Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Lately.

I wish I had an outfit picture to share with you.  But I don't, so I'm just going to show you this instead.


I am dying for the cuteness.

Lately...

I've learned that are some real jerks on FB (and real life).  But when I found some real jerks, all I did was feel sorry for them.  Because if all you can do with your life is put down others, that's a pretty sad and crappy way to live.  Why not try being kind and making a real friend?  It works if you do it right, I promise.

I've realized I eat too many cookies.  I need to lose a few pounds, haha!

I have loved these past few months of holidays and decorating my home with seasonal stuff.  Currently I have a house decked with pink and red and we all love it.  

I am obsessed with printables.  I swore in my next home I would decorate with them more and ever since we moved into our new rental I have been going nutters.

I am addicted to making felt flowers.  Like, I need rehab.  I'm probably going to do a tutorial soon, if that is something in which any of you are interested!

I have been giving all my friends sewing lessons and I realize my optimal day job (let's be serious though, I haven't had a 9 to 5er in over 5 years) would be to be a home ec. teacher.  That only teaches sewing and never any baking.  Or balancing a check book.  Or sex ed.  Because I don't know anything about cooking or baking.  Or money.  Or feel like talking about sex with teenagers.  Because...weird.   So just sewing, and maybe some light organizational skills.  Then Eric would have to let me finally get a label maker and we would both go crazy.

^^That escalated quickly.

I am still 100% obsessed with Groopdealz.  Seriously, kill me now over this anchor bag.  I needz it.
#justkidding I totally already ordered it.

And that concludes today's session kids.  What are you doing lately?



"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Henry Ford.

Last week while we in Michigan, my husbands parents took us to the Henry Ford Museum.  It had so much to see!  There were cars, planes trains, tractors, bikes, plenty of history, lots to see and touch, and we just kinda tried to hit as much as we could before lunch, haha!  Of course, I decided that day would be a great time to challenge myself with my 50mm lens.  I've had it for a year but it's still a mystery to me, but it takes much better photos inside than my 70-300 lens so you know, I had to use it!  Anyways, it's photo over load today, #sorrynotsorry.


Just outside the entrance.

I can't even fathom Cooper in a car without a car seat.  Yikes.


They had Legos at every turn.

We had to drag Cooper away each time!


  At one point in time this was the latest tech!  I'm crying tears of laughter!





  
Making electricity is hard work, as Sophia found out with this wheel.

  
I don't remember what this guy was, but he's kind of handsome and his photo was in the plane exhibit.  



In old planes they literally used to sit in wicker chairs.  Seems legit.


  
This was Cooper's favorite.  FAVORITE.

One, two, three!  



  

At this point Cooper was freaking. out.

All built from Legos.


  





Cooper loved this train set too.  It was pretty involved.


  

My three favorites.  Love them!

I hope you enjoyed my unofficial tour of the Henry Ford!

"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014.

Sweater: Old Navy Plaid Scarf: Forever 21

I kind of love the New Year.  Christmas is such a great holiday and it's definitely one of my favorites, but there is something so special and exciting about a new year.  It's like no matter how the last year played out, everyone gets this awesome fresh start.  It's a time to make new (GOOD!) habits and a time to break bad ones.  It's a time to reinvent yourself.  The New Year brings focus and energy.  It reminds us to set new goals and invites us to think over the last year.

When I think back over the last year of my life, I'm reminded of how excited I was for this year.  I'm reminded of how differently I imagined my life would be on this day.  I really thought things would turn out differently.  I don't say that to complain, but only to say things definitely did not go as planned!  I feel like 2014 was the year of surprises.  Our (cheap, old) car died in January and we ended up being blessed enough to afford something new and reliable.  I formed new friendships and had my heart broken.  We took a few trips that were so fun and exciting.  Our kids had birthdays.  Sophia kept growing into an even sweeter and funnier version of herself and Cooper matured a lot.  He is this amazing little person with a very insistent personality.  He's learned to get a long better with others and both of them have taught me even more this year about being a parent.  We were surprised when we had to move (only down the road), but we are so much happier in our new home.  I have to say that of all the surprises we had, most of them were God planning something great in our life.

Eric had a medical scare that only scratched the surface of teaching my to be thankful for your health.  It's very humbling and terrifying to think that overnight everything can be snatched away from you.  As a result of that though, I also learned about the power of prayer and how amazing it is to serve a God who heals.  This year I feel like I learned more than ever that there is power in the Name of Jesus and using his name brings that power into my life.  I have learned there is no problem too small or insignificant for my God to take care of, we only need to ask and He hears our every care.

I have learned you can only help people who want to help themselves.  I have learned that the way I live is so very right for me.  I feel like I was pushed spiritually and I came out on the other side with resolve.  I don't have it all figured out, but I know which way I'm going.  I've learned that one person's convictions don't always line up with mine, or another persons, and all of that is okay.  I have figured out that it's a wasteful way to live to try to get people to live like me, it's just as wasteful to spend my time trying to live like someone else.  God made me to be me.  HE leads me, I follow.

I started a photography business and am excited and humbled too see people get excited over photos I take for them.  I have continued to sew, it may not be my money maker but it's still a passion.  I am still so many of the things that make me me, like all my quirky obsessions.  I'm still too excited over food to take too many foodie photos.  I still love my tumbler cups (currently I'm lusting over one from Krispy Kreme).  I'm also still weirdly in love with baker's twine, deers, and printables.  And since we've moved into our new home, I'm also weirdly into holiday decor (Valentine's Day is about to go down in this house any second).  I still feel very passionately about grammar, idiots on FB, and cookies.  Always with the cookies.

