Thursday, June 30

4th of July Patriotic Paper Starburst Decoration

My girlfriend April over at Funky Vintage Lovely did a tutorial on this fab decoration she did for memorial day.  I have been wanting to make one and since we are having a few people over this weekend for the 4th of July festivities I thought I had better get it done now.  I do love how it turned out however...I was not fully prepared for how long it would take to make it! Not a quick project so make sure if you decide to do one to set at least an hour or more aside to complete.  I am sure if I could have found my exacto knife rather than using a big bulky box cutter it may have gone smoother.  Or...if I had my glue dots handy rather than having to dig for them in the bottom of a cedar chest in our may have gone smoother.  Or...if the 2 staplers I found were not broken with the springs all pulled out (thanks kids!) or if I could have found my tiny Tim Holtz stapler which of course I did have the staples would have gone smoother. is done and it looks so good on our front porch.  Our house has vinyl siding so I could not "nail" it up anywhere but I did run to the hardware store and picked up some of those handy stick on hooks that worked perfectly.

The tutorial is here:

And while I am sharing July 4th creations I also made some of these...going to put them in mason jars filled with rice for table decor on our buffet table. The pattern and tutorial are here : (note: these are for decoration only and do not spin.  I did use large brads in the center verses the circle cut out on pattern).

And lastly I got the free printable for these jars here:  They were meant for tin cans but I changed it up a bit and shortened to fit mason jars.  Made the flowers on front from the coordinating paper pattern and used these free printable for the center (also used these circles for cupcake toppers). These will be used for the plastic knives, forks and spoons... I have a ton more little decorations planned as well as amazing recipes I have found on Pinterest (addicted to that site).  Will post more on that later.

Tuesday, June 28

6 Months of Printables from Anna & Blue Paperie

I won!  yea me!  6 months of printables from Anna and Blue Paperie.  I love the name of her blog (I have a very unactive blog and Etsy site called Paperie Pretties). Go check out her blog...she has the cutest printable and party ideas, some serious cuteness!  Here is an example she posted on her giveaway post.

(photo from Anna and Blue Paperie)

The funny thing is...we were away camping for the last 5 days (will post about that later, winning was much more exciting) and we had no cell service but we had wi fi (hit and miss).  So I was outside kicking it in my lounge chair reading my facebook and read her giveaway post.  Knowing I really wanted to put my name in the hat I ran inside the trailer and checked to see if I could get connection just long enough to enter...which I obviously did.

Thanks so much to Stefanie for offering this giveaway!

Friday, June 24

We Interrupt this Camping Trip to...

BLOG!  We are currently camping at Albion River Campground for the next 5 days and whoo hoo, we have WiFi! No cell phone service, but I can blog!  Albion is located on the coast of Northern California, near Fort Bragg.  The sun is shining, is darn windy and COLD!  Therefor , I slipped away to go inside the trailer and warm up my toesies and get a chance to clown around on the "puter".  So glad I brought it!  We have camped here before, but always with a different group of friends.  This go round we are with a group of my husbands co-workers.  I don't really know any of them, don't know the wives, and the site they booked us is not real close to needless to say I am a little bored, and COLD! 
The guys may go abalone diving in the morning, better them than me!  The kids are off riding bikes it bad I don't know where they are at the moment?  Did I already mention is COLD? 

Well...guess I will go clown around on Pinterest for awhile...but before I do, thought I would share a few pictures of us in all morning camping glory.

Ella, all smiles at 7am.

AHHHH....morning coffee!

The husband not feeling to "chipper" after one to many cocktails last night.
Carson goofing around.
Good Morning!

