sis-boom-BAH!

This was the extent of our fireworks this year. With two little ones that have to be in bed before dark it makes it a little hard to go see fireworks...we're guessing it will be another three years before we get there again. :)
So instead we both worked. Above is the pile I finished this weekend...five skirts, six pillows, two pillow covers, six wash cloths, a headband and six towels. And I still haven't caught up yet...not that I am complaining mind you. :)
I made these as part of an order for my sister in law...one side...
And the other. :) Two sided pillow case covers are so fun...she chose the fabrics and I took it from there...would be happy to do some for you too! :)
A new design in the shop.
And I just posted the last of the colorful towels in the shop...once they are gone, they are gone for good. :)

Sleep training with Aaron is mentally and physically exhausting me...it has been much harder with Aaron than it ever was with Moses...making me feel like a failure as a mom...not to mention the guilt that some folks dish out to me for daring to try a cry it out method.
Then there have been those who have been constantly one upping me...reminding me how much better their kids are than mine...and how long theirs have been doing x, y and z...ugh.
And I am really homesick for Radford. I would love if Doug's promotion moved us closer to there.

So that is that...I am not the happiest person to be living with right now.
But I am trying so hard. :) I promise.

xo
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10 things and design your own.

The 10 Things I am thankful for today:
1. Our future as a family!
2. A hardworking husband.
3. That I get to stay home with my kids.
4. Lots of orders this week!
5. A rainy day today.
6. Improving sleep for Aaron.
7. A God who is always there for me.
8.Friends...everywhere!
9. Peanut butter and coffee ice cream...with caramel sauce!
10. Productivity!

Let's see your 10 things! :)
The skirts have been way more successful than I ever imagined they would be.
Thanks to all you lovelies!
I have decided to keep them as a regular in the shop...carrying regular colorways and with a design your own option.
I can also now make them in small, medium and large.
Want to design your own?

Go HERE.
Then send me a link to the fabric combo you would like (from the 1/2 yard sets) and let me know what size.
Below are a few of my favorites...
Pink and grays...
Red and blues...
Blues and grays...
Pinks, browns and oranges, too.
And lots more to choose from there.

The price will still be $25 per skirt.
If you already have an order with me...I already have your skirt planned out.
The "Design your own" option can only apply to new orders from here on out.

Happy Sunday!
xo
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why i am ALWAYS proud to be an American.

I love my country. Always, always.
I love everything it stands for...freedom, liberty, choice, drive, achievement, dreams, success, hard work...everything.
My love is not a fair weather love.
It does not depend on who the president is.
Or that the things that he has already done in office make my heart ache...for my children...and my children's children. That he seems more interested in being my friend than my president.
Or that he seems to want to punish the successful.
Do you know what a trillion dollars looks like? Go here. Prepare to cry a little.
Even still...my love of this country is no more based on my love of the president than my love for my children depends on their good behavior.
I may not agree with him...but I WILL pray for him.
I am PROUD to be an American.
I love that in this country I can choose. Anything. Religion, schooling, where I live, what I eat, how many children I can have...on and on. I have been to countries where this is not the case...and that makes me even more thankful to be an American.
I love this country.
The national anthem makes me teary.
In fact, almost any song about the greatness of this country does.
The fact there are SO MANY American men and women who are willing to VOLUNTEER to protect and serve our country that there has not been a draft to staff the war...makes me proud.
I am SO thankful for them.
How scary would it be if something like 9/11 went unchecked?
Thank you men and women!
I would never live anywhere else...and I have that choice. :)
Happy 232nd (ish) birthday to the best country ever! :)
We are celebrating with our own version of a flag cake of course!
You will need:
two boxes of 12 ice cream sandwiches
two tubs of cool whip
candy of choice(I used peanut butter cups but you could do any candy bar...or cookie...or Oreo) crushed/chopped
strawberries
blueberries or blackberries
Line the bottom of a 9 by 13in pan with ice cream sandwiches...
Cover with a layer of cool whip...then your candy of choice...
Add another layer of ice cream sandwiches and another layer of cool whip .
You can stop here...or top with more of your candy...but since it is the fourth...
Cover like so with berries...and freeze until solid again. :)
If you have one of those egg slicers they work great to slice the strawberries. :)

Happy 4th of July!
xo
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in our world...

It's crazy around here at the moment...
Playdates...orders...ideas...swimming...riding...eating...sewing...sewing...sewing...crazy.
Aaron is well underway for a sleep overhaul...look for a post soon about why we heart the "cry it out" method.
In the mean time...some of my favorite scraps came in the mail...I couldn't resist this photo...would be sweet with a baby girl too...
I got this sweet photo too...bummed that the stairs are in it...if any of you are photo shop savvy and can remove those for me...I would love you for some time.
This (throwing his feet up) and blowing raspberries are his two favorite things at the moment.
He is happy and sweet...
And got his first taste of "real" food just this AM...bye bye stink-less poo! :(
Moses adores Aaron...we have yet to see any negative behaviors from Moses in reference to Aaron...of course now that I say that...
And my funny, silly, honey is starting a series of interviews for his next promotion this coming Thursday! These will eventually lead to us moving...12-18 months from now...give or take. :)

So that is my crazy busy recap...I have written many a post in my head...here is hoping I can get them out soon!

