Monday, June 27, 2011

Pretty Pettidress for Sale!

I just wanted to share that I have listed Emily's ADORABLE pink pettidress for sale on ebay!  She wore it only once, to be a "Cupcake Queen" for Halloween this past year.  It is simply gorgeous in person!

If you are interested, you can find the link to purchase it on ebay here.  If you tell me you found it through my blog, I will ship for FREE!!!!  Thanks for taking a look!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Craft Room Organization

The slower paced (but not necessarily "lazy" as the saying goes) days of summer have given me some time to tackle a few projects around the house.  I am sure to most of you this post might be a little boring, but if you like cheap, easy and cute organizational projects you are going to love this one!

Ever since we moved in our house eight years ago, the girls have had a playroom in our finished basement.  When we moved in it was HIDEOUS!!!  It had dark green carpet, white walls, and terrible lighting.  My very handy husband put in hardwood (laminate) floors, beadboard, new lighting, and then he painted it a sunny yellow color.  Over the years as they have gotten older, they haven't used the playroom as much, so I decided to take it over for my own crafty space.  Now that Carter is here, we are going to share the space.  I've been working HARD, along with my mom's help, to make this space functional and cute for all of us.  Since I make hair accessories, I have an extensive stash of stuff , so I need many storage containers.  Of course, I want them to be functional and cute, as well as inexpensive.  As I sat there looking at all of the supplies I have, I came up with this cute idea:

I already had the metal buckets (purchased from the Dollar Spot at Target awhile back), the yo-yos, and some magnets in my craft stash.  I decided to use magnets and just hand write the tags, since I am not 100% sure where I want to keep everything yet, so I can change these tags easily. 

To make these, I simply glued two yo-yos together using hot glue, then glued them on a small magnet, made the tags, and stuck them to the buckets.  It took all of ten minutes for the whole thing to come together.

I wish I had more of these little buckets now!  I love how these turned out.  My perfectionistic side REALLY wanted to type up little tags, but when I realized how insane that was, I just hand wrote them.  It's hard being a perfectionist, I tell you.

While I was organizing, I was rolling up some pretty lace I have, and look what happened as I rolled it:

Isn't it beautiful?!?!?

While I am at it, I have to share this cute little sign.  This was in Emily's ladybug-themed nursery, and I just love the sentiment on it!  I am a VERY lucky girl, that is for sure.  I decided to keep it in my craft area - such sweet memories.

Now that I am getting an organized space to work in, I've been creating a few things to start selling again.  I have sold hair accessories for many years, but took some time off to have Carter.  When I found out I was having a boy, I sort of lost the desire to create hair accessories, but lately I've really missed it, and honestly need the income it provided our family.  Some day soon, I am going to share a few of my creations from when I used to make the elaborate stacked, layered bows.  It's fun to look back on those and remember how much fun I had making them! 

Here is a sneak peek of a few things you might find in my Etsy shop when it opens =)

I will be selling traditional hair bows, hair flowers, headbands, clips, and maybe even some home decor and birthday party-related items!  I am very excited to be back in the world of creating.  It gives me such pleasure to make pretty things.

On a final note - look what is out of the box now - EEK!!! 

It only took me six months to take it out of the box, but now that it's out, I have no excuses!  I even have a little table set up in my craft/play room just for my sewing machine.  I will be sharing the whole room when it is completed, which should be sometime this week.  I am doing it on pretty much a zero budget, so it will be fun to share when it's complete!

Sharing here:

Lil Luna

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day!

We are headed out for a Father's Day lunch to celebrate my husband Rodney and the amazing father he is.  He is definitely not a perfect person, but he is perfect for us.  He is hardworking, loving, and puts his family above everything else.  I don't think either one of us EVER thought we would have five kids, but I know that Rodney loves every minute of it (well, most of the minutes - some of them are pretty crazy and stressful - haha!).  I wanted to put up a post for him before our busy day gets started.

Happy Father's Day, Rodney!!!!  I love you!

(PS - how handsome are my men????)

Friday, June 17, 2011

Carter Lately

I have been so remiss in documenting all the things I want to document on my blog.  Time is passing by SO quickly these days - it seems that every time I turn around, one of my kids is having another birthday.  I love watching them grow, but it hurts to see them getting so big so fast =(

I am making myself sit down and type up this list of things that Carter is up to these days.  He is absolutely the cutest, sweetest, most loving little boy that God ever made!!!  I am in Heaven being his Mama.

Here he is at 27 months old - pure deliciousness!!!

