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Location: Near the deep south

I am just Diane, just a mom and a wife. I have 5 children that range in age from 18 down to 2. I am also feeling particularly crafty lately and have opened an etsy store. Please feel free to check it out.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

I think I may be crafty shmafty after all.

Well, a little time practicing and I was able to make 2 new dresses (and an apron)...  I think I could seriously fall in love with this.  The only problem is the kids.  You see, whenever I run the vacuum, it is like my children turn into little tornados.  They run around screaming and yelling like it is some sort of game.  I have to admit, it's cute.  I never minded.  They seem to enjoy acting like I was chasing them around trying to suck them up in the vacuum.  Sorry, back on track.  Anyhow, every time I turn on the sewing machine, it seems to have the same effect.  I need to figure out how to put a stop to that though... it is not cute. AT. ALL.

Here are my newest additions to etsy

Both come with matching hair bows.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Here is what I have added to etsy

I have also added the hair bow holders.  Please feel free to go take a look!  Let me know what you think.  I am going to work on some aprons next.  Just trying to find my niche.  I really enjoy making the bows though.  Everything is for sale except for the baby.  I need to keep her.  She is my heart.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Getting into the crafty groove

Well, I have a few things in the works.  I have some hair bow holders ready.  They are adorable.  I hope you like them.  Let me know what you think.  You can find them at

They were fun to make.  It took me a while to get it all figured out but I have so many other (design) ideas for these.  Hair bows next...  and hopefully some tote bags.  Crocheting is going to have to wait a little longer...  maybe some hats for the winter.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Musical babies

For a little over a year now we have been taking our smallest two children to a music class.  For Jordan right now it is more about singing, rhythm, various instruments (maracas, drums, bells) and a little play on the piano.  For Owen, he is getting a little more into the piano part of it (learning notes and such).  We tease that they will read music before they read words.

Even though this past weekend was the third recital held since we started this venture, it is the first one that our children have been able to attend.  It was fun...  hot, but fun.

A funny picture of Jordie.  The sun was too bright and she couldn't open her eyes.

Some of the kids in Jordan's class

They were saying their names in the microphone.  This point would start and finish Jordan's participation in this music recital.  I, however, participated the entire time.  GO ME!!

I really love the other mommies in our class.

She was glad it was over.

Me and my pretty girl, Emily.

Haha.  He has the same look on his face as Jordan had in the first picture.

Daddy and Owen's turn.

Owen's piano solo.  They tap out a few keys, clap and sing.

Taking a bow.

I had to laugh at this picture...  she bears she a striking resemblance to me in this one! 

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

A whole lot about me.

I HAD to steal this from a friend of mine- Courtney.  She is so stinking cute I could just slap her.  If you think about it...  could you send some "get an awesome job" vibes (prayers work here too) for her.  Thanks in advance.

I am… thinking about eating some ice cream even though it is nearly 11:30pm.

I think… I will get some so I can just quit thinking about it.

I should… get organized.

I dream… about going on another cruise with my honey.

I want… to learn to sew.

I know… that I need to lose a couple of pounds...  i'm still going to eat the ice cream.

I don’t like… whining.

I smell… good.

I hear… all of the funny things my kids say over and over in my mind.

I fear… heights and dying before my children are grown.

I usually… drink too much coffee.

In search… of my crafty side.

I miss… my boys.

I always… pray for them.

I regret… a lot.

I wonder... what the future holds.

I crave… brownies.

I remember… the births of each of my children like it just happened.

I need... a maid and a personal assistant.

I forget... to call people.

I feel… like going on vacation.

I can… go years without exercise.

I can’t… handle it when my children are injured.  I pray that I am never alone when there is a crisis.

I am happy… when my family is happy.

I lose… everything.  My mom used to say I would lose my head if it weren't attached to my body.

I sing… terribly but I still do it anyway.

I listen…  to Billy Joel.

I shop…  more than I need to.

I eat... because I can.

I love… my family.  I love my life.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

I am feeling a little defeated

My crafty side is kicking my butt.  Or maybe I have no crafty side... or maybe the gosh darn sewing machine is just not my friend.  But I sure do like my Mothers Day gift.  I am going to try to make nice with it tomorrow because there really is a fantastically crafty person in me somewhere...  She just needs to come out of hiding.  Here is my gift from my wonderful husband.  Thank you honey.  You are the best husband a girl could ask for.

