Little Big Deals

You know how sometimes something happens that’s kind of a little thing in the grand scheme of life, but it’s a big deal to you?  Well, this past week has been just chock full of those kind of things for me and I wanted to tell you about them.
1. Potty Boot Camp…was a success! 
Little Crafter has used the potty twenty-six times since last Saturday, two of which were in public restrooms.  He hasn’t had an accident in four days, and the one last Thursday was only because there was someone in the one-person restroom at Starbucks.  He told me he had to go, but he just couldn’t hold it long enough for the other person to come out, which is totally not his fault.  Meanwhile, whoever designed one-person restrooms was obviously not a parent.
2. Little Crafter is {going to be} in Family Fun magazine!
Well, the digital edition, anyway.  We submitted this photo of him with his friends Owen and Ella after making the pom pom tree featured on the cover of the September issue.  They liked it so much, it’s going to be in the digital edition of the magazine sometime soon.  How cool is that?!
3. A super-blogger knows my name!
I link up at a LOT of parties.  I mean a lot.  Want to see how many?  Click on my “Places I Party” tab.  See, told ya!  I’ve been so honored to be featured on many of those fabulous blogs from time to time for various projects.  But there are a few places I link up that I consider super-blogs.  You know, the kind with thousands of followers and hundreds of links at every party.  I never even bother checking to see if I’ve been featured there because I figure there’s no way my stuff will get picked out of all that inspiration.  But….this weekend I got an email from Allison Hepworth…you may have heard of her blog, House of Hepworths!
She has close to 2500 followers through GFC alone, and over 600 projects were linked to her last party.
She was doing a post all about pumpkin crafts and featured our Pumpkin Pots!
Then, imagine my surprise when two days later, she emailed me again saying she was going to feature my Fall Wreath!  This one was even more exciting for me because it was a “big girl craft” and I came up with it all by myself.  Yes, there are other fabric flower wreaths and monogram wreaths out there, but I haven’t seen another ribbon wrapped one anywhere {no need to mention that I did ribbon in place of yarn b/c I was feeling lazy}.  The color scheme, the flowers and arrangement, all were mine, and it blows me away that this wreath hanging on my front door is enjoying its five minutes of HOH fame!
4. Four hundred.
As I type this post, I am five followers away from 400.  Which is huge news since it means our little community here has doubled in size since September 3rd when I hit the big 200.  Amazing.  Last week’s pumpkin challenge had 96 awesome projects linked up, and this week’s kids’ crafts party isn’t far behind.  It blesses, encourages, and inspires me more than you know to have you all following and participating in what goes on here at One Artsy Mama.  I am so excited about this amazing growth and about what the future holds!
5. Punkin’ Pickin’!
On Saturday, we went to the local pick-your-own orchard, which also has several huge pumpkin patches!  It was a fantastic, fun family time, complete with a hay ride!  Just one more reason Fall is the best time of the year.

6. Free Starbucks!
Yup.  That’s what I’m talkin’ about!  We went Friday night for a family “treat date” and the girl who took our order accidentally forgot to convey it to the barista baristo teenage boy making the drinks.  We kept waiting and waiting and finally hubby went to check on them.  They figured out the oversight and to apologize, gave us coupons for two free drinks…which was super-awesome since we didn’t really mind the whole situation anyway and weren’t in any hurry.  So, Sunday afternoon, I got me one of these lovelies for free: Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate, I heart you.
Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate
7. Paint Shop and Picnik Fun
The fabulous and talented Rachel over at I Heart Crafty Things hired me to make seven sidebar headers and four social media buttons to brighten up her fun blog.  I had a blast creating them, and my favorite part was how much she likes them!  Go take a look!
8. …and last but not least, my bloggy buddy Nicole is including me as part of her
Small Business Month Giveaways
Hope on over to her blog, Threes{4}Me for your chance to win a FREE blog button design PLUS credit to the One Artsy Mama Etsy shop!
What about you?  What little things have been big deals for you lately?
Happy Crafting!

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6 comments on Little Big Deals

  1. Jamie
    October 11, 2011 at 12:55 PM (4 years ago)

    Congratulations! Those are some amazing accomplishments!!! I do love that photo – the magazine has good taste. :o) The looks on their faces are priceless! :o)

    For Love of Cupcakes

  2. Anonymous
    October 11, 2011 at 2:02 PM (4 years ago)

    These are such fun moments! I can’t wait to potty train Abbie when we get home from a vacation we planned. You will have to let us know when that issue of Family Fun has been released to go see his cute picture:)

    Amanda Joy

  3. Rachel@I Heart Crafty Things
    October 11, 2011 at 3:33 PM (4 years ago)

    What an amazing week you’ve had!! Some huge accomplishments, congrats! Do let us know when the picture is released for Family Fun. That is so awesome!

    PS- I REALLY, REALLY DO LOVE MY SIDEBAR HEADINGS AND SOCIAL MEDIA BUTTONS! Thank you! Now I think I need to spice up my header. haha!

  4. Mama Pea Pod
    October 11, 2011 at 7:22 PM (4 years ago)

    Wow, congrats on these accomplishments! Sometimes the little things can be the best things!

  5. Terry
    October 11, 2011 at 11:05 PM (4 years ago)

    Little things? These things sound amazing and huge. Congratulations,…you are such a go-getter, I’m not surprised at all the good fortune shooting your way. Yay for you. :)

  6. Vicky
    October 12, 2011 at 9:36 PM (4 years ago)

    How exciting! You so deserve to have your fab projects shared with more people. I love Family Fun and will look for your pic online. Vicky from


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