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    This was taken one year ago. It's hard to believe that she was so little. At 2.5 months old, I felt like I had already known her for years. Yet, I still had no idea what I was doing. I was a new mother, and I felt completely on my own. I told myself to take it day by day, and so I did. Somehow, she and I made it through and although she's still so young, our bond today is so unbelievably strong. 
If it's not yet apparent, I'm in an extraordinarily sentimental mood. This morning I found a notebook that I had purchased when @omgkersh and I were seriously considering adoption. I was planning on detailing our journey for our future child. Looking at the date of the receipt, it read 02/25/15. Little did I know that exactly one year later, my daughter would be born on 02/25/16. 
I truly believe that we are constantly being shown signs, we just don't always pay attention. I view what happened today as a reminder to stay strong during times of uncertainty. Things usually work out for the better. I just need to have faith. To say that she has a piece of my heart would be an understatement.
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clay cross planter: diy

I saw a hanging clay planter on Etsy awhile ago, and it’s been on my DIY list ever since. Actually, I’ve always wanted to learn how to throw pots on a wheel. It looks like so much fun! So until I can get my hands on one, here is my rendition of a clay planter. It’s still very fun to create.

Materials

Packaged molding clay
Acrylic paint
Paintbrushes
Toothpicks
Succulent
River rocks
Rope
Rolling pin

Steps

1. Remove the clay from the packaging. Place it on a flat and clean surface. Using a rolling pin, flatten the clay so that it is roughly an inch thick.

2. Now it is time to form a pot. Start with the sides. Determine the height that you would like, then form one cohesive piece of clay that is that exact height. Use the rolling pin to make it smooth. Ensure that the length of this piece will be long enough so that when you bring the ends together, it forms a cylinder large enough to hold your succulent or plant.

3. Take another piece of clay and make it into a circular shape. This will be the base of the pot.

4. Now form a cylinder with the clay in step 3. Gently place it on the base. Attach the cylinder to the base with your fingers. Spend some time blending all of the visible lines on the pot.

5. Using the wooden ends of the paintbrushes, create a drainage hole at the bottom of the pot, as well as two on either side and closer to the top. Make sure that they are wide enough for the rope, and are level with one another.

6. Using the toothpicks, carve crosses into the pot. Once you have completed this, set the pot aside. Let dry overnight.

7. After the clay is completely dry, you may begin to paint it. Start with the base color, covering the exterior and interior of the pot. Once dry, use a different color for the crosses. Let dry once again.

8. Add the succulent and river rocks to the pot. Then take the rope and string it through the two holes on either side of the pot. Knot the ends, and proceed to find a sunny place to hang your new and beautiful creation!

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braiding palm leaves

This week is Holy Week, which began with Palm Sunday. We were given palms at our church along with the rest of the congregation. Our newsletter states:

“Blessed palms have always been respected as holy objects or sacramental. Some families place one or more on the wall behind a crucifix or holy picture until the next Palm Sunday, or they might braid them into crosses for wall decorations.”

This was the first year that we received palms. When we got home, Geoffrey set to braiding them just as he had done when he was younger. We plan on displaying them with our other important possessions once they’re dry.

Remy was baptized at this time last year, which is so fitting given that this is the time when we, as Christians, renew our baptism.

I also found it fitting that Geoffrey braided the palm leaves on our church pew that serves as our dining room seating.

I hope that everyone has a wonderful Easter! I’ll see you next week.

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hanging geode terrarium kit

terrarium-kit-3A few weeks ago, I ordered this Hanging Geode Terrarium Kit from Urban Outfitters. We had a space on our wall where it would fit perfectly.

terrarium-kit-1terrarium-kit-2I wasn’t sure what to expect with the kit. Geoffrey had bought me a terrarium kit two years ago, and unlike the package had promised, nothing grew. That was a Sedum + Moss kit. This one’s main feature was a geode. It is more or less for decoration, so already I had higher hopes for it in that nothing was expected to grow.

terrarium-kit-5This kit also came with a cute glass vase. It was incredibly easy to put together, and it looks just like the one on the website!

terrarium-kit-7Overall this was a really great purchase, in my opinion. I definitely want a few more to hang around our home. Maybe I’ll get some in April. ;-)))

