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Spring “in the Making” Here at HHC

Spring has finally arrived!!  With it has come the green grass, tree buds and growing hay in the farm field outside my at-home office/craft area window.  I’m so glad Spring has finally come because I have finally unpacked a majority of our boxes from our move and I am ready to breath a fresh new life into my blog as well as my Crafting and Mary Kay businesses!!

If you check out my Heartfelt Home Creates shop on Etsy (here) and on Facebook (here), you’ll be sure to find links to and pictures of the Easter- and Spring-themed wreaths and other products I just made over the past 2 weeks.  It was so nice finally being able to have my own crafting/office space again, thanks to the custom shelf built for me by my husband so that I may have my own little corner of the house to some of my supplies while at the same time sectioning off my own area from the kids’ new play room. For those of you that have your own work space or at-home office space, I’m sure you can completely relate and share in my excitement!

Aside from my crafting business, I have also been able to restart my Mary Kay business!  I have even created a Facebook page (here) for it so that I can connect with my customers, old and new alike, in addition to emails. I love finding new ways to connect with people!

But enough of the “self-promotion”, that’s not why I am writing this post. Instead, I’d like to just jot down some of my blogging and crafting to-do list items.  First off, I just finished reading a great inspirational book about a Christian single mom who, against many odds and obstacles, accomplished so much — it was great! I don’t want to say much more since I will be writing a review of this book in an upcoming post, so in the meantime I hope that you will check back over the course of the next day or two so that you can read more about it!!

In other news, I have been busy crocheting and crafting up some new fabric squares wreaths.  I am excited that this month marked my 2-year anniversary of my shop on Etsy! Right now I am focusing on Easter and Spring- inspired items, and I’ve been having a lot of fun creating them!! So far I’ve made about5 wreaths, as well as egg cozies, bibs, hats, placemats, washcloths (and I have a lot more ideas in my head waiting to be made!).  I think the spring weather we’ve been blessed with here is playing a key roll in energizing my creative side. (*smile*)

As far as blogging goes, I’m looking forward to trying new recipes and sharing them with you. I won’t be able to post recipes weekly like I have in the past since most of my time is now spent keeping up with our two little ones, but I am eager to get a few posts in soon!  There are also quite a few books I have on my “to read and review” list that I am anticipating sharing with you. I was hoping to write some gardening posts, but unfortunately I am unable to have my lovely garden in our new home.  I’m trying to find a way to remedy that, perhaps with a garden in flower pots… I haven’t quite figured that out yet, so if anyone has suggestions on how I can have my veggie garden in our new home (where I can grow tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, lettuce and such) I’m all up for suggestions!!

Well, I hate to end this rather spuratic and random post so quickly, but my little ones are in need of this Mommy’s attention. With that being said, I hope you enjoy the rest of the evening and will check back soon as I retake my blogging by storm!  🙂


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There’s Been a lot of “Crafting” Going On!

Hello!  I can’t believe it’s been So Long since I’ve last written a post for my blog!  It’s actually quite embarrassing for me since I love to blog and write my little day-in-my-life tidbits.  There’s been a LOT going on around here, so let me update you with my current life craziness!!

Crocheted Snowman Ornament

My little family has moved to the southern end of the state, in the middle of the country.  It’s a big change for our little guy, who has only ever known our previous home set in a town.  Now he can look out his bedroom window and see the horses grazing on the farm across the road. It’s a nice, positive change though, and I’m looking forward to next summer when I can sit in our yard and enjoy the view of the neighbor’s farm or the horses while I crochet or read.

