Tuesday, December 29, 2009
They were so cute playing and enjoying their gifts. We talked about the reason for the holiday, and we made family breakfast. This year it was sausage and gravy over biscuits with scrambled eggs. YUM! I lived on that stuff when I was pregnant with Connor. Nothing else seemed even remotely appetizing. It is strange what morning sickness does to you. We said a special grace and wished Jesus a happy birthday. Even Connor chimed in with his "Amen".
To make our day even better we went to our cousin's house in Virginia to celebrate and have dinner with them. They made a yummy lasagna. The kids played Wii for most of the day. They have a Wii Fit and one of the activities in there is hula hooping. Connor was trying to mimic everyone doing that and it was SO cute and funny!! He loves to do what everyone else does. It is hard to believe he is 21 months!!
I hope everyone else had a wonderful holiday, whatever holiday you celebrate. And I hope you got to spend some time with family or friends, or both!
Now we are looking forward to a New Years Eve party that we are all invited too! I will let you know how it goes :)
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
The Mommy Files.
It was loads of fun! I got some great goodies from my Blog Or Treat buddy Lin of Linny's Vault She sent candy (yum), some cute silverware for the babe, and lots of decorations!! Which the kids love, of course! I especially love the jack0-lantern candle holder! Thank you Lin!! The box was very awesome :) Here is a photo of the goodies!
Sunday, October 25, 2009
They are all looking forward to Halloween when they can get loads of yummy candy!
So we decided (my husband and I) to surprise our 6 year old daughter (and our 18m month old son although he will probably have no recollection of this) and take them to see Disney on Ice on Friday. It was SO much fun!! Lorelai was SO surprised, and she loved the show! They did a really great job with the presentation. It was very exciting and very colorful. There were lots of cool special effects to keep the kiddos attention. The Fairy Godmother shot sparkles out of her wand! And Mickey made brooms dance!!
The costumes were INCREDIBLE! Very well made. Connor was even entralled enough that he didn't try to get away from me. Well, at least not too much. His favorite part was when Buzz Lightyear and Woody made their appearance. It just so happens that Toy Story is his most FAVORITE movie ever and to prove it we watch it a minimum of 6 times a day! Just kidding! We only watch it about 2 or 3 times. Still, I think that I know the ENTIRE movie by heart. I think I dream of Toy Story at night, lol.
Anyway, there were so many of our favorite Disney characters, Jack the Pumpkin King, Belle, Cinderella, Cruella DeVille, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald, Ariel, lice, the Mad Hatter, Mulan, ok you gt the point. There were LOTS of characters!! It was really a fantastic show! Going on a Friday was a great idea! There wasn't too much of a crowd. We had so much fun and I would do it again in a heartbeat!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Copoied direct;y form Joey and Aleethea:
"CONGRATULATIONS to # 276 -- Joann of ! How AWESOME, how lucky is she??
I've sent you an eMail Joann, and Liz will be contacting you soon to send out your gorgeous handmade handbag!! Woohoo!!
This was SO MUCH MORE FUN than I could've imagined. Let's do this giveaway stuff again soon, ok?
HOORAY JOANN!!!!!! It is your LUCKY day :)
Friday, October 9, 2009
Today is an especially sad day for me. Today marks the 1 year anniversary of my dad's death. He died of a heart attack. It was very sudden, he was 52 years old. He had just celebrated his 52nd birthday on October 1st. It was on that Thursday night, October 9, 2008 that I was woken up by my uncles (twins, in the black and white photo with my dad in the center) with the devastating news.
My dad lived in Toney, Alabama. It is a pretty small town just north of Huntsville. It is rural and pretty. He had lived there for at least the last 17 years, though it may have been longer. Heworked for the City of Hunstville. He was a crew chief. Before that he had been a paramedic in Chicago.
My dad was one of the kindest people I knew. He would give you the last $20 in his wallet if you needed it. Even if he had a bill to pay with that $20. He loved everyone, and he treated everyone the same. Like they were family.
My dad lived with his mom until she died in 1999. Then he lived alone. He worked, and went to church. And he LOVED his black Ford Mustang. He wiped that thing down every single time he drove it. That car shined like a star. You could probably shave in the reflection because it was so clean. That was his 2nd child. I was the lucky first.
My dad had just been to Maryland to visit us about a month before he died. My youngest was only 6 months old. I am thankful everyday that I got to see him so close to the end. I am always so sad that I didn't know. That I didn't say more. That I didn't tell him that he was such an inspiration to me. He was my hero. He loved me so much, did he know that I loved him just as much? He loved me unconditionally, and that is such a wonderful feeling. To know that no matter what, someone out there thinks the world of you. Even if you goof up. I miss him very much.
I know my dad was an extraordinary nice guy, but I did not know truly how many friends he had until he died. All of the men he worked with, people from church, people from all over came to the wake to pay their respects. I was overwhelmed with the love they all had for my dad. I wonder if he knew he had touched so many lives. There were many stories of my dad being there to lend a helping hand, lend an ear, or lend a dollar. He was just that kind of guy.
I think of my dad every single day, and I imagine I will for the rest of my life. Because of him I try everyday to be a better person. Even though he is gone, he is still with me and I still want to make him proud. I always think to myself, "what would my dad say about this?" Before I do anything. I want to be the kind of person he was. I want to be kind, loving, giving, understanding, selfless. I want to honor him, and so today I am remembering him, and celebrating his life.
