Sunday, May 27, 2012

Spa Baskets, thankfulness, and attitude adjustments...

I wish I had a picture of the Spa Basket I made for an old high school friend in MI!  It contained Peppermint Sugar Scrub, Sweet Mint Body Butter, Sweet Mint Bath Salts, and Sweet Mint Bath Fizzies; all in a reusable basket!  $40/basket.
Sweet Mint is an awesome new smell that I wish I had created, but alas, I did not :(  One of the sweet middle school girls in my small group was over and made a sugar scrub with vanilla and peppermint...thus Sweet Mint was born!  I liked it to much I used it to make a Spa Basket the very next day!  I'm also very glad that I made a little too much Body Butter, b/c now I smell sweet too! :) hubby just admitted that it worked wonders on his feet too...that, my friends, is a HUGE deal!  He even asked me to rub more on...did I just see a cow jumping over the moon!?

100 Days of Thankfulness update:

Day 14: I am thankful that my family and I find joy in simple things.
Day 15: I am thankful that God gives me a "second" chance every morning. (I'm also very thankful for Maggie who brought me my favorite coffee today!)
Day 16: I am thankful for my kids' laughs.
Day 17: I am thankful for the Snyder family.
Day 18: I am thankful that people recognize and acknowledge the hard work my husband does.
Day 19: I am thankful for the Deitrichs.
Day 20: I am thankful that God provides days of renewal.
Day 21: I am thankful that my friends are flexible and understanding.

Whew...Being thankful gets tough some days! I confess, this morning I thought to myself, "So far, I'm not thankful for anything today!" What a terrible attitude I have sometimes! Don't worry, the day got much better.  We had a very nice family day that ended with youth group and friends coming over.  God cooled my temper this morning and helped me change my attitude...again :)  He's pretty good at that!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

God is good. I am blessed. I am thankful...

First things first, here is an update on my 100 Days of Thankfulness:

Day 7: I am thankful that the clean laundry is folded.
Day 8: I am thankful for the privilege of being a mommy to Sullivan and Harmon.
Day 9: I am thankful for God's providence!
Day 10: I am thankful that people enjoy the things I make.
Day 11: I am thankful for my husband.
Day 12: I am thankful for friends who don't judge me based on the state of my house or the cleanliness of my children.
Day 13: I am thankful that my Jesus is near, even when He feels far away.
Day 14: I am thankful that my family and I find joy in simple things.

At first, finding something each day to be thankful for was easy.  Now -only 2 weeks in!- there are days that I find myself struggling to find something that I am significantly and genuinely thankful for.  It's not that I'm UNthankful, it's just that I don't want to repeat and I really want to go deeper than the things I am always aware that I'm thankful for. I am ALWAYS thankful for my family, my friends, food on the table, the bills getting paid, etc.  I want to become more aware of those things that I'm thankful for that maybe I take for granted and don't always recognize.  Some days it's very obvious to me what I am thankful for on that particular day.  Other days, it's just...well...not so obvious. But, I am learning and growing.  I am learning to be on the lookout for things, people and circumstances I am thankful for.  I am learning that when I spend time in the Word, I am more aware of the work Jesus is doing in and through me that day.  (Not that He's not working in me the other days, I am simply more aware of it when I seek Him out for some quiet time.)  God is good.  I am blessed.  I am thankful.

Another thing to be thankful for...
The Sugar Scrub sale was a complete success!  Thanks to everyone who bought (and stocked up!) sugar scrubs this past week!
Reminder: to order something from Osito, go to my Facebook page or email me
My goodness, the projects have been non-stop lately!  I love it!  I am thankful for the chance to use my creativity for others!  Once I got the gift basket done, I started right in on a canvas for a friend's living room.  I like how it turned out, but forgot to take a picture of the final product.  Here is a picture before I added texture and details:

After the canvas, I started getting sugar scrub orders, and I made 21 of the 24 scrubs today!  Thank you Jesus for nap time!
Now, I'm pooped. It's getting late (ok, late for people with a toddler and a 6 month old!), and I am going to bed.

