With a heavy yet happy heart I am here to tell you that I will no longer be blogging here at Home Heart Craft. I have felt myself pulled in other directions for quite some time and my poor heart strings can only take so much pulling! Besides focusing on my family I have decided to pursue my dream/passion of being a professional artist. I have been painting on commission for a few years now and having finally taken the leap into painting full time. You can view my growing portfolio at HonorAlice.com and you can see my etsy here. Many of you have followed me on my crafting journey for years and I can't tell you how much that has meant and how much I have appreciated your warm comments. You all have been so sweet and I have certainly enjoyed the ride. But now it is time to move on. I will continue to leave the site up so you can access the tutorials and stop by to say hello. XOXO Honor
and... Oh yeah! Baby Kristie #4 is on the way :) Seems like whenever I'm pregnant all these big ideas and new adventure come my way!
Wishing you all a Happy New Year! Hope things are starting off nice and calm for you, or with a bang, which ever you prefer. I prefer the first, but it always seems to veer quickly towards the other. Deep breath in and a deep breath out.
We decided to escape it all and go camping up the mountain to welcome in the new year . This was the first time in like forever that Matt had new years off, I scooped him up and horded him all to myself. Mine. Mine! MINE! That crafty man dragged home a new camping trailer so we just had to give it a go. Happy to report that it has a killer heater. Thank the lord, because now looking back on it. Camping in the dead of winter with three littles was, um, challenging, to say the least. We lived off hot dogs and marshmallows, saw 32 deer and had absolutely zero cell service. Divine.
So yeah, this happened ^^^^. Snow. Snow in San Diego. Like lots of snow. Apocalyptic world ending amounts of snow! Sure it was really like a light dusting, but to this born and raised SoCal girl, seeing snow piled up along side the highway and covering the surrounding hills caused my mouth to drop. It was the first time is 50 years! Five Zero!
So Matt may have had new years off, but he had to work xmas, so we pushed it back a day. Boy was that hard. Patient I am not, so I had to lock myself away from all social media to contain myself from peeking in presents and telling the kids 'ok, you can open just one.... or two...' But looky here ^^^ Santy claus did come and he left us his sparkly boot prints. And what do you know?! SC has the same boot size as Matt. Wink wink
Bummer, no Christmas sweaters this year due to the wonky schedule and health issues of the sweater maker. But we are still a pretty good looking crew. Too bad Leland was napping, but hey look at that crazy beautiful bougainvillea!
Sending warm hugs your way to welcome in the new year. I have a feeling it will be a good one. xo Honor
Alright ma peeps. Time for a totally self indulgent post full of me, my babies and our going ons. So I warn you, avert your eyes now if you have an aversion to baby snuggles and childhood wonderment because basically all this shamelessly is, is a way for me to make them a baby book without having to make them a baby book...
But mama! I promise we will only put our toes in! Just our toes! Please oh please can we play by the water?!?!?! Ya right... just your toes.
I have been very blessed with three rugged and rambunctious wee ones who have no trouble with me saying. 'Let's go on an adventure!, and we end up poking our way through the local hiking trails for hours. They have no problem having very close encounters with dirt and bugs and muddy puddles, much to my ocd dismay. But this ^^^ is what I think about when I picture childhood and I am so glad that pops and I can provide this for them.
Stomping puddles like it's our biznas. We walked by a construction crew and I didn't realize they were watching us till I heard one of them ask, "Did I really just see you stomp in that puddle?' and I'm all 'Um yeah! Of course!' It seems like all to often we forget about how fun and joyful the very simple things in life can be. Like stomping in puddles.
making the rounds at the zoo. and of course I stop for all the touristy attractions and make the kids stand there while I take their pics... loading up my arsenal for when they are teens going on dates.
My entire world all snuggled up in an armchair
So I may have an addiction to Christmas topiary trees. This is box one of three....
gathering the ranks together to help me with the tree. I start out thinking 'Simple', but that quickly turns into 'More More MORE!!!!' Bawhhahaha!!!!
We are currently in the process of relocating and we are narrowing down the search to a couple of places. More to share on that later, but we dragged the kids along with us during our first housing browse and stayed overnight in a cabin/hotel. This pic explains it all. I can totally remember how much dang fun hotels were when I was a kid.
This boy and his epic bedhead. He is the epitome of 'slept hard'.
Duh! Of course we be all kinds of Christmas crafting up in this joint! Popsicle stick trees: jewels for the girls and nuts for the boys. And some adorable aqua painted Epsom salt and glitter covered mini houses. These are our 'Elf houses'. you know, the elves that get sent to your house to watch all the little girls and boys to see if they should be on the naughty or nice list. So yeah, I know that is totally the jist of all the elf on the self stuff, but I prefer it when they kids take part in helping me deceive them.
Siblings anyone? Thought I would finish on a pic that is more real than real itself.
Hope the holidays are treating you right! xo Honor