Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Bummed out...

So I couldn't sleep last night b/c I knew that our selection hearing for the 1 year old boy was going to be today. I just heard from our adoption agency rep that we were not selected. We're the "runner up" family in case the family they selected decided not to follow through with his adoption but that almost never happens. So now we go back on the list and wait some more. The worst part is not knowing why they choose the families they do. I know the goal is to find a family for the child and NOT a child for a family which I absolutely agree with but it doesn't make it any easier to swallow.

Monday, May 23, 2011

New blog design

Angela and her family are adopting from DRC so she wanted to spruce up her blog. She knew she wanted something yellow and grey with a modern look. I personally LOVE this color combo so I was excited to be able to come up with something crisp and geometric.
Just click on the button below to see her new blog.

Care package

I wanted to send Michael something during his deployment so I decided to make one of his favorite things - pecan pralines.

I cooked mine a bit too long b/c I was on the phone with the IRS trying to figure out why we still haven't gotten back our return. You want to take it off heat while it's a bit more liquidy then pictured below.

I used the little tags I made in the previous post to add a little note.

Though my wrapping job is pretty crummy I wanted to make it cute so I added some baking twine and this little tag.

Our sweet boy holding his sign for Daddy:

Trying to get all 3 "boys" in the shot just isn't going to happen :)

Today's printable freebie!

These printable "calling cards" have LOTS of potential. Here are some of the things that I plan to use them for:
1. To make little calling cards to hand out to other moms with my contact info.
2. To make little "love notes" to put in the hubby's or kiddo's lunch bags.
3. They can be clipped out digitally and edited to become side bar titles for your blog.
4. Personalized gift tags for presents.
5. Labels/placecards for a shower or tea party.
6. Labels for the drawers in my scrapbooking closet.

So as you can see these are just a few of their applications. To print your own just click on the image below to enlarge, then just click print, or save to your computer and add text with your favorite photo editing software and go nuts!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Another party post and printable freebies!

How I made the treat bags for Ezra's party:

Here's a preview of the finished product:

First I created some printable tags and used my 1.5" scallop punch to cut out their shapes:

Here are the FREE printables for your own use. Just click on the image below to enlarge and save to your computer then add your own text and just click print!

I bought these handkerchiefs, train whistles, and sheriff stars from Oriental Trading. I wanted to make them into little treat pouches, so I folded a handkerchief in half to make a triangle then halfed it again. I then placed the whistle and star on top positioned as pictured below:

Next I just folded the botton point up and tucked it under the whistle and then folded the top of the triangle over:

Lastly, I took the 2 ends and tied them together in the middle to make a little pouch:

Then just wrap up with your hemp twine and add your cute little tags and voila!

The finished product:

I bought this sign at Hobby Lobby for $0.75 after Valentine's Day and knew I'd come up with something to do with it.

I decided to add some chalkboard contact paper to the front. Mine had been kept all crumpled up in my scrap drawer so it's really crumpled. Usually it's nice and flat but mine is a bit messy.

Since the edges were off I wanted to cover the rim of the sign so I had this ribbon also in my scrap drawer and hot glued it along the sides. I also went over the contact paper a few times with some chalk and wiped it off to give it that chalkboard type look.

My mom had brought me this great old wooden box to use for the party so I decided to make it my goodie bag box. I just folded over the metal hanger and placed the edge of the box b/w 2 coils so it would hold the sign onto the box.

Here it is all together:

I also put all the drink labels on bottles of rootbeer and cream soda. I attached the striped straws with some red washi tape. I bought the vintage wooden box from Eziba which is great for an added element of the "general store" theme but also makes it easier to transport the drinks to the party.

Here's a close up of the printables I used for the bottles:

I bought these little bamboo sporks online for dirt cheap and I think they are pretty adorable! Great for small hands, biodegradable, and look super cute in this mason jar.

Supplier listing:
straws - Pebbles in my Pocket
Goodie Bags - Oriental Trading
Bamboo sporks - Green Feet
Buckaroo bottle labels - Loralee Lewis

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Today's digital blog wear freebie!

I made this blog header for Lisa and decided to offer it to you guys as well. It's really simple but with some fun fonts it's super cute all together. To see it with the full blog design click on the button below.

Just click on the image below to enlarge to it's full 1000 pixels width and add text then upload to your blog!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Today's printable freebie!

I made this quick little note card for your printing pleasure. Just click to enlarge then save to your computer and edit your own text. Then print off your cute new cards!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Today's digital freebies!

I recently made a blog button with this cute paisley design and decided to make a few side bar title dividers and this signature for you guys to grab and use on your own blogs if you like.

Just click on the images below and save to your computer and then use any editing software to cut and resize as needed.

(This blog page divider is 640 pixels wide)

Potentially happy news...

I have "potentially" happy news b/c we were selected to be represented by our domestic adoption agency for a hearing for another little boy! He's 1 year old, African American, and just simply breathtaking :) He has no developmental or medical issues and I really really hope they pick us!

The hearing is Tuesday so I had to overnight a shutterfly family photo album to the caseworker where he is. The agency representatives of all of the selected families will discuss and decide which one would be the best fit for this particular child. For more info on matched adoption you can click HERE to be redirected to my post on this subject.

Matched adoption is hard. If you want a young child it's a long wait and can be heartbreaking when your family is not selected BUT it's basically FREE which is awesome and in the state of TX a child adopted through CPS will receive paid college and even paid medical school/dental school/trade school, etc. So in our case it's a no brainer. Please keep us in your prayers and I'll let you guys know what happens.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Doggie claustrophobia...

To start out the day I asked Ezra, "what do you want to do today?", he then said, "go to the poster-elvis." (this means post-office) hmmmmm... how about instead we go to some new parks we hadn't tried yet. The weather here is just stunningly beautiful so I wanted to be out enjoying it.

First we went to Holland Park Lake:

Shortly after seeing this turtle Ezra tried to pick it up and dropped it on accident.

He then told me:

"He's okay Mom.
He told me what's wrong.
He's sad.
I didn't break him.
We don't tackle turtles."

We then went to the Malt Shop in Weatherford. It's just an old dive that plays 50's music and has amazing malts and shakes.

Then we headed home and I was greeted by this:

Our dog Herman has horrible seperation anxiety if he feels trapped. Well I am obsessive about keeping the doors open when we leave just in case Herman is asleep somewhere. Ezra on the other hand is obsessive about keeping the doors closed and I suppose he'd closed the bedroom door before we left.

This is the FOURTH time Herman has done this. The second time in this house when he got closed in our closet and the other times in different houses.

And for his final "F-You", he left me this little present in our closet.

A day with my boy.

Yesterday Ezra and I went to one of our favorite places in Fort Worth, the Japanese Water Gardens. Just one look at the images below and you'll see why. It's just breathtakingly gorgeous and Ezra LOVES feeding the koi.

I saw this turtle in the water and when she didn't budge when I tried to feed her I thought
I'd just pick her up. The vet in me couldn't resist b/c she only had one from leg and I wanted to check it out.

Ezra also had his first proper ice cream cone: