Noonday Giveaway #2

And the winner of the Metric Cuff is…

STACY SAYS:  I am excited about a possible date night with my husband this week. Both kids have plans!!

Stacy…check your inbox for an email from me.

Moving right along.

Up for grabs today are the Feathered Fringe Earrings in Cobalt.  You guys!!!!!  I know, I know.  They are too flippin’ cute.  I don’t personally own these just yet, but I have not only purchased them for practically every friend I have, tried them on 5 bajillion times and my best friend Ashley bought them for my birthday, but she lives in Florida, so they haven’t arrived just yet, but again, when they do arrive I am going to wear the fire out of them.  They are light…not heavy at all…and really really really really good looking *insert my best blue steel.

2 ways to enter:

1:  Leave a comment…any comment will do.  Maybe share your favorite Christmas tradition.

2.  Share this post via social media…Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, whatever suits your fancy.

Please leave a separate comment for each entry.

Winner will be announced tomorrow and the next giveaway will begin.  Is this groundhog’s day?!?!

Make sure you follow along on instagram too…I’m @pitterpatterart…to enter to win the Crescent Moon Earrings.  Tried these on at my latest party and about fell out in the floor.  Crazy adorable.

And today we officially began our kindness advent.  Day one is already in the books.

Fun fact:  If you order in larger quantities from Krispy Kreme call ahead a few days and you will receive a discount.  Raise the donut roof.

We love our public school.  This place is a beating heart for our community and kids.  Teachers are overworked, under paid and stressed out, but everyday they are showing up, doing their gosh darn best and loving our kiddos.  They need to know we are in this with them.  If I could, I would wrap each one of them up in a giant hug and just gush over them, give them a massive pay raise and bake them cookies every single day for the entire school year.  But alas, sometimes we just stock pile the teachers lounge with regular and chocolate glaze donuts and hope they know how much we appreciate them and all their hard work.

Tomorrow we will be mailing out some handmade mail.

Now go spread some kindness party people.

Happy Tuesday!

Advent Ready + Noonday Giveaway


This week is going to be fun.  So many things I am looking forward to.  First, our kindness advent starts tomorrow…December 1…and we are ready.  Every year I change up how I display our advent envelopes at least a smidgen.  This year I just picked a door frame and went to town with washi tape.  Done and done.  Everyone is pumped and can’t wait to begin tomorrow.

Second, I still have lots of stuff available for sale and ready to ship.  There are no key fobs listed yet, but tons of other stuff.  Hoping to get key fobs listed this week.  Check out everything for sale HERE.

Third, this week there will be Noonday Collection giveaways every day…here and on my instgram.  This company is so legit and lovely and changing the world and we get to get in on the world changing too by purchasing with purpose and spreading the Noonday love.  I basically went through and picked some of my most favorite, favorite items…all the heart eyes.

Fourth, the Timbali Crafts party is Thursday.  You guys, come on out and do some shopping.  No ordering…all the bags are at my house so you will leave with your goodies that night.  You can go home and immediately wrap them right up.  I have so much it’s crazy.  I love companies who are changing the world and Timbali is absolutely doing this.  I get nothing for hosting the party…so there are no incentives…other than the privilege of opening up our home, feeding you guys yummy food and drinks, laughing a ton and shopping incredible products created by incredible women in Swaziland, Africa.  Invite your friends and come shop until you drop.  There will be fun door prizes and a giant pile of free stuff as well!!

And fifth, let’s kick this week off right with the first Noonday giveaway.  Up for grabs first in the metric cuff.  No joke…zero exaggeration…I wear this bracelet almost every single day.  It goes with everything and is my favorite!!!

2 ways to enter:

1:  Leave a comment…any comment will do.  Maybe share something you’re looking forward to this week.

2.  Share this post via social media…Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, whatever suits your fancy.

Please leave a separate comment for each entry.

Winner will be announced tomorrow and the next giveaway will begin.  This is fun, right!?!?!?

Make sure you follow along on instagram too…I’m @pitterpatterart…to enter to win the Funky Paper Bead Bracelet.


Alright…that’s it.  Here’s to a great week.  It’s going to be a good one…I can just feel it.

Happy Monday!


