Thank You

Has it been a million years since I have published something on here?  I am pretty sure it has!  It makes me sad because I love blogging so much and I miss it!  I am going to try to get some more posts going on here starting today!  This summer has flown by so fast it is crazy!  Let me update you on a few things.

My biggest news is that Alex and I are getting married!  We don't know when or where and I have stressed myself over the entire thing.  Let me tell you one thing...weddings are EXPENSIVE!  We don't want to spend a ton of money, but we do want a great time with our family and closest friends.  Stay tuned for many DIY wedding projects!

My biggest news is that Alex and I are getting married! We don’t know when or where and I have stressed myself over the entire thing. Let me tell you one thing…weddings are EXPENSIVE! We don’t want to spend a ton of money, but we do want a great time with our family and closest friends. Stay tuned for many DIY wedding projects!

I opened up an Etsy shop in January.  I create handmade banners, party accessories, and vinyl signs.  Click this picture to check out my shop!

I opened up an Etsy shop in January. I create handmade banners, party accessories, and vinyl signs. In June, I decided to try to take my shop full time.  Click this picture to check out more about my services!

I am taking a break from teaching full time and will be substituting this year.  This will give me more time to try to get my Etsy shop going full time.  I am excited to be trying a new district that is closer to my house.  I will miss having my own classroom, but am excited to teach other grades and see what I like most!

I am taking a break from teaching full time and will be substituting this year. This will give me more time to try to get my Etsy shop going full time. I am excited to be trying a new district that is closer to my house. I will miss having my own classroom, but am excited to try out multiple grade levels!

We have had a pretty busy summer.  My soon to be in-laws have a fireworks stand that they have done the past 32 years.  The last two years, Alex and I helped run the stand with his cousin Jillana.  It is fun to spend time with Alex’s family and get to know the family business.  I have learned so much about fireworks!  It is fun to see how excited everyone is when they come.

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This is Jo’s Fireworks located in a wheat field outside of Haigler, NE. Click this photo to check out our Facebook page!

Here is the vinyl sign I made with my Cricut last year for the stand.

Here is the vinyl sign I made with my Cricut last year for the stand.

When we went back to Haigler for a week, my neighbor was sweet enough to water all of my plants for me.  I never really started planting things until last summer.  I love planting and taking care of my flowers.  It can be stressful being away from home that long, so I am glad I have great neighbors to help out!

This year I planted Vodoo Red Stars instead of Geraniums in my Nebraska watering can!  Click on the photo to see the DIY blog post to learn how to make your own!

This year I planted Vodoo Red Stars instead of Geraniums in my Nebraska watering can! Click on the photo to see the DIY blog post to learn how to make your own!

My Grandma Bloesser urged me to try sweet potato vine in my yard and I am in love with it!  Look how pretty it drapes around the wagon!

My Grandma Bloesser urged me to try sweet potato vine in my yard and I am in love with it! Look how pretty it drapes around the wagon!

Chicks & Hens are also a new addition to my yard!  They are super easy to take care of and I love watching the babies appear!  Alex's mom had some of these at her house and I decided to try them.  I need to move them to a flowerbed, as they just want to spread all over the place!

Chicks & Hens are also a new addition to my yard! They are super easy to take care of and I love watching the babies appear! Alex’s mom had some of these at her house and I decided to try them. I need to move them to a flowerbed, as they just want to spread all over the place!

After being gone selling fireworks for a week, I had to get home to get ready for my booth at the fair in my hometown.  After the fair, Alex came down and we headed to my great-grandparents cabin with the whole Waechter bunch!  Let’s just say that it was a crazy July with a lot of stuff going on!  Check out a few pictures from our trip.

This was the booth I had with a friend of mine.  She made the wreaths and I did the banners.

This was the booth I had with a friend of mine. She made the wreaths and I did the banners.

Most of my business was custom orders that I did right there!  It was fun, but I wish I wouldn't have tried to guess what everyone would want!

Most of my business was custom orders that I did right there! It was fun, but I wish I wouldn’t have tried to guess what everyone would want!

The whole bunch!

The whole bunch!

Chloe and Mia got to spend the weekend with Grandma and Grandpa Bloesser.  Grandma had just had surgery and Grandpa was not feeling well either.  I was glad they were able to keep them company!

Chloe and Mia got to spend the weekend with Grandma and Grandpa Bloesser. Grandma had just had surgery and Grandpa was not feeling well either. I was glad they were able to keep them company!

The day before we left, we found out that my Great-Grandma Chilson passed away.  She was 94 and boy, was she a tough old bird!  Here is the last 4 generations picture we took at her 92nd birthday.

The day before we left, we found out that my Great-Grandma Chilson passed away. She was 94 and boy, was she a tough old bird! Here is the last 4 generations picture we took at her 92nd birthday.

The Chilson family getting together to celebrate Great-Grandma Chilson's life.

The Chilson family getting together to celebrate Great-Grandma Chilson’s life.

Now that I have updated you on my summer, it is time to get down to business.  I wanted to thank my neighbor for being so helpful while I was gone.  I had a gift card to give her and wanted a nice Thank You to go with it.

I thought the quote was a good way to thank her for taking care of my plants!

I thought the quote was a good way to thank her for taking care of my plants! “The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.”  Dalai Lama

I used a library pocket that I found on the Silhouette Online Store for $0.99!

I used a library pocket that I found on the Silhouette Online Store for $0.99!

The library pocket was blank, and I added a flower cutout and a darling rhinestone to dress it up a little bit.  I also used my Cricut Cuttlebug to emboss the card and flower with polka dots!  If you have a die cutting machine and do not have one of these…GET ONE!  They are amazing!

 

 

 

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