like it's been hit by 40 dumptrucks and a Hurricane Katrina.   
This is Fireman Fred.  Duh.
AHHHHH.  Anyone who has ever had their house on the market, with little kids at home, can relate to this I'm sure of it.

It stresses me out.  It's usually during Brecken's naptime (why wouldn't it be?), or when it's my turn to host the playdates, or the day after we've hosted a big dinner party or family gathering

I think I've come to learn though that these are the moments that God is refining me.  Despite the discouragement, fire drills and constant yo-yo feeling of doyoulovemyhouseenoughtomakeusanoffer, I think ultimately God is wanting me to just trust.

The good news is that really, it doesn't matter if our house sells.  And that (right now) dream home, can wait.  For another day.  Or another family who needs it more.  Or loves it more.

But sometimes, I catch myself daydreaming about a new house.  A clean slate.  New furniture.  The perfect shades of grey everywhere.
Source Unknown
Thom Filica Striped Room
Crap, can't remember where I got this picture either.

It's pretty much already decorated in my head.

But not knowing leaves me in this state of limbo.  And I hate limbo.  I am a girl who craves security.

I was never promised security though.  Ugh.

I was just told to trust.

So I thought I would confess my discouragement to you today so that it can't keep me captive, or discouraged, one minute longer.
                                                                                                    
Total side note:
Watching Ellen today, was so excited to see she received the best gift ever - a well in her name via Charity:Water.  I, now with our friends and family, now have something in common with Ellen - clean water for others!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Newbie

I was away from my computer all day yesterday, got on this morning (because Brecken has decided his new wake up time is 8:15!!!!), and was so excited I could hardly stand myself.


The ever-famous, and brilliant, Thrifty Decor Chick,

is asking for some newbie's to the blogworld to come forward.
 
While she is away next week at Blissdom (which I was like WHAT IS THAT?), she will be featuring some blogs that have only been around for less than a year.

Well, guess who qualifies for that?!  ME!!!

If you meet her criteria, I would suggest emailing her ASAP (deadline is tonight @ 10pm EST).  Even though that technically means you'll be my competition to get Sarah's attention, I would way rather help people get exposed as I want to do too!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Bow and Arrow.

Not typically a two-post-a-day girl, but reading Revelations this afternoon, I was struck by something.

"I looked, and there before me was a white horse!  It's rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rose out as a conqueror bent on conquest." (Rev. 6: 2)

This struck me because it showed how precise, calculated, and individual God comes after us.  On a conquest. 

It's in pure contrast to Satan who comes at the world with a sword (Rev. 6:4).

When I envision someone with a sword, I envision widespread slaughter.  Aimlessly swinging. 

With a sword, you can slaughter many and much, all at the same time.  There's no thought or calculated attack required.  How fitting.  Satan doesn't care WHO he slaughters, nor care about YOU, the individual.  He's just on a slaughter conquest.  For the masses.  Disregards the individual.

A bow (and arrow) shoots at a specific target. 

This may sound silly, but it'd be like if Cupid had a sword

Well, that wouldn't work because he needs to just shoot one specific person - he can't just go "slaughter" many thoughtlessly.  It has to be a specific and individual match.

This revelation was just the reminder that I needed to hear today.  God loves ME.  He's on a conquest after ME.  He so desperately seeks the uniqueness about you that He created you in.  He cares about YOU.  He doesn't use a sword to go carelessly swinging. 

He takes his time.  Aims.  Shoots. 

He has a target.  And that's me...and you.

Homemade Cake


My friend Danielle got me hooked onto the amazing and wonderful products of Whippy Cake.

What I LOVE about Whippy Cake, aside from the adorable flowers (duh), is that they are interchangeable!  You can switch them out like you switch your underwear.

Plus, let's be honest, everything is cuter with a flower.

I fervently followed their blog and store for months waiting because obviously everyone else and their mom loved them too, and their product was sold out.

Well, being that I am rather impatient when I get something in my head, I immediately thought: I can make those!


Gather the following materials:
Flowers of any sort (use LMM's tutorial or Emily's or just buy them @ the store)
Felt
Elastic
Hot Glue Gun
Bobby pins and/or velcro


Once your flowers are made (some were purchased in packs of 6 @ Ben Frankling for $5 and some were entirely homemade), you begin.

Step 1
Hot glue desired flower arrangements directly onto the felt.  Keep them as compact, and layered, as you can.

Step 2
Cut out your little glued square of flower so that no felt can be seen from the front.
 
Then, cut out a second circle of felt that will fit onto the bunch of flower felt.

Step 3
Using any sharp tool that you have nearby (I used eyebrow tweezers...weird, I know), poke two tiny holes about 1 cm apart, so that you can easily slide a bobby pin through them.

Step 4
Hot glue the bobby pin circle to the back of the bunch of flowers and wa-la, you've got yourself a cute versatile clip that can be attached to any headband, beanie, cardigan, or other fun clothing item needing a bit of homemade Whippy Cake.
Bobby-pin flower bunch added to KKi Betty beanie.  LOVE.
You can also use velcro to adhere the little bunch to your elastic if you so choose.

 
 
Now go to town.  That's what I did.
These are my new favorite way to spice up any dirty hair day.  

The total cost for ALL materials used was $8 - and that got me 6 headbands!  

As much as I am a fan of Whippy Cake, I'm almost glad they were sold out for so long because I saved myself a TON of money and got just as cute of a product. (FYI, Whippy Cake has restocked their collection and if you don't have the patience for homemade, go there and purchase them all - they are SO cute!).

Homemade Headbands - a definite must-have in a girls life.
**PS - thanks to my cute sister for being a good model. :)






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