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Hello Beautiful People

I miss this. I miss sitting down and writing. Would you like to know which 2 year old is hijaking my ability to blog?
That rascally little two year old down there.

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This child…this TWO YEAR OLD…is staying up until 10 or 11 at night. YES! I know, right? What two year old stays up that late? And he is FULL of energy! He takes one nap during the day. And then is up all hours. I propped my eyes open and climbed out of bed early to come write, and I heard his little “mama” at 5:45. I made a mad dash into the bedroom and was able to get him settled back down, thank you JESUS.  I am not a night owl.  But have begrudgingly become one.  Sigh.  He’s lucky he’s cute. :)

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We had family photos taken by Jennifer Whilhite Photography.  If you are local…she’s just a little fantastic. :)  Can you believe that we did not cut our children’s hair?  Ugh.  We are always last minute on that kind of thing.  This time we missed out totally, but on the bright side we’ll have Luke’s mullet  documented for all time!

Oh FRIENDS.  I have so much to say!  It wants to just pour right out of me in novel form, but who has time for that?  I will tell you a little bit about Allume…I’m headed there Thursday.  I told my roomies last night I’m obnoxiously excited.  It’s true!  I never figured myself for a blogging conference kind of girl, but Allume is so much more than just a blogging conference; you should take a look around the website.  I’m going to partner with some ministries I’m thrilled about and I’m going to take some classes from people I’ve admired for years.  GAH.  Get me on the plane, already.

I have to give huge thanks to 3 friends that planted the idea of going in my head, that for various reasons are not able to attend (one due to a sweet baby girl that recently arrived, and another due to a sweet baby girl that is due very, very shortly!)  Kristen said “girl, we should go together!” then got pregnant, of all things.  Kristen, I’m pretty much going because of you. THANK YOU.  And Darlene and Holly, thanks for your encouragement to actually follow through; so sad that you won’t be able to make it {seriously, big SIGH} but so grateful for the nudge to just DO it.

A few months ago I had to pop up a request on facebook asking for roomies, and weeks and weeks went by with no bites.  I was a wee bit worried…then God started forming the perfect group of girls and we’ve connected in a marvelous way already; I can’t wait to hug their necks.  They are all beautiful souls; God’s timing and plan is always spot on!!  Lindsey and Resealia and Sandy…I guess Luke has been training me pretty well lately because it’s doubtful we’ll get much sleep anyway! I have practice!

So anyway, prayers are much appreciated; that God would shine through in a huge way this weekend.  AND could you please pray for my boys, and for my momma’s heart?  I know they’ll be fine, but Luke, well…he’s too young to fully understand that I’ll be leaving Thursday and not coming back until Sunday.  And he doesn’t like it when I’m gone for the afternoon, sooo…prayers for that whole scenario would be greatly appreciated.

One more thing, friends!  I put this request out on Instagram but I want to put it out here too…

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Please pray for this sweet couple.  Adam is currently in Boston on an artificial lung.  One lung is removed, the other is prayerfully going to recover.  The dreaded, blasted big C attacked and things are significantly serious right now.  They have two precious little boys…just…no real words, but a plea to pray. I’ll keep you updated.

Thank you guys!  If I don’t write again before I leave…I’ll be coming back with some pretty darn good writing material. :)  Have a great week!



Honest-to-Goodness, I’ve been “blogging” a little more on instagram lately than here!  The boy’s homeschool curriculum is online, and between keeping the house running and their use of the computer, I haven’t seen this laptop in a week.  So I’m just going to throw the last week’s pictures up here as a way to say HEY!  I’m still around!  I’ve got to find a groove again, though.  I’m headed to Allume in Three! Weeks! and seeing as though it’s a blogging conference…might be good if I pay more attention to this little spot. I’m going to tell you more about the conference soon, and introduce you to my roomies.  But for now…these pics are a combo of Maine and New Hampshire and some homeschool “fieldtrips”. ;-)  It’s been a good week, fall is lovely (can’t believe I’m saying that, but it’s true).  Have a fantastic Friday and beyond, friends!

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A New Day!

Yesterday was SOMEthing else, my friends.  I was so overstimulated by the time Erick came home from work…whew!  Raising three boys is no joke!  Ryan almost broke his arm (seriously…but it was just a whopper of a bruise, thank GOODNESS), then whilst playing baseball together, Jack slammed the ball right into Ry’s smacker.  Bloody Face. A few hours later he choked on a grape…big time choke.  After that I sent him straight to bed…hopefully nothing will happen in bed, right?  Gracious.  And Jack and Luke; they are two of a kind.  So similar that they drive each other crazy.  And LOUD, boy are they loud!!  Teachers in town, I’m doing you a gigantic favor by homeschooling these little nuggets.  :)  What I can tell you is…with their spirit, they are going to be World Changers. I just know it.  God’s got a great plan for these three…


Ok, so if you follow me on instagram, you’ve gotten a peek or two into life lately; mom and dad went to the New England Trade Show in Massachusetts.

photo-38 copy We had high hopes; and DID get into some stores!  But bless the hearts of the people who put this together; about 1400 buyers had signed up, and only 2-300 came; a very, very small turnout.  We were anticipating selling more as well, but we’ll just rethink things and see what else we can do.  Not only did we have alot of friends covering this weekend in prayer, but we asked for God to supply the stores we needed to be in, and He did, obviously!  So even though orders didn’t roll in like crazy…


Eucharisteo..Always.  Praise through the good and the bad.  God will supply ALL of our needs.  He is SO GOOD!

