April Showers Bring…. May Pinterest Parties!
Saturday, May 16th & Sunday May 17th
2:00 – 6:00 pm
$30.00 per set of 3 projects
Once again, thank you SO much for helping me to pick the projects we will be completing at this party. The votes from the last survey were really close, but these three projects got the most votes. We are going to be a little ambitious this time by doing 3 large projects but I think it will work out perfectly because at least 2 of the projects involve painting so you will be able to be working on one project while you are waiting for the others to dry.
I have not decided on the location for this party yet. It will either be at my home or we will be using space at our church, I will wait and see how many people are coming before I set the location.
Check Your Pockets Sign
How fun is this? I love this little sign to hang in the laundry room. You will be given the base board to paint or stain in any color your little heart desires, the metal clamp and a variety of vintage mason jars to pick from. I am so excited to also be providing the pre cut vinyl decals for this project, available in black and white vinyl. I was able to purchase the cut file from the original creator of this sign, so yours can look JUST LIKE THIS without having to worry about your own handwriting skills. Of course, if you would like a different saying, you can hand letter yours with paint or markers.
Wooden Finial Picture Frame
I was so happy to see that all of you loved this frame project as much as I do. Wouldn’t this make a great End of the Year Teacher’s gift? You will be provided with all of the individual wooden pieces used to make this along with a variety of wooden decorative applique pieces to make yours unique. You can also decide if you want to create yours with the large piece going horizontal or vertical, depending on the direction of the photo you want to display.
String Art Project
This is one of the most popular projects I see pinned right now. I am busy accumulating a wide variety of sizes and types of base wood for this project including some really neat old reclaimed wood. As usual, you will be able to paint, stain and distress the base piece to match your style. This is a project that you can really use your creativity on. The picture above is of a heart, but you can make yours ANYTHING you want. I will have lots of shape stencils and letter stencils or you can free hand your own design. I will also have several options for string and yarn.
As always, please feel free to share this invite with anyone that you think might be interested.
Today is World Autism Awareness Day, but to the families of the 700,000+ people around the world with Autism, it’s just Thursday.
For those of us who live the life of the 1 in 68, we don’t need to be made more aware. Today people will speak of us and to us and some, like Autism Speaks, will even try to speak for us. Blue lights will be flipped on and money will be raised and a call to action will be repeated, and to be honest, even though my whole heart disagrees with those like Suzanne Wright, we will gladly accept the spotlight, even if it’s just for a few hours in the middle of our week.
But to us, it will still just be a Thursday. A day that will be full of struggles, oh believe me we will struggle, but it will also be full of so many incredible successes. And my hope is that instead of listening to someone try to speak for Autism, we would be able to hear Autism speak.
On this Thursday, somewhere, because of the work of parents and therapists and people who have devoted their whole lives to helping an autistic child to find their voice, a parent will hear their child speak for the very first time. And still others won’t. There are parent’s all over who will never give up hope that those words will come, but who will move forward anyway, constantly finding new ways to connect with their kids. For those parents, the celebrating might not come on this Thursday, but it will come.
Today in Autism centers and public schools and living rooms, a child on the spectrum will do something that they couldn’t do on Tuesday and while others who haven’t experienced a child with autism might look on and feel saddened by how long it has taken or overwhelmed by the long list of all the things that child still can’t do, those parents will celebrate. And there will still be more work to be done. More milestones to achieve. There will always be more that can be done, but we don’t measure our lives by how far we still have to go, but by how far we have come.
Today, a teenager on the spectrum will sit around a lunch table at school and laugh and make jokes and do all the things that teenagers do. It will be harder for them than other kids, having to concentrate on making sure they are noticing the social cues and figuring out when to speak and when to listen, but they will do it. And tonight at the dinner table, just like lots of other teenagers, they won’t gush on and on about it, but the evidence of their success will be written on their face.
This Thursday, just like the ones before, will be filled with high fives and hugs and stickers on behavior charts and smiles. Facebook messages and Instagram pictures and Skype’s will go out all around this big round globe by parents who don’t want you to recognize us on this day for missing pieces to an already broken puzzle, but who want to shout about their kid’s accomplishments from the roof tops.
