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The Countdown Begins!

16 Jul

Emma’s birthday is just around the corner and this weekend we made her a paper chain so she could see just how many days away it is!

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Ignore the goofy faces throughout if you can! Emma was in a weird goofy mood 😛 So I pulled out paper, scissors, scrapbooking glue, and I didn’t really need anything else 😉 The pen was to entertain Emma if she got bored.

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I folded it in half (hot dog way 😉 haha)

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And again just to make the guided lines. These in no way shape or form need to be pretty since your child is just going to rip them up each day.
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After unfolding it I just cut each strip out to how many days I needed.

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I like to use multiple colors so it’s easy to see which is the next chain.

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Take the scrapbook glue and run it along one side folding it into a circle and pushing it so it sticks.

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Slide the next piece in the ring and repat until you’ve used all your pieces!

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Emma was excited as I explained it to her. We counted how many rings and jumped up and down at the excitement that it’s not too far away!!

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Each morning we are going to wake up and rip off one more!

Do you remember doing this when you were a kid? I am pretty sure I made a million of these chains for all different occasions!



Happy Birthday Big Sister!

19 Aug

My Sister’s birthday was Monday, but we celebrated it yesterday! She wanted a relaxing night in with the family and my Dad’s family recipe for steaks. If you have never eaten one of his steaks before you are seriously missing out. That man has the recipe to bring you to your knees and never go out for steaks again.

Not only are they making my mouth water just talking about it – they are free! We don’t go out for steaks for dinner in this family often – who would after eating those?

Okay! Sorry, totally sidetracked 😉 HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the person I’ve always looked up to my entire life. Figuratively and Literally. Even though I haven’t quite followed her in her footsteps she seriously is a one of a kind, dedicated, and monumental person in my life.

So for all of you who are wondering what I got her? Here you go! She’s a book person – so why would I buy her anything else but book related things of course:

Oh that song 🙂 Haha – brings back memories! Yes – we do know all the words to that song. A sisterly bond that can’t be broken there. I got this from an awesome Etsy shop – if you want to check it out click on the picture!

Then books of course!

and more books of course. Can you tell the continuing theme here? But that’s not the only reason – not only are they books – but they are books by the people we grew up with. Memories oh memories 🙂 Let’s keep them coming back!

Thanks for stopping by,

Love Always,



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Happy Birthday To Me!

4 Feb

I’m not sure if it’s because I’m a mom, a crafter, or just crazy but for me – my birthday gifts have seriously changed! This year for my birthday I got a Simple Human trash can (YAYYYY!!!) and a new cabinet for some more crafty storage (DOUBLE YAY!!!!). So of course as soon as I got off work I went shopping, came home and had the hubby put the cabinet together, and organized like a crazy person!!


I know it’s silly to be excited about this but I am!!

The two red baskets are new and the two brown ones are old – I’ll be replacing those with some matching red ones soon!

It’s nice to have everything organized so all I have to do is grab it and sew!

And now I have one more place to hide yarn!!

Now my craft table isn’t cluttered ❤ I love it.

I’m so excited to spend the rest of the weekend enjoying the new set up and being crafty!

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,


Feature Friday: DDsDarlings with A Giveaway!

19 Aug

Feature Friday Presents:


Who Dat...Saints....fleur de lis.....black....gold....football....team.....bow...alligator clip...french barette...headband      Art Binder....Crayon...marker...wallet...keepers.....Perfect for birthday party favors....dr office......church.....quiet time....

Who Dat…Saints….fleur …            Art Binder….Crayon…mar…

DDsDarlings                                   DDsDarlings

$10.00 USD                                   $8.50 USD

 Happy Birthday stacked bow      Best Selling 2pc suit.....wide leg ruggle pants.....peasant short sleeve top...""""""DDsDarlings""""""

Happy Birthday stacked bow       Best Selling 2pc suit……..

DDsDarlings                                    DDsDarlings

 $5.00 USD                                     $40.00 USD

2 pc. suit...Peasant top....wide leg shorts...girls...cute....crosses...jesus....faith....brown....antique gold...Free shipping      Black...shocking pink..flower bow...damask...cross....fleur de lis...alligator clip...french barrette...headband....free shipping..

DDsDarlings                                   DDsDarlings

$40.00 USD                                  $8.50 USD

SALE   TuTu Dress perfect for any birthdays, weddings, photo props, halloween costumes etc.......DDs Darlings......Etsy....custom made      Boys birthday outfit....custom made to fit your theme....birthday party hat.....1st birthday.....special occasions...etc...

DDsDarlings                                   DDsDarlings

$55.00 USD                                   $35.00 USD

This mother of three boys (Austin -13, Tyler -11, and Fisher-7 in two weeks but she says it’s four if you include her husband) has been married for almost 17 years and her family hit a rough patch in life. Her husband was laid off for almost 18 months and she was determined to help out as much as she could. She started making hair bows and crochet beanies to help but soon realized it wasn’t helping as much as she had hoped for. Her sister-in-law told her about Etsy but she was hesitant to sign up. After her birthday this year – she decided to give it a try because she said she didn’t have anything to lose! She’s now absolutely in love with Etsy (Thank goodness or I wouldn’t be able to druel over her shop 😉 haha) and fell in love with the people and crafts she saw. It doesn’t take much for you to fall in love with her – she wears her heart on her sleeve and she’s definitely here to make others smile. I love her kindness and I hope one day someone returns that kindness back as much as she deserves it!

