mightier than the waves of the sea is his great love for you

Last week, I shared this painting I made for the baby’s nursery on social media. I had a ton of people ask for specifics on how I made it or for me to do a tutorial.

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Unfortunately, I did not take photos while I was making it and I do not claim to be an expert on palette art, or painting for that matter :)  However,  I will share a simple breakdown of the steps I used to create it. I was inspired to make this piece after seeing this item on etsy.

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First of all, find I friend who tears apart large palettes and makes them into canvases :) I am lucky that my friend Allison of Peabody & Sassafras agreed to make me a blank palette. I am not one of those awesome girls that knows her way around an electric drill or a toolbox, so I don’t know how successful this would have been if I had tried to do this step myself :) Thanks again Allison!

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From there, I cut letters out of card stock with my cricut and attached them to the palette using my xyron (which made the letters into stickers). If you do not have these tools, you definitely can still do this with some extra effort and time. For the letters, you can try cutting them by hand (tracing a font printed from the computer) or you can find a local scrapbooking store that allows people to pay for a chunk of time to use their die cutting machines. For attaching them, you want to be careful with what you use. You want them to stick well so that the paint doesn’t get under the letters, but you also want to be able to remove them without leaving behind any residue. For this reason, I wouldn’t suggest hot gluing them. A simple glue stick may do the job, as long as you press down firmly. It may leave behind a residue though.

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Once the letters were attached, I painted the wood. To give my paint a washed out, chalk paint-like feel, I watered down my acrylic paint a bit. I drew on the waves with a pencil before I painted. I was careful that the letters stayed put in all areas while I was painting.

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Once the paint was dry, I pulled the letters off carefully and that was it!

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I am so excited to have this guy hanging on the nursery wall, both as a prayer that my son will grow up knowing & trusting in this and also as a reminder to me during those long nights with a newborn :)

Flags and Mini Banners are listed in the shop!

All of our ready to ship flags and mini banners (and stands too!) have been listed in our shop! These will remain available for purchase throughout my maternity leave.

 

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Thanks to the lovely ladies of Peabody and Sassafras who sent me this picture of one of our mini banners hung on a wreath. How cute does that look?

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Happy Thursday!

Featured on Inspired By This and where the heck I’ve been

I am SO incredibly honored to be featured on Inspired By This today as part of their working mom series. This whole working from home with my boys thing has been quite a journey- from my wedding planning days and now into my etsy business- and I loved getting to share about what I have learned and what life looks like these days.

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Being a mom is the best thing ever and I am so thankful to have a creative outlet that I can do from home that enables me to chase them around, play legos and help at school while bringing in a bit of income for our family.

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Thank you to the ladies at Be Inspired PR for the sweet post & to Megan Ann for the fun photos of our little fam!

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I also wanted to apologize for the silence over the past month. Between working like crazy to get ready for maternity leave, a trip to New York, trying to prep for baby and tons of activities with friends and family, my blog got put on the back burner. Posts will continue to be slow around here as our new little guy will be here in 3 weeks or less!

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All custom orders have been finished and shipped out. We will not be taking custom orders again until early June. In the meantime, all products that are ready to ship will still be available for purchase in our shop. I will be listing more flags and mini banners tomorrow.

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I also have a couple of Easter/Spring banners left and I am going to do a little Instasale with them tomorrow. Follow @courttoney if you are interested in purchasing.

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Have a lovely Monday everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

Today is the last day to order custom items!

Today is the *last* day to order a custom item from my shop until June!

 

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That includes all flags, thank you banners, just married banners, balloon happy birthday packages and Easter banners, as well as any custom items like baby banners, shower decor or wedding specialty items you have in mind.

 

If you would like to order, please contact me today!

The Pleated Poppy is closing shop!

My wonderful sister-in-law, Lindsey, is closing her shop The Pleated Poppy. If you have been eyeing any of her products, be sure to grab it now before it’s gone! Enter code FREESHIP for free shipping.

