Wednesday, July 30, 2008

i'm on the front page of etsy!

Etsy :: Your place to buy and sell all things handmade

Look! There's my sweet Apple in the midsummer's daydress... what a nice surprise to find today!

I also found my raglan dress in the children's gift guide... I had no clue it was there until today, although I always wondered who picked all of those cute little gift ideas. How fun.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

biker babes and bibs

Total baby cuteness. Need I say more?

And I've been working on piecing these very sweet quilted bibs together. I wanted something sort of "heirloom" quality for my newest little Jensen, but with clean lines and the modern fabrics that I love so much. I experimented with these Amy Butler prints and I'm very happy with how it turned out. I even managed to find some vintage binding in the same shade of pink for the trim. This one is going to the shop (we're having a boy! we probably won't have much use for a pink bib) but I have a few ideas in mind for some precious little quilted bibs for my own babe. Rye's requested green elephants, naturally, for his new brother, and Richard insists on something nautical. We'll see what I come up with!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

big sale saturday

Big sale in the shop today, including these new pieces! These raglan mini's are one of a kind and ready to ship!

Friday, July 25, 2008

a boy, a hose, and some blooms

summer gardening

Rye was in 75 ft. hose heaven! He sprayed the yard (and anyone who approached!) to his heart's content for over an hour. Need to entertain a 5 year old boy? Get him a really powerful hose and watch out! Richard and I thought he looked like a miniature firefighter.

Our veggies and peppers were transplanted from our old yard, and these are some of the ones that survived the transition. Purple piquins and Anaheim peppers. Unfortunately, we suffered a lot of casualities: my gorgeous, huge green bell peppers, health nut tomatoes, spring onions, strawberries, and several species of hot peppers. We didn't even attempt to transplant the cherry tomatoes.

All of the little flowers in the collage were already calling our house home before we were, and I wanted to shoot them because I was surprised to find little bits of such loveliness in the much neglected mess of a yard that it was. So much of the landscaping was dead, too overgrown, and not cared for for many years, but in the midst of all of that you will see little blooms of hope, struggling to thrive again.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

(almost) wordless wednesday


plus this...

equal this...

happy wednesday!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

and the mini-dress goes to...

Congratulations to seemommysew, the winner of my very first blog giveaway! And thank you again to all who entered! I had so much fun with this one I think I'll do another giveaway really soon!

And thanks to Rye and Apple who were hoping for a special mention for helping draw the lucky winners name :)

Monday, July 21, 2008

baby games

Although I'm sure Piper doesn't fully understand the impending ramifications of my HUGELY growing waistline, she knows it's "baby" and has mastered quite the game of peek-a-boo with my belly. This mostly involves her lifting my shirt and laughing uncontrollably (hey, I probably would too!) and ends with a tummy hug and kiss. Hard to believe my newest little bean is already a good 2 pounds and as long as an english hothouse cucumber! This has been the fastest, most fly-by pregnancy ever. Hopefully I'll still feel that way throughout the home stretch :)...

Sunday, July 20, 2008

a midsummer's daydress

"I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses, and with eglantine:
There sleeps Titania some time of the night,
Lull'd in these flowers with dances and delight..."

~ A Midsummer Night's Dream

Saturday, July 19, 2008

another cute dress giveaway

Check this out, a really cute shirt-dress giveaway from the blog, Grosgrain.
Train Stop Shirt Dress GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!

Friday, July 18, 2008

wow and whew!

Wow! I am so overwhelmed and pleasantly surprised by the amount of entries into my very first giveaway. Thank you for all of your sweet comments, I wish I could send a dress to all of you! And it's not too late to enter for those who haven't. See this post for details.


Whew! We are finally all moved, and have been in the new house since Wednesday. We're definitely not settled, but it's starting to feel more like "home". Maybe one of these days I'll find where I packed my USB cord, and I'll be able to post pictures again! Until then, you'll just have to imagine a bunch of dirt-covered gardening kids and a really exhausted but happy Mama and Daddy. Particularly happy now that our telephone and internet are now in working order. I feel like I can re-join the land of the living. I had no idea that the woman who lived in our "new" house for over 20+ years did so with no telephone line, no dryer, and without a lot of other amenities. I'm impressed. But I'm still not giving up my internet, lol.

Friday, July 11, 2008


You know the old expression, "the more things change the more they stay the same?" That's been on my mind all morning as I'm preparing this family to move. The contractors let us know last night that fingers-crossed our new house will be ready to move in by the end of today, albeit sans kitchen cabinets. Those won't be in until next week.

I'm so excited to claim the new space, there's always such a creative energy in the air when you move, deciding where to put what, like a brand-new fresh start. I'm also grateful that it's happening before the new little bub arrives, in plenty of time to unpack and feel settled. But there is a large part of bittersweetness in this move, as well. We've lived in our little place for 4 years now. Rye was just a small toddler when we moved in, and both of our girls were born here. This is the only home any of them know. This is the place that has their heights etched in the kitchen cupboard, the place Apple and Piper took their first steps, the place they were all potty trained, and Rye lost his first tooth. It's the home where Richard and I have grown as parents, have grown as a couple, and have experienced the joys and griefs that have shaped us into the family that we are today.

Rye was about 17 months or so in this pic, right after we moved in four summers ago. You can still see the moving box in the corner of the pic, we hadn't even completely unpacked yet, but there he was, painting away under the kitchen table. Hard to believe this is the same little one who is eagerly anticipating kindergarten and soccer in the fall.

And then there are the things that stay the same... This was me, when we moved in or shortly thereafter, but could just as easily be a pic of me now. (Just imagine everything a bit chubbier-- hey, this is my fourth kid in five years)! As crazy as being pregnant and moving at the same time are, there is a familiarity that is comforting to me, a predictability, and a rhythm to it that I know.

We aren't the same family we were four years ago. We've grown in number (and in size!), we have different jobs, some of us different goals or different hobbies. But the core of us, what we value for ourselves and our children is very, very much the same.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008


Sorry, was trying to think of a more catchy headline, but then I'd figure I would just stick with the obvious. It's giveaway time, finally! I know I've hinted at one a while ago, and you must forgive me, I swear this gestating baby has sucked up every last brain cell, bit of memory, and tad of concentration I may have had left after the other three kiddos!

My creation

I'm giving away a Raglan Mini Dress from my shop, just for one lucky reader! Take your pick from the raglan in "sunny days" (pink & yellow) or the raglan in "tangerine" (orange dots), custom made in the size of your choice, 1T, 2T, 3T, or 4T. Would make a great birthday, baby shower, or just because gift!

All you need to do is link to this post on your own blog or website (let's spread the giveaway love!) and leave me a comment here letting me know where I can find your post. Winner will be picked at random and announced on July 22. Good luck!

This giveaway is now closed! I will be announcing the winner later today, thank you so much to all who entered!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

demo and watermelon

4th of July Picnic

Since we're in the process of renovating our new house, we spent most of the holiday tearing out bushes, weeds, and the unwanted from our new yard. Not the most relaxing, but definitely fufilling to get some of the work done.

Even though the yard was a mess by the afternoon (and we haven't officially moved in yet), we decided to picnic there, which worked out really well considering picnics that include a 5 year old, 3 year old, and 1 year old are usually pretty messy affairs to begin with.

Hope everyone had a great holiday! Enjoy your weekend!