I love to have fun with paper, food, paint, music and events and just being creative in all of it. However, I don't feel the need to be a perfectionist nor a professional in any of my creations. I wish I could have a blog JUST about the art of cooking, photography, sewing, art, mothering, jewelry making, card making, dancing, gardening, deep spiritual thoughts, decorating, poetry, party planning, baking.... and the list goes on but I can't. I don't think I was created with the ability to focus on one task. I like all of these hobbies layed out before me and the freedom to pick whatever I choose depending on the mood or time I have.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Be Intentional.

My hopes!
Call my parents.
Make that tent in our living room that I have been wanting to do for weeks to sit under with my kids to have our "it's my world" story time.
Get back to praying in the morning with my husband before we get out of bed to start our day.
Write my friend a note and let her know how  much I appreciate her.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

DIY Halloween Favors: Pumpkin, Bat, Ghost Pencil Toppers

These are a wonderful class treats for my boys classmates! It's a great alternative to Halloween candy treats and not to mention practical.  This would also make a great craft for a Halloween party!
You will need: pencils, styrofoam balls, orange and black craft paint, googly eyes, green pipe cleaner, black foam craft paper, sharpie, white crepe paper or fabric.
Insert your pencil through the foam just enough to give it a steady grip.  If you have older kids you can paint it on the pencil but if it's younger kids I would put it on a stick and have them paint it. 
For the Bat:
Glue googly eyes and on the black foam draw & cut out some bat wings.  Glue those to the back. 
For the Pumpkin:
Using a sharpie draw the face and then at the top make a little hole for the green pipe cleaner to go in and glue to secure.
For the Ghost:
I would use white fabric just to ensure that it will last longer. Crepe paper is sturdy but it will tear. Place fabric over plain styrofoam ball. Once you have figure out placement glue the fabric to the inside.  Using a sharpie draw face on fabric.
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Monday, October 1, 2012

Living Life: Childlike Wonder

As moms we are constantly going.
Cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, blogging :), playing, running errands, excercising, grocery shopping, decorating and finding ways to teach our children values, morals and life. There is no end to our wonderful work.

I am relearning the art of finding wonder and fulfillment in the little things in my day.
I love the awe and delight that is captured in my son's face in this picture. 
I long for that but sometimes life gets in the way. The busyness of life blurs my vision and in a blink of an eye, I miss the moment.

Oh, to experience that childlike wonder again.

To stop and enjoy the little things in life:
  • When my son shows me for the 50th time his cool kick.
  • When my baby hands me the little pieces of outdoors that he finds, only his little eyes can see. Sometimes it's even his boogers and in his sweet little baby voice he says "here." Don't worry I won't be staring at his boogers with awe and amazement.
  • To sit in and listen to their giggles and playful chatter.
  • To bend down with my 2 year old and watch the ants go by with amazement.
  • To stop and listen to the birds chirping outside my window.
  • To just sit and play.
  • To be okay with the mess and just enjoy watching my sons revel in it.  (that's a hard one)