Felt Flowers for the Baby Nursery

I set up baby Emi’s nursery on a weekend whim, and we’ve slowly been adding to it. I had been planning on letting Caden keep his room for a while since he’s such a good sleeper and big brother is not. But now, the boys share Jaxson’s room, and it’s actually working out pretty well!

You may remember our post about the DIY dresser that we snagged off Facebook marketplace and then painted pink? Well, Marcus found that missing dresser knob in the yard! Whoohoo! The dresser was the first piece we added to her room.

Two of my favorite decor items we have created for E’s room are her circle name sign and the felt flower mobile. I learned how to make felt flowers at the workshop we had at Marken last May and couldn’t wait to make cute things!

For the mobile, I made several different variations of felt flowers from the Felt Flower Workshop with Stacy Pyron. Then mom was able to sew them using invisible thread (which is hard to see! ha!) to string them together in random order. I picked little pearls to go in between. So precious! I think it’s timeless enough that she could keep it around a while, or we could string it up like a garland when she gets older.

The second decor piece we made was the circle nursery sign. Thanks to Uncle Bren (check his page out at Re-Find Woodworks), I got a wooden circle which I had Papa stain. Then we designed her name, and had it laser cut out by Kim at Image Matters. I painted the letters - which took several coats to cover. Then I finished it off with, you guessed it, a few more felt flowers!

I’m super excited that Stacy’s coming back to offer another felt flower workshop at Marken this Saturday, Sept. 21 at 10 a.m. Tickets are $25. Registration ends Friday at noon. Hope to see you there!

Turning 30: Full hands and full heart

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I (Kennan) celebrated my 30th birthday Saturday. Yep, I'm a youngin!

Marcus took baby Emi and I out for breakfast while Nana watched the boys. With three kids age 4 and under we definitely have our hands full, but we're trying to soak up every moment.

We couldn't have imagined what starting a business would look like and it's such a privilege to get to do what we love.

My day-to-day adventures often include building wooden train tracks, blowing up balloons, and sneaking a bowl of ice cream. Some days, I join Marcus at Marken (a whopping one mile commute!) to work on a project or answer emails. Others, I'm full-time mom by day, marketing manager/blog writer by night!

Because Marken has the dual purpose of being both our space and a place for others to CREATE • COLLABORATE • CELEBRATE we have had the opportunity to meet some pretty cool people over the past year.

We are thankful for you, the community in which we live and serve. Be sure to mark your calendar for Saturday, October 19. We'll be celebrating one year since we opened our doors on College Ave. during the Marken Mocktail.

Why Self-Employment Doesn't Mean the End of Health Coverage for Your Family

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As small business owners, we know the struggle of keeping health insurance is real. But it doesn’t have to be. That’s why we thought we’d share a little about Christian Healthcare Ministries and our experience as members since 2016.

Christian Healthcare Ministries prides itself as “an affordable, biblical, and compassionate healthcare cost solution for Christians in all 50 states and around the world. We’re not health insurance; rather, we're the first and longest-serving health cost sharing ministry, having shared more than $3.5 billion in our members’ medical bills.”

We have found their tiered system of coverage (bronze, silver, and gold) to be a flexible and affordable healthcare option for our growing family.

Christian Healthcare Ministries: Coverage While Pregnant

We were under CHM when we had Caden and Emilyn (our second and third). Because I was on the gold level of care and received a cash-pay discount (that met the $500 personal responsibility) with my healthcare providers, we received 100% coverage of prenatal and delivery care. This was especially helpful to us, as we had all three kiddos with midwives. (Our firstborn came along in 2015 when we were under conventional healthcare insurance, and midwife care was not covered so we had to cashflow it.)

Christian Healthcare Ministries: Coverage for a Broken Leg

In 2017, Jaxson our oldest, broke his femur and the hospital bill for a spica cast and a one-night stay was over $30,000. We ended up getting a cash-pay discount (because we asked!) bringing it down significantly. Because Jaxson was under silver care, we were only out of pocket $1,000 ourselves, and CHM reimbursed us for the rest.