A lot more changes have come our way since moving other than just the landscape.  We’re living in a home significantly smaller than the last one, so I’ve spent most of my time making our furniture “fit” and moving our belongings around to areas where they seem to work best.  I’m excited about the finished attic area that we have. It’s perfect for an office/crafting area for my husband and I, as well as a family room/play room for our children to enjoy without having to clutter up our small living room with toys and our other things.  I’m hoping to tackle this upstairs area in the very near future so that we can start making good use of it right away! Besides, I’m itching to have my own crafting space again!  Which leads me to my next topic…

I’ve been a crafting machine since we’ve moved, and believe me I’m not complaining! I’m loving it!! I’ve already participated in a craft fair and am signed up for a week-long event for next week.  I’m excited to get back into crafting mode and have found it to be good therapy in the midst of the adjusting from the move, my need to unpack and reorganize everything, as well as adjust to my husband’s new work schedule while caring for our 2 wonderful children (who are under the age of 4).  Lots of adjusting! But thankful for my crafts and recent orders I’ve received to help me relax!  I’m also looking forward to reading books for review again once I get myself organized and into a better routine. 

So, that’s about it.  Just busy with our new home, our new family schedule, and my crafts.  I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving! Thank you for reading my post. I am looking forward to sharing with you more of my crafting adventures and other posts!


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Welcoming in the Fall Season & Our New Addition!

Happy Friday! and Happy Fall!!

The leaves are starting to fall off of our trees and the temps are starting to get cooler.  Football season is underway and my son and I decorated our home inside and out w/ pumpkins and scarecrows!  I LOVE FALL!! 

Grapevine Pumpkin Wreaths


This is the time of year where I get an extra spring in my step and a sense of a fresh start.  I’m already in search of a new planner after receiving some inspiration from this post — “Making a Household Notebook Work for You” — on Simple Mom.  When I get a moment, I plan on making a new schedule to organize my time better, especially since our beautiful baby girl, Emma, was born 2 weeks ago!! 🙂  I’ve had to make a few adjustments, especially where sleep is concerned (although she only wakes up about 2 times a night to be fed, so I’m not going to complain too much!).  As of right now, it looks like my cleaning and cooking time will be mostly when our two kiddos are napping, and my crafting and reading time will be during my evening television and relaxation time.  Bring on the multi-tasking!!  But believe me, I’m not complaining!! The adjustments are worth it and since I’m the type of person who works better when I have a busier schedule, I’m actually looking forward to it!  I’ve already listed a few Fall/Halloween items on my Etsy shop (see here) and on FB (see here), and I’ve even created a page on FB for my Mary Kay business (see here).  There are still more crafty creations in the works or that I’ve been thinking up to add to my shop, including some for babies (and I welcome custom orders too!), so keep an eye on my page and my shop for new additions!! 

I also am compiling a list of Fall-themed recipes that I’d like to post here on my blog. I’ve been slacking on my Recipe of the Week posts and I’m eager to get back into sharing them with you!  Plus, there will be quite a few book reviews and product reviews being posted over the next several weeks.  If you haven’t already, I suggest subscribing to my blog so you can receive all of these new posts and to stay up-to-date with my blog. Now that I’m back to my old self physically and have so much more energy, I’m excited to get back into the swing of things!!


Baby Emma

Well, now that I’ve briefly shared everything that’s been churning in my mind and my ambitious intentions for my blog, etsy shop, and Mary Kay business, I would like to bring this post to a close.  But before doing so, I do want to thank all of you who have offered prayers and words of encouragement during the past 9 months, as we had to endure a lot of tests, ultrasounds and worry with our little girl.  My family and I are thankful for and greatly appreciate every one of them and are happy to share with you that we have been blessed with a completely healthy, happy and beautiful baby girl!! We are truly thankful for your help and for God’s blessings!!


Enjoy your day/ weekend!! I look forward to connecting with you!!




Book Review: Healing Hearts

"Healing Hearts" by: Beth Wiseman

Hello, fellow readers!  Here is another review of a collection of Amish fiction for you! This time, I was able to review Beth Wiseman’s Healing Hearts, a collection of 3 stories previously published in An Amish Christmas, An Amish Gathering, and An Amish Love.