Huge Saturday Sale

Hey everyone!  Hope your Thanksgiving was a blast.  Just checking in today to remind you it’s Small Business Saturday and I’ve got a major sale going on HERE.  Everything is priced to go from buntings and BURP CLOTHS…I know you want a burp cloth…to small and large canvases plus everything in between.  I need it all gone asap because we have zero room in our house for all this :)  So go shop and feel free to share with your friends.

Thanks everyone.

Happy Saturday!

Crazy Good Stuff

So many random fun things to tell you today.  First off, you don’t want to miss out on next week.  I am so flippin’ excited I can barely stand it.  So all my free Noonday Collection arrived from my recent party where you guys went nutso crazy and purchased with great purpose.  Seriously amazing.  And now it’s time to celebrate with giveaways.  Soooooo many awesome things just for you guys.  I cannot wait to start mailing these beauties out just in time for Christmas.  I’m going to do some giveaways over on Instagram too so find me @pitterpatterart and follow along.






I’m having a big sale this Saturday.  It’s support small business Saturday and I have leftovers from the Made South Market that need to go.  There will be big & small canvases, buntings, a few prints & key fobs, some word towels and BURP CLOTHS!!!!  Oh my, will there ever be burp cloths.  So many burp cloths you guys.  They will be $15 and I can personalize them with one letter of your choice.  They need to go.  Don’t you want to buy all of them?!?!?!

I cleaned out my office yesterday and today.  It was INSANE!!!!  I have some orders to get completed and I couldn’t even work in there anymore so it was high time.  I cleaned out so much stuff.  In an effort to make sure all my parties have a twinge of weird, I’m going to have a huge free pile at the Timbali party next Thursday December 3rd.  So not only can you Christmas shop from a company who is empowering women and changing the world plus devour some yummy food and drinks, but now you can also leave with free random things.  I told you I like to keep things fun and weird.  Plus I have some fun door prizes.  Come anytime between 5:30-8:30 and get your shop on.  Message me HERE if you need more details and bring your friends.

In my great clean out I decided to sell my whole metal stamping set:  2 different heart stamps, 1 bird, 4 different alphabets, 1 number set, mallet, metal block, cleaning pads, shine brite, metal clamp for making two different sized holes in metal, lots of round blanks, rings for attaching , string and random silverware. $200 for local pick-up.  I don’t mind shipping it either, but will add shipping costs.

Today we got down to major kindness advent prep work.  It is crazy this will be our 5th year doing this.  You can read about our first year HERE.  This post is a good one to read too with past links and ideas.  It is so much fun and we all just love it to pieces.  Today the kids sat down and made all their choices and we made it official by marking our calendar with each kindness act.  I’m still thinking about how to display our envelopes this year.  Here’s our list if you want to join in with us:
Donuts for school staff, handmade mail, encouraging notes on cars, share sonic happy hour, surprise chalk art, handmade ornament delivery, purchase school supplies for classrooms, make bookmarks and leave at library, baked goods for fire/police station, snack and coffee for salvation army bell ringer, help with Christmas for a family, red box rental bucket, handout children’s books at store, giveaway candy canes, treat for trashman, treat for mailman, leave notes & gift cards in shopping carts, treats to pediatrician’s office, paint rocks and leave at the playground, return grocery carts, gift person in line behind us at grocery store with gift card, surprise yard inflatable, buy someone’s lunch, sticky notes on mirrors in public bathrooms and give someone flowers.  It was so fun listening to the kids decide what to do this year all on their own.  Crazy cute.

 And now I’m off to bake for Thanksgiving.  This year I’m making cheesecake, chocolate chip cookies and rice krispy treats.  Yes, 3 desserts.  It’s Thanksgiving people.  And I will be thankful for all those tasty treats indeed.  If you’re still debating on what to make you can never, ever, ever go wrong with THIS CHEESECAKE.  Just do it!

Happy Wednesday!

4 Years {How I Celebrated Her}

Last Friday was my Mom’s 4 year death anniversary.  You guys, I am totally that creepy person about death now.  I like talking about death, I celebrate it, make strange death jokes and do weird things to remember her and then tell people about it, so imagine sticking me in my first show with hundreds of strangers.  Oh my.  I brought my weird, awkward persona hard.  We also took our little one home for good that night so honestly that was the big emotion of the day.

