hmmm....

This is totally what a couch is for right?

Busy hiding from my to-do list...don't tell it where I am!

:) xoxo
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Monday, Monday...

It has been a crazy crazy weekend...two of my very best friends had their babies on the SAME DAY!!!!....I steam cleaned ALL of my carpets and stairs...still have to do the couch...we spent the morning at the dentist...and now is officially the start of my crazy Thanksgiving to do list...I am try, try, trying to get a Christmas card photo taken of Moses but so far (and 150+ photos later) I have had no luck...we'll try again tomorrow. :) I did get the sweet moment above...I LOVE those guys and photos like this remind me of how blessed I am to be able to live in a house that is just FULL to the brim with love and fun and blessings...my blessings really are too numerous to count. :) My swap box came from the sweet Holly of mommy holly. :) She sent me such a sweet box...full of goodies and smiles...and the sweet little red bird above. Thank you Holly!! :) I bought a cute new stamp today...LOVE it! :) I have a hard time spending money on stamps that cost more than $1 but had no trouble snatching this one up. :)
And here is a hug for the winner of BeckyMs felty foods! :)
O has won the sweet little Christmas Cookies
and
Courtney has won the sweet little pumpkin pie. :)

Ladies let me know you have seen this and then touch base with Becky to claim your prizes. :)

I hope to have some giveaways this week but honestly they are not TOP TOP priority. If I can dig my heels in and get lots done then there will be some...if not then we will pick up next week but I will do my best. If you would like to offer up something to giveaway just contact me via Etsy and we'll chat! :)

And lastly...there is a sale in the shop!! Go check it out! :)

Gotta run! xoxo
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What love looks like...

in my house. My husband has started to back into our driveway so that when I get in and out of the car I don't have to fight against the uphill incline. :) That says love to me. :)

Hope you feel as loved today. :) xoxo
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A Sneak Peek for Lyndsi...

My friend Lyndsi was kind enough to let me in her home all morning to photograph her beautiful family...which included her *sweet* newborn baby girl! :)







LOVE this one!!
And this one, too.




It really is a good thing that I am already pregnant. :)
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Favorite Things Giveaway! Week Five-BeckyM-Fabulous Felt Foods


Hello-lo-lo!! How about some breakfast pastry to go with your morning coffee? This pastry is guaranteed to be both fresh and never get stale on you and brought to you by the ever lovely Becky of BeckyM! :) Seriously...how sweet is that? Makes me want to get out my toaster, clean it up pretty and buy some of these pastries just to display in there. :)
How about a fat free, guilt free lunch?

Becky is yet another one of the super SUPER sweet people I have met through the land of Etsy...she is a happily married woman and mother of a 2 year old daughter. She got her craft start making scrunchies....you know you had one for every outfit...and one to wear on your wrist! :) She started making felt food about a year ago when she wanted something for her daughter and niece to play with that was cute and safe. GO look through her adorable shop and come away with nothing...I dare you! :)

She also has a fabulously sweet blog!
Sweet Becky has kindly offered up TWO prizes today!! :) So we will have TWO winners!!!
The first is the above pictured felt Christmas sugar cookies. :) Even if you don't have kids...how seriously cute would these be displayed somewhere for the holidays?
The second prize is a slice of good ol' pumpkin pie! :) Once again...you don't need to have kids to enjoy this sweet creation...you just need somewhere cute to display it! :)

So what DO you DO to be one of the lucky two winners? Just leave a comment on THIS post finishing the following statement...

This year I am especially thankful for:

Winner will be chosen sometime on Monday. :)


And the winner of the sweet goodies from the ever wonderful Mrs. Amy (who I failed to mention yesterday is also one of THE sweetest people on the planet!!) is Simona!!! Click on her name to visit her cute blog. :) Simona just let me know you saw this and then head on over to Amy to claim your prize!!! :)

P.S. Traci--I basically free handed that J after looking up some fonts on the computer then using a yard stick and some plate from the cupboard...I bet you could do a B with a good compass? :)
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Stopping the insanity...