The first story, A Choice to Forgive, centers around mother and widow – Lydia Smucker. Lydia has loved two men in her life. Daniel, who disappeared one Christmas Eve long ago, leaving only a note saying he wanted to live in the Englisch world. And Elam, Daniel’s brother, to whom she had been happily married for 15 years. When Elam dies, Lydia gives up on ever loving again. But she is shocked when Daniel wants to return to the Order and her life.  Daniel is finally able to make known to Lydia the truth about what happened that Christmas Eve in hopes that she can and will at least forgive him.  I will not tell you if she does or not, because that would ruin the outcome of the story for you.  However, I will tell you that the story reminds all of us how important trust, honesty and forgiveness are in our lives.  They just might mean the difference between which path our lives take and lead.

A Change of Heart is the second novella included in the collection. Leah is a writer in a community that does not encourage such fruitless endeavors. She lacks the skills necessary to be a good Amish fraa. Aaron knows these things about Leah, but his heart is captured by this spirited young woman. See how Leah’s stories influence the people around her, and touch some hearts close to her in unexpected ways!

“Healing Hearts” Levina Lapp and her husband Naaman are alone for the first time in 30 years. When Naaman left to visit cousins in Ohio, Levina wasn’t expecting him to be gone a year. Now that he’s back, will they be able to move beyond this estrangement and fall in love again? Even though the story focuses mostly on Levina and Naaman’s marriage and the trials and attempts to get it working again, I found it interesting how Naaman’s visit away from wife and kinner had and would impact the lives of so many people.  This story is not just a reminder of how love and trust are important aspects of a strong marriage and family.  Healing Hearts also reminds readers that God has a purpose for events and things that we do with our lives, even though such things are not understood at the time they happen.


I don’t want to add too much more to the summaries listed above in case I accidentally give away the endings for those of you interested in reading Healing Hearts.  I was drawn into reading all 3 stories as soon as I started each one.  I hope that you will be too if you choose to read this book. I couldn’t put it down and finished it in 2 days.

 Once again, Beth Wiseman demonstrates through this collection of stories how well she writes and shares such aspects as love, trust, forgiveness and Faith with her readers.  She’s definitely one of the top Amish fiction authors on my reading list!  I’m glad I chose this book to read and review!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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Posted by on August 30, 2011 in Blogging, Book Nook


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Friday Featured Product! ~ “World of Praise” CD ~

Ok, so I know today is Saturday and not Friday, but I didn’t want to wait until next Friday to “publish” this post!!

Today’s “Friday Featured Product” is another cd from Discovery House Publishers & Music entitled World of Praise.  Having enjoyed the Stand Up! Big Band Praise cd I had received for review from Discovery House (see previous post here), I was excited for the opportunity to review another cd for them!

World of Praise cd Discovery House Music

World of Praise cd

World of Praise is not your typical instrumental hymns cd.  This cd features traditional and “newer” hymns played with instruments from countries around the world!  For example, how about listening to What a Friend We have in Jesus as played by instruments from Africa?  I especially enjoyed hearing This Is My Father’s World as played by Persian instruments!  The other hymns feature music from Spain, the Middle East, Ireland, China and more!  It’s like traveling around the world while listening to your favorite hymns!

I believe the thing I enjoyed most about this cd was the fact that I was not only listening to some of my favorite hymns with a different twist, but that I was getting the chance to be exposed to musical instruments from other countries that I might otherwise not have considered attempting to listen to.  I think the wide range of countries and music chosen made the cd even more enjoyable and interesting, as opposed to a cd that perhaps might have only had the hymns featuring instruments from just one or two countries.  I would recommend using this cd to Sunday School or Bible Study groups who want to add a bit of culture to their lessons, even if just used as background music.

Overall, I give a positive review for the World of Praise cd and encourage you to listen to the sound clips given on the Discovery House Publishing and Music site. Thank you, Discovery House, for allowing me to review another one of your great products!

Please note: I was in no way compensated for writing this product review.  I was only given the above  mentioned cd and asked by Discovery House Publishing & Music to write a review, whether positive or negative,  that expressed my honest opinion on their product.

