You just can’t keep a good girl down

Our youngest fell out of our treehouse Wednesday afternoon and fractured her wrist – she was in a lot of pain the first day, but seems to be doing so much better today.

We have an appointment with an ortho specialist to follow up in the morning (hm, it’s 2:20 am – does that mean it’s really today?) and see if she’s going to need a cast. I sincerely hope not, for her sake. She’s already complaining that this splint itches. I can’t imagine going four weeks in a cast with a 4-year old.

Here she is the evening it happened, tears are all gone and replaced with her thousand watt smile. Please disregard the ice-cream mustache…she has dad wrapped around her little pinky. Add an injury + baby of the family and that = ice cream.

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The Broke Socialite Before and After

Here’s a before and after of a complete redesign that I did for Shameeka, of The Broke Socialite.

She wanted to use a chandelier as her focal point and really loves sophisticated but unpretentious design. We moved her blog from WordPress.com to Blogger to achieve some of the styling and widget effects that weren’t possible with the free version of WordPress. I custom coded her twitter box into her template so she’d have her very own unique Twitter box…I even colored the twitter bird to match her template.

If you love entertaining and decorating on a budget…she’s the gal for you. Seriously, that girl can find the best deals on things – it’s a gift. And one I don’t have. 🙂

Her before:

And the after:

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Hello. My name is Karen and I blog here sometimes.

Good night nurse, people! I’ve been MIA without any intention of doing so. What can I say? I took a four day break over Thanksgiving from my computer and had some much needed rest. Well, if you can call cleaning your house from top to bottom and catching up on 67 loads of laundry rest.

But at least my house was clean. I say “was” because it took approximately 24 hours and a little cold weather mixed with rain to completely destroy not only the house, but the laundry situation as well. Oh well…Christmas will be here before you know it, right? I’ll have another day off then!

I must share a blessing that happened this weekend. I was feeling so discouraged this weekend, because we found out Saturday that my husband’s licensing fees were due November 30th and not December 31st, as we had originally thought. Gulp. Licensure fees for what my husband does with investments are over $1000…we had some of the money set aside and we were planning on saving the rest of the money during the month of December by picking up odd jobs and doing whatever we could (no Christmas gifts for us!) to save money.

Well, it wasn’t going to happen now. Without the licenses, my husband will no longer be legal to do business in our four states area after December 31st. I was very disheartened and (I must admit – stupidly) feeling a sense of abandonment. I wasn’t really in my right mind when I was on Twitter, I “twittered” jokingly if anyone knew how we could come up with an extra $800 by the end of the weekend.

So many folks twittered back encouragement that I realized my faith is so small. I can say that I believe that God will supply all of my needs, but the action part of really BELIEVING that? Well, lets just say it needs some work.

Monday morning, we had news that an extension to this Friday had been given and I woke up to find an order for a coding job that would pay me $250 and then I opened another email to discover that someone (who shall remain nameless, but you know who you are) put $200 in my paypal account! That is over HALF of what we needed! It’s times like these that I feel so small and insignificant. I realize the God really is watching over me and that all of my worrying is needless. So what if we miss the deadline? Well, that could still happen, but I’m trusting God to do some mighty big things.

My husband has been looking for work to supplement our business for months. No one has been interested in hiring him because he’s self-employed (and has been for two years), and I’m sure that is a concern to any employer. But you’d think that he could at least get a job with W*l-M*rt, right? It’s been frustrating, to say the least. Tomorrow, he has an interview for a part time job (it’s better than nothing) and so we’re hoping it leads to something with more hours and possibly longer term. But if not? it will be okay. 🙂

God has provided our EVERY need. Not our every want…but our every need. And I am so thankful – just had to share that with you. I know that sometimes the holidays get people down, because they don’t have enough money to do the things they want to – and I can totally identify with that. But this year, I’m really focusing on the aspect of being THANKFUL for God’s mercy and grace, which I do not deserve, but am so blessed to have, instead of everything I don’t have.

On the Work-From-Home front, it seems all I do these days is design blogs…and code blogs…and design blogs…and code blogs. 🙂 Another area where God has been really good to me, because it’s keep the lights on and the car gassed up whilst we wait for better times in our business, or a job for my husband.

I’ll be showing some before and afters in the next day or so of some things I’ve been working on.

