November 3, 2011

you HAVE to watch this...



that little kid in the red and pajamas and his little brother...
i am hunting them down to marry my girls!
seriously, how cute are they??

DAD YOU'RE UGLY!
that will forever pop into my head randomly.
kind of like charlie bit my toe.

hope you laughed right out loud!
big smile,

November 2, 2011

*sparkity, spark, spark, spark*

i would've posted about this earlier but i lost my camera.
then i found it, i left it at dear lizzy at the after party.
YAY!
warning:  i am a horrible photographer and my camera...
well it's a dear little point and shoot that i love but it doesn't
take the best of photos.  

so, about *SPARK*.
m.az.ing.
seriously, just overwhelming.
picture a room full of creative, excited, beautiful inside and out, women.
everyone just seemed to glow.
i love to be a part of things that make women feel special.
heck, i love to feel special myself.
*wink and a smile*
and, let me tell you sisters, those ladies know how to make a girl feel special.
i so didn't know what to expect and i went all on my own and
dangit i was so nervous to go by myself.  
but, you know what?  it didn't last long...the women there
were so warm and welcoming and excited to meet new friends.



to


i LOVE signs...
and there were some of the coolest i've seen all over the place.
and they had inspirational quotes...i LOVE them more than signs.
that's a lot of love.
*smile*






then there was the decorations inside...swoon.




this was our centerpiece and every table had something different and adorable!


bring in the goodies...



i forgot my camera the first day and got so carried away by what was going on the 
second day that i didn't get as many pictures as i would have liked to of all the swag
that we got!  it seemed like every time we turned around there was something 
awesome coming our way.  we were treated like queens i tell ya.

and then there were the classes...
LOVED EVERY ONE OF THEM!
i got to actually meet and talk to women
that i have admired so much on line.
made me a little star struck.
i didn't get a picture of kathe holden who is 
just as nice as can be and who taught
us how to make a sweet little nest necklace...

i also didn't get a picture of christy tomlinson,
 who i adore.  i have taken her classes online
and stalked her a little...
she is such a genuinely good person.
she is the reason that i love mixed media,
and one of the people who have inspired me to
art journal...and art journaling has opened up
a part of me that i didn't know was there.
so, that should tell you how much i adore
this sweet, talented, amazing, lady.

oh and there was donna downey...
i think i kinda have a girl crush on her now.
she is so funky and such an incredible teacher.
and FUNNY!


we also took a junk journal class from jen jensen.
i was just kind of in awe of her. her talent...well it blew me away.
i could've spent all day creating away with her.
this is one of the scrapbooks that she made for
her little girl for her 6th birthday.  it was a circus
theme and this is made from a dictionary she cut in half
with her husband's chop saw!
SO COOL!!!


i'm not kidding you....this thing was just incredibly cool.

there was a class with april meeker learning how to carve your own stamp.
i will definately be giving that some more of my time.
and she is the other girl crush i took away...amazing lady and so talented.
she is also my personal style hero.  coolest dresses and boots.

now, i have a confession, i wanted to take my friend kristen to explore 
a couple of places and so we skipped class a couple of times.
we missed a class with the incredibly sweet and talented amy tangerine 
and with emily falconbridge.  i'm tellin ya something right now...
emily falconbridge looks exactly like i dreamed of looking back in my
hippie days...she rocks dreads like no-one i've ever seen!

i love rhonna farrer...love, love, love her!
she is a bundle of pure joy and it radiates from her.
she talked to me for quite a while and gave me some
great advice about my new blog...stay true to who you are.
she is just awesome.


margie is hilarious and the brains and brawn behind it all
and she is just super cool...super.cool.
she is all about building up women...
us supporting one another...
creating from the heart...
all of the things i adore in a woman.
(i am starting to sound a little like i'm gay...
'not that there's anything wrong with that'...seinfeld.)

i also was so lucky to be a part of the marketplace.
i am used to a 10x10 booth and so i had to rearrange my 
plans a few days before and i was so nervous about
it but it turned out great!


