Carving out Memories

How's that for a totally corney post title? 

Anyhoo, it is a tradition for us to carve pumpkins. 
I love to do it as an adult (rather watch Mark do it), and Ella looks so forward to picking out her character and having daddy carve it into her pumpkin. 
ella's headband: Paisley or Polkadots

Next, Daddy carves out the top.  Kids watch...  anxiously....

Then, it's time to dig out the inside.

Just look at Liam's face in this next pic.  I didn't get his entire face, but he wasn't too fond of the digging part.

He gave it a try, but once was all it took and he was finished with the gooey-ness.

Mark is a master-carver and he has his own special techinique. 
It's called "grab thumb tacks out of my wife's drawer and poke the pumpkin with them" technique.
It's very sophisticated.

Once you take the stencil off of the pumpkin you have a perfect outline of your character.

Now you dremmel.

Here is the final product.  I know it's a little difficult to see.  That's my fault... I had a dog jumping on me and Ella was afraid of the dark.  It's blurry, but oh well.  Great job, Hubby!! 


Here are some pics of the last two years of pumpkins.  Ella went through a long phase of loving the Mickey Mouse characters.  Thus, we had Mickey one year and Minnie last year.

Have a safe Halloween!

Map Art

DIY:  Map art, PEOPLE!!!!

I am insanely in love with all the map art I've seen out there.  I love how it adds color, and earthiness,  to a room.  So, I decided earlier this summer that I needed some for myself.  In walks exhibit A:

A picture that my hubby bought me back when we were newlyweds.  It has traveled from home, to home, with us and graced the walls of our hall bathrooms.  I decided to ditch the daisies earlier this year and do something different, so I had this frame just collecting dust in our very tidy dusty basement.

I tore it apart, which is pretty self-explanatory.  You flip it over and take it apart. 
Then I spray painted the frame white.

I took the cardboard that was holding the daisies in the frame and wrapped the map around the cardboard. 
The map, by the way, cost me $0.01 on  I did have to pay a small shipping fee, but come on... one penny?!?! 

I then put the map into the frame and secured it with the already there staples.

It hangs in our foyer and greets all who enter.  Hello, world...

What do you think???  Map art is the coolest!

A Slice of Heaven

  My kids are my little slice of heaven.  
They bless me beyond measure.  
I love that God loves me enough to give them to me.

I pray daily that I am a mommy that teaches them to love God.
I pray daily that I am a living example of God's love.

They are my reason for being.
They are what makes me smile every day.

They are my infinite blessings.


Liam is 19 months and these are from his 18 month shoot we did.  I'm no photographer, so they are mediocre, but with Mark's new job and working commission (which God has provided and is taking care of us)... we have to cut costs somewhere.  Photos are one of those places.  


Amazing Ladies... Coming Together

This is where you will find me today...


Come join in on the fun!!!


Here is a pic for those of you who just come to see my kids... (hello, family!)

Fall just isn't the same...

... without a trip to the pumpkin patch!
For the last three years we have went to visit my sister's family and gone to the pumpkin patch the weekend before Halloween.
This year the kids had a lot of fun... here is our trip in pictures (warning: lots of pictures ahead!!!).
The next set of pics are of Mark and Liam: Oct. 2010 and Oct. 2011.
My little man is growing up.

Wait for me, sister!!!

Gamps and his two littles.

This was the ONE!!!

And, of course, the family photo... can't leave the patch without one!

 I hope y'all are having a great fall.  I love this time of year!!

Things I HAVE to Make... soon!

I need me some infinity scarf action... asap!  I love how simple and stylish they are.  You can wear them with jeans and a t-shirt, or with a cute dress.  Love!!  This scarf was made by VixenMade (click for tutorial).
I WILL be making one for myself. :)
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I am also digging the whole Maxi skirt scenario.  This looks sooo comfy and can also be dressed up... or down!  This tutorial I found at Elle Apparel.

Also from Elle Apparel, is the Nautical dress.  I am totally into the nautical theme this fall.  I love all the navy/white stripes out there.  

When I will be making these lovelies... I don't know, but I WILL make them eventually.  And, I will probably post them on here.  

A girl needs her pedicure...

... and apparnately, so do her grandkids. 
This is what I was dealing with as I was attempting to give my mom a pedicure.
Not the easiest, nor relaxing, of circumstances.

Before I went to school and received my elementary education degree, I received my nail technician's license.
Very rarely does my mom ask me to give her toes a refresher, but when she does, I think it's the least I can do to oblige her.    

How many feet can fit in a small pedicure bath???
I know, I know (hand raised in the air like a kindergartner)... 5!!

What would I do if I didn't have little feet to get in my way?
I love those little feet.

