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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Becoming "Mommy the Great"

I really like making lists-to do lists, shopping lists, packing lists, goal lists, lists of lists to make…you get the picture. There is just something so freeing about crossing things off a physical list and completing an entire list. I used to be pretty good at making lists, setting timeframes in which to accomplish them, and getting them done.

March 18, 2012 was a typical Sunday. I had accomplished a lot over the weekend and was gearing up for the week ahead by making an ambitious but not totally unobtainable to-do list for Monday. It included the usual things like laundry and cleaning out my car and such. Yes, I was totally aware that I was due to have a baby the next day, but after hearing all the horror stories of first born babies being notorious for being insanely overdue, I was certain that I had at least twenty-something more days until we would meet our daughter... or a couple more days at the very least.

I was wrong and the next morning we set out for the hospital to meet our little girl. Olivia was born that afternoon and I could not have been more in love with her. She was tiny, precious, and perfect. She was, and is, absolutely beautiful.

I had NO idea how much being a mommy would change my life. I loved watching my little girl grow and learn about the world around her. As much as I loved being a new mommy, it was also a huge adjustment for me to learn that it was okay not to accomplish everything that I wanted to get done in a day. I had to accept that although I may have lists coming out my ears and nothing getting crossed off those lists, that was okay.

A couple months before Olivia turned 2, we found out that we were expecting another little one. At first, I wasn't sure how I could love another little one as much as I loved O but I’m convinced that a mama’s heart grows with each child that they have.  Joey was born last September and is now our rolley-polley little man. He’s got his daddy’s blue eyes and the sweetest smile.

With having two little ones, I have even less time on my hands to accomplish the things on my various lists. When I have a break from taking care of Joey for a couple of minutes, Olivia wants mommy time too. I can’t blame her. She’s done great transitioning from being an only child to having to share her mommy with baby brother and I love spending the one-on-one time with her.

I’ll have plenty of time to get back to those lists in a few years when they are at school all day. Maybe I’ll finally finish that one that I wrote out the day before Olivia came along. It’s still around here somewhere. As for right now, I’m enjoying some new lists that have come with being a mommy:

Some of my newfound mom skills: 
  • Doing (almost) anything one handed while holding a baby
  • Deciphering the different kinds and levels of cries
  • Interpreting toddler talk or mouth-full-of-food talk
  •  Performing the role/voice of several different stuffed animals and toys on a daily basis
  • Making up songs on the fly, usually about sleep and its benefits
  • (almost) Always having extra diapers hiding somewhere in the car for the instances when I forget to check the diaper bag before we run out the door
My nicknames as given by Olivia:
  • Mommy Milk
  • Princess Mommy
  • Rock Star Mommy
  • Super Mommy
  • Mommy the Great

I have to say, being a mommy is pretty great. I’m so blessed that I get to stay home and spend so much time with my littles. Some days are hard, some are messy (guess who covered themselves in blue paint today…my little smurf), and some days are just a game of survival but those long days are often interwoven with blips of sweet hugs, sibling giggles, and sincere smiles and I wouldn't trade those for anything.

Happy Mother’s Day to all you other mama’s out there. I hope your days are full of lots of little laughs and grins.

- Jess (or according to Olivia, “the best mommy in my whole wide world”)

Monday, November 10, 2014


This weekend marked the beginning of the craft show season for us. You might think that means things start to get hectic.

You would be wrong.

Things got hectic weeks ago as we began planning for this show.

On top of trying to keep up with online orders, wholesale orders and deals, we have to squeeze in time for creating new items that we sell exclusively at shows.  It's challenging and fun and sometimes makes us want to pull our hair out.  If you see us, and we have dark circles under our eyes, and some patchy baldness, you'll know why.

For someone in my position - the empty nester with no other job - all of this can make me nuts, but I can pretty much plan things out and know that I'll be able to complete my tasks with few interruptions. For Jess, with two kids under three at home, that is not the case. Honestly, I don't know how she does it!  I know how tired I am after twelve or more hours on my feet or at the computer, but if I did all that I do, plus chased after two littles and got up with them at night and everything else, well, I'd probably collapse.

This is just one of the reasons why I admire my daughter so much. She is an amazing woman and I am blessed to be her Mom. Our time spent together on craft show weekends is incredibly precious to me. She makes me laugh, makes me think, and inspires me beyond measure.

So here's to Jess. You rock my socks!

P.S. If we meet at a craft show, and she's nodding off, let her sleep. She needs it.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Post-Season Fever

Here in St. Louis, we're cheering on our Cardinals, but many of us are also cheering for another team, the Kansas City Royals.

Why such divided loyalty from a fan base that calls itself "Cardinals Nation?" Because many of us remember what it was like 29 years ago, the last time these two teams met in World Series competition.

As a native of the east side of the state, who was uprooted from a brief stint in Oklahoma only to be plopped down on the west side of the state in the spring of 1985, I had no idea that history was about to be made.

