Monday, September 23, 2013

I'm Still Here!

Oh wow have I been silent for a long time! Well, silent here anyway, in my little piece of blog land. You can always keep up with me over on Pinterest, and Instagram (toteally_blessed_ellen).

I closed up the shop for June and July and took a much needed time off just for family. And because the first trimester of this pregnancy was taking a toll on me. Exhaustion would be the words I use to describe it! We spent the month of July enjoying Cape Cod with my Mom. We did a ton of camping, and enjoyed those beautiful beaches. The kids loved it! As did I. The weather was a welcome change from the high heat of Texas.

I do hope to keep up the space a little bit better than I have been. Although I can make no promises. With 4 kids, 1 on the way, homeschooling, co-op, and custom covers to make, (not to mention the never ending house work!) I stay pretty busy. =)

There are several things I'd like to share though. So I'll do my best!

Have a tote-ally blessed day y'all!



Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Cure for Krissy

Friends, I recently found out that my dear sweet friend, Kristin was diagnosed with Stage 3 HER+ Aggressive Breast Cancer. It is the most common type of breast cancer in young patients. She is such an amazing person. She's a mother, wife, daughter of God, daughter, friend, school teacher and so much more!


I have created a fundraiser to show my support during this trying time in their lives. All of the profits will go directly towards the Morris family. Please check it out, and purchase a key fob if possible. Sharing the page is also appreciated!



Thanks friends!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Ekubo Ministries

Hi friends! It's been a while since I've posted. Life is busy and full these days. My family is truly blessed by the Lord. I love homeschooling!

Today I want to tell y'all about a ministry I just learned about, Ekubo Ministries. Just who is Ekubo Ministries?

"We take action for children and less privileged communities as an independent charitable social development organization. We respect varying beliefs and cultures. We entrust our work in the spirit of the highest God and His Son Jesus Christ. With this concept, our organization has pioneered a family approach to the long term care of orphaned and abandoned children." From their website www.ekuboministries.org

George and Christie Magera live in Uganda and take care of many children who are in need. They are out there being the hands and feet of Jesus.

I was recently contacted about donating an item to an online auction fundraiser that is being hosted for this ministry. Y'all know I had to donate something to help this sweet family help those sweet children!



There are many GREAT items up for bid over at the auction. Would you consider checking it out, and possibly making a bid? It would mean a lot to me, and I know it would be appreciated by the Magera family as well! You can click on the link below to go directly to the fundraiser.


Here's a peak at a few of my favorite items from the auction...

Bound With the Word

Makaio Design

Have a tote-ally blessed day friends!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Custom Bible Cover GIVEAWAY!


Yup. You read that right.. GIVEAWAY! 

If you head on over to Extreme Savings with Diva Desirae, you can enter for a chance to WIN a custom Bible cover from me!

While you're there you can find lots of ways to save money on everyday items too.

So go check it out! You know you want to!

Have a tote-ally blessed day y'all!

***Update: This give-away has closed!***

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

{DIY} PVC Target

This past semester at our homeschool co-op I taught a physical education class. I made a few PVC targets and I have been wanting to share them here for the longest time!

I'm glad to say that the time has finally arrived.  =)


Let me first say that the pictures are not very good (so sorry! my camera was broken by a sweet child I know and I am currently using a loaner from a friend that isn't the greatest but I'm thankful to have something!) and that this isn't really a tutorial so much. I did take pictures of the steps I took, for the most part, but it really is pretty self explanatory. Plus, you can make it any size you want. Which is what I love about do-it-yourself projects. You take an idea, then tweak it to fit what YOU need. Win win, right?

My plan was to teach the kids about Frisbee Golf, aka Frolf. I looked at different targets to purchase but they were pricey. Then, I saw this one...

SOURCE

I knew I could make this using PVC pipe. So, I did! Here's how I made it.

You'll need:
 PVC pipe (it comes in 10ft lengths) 
4 PVC elbows
1 t-joint
2 basketball nets
zip ties (not pictured)
a PVC pipe cutter
PVC glue
a ruler to measure
a pencil to mark the measurements 

Below I have all of my pieces cut to these sizes:
(2) 7"
(2) 7 3/8"
(1) 16"
(1) 48"



 After your pieces are cut you just assemble them so that they look like the picture below when finished. Make sure to apply the glue during this process, that way they do not come apart while you're playing! I speak from experience here. =)


Here is where the basketball nets come in. They will make up the netting. Lay them out flat like pictured below.


You'll want the side with the long/larger holes facing each other, like so..
 

You're going to tie them together, bit by bit. I'm not exactly sure how to explain this part. You need to tie them together so that you have a long tube as your end result.



I'm hoping you get it and you can see the tube pictured below.


After the tube is made you need to tie closed one end. Now all you have to do is attach the opened end to the rectangular opening you made earlier. I used zip ties to keep them on. 

I used a mallet to put it in the ground because I hadn't thought of a base yet. But now, looking back, You can definitely make a base with PVC pipe as well. You'd just need to make it wide enough to hold it up. If I ever do this, I will update it here. If you do it, please let me know! I'd love to see.

