Monday, May 30, 2011

Playing Catch-Up

It's been so long since I have accomplished anything in the blogging world... or scrapbooking for that matter. I feel like all of my time is devoted to my kids: feeding them, cleaning them up, cleaning up after them, playing with them, making stuff with them, going places with them, feeding them again, cleaning up again, doing chores, folding laundry, making meals, playing games, reading books, etc. By the time the kids are in bed, I'm kind of just ready for bed myself. Throw a few winter time illnesses into the mix and it has been one long winter full of stay-at-home mommy work/exhaustion. Sometimes I wonder how we even survive. Ha, ha! It's such a blessing to be at home with my kids, but I must admit that it's not easy constantly juggling the things I have to get done with the things I want to get done. My kids always come first in their needs for sure. I'm also a person who likes to do crafty and creative things. I don't know why. I just like to make stuff. All the time. I'm pretty sure that I have about fifty projects started and maybe two of them got finished over the winter. I thought I would get more done in the winter because we're all inside and there should be more time to spend working on hobbies, right? Nope. Not here. I realized that winter is even harder to get stuff done because kids have seemingly endless amounts of energy that they need to release on a daily basis. So. Much. Energy. So. Little. Time. I feel like we're finally starting to accomplish house projects and home decorating again now that the kids can spend some time outside... which also leaves them tuckered out so they take good naps and go to bed early. Yeah for moms everywhere! Hopefully I will be able to finish the other 48 projects sometime soon. You think I'm joking. No. I really have about that many skirts/sewing projects ready to make in their own little ziploc bags. BUT today I'm working on scrapbooks... here's the latest:


Sunday, May 29, 2011

We Do Exist

Yes. We're alive. I think we hibernated for the winter or something because work was crazy, school for Aaron was busy, kids were stuck inside and everything. We're all ready for summer now so I guess it's okay for the weather to warm up again and stop raining. I'm actually a big fan of the rain. I love it really. I'm from Seattle though so it's been kind of hard living in a state for the last 8 years where rain usually lasts ten minutes and then it's sunny again. When it rains here, we usually open our windows, dance outside on our porch or otherwise find a way to enjoy it. The other day I let Addie jump in a ginormous puddle repeatedly. She was so unsure of it but finally got used to it after a few times running, jumping, kicking and splashing through it. She's going to need to get used to the rain sooner or later because we do plan to eventually move back to Washington where it rains... a lot. So you know those people who always talk about the weather? I'm totally one of them. I love the changing seasons and could sit and watch it rain or snow for an hour. I'm pretty sure that my mom and grandpa influenced my love of all things weather related. I'm just like my mom. The best thing ever is watching it snow OR listening to the rain with the windows open. I'm just like my Grandpa Rengler too. He would always talk about the weather whenever I called to chat. I hope my kids think weather is cool someday too. Ha, ha!

Oh, and what do I do when it rains? I digital scrapbook... and my goal this year is to get caught up on the last 8 years we've been married. Okay, almost 8 years. It will be eight years in July. Wow! Where has the time gone? I still can't believe that we have 2 kids sometimes. One of them being 3 years old! Here's a page I made tonight... in 20 minutes. Need a list of pros and cons to digital scrapbooking. Let's chat. I'd love to convert any of you paper scrapbookers out there. :o)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Sweet Tweets Boutique

I am participating in my very first boutique sale! I'm super excited and a little bit nervous at the same time. It is a bigger investment to put out a product at a boutique sale so I hope a few people like my stuff as much as I do. Ha, ha! The boutique is held at a model home in a new home development. I'm excited to see the home, but I'm sure it won't help my house/garage/yard envy at all. A few of my art prints will be available for purchase at the boutique for $13.99 which is the same price as on Overstock.com so it's a great deal. I'd love to see you there! Feel free to pass this information to your friends and family or share it on Facebok or your blog. The boutique is next week on Friday and Saturday. I hope to see you there!
For those of you who can't come... you can always check out my prints on Etsy or Overstock:

Link to Overstock.com Search for "Trendy Prints Graphic Art Prints"
Link to Trendy Prints Blog
Link to Trendy Prints Etsy Shop
Link to Trendy Prints Fan Page on Facebook

