Monday, November 23, 2015


For the last three years I have been able to participate 
in the Holiday Marketplace Boutique held at the convention center!

In all honesty it is a lot work to prepare inventory for the event, 
help fulfill my obligations with the women's group that puts it on, 
and get my classroom ready for parent conferences.
Just typing that makes me tired!

But here's the thing...I have a ball every year!
This year was even more special because I had customers come looking for me!
Isn't that too cool?!?

It really is fun to interact with so many neat people 
and to share my story about how Amy's Monkeys came to be.

I love setting up my booth.  Kenny has helped me make it amazing. 
The backdrop he created this year really is the icing on the cake!
My sweet husband even wrote out a parts list for the hubby of another vendor, 
so they could make one too!

For us it's like a date weekend!
We get to hang out and enjoy the fruits of our labor.

Enjoy a small peek at my space for the weekend.
I totally forget my big camera, but my phone captured everything pretty well. 

Seeing all the little details come together to make a space 
that invites people in is pretty fabulous!

Projects finished and my creations displayed is such a wonderful feeling!

Leading up to the event I am usually overwhelmed,
but once we're set up it is just time to visit and enjoy my hubby and girlfriends. 

This community of little business owners and creative souls is food for my soul.  
I get recharged and ready to tackle next year 
with even more ideas for my little shop!

I updated the website so if something catches your eye 
head on over to see if it's still available!

Friday, November 6, 2015


Oh my goodness it has been way too long since I've been over here!

Life has been full of projects, work, practice, and keeping up with all the things
you're supposed to do to keep a busy family going!

If you follow me on Instagram you've had a peek at the whirlwind of a year we've had!

Here's a little recap since April...can you believe that?!?

Rusty Roots happened in May...what a great event!

The school year ended in June with a whole lot of packing!
Classroom remodels are no joke!
I was one happy lady ready to get summer started!

Summer was full of projects for home and my classroom.
The best part was a few road trips with my favorite guy!

We scored some beautiful vintage beds from Craigslist
and busted it to get Luke's room (mostly) finished.

I think I painted just about anything that would stand still too...

Including my poor feet...ha!

We all started Kendo too!  What an amazing martial art!  I love it big time!

School started back up and I was a crazy lady that agreed to pilot a new program.
Can anyone say, "feels like my first year teaching again?"
Yikes, it's been a lot of work!

So this school year is FLYING by!
Holiday Marketplace Boutique is eight days away and we're still working on projects!

 It will be great, but man what a ride!
Mama has had a few meltdowns,
but when pressure builds up you've got to have a release!

Life is good and busy and messy...just as it should be!