All that's left now is to play! So grab those Frisbees and have FUN!


Have a tote-ally blessed day y'all!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Key Fob Fundraiser for the Johnson Family


I having a key fob fundraiser for the Johnson family's adoption of Trinity. All of the monies will be donated toward their adoption fund.

I can ship them as well! So, if you are not in my area, you can still help support this sweet family.

If you'd like one, please EMAIL me!

Are you thinking about an end of year gift for your kids teachers? These make GREAT gifts! Especially for teachers, Mom's, anyone really! They are a great way to stay hands free and still have your keys accessible.

I recently gave some as gifts to the Board Members at our homeschool co-op. I attached a little message to them. Instant gift!


Have a tote-ally blessed day friends!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Super Mom T-shirt Fun

Something is amiss.

Or, maybe not.

I haven't blogged in a month and a half! Life sure gets busy some times. Priorities consume my time.

I've been meaning to share several projects and just fun stuff we've been doing around here, but we've been so busy doing these things, that I haven't had the time to post about them!

I hope to make up for the 'lost time' friends.  =)

So, I thought I'd just share something fun I did with a wonderful group of Super Moms I know...

I hosted a Mom's Night Out at my house last month. This is something our fabulous homeschool co-op does every month. We take turns hosting and planning a fun craft, or something, to do together. And, of course, there is *always* yummy food involved!

Well, for our craft everyone brought a t-shirt and we made some fabric iron-ons.

I printed this "Super Mom" image onto cardstock, and then made a stencil out of it. (I just cut out the negative space with a craft knife.)

*Please excuse my poor photo quality!




We used Heat n Bond Heavy. That way you just iron it on, no stitching required. Very cool!


I thought shiny fabrics would be super fun. So I got a variety of colors of dancewear fabric. Everyone chose whatever colors suited there fancy. With so many color choices, it was hard to choose which 2 colors to use. They all turned out great!






We all (well almost all of us) wore them to our last day of Friday school for the semester.


Have a tote-ally blessed day friends!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Chevron Initial Home Decor

I have started a small collection of chevron fabrics from Hobby Lobby. They keep getting in new fun colors that I just LOVE!


I've used the yellow chevron before to make a binder cover. A total favorite of mine! Well, I also recently used the grey one in a home decor project. It turned out great!
 

I made the letter at a Mom's Night Out last Fall. The host found it on Pinterest. HERE it is on another blog so you can see how it's done. It's not the exact way we did it, but very similar.

Well, I really liked that letter and wanted it to stay up all year round. So, I decided to cover an old wooden plaque picture thingy I got from Goodwill. You could use an art canvas. And, I have been really wanting to incorporate the grey chevron in my decor, so this was the perfect solution!

I created a little picture tutorial for y'all. In case you want to do it to. Basically, I used spray adhesive to attach the fabric to the board. Then, I used a command strip to attach the letter to it. It was just that simple! 

The pictures don't show the Command strip because I originally used the spray adhesive. Let's just say that was not the most intelligent way of going about it. Thankfully, days later, after I found it on the floor, I had this genius idea of the Command strip. It's worked great!



Have a tote-ally blessed day y'all!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Fashion Show and Market

Who me? At a fashion show?!! I never would have thought to find myself at one but I was! 


Now, I don't know much about fashion, but my dear friend Krafty Mommas sure does! She makes the most amazing wearable art. Like, for real. Amazing. No lie.

I got to sport these fun pirate themed cropped denim pants she made. They were so fun to wear.  =)


We had a little table set up at a local high school's 7th annual fashion show and market. She had her fabulous custom overalls and denim jackets. I had some school spirit binder cover/memory books. 


We had a fun night! 

The senior's did a lovely job at the show. Here's one senior strutting her stuff while wearing some custom homecoming overalls by Trevor, aka Krafty Mommas.


I guess it's true when they say you never know where life will take you. Because I never would have imagined myself at a fashion show!

Have a tote-ally blessed day y'all!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Child of the Month: Bria

With the start of a new month, and a new year, it's time to tell you all about who I will be donating 20% of my sales to. I'm doing it a bit different than I have in the past. Instead of donating to the child of the month at Reece's Rainbow, I will be giving to a wonderful family that is adopting through Reece's Rainbow. A family that I know and love.

About 2 years ago the Johnson's adopted THREE special needs children from the Ukraine. Giving them nine beautiful children in their home. Some biological, some adopted. Now they are bringing one more precious soul into their home to love and nurture. Jennifer, a true Super Mom if ever there was, is an amazing lady. She inspires me with her huge heart. The whole family is fabulous. You truly see the love of Christ flowing through them!


This family is so very dear to my heart that I have decided to donate to them each month until their needs for adopting Bria have been met . Just look at that precious face!

If you would like to donate to the rescue of this child, you can do so by visiting Reece's Rainbow and clicking the donate button HERE. You can also follow along at their blog, Let's Fill the Van, and read more about this sweet family and their adoption journey.

Have a blessed day friends!

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