Ok folks, the boys are at Grammy’s today, and I have a list a mile long to whip out.  Have a magnificent day, and soak up the remains of the summer!  It’s a New Day…so thankful that every morning gives us a fresh start!


It’s Flying By…

Well hello to you!

Sparse postings lately, not so sparse of a life, I assure you!  Where does summer fly away too, and why so quickly?  Erick started school yesterday; workshops then students on Wednesday…the start of the schoolyear always makes me a little sad; what I wouldn’t give to have my hubby by my side all of the time!  But he’s gifted at what he does; they don’t make too many teachers like him. :)  The boys and I will start up the schoolyear at home this week; I think it’s going to be an interesting homeschooling year with a 2 year old in tow; pray for us please?  Hopefully it will exceed my expectations!

Erick and I snuck away for a day 2 weeks ago; someday I want to take a full-on vacation.  Go somewhere for a week, at least!  Take the whole family and just have a ball.  But for the last few years, little escapes have gotten us through.  Mom and dad watched the boys; we hit the coast and explored Blue Hill; for as many years as I’ve lived here I’ve never made it there; always dodged right around it (Stonington, Castine, etc) but never made it to that lovely little town!

Discovered Three Wishes; oh, you’ll have to read their “about” page; you guys…my dream…it was such a lovely little shop and just look at the view from their top floor; the tide was out but it was gorgeous.

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On our drive we came across this view; wouldn’t you like to wake up to that every morning?

IMG_2209We headed on to Schoodic Point; Erick had never been.  The last time I went was after a storm; we heard the waves were magnificent (and they were)…it was high tide so I didn’t even realize that there were so many boulders out there to traipse around on until this trip.  And funny story; we (mom, dad, Ryan and I) visited 2 days before I delivered Jack.  He was already a week overdue, so we bought towels and an extra change of clothes, just in case.  HA!  Crazy!



So many photos…so little space.

We also made a delivery to another one of my favorite new stores last week; totally blown away by Catherine’s gracious spirit and vision.  I didn’t take pictures!  I should of, and I will!  I can’t wait to go back.  Click on that logo to learn all about she and her hubby…amazing people.

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We popped on down to Pemaquid Point; it’s not too far from The Good Supply.  We were able to go up in the lighthouse!  My first time!  I could live there…OH my…IMG_2303

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There is a vast lawn to play on; trees to shade your picnic; a gallery and museum and shop and restaurant; it is SUCH a great place to visit.

Ok, this post has officially been worked on in bits and pieces for over a week!  High time I just put her up already!  Wishing you all a wonderful week. :)


Oh, Martha!

Good Thunderstormy Morning to YOU!

Woke up to thunder and lightening…woah! Supposed to happen all day, and of course it’s on my “day off” (Erick is taking the boys to Grammie’s) so while I was entertaining the thought of escaping for a bit, I’ll probably just hunker down here.

I wanted to share a photo with you, which makes me giddy for multiple reasons.

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I snagged it from Jo Ellen’s facebook page (I hope you don’t mind, Jo Ellen!!) Jo Ellen and Tom are two of the kindest, talented, most generous people around and curate one of the best store collections…I could spend hours in their store every time I visit; which is quite a bit! They graciously carry quite a few of our products.  And yep, Martha Stewart popped into their store yesterday! I think I would just die on the spot.  I’m so happy for them!  I have to tell you…what makes me just sparkle from the inside out is the thought that Martha probably laid eyes on our products.  I’m 98 percent sure she did, because she that little whale wall hanging to the right of her head?  That’s ours!

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Truly; if you are ever in Camden, stop in at Jo Ellen Designs.  You couldn’t support two better people!


I’ve been working on some prints…I was able to whip up a few at Selah Tea Cafe last week; it was a great little momma break.  I’m trying to figure out printing/shipping, then I’ll hopefully bombard the store with a new “line”.  I have some new jewelry ideas as well that I’m excited about.  New items in the shop, soon.


I’ll leave you with a few pictures from the past week; it’s wavered between foggy/rainy & brilliantly wonderful, sunshiny weather.  We hopped on down to Boothbay Harbor and visited the Maine State Aquarium; totally worth it.

