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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Angry Gorilla

 This is a picture I took of the Gorilla while I was visiting the zoo last month.  He didn't move a muscle the entire time we were there.  Last week my brother and his family visited the same zoo.  They said a couple of guys(in their twenties) seemed to be teasing the gorilla.  So the gorilla started running toward the glass observation area.  The gorilla stood there and looked and when he saw my brother charged the glass.  He put up both arms and slammed the glass.  He must have thought my brother was one of those losers who was teasing him.  I can't stand people who don't have respect for animals.  My brother said he would like to shake the hand of the man that designed that glass.  Whoowee!  Blow up the picture below and you can get a better look at Mr. Gorilla's face.(he certainly is more agitated than when i saw him last month)  His teeth are bared and you can see the whites of his eyes.  He was one mad boy.  My family told one of the zoo keepers what happened and they said he is an adolescent and is working on anger issues.  Poor boy.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Ferris Wheel Cupcake Holder

How dang cool is this????  I need to save my pennies.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Stenciled Cake Stand

I need to make this pronto!  I love it!

Halloween Free Download

How cute is this?

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Santa Sacks


So.....here's the thing.  I can't sew...BUT,  I want my girls to have these fab Santa Sacks.  Anybody think they can whip a couple up?  If sew(hee hee) please let me know your prices. I love the idea of the kids putting the little bags out empty and having them filled by morning.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Vintage Land Camera

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I found this little 1950's sweetie for $11.00 today! It works too. I love it!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

More Les Mis


My family is completely obsessed.  Every night my kids ask to watch "the musical"  We bought the 25th anniversary concert, and have been watching a bit each night.  I think this singer is INCREDIBLE.  I cry every time I hear this song. (poor Eponine) She is an amazing singer.  I love the entire production,  this and this are a couple more of my faves.

SO true!

My friend Rachael pinned this today. I think it is hilarious!

Best Pancake Recipe Ever

I came across this recipe and had to try it.  BEST.PANCAKES.EVER! They are so completely delicious.  My family loves them!

My heart goes out to Jennie, who lost her husband suddenly from a heart attack two weeks ago.  Please remember her and their two young daughters in your prayers.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Les Miserables

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Don't throw rocks, but I just saw Les Mis for the first time last night. I have loved the music over the years, but had never actually seen the show. My husband had seen it many years ago,and loved it. Last night it was on PBS so we all sat and watched it. We all loved it! Even my girls sat spellbound. I of course cried my eyes out. My favorite line..."To love another person, is to see the face of God."

Ah, I love it!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

God Looks Out for Us



This video really touched my heart. Adoption stories always bring a tear to my eye. I have given birth to a baby, and adopted a baby, both are a gift from God.

 I had my first daughter without any problems. I wanted to get pregnant July of 2002, I got pregnant July of 2002. Our baby was born April of 2003. I was so excited and felt so blessed. I never thought infertility would be a problem for us. After 2 years of trying to conceive a second child, I was tested and put on fertility pills. Nothing showed up on the tests, and the meds didn't work.

 I remember sitting in church one day and our bishop announced that foster parents were desperately needed. I felt like a bolt of lightning hit my heart. I knew that we needed to get a baby through the foster care system. I was sure my husband would feel the same. I told him what I wanted to do, and he looked at me like I was insane. I was crushed, I didn't understand how I could feel something so strongly, and he feel nothing. After many tears and discussions, we finally started on our foster license and took the classes.  We were just about to submit our paperwork for licensure when my husband said he didn't want to do it.  We dropped out of the program, and moved out of state.  We only moved away for about 3 months before we came back.  It felt like we had something to finish.

We moved back and more than anything, I wanted another baby.  I got on clomid again, hoping to conceive.  I started talking to my husband about adopting again.  I remember numerous conversations where I would be sobbing, and my husband would be apologizing for not wanting to adopt.  This went on for about 18 months.

Around this time, I had a mole that began to bleed profusely.  I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with melanoma.  Due to the size of the melanoma, doctors expected my prognosis to be bleak.  Melanoma doesn't respond well to treatment if it has spread.  I went in for a PET scan, it came back clean!  I was so relieved.  Doctors suspected that I would still have a small amount of cancer in my lympnodes.  I went in for surgery to have the melanoma removed, and surrounding lymphnodes.  The doctors were amazed when not one cancer cell was found in my lymphs.  This was in March of 2008.

After this experience my husband and I knew, that my body was not going to be able to produce another baby.  We were advised that the surge of hormones, would multiply cancer cells.  We began taking foster classes in April of 2008.  My husband struggled through the entire process.  We would be in the parking lot waiting to go in to a class, and he would say "I can't do this", and we would drive home.  It was such a crazy roller coaster ride. I felt my life had been spared to adopt a child,  I was confused that it was all so difficult.  I guess it comes down to the fact that life isn't easy.  We must struggle at times, and recognize the hand of God in our lives.