Happy loooooong weekend to you!
xo
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s'mores. :)

Is there anything more summer than s'mores ?
We introduced Moses to them a couple of nights ago...
I think we have a new summer evening tradition. :)
Crazy busy here...not that I am complaining. :) LOTS of pillows and skirts to be done. :)
Here is a new design for the shop...
AND if you would like a skirt...but you are a small or a large...I have an offer for you. :)
The first person in each size (small and large) that sends me the measurements from a small and large skirt that fits them just right...will get $10 off of one of the scrappy skirts. :)

I need a waist measurement and hips...and length too.
The waists are elastic so a "close enough" measurement will do. :)

I now have a large and a small. Thanks ladies!


Happy day to you...back to pillow world.
xo
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dear friends.

Dear blog reading friends.
I felt the need to clear up a few things.
First, you may notice that occasionally your comments do not appear. Most likely this is totally due to my fat little fingers. You see, usually I check my email on our iPod touch and well...the distance between the reject button and the publish button is not that far...and quite often the reject button gets pushed when it was the publish button I was aiming for...sending your comments into internet space forever. Sadly, there is no way for me to get them back once this has occurred. This recently happened with a comment that was disagreeing with my MJ post...it was totally accidental...if it makes you feel any better, I accidentally rejected a comment stating how great I looked for just having a baby. :)
There are few reasons that I would purposely reject a comment...if they are vulgar, profane, harassing or threatening or if they are spam.
It is OK for you to disagree with me if you can do it in a peaceful way. :)

Secondly, I was not stating that we shouldn't celebrate people who do great things. I just wish our society felt the need to celebrate the every day just as much...without elevating certain people above the every day. Let's hear as many hoorays for dads who work every day to provide for their families...or soldiers fighting the war...or moms who stay at home with their kids...or for kids who get great report cards. All of these things and more are just as important as writing great music or entertaining us on TV. Obviously I love music and am happy for it's existence...but I also love a hot shower, email, hot coffee and my dishwasher and think that those things are just as worthy to be excited for. :) Make sense?
I try REALLY hard to "love others as myself"...you don't have to be just like me on ANY level for me to do that...I try to see the love worthiness of anyone. :)

Third...picnik.com is responsible for all the cute words that ever appear on my photos. :)

Any more comments or thoughts? I would truly LOVE to hear them and will do my best to hit "publish" and not "reject". :)

xo
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eek!

I did it! and I LOVE it!
I took a break from my custom orders and got this made today...I think it turned out great!It's fresh and fun and screams summer!
I even added some sassy trim. :)
And the best part...I have enough to make another one JUST like it! :)
The only problem is that I only know enough at this point to make another that fits me...so if you are in the size 8ish/medium range and need one...just email me for details. :)
They will be $25 plus shipping.
I didn't completely abandon my customs....one down. :) Many more in progress. :)
xo
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ugh...seriously?

Ok...just to warn you...this is not a happy fuzzy post.

But there are some things I just don't get.
Like...Why people go swimming with sharks. Why anyone would get a tattoo with someones name in it. Why taxes are so high...why Al Gore thinks he invented the internet...why the shower curtain billows in...why my kids can't nap at the same time every day.
Among others.

I also don't get that when a celebrity dies...regardless of what they have done in their lives...they are suddenly martyred. Like if you accomplish enough fame in your life, you are excused from being a good human being. If you are a good enough athlete you can get away with rape...or murder even. Right? That's what society tells us. If enough people like you, you don't have to follow the rules.

Today I am saddened that people are SO fixated on the death of ONE human being that they are not paying attention to the fact that North Korea threatened on Wednesday to "wipe out" the United States if we dared to intercept the transport of illicit weapons.

Today I am saddened that people celebrate someone accused of being a pedophile among other things. Even if he was a great musician. That doesn't make him worthy of a pardon.
If the una bomber was a great musician would we have pardoned him?

I am REALLY saddened by celebrity fanfare.
I hate to break it to the world but...being an actor or musician does not make you special or more important than the checkout girl at Target. Especially if you look at how little it takes to be a "celebrity" these days...people will do anything to be a "celebrity"...lie,cheat, steal and more...just look at all those smutty reality shows...because our society tries to tell us that celebrities are more important than that your average person.

It makes me sad that people will go to a concert or baseball game and raise their hands to celebrate but they won't lift a finger let, alone raise their hands to celebrate the One who put them on the planet in the first place.

I get really concerned when anyone but Jesus is put on a pedestal.
Even if (especially if?) it is an evangelist of some sort. Kind of creeps me out how obsessed I have seen some get with a certain evangelist or author even. There is a fine line between inspiration and false idols. In my opinion.

And I even get saddened by the fact that it seems that everyone and everything is to be tolerated...
...except Christians...it seems.

I am finding that I have to purpose myself to find the good in the world...because it really feels like a whirlpool...where things are getting worse and worse. The world is really so messy. I am homesick for Heaven more than ever in my life.

I look inward a lot to find the happy things...like my kids, my husband...my family and friends.

It may have taken me until near 30 to figure it out but I think I know the purpose of life.

Love God, Love others. It's as simple as that.

Everything else is a waste. Especially worshiping false idols.

It's not that celebrities aren't worthy of love...just no more so than you...or me...or anyone else you know. It's just when you have to angle your eyes to look up to anyone but Jesus that there is a problem.

Make sense?

xo
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I really can't believe that he is big enough for this already...
This time around...is going WAY too fast...
I try to remember in the crazy moments to slow down and take it all in...
Because before I know it...he won't be a baby anymore.
I am trying to memorize his wonderful scent...
And hold him as much as my arms can take...
Kiss him every chance I get...
And just love on him as much as possible...
Sometimes it is not so well received. :)

xo
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