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About poppinsflowers

Welcome to my little corner of the Craft World. I make and sell ribbon flowers. I can put them on different hardware from headbands to clips of different varieties. I will post pictures of ones I have created for other people and of the different ribbons I have. I can do custom orders as well. I will use this blog to show off other creations and projects along the way!

Eating real

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I (and hubby a little) are taking an adventure  in “Eating Real” we are working on cutting out the over processed and preserved foods that we so heavily depend on and in return have made us heavy.

I am overweight. I have struggled with my weight for most of my life. I have some medical issues that stand in my way. But I have lost a large amount of weight before and know that I can do it again it is just going to take so effort and consistency.

My hubs has put on what others call marriage weight and what I call can’t eat like you did in college anymore weight. We have different reasons for wanting to lose the pounds but we both have pounds to lose. we have discussed and tried different methods and our biggest problem is it is sometimes easier to just eat out. Someone else cooks and someone else cleans up(my favorite part). That has not only become hard on our budget but hard on our pants.

I enjoy cooking for me and my hubs. It is a sense of accomplishment when I make a meal plan and stick to it. It makes me feel good that we are saving in the areas that we can. And since it is just the two of us we usually have enough to share with families at the church that need a meal.

I also have been struggling with some GI issues and I have come to the conclusion that is  the preservatives ans additives that are found in boxed foods. I want to use this blog as a place to be honest and share my experience and recipes I have found yummy. I hope it will be a place of motivation to myself and others. I am no expert but I believe it is worth every trial that may come.

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New sewing machine question

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So we recently purchased the fabulous machine Sophia2 by babylock. I have been fun learning to sew and trying out the embroidery part of it. I have love looking for new ideas and trying different things. But my question is how do I get the free fonts from online to on my machine. I am exciting to try using some of the cute designs and fonts they have out there but not sure how it works.

 

ANY HELP IS APPRECIATED!!!!!!

Time alone

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I am sitting in the new office/ work space and I love it in here. It is calming and cozy. I have a my Steven Curtis Chapman radio station playing. And hoping my fiance comes home soon so we can talk before bed but my bet is he will come home and go right to bed and not want to talk.

He is frustrated and I am trying hard not to be. His best friend wanted to surprise him and take him for one last run of the Occoe before we get married. He called and told me what he was thinking and if that would be a good idea. I said yes. I am going back to Jackson this weekend and his parents are leaving for there big trip. I know he was looking forward to a weekend with no one to answer to but I thought it would be nice for the two of them to have some time away together. Boy was I wrong he has been in a fit all afternoon.

One of the good and bad things about getting married you learn alot about another person and just how different you really are. I don’t thrive on alone time. I like my alone time in the car, time to think and process but I do not enjoy large blocks of silence or just laying in bed. I did that for too long when I was depressed it doesn’t rank high on things I like to do daily.
Jason however does. He thrives on blocking out the world and just being by himself. I don’t understand it but I need to respect it. It is hard for me sometimes, to me silence= angry and that is scary. That is just satan working my insecurities,  I have to let go of that.  I just wish sometimes there was more of a balance in where time is spent. I try not to spend excess time on the computer if Jason is home so that we can talk and laugh. I don’t run around doing chores while he is home so we can have quality time. That is not always returned but that shouldn’t keep me from continuing to strive to cave out time for us.
I will work on respecting his need for time to read, sleep, or just be quiet as hard as I find that at time. I will remind myself that silence doesn’t mean anger and that giving him that which he needs makes him a better person.

Thoughts

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Inspiration/ the need to move things around hit me hard yesterday.

I remember when we lived in the cul-da-sac on river ridge there was a fabulous neighbor named Raina Colone. She and her family were out there for the time but I loved them. She is my age and we spent most of our time together. I think I slept over at  her house most weekends. We played together, that is the greatest part about where we live, there were kids in every house in ours and in most of the houses in  the cul-da-sac across the street, so we were out late during the summer running barefoot and just having fun. I miss it many days. Anyhoo Raina and I would move the furniture in my room every two weeks at least. Now my room growing up was a perfect rectangle and with my desk and bed nearly the same size and the biggest pieces in the room there were not  many ways it could be arrange but that did not stop us.
I have continued getting those urges to rearrange something through college. I hadn’t needed to move things around in awhile til yesterday. So I took that urge out on the guest room/my room/craft wedding disaster zone. I had worked on cleaning up and out the craftand wedding stuff a few weeks ago but it was still  a crowded room and not what Jason or I had  envision. And there was our wannabe office. We kept saying what needed to b done and just never doing it and with time at a premium it couldn’t wait anymore or it would never get done.

I took the desk in the office and moved in under the window created a place for the printer and extra stuff to hide then put my childhood desk near the other desk kinda creating a l-shaped work space. Then I cleaned up the guest room so it looks like a beautiful suite that our guest can come and be comfortable.
The office is still in the working stages but I love it and it will be great soon. And it felt good to get stuff done as well as move furniture. Raina I miss you and I can never forget all the wonderful memories I share with you.

Less than a month

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WOW!!! Where did the time go? I will officially be married and on a honeymoon WOOOHOOO!!I can’t wait some days and some days it seems unreal.
I am so grateful for Jason for his family and for friends  here and far away. This transition has been tough some days and even tougher other days.  But I think we’ve gotten in the swing of living in the same place. It took prayer, paitence, arguements, love, and surrender but we are ready for whatever is ahead of us. We pray for gauidance in seeking God’s will in every decision and step we make together.

In other big news I am turning in notice at the nanny position. It is just not the place for me anymore. I need to be subbing, where God wants me. I don’t know what has been holding me back. Fear maybe…..which is wrong, I haven’t been trust God’s plan for my life which is a simple thing he asks of me. So stepping out on faith and applying for substitute teaching here in Decatur and seeing where that takes me.

On the crafting front I have exciting things to share. I need to collect all the pictures to share and get them on here. Paulette, my fab MIL bought us a Babylock Sophia2 and SHE is AWESOME!!!!!  I have made a couple burp cloths and paci clips and cannot wait to make more. I went and got some more coordinating ribbons today cause I can’t contain my excitement. And I even finished putting the dowels in the ribbon boxes. I am trying hard to get and keep my room/craft space clean and organized!

26 days!!
I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful weather as much as I am. Picture updates ASAP!!!!!

God strikes again

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I don’t know why I am shocked when God shows up. I am learning not to recently. It seemed like such a new thing when God would hit me over the head, show up when I thought I was alone, or provided everything he ever promised.

Before I moved to Decatur Jason and I prayed for months about what church to join/visit. He had a church here that he grew up in but left it because of stuff doing on inside the church and after visiting it it was not the place for us right now.  So I started visiting churches in the area when i would visit. I found a place that I fell in love with. I went for the first time by myself and just like when I visited RCC for the first time there was an overwhelming peace. I was brought to tears with the worship, true worship that was happening in the “sanctuary” It is a simple building not a “normal”looking church building. They call it “The House of Rock”—-what a great name. Their purpose and passion is for those that the world looks down on. Its not a perfect place but the perfect place for us!

There have been so many little things that keep happening I need to do better about blogging about and remember those great things that God does. Not because I am shocked every time but as a simple reminder of how GREAT our God is….he does as he promised!

The latest thing is that every time we go to a worship service God plainly smacks us in the face with our next step….it is amazing, overwhelming and crazy every time. Our prayers are answered God speaks clearly and plainly and it is our job to follow without question. Sunday God clearly spoke “join Crosspoint Community” so that is what we will do without question or worry!!

I am excited!!! Thank you for those that have prayed for Jason and I. We have a lot ahead of us but so excited about it all!!