Jaxson being such a trooper with his spica cast during the hardest eight weeks of our lives.

Jaxson being such a trooper with his spica cast during the hardest eight weeks of our lives.

Healthcare Coverage for the Self-Employed

For typical medical incidents that are under the threshold of shareable expenses, we either try to cashflow it in our monthly budget or use savings. If you select gold coverage, that’s $500 personal responsibility or $1,000 for silver. We are thankful that being self-employed doesn’t mean choosing between healthcare insurance that is impossible to afford or no coverage at all.

We have great peace of mind knowing that not only are we helping other Christian families with their medical expenses with our gift each month, but also our family is covered should big medical expenses arise.


For information about how to join, visit chministries.org.

If you become a CHM member, please consider mentioning us (member #272500) as they’ll give us one month of free membership after your third monthly gift.

Let's Think Local

As part of the Devine Chamber of Commerce, we want to celebrate all things LOCAL, which starts with THINKING LOCAL.

We're so excited to be part of this chamber initiative, and we hope it starts a chain reaction! You'll begin to notice this Devine Chamber campaign around town as we support our fellow members, businesses, and our community. We'd love to hear your thoughts.

Are you a Devine Chamber of Commerce member? Get your “Think Local” coroplast sign by emailing Marcus or at the next monthly meeting, August 6. Great work on the signage printing and install, Image Matters!

A Trip to Doe-Re-Mi Lavender Farm

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Girls’ Trip! Nana and I took baby Emi out for a Saturday morning excursion to the beautiful Doe-Re-Mi Lavender Farm in Moore. It is a hidden gem in South Texas!

Ann and Rob told us the story of how the farm began and showed us the variety of lavender and vegetables they grow as their happy bees buzzed. We clipped our own Super Blue lavender, a culinary variety. I plan to use some of it for baking!

In their shop I also snagged some handmade lavender rosemary soap (my two favorites!) and some lavender essential oil that Rob distilled just yesterday. Can’t get any fresher than that.

The Doe-Re-Mi Lavender Farm is open Fridays and Saturdays 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. through July 6. They’ll be offering evening hours soon, so stay tuned to their Facebook page.

Shout out to Shelly and the team at Magnolia Filling Station for sharing the flyer about the lavender farm’s weekend hours on their Instagram page.

Know a place we should check out? Email us. We love supporting fellow small business owners.

Fun with Felt and Flowers: A Workshop with Stacy Pyron

As seen during her several appearances on ABC’s SA LIVE, Devine’s own Stacy Pyron led us in our first felt flower workshop. We learned the art of shaping felt into beautiful flowers - perfect to decorate headbands, garlands, photo frames, wreaths, and more.

The event inspired several creative projects and ideas. I’ll have to show you the felt flower mobile I’m making for our soon-to-arrive daughter when it’s complete!

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An Airplane-Themed Birthday Party

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The Buckner boys’ birthdays are just one day apart. We plan to enjoy all the benefits of having joint birthday parties for as long as we can get away with it! This year, we chose airplanes as the theme and hosted it at Marken.

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One of my favorite moments was the “big reveal.” The inflatable airplanes from Amazon were a hit, and the balloons with hi-float helium that we got filled the day before at Sherry’s Flower and Gift Shop were still doing great.

  1. We made the rainbow balloon arch by tying the balloons in bunches of three. Then we looped twine through the bunches in the color order we wanted, and used tacks to mount the twine to the wall in the shape of a rainbow.

  2. I created the “time flies” photo collage wall using a ready-to-decorate banner and scrapbooking paper from Hobby Lobby. To finish it off, we clipped images from the past year to twine. Crazy seeing how fast they’ve grown in just one year!

  3. Goldfish and cookies are some of our favorite snacks these days, so of course we served them with our plain chocolate cupcakes.

  4. To finish off the flying airplanes in our “sky,” we hung little puffs of Poly-Fil to be little clouds. They were so fun! We would have done several more except we ran out of string … and time!