me and my {big} dreams

This post may be my most vulnerable yet. 
Because when it is all said and done...this post could leave me looking foolish and silly. 

But I don't think that is where it will end. 
I have been praying for a long time about how to use my blog and talents in a way that is bigger than a way that will allow God to show up and through and over my blog.

What is the point of having God given talents if they are not used for God given glory?
So I prayed.  And prayed.  And prayed.  
And slowly pieces have fallen together.
First the charity...Nothing But Nets. 
Can you imagine not being able to keep disease carrying bugs off of YOUR baby?

Then what to do...what to do...pray, pray, pray. 
 Then one of my favorite customers sent me a link to THIS PATTERN. 

Yes, that will do. 
Then it all started to come together... plan...
To make a quilt. 
Out of entirely donated fabrics and materials.
(Because I really want God to show up here easy would it be to buy it all myself and say "look what I bought!"...but I want to be able to praise God saying "Look what HE provided!".

So once that quilt is made...(with fabric donations that have already started!!!!!)...I plan to hold a can buy a net for $10...each net is an entry...each net is a family safe from malaria, one of the largest killers of children in Africa...and you can enter as many times as you please! 
I am praying for big things...will you pray with me? 
I am praying for God to do bigger things than I can hope for. 
Than I can imagine. 
I want you to help me spread the word about the raffle...when the time comes...will you help me?

I am praying for big things.  Big big things.
This pillow is just my practice for the pattern...this will be in the shop momentarily.

I plan to give you peeks along the share the fabrics as they show you my squares as I make let you be part of the process.  

I am putting this out I can't back out.  
So I don't doubt in the dark what I know God has said in the light. 

And there has already been dark...before the first fabric donation came in I had just enough time to I supposed to do this...should this dumb or worthless?

And then I got an email from my first donor. 
Big. fat. happy tears.  
It was like an email from God saying...yes, dummy, you ARE supposed to be doing this. :) 

So will you get excited with me...and pray and share and buy a net and save some lives? 

please.  and thank you.  I know you and your awesome selves will come through.


20 minute crafter. { x3}

Hi friends.  I hope you can forgive today's craft...technically it is not a twenty minute craft...but I DID do it in an that would have been the time that I would have used to do the 20 minute crafter post...but well...I wanted to do these instead. :) Ok?  So hopefully you are still inspired to craft...even if you only have a little bit of time to do so...
Don't you love my new sunshiney curtains?
I started with these...on clearance from Target.  Ok...but not all all funky...and a little too short for my liking.  
 So I cut off the tab tops...this made it easy to keep the line straight. :)
Then...taking three different fabrics that made me happy...I cut them all the same length...but cut them different widths.  Sewed the different widths together...sewed them onto the curtain...and sewed the tab tops back on...and here we go. :) Here is a before and after. :)
  Now we will have sunshine when there is no sun. :)
I LOVE them.  I am thinking all the curtains in my house need a makeover now.
Cause what part of my house couldn't use some artificial {fabric} sunshine?

Hope you were still inspired...even if it took 20 minutes times three. :) 


here's the story {morning glory}

Tomorrow I will have 18 unclaimed Happy Hoho Mosters in the shop.  I'm looking at 8pm or so to start listing.  Did you know that if you are a fan of Little Bit Funky on Facebook that you will always know the shop news first? Over there...on the closest column to the right.

MY hoho has not been well the last couple of days.  There was very little sleep to be had by me last night...and LOTS of coffee today.  The only time that things get done is when he is napping...cause he is pitiful...high fever but still wanting to go...but really needing his cuddle time.
So if I owe you an email or an order...please hang in there...I will get to you. :) Cuddles come first.

This batch of hoho's will be the last I will do until mid to late May.  I will also be really restricting my custom orders for the month of May as well.  There is lots I want to do...personal projects, family times and have you been to my shop to hear the crickets chirp? It is EMmmpty.  I HAVE to get some of these project ideas out of my head and into fabric. :)  So hopefully you will see some NEW things soon.

And in the works...hopefully within the week...I will have a pattern for sale for my Happy Scrappy Skirts!  This is my first pattern, I am super excited about it...and it will be an easy project for you! :)

Ok.  Here's the fun part. :) I have added a Mr. Linky below (I hope)...I would LOVE LOVE LOVE it if you would link up.  For no other reason than I want to visit you! :)  Link to your blog or your favorite post or your favorite project...get me hooked on your blog! :) I prom promise to visit AND say hello! :)

Yes, I mean you there.  If you are reading this...I am talking to you.

