Happy Memorial Day!! {and a little catch up, too!}

This post brought to you by me quitting Facebook some time ago and me wanting to keep my in-laws up to speed with what the boys are doing... starting with swimming lessons...Moses is great at floating!
Saturday morning donuts have become  a staple.  
My children are braver than me. :) 
And cuter.  
And the hohos...still going strong. 
 Mother's Day was awesome.  Being their mother is even more awesome.
We celebrated Norwegian constitution day with 13in Norwegian pancakes.
I finally got to the dermatologist.  And did not get through the appointment without a "this needs to go" for the millionth.  Please don't tan and please go the dermatologist.  
The boys are fascinated with snails. 
The garden is growing. 
The lower 40 is prospering. 
Hoho still has days where he will wear capes all day. 
They are an awesome way to start a day. 
We were just playing a nice game.  And then he shot me in the face.  Pew-pew-pew!
Vader in the garden. 
Rainbows in the sky. 
 A wall rearranged.
 Again with the donuts!
 Today! Because we never have a photo of the two of us!
He is cute. 
And he finally has a fedora.  And he's pretty handsome. 
Hohos ready for the weeks workload. 
You can own this print.  And many more.  I've updated the shop with all instant downloads.  And for the rest of May you can use the code MEMORIAL50 to get 50% off of everything in the shop!

AAAND be sure to enter to win $100 from Sherwin Williams! HERE or HERE! :) 

Hope your weekend is going great and you've enjoyed my little catch up! :)


from boring to beautiful {part two of a bathroom makeover}

Are you ready to see the awesome "after" of my boys/guest bathroom?!! 
I am so excited about how it turned out...happy, bright and fun!  It's like a whole new bathroom! 
I'm so thrilled with all of the details and little finds that add so much to the room.

Everything was inspired by the Sherwin-Williams ColorSnap® smartphone app that I used from the previous post.
Once I knew the color I was putting on the wall, thanks to my friends at Sherwin-Williams, I went from there, searching everywhere I went--and could find online--for things to go with the look I was going for.  And, what I couldn't buy, I made myself.

For starters, this "Wash Your Hans" printable.  You can go HERE to download it for FREE!  What little boy doesn't need a little reminder?  And the fun play on words just makes it fun.  The little "M" and "A" hooks were finds from a $1 bin at Michaels! Perfect for each boy to hang his own hand towel from.

The curtains were the next thing I "made" and are simply a few yards of a favorite print. I didn't even sew the edges, just left selvedges and hemmed both ends. :) Easy, fun and BRIGHT! :)

I tried really hard to make it a place where both little boys and guests would love.  While I admit that Iron Man may not be the first choice for a guest bathroom, I think the whole vintage feel of it makes it work.  I hung it on the wall with Command Strips...still wrapped in the plastic I bought it in. :) Some happy new guest towels carried the wall color to this little wall. 

All of these except the "I belong with you" were hanging in this bathroom before but didn't have nearly as much character as they do now...with that fun Sherwin-Williams paint color behind them making the orange pop!  You can make your own "I belong with you" sign by following my tutorial HERE.  :)

I thought I would show a little peek of how the ColorSnap app works...you take a photo of the item you are trying to match...drag that little circle around to the specific color you want to match and...

...it pulls a Sherwin-Williams color that matches!  It's like paint magic. :) It inspired this whole makeover! :)

Thanks for having a look around!  I hope this inspires you to do some making over on your own and maybe gets you into your own local Sherwin-Williams! 

Don't forget to check out my before also! :) 

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some hoho love.

More than I could ever hope or imagine.  That's how the hohos have blessed me.  I'm amazed on a daily basis that God has allowed me to provide for my family needs in such a creative, fun and joy spreading way.

