Nov 30, 2011

Back when I JUST made wreaths!

Interested in purchasing a wreath for self/gifts? While only a couple of these pictured can be reproduced (due to many materials being vintage or discontinued) you at least get an idea of what I can do. Christmas/winter ones are on the horizon!! Orders must be placed by Dec. 2nd in order to be filled by the holidays (email me: marigold road dot blog at gmail dot com). You can tell me color/theme and let me roll with it!

All wreaths made with straw or styrofoam forms, any size you want (including miniatures).
Rosettes made with wool blend felt that has to be special ordered.
Each one takes 3-5 hours to complete (I am picky).
Thank you for supporting handmade!

Nov 29, 2011

A Vocabulary Lesson and How to Step Back From Holiday Crowds

Serry (ser-ee) is a verb meaning "to crowd closely together" and is spelled serry. Ever heard this word before? Me neither. Serry's the word of the day on dictionary.com. Work with me here on my fascination with vocab words.

It makes sense that in today's clicks/texts/tweets I would go to (in a, I confess, relentless case of writer's block/desperately seeking inspiration) a web-based version of the red indexed sidekick I manhandled in college...I needed it for all those "term" papers. Endless papers. And I didn't even have a difficult major. Try explaining, I graduated with a degree in Family Life and Community Services, to the masses!

Serry couldn't be a more fitting word for the holiday season. Crowds in stores. Seriously why are you even in this aisle? This is my territory.

Crowds in line at the ATM and Redbox. Crowds in the cold searching for the perfect Oswald Family Christmas-Christmas tree. Crowds can really get on my nerves. The people needing a fashion makeover (I really did just admit this is an annoyance of mine) the people being impatient or rude, especially to any employees...
My heart yearns to see people serrying at the grocers' Christmas dinner donation bins, the Salvation Army bell ringer's tin, around our own tables to a warm (even if it's microwaved) family meal.We can crowd in good ways. Crowd all of us at the foot of the Cross where we fling stuff we just can't bear to bear anymore. Crowd our friends with hugs, notes of encouragement, gifts just because. Crowd our spouse with tight hugs out of a desperation to hang onto moments. Their scents, sounds, the light, and always a pleasant inner tune in those moments.

Crowd the air with songs of gratitude. Crowd with your children underneath a tent of blankets. Crowd them in and tell them how special they are.Serry.

Let's beat good old Webster's bland approach with our very best, pure versions of serrying.

You'll be having too much fun to merge with the crowds.

And there's always online shopping.

Nov 28, 2011

More for You Monday Giveaway-Underground Vintage Studios!

I get really excited when Monday rolls around and I can showcase a wonderful handmade business. Today's guest is Darby with Underground Vintage Studio (you have seen some of her products on Casey's blog).
Darby and my sister Megan are the crafty, vintagey girls in their area of Illinois, which is how I've gotten to know Darby. Not only is she gorgeous, but she is insanely talented. I can see it run through her veins. Love how she adores vintage and crafties, and how she often ties the two together.

Let's hear more about Darby's journey...did you know she works FULL time, is a momma, and runs Underground Vintage Studio?From Darby: All of my life I have loved creating. I grew up crafting and gained my love of sewing from my Grandma. I was raised by parents who had a love of all things old and had many collections. I spent my childhood going to antique shows, flea markets, junk shops, and garage sales and it comes as no surprise that I still love doing those things and am now bringing my own daughter along for the ride.

For quite a few years I had really gotten away from crafting and it wasn't until I drug out my trusty old sewing machine to make a handmade gift for a friend that I realized how much I had missed it. Over the next few months I was sewing like crazy and soon realized that I could turn this love of creating into a business. It became apparent that it was time to invest in myself and make time to do something that I love. I now spend my days balancing motherhood, a full time job, and a full time side gig making some fabulous goods for your pleasure. I share my studio space with a super cool little girl who takes crafting to a whole new level for me. We love rocking the glitter, glue, buttons, and anything else to embelish our crafty goods! I have a passion for repurposing vintage textiles and books into fabulous goods for you and your home.

