Fall Wreaths

Okay, so I'm officially a big fan of working with wool felt.
Find all three down at Minty Keen!

I Heart Faces : Chalk

It's been a long time since I've done one of these, but I'm participating in this week's photo challenge over at I Heart Faces! The challenge this week is chalk, and since we're all about tracing ourselves on the driveway lately, this was right up our alley!Could she be any happier?!?
Head on over to www.iheartfaces.com to enter your own photo!

Monday's 10 Things

Here's what I'm most thankful for, right now!
1. Eric, for taking me on a birthday weekend getaway up North!
2. A full night's sleep Saturday night, without a precious little girl waking me.
3. My parents for taking Claire for the weekend, she had a blast.
4. New white & green pumpkins on my front porch.
5. A husband who's not afraid to slam on the brakes and stop the car for his wife when she spots pumpkins for sale on the side of the road!
6. Great Fall weather, it is my favorite season.
7. Blogging, and the community and inspiration it provides.
This is post #500 for me people, that's c.r.a.z.y.
8. Seeing Claire's face light up when we arrive at her school and she spots her teachers, warms this mumma's heart!
9. Our Bible Study started back up this last week, ahh, it was nice.
10. Seeing answers to prayer.
What are you most thankful for today?

Fresh Start Sunday

Holy, Holy, Holy
Is the Lord God Almighty
Who was, and is, and is to come
With all creation I sing:
Praise to the King of Kings!
You are my everything,
And I will adore You.
Revelation Song

Favorite Picture of the Week

Okay, so I download about a gazillion pictures of my child every week, why don't Eric & I have any pictures of us?!?
Yes, it's a self-take, but it'll do!

Live Simply

I've ordered a handful of prints from Studio Mela on Etsy, and I've just found another that I might have to add to my collection.
So sweet.

Visiting Minty Keen

love how the wreath looks on the back of a chair!check out the adorable cupcake towel from Art Goodies!three more wreaths, plus a few of my zippered pouches

Back to School Feast

On the night of Claire's first day of preschool, we had a Back to School Feast. I love having established family traditions, and am pretty confident that we just created a new one!
here's some details:an empty can
+ a 72 pack of colored pencils
+ hot glue
+ yellow mums
= one very colorful centerpiece!~
and, a cake that was intended to look like this, but came out looking like an Easter egg instead (at least it was covered in rainbow sprinkles!)~
and finally, school-themed place settings and pink vintage dishes~
but the best part of all???
seeing how utterly proud of herself our big preschooler was!

Monday's 10 Things

Here's what I'm most thankful for, right now!
1. 29 years of life today.
2. Loving every bit of the last 8.5 years with my husband.
3. Enjoying the last (almost) 3 years with the most fascinating little girl I've ever met.
4. A two year old and a three year old sitting at my kitchen island singing "Happy Birthday" to me (I might have bribed them with the opportunity to blow out a candle afterwards!)
5. My sister's second grade class singing "Happy Birthday" to me over the phone.
6. Neighbors who call us and ask if they can take Claire for the evening so Eric and I can go out for a birthday dinner. Ahh!
7. A husband who always does so good with gifts. This year's included an up-North getaway this weekend he booked for us!
8. A really nice first MOPS meeting this past week, it's going to be a great year!
9. A successful garage sale this weekend - ahh, it feels soooo good to get rid of stuff.
10. Bible Study starts back up this week!
What are you most thankful for today?

Fresh Start Sunday

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)

Minty Keen on MLive

Here's an article published on MLive on Saturday.
(notice one of my wreaths in the photo!)
New downtown Grand Rapids store Minty Keen offers eclectic mix of kitchy antiques, crafts
by Chris Knape
GRAND RAPIDS -- Something old, something new, something to take home with you.

That's the idea behind Angie Seabert's new store, Minty Keen, the latest addition to downtown's retail scene.

The store opened this week inside a Ledyard Building storefront at 125 Ottawa Ave. NW Suite 170, which was most recently home to A Modern Event. That store moved to 648 Monroe Ave. NW.

Minty Keen offers an eclectic mix of kitchy antiques, crafts from local artisans and other gift items.

"A lot of it actually came from working downtown at Eastern Floral," Seabert said, explaining the concept for the store. "I really saw a need for things that were geared toward people visiting the city. A lot of them don't have cars. They're kind of stuck downtown and there's only a few places to shop."

