Monday, October 31, 2011

It's like candaayyyy....

I lied.  I said I only had one more post before I left town, but I forgot about candy.  And costumes.  And craziness.  Every year, I have a goal to take the cutest photos of my hoodlums trick or treating, but then we leave and it's either too dark, or the kids are running wild down the street like they have no mother, or my camera just can't keep up.  But this year, I outsmarted them.  (Okay, I didn't really, I just happened to get a few cute photos before the light faded, and it made me feel like I beat them at their own game.  Or something like that. Muwaahahahahahaha!) 
 So with that said, here are the cutest children in the world, who incidentally woke up, high on sugar.  I have no idea how that happens.  Ava went as a peacock/ballet dancer.  She pretty much planned and supervised the creation of her little costume.  JJ went as a cowboy.  Again.  He always goes as a cowboy. 
 Please enjoy the sugar high.   (And 847 photographs.)



























 Alright, so I may have gotten a little carried away with the photos.  But I had some making up to do with years and years of no halloween photos! 

 Also, for the camera buddies, I was shooting with my 50 mm, shutter at 1/125 f.2/5 and ISO of 400 and 800. (LOVE THE 50!!) 

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Before I leave on a jet plane....

I'm getting ready to head out of town for a long weekend in just a few short days, and I'm terrified.  I'll be flying on an airplane (you know, those huge metal things that hurtle through time and space on a wing and a prayer?) to go see a special girl for a few days. (She's very worth it)
 This will not only be my first time flying alone, this will be my third time on an airplane in my entire life!  I've been dreaming of all the awful ways that I'll be lost in an airport because I'm not afraid of the flying part, I'm just afraid of the airport navigation.  I have to change planes (never did that on the ONE other flight I took) and I'm so afraid I won't know where to go, will panic, and be stuck in a corner crying with my wallet stolen and my phone battery dead.  And don't tell me that's not possible because I know it is! (deep breath.)
 My man is a seasoned international traveler and doesn't quite understand my level of fear... and quite possibly thinks I'm overreacting. Which is absurd, because I never overreact.  In fact, no one in my family overreacts!!!  Ever!!!  To anything!!!!  (Feel free to pray for me!)
 I'm so excited to go, that it's the one thing forcing me to master my fear!  (Of course, in my case "mastery" and "denial" are difficult to tell apart.) That said, I've got two posts going up before I leave- this one and my October 365...

 Okay, so now I'm taking a minute for a shameless Etsy plug but it's the last one I'll do before next year, I promise!  (Incidentally, these are the last of any items I'll be making for Etsy until next year too.)   
I had a lot of fun with these things.  Everything was my favorite, but these festive cloth napkins with "eat drink be merry" on them kind of have my heart.  I used a vintage typewriter font face, and it turned out perfectly!  (Wait til you see these babies in your mailbox! You'll do a happy dance right there, I'll bet.) Oh and I made a giant red chalkboard, some big burlap "Santa bags,"  and some of the cutest little reindeer table runners too...Click here to shop!
I made a few toss pillow covers because I fell in love with the Burrberryesque pattern, and I love how the printed burlap bags turned out.  They were exactly as I saw them in my head and just think of all the uses! Click here to shop!
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(The sunlight was shining through the reindeer's hind end... just so you know it's not printed like that- it's a solid red.) I adore this little reindeer.  So fun.. and dare I say, "merry?"  (giggle.)  Click here to shop!
Have I mentioned how much I love these?  Cause yeah... I do.  They are just so much fun.  I always get the sweetest comments every time I wear mine.  (This saying seems so fitting for my life these days too!  Anyone else?)
And because it's Christmas and all, I have decided to put all of my Keep Calm pendants in sweet little gift boxes, so you can give them to someone you love, or just treat yourself to a little Merry Christmas!  Click here to shop!
Is anyone else as excited as I am about this?  ("Elf" lovers UNITE! Yeah!) I made these poster prints so you can easily slip them into your favorite frame and display all season long! 
I love these trays. I lined them with wine corks and covered them with this awesome coating that made them all pretty and shiny.
 The beauty is, it's a tray so the possibilities are endless this time of year! Click here to shop!
And I saved the best for last.  I hand stamped some Christmas tree garlands with the names of God and let me just say, I may only put this on my tree... it's that cute!  It comes as a two part roll, totaling six yards of garland! Click here to shop!
 And last but not least, I've only got two of these babies left, so if you want one before Thanksgiving, they're yours.  Click here to shop!
 You can grab any of these items on my Etsy site, here.  Happy pre-holiday shopping. (You guys are my favorite customers!!!)  I was going to wait until November 1st to publish and open my holiday shop, but because I'm getting ready to leave next weekend, I decided a little early couldn't hurt any.  (And I was just excited to share these items with you!)

Okay one post down, one to go... and then I'm going to panic.  I just am.

But first I'm going to pack.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Scooping out the junk so the light can shine

 The thing I love most, is listening to my hoodlums talk to each other when I'm not directly in the room.  It's their job to scoop out all the pumpkin goo and seeds before Adrain helps them carve it. 
As they picked out seeds and slimy strings of pulp, I heard one of them say to each other, "Hey... do you remember that pumpkin story?"  "Oh yeah I do, the other replied." "Scooping out this stuff reminds me of that... it's cool how God scoops out the junk in us just like we do with our pumpkins isn't it?" (More scooping for a few minutes and some random seed flicking)  "Yeah... I agree.  (Little pause...) These seeds are slimy." 
 Little bits and pieces of random conversation went on for the next ten or so minutes, and I was once again reminded how like pumpkins we are. Filled with goo...pride, ego, selfishness, greed, vanity, and so many other things, and so in need of a Savior to scoop it out, clean us up, carve an image in our hearts, so that His light shines through us to a darkened world.  And what delights me most, is that my hoodlums get it. 
 In their own little sweet ways, they get it. 
Let your light shine today!