Monday, May 14, 2012


This week only: Sugar Scrubs $5! Order before Friday 8pm. (shipping not included)
That's all.
Goodnite :)

Saturday, May 12, 2012

A gift set and Button Stationary...

 I've been busy lately!  In the last 2 weeks I have done 3 orders, and this one is the biggest order so far!

Here is a gift set I recently created. It contains: 1 blanket, 1 sling, 5 burp cloths, 1 Cuddler, 3 pocket washcloths and a paci clip.  This gem is going to be a gift for a friend to give.  I sure hope they enjoy it! 

This is a close-up of the basket's contents. This gift set is $90.

This is a sample of my new Button Stationary!  Different messages and designs are available upon request, and I will post more pics as I have time to make them.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Being thankful is a choice...

God is good.  As I go through my days (since I started my 100 Days of Thankfulness), I've noticed that I often say to myself, "I am thankful for..." -fill in the blank with what I am thankful for at that moment.  Then I wonder if that thing or situation will the "the" thing I'm most thankful for in that particular day!  Let me just tell you...I am really thankful for a lot of things and a lot of people!  It's tough each day to choose just one thing to post!  I'm trying to be less...well...cliche?  I'm thankful for my family and friends and house etc, and I want to go deeper into gratitude.  Here are the last few days of thankfulness:
Day 2: I am thankful that Chris only had to work 1/2 a day today!
Day 3: I am thankful for the unbelievable generosity of my grandparents :)
Day 4: I am thankful that God has given me the gift of creativity.
Day 5: I am thankful for scripture.
Day 6: I am thankful for my dad.
I really have had a better attitude about life this past week too.  Thursday morning was ROUGH, but when the boys were napping I had a "come to Jesus" meeting and made the choice to change the rest of the day.  It worked!  Who knew!  Being thankful is a choice :)

Tomorrow I hope to post about the recent gift set I made for my little business on the side, Osito.  I might wait until I get another order done'll have to check back and see!  Ooooo...the anticipation!!!

Monday, May 7, 2012

100 Days of Thankfulness...

Before I get into the guts of this post, here's a table cloth I made for some friends.  I am posting it because I LOVE their plans for it!  These wonderful friends are starting a house church and will be having everyone who joins them at their table sign this table cloth.  Then, they are going to embroider the signatures into it.  These friends have an incredible gift for hospitality and I am feeling super blessed to have made them this tablecloth! (Plus, it fits their table like a glove!)

100 Days of Thankfulness
I like to think that I am a thankful person. Lately, however, life has dealt us some stress and I have found myself focusing on what "isn't" instead of all the blessings God has given us.  In order to refocus, I have started 100 Days of Thankfulness.  My goal is to post (on fb probably) one thing that I am especially thankful for every day for 100 days, and spend more time with Jesus each day learning about what it means to be thankful. 

Day 1 (yesterday): I am thankful for my NUMC family.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Taco Pie...

Dinner tonight was a success!  My hubby and I both had seconds, and even my toddler gobbled it up!  Bonus, it only took 40 minutes from the time I started getting things out to the time we started eating, AND everything was already in my kitchen.  Here's what I did:

Taco Pie
Jiffy Cornbread mix
1 egg
1 C milk
taco seasoning (divided)
cream of chicken soup
1 cup sour cream
1 can of green chilies
1/2 a bag of frozen corn
Cheddar cheese

Make the cornbread in a pan (fairly deep).
While the cornbread is baking, cook the chicken in a skillet.
While both of those are cooking mix the soup, sour cream, chilies, corn and a sprinkle of taco seasoning in the same bowl you mixed the cornbread in (why dirty another bowl!?).
When the chicken is done, add the taco seasoning and 1/2 C water to the chicken.  Cook for 3ish minutes. Remove from heat.
When the cornbread is done, pull it out, and poke it with a fork all over.  Pour the chicken on top. Pour the soup mixture on top of that. Cook for 15 minutes at 400 degrees.
After 15 minutes, add cheese on top and cook for 5 more minutes.

If you try it, tell me what you think!