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Addie Marie

I love that Addelynn is shortened to Addie. I love it even more that she is two years old and so much fun right now. {said with the most sarcasm/love} This is all about Addie Marie:

I could just say that Addie is 2 and stop right there. I'm sure every mom in the world knows just how exciting toddlerhood can be. Addie is a super fun little girl. She has an amazing amount of energy and is pure girl. She loves to go outside and play on the playground, but really it is all about socializing with her friends. When I ask what her favorite part of nursery at church is, she usually mentions how much she loves her friends. She is going to be the teenage girl who is always on the phone or texting or whatever teenagers are doing ten years from now. I guess I should plan ahead now and just give in to the fact that we'll need an unlimited phone plan for her when she's older. She already pretends to call people on our old phones that she has inherited. She has been known to call grandma, grandpa, the Care Bears, Harry Potter, the Wiggles, Mickey Mouse and any other character she knows. The funny part is hearing her reply to them after long or short pauses. She really has quite the imagination. The lucky little girl now has two old cell phones of ours since I recently washed and dried my cell phone. At least my new phone was free! Addie is also currently potty training. That is so much fun. Ha, ha! I really thought she would never go poop in the potty. She always goes to her room and pretends to read a book while she is really concentrating on other things. Poor girl. She's not going to love me after reading this someday! Well, I caught her yesterday and we ran to the bathroom semi hopeful that she would take care of business in the potty this time instead of her undies. Finally! She did it. We did a happy dance and put her undies back on. She was pretty excited. I'm hoping it continues. After about a week she is down to just one accident a day which is really good compared to where we were at. Congratulations Addie Marie! The not so fun part in Addie's day has become the bedtime routine. She is in a scream fest right now every time we go to sing and pray before bedtime. We are trying the "get a sticker" approach but it's not really working like it did for the potty. We have finally resorted to leaving the room and letting her go crazy for a few minutes while we wait outside her closed door. Last night she calmed down and Aaron went in and finished the bedtime routine with her. She was sound asleep and slept all night. I hope it continues. She can't take a nap anymore because she'll stay up all night if we let her. It's super hard because she really still needs a nap, but it's such a struggle when bedtime comes that we're so done with it. "Addie Marie" is a common phrase now as she tests the limits and learns the boundaries in her little world. Cute girl. She is so much fun and drama all at the same time. You go girl!

Asher Boy

Yes, I know... It has been about a million years since I posted anything to my blog. Life has been more than a little crazy as we all know it can get. So here is a quick summary of Asher:

Asher is growing like crazy despite having his first illness last month where we thought he had lost so much weight but actually hadn't according to his doctor stats. He had enterovirus which basically means lots of vomit and diarrhea in case you really wanted to know. I think I may have broken my washing machine from all of the blowout incidents we had to take care of multiple times a day and by that I mean at least 7 times a day. Now our washer makes a terrible grinding noise every time it fills up with water and starts to spin. You would think I would get smart and buy an extra sheet and matress cover for his crib, but I still haven't yet. It is on my wishlist for a future hopeful Amazon.com purchase though. Poor little guy. He finally got over that and now we all have colds. On top of that, he is getting his first tooth this week. He cries way more than I've ever heard him cry. He's clingy and super grumpy but we love him all the same. He's finally filling in after being so sick and I look forward to seeing how much he weighs at his doctor appointment this month. I love his chubby cheeks and thighs. Oh, did I mention that he is still army crawling? He can get up on his hands and knees but he is just so much faster when he drags himself across the floor. He has explored every nook and cranny of our house as much as I let him. His favorite place to sneak into is our computer desk. Silly Asher. You can't have every piece of paper that I'm printing for my business... but he's managed to sneak a few before I move him away. Distraction is not an option for this little guy right now. Asher's main goal in life is to find new things and eat them. He's such a good natured baby. He gets fussy when he is tired and that is usually the only time. He is always super hungry in the morning and can't wait to eat or drink. I live in fear for what our food budget is going to be in the teenage years. He is only 9 months old and already eats 3 meals a day plus snacks and his usual formula. That would explain why he is wearing 2T clothing! His hair is starting to fill in and get curly on the top and sides. It's super cute when I put a little gel in it. He also likes to play games now. He makes a grunting sound and then waits for you to look at him. Then he'll cough and smile. Then he'll cough again and smile. He thinks he's pretty funny. Addie is his best buddy. I love how she calls him "Asher Boy" all the time. I can see her get a little frustrated now that he is mobile. She has had to move most of her toys to the couch as a result, but sooner than later that won't be a safe zone either. Sorry girl. You're little brother is growing up. Way to go Asher!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Weather Forecast

