Sunday, April 13, 2014

Cake!

Yesterday we had one more party for Adam.  We considered it his birthday week so we've really been celebrating all week.  That's what you do when you turn 30.  Here's some of the decorations.



I made some cute cups for drinks.
 
This was the birthday boy's cup.
 


Then for the most important part of any party....cake I had my cousin's wife make a cake for us.  She went from making them just for her girls to making cakes for all the family.  I told her a ninja turtle cake and this is what she came up with.
Isn't this super cute!

I'm so glad there is someone in the family who can make cakes because I can't do anything this nice.  If I had attempted this...it wouldn't have even been recognizable. 

Here are some examples of her other work.
Captain America, Iron Man, and Batman
 
 
This one is too cute to eat...maybe :)
 
Another cute cake.
 
Caterpillar!
 
For a camping enthusiast.
 
Minecraft
 
And a beautiful cake!
 
I told you we were lucky to have her in the family.  Now for my favorite one.
 


A topsy turvy cake!
 
Maybe for my birthday I'll have to request a topsy turvy cake :) 
 
Now for a peek at what we've been doing all weekend...our Easter Musical!  If you don't have anything going on tonight we have one more show.  And it has been going great.
 
A very serious looking Roman Soldier taking a selfie :)

And a panoramic view of our set.
 
Well wish us luck or break a leg :)
 
God Bless
--R

 


Friday, April 11, 2014

Etsy

Ok so now I'm officially obsessed with Etsy.  I opened my first store ShopSchaaf on March 12th and on March 31st I opened a second store VintageSchaaf.  On VintageSchaaf I'm selling cool vintage finds from around our area.  I'm having way too much fun finding vintage things to put into this store.  Since I'm only working part time so I have lots of time to put into these stores.  The coolest part of this whole thing....last Thursday I had my first sale!  oh my gosh I haven't been so excited....in a long time!  I can't remember the last time I was jumping around like that.  On ShopSchaaf we sold the busy board that Adam and I made together.


This was our first sell!


We're currently in the work shop creating new busy boards to put on the shop.  I'll let you know when the new ones are up.
 
Then on Saturday VintageSchaaf had it's first sell.  I sold a way too cute Barnum and Bailey animal cracker tin from 1979.  I almost kept it for myself it was so cute.
 
 
It's been so exciting to actually open up the shops and start making some money from them.  Maybe someday I'll be able to quit my job altogether....ah the dream.  I think I will start featuring some other Etsy shops on here from time to time so you can see some of the cool things Etsy has to offer.  And I want to encourage you if you've ever been crafty to open up a shop.  It's very easy and the other sellers are super friendly and helpful.  It's a great community to be a part of.  That's the last of my sales pitch :)
 
Now back to church our Easter Musical opens tonight!
 
God Bless
--R


Monday, April 7, 2014

Happy Birthday Adam

Tomorrow my dear husband turns 30!  He's not having a great time of it, turning 30 is making him feel old.  So for some fun I organized a little surprise party for him.  I've not been blogging lately because I've been busy with our church's Easter musical.  We had rehearsal this Saturday so we set up some balloons ordered a cake and had a candy bar and at lunch time the entire cast (100 plus people) yelled surprise and sang happy birthday to Adam.  He was completely surprised and his first response was "really?" ha!

Here's the birthday boy lighting his own candles :)

When you turn 30 what do you want...a Ninja Turtle Cake!

Here's the candy bar I set up.  For each turtle I set up 3 different types of candy each in their respective color.  It was a big hit with kids of all ages :)
 
Saturday night we went to dinner with another couple to continue the birthday celebration.  We tried Tucanos.  It was really fun.  It's a flat fee for dinner and you get the salad bar, which is quite large and then servers come around with different cuts of meat for you try.  There was so much to try I thought I was going to throw up in the end.  It was wonderful :) Adam loved it, unending steak, how could you not love it.  If you haven't tried it you should go.  It's a definitely an experience.
 
And then today at work Adam was welcomed to this....
 
 
You can see on the upper right hand of his desk the pictures of old men, well those are the namesakes of the Ninja Turtles, each with the correct colored picture frame.  That was a birthday present from last year.  Then on the left side of his desk is a piece of wood with a tiger tail....that's tiger wood and he visits your desk when it's your birthday.  Adam's boss has a sense of humor.