And, if even for even just a few seconds, all of us who have been there will stand up on our chairs and we will cheer and clap and celebrate with them. Just like they say it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to raise a child with Autism and in this village, we celebrate often.
I guess I can understand why someone like Suzanne Wright would think that our situations are bleak. That we are broken. That as parents we feel only despair. I guess I can understand why she would speak of our kids as those who are hopelessly lost, those who are gravely ill. I guess that maybe it’s just that in trying to lead Autism Speaks, she forgot to listen.
On this Thursday, Autism will speak.
It will speak of celebrations and victories and milestones and dreams that even the most brilliant of minds couldn’t fathom. It will speak of stories of children and teenagers and adults who will never, ever accept that different means less than or not enough of. It will speak of community. It will speak of passion. It will speak with a voice that can be heard and with a voice that sometimes can only sometimes be seen.
To the rest of the world who looks on, thank you for seeing us today. Thank you for taking a second to stop and notice us for all the things that we are. And maybe tomorrow, when the blue lights have been turned off and the world is on to recognizing someone else on their special day, come and sit with us awhile. Spend some time with us out of the spotlight because, after all, our kids don’t need it to shine.
There is nothing I love more than creating handmade items for my own kids as well as to give as gifts and I think this Growth Chart project is so precious!
I first saw it in the Potter Barn Kids catalog and thought it was so sweet…..until I saw the cost.
$99.00. Is this real life?
Not long after, I began seeing DIY versions pop up on Pinterest and after talking to so many of y’all at the Christmas Pinterest party, I knew this HAD to be a project that we did.
I promise you, you will not believe how easy it is to put this together and to really personalize it towards your own decor. As usual, I will have tons of different paint colors and stains so you can create to your hearts content. All you need to bring is your sweet self!
While the project is easy to do, it does require a lot of working space per person so this party will be held at Lafayette First Church of the Nazarene so we can spread out. It is located at 201 Veteran’s Memorial Parkway, right across the street from Meijer.
Also, I am asking everyone that comes to bring a baby board book or similar book for infants and toddlers. I work with an amazing agency who’s goal is to strengthen parents and families and one of the ways we do that is through encouraging parents to read to their infants. It may seem like so an easy thing for some of us, but for a mom that does not have access to books, it is very challenging. The books can be new or very gently used.
Please feel free to share this invite with anyone you think would be interested. I can’t wait to spend the day crafting with you!
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It’s Fantasy Suite week, ya’ll! Or as we all really know it, the Honeymoon (un)Dress Rehearsal. It’s down to Kaitlyn, Becca and Whitney and this week they are in the romantic destination of Bali.
We first get a glimpse of Chris pondering his life while looking out at the ocean wearing shorts and bowling shoes as he reminds us that he is a long way from Arlington. He is infatuated with his surroundings and comments that he can totally see himself coming back to Bali for his Honeymoon. I’m not clairvoyant, but I can’t imagine that would go over real well. I imagine the pitch to be something like this: “Umm….well…..yeah….remember that one time I was dating you and your two friends in that one place where I got to “kick the tires” to figure out if I really wanted to marry you or one of the other girls? YEAH! Let’s go there to celebrate the beginning of our new life together”. Not likely.
Kaitlyn gets the first date of the show and she and Chris really have great chemistry, even when they find themselves in an episode of Planet of the Apes getting accosted by giant monkeys.
Kaitlyn likens her relationship with Chris to that of the mammals by inferring that, just like a monkey goes after a banana if they really want it, she should go after Chris. There is a little part of me that sort of believes that she actually said “I can peel his f+*#@*n banana any day” and the producers just decided to edit it out. That has to be the truth.
Later, Chris urges Kaitlyn to let down any guard she has and to really commit herself to him and to the process, which sounds great if he wasn’t also dating two other girls. You know, you never know if it is going to work until you put yourself out there … or until you are riding to the airport in the back of a van crying your eyes out and questioning what is wrong with you.
Can I just stop and ask, by a show of hands, how many of you have the Fantasy Suite date card memorized and yet, the girls read it every season like it’s something they’ve never heard before?
Kaitlyn, of course, agrees to forego their individual rooms and stay as a couple in the Fantasy Suite and Chris seconds that motion saying “I think we deserve this”. For surviving the monkey attack, maybe? Who knows?
