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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Custom Orders

We love them!!!
Most items in our shop can be changed up and personalized for your specific needs!

What a great way to document accomplishments in your or a loved one's life such as the piece below.
  


Please contact us if we can help you with a custom piece.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Kirill

On the other side of the world {in Russia} there is a little boy....

 His name is Kirill.

Kirill was found by his mommy and daddy on an adoption list.  They worked feverishly to get all his paperwork in so they could bring him home.  And during that time of working to bring Kirill home they found that Kirill is the first child from his region in Russia EVER to be adopted with Down Syndrome.

A birth mother keeping her child with DS is unheard of in this area of the world.  Adoptions of children with DS just don't happen in this region, these children are literally hidden away from society in orphanages and mental institutions.  As it turns out Kirill would be a pioneer.  If Kirill's adoption was approved, it would pave the way for other children with special needs to be adopted from this region as well.

And so just two weeks ago, Kirill's mom and dad were there in Russia headed to court to fulfill the necessary steps to bring Kirill home...

and they were loving on Kirill....
and after enduring five agonizing hours of difficult questioning before the judge...with strong statements on their behalf from two doctors, two social workers and the Minister of Children's Services fighting on their and Kirill's behalf...and prepared for the court's stamp of approval,

the Judge gave her ruling:

"Your application to adopt is rejected" 

The Judges reasoning:
Kirill is "not socially adaptable" due to his "medical condition" and he is better off in an institution than in a home with a family.  The Judge did state several times that Greg and Tesney were a good family, that they met all the criteria to adopt a child, but that she would not approve the adoption because Kirill has Down Syndrome.  She told them that they could adopt another child, because legally their application had no problems according to Russian adoption law.  She said she would approve their adoption for a 'typical' child, but not this child.

The ONLY reason?

Because Kirill has Down Syndrome. 

{Home study approved and Immigration approved for a child with Special Needs}

BUT

here's where we come in...
Linny over at A Place Called Simplicity has organized a day of prayer and fasting for Kirill. PLEASE please please stop by there to get the details on how you can join us!

Please spread this as far and wide as you can. I have created a facebook event to share this. Please find it on our page HERE then click the "Select Guests to Invite" box in the top left to share this.

You can read more about the family at their blog HERE.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Brady Prize Pack WINNER



If you are the winner please contact me to claim your prize.

Thank you ALL who donated to help bring Brady home! Monetary or prizes thank you all!

The please go over to the Hartman's blog and follow their journey to bring Brady home. They are SO CLOSE! And getting closer to being fully funded as well. As of this morning they only need  $4181 of the $25,000 - $30,000 it takes to adopt!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

LAST DAY TO ENTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay folks today is the last day to enter for a chance to win the HUGE prize pack that's helping to bring Brady home !!!

Do you really wanna miss your chance? Over $650 worth of great stuff for one lucky winner!

If you have been thinking about helping out now is the time. You CANNOT procrastinate this any longer! CLICK HERE to enter and for more details.

Products from these fantastic shops. Please drop them a visit!
and of course
Cap Creations!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Thrifty Makeover {Easter Style}

If you're new around here you may not know that I kinda have a thing for thrift stores, yard sales, flea markets, swap meets and so on. Is thrift shopping a hobby? Or an addiction? Oh no!

I recently picked up this wooden candle stick and egg at my favorite thrift store. I say favorite because every Wednesday is sale day!!! Love that!

They both needed a makeover! So here they are just bursting with confidence!
I started with a paint job and a little antiquing to both. Then I used Mod Podge to stick on the chick and another image on the other side which I got from The Graphics Fairy.

Other side.


 I love my little egg.
And I love turning something old into something new! How about you?

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Surprise

Happy St Patrick's Day!

Okay so about 2 weeks back I had a giveaway for the The Lucky 4 Leaf Clover. The way to enter was to share what you love about St. Patrick's Day or a tradition that you do on this day.

I absolutely loved reading your St Patrick's Day comments! Loved them so much that I decided for fun I would to pick MY favorite top 3 comments. And these 3 would get a $25 dollar gift certificate to the shop!!! Woo woo!! So here they are MY top 3 favorite comments about St Patrick's Day!

