Thursday, April 11, 2013

"make life sweet" gumball picture

man oh man guys.
it's been a heckuva past 2 weeks!

i'm talking about the challenges of motherhood and multi-tasking, and trying to get everything in order in our crazy busy busy lives that too many moments of 
"what the heck am i doing?!?!" 
comes across the mind.

sigh.

i mean, if you blog, you know what it means to try to come up with original ideas, keeping your readers entertained, and giving out inspiration as best you can. 

while in the meantime burning the microwave dinner, but having a stack full of wonderful recipes under a pile of dust. forgetting to pay your bills on time, but remembering what next month's post is gonna be. yelling at the kids for really no reason cuz you're wickedly tired but typing a nice reply to a super wonderful comment you just received.

uuhhhh...that my dears, is my story in a nutshell these past few weeks.

some people ask me how i do it all and i tell them i don't! it just sometimes looks that way. 

truth be told, i get about 6 hours sleep out of the 8-10 i should be getting.
many times my dishes are piled sky high before i go to bed but i don't care cuz i'd rather be staring at purdy party stuff or trying to figure out how you painted that mural on the ceiling. the laundry is completely wrinkled cuz when i take them outta the dryer they sit in the basket unfolded for days on end. (or at least til the underwear drawer is empty.)

i wanna make this . i wanna make that. 
i wanna do this. i wanna do that.
i wanna buy this. i wanna buy that. 

my clipix account is BUSTIN' at the seams with a bajillion million things to do. (it's just like pinterest by the way but more private). i have at least 200 emails a day and another 300 on my reader feed.

i go thru emails/posts/reader feeds sometimes like my pants are on fire cuz if i don't hurry up, there will be another 500 the next day.

i ask for more time, more time, to spend with the family or do other things but heck i just use that time on the computer again!

SIGH!

i give up. i can't do it all. 
so i will keep trying to post things that i am really really excited about so that both of our time together will be worth it. 

i think i owe that to myself and you.

sooooo,
i just kicked myself outta my soap box already and will now turn the table on to this next project.

check it out.
(get sticky stitches here)
you can also just use any colored yarn and glue for this project.
(i just printed out this saying on my computer on cardstock cuz i cannot for the life of me figure out how to make you a printable without having it be blurry when you print it out-ugh-so choose your fonts and design)
but if you like my design, you can download the "make life" font similar to this one here and use a plain font like arial for the word "sweet" since you'll be covering it up anyway. the size of the font will depend on the opening size of your mat and the font you choose.
there is no right or wrong.
ok the quote will be put aside for a sec in order to do the next steps.
i used regular size gumballs so the glass will still be able to lay flat in the shadow box frame when i put it all back together.
yes. 
make. life. sweet.

i think that's all we can do.

so if that means reading blogs instead of laundry cuz your posts are MUCH more inspiring than a wrinkled shirt, then so be it.

if that means yelling at the kids cuz i'm so wickedly tired, then let that be a lesson to me that i gotta take a break from the darn computer and chill already.

and if that means getting comments that make EVERYTHING so much better cuz no matter what, you guys ALWAYS put a smiley on my face, then heck yeah i am all for it.

life's short so let's make it sweet while we can.
there'll be stale pieces of life just like what happens to a bubblegum gumball.

but you can always pop another one in your mouth, blow a huge bubble, chew til all the flavor is gone, and then go reach for another one.

or better yet, let's go for a whole handful.
sounds good to me.






66 comments:

  1. Well that is sweet - and so are you! - and very honest as well! I once saw a sign that said "Boring women live in immaculate houses." Yeah, they do. The rest of us are like you and instinctively know that life's too short not to enjoy it by creating and having fun. You just keep on being yourself because we love it!

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    1. "Boring women live in immaculate houses"?!?! HAHAHA guess i'll NEVER be boring!
      and i'll never tire of your totally sweet and utterly heart warming comments!
      thank YOU J THANK YOU!!! :) XOXOXO

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  2. Ditto and amen to the above comment! I love seeing your posts in my 'inbox'! So do what you gotta do....we don't want any burnout going on!! Love ya, girl! Dona

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    1. excuse me whilst i wipe away a happy tear whilst i eat a piece of burnt toast...
      love love love ya too Dona! :>D

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  3. This post is great and oh so true! "The life of a blogger" also comes with other responsibilities, like real life! Then I beat myself up because I was too tired to run around outside with the kids or because I didn't post my newest recipe! But like you said... Shove a big wad of gum in your mouth and move on! Lol (or that's how I interpreted it!) Love the picture frame too! Super cute!

