Monday, October 31, 2011

Pumpkin Patch

We finally made it to a pumpkin patch this weekend. We like to go every year and take pictures of the kids to capture them and that time in our little family.

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It always gets me thinking about time. How fast it goes. How important it is to document the little things. The milestones. The small habits and facial expressions. These moments in time. They are so precious and priceless. 

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Asher is in a goofy phase {I hope?} of thinking it's funny to make faces for pictures.

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Bella is all over the place, flipping and tripping over every little bump in the ground. Or heck even every big bump.... like say a bench. You name it and our graceful Bella trips over it. The funny thing is she is so unphased by it. She can face plant it over a huge tree stump, stand up, brush herself off and smile like a pro.

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Mia is starting to pull up on everything. She thinks she is pretty cute stuff. 
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I pretty much think she is too.  I love this picture of her.

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Oh and my husband. My hunky husband. He never changes. He looks exactly the same as last year and the year before. And the year before that. I'm not sure that's fair?

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At this point I was just happy to catch a few good pictures to document this time in our family. It was a  bit tough with Bella rolling in the hay, Asher jumping off pumpkins, and Mia revolting against her hat.
But I was ok with that. These pictures represent more than just the moment you see. They tell a story and I think it's important to tell it. It's so easy to look at someones life and think it's perfect. I also think it's easy to want to make it seem that way.

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Our life is not perfect. And I wouldn't want it to be. It's in our imperfections, our flaws, our struggles and our honesty about them... that God can be more greatly shown.  

And that the blessings, the triumphs and the beauty of a small moment are that much more lovely and treasured.






P.S---The blog is looking a bit different, as we are in the process of a few changes- making room for a our lovely November Project Hope sponsors! Want to join us? Find out more, HERE!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Sponsoring Project Hope

One of the best things so far about Project Hope has been meeting some amazing women. Women with giving hearts and beautiful talents, wanting to share them!

 I truly believe our gifts, talents and abilities are not for our self to keep but to share, inspire, and ignite passion in others. Most of all, to bring God glory through every one of them and loving people in the process.

 I have some plans for the month of November to help you promote your own heart, cause, and passion.

If you are interested in becoming a partner of Project Hope, please email me at bitsofsplendor@yahoo.com. 
I would love to meet you and partner with you for Project Hope.

100% of all donations and sponsorships will go to the purchase of the craft boxes and the supplies to decorate them.  For 10$ you will get a 200x150 button ad until December 15th with a small group feature and/or mentions. For 20$ you will get your own feature for your blog and/or shop along with a 200x150 ad until December 15th.

This is a great way to share your heart and talents while supporting a great cause. One very close to my heart. Need to know more about Project Hope? Start HERE!
 
Have a BLESSED Friday!!
We are looking forward to a weekend full of dressing up and celebrating fall with our little
Super Mario and two lady bugs :)




Thursday, October 27, 2011

Fall Burlap Rosette Wreath

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I made this wreath on a creative, nesting whim last year when I was pregnant with Mia. I loved it and it stayed on my front door all year through. That's how well made this baby is {hehe} it weathered the seasons including a few brutal rain storms and is still holding up great.
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I had this available to purchase through the shop for a bit, until I realized I'm not made for sitting still for that amount of time making that many rosettes. That, and I ran out of shows to watch on hulu to keep me company. So they aren't available in the shop anymore. However, if you really don't want to make one of these yourself, I'm happy to make you one on a custom order basis. Just email me.

If you do have it in you to make one yourself, then keep reading.

I'm going to show you two different versions. My version is the one filled with rosettes.
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Then I made one for my sister with just a cluster of them.
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I think both are equally cute.

Here's what you'll need:
Approx 1-2 yards of burlap depending on how many rosettes you want. Better to buy more than you think you'll need. You can always use burlap for future projects. 
18in white foam wreath form
Glue Gun
Lot's of glue sticks
Fabric of your choice to hang the wreath
{I used white because I liked the way it looked against my steel blue door}

Cut a portion of your burlap into long strips about 4 inches in width.
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Grab your glue gun and attach one end of the strip to your wreath and then wrap it around tightly, gluing it down again at the end of the strip.
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Keep doing this, while overlapping the strips, until you cover the entire wreath.
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Now for the rosettes. There are many many tutorials on how to make fabric rosettes. Basically I just ended up doing what felt right, it's really simple once you get the gist of it.

Cut your burlap in 1.5 inch strips for smaller rosettes and up to 3 inches for larger rosettes.
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{This is for a larger rosette}

Fold your strips over and then iron it. This sort of seals it and makes it much easier to create your rosettes. It's very tedious {especially when making a ton of them} but makes a difference in how your rosette turns out.
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{I didn't iron this one, it was just a quickie to take pictures for this tutorial}

Then fold one end down a couple times and twist it.

