The Crafters Bash + Design Roots Workshop Recap

0021crafters bash + design roots 2014I can’t believe it’s been almost two weeks since The Crafters Bash with Design Roots! It was so much fun to collaborate with Heather and host a Calligraphy and Craft workshop. The response to our workshop was amazing and we sold out in 5 hours! Holy Smokes! Heather did an amazing job teaching these ladies the skill of calligraphy and I was impressed by all the talented we had in the room. Thank you Ashley Thompson Photography for snapping all these amazing photos!
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:beautiful floral arrangements by the lovely ladies of Ever Something Event Styling and Floral:

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:mini cupcakes from Sweet Mama Cupcakes:

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:amazing cookies from Frostens:

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0023crafters bash + design roots 20140034crafters bash + design roots 20140062crafters bash + design roots 20140031crafters bash + design roots 20140030crafters bash + design roots 20140029crafters bash + design roots 2014I am sure you guys all know Karen by now. I am so thankful for Karen and I couldn’t ask for a better Crafters Bash helper or friend.

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My heart is always so full after each event I host by the wonderful ladies I get to meet and by all the amazing swag that I get the opportunity to share with these ladies. All this would not be possible without the amazing support of my sponsors for The Crafters Bash.

If you missed my recent Instagram post here, I am headed to Fayetteville, Arkansas on July 12th and will be hosting a mini bash at the adorable Shindig Paperie. Registration for this event will open in May.

Be on the lookout for more fall workshop dates to be announced later on this year and there may be another collaboration with The Crafters Bash + Design Roots but this time, we are headed to a different city! More details to come.

Thank you to all our wonderful sponsors:

The Vintage Pearl

Ike & Co

Lakeside Daydreams

Whisker Graphics

Mint Berry Devon

Jenntage

Gold & Tinsel 

My Paperdoll Designs

Design Roots

Passive Juice Motel

Owl and Drum

Stephlovesben

May Designs

Lori Danielle

Stephanie Creekmur

Byrd 

Kori Clark Designs

Ella Rue Designs

Sucre Shop

Midwest Modern Girl 

The Flair Exchange 

Gabriels Good Tidings  Save 20% off your purchase with the code: CRAFTERSBASH

Andi Gould Designs 

 

Hope Spoken and My Renewal Faith

photo (43)I am not sure where to begin to start the recap of  my recent experience at Hope Spoken nor did I know that this welcoming sign would forever impact my life. When I first heard of Hope Spoken from a dear friend,  I really didn’t think twice about actually attending and I honestly think the reason I didn’t is because deep inside of me, my fear is much greater than my faith and I just assume I wasn’t good enough to attend. My faith has been a constant battle in my life. Growing up in a household where my parents each had their own beliefs and never stepping foot inside a church as a family left for a lot of uncertain thoughts  about God and how he played a role in my life. I am so glad I listen to my heart and decided to attend regardless how uncomfortable I knew this experience was going to be. I was so nervous the entire drive down to Dallas and even had thoughts of turning around and heading back home but I knew I couldn’t. I knew that I could not let my fear and self doubt get the best of me. I was bound to grow my faith and let it be much bigger than the fear that I had walking into this conference. It’s quite a whirlwind of emotions when you attend an event like these where several of your “online friends” or women you admire would all be present and you have the opportunity to meet them  and hear their stories. It truly is such a refreshing feeling and I am so thankful for all the new friendships that were made.

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My roomies: Kimber, Anna, and Victoria

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I was so excited to meet these three ladies ( Hannah, Ruth, & Maggie) right here yet alone, get to share a meal with them. Hannah was the talented lady behind our Devotional Book for Hope Spoken and it’s good stuff. I haven’t been able to put it down since I been home.

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I was so happy to get to finally meet Aly in real life. I have known Aly for awhile on Instagram and it was excited to actually get to hug her in person and find out she was going to be my small group leader for the weekend.  She is truly a kindred spirit and she definitely made a impact on my life in such a short about of time.

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These ladies were all part of my small group and I couldn’t have been more honored to get to share my time at Hope Spoken with them. Thank you ladies for sharing your stories — lots of tears were shared but new friendships and stronger faith were gained.

photo (40)photo (32)photo (33)As uncomfortable as I felt, as not “Godly” enough that I called myself, with all the self doubt and fear in the world, I am so grateful that I got an opportunity to attend Hope Spoken. Because of this conference, a sense of Hope is within me and I am seeing my faith in such a different direction. I have found a renewal in my faith. What an incredible weekend — full of love, encouragement, new friendships, and a greater faith.

If you wanted to attend but didn’t get the opportunity to do so, Hope Spoken 2015 will be March 27-29 in Dallas, Texas and the line up of speakers are amazing! I hope to see you there next year! 