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Some of my favorite products of hers that I use daily are her wristlet clutch & covered notebook.

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The wristlet clutch is perfect for moms with babies- I put my keys, wallet and phone in there, so I can grab them quickly if I don’t need to take the whole diaper bag with me.

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So hurry! Go get shopping before everything is gone :)

InstaFriday!

I can’t believe that it is Friday again. Aye aye aye!

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Linking up again with Life Rearraged to chronicle some of the happenings in the Toney family this week.

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Last weekend, we had our annual winter party. If you are new to my blog, my husband and I host a party for our friends every season to celebrate what we love about that season. We’ve been doing this for about 5 years now and it has become a treasured tradition. You can see photos of past seasonal parties here and here.

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For this winter party, I pulled together what I had, buying only some flowers from Trader Joes & our local farmer’s market and a couple rolls of gold & cream striped wrapping paper from Target. The result was a pretty and simple gold & white party.

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I threw some gold glitter on candles I already had (which my husband so loves- ha!).

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I forgot to take any pictures of the food, but I do have this one that shows what the highlight of the winter party is: a soup potluck! Our friends make such awesome soups year after year and it is so fun to be able to keep going back and trying them all :)

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It was so fun to watch the grammys and see a fellow Bruin, Sara Bareilles, sing with Carole King. I’ve been a big fan of Sara’s ever since she started her career back at UCLA and it has been so incredible to see her career grow. Then, the other morning, this gem of a song popped up on one of my pandora stations. The guys of Lady Danville (now Hunter Hunted) were also at UCLA while we were, so I’ve had lots of bruin pride the past couple of weeks :)

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I’m starting to get ready for a certain batman-loving curly hair kid’s third birthday party! I bought the graphic from a designer on etsy and then made the simple invitations and labels. Fun story: these are the last of the envelopes from our wedding invitations- they’ve lasted 8 1/2 years!


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Happy weekend!

Maternity Leave

The other day it hit me that I only have about 2 1/2 months until I meet our  new little guy. Crazy! This pregnancy has flown by and I know that the weeks ahead are going to move just as quickly.

 

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I am trying to finish up the big boys room so that I can move on to the nursery. I’ve been going through boxes of baby clothes and figuring out what I need to get before he makes his appearance in April. Trying to negotiate with my husband on a name for this kid. Yes, in case you were wondering, he still does not have a name…

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While I am in baby land, I will not be taking any custom orders. That includes flags, thank you banners and just married banners and our balloon birthday suite. All orders that are ready to ship will remain in the shop and will be available for purchase throughout that time, except for a week or two after the baby is born.

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This means that any custom orders need to be placed by Monday, March 3rd. After that, I won’t be taking any custom orders until June 2nd. So, if you need any banners or flags for a spring wedding, birthday party or baby shower, you’ve got to be an early bird and order this month.

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10 weeks and counting!!!

InstaFriday!

This week’s instafriday post is going to be short and sweet. I didn’t take or share many photos this week, not for any specific reason- some weeks I just don’t have my phone out that much. And I’m okay with that :)

 

I still want to link up with Jeannett at Life Rearranged though and chronicle the photos I did take of this week in the life of the Toney family.

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Getting happy mail is one of my favorite things ever. The other day, my mailbox was full of happy with all of these fun fabric swatches. It is time to start designing baby boy’s crib bedding!

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I just couldn’t get enough of this outfit. The shirt is from etsy seller Greythread. Even though he is the stage of only making silly faces when you ask him to smile, I just adore this picture of him.

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I have mentioned my friend Emmy and her adoption swaps before on here. It is such a fun way to support a family’s adoption while getting to do something crafting. AND- on top of all of that- you get something super cute in the mail from another person. Again, with my love of happy snail mail, this is right up my ally! This week, I whipped up this sweet Valentine’s Day garland and shipped it off to my exchange partner along with one of our mini banners for Emmy’s Valentine’s Day exchange. If you want to be involved in future swaps, but sure to follow @theadoptswap on instagram.

