Friday, October 28, 2011


Get it? I'll be back?
I guess this is one of those times in my life where this here blog isn't one of my top priorities. (gasp!). I know, it's just wrong. But alas, such is the current state of things.  Hopefully in a week or two things will settle down and I'll be able to focus more on this. 
Some people say that, to be a successful online blogger/business, you have to update as frequently as you can, and I'd probably agree. Which is most likely why my shop and blog have been scarcely visited as of late. What's even more surprising to me is that, I'm fine with it! I've needed a break and I'm enjoying spending more time with my kids and making my house more housey.

Today we celebrated two amazing events in history:
1. Bella Rose was born 3 years ago! Can you even believe it? I gave birth to her via emergency c-section (freaky! Lost half my blood in that delivery!) and then got to spend the next week recovering in bed with her next to me, sleeping soundly. I watched Monk, read the Word, prayed, slept, took pills, and watched more Monk.  All the while spending every moment with my new baby girl. I loved it. The C-section part; coulda done without that, but it gave me a very wonderful gift.

2.  Ash accepted Jesus into his heart yesterday! So, we celebrated tonite with a double party for him and Bell. Two very wonderful reasons to praise God.

So for now, with this blog, I give you no false promises. I'm a busy lady and I'll update when I can. I do enjoy posting projects and such on here, though, and as soon as I finish Ash's duvet cover, I'll post the pic of the kids new room.  Don't give up on me, I'll be back on here posting daily as soon as the momentum returns and I can spend my time thinking about it again. I promise, I'll be back!

In the meantime, enjoy this pic I found on pinterest. Gave me a chuckle.

Monday, October 24, 2011


It's been WAY too long since I've posted on here!
And, I'm sorry to disappoint, but I don't really have anything to say right now. I just felt bad looking at the date of the last post.

So, how about some of my latest pins?
Here's a couple from my 'hilarious' board.  Dare you not to laugh.
Pretty good, eh? I chuckled a little at all of those. And how about a few from my style pinboard?
I would wear all of these every sing day.
Pretty much everything.
Don't you want to just hug that shirt?
Ok, I guess that's enough. You can go to my pinterest if you're so interested in the stuff I like! :)

And if you are wondering about the progress of my bathroom, and kids rooms, you'll still be waiting a bit...It's a long process to re-do 3 rooms at once!! We're getting there though.
Blessings, y'all!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

DIY Sweater Pillow

I know you might all be thinking "When will she do a post that I don't have to SEW for?!" Well, not today. Sorry. :) I am in the middle of redecorating the kids bedrooms and was about to start on this pillow for Bell's bed when I realized, hey, this would be a great DIY for beginning sew-ers. So, here it is! Go dig through your or your hubby's closet for a sweater that you can cut up. Or head to your thrift store and buy one for super duper cheapies.

A sweater
A pillow
Velcro (forgot it in the picture. woopsadaisys.)

1. Put the pillow on top of the sweater.
2. Cut the sweater to the size of your pillow, with the bottom side of the pillow at the bottom edge of the sweater. (like in my picture here.) That way, when you add the velcro, you don't have to hem anything because the edge is already finished!
3.  Turn the sweater inside out  if you haven't already and sew up all but the bottom side of the sweater.

4.  Grab your velcro and pin it in the desired locations. In my project, I only did one strip of velcro.  I wish I'd done it at least twice as long. Or maybe 2 strips evenly spaced. My little strip wasn't really enough, but here is what it looked like.

5.  Sew it on and you've got your pillow cover!!

Pardon the grainy photos. The lighting up there in the bedroom is not the greatest for pictures but you get the idea! Don't you like her new duvet cover? I am in love. The top part is a vintage sheet and I just adore the pairing with the black and white checks.  Abs Gorg.


Monday, October 10, 2011

Dream Interiors: Kids Room Inspiration

I thought this was funny. A bit over the line maybe, but still gave me a chuckle!
Moving right along.

