You Are Loved card

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The darling Amy from Inspiration Ave is guest posting today with this You Are Loved card. She used the Dear Lizzy diecut to cut a heart from the base card and “love” then sewed it all together with gold thread… because gold makes everything better. And you can quote me on that one. ; )

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The You Are Loved stamped sentiment is one of the phrases from the Dear Lizzy roller phrase stamp.

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Pink on Pink on Pink

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I can think back and remember framed photos my mom hung in different homes from my childhood. I remember cross stitched quotes and family portraits. My dad even had a quote about fear hanging in his office that I’ve recited in my mind at certain times when I’ve found myself fearful. That’s why I didn’t just throw anything on their wall. Everything hung has a memory, meaning and a story. Except the teal painted horse head/hook and the disco ball… those are just plain awesome.
Yesterday we picked up the clothes and shoved some in the corner for picture-time so we don’t forget this pinky pink pink time of their lives.
Repainted that dresser white this weekend. It was black and in a different room. It’s a little too big for what I need in here. Something taller and compact would be better. (Collin was right, of course.) But the girls are having fun with it for now.

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The diy DRESS UP RACK still in action from a couple months ago.

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Myles giving fashion advice for Miss Lo.

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DIY clothes rack
Feather wings: Fairy Birds
Quincey’s dress/yellow striped shirt: Jacardi 

Beautiful Boy: video

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Last week we watched Mr. Peabody & Sherman for the first time. It’s a darling movie for kids. I love the message. In the movie you’ll hear a song by John Lennon called ‘Beautiful Boy.’ I adore this song and somehow I’d never heard it before. My dad was a huge Beatles fan, especially Paul McCartney and John Lennon. I mean,  he made sure I knew what good music was. So it surprised me that I’d never heard Beautiful Boy before. One night, Quincey asked if I’d sing it to her while she fell asleep. Then when everyone was asleep I wanted to see if there was a slower version, like a lullaby maybe. That’s when I found the Ben Harper version. Ben Harper ‘Forever’ is one of my favorite songs so I was excited to hear his version of Lennon’s classic. I literally couldn’t go to sleep and listened to it over and over as images and moments of our days with Myles flickered through my mind. As soon as I woke up the next morning, and the next couple days, I followed him around to capture him at this fleeting age. Then I put together this little video so I have something to curl up in a ball with a box of tissues and watch while I ball my eyes out someday when he’s all grown up. Kidding. Kind of.
I was debating whether to post this video or not… but decided that his smile begs to be shared.
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BEAUTIFUL BOY video here xo, Lizzy

 

Instaday

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① It was a long day and I rewarded myself with my new favorite indulgence: Buffalo chicken pizza from Slab. For some reason I bought three times the amount I can eat on my own. I spy: some cute toesies.

② Earlier when Myles came to a Dear Lizzy planning meeting and turned all Mr. bossy-pants on us. Making sure we stayed on task while he took selfies of himself with my phone. haha But honestly, he was way too cute and a big distraction.

③ Stopped by Collin’s new gig: Studio app headquarters. Have you downloaded it yet and tried it out? It’s a design app for adding text and cool overlays to your photos. There’s an awesome Studio community too. If you like someone’s design click “REMIX” and you can add it to your own photo fast and easy. There’s a lot of inspiration there! It’s for Androids and iPhones and it’s free. Search “Studio” or “Design Studio” in the app store. Let me know what you think! I added the yellow square and the word “Eat” to the top left photo with Studio. Also, hashtag any of your photos with #madewithstudio on Instagram.

④ Lola enjoying an ice cream cone reward after making it through the mouse maze at Ikea. I am working on some home projects that I hope to finish soon. But, ya know, summer is kind of distracting.