Place a dot of hot glue after every other turn or so. 
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Keep doing this, rotating folds and turns until you reach the end, leaving a small "tail."
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Place a ton of glue on the back and fold the tail to the back.
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Then it's as simple as placing them around your wreath by putting a bunch of glue on the bottom and pressing it down onto the wreath. Eyeball it and decide how full you want it to look. I made mine pretty full.
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Leave about a 3 inch space at the top for your fabric to hang. I used some extra white cotton fabric I had. I cut it according to how long I wanted it to hang then looped it around the wreath and tied a knot at the top. I was going for a organic frayed edges look so I was ok with it not looking super clean/neat. 
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You can see here on this one I made for my sister, I just clustered a bunch of rosettes in one corner. this one is obviously much easier and faster. 
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To "fall" up my wreath, I replaced the white fabric sash for some green fabric. I wanted a cleaner look this time so I folded my edges over and hot glued them.{A non-sewers version}
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Then I bought 1/4 yard of fabric in 3-4 coordinating fall colors. 
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I made my rosettes and then used pins to attach them on top of the other rosettes. That way they are easily removable after the fall and my burlap rosettes are still in place underneath. 
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Basically, after you make your burlap wreath, you have so many different options to make it your own or coordinate it to different seasons. For Christmas you could add pine cones and berries, flowers in the spring, sunflowers in the summer. Make it your own and have fun!!

*Sidenote: for the monogram letter, I just bought the C from Hobby Lobby and painted it white, then I used heavy duty 3m double sided tape to fasten it to the door, placing it in the middle of the wreath.
Also, you can buy the exact WELCOME vinyl from HERE.

Happy Wreath Making!


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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Just Because...

I am so excited that we Texans are finally going to experience a nice little "cool front" tomorrow.
Lows in the 40's? YES PLEASE!

Planning to make these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies


Oh and these caramel apples too, although I have a feeling they won't look quite as fancy as 
Ms. Pioneer Womans....


AND because I love you, because I'm so thankful. Because I love fall and I love these new HOPE bracelets, I'm giving you a 25% off discount in the Splendor Shop!
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Click HERE to go there now!
{Remember 10% of every online Splendor purchase goes to PROJECT HOPE}

And be sure to stop back by tomorrow-- I'm showing you how to make these burlap rosette wreaths! 
Perfect for FALL
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Difference a Year Makes


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- 40{ish} pounds.....
{Lawd Have Mercy}

+ 1 Super sweet, perfect little girl.
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= Happy Mama


Monday, October 24, 2011

Dear 3 1/2 yr old Bella

My sweet Bella Boo,

You are almost 3 1/2. If mommy is going to get technical, you will be 3 1/2 on November 16th.

I've been watching you closely lately. You're growing up. I'm not sure if it's your short sassy haircut or just listening to you talk to Mia and watching you care for her. You took on the big sister role so naturally. You love every bit of it. People warned me you might get jealous. But that wasn't the case at all. As soon as Mia entered our little family, you were no longer the baby or just the little sister and happily became the big sister.

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I need to record the way you say Big sister. I love it. You say "stistah" and when you are thirsty you say "sirsty." You are full of funny phrases and we like to make you say them. You are also full of personality and opinions. You know what you want and you aren't afraid to tell us. If no one is listening, you are more than happy to make it happen yourself. I love that about you. I think that determination and independence is going to play a big role in who you continue to become.

You love your family. You have always been fiercely loyal. Every day you tell me how much you love your daddy, Asher, Mia and me. You love your home too. You will walk inside from being gone for a while and say "It's so good to be home". Last night you walked in and hugged the bathroom sink. You are also a little dramatic. And when I say a little, I mean a lot.

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You are completely content to be home all day. Coloring, play doh, dress up, playing house, practicing your letters and watching out the window for Daddy and Asher to come home are your favorite things to do. You start to watch for them as soon as you wake up and everything we do is based off of when "Daddy and Asher get home." You love your boys.

I have your little art table in front of the window for a reason. Ever since you were little you have loved to people watch and then give reports of what you see. I totally get this part of you. You are nosey like your mama. You've done this since you were a little baby and could pull yourself up to stand at your crib and look out your little window. Even when you could barely form words you were a chatter box. We couldn't always understand you but that didn't stop you from trying.

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Every morning after Asher and daddy leave, you crawl into bed with me to snuggle. You tell me every morning "I love spending the day at home with you." This melts my heart. It's one of my favorite times of the day. Hearing you say that. And knowing you mean it. These are the days I know we will look back on and say "remember when".

Do you remember when you would sit outside Mia's door each morning as I fed her, waiting for me to call your name--- "Beeeellla".....you come running in so excited. Every morning. "Good morning Mia!" She kicks and laughs. And now she says it too "Beeeellllla".

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You know your sister so well. It amazes me sometimes. You find toys for her when she gets fussy and distract her when I need to walk away for a second. You know she hates to be out of my sight. You do too. You two are my little sidekicks.  My girls. I love being able to say "girls."  I can't wait to see you two as you grow up together. Sisters and best friends like I am with mine.