Hohos are on fire.  People love them.  I daily get emails showing some cute little one cuddling their hoho.  I get stories about them showing up to comfort in the emergency room or a late night foster care placement.  Just a couple weeks ago I made a hoho for a special girl with an eye injury, and wouldn't you know, her hohos eye was injured on the same side. :)

I LOVE my job.  And I am so thankful for the support it receives daily.  I adore my customers.  I couldn't ask for a better bunch of folks.   
These may be my favorite hohos to make.  They are keepsake hohos.  Do you have a favorite outfit from your little one?  A shirt or a blanket that means a lot to you?  Send it to me and let me give it new life as a hoho!
Can you handle this level of cuteness?  I can't. Do you need one?  I'd love to make you one.  Just email me to get on the list! (Right now the wait is through the end of July!). 

I've also had several requests to bring back my hoho print...and I finally got to it!  You can find both of these prints in the shop as instant downloads.  :) Add a little hoho love to your wall!

Hope your weekend is lovely and that you feel blessed in a special way!


solo post worthy gift

Don't you love the internet?  
For all the yuck it throws out, some pretty wonderful stuff comes out of it as well.  I love the people I've found and friends I've made and the amazing things I've found to make my home ME.  

Enter Ariel from Newspaper Balloon.  She draws the most adorable portraits ever.  I have three that grace my walls and have given several away to friends as gifts (of their families of course). :) 

Last week was a tough one for me and Ariel, the darling that she is, sent this to me in the mail as a surprise gift.  Is there a more perfect portrait of my job right now? 
I love it so much.  It will hang on my walls forever and remind me of this phase of my life forever.

Thank you friend for noticing my rough time and blessing me in such an awesome way!

And if you haven't gotten a portrait from Ariel yet...what are you waiting for?!

You can also find her on IG under newspaperballoon :)


another pallet project {outdoor table from pallets for about $40}

So...I have two boys.  And I wanted an outdoor table big enough to seat us all.  Most of the tables out there are really expensive and involve glass.  Not a good combo when combined with two boys. 
Enter my favorite medium, the pallet.  Free.  Durable.  Boy tough.  Done!
All I had to buy was the wood to build the frame/legs using treated lumber.
The boys immediately started using it as a fort, the perfect size for one!  I took it one step further and added a hammock underneath that they LOVE to hang out in, especially Aaron.
It's the perfect little hidden place and as a bonus, both boys can use it at once, comfortably.

The top is a teeny bit uneven, wonky, sanded and lovely.  In other words "will not be harmed by little boys".
I also built a couple of benches to use as seating, also from pallets except for the legs.

I can't really offer any plan for building one...I started with the pallets face down (using six of them), figured out a way to frame them all together, nailed and screwed it all together until I was sure it was stable.

Basically I made it all up as I went along.  But I thought you might like the inspiration.

Made anything fun and cheap lately?


Also, the winner of the Running Blynd giveaway is YOU!  Email me if that is you! :)

a last minute mother's day gift {that you still have plenty of time to make} and a coupon code to help a mother out!

So the other day I decided to give a little something to Aaron's teachers for Mother's Day because, well, they do a great job of mothering him when I am not around.  It's east to see that they love him and he loves them, so why not.  Thing was, I had approximately 1 hour to figure something out and execute it.  Crafty friends to the rescue!

This little something is a collaboration of a few different crafty friends I happen to love.
The quote is by my friend Love, print created by my friend MJ from Echoes of Mercy and tags by my friend from Raising Up Rubies.  The print I had on hand, I ordered it some time ago and loved it so much that I had extras printed up to save as gifts.    
The perfect mothers day quote, don't you think? You can get it right HERE at Echoes of Mercy.

Added a cute Raising Up Rubies tag...

Some bakers twine and washi and I called it done!  They were really well received. 

The frames were a lucky, inexpensive find from Micheals.   You can order the file from Echoes of Mercy, send it to the one hour printer, run and buy some frames and be all set before you know it!

And it just so happened as I was getting all set to write this post, my friend MJ was getting ready for a big change...wouldn't you know it, she was preparing for something special...

Here is her post from Instagram:
So not only can you get a lovely mother's day gift done, you can also help a sweet baby cope with something she never should have to deal with...

You can also use the code BABYELSIE to save 15% off of your entire order! Win. Win. Win.

Ready?  Go get started now!


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