I think a lot of people still tread lightly around these kinds of days.  I think others know how far just a text or card goes.  My friend Courtney showed up at the market and simply said “I thought you could use a hug.”  She stayed the rest of the night with me and even walked me out when the market closed.  She knew what our family was about to do and she just wanted to hang close because that is her heart and I totally love it!!!

Mom’s death doesn’t rouse up tears much anymore.  I was talking recently with a friend who just got to the one year mark of her dad’s death.  We talked about the difference in 1 year and 4…so drastically different points between us.  I still remember driving to Florida in the middle of the night on the 1 year of Mom passing and thinking “Shouldn’t I be father along than I am in this?”  The grief was still crazy fresh and hard and still suffocating at times.  And then time continued to pass.  I got to a point eventually when I had this moment with God and myself.

Basically, I could continue to grip my sadness and grief tight in my fists…I could continue to hold on for dear life…I could continue to tell myself it wasn’t fair and the world now owed me something for my pain…I could continue to be pretty miserable or I could start to open my hands…I could start to accept death as just a part of life and that no one was out to get me…I could start to release the loss and sadness and grief to Jesus…I could start choosing joy over misery…I could start to let Him really heal me.  And so my grip became less and less of a choke hold and more of hands wide open and palms up.  It’s different now.  I still miss my mom and the sadness sometimes sneaks back in different forms…it’s all so different now, but I know God has done a great healing in my heart.  I know He’s shown me grace and mercy and redemption.

Each year I like to do something to celebrate Mom.  Sometimes it’s baked goods or letter writing or giving out flowers, but this year I was going to be at the Made South Market so I needed a different avenue.  I was pretty late to the prep game because our week had been crazy town and I spent all Thursday washing our littlest clothes, gathering all her belongs from the past 10 months and getting her packed to go.  But finally I sat down late in the night with 9 small canvases…I could have sworn there were 10, but alas…I made a list of the really great things which remind me of Mom and I set to work painting and hand lettering.

Over the course of Friday & Saturday I surprised random people at the market with these canvases and offered my creepy, death celebrating self up by telling them a piece of my story.  The only thing I asked in return was for a picture.  Can I just say I love how each person held their canvas so differently?!?!?


I saved one last canvas for the Timbali Party coming up December 3 to giveaway to one of our sweet guests.  I just had to because everything about Timbali party’s are dang fun.

So that is how I celebrated not only the crazy goodness which was my Mom, but also the crazy goodness of God’s love and healing in my life.  I want her memory to live on of course…I want people to remember her, but more than anything I want to share God’s love and the immeasurable power He has in our lives with others.

Happy Tuesday!

On Friday…

I have been dying to sit down and type out so many thoughts from last Friday and over the weekend.  So many many thoughts and probably far too many for one post.  Friday and Saturday was the Made South Holiday Market.  This was technically my first show other than this tiny booth I had some 7ish years ago at a church where I knew hardly anyone and sold not one thing…it was just as sad and lonely as it sounds :)  So Friday was a big day in so many ways, but one was my first show and I have to say it was crazy fun.  It was so good and so fun and I smiled and laughed and gave out hugs like candy.  It was really really great.  So great it made me want to do more shows, but I am in full on recovery mode first because a 2-day show wore me out…like for realz.  And it probably had something to do with pouring myself out for the entire month prior to the show and a lot of big emotions so everything caught up to me Saturday night.

Josh Kelley was the amazing mastermind behind my setup.  He did all the background work and I just made away…makers gonna make, am I right?!?!?  When I stepped back to look at the final set up it made me just want to cry because it was everything I dreamed up in my head.  It was so pretty and white and colorful and dreamy to me…just what I was going for.  When people would ask about the set up I loved it because I got to brag on ole’ Josh Kelley.  Dude is quiet and humble and doesn’t get the props he deserves for much so I loved bragging on him….and especially when he was there and people raved about him to his face.  Made me beam.

I sold lots of things, but definitely over made.  I’m having a big sale this week of all my leftovers, but after I posted on Instagram some pictures, things have been being snatched up which I totally love.  Keep your eyes peeled this week for goodies just in time for Christmas…buntings, word towels, burp cloths, some prints, canvases and key fobs.  If you just cannot wait for the sale shoot me an email.