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    1. real life is a killer sometimes! LOL escaping with blogging and bubblegum always helps :)
      no need to kick yourself though cuz we all know "if momma aint happy no one's happy!" heehee
      i hung the picture up in my craft room to remind myself about the bubble gum.
      thanks so much Veronica! :>D

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  4. this is so fun and so sweet! I really love this gumball picture! Ingrid

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    1. aw thank you so much Ingrid! you can't go wrong with gumballs :>D

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  5. This is so cute! Pinning it now! Thanks for linking it up at the Make Bake Create Party!

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    1. hooray for the pin Rachel!
      thank YOU soooo much! so happy you like it :>D

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  6. Wow, your day sounds a lot like mine, lol! I am amazed at how cute this is, it just looks so much fun and totally brightens up your day!

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    1. welcome to the tired mama club Michelle! LOL yeah, we need all the fun stuff we can get to keep going! and the picture does brighten up my desk :) thank you so much again!

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  7. I love this frame! Its super cute and original! Thanks for linking up to our Make Bake Create Party! I'll be pinning this for sure!
    therookieseamstress.com

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    1. jeepers what a nice comment! thank you so much Vanessa
      and i am so happy you're going to pin this!!! :-)

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  8. such a fun colorful wall decoration! love it, thanks for sharing!

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    1. i actually made this LAST year and have it hanging. i didn't wanna post it til i was sure the gumballs wouldn't rot or attract ants but it's still looking good after all that time -heehee thank you Krystie! :)

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  9. I've never heard of Sticky Stitches, but now I have to have some. Oh, and this is a very pretty picture!

    I'd like to invite you to my link party, Manic Monday. It runs Sunday through Thursday. I hope to see you there!

    Renea - http://cupcake-n-bake.blogspot.com

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    1. thank you so much Renae! i actually found the sticky stitches while i was cleaning out my craft room-sigh! i got waaay tooo much stuff i don't even realize i had! :>P i just linked up to your cute blog! looking forward to following you :>D

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  10. That is super cute and would make for some fun party décor for a candy/sweet shop party!

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    1. hey! what a GREAT idea Jennifer! oh you are so smart :) i will have to remember that if i ever have one of those parties! :)

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  11. I so love this! Shared on my Facebook page. And thanks so much for linking up to Monday Funday. Take care, Laura

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    1. oh my Laura! THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH! the colors make you happy don't they? and i'm glad the ants haven't found their way into the pic either! heehee

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  12. It you are so right! First of all ... I have found that there are never enough hours in the day. My boys are grown and I don't know how we survived. Life is sweet ... However I still don't have enough time ;)

    Brenda @ sweetsimplestuff

    PS. I was at Michael's the other day and thought about you!

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    1. i know you turn around and the gray hairs are popping everywhere while the kids keep getting taller and you say "what just happened?" LOL
      and you thinking of me in Michael's just totally cracks me up!!! thank you again and again Brenda! :>D

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  13. Hello,
    I am visiting from Manic monday hop. I'm also your newest follower. Your blog is just to cute. Hope you will visit my blog and hopefully return the follow by Blogloving and/or G+. Also please stop by on thursday and link up at my link party.
    Angel @ http://sewcraftyangel.blogspot.com/

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    1. YAHOOO! thank YOU SO much Angel! i'm your new GFC too! i love finding cool new blogs. stoked you like mine :>D

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  14. This so adorable! What a great idea. :) And, I totally get what you mean by the good and the bad of blogging and balancing life. It's tough, huh?

    We'd love for you to link up with us at Much Ado About Monday, if you get a chance. :)
    http://www.huckleberrylove.com/2013/04/much-ado-about-monday-no-5.html

    ~Emily
    www.huckleberrylove.com

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    1. awwww thank you so much Emily! yeah blogging is a little tricky but its a lot of fun too isn't it? heehee
      thanks for liking my gumball picture! :>D oh and of course i linked up too! thank you for the invite!

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  15. This is really cute. Very bright and cheery.