So in case you have somehow missed how crazy I have been in the last...let's say couple of days...let me just remind you that I am obsessed with a certain object of choice...it is literally all I can think about (I do not love pregnant crazy.) I can't wait to have at it with every porous surface in the house...(that is how sad I am)I have decided today, that when Moses wakes up, I am just going to go buy it. Stupid coupon (I have totally rationalized that I can always save said coupon for soon to occur Christmas shopping) or not. It took me all morning to rationalize it but here is what just buying it will will do for me and my family:

1. My husband will continue to live. Yesterday he says to me that if I needed something to do (seeing as how I had been working on every project I could think of to avoid shopping for that item) that it looked like the stove-top needed cleaning. To which my only response was "Did that sound stupid as it came out of your mouth?" "Yep" he says. (And my husband is the best of the best...don't get me wrong...but sometimes men don't take advantage of the "preview" feature that is their brain....LOVE YOU HONEY!) To his defense I am sure it is not easy to live with me right now. :)

2. My family can trade cranky Crystal for steam cleaning obsessed Crystal. :) That has to be a trade up right?

3. I can cut off the pregnancy OCD before it gets out of hand and some poor innocent bystander gets hurt.

4. My husband told me I could "to stop the madness". :)

5. I can guarantee that the coupon will come in the mail tomorrow...if a neighbor doesn't stop by tonight to give it to me because it was accidentally put in their box.
In one last ditch effort to avoid giving in...I made a stack of these this morning, including this super cute snowman. :)
And finished up these cuties for a friend...they will be sweet little pillow hangings. :) Can't sell them in the shop yet, I am working on licensing. :) Aren't they just darling??

Oh, and...

6. Since lunch time yesterday Moses has been obsessed with doing his business (#1 and #2) on the potty...I was not ready for this...he actually comes to me or Doug and asks to go to the potty. Not quite sure where this came from or if it just suddenly clicked that if he does it in the pot, then he gets a skittle(his reward)...I have no idea what I am doing so we are just taking it one trip to the bathroom at a time...but clearly I can't handle both obsessions at once, right?

So you still love me right? Knowing that I would much rather go buy a steam cleaner than new clothes...and prefer a night of carpet cleaning to a night on the town?

Feel free to leave any further rationalizations that you see fit to make me feel better. :)

xoxo
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A surprise giveaway...

Today is a good day for a giveaway I thought...this time of the year is so full of promise and hope and possibility...in fact I think that is true for all days...
Amy from Stinky Toes Design is offering up a mini-family stationary kit with 10 personalized cards...and 15 family address business cards...Just in time for the holidays!! :) She also has lots of fabulous vintage goodies in her shop...so hop on over there or to her BLOG and say HI!

SO how can you win today? Just comment and finish this statement:

Every day make sure you...

Here is how I would start that list:
1. Make your kids smile.
2. Make your husband smile.
3. Laugh
4. Give thanks to God!
5. Kiss your honey!
6. Tell them you love them.
...

Now you...leave your comment on this post and I will choose the winner sometime on Friday!! :)

Hope your day is busy but good!! I'm working on some more fun snow globes and lots more!!
xoxo

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A peek...

So here she is...my snow globe ornament...the first of many I hope... :) This little ditty was inspired by a couple of things...first I wish I had thought of doing THIS because how fabulous are they? Then this fine lady made THESE and that sent me into a total tizzy of wanting to play with vinyl, too!! I was determined not to though until I thought of an idea that I could safely call my own...so how about these sweet little snow globes? :) They remind me of a mix of I spy's(inside is glitter, tiny bells and snowflakes), whimsical Christmas and my husbands Norwegian ancestry (that is why I have that ribbon Holly I. !).

So whatcha think?

I was thinking of doing some with little stitched scenes, initials and other fun Christmas-like things, too. :) This one will be in the shop pronto...

and I am mildly less cranky...mostly because Moses is still napping and I am avoiding thinking of the carpet cleaner that I am still waiting to buy... :)

EDITED TO ADD: IT SOLD!!! THANKS A BUNCH MY FRIEND! IF ANYONE ELSE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE ONE OR MORE MADE AND RESERVED JUST LET ME KNOW!!! :)
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8 reasons not to shop while cranky and pregnant.

1. Marshmallow Fluff x2
2. Donut x 2
3. Hot Chocolate
4. Frito's
5. Reese's peanut butter cups
6. Reese's chocolate bar (who knew??)
7. Holiday Oreos
8. Hot chocolate

The only things I needed were the jelly and chili seasonings...sigh...I feel gross just looking at that pile.
I did finish my J. :) Just a canvas painted with a giant initial. :)
Simple, fun, easy and cheap. :)

I am also working on a fun new idea that just hit me last night...but I'll wait to share it...it has to do with snow globes...hopefully the cutest that you have ever seen...

Like I mentioned...I am super cranky...super...be thankful that you don't live with me today. :)

Here is to a happier, more hormonally level day tomorrow...
xoxo

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What happens...

...when dad dresses you and mom hasn't sorted and put away the clean laundry?
Argyle socks and camo pants of course. :) Hope your day is unexpectedly fun!

xoxo
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getting things done...