Our Kitchen Gallery Wall + A Giveaway!

kitchen2During a recent trip to Ikea, I picked up some white photo ledges that I recently hung up in our kitchen. It’s funny to think we have lived in our home for over 7 years and yet our walls are so bare but things are going to change and it all started in our kitchen. I have been on a mission for a family sign and I was so excited to find Brittany with From A Little Birdie. I gave her the vision I had for our family sign and the colors I wanted and she created the perfect sign to complete our kitchen gallery wall.

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I wanted to create a gallery wall that reflected our family and that could also be interchangeable for the holidays or my various design moods. Brittany took my ideas and had the sign at my doorstep in no time.

Here is a quick bio on Brittany:

I am a mother of two boys and married to my high school sweetheart. I have always secretly dreamed of owning my own shop and Etsy provides me a way to do that! All of my signs are designed and hand painted by me. Words speak to my heart and inspire me and I love that I can use my shop to share these signs and the inspiration they provide with others.

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And because Brittany is so awesome and loves all of My Paper Pinwheel readers, we are giving away a sign of your choice from her shop! I know, amazing right?!? So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and enter and I will pick a winner at random on March 29th! If you are super excited and want to get your signed ordered now,
use the code PINWHEEL for 15% off your purchase in her shop!

You can connect with Brittany via Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest!

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Potty Training Updates

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It’s been awhile since my last post on my Potty Training Woes with my youngest and I thought it was time for a quick update to let you know our progress. Well, let’s say we are making progress friends, very good progress! Although potty training this time around is more complex than it was with my oldest, I guess it’s just part of the fun cycle of growing up and potty training! I must admit, our Pull Ups  have played a very important role when we are out and about to help decease all the accidents that I would experience when we are wearing our big boy underwear.

photo (1)I love using the Pull Ups website for various tips and resource to help me with the difference phases of our potty training adventure. They share great tips and techniques that sometimes we may not think of ourselves when the frustration of potty training kicks in. Another fun tool I have been using is the Big Kid App on my smart phone. One of my favorite features and of my little guy’s too is the Big Kid Timer. We just set our timer and when it’s time to potty, we get a fun message. 

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This cool kid is on his way to be fully potty trained with the help of our Pull Ups. To learn more and find some fun tips and trick, be sure to check out their website, facebook page, or twitter! I’ll be back with more updates!

My Current Happenings

Gosh, I know it’s been very quiet lately on the blog. It has been quite a busy and emotional few weeks. If you follow me on social media then you probably know that The Mister and I recently lost his Grandmother this week. Due to her health, we knew this was coming but the event of it has been an emotional roller coaster. Thank you everyone who commented, sent messages, called, text messaged, or email with your thoughts and prayers. My family and I are extremely grateful for your kindness. The online community that I call my extended family has played such an important role in sharing unconditionally support for me and I couldn’t be more filled with joy with the friendships and connections I have made through this land of social media. While all this has been happening, I have continue to keep working to keep my mind occupied and hopefully meet some of my deadlines before I head to Dallas next weekend for Hope Spoken. I am looking forward and need this weekend to happen. So often we get consumed with life and our hectic schedules, those dreaded long to do list that we lose focus on what really matters at that moment and we don’t realize that it’s ok  that you didn’t mark off everything on your list and that sometimes, embracing that moment with your love ones or taking time to enjoy what is happening around you is so much more important and realize those moments are sometimes hard to come by so we need to enjoy them, soak them in, and love them. As excited as I am to attend Hope Spoken, I am also just as nervous being surrounded by so many ladies that I admire and finally meeting them in real life. I am looking forward to the connections, growth in faith, and the friendships that will happen over these 2 days. I have been busy behind the scenes getting ready for next Crafters Bash with my friend, Heather of Design Roots. This will be an amazing event and I can’t wait to meet all the wonderful ladies who were lucky enough to snag a seat! A quick update on Pinwheel Parcels is that all boxes will be shipped April 14th! I am so excited to get these packages in your mailbox and happy mail into your hands! Subscriptions for the next Pinwheel Parcels will open on May 1st so mark your calendars! There will be a limited amount of subscriptions available and the first round, we sold out in 24 hours! Truly amazing! On another note, I was featured on the Thrive Moms blog yesterday sharing about myself and Pinwheel Parcels. I recently signed up for their first virtual retreat on May 3rd and I am excited that I will be hosting a viewing party in my home and I will share more details on that soon! thrivemoms  Then this happen today at the most perfect time as life as been overwhelming and I have been feeling self doubt and discouraged, I won a coaching session with Vana with Le Papier Studio and I could not be more excited! I have been a customer and follower of Vana’s for quite some time so getting a chance to talk life and shop with her is such a honor and I can’t wait to get some expert advise from such a successful lady. I will be sure to share more about this on the blog!

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Whew, I apologize for such a lengthy post but I had a lot share!  Lots of events in works for this year and collaboration plus be on the lookout for events happening in other states! If you are interested in collaborating with me and hosting The Crafters Bash in your town, contact me and I would love to chat more!