It seems as though each new week holds exciting things for my future and I am so thankful that I have regained my sense of "craftiness" and am doing something that I love. I am blessed to have such a wonderful group of people that continue to support me and ride along on my adventure.

aren't these ornaments fab? i bought them. :)

Today Darby is sharing some fantastic goodies for one person to win!
A Butterfly Pillow-$20 valueA Vintage Feed Sack Brooch-$6 valueAnd a Burgundy Bunny Softie-$20 value
Here's how to enter the 3-prize, 1-winner, drawing
(complete one action, a combo, or all, but leave separate comments):
Follow my blog via GFC
Follow Darby's blog via GFC
Like marigoldroad on Facebook
Like Underground Vintage Studio on Facebook
Favorite my Etsy shop
Favorite Darby's Etsy shop
Choose a favorite item from Darby's Etsy then tell me what it is
Follow marigoldroad on Twitter
Tweet/Blog and/or Facebook about this
Stumble or Pin anything from my site

Give away is open to U.S. participants only and runs through December 5, 2011.
Last week's Mama's Nest Designs winner is Chelsea; email me for details!

Nov 27, 2011

Ooey Gooey Monster Bars-Perfect for Holiday Cookie Exchanges

Reposting this from back in March so you can enjoy these during the holidays!

Treat a friend to one (or ten!) of these monster bars.

My friend J treated me (isn't that just as sweet as it gets? A friend who knows your love for chocolate and makes you a special treat?!) and Wilder/I have made them twice since our play date last week. I have shared from both pans, but not as much as I should've.

They are just so hard to stay out of:
Recipe (so easy):
Monster Bars by K. Brown
1/2 c. margarine, softened
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 c. peanut butter
4 1/2 c. oatmeal
1 c. M&Ms
1 c. chocolate chips

Mix all ingredients together and spread in an 11 x 15 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes, being careful not to overbrown. Cut in 1-1 1/2 inch squares; they are thick, gooey bars.
I cleaned a little today. I am impressed with myself as it is a rare occurrence that I clean before 9pm, or, well, ever. Wilder was busy playing with the Swiffer sweeper and Story was having her Cheerios affair, so I cleaned.

Had to capture the cleanliness on camera because it won't last.
Off to do stuff.

I couldn't be more grateful

...for thisThey have changed my life. They are true friendship. They are hope when I have nary.

Nov 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving and a Deal For You!!

Happy Thanksgiving, sweet friends!

I hope your day has been filled with laughter, joy, great company, gratitude to the Lord, and FOOD!

Would you like to know my BlackFriday Etsy special a little early?

Nov 23, 2011

Doing Something Different-Holiday Fabric Brooches

Happy Wednesday and day before Thanksgiving to ya!
(our sitter brought crafts to do with the kids; she's the bees knees)Fortunately I'm not cooking this year (nor have I ever, really) so you won't find me battling the last minute, frazzled shoppers for canned pumpkin and cute Hallmark paper plates/napkins with turkeys on them.

I completed some Etsy/personal orders. In order to not hit burn out (on producing multiples of the same thing) I made a few pretty brooches for the shop.Now introducing...my new "Peace Love Cookie Dough" apron from my friends at GreenCouchDesign! I'm so excited to wear it during holiday baking.

Nov 22, 2011

15 Questions About Gratitude

Thanks for grace as I shamelessly steal other wonderful bloggers' post ideas; I have a lot going on in my head and heart and my brain is often a jumbled mess incapable of worthy, original posts! This idea is from Ashley LeMieux with TheShineProject. She's a gorgeous girl with a giving heart.

Here are my answers to 15 questions that prompt gratitude, an exercise I needed to do. Not because I am ungrateful, but because when Satan pins me down it's difficult to put into practice the seeing of (unless I pray the Lord lifts the scales from my eyes) the goodness that abounds.

1. Who do I appreciate?
The person I most appreciate right now is my husband, Shawn. He is the glue in our family as I currently process and heal through some difficult things. He's also giving me grace and space as I pray through some upcoming decisions.

2. How am I fortunate? What a question! I am most fortunate because at an early age I learned what it meant to be cleansed by the blood of Christ. Additionally, I'm fortunate to live in a quaint home with running water, to have an intact marriage, to have healthy, thriving children, and to have an incredible network of supportive friends.

