Spring Cleaning Time Again

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Every spring I get in a super spring cleaning mode, simplify everything turns out to be my motto. I get so far then I start to slow down. This year I have already purged a couple of bags full of things and have my whole attic to go through. My husband and I are looking to buy a farm and need to purge all of the clothes my kids have outgrown that I have been keeping for the next kid. I will go through and keep a few things but I’m tired of holding on to stuff, it is time for it to go and to finish adding on to our house.

So this spring my goals are to

  • Clean the attic out
  • Donate or sell or trash what I don’t need
  • Try to clean one area each week (that way I’m not overwhelmed)

Simple but easy and hopefully attainable goals.

Until Next Time,

~Kristen

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Another Suitcase Upcycle

Several weeks ago my parents held a fishing tournament fundraiser to raise money for the Alliance Crisis Pregnancy Center in Alliance Ohio. I was asked to donate something for the Chinese Auction being held during the fundraiser. After racking my brain I decided to decoupage another suitcase, this one being much smaller. Perfect for an overnight suitcase or to hold their favorite toys.

I had found this suitcase at the Springfield Flea Market and Antique Show Extravaganza back in May, the outside was a little beat up but the interior was perfect. So I knew this would be the perfect candidate for decoupage.

I decided to do a Disney themed on the suitcase since Disney appeals to children and adults a like, I looked through the books from my Grandmothers Estate but I didn’t find what I was looking for. So off to Goodwill I went and I found the perfect book for $1.00, it had so many nice pictures of different beloved Disney characters I only needed the one book. I actually cut out more than I needed so I am saving those characters for another project down the road.

Once I had all of the pieces cut out, I had to decided how and where to put them on the suitcase, after many layouts I decided upon doing a “boy” side and a “girl” side of the suitcase. I felt it was more visually appealing and kept the theme better.

Over all I am happy with the results and the best part is one of my nieces won it from the Chinese Auction and has been carrying it around ever since.

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Until Next Time,

~Kristen

Introducing Abigail Elizabeth

Abigail Elizabeth Willis was born June 25th at 3am in the front seat of my SUV after very short 2 hour labor (we were enroute to the hospital when she decided that she was ready to be earth-side). My husband caught her in the parking lot of a Dollar General Market/Tractor Supply, all I can say is I’m glad they have large bright lights in their parking lot. She is perfect in every way.

She weighed 8 lbs 15.5 oz and was 21 1/4 inches long at birth but has since added almost a pound more to her weight.

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I have her wearing vintage already.

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Until next time,

~Kristen

Planning a children’s party on a budget.

Hosting a party is expensive right? Wrong! At least it shouldn’t be unless you are planning on going all out for it and for what reason so you can say “Hey look at my Pinterest worthy party?”

Last year we had a Valentines Tea Party for my daughter and a bunch of her little friends and cousins. It was so much fun and simple.  I made each invitation on PicMonkey as well as made Facebook Event, I used card stock for the invitations and passed most of them out and only mailed a small handful of them.

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We did a few crafts, ate a light lunch and the children played, I had my backdrop out with a cute bunting hanging over it and I took pictures of the girls and their Moms.

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The most expensive thing we had were these gold lace crowns, made of cotton lace and spray painted Gold. You can find how to make your own crowns at this link 

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Our lunch was simple faire of chicken salad sandwiches, fruit salad and pretzels along with some pink punch.

Our crafts were simple, I had everything already on hand. All I had to do was the prep work. I found our craft ideas on Pinterest as well as the crown idea.

The Folded Heat Mouse was a big hit with the kids, the moms well they thought it looked more like a rat. To make your own Folded Heat Mouse follow this link.

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Heart Wreath was also fun, I had the wreath and the hearts all cut out. The kids only had to glue them in place. To make your own heart wreath follow this link.

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Even the valentines we gave each girl was made by my daughter, we choose to do the Lovely Lady-bugs. These are easy and simple craft that even I the most un-crafty person in the world could do. To make your own Lovely Lady-Bugs check out this link

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This year we are doing several different kinds of craft, like necklace making and decorating salt dough magnets as dealing with amount of glue from last year wasn’t fun and a little messy.

I let you know how to goes in a few weeks.

Until next time,

~Kristen

Fun in the Snow

Yesterday it started snowing and it has continued to snow throughout today. Is there an end in sight? I don’t know nor do I care. I am of the persuasion that if it is going to be cold out I want snow on the ground to make everything pretty.

Today the kids and I ventured out in the snow to take a walk, not the easiest of tasks with a 3 and 2 year old and almost 20 weeks pregnant. We had planned on walking on the path through the woods but the boys decided just a trip around the yard and play for a little bit was good enough for them before we came back in the house for hot chocolate.

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DSC_0114  My 3 year old insisted that he needed to wear his sisters scarf to keep his neck warm.

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Until next time,

~Kristen

Coming Soon to a Book Store Near You

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Yesterday was a big day in my journey as an author, I was offered a contract for more books from my publisher.

While going through several different stories I have finished trying to decide which manuscript to send first, it is very hard to decide as I love each one and story they tell about Gracie and Honey. Thankfully I don’t have to choose as the director of book acquisitions told me today that I can send in as many as I want at a time, so I probably will send in two for now and two more in a few months.

Now to write my synopsis for each book before sending them down to the production department.

Until next time,

~Kristen

Vintage Kids

I adore coming across vintage pieces for children, usually at flea markets and occasionally at a yard sale. Finding pieces for my kids to wear doesn’t happen very often as my 9 year old is taller than most girls her age and my boys are well boys in every sense of the word. Rough, tumble play in the dirt boys so finding something that isn’t delicate is hard. However I came across these children’s coats a while back and I just finished cleaning them before listing in the shop. I may keep the bigger coat for one of the boys to wear.

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Now the blue coat has flower buttons on it so I believe it is for a little girl, however my 3 year old was gracious enough to try it on for me. (please don’t mind the crazy hair and clothes he wouldn’t let me change him before taking his picture)

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The other yellow coat was to small for him to even attempt to put it on.

I also love infant clothing, sometimes a pregnancy center I donate to gives them to me because they can’t give them away to their clients and nor do their clients want such things. So we trade, I give them a box a diapers and they give me a small bag or box of vintage clothing, that is my kind of barter system. Here are a few pieces I’ve found in those bags or boxes.

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The peach cardigan actually has a pair of booties with it and the blue outfit has a matching hat as well.

I can’t wait for this next baby to be born so I can dress him or her up in pretty vintage pieces.

Until next time,

Kristen