Friday, July 30, 2010

questions answered....

*****UPDATED*****
There is a brand new post under this one that tells the winner of the surprise give away!  So, don't forget to read it, too!!! 

original post:
I heart nap time.  I mean, I love my kids and I love hanging out with them all day.  But, on days like today, I just really love nap time, too.  I have finally gotten a chance to sit down and spend a couple of hours (hopefully) to myself and get some things done.  Let's just face it --- among the things I'm getting done, replying to emails is not one of them.  I've been terrible at replying to emails!  I used to be so good.  Perhaps it's because I used to get my emails on my Blackberry.  We got the internet service cut off to save money and since then.... let's just say my inbox is OOC!!! (out of control)

So, I'm writing this post to answer some questions I got via email and thought I'd answer them in a post....just in case anyone else was wondering.  :)

Where is "not me" Monday?
Well, Mckmama is about to give birth to her 5th child.  She has put "not me" Monday on hold until after the birth.  But, don't you worry!  I'm saving my "not me"s and I've got some hum dingers!  Once it's back on and she has the Mr. Linky system back up where I can link up with her blog, I'll share my not me's.  I'm just not sure I want to admit those things without others playing along with me.....ya know?  :)

How did the Atlanta Market go?!
I'm sorry!  I just kind-of left y'all hanging on that one, didn't I!  I did mention it in one post, but some might  not have seen that.  It went really well!  We were very pleased with the outcome!  KWW now has 9 new vendors!  And y'all, I'm super excited about some of these stores carrying our frames.  I've checked out their websites and they are kick booty!  I'll share them once the orders are shipped out and in their stores.  Oh, and you can see a picture of our booth space here.  (you mine as well just go ahead and become a follower of Kiwi Wood Werks blog, too because eventually I'll update business stuff there, I'm sure)

How do I follow your blog?
Oh my goodness!  Where did my followers go?  I'm so glad you asked because I did not even realize that I deleted my followers on my side bar.  One night I was testing out different buttons on my side bar and I guess I deleted it!  Since I don't go to my blog and scroll down often, I didn't know it was gone.  It's back now.  Whew!  So, all you have to do is click on "FOLLOW".  And, there is also a couple of buttons underneath that say "subscribe" --- if you don't have a blog or a gmail account, I'm pretty sure you can click on those to subscribe in other ways.  Hope this helps! 

What about your sister's blog?  I go to it, but it always has the same post on it?  What happened to her?
(ok, so this was not a question of one of my readers, but we'll just pretend it was.....play along with me.....)
Well, that's a good question.  I wonder the same thing.  She is such a wonderful, talented writer with clearly a heart after the Lord.  She truly inspires me when I read so I really wish she'd write the next post already!  Dang!  But, when asked....she replies with the ole excuse, "I've got blogger block".  Wait.  The ole excuse.  Um Beth, I've never heard of blogger's block and I'm pretty sure you're making that up.  So, get on it, sista!  We all miss your wonderfully written posts.  Ha!  Love ya!  ;-)

The most common question I've gotten lately (through email and in person) is "How do you have time to blog when you're a stay at home mom?". 
I find it ironic that I got an email from a mom that said she's just too busy to have a blog of her own on the same day I read another blogger answer this question.  And, I'm sure there are mom's out there that feel I should be doing more important things instead of blogging....like organizing my pantry.  I'm kidding.  But, the truth is we ALL have our "thing".  You know, that thing that we love.  Blogging is my thing.  It's my outlet.  It's my release.  It's my "me" time.  When do I blog?  I have a vow not to blog when I'm with my kids.  I get up at 5:15.  I spend time reading a devotion.  I spend time in prayer.  Then, I blog.  If I don't get done with my post by the time the little Button starts to stir, I finish at nap time or that night.  I don't let it rule my day, but it is something that's becoming more important to me.  It love that I inspire others.  I firmly believe that every person is put in our paths for a reason.  I hope that I'm touching you out there in some way....even the ones I've never heard from or spoken via email with.  I can't tell you how much I feel God working in my life since I started spending time with Him every morning and doing something for myself that makes me feel good.  I'm aware that some women out there just might not understand why I love to blog.  Well, some women jog.  Some sew.  Some scrapbook.  Some travel.  Some make time to watch reality TV.....


iBlog.