Tuesday, June 14

Friday Morning Finds Logo

Well...not only do I have inventory in the shop,  but my banner and logo are up and running too!
A huge thanks to

where I purchased my business set.  Pre-made business kits full of  graphics for a great price.  Perfect starter kit for someone like myself.  Files are sent to you via zip file for repeated use over and over again.
For one set price it included:

1 Main Banner

1 Vacation Banner

1 Sale Banner

1 Main Avatar

1 Away Avatar

1 Sale Avatar

1 Custom Order Graphic

1 Feedback Graphic

1 Web Ad


1 Business Card 3.5 x 2"

1 Thank you Card 2 x 2"

1 Product Tag or Sticker 2 x 2"

1 Product Tag 2 x 1"

1 Address Label 2 x 1"

1 Round Sticker or Button 2"

1 Display Card (Earring or Barrete)

A few examples of my business materials
Well my timer just went off, making yet again more pepper jelly.  Just couldn't wait to new pretties.

Grab a button (top right of my blog) if you like,
I would love it if you did!

Saturday, June 11

Friday Morning Finds

Friday Morning Finds...the name of my new Etsy store.  I have been away from blogging most of this week as I have been super busy sorting through items, photographing them, uploading the, editing them,  you get the picture.  I am happy to announce I actually do have some items in the store now.  I have ordered my Etsy banner and Logo and all of that, going the cheap route at the moment with a pre-made kit is really cute!  So here are a few items I actually have in the store at the present time with a lot more going in the next week.

Garage Trinkets & Attic Treasures

Monday, June 6


Last night we took the kids to the movies, they had a great time.  On the way out of the theater, I oh so gracefully missed stepping off the curb and took a big fall, big fall!  Landed right on my knee, all my weight (which is unfortunately more than I am gonna say), boy did it hurt.  The pain was so bad I felt as though I was going to vomit.  So here I sit, unable to get an appointment this morning with my doctor, for a phone call hoping they can squeeze me in.  My opposite ankle is a bit sore this morning as well, must have twisted it when I went embarrassing.

To give you an idea on what I am dealing with, this was a photo of my knee about 4 hours after the fall and after lots of ice!
Yes it was as swollen as it looks and yes it still is the following morning. 

Just call me "grace"!

Saturday, June 4

Life with an Angry ADHD Child

I have not in the past, shared really intimate details about my life, my kids, but tonight I am lost and felt as tho writing might help.  It is 12:20 am, and I am awake waiting for my 8 year old ADHD child to fall asleep.  To finally settle down enough after one of the most terrible episode's as of late, so he can fall asleep.  Aside from the learning difficulties an ADHD child faces, there are also feelings of anxiety, depression and anger...we are dealing with the anger.  Tonight in a rage, my sweet little 8 year old boy called me a "F'ing B word" and no he used no abbreviations in doing so.  He told us he hated us, he wished he was adopted, that he would always hate us and then he proceeded to scream uncontrollably at the top of his lungs.  Same story, same words, just a different night. I am tired.  I am tired of the fight, the constant fight. The feeling as though I am totally screwing this kid up with bad parenting, that one day he will really hate his life and do something that can not be undone.  I fear all this, and he 8.

Our 8 year old ADHD child gets into such a place of anger that you cannot pull him out if, a place he has to slowly pull himself out of, and while he is doing this, I get to hear the name calling,.  The words that break my heart, "I hate you" among other nasty hurtful words.

I have taken the class recently on parenting an ADHD child. I am really trying to use some of the techniques to help my child, to help him deal with some of the fears, anxieties and low self esteem issues he has related to his disability.  You may not think it as a disability but it is and is more and more recognized as one.

He has started therapy.  Today was his second session, apparently we need more work after tonight I would say.  He has another appointment soon, I wish they could just "fix" it.

As quoted by an article on, There are a number of factors that may contribute to children’s angry reactions. Kids with ADHD often have a difficult time managing their emotions. They tend to feel things very deeply and can have a hard time modulating these feelings. Both children and adults with ADHD have greater emotional liability issues than those without ADHD. This means that moods can change very quickly and emotional reactions can easily be provoked.

This nails our son on the head, word for word.  Another excerpt from the article reads:A child with ADHD may also be very impulsive, reacting without thought. Impulsivity may even lead an ADHD child to respond in anger with aggression. The energy and restlessness that comes along with ADHD may be too much to handle at times until it finally bubbles over into angry words or physical reactions.

