A Shipping Update for "Behold Him" kits

Limited Number of paper kits available from original design as of August 2013.  Please go to this post here or use the Paypal link located on the left side of blog to order your kit.   

Thank you to all of you that have order "Behold Him" kits from me.  The wood order is here and we have been working and getting all the orders shipped out.  All orders will be shipped by today.  If you ordered a paper only kit before August 21st, those kits have all been mailed and should be to you shortly if not already. 
These are available for Super Saturdays.  If you've been thinking about it, feel free to email me about it to get on the list.  Spots are filling fast.

Two spare full kits have been placed in my Etsy shop.  These kits are ready to ship
Thank you again!


A good saying...

I've got major nesting issuse going on here right now.  However, it's giving me overwhelming anxiety at the same time because I feel that I'm drowning over here in stuff.  Stuff everywhere I turn.  Stuff that I haven't made a decision so I put it in the dungeon because it's easy to ignore.  Do I have a yard sale?  Do I donate it all and get out of here right now?  Spinning my wheels folks.  Spin. Spin. Spin.

via Pinterest pin

Loved this saying I found on Pinterest (ya know, while ignoring the massive nesting list I made).  I know I need to work in babysteps.  It just gets extrememly frustrating you know.  So today, I'm starting (again) where I am and working in babysteps doing what I can.  Hopefully, I'll get to the "use what you have" part soon.


DIY Blogger House

This past week, I got to go out with my sister and darling niece to the Salt Lake City Parade of Homes.  Of course, one of the homes that I was excited to see was the DIY Blogger House in Daybreak.  I haven't been able to get it out of mind ever since.  I hope that they are able to share a lot more details about the whole house as there are some pretty fantastic rooms in there that are not featured. 
via Tatertots & Jello
First off, the outside of the home is fantastic.  I love the combination of the finishes and colors.  Who wouldn't want to come home to a happy yellow door?  Loved the bench and planters on the front porch.  I've been pondering a bench for our front "porch" ever since.  Especially something with some great character as this.

quick iphone photo
Coming in, the layout of the home is fantastic.  Every angle that you see is pleasing to the eye.  I like a pleasing view.  The view down the hall was a favorite.  The trimmed out wall and barn door added so much character without adding clutter. 
via Tatertots & Jello
Turn to your left and there was a great sitting room.  Really liked the decor, especially the pillows on the sofa and the family tree.  The ceiling was looking pretty spiffy too.  I'm secretly wanting to trim out our ceiling in our front room.  Think I can talk the muscles into it?  Lighting was all great in the house.

via Tatertots & Jello
 To the right was the study that Tatertots & Jello did.  It was even better in person!  Really liked her curtains and that lovely desk.  Must make the chandelier! 

 via Tatertots & Jello
The mudroom really utilized the space nicely.  As a mother of (almost! 8 weeks left!) 4 kids, I could really love this space. 

via the idea room
Of course the kitchen had me at hello.  I LOVED the kitchen.  I've pinned a billion and a half white kitchens on Pinterest and have been getting the courage up to paint my cabinets for a while now.  The gray subway and pretty granite was a nice touch.  I didn't snap any pictures of the kitchen (duh!) and had to really search for a picture.  The dining room was darling.  The chandelier was killer and House of Smith's did a nice staging job in the hutch and pantry.

via Pinterest
Really liked the textured Flor tiles and velvet sofa in the family room off the kitchen.  The sofa table reminded me of something my mom would of brought home from her years living in Iran before I was born.

lamo iphone picture but you get the gist
The BEST part of the whole house (for me) was the fantastic yard!  I desperately WANT an pergola with hanging daybed at my house.  No words can express how much I would love this patio setup. 

I loved the vintage door arbor.  I loved the water saving landscaping.  I have a black thumb in gardening.  I've successfully killed many hardy plants these past few years including box woods, blue salvia and shasta daisies.  Those are hardy plants folks!  That takes talent.  But back to the house not dead yard.  The landscaper included tutorials for the daybed and arbor so we can all dream of having enough funds to make this lovely spot at our own homes.
Upstairs, the bedrooms were cute.  My niece died over the babies room artwork and immediately made plans to make it for her own nursery.  I'm still wanting a Jenny Lind crib for this baby but having a hard time justifying it since I already own a solid crib.
via Crap I've Made
The laundry room was so perfection.  I LOVED the wallpaper and this cute yellow wood art looked like something fun to make. 
via the idea room
They don't show enough of the master bedroom and none of the master bath online.  It's fantastic people!  I don't think that I would ever come out of the bathroom.  It was a spa retreat and even though not all of the finishes were my taste, it was pretty darn close to perfection.  This was the chandelier above the tub and check out the wall trim.

