Happy Mother’s Day

 This is my Dad, my sister Kari, me and my Mom.  My sister Nori hadn’t shown up yet!  Check out my Dad in that suit and that grin!! HAHA!

I want to introduce y’all to my wonderful Mommy and all the other great mommy’s that are in my life.

My mommy!

The is my Mom and Dad on their wedding day.  My Dad is Pakistani, my Mom is Scottish.  My Mom wore the traditional Pakistani wedding attire.

I love my Mommy more than words can describe.  I miss her so much.  She’s back home in Texas and I haven’t seen her in a year.  I really miss her.  She is a wonderful mother.  Loving, giving and understanding.  She has always put everyone’s needs before her.  She has taught, guided and helped me become the mother I am today.  And if you ask my Alie she’ll tell you I’m a pretty great mommy!!

And that leads up to me becoming a mom.  Being a mom is joyous, beautiful, rewarding, challenging, tiresome, fun, exciting, but most of all, being a mom is the greatest gift and  blessing God has bestowed upon me.  I love my daughter with a love so deep in my heart and in my soul.  It’s more wondrous than I ever imagined.  It’s also hard and challenging.  There are days when I am Super Mom and I’m so proud but then there are days when I’m ashamed of my lack of patience and direction.   But everyday I am loved and needed beyond measure by the sweetest little girl in the whole wide world.  And everyday I love her and need her more than I could of ever imagine!  Loving my daughter and being a mom also makes me love my husband even more.  It’s beautiful the cycle of love in my life.  I am so happy and so blessed.  Now, every child is a miracle from God but my Alice Marie is my extra special miracle from God.  If you’d like to read that story you can do so here.

Now, I have a baking partner!
Someone to help me with the dishes.

A crafting partner.
A princess to dance with!
And tea parties every day!

I’m so proud to be her mommy.

I have also been a step mom to our beautiful Marlayna Renee for more than 13 years.

I would also like to wish a Happy Mother’s Day to my sweet mother in law.

Happy Mother’s Day to my sister Nori.  I miss you, the girls and Keek SO MUCH!!!
This is my favorite picture of Nori and me!

These are her beautiful girls!

And her amazing son Khaleeq who is now an angel in Heaven.

You can read his story here.

AliLilly  I would also like to wish a Happy Mother’s Day to the BESTEST AUNTIE there ever was!!  My sister Kari, who Alie just absolutely ADORES!!!

 Kari is also an amazing Auntie to my nephew Jayden!

 Happy Mother’s Day to my wonderful Sisters In Law. Teresa with her children, Jacob, Lauren, and Gabriel.  Her blog is called Get Nestled In.

 Julie with her son, Jayden!  Julie NEEDS to blog!

 Emily with her precious Emma.  Emily is the author of  Decorchick!

 and Donna with her kids, Jesse and Ava Grace.

  HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all the wonderful mommy’s out there!! 

p.s. my mommy’s favorite color is purple!! I love you Mom!

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My 1st Framed Wreath

 This is my first framed wreath!  I LOVE it!  I have ruined this poor frame twice and to see it there in all it’s turquoise and brown glory with a perfectly matching wreath makes me SO HAPPY!

Shall we go on the journey of this frame?

Back in November, while leaving our apartment complex the hubby spotted this by the dumpster.

 I LOVE this painting but was NOT digging that golden frame.

So, I spray painted frame dark brown.  BUT I ruined the matte!
I also, did a TERRIBLE spray painting job. 
 Upset, I put this in my closet and haven’t touched it in months.  After seeing all the bright colorful frames all you ladies are making I decided to paint the frame blue and the matte brown.

But, it just doesn’t fit with this painting, does it?   Plus the blues are off.  So, I didn’t like it.  I hung it up here just to get it out of the way while I decided what to do next.  I guest posted at the lovely Bella of Bella Before and After‘s blog about that wreath, if your interested!

Then, I noticed how great it looked with this wreath!  So, I had to cut the painting out of the matted frame.  But don’t worry, I kept it.  I love this painting.  It’s called L’Amour et Psyché, enfants, which translated means Cupid and Psyche as Children.  It’s is a William-Adolphe Bouguereau painting.  I LOVE that it’s not the full version of the painting and therefore I am going to do something with it for Alice’s room.  Any suggestions?? Seriously, I need some suggestions! 

Now, that the painting is cut out this is what it looks like!

Isn’t it great!?  I love it!!  I hung it up in our hallway.  Here are a few more shots.
LOOK!!  It’s a hallway gremlin!! :)

So, what do you think?  Much better as a framed wreath?  What should I do with the painting portion?

Here is a little heads up, well actually a BIG heads up!  Sarah with Thrifty Decor Chick, Kate with Centsational Girl, Rhoda with Southern Hospitality and Layla with The Lettered Cottage are teaming up again to throw us another link party series.  It’s called Home May’d!!  I had so much fun joining their Holiday Home link party series.  So get your projects ready!  I know I am ALREADY working on mine!!

Make sure you check out my CRAZY AWESOME GIVEAWAY WEEK and enter!! 

I am linking up to these awesome parties!

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Spring Flower Wreath from Paint Chip Samples

 Have you seen The Lettered Cottage’s new E-zine?  It is FABULOUS!!  Inside it’s digital pages was this adorable heart wreath from the Flower Patch Farmgirl.  Using inspiration from that I made this little paint chip paper heart wreath for my Alie!  NOW, I do plan on make another wreath that is very similar to the one from the Flower Patch Farmgirl.  It’s just TOO SWEET not to copy!!

For this project I gathered up some paint chip samples from Walmart.  I made a little heart out of card stock and traced hearts on the backs of the samples.
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Then I just started to glued the hearts into a circle to form a flower.  This is my first one.  I just HAD to share with y’all just how MESSY it is!  Look at all the glue!
 My other flowers started to come out a little better.  I adorned them with little wood beads.
 For the wreath I grabbed an empty cereal box and cut a circle from it.  It always helps when your box comes with an image of a circle already on it!!
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I don’t have pictures for this next part.  Once I had glued all my little flowers to the circle, well it was lopsided!  It drove me nuts.  I tried everything to fix it and it just wouldn’t work.  I ended up tearing a lot of the flowers.  So, I took it all apart and made a half circle with it.  Then cut a piece of the cereal box to make the other half of the circle.  I wrapped it in ribbon and made a big bow.  Glued the bow to the wreath and….TA DAH!!!
Alie’s new Spring Flower Wreath!
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spring paint chip wreath
 She loves it!!  What do you think??

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Wordless Wednesday (with words)

I know!  I know!  No words for Wordless Wednesday!  BUT these two beauties are my nieces, Angie and April.  Today is their birthday.  Yes, both of them, one year part.  I miss them so much.  They live back home, in Texas, where we are ALL from!  Please wish them a Happy Birthday today and say a prayer for them.  I’m sure they will be missing their sweet brother, Khaleeq, who is in Heaven. 

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