Never have I been more disappointed in the weather... I know I should be happy about this amazing forecast, but I was really hoping to have a nice, long extended fall season to spend outside loving the slightly cooler weather. However, it seems as if we have ourselves an Indian Summer where the sun just doesn't want to give way to fall. Oh, well. At least I'll have this forecast to look at in January when I'm just wishing to get above freezing temperatures! Ha, ha! I do love the fact that I can finally open my windows at night and get somewhat of a cool breeze blowing in instead of the air conditioning running day and night. We still get to go swimming on Saturdays and play outside in the park on most days. We better get a nice snowy winter after this though! C'mon... 3 feet of snow for Christmas? That would be awesome! {sorry to all of my friends who love the sun... I love the sun too... when I'm not too hot... and sweaty... ugh}

My friend Stacie Hawley {amazing photographer by the way - so book her fast if you want fall pictures and live in Kentucky} is having a GIVEAWAY on her blog! Enter to win! You have until Sunday night to enter. Invite your friends to enter too. Find out who wins this coming Monday!

Trendy Prints giveaway at Stacie Hawley Photography - find out how to enter on the blog!!


Sunday, August 22, 2010

Overstock.com

I know, I know... I'm writing yet another post about my little business I started a few months ago, but I had to let everyone officially know that my art prints are available on Overstock.com! I'm just a tad bit excited about this so if I tell you a billion times, sorry in advance! They went onsite this last Friday and I check my computer all the time to see if I have made my first sale. No, not yet... I have to be patient and realize that not only have they only been onsite for 48 hours, but they're located in a really different part of the site. I'm not sure if I have even looked there before because I would never guess there were more products for sale in the section titled "SEE MORE" because it is just so vague. All of the categories are straight forward... but my art prints are hidden in this category in yet another vague section called "MAIN STREET" which I never would have guessed had products that people like me have available. I can't complain that one of the top internet companies is now featuring my product, but I'm really hoping that someone out there searches for just the right thing to find it! Here is the LINK to my stuff on their site. I'm also looking for a few good friends (especially those of you who have an art print or have seen them in person) who would be willing to take the time to review my stuff on Overstock.com. You just have to create an account or sign in to your account and then click on one of my art prints to review it. I would really appreciate your help! I always look at reviews before making a purchase and the images that Overstock.com has up right now on their site are downgraded quite a bit in quality so it is hard to tell that you are getting a quality piece of art. I would review them myself, but somehow I don't think my opinion counts! Ha, ha! Thank you friends!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Community Yard Sale

Hey friends, family, neighbors, and anyone else living within a relatively close proximity to our pleasant little grove of a town... we're having a community yard sale! Not only will there be the regular garage sale stuff... but also quite a few crafty things from our awesome neighbors. I will have a few of my art prints available for purchase at a huge discount! We're talking $5.00 a print people... which we know hardly pays for the tank of gas to go and get my art printed in the first place. Ha, ha! I know you're so excited to come out and see everything displayed so nicely in front of a somewhat beautiful swamp filled with cattails in front of our condo and townhome complex. Amazing, I tell you! Bring CASH! See you Saturday!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

New Calendar!

Here is the latest and greatest addition to my Etsy shop! I'm so excited because I love all things organization related and I have a few different prints coming out in the next little while that will coordinate with this calendar. It measures 20x16 inches so you can frame this calendar print and put it up on your wall in any room of your house - I am putting mine up in my dining room. I know that sounds kind of weird, but my dining room is the main hub in my home since we live in a condo. After you frame it behind glass, you can write on the glass with a vis-a-vis pen or a dry erase marker and use your calendar over and over. I love it!

 

I don't have a framed photo of this yet, but I'm working on getting one... but this is just an idea of how it would look with the dates filled in. I just printed one out last night and I absolutely love this calendar.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/trendyprints