3. What material possessions am I thankful for? our vehicles, the dishwasher, running water, phone, hot rollers

4. What abilities do I have that I'm grateful for? I am thankful for my ability to jabber to strangers, be very accepting of others, and to be an encourager

5. What about my surroundings (home/neighborhood/city/etc.) am I thankful for? I'm thankful we live in a safe neighborhood in a warm, brick home. I'm thankful we live in a city that (after years of searching) has just the church Body our family has needed. And I'm thankful to live in a country where we are not penalized for gathering in worship.

6. What experiences have I had that I am grateful for? Hands down my experiences as a mother have taught me how to deny self, or how to at least try.

My marriage to Shawn has taught me how not only give love, but to receive love. And my friendships have taught me HOW to be happy.

7. What happened today/yesterday/this week/this month/this year that I am grateful for?

Today: I am grateful for hugs/support from a forever friend

Yesterday: I am grateful Shawn gave me the opportunity to go to the gym

This week: I am grateful for the upcoming holiday

This month: I am grateful to have made some Etsy sales; thank you all

This year: I am thankful the Lord has stood by my side, unfaltering

8. What opportunities do I have that I am thankful for? The opportunity to have a voice on the internet, the opportunity to see my children's milestones, the opportunity to create, the opportunity to love the Lord and others.

9. What have others in my life done that I am thankful for? This is the one that makes me want to cry. I am extroverted by nature and am thus fueled by healthy interactions with people. Lately I have had friends encourage, pray, provide scripture, call, text, give gifts, give their time, watch my kids, and support me in general as I process life.

10. What have others done that I am benefiting from in my life (even if I don't know who those people are)? All the people who have prayed for me. The angels in heaven who rejoiced over me when I was born.

11. What relationships am I thankful for? every single one, the good, the bad, the closer, the drifting.

12. What am I taking for granted that, if I stop to think about it, I am grateful for? The ability to hop in the car and go where we need/want to go (like for cookie dough stuff).

13. What is there about the challenges/difficulties I have experienced (or am currently experiencing) that I can be thankful for? (e.g., What have I learned? How have I grown?) The overarching thing to be thankful for is that even though my heart and self have struggled all over the place the past few months, my foundation in Christ is formidable against Satan's darts.

14. What is different today than it was a year ago that I'm thankful for? That I am figuring out some things about my personal version of happiness and that it's okay to have a different version from other women.

15. What insights have I gained that I am grateful for? That it's okay to have itty bitty fences of protection up; the stories & secrets of the human heart--your heart--are meant for a certain precious few to behold.

Text-heavy posts can be tedious for readers but I pray you've enjoyed this and have been encouraged!

Nov 21, 2011

More for You Monday Giveaway-Mama's Nest Designs

As I sit here mouthing cookie dough, tapping that nervous, possibly sugar induced energy out of my right leg, I recall all the gratitude updates sweeping my friends' Facebook statuses. While I've not committed to finding something "official" to be thankful for each day (though it would be easy to say what) in November, today I'm thankful the kids were a BLAST to take with me to:

the dentist (Wilder's teeth polished)
the optometrist (Wilder's glasses don't fit right..still)
at&t for a new phone (what kind of 30-year old mom loses her phone?)
dillons (for post office and duh, food)

Somebody out there, who knows Mondays are hard for me, must've been praying, because it's been a marvelous day.

Now let's
check out the giveaway from my friend Tricia!

Hi, MarigoldRoad readers! I’m Tricia and I blog at Mama Marchand’s Musings. New-ish mama to my sweet & sassy daughter, N, and witty wife to the hubs, I write, honestly, about the challenges and blessings of mamahood, marriage, faith, friendship, health, fashion, and everything in between! I love all things handmade, cupcakes, organizing (it’s an addiction, really), coffee (a necessity), thrifting & shopping for deals, and blogging, of course. I just opened my etsy shop, Mama’s Nest Designs, in October and it’s filled with an eclectic mix of new and upcycled handmade jewelry.blog, shop, twitter, facebook
Tricia is generously giving away:
Here's how to enter:

follow my blog through GoogleFriendConnect
follow Tricia's blog
Favorite her Etsy shop
Visit her shop then comment back with your favorite thing
Follow Tricia on Twitter
Like Tricia's Facebook

Extra entries:
Like marigoldroad
on Facebook
Follow me on Twitter
Favorite my Etsy
blog/tweet/Facebook about this
pin/stumble anything from my blog

Giveaway ends 11/28/11. Last week's double giveaway winner is Rachael Werth. Congrats, Girl! Look for an email from me.