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Today's Red Letters + Give Away Winner

Today's Red Letters:

But the LORD said to me
"Don't say that you are only a boy. You will go wherever I send you. You will say whatever I command you to say. Don't be afraid of people. I am with you, and I will rescue you,"

declares the LORD.

Jeremiah 1:7-8

Thanks to all that participated in my first little give away!  A random number generator picked the winning comment number and it is....drum roll.......


Comment number 1:

Meredith – – (July 28, 2010 6:16 AM)

I just started reading your blog. I found it when I was looking for inspiration for my baby's nursery a couple of days ago. I have enjoyed reading it!

Thanks so much for reading, Meredith!  Please email me (iblogmoore@gmail.com) your info so you can get your surprise!!!

I know you are all dying to know what the surprise is.  Well, I was going to give away a free blog make-over.  But, I don't think Meredith has a blog.  So, I decided to give away a frame from
Kiwi Wood Werks


Perhaps that will go good in your nursery!  :)

You can pick the color, Meredith!  Please go to this page and pick ANY color your little heart desires.  We have 40 colors to choose from!

If you DO have a blog, then you can pick which prize you want....a blog make-over or a frame!

Thanks again!  I know I don't normally post twice in one day, or on the weekends, but be looking for another post this afternoon or tomorrow answering some questions. 

Oh, and I was totally going to post the details of our son's nursery that was featured in Southern Living yesterday and I had some things come up that did not allow me much computer time.  Those details coming soon!

 

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

*100*

The number 100.

The square root of 10,000.

The number of times my son asks for "ilk" (milk) each day.

The number of nails this lady is responsible for clipping.

The number of years in a century.

The number of MPH a sneeze travels out of your mouth.

The approximate number of days between the day our daughter was conceived and tax day. (don't ask me how I know that).

100.

In degrees Celsius, the boiling temperature of water at sea level.

The number of tiles in a standard Scrabble set.

The number of things I wrote about myself here.

Another fun fact about the number 100 is
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Today marks iBlog's 100th post!

In celebration, I'm picking a winner to receive a gift from me to you!  All you have to do is leave a comment!  I'll be picking a winner on Friday.  Your gift?  It's a surprise!!!!  :)

Thanks so much for reading.  I heart my blog readers.

XOXO

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

School Rooms

I have to be somewhere at 10:30, but wanted  to share these real quick!  And, I'll have to catch up on all my favorite blogs at nap time today, so you'll hear from me later.  :)
Ok, I just got my new Back to School Pottery Barn Kids and it made my heart go pitter patter!  I DREAM of having a school room one day for my six four ok, who knows how many kids! 







And some of my favortie accessories:







Ahhh, be still my beating heart.  :) 

*all images, pottery barn kids

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Just Another Manic Monday + Charleston

Hey y'all.  Thanks for actually reading and liking my random thoughts on Friday night.  I always make fun of people that write every little detail of their life on Facebook.....

"I'm enjoying a ham sandwich right now"
Comment underneath:
"I had one of those yesterday"

And then here I am doing them SAME thing on my blog.  Ha! 

Today has been manic.  Lots to get done.  Being a stay at home mom is hard.  But, being a stay at home mom that also does photography on the side and is helping her husband start a business (and by helping I mean doing all the computer work involved, making all the phone calls involved, doing all the proper paper work involved, basically everything BUT building....), and is trying to deal with your house that's on the market 3.5 away from it AND dealing with your realtor is even harder.  UGH! 

And on top of all of this, it's "that time of the month" for me.  Double UGH! 

Enough complaining.  On to fun things! 

I'm going to interrupt my regular post schedule (yea, like I have a regular post schedule) with these beautiful pictures about a coastal city I heart.  A little city called....

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I'm obsessed with Charleston lately.  We would love to move there!  Of course, that's just dreaming....for now.  Considering we haven't sold our house in Birmingham and there is a slight possibility that we could move back there.  But, who knows.  Charleston has been on our minds for quite some time.  We are thinking about visiting there for our anniversary this year....which is coming up soon!  We would not go on our actual anniversary, but a short time later.  I hope I can share MY photos from our trip one day....if we get to go, but for now enjoy these.....

