I Feel So Less Lonely

Last Friday I posted this photo on Instagram…

A new Instagram friend read my caption with this photo:

“It’s Going to be one of those days. Grrrrrr!”

Awhile after posting the photo I laughed and flippantly added a comment under the photo:

“lol…guess it shouldn’t surprise me that no one likes this photo!  Definitely keeping things real.  Ugh.”

 

beesbutterfly {her Instagram user name} responded:

This sweet girl has no idea of what she did for me that day.  As a matter of fact, she and many of you don’t realize how your small acts of kindness make an impression on me.

Sharing that photo Friday morning was a little difficult for me.  I was opening up and being transparent.

I didn’t post it because it was a great photo, far from it.  I posted it to share my frustration, to share me being real and somewhat raw.  I mean, if you look at the photo of my laundry room on the sidebar to the right of this post, you wouldn’t have a clue that the room ever looks like the one above.  {Which I’m not proud or happy about in the least.}

Anyway, I was pondering beesbutterfly’s words and a song came on that expressed what I was feeling.  I decided to put together a little video with the music and lyrics. I dedicate this song to beesbutterfly and all of YOU who comment, reply and say things with EMPATHY.


Thank you for seeing me,

Camera/Photo/Photobooth Themed Birthday Party

The camera banner {above} and the number 17 {below} were both made using old copies of Digital Photo magazine.

For the banner:

  • Cut the magazine pages into triangles
  • Sponged on some beige paint
  • Inked up some bubble wrap and stamped it with hot pink
  • Used a camera stamp with the same hot pink ink
  • Hot glued a pink curling ribbon to the top

For the numbers:

  • tore the magazine pages into strips
  • decorated the pages the same as the banner
  • Mod Podged/decoupaged the strips onto the cardboard 1 & 7 {bought at Hobby Lobby}
  • Added another coat of Mod Podge {matte finish} to the outside to seal

This wreath did not turn out as well as I would have liked.  But this is how I made it:

  1. I bought some foam core board at the dollar store
  2. Using a craft knife I cut out the wreath
  3. I used a small plate and a large plate as my circle templates
  4. I wrapped the wreath with some yarn
  5. Printed out these adorable cameras from Designer Clip Art onto scrapbook paper
  6. Punched out circles from the paper & adhered them to the circle part of the camera with pop out adhesive
  7. Hot glued the cameras onto the wreath
  8. Added some flower embellishments
  9. Tied some tulle to the top of the wreath to make the bow/flower
  10. Hot glued a chipboard letter onto the bottom with one strand of yarn

We printed out the mustaches from Design House Digital & The Project Girl’s Disguise Kit.  Taped the mustaches onto skewers.

Party favors were these cute little cameras.  When you look inside, you see animals as you click.  We also bought small albums ($1 ea.) to give {that is the glitter book you see to the left of the jar.}

I have to give a HUGE shout out to the ladies at Paper Heart Camera.  They gave the BEST tutorial on how to make this photo booth back drop using pipe.  I decided to do this on the day of the party {Friday} and whipped it out that afternoon.  It is super EASY to make…even sawed the pipe myself.  Used some curtains I bought for super cheap at Potter Barn Outlet several years ago.  The only thing I did different was made mine 10 feet tall instead of 7 feet.  Well, the wind blew it down, so we took the top 5′ section off and used the bottom 5′ section only.

We bought the stick on mustaches at Hobby Lobby, but the girls mainly used the ones we printed out and put on sticks.

I wish I could say I made the cake, but I did not.  My friend who is a professional cake baker made this one {she has made several of the cakes I’ve featured on here.}


We had so much fun.  I tried not to think about this probably being her last friend birthday party we’ll ever have at our house. :(

It’s been a long day of photo editing.  If I forgot something, feel free to ask a question.  I have a feeling I forgot to explain something.  Going out to dinner with the family now since today is my Daughter’s actual Birthday.

Happy 17th Birthday to our first born,

A Mom Makes A Home

I’m continuing my list of one thousand gifts…not of gifts I want, but gifts I have.

I am writing them down, one to one thousand.

22. Grateful my internet was repaired!

23. New music!  Loving the group Tanlines.  Listening to their album Mixed Emotions right now.  I heart their All Of Me song…great beat and makes me feel happy.

24. Time spent with my Mom & oldest Daughter on Saturday.

25. The beautiful handmade quilted bed runner my Mom gave me as an early {3 weeks} Birthday gift.

26. Time doing crafty stuff in my craft room. It’s been neglected lately and craft therapy is wonderful.  The creative side of me was having withdrawals.

27. Kids back in school brings some much needed uninterrupted time for me.  Let’s face it, who likes to listen to their kids quarrel all the time? Not me!

{good thing they’re so cute! ;)}

28. Opportunity to learn & grow spiritually by giving a talk and teaching a lesson at church yesterday.  With that being said, glad it is over…double duty is exhausting. 😉

29. Youngest saw this new art plaque I bought and said out loud, “This is true.”  The little things like this make my heart melt.

Check out that awesome price!