This year I felt like I changed a lot, but in other ways I felt more myself than ever.  I've realized I don't want to take pictures without lip gloss, but not enough to put it on every morning.  I've started taking outfit pictures, but I'll never stop rocking my jean skirts.  I threw one "Pinterest Party" and one simple party with just a few friends and have ultimately decided that while I love Pinterest projects (and recipes, let me hear a Hallelujah!) I'm just not a Pinterest Party-with every perfect detail-kind of girl.

Hi, my name is Michelle and I believe that 2015 will be a sparkly, shiny year.  It will be a year that God is in through and through.  It will have good times and hard times.  It will an adventure and I can't wait.

"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Today my family is celebrating the birth of Jesus by being together.  I hope you are celebrating this day in whatever way brings light and joy to your life.


May God's peace be with you today and every day.

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6


"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

What Christmas is to Me.

The two cutest kids I ever did see.

A friend recently posted a picture on Instagram about Christmas.  In a nutshell, it was encouraging people to not buy into the lie that Christmas is all about gifts as tokens of love.  Make sure Christmas is to you what it really is to you.  And it really made me think about what Christmas is to me.  So I thought it would make a good read, to hear all about what this time of year means to me, because my friend was right, I don't want to forget what the true meaning of this season is to me.

Jesus.  Every year I think about how a tiny baby was born as a Savior for the world.  This past Sunday's sermon was very interesting.  It was entitled. "He's NOT the reason for the season".  And I know what you're thinking, because I was completely thinking the same thing.  But the point of the message was, Jesus came to earth as a baby.  But he didn't do it for Himself, He did it for us.  He came to earth to seek and save the lost and He ultimately gave His life for His cause.  He wasn't born for Himself, He was born to save us all.  WE are the reason He came.  So while I'm not encouraging you to forget all about Jesus, let yourself soak in the love of that statement.  He came for YOU.

Family.  I LOVE celebrating this holiday with my family.  I love shopping with Eric, I love making gingerbread houses with the kids, I love picking out gifts my kids will like, I love making gifts for my family and friends, I love anything holiday themed to eat (Christmas tree cakes, red and green sprinkles on cupcakes, Krispy Kreme snowman donuts) and even more I love eating them together.  To me, Christmas is all about being together.

Charity.  I love how people really come together at this time.  Helping less fortunate families have a better holiday, making meals for those who can't, and baking cookies for friends.  I love all of it.  This is an incredible time of year to help others, and while any time of year is a good time to help others, I always find it very beautiful how people pull together to help their fellow man.

Festivities.  I love going to parades, dinners, events, decorations, all of it.  I love decorating my home.  I love my new tree (white with multi colored lights, it looks so amazing you'll die).  I love reindeers.  You guys, I love reindeers all year long, but this is the time of year that everyone else feels it's socially acceptable to paste them everywhere, so it's the one time of year I don't have to get weird looks about my obsession.  But don't worry, I'll still be eccentrically loving them January through November when Christmas is done :)



"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Tutorial : Minky Blanket

I wanted to share this tutorial for a sweet little minky blanket. It is a great gift for Christmas (or any other occasion) and it's easy, even for beginners :)

First, lay out all your fabric, right sides together.  As you can see, a yard of minky is considerable wider than my Thomas the Train fabric, so I had to start by trimming of the sides.


Make sure the edges are lined up like you like and trim.  Be careful, minky is a slippery snake.


Now, pin the CRAP out of that bugger.  I mean, pin until you don't have any pins left and then go to the store and get more pins and then pin some more.  Seriously, pin at least every inch or inch and a half.  Again, minky ain't no joke, that stuff is so, so slippery.  It might seem excessive to pin that much, but it will help keep it from sliding.


I would suggest using a walking foot.  You don't have to, but if you do it will feed the fabric through your machine more evenly and there will be less slippage. You may have a little extra when you finish sewing, you can trim that off if it is an amount that you aren't comfortable with leaving.


Seriously, I didn't even pin this enough.  I made a second blanket and pinned it twice as much and it turned out better, you guys, use a lot of pins!!


When you finish sewing all four sides, be sure to leave a little pocket.  Turn the blanket right side out and then pin up the pocket.  Top stitch it, and then all the rest of the way around.  Bam!  You are done!  In all honestly, this took me about 25-30 minutes and cost me about 10 dollars.  It's a very thoughtful gift and if you know any kids that love blankets (Cooper is a little blanket stealer in our house, he just loves them) then this is the perfect gift.


Be sure to leave me a link back to your blog if you make the blanket.  I would love to see them!

"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11

Monday, December 15, 2014

Baker's Dozen.

Well guys, they did it again!


 I can't say I'm surprised, the Navy is made up of win.

Other tidbits from the weekend.

*Sunday was our kids Christmas program.  While Sophia was doing her song I told Melissa that I was about to tell her something very un-humble, but seeing Sophia on stage was like seeing history.  Sophia has never looked more like me.  Melissa said she was about to say the same thing.
*Then, while the older kids were doing their program, Sophia said "This is a good play, but we've been here a long time, I think the sun is going to come up soon."  I have no idea where she learned to exaggerate like that.  Cough.
*Once Upon a Time is over until Spring and I am sad.
*On the other hand, The Mentalist is back and I love, love, love Jane and Teresa together.  Like, love.  Those two were meant to be together.  
*I finally got my Christmas card envelopes printed out.  They are beautiful.  Seriously, little birds starting singing.
*You should go like my new FB page here.  I'm giving away something cool when I get to 250 fans!

And that's it!  I have a new tutorial coming this week.  Aren't you excited?  Haha!



"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11