And then later that night Chris commits the cardinal sin of The Bachelor Franchise. Kaitlyn tells him that she loves him and he tells her that he is also falling in love with her. Blow the whistle. Sound the alarm. Flag on the field. You can’t do that! It is against every rule of the Bachelor and rule of life. Unless you are 150% sure this is the girl you are going to pick, you can’t tell her you love her and then have the girl that you did pick watch that back. You just can’t. There is no way for the girl that he does end up picking to ever unhear that. Poor guy.
Next up is Whitney. I just can’t. Half the time she sounds like Steve Urkle and the other half she sounds like the bossy Chippette on Alvin and the Chipmunks.
There are several times when she is waning on and on and on where it looks like Chris just smelled something bad and I think its cause his ears are actually bleeding. There are cats in the streets of Bali that are climbing up walls at the pitch of her voice. She seriously needs to stop.
She is super excited about spending the rest of the night and their WHOLE lives together, but Chris looks strained…kinda like he’s preparing for a prostate exam instead of the Fantasy Suite. He asks her again about her ability to see herself in Arlington, knowing that essentially she would be giving up her career. She reassures him that she is more than ready to change from making babies to having babies and I guess that is exactly what Chris needed to hear because from that point on, he’s happier than a camel on hump day.
Chris, once again commits Bachelor heresy, and says that he is also falling in love with her and that she could be the one that he asks to marry him. You can’t be cute and smart.
Becca gets the final date of the episode and I have a little secret to share with you guys that might blow your mind and if you promise to not tell anyone else, I will tell you. Pinky swear? She’s a virgin. Sshhhhh. We will talk more about that later.
Becca shows up wearing these black shorts that are super confusing to me. At first I think they are leather and then maybe satin and after studying them, I think they might be black Umbro soccer shorts? What ev’s.
After a romantic walk through some fields of Bali, Chris takes her to the temple to see if they can get some clarification on their relationship.
They sit down in front of a Mr. Miagi looking guy wearing a hat from Bennihannas and his BFF who translates for him. Chris tells the dynamic duo that Becca is his girlfriend and for the third time in one week and with the third different girl, he says he is falling in love with her. For the love of God.
Becca and Chris ask Bali’s Sylvia Brown if they are good together and the sidekick translates the words from the wizard saying they would really make a “good” couple using air quotation marks much like I do when I take a frozen pizza out of the oven and say I “made” dinner. It’s not completely a lie and not at all true.
This same guys also tells Becca that on their date tonight they are going to “make love”. Clearly, he’s a prophet.
Later that night, after accepting to stay in the Fantasy Suite with Chris, Becca finally tells him that she is a virgin and, as disappointed as I have been with Chris thus far, I do think that he responded very well. I think he was probably actually relieved after the way she built it up to be “THE MOST SHOCKING NEWS EVER”.
After spending the night in the Fantasy Suite with all 3 girls experiencing different versions of taking their relationship to a whole new level, Chris emerges even more confused than ever. He calls on Chris Harrison for advice. If, on the off chance, this whole Bachelor host thing crashes and burns as much as his clothing line did, he totally has a career as a relationship therapist.
Farmer Chris tells him that he is so confused because he is falling in love with 3 women and he’s so worried he is going to make a mistake and basically Chris Harrison replies with “Yeah…sucks to be you.” He’s about as useful as a pocket in your underwear.
The Rose Ceremony is held in a sacred temple and Chris Harrison cautions Farmer Chris about how holy of a place it is and how irreverent it is to show any affection. Wait. Let me get this straight. Hugging is a no no here but it’s perfectly respectable and favored in this sacred and holy space to be ixnaying 1 of the 3 women you are simultaneously dating. Just wanted to clarify that.
Just a few other observations here: Chris’s scarf cummerbund is way too tight and I think he might be wearing velvet slippers like Ritchie Rich wore. Also, did Whitney steal Jeulia’s pink lipstick?
At the end of the debacle, it turns out to be Whitney and Becca who get roses and Kaitlyn who is sent home. Kaitlyn is, of course, confused and broken hearted and I am really interested to hear what she has to say at The Women Tell All.