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Hi friends! I often wonder how all of you are doing! I really miss celebrating things like Fiesta Friday with you all! So many fun memories!

I’m still processing what the future of this blog looks like….foster adopting and becoming an instant mom to a ย sibling set of 3 has consumed much, much, much of my time.:-)

And yet, somehow I have continued making handmade decor. In all honesty, it has been an important part of my self-care.

I am beginning to sell my creations….something I never, ever imagined or planned, and am doing my first craft show in five weeks!

I made a blog, telling about and showing some of my creations, where I will continue to add as I create. I would love for you guys to stop by, say hi, and follow my page!

Miss you!

Lori

DIY Stuffed Animals and Pillows

Pretty much everyone around me these days knows how to sew.

Everyone except me, that is.

Well, until recently.๐Ÿ™‚

When my mom visited back in October to help us with the kids, she taught me how to hand sew. We made these cute little monsters for our middle son’s birthday party in just a couple days time. I realized then that I actually really liked to do this. Then, mom left, I got busy, and forgot about this newfound DIY hobby of mine.

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In the last couple weeks, I have started sewing again….my kids being the inspiration.

I wanted to make each of them something special….they wanted me to make each of them something special…so off I went on some new creating adventures.

Our daughter loves all things pink.๐Ÿ™‚ I made her this little pillow with felt, flannel, embroidery thread, and stuffing.

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My next project was for our middle son, and was much more advanced than the pillow project. All I had was a generic picture that gave me an idea to go by, and no pattern or anything. I have no idea if I did it like other people would, or like I even should. Nevertheless, it came out great and our son loves it!

I used different colored felt and embroidery thread, along with a space patterned cotton fabric that a friend gave me. Meet “Space Spot J”.๐Ÿ™‚

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And finally, our oldest requested that I make him a Pikachu. Okay, why not?

imageI knew it was a success when I looked over and he had it in his hands, staring at it, saying “Pika” over and over. So cute!

I am loving creating beautyย both FOR my children, and WITH myย children! ย Here is our oldest son’s first sewing project (I have been teaching him to sew)…

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He pretty much did everything himself, including picking the colors and the fabric…great job buddy!๐Ÿ™‚โค

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The Boys’ Room

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I never got to show you guys the kid’s finished rooms!

If you remember from previous pictures, originally we had this room set up with one bed….then when we got the call that we were going to have a sibling set that consisted of a girl and two boys, we did some quick changes in the matter of days. We moved these beds in, which a friend from church gave us for free, and I painted and distressed tons more frames so the boys’ wall could be filled with fun things. It was really special to look around and see their room filled with things I created, refinished, painted.

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We love all three of our kids so much. It is a hard road. A lonely road. But it is OUR road, and in God’s grace, we continue to put one foot in front of the other, and look excitedly to when the adoptions can be finalized.

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Update

Wow, it has been so long since I have written that I didn’t even remember my password anymore!๐Ÿ™‚

Yes, I am okay….my absence first started because I had a concussion that lasted over three months. And throughout that time we were busy getting our house ready for our home study inspection in order to get our foster license, as many of you already knew.

August 31st changed our life forever….that was the day our three precious kiddos came to live with us. Yes, we went from 0 kids to 3 kids in a day!๐Ÿ™‚ We continue to adjust as a family, and look forward to the day we can officially adopt them…usually a 6 month waiting period, so we are about halfway through.

Life is very different now. I don’t have much free time.๐Ÿ˜‰ My priorities have changed. Cooking is different with kiddos in the house. I haven’t gotten to do a DIY project in months. Though I do still have many DIY ideas up my sleeve!๐Ÿ˜‰

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And I know this may freak some of you out, but yes, I cut 16 inches off of my hair!๐Ÿ™‚ I became a mom. I chopped my hair off.๐Ÿ™‚

Miss you all!

Lori

 

DIY Playroom Sign

I continue to love making our home a special place for our future kiddos! (You can read about our foster adoption journey on THIS PAGE.)

Pinterest, oh how I love thee!๐Ÿ™‚ Seriously, my friends were on Pinterest at least a year before me….

I tried signing up once,

took one look at it,

didn’t get what everyone liked about it,

and then never went back.

That is, until I realized how GREAT Pinterest really is!๐Ÿ™‚

I came across the idea on Pinterest of making a playroom sign….it was a painted one, and I decided to switch the words up a bit and make it with a frame, 7 pieces of rope that I staple gunned to the back of the frame, mini-clothespins, and card stock. (Similar to how I made this ARTWORK DISPLAY.)

Our upstairs playroom area is red, purple, white, and black, so I used all different types of fun fonts in those colors to tie it in nicely with the room. I really, really love it!

Here is what it says:

Welcome to our playroom where we giggle, use kind words, play nice, tell the truth, laugh, use our imagination, include everyone, make memories, make messes, clean up after ourselves, try new things, help others, read books, say please, thank you, and I am sorry, act silly, share, watch movies, and have fun.

Heading over to Fiesta Friday with my fun new DIY creation!

What do you think? Have you made something like this?ย 

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Stuffed Sweet Potato

Sometimes the best tasting things are those you create when you have yet to go grocery shopping for the week and only have random ingredients to choose from.๐Ÿ™‚

Yellow Sweet Potato + black beans + Cilantro + creamy avocado sauce = Surprisingly Delicious

Not only delicious and easy to make, but lots of nutrients and good-for you-stuff wrapped up into one meal!

Thought I would bring some to the party. What party? Well, Fiesta Friday of course! Its been a few weeks, but I am excited to be back with my fellow party-goers….can’t wait to see what you all have brought!ย 

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Art Display

Ah, it feels nice to be sitting here, looking at my computer screen, writing to you.

For the majority of the past 2 1/2 weeks, I haven’t really gotten to look at a computer screen….or a telephone screen…..or my kindle screen……or a t.v. screen. Why?

Well, that is what happens when you slip down the stairs and get a concussion. Yes, I am totally okay….just had to deal with major head pain, nausea, light sensitivity, sore eyes, and tired limbs for most of that time. I am feeling much better, which is why I am even able to be on here, and the majority of my symptoms are gone.

I don’t know how athletes deal with getting concussions all the time….I never, ever want one again. You should see me walking down the stairs. I am oober careful, making sure to hold onto the rail the whole way.๐Ÿ™‚ I know this makes my hubby, friends, and other family members happy to hear. Every time someone has come over they have said, “Are you sure you want to walk upstairs?”๐Ÿ™‚

Okay, now that I have gotten my MIA status out of the way๐Ÿ˜‰, I am super excited to show you something I have been working on for our future kiddos!

I wanted a place in the house where they could put up their artwork…where they could walk by and see it and know we care and enjoy seeing their creations. This is what I came up with in our hallway:

Notice the Pablo Picasso quote in between the two frames. I came across it and just knew I had to incorporate it into the design! There are a lot of different vinyl stencils with this quote, but this was my most favorite because of its artistic flair.

I found these two frames, took some rope and painted it red, and then used a staple gun to attach the rope to the back. I love, love, love how it came out!

I can’t wait to someday see our kid’s artwork in these frames!๐Ÿ™‚โค

What do you normally do with your children’s artwork?ย 

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