When I stand before God at the end of my life,
I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say,
"I used everything You gave me."
~Erma Bombeck

September 22, 2011

"Godspeed Little Man"

Goodspeed little man! We can't wait to meet you!
2-3 more weeks and you will be in our arms precious boy!

September 16, 2011

Inspiration Friday (9/16/11)

So, I am going to have to sheepishly admit that I got totally hooked on Pinterest this week. I get my Inspiration Friday ideas from blogs that I follow and subscribe to, but oh the beautiful pics on Pinterest have captured my attention. I would love for you to follow me both here at the blog and over at Pinterest (just go to the first column on the right). I promise I will follow you back. Who knows maybe your project, art, recipe or beautiful picture may show up here!

Fabric Penant Tutorial at Sugar Bee Crafts

Pumpkin Butterscotch Muffins at Mommy's Kitchen

Inexpensive Party Favors at The Happy Housewife

Oreo and Peanut Butter Brownie Bites at Picky Palate

DIY Pumpkin Art at My Blessed Life

3D Canvas Art at The Craft In Me

Happy Friday! Grab a button!

Lanie J. and Co.

September 15, 2011

Little man's room is coming together!

Just wanted to share Kyle's room. It is coming together nicely.
Sweet bedding is from Nautica Kids. Hubs and I picked it out together.

Sailboat paintings done by me. I thoroughly enjoyed making these!

Window valances match the bedding and are also from Nautica Kids. The desk needs a new home somewhere in the house. I just haven't figured out where that is yet!

Of course I already posted his letters.

See that basket? I've stuck my nose in it for a big whiff more than a few times. Nothing like the smell of Dreft to make you ready to hold a baby!

Now I am having Hubs be on the look out for nautical themed wall stuff that will match. I would like a wooden oar for above the closet (not pictured) and maybe something to go on each side of the window. I think a painting or painted sign that says "Come sail away with me..." would be sweet don't you?

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September 13, 2011

More decoupage wood letters for a baby boy...

So, I've been nesting and decorating preparing for Baby J.

Last week, I made his name for the wall in his room. It has been quite interesting moving from all things girl to doing crafts for a little boy. But I'm starting to catch on and really enjoy it. I can't wait to meet little man, this is for sure.

Making these letters is very simple. If you would like to make your own see my tutorial here.

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September 12, 2011

Monday Musings... Faith

Original artwork by Lanie J.

“You block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith.”
~Mary Manin Morrissey

"Fear can keep us up all night long, but faith makes one fine pillow.”

“I know God will not give me anything I can't handle.
I just wish He didn't trust me so much.”
~Mother Theresa

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September 9, 2011

Inspiration Friday (9/9/11)

River Rock Table Name Tags at inspiration & realisation

Kids Art Display at Clean & Scentsible

Freezer Paper Stenciling at The Artful Parent

DIY Stickhorse from Junk in Their Trunk via Lolly Jane

Faux Handblown Glass Ornaments at Aileen's Musings

French Breakfast Muffins at HoneyBear Lane

Homemade Gel Air Fresheners at Homemade Mamas

Repurposed Shower Curtain Seaside Wreath at Cajun joie de vivre

Rootbeer Float Fudge at Shugary Sweets

Please feel free to grab a "featured" button and thanks for all the fabulous ideas!

Lanie J. and Co.

September 6, 2011

Imagining a phone call to my Mama on her 63rd birthday...

Sweet Mama, today would be your 63rd birthday. If I could give you a birthday call, I imagine it would go something like this...

It would start with you picking up the phone and Katie and Nikki and I singing a rousing round of Happy Birthday with the extra cha, cha, cha! flourish at the end of each  sentence.

I would lament to you how hard this pregnancy has been on me emotionally and physically being 40 years old and how scared of a third c-section I am and you would comfort me, reminding me of how the doctors didn't want you to deliver my little sister because your life and maybe even hers could be lost in the process and you did it anyway. I would thank you for that because now I have Mika for a sister.

Then you would talk about how great little boys are and how much fun Justin was and how awesome it will be to hold little man in my arms and we would count our blessings. You always told me girls were wonderful, but there was something really special about a little boy.

I might cry a little when I tell you how much I wish you could be here with me to share in the first weeks with the baby, just as you did with Katie and Nikki. But I'd tell you, I think I am covered as far as help goes. Of course, they can never replace you.

I would tell you how great it would be to sit at the kitchen table and paint with you again. I have learned so much in the couple of years since you have been gone and I think we would finally launch that little art business we always talked about.

We would talk about how much the girls are growing and changing everyday. How talented artistically Katie is (she got it from you) or how witty Nikki can be. I would share with you my concerns about raising girls and you would share with me stories of Mika and myself when we were growing up and then tell me that raising a boy will be easier.

In general, I would tell you how much I really do miss you and love you and that there will forever be a hole in my heart that will never be replaced. Thank you once again for being my Mom, confidante and best friend over the years.