Saturday, February 27, 2010

What I've been wanting lately...

1. Blueberries...I've been eating them by the handful!
2. Sorghum... I got some good old KY sorghum at the store and I can't wait to make some biscuits! yum yum
3. Honey...esp. in my green YOGI tea! It's nice on these cold winter mornings. Love that I found LOCAL at the grocery!
4. Making half of whatever I'm cooking a little spicier for the Man...he likes his peppers!
5. Breakfast for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. It's great, especially when you live with the greatest waffle-maker in the world!!!

What have you been wanting to do (or eat) lately?

Why were these in a box...

I could have been using them!
I mean hello, pretties hiding in boxes in a dark chest instead of holding a pretty dessert or candle. There are actually at least ten different ideas I had just as I was unwrapping them.
Where did they come from?
I have no idea.
Just that I've had them for at least 5 years.
And that I love them.

I told you I love these two colors together. blue and red...ummm...
i mean...
come on...
the details are stunning!

I guess this should remind me that cleaning and sorting through unpacked stuff is a fun thing.
It can produce great stuff!

Friday, February 26, 2010

A Little Celebrating...

We are celebrating a little this evening because...

We completed all of our Foster Parent Profile Paperwork!!!
We are soo excited because it took us forever.
Our licensing is getting closer.
Just our home study and class completion left!

A side note:
Is this not the cutest baby you've ever seen.
More pics to come.
Fynn's 3 month photo session
He's a natural!

Now we are off to watch Scott's mentee receive his black belt in karate.
Congrats Cory!!!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

When I need to feel domestic...

I make something from Martha Stewart Magazine.
So I decided to make something out of her February issue.
But first isn't this pear in the tea cup adorable!
I decided to make her Raspberry Pear Heart Pies. (in the very back page of the magazine)
I'm in love with these colors. Aren't they gorgeous?
I've always heard that you should pick out decor color scheme's from the natural elements around you. Now what room can I redo with these colors?
Here is Rach ofcourse doing all the work. We were seriously talking how fun our cooking show would be if we had one. Something nutty always happens when we cook together! : )
While our lovely pies were baking, I got out this platter to put them on.
It looked like the perfect Heart Pie platter, if I ever saw one.
Isn't it lovely.
Aren't those lovely.
I think that they look sort of like the picture.
Yep, I feel domestic.

Thanks Rach, for being my co-host on
"Cooking on Bluff Hill"!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Do I really need another project?

Well, the following TWO craft ideas have convinced me I do!

Do you have sea shells from your beach trip last year that you don't know what to do with?
What about the party hat from your child's first birthay?
And that silly little blankie that they carried with them for soo many years?

I understand your dilemma. I want to hold onto everything, but have no place for the precious pieces of memories.

Well, Martha has got it covered by introducing us all to Darcy Miller!
Look at these awesome Scrapboxes!
What a sweet idea to capture a families memories. Especially, to keep the items that are too big to go into the family scrapbook. I'm sold, where do I sign up!

I'm pretty sure these would look amazing going up the wall that follows our stairs up to what will be our master bedroom. Hmm... yes, i think they'd look great!

I found a new blog that shares my crafty heart!
They share patterns and ideas for sewing, embroidering, crocheting, and knitting. They display the cutest projects and designs. I want to try soo many of them. hmm...I can hear my mother now saying how I do not need another PROJECT. I think I could start maybe one more! : )

Maybe one of the two following ones. I so need to learn how to hand embroider!

by: Nicole Vos van Avezathe
Follow Me
by: Nicole Vos van Avezathe
Sweet Appletree
Please go visit Crafty Bird blog here!

And if you are interested in trying out either of these crafts with me, let's plan a craft night!
(especially if you already know how to do either of these crafts, I NEED HELP!)

