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“O” is for Overwhelmed

 

Hello there, Friends!

 

I’m in this stage of life right now: the small-children, everyday-seems-like-chaos, got-to-keep-my-head-above-water, stage of life. And it’s a struggle sometimes not to think of it in that way.

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Because the truth is, I absolutely ADORE this stage of life and I wouldn’t trade it for the world–I was born for this! I love the dirty diapers (yes, you heard me). I take joy in changing my babies’ diapers! I love the tickles and giggles. And I love those sweet moments of correction when God has given me the grace to say the right things and direct their little steps closer to the Truth. But some days I just get so very overwhelmed with my “to-do” list as well as the daily stuff that seems to pile up even faster than I can even imagine how to keep up with. As I lie awake with my mind spinning and trying to come up with a plan-of-attack for the month to come, I’m reminded of this verse that quickly calms my spirit and brings me back home.

Psalm 61:2  "from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I,"  I  DailyBibleMeme.com

Lots of love,
Mary

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Shoe Storage – Again!

Some of you may remember the cute little shoe bench that I painted a while back for the kids. And more recently the custom shoe cabinet that I just updated. Well, here we are again addressing the ever popular shoe dilemma. We have outgrown the shoe bench. Most of the time it’s overflowing and we’ve been found many times digging for that matching pair of shoes during crunch time when we’re trying to get out the door!

With four little kiddos now (meaning four different shoe sizes to sort through), I needed a place to separate them for each child, but still keep them downstairs and easily accessible. My solution this time around is the simple plastic basket.

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I found the baskets at Target for $5 a piece. (Smaller versions of this same basket can be found at the Dollar Tree for only $1 a piece.) This system works for us right now!  The girls know which basket is theirs and they also know how to put away and sort the shoes — a huge time-saver!

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The baskets fit in the closet nicely and it’s been much easier to keep the shoes contained now!

Fun fact: Gabby (2nd Child) has twice as many shoes as everyone else. I was thinking why that was the case and then it totally made sense: first, she gets all the hand-me-downs. And then because she gets so many hand-me-downs, I feel guilty and buy her new shoes, too! #spoiled #notabrat

Lots of love,
Mary

My First Canvas Painting!

DIY to a whole new level! Have you ever dreamt of being an artist? Like a real one… that you’ve see in the movies? You know the picture. A blank canvas in front of you. Music playing in the background. Nothing but you and your paintbrush with a beautiful mountain or beachside view for inspiration. You’re wearing a beret–okay, maybe I’m taking it a little too far!

My surroundings were a bit different than in my dreams. Adi was at school and the boys were down for a nap at the same time — it’s my chance! My three-year-old, Gabby, wanted to paint “like mommy.” So I set her up on the kitchen island with newspapers and a scrap piece of wood. Nick Jr. on in the background to keep her doubly entertained in hopes that I could create a two-hour window to pull off a painting. It worked save a few trips to refill Gabby with snacks and more paint colors. Gabby had a great time too! *wink*

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I went for a kind of pop-art style and copied a photograph of my oldest girl, Adi. Yes, she’s only five-years-old. I’m thinking this is a vision of her much older… or I’m just not a very good painter. Probably the latter! Anyway, I had a ton of fun and can’t wait to paint more pieces!

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My favorite part of the painting is the lips! And it’s hard to see in photographs, but the gold has an amazing sheen to it when the light hits the canvas.

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Sometimes I look at it and I’m super critical — so many things to tweak and fix. And other times, it catches my eye and I just love the depth of the colors and textures.

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Question: do you think I should add a caption to the photo?  She has a curious look on her face and I thought it may look good to add a caption bubble, but haven’t thought of anything good enough to make permanent. Any ideas?

Lots of love,
Mary

Dumpster Divin’

I’ve reached a new low… dumpster diving! Okay, okay… before you get all grossed out, let me explain. We have new construction in our neighborhood, which means construction dumpsters everywhere! And I must confess that I may have taken a scrap piece of wood or two that was sticking out of the top, and maybe a wooden pallet as well — of which many are thrown out almost daily. It’s tempting not to go around and collect things, but then my house would become a dumpster. And since I just had a garage sale and got rid of a lot of stuff, I must refrain. Anywho, let me get back on track.

Have you ever missed trash day? Ugh! Don’t you hate it?! Well, one of the benefits of having new construction in your neighborhood is that big dumpsters make it super easy to purge your trash when you miss trash day. One evening when we were “dumping” our trash (shhhhhhhhh…don’t tell!), I saw that someone else had the same idea and I found this huge canvas (see picture below) leaning against the dumpster! I know what you’re thinking: “WHO WOULD WANT THAT?!” I know it’s dated and shall we say “not my favorite.” (That’s what we tell the kids to say when they don’t like something *wink*.)

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Well, it’s a 40″ x 50″ canvas and those can get pretty pricey when you buy them brand-new. I’ve always wanted to play “artist,” so why not paint over an old canvas piece and make it my own? After all, it’s not going to cost me anything. So we took it home!

Stay tuned for the BIG reveal. It may or may not be considered “good” art, but I’m giving myself an “A” for effort!

Lots of love,
Mary

Etsy Stuff I Covet!

I’ve found some really, really cool Etsy shops lately and I just had to share! I could get lost on that site! So many one-of-a-kind treasures and awesome gift ideas!

First up is a shop called Stag Head Designs! They make men’s and women’s rings out of titanium, wood, and dear antler. Some have the most beautiful turquoise detail! I’m swooning!

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Next up is More Than Porcelain! The artist, Monika, creates beautiful glazed porcelain from both vintage and new pieces. She specializes in an Edgar Allan Poe & Alfred Hitchcock styling that adds a little whimsical humor to the occasion. Bummer that she’s all the way in Greece… but the product just may be worth the shipping! LOVE!

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And lastly, White Faux Taxidermy has some amazing resin sculptured animal heads that will add a little modern-chic to any room!

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Lots of love,
Mary

The New Look!

“because i like to decorate” has gotten a facelift! I’ve been working hard on new branding and a new, cleaner look to the blog. How do you like it? I’ve still got a lot of work to do like updating buttons, improving functionality, etc. But I’m just loving the new headline and the fresh, clean layout!

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Lots of love,
Mary