So, as I told you last week, we moved the 3 big kids all into the same room. It just seemed wrong to have one kid in that huge master bedroom upstairs. (Huge, meaning, probably about the size of most people's smallest bedroom. But thats what ya get when you live in a teeny colonial cottage!). 
But, I digress.
The 3 beds fit great in there.  However, as many of you know, I cannot go very long between colors of rooms. Right now, it is the color I painted it almost 2 years ago: Avacado green.  So, I'll soon be repainting that bedroom. And I already have the paint. A very cool grey, almost white.
I've been leaning towards cooler colors lately, and away from the warm earthy tones I used to love. Here are some of my favorite inspiration photos I've found while searching the Interwebs.

As you can see, I also lean towards vintage. This last picture is almost the exact wall color that I just painted Haven's room, and I plan on decorating with a little bit of that olive green there on the bed.
I'll make sure and show you the before/after shots of the kids rooms because, well, this is a crafty blog so how could I not?!
Since we're moving the kids all upstairs, I will also be able to have an office/craft room/guest room. So, you'll be seeing photos of that too!
PS almost all of these photos are on my 'Youngin's' board on my Pinterest. Come follow me!


Friday, October 7, 2011

DIY Infinity Scarf

I love all kinds of crafts, but my favorite is sewing, if you haven't noticed. I've always loved it, and am therefore always looking for cheap, easy, awesome projects that I can do quickly.  When I saw these scarves for sale at Old Navy for $15, I gasped.

For reals? I could make that in like 3 minutes! Noted. And guess what, I did! There are a few ways to make these scarves; I've chosen the simplest and cheapest.
Thought I'd share with you how I did it. Get ready to make one of the simplest things you've ever made!

Knit or Jersey fabric
Sewing machine

1. I use knit or jersey fabric because there's no need to hem it; it doesn't fray! Ok, so measure and cut your fabric.  The wider you cut your strip, the fuller your scarf will be.  And the longer the strip, the more times you can wrap it. I like to cut about 10-12" by 44" (a yard) so that I can wrap it twice.

2. Since I just used one long 44" strip of fabric, I put the two ends together, right sides facing and sewed, so it ended up just being one big loop.

4. Trim off excess threads and voila, your new scarf!! Wear it with love this fall. :)

Blessings! Have a great weekend, y'all. :)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


Eight years ago, I walked down the aisle to join lives with the man of my dreams. I am still trying to grasp the reality that I've been given this amazing gift of a man to spend a lifetime with, and I wouldn't trade a single moment of these past 8 years for anything. I love my Joel.

Happy Anniversary, love. 

Monday, October 3, 2011

Did somebody say coffee?

Apparently, I didn't know what 'having kids in school' looks like. Cuz I'm still trying to find my solid ground here!
Not used to the routine and schedule and all that snazz. Packing lunches, paperwork, picking out clothes, WAY more laundry for some reason...etc.

Here are other very important reasons I've ignored you:

my bathroom is currently under renovations (hallelujah praise the Lort!)
hello and good bye rotting wood!
yeah that was behind the tile

we put all 3 big kids in the same bedroom so we could scoot baby H upstairs in his own room and finally have an office/guest room downstairs! Needless to say, that's been fun.

(PS. Ask me if 3 children can stay up until 10 PM rehearsing and reciting the same Dora episodes in the pitch black until they finally pass out on the floor. Go ahead, ask me.)

I've been working on a bulk order of Buttercup Bags for a sweet friend who is getting married and using them as bridesmaids gifts! 

Did I mention the laundry?!

And lastly, my little Ash has a nasty cold that has kept everyone up most of the night the past two nights. So, I'm afraid I'm lacking my usual sunny disposition (joke) today. 

Cue coffee part deux.

On a happier, less complainy note, here's some cute pictures from our trip to the fall jamboree! While Joel was out of town, my sweet MIL took the kids and me. So fun! Hayride, horsies, fried dough..mmm...oh, and the kids liked it too.

Happy Monday!