Wednesday, April 2, 2014

It's been awhile....But I have a surprise so read to the end!

I've been neglecting my poor blog. I'll admit, it's laziness and a lack of documenting the things that I've been making lately. Honestly, I haven't made nearly enough in my absence here; I wish I had a better reason.

There are a few things that I've been obsessing over lately, though, that might surprise y'all. Tutorials like this one from Make it-Love it!


Or pinning things like this:


I actually made one of these:


Maybe, by now, you're starting to see a reoccurring theme with these things? Well that's because of something extra special that I've been keeping under wraps for the past 6 months!

I'm having a brand new baby boy this July!!!!!

It's so exciting to be able to share with y'all finally. My husband and I couldn't be more thrilled to have another son and are anxious to welcome him this summer :)! There's going to be another little firecracker in our family!!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Some Pumpkin Patch goodness!


My kids love Halloween, the costumes, the candy, and all of the excitement leading up to the main event is cause for major mayhem at home.


They're all crazy excited for the trick or treating that will happen tomorrow and can hardly contain themselves. Both younger kids put their costumes on anytime they find them and walk around the house expectantly lol.

To help them let off some Halloween steam, their daddy and I took recently took them all to a church pumpkin patch and they each picked out their very own.


They even had stickers to give to each child for decorating! You better believe that every single one of those stickers made it's way onto those pumpkins.


We have the pumpkins proudly displayed on the mantel; they're small so they fit perfectly up there with everything else.

~Allison

P.S. I got a job outside of the home at a fabric store, this could be dangerous!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

God is SO good!

I've gone to Zion Lutheran Church all my life, literally since I was born. There have been many times when I thought I needed to explore different churches and I did. There were even some times that I thought I didn't need church at all and missed many services. Only in the recent years have I realized that life is SO MUCH better with God in it. I'm no preacher, I'm not the most righteous person, I've made more mistakes than I can even count and I'm a very sinful person. The reason for this post isn't to try and display how wonderful I am, it's about God and how amazing he is and how he is here for anyone who needs him.

http://www.jeanierhoades.com/song-for-a-sunday-for-the-sunday/cross/

Our pastor, David Sawhill, preached this Sunday about how much the Christian faith is under attack. It's so true, the only place that I feel like I can be open about my faith is at church and that's not the way it should be. It's becoming more of an "uncool" thing to be a christian and go to church and live in the way that God intended. The world is such a tempting place with so many things that tell us that we can do everything on our own and that God is nothing but something silly and made up, but the truth of the matter is that once a person has truly found their faith in Jesus, their life and outlook is changed forever.

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It's such a hard thing to put into words how incredible the Lord is and how difficult it can be sometimes to declare that you are his and that you believe. If you're not a believer, I'm not trying to make you feel guilty, quite the opposite; I'm trying to invite you to meet my savior who's grace is never ending and who's mercy is given to even most undeserving.

http://drpegonline.com/2013/04/get-your-praise-on-with-guest-host-kay-franklin/
To the Christians reading this post. We've got to stand together and fight for our Lord Jesus. I'm not talking about physically fighting, but just declaring that you are saved by the Grace of Jesus and that you believe. It's time to stop being flippant and quiet about our faith, because everyone that would choose to deny or to attempt to sway your beliefs is doing exactly that if you don't speak up and tell them that no matter what God is your creator and Jesus is your savior!


Our songs today at church were so touching and always fill my spirit; we sang:

*In the Secret by Andy Park
*All Who are Thirsty by Brenton Brown & Glenn Roberston
*Lead Me To The Cross by Brooke Fraser
*Eagles Wings by Reuben Morgan
*Blessings by Laura Story
*10,000 Reasons by Jonas Myrin & Matt Redman
*Above All by Lenny LeBlanc & Paul Baloche
*All of Creation by MERCYME

~Allison

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Constant Chaos


No seriously, my life is filled with constant chaos. That kind of sounds like the name of a really awful band, maybe it is. Sorry, back to the actual subject. I'm NOT an organized person. I really would love to be and I have moments where I get somewhat organized, but it seems those moments are fleeting. It's an unfortunate thing, really, because so much time is wasted on just looking for things and trying to remember where that certain something was last seen.
 

