up for grabs.

i'm listing some headbands in an album on my facebook fan page...found over there------>
these are all the ladies size elastic bands.

they are $5 each plus shipping.

i will not be making anymore until august. that includes custom orders.  :)

just comment with "mine" on the photo of the headbands you want and make sure i have your paypal address to send you an invoice. :)

in august i will be using all new fabrics so this may be the last you see some of these fabrics. :)

happy shopping and happy fourth of july!! :)

my country tis of thee.

i'm getting to design all sorts of cute decorations...ones perfect for celebrating a life of 90 years.  while creating them, i can't help but think and daydream about the life that doug's grandpa must have lived.

i know i have mentioned here before that he came to this country on his own.  as a kid of 14.  his parents both died when he was very young.  left with nothing to lose, he essentially hopped on a ship from Norway, at FOURTEEN on his OWN, with about $15 to his name and came to a country that wasn't his own.

a new language.  a new city.  a new place.  maybe a new hope for a future?

i wonder often about that 14 year old Austin and the fears that must have been present.

or maybe things just were very different 75 years ago.

i look at fourteen year olds now and i can't imagine them making themselves lunch much less find their own way in a foreign place.

i've known many people who don't have to get a job until post college.
i know teenagers who can't hold an actual conversation that doesn't include some form of internet speak.  does it really take that much longer to spell out y-o-u?

i wonder what Austin from 75 years ago would think of his modern day counterpart.
their entitlement, their laziness, their lack of drive to do even the most simple of tasks.

i wonder what a modern 14 year old would think to look at what Austin's life may have looked like then? to have to work to support himself and siblings.  to be on your own.  to be the source of your own food, warmth and support.

i have never been a supporter of the idea that people are a victim of their circumstances.

you ARE who you set out to be.
i have been told in the past that:
i was not smart enough for college.
that i could never be a stay at home mom.
that i could never make a living as an artist.

i say the heck with that.  life is what you make it become

yes we all have tough times.  we have money trouble and man trouble and life trouble.
but i am convinced, if only from my own path, that anything can be overcome.

and THAT is what makes our country great.
THAT is what Austin got on a ship 75 years ago in search of.
opportunity.  chances.  good.  hope.

even with all of its problems, we still live in the best country in the world. period.
we live in a country where women can vote and drive and speak in public.
we live in a country where we can worship how and whom we choose OPENLY.

we are free.  and it came at a price.  and will always come at a price.

living here in the southeast it is impossible for us to forget the cost of our freedom.
i can promise that there is not a Virginian who doesn't pass dozens of signs on the side of the road that indicate the what and how of some great battle of the civil war.  or about the original settlers.  or jamestown or williamsburg.
doug and i have visited a settlement where the entire population vanished without a trace before supply ships could return.
the cost of our freedom surrounds us.
drive down many a southern road and for every huge plantation house that has been preserved, there are dozens that have become dilapidated and hide the stories and the shame of how they got there in the first place.

i adore living here because of the richness of the heritage of this area.  for the amazing reminders that i see daily.  for the impossibility of forgetting how much it cost for me to be able to go to church where i see fit and to do it alongside a friend of any color.

i am thankful to live in an area that is so rich in memories for what our country is all about.

i am praying to be like that 14 year old Austin.

and to raise two little boys to grow up just like him.

and to all of those fighting for our country so i can do that...thank you.  you are the best of the best.

*digital images created by less ordinary designs...dressed up by me. :) 

when i'm not playing.

i've been "working".
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.
like this weathered "barn" wood flag for doug's grandpa's 90th birthday.
it turned out just the way i wanted.
weathered.  worn and loved. 
it's made to hang outside.
i've also been working on custom orders like this one...made to match invitations.
i've also been working with a lot of towels.
i finally got this one done for my hoho...in hokie colors of course.
can i just tell you how much easier this makes life at the pool? 
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. :)
i'm also making this variety.
a simple (but cute) hooded towel...with a little hot mess thrown in there for the girls.
my darling (bribed model) demonstrates.
i'm also taking orders for these. 
you can't go wrong with either one.
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. :)


with the new iphone comes a new addition.
so much more me than twitter.
 i've been using it to capture random little moments in our day.
 and it's turning into a fun little way to track our life.
eventually i will get a bunch printed and do something fun with them
(app to do that: postalpix)
 so if you are an instagram addict like myself...come find me.
user name: littlebitfunky
 or maybe you aren't an addict yet...
 but there is time to change that...and capture all the little moments that would normally involve lugging a camera around...
 like naughty children with balloons.
or that i got all my hair cut off. :)
there was an audible gasp from the women in the shop when she made the first cut (to donate).
and that i repainted the picnic table for the boys.
vive norge. :)
 pretty flowers in my yard.