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Good Mail

A few years ago, i started a great thing with some of my friends. It was called Good Mail and my inspiration was found from Everything Pink. The idea is that we soo often get bad mail (bills, junk mail, and business stuff), and most of us would enjoy a little more Good Mail in our lives. You know the stuff that makes you smile as you pull your loot from the mail box with the familiar return address and joy it brings as you open your card, package, or letter from a sweet friend. I made Good Mail labels that were so cute. I'll have to find them and post a pic of them. See, that is the sad part of this post. You know the part where I just said " I'll have to find them." That is what happens when life happens. You forget or slack on the good ideas of your life. We had fun with it for awhile, my friends and I. I'm going to bring it back, I AM!!!

But for now, sometimes the Good Mail comes with out the labels, but it still comes. My sweet friend, Mer sent me this package at Christmas. She is the best gift giver I know. I would love to have some of her talent in finding the perfect gifts, remembering things that people love and knowing how to wrap it all together soo wonderfully.

Look at the loot I got...
cute note. she scrapbooks too.
why don't some of my friends live closer... boo hoo!
let's all go back to college, okay?!?!?

cute scrapbook stuff
who doesn't love having adorable monogram stuff! : )
especially, this southern, sorority gal!
But this took the cake. Seriously, she made me the cutest book online.
It had pics from all the important days we have shared together!
It is the perfect little gift size. I just love it!
This was from our recent time together... we've grown up a lot since college! : )
I love looking through great memories like these!
It even comes with a great personal touch on the back. A little note so you can remember when your 80 who made it for you and why! She loves me and I love her and I definitely love this book. And of course, i love Good Mail.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Getting ready for foster baby or babies!

This past month, We've been scurrying around trying to prepare for whatever little child may be staying in our home. It's been really strange planning for a child that we don't know. We don't know the age (o-2 years), the sex, or what they'll be like. It's very hard to feel prepared because we don't even know what it's like to have a baby in the house. We've gotten lots of advice and help. I think we are finally getting closer to being ready.
We've cleared out the guest room and moved in a twin bed and going to put in a crib.
We also started painting. Like my artwork. Why not have a little fun since I'm going to paint that raspberry wall soon! : ) Can't have a raspberry wall in case we have a little boy here!
This is the color we picked out: coconut cream

It's gorgeous and almost finished now. I'll post pics soon as it all gets done.
We also painted an old dresser and put it in the room too!
We got this old "pick a book" shelf from our church's yard sell two years ago. I gave it a quick (bad) paint job then and used it in my craft room upstairs. I brought it down and filled it with the children's books we alreay have. I'll be filling it with more, because we LOVE books in this home! I might add another coat of paint to help out my first attempt! : )
It's so hard to decorate a room when you don't know whether it's for a girl or boy or both in the next few years (who knows how many or how long each child will stay with us). I had decided we wanted to do a quilt for the twin bed and make crib bedding with coordinating fabrics. I hunted online forever about fabrics or quilts. I couldn't find anything, until...
I found this beauty. It was at a local Flea Market. It was brand new and full of all kinds of happy colors. So many different shades that it could work for boy or girl.
I also have picked up a few things to keep on hand so that we can celebrate and lavish God's love on every child while they stay with us. That means finding special things for girls and boys of different ages (0-2 yrs.). It of course is a little easier to find sweet things for girls. I do have stuff for both and my family is helping with finding odds and ends we need.
This is kind of random, but I want to share how talented my Moma is. She appliqued these pillow cases ages ago, and they are some of my favorites. I'm using them on the twin bed because they go with the white sheet set I have on there for now. I want to learn to do this so bad. Maybe she'll teach me! : )
This is one of the many onesie/pajama/basic clothing pieces I've been given or have bought from second hand stores. I hope to have at least a few days worth of clothes for a child no matter which size they are in. That way we don't have to rush out to get them clothing as we are adjusting to have a baby in the house.
We've also been given other things such as these. CRAZY!

To be honest it kind of feels like planning your wedding before you are engaged (which I did). Most women preparing for a baby is either pregnant or has been sent a referral for the child they are adopting. There for most know what size, gender, and some specifics about the baby they'll care for. With us, we just have to wait and see. And I'm trying to be prepared as much as possible. Please keep praying for us as we get ready and don't forget to pray for all the children living in the foster system. They are most likely hurting, scared and need to feel the warmth of God the Father.

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