What got you interested in crafting?

I’d have to say my mom. She is the inspiration for most things in my life. She is a very creative, and imaginative person. She has instilled a love for creating things from something someone else might perceive as junk. She is also, a very loving mother and grandmother, she puts her family first in her life. I can only hope to be 1/2 the mother she was. 

What has been your favorite project to make and why?

My nephew was at my house for my son’s birthday, when he saw the cake he said “DD you need to make me a birthday cake for my party”. (he was turning 3 soon after) I of course agreed and then he put in his order, a “Tow Mater” cake. Three weeks later, he had his party. The minute I walked in the door he wanted to know “where is my Tow Mater cake”? I brought out the cake and he was ecstatic! He ran around gathering everyone up to come see his cake I had made. 


What’s the secret behind your etsy name?

When my brother was little he couldn’t say Delana so he called me DD. So when he and his wife announced 3 years ago they were preggo I knew immediately what I wanted to be called. It only seemed right that when I opened my shop I name it DDs Darlings, not only are the items I make darling, they are all my darlings. (just like my nephews)

If you could open up a shop in your town what would you call it and what would it be like?

Well, I kinda already have a “shop” in town. I was lucky enough to have a friend who recently opened a beauty shop and she had an extra room. In exchange for cleaning her shop on Mondays she allows me to us the room to display and sell my darlings. It is of course called DDs Darlings.

What are some of your goals you hope to achieve within the next year?

I hope to be established enough to open a real shop of my own and to grow my business both here in town and on Etsy. I love all my customers. They have all quickly become much more, they are now friends. 

What inspires you to be crafty?

For me it changes day-to-day. I do so many different crafts that I never know what I’m going to do from one day to the next. Sometimes I feel like the cartoon my youngest loves “Phineas and Ferb“. lol

What is your best quality when it comes to your crafts?

I think it is the love I put into each one. If I had a daughter to share them with I probably wouldn’t have a shop. 😉
Also, my carefree attitude. I don’t sweat the small stuff. The items I sell are handcrafted one at a time and with that comes some “character” and that “character” creates CHARM. I also try to keep my prices low so everyone can afford the custom look that we all love. 

If you could have one thing to help your store what would it be?

Models!! Try as I may, I can NOT convince my 3 boys that they would be so cute modeling my bows and dresses. 

Check out her GIVEAWAY!!

LIttle Sister...Spike bow...black...shocking pink... custom made...dds darlings...free shipping

Black...shocking pink...bow...damask...cross....alligator clip...french barrette...headband....free shipping...ready to ship

Black...shocking pink..flower bow...damask...cross....fleur de lis...alligator clip...french barrette...headband....free shipping..

Giveaway Rules:

To earn points in a raffle here is a list of what you need to do!

One point if you like her facebook page here: www.facebook.com/pages/DDs-Darlings/185523948148315 and leave a comment here saying you did. 

One point for each person that you refer to her facebook (make sure that they send her a message saying you referred them!)

One point for sharing this blog post to your friends and leaving a comment telling us where to find it!

One point for referring your friends to her shop! http://www.etsy.com/shop/DDsDarlings?ref=pr_shop_more

One point for each person that buys something from her shop that you referred!! (Make sure they send a note saying you referred them in the message to the seller!)

One point for telling us what you’d like to win from her store!!!

Who wants to win a prize!!??

If you haven’t already stopped by her store here it is!

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,


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Daily Life: Hubby Time

24 Jul

Today I am spending the day shopping with my man. For someone who only shops at best buy and fast food restaurants this is going to be exciting!! Now that he works at a place without uniforms – or really a dress code at all – he wants to go buy some new jeans and t-shirts so we are going to head to Kohls. I am also going clothes shopping for E. Since all of her clothes are a size too small… and we got a TON of birthday money I’m going to go a little crazy 😉 Hopefully E can handle having a little bit of a late nap today because I have a feeling this is going to take a little longer than B thinks it is!

Here’s some pictures of E’s birthday celebration!!








We had a great time and E has been playing with her new toys all morning!! She also has a few new words to her vocabulary: Aunt K, Charlotte (which sounds perfectly clear!), ice cream, ding-dong (doorbell on her doll house), and stick it (thanks to Uncle J).

We are so lucky to have an amazing family 🙂

Love Always,


Daily Life: Happy 2nd Birthday Baby!

21 Jul

Today is my baby girl’s second birthday!! So for all of you who are expecting a new burp cloth – I am sad to say I won’t have one tonight! We’ve been a little distracted with visitors and cupcakes 😛



Although we are celebrating her birthday this weekend – Nana decided she needed a cupcake on her actually birthday and I agree. THANK YOU NANA!!

Happy Birthday To ME!

2 Feb

Oh what a relaxing day it’s been and it’s only 1:15! It’s funny the difference between celebrating a birthday pre-baby and after having a baby. Birthdays become more of a day of relaxing instead of a day all about me, me, me!! I remember in college I wanted to throw a huge party with all my friends, decorations, loud music, and now all I want is to do nothing 😉 haha. Even today, I’m not really doing much different then any other day except this morning my mom watched E while I took a nice long hot shower and some pampering time, then we went to lunch so I didn’t have to cook or clean! It’s amazing how nice that is 😀

Tonight I plan on relaxing some more and doing something crafty for a change! I am going to put this crocheting down for a day and do something different. Sewing, scrapbooking, painting, who knows!? I’m just excited about having some time to do something fun!!

Love Always,


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