Those of you with “baby on the brain” … here are a couple things for you to check out.
Most of you know the name Karlee Fuchs if you’ve been reading my blog since at least December. If not, look to the right on this page, click on December 2007, and check out my 12.17 and 12.18 entries so you can know of this girl’s talent. She makes the cutest bags & accessories. And I just noticed a limited edition (she’s only making 5!) diaper bag that’s SO adorable. Check it out in her Etsy shop. It’s called “Diaper Bag Brown…”
I met another talented gal recently, who does precious baby hair accessories & bibs & nursing covers, etc. This is Taya Jones’ Etsy shop. Her line is called Jonesy Baby. If you live in AZ and want to stop by her next boutique (I understand Karlee Fuchs will be there too, as well as some fun jewelry, etc.) … it’s coming up next Thursday (March 6) evening. You can e-mail Taya for directions. firstname.lastname@example.org
Today the snowflakes came down and these sweet Easter baskets are now the hanging above our bar in the kitchen.
I first hung ornaments for Christmastime (see 12.7.07 post) and then snowflakes for the remaining part of Winter (see 12.31.07 post). For some of you, especially in colder climates, it feels too early for Easter. But it’s merely 25 days away. And besides – we’re well into the 70s here in Arizona now and our kids have already busted out the sidewalk chalk. So we’re all about closing out the Winter here.
Oh – and those baskets? Got them at Target … in the “dollar spot”. Can’t beat that. : )
Loved photographing this precious peanut over the weekend for some of our friends. I composed a few of the shots this way in case they wanted to add text in the white space and create a simple – but lovely – baby announcement.
Ariana, who says she “always feels awkward writing a comment…” is the winner of Stacy’s book! So Ariana – I guess it paid off. : ) E-mail me your shipping address and Photo Freedom is on its way to you this week.
My friend C.D. Muckowsky has put together a really fun kit for Cocoa Daisy Scrapbooking. Check it out here. She is their guest designer for February and put all of her favorites into one kit. I’ve been playing with the kit myself and thought I’d share what I’ve whipped up. C.D. and I have very different styles and I love that. Just goes to show … you can make just about anything work with YOUR style. So great.
By the way, I cover this theme a lot in our scrapbooks. Summing up an entire summer on one layout, that is. I have found that I’m doing it every year in our family albums, as well as the kids’ albums. It’s sooo manageable. I don’t feel the need to do a layout on every aspect of summer, so I get it all in on one layout … for the most part. Last year we had a big family reunion. That gets its own layout (a few layouts in the family album) because of all those great, rare cousin pictures. Know what I mean? But the rest of the summer can be summed up on one layout. And that’s what this layout is, for Claire’s album.
For the month of February if you shop in the CK online store you will be automatically entered to win 1 of 5 of my School Years kits. Find out more information here. Sounds good to me!
And speaking of winning something for free, I have an extra copy of Stacy Julian’s new book, Photo Freedom (see my 1.28.08 post). I would love to give it to someone. Leave a comment with your first name, and I’ll choose someone at random on Tuesday the 19th.
Oh! And if you’ve received the school kit, I’d LOVE to know what you think so far. Leave your comments here.
The tradition of exchanging Valentines at school is one of my favorite childhood memories. I loved distributing them in everyone’s brown paper sacks and couldn’t wait to see all of the ones I received.
I loved the idea of Porter making each individual Valentine (he doesn’t have that many classmates in his pre-school class) but I’ve been fighting a nasty cold for a while, and I’m all about simplifying right now.
So this is what we did. He colored a heart. I took a picture. (His rule was I was only allowed to take ONE picture, so lucky for me I got it in one shot! Sheesh!). Then I spent about two minutes with the image in Photoshop (a simple conversion to black & white and added a little text). And that’s it! Printed a bunch and they’re ready to go.
So if you need a last-minute Valentine idea, there you go. And Happy Valentines Day on Thursday, everyone!
Great news! For those of you who were able to order my school years kit, I just got word that they have begun shipping from our warehouse in Utah. So watch for the big brown truck to pull up to your house sometime very soon! And ENJOY that kit. I know you will.
