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Our Decision to Have a Third Baby

“Do we need these baby gates?” I asked Ed.

“Yeah hun, hold on to them because we will want to put up a gate to keep the little one from wandering out of their room,” he said.

Weird. Little one wandering. It seems like such a foreign concept. After he said that, I couldn’t help but think…is this child going to walk?

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Tablescaping for Habitat for Humanity

About a month ago, I received an email from Restore director, Amy McLoughlin to design and participate in a tablescape challenge in which all items donated would be sold to benefit Habitat for Humanity. It also had to incorporate items from my small business for promo purposes. SO FUN! I came up with a Peter Rabbit theme where I illustrated and hand-painted bunny napkins, and made a pretty sweet illustrated invitation, map, rsvp, and calligraphed the menu and leaf place cards. The tablescape turned out great! By great, I mean, I’m proud to have my name next to it. Anyway, I just wanted to share my tablescape adventure in case any of you have upcoming events where you need to decorate a table!

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Spring Cleaning & Making 2017 Happen!

Hey y’all! I realize it’s been awhile since I last wrote. There have been some major changes happening here on the MarisaMade site and I want to tell you all about them and the exciting things that are happening in 2017!

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Adventures in Face Painting

Last weekend, I was hired to face paint tweens and teens faces at Tamarack in West Virginia by a friend of mine who works with the RAZE campaign. My first thought of face painting was using those chubby, little, crayon-like sticks of paint to draw smiley faces, hearts, and stars. Nope, nope, and nope. Face painting is no joke! It is a serious art form. Think, mini masterpieces on every single face you paint! Tiger faces, princess crowns, beautifully colored butterflies, skulls that looked pretty real…I was intimidated, and really unprepared. 

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Painting Jordan's Journey

Last summer, my dear friend, Cindy Chamberlin, who was Maxwell’s physical therapist mentioned that she thought I was the right artist to paint a very special picture for her. The picture she wanted me to paint, the story she wanted me to tell, was Jordan’s Journey.  Jordan was Cindy’s daughter who passed away from Trisomy 18 three days after she was born.

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Maxwell's Diagnosis

The past few months have been a whirlwind! We have sold our house (after 3 years of trying), moved to a new city, established a new therapy team for Max, and enrolled our oldest in preschool. Several months ago, Ed, myself, and Maxwell had our blood taken for a detailed genetic test. The results came in with an actual diagnosis for Max. 

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