Nov 18, 2011

I'm "blank" because

Copying off LittleMissMomma today and her cute post idea {filling in the blank}. I have met her IRL and she is so cute and tiny and beautiful and inspiring. I hope to get to hang out with her again. Was going to try to go to the CreativeEstates Retreat, where she's teaching some sessions, but it didn't work out this time.

Thanks for the post idea, Ash!

I'm weird because:
I have major noise aversions..specifically sirens
I eat more dough than cookie

I won't wear a swimsuit in public

My leg shakes all the time from nerves

I don't know directions/easily get lost

I'm a bad friend because:

I don't like to talk on the phone

I forget birthdays
I forget important stuff
I don't like to let you pay

I'm a good friend because:
I am very generous & honest
I will pray for you when I say I will

I will honestly compliment you
I will love on your kids

I am supportive and nonjudgmental

I like quality girl time!

I'm sad because:
I haven't really lost any weight
My kids aren't babies any more

Shawnie's not feeling well

The house is a disaster

I'm happy because:

It's the weekend!
My kids still cuddle
The Lord has grace on me
I am sporting a spray tan
I get to see Breaking Dawn
I bought shoes at Payless (BOGO!)
Slimy the fish is still alive

Nov 17, 2011

WIWW-With the Mailman & Beads from Africa

This week's WIWW is a little past due but I'm not really a rules kinda gal... Had so much fun borrowing my friend's cute printed shirt from the Buckle.
Oh yeah, we also got pictures with Santy Claus, aka, the mailman. He was sweet.
Details on the outfits:
Wilder-Old Navy and Walmart garb
Story-handmedowns, cute apron from a boutique, headband by me
Me-Blue cardigan Old Navy (ancient), top borrowed, jeans Kohls, boots Target (ancient), bracelet and clutch Noonday Collections, necklace the Rusted Chain, buttercream ring Along for the Ride, rhinestone ring Premiere, headband by me

I'm excited for MAPS tomorrow; it's pajama day! Maybe I will get pics.

If you love the bracelet and clutch by Noonday Collections, consider hosting a trunk show (I won mine in a blog giveaway). Here's more about Noonday:
above photo and below script all credited to Noonday Collection

After visiting Uganda in February of 2010 and holding hundreds of children without moms and dads, Joe and Jessica Honegger (the founder) decided to adopt internationally (from Rwanda). Also on that visit, they met up with long time friends who had lived in Uganda for many years trying to create sustainable income opportunities for the Ugandan people. They asked Jessica if she would like to sell the fair-trade locally made goods in Austin, in order to raise money for the costly adoption process. Jessica agreed and the first Noonday Collection trunk show was born! You can read more about her story here.

Word spread quickly about Noonday's envied products and the lives they impact. Other women wanted to style their friends while advocating for women and kids. Soon, the Ambassador program launched and Noonday Collection will soon be found in a home near you!

At Noonday Collection, we believe every child belongs in a family. While the owner is no longer raising money for their Rwandan adoption (though they think more adoptions will come), the vision remains the same. We advocate for the orphan by:

  • Providing jobs that create a pathway out of poverty for women. A stable income means a family is less likely to abandon their child.
  • Help families fundraise for their own adoptions. We give10% of trunk show sales directly to the adoptive family when they host a trunk show.
  • Aside from donating 10% towards qualified adoptive families, Noonday Collection gives net proceeds towards orphan care and prevention. Watch the video to see one of our main beneficiaries.
  • The dream: Take YOU on a trip to visit artisans and visit orphans in their distress.

Ready to make a difference? HOST A TRUNK SHOW