OH!  And Luke, he is officially 2 years old.  Just…wow to that.

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Oh Maine.  I love you so.

Have a great Friday, friends!


Thanks + Gratefulness

Ok, bear with me…shootin’ from the hip, trying to write this quickly so I can go play at the park with my boys. :)

Life has been this emotional roller coaster lately.  Major finance blahs.  Ideas that have fallen a little flat.  All mixed in with the good, too, people.  All mixed in with the good.  One of the major “goods”?  My sweet and funny and incredibly generous friend Melaine not only gave us a spot in the Souvenir Mag, but popped this suprise on me yesterday…

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See those little {mr. and mrs.} letters?  Totally her brainchild, but she asked us to whip them up for her, then she put them together in that beautiful sign, and they are going to be viewed on Four Weddings on TLC.  What????  And she’s giving us credit for them and trying to send business our way…

THAT.  THAT is who I want to be.  As time allows, I want to grow this blog to be someone of influence, so I can make THAT type of difference.  So I can light up someone’s life like that.

I want to be a Darlene, who took a chance on this ol’ girl as her first sponsor and sparked the desire to create even more.  I want to be a Holly, who can, with a sweet recommendation, make orders flood in.  I want to be an Ashley, who makes my stats explode whenever she mentions the blog.  And who, through her influence, introduces me to amazing people like Melaine, who ends up getting one of our products on tv.  I want to be a Sasha, who is unfailingly inspirational.  I want to be a Deborah, who is incredibly kind and loyal.  I want to be a Kelly, who through HER idea, kept us knee deep in It Is Well orders.  I want to be a Monica and Jess who fill up houses with “shut the front door” hilariousness because they have such brilliant and fun ideas…

Ladies, this is a big fat virtual THANK YOU.  In short, each of you has given us a God Sized Boost.  Ok, not that I want to be someone else, but I want to be used, just like He uses you. :)

And as for the business, we are kind of standing on the edge of a precipice…not really knowing what’s going to happen, but praying for wisdom, obviously, in where to take it.  And how and when and what to be apart of and who to sell too, and what products to focus on…it’s all this big “unknowing” at this point.  You know what my heart of hearts would love to see happen though?  That we would have to grow out of our little one-room studio.  That we would have to employ our neighbors.  That we could one day have this big happy bunch of people laughing together and creating together and just loving life together.  That we could meet needs…in the community and worldwide.  That we could pay my brother’s student loans off, no problemo.  That we could buy my mother-in-law a car that would actually last her a few years.  ;-)  That we wouldn’t have to worry about where our oil money for the winter was going to come from.  I’m going to Allume this fall, and I know that there are incredible opporunities to partner with difference-makers there.  I want to be able to do just that.

That’s a whole heckuva lotta wants.  Oh, I also (have always) wanted to be able to hire someone who has a passion for cooking and scrubbing toilets.  I SO WANT THAT.  Ha!

So this is basically a thank you, not only to those beautiful ladies I mentioned, but to all of my incredible friends who have purchased from us, and have championed us, and have prayed for us.  I’m just feeling so blessed and grateful for ALL of you!  You all light up my life, big time. And it’s a prayer request for, well, wisdom…to know the hows and wheres and whens of the business and the blog…that they would be revealed just as they should be.

You guys are the best.



Mag and Maine Love

Going to try to smash the last few weeks together in a post.  You ready?

We were featured in one of my favorite magazines.  Holy Moly, so fun to see!  It’s totally worth the cost, you guys!  Souvenir’s back issues are worth the buy as well. Amazing stuff; such an honor to be included among the awesomeness in this mag.

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We’ve had some wild and wooly weather; from hot to foggy to rainy; it’s been an interesting summer. :)  Caught these on the road this week; foggy pictures are my fave.  First one is Wiscasset and second is just past Fairfield.  Not too terribly bad for phone pics!

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Ryan and Jack were in a parade last Saturday, and today is their last day of Scout Camp.  They’ve had just a little bit of fun. ;-)

IMG_1854 IMG_1857 IMG_1850Not only did we have my amazing Aunt Linda and Uncle Glenn up for a visit, but the day after they left, my Brother in Law and Sister in Law and Sweet, Sweet niece arrived.  We are loving having them here!  Luke is smitten with little Kaitlyn.


Having a summer full of family has been great!!

And last but not least; I’m trying to find 50 lovers-of-Maine: we turned our chalkboard poster into a t-shirt.  If we sell 50 within the next 9 days we will make a little money to help us get to the New England Trade Show this Sept: thought it would be a fun experiment! :)  Click here if you are interested, and thanks a million if you buy!


Ok, need to usher the boys out of the house; so glad I homeschool; don’t think I could take the stress of getting them out of the house in a timely matter every morning.  Ha!

Have an amazing weekend!!