I love you daddy, and I miss you so much.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Get on over here to Joey & Aleethea and grab your chances to win this beautiful bag!! It is brand new design, handmade by me with love and care! And it can be yours!!!!!!! Hurry, contest starts today and ends on October 15th.
Here are some pictures of this yummy bag! It is made of corduroy and beautiful cotton prints. The one that I used for the handles and center strip is an out of print, very hard to find print by Amy Butler. It is from the SunBloom line. Inside are 2 large corduroy pockets to help you stay organized. I just love the colors in this bag! I hope you do too! Good luck!!!
Monday, September 28, 2009
Joey & Aleethea is one of my most FAVORITE Etsy shops and Sandra (the beauty and brains behind the biz) is doing this wonderful giveaway from her blog with one of my NEWLY designed handmade handbags!! I can't wait to see who gets it!!
Autumn is the perfect time to get a new bag, don't you agree? The weather is changing, the leaves are changing, and so of course you need a new bag to celebrate!! And a FREE bag will make the celebration that much sweeter! Want to win?
Well, you need to stop by Joey & Aleethea this Thursday, October 1st to enter!!!!
So as I was browsing my Flickr gallery I came across this bag (the Boho Sling Bag) that I absolutely loved!!! I kinda wish I still had it ;)
But I know it has a VERY good home where it gets lots of love :)
SO, I decided to show off a few of my other favorite bags! These are a couple of my "Gwen Hobo Bags". These are so cute! I have made them with shoulder straps and messenger straps as well. Messenger bags are so great when you are chasing around toddlers!! These are $35 in my shop. The bag to the left is the "Chocolate Scroll" and to the right is the "Geisha Messenger".
Then I had this gorgeous fall bag (which happens to be a cousin of the first bag on top in this post Boho Sling Bag) This one I called the Gypsy Autumn Hobo Bag. This bag and it's cousin were $40. I made them both out of soft corduroy and yummy cotton prints. The Gypsy bag I did not round the corners on like the Boho bag.
Looking at these purses I am inspired to make more beautiful bags!! I may be digging out some of my hard to find fabrics to make some truly unique bags. Keep checking in to see what I have come up with!!
SO Saturday, September 26th I was at my 2nd ever craft fair in Grasonville Maryland. It was at the Island Bay Day celebration at the Chesepeake Bay Environmental Center. I shared a spot with Heather of Cotton Candy. She made the most beautiful Tutus, flower hair clips, and headbands. We had a lot of fun together! The day was pretty cloudy and we eventually got rained out :(
But it was good practice for me for setting up and figuring out how to display my items. I am looking forward to doing some more craft fairs in the coming months. I will let you know more about these when the time gets closer :)
Here are some photos from our fun day!!
The photo of our booth while we were getting all set up, and some of my new items. The T-shirts I appliqued using images that my 6 year old and 12 year old daughter drew up for me. They were very into Halloween drawing monsters, ghosts and pumkins! Visit my Etsy shop to see these shirts up close :)
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
Yes, it is almost that time again! One of my very favorite holidays is Halloween! We always have so much fun trying to decide what everyone is going to dress up as. Then we dig through our goodies and see what kind of very cool costumes we can come up with.
This year so far my oldest daughter is going to be a fairy. How fun!! She made her very own tutu last night and this morning she made her fairy wings. They are not totally done but she dressed up for me anyway so I could grab a few pictures :)
Here is the tutorial for the fairy wings. Very informative and not too hard ;)
I love it that my kids are super creative. I am one proud mama!!
Coming soon... 2 little pirates... ARRRRGGGGG
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Finally! We are going to Chicago for a couple of weeks to hang out. We are all very excited! So, for now my shop will be closed. As soon as we get home I will be in full swing getting ready for back to school and a craft fair that will be at the end of September. I am very excited for the craft fair! I have a lot of sewing to do...
So, we have been very busy so far this summer. First with the move, we are almost all the way settled in. Unpacking is so not fun! We had relatives come in and we all went to D.C. That was lots of fun! We only got to see a small part though even though we were there for almost the whole day. We are going to go back to see all of the museums sometime soon.
I will post from Chicago and add some pictures of our vacation!
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Dees Dezigns on Etsy. Dees Dezigns has a huge selection of gorgeous purses, diaper bags and more. The patterns are fantastic! The giveaway is a $20 gift certificate to Dees Dezigns. Just go here to Beauty 4 Moms and check it out.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
I have been super busy making some cute stuff for Oh Boy! and Princess Fluffy Butt on Hyena Cart.
Oh boy is stocking on Monday, June 1st at 1pm.
Princess Fluffy is stocking on Wednesday, June 3rd at noon.
Be sure to check out both of these great congos! There are so many wonderful items being offered by so many wonderful mamas! :)
Connor enjoyed the sticks. They were everywhere! And he of course loved the duck pond. And he kept trying to go in it! He also really enjoyed the goldfish. He even says fish, although it still sounds more like "shhhhh".
Lorelai was all smiles as she waited in line for the bounce house. I do believe this is where she spent most of the day!
School picnics are so fun!