Seabert, who sports horn-rimmed glasses and a look that's a throwback to the 1940s or '50s, bills the store as an eco-friendly shop since most of the crafts use recycled materials while the vintage goods provide a chance to reuse high-style items from years gone by.

"For me, it's really more for fun," she said. "I'm not expecting to get rich over this. I just saw a need and I figured if it works out well, great. At some point, it would be great to have this be our family business and have it go that way."

For now it's a one-woman show. Seabert said she hopes to host knitting and crafting groups and spend slower moments working on her own sewing projects. Don't be surprised to see her two kids playing Legos or trains in the shop's retro play area.

Store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays though Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Monday's 10 Things

Here's what I'm most thankful for, right now!
1. Claire's much anticipated first day of preschool finally arrived.
2. I only cried a little, I promise!
3. Watching her march herself right in, show us where her room was, and have no problems at all with us leaving her there.
4. Seeing how loving and sweet Claire's teachers are...I think our little girl is going to have a great year!
5. A really nice time this weekend at our neighborhood picnic.
6. Watching Claire playing so well with her friends.
7. Another busy week full of lots of fun activities.
8. Awesome Fall weather giving us lots of opportunities to play outside.
9. MOPS starts this week!
10. My family and a upcoming family getaway.
What are you most thankful for today?

Fresh Start Sunday

Train a child in the way he should go,
and when he is old he will not turn from it
Proverbs 22:6 (NIV)

Minty Keen : Now Open!

Congratulations to Minty Keen on the grand opening of your shop today! I can't wait to get back down there and check out what goodies have been added to your shop since my last visit!
For those hoping to stop by, here's the store location and hours:
Ledyard Building
125 Ottawa NW
Downtown Grand Rapids, MI
Sunday : Closed
Monday : Closed
Tuesday : 10 AM - 6 PM
Wednesday : 10 AM - 6 PM
Thursday : 10 AM - 6 PM
Friday : 11 AM - 8 PM
Saturday : 11 AM - 8 PM

Potato Soup

Fall is suddenly in the air,
and it has me craving warm, savory foods.
Tonight's dinner : Potato Soup
10 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
6 carrots, chopped
10 stalks celery, chopped
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic
salt & pepper to taste
1 tablespoon parsley flakes
chicken broth
8 ounces cream cheese
6 slices Velveeta cheese
1/4 cup margarine
Put potatoes, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, salt, pepper and parsley flakes in kettle or crock pot. Add chicken broth and water to cover vegetables. Cook until vegetables are tender. Add cream cheese, Velveeta, and margarine. Combine/melt all ingredients. At this point, you can either serve as a chunky veggie and potato soup, or you can cream all ingredients in a food processor. Either way is yummy!

BIG News!

I've been sitting on some pretty exciting Cora Anne news for about a week now, and before I completely burst, I'm sharing it with you!
Last week, I received an email from a girl named Angie who is opening a new shop in downtown Grand Rapids called Minty Keen, and she wanted my wreaths for her shop! Woo hoo! (this is the part where I'm jumping up and down, and Eric gives me a good 'ole pat on the tush...too much info?!?)
I met with Angie on Friday, snooped around her adorable shop, and left a whole collection of Cora Anne goodies with her!
Here's a few pictures from the shop where you can spot some Cora Anne wreaths on display!photo from inside the shopphoto from outside the store front looking inphoto from inside the storefront looking out
This shop opens this week, so be sure to stop by!
Ledyard Building
125 Ottawa NW
Downtown Grand Rapids, MI
You can find out more about Minty Keen here, or on Facebook!

Monday's 10 Things

Here's what I'm most thankful for, right now!
1. A long Labor Day weekend that started with Eric taking Friday off.
2. Sneaking off for a little pampering Friday morning while Eric was home with Claire.
3. Making the most of less than ideal Labor Day weekend weather.
4. Safety for my parents out on their boat on Lake Michigan in some not-so-great boating weather.
5. A very nice, relaxed evening with neighbors Friday night.
6. Having friends who we can talk with about the most serious things, and then turn around and talk about the most off the wall, hilarious things too.
7. Reflecting with a great friend on the 10 year anniversary of our friendship.
8. New mums planted on my back porch, can't wait for them to bloom.
9. A week full of fun things coming up. Claire meets her teachers on Wednesday, and a MOPS leadership meeting on Thursday.
10. Big news for Cora Anne Designs, I'll share tomorrow!!!
What are you most thankful for today?

Fresh Start Sunday

He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
Psalm 91:4 (NIV)