Comment #6 was...
The Original Drama Mama said...  Very, very Celtic family here...my 7 year old is an Irish dancer and will be performing on St. Pat's - we have corned beef and cabbage at my mother's house, I get my 1 annual Shamrock shake of the year, the husband and I go and have a perfectly poured Guinness at a local pub, as of Sunday, my house is dressed for the holiday!


My girls build leprechaun traps, I make my to die for Irish brownies - lots and lots the whole month through :)Sláinte! Thanks for the giveaway

Comment #8 was...
The Blaisdell Family said...  We try to have a "Green" meal on St. P-day. Green eggs, green hashbrowns, green milk, green ham and green jello. The kids LOOOOOVVVE it! And I'll be honest, so do I. :)


And I LOVE this necklace for the giveaway! I want it really bad!!!!!!!!!

Comment #25 was...
Ladybird Ln said...  I love pinching people.. haha j/k... We usually eat a green meal as well.
If you are one of the LUCKY 3 please email to claim your prize!

Monday, March 14, 2011

St. Patrick's Printables {Tic Tac Toe & Bag Topper}

Need some last minute St Patrick's goodies? We got ya covered!

How about a printable tic tac toe game for the kiddos? And a printable sandwich bag topper that works great for what ever you fill your bag with, cookies, Lucky Charm cereal, or even your tic tac toe game!  Back side of topper has an Irish blessing that reads "May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow." Instructions are included with each printable. Enjoy!

Snack size bag with Lucky Charms. Oh so cute!



We'd love to hear if you use them!
Elements used from Just So Scrappy.

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Friday, March 11, 2011

The Tiniest

Did you know that if only 6% of Christians would adopt the orphanages would be empty? And Did you know that the Bible commands 5000X for us to take care of orphans and widows?  Not all have been called to adopt but that does not mean we can't help in other ways. I encourage each of you to come donate just $5 to help bring Brady home!

Today I have Julia here to share with you about Brady. The little one we are trying to raise money for. Julia met Brady when she went to adopt her son. Her other post HERE has me in tears each time I read it. I ask you to take a moment and read it too and open your hearts. 

And here is Julia today to share about Brady.

The Tiniest



He's the little one at the back of the line.  The tiniest in the group.  The one that captured our hearts while we were adopting Aaron.  The little guy who tried in every way he could to get us to carry him out of there too.  Little escape artist Brady.  Running as fast as little legs would carry him to get away - anywhere - somewhere.  Bored.  Oh so bored sitting every single solitary day doing absolutely nothing.  Just one tiny little boy.  Among so many Lost Boys.  Right now he is walking through his days - surviving.  Trying with all his might to escape the confines of an institute whose goal is to suck the heart and soul out of its inhabitants.  He was fighting when we left.  Dear sweet little Brady.  Fighting with all his little tiny being to get out of those bare, lonely buildings.



I want to shout across the ocean for him to hang on just a wee bit longer.  Mommy is coming little Brady.  Daddy is packing his bags.  They are so close.  So close to crossing that ocean.  Hang on sweet one.  You are out of there soon!!


I rejoice - daily - that sweet little Brady is going to escape.  I am so grateful that God has raised up a family - a committed family - the Hartmans - who have been diligently working to get their paperwork in order so that they can go get their little runner.  They have been working so hard at raising funds.  It hasn't been easy and they have a lot left to raise.  They are so excited - and so scared.  It is a big deal to cross that ocean.   It is a big deal to go where they need to go and do what they need to do to rescue that lonely little boy.  They need our prayers.  They need our support.  Please put them on your prayer lists.  Cover them NOW and cover them FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL MONTHS as they journey across the ocean. 

It is a big mountain ahead of them but we know that God is the one who desires to see the gates come crashing down on these institutes.  He desires for the captives inside to be set free.  So we know that He is going to carry this family across the ocean and provide them all that they need to finish what He started. 

He's going to do this through us.

The church.

We need to rally behind the Hartmans.  So many of us prayed for tiny little Brady - the tiniest Lost Boy of all - to find a home - a family - people who would love him - care for him - give him baths and toys and hugs and kisses and Pooh Bears.  We prayed.  We stormed heaven.  And God answered our prayers.  

