I've been needing some crafting time BADLY. My latest Instagram obsession is Heidi Kenney from mypapercrane . Although I will never quilt, or knit or sew, or design amazing fabric (and she does all of these things and more) she made an absolutely awesome wreath that I couldn't stop thinking about.
You really need to go visit her blog if you aren't following her on Instagram. Her wreath version is different from my own featured here. She's so clever!
You can find all sorts of faux gourds at Dollar Tree and Dollar General right now and then it's a matter of getting creative with paint and putting together some type of wreath base.
The possibilities are endless!
This is just such a fun project. Happy fall crafting!
PS. I'm so behind on blog visits. The new university semester start up always kicks my butt, but I promise to start visiting again. Pinky swear.
Thank you for all the kind words regarding the death of my father in law. Each night, we keep expecting the phone to ring and for him to ask about in our latest West MI happenings. It's going to take time. Sigh.
In the midst of sadness, we are also celebrating major milestones... such as Emma's move to college!
On Monday, we transported a very full van to the GVSU Allendale campus. Her dorm room is apartment style and it's pretty darn amazing! Thank you Jenny (our awesome niece) for suggesting that Emma request her former building.
Emma is living with her best friend.
They have a private bathroom.
Decent floor space.
And a mini kitchen. Yes! They've successfully cooked a few mac-n-cheese meals already!
Josie has had fun visiting and checking out her big sister's college desk/study space.
It's been a week of new transitions for everyone.
Josie has missed her big sister like crazy and Emma's cat (Luna) continues to sit outside of her bedroom door each night waiting for her to come home.
Overall, we're so excited for Emma's new college adventures. She's going to do amazing things!
Go Emma, go!!! Welcome freshmen GVSU class of 2020!
I've been absent from blog land. My father in law died last week.
My husband had spent the last several weeks traveling back and forth across the state and living out of hotel rooms to be closer to the hospital, but none of us really thought he would be really gone from our lives. 73 is much too young.
I have to share part of the obituary that my husband wrote. Leonard Kenward will be remembered for his giving nature, his generous heart, and unwavering wish for all of his children and grandchildren to be happy and successful.
He was a constant thread in all of our lives and was the first person we went to in times of struggle, need, or great celebration. His presence and daily involvement in all of our lives will be greatly missed.
We anticipate Heaven to be filled with lots of golfing, plenty of fishing, daily video poker, reminiscing with those who have gone before him, and lots and lots of laughter.
In 2008, we traveled to China to adopt a toddler who needed
heart surgery for Tetralogy of Fallot and hand surgery to remove an extra thumb. I'm always happy to share our experience with SN adoption. When I'm not at work, you might find me at an thrift/antique store or estate sale. I also love to sneak in a craft project and decorate our multiple dollhouses with my girls.
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In 2008, we went to the Jiangxi Province to adopt a little girl who needed open-heart surgery for Tetralogy of Fallot and hand surgery to remove an extra thumb. I'm always happy to share our experience with a SN adoption with others.
When I'm home from work, I love to sneak in a weekly craft project or a trip to my favorite antique/thrift stores. Come play with me!