If you can't tell by now, I am not a girl who likes to sit around a lot. Not having anything to do makes me antsy and anxious. I rarely even just sit and watch TV...I have to be doing SOMEthing. You can ask my husband...he comments here as "The Doug"...if I have nothing to do my anxiousness will make him anxious. The shop has been a wee bit slow lately so I have been getting some home projects done around the house while I have the time for it. Above is the nursery color..."warm summer" and I LOVE it. It's so bright and warm and sweet. :)
The colors will be the yellow on the walls, charcoal grey and white. :) LOVE! It's all painted and ready to dress up. :)
I've also worked on some tags for the shop...
And this fun project for the living room wall...
And worked on a custom order. :) Plus we cleaned and repaired the gutters, hung more street signs in Moses' room, got some shopping done, caught up on our DVR, started laundry and lots more. At the moment I am anxiously waiting for a coupon in the mail so that I can go buy my new carpet cleaner!! The longer that coupon takes, the crazier and more obsessed I am with cleaning the carpets and furniture...isn't crazy pregnant fun?

and...
The WINNER of the Tiddlywinks $25 store credit is Jamie who said "I have ten monogrammed hairbows to make!" I hope you ALL got lots done this weekend! :)

Jamie please let me know you saw this and then let Scottie know that you were the winner so you can get busy cashing that $25 in. :)

Don't forget to check back often...you never know when the next surprise giveaway is!! :)

Is everyone getting ready for Thanksgiving? What are your plans? Almost ALL of Doug's family will be coming to our house and maybe some others too... :)
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Cute and easy.

Need a cute little craft for your little one to take into school for a holiday party? Here it is! :) I can't count the times I made these growing up...for many years I made them and took them to my class at Christmas time. :) They are SUPER easy, super cheap and super cute!! :)
All you need are brown pipe cleaners, little googly eyes, little red noses, craft glue and candy canes. Just take the pipe cleaner and fold it in half...hook the candy cane in the fold and twist it up tight. Then make little accordian bends in the pipe cleaner to make zig-zag antlers. Then using a tiny(if you use too much the eyes and nose will slide all around) amount of craft glue(I say craft glue because it is a little thicker) and attach the eyes and nose. Done. :)
Could it get any easier? You can also use different colored pipe cleaners and noses. :) A cute way to both carry and present them is to take a cardboard box, wrap it in holiday paper and poke holes through the top for the candy canes to slip into. :) Cute. Cute. Cute. :)

I'll put a couple of kits in the shop for you so that if you want to make just a dozen then you don't have to go out and buy a huge amount of the supplies. :)

And just a little p.s. to all of you sweet people who have been emailing me (you know who you are) about some (or ONE in particular) of my copy cats...even though there is nothing I can do about people blatantly copying SO MANY of the items that I make...it does help to know that it is as obvious to others as it is to me. Even in my crazed pregnant lady state I am trying to avoid letting it bother me too much...trying. So thanks for your encouraging words and annoyance at them for me. :) And that is all I should say about that. :)

Hope your weekend is great!! :) xoxo
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Winner...

Of the Janesays giveaways is DianaG!! :) Please let me know you saw this then let April know that you were the winner!! :) Yay you!

All items in the Funky Baby section are Buy One Get One 50% off (pre-shipping) :) Please checkout as usual but wait for a revised invoice before paying. :)

I'm off to regroup a little...hope your Friday is great! :) Be back soon with a super easy and fun craft for all your kiddies Christmas parties. :) xoxo
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Favorite Things Giveaway! Week Four-Tiddlywinks

Doesn't your child need a fabulous little stuffed animal or dolly?
I mean look at this face will ya? Could you say no to that? Well you may not have to...Scottie from Tiddlywinks has offered up, ever so generously, a $25 credit for her shop!!! :) That $25 can go a long way in getting some cute, adorable, little, lovely creature for a cute, adorable, little, lovely, creature on your Christmas list this year. :) My son has quite a few...so does my niece. :)
Scottie does amazing work...her sewing skills put me to shame...to way way shame (yes that is a place). :) Each and every creature she makes has such fun detail and each is one of a kind. :)
The faces on these beauties are just so sweet. :)
Look at that guy...don't you just want to hug on him? She can even take your child's favorite, long grown out of, outfit and make it into a special little friend for him...how sweet of a keepsake would that be? So how can you win that $25 in Tiddlywinks bucks?

Well AFTER you go check out her shop...just leave a comment on THIS post telling me something you need to get DONE this week! :) I only have about 20 million things on that list...surely you have at least one...got it?

Now go for it and good luck! :) xoxo
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