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I've been seeing Charleston everywhere I go in the blog world.  Of course, I chalk it up to "signs" that we need to go there...or move there!  I am definitely feeling pulled in that direction.  God is speaking in more ways than one.  It may not be any time soon, but we would love to end up there one day.  I feel like something is leading us there, so we must go and explore and check it out.  And, we just might plan to stay a while.  :) 

If any of you have any suggestions on hotels, etc. please share!  We would really appreciate it.

XOXO,
Cat

*images 1, unknown , 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Friday Night Randoms...

I've been a blog slacker this week.  I'm ok with that.  I'm sure no one went through withdrawals. (wink wink)

I know I said I was going to post all the details about my baby's big boy's nursery that was featured in Southern Living, but to be honest I was tired.  I am tired.  I kept putting it off and didn't want to sit down and think.  My brain is tired.  I felt bad and was going to apologize, but then came across this cute little blog.  I was thrilled to read about her random Friday posts.  To quote Andrea:

The whole point of Caffeinated Randomness is to have fun! Fridays tend to be a day where I relax and let loose a little bit. I'm looking forward to the weekend and a break in routine. And, for the most part, my day tends to be a bit lighter on the work than the rest of the week, because I am so over it!

And that carries over into my blogging, too. By Friday I just want to have a bit of fun. Besides, by the end of the week my creativity is a little tapped out - and I suspect that is true for most of us!

Thank you, Andrea!  I just want to relax.  Blogging should be fun, right?  So, please excuse me while I just type my random thoughts.  Oh, and I would love to know your "randoms" too.

My hubby is hanging out at my brother's house.  Without me.  I'm watching The Breakup on Lifetime.  How many of us have had this conversation...."I want you to WANT to do the dishes!"  :)

I'm about to eat a big chocolate chip cookie.  Ok, two big chocolate chip cookies.  But, only two.

My cousin had a baby girl last night.  I may go hold her tomorrow.  Only I know if I do, I will get newborn fever.  What?  You don't know what newborn fever is?  Well, let's just put it this way....it's something I don't need to be getting at this time.  :)

Ok, this movie is hi.lar.ri.ous. 

My baby girl took two steps yesterday!  I'm so proud.  But SO not ready for her to be walking!  I was in shock!  She's so funny.  And determined.

 I'm so glad my bro and hubby are close.  That makes me happy. 

My favorite Bible verse this week is:
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble.  Psalm 46:1

This cookie is soooo good! Mmmmm.....

I loved spending one-on-one time with my little Buddy this morning.  The Button stayed with my Dad while we went to the Splash Pad.  We had a blast.  Got to see lots of friends. 

Thanks for all the sweet compliments and comments on the pictures of the nursery.  They made my day. 

I love blog friends! 

A realtor showed our house this evening.  Saying a prayer they like it.  No, that they love it....that they feel like they need to make our house their home.  Please pray! 

Man I wish I had Jennifer Anniston's body.  Well, maybe too skinny??  What do y'all think??? 

I really need to start running again.  I was doing so good a few weeks ago and then ka-put...

This week has been a stressful week.  One thing after another, piling on top of each other.  Need words of encouragement. 

We're taking our son to see Toy Story 3 this weekend.  I've heard I need to bring a tissue.  Really? 

I love reading my favorite blogs.  God really speaks to me through them.  One I can totally relate to this week....and one that really spoke to me....my favorite post of the week is this one, titled Just a stay at home mom?.  I wanted to share it.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

XOXO









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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

An iBlog Feature: two ellie

Today I'm sharing a little bit about one of my favorite bloggers, Paula of two ellie.  I had to pleasure of being one of Paula's acquaintances when we lived in Birmingham.  I actually heard of Paula from a friend that lived a few doors up.   Paula helped my friend pick out some paint colors, etc. for their home and I was intrigued (of course I loved it all!).  My friend introduced me to Paula's blog and I then realized we attended the same church.  I love Paula and her blog because it's creative, fresh and inspiring.  But, I have to admit....I grew to be a stalker of Paula (and her hubby) due to their photography skills.  :)  They rock.  I often visit her blog for home decor inspiration and Kellen Jacob for photography inspiration. 