I love that you love to be with me. I love that you want to be like me. You sit on my bathroom counter each day and watch me get dressed. I put a little blush on you and some of my special perfume. You remind me to get your wrists. Every. Time. Then you walk around all day smelling them because they smell like me.

If I ever need a break for a minute. Like if I ever need a little silence from the constant chatter, I just give you a wipey. You like to walk around the house and clean with it. I like to use this to my advantage. You can hit the spots where you and your brothers finger prints hit that I don't always see. I view this as a win-win.

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When Asher gets home from school, you always ask him how his day was and what he learned that day. Then if you are sneaky enough, before mommy catches you, you open up his backpack, go through his folder and lunch box and then say "good job you ate all your lunch!"

I have to remind you, you are not his mommy. Often.

Last night when I put you to bed, I crawled into your tiny twin bed for a little bit and wrapped my arms around you. You said "now pray mom"....because you like to keep us all on course and in line. I prayed for you like I always do and then I watched you fall asleep. Your breathing getting deeper and deeper.

I studied you. Closed my eyes and took that very moment in. My Bella boo at 3 1/2. I want to remember you just like you are. Right now. You are so fun. So special. I can't stop time from passing. I know that. So instead, we'll just keep making sweet every day memories. And I will keep writing about them, to help us "remember when"

I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always my sweet precious girl. God blessed us double when He gave us you. Our Sweet Bella Grace.

~Love, Mom


Friday, October 21, 2011

What I asked for....

The girls and I have been taking it slow around here this week. We had no plans to be anywhere and no intentions to change that.

We took long walks. Enjoyed the cooler weather. Wore comfy clothes all day....yoga pants for me, leg warmers and tutu's for Bella. Unless of course we had to walk outside then that called for rain boots of course.

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We worked on lot's of little projects. Did some redecorating of the rooms. Put on makeup just cause and painted our toes. Twice. Because Bella likes to scratch her polish off. 

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I wish it were possible to freeze time. But it's not. And sometimes I'm more aware of that than others.
Sometimes it weighs heavy on me. That these babies won't always be.

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A lot of emails didn't get sent this week. Lot's of things got left on the to-do list. But I decided I was ok with that. Sometimes it's better to just take a step back and be still for a bit. 

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I know God has given me a dream. And it's a big one. But he's also given me these precious 3. To hold and care for, to love on and laugh with. 

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I started to feel overwhelmed with everything on my plate. Wondering if I could handle it all. The magnitude of what my dreams could be, the purposes He's planned for me....While still being the mother my children deserve and the wife my heart cries to be.

Then I read something from Christine Caine..

"So instead of a meltdown, I prayed and thanked God for all that He had done in my life. The tensions I was now managing were a result of the prayers I had prayed, and with each answered prayer comes another dimension of responsibility and accountability. I smiled and prayed for the grace to not only get through today, but thrive and enjoy the journey. And I already am I even prayed for new opportunities to reach even more people...and I will have to remember that I got what I asked for when it happens"

Everything I am, He made me. 
Everything I have, He gave me 
 and every bit of it,
I asked for.

So thankful for answered prayer



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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Doily Block Nursery Letters

My little sister is having a baby. 
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And I get to help her decorate and plan for sweet little Olivia's room. 

I wanted to make her some letters for her room and remembered seeing some really cute wood block letters decorated with doilies. I couldn't remember where I saw them so I had to do a little pinterest searching and found them here. Click over to check out that sweet nursery. Adorable.

There was no tutorial, but I figured they seemed easy enough to do so I just kinda winged it.
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Here's how I made them:

You'll need:
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- a package of small doilies
-wood block letters {we got ours at Hobby Lobby}
-modge podge
-sponge brush
-scissors
{I used a regular wooden B I already had for the pictures cause I loved the way Olivia's turned out so much I wanted one for Bella. But I like the chunkier block letters better}

First take out the center of the doily. 
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Then decide where you want to place a piece of the doily and cut it to size.
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Brush on a thin layer of modge podge and lay the doily on top.
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Cover the doily in another layer of modge podge to seal it.
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Use the dabbing method on this step as opposed to brushing so you don't tear the doily.

I wrapped some of the pieces around the letter and some I cut at the edge.
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Just eyeball it and decide for yourself where you think you need to place the doily. 
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Super easy and I love the way they look. Simple and Sweet.
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Can't wait to see them in the room. 

Thank you to Erin  for the idea.

We have a few more projects to do so it's my plan to post one here each week. That's my plan. We all know how good I am at sticking to plans for posting, though. But hopefully I'll have a few projects/how to's posted leading up to a whole room reveal.
Decorating and creating is a big part of me. I love it. And getting to do it for my sweet baby sister who is having a baby herself? Even better.


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