Hope your week is fabulous!

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Happy Thanksgiving


There is much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving season…friends, family, church…God has generously continued to provide for us, despite the turmoil of the financial markets, etc. We have food to eat this Thanksgiving, friends and family to share it with, and a nice home that is paid for. What else could one ask for?

So here’s a little Thanksgiving humor, because I like humor and everyone else is all sappy, so I like to be a little bit different:

Black November
A Turkey’s Lament

When I was a young turkey, new to the coop,
My big brother Mike took me out on the stoop,

Then he sat me down, and he spoke real slow,
And he told me there was something that I had to know;

His look and his tone I will always remember,
When he told me of the horrors of ….. Black November;

“Come about August, now listen to me,
Each day you’ll be thick, where once you were thin,
And you’ll grow a big rubbery thing under your chin.

“And then one morning, when you’re warm in your bed,
In’ll burst the farmer’s wife, and hack off your head;

“Then she’ll pluck out all your feathers so you’re bald’n pink,
And scoop out all your insides and leave ya lyin’ in the sink,

“And then comes the worst part” he said not bluffing,
“She’ll spread your cheeks and pack your rear with stuffing”.

Well, the rest of his words were too grim to repeat,
I sat on the stoop like a winged piece of meat,

And decided on the spot that to avoid being cooked,
I’d have to lay low and remain overlooked;

I began a new diet of nuts and granola,
High-roughage salads, juice and diet cola,

And as they ate pastries, chocolates and crepes,
I stayed in my room doing Jane Fonda tapes,

I maintained my weight of two pounds and a half,
And tried not to notice when the bigger birds laughed;

But ’twas I who was laughing, under my breath,
As they chomped and they chewed, ever closer to death;

And sure enough when Black November rolled around,
I was the last turkey left in the entire compound;

So now I’m a pet in the farmer’s wife’s lap;
I haven’t a worry, so I eat and I nap,

She held me today, while sewing and humming,
And smiled at me and said “Christmas is coming……..”

~Author unknown

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Thanksgiving Pumpkin White Chocolate Drop Cookies

I received this recipe from a fellow homeschool mom here locally and promptly sent my husband out to buy the ingredients. They are simply scrumptious.

Pumpkin White Chocolate Drops

Ingredients:

2c. butter, softened
2c. granulated sugar
1 can (15oz) solid pack pumpkin
2 eggs
4c all-purpose flour
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 bag (12oz) white chocolate chips
1 container (16 oz) cream cheese frosting
1/4 c packed brown sugar

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease cookie sheets.

2. Beat butter and granulated sugar in large bowl until light and fluffy. Add pumpkin and eggs; beat until smooth. Add flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder and baking soda; beat just until well blended. Stir in Chips

3. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake about 12 minutes or until set and bottoms are brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets. Remove to wire rack to cool.

4. Combine frosting and brown sugar in small bowl. Spread on cookies. Makes about 6 dozen cookies.

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Handmade Christmas on a Budget

I got an email from my MIL, stating Christmas was going to be rather tight this year and she really hopes that I like homemade gifts. She’s a classy lady, that MIL of mine, yes ma’am. Read below to see her note:

My dear,

It’s somewhat embarrassing to admit, but Christmas is tight this year. I will be making bedroom slippers for you and the girls as gifts. Please let me know your sizes. You’ll most likely agree that it’s a splendid idea, and should you wish to do the same, I’ve included the instructions below.

These slippers are:
* Soft and Hygienic
* Non-slip grip strips on the soles
* Built in deodorant feature keeps feet smelling fresh
* No more bending over to mop up spills
* Disposable and biodegradable
* Environmentally safe
* Three convenient sizes: (1.) Regular, (2.) Light and (3.) Get out the Sand Bags.

I’ve attached a photo of the first pair I made so that you can see the nifty slippers for yourself….

Awaiting your response. It’s crucial that I get the right size for each one of you.

How to make bedroom slippers out of maxi pads:

You need four maxi pads to make a pair.
Two of them get laid out flat, for the foot part.
The other two wrap around the toe area to form the top.
Tape or glue each side of the top pieces to the bottom of the foot part.

Decorate the tops with whatever you desire, silk flowers (this is most aesthetically appealing), etc.

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