Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Products we love - The Artful Year | Autumn

Pin It I have been a big fan of Jean and her blog - The Artful Parent for a while now. Her craft ideas and tutorials are stellar and easy to do with little ones! Many of our home art projects have been created by using the wonderful ideas Jean posts on her blog every day.

So, when Jean announced that she was publishing an e-book chalked FULL of Autumn crafts and recipes... I was excited! But, when she emailed me and asked if I would be on her book review "team"... I was floored! I will admit... it was hard to review and critique this book, as, I was overly distracted by all the fun projects and ideas! I found myself making lists of items we would need to make the crafts instead of a list of edits for her book! In all reality, the edit list was short and the inspiration list was LONG (and it's growing!).

I love the book. From cover to cover, it's simply beautiful and original. The projects are for all ages too! You BET I want to make some of these myself! lol. I also LOVE that most of the supplies are items you can find in nature. Wouldn't you LOVE to "shop" for leaves and acorns in the woods and not your local hobby store?

This e-book is now for sale for only $9.99! You won't find a better deal on such a wonderful arts and crafts book! You can download it as a PDF file and have it at your finger tips in seconds! Don't you LOVE instant gratification!? 

I can't WAIT to start these projects in our home and fill our space with beautiful Autumn inspired creations! We're starting tonight! Which project will we do first? It will be a hard decision! :) (CLICK HERE to see the first project we completed from the book!)

Here is one of my favorite projects from the book. We've done rock painting before, and my son LOVED it! I never thought about melting crayons on warm stones! This will be a new and fun method! And PERFECT for cool or rainy nights when we're stuck inside!

Be sure to download your book today... There are enough crafts to FILL your home of Autumn goodness! (not to mention fun Halloween ideas too!) OR - check out my giveaway and get a free copy! Once you purchase the e-book, be sure to come back and tell me your favorite project! We will be posting our creations on the Momma Harvey Design Facebook page through November! We want to see what you create too! Feel free to post your photos! :) Happy Autumn and Inspire! Click here to visit Jean Vant Hul.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

My Journey Home: Smiley Faces

Pin It I was laying in bed just now, sound asleep, when this idea somehow came to mind and woke me up! Almost like a whisper in my ear... (ok... that sounds a little creepy) but, it's true. I couldn't help but get up and put this down on paper. :)

When it comes to finding my goals, my dreams, and my plan of action, I've found that the people around me matter SO much! Obviously, no one can go the route alone. It's the relationships that we build along the way that make the journey worth it!

So, I have a fun little system that I put together that will help me visualise these specific people in my life. These are people outside my family. These are the people that are so important in the steps I take in this journey!

the color marker is my son's addition to the drawing. (love)

Here is the run down.

ADMIRE: I've picked three people (out of the million) that I totally admire. When I say admire, I mean, I look up to these gals. They have achieved amazing things, they have a talent I aspire to gain, they have knowledge that I want to know! Now, don't confuse "admire" with "covet"... I don't want to BECOME these people... I don't want to look how they look (even though... they are lovely!), I don't want to copy cat their life.. I'm happy with my unique self. I just know that they can offer me advise in specific areas and their work inspires me to keep going with my work. I picked three for the three areas of my life that I love. My family, my creativity, and helping others.

FRIEND: Along this journey, I've found that it has been SUCH a blessing to have a close friend who is in the same boat with me. Someone who wants better things in her life too. Someone who I can celebrate with when we see our goals at arm's reach. This person is a diamond in the rough, as, she has her own goals and is confident in her journey. We've become a fun little dynamic duo... and yes... we talk every single day.

INSPIRE: This is where it gets REALLY fun... why... because this is where YOU come in! The best thing I've ever done was to open up and share my ideas and stories. I'm sure there are naysayers out there and probably a few that roll their eyes, but, 90% of the time, I'm hearing kind words and stories of inspiration. There is little in this world, to me, that is more fulfilling than watching someone's face light up because something I said, inspired them. And here is the beautiful thing... just think how many people you can inspire?... the little happy faces multiply 100 times over.

So, if you are following along with me, or you are in your own journey (or maybe inspired to start your journey!?!) Make a little happy face system of your own and put it up where you can see it. Let the "Admire" people know how much you appreciate them, continue to share with the "Inspire" group... and take your friend out to lunch... :)

A perfect quote to end this post:
"Creativity is contagious. Pass it on." - Albert Einstein

Read more about my journey:
The Big Idea

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

My Journey Home: Treasure

Pin It So, when I started to think about the idea that I could possibly be a WAHM (work at home mom) I had to stop and think about what I wanted from this lifestyle. What would be the purpose for such a change? What's my ultimate goal? (and yes.. most of these questions stemmed from a late night "front porch" conversation I had with my husband... you will soon learn that most of my brainstorming and creative ideas come from those cherished conversations.)

My ultimate goal is to be more of a blessing to those around me. 
(what exactly dose that mean? you ask. I will tell you in another post.)

And then, someone recited this verse in another conversation and everything became SO clear to me.

Matthew 6:19-20 (The Message)
19-21"Don't hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or—worse!—stolen by burglars. Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it's safe from moth and rust and burglars. It's obvious, isn't it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being. 

When I heard this, it was almost as if I finally understood what it meant for me and my life.
For many years, I thought this verse was telling me that I shouldn't want nice and fancy things... I shouldn't dwell over having dishes or bath towels that matched... some people don't even have dishes or towels just for their bathroom. I shouldn't look to have my own personal computer... we already have one... and that should be good enough... I shouldn't dream of a home with more space and LOTS of closets... I wouldn't need closets if I didn't have all these fancy things... I should be thankful that I have a job and that I found someone, whom I trust, to take care of my son during the day... at least we are not struggling financially... (sigh)

Well, I was wrong in my thinking. I now realise that, to me, the "treasure" in this verse stands for the "Goals" in my life. And my "main goals" are to be a blessing to my husband, to my child, to my family, and to my friends. If we are able to afford nice things here and there in our journey, that's ok! Those nice things are a bonus... but... not my treasures. My treasures are things I will strive for, work hard for, hunt for, dig for (ok... are you now picturing me in a pirate's costume? Please don't. Ha!)....

My ultimate goal is not a house on the beach somewhere.. but a lifestyle where I can take my child and my husband to a beach and build sand castles... and build amazing memories. Those are the blessings and the things that will continue forever... the memories, the connection, the love, the experience... not the house.  If we have an opportunity along the way to live in a house on the beach... cool! I will be able to have blessings with my family EVERY DAY when we walk out our back door! But, the house isn't the goal... it would be a bonus. 

Now you can see my train of thinking as I continue on my journey. It's something I have to stop and think about every day... I have to train my thoughts toward my real goals, focus on them, and stay true to them.

Here is a great quote to end this post (since you all were picturing me in a pirates costume anyway)

"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island. "
-Walt Disney

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