Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Friday, May 27, 2011
Our Tuesday morning Bible study has been reading Crazy Love & Radical this spring. Intense and challenging in so many ways.
Among the many radical things my friend Amy has done, this past spring she really lived out the command to care for the orphans. She adopted her second little boy from Africa, this little man being from the DRC.
Words cannot describe how cute this little guy is....really, really adorable (like his big brother). So we wanted to think of ways our little band of stay at home moms could support Amy and help raise funds. Being that we are all on a budget, we decided to have a garage sale. It is very liberating to get rid of the excess "stuff" and then know that the money is going toward this amazing family.
All of us are pretty tired tonight. Our hostess, Julie, graciously provided her home & driveway. It is such a good tired. And doesn't even begin to compare to the crazy long flights, sweltering month and "rustic" conditions Amy & her husband endured to bring this boy home.
Tomorrow is Day 2.
If you're a local & want to come out, we still have great stuff left! ANd you know that I am always ready to barter or just shoot the breeze. I met so many cool people today & will even see two of them in church Sunday.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Lisa, sorry you had to see this with your gestational diabetes....it looks so real!!
The whole store is full of amazing barrettes. Maybe I will need to do some shopping there for my niece's Christmas gifts...
I have no relationship with this seller, just in awe.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
I am the "Craft Lady" at VBS this year and am looking for one more craft to do, probably on Day 1 of VBS.
Here is the tentative rundown so far:
Day 2: Pony bead bracelets on black cord with cross & "fear not" beads
Day 3: Wooden/Paper fan that each kid can decorate (China/ Panda is this year's theme)
Day 4: Canvas hackey sack to decorate/paint with fabric markers
Day 5: Takeout box or box to decorate/personalize for toting home week's crafts
I have followed some of the suggestions on the curriculum, but the projects and materials to purchase were so flimsy for the $$$ spent. Looking for something that appeals to 1st-5th graders alike, is not super expensive (200+ kids) and not something that will be trashed when they go home.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Yes, I have inherited the back of my mother and father. There is nothing quite like "throwing your back out".
Advil & Tylenol were my friends.
I read Amish love stories. In every story, the heroine "accidentally" loses her kapp and her gorgeous, curling hair comes tumbling down her shoulders. 'Tis forbidden, ya?
Aren't those blueberry dishes cute?!? Perfect for a mini berry pie for your husband.
Friday, May 20, 2011
Here is my little helper, face and feet covered in mud. Charlie insisted on wearing an old cowboy hat because I was wearing my straw hat.
We finished planting the tomatoes today and think we have almost 20 plants total. They are mostly different varieties so we can look forward to eating some gorgeous salads. While at Ace, Charlie picked up a sweet red pepper plant and said, "This is my favorite". So we planted that next to all our pepper varieties. Cucumbers are finished, too!
Instead of keeping the huge herb planters on the porch, I moved them inside the confines of the garden. They will get more sun and be protected by the little picket fence that surrounds. Summer means lots and lots of basil....and lots and lots of homemade pesto.
Tonight we sat around a bonfire and enjoyed the late spring night.
I was thinking about planting zucchini tomorrow but thinking that Kelly Mc may trade some for tomatoes or habeneros???
This week I enabled ads on my blog. Whenever a reader clicks on one, I get a small payout. Small. Every little bit helps!
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
Saturday, May 14, 2011
A handful of them have a little white flower on their antennae. These cookies are actually quite big, about 4 inches long.
Another pic coming when they are wrapped, tied with yellow ribbon & boxed in the morning. Off to church now to finish setting up for Sunday school!
Wednesday-Sold Odyssey to dealer for very fair price, bad trans and all
Thursday-Purchased Town & Country at dealer for EXCELLENT price
Along with some other "stuff" that happened, it was a comfort to know that none of this took God by surprise. Psalm 94:18-19!
Today I am starting on a cookie order for a beautiful little girl turning one-she is darling. They are ladybug cookies & I will post when I am done.
Sold a few items on etsy and went to a fabulous estate sale. Took C. Dill with me and we had a great time. Some amazing finds...takes work to research, photograph and list so a few are on etsy now, the rest later.
We walked to ACS to drop Trevor off for school and realized how lovely it is to take a walk in the early part of the day. The allergies were off the charts, but it was still wonderful.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
After many frustrating attempts at finding a dress form on craigslist, I discovered that it was less expensive to purchase a new one from a mannequin manufacturer. When the UPS man stopped at the house with a big box, my heart jumped for joy.
Several beautiful vintage outfits have been waiting in my armoire. It was great fun dressing up the lady tonight (she needs a name!-how about Gigi?) in preparation for my etsy sale. Alas, much ironing needs to be done and I am the worst when it comes to ironing. My husband is a perfectionist in this area and he agreed to help out. Big, big brownie points; I am sooo grateful for his willingness to help.
Fortunately, the above dress is a polyester darling from the 50s or 60s and required no ironing. I dressed it up with a pink velvet belt of my own as well as some of my favorite aqua pearls.
Tomorrow I hope to put a pink seersucker blazer up as well as a stunning evening dress from the 50s...black, beaded, pristine.
Below is a picture of the wrapped copper mold I sold tonight. It is really cute, in the shape of baby blocks. The "wrapping" is a vintage curtain, pink tulle and a peony I made from recycled satin gowns (see tutorial).
It has been a crazy week. The transmission on the Odyssey went out and the repair is about $3,000. We prayed about it & decided that the wisest decision was to sell the Honda and pull cash out to purchase a different vehicle. E & I are so thankful for my dad's guidance and all the help my mom was today, ferrying me around and helping get the tomato plants in the garden.
With all the car chaos, I found myself fretting and stressing about money, frustrated that we have to dip into savings now when we were hoping to wait until next year. Then God gently reminded me that I was blessed to be able to purchase a car, that even 1 car is a luxury in most of the world. Then my husband drove up with T in the car from soccer and I realized how much worse it would be to have a cancer diagnosis or death of a loved one. It really is JUST a blown transmission. Thankful that my parents taught me how to manage money & live within my means.
Hebrews 13:5 "Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you'".