The Hartmans are going.  But we can't stop rallying.  They are going to an institute that has barely been opened.  There are still chains on the fences.  Alyona and Slavik have only visited one time.  One.  It is fragile there.  We need to cover the Hartmans in prayer.  We need to stand with them.  Support them.  Go to their blog and let them know that they are not alone.   Please. 

You can follow their blog HERE.  Make comments.  Encourage them.  Let them know we are out here!  In terms of finances, they need help.  They have dear friends who are helping them raise money and right now they have a huge assortment of Giveaways for them on their blog.  You can visit that blog HERE.

 Please help the Hartmans raise what they need to get that little guy home and PLEASE PLEASE pray for them. 

Lift them to the throne. 
Pray for the Lost Boys.  Storm heaven for them.  They are so needy.  So desperately needy.
Pray that the Hartmans will be able to see Heath - He is still available.  Pray that he will find a family.  A Mommy and a Daddy who will get him out of his shared wheelchair and off the piece of carpet on the floor.  Give him something else to play with besides a piece of dirty string. 
Pray church. 
And finally... Please Please pray that Jonah won't take Brady's place in that line. 
 I just can't stand the thought!  

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

{CLOSED} Lets Bring Brady Home {Part 2} the Giveaway!

This giveaway is now closed but please feel free to donate to the Brady fund at any time!

Okay folks! It's been 3 looooooong weeks since I started gathering donations to help bring Brady home. Y'all have been great with your generosity, willingness to donate and even the comments of encouragement!

We have some fantastic items to giveaway and they are ALL going into ONE BIG bundle! One donor takes all!

Let me remind you what this is all about though. This little sweetie is Brady and he needs a home and a family to love him.
Brady has down syndrome and because of this he was abandoned at birth. He has been transferred from his Orphanage to a full blown Mental Institution.

The Hartmans want to adopt him. They are doing everything they can to do this fast and bring him home safely. You can follow their journey HERE!

Many have given selflessly. Several have donated lovely items in an effort to BRING BRADY HOME!!! We have well over 20 items in this bundle valued at over $650!!!

Wanna win???!!!  Here's how.

First:
GO HERE! Buy the printable birthday banner pictured below by making a donation of $5 or more directly into Brady's Adoption Fund. This donation is tax deductible.
- Each $5 amount donated gets you one entry into the bundle.
- If you donate $20 you get 4 entries.

Second:
Come Back to this post and leave a separate comment for each $5 you donate. New donations only, not any you may have made in the past. If you donate $20 leave 4 comments. In one of your comments please leave an email address of where you would like your birthday banner sent. (These will be mailed daily. Please be patient.)

Important: KEEP your receipt! It will be needed to claim your winnings. This giveaway will be open for 2 weeks. Final day will be March 23. Make sure we have a way to contact you, should you win.

Wanna see what's up for grabs? I bet you do!

Lots of goodies! Lets break it down!

 Fit Band and Prayer Cards
$31

 Thank You Cards
$19

Earrings and Hair Pins

Gift Certificate
$20

 2011 Calendar
$16

3 Snap Purses
$25

Charming Coasters
$15

Gift Certificate for a Custom Chore Chart
$29.50

Prayer Jar and Boredom Block
$17

Little Mr. Tie Tee Size 18 mo. • Little Mr. Tie Onsie Size 12 mo.• Little Hoot Ornament
$30

Ladies Handbag
$45

Gift Certificate for Scripture Doll
$56

Necklace, Earrings and Hair Clip
$28

Cupcake Ribbon Tee Size 3T • Pink Ribbon Hat Size 5/6T, Red Ribbon Hat Size 3/4T
$41.50

The Giving Tree Hardbound Book
Momma Cap Creations (my mom)
$16.99

i am blessed necklace
Cap Creations
$34

 Full size Scentsy warmer. 5 bars of scent.
$55

 Gift Certificate
$50

Flower Headband, Medium Fabric Hair Curlers Set
$35
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I was expecting a couple of other items that have not quite made it yet. If they come in they will be added. Just look at them as a bonus if they were added after you donated!!!

Will you help bring Brady home?
Just $5. Can you do without your Starbucks for a day? Or maybe pack a lunch instead of eating out? Can you do this to help bring Brady home?

Ephesians 3:20 - "Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think."

Please email with ANY questions and LETS BRING BRADY HOME!
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