Deck the halls

We did a little decorating (and dejunking at the same time) this week. We got our tree trimmed, stocked hung and house decked out!

I tried to put out all the decorations this year and got rid of anything that we didn't use. It seemed to work and the house feels less cluttered.

I'm taking an online class (12 artsy ornaments) and have made this cool star for our mantel. Nicholas helped and he made this smaller version.  




Crazy Creative!!!


My good friend Paula recently started a new career venture. You can follow her musings at her blog. I did want to share with you all that that she is crazy creative, I am talking nuts! She makes these fabulous ironing board covers (and other things) and sells on her etsy shop. I own own and I also bought one and gave to mom last mother's day. Mom can vouch for the quality and loves her cover too! I hope she doesn't mind but I took one of photos off of her etsy site to share. So buy one if you are interested - they are awesome and really dress up a nasty task. Chris can vouch for that.

Also Paula has two other etsy shops one for vintage finds and another for additional handmade goodies. Check these out often too.

I love Miss Paula and wish her enormous luck and good fortune on this new adventure. If I am lucky she may invite me over one night to craft or garage sale with her on a Saturday.

My etsy shop!



I have officially created an ETSY shop. It was a goal for 2011 and I am happy to say I've started it!!! Woohoo. You can check out the shop here.

I've name my shop Painted Orange after a conversation Geoff and I have many years ago when we worked at Epék. Geoff was trying to convince me and others that oranges were not really orange and that the grocery stores painted them orange so people would buy them. He swore that if you looked carefully you could see green underneath the orange, and he read it on the internet...so it must be true. Anyway, I liked the irony and decided this would be a great name for my shop.

I intend to update it often with lots of handmade items but I've started out with a few earrings. Thanks for looking and yeah for 2011!

Shower openhouse



This post is a little belated... I guess I have been a bit busy preparing for this new little one.

A couple of weeks ago, Mom and Kylene threw us a baby shower open house up Ogden. They did such a cute job with all the decor and food. They handmade all the invites and made these cute sewn baby diaper party favors. Geoff even got in the game and help make the "it's a boy" banner. I appreciate how much work and effort they put into this open house.

It was really nice to catch up with family and friends that I have not seen in ages. It was such a treat to visit with everyone, and when it was over I was sad to see them all go. I am constantly amazed at the generosity our loved ones have shown us. We are officially all set for the new baby!

Chris and I spent yesterday putting away and assembling the last of the baby equipment (swings, nap shacks, clothing and toys). The baby gear these days is much fancier than it was ten years ago, and much simpler to put together. Geoff, Ky, Logan and Isaac came by and we were able to test all the gear on Issac. Works perfectly!

We are scheduled for an induction on Wednesday, May 26, arriving at the hospital around 11. I am curious how long this labor will take in comparison to Andrew (34 hours) and Benjamin (11 hours). I hope quickly but we'll see. Long or short we will have a sweet new baby next week sometime. We are excited.