Eek, An Exciting Announcement!

I have exciting news to share! I’ve signed up for my very first craft show! 🙂

This is something I’ve had a desire to do and knew I would do at some point in the future, but not something I thought would happen this year, but I’m so very, very excited (and, of course a bit nervous too)!

I was contacted about a month ago by the organizer of a new event called the Artisan’s Market at the First Baptist Church in Stilwell, KS. There’s no charge to be a vendor, they just request that 10% of your sales are donated to the church for their 2014 missions trip to Haiti. I felt like this was THE perfect opportunity to get some experience with a show & build a booth, but even better is the opportunity to help out a very worthy cause… spreading the gospel!

In an effort to get prepared I’ve been browsing Pinterest for some ideas for booth set ups and thought I’d share a few of my favorites.

{You can click on the photos to be taken to the original owner’s posts}

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I just love the banners in this booth, both the business name banners as well as the cool yellow, pink & green fabric banner.

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Of course, what’s not to love about Katie Daisy, but I really like her wonky tablecloths and color choices… so gorgeous and it makes her art really pop.

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Love the vintage wood crates this artist used to display and store her cards/prints.

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And I just love all the color here, as well as the vintage suitcase used to store items and the black and white awning just adds so much fun to this booth.

There are so many great ideas all over the web, that my brain is almost overly inspired (which isn’t hard to do). 🙂 Anyway, I’m super excited to start pulling my booth elements together and share them with you as I go!

If you’re local to the Kansas City area, save the date… May 11th. I hope you’ll stop by and say hello! 🙂

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There’s No Place Like Home

ruby-slippersAfter 7 months in Colorado, we’ve come to the conclusion that there’s just no place like home. We’re clicking our heels together and loading the moving van once again. It’s time to get back to Kansas Toto.

After years of dreaming of Colorado living you’d think we’d have not ever wanted to leave, but we’ve come to realize the real dream is living near our family. My husband and I both grew up in the Kansas City area, so it’s home for both of us. As much as we have LOVED Colorado, there’s just something missing here, there’s an emptiness that is hard to explain. Once the honeymoon of being here was over and we stopped having visitors, the homesickness set in and we just couldn’t shake it, especially after being back over Christmas. We’d rather visit Colorado and live near family instead of the other way around… something we just didn’t know it until we experienced it. We want to give our children the opportunity to grow up with their cousins around, having the grandparents at their school events and activities, having the positive influence of aunts and uncles nearby… this is what God has helped us realize… home is where we’re meant to be… to live and grow… to bloom where we were planted. Not to say that’s where everyone is supposed to be, but for us, it is.

Of course, this transition back is bittersweet as we’ve definitely met some great people here, made some wonderful friends and of course we will miss the daily mountain views, the nice weather and laid back culture. But, we know now that home is where our heart really is and it’s just where we belong… despite the flat grassy plains, crazy summer humidity, pesky mosquitos, scary extreme weather and fewer bicycles and beer… home is home whether we like it or not… it’s more about the people than the scenery and weather anyway.

So, stay tuned as the next couple of weeks will be super busy as we finish packing and moving into our new place. But, soon I will be back with lots more art, inspiration and more! 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s important to be thankful everyday, but especially on this day… to pause and take time to reflect on all the one million and one reasons! So, while you are indulging in the turkey and pumpkin pie and all the other wonderfulness that is enjoyed in your family, take a minute to list out a few of those things.

One of the things on my 35 by 35 list was to start a 1000 gifts list and continue it… what better time to start that list than in this Thanksgiving month… and that’s just what I’ve done. I thought about all the different ways I could record those gifts and decided to just keep an ongoing list on twitter… I’ll have a record of it and be able to share it at the same time… you can follow me if you’d like… @alterediris. I’m trying to add at least 5 a day… and maybe you’d like to join me? If not on twitter, how about in a traditional notebook or on a chalkboard in your home or on a list app on your smartphone? There are so many possibilities… it doesn’t have to be perfect but it’s a great habit to get into… they say it’ll make you 25% happier… so why not, take time and count your blessings! Today’s a great day to start! 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving! May you truly enjoy this day!

Around Here…


Here’s a little update on what’s been going on… I feel like there has been so much that I could write a whole week’s worth of post just to catch up! Last week flew by so quickly!

But today we’ll do this in rapid fire… for fun… here’s the run down…

Celebrating… another year… 40 total to be exact… but who’s counting right? 😉

Hiking… to Horsetooth Rock…

 Checking another item off my list (more details & photos coming soon)

Spending precious time with family (grandparents who DROVE here all the way from North Carolina!! Nearly 2000 miles!)…

Feeling loved

 Visiting the farm…

seeing animals, taking a hayride and picking out some pumpkins…

 touring the amazing and historic Avery House… so cool… (Noelle was begging to move in!)

 walking around the Benson Sculpture Park…

eating out…

being silly…

 driving in the mountains…

saying goodbyes…

 fixing hair for “crazy hair day” at school…

 enjoying two measurable snow falls…

 building a (leaf-covered) snowman and

making snow angels…

getting nails done pretty…
 carving pumpkins…
feeling happy and grateful…

The Weekend in Photos

 

The Last Week… In Photos

We have arrived… we are getting settled in and having a blast exploring our new surroundings! Although we’ve had some lonely, homesick moments over the last week, we’ve also come to find just what we’d expected… that we love this place.

I thought I’d take some time out to share just a few photos of what we’ve done over this last week since arriving here!

 Of course, we’ve done a boat load of unpacking…


 Visited local parks…

 Done a little hiking…

 Cooked & baked in our new kitchen…

 And checked out our new town…

 {this photo taken by 4 year old Parker… pretty cool!}

 Now… we are gearing up for a little weekend getaway… camping in the mountains!

Happy 4th of July! Hope you’re enjoying this wonderful holiday with those you love!

See you next week!

Interrupting Regular Programming…

I’m interrupting the “regular programming” of Artsy Friday partially due to my lack of content for it, but even more because I’m celebrating today!!! My dear sweet hubby and I are celebrating NINE years of marriage today! That day was the absolute best day of my life! It hasn’t always been a cake walk, as anyone knows nine years can bring with it good times, bad times, rough times, sad times… but there is no one else in the whole wide world I’d would have rather shared those times with and I absolutely cannot wait to share the many, many, many more times to come!

And, a big thanks to one very special Grandma who will be caring for our little ones while we celebrate the night away on a little short but sure to be sweet overnight getaway!