warm*holiday*wishes

Now that its 8 days until Christmas and we still have no holiday day card and the “perfect family picture”. I thought I would do ours a little different this year. So here is the truth “captured” in many pictures 🙂

The truth is we are a bit of a hot mess  ….

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We are not so sure about Santa and run away screaming-n-all….

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more of a dance-in-our-undies-no-I-am-NOT-wearing-clothing-kinda-kiddos….

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Flip-tumble-Cheerleading….

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wrestling….

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WHAT DO YOU MEAN I HAVE TO GO TO SCHOOL!

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Football loving <3…

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Kinda Family.

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so…

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warm holiday wishes and blessing to each and everyone. & a happy new year ….

(to infinity & beyond)

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Have yourself a merry little Christmas this year 🙂

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The McElroy’s

xoxo

My next makeover project & the weekend

We had a full weekend here.

Between Holiday festivities in town

(A little pre parade fun with Uncle Jon at the Coffee Stop.)

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all the candy they got at the parade (and my kids are still zipping around the house) ….

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I have also been busy making holiday gifts and filling orders.

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So I didn’t get to work much on other projects. I did however find time to play around with my new camera.

The big kids and I went over to my brother in-laws house they helped him decorate the tree and me, I took some pics.

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His jelly of the month certificate my oldest gave him last year. we just love christmas vacation.

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Some old family decorations ❤ .

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He has a great collections of old books and things.

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and the tree.

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after this I came home and downloaded Kristen Dukes e-book say no to auto. It’s 10$ and worth every penny for a beginner like me.

her book can be found here: http://www.kristendukephotography.com/familyportraits/say-no-to-auto-book/

These dark pictures I snapped at my brother in laws of the kids turned out dark and this prompted the need to learn more.

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Cant wait to share what I have learned. I immediately started looking at the lighting and changing my settings here is on pic I took of the boys tree in their room. After reading Kristen’s book.

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My Craigslist find.

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She (the chair) has great bones. I have already devised a plan and started making this beauty over. I am stripping the chair with some eco strip I got from my local true value. Will be my first time using a spray bottle with stripper… will take notes and share for sure. I plan to stain this a dark walnut and upolster the top, arms and slip cover the cushion. That makes for easy care with 4 kids. I cannot wait to share. I am taking lots of pics so you too can do yourself.

xoxo

Becky

The Holidays :)

I must admit there was a time I let my business run me, especially around the holidays  & missed many of special moments because I had taken on too much sewing. Dont get me wrong I love every minute of it but that balance we are always seeking life.

Thursday, was an especially busy day here at my house I had to start and wrap up a few projects,had a few orders to ship. Make breakfast , pack lunches, do laundry and get everything ready for the kid’s school performance.

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Well after my daughter’s hair was curled just the way she wanted. No time for dinner, so the pizza was ordered (something had to give, I am not super mom). She requested that I make her dress I had made  her more sparkle and add a frosty…. um ok…. its 5pm I have 30 minutes…

as I go down to my stash of fabric and turn on my machine to “whip” up something fabulous;

I reflected in that moment to years past. I am ashamed to admit I have missed many a school functions due to the fact I had orders to sew… piles …. totally blessed….totally insane at the same time. We have had a lot of twist and turns this year lead me to enjoying the holiday season this year and working smarter… can’t work less with 4 kids.

I paused in my thoughts & spotted a tee on top of a pile of fabric scraps. It has a frosty & he lights up, double-score!

 I immediately cut Frosty off the tee…. yep that happened.

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rummaged through my scraps and grabbed some heat n bond and fired up the machines, iron & glue gun…

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My daughter went through my stash of button and embellishments I use in my crafting craziness, mostly last years left overs.

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As I finished up in just a few minutes to spare, I realized how special this was to my 9-year-old daughter.

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I have been working smarter and harder. But also making time to soak up those crazy holiday moments.

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xoxo,

Becky

{Thanksgiving} The day after…

I must admit I have secretly always wanted to score one of those crazy Holiday deals, sorta one those bucket list things *you must stand in crazy lines*fight the huge crowds*and score that deal* sorta thing.  Well we had a wonderful thanksgiving with many memories and laughs and after dinner we set out to conquer walmart and score a TV for the living room. Well we did it was fun and made a “remember when we…..” story. Well I also scored a camera from target the next day. While we did do a little shopping our day was mostly filled with family and spending time at my parents house. Here is a little peek into our day.

Some playing at nana & papa’s…

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My oldest kids went to cut down the tree for my parents its their tradition.

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a little napping ….

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decorating the tree at my parents …

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building with Uncle Aaron.

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and a picture of all the grandchildren by the tree. 4 of the 5 I have to claim as mine!

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As soon as we got back I could not wait to test out a few new settings with my Camera, I ended up going with a Cannon T3. Lots to learn but here are a few pics from around the house…

Our vintage Elf Scout Buckeye, he used to be in mom’s tree as a child and watches over you at Christmas time.

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My Grandfathers hutch he made, I brought it up to date with a timeless worn finish using Chalk and Milk Paint.

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I had added some vintage knobs Aunt Darlene hunted down for me.

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My chippy blue dresser. You can read more about it here:

https://junqueinthetrunkgirls.wordpress.com/2013/10/23/chippy-blue-the-process/

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more about this piece here :https://junqueinthetrunkgirls.wordpress.com/2013/11/20/as-simple-as-that/

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I LOVE her legs 🙂

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xoxo,

Becky

linking my new dresser to thrifty decor chick 🙂 Love her blog

http://thriftydecorchick.blogspot.com/