somehow the days are both long and short.
i can't believe it is already july. and to me, july is already over because it is packed.
even though it looks like all i am doing is playing...or being lazy, i am getting things done.
it turned out just the way i wanted.
weathered. worn and loved.
it's made to hang outside.
i finally got this one done for my hoho...in hokie colors of course.
because it does. you put it on once and it is done.
it stays on and my kids like to keep a towel on when not in the water.
i'm taking orders for them if you want one. email me. :)
a simple (but cute) hooded towel...with a little hot mess thrown in there for the girls.
i'm also taking orders for these.
they are great for the pool, beach, lake and bathtub.
pair them with some fun bath soap or googles for a fun gift.
i hope your 4th is lovely. :)
so much more me than twitter.
(app to do that: postalpix)
user name: littlebitfunky
there was an audible gasp from the women in the shop when she made the first cut (to donate).
vive norge. :)
are you on instagram? come find me! :)
while the art has taken some time and money to collect...the bunting was FREE!
i'll tell you how in a moment.
but since i know people will ask here is where all the prints are from:
clockwise starting with the stiched art which is from little bit funky.
where i am weak print from mod memento.
God love you print from daisychic.
let's have fun today from bangbangyourethread.
ignore the rain print from daisychic.
initials in the hands print from lepapierstudio.
want to make your own banner?
it's so easy that i didn't do a tutorial really.
all you do is grab some paint chip cards from lowe's (and before that ONE person says something, i have had a honest to goodness lowe's employee tell me that is is OK to take as many as i would like)
punch out a bunch of shapes of your choice.
and sew them together in a line. :)
string up as desired.
would be cute with circles or hearts or any shape really.
in a baby room? nice.
and because it's free...when you get sick of it...it won't hurt to get rid of it.
and speaking of happiness.
you want to laugh?
go read this post by the bloggess.
but be warned...there is a little cussing (yes, in the south we cuss)in there. while that is not my style...it's still a funny post. i laughed-cried a few times because I WOULD TOTALLY DO THAT...though doug would never tell me not to buy something. :)
my favorite line is "this chicken will cut you!". what's yours?
also...i will be posting some items "up for grabs on the facebook page at 1:30pm. :) you can get there on the right ---------->
i have lots i want to share but i am also working hard.
you know...swimming and what not.
and finally getting an iphone!!!
but there is other stuff too...
so here is a preview of what i will share in the next few days...
it's a wonderful pattern from Made.
and moses loves it.
perfect for the pool and much better than a towel that never stays on.
plus, off season he can use it for tub time.
interested in having one made for you?
email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
once the license stuff is set i will be happy to create one for you.
we all want to be cool enough to use it.
he is adorable going up and down our little sidewalk.
i just want to MOVE.
along with scrumptious pretend krispy kreme frosting.
and tonight i will be queuing up a documentary on netflix and making a mess of hot mess headbands.
i'll probably post them up for grabs on facebook tomorrow...time to be determined. :)
thank you for all of your kind words and email from the previous post.
you all are darling and i am so thankful for you.
also...do you like my new header? :)
where i spill my heart out and either it repulses you or it makes you love me more.
so you have been warned.
the good news is that i have some CUTE posts coming in the next few days so hang in there ok?
so can i tell you that i am worn out from this selling a house stuff.
we keep our house super neat so it can be cleaned quickly.
we have BOXES of our stuff in the attic.
the exhilaration of having a showing.
and the let down that follows when they choose somewhere else.
the last people to see it actually made an offer. we countered and then the husband wanted to see it.
the wife had made an offer WITHOUT her husband seeing it. WHAT?!?!
he did not love it as much as she did.
we are pretty sure it is because we live in a racially mixed neighborhood.
which doesn't bother us one bit but was enough to convice this would be seller that his work equipment would be stolen out of his car.
he said this to me.
so we wait a little longer. and hold fast to hope that we will be moving soon.
the bittersweet part is that in this journey i have have the joy and honor of praying for others in the same situation...living in a city/town/country that is not home and counting the days until they get to return. so many of you have emailed me to share your story...and i love you for it. the bittersweet part is that others prayers are being answered. i have lost count of how many people are well on their way home...or are already there. and i am SO happy for them. truly.