Below are my little questions that I wanted to know!

1. Your blog, two ellie, how did you come up with it's name and what does it mean?
Well, I have two babies and my daughter is Ellie. Our son KJ "Kellen Jacob Jr" already had our photography business namesake so I wanted Ellie to have one of her own. Silly I know

2. When you are not hanging out with your kids, what are you main hobbies?
Right now Legos are rocking our world. We can just play for hours and never grow tired of it. Of course it has turned into quite and investment:)

3. What inspires you the most?
I would have no inspiration if it weren't for Jesus.

4. What is the one project in or around your house that you think is the coolest or you're the most proud of? Maybe something you came up with by yourself and got crafty making! :)
Hmm, I would have to say my garden. I started it from scratch and to see it grow larger and larger every year is quite thrilling. It also gives the kiddos and I a project to do together every summer.

5. Where is your favorite place to travel to and why?
The Beach! In particular we love rosemary. Kellen and I started going there since I was pregnant with Ellie and it really has become a family tradition. Something about it just lends itself to a full unwind

6. If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why?
I know Birmingham is where God has called us to be, but if He were to call us away I would love to live on the coast somewhere. Maybe even out of the states. Ahh.

7. Who is your favorite designer at the moment?
As for interior design I have a lot of loves but I am especially enamored with Nate Berkus. I love a more masculine design and I love that his work is attainable. As for clothing I am in love with whoever does the designing for J.Crew. Really I want to be their best friend.

8. If you could give us all one piece of design advice for our homes, what would it be?
Definitely stay true to who you are. Only use pieces you love, no fillers and let it evolve over time.

9. Where do you like to go out to dinner? Casual & Fancy?
For a casual meal we love Chipotle. The lime and cilantro rice sends me over the moon. As for something more special we love The House in Montgomery. For dinner you receive a small portion of so many entrees and desserts. Luckily for us it's quite a drive so we are not able to eat there all the time. I guess that makes it even extra special.

10. If you could only take 1 item with you on vacation, what would it be?
Sunscreen! I am an avid sunscreen user and think everyone else should be too, ha! I am sure you were expecting something so much deeper.

Thanks for making an appearance on iBlog today, Paula. So glad we're friends!

Please visit two ellie. You'll be hooked! :)

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

9 Months Old & Magazine Shots

My baby girl turned 9 months old.  This little rocking chair she sits in?  My best friend's grandmother's when she was a child.  You always hear other moms saying that babyhood goes by way too fast, but you never realize just how fast until you have babies.

My house is a mess.  I haven't worn make-up in I don't know how long.  My daily TV consist of Elmo and Leap Frog Letter Factory....and sometimes Toy Story and Nemo (I know every line).  There are crumbs all over my floor....dirty dishes in the sink...dirty laundry, too.  I never have time to dry my hair (that's IF I even get a shower!) and I haven't had a good night's sleep in months.

But, ya know.....I wouldn't have it any other way.  My babies are so special.  It makes me sad to think about the day she won't need to be rocked anymore.  Or she won't need to cuddle with me.  So, I'm soaking it all in while I can.  I'm praying over my children daily and nightly.  Praying for them to seek God in everything they do.  For Him to guide them and live inside them.  For them to have a desire to grow closer to Him and speak His name.  For Him to speak to them and watch over them.  For their purity. 

It seems like yesterday, my firstborn was turning 9 months.  On that day, we did go to the gardens to shoot his pictures.  But, that day was special in another way.....

Southern Living Magazine came to shoot his nursery that his Daddy and I designed.  We worked so hard on it.  I used to sit in the rocking chair and turn the baby mobile on (still pregnant) and dream of holding my baby (we didn't know then gender until he was born).  It's the same rocking chair I rock my baby girl in every night.  I was thinking.....if I rock all our babies in that chair....how can I bear to give it up?  No.  Never.  Today I share photos.  Later in the week I'll share details. 