I'm betting he hopes my crafty side makes an appearance REALLY soon.  Haha.  He told me not to let it collect dust.  Love you, gorgeous.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

I am going to try to channel my crafty side

Please.  I am DYING to be crafty.  It is something I feel I have to do.

I bought this stuff the other day and I. AM. GOING. TO. MAKE. STUFF.  I hope to be able to show you soon.

I made this hat while I was incapacitated.  Yeah, yeah, I can call it whatever I want.  I can crochet up a storm.  Now that the buzz is gone though, it isn't as appealing anymore. I bet you guys are glad.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Moms and muffins

It was Moms and Muffins day at Owens preschool on Tuesday.  Dads and Donuts happened a few months ago.  IT WAS SO INCREDIBLY CUTE.  We got to sit next to our (3 year olds) and we were served (actually, we had to go up and get them) muffins, fruit and orange juice.  I love this stuff.  I am such a sap...  I was on the edge of tears probably 10 times while we were there (a half hour).  I just think about my smallest boy who is about to turn 4 and how fast the time has gone since his birth.  Where does the time go?  Four years has seemed like a few months and I know that it won't slow down any time soon.  So, I get all choked up and have to talk myself out of crying in front of everyone.  I'm a little bit of a freak, I probably will be for life.

So, anyhow, our toddlers made a book...  again, enough to bring tears to my eyes.  I still cry over things the older kids made when they were little too.

My tears quickly turned to laughter though.  Leave it Owen to come up with something like this.  All of the kids were "interviewed" and here are Owens answers

Apparently my name is Sparky.  Haha.   How on earth did he get Sparky from Diane?  And I guess the jig is up...  I go to walmart.  One of the other kids wrote that his mom loves to go to the Dollar Store so I don't feel so bad.

It was a ton o' fun.  After the half hour was over I was beating the crowd out of the door though...  20 some toddlers can really wear you out, even with their moms there.  

A picture of Jordan (she is only 2 and a half).  I will be crying in her preschool classroom soon enough.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

My post about a super special girl.

Her name is Rafi.  I started following her (daddys) blog just after they entered the University of Minnesota hospital for a stem cell transplant.  She is just 2 years old.  She has Epidermolysis Bullosa.  I learned about this rare skin disease when I was blog stalking and came across another blog about Jonah (his button is on my sidebar).  I LOVE these kids.  I encourage you all to visit them and learn about this terrible disease.  They say it is "the worst disease you never heard of" and man, words have never rung so true.   There are so many different variations of EB but these precious babies suffer from blisters over their whole body because their skin is as fragile as a butterflies wings.  The slightest bump can cause blisters.  They require bandages to protect their skin.  These wounds are not only external, but internal as well.  Many of them lose all of their fingernails and toenails. They suffer in so many ways.  Some die in infancy.  BUT, if you were to go look at the blogs of some of them...  they are smiling and loving life.  Despite their afflictions, they are happy.  I am in awe.

When I started to write about her the other day it was because I was feeling all sorry for myself for being under par with the surgery.  I just have to think about all that Rafi (and all children living with EB) and all they have to endure... and I realize that my problems are so minute.  She has smiles for everyone despite her pain and me?  Well, I can just be a pain.  Make sure you go watch her videos.  I could just eat her up.  She is just so adorable.  

Please visit her blog.  Please keep these children in your prayers.  Please pray for a cure.  You can also visit the DebRA website to learn more and even donate to this cause.

Thank you to Brett and Jackie (Rafi's dad and mom) for sharing her.  I am inspired everyday when I visit your blog.  I wish you the very best and as always, I keep you safely in my prayers.

On the mend

Geezum.  I think I am getting to feeling better now.  My dad was here to help me out but I released him back into the care of my mom yesterday!  Thank you, Dad.  I wish we lived closer together.

I have a few posts I need to write.  They don't all tie in together so I will write them separately.  Check back often.  I got on here the other day to make a new post but decided I needed to get permission from a family before I wrote about them here.  So, later today...  after I get through the mountain of laundry and catch up my cleaning, I will be writing about a super special little girl who's blog I have been following.  I thought about her when I was recovering from my surgery.  I thought about her A LOT.   She has a great mom and dad who take such great care of her too.  Anyhow, I will have to come back later and tell you about her.

I was going to post a picture of my wounds but I decided against that.  I will spare you.  The incisions aren't that terrible...  it is the belly that ruins the shot.  I have been pregnant 5 times and gained (and lost) about 240 lbs over the span of 16 years.  The belly is not what it used to be.

 So folks, be ready for a barrage of new posts over the next couple of days.  Love to you all.