and with each one i pray "my turn next Lord?".
some people still don't get it. WHY is a place SO important to us? to me, maybe even more so.
i'm a little nervous to talk about this next part...but here goes.
you may notice that i never mention my family on here. of course there is doug and my boys and my wonderful amazing in-laws who ARE my family.
i'm talking about my parents and siblings. and everyone connected to them.
the bottom line is that i don't have them anymore. not now nor in the foreseeable future.
for reasons that i won't go into here...a year ago in march i was forced to make a choice between my real family (doug and my boys) and the people i happen to share blood with.
it was not an easy choice. it was not fun. it was hard and covered with a lot of prayer. it still is.
some will say that family is forever. that that is the only source of unconditional love...like somehow sharing DNA will ensure acceptance, love of the unconditional variety and a relationship.
i disagree. acceptance is a choice.
unconditional love is an action you CHOOSE.
relationships are a choice.
as a result of the choice to move forward without any contact from my parents...almost all family followed suit. i'm pretty much an orphan. there are a tiny few who still talk to me. most are not "allowed". many, i think, cannot comprehend my choice...see reasoning above. i still love them all and miss them. but i've had to make a choice that i feel protects myself and my family. and for the record doug totally supports this choice.
the point? blacksburg has family. and friends that ARE family. and it takes us closer to other family.
i want my kids to grow up near their aunts and uncles and aunts and uncles in law (hi amy!) and cousins.
i want them to have memories of their family in their life. i want those relationships for them that will keep them accountable.
i want to be part of a community that knows my children and keeps them in line when i'm not looking.
i want an endless supply of people i can trust with my kids.
i want dinner parties and cookouts. and real, deep friends for crying out loud. i want people who can look at me and know that i am not ok.
blacksburg has what we don't have here.
and i am totally believing that God is going to take us there. some great way. some great how.
but some days my heart is heavier than others.
the days that i want those things for my kids and us.
i know and believe our prayers will be answered.
some days are just harder to wait through than others.
our fun sprinkler has another life as a little tent.
i propped it up on a set of bed lifts (the kind college kids buy for their dorm rooms)
and the boys played in it for over an hour.
therefore making it worth. every. penny.
measured 31in from the center and sewed a little pocket to slide a pvc pipe for.
since i didn't glue the sprinkler together i can 1)make sure it's dry to bring it in and 2)store it.
playing quietly together. makes my heart patter.
the boys loved it. and i see this getting a lot of use.
but you know what?
that's not the end of it's use.
stay tuned to see how we got one more awesome toy out of it. :)
or at least for the day.
or every time you pull this out.
on the coldest day we have had in a while.
see hoho in the background running to the house with his shorts around his ankles to go get a swimmy diaper?
now i didn't invent pvc pipe sprinklers.
but this one will be more than a sprinkler...more on that to come.
but for now, let me share the how-to when it comes to making a sprinkler that will make the neighborhood kids come out of the woodwork.
here is my meager description of them. or you could print this photo and take it to lowe's. :)
a = an elbow shaped piece.
b = an elbow shaped piece with a third outlet that had thread on it.
c = an adapter that you screw into two of the b's to make it a smooth...umm...entry?
d = THIS PIECE. you need this to hook your hose into the sprinkler. screw it into the third b.
a b and c all have ends that are not threaded. so you can slide your pipe in.
we used 3/4in.
you can use any small size you like.
just make sure your other parts fit with it.
they will be the upright parts from a to b+c.
and assemble as above.
we just dry fit it together with no glue...partly so we could store it and partly to make it better for the other life we have in store for it. :)
he used a tiny drill bit 1/16 maybe?
i thought it would be too small...it was perfect.
on the top bar he did holes on two sides.
for the rest of the pipes he just drilled holes on the top.
i don't think you can go wrong.
and didn't want to get out.
they could jump over.
and crawl around.
they loved it.
they loved it this way too.
you can't go wrong with spraying water.
we had to pull them away from it.
for your viewing pleasure. :)
we paid about $18 for all the parts.
and if you think about how much they charge for crappy character sprinklers that is not so bad.
be we aren't stopping here with it...it has a whole other personality.
stay tuned for more. :)