12 hour birthday room redo

This is my 3 year old daughters room. Its been painted like this since we found out we were having a girl. Pretty pink and sweet. A bit of a mix, lots of stuff, and a few 'baby' ish pictures. So last night we coned nana into having the kids spend the night so we could have a night off... but really we were planning a super cool birthday suprise for miss Brooklyn. So we dropped them off, and then started priming (you would think the brown would give us issues... turns out priming over pink stinks) and then two coats of 'big girl' paint, and a new 'big girl' bed set and some 'big girl' accessorys this is what we got (We had her open all her presents then said on wait there is one more in your room... she opened the door to a brand new room and was a little overwhelmed but in love love love love)
My happy 4 year old with her buddies! (brroklyn in orange)

This was after the party. picture it picked up lol Still lots of work to do but this is what we pulled off in 12 hours before a birthday party... sometimes my crazy last minute ideas even surprise myself!

Out lined a star shape with tape, looks great, dont you just love the paint on the celing too? (My husband said we couldnt do it.... 2 coats later and unable to even hold coffee cups this morning he loves it!!)

my darnnit moment

So today I had my kids make my cousin some orniments because her pathtic little fake tree is all lonly in her apartment. So I got some platic globes, filled them with filler dots I got from the inside of a stuffed fish that was in the trash pile (one again im cheap, but you can call me green) painted their hands with modpodge and covered their prints with gliter.. now it looks like they are having a snow ball fight on her tree... but darnit i didnt even think about taking pictures to show you how to do it untill I was done... so this is what you get!
The is my table while they are drying... but still cute none the less...

Stuffed with Stockings!!

So want to know what I did this weekend? I got a christmas tree... we normally wait untill after my daughters birthday party (her birthday is on the 12th) then we get one... this year I have to much to do in a little time so we bought one from the boy scouts down the street instead of tromping out to the woods but I figure Carson is only 5 months and I just didnt want to tote him arond this year.. there is always next year! So we popped up our tree in no time, and I started sewing. My gram dies a few years ago and ever since our family has spent less and less time together, christmas day when she was around was always at her house, with our homemade stockings on the mantle. .. I miss my gram. So this year I invited everyone to my house to start a that side of the family get together again, which involved sewing stocking the way Gram did for us, im only 16 stockings in but at the same time ive already done 16 stockings.....

PS I hate felt now... my dream of being a felting queen has expired!

I heart mail and presents!!

So today just shortly after I spilt my coffee in my lap while driving... grrrr... I opened the mail to find a wonderful suprise! The other girly I was doing the gift exchange with sent me some pretty wonderfulness too!! I mentioned to her that I am a photographer.. she made me a purdy purple camera strap (something I have been actually putting off making) She also made me this neato little pocket pouch, she plans on using hers for cupond... I plan on doing the same thing! Talk about great cuteness for orginization in my hectic life! She also made me a cute little red flower clip (not pictured because my daughter wont give it back) AND she packed in some yummy sweets she made, which came in handy while the kids were having a melt down in the back of the car while we were stuck in traffic, so miss kristen really is a lifesaver of a crafter! Oh and if you notice the red and white polka dot card in the back... it was a little note in a card she made!! I love the whole thing (makes me a little sad I didnt sne dher a bunch of goodies, note for the next go around) I hope she gets her present here soon too!! Check out her craftyness here and here is a picture of all my new pretties!!
(isnt that a cute pouch?! I love dots!!)

Yeah she got my gift and since I was a lameo and didnt take pictures before I mailed it you can see them here!

Snap shot of 7am

So this morning at 7am (mind you I do get up at six but im still asleep inside untill around 9) I was on top of my game. I had all 4 kids dressed, fed, and watching the grinch. I had 15 minutes to spare before we had to rush off to school, so I took the time to sit down with my snowman coffee cup and set up for a day worth of sewing (im going to admit though that I only got two things done yesterday because after such a suscessful morning, the afternoon turned to poo)
(And I just realized you cant see the 23 stocking I sewed for the whole family, we decided on doing only stocking stuffers this year.... it took about 45 minutes to cut and sew and I just have to convince someone else to make the felt pictures on them ha ha ha)

You should totally jump over to eightteen25 if you havent already! They have a neat snapshop for every thursday, it a great way to see what other people are doing the same time all around the place. Not to mention they are pretty crafty!!

I heart presents!!

So in my new adventure as a blogger I found a really neat gift exchange over at Craftaholic anonymous (Go me I totally just figured out how to link to a page ha ha aha haa) She invited everyone to join and then she matched everyone up with a partner (lucky me I got two) And yesterday I got my first gift in the mail! Jessica of Colour yourself design made me the cutest hat and scarf ever, she also made me some rings.. which I love because they are sooo cute and totally wild.. totally me! And boy was she busy, she also made me a headband and matching pin to wear (which will make me extra pretty at up coming Christmas parties!!) So a great big fat thank you to her and to Linda for hosting such a fun event!!Look forward to doing in in July!!
Look at those rings aren't they just fabulous!! 9you can even find them on the Etsy store Colour yourself design etsy
I forgot to take pictures of what I sent here so hopfully she will post pictures soon, in the mean time you can see the prettys everyone else made! here

tiss a very busy season!!