So here ya go...I can't wait to come visit:

20 minute crafter. sweet rainbow. :)

So say you are having an airhead kind of week...and you totally forget that your son was invited to a birthday party THIS Saturday and not next.  And you don't remember it until you read your friends blog post which is all about the cute rainbow party she threw. 
Dang it brain...if only you would work with me.
So to make up for it...I thought the very least I could do was whip her up a cute little rainbow shirt...which I found cute enough to share...hope you like it too...maybe your brain will remind you ahead enough of time that you can make it to take TO the party. 

Here is what you need:
rainbow colored scraps
blank t-shirt (from Target)
wonder under (from Joanns)
cloud looking scrap...chenille or minky like material
sewing machine

Starting with your red scrap...make a square that is about the size that you would like your rainbow to be...
Using that first shape as your size guide make each layer of your "rainbow cake".  Don't try to make it perfect...just make it happy.
Then starting in the center (purple) sew around the edge of each semi-circle/oval...I thought it would be cute to alternate zig-zag and straight stitch with each layer.
When you are done...trace your shape on the wrong side of the wonder under then cut out the shape just inside the line you traced (see photo).
Iron onto the back of your rainbow...we cut the wonder under a bit smaller than the rainbow to make sure we didn't go over the sides and goop up your ironing board...which I am sure is WAY cuter than mine.  I didn't put the wonder under on the red first because you would be doing all of that stitching on top of it and that would just be a pain.  

You also need to iron a rectangle of wonder under onto a rectangle of your cloud material that is about two inches wider than the base of your know, for a good cloud to rainbow ratio. :)
Cut out your cloud shape...
Figure out where you want to place your rainbow and sure to overlap the cloud on top of the rainbow.  Iron on...if your cloud material is extra thick you may need to turn your shirt inside out to ensure a good adhesion.
Stitch around the edges to adhere it to the shirt...if you start at a corner where the cloud and rainbow meet you can get around the cloud then the rainbow in one long stitch.  Then I went back in and traced the cloud in blue.  
Cuteness, right?  And you can feel a little better about missing the party...cause if you never missed it then you never would have known to make a rainbow shirt for the birthday girl. 
So there is that. 

Hope you like questions? I'll answer them in the comments. :)



When I was in high school, and all through school actually, I didn't have a ton of friends.  The ones I did have were more on the outer edges of what you would call popular.  There were a few reasons for this...I was not allowed to do any school activities that required any time spent outside of the normal allotted school sports and after school activities were out.  I was rarely allowed to go to the normal hang out spots (aka in my town the skating rink!) or to friends houses...and when I did, I was the one with the parents who would show up to get you two hours early because they thought I was up to something...which, for the record, I never was.  

As a result...I never really got a chance to sharpen my "fitting in and friends makin' skills".  All through high school and college I struggled to fit in.  I could go through the motions and never get the same results that seemed to come so easy to others.  There are those people out there who others seem to flock to...who everyone wants to be friends with.  I'm pretty much on the other side of that spectrum.  

I always kind of hoped that I would outgrow this painful kind of social awkwardness.  That one day I would grow up and be able to fit in and make friends easily.  That you can grow into one of those "flocked to" types of folks.  I have spent years trying to learn this "fitting in" skill...only to end up where I started.  It's tough.  I won't lie.  I haven't outgrown a thing.  I'm still awkward.  I still don't have many friends.  I still have to work REALLY hard in any sort of social situation.  People do not flock to me.  I am not included.  And it still hurts as much as it did when I was five...ten or 15.

I thought that by now...I wouldn't care about being included or well liked or part of a group.  Yet, I continue to find my ineptness everywhere.  At MOPS, at the grocery store, my former life in Radford, even in the blog world.  Every time that one of my hard earned friendly advances goes unnoticed or unreciprocated a little of me is hurt.  Sometimes a lot.  You can ask my poor husband about the many times that I have cried to him...about just wanting to be liked.  Trying desperately to figure out what it is that I lack.  Just WHAT is it about me that makes people move on so quickly.  Why am I always the one in the room that is the first to be forgotten about?   Why can't I be a people magnet too?