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1st birthday: activity books (diy)

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetLast week, I explained how I wanted to create a photo booth for Remy’s upcoming party as entertainment for the adults. Today, I’m going to show you what I made to ensure the children at the party wouldn’t get bored either. Also, let’s face it, adults can have fun with this DIY as well!

screen-shot-2017-02-07-at-11-15-48-amscreen-shot-2017-02-07-at-11-15-29-amI created these activity books in Microsoft Word. After going online and finding clip art from the film Moonrise Kingdom, I saved the images that I thought would look best. I also made sure that they were in black and white, which makes colouring them in much easier. Then I opened a Word document, flipped the direction of the page to a landscape rather than a portrait, then added the images.

screen-shot-2017-02-07-at-11-15-15-amI created the first and last page from scratch. I chose a similar font to what is seen on the movie poster, and made a flag with the number 55 on it. On the back, I put the hashtag that I am hoping people will use for the party.

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetThese activity books were quite simple to make, and only took the better part of the morning to design, print, and staple them together. I’m going to put them in a crate on a table at the party, and put a mason jar of crayons beside them. I know that my nieces are obsessed with colouring, so I think that they will go over well with the older children there.

Happy Monday, all!

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1st birthday: creating a photo booth

create-your-own-photo-boothRemy’s birthday party is scheduled to be two hours long. I had initially planned for three hours, given that we are renting a venue for it and I wanted to get our money’s worth. However, after reading a guide for a successful 1st birthday party, they recommended keeping any event closer to an hour long. So I compromised and made it two hours on the invitations.

That said, I thought that a two hour birthday for those people without children might get somewhat boring. I began to brainstorm ideas for fun ways to pass the time at a party. One thing that kept coming up over and over again on pinterest were photo booths. Photo booths are a great way to not only get the guests involved, but they also encourage them to play dress up for a few minutes, socialize with others, and help to increase the number of photographs shared on social media of an event.

All it takes to create your own photo booth is a simple backdrop, a few props, and a camera with a timer. Here is how I created my Moonrise Kingdom photo booth:

Supplies

Processed with VSCO with m3 presetComputer
Printer
Backdrop
Tape
Scissors
Camera
Tripod
Masks
Table
Wood crate

Steps

gbwbue1. The first step will be to decide on a theme. There are a plethora of themes out there, so it’s really up to you, depending on how much work you will want to put into your photo booth. I obviously chose a Wes Anderson-inspired one.

moonrisekingdomposter12. Next, you will need to create signage to indicate what section of the room is a photo booth, and as such, what the “rules” are. It’s important to be as clear as possible, as many people may never have used a photo booth before. I found four photographs of the film that I thought would work well. From there, I went to http://www.befunky.com, which is a great online editing program that lets you add text to pictures quite easily. I cropped the photos to 8″ x 10″, and added the text. The first sign reads, “What kind of bird are you?” It’s a line from the film, where Sam and Suzy meet for the first time. It’s also great for the photo booth given that Suzy herself was wearing a mask.

moonrisekingdomposter2-1The second sign is, “Photo booth instructions.”

moonrisekingdomposter3The third reads, “1. Choose a mask 2. Shoot it 3. Share it.”

moonrisekingdomposter4And finally, the last sign has the hashtag that I would like people to use at the party, so that I can search it later on social media. I thought that “#remysmoonrisekingdom” worked best.

3. After the signs are made, they can be printed out.

Processed with VSCO with m3 preset4. Next you will want to concentrate on hanging your backdrop. I chose a map, as maps were commonly seen throughout the movie. However, if you are going to create one from scratch, then there will be several more steps and supplies involved. Once the backdrop is hung, hang the signage on either side of it.

5. Place the masks and props on a table beside the photo booth. Choose a nice way to display them. I’m putting mine inside a small wooden crate.

Processed with VSCO with m3 preset6. Set up the camera and tripod in front of the backdrop. Make sure that the table and props aren’t in the camera’s view. Set the timer, and allow for a number of photos to be taken each time. Leave the camera on to ensure ease of use. However, encourage guests to use their cellphones as well.

Processed with VSCO with m3 presetThat’s all. There are quite a few steps, but in the end, creating a photo booth can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be. This one was actually quite easy, but I think that it will look and work great at the party!

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