I hope you all had a wonderful thanksgiving full of fun, and family and food.... I on the other hand didn't get my fill of food... we went to the in laws and they made ham and prim rib... no turkey... no stuffing... no cranberry sauce... nadda.... however in my glum of stinky holiday food I did get to meet my triplet niece and nephews and they are wonderful little critters!! They are a month younger then my baby so it was a lot of babies going on. I have come to a bit of a stand still with my Christmas crafts (Although my gifts for the exchange went out I'm waiting to post pictures until the girlie's get them so I don't ruin the surprise) We have all been pretty sick, and when you have 4 kids sick you litterally get woken up 30 times a night... its been almost every 30 minutes between the 4 of them. This weekend however I roped my bestie into helping me pin my kids down for some updated pictures so here is what I have been doing while not crafting!

My oldest who is 6 1/2 and is no longer a little kid (insert my sad face here)

My two year old who didnt want his pictures taken

My nerdy 3 (will be 4 on the 12th) daughter

And introducing our newest chunky monkey Carson!! He is a lot cuter then these pictures are giving him credit for lol

And here are some more artisicy one I did of my daughter... she looks way to grown up here... made me a little scared at first lol but I honestly love the way they came out...

I'm thankful for...

Im thankful for my husband, and although we have our ups and downs he is still the love of my life! Im thankful for my oldest, Justin, my Ju bean, my brother bear. He has such a big heart and grown up ness to him at 6. Im thankful for my pretty little daughter Brooklyn, sissy, Jane. She may keep me on my toes but she is my light. Her smile and caring and just her her-ness. Im thankful for my Colton, boo-boo bear, my coco. He can light up a room, he is so silly all the time. He would do anything for his brothers and sister. He often seems older then he is. I am thankful for my baby, my carson, my zoom zoom baby bear. He is holding his own in our family. He is the most loved baby ever. He is so easy going and I might be a little biased but he has great cheeks! Im thankful for my best friend, my cousin Bailey. She keeps me sane, she listens, she has a great nack at bringing me starbucks when I need one. She loves my kids like her own, she tolerates my husband and she means the world and more to me. Im thankful for those families who are missing their loved ones to keep ours safe. Im thankful for my new blogging friends too... even the ones not quite fallowing me yet. Im thankful for their inspiration, for giving me an outlet to make time for myself. I am thankful they take time out of their lives to share them with us, to get to know ours, for just being ready to bond by creativity. What are you thankful for?

and a me....

Sometimes I find myself focusing so much time on being a mom and a wife that I forget there is a me in here. My kids are my life. Im lucky enough to be a stuck at home mom and I really enjoy spending so much time watching my kids grow up. I also enjoy being a wife, although we have our moments, knowing that I will be forever in love with the man I took to prom is pretty important to me. Then there is a me. Its been hard being a young mom (well I was young when we started this crazy life) I dont mind scrificing for my family, but there are my quilty times where I will sneek out of bed (between two dogs and a couple pairs of feet) and just sit in the office with MY music on, eating chocolet chips, sewing or crafting and just trying to relax. And I know I shouldnt feel guilty but I do. I spend a lot of time doing so much for my kids and husband and life that I forget I deserve time as well. And unfortuneitly most of that hidden me time is spent making things for them or to better our everydays. How do you take time for yourselves? Time to just have you time? As a mom or a wife or just a you..... Hope you all have a safe and thankfull thanksgiving and thank you for taking a little time out of your day to see my me-ness!

Snap shot #3

Joining in on the fun at
Last night my kids ate canned raviolies for dinner.... yes from a can... not that I dont feed it to them from time to time for lunch, but really its not much of a dinner thing here. I tried to explain to them that im just to busy and they could have ice cream if they ate it... they dont seem to realize sewing, glueing, podging, spraying, and cutting is work not just play lol. Needless to say they got their drum stick (BTW if you didnt know they make snack size drum sticks now that are perfect kid size) So at nine o'clock I was making grown up dinner for the husband and I! (however he was late so I ate alone surrounded by mountains of grown out of kids clothes I have been crafting up! So here is my snap shot , thursday at nine pm yumm-o
Shread mottz cheese
mix in left over shreaded chicken
add some cottage cheese
stir and pipe into pasta
cover with sauce and cheese
bake at 375 for 25 mins
Then enjoy some ice cream!

baby blocks, busy book and blanket oh my!