Our St. Louis Cardinals had won their last World Series Championship just three years previous - 1982 - the year I graduated high school. Those were the years of Whiteyball, Ozzie Smith and an amazing club that kept things about as exciting as they can get. We enjoyed the run up to the playoffs, and were thrilled when it came down to the two Missouri teams in the final seven games of the season. Of course, as Cardinals fans, we wanted a different outcome in game 7, but it was not to be.

In the years since then, the Cardinals have picked up two more World Championships, and made it to the playoffs several times. The poor Royals, however, never even got close. Until this year.

As I write this, the Royals need two more wins, and the Cardinals need three to set up a rematch that's been in the works for almost three decades. Ironically, about 75% of the current players were not even alive when these two clubs last met in World Series play. Lucky for them, those of us who were around have not forgotten the excitement or the heartbreak.

We will continue to cheer on the The Cardinals and The Royals
until the two meet, which we really hope they will. If it happens, our allegiance will be all Redbirds. Here's to a different outcome between our two Missouri teams!

For information on ordering either of our Missouri Home pallet signs, please visit our Etsy shop, here:

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Front Porch Fall Makeover

 My husband will argue that Fall is still officially a week away, and he's right.  But with the cooler temperatures, evenings by the fire pit and the pool to cool for a swim, I have to say that for all intents and purposes, we're already there.

Our front porch was disgustingly dirty, which is what happens when sawdust from the garage workshop piles up for months on end. Today was the day to wipe down the cobwebs and wash off all the dust before getting a my autumn on.

It all started with the old screen door that we picked a couple of summers ago. My dear hubby braved a dark and wasp-filled barn loft to snag this beauty.  I absolutely love it and all of its chippy charm. Standing behind the pallet wood table, it is the perfect place to hang a wreath and welcome everyone to our home.

For the overall look, I mostly just re-arranged what I already had on hand, added a ribbon to the wash tub and scattered some mums all around.  This look will keep me warm and content until the snow flies and it's time to change things up again.

I hope you are enjoying a beautiful weekend too!

God bless,

Friday, August 29, 2014

Love Spoke-n Here

It's hard to believe that summer comes to an unofficial end this weekend, isn't it? Just because the calendar says "Labor Day" doesn't mean that all that the party's over!  Bring outdoor fun inside with our newest canvas print design.

This one is called "Love Spoke" and it measures 14 x 11-inches. It is photographed on a Turner Yellow background with white lettering. You, however, can mix up the colors to fit your decor! Take a look at our Etsy shop to see lots of new canvas pieces, and many new colors added to our line-up.

For a preview of all of our colors, follow this link:

Have a safe and happy weekend, everyone!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

If you haven't visited our sister site lately, what are you waiting for? This the home of all of our great racing-themed products. We have wood signs, canvas, burlap prints and we just released our very first t-shirt design! is a great place to find the perfect gift for the race fan on your list!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Everything Old is New Again

Last Sunday after church, and lunch, we made our usual stop at Jo-Ann Fabric. I'm always running in to grab more paint, or something else to keep this little business going.

While I was deciding between colors of chalk paint, my hubby was looking at garden containers. He found this fabulous aluminum box that immediately reminded us of a milk cooler. In case you're not as old as us, at one time, one didn't have to run to the grocery or local dairy store for dairy products. They would be delivered right to your door and left in a nice little insulated metal cooler on your front porch if you weren't home.

Our local dairy was St. Charles Dairy Company and yes, I still remember getting deliveries. I also remember going to their store where they scooped up the best mint chip ice cream I've ever had.  The company went out of business more than twenty years ago, but we have a lot of items with their logo around our house, including one of the milk coolers.

We decided to buy the planter and stencil a St. Charles Dairy Company logo on it using vinyl. The only real challenge was getting a good logo to trace.  While I have many pieces of memorabilia here, very few are flat and scanner-friendly.  I first tried a metal stamp, which is an actual piece of typeset from an old newspaper. I couldn't get a sharp enough image, so I went in search of something else.

It came down to pulling a lighted sign down off the top of the cabinet, or trying to make a flat-sided milk bottle work. I opted to try the bottle first. In order to get a clean image, I put a piece of printer paper inside, laid it on my scanner and, voila! I decent enough image.

Next, I imported it into my Silhouette Design Studio software, where I did a trace, which came out amazingly well. The only thing I really had to fix were the words "Dairy Co." in the glyph or tail of the "y."

I cut the image out, did a reverse-weed and then applied to to the side of the box.  Since my hubby is way better with a spray paint can than I am, he did the next part. He applied several coats of bright red paint, then allowed it to dry thoroughly.  We removed the vinyl, and you can see the final results.

We really like the way it turned out. We have a mix of red geraniums, grass and vine that will be planted in it, hopefully tomorrow.  After that, it will have a spot of honor on our front porch.

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