30. When my husband calls me beautiful.

31. Having far away friends come for a weekend visit.

32. Listened to another awesome fantasy book: The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead.  It’s part of the Bloodlines series.  Just finished it & can’t wait for the next one!

Joining:

 

 

 

 

Gifts Bring Joy,

Baby Hair Swirl

Remember the baby shower I shared with you last month for my friend?  This is Gracie.
We were blessed to watch her when she was only 2 weeks old while my friend delivered Meals On Wheels.  She just had her 4th baby and she was out serving our community.  Not only that, she took her 3 boys with her so they could participate.  I told you she’s a Rock Star Mom!

My youngest & I had a small photo shoot and enjoyed taking photos of her.  Isn’t she beautiful? 😀

Joining:

Babies bring JOY,

How Far We’ve Come

My youngest is having a friend sleep over tonight.

“You need to clean your room before your friend comes over.”

Grumpy face on my daughter.

“I hate cleaning!  It’s so BORING!”

“Why don’t you put on some music?”

An hour later…

“Mom, did you have to clean your room before your friends came over?”

“Yes, I did.”

Later, I checked on her progress…

She was almost done.  I reminded her where the homes were for some of her items.  Next thing I know we were dusting and vacuuming.

“It’s less than an hour before we pick her up!” 

{I think she’s excited. We obviously don’t have friends over enough}

Her iPod rings.  It’s her friend calling her on Facetime.

“Hi! We are cleaning my room before we come pick you up.”

I had to smile watching her talk to her friend.  Her iPod is docked on her nightstand alarm clock.  She leans against her bed while she talks to her friend.

I am in awe.

What an age we live in.

I never thought I would live to see my children talk face to face on a little device.

It’s just so cool!

Having this technology has become mainstream.  Many times I think we forget how far we’ve come.  {food for thought}

I’m grateful to live in this technological era.

That’s all.

P.S.: Photos were taken on my iPhone. {no, I was not paid by Apple to write this.}

Good things come in small packages ;),

Confessions of an Organizationally Challenged Blogger

I’m BACK!  Vacation was filled with lazy days and adventurous days.  I look forward to sharing more about that with you soon.

Where to begin…

I’ve spent the morning playing catch up to emails and trying to organize my posts for the week.

I printed this beautiful blog planner page via the talented Three Little Monkeys Studio.

Source: threelittlemonkeysstudio.com via Shan@ on Pinterest

Here’s what mine looks like:

Yep, nothing written on it yet.

I decided I needed to write down post ideas on a blank sheet of paper first before adding them to this pretty paper.

Done.  Now I have a huge list of post content ideas based on what we’ve been doing and photos I’ve taken.  So why haven’t I transferred them to the planner page?  Why does it make my brain hurt to choose.  It’s not a difficult task, yet I feel like it is.

You see, normally I decide what I’m going to write about either the day before or the same day I publish a post.  It’s not always productive, but it’s how I roll {there are RARE occasions I plan ahead, not many.}  This is why you didn’t see any posts last week while we were on vacation.  This is why my posts have decreased since my kids have been home from school for summer vacation.

Maybe it’s just difficult transitioning from vacation mode?  Maybe it’s because of my ADD {most definitely!}  Maybe it’s because my left heel is hurting again and I’m icing it off and on {this makes me feel like an old hag}?  Maybe it’s because every where I look there is clutter and I can’t think.  I don’t know…sigh.

ENOUGH Shan! {sorry!}

ON THE BRIGHT SIDE…yes, I do have positive karma happening here on this little blog that could {You know like The Little Engine That Could, hope you get that one ;)}  Anyway, a certain post {AKA Family Laundry Room} has been receiving a lot of attention lately thanks to Pinterest.  I’m as pleased as punch!  {Ok, who came up with that saying?}  In other words, I’m tickled pink! {that one too? lol}  Thank you my fellow Pinterest lovers for sharing this space. HUGS!

It’s funny…I published the Family Laundry Room post back in October and had 4 comments about it.  Remember, comments can be like money for a blogger.  I don’t know about every blogger, but for me, I sometimes take the amount of comments I receive as a reflection of what people think of the post or in this case the space.  Not sure I should have typed that.  I have a funny feeling I might receive some strong feedback from people about it.  Let me say this…no matter how many {encouraging & uplifting} comments I receive, what matters is 1. I documented a special room in my house 2. I completed a project 3. I like the space 4. It Might help inspire others.

 BACK TO THE GOOD NEWS

a well known blog I absolutely ADORE and frequent is featuring Family Brings Joy’s Family Laundry Room

tomorrow, June 19, 2012 on her site!

{squeal!}

I spent time answering questions for her this morning.

I am speaking of the organization extraordinaire Jennifer at I Heart Organizing!

IHeart Organizing

Welcome to my new readers who found me via Pinterest.  Welcome to all new readers via whatever way you happened upon this site.  Make sure you join us on Family Brings Joy’s Facebook page.  More importantly, THANK YOU to my tried and true readers/friends who visit me on a regular basis.  Thank you for your support no matter how I go about blogging and who don’t stop visiting when I go on vacation. 😉  YOU’RE THE BEST!

Blogging Brings Me Joy,