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Time to “Freshen Up” a Bit!

"Crafts are notions created from the Heart"

Happy Saturday everyone!! I can’t believe the last time I wrote a post on here was the beginning of July!!  Well, I guess that was to be expected with family vacations, the listing of our house to be sold asap, my husband starting a new job in the part of the state we hope to move to, all peppered with doctor appointments and tests for my pregnancy (we’re expecting Baby #2 in September!) to make sure things continue to improve and go well with our little one.  So, yeah, I think it’s about time I get back into the groove of things! 🙂

With that being said, let me give a quick update on what’s to come:

Over the course of this weekend and the upcoming week, I hope to do some revamping and reorganizing on my blog. I’ve already chosen a new theme (let me know what you think!).  I’ve decided it was time to give things a fresh new look.  Plus, I plan on adding new post categories/pages (especially adding a section for easy access to posts about my latest crafting projects and new products and updates for my shop on Etsy!) and deleting others.  I’m hoping this will make my posting more organized and more frequent for me. After all, I’m the type of person who enjoys fitting in some sort of routine or plan for things whenever I can, and I’m hoping this will also make my post writing (which is something I always enjoy) a bit easier once our new addition to our little family arrives! I’ve already started filling in my planner for upcoming posts for recent book reviews, product reviews, crafting ideas, and WAHM moments that I’ve had in the back of my mind over the past couple of weeks but that I have not had the chance to sit and share. I’m so eager to get back into my writing and sharing!!

So, as I bring this post to a close, I hope that you will check back with me over the course of the weekend and this coming week to see how my progress is coming.  Any post topic suggestions or tips you would like to share are always welcome! 

Enjoy the weekend, and Blessings for a great day!!

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Posted by on August 13, 2011 in Blogging, WAHM


Being Crafty in a Patriotic Way

Can you believe that the 4th of July is just around the corner?  I know I can’t!  I keep asking myself, “Where did the month of June go?”  But that’s ok.  I enjoy the 4th of July holiday – a lot! 

Celebrating the 4th of July was always a bit of a “big deal” in my family when I was growing up and I like to think that it still is.  Like most families, we would have a cookout held usually at my Grandparents’ house on my Mom’s side.  Everyone would bring food (my favorite being my Mom’s homemade macaroni and shrimp salad) and I would get to enjoy playing miniature golf on my Grandpa’s 9 hold miniature golf course he had set up in his side yard, or watching my aunts,  uncles, parents, and cousins play intense games of volleyball or badminton in the back of the yard (I was one of the youngest and “too little” to play most times) — all while listening to my Grandpa’s “carousel” or Polka music over the speakers he had strung up around the yard.  Then at the end of the day we would go into the enclosed pavillion my Grandpa had built (complete with 2 restaurant-style booths, a couch, sink, and old-time soda pop ice chest) to enjoy the leftover food for supper, followed by a small fireworks display in the backyard.  Those were some really great times!  I know my Grandpa liked them best because he was surrounded by the family that he loved and to celebrate the country that he loved (he was a WWII veteran, having been one of Merrills Marauders).

Today, I enjoy celebrating the 4th of July with my parents and my own family and making our own memories.  I also enjoy adding a Patriotic touch to the crafty creations I make for my Heartfelt Home Creations shop on Etsy.  While I like to keep some items made for my shop in the “Red, White and Blue” fashion year round, I thought I would list what I currently have for sale in this blog post to make browsing for you a little easier in case you are looking for that special little something for your 4th of July celebration or home decor.  Just click on the pictures below to see their listings.  Plus, don’t forget, if you use coupon code HHC30 at checkout, you will get a discount of 30% off, which also applies to custom orders as well (expires June 30th).

Well, I am off to spend the rest of my day crocheting some more items.  Thank you for letting me share my 4th of July memories with you, and happy shopping!!

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Posted by on June 28, 2011 in Blogging, WAHM


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