I have mixed emotions, as he seems to reserve all these issues for "at home".  He has no episodes at school, no defiance issues with teachers, no outburst or foul and or hateful language.  My sweet little boy waits till he gets home to unleash his wrath on those of us home.  I am grateful that there are no issues at school but it frustrates me that he behaves this way around those of whom love him the most. A high percentage of ADHD children can also have other disorders associated with it one of which is ODD or  Oppositional Defiant Disorder . However since he is not having issues at school the psychologist believes it is to early to tell if my son also has this disorder and if he does at this stage it is to mild to actually diagnose. It may be perhaps that while he is at school he is medicated, and when he is at home they have worn off, I don't know.  Today I made an appointment to have his medications reviewed, if it is at all a contributing factor that he is reacting I want them changed.

Even knowing that he may not mean what he is saying at the time and that he may not be able to control his aggression, it is so hard as a mother to not take it personally and to feel as if I am failing him. Everyday is a roll of the dice as to when and or if we are going to have issues.  On the flip side he can be the most loving, thoughtful, giving child you would ever want to meet. 

Being a parent is hard, there are days when I just want to scream "this is not what I signed up for"!  I never knew how hard this kid was until I had an easy one, thank you Lord for an easy one.  I wonder if she feels neglected because so much of our time is spent on our son.  She, 2 years younger is very aware of what is going on, I wonder how this is really affecting her.  Tonight it is affecting her because we are all awake, typical a few times a week when he is told he cannot sleep in our room, this is how the nighttime issues start.  But as a mother I have to think about how this affects her in the long run as well. 

I could go on and on and on about all the little issues or incidents we have around here, maybe I will share more another day.  It is quiet now,  I am afraid to check and see if he is asleep for fear he is not.  I thought at almost 9  years old the staying awake with your child at all hours of the night would have ceased...we are not that lucky.

Whomever reads this, I thank you for listening to me vent.  I thought it might help to put it into words rather than cry in the dark on my couch (again).

Be right back...

all is asleep, that is my cue to do the same.


Friday, June 3

Movie Themed Cupcakes

I had to share!
  A fellow mom (Jeanette) at school made these "adorable" cupcakes for her son's movie themed birthday party. 
 Seriously, how amazing are these?

Photo's courtesy of Jeannette

She said they were super easy to make, which is always a bonus.  In case your wondering how she got the mini marshmallows yellow, she said she used yellow spray frosting. I am going to have to find out where one might find that, for sure.
Super creative, super fun, I imagine the kids just "loved" them.

Blogger commenting issues...

anyone else having issues commenting?  I type my comment, hit send, it takes me to the sign in page, I sign in, it takes me back to the comment page, I enter the verification and hit send, it takes me back to the sign in page....UGH!  I am unable to post any comments and I have tried on MANY blogs. 
So very frustrating!

Thursday, June 2

Help me name...

my upcoming Etsy store please.  Estate sale's are my newest passion, love them! The funny part is I have been addicted for quite some time and my husband used to complain.  His motto, for every one item you bring home, you have to get rid of one thing.  Well...Mr. Smarty pants has joined the bandwagon and is not only tagging along but telling me about them.   I have been accumulating quite the stash for a store and am in a quandary about the name.  This is what we have it narrowed down to..

Friday Morning Finds
Garage Trinkets & Attic Treasures

What do you think?
 Do you have a name you would like to put in the running? 

Wednesday, June 1

Blog Etiquette Question??

So I am wondering what the "proper" blog etiquette is when somebody leaves you a comment and you want to reply back.  Do you comment on your own post and hope they come back to read it? Or do you run over to their blog and comment on a post completely unrelated to what you want to say but know if you do, they will get it? Often I want to thank someone for a great idea, or just comment on what they had to say, have a little chat perhaps but I never quite know how to go about it. Can someone help a girl out?