and my friend, kristin from faded prairie had an amazing booth, as usual!
that girl can style a space like no-one i've ever seen.
she is having an amazingly generous *spark* give-away today on her blog...
you are sooo gonna want to go enter that.


i also need to mention a talented, talented jewelry maker
that i met, made fast friends with, and was up until 2 am talking to.
that's the latest i've been out for i don't know how long!
her name is canela, she is so genuine and kind and i just love her.
her jewelry is beautiful...you should go and look at it and meet her here...
and she has donated a necklace to faded prairie's give-away that is just so cool.
well, friends.
i would wish for everyone to be able to *spark* next year.
it was just inspiring.
i can't wait to go to number 4. can't.wait.

don't forget to go visit dandelion farm girl today and 
enter our give-away of all things good.
*big smile*

xo,

October 31, 2011

introducing *dandelion farm girl*...

a while ago i told ya'll i was working on a new project...
that new project is finally ready to go.
i'm so excited.  and nervous.  and excited.
i've been working with an amazing little blog designer
and she has held my hand the whole way.
and now, we are live.
will you go check it out? 
please.
and let me know what you think?
please feel free to grab a button while your there.
*wink and a smile*
and like us on facebook...
that would be great!

sooo here you go.
click on that name and it will take you right over.





October 29, 2011

i am so excited!!!

so i just got my first paycheck that was more than 20 hrs.
i've been wanting something for a long time but wouldn't
let myself buy one...
then i made good money off of my booth at *SPARK*
(i will be showing pictures of that soon, soon, soon)
and got a paycheck and sooo i totally spoiled myself a little.
*BIG SMILE*


how beautiful is that bad boy??
he looks sooo pretty on my porch table.
i'm.in.love.


my dear friend jeannette texted me yesterday and told me
the lanterns were on sale at hobby lobby for 50% off.
i couldn't wait till the man left for work today so i could sneak off.
then i found this beauty and the glass was cracked so they gave me
and additional 10% off!!!!!!  YAY ME!!!
anyways, i had to share with someone who could appreciate it...
maya and peyton have no excitement about these things
and the man probably won't notice (i hope) for awhile.
*big smile*

happy saturday!!

October 21, 2011

i'm a *sparkin* it baby...

i'm nervous.



really nervous.
i am doing some completely different stuff for their market.
i am going to a place with lots of women...
have i ever mentioned that women scare me a little??
they do.
especially pretty women who wear blingy jeans
and guess what?  i'm thinkin there are going to be lots
of blingy jean wearing women at spark.
plus there are lots of very cool women there
who i admire...that makes me even more nervous.
so, wish me luck!
i know it's going to be fabulous and once i get
over not really knowing anyone i will be ok....
i hope.
*sideways smile with a little bit of eeek.*

hope you all have a fabulous weekend!
can't wait to show you pictures!!

update:  everyone is super friendly and only one pair of blingy jeans who was a sweetheart from nebraska....all that nervous for nothin!  what a great day...spending time with awesome women and learning fun new things!


October 13, 2011

free fall printables and a fun blog...

i just wanted to pass this cool *blog post* along to all of you.
this lady has an awesome blog and went to all this trouble and
here i am letting her do all the work!
*wink and a smile*
hope you are all fabulous!!
xo,

October 11, 2011

perfect mixture...

there is a kid on my bus who is a perfect mixture of these two...




he likes to sit up front.
he talks really loud.
i have heard some extremely interesting 
things come out of this kid's mouth.
WOW.
i don't know whether to be frightened or intrigued
by the thoughts he has swirling around!
let's just hope he works for the good of the world.
*wink and a smile*

jr. high kids are some of  the most fun to watch
people there are....seriously.

hope you are having a great day!

October 1, 2011

motherhood...


i'm pretty sure you have all read this in some email or saw it on another blog
but i needed to read it today and thought maybe someone else did too so i wanted
to share it with you.


