what i made for monday-Reese's stuffed oreos.

Cue the Hallelujah chorus.
This is awesomeness in amazingness covered in heaven.
And easy to make as one two three.  And yes, it seems like it might be too much.
But it's not.  It.  Is.  AWESOME. 
Here's what you need.
Double stuff oreos, full size peanut butter cups and Baker's dipping chocolate.
All found at the grocery.
 Get the double stuffs ready.  Twist them apart and put the empty half aside.
 Layer like so.
Dip and cover in chocolate (prepared per directions on the carton).  I used tongs to dip. 
Top with crushed "empty" oreo cookies.  Allow to set.  
Enjoy.  And I mean ENJOY.  It appears that it may be TOO much but one is just right.

And if you are going to gain weight for the holidays anyway, might as well make it worth it right?

(Idea credit goes to Cookies and Cups)

custom order sunday.

Say hello to my Sunday project. 
Don't ask me why, but I have a thing for these cardboard deer. 
It started with a company here in Charlottesville that makes amazing versions of these. 
For example, there are many "art" items around town called "art in place".  
This huge rhino used to be one of them....they also have an amazing store full of all sorts of amazing cardboard creations. :) Cardboard Safari ships, too. : )
 So back to my deer...I was happy to find a FREE easy template HERE at Chronicle books.
 Some printing, cutting and exacto knifing later...and I had a deer. :) Free. 
 I mounted him to a canvas.  Then I painted him. 
 Then I loved him.
 Then Moses claimed him.  You know, because I told him I was making it for him.
 You can make one, too.  I just recommend a fresh exacto knife. 
 Enjoy and happy Sunday!

love, love and love.

Hi there!

How's your weekend?  I'm in a serious flurry of household projects that I have been putting off forever...part of my reasoning for taking a partial break from custom orders. :)

I'll show you a couple of them but first some etsy love.

Can you stand the adorableness of these portraits of my boys?
Amanda from Pencils and Daisies did an amazing job at capturing them at this precious age where they will let me call them hoho and mimi. 
If I had thought to do it, I would have saved them to give my husband for Christmas...but now maybe you can do that for your husband?  She also does darling couple portraits that would be wonderful as wedding or anniversary gifts. :)

The photos above are the ones that I sent her to go by...and I am just thrilled at the end result. :) These will hang in my house until I am 90. :) Do you love them or do you love them?  I love them. :) Go see her and get some of your own!  Pencils and Daisies. 
You know I love wall art.  You know I love Virgina.  How could I not love this print from Hop Skip Jump Paper?   Love it, love it, love it! :)
This one however could hang no where in my house.  I mean who could you even give that to?
Clever and smart for our times. 
This one would never be true for me either.
Maybe if it said "I love you BECAUSE of my first cup of coffee".  :)

I kid (you not). 

Skip Hop Jump Paper is just full of lovely art...I really do love all of the ones in their "I love you more than series" and all of the "all the way to...." series as well.
The seller is lovely and sweet and you won't regret a purchase from them. :)

I've had a good hot streak at our local Goodwill stores.  We have three in our area that I stalk regularly.  God has been good to me...I'm serious when I say that I pray for what I'm looking for...on this day I wanted a "new" end table and lamp.  The cute owls were bonus. :)
A happy coat of red for the owls and white for the table...
...and it's right at home in it's new spot.  I had to rewire the lamp with a new cord but that was super east...I often say, with Jesus and Google, I can learn anything. :)
It makes the corner. :)
One of the owls fit right in here...this shelf area was rearranged as one of my projects today.
Look at those handsome boys, would you!? :)
This hangs right by our back door...an easy reminder to all of us to be kind to each other throughout our days.  Can I ask you to revisit this POST? Just a simple reminder to do SOMETHING, anything for one another during this season (and always really) instead of allowing ourselves to talk ourselves out of doing anything.  It's a good quick read. :)
In light of that "do SOMETHING" spirit, I will be making this snack mix with Moses tomorrow.  We will give these bags of "Blessings mix" to Moses' teachers and whomever else he would like to give them to.   You can go to Caramel Potatoes for the shopping list and a printable that explains it all.   

I hope you will join me in blessing someone in an unexpected way.  :)

Hope the rest of your weekend is wonderful! :)


insta catch up. #2

Let's catch up via instagram photos, shall we?
I have never heard this song but I say this line to myself dozens of times in a day. 
There is never a day or moment that I have nothing to do.  
Hot tea is a daily occurrence. 
Sometimes multiple times in the day because I.  Will.  Be.  Cold.  Until.  June. 
 We just finished reading through this at bed time.  Best book ever. 
 One of my favorite pages from said book.  A wonderful lesson hidden here. 
Say hello to the enlargements that will be gracing my walls soon. 
Hello big eyes. 
Hello sweet boy.
 Daylight saving was not good to us.  I despise it.  Took days and days to un-grump this one.
With boys, who are crazy with high energy, we hit a playground every chance we can get.
 On a recent trip I taught Moses "the underdog" to which he replied "that was SO MUCH FUN". :)
 Moses draws a lot of superheros.  They are ADORABLE.  Here we have superman and batman.  Obviously. 
 The other day I was changing hoho and he recited the line-up of these items as: man, daddy, pig, Jesus and baseball. 
I've been spray painting pine cones.  If I can request a color of the pine cones in heaven it will be aqua for sure.  These just need some glitter, I think.
 Been semi-handmaking a Thanksgiving gift for the new babies in my life. 
 Little bit funky stickers anyone?
 Squinkies.  The herpes of the toy world.  No?
 Is it just me, or is shopping with one child a dream?
 A little fun geekery for a custom order...
inspired this fun hoop in return. :) (this one is still available).
What's it like to just sit and watch TV?  I wouldn't know. 

Here's to a happy day for you!

20 minute crafter-ANYone can makes these felt flowers!

I've made a gabillion types of fabric flowers in my crafty life, but these are by far the easiest to make ever.  Ever.  Ever.  My five year old could make them if I managed the hot glue for him. 
You could easily make them for barrettes, brooches, ornaments, headbands, etc.  You can vary how they turn out by how thick you make the cuts and how wide the piece of fabric is that you start with. 
Clockwise from the top...the pink flower is cotton fabric and not felt (3in by 12in to start), yellow loopy one (4in by 12in) felt, orange (2in by 10) felt and the last one (3in by 12in).  I bet if you play around, you can come up with some pretty lovely combos.
 Here's how you do it.  Cut a strip of fabric.  This one is about 9in by 1 1/2in.
 Fold in half length wise.
 Cut almost to the edge in intermittent amounts.  For this flower I did about every 1/4in.
Put a bit of hot glue along the edge of the start...
And roll it up like so...kind of tightly, but don't go crazy.
Glue the other end down when you get there.
Cut a felt square a tad bigger than the back of your flower...
Cover the back of your flower with a generous amount of hot glue. 
Press the back onto the flower and trim when dry.
Flower is done!
You can add leaves by cutting out a simple leaf shape and glue to the back. :)
Glue to a barrette or pin back and you are done!
Fabulous and simple teacher gifts. :)
Add a covered button to the middle for a different funky look. :)
 Have fun makings something new!

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