BabyBerry Blog

Hey 'Quick' friends!  Today I am over at a great blog styling a frame with some awesome Map Art--- check it out!!

Here on The Quick Journey we are being visited by an adorable chick from the BabyBerry blog.
Welcome, Emily!!!


Hi there! My name is Emily and I blog over at BabyBerry...

I started my blog in early 2010, when I was newly expecting our first child, as a way to keep in touch with family and friends. Over a year later, I am amazed and overwhelmed at all of the lovely ladies that I've met through blogging-- Liz being one of them, of course... (but you already know how great she is, because you're here)! Not to mention all the fabulous DIY ideas that I've discovered, and have desperately tried to store in my brain (for which I am SO thankful for the invention of Pinterest)!
I will admit that I never considered myself very crafty or creative. Once upon a time, I was a Big-City dwelling, full-time (plus overtime) workaholic who was very passionate about my job, and now I'm a (mostly) stay-at-home momma, living in my super-small hometown, who views my career as more of a hobby... I still find it strange sometimes, but I'm loving it! Especially because I get to spend all of my time with this sweet little face...

Being the momma of a freshly 1 yr-old girl, I am generally more of a "naptime crafter" these days...
But I am so excited to be here today to share my latest project, which has been on my To-Do list for quite some time... It's quick, it's easy, and it's very inexpensive. These are three things that really attract me to a project! :)
DIY Earring/Jewelry Frame

 Supplies needed:
 *wood photo frame (I got mine from Michaels for around $1, but you can use a larger one if needed)
*your favorite scrapbook paper
*scrapbook decor rosettes (I found mine at Hobby Lobby around the scrapbooking section)
*Modge Podge
*acrylic paint (I used white)
*a metal or vinyl screen (I used vinyl screen from an old screen door that we replaced)

1. Sand your frame with fine-grit sand paper to remove any "snags" that might be there.
2. Put on your first layer of Modge Podge, and once it gets a little "tacky," add another layer of Modge Podge on top of it.
3. Apply your desired scrapbook paper to the frame (just a hint: you may need to line up any patterns with the frame so that they appear even after you cut the paper). Smooth out any wrinkles and really squish the paper into the Modge Podge on the frame, so that it stays in place. Let it dry.
4. After the paper is completely dry, cut out the form of the frame with an X-ACTO knife, or something similar. To avoid tearing, I put the scrapbook side down and cut from the back of the frame.
5. Apply a thin layer of Modge Podge over your scrapbook paper. Let it dry.
6. When it's dry, you can sand the edges of the scrapbook paper if desired.
7. Paint all exposed areas of your frame your desired color. I chose white to make the design on the scrapbook paper stand out. Let it dry.
8. Add your rosettes and cut your screen a little larger than your frame's opening.
9. Hot glue your screen to back of the frame.
10. Add your earring collection!

Like I said, it's SO easy... The hardest part is waiting for the everything to dry!

A BIG thanks to Liz for allowing me to share with all of you! Feel free to stop by and visit BabyBerry...
I would love to hear how YOUR frames turned out! :)

God Bless,


Wow!  So cute and sassy!  I love the frames.  Thank you, Emily!!!

Be sure to bounce over to her blog and check out my Map Art tutorial.

Guest- BabyBerry Blog

Tomorrow (Friday) I will be over at BabyBerry doing a fabulous tutorial on MAP ART!!! 

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Which I totally dig and you can see that if you take a gander at my Pinterest boards.  

Anyhoo, you will be reading from a great bloggy friend, Emily, who blogs at BabyBerry.  

She is a mommy, wife, and total DIYer.  She and her hubby are creating an amazing home for their family by fixing up a family home that is over 100 years old.  Trust... you want to check this chick out!!!  Tomorrow she is going to do an awesome post for you here, so make sure you check back!!!

Giveaway Winner!

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Guitar Man

I have a little boy who loves the guitar. 

 This is what we do for a good portion of our day.  He will fish that guitar out of the closet and mosy his little tush on my lap in anticipation of a little song. 
I strum the guitar and sing one of his favorites, "Twinkle, Twinkle," "Jesus Loves Me," or "Lolla-Loo (a mommy original)."

I have people tell me all the time that they could never stay at home with their kids.  They just aren't made that way.  I totally understand why they feel that way.  This mommy business is tough stuff.  But, I'm totally made for this... mommyhood.
I can't imagine missing moments like this.  This is why I stay at home... so I can nurture a love for all things good.  A love for family, music, reading, and Jesus. 

I would give up any material possession.  I would give up any accolade.  I would give up any job, if it meant I didn't have to miss one moment like this. 

What can I say???  I love being a mommy.

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