When Life Gives you Lemons…

One Car Engine Replacement: $3700.

Taking your car in to get the tires rotated 1 week later, and coming home with NEW tires, NEW brakes, and NEW rotors: $1000.

Waking up the very next day to a tree lying across your car:


Priceless, Baby.  Priceless.

Ok, obviously the tree didn’t do much damage.  And it’s just a limb, not the whole thing, thank goodness!  I think the worst part was the fact that my brother in law is in town with his precious wife and my brand new niece, so we are letting them borrow the car, and this happened on his watch up at my mother-in-law’s house.  He looked out the window in the morning and saw this…can you IMAGINE?  Heart attack central.  My mil called me up and told me and I just fell into fits of giggles. Because what else are you going to do, the day after you’ve spent close to $5000 on your very used car?  So, so thankful it was just dings and scratches.  OH MY so thankful.

We do, however, have a tree that must come down in the back of our house; the same storm that took the limb down up there split the tree behind us.  It is now in an incredibly precarious position, holy moly.  If it falls the rest of the way, it is in danger of either taking our house out or one of 2 of our neighbors…so yeah.  YOU GUYS.  It’s POURING over here.  Raining and pouring.


I put together that little photo above and it calmed my heart last night.  It’s so true, right?  So very true. Not that I haven’t been exceptionally irritated at times, but it’ll all come together, always does. Unfortunately what I want most in the world is to go on a Target shopping spree.  :) You want the most what you can’t have right? Ha!


One of my favorite turning-life-into-lemons people, the Lemonade Makin’ Mama herself, is hosting a giveaway for some jewelry today, from our company!  And there is a right good little coupon code over there if you are interested. And free shipping, to boot! I’ve come up with some new pieces that I don’t believe I’ve ever shared on the blog, so you’ll have to go check them out.

Well, Ryan and Jack are off to their second day of camp and Erick is taking the little one to his mom’s today; I’m going to make a delivery with mom and dad to Camden.  It’s a rainy day, but I’m going to hunt down some lemonade anyway, darn it!

Have a beautiful day, no matter the weather!


My Virtual Mothership

Oh y’all.  Do you know about Olioboard?  When Beth from Home Stories A to Z mentioned a contest going on and encouraged people to enter, I revisited the site; when it first started a few years ago, I signed up and spent a little time on it…but my computer wasn’t playing nice with the program and I gave up.

I am so glad I started up again this week. You know why I like it so much?  In about 20 minutes I can virtually complete what would take me years to finish in my own home. ;-)  Now I’m dreaming up room design.  Literally.  I’ve only completed 5 rooms, but my time is limited; next time Erick has a boys’ day out with the kiddos, I might very well pop a movie in, plant my rear on the couch, and design rooms for hours on end.

This is what you can do!!  I even popped some of our canvas letters and prints in; although there is a wealth of items to choose from, you can upload your own as well.  Too cool!

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If you are interested at ALL, Beth’s post right here is a great tutorial.  I’d highly recommend watching the video.  I’m so glad I did.  And come play with me here!  There is a super fun communtiy to interact and follow along with.

Alright, I have a wealth of cool things to share with you soon; we were spotted in one of my favorite online publications.  Woohoo!  We have family visiting and we are headed out the door to spend time in Camden today though…must get a move on.  Have a super weekend!!


The Dining Room Makeover, Round Two

Done! For the moment. ;-)

Awhile back I shared our revamped dining room right here.  It was lacking, though; I wasn’t quite satisfied!  It needed some fluffing; some details.  Things I changed;

  • Added the Rug
  • Repainted my tabletop with some DIY chalkboard paint (LOVE)
  • Painted the buffet
  • Changed my Statement Wall
  • Added bias tape around the sconces in the chandelier
  • Added my birthday present (slipper chair) in the corner
  • Finally hung the transom windows on the wall
  • The unfinished chair…is still unfinished!

To jog your memory; this is what we lived with for awhile when we moved in (it came this way, promise). ;-)

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And this is what we made it, for awhile.  There are more details in this post on different aspects of the room, if you’re wondering!

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 And…..currently!  Fluffed up.  Much happier. The new wall…I just needed something a little bolder, that would fit my hopes for our family; it’s partly insipred by Roosevelt’s quote that Brené Brown has made so popular (Dare Greatly), and Chris Rice’s lyrics (Love Like Crazy).



 I’m still crazy about my chalkboard table; I give the details on that right here. Easy to clean, fun to scribble on!table riseandshine

Barb’s Cortilde inspired the buffet makeover; I was looking for a little something different and fell in love with her lovely lady!  I’ll give a few more details on how I refinished it in a future post…


Couple more! (Pay no attention to the kitchen.  She’s next on my list).

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Hope you enjoyed the tour…have a great weekend friends!

Linking up to:

Transformation Thursday

 Serenity Now

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