This is such a special time in our lives.  Clean houses are for another season.  Dry hair is over rated.  I often wonder if I'll be so sad when this season of my life is over.  Some many have told me, "you'll be ready for the next season when the time comes".  I can't imagine being ready.  I can hardly think about it.  And for now I won't.  Right now....

...The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow
But children grow up as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs; Dust go to sleep!
I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.
~Ruth Hulburt Hamilton

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This pictures make my heart smile.  I miss this room so much.  It shows a time I can never go back to in life and I'm so glad to have these special photos as keepsakes.  I will treasure them forever.

{details about room later in the week}

Today, I'm linking up with chatting at the sky to celebrate these moments and memories,
tuesdays unwrapped at cats


4,5,6,7, Southern Living Magazine

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Our Booth Space!

Here is a picture of our booth space at the Atlanta Market!  Looks so cute and inviting!  So glad we are able to be a part of it! 

Thanks for all your support, Kiwi Wood Werks

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Reading Corners + Creativity Rooms

My wheels have been turning.  I'm already planing everything and compiling inspiration photos in case we do buy the house we're living in.  Actually, I'm collecting them for any house we buy....when we buy one.  Oh how I pray that will be soon!  I'm SO ready to call a house our home and make it our home with our own colors and personal touches. 

I'm really trying to compile photos for my little boy's big boy room.  I plan on showing you the after pictures of his nursery tomorrow.  Today I'm sharing inspiration photos for his creativity room / reading corner. 

You see, he has a HUGE walk-in closet.  I mean, HUGE.  It could seriously be another room.  It's long and narrow and has two doors that open out.  The middle has drawers and two built in shelves (above the drawers).  It is so big, we had his train table in it and there was still enough room for him to walk around.  Here are a couple of photos:

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We recently moved his train table out into his bedroom and my wheels are turning about his closet creativity room.  This is what I'm thinking.....

- paint the walls a fun, funky yellow (maybe a mustard-y yellow)
- fill the draws with art supplies, water color paints, play dough, puzzles, etc. etc. etc.
- not sure about what to put on the shelves....maybe baskets with books, etc. in them....ideas?
- put down wood on top of carpet and yellow/white checked laminated tile on top of wood -- for spills, etc.
- on one wall, paint with chalkboard paint for drawing, learning possibilities
- hang some sort of clothes line with clothes line pins to hold art work
- at the larger end of closet (where his train table was), have a standing artwork easel and his little table & chairs
- other end of closet have his over sized bean bag for his reading corner
- have JT build a hanging book shelf to put his books on

Here are some inspiration photos that have given me ideas and inspired me:

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(6)  chalkboards closet doors- cookiemag eclectic kids
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(9) reading nook contemporary kids

(10) Reading AreaInspiration | Apartment Therapy Ohdeedoh

(11) rainbow shelving eclectic kids

(12) Loft Beds Revisited | Apartment Therapy Ohdeedoh

* images 1 & 2, © CM, iBlog
4 & 5, Soule Mama
6 - 12, houzz

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Today's Red Letters, So Long Insecurity Style (Chapter 5: Rooting It Out)

Highlights from chapter 1, 2, 3&4


all words in italics - quoting Beth Moore, So Long Insecurity


Let's go ahead and unload ourselves of considerable culpability: the only thing it takes to develop insecurity is to be born human and raised on planet Earth.

Life is rough.  It's also beautiful, but if we can't get some respite from its cruelty, we will never have the healthy vision to savor its tender beauty.
Growing up, we are all surrounded by people with such generous portions of insecurity, they'll gladly share them.  In fact, one terrific way to develop a chronic case is to have somebody project their own onto you.

Wow!  Don't think I'm the only one out there that can say after reading this book, I see now that other's insecurities have been projected on me.  And, how other's actions have brought out the worst of my insecurities.

For me, this is one profound reason that God, omniscient and omnipresent, has been the vital element in my healing.  During particularly lonely of frustrating times, perhaps you, like me, have felt that nobody else gets it.  But He gets it better than we do.  So many times He has shown me where I was coming from instead of the other way around.