DIY: Stamped Canvas Pouch

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Today I am so excited to have one of my blog crushes and favorite designers Ann-Marie here to share a project using my Dear Lizzy stamp + some paint. Psst… all the Dear Lizzy products are still on sale at Scrapbook.com sooooo ch-check it out.
I’m a firm believer that one can never have enough bags for storing essentials of all shapes and sizes! When I spotted this canvas zippered pouch at Target last year in the dollar spot, I knew it had to come home with me. The size is perfect for corralling loose change or sunglasses and then throwing into my purse for safekeeping. With the help of the heart stamp from the Daydreamer set and acrylic paint, I gave the pouch a little pop of color and extra visual interest! Here’s how I did it:
 
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1. First, I gathered all my supplies, including the Daydreamer stamp set, pink twine from the Daydreamer Value pack, an acrylic block, Martha Stewart acrylic paints, a sheet of scratch cardstock, washi tape, two makeup sponges, and a handful of q-tips.
 
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2. To create a smooth surface for applying the paint onto the stamp, I squirted a little paint onto a scratch piece of cardstock (held down to my table with a few strips of washi tape) and then used a makeup sponge to even out the coverage.
 
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3. From there, I began stamping the heart onto the canvas pouch in columns. I repeated this process until I covered the entire bag, leaving three empty spaces for the heart to be stamped in a different color.
 
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4. Since it’s difficult to get a perfect stamp impression when using paint, I filled in any gaps with a q-tip. (You could also use a fine-tipped paintbrush if you prefer.)
 
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5. Once the aqua-colored hearts were dry, I repeated steps 2-4 with yellow paint and stamped in the allotted spaces.
 
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6. Next, I created a tassel for the zipper using neon pink string and pink twine.
 
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7. Creating tassels is super easy! You can get a step-by-step tutorial here.
 
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8. Once the tassel was finished, I tied it to the zipper and threw the pouch in my bag! The more organized I can be, the happier I am!
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That one time…

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That one time when Collin and I showed up for the Carnival with no cash. And seeing that they don’t accept debit cards or… checks (not that I have any of those anyway) we were officially in trouble. You can imagine the terror of a 3 year old hearing this news. I mean, I was pretty scared. All the other parents were throwing ping ping balls into cups of water and darts at balloons–winning their kids gigantic stuffed animals. While Collin and I emptied out our pockets and had enough for a few rides… even somehow squeezed in some cotton candy.

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Put together a mini album of our carni adventures i.e. Operation Get Photos Off My Computer.

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It all came together when I figured out the cover. I Printed a photo on watercolor paper. The best setting I have found for this is to set the paper setting to matte photo paper. Next I  watercolored on the photo. I use Simply Art Watercolors because I love all the range of shades. Then soak your brush and work swirl over colors. Even add a touch more water to your brush depending on the look you want. Wait for it to dry and add a title.
You can view the entire album here

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Diecut words out of watercolor paper and then add watercolors.
VIEW the entire album here

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We Are Made Of Stories

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This past month, after playing with this Studio Calico digital download, We Are Made Of Stories. I have been thinking about the stories that are filling me up and spilling out for my children to read. Yesterday might have been titled something along the lines.
Chapter 6: When Mom Found The Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups And Wouldn’t Share
Yep, I found the treats I hid so the kids wouldn’t eat them before I even unloaded the groceries. They were for s’mores for when we go camping. (Have you had a s’more with Reese’s instead of plain chocolate? Genius. You can thank me later.) Well, yesterday was a doozy. It has been an eventful, fun week and having four kids relying on me at all times is… well, exhausting. ha! Weird at the same time I can enjoy such a daunting task.
But I was also feeling bad for myself that there’s so much I could be doing with my life, but here I am cleaning, taking care of kids and, well, doing whatever the heck we want. The biggest perk of being a housewife. Housewife–some people think of negatively, some people hold it with high honor. Some dream of the day and others run far away from it. I find it my purpose. There are days that I fail at being a mom though and I swear I have no patience.
So, I find the hidden treats, hide in my closet and eat them. And that was my story yesterday.
What story are you writing today? How do you tell it? How do you get through it even? The challenging parts that you want to skim through and get to the end but can’t. The comical whims that make you laugh until your cheeks hurt that you want to read again and again.
Yesterday ended better for us at least.
Chapter 7: When Mom Left The Grocery Store and Ran Around In The Rain With Us Until We Were Soaking Wet