I decided this year that for every one Christmas gift we buy this year, we are making another. Its a bigger task then I had planned. I'm still sewing all night long, and don't really know if I will make it but I'm trying! The first thing I wanted to show off is the blanket I made for Carson, he is only 4months and could care less but his bed theme is monsters and this is my first ever blanket blanket. I found a self binding tutorial online and this is the out come

Then I saw some really cute soft baby blocks people were making out of fabric... but I'm a cheap skate (you can call it green lol) And I saw a few boxes sitting in the garage of clothing my kids have out grown, cute clothes... thing I bought because I loved them... so this is what I did:

First I found some coordinating colors and some really cute designs.

Then I cut 5inch-ish squares and sewed them this way...

And now I have really cute baby blocks for Carson (who is now a whopping 5 month old, and my triplet niece and nephews! There are more to come of these and I think I will be the million and one person to put a tutorial about these up... but in all fairness I made these second hand there for I'm neat!

And lastly before my coffee runs out here is a sneak peek of the busy book I'm putting together for my two year old (by the way finding gifts to make for boys and not babies is really hard so please throw your ideas at me!)

I know my skill level is no where near cutting out felt cute like and I don't have a cute cutter machine (hint hint Santa) so I used some cute scrapbook paper and some clear contact paper. I made magnetic fishing, hot clued on some gloves for right hand left hand,

Hot glued Velcro to some crayons I printed off line and a left over crayon box from our craft bucket, made a tool box pocket with tools (also images from online I just colored) to be snapped onto the nail or wood of which ever tool they go with. I have a few more pages done that I will post pictures of soon. I'm just not sure how to bind them.... maybe eyelets and snap rings... I dunno.... any ideas on that one?

And before I go can you tell what this is? Its an elephant! Well to be fair its only part of the face, but if you can imagine with me, its an elephant pillow pet tee hee hee hee... coming soon!

busy busy!

'Tis the season!! I have been so busy latly with kids and chiristmas gifts that I have been neglecting the uploading process and now that I have a cup of coffee and two minutes to sit down and do it the battery is dead... such is life. However I do have good news! I got by gift enchange buddy and have been swapping emails! Im trying to come up with something fun and pretty for this exchange, you know the first always has to be the best lol
Since I cant up load my photos yet here is my current project list:
A spy kit breif case
A dress up box
A busy book (but you will see how crative I am, or lazy because there was no way I was going to cut out that much felt lol)
A fish tank
A pillow pet (check out when I post picture for a really cool tutorial I found)
A sock elephant
Many a baby blocks (Made my triplet niece and newphews gifts wow lots of babies)
Wooden puzzle blocks
A pet shop purse fold out thing
And a blanket and thats just the first round! Anyone out there working on any fun christmas gifts?

Snap shot!

OK here is my snap shot for Thursday 11/11 at 10 am (if you have not checked out eighteen25 ... do so and then play along too!!) I have to admit im one of those people, my dog was my first baby (althought I found out I was pregnant 2 weeks after getting him) however my dog seems to think that my kids are his babys. If you can immagen Nana from Peter Pan, then you can picture my 70lb pitbull Endo. He is a nurse maid. Yesterday he spent the morning litterally pulling my 3 oldest kids around the house with a chew toy.... he is such a goofball....

snap shot

3 out of 4 watching Dora while I fold laundry.. that baby is loved to much!
So the ever inspiring ladies over at eightteen25 have this thursday snapshot thing where they give you a time, you snap a photo of whatever you are doing, then post it on friday! I always make a point to take a monday morning photo of my kids (they hate it) but this was a great chance to randomly pull out the camera and I got some pretty cute shots I would have other wised missed! Great idea, you all should fallow and play along, its nice to see im not the only other person with a messy house at 8am lol
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I heart power tools!

So the thought of winter time is starting to scare me, 4 kids + daycare kids inside all day... I know your scared for me lol. We have actually been really lucky to be able to spend so much time outside this summer that inside is looking a little boring. Dont get me wrong we have a nice sized house stuffed full of toys and two play rooms but that doesnt seem enough to hold off all the 'im boreds" So we came up with this:

And This:

I still have to paint it and add some things to it (I was thinking a mail box and maybe a rope & pully bucket) But im still at a loss on what else to do to make it more inter active, any ideas?

PS Just a word of advice, if you start making one of these and your husband comes home and catches you in the middle of it, it will ruin his day, when you remind him you still need more stuff from home depot, he realizes your a pretty cool mom!

Here is our first year of homemade costumes... I think they turned out alright... maybe next year I will have a little bit more experiance sewing and they will look a smidge cuter.. but everyone commented on them so that was a nice pat on the back!

Our Halloween party was amazing!

I love kids they are so funny!

We had some pretty fun parents come too! Nothing like a little gummy worm in whip cream to get you hopped up before trick or treating!

halloween cookie pops!

Im sure you have seen cookie pop tutorials every where in blog land, so I dont really have a step by step tutorial for you but I did want to show you that I did this:

From this: Oreos, nutter butters, white chips, choco. chips, buttersotch chips, and lolly sticks

To this:
And this:

Which got me these:
They helped to make the faces on the cookie pops and totally had a blast... considering it for an up comming pet shop birthday party a certin young lady is having in December....