It all began to make sense, the blank stares, the lack of
response, the way one of the kids will walk into the room while
I'm on the phone and ask to be taken to the store. Inside I'm
thinking, 'Can't you see I'm on the phone?'

Obviously not; no one can see if I'm on the phone, or cooking,
or sweeping the floor, or even standing on my head in the
corner, because no one can see me at all. I'm invisible. The
invisible Mom. Some days I am only a pair of hands, nothing
more! Can you fix this? Can you tie this? Can you open this??

Some days I'm not a pair of hands; I'm not even a human being.
I'm a clock to ask, 'What time is it?' I'm a satellite guide to
answer, 'What number is the Disney Channel?' I'm a car to order,
'Right around 5:30, please.'

Some days I'm a crystal ball; 'Where's my other sock?, Where's
my phone?, What's for dinner?'

I was certain that these were the hands that once held books and
the eyes that studied history, music and literature -but now,
they had disappeared into the peanut butter, never to be seen
again. She's going, she's going, she's gone!?

One night, a group of us were having dinner, celebrating the
return of a friend from England . She had just gotten back from
a fabulous trip, and she was going on and on about the hotel she
stayed in. I was sitting there, looking around at the others all
put together so well. It was hard not to compare and feel sorry
for myself. I was feeling pretty pathetic, when she turned to me
with a beautifully wrapped package, and said, 'I brought you
this.' It was a book on the great cathedrals of Europe .
I wasn't exactly sure why she'd given it to me until I read her
inscription:'With admiration for the greatness of what you are
building when no one sees.'

In the days ahead I would read - no, devoured - the book. And I
would discover what would become for me, four life-changing
truths, after which I could pattern my work: 1) No one can say
who built the great cathedrals - we have no record of their
names. 2) These builders gave their whole lives for a work they
would never see finished. 3) They made great sacrifices and
expected no credit. 4) The passion of their building was fueled
by their faith that the eyes of God saw everything.

A story of legend in the book told of a rich man who came to
visit the cathedral while it was being built, and he saw a
workman carving a tiny bird on the inside of a beam. He was
puzzled and asked the man, 'Why are you spending so much time
carving that bird into a beam that will be covered by the roof,
No one will ever see it And the workman replied, 'Because God sees.'

I closed the book, feeling the missing piece fall into place. It
was almost as if I heard God whispering to me, 'I see you. I see
the sacrifices you make every day, even when no one around you does.

No act of kindness you've done, no sequin you've sewn on, no
cupcake you've baked, no Cub Scout meeting, no last minute
errand is too small for me to notice and smile over. You are
building a great cathedral, but you can't see right now what it
will become.

I keep the right perspective when I see myself as a great
builder. As one of the people who show up at a job that they
will never see finished, to work on something that their name
will never be on.
The writer of the book went so far as to say that no cathedrals
could ever be built in our lifetime because there are so few
people willing to sacrifice to that degree.

When I really think about it, I don't want my son to tell the
friend he's bringing home from college for Thanksgiving, 'My Mom
gets up at 4 in the morning and bakes homemade pies, and then
she hand bastes a turkey for 3 hours and presses all the linens
for the table.' That would mean I'd built a monument to myself.
I just want him to want to come home. And then, if there is
anything more to say to his friend, he'd say, 'You're going to love
it there...'