For those of you who are wondering about ordering the kit (to receive at a later time), we are working on that. As promised, I will let you know any information that we have as soon as we iron out a few details. Thank you for your patience. We have a lot of wonderful, hard-working folks behind this program and we all want the best for our customers (you).
And speaking of wonderful, hard-working folks, it’s not very often that we think about those who work behind the scenes to ensure that we get what we order, right? I wanted to publicly say a big THANK YOU to our warehouse team, including those who pitched in who don’t even work in the warehouse. In just a few hours, they got most of the school kits out the door!
The following are notes from individuals and families who have generously donated to my brother's family. There are many others who donated beyond the notes you see below and the ads you see on my blog. We can not thank you enough for your kindness and generosity during this very difficult time. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
Jonathan -- May god give you strength and courage in the coming months. Enjoy your family. Love you wife and hug your kids. Lean on Him. He can handle it. God Bless.
- Tricia Shelton
May you be surrounded by love, friendship and family in this difficult time.
- The Gourlay Family
Dear Jonathan, Tina and family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Although we have never met, we felt compelled to reach out to you. We hope that through these well wishes you feel loved and cared for. Life is about our families, communities and sharing love with each other. Through Becky's blog, I know that you have a wonderful family. We hope you know that through Becky's web community, you now have many new friends thinking of you. May you find strength in God and from all the prayers said on your behalf.
I wish you all love, peace, courage, and strength for the days ahead. I'll be praying. Be blessed!
You and your family are in our prayers. God Bless!
- Angie Murray
Thank you, Jonathan, for being there to support Becky while she shared her gifts and talents with me through the years, albeit remotely. This small gift is the least I can do to say thank you. God bless you and your family.
- With loving thoughts, Terri C
Although I've never met Jonathan, I have been following Becky's articles, books, and blog for years—even met her once at CKU Orlando. Like so many that Becky has touched, I've always admired the love, unity, and values of your large and beautiful family. I wish you all love, peace, courage, and strength for the days ahead. I'll be praying. Be blessed!
All I can say is that I believe God has heard your call because He certainly placed it on my heart to respond. It was loud and clear. And when He's involved, great things far beyond what you and I can comprehend will occur and I pray that gives you peace today and the days to come.
- Peggy Krantz
May you continue to find peace and comfort knowing you are surrounded by loving family and friends.
My heart is filled with love and pain and gratitude for eternal families as I have read about the challenge your family faces. Please accept my donation as a small token to help ease the significant, and often devastating, monetary burdens that come with this challenge. Thank you for a fine example of strength during the darkest times we face in life - an example that gives courage to others struggling with trials in their lives.
To Jonathan and family - I am keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.
- God bless all of you, Leslie Schmitt
"Praying for you and your family." 1 Peter 5:7
- Kristina Proffitt
I'm praying for you throughout each day and asking God to give each of you the strength, comfort, and peace to get through this enormous trial. May God bless all of you in ways you never could've imagined and may His mighty and healing hand be especially upon you Jonathan.
- Much love, Lisa in Florida
May you continue to find peace and comfort knowing you are surrounded by loving family and friends.
Dear Jonathan and family, Our heartfelt prayers are with you and your family. May you know in your hearts that there will always be someone, whether here or above, who will always be with each one of you.
Jonathan, his family, friends, and coworkers are all in my prayers during this difficult time. Thank you for sharing your story with all of us- it's very inspiring to see Jonathan's strength through this battle.
"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is that small voice at the end of the day that says 'I will try again tomorrow' " - Mary Anne Radmacher - The last year has been really difficult for me, but this quote always seems to help. I hope it helps you and your family, as well. Don't forget, miracles really do happen. Hang in there and keep your chin up.
- Love and prayers from NM, Stephanie Taylor
To Jonathan, Tina and your entire family: I wish there were more that I could do to help you. Becky's books have been my favorites since I first read them. Because she shared family photos and stories, I feel like you are all old friends. Good luck and I am sending happy thoughts and sparkly wishes your way!
- Jacki Samolsky
Big hugs and lots of prayers of healing and peace to your whole family.