I definitely learned a thing or two.  1)  278 key fobs is waaaaaaaayyyy to many key fobs.  Hahahahaha.  Thankful for all you crazy good customers who have been buying them up.  And 2)  Burp cloths are not show material.  I think I sold three.  Three lonely little burp cloths out of like 100.  Okay, not 100, but 21. Surprise…I’m having a burp cloth sale!!!!!!!!!!!  Please buy burp cloths or

Dear All My Friends,

Birth or adopt more babies and I will gift you with personalized burp cloths forever and ever amen.

Love, Laura

My favorite part of the show hands down were the people.  I was sandwiched between Prohibition Popcorn and Salemtown Board Company and we had the best time.  Crazy good people who are kind and funny and making amazing products which knock your flippin’ socks off.  I told my brother I was ticked he put me next to the Prohibition Popcorn people because I have a major love affair with popcorn.  I am shocked I only bought two bags…one of which I did not share at all and ate in its entirety while having a 15 minute conversation.  Do not get between me and my popcorn.  This stuff is insanely delicious.

The Salemtown Board guys were too fun and kind.  We laughed so hard and just had a great time together.  They hand make all their skateboards which…who does that?!?!?!  And they are ridiculously beautiful boards.  Within an hour of setup on the first day I had already purchased a shirt from them for my nephew Coop who skateboards.  They also higher at risk youth and help provide jobs in the community.  Well, yeah, I’m all in!

I met so many new people and blog readers and also saw lots of sweet people I already know and love.  It was so fun laughing and chatting with new people I just met.  I of course provided plenty of awkward moments and told embarrassing things about myself…it’s just what I do…a gift really.  I told anyone who would listen all about Ngungwane and even invited several complete strangers to come with us…including one lady’s sister who wasn’t even present.  Again, it’s a gift you guys..don’t ask how I do it :)

My brother and SIL, Chris and Kim, did a killer job on executing this thing.  I mean #attentiontodetail  It was the big and small things, but what I really loved were the small things like providing lunch for all the vendors and sending my niece McKinley around with a wagon full of free snacks for the vendors.  It was all so well done and put together and everyone knew it and voiced it and rightly so!

I also stepped up my profesh level by using a square reader for the first time ever.  Oh man.  That was a tad nerve wreaking and it didn’t help to fully voice my nerves and joke about my “professionalism” while trying to take people’s money via credit/bank card payment.  I didn’t exactly give off a “you should feel completely comfortable while I swipe this card which takes money directly out of your bank account and puts into mine” vibe.  But alas, I didn’t botch anything up too bad.

The most popular item in my booth I thought were the tea towels.  I had fabric printed with some of my Maw-maw and Mom’s recipes and some with my Bible journaling pages then turned them into tea towels.  I was pretty smitten with how they turned out and I think people dig a backstory about things…and I’m not one to pass up telling someone why they were so special to me.  Maybe the love behind them convinced people to purchase because I have zero left.  Right on!

And Friday was 4 years since we lost Mom and that night after I got home from the show we all loaded up in the car together…all 7 of us…and took our littlest home for good.  We drove away just the 6 of us.  Lots of thought processing still going on with that, but what completely struck me was God’s goodness and mercy and redemption in my life on so many levels and in so many ways I never even dreamed.  That’s what He does right…the unimaginable…the things we never even dared to dream about.  Geez.  Makes me all joyful weepy just typing it out.

So in conclusion…it was a big, emotional and crazy good weekend.  Thanksgiving is coming and we sure do have a lot to be thankful for.

Happy Monday!

He Upholds

The world is so heavy right now.  So much heartache and hatred and conditions for other human beings I could never imagine living in with our family.  There is death and fear.  The world feels far too heavy right now.  Like far too much to fathom or even think about.

I read two articles about syrian refugees this week…HERE and HERE.  I found myself absolutely bawling.  I mean, can you even imagine…my mind can’t physically even go to these places and situations and the actual things these people and children are enduring.

