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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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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!!

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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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Book Review: Paradise Valley

Here is another book I recommend to all of my fellow readers out there, especially those of you who (like myself) are fans of Amish fiction.  If I were you, I would definitely add Dale Cramer’s Paradise Valley to your summer reading list!! I couldn’t agree more with New York Times bestselling author Beverly Lewis when she says, “If you like Amish fiction, you’ll love this book!”

Paradise Valley - by: Dale Cramer

 

Set in the 1920’s, Paradise Valley is a great example of historical fiction, having been inspired by actual events with the historical context of the novel being fairly accurate.   The story begins with the arrest of 5 Amish fathers for violating the Bing Act of 1921.  From this point forward Cramer’s characters — the Bender family — come to life through the eyes of 15-year-old Rachel, one of Caleb Bender’s daughters.  I encourage you to follow the journey of Rachel and her family as they move to Mexico to start a new life in a place where the American government cannot interfere with their Amish way of life.  They are faced with many trials and tribulations throughout their journey and their attempts to begin life in their new home, Paradise Valley.  See how they draw upon their faith and keep to “their ways” as temptation, hard times, and risky encounters with bandits threaten their new start. 

 

I hope you take the time to look this book up at your local library or book store!! I thoroughly enjoyed it, and if you enjoy Amish fiction as much as I do, then I know you will too!!  Happy reading!!

 

Thank you to Bethany House for providing this book for review. 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
 

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Posted by on June 3, 2011 in Blogging, Book Nook, WAHM

 

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~* Recipe of the Week *~

Clams w/ Noodles in a Yummy Butter Sauce!

 

Yesterday was my birthday, and I had the chance to make one of my favorite meals for supper: Clams with Noodles in a special sauce I enjoy making!!

Preparation/ Cook Time: 20 – 30 minutes

Makes about4 servings.

Clams with Noodles in a Buttery Sauce

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 box of the pasta of your choice (this particular time I used a 1/2 bag of egg noodles, but I’ve also used spaghetti, and linguine pastas
  • 1 bag of fresh clams (I was able to get a 50 count bag at my local grocery store for about $5.00)
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 tablespoon garlic
  • 1 tablespoon lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • Grated Parmesan cheese for topping

Directions:

  1. In a large frying pan, melt 1 stick of butter.  While butter is cooking, scrub clams clean (still in their shells) with a scrub brush and hot water.
  2. When butter is melted add water, garlic, lemon pepper seasoning, and lemon juice. 
  3. Before continuing, start cooking pasta in a pot of boiling water. Drain pasta when it is cooked.  I find it easiest to have the pasta cooking while I’m cooking up my clams that way the noodles and clams in buttery sauce get done at about the same time.
  4. Place clams in frying pan (do not stack clams on top of one another).  Cover with lid and let cook on medium – high heat for about 5 minutes until all clam shells pop open! (Once all of the clams are “popped” open, that means the clams are cooked thoroughly. If you come across any clams that are not opened after cooking, discard them! We don’t need you eating bad or uncooked seafood!)
  5. Leave buttery mixture in frying pan, and remove all cooked clams. I put all of my clam shells in the garbage can and the clam meat in a bowl.  Continue cooking up the rest of the clams in the same way until all are cooked. Add more water to buttery mixture if needed. 
  6. ** There’s no need to dump buttery mixture into bowl of clam meat in between each round of clam cooking if you are doing a large amount at one time.  The more clams you cook in the buttery sauce, the more flavor gets added! 🙂
  7. Place noodles in a bowl or on a plate (whichever you prefer!).  Top with cooked clams and buttery garlic and lemon pepper “sauce”.  Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese on top if desired!

I enjoy having my clams and noodles with either garlic bread or crackers.  If you are not a fan of eating the clam meat whole, feel free to mince it up.  Adding chopped or minced onions to the mixture in place of the lemon pepper seasoning is also an option! Enjoy!!

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A Dysfunctional Functional Space

Lately this seems to be my routine whenever I walk into my office/crafting area: walk into room, sigh, stare at the dysfunctional layout and somewhat “organized” stuff, sigh again, shake head, grab what I need and get out before I start getting too frustrated.  Do you have a room/space in your home like that?  Well, I do!  Ever since finding out that we will be expecting Baby #2 in September (and YES! we are indeed EXTREMELY excited!!), we had to make some changes to some rooms in our household.  My previous office/crafting area has now become “big brother’s” bedroom so that Baby can move right in to our little guy’s old bedroom (since his room was still painted in the neutral colors to match his ABC baby bedding, crib, and other furniture — all of which we are happily reusing again — we thought it easier to move him into the other room).  

My Half of Cluttered Office

 

 As a result of all of the recent changes, my office furniture is now crammed into a corner in my husband’s downstairs office area along with boxes and bins of crafting supplies and Mary Kay supplies/products.  Everything is “organized” in a way that I at least know where to find it, however, my small desk where I do my paperwork and weekly project planning has become inadequate for doing any craft work.  I’m actually considering selling it at our next yard sale but, having only just purchased it 2 years ago, am afraid to part with it so soon.  Ideally I would like a long wooden desk — one perhaps that I can find at a yard sale this year, where I can work comfortably on, use my sewing machine, not be afraid of marking up with paint, hot glue, and the like, and that (if possible) would have drawers or other means of storage.  Looks like I’ll have to keep my eyes open during the upcoming weeks/months for a good yard sale find!  In the meantime, I’ll just continue to do my paperwork at my desk, and my crafting at my dining room and kitchen tables.

Wire Shelving Used to Store Yarn and Supplies

Then there is the problem of storage. Ok, maybe not exactly storage problem in the sense that I don’t have things to put my supplies in. I have a wire rack shelving unit that I used in my previous office space that I still keep my yarn on, shoebox-sized storage bins, and that great 3-drawer unit on wheels that I got for FREE at last weekend’s town-wide yard sale.  So obviously the idea of storage is not the problem. I think, rather, that my problem is wanting to have  a good spot for everything without it getting in the way or making me feel crammed.  Right now every inch of wall space has something against it (the room my husband and I share is lined with large windows and the one wall consists of a large archway entrance into the adjoining room, leaving us with only 3 “walls”), and there is virtually no space for much of anything. 

Desk Area and Additional Storage

So….. as a result, I am faced with another road block in regards to what I would consider “functional space”.  If only I could have someone come in like on those room makeover tv shows, that could get inside my head and figure out how to make my “workspace” needs and wants work in this room. Plus, don’t forget, there’s the challenge of letting my husband have his computer desk/work space in the room as well.  AAAhhhhhh!!! 

So, now that I have stated my dilemma and vented about my workspace anxiety,  I HOPE that in the upcoming weeks I will be able to share a sequel to this post that will happily state any productive changes I have made to the downstairs office.  In the meantime, I will continue to make some crafty creations at my dining room and kitchen tables, and crochet and write posts via my laptop from my post on my living room couch.  

Oh, and P.S. — If anyone has any ideas to share, please do!! Thanks!!

 

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