As mothers, we are building great cathedrals. We cannot be seen
if we're doing it right. And one day, it is very possible that
the world will marvel, not only at what we have built, but at
the beauty that has been added to the world by the sacrifices of
invisible mothers.


here's to being an invisible woman!
xo, 

September 29, 2011

a phone call...

 
today i got a special phone call from a dear friend.
we chatted for a minute and she told me that she had been
thinking about me a lot lately and wanted to call.
she just wanted to tell me some very nice things she thought about me.
she went out of her way to reach out to me and help me feel special.
this girl is amazing.  a great mom, a supportive wife, strong in her faith...
really the kind of woman i wish i could  be more like and she 
called to say nice things to me.
the thing i loved most about this whole conversation was this,
she listened to her heart and her heart told her to call a friend
and make her feel good about herself.
she listened.
she acted on it.
i love that...i want to be more like that.
i'm going to be more like that.
thank you sweet girl for, yet again, being a good example
of what a good woman is supposed to be like.
you inspired me to want to be better.
seems like you do that a lot.
*wink and a smile*
XO


September 28, 2011

FOLK *Give-Away*...





i am giving away a copy of FOLK magazine 
over on the Fallow Field Farm blog.
go on over and enter to win!

xo,

September 27, 2011

bus driver...

i have been a substitute school bus
driver for just about 3 yrs.
i've loved being a sub because
i have had control over when
i work...very flexible job.
throughout these 3 yrs i have been
 offered runs every year
and i have politely turned them
 down because i wanted to
get the littlest one in 1st grade
 before i took a full time run.
well, money is tight.  a little too tight.
last week i went in to talk to my supervisor because i was
going to tell her that if a junior high or high school run opened
up i would take it.  those are earlier runs which allow me to
be here when the girls go to school and be here when they get home.
that is really important to me and it's something i won't compromise on.
she was out of town for the week so i figured i would go in and talk to
her sometime this week.  this morning she called me because she had a
junior high run open up and just wanted to try and see if i would take it.
 i never told her i was looking for a route.  cool, huh?
 the scary thing is that the lady who was driving these junior high maniacs
quit because she couldn't handle them.
yeah, that scares the crap out of me!  i'll just have to show them who's the woman.  ha ha ha ha
wish me luck and i'll let you know how it goes.
we may spend some quality time on the side of the road tomorrow.

**ok...so it turns out that the driver who quit is very sensitive to noise.
now, maybe it's just me, but isn't being a bus driver the LAST thing this
lady should do as a job??  kids are noisy and these kids aren't even the
worst i've had on my bus.  they are actually good kids who haven't given
me a lick of trouble.  whew....thank goodness!


*big smile*

September 26, 2011

heyyy there...


how're ya doin?  
how's that for some utahoo for you??  ha ha.
i just posted the first few pictures of the marketplace over 
there on the fallow field farm blog.  
wanna see em?
bounce on over there...we'd love to have you visit. 
*big smile*

xo,

September 9, 2011

the poster...


isn't it the CUTEST?!
thank you to my awesomely
talented little niece megan!!
you are all coming, right??
look at all that fun stuff and
there's more that isn't even
on there!!
it's gonna be tons of fun,
 i promise!!


September 3, 2011

humanitarian project...



big d's  little brother and sister recently deployed to Iraq. 
She for the first time and him for his second round.
I received an email from his sweet wife that I will share with you.

Here is something you may not know...
not all soldiers have families who send them things.
They may not get any care packages or even letters
for the year that they are deployed.

So if you are willing and want to help here is your chance!
Bring your goods to the show.
We will have a place set up for you to donate items
and we will also collect any monetary donations.

Thank you for your help!
Support our troops!!


Hi Everyone!

I wanted to let you know about a humanitarian project I am 
doing for Eric's unit, in case you were interested in helping. 
I am gathering toiletries and treats to send over. 
Some of the men in the unit are on bases where they have 
closed the PX and they are unable to get these 
things unless they are sent to them. 

Here is a list of items I am collecting: 
shampoo, conditioner, soap, body wash, 
razors, Q-tips, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc. 
Also, I am going to send over non-melting treats for 
the soldiers to put in their packs. Finally, I am also
 in need of money to ship the items over. 
If you can help in any way it would be GREATLY appreciated. 

I am planning on shipping the majority of it over
 in October, but if you have stuff lying around, 
I want to send over a small shipment ASAP 
so Eric can get it out to the guys that need it!

Thanks so much!
T


xo,


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