Aug 31, 2014

DIY $16 Tulle Skirt


Miss M had the bright idea that she wanted to make a skirt.  I've been her mom for long enough that I should know "I want to make a skirt" really means " I want YOU to make me a skirt".  Seems I never learn, or maybe I do because this time it really was a collaborated effort.

She pinned a tutorial she liked from Pinterest.  She wanted fun and flirty but still classy and modest.  I think we hit the mark.

Aug 28, 2014

DIY Phone Stand


Last spring we took the plunge and upgraded my whole crew to new phones.  We've been very happy with the decision with one exception.  The phone cases we got.  The girls all wanted cases with stand built in.  In theory I think it's a great idea but in practicality, well, not so much.  All the stands snapped off or broke within just a week.

I didn't have a stand on my phone case. Which, after seeing what happened to theirs, I was glad I didn't. However, I use my phone for music, tv shows, and for watching movies all the time and I found myself having to be creative in ways to prop it up.  And, since I've been working on the computer a lot lately doing photo edits and I have my phone near by, I really wanted something other than a pile of CD's and book to hold my phone up.

Aug 24, 2014

Is It Time?



Is it time?  

Yep, It's time!

Ok, please don't shoot me for this post.  I know, I know.  It's still August.  But, I'm happy to announce that I have re-opened my Etsy shop and you can now order... wait for it..... Christmas ornaments!

Aug 17, 2014

All the Important things


Today I turned old.

Ok, ok, I am not old but sometimes my body feels old.  My mind feels forgetful,  I feel outdated, and I'm more and more stuck in my ways which means I'm becoming stubborn like my grandmas were. I like routine, the spontaneity of my youth has disappeared . I'm not very trusting anymore.  I have gray hairs.  And, I feel like this last year and all that happened, has made me feel older than I should feel.  When your parents die, somehow mortality seems a lot shorter.

However, I also believe that every journey we go on does, eventually, awaken the soul and while this past year was a dark one on my life path, it has ended with bright spots and I do feel like all that has happened has awakened my soul in ways that I didn't expect. My perspective has changed.

One thing that has been on my mind lately is how much I want my girls to know the things that I feel are important in navigating everyday life and difficult times.

Years ago I started a project where I intended to do the same but because I started with the visual, crafty side of it - I never finished.  I'm glad I didn't finish because now I have the opportunity to do it with meaning.

Aug 7, 2014

Fresh Peach White Chocolate Scones

Last Sunday we had the most delightful knock on our door.  Some friends were dropping off some fresh picked peaches - lots of them!  Happiness may truly be in nature's bounty.  Or, is it, happiness is in the kindness of others? Either way, that box of peaches has sure brought a lot of happiness to our home.  We've enjoyed them tremendously.

Just look at this deliciousness.


We've eaten a lot of them and I even put some in a bag and passed them on to another friend but we still had some left so yesterday morning, since I couldn't sleep, I got up before work and made a batch of Peach White Chocolate Scones.  It's just my White Chocolate Raspberry Scone recipe but made some minor changes.  Here's the recipe should you have fresh peaches at your house that you are wondering what do with them.  I promise, these are heavenly!  (and there's fruit in them so they are healthy, right?!)