Pretty sad huh?  I wish I was writing this to share that I have had some sort of breakthrough.  But no.  I still struggle with this daily.  I daily pray for me to be happy with ME.  I KNOW that God made me just this way on purpose and that He doesn't make mistakes...but doesn't He know how much it hurts me?  Doesn't He know how much I would love to be included and part for a change? Doesnt' He know how much I would love to have best friends that don't live just in New Jersey and California? 

I'm not saying that I am not richly blessed...I am SO thankful for the friendships that I do have...cause they run SO deep.  I know that they are real and sure and true.  I am happy in a life I don't deserve. I have a husband that is better than the best and kids that are more precious to me than all the world.  

My prayer is that my 30's will make me confident in who I am...and to allow that confidence to sharpen me into what it is and who it is that God wants me to be.  I want to read this entry ten years from now and have a good laugh at myself for being so silly...for having no idea what God had in store for me.  Just as I am.  Awkwardness and all.        


mom stuff.

First of all...I had to document this know, so it will be included in a future edition of my blog books. 
We were playing around in the tennis courts at a nearby playground when one of the poor little guys legs gave out on him...he immediately got the largest gooseegg that I have ever seen on someones head.  It stuck out a good 3/4-1in instantly.  This kid is one tough little man...he was done crying about it before we could get back to the car...and resumed his normal self.  

My heart, I am sure, may never be the same.  

And the rest of just to share.  A couple of my sneaky little mom tricks.  

Both of my boys eat a great healthy breakfast and lunch.  Neither has ever been big on dinner. 
Our general policy eat what you are served at dinner...or you don't eat.  But I refuse to make them eat...I just think that sets them up for bad eating habits in life...but I will include at least one thing with dinner that I know they like.  
Moses knows the deal and he knows that if he doesn't eat what we serve for dinner then he gets nothing else for the rest of the day...and only water to drink...cause this boy could live on milk. 

If they don't eat dinner...I don't worry because I know that what they HAVE eaten that day is healthy and good for them...we try hard not to keep junk in the house (except for the secret mommy/daddy chocolate stash) and we never really eat fast food besides Chick-fil-a or Chipoltle. 

Aaron...well he is still trying to figure out what he does like and what he doesn't like...a favorite one day is hated the next.  But he will always eat yogurt or oatmeal.  And like Moses, everything he DOES eat is I don't worry about dinner so much if he doesn't want it. 
But I DO sometimes worry about whether they get enough veggies...especially on the picky days. I have tried to "hide" veggies in other foods...and that never works.  Only recently did we start to let Moses have juice on a regular basis...after doing some research I found these:
Which he loves...has a serving of veggies (which he will only sometimes eat on his own) and a serving of fruit (which he loves in any form) and is low in sugar (which makes me happy).

For Aaron I have found these:
Which is really the same as the juice...but in a yogurt form. A fruit, a veggie and a yogurt.  And this is organic...which makes me happy too. :)

So those are a couple of my case you didn't know and could use them for yourself. 

Any good "sneaky mom tricks" to share?

20 minute crafter. how to make a blog header. :)

I have recently received several emails about how to make a blog header...before my sweet blog make-over I used to make new headers all the I just make a new one every so often for my poorly neglected photography blog.  So while it make take you a bit more than twenty minutes the first will get the hang of it and be able to whip up a new one any time you want. :)
You can click on each image to make it bigger. 
First you have to choose a photo...and upload it to picnik.  You can get good use out of the free version.
I usually resize my photos down to 75% to make them quicker to work do this under "edit".
Have fun and mess around with your photo...add text and fun effects to your hearts desire.  When you are it to your desktop.
 Go back to your blog and get to this screen and tab by going under settings.
Click on edit where you blog title is...a little editing window should pop up. 
Click on:
"shrink to fit"
"instead of title"
Get the image that you just made by clicking on "browse"...find it and upload it. 
This is what success looks like. :)  You can preview it to make sure it looks good.
Depending on the size of the photo the thin frame that surrounds your header may be off...the easiest way to fix this is to do the following...
Go under layout: fonts and colors: and change the frame to match the this case I made it white.
 Ta-da!  Personalized cuteness for your blog.  This took me just a few minutes. :)
I will TRY to answer questions in the comments section...but keep in mind I only know what Google has taught me. :)

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