Memory Box

Posted on June 30th, by Hayley in Stuff I Made. No Comments

I just finished up a wedding memory box, commissioned by my parents’ good friend for her daughter’s upcoming wedding. It was kind of  a difficult project because I really didn’t want to screw up a special gift from a mother to a daughter, but it was an honor to be asked and the reviews were positive so I’m willing to try again. So contact me if you have any special events coming up – weddings, graduations, births, bar mitzvahs, getting your pilot’s license – I’d love to work with you to create a special gift!



Dinosaurs and bubble gum and Steve Holt!

Posted on June 13th, by Hayley in Fostering. 2 comments

We had another foster care placement this week, this time including a four-year-old boy. Here are some new lessons learned:

1. I have the same taste in toys as four-year-old boys. I had been worried about the toys I’d acquired for foster kids since none of the previous foster kids stayed interested in our play room for very long, but the four-year-old boy we had this week could play for hours. So while two-year-old girls and toddler boys may not love dinosaurs and trains as much as me, four-year-old boys do. Yay!

2. It’s slightly easier to care for a kid who can talk. He can tell you what he needs and kind of follow instructions.

3. It’s significantly sadder to care for a kid who can talk. He can tell you things you don’t really want to hear.

4. There are so many … Read More »

Things I learned (and one enduring mystery)

Posted on June 11th, by Hayley in Fostering. No Comments

Todd and I provided respite care for two little ones last week. We had them for five days, by far the longest placement in our short foster care history, which meant more time to learn valuable lessons.

1. Nap time is sacred. And it’s painful for everyone when a case worker asks you to forego nap time one day for a family visit.

2. TV is awesome. I felt this acutely this past week while caring for two kids who could not have cared less for TV, when all I wanted were 30 uninterrupted minutes to make lunch and clean the kitchen. Usually Elmo provides these precious 30 minutes, but these kids were having none of him. Or Curious George. Or Thomas the Train. Or Word Girl. I blame Netflix. If only they hadn’t taken off Yo Gabba Gabba…

3. Foster care is challenging.

4. Foster … Read More »

A little late in posting

Posted on June 10th, by Hayley in Happy Birthday, Stuff I Made. No Comments

My mom recently (two months ago) had a milestone birthday so I decided to make a decoupage block that celebrated some of the big dates in her life as a birthday present for her. Then things got super busy and crazy in my world and the birthday present became a Mother’s Day present. Happy Birthday/Mother’s Day, Mom!


Posted on May 2nd, by Hayley in Y'all. No Comments

Y’all, I have had a Month. Actually, I’ve had a Year topped off by a Month, and I’m really hoping they’re both coming to an end together, at the exact same time, with some Russian-synchronized-swim-team-precision. Because while we’re doing fine and are going to be fine, I’m just ready to move on.

In the spirit of moving on, here are the things I’m looking forward to:

1. Pre-Wanderlust Craft Fair & Final Friday Event, May 31, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., 416 S. Commerce Street, Wichita. Come buy my stuff!

2. Riverfest Marketplace, June 8, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Century II, Wichita. Come buy my stuff!

3. Tread on Trafficking. I’m raising money again this year, but I’m actually a couple weeks late in getting started. Help me out, and support some survivors of sex trafficking? Please?

New items!

Posted on March 18th, by Hayley in For Sale, Stuff I Made. No Comments

Peeps! Go check out my Etsy shop! I have lots of new items listed for sale thanks to my sweet friend Laura, who took awesome product photos for me.

Photos like this:

And this:

And this

So please visit my shop, buy whatever strikes your fancy, and tell all your friends about it. And if you live in Wichita let me know before you purchase something so I can take the shipping costs off for you.

“Oz” and other thoughts

Posted on March 15th, by Hayley in Movies, My Sister's Kids. 2 comments

I took my niece and nephew to see Oz The Great and Powerful last weekend. They loved it. (But they also chose watching Larry the Cable Guy’s Tooth Fairy 2 over getting donuts, so their judgment is suspect.) I did not love the movie, for a number of reasons. One of the reasons was that it didn’t seem to respect women. I was thinking about blogging my thoughts but I waited long enough and the internet did it for me. You should go read about it.

In other thoughts, while waiting for the movie to begin my nephew was explaining some rule that exists in his house and how his mom said it was the rule so it was clearly the rule and clearly needed to be taken seriously. And I felt like responding, “Kid, your mom is just my big … Read More »

Bad news

Posted on March 13th, by Hayley in TV. 1 Comment

It appears I will be watching The Bachelorette this summer.


Stuff on which I’ve been working

Posted on March 8th, by Hayley in Stuff I Made. 2 comments

“Eight is a lot of legs, David.” And 30 is a lot of beards. But when your beard-loving friend turns 30 you make a collage featuring 30 beards.
My co-worker’s son is raising money for a school trip to Boston so I made this piece for a raffle he’s planning on doing in a couple of weeks. Let me know if you want to be included in the raffle to win this piece. I mean, don’t we all want to help a youngster travel to the birthplace of Ben Affleck? His metamorphosis from promising screenwriter to J-Lo’s boyfriend to respectable director is truly historical.

And this I made for me.

Up next is a commissioned keepsake box for a wedding this summer that’s already stressing me out, and maybe some new cards – unless any of you would like to commission something … Read More »

Fridays with Toby

Posted on March 6th, by Hayley in Toby. No Comments

While I was still feeling extremely tired from my Vitamin D deficiency my former employer was super gracious and let me take Fridays off as sick days to get some extra rest and hopefully recuperate faster. And on those Fridays I slept like I was getting paid to, sometimes sleeping eight hours straight without breaks. That’s unsurprising since I pretty much minored in naps at college.

My cat Toby was extremely glad to have me home on these Fridays. Or maybe I was just in his spot. Either way, I started documenting our time together. This is my series, “Fridays with Toby.”