My goal for myself, and for those following along, is to organize one area of my life. Whether that be a room, a schedule, a routine, or ideas. Just SOMETHING, anything organized within this week. I'm thinking that I really need to tackle my sewing/crafting space.


I, so fortunately, inherited a wonderful stash of beautiful fabrics, yarn, thread and notions that are still in their boxes and need so desperately to find a better home in my sewing space. Not to mention, my other things have been neglected for quite sometime on the organizational front. It's time! Are you ready? What will you organize?

~Allison

Monday, September 30, 2013

The more way of life

photo credit: http://valleyparent.com/thissouthernblog/?p=391

Everyday I find myself faced with countless things to do. They all seem essential and it all gets completely overwhelming. It's like, we wake up every morning with every intention of doing MORE with our day, but then when the things we need to do still are left by the wayside, it's entirely disheartening.


That's why, if I fail to put a post up here on the blog for a week, I just don't feel bad about it anymore. There are some things not worth the stress and guilt that we put ourselves through. I've decided to write a series of posts, I am by no means a trained professional, simply to motivate and de-stress anyone who's feeling a bit overwhelmed and wants to see that they're not alone.


If you think this is completely lame, well you're probably right, but maybe someone will get something from this and that's the only thing I'm looking for here. Hopefully, we can all go through this journey and realize the things that are most important in our lives and what simply needs to be let go.

~Allison

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Lots to Share Part 2

As you might've seen already, I've been up to a lot and just haven't really made the time to share all of it on the blog. Here are a few other things that I've whipped up recently.


I mentioned a few months ago on Facebook that I had bought some business cards and then completely forgot to share what they looked like! I love how colorful they are and they fit your wallet easily, unlike some of the newer index card size business cards I've seen floating around.

sorry, phone pic


I've been wanting to do this for awhile now. I had the idea to make a quilt out of my daughters receiving blankets after seeing so many "memory" quilts. This turned into a toddler quilt, because, well frankly, I got tired of cutting and piecing after it was toddler sized. Luckily, she loves her new blanket and it's really the perfect size to fit her bed without having a lot left over to bunch up at the foot.

I tell her to smile and this is what I get! lol


Did you check out With Sunshine through my last post? Then I'm sure you probably saw the mommy and me infinity scarves. They're precious, right? Well, the model doesn't hurt the cuteness factor either. These are really the perfect thing to wear with your little girl on a chilly day. It's such a cute and not so "in your face" way to match.



If you haven't popped over to With Sunshine, you better hurry. The season clearance sale will be ending on the 24th!! Only a few days left to get such a deep discount!


~Allison

Sunday, September 15, 2013

LOTS to Share Part 1




As you know, it's been very quiet around here, there's been so many things I've been working on that I'll do my best to share everything in a short sweet post or two! And maybe, if you can hang in there with me, I'll share a tutorial with you guys!


A month ago (gees), I made this penguin shirt for my little cousin for her birthday. She's absolutely obsessed with penguins and she thought it would be funny if the penguin had a monocle, bow tie and top hat. Well, when I started drawing out the design, I realized that it looked like Mr.Penguin from Batman hah! Her penguin was a freezer paper stencil and a little fabric bow, that's it, super easy and she loves it.


If you follow along on Facebook, you've seen that I've been adding some fall items to With Sunshine and that there's a really great clearance sale going on right now. Be sure to go and check it out before it's over on September 24th!


With the colder weather approaching, I've been stitching up some comfy infinity scarves! I really like these plaid scarves that I just added to With Sunshine, the flannel material is really soft and comfortable.





I've been thinking over this for a while and decided to include a military discount for all of the items in my shop. With everything they do for this country, I believe they deserve some recognition and some thanks. Here's my little thank you to everyone who's serving actively, reserved or veteran.







So, you might recognize this dress if you've ever visited my etsy shop. It's the same design as my newborn peasant dress, only this is a size 4t. I mentioned, some time ago, that I'd be offering these little gems in larger sizes and finally got a few made! Now, I've got to get the other sizes up. Unlike the newborn dresses, I'll only be offering the dresses shown in the pictures and not the variations that I chose to offer to begin with.

I'll be sharing more, very soon, so check back to see other pretties!

~Allison