or the day (yesterday)where we drove an hour and a half to the zoo only to discover that it is closed on Sundays.

 we ended up in maymont park in richmond instead.
 it was boy approved.
this is a sure sign that he enjoyed it. :)

are you on instagram?  come find me! :)

c'mon get happy.

does this wall make you as happy as it does me?
it should.
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.
 so now you know where to shop...
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.

happy happy happiness.
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 ---------->

in ten minutes.

i feel like i have been a terrible blogger lately.
i'm sorry.
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...
i'm working on getting licensed to make and sell these wonderful pool/beach robes.
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 ricracandpompoms@gmail.com
once the license stuff is set i will be happy to create one for you.
i bought moses a skateboard at a yard sale.
we all want to be cool enough to use it.
he is adorable going up and down our little sidewalk.
resisting the urge to relocate everything in my house is forcing me to be creative with where things are.
because really.
i just want to MOVE.
more on this soon.
stay tuned for my most favorite cupcake recipe to date.
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?  :)

why home is important to me.

sorry folks.  this is one of THOSE posts.
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.
terrible. TERRIBLE.

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.


fathers day interview {for doug from moses}

for fathers day this year, i thought i would interview moses and ask him a few questions about his favorite person.  welcome to endless spout that is moses' train of thought. :) 

what is your dad's name?

any other names he goes by?

where does your dad work?
at target.

what does he do there?
good jobs.

do you like your dad?

why do you like your dad?
because i love him a lot.

what's your favorite thing about your dad?
i like to play baseball.
that's all.

what is your dad's favorite food?
norwegian pancakes.

what is your dad's favorite color?

is your dad funny?

what is the funniest thing he has done?
walking on his hands.

is he a good dad?


because why?
because he likes lunch.

can you tell me a story about you and daddy?
actually yes.

i don't know what it's about.

my skateboard.  i got a bat for myself.  so i could play baseball with daddy.  we like to eat norwegian pancakes.  he likes blue and i like green.  we go on a special date to see cars and two.  and we also like cars one.  and that is all.

do you think your dad was a good boy when he was little?
a good boy.  he liked to smile a lot at his mom and his dad.  he like to play games with his mom and his dad.  his favorite brother was uncle eric.  he likes him because he likes cars and two the best.  and uncle eric could do whatever he wanted to do.  he cried when uncle eric hurt him. 

what does daddy think about jesus?
i think he likes him.  because i like him a lot and he likes me a lot.

what is your daddy good at?
he is good at basketball.  and he is good at making muscles.

he lived in new york city when he was little.  is new york city in the united states?  but i can tell a story about that.  uncle eric banged on the door when he was little.  he was also a little sister.  then he changed into a boy.  then uncle eric growed up.  then daddy growed up.  and then they were big kids.  and daddy likes aunt caroyln because she is his sister.

there was a little kid named doug.  and then he rode on a boat to go on his bocation.  then he went on a plane and then a bus.  then he went to uncle eric's house.  he had to ride on a plane to get there because it was way far away.

what do you want to say to daddy about fathers day?
i want to give him a skateboard, a cars and two toy and an orca.

are you glad that he is your dad?
yes.  because he loves me a lot and he likes me and likes me and likes me.

how much do you love him?
enough for 14 dump trucks of love.

happy fathers day to the best dad a moses and an aaron could ask for!

summer awesomeness {part two}

on the wet days of summer (the rainy kind) or in the bleak days of winter...
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.
 to make the tent i took a 60in by 83in table cloth that i got on clearance at target.
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.
 even playing potato head is more fun in there where mom can't see you.
 simple. easy fun.  with lots of room for imagination.
 even looking out the door is more fun if you do it from a tent.
do you see this precious moment here?
playing quietly together.  makes my heart patter.
i totally plan on letting them use this outside as well...it just happened to be rainy the day i got it done.
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. :)

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