Instability in the Home:
A parent's physical illness can also create significant fear and insecurity for a child --- even if that parent would give anything on earth to be the best possible caretaker.  If you happen to be that infirm parent, I pray you will not give way to despair over these words.  I also pray that God will show you wonders unceasing.  We who are in Christ are never hopeless, never without recourse or divine help, even when our bodies are weak.  If we find ourselves facing the frightening prospect of serious illness, we must exercise the courage to cry out for help, seek the support that we and our children need, and learn to create open and honest dialogue.  Inviting even the worst and most unfair circumstances out into the spotlight sets the stage for a miracle.  In the meantime, never forget that God still reserves the right to favor the suffering.
I believe with all my heart that every adult still has a need to be loved like a child.  I didn't say every adult has a need to be treated like a child.  We'll leave that to the narcissists.  I said we have a need to be loved like a child.

~~~Even when you are old, I will be the same.  Even when your hair had turned gray, I will take care of you.  I made you and will take care of you.  I will carry you and save you. ~~~ISAIAH 46:4

A Significant Loss:
...Insecurity can result from a broken attachment of any kind, even one that seems relatively minor to others.  If it translated as something huge to your heart, it is huge to God on your behalf.  Before we move on, remember to always think broadly when you're trying to analyze losses and their links to your insecurity.  Even the loss of face or respect through some kind of public shame can have an immense impact.  Wondering if everybody hates you takes no small toll on your soul.
The loss of innocence is also a powder keg of insecurity......Simply put, if you didn't get to be a child when you were young, you suffered a loss of innocence.  As the apostle Paul inferred, children are supposed to talk like children, think like children, and reason like children. (1 Corinthians 13:11).  When they are forced to grow up too quickly, they lose something that no one can give back.

Rejection:
...Nothing shouts a more convincing lie about our personal value than rejection, and it can reverberate with deafening pitch from any direction.
Anywhere there is relationship, there is potential for rejection.  Mind you, we were created by God precisely for relationship, so disconnection is not the answer.  Restoration is.  First, however, we need to take a good look at our insecurities and see if they are tied to our perception of a rejection that sent us reeling...
I know no other way to say it.  Taken badly enough, rejection can muster up some temporary insanity.  Reflect on your own history, and I imagine you'd come up with the same summation that I would: the craziest, most uncharacteristic things I've ever done have occurred in the wake of major rejection...

Oh. My. Word.  I just got chill bumps.  You have no idea how much that last sentence hits close to home.

Putting up a front doesn't work....God knows exactly what happened and what a toll it took.  he knows the number it played in your mind.  Let Him bring you peace.  Let Him tell you you're worth wanting, loving, even liking, pursuing, fighting for, and yes, beloved, keeping.  Whatever you do, don't reject the only One wholly incapable of rejecting you.....

~~~I have chosen you and have not rejected you.  So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  ~~~ ISAIAH 41:9-10

Dramatic Change:
...But a history of unwelcome changed can be a breeding ground for insecurity, because it invites you to become addicted to dread.  You learn to live life with the constant expectation that something bad is about to happen.  And because life is life, eventually something bad will happen, deepening your commitment to forecasting doom.....
...The truth is, God uses change to change us.  He doesn't use it to destroy us or to distract us but to coax us to the next level of character, experience, compassion, and destiny......how will we ever change if everything around us stays the same?  Or what will ever cause us to move on to the next place He has for us if something doesn't happen to change the way we feel about where we are?  God is thoroughly committed to finishing the masterpiece He started in us (Philippians 1:6), and that process means one major thing: change....

Personal Limitations:
....Attitude is everything when it comes to limitations, and the way you view yourself will acutely shape how others view you.  Nothing is more impressive than a person who is secure in the unique way God made her.

Personal Disposition:
...Sometimes it boils down to our most basic personal components: disposition and temperament.  Although insecurity and sensitivity are not synonymous, people who are especially tenderhearted are significantly most predisposed to insecurity....Some people take things harder and deeper than others.  It's not a matter of weakness.  It's a matter of personal sensitivity....

Life is really hard.  No one can escape it.  No one is unscathed by it.  But we are not just failing aimlessly in a universal black hole.  There is purpose.  There is order --- because there is God....
....He knows it's scary to be us.
Son of David, have mercy on us!  It's almost too much to bear here at times, Lord.  No wonder we're insecure!