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One of the goals from my Summer Checklist was to BE FREE… and running in the rain is quite freeing. One of my neighbors was there with two packed carts for Girl’s Camp so I ran and got her van for her since I was already soaked. Then I saw an older lady standing at the exit, eyeing the rain. She had to have JUST gotten her hair done because it was very… fluffy. Well, as I approached her I thought, this is so fun! I’ll be that awesome person who was running around the parking lot and pulling up peoples’ cars for them. This will be great for my story. A modern day hero. When I nicely asked if she would like me to pull her car up since I did the same for another lady. She looked at me like I was nuts and then it seemed like she was nearly insulted at the thought. It was a typhoon-crazy storm, you guys. I wasn’t secretly trying to steal cars. So I ran to our warm car with our little family and headed home. I didn’t become a local-newspaper hero… to my girls I already am.
So here I am, working on living and writing our stories the best we can. xo, Lizzy

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Check out my pages at Studio Calico. I die cut the Title with my Silhouette. I added the gold stars then watercolored on top. Added the triangles and some other details. View the page here>>>

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Another page about Quincey’s Cotton Candy Curls.  I die cut the title and the clouds with my Silhouette. Then had fun with different layering. Added the crepe flowers with the crepe fringe included in the kit. View the page here>>>

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Pretty Pinning

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I interrupt the red, white & blue to share some pretty pinning and fun projects!
Starting off with these corals, oranges and yellows for packaging. Pinned here

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Definitely a reminder I need– to stop and enjoy! Great quote. Pinned here

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These boxes are neat! I have a couple from Kolo that I use but they are full. The past few years I have added birthday cards, receipts, movie tickets, plane tickets etc etc to them.  I love the idea of having a box per destination. I usually put mine in a mini book or in pockets in my scrapbook but I do love these boxes of treasures. Sounds fun to sit down and search through it all when you are in the mood to reminisce. Via Martha Stewart Pinned here

How gorgeous are these stitched textile pieces?! The plus signs would be amazing hanging on our gallery wall in our dining area. From Jane Denton So much pretty texture! Pinned here
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These floral monograms would be darling at a baby or bridal shower or birthday party. Sheesh, I want to make it and hang up for no good reason except for the sake of making something sweet. Pinned here 
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Once upon a time I lost all my boards on Pinterest but I started pinning again. Follow Dear Lizzy on Pinterest here.

Instax Share Review

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Because I am loving my Instax Share printer I thought I filmed and put together a quick review of how it works and what I love about it.
It’s really easy to set up and I am loving the result of the photos compared to my camera. Definitely awesome to get to choose the photo. Though, of course, I still love my Instax mini camera.
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Mermaid Sighting

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In case you were wondering if mermaids actually exist…!
For Quincey’s birthday last month I was so excited to surprise her with a mermaid tail!! Since we were planning on celebrating her birthday with our family at the pool-it was perfect.
I searched around a bunch of different sites online and wanted to share the one I found that I liked the most:
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I chose them because of the good reviews I found. Also, there are other tails out there that are made out of foam for the tail which confused me because I didn’t know how they would hold up when wet or if they’d get soaked and heavy.
You can purchase just the tail (like I did) or add a Monofin to go inside the end of the tail. A Monofin looks just like a swimming flipper in the shape of a mermaid tail that sits inside the tail. I noticed it helps them swim easier and faster so now I wish I would’ve got the monofin with my first purchase. Especially since she’s more comfortable and it keeps the shape of the mermaid fin. In the picture my Quincey is only wearing the tail without the fin.
Make sure that your child is a good swimmer before she goes in the water with a tail on since you are not able to doggie paddle or kick your legs like usual. Also, I love the material because it’s perfect for swimming and doesn’t get heavy when wet.

Fin Fun also sells matching tankinis, bikini tops and even a version of a tail for a toddler that I want to get my little Lola. Little girls are so imaginative and love to dress up and play pretend… and being a mermaid is straight up dreamy!

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First a mermaid tail, then pink hair… this girl knows how to live it up at six years old!

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