We have another party scheduled for him next weekend with all our family (what can I say it's his birthday week).  You'll have to check back to see the cake my cousin is making him, all I told her was to make it Ninja Turtle themed.  He sent me this next picture as a hint for next years cake. 

I'm not sure if it's the cake he's excited about or the chips :)



Here's a preview to our Easter Musical this weekend.  This is what soldiers do with their down time.

:)
 
 
I will catch up with you again after the play is over.
 
God Bless,
 
--R


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The pantry

So Adam and I love doing projects around our house. Well we like starting projects around our house. lol.  One of these projects is our pantry.  We have a tiny pantry and we've been making it work for a while, but I have realized lately that we need a better system.  I was losing items and buying them 2 and 3 times over.  Here is what our pantry looked like to begin with.

 
Adam hated the wire racks so they were replaced with plywood.

Then the first time I organized it...  it looks good but it didn't work that well. 
 

The shelves were 18 inches deep and so it was easy to lose things in the back.  Over time this is what it looked like.
 
Groceries were pretty much just thrown in wherever they could fit.  I couldn't find anything in here.

So I talked to my master carpenter (Adam) and discussed new plans for shelves.  Then came the fun part.  We pulled everything out of the pantry and put it...everywhere.

It was on the table, on all the counters, and there was even some piled up on the floor.  Our kitchen and dinning room looked like a disaster.  I would have a photo but my phone was acting up that day and I could only steal Adam's phone so much. :) This was one of the only projects we've actually completed in a day.  Adam cut the wood and put up the tracks for the shelving branches.  And when it was all done, we had lost a little bit of space, but gained a beautiful pantry with L shaped shelves.

This pantry is organized and it's easy to find everything we need.  I love it, it's exactly what I had hoped for.  We still need to paint a couple of the new shelves white, but that's a small thing.  And after a month the pantry is still as organized, and looks just as good.

Happy Organizing
and God Bless
--R

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Etsy for the whole family

So I've entered into the world of Etsy and even though I haven't made a sale yet (we've only been open a week) I love it.  Etsy is a great place to talk with people and everyone is friendly and gives advice on your shop.  It's like a big family.  It really is a fun place to hang out.  Not to mention I love handmade items so it's a win win, expect maybe the fact that I want to buy everything I see :)  I need to start making money so I can spend it on Etsy, lol.  A little counter productive :)

  I am finally convincing Adam he needs to showcase his talents on Etsy as well.  He is a wood worker and can make almost anything he can dream up.  Believe me this extremely cold winter has been killing him, his garage isn't heated so he hasn't been able to get out there and work like he would like to.  So keep your eyes peeled (a weird saying) because this summer we'll be showing off Adam's wood working talents.  He is a man of many projects lol.  So right now his projects include, a sofa table, trim (for the whole house), a can organizer (for my new pantry), and a busy board.  Now why did two adults with no children decide to make busy board?  I'm not really sure, but we've been researching them for a while and well we're kids at heart.  Not to mention we both enjoy going to the hardware store to buy things.  (don't tell Adam I said that, ha).

So here is our first board. 

It includes a light, mirror, compass (my favorite part), a door stop, wheel, wheel bearing, nuts on a bolt, and locks.  And Adam rounded the edges so there is not sharp corners.  It's enough to keep any toddler busy.  Oh lets be honest it's enough to keep us busy.  We're going to be working on different styles this weekend so hopefully we'll have more to offer soon.  It's starting to warm up so standing in the garage isn't a terrible thing anymore. 

If you're on Etsy stop by and see what we have to offer.  The warmer it gets outside the more selection we'll add to the shop.  I'd love to know if you're selling on Etsy, if you are leave me a comment.


God Bless,
--R

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Crayon Art revisted.

Hello all.  It's been a while since I was a regular on here.  It was kind of a crazy month.  February saw us go to Haiti, I went to Chicago for girls weekend (pics to come) and I even got a new job.  I'm still working from home so that's great and it's part time.  Now in the blink of an eye it's already the middle of March.  Do you want to know something great?  I've completed one of the goals I set at the beginning of the year.  I have set up shop on Etsy!  Woo woo.  I am selling my crayon art.  Let's see what comes of it.  So I thought I would preview a couple of newer pieces here.  So here's a sneak peek.

 This is my new favorite.  It just reminds me of the ocean.
 
 
This is a fiery piece that I love.  What can I say I love colors.
 