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It’s a pretty exciting day when I get to hang out with batman all morning.

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My husband has been home for most of the past week after and before some traveling for sabbatical, which has been a treat. He’s made an effort to get some house projects done the past few days, which has been awesome. On today’s agenda was painting my childhood dresser to use in our front room for the kids games and puzzles. When my 6-year old asked to help paint the dresser with “lots of beautiful colors”, I handed him a paintbrush and told him to have at it- on the back side. It was a total win-win: he is stoked that he will have a hidden work of art in our house and I am stoked because my dresser will only be one color while still getting to encourage my son’s creativity and to allow him make a fun memory.

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That’s it for this week! We’ve got a full weekend ahead of baseball, winter partying and superbowling. I hope that your weekend is lovely!

 

 

 

New banners in the shop!

I just posted a bunch of new banners in my etsy shop. Some wedding and baby, lots of everyday and some super cute garlands.

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All banners are ready to ship and will be mailed out within 5 days of purchase.

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New flags & mini banners will be posted soon!


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InstaFriday!

It’s a cloudy day, which makes it feel like winter even though it is still over 70 degrees,  my husband is home after being out of town for the week and I just snuck some chocolate, which means it is a great Friday! And since it is Friday, I am linking up with my friend Jeannett of Life Rearranged for InstaFriday.

 

I didn’t post last week, so this is a double instafriday post, sharing some of the moments from our past two weeks that I captured on instagram (I’m @courttoney if you want to follow along during the week).

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There are not many places you can find a shave ice truck out front of school in January. San Diego is one of them.

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I got to have a girls night with two of my nieces. We went to see a movie (The Book Thief) that started at 10:00- which is the time I normally get in bed. Living it up in my old age- I can totally hang with the cool kids :)

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When you are pregnant at the same time as one of your best friends and you buy the same shirts, it’s only a matter of time before you show up at an event matching.

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The other day, Hudson asked me to put the Star Wars vinyl on. He then sat and stared at the pictures on the sleeve the entire time it was on.

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Last week, we headed up to the Central Coast to visit family. First, we spent a couple of days in Santa Barbara with my husband’s grandma and mom. It was such a special time for the boys to make memories with their GG (what they call their great grandma). All of my grandparents died before I was born, so it is so sweet for me to see my boys getting to not only have two sets of involved grandparents, but also a great grandma who loves them very much. I love this shot of 4 generations playing croquet:

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The boys were great most of the time, but Hudson managed to get one #placeshudsonhasatimeout in while we were at GG’s retirement community:

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We then headed to San Luis Obispo to visit my brother, my sister-in-law and their kiddos. We had so much fun enjoying summer- I mean January.

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What started out as father-son paper airplane making turned into guys on the roof throwing stuff:

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My niece Lily loves to cook and is a pretty impressive little chef. One night, Uncle Vito taught her how to make risotto and she was the best sous chef ever. It was delicious!

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One of the most exciting things for me about my husband’s sabbatical is getting to go to church together: driving all together in one car and sitting next to him during worship and the message. Having been in full-time ministry our entire marriage, this is an extreme rarity and so it is a gift for me.

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I headed home at the beginning of the week with the boys and we left Daveed in SLO for a few days so that he could get some quiet study and writing time in. We missed him, but it was such a valuable time for him. I hit the ground running with work when we got back, including finishing and sending out this adorable preppy custom order for a baby shower:

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Last week, I shared a recap of our 50 dates in 2013 project, including how our marriage was greatly affected by it and also a challenge for other couples to commit to intentionally dating their spouse. I am also giving away a VISA giftcard to help one lucky blog reader get started on their dates. The giveaway ends tonight at 5pm PST, so be sure to hop over and enter!

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Happy weekend everyone!