Monday, November 19, 2012

Adoption Maternity

A few updates...

1. If you are a friend on our FB page than you may have seen already: I am officially on "Adoption Maternity Leave" as we prepare for going to Uganda and having a new child at home. I cannot take any new orders at the time. Thank you for understanding, my customer this year have been an amazing support. Thank you!!!

2. Read about how we are pouring out love on Christmas. It involves those quirky softies! :) I am hoping you will pour out love too.

3. The sheep did make it to Guatemala in October. As soon as I have pictures I will share! I do know that they were a hit and the kiddos loved them! :)

Thanks again for all your amazing love and support this year! Head over to our family's adoption blog for more updates! :)

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Fall Photo set 2012

I got to work with Ramie again at Love Lee Photography and set up her fall photo set. I saw this orange wingback chair in a local shop and had to have it- then knew it needed to be in a pumpkin patch. Here are a couple shots, my beautiful mom with my girls!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Sheep on their way!

All 20 sheep made for kiddos in Guatemala are complete and will be heading to there on the 16th!
I can't wait to see picture of these precious kids receiving their sheep! 


Monday, October 8, 2012

Guatemala Sheep: progress

All the sheep for the Guatemala kiddos are sewn up and stuffed!!! I am now in the process of sewing up butts. (can I say that on here? Is that awkward? sorry.)

They all have different ears and legs, and each have the child's name on their sheep.

This truly is a family affair! :)
I'll take a picture of them all together soon!
Thanks again for helping to make this happen!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Mr. Pug

He is new, and I like him! :)

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Set Design: Tea Party

I have a great side gig! I work with an amazing local photographer, Ramie at Love Lee Photography, as her set designer. Our first set working together was this little girl's tea party. I am so happy with how it turned out! Below are pictures from the shoot with my 2 beautiful little girls in the set! :)

Next up? An Aviation set at an airport! Also, Fall minis in a pumpkin patch with lots of vintage details!

Our Home: Halloween Decor

It is October!! Wooo! It is officially Fall, leaves are covering the lawn, front and back, in golds, yellows, and reds. Just beautiful!

I feel like now that it is October, I can now start to throw out some Halloween decor! We are very specific about what we allow into our home as far as Halloween decor. We do "creepy fun", like spiders, crows, silly ghosts (that my children know are make believe) and such. 

(SIDE DEEP NOTE: When Avenell was just born and we were deciding just what our family traditions were going to look like, the tradition of Halloween was something we really prayed over. I ran across this article back then and it sums up exactly how we feel about the subject. We do not do witches, even if they are made to be "cute", we do not dress up like them or make light of them because we know the reality is that they are still all over our world, maybe not green with warts, but still practicing evil and we will not make light of it. Everything else is make believe, or "spooky", all for fun. I also love how the article addresses the idea of the Christmas tree as well and how that too was rooted in Pagan rituals. Hm.

Anyway...I understand not all believers are going to feel the same way and that Halloween is a big debate among the church, so please do not comment here with  a debate, it is not the place. Just thought this article was a great resource for families maybe wrestling with the idea. END DEEP SIDE NOTE)

On to the decor...
You saw here what our fall mantle looked like, which will come back after Halloween with some Thanksgiving touches, here is our Halloween mantle for 2012:

The banner came from JoAnn for 40% off, the guaze from the Dollar Tree, and that book page paper was from Target's dollar bin. I am a frugal girl. So, we hit up dollar stores and bins for all our decor this year!

I did buy a beauty for $12 at TJ Mazz- this glittery crow on a pedestal! Oh, I love him.

Most everything we had on hand, I love to move things around in my home.

On the kitchen table is my favorite table runner. The globe is not Halloween related, but it stays as it being on my dining table has taught my 5 year old so much about geography! The girl could point to Sri Lanka before I could!

I did not have a Halloween wreath, but I did have a base wreath. I bought all the gauze and crows and black roses at Dollar Tree as well. Voila- really inexpensive wreath! I am not sure that I am done with it just yet...still deciding on if I should leave it all black, or throw in some color? Thoughts?

Well, that is a sneak peak. We are throwing a fun Halloween party for the little and I'll be sure to share the highlights!

Happy decorating, friends!


Friday, September 28, 2012

Our Home: Fall Decor

I LOVE fall. I also LOVE decorating for any and all holiday/season in life. I LOVE to have it be different every year. This year I wanted a mix of shine and wood. I found the pumpkins for around $3 each at Michael's, added some branches from the yard, and used what I had lying around to create this year's fall mantle. I love in incorporate vintage and the treasures we find while out thrifting into our home. You will see old and new all over the Van Camp house!

My 5 year old helps me and give me design direction as well! It was her idea to add the owl! :)

A peak into our Fall home...
Our 2012 Fall Mantle

I found a Uganda produce feedsack at a thrift store recently! (perfect since that is where we are adopting from)...I turned it into pillows!

in the kitchen

on the front porch
 I hope you are having as much fun decorating for fall as I am! :)