We finally made it through the classes.  Within two days of receiving our license we received a call for a baby that was special needs, and had been abandoned at the hospital.  It was suspected that the baby was completely deaf,and had heart and lung problems.  I was worried that my husband wouldn't want a baby with so many problems.  I was so happy that without hesitation he said, "we will deal with whatever problems come up."  I remember picking Hallie up from the children's shelter(she was six months old), she was sound asleep when she was placed in my arms.  I rode in the back seat of the car with her, and she just looked around.  When we walked into our house, she broke out into the biggest smile.  She knew she was home.  It took 18 months for the adoption to be final.  Before we got Hallie, she had the opportunity to be adopted twice. Both times fell through.  We love Hallie so much. Hallie is a complete miracle.  She has a perfect heart,perfect lungs, and isn't deaf.  I know she has a special mission to accomplish here on Earth.

 Our children come to us in different ways, but all are a path directly from God.  This Sunday morning, I am SO thankful for my many blessings.  I am grateful that God knows us individually and blesses us on a daily basis.
{The day we brought Hallie home June 23 2008}

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Halloween Books

I love holiday books! Each year, I try to add a few more to my collection. Here are the books I picked up for Halloween.  I think all three have great stories, with fantastic illustrations.
Only a Witch Can Fly
The Halloween Kid

Zen Ghosts

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Outing to Home Goods

Home Goods without a doubt has the best selection of Halloween decor. I went today and picked up a few things. The lady that checked me out said that they usually only have a good selection for about 3 weeks, and then it's mostly gone.
Here is my loot.  I love the kitty.  I think it looks like a vintage paper mache piece.  Best of all it was only 12.99!  I love their prices.
Here is my cute little glitter owl with blinking eyes.  Only 7.99
Lastly a pumpkin cupcake candle.  It smells  SOOOOOOOOO good! They had so many fun things, I may need to make another trip back. :)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Thumb Love

Wow, summer is almost over, and some of my summer goals just didn't happen i.e. potty training, and helping my daughter stop sucking her thumb.  Surely she won't still be having these issues in college right?? ;)  I checked this book out from the library, and it has been pretty helpful.  The book begins with a humorous little story about how much LuLu loves her thumb.  The second part of the book is a 12 step program to stop the thumb sucking.  We shall see.  I can tell at least reminding her that she is going to have mega bucky teeth is at least giving her pause.  The book also suggests dipping her thumb in tabasco.  Hmmm the girl likes spicy food.  She probably wouldn't mind a bit. ;)

Vintage Halloween Collectibles

I checked this book out from the library.  It has been so much fun to see pictures and values of so many vintage Halloween collectibles.  I have found several items worth around $200.00 and people are asking around $1800.00.  They must think this stuff is made of gold,  I better send them a copy of this book. :)

Monday, August 15, 2011

I've Got a Dream

This canvas hangs in my family room.(only I got mine at Target for $50.00!)  Anyway I have looked at this over the years, trying to figure out what my dream is.  My brother is a university chancellor, and has helped me get back into school!  I quit 16 years ago when I failed a math class.  I had done so well up to that point.  I felt there wasn't any hope for me to pass so I bagged it.  Then I began a sales job.  Since I was paid on salary + commission, I determined what my paycheck would be.    I was making enough to support myself, so I decided I didn't give a fig if I ever finished school.  Well, as I have gotten older I have realized the importance of a good education.  I think we should always be trying to improve ourselves no matter what form that takes.  SO here is the question....What's your dream??  Oh my, do I sound like this?? ;) You don't have to answer if you don't want to(although I would love to hear:), but at least think about it.  I am 38 years old, and still feel like a kid sometimes.....

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Michael Vey


I have always loved Richard Paul Evans books. I was so happy when I saw this book out. I just finished it, and LOVED it! I am so excited that it is going to be a 7 book series!

This is next on my reading list.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Pink Vintage Etsy Finds & the summer wind down.

I am SO in love with my new pink glasses.  I think they are SO fun and unique.  They were a great price, plus my third pair of the summer was recently destroyed by my 3 year old.  This is why I don't buy expensive sunglasses.

Here is my latest ice cream container.  Won't some fluffy glittery snow and a snowman be completely fabulous on top of it??
I think I am focusing on Halloween/Christmas projects to make me feel better about school starting in two weeks!  I enjoy the school year, but it's nice to stay in pj's if we feel like it, and not have a schedule. We have been in our pool  every night.  The water is so warm.  We stay out until all of the bats flutter down to get a drink.  My oldest daughter FLIPS out.  She is convinced one is going to become tangled in her hair.  I love summer because we swim together every night.  It is such fabulous family time.  I need to figure out a fun off season activity for us. :)  We are going school clothes, and supply shopping on Saturday.  I LOVE school supplies.  I would like a bouquet of sharpened pencils.(name that movie:)

Sparks Fly

sf from Taylor Swift on Vimeo.

I know I am like 12 years old, but I think we need to hit a Taylor Swift show. This looks SO fun!

The Book Thief

To quote from the Wikipedia summary of this novel: “The Book Thief takes place in Germany before and during World War II. The story is told from the point of view of Death, who finds the story of the Book Thief, Liesel Meminger, to be very interesting, as she brushed Death three times in her life.”