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    1. thank you Stephanie! we all need bright and cheery don't we? :)

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  16. Love this idea! I found you over at the Two Cup Tuesday Link Party! I think I'll do something similar--for a SWEET teacher gift! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. HOORAY!!! i love it when i inspire people! and gumballs make everyone happy! thank you SO much Cindy and also for letting me know how you found me :>D

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  17. Miss Lisa. This is amazing! This is why I love blogging because I meet such wonderful creative people like you! I would love to invite you to link this up on Thursday @ Great Idea Thursday's! http://ahandfulofeverything.blogspot.com :) My boys would love making this. Krista

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    1. and friends like YOU are why i love blogging too! yippee! i'll link up to your party on Thursday-thank you so much for the invite! :)
      and i also saw you're my newest GFC! YAAAAAAYYYYY!!!

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  18. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! Okay this is going on my to do list!!! Oh and I TOTALLY get the messy house burned dinners and people wondering how you do it all. 6 hours of sleep sometimes seems like a blessing! Who knew blogging would take so much time? Oh well it is fun, and my kids LOVE IT! Thanks again for all your wonderful idea's and for sharing them on WE Made That!!! Now go get some sleep ;)

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    1. oh Tracey! i LOVE LOVE LOVE when you comment! it's a guaranteed smiley on my face! you're one of the many reasons i blog and let the dishes pile up! heehee
      and why i stay up til the wee hours sometimes.
      but i think we are happier that way when we inspire and that in turn makes us better people/mommies!
      a gazillion thanks again! nitey nite zzzzzzzz -__-

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  19. Found you on Mom on time out's link party! love this!! :)

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    1. YIPPEE! SO happy you stopped by Hollie that i have a handful of gumballs just for you! :>D

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  20. This is adorable and totally worth taking a little time for yourself to make!

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    1. aww thank you so much Lisa! you can even color match the gumballs to fit your decor. heehee :)

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  21. Hi! Just wanted to let you know I featured you at the Make Bake Create party yesterday. Thanks so much for linking up!

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    1. cartwheel city here from excitement!!! THANK YOU Sarah THANK YOUI!!! :>D

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  22. I love this idea I am going to use it for my team at work! hank you so much for sharing on Show Me Your Plaid Monday's!

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    1. YAY! i LOVE it when people make my stuff! it makes blogging so worthwhile :)
      thanks a million Chandra!

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  23. Love that! There's something about gumballs that I just love!

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    1. i feel the same way Randi! guess that's why i wanted to frame them in the first place :)

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  24. Super cool! I thought it was a photograph turned into a mat and didn't realize it was actual gumballs at first. Love!

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    1. LOL! guess that would've been a lot easier to make Katie! glad you love it ! :)

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  25. Very cool idea! My son would try to pull the gumballs off and eat them. He's been oral since the day he was born 14+ years ago and he would NOT be able to resist this! LOL! Thanks for sharing this at my Pin Me Party!

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    1. LOL! so i guess you'd have to make a pic that said "I made life sweet" heehee
      thanks Diana!

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  26. I love this!! I'm pinning and featuring tonight at our Shine on Friday party Thanks for partying with us and inspiring us!!
    http://www.happygoluckyblog.com/2013/04/shine-on-friday-with-starbucks-giftcard.html

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  27. I LOVE this! What a perfect picture for a playroom! It adds such a beautiful pop of color (get it? because it's bubble gum? haha...sorry) and adds so much whimsy! Thanks so much for sharing this amazing project! We are featuring you today over at Huckleberry Love so be sure to come and snag a button! :)

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    1. YIPPPEEEE TY YAY!!! THANK YOU! i did get your joke and love it! heehee
      i have a hard time eating gumballs cuz they are so dag gone cute. that's why i came up with a way to frame them. i'm weird i know. LOL! thank YOU AGAIN & AGAIN Lydia! oh and i snagged your button too :)

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  28. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!


    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com


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  29. This is too cute! And your commentary on each step was amusing. What a simple but fun project. I bet you can't help but smile when you see it. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. you are right Angela! i love all the colors but then again i love everything with a bunch of colors :-) thanks again!

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  30. Make one for me! I love this!! Pinned this! Thanks for sharing these on Two Cup Tuesday at Pint Sized Baker I hope to see ya again on Monday night!

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    1. ok i will Karyn! will you make me a brownie tower in return? heehee :>D

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  31. This is such a fun post! I just wanted to let you know that I love it and you will be featured tomorrow @ Great Idea Thursday's http://ahandfulofeverything.blogspot.com. Make sure you stop by and grab your button! Congratulations :) Krista

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    1. YIPPEEEE! thank YOU so very very much Krista!!! :>D

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