Our week has felt heavy with all that is going on in our world and news reports.  My sweet Uncle Harold passed after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.  We also found out yesterday our littlest will be going home very soon.  On one hand we are so thrilled for her and her parents and on the other hand she has been with us for 314 days and we are all so very sad to see her go.  Harper immediately broke down into tears when I told her…we shared a good cry together in the Walgreens drive-thru pharmacy line.  Later last night, after Harper went to bed, I discovered her crying her little eyes out again.  I sat with her for quite some time talking about why our family does what it does and how we’re all so happy and sad at the same time.  We talked about all the reasons we chose to be a foster family.  We talked about how Jesus says so clearly in scripture we are to first love Him and second love others.  We talked about how much we love our littlest and her parents and how if we reversed the rolls, how desperately our family would want to be reunited as well.  She gets it and I love that she gets it, but the sadness is still real and part of the reality.

One of the greatest things God has ever urged me to do is to read His word.  Bible journaling…the actual act of studying what God says in scripture has been a game changer.  If you want to know how Jesus would handle a situation all you need is scripture.  The more we know Christ, the more we learn how to imitate Him in our own everyday lives.  When I feel so unsure of all which is going on around us and in our world, God Himself is consistent and faithful…His word stands firm and is a guiding light to how we as believers are to act and love in His name.

I sat down last night to Bible journal after my talk with Harper.  I’ve been dreading Hebrews a bit, but after I actually made it through all of chapter one I was a sobbing mess by the end of it.  In the mess of the world…in the sadness and heartbreak…in the uncertainty and fear…God’s word stands true.

Hebrews 1:3 “He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature and he upholds the universe by the word of his power.”

Hebrews 1:8-12  “You’re God, and on the throne for good; your rule makes everything right.  You love it when things are right; you hate it when things are wrong…You, Master, started it all, laid earth’s foundations, then crafted the stars in the sky.  Earth and sky will wear out, but not you; they become threadbare like an old coat; you’ll fold them up like a worn-out cloak, and lay them away on the shelf, but you’ll stay the same year after year; you’ll never fade, you’ll never wear out.”

God is absolutely still in control.  He is still on His thrown, He reigns supreme and none of the things taking place in our world surprise Him.  I think all that is going on absolutely breaks His heart and He commands us to love and to love in a manner which brings His name glory and points us all back to Him.  What my heart hopes in is Him, in His coming again and the fact that He remains the same year after year…He will not ever fade away.  So in the darkness, the chaos, the heartache, the fear, the sadness, the injustice, in the uncertainty, in the mess He is still God and He upholds it all.


Yeah, so I’m already thinking about the weekend.  Ha.  This past weekend was kind of swoony minus a sick kid.  I worked like crazy.  The Made South Holiday Market is this Friday and Saturday so I know this weekend will be a tad chaotic.  I’m a bit on the nervous/excited/I might throw up side.  #normal

Anyways, on Friday Amon fell asleep randomly on the floor and like my friend Jen pointed out…random sleeping is a direct sign a sick kid is brewing.  Ugh!!!


Amon spent most of the weekend posted up on the couch.

Josh Kelley is a Christmas crazy person.  He started talking about putting our Christmas tree up before Halloween.  Gah!  He’s had this on his calendar for weeks.  It’s what he does and I just watch him do his thing.  His motto is “It’s not Thanksgiving without the Christmas tree.”  And he always pulls out his coon skin cap from his childhood.  All the nostalgia people.

Amon is pretty much adorable all day, erry day.  Even sick.

We watched Elf, listened to Elvis’ Christmas music, made snickerdoodles and decked the halls.  We are one stocking holder short this year, but who cares.  I’ve had our current littlest a stocking purchased since we became certified foster parents last October.  I wanted to be prepared if a little one came during Christmas time.

There were also donuts because duh, it was the weekend.

Each week when Saturday and Sunday rolls around this is what our fridge looks like.

Ummm, empty.  So grocery shopping and food prep for the week always on the weekend.  And it’s kind of that time of year again when I wear my house shoes out in public.  Like grocery shopping.  I mean, who doesn’t want toasty warm feet while Krogering?!?!

And yes, I am wearing capri sweat pants in November.  #yourewelcome

 It’s only Tuesday, but bring on another weekend!!