  • Carter weighs about 36 pounds.  He is one solid little boy, and so healthy!  Praise God for that!
  • He eats the same thing for breakfast just about every day - blueberry waffles.  He doesn't like to deviate from that too much.  After he eats the first one, he almost always says, "Anudder 'awful' Mama!"
  • His favorite foods are:  grapes, strawberries, green beans, fried okra (a true Southern boy!), corn, chicken nuggets, hot dogs, mac and cheese, spaghetti, pizza, and cheese.  He is quite the picky eater, even though he is a good eater at times.  He won't touch any kind of meat other than chicken nuggets.
  • Right now he is OBSESSED with Thomas the Tank Engine.  We have a train table, and tons of the engines, and he plays with them all day long.  He also wants to watch Thomas on TV, on the "hi-pad" (Ipad), on my phone and in the car.  The girls are so sick of watching Thomas this summer, but we can't get him to watch anything else.  He has lots of Thomas books, and he always chooses those first - his favorite is, "Thomas and the Big Big Bridge."  He wants to wear his Thomas PJ's and his Thomas shirt every day as well.  I don't remember the girls being totally obsessed with anything like Carter is.  He knows every engine's name (and if you are a boy mom, you know there are a million of them!).  I can't help buying him new engines when he asks for them. 
  • Speaking of Thomas, he "quizzes" us on the engine names - it is so funny!  He will hold up Percy and say, "Is this Thomas?" or he will hold up James and say, "Is this Diesel?" with this mischevious look in his eye.  He is trying to catch us not knowing our engines, but this Mama knows them all (well, almost all).  I have to keep up with the little man, and I can't let him down by not knowing an engine name - what kind of boy mom would I be?
  • He is SUCH a good little boy.  He plays alone very well, and he rarely cries unless he is really tired.  He loves to "help" and he is so polite, even at such a young age.  I am so proud of him.
  • He is a great sleeper!  He goes to bed around 8:30 (even though he sometimes talks for up to an hour in there, but never cries or calls us to get him) and he has started sleeping until around 8:30am this summer - yay, Carter!!!  He also takes a great nap from 3:00 until 5:00 or 6:00.  I couldn't ask for a better sleeper.

  • He loves his family more than anything.  He will give everyone the most sincere, heartfelt greeting when they come in the room.  He gives hugs and kisses freely.  If someone is crying, he will ask, "You ok?" and pat them.  The other night I was leaving the house and he said, "Be careful, Mama."  He is always looking for his sisters and brothers, and asking where they are.  When his Daddy comes home from work, Carter gets so excited!  He also loves his grandparents and asks for them every day.

  • Carter loves sports, especially golf.  He has a little set of golf clubs and plays with them often.  He also loves to watch sports and will sit with his dad and brothers and watch any sport with them.  He is such a boy!
  • Carter has a little thing he does when he gets scared.  He puts his hands over his eyes, but really more toward the side of his head, so he can still see.  He says, "Scawy!" and runs toward me.  I finally figured out that he is scared of Cookie Monster!  I have no idea why - he has never really been interested in Sesame Street, but he does know the characters.  I felt so bad when I finally figured that out.  Sometimes he will say, "Cookie comin'?" and get this worried look.  Poor baby.

  • Carter has a VERY extensive vocabulary.  I am constantly laughing about all the crazy stuff he says!  He can't say "L" very well, so he says, "I yove you!"  SO sweet.  He can't say "R" very well, either, so he says, "Wight dere" for "Right there."  He copies everything we say, and remembers things so well.  I think he is really smart, and I can say that after having four older kids to compare him to!  He has a great memory for things, and remembers things even months later.
  • Speaking of funny things he says, of course I am drawing a blank on most of the things he has said recently now that I have time to write them down (typical), but one comes to mind.  The other morning, we were sitting on the floor in his room, and I was wearing my robe.  The belt from my robe was sort of on the floor, and Carter looked at me with the most concerned face.  He said, "Mama, you have a tail?"  Haha!  I told him no, that I didn't have a tail, and he, very relieved, said, "Oh GOOD!"
  • Needless to say, we are all just in love with this little man.  He is so much fun, and makes every day an adventure.  I absolutely LOVE having a little boy!  Thank you God for this gift!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Party Planning - Pink Parisian Patisserie!

Whew - try to say that three times =)

Emily's 8th birthday is coming up, and we are starting to plan.  Emily's first idea was to have a cupcake/bakery theme, and then I suggested we incorporate a Parisian twist to it.  So, we've come up with a "Pink Patisserie" theme, and I have found so many cute ideas out there in blogland.  Emily has requested a very unusual "twist" to the theme, so we will see how it all comes together - it should be interesting, to say the least!

Here are a few pictures I've pinned on Pinterest.  I'm loving all the pink and black!!!  Also, if you have seen any cute Paris-themed ideas, please send them my way!

Source: via Heather on Pinterest

PS - thank you all who commented on my previous post.  I was having a really, REALLY bad day that day, and your kind words did wonders for my soul.  Please know that I appreciate each and every comment more than you could ever know.
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