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine Highlights - May Issue

If it's going to be sitting out on your kitchen counter all the time, it mine as well look cool.

Boon Grass Counter top Drying Rack

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Save money and help environment by reusing instead of buying packages of dyer sheets.
zJayne Reusable Dryer Pillow Sheet
(they are made from old t-shirts)

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I actually made some of these myself out of poster board because I had so many girl clothes handed down from my sister and sister-in-law's little girls.  But these are MUCH cuter!
Sugarbooger by ORE, clothing size separators

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Atlanta Market + New Vendors

Kiwi Wood Werks has a booth at the Atlanta Market this week!  We are so excited!  This is our first year at the Atlanta Market.  I'll be sure to post a picture of our booth space soon!  Thanks for all your support.  We really appreciate it.  I think this is going to be a good show for Kiwi Wood Werks.

We would also like to introduce you to the two newest vendors that now carry our line of frames:

Jody's
Tupelo, Mississippi

Trinity's Gifts & Interiors
Athens, Alabama

We look forward to having our frames in these stores!

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PS.....

Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all the congrats, wishes and prayers from my last post about Kiwi Wood Werks going to Atlanta.  It means so much to me and I'm so thankful for all my blog friends that commented or wrote me emails.  It made my heart smile!  The Atlanta show started today and will last through next Wednesday, so please keep us in your prayers.  We appreciate it!!

~cat

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More Party Inspiration

Today I want to share more inspiration photos for my little Button's 1st birthday that is {sniff sniff} coming up soon.  Way too soon, actually.  I've pretty much decided how the party is going to be set up, as far as food tables, etc.  Now, I'm just working on decorations.  And, I'm on a VERY tight budget.  I'm trying to make everything myself.  Don't worry, when I say "make everything myself", I mean decoration-wise.  I'll leave the food preparation to someone else.  :)

It's going to be a tea party theme.  Colors being antique pink, browns, tans, canary yellow and maybe a bit of powder blue.  I'm borrowing a lot of the serving dishes, etc.  And I'm making a promise to myself to keep it as simple as possible.  Ha!  We'll see.....It's crazy because a lot of the ideas I came up with in my head (that I thought we my original ideas), I've seen on blogs!  So, here are some of my ideas for the party:

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{I'm borrowing a silver tea pot, but I'm going to put a flower arrangement in it and use it as decoration}

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{I love these cupcakes.  I'm thinking I'll have cupcakes made like this, but will probably stick some cupcake toppers in them!}

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{I had already decided I was doing all white serving dishes and white vases of flowers!  I love these little sandwiches, too.  All I have to do is make little PB&J's and cut them out with a flower cookie cutter.  I think I can handle that!}

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{Aren't these tiny little pies ADORABLE?!  I don't think I could make those.  I could try to find someone around here to make them.  "Martha Carolyn" (my mother-in-law), if you're reading this, can you make these?  I feel confident you can!}

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{I adore this serving platter!  It's a distressed wooden frame.  Um, hello...I think I know where I can get one of those!  And, the paper lining is precious!  I love the vintage feel of it.}

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{For those of you planning kids parties, you need this book!  I heard about it from my blog friend/outstanding party planner, Sarah.  I checked it out at Williams Sonoma and had to have it!  I was planning to post about it today and when reading my daily blogs I came across this picture of it on TomKat Studio.  It was such a great picture of it by such beautiful flowers, why not show it to y'all, too!}

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{We have already decided we're getting her a tea set for her birthday and JT is going to build her a play kitchen.  How adorable of these miniature dishes and eating utensils from IKEA!  Oh my goodness, I do believe the Doodlebug needs these.  They are a must for any birthday girl just starting to spend time in the kitchen!  Don't you think?}

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{Last, I would love to make one of these in her party colors.  There is a detailed tutorial over at Cheryl's blog, a pretty cool life.  She is actually doing a give away right now and a lucky reader is going to WIN one of these!  Oh how I hope I win!!!}

*images 1,2,3 from here
5,7,8, from here
4 from here
6 from here
9 from here


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