 
So if you have some time check it out at ShopSchaaf and coming soon we'll be adding some creative wood pieces made by my very own husband.
 
As always thanks for listening to my ramblings.
 
God Bless
-R

Sunday, March 2, 2014

HAITI

So where have I been for the last week?  You guessed it HAITI!!! It has been a whirlwind of a week. 

 
Let's start at the beginning...first of all I've never been out of the country before.  So I have about a million new experiences I would love to share with you. Secondly this was a mission trip we took with our church, so it was an exciting week.

We stayed with a couple of missionary couples who live in Haiti full time.  We pretty much stayed in the city of Port-Au-Prince the entire time.  It is a giant city.
 
 
Friday was spent traveling.  We drove from Fort Wayne to Indy, barely surviving the weather, and then sat in the airplane in Indy for 2 hours.  Have you ever sat in a plane that was being deiced?  It's really not fun.
Here's the view from inside the Indy Airport.
 
So deicing a plane sounds like you're going through a giant car wash, which doesn't seem like it would be scary...but it is, trust me.  After the plane was deiced we flew to Miami without incident.  Then spent the night (all 5 hours) in the Miami Hotel.  And then we were up at 4:30am to catch our next flight.  This time we were headed to HAITI.  I guess I was a little excited. ;)
 


 
I can admit to having culture shock when I arrived.  It's just so different.  First of all check out the truck we drove around in.
This truck was our transportation for the week.  As you can see there are two benches and nothing to hang on to.  Oh and the roads are terrible.  Some of the roads are paved...some of them, and the ones that are, are filled with potholes.  The ride was always an adventure and one time I even ended up on the floor of the truck, after a particularly sharp stop.
 
The first day was spent unpacking and well taking naps :)  What traveling is tiring work.  Then on Sunday we got to go to church.
 
It was an interesting experience and we were lucky to sit next to Bill who could translate for us. 
 
 
Then the week started.  This was a two part mission trip. 7 men and 5 women went.  The men spent Monday through Thursday working on the main office building for all the First Assemblies of God in Haiti.  They laid cinder blocks in the blazing hot sun all week.  It got up to 124 degrees at one point.
 

So that's pretty much all I can say about what the guys did I mean how much can you say about laying cinder blocks.

For the women Monday started two days of pampering Haitian pastor wives.  We pampered them by giving massages, foot rubs, and taught crafts.
Check this out, I taught crochet! How cool is that?
 
 
Even though there was a language barrier we managed to have fun, and even our interpreter joined in for our crafts.  Hey having an interpreter doesn't save the day when there are 20 Haitians, 8 Americans, and 2 craft tables, the other table of women were making beaded bracelets.  Lets just say we used our interpreter as much as we could.  She was a really cool woman.  She was particularly helpful when we had our teaching on who we are in Christ.  The lesson was well received.  Then we spent the afternoon praying and just loving on the women.
Here's the five us with the 3 missionary wives we were hanging out with. 
 
Tuesday was a lot like Monday; food, crafts, laughter, and the lesson.  The really cool part of the day was when all the women said they wanted to be prayed for and we spent the afternoon praying and having a wonderful time.
 
Wednesday was spent shopping, cause that's what women do :)  I managed to buy a small painting and some souvenirs for friends and family.
 
  This is at one of the shops we stopped by called the Apparent Project.  Here they make their own beads and pottery. 
 
Thursday we got the privilege of going to the beach.


This was a really rough day :)
We spent the whole day laying around the beach.  It was really wonderful.  Then at the end of the day on the way home we got to stop by the work site where the guys were working. 
And what did I find when we showed up?  My husband standing on the edge of the second story with out a railing...sure that's safe. 
 
Then it was finally Friday and we got to spend our day with the men.  We took a trip out to the middle of no where, which is where we got to meet these wonderful kids.  And help feed them lunch.

So on Thursday I had gotten sunburnt at the beach...cause I'm super white.  Anyway the kids realized that a sunburn turns white when you touch it...I quickly became a human etch a sketch...lots of fun with a sunburn. But it was fun being around those kids and I honestly didn't want to leave.
 
And that was our week in a nutshell.  It was an uneventful trip home.  And before for we knew it we were back in the beautiful U.S.A.  I've never been so happy to be home before but one last thought; I'd rather be in Haiti helping people.
 
God Bless
--R