Wow, what a completely amazing book.  My friend Hayley has been raving about it for years, and it's been on my to read list.  This week I finally read it.  It some how ripped my heart out and gave it a good squeeze, but didn't leave me depressed.  It has inspired me to do better, and show more love.  I thought the book was so well written.  I loved that it was written from Death's perspective.  How fascinating and original.  If you haven't read, please give it a try.  

I read that the movie rights have been sold, but nothing is in production yet.  Here is a fan made trailer.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Vintage Ice Cream Cartons

 I am a wee bit obsessed with vintage ice cream containers right now.  I just bought these darling red gingham, and green plaid containers.  Aren't they awesome??
 Here are a couple of ideas I want to use them for.
Ice cream container, and fresh flowers. {Picture via The Farm Chicks}
Darling snowman on top of vintage ice cream container.{Photo via Oodles and Doodles}

A Bad Case of Stripes

I checked this book out from the library yesterday. My kids and I really enjoyed it. A wonderful book about being true to ourselves. I think it is a great book to read at back to school time.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Vintage Inspired Halloween Decor


Did you know that vintage Halloween outsells vintage Christmas decor? I guess that is why vintage Halloween is an arm and a leg. My experience has been that vintage Halloween is hard to come by, and is super expensive. Luckily there are vintage inspired decor that is cute, and much less pricey. I ordered these today! I am SO excited. I think they are completely adorable.

Just what I needed to hear....

“I see women who are doing their absolute best in every way – but they keep track only of their mistakes. They make lists of things they haven’t done instead of the phenomenal amount of things they’ve accomplished. No matter what mountain of achievement they’ve just climbed, they stumble over molehills, saying things like, “But it’s not enough,” or, “I didn’t do it well enough.” The good news of the gospel is that who we are is okay. Our best is good enough. The Savior came for us –just as we are.

…perfect people don't need a Savior. He came to save his people in their imperfections. He is the Lord of the living, and the living make mistakes. He's not embarrassed by us, angry at us, or shocked. He wants us in our brokenness, in our unhappiness, in our guilt and our grief.”

~Chieko Okazaki

Chieko Okazaki passed away this week. She is one of my favorite authors and speakers. I was happy to see the above quote on 320 Sycamore today.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Make your own photo canvas

These are a couple of my very favorite pictures.  They are of me and my grandpa smelling the flowers.  I am 18 months old in the pictures.  Don't you love the red barn in the background?

 I have had these pics in an album, and decided I wanted to display them.  I mentioned wanting to have them made into a canvas, but that done can be pricey.  My friend Rachael said she saw a DIY photo canvas  on pinterest.  I hopped right on and found this tutorial.

I went to Michaels for supplies.  I got two 5X7 stretched canvas's for 5.00!!  All of Michaels stretched canvas is 50% off right now!  Also a ton of their kids crafts are marked down from 1.99 to .44!  We loaded up.  ANYWAY.... I am not very good at crafts.  I am impatient and sloppy.  So projects have to be pretty darn simple for me.  My only supplies were: Pictures,canvas,sponge brush,wax paper,scissors,scrapbook paper and matte modge podge.

I cut the scapbook paper into strips that fit the sides, modge podged the strips onto the sides, and modge podged the picture onto the front.  I let everything dry for twenty minutes and then modge podged over the picture, and paper strips.   The modge podge seals everything and makes the picture look antique.  SO COOL!  I can't wait to do this again.  I still need to use the brown antique stamp around the edges, to cover some of the white from the canvas.
This cowbell is my grandparents.  When I was about 4 years old, my grandparents were planning on coming over Christmas morning.  My dad told them to come EARLY to open presents.  About 4 in the morning my parents said they were woke up to the sound of my grandparents singing Jingle Bells on our front step.  My grandpa was ringing this cow bell, and my grandma had horse bells.

My grandparents were so much fun, I miss them.   This was a sweet, fun,cheap, easy project.  I am SO happy to have these pictures out where I can see them everyday. :)
PS-Thank you Emily for sprucing up my blog!!

Happy Pink Saturday!

Radko Shiny Brite Snowmen




I found these awesome snowmen on ebay! They are replica's of the Shiny Brite snowmen from the 1940's I LOVE them! I am going to use them on my ice cream cup project. :)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Crap I found out thrifting

Today I did a little thrifting. I didn't find anything earth shattering, but I did manage to find a few fun things.
This huge jar is from World Market. It is brand new! It didn't have a tag, so the lady let me have it for 1.00!
I thought these little jars would be fun to put candy in, and give as Christmas gifts.
I was so happy to find two more vintage cookbooks!  They are both from the 1950's

This Halloween candle holder was only 2.00!
I always need candlesticks for something.
I am going to spray paint this frame, I love the detail on the frame.  The picture inside the frame is up for grabs. ;) Come on, I know you want it.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Vintage Ice Cream Cups!


Whoopee! I found these vintage ice cream cups, and they weren't a fortune.  12 for 4.95! Now I can make these at Christmas!