quick iphone pic
So, walking away (with a tear in my eye) from this house, I decided to figure out how to incorporate some of it's charm to my home.  While the style of my house and it is vastly different, I can still learn something from it right? 
  1. Trim is everything.  Trim out the doors, walls, ceilings and windows.  It's amazing what a little bit a lot of MDF will do.
  2. Pretty lighting makes a big impact.
  3. Cohesive color palette makes a nice visual flow through the main living areas.
  4. Must paint my kitchen white.  I can't stop loving it!
  5. Smart choices in landscaping (and watering!) really bring some personality to the home. Save, save and save some more to add that daybed and pergola to our yard.
  6. via House of Smiths
I hope you enjoyed this recap of this pretty fun house.  It was one of the highlights of the tour for me!  I wish that I would of brought my camera instead of all of the iphone photos, but it helps me remember what I liked.  I've made it's own board on Pinterest for more information.   I hope that the DIY blogger team will provide many more details once the tour is over.  We must know more about it!



It's been a long standing tradition at our house to have many lemonade stands during the Summer.  The kids love going out there to sell.  This year, this little guy really got into it.  He was determined to set up stand daily and would spend hours out there shaking his handmade sign. 

Being his Mama, of course I love, love, LOVE his handmade sign.

He did it so much, he sold out of lemonade.  Made himself enough money to buy some special darts for his dart gun and a treat. 

Thank you generous neighbors for all your support with his little lemonade empire!


Handmade Birthday Presents

This year, we had a good time making a little something for Dad's birthday.  Our daughter decided to paint him a picture.  She thought it would be hilarious if she painted a Diet Coke with lime bottle.  She knows that he likes to enjoy them at Sunday dinner at Grandma's house.  Dad, of course, thought it was hilarious too. 

The boys made him handmade cards.  They included all of his favorite things.

I finally stitched him up a little something.  He's always found this saying pretty funny as a cross stitch.  We were so excited to give him our gifts and he geniunely enjoyed them! 

"ya'll gonna make me lose my mind, up in here, up in here" by DMX

He said he was disappointed that he didn't have an office to hang them in so we're working on finding the right spot for them in our house.  It's fun making something handmade for one you love.


Menu Plan Monday - Getting the kids help and trying to keep it cool

With the combination of being pregnant and having record heat, the desire to cook anything is well, um, non-existent.  In addition to that, I'm a less than stellar menu planner and grocery shopper.    I've been known to blow the grocery funds on snacky foods and then scramble to make up dinners. 

That doesn't mean that I can't change right?  Honestly, it's silly how difficult I make it but this week, we are getting our meal plan on.  Plus, my kids are 12, 9 and 5 so I'm getting them involved and they now have their nights that they are in charge of making what every they would like for dinner.  I'm tellin' ya, it's awesomesauce excitement going on over here.  They are so excited to actually eat something!  Last night, they asked for dinner and I replied that I had hoped that they wouldn't notice that it was dinnertime.  I'm. A. Winner. 

We are starting out with a simple schedule and a simple menu.  We can get fancy later if we feel so inclined.
  • Monday:  DD's day - Angel hair pasta with Alfredo sauce, broccoli and green smoothies
  • Tuesday:  DS's day - chicken, mashed potatoes but no gravy and bananas cut in half
  • Wednesday:  Crock pot day - Ultimate Beef Stroganoff with rice and peas via Mel's Kitchen Cafe.
  • Thursday:  DS's day:  hot wings, mac n cheese, corn, lemonade and milk
  • Friday:  Breakfast for dinner
  • Saturday: Catch day
  Just one baby step at a time and all of these meals won't add too much extra heat to my overheated pregnant self.  Wish us luck!


"Behold Him" New Embellishment

**Limited number of original paper kits available as of August 2013.  Please go to this post here for more information or use the Paypal link located on the left side of blog to order your kit.  Thanks! **

New Poinsettia Embellishment

I've sold out of the pinecone embellishments in the "Behold Him" kits.  Kits will now include a single jingle bell embellishment for your poinsettia.  Also looks great without an embellishment!

**Kits available now! Please click here for details about kits. Paypal links are located on my left sidebar.**
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