Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Coming Soon... Seriously!

I've been talking a lot about this "upcoming Etsy shop" that I am opening. I promise, it will actually happen. Turns out having an infant is more of a time commitment than I thought :)

I've been busing cutting, sewing and pinning vintage sheets and rick-rack. The shop will have Dinner Napkins (double-sided napkins with vintage patterns and rick-rack), Lunch Napkins (smaller, with
vintage pattern on one side and white fabric on the other), magnets and Pop of Vintage brooches. Hopefully I'll have some photos for you soon!

I'll also be listing all sorts of vintage goodies for your home. I've got
those photos taken and hope to have them up soon, but here's a sneak peak....

vintage Pyrex butter dish

fishy fishy Vintage pot

olivetti typewriter

I love thrifting and searching for the hidden vintage treasures. I am currently searching for some red moccasins. What are you looking for?


Monday, February 21, 2011

Momma Monday

It's Monday again (seems to happen a lot) and it's time to look back on the week and celebrate the success I had as a momma! Moms tend to get down on themselves and stress a lot. I challenge you to use Monday as a day to remember how much you rock!

Best thing about this past week? Date night!! We hadn't been on a date since September. I know, it's ridiculous. Working in ministry and temporarily living in Arkansas doesn't really give us many babysitter options. We can't afford the normal rate and don't know too many folks, but our good friend came over to save the day. My husband took me out for some brick oven pizza. We got to sit outside and just relax, together. We wandered around town, holding hands and smooching. It was wonderful. I was all twitterpated the next day. It was like we were dating again. It was wonderful!

This picture sums it up.

boyfriend cardigan: Target, embroidered shirt: Anthro, ruffle
skirt: Old Navy, tights: Target, boots: thrifted vintage Frye

Being a mom is amazing. It's full of love, smiles and giggles, but it's hard. It's really hard. It gets overwhelming and a little smothering. Date night made me feel like a beautiful, smart, adult again. Filling your day with binkies and baby food can make you feel a little less than hot, but it's worth it!

How did you rock as a momma this week? Don't have kiddos? How did you rock just being you?


Monday, February 14, 2011

I have to be honest. I woke up grumpy. I woke up feeling overwhelmed by the disaster strewn all throughout our apartment. I woke up to dirty dishes and piles of trash to take out. I woke up to a husband and baby who are still sick and I can't seem to make them better. Nice way to wake up on Valentine's day, right?

But, I was able to make some surprises for my man and spend a little time alone once the munchkin was down for a nap. I spent some time thinking, praying and listening. Not only is it a day to show your love for others in your life, but I think it's an awesome day to be thankful for what you have.

This time 2 years ago I was on a cocktail of drugs to improve our chances of getting pregnant. We were praying, hoping and just waiting. Well, now I've got the most wonderful little girl in the world (I'm pretty biased). I have a man who loved Jesus, me and the Church. What the heck is there to get all grumpy about?

So, I'm over it. It's a great day. Happy Valentine's Day everyone!


Sunday, February 13, 2011

Weekend Fun

We are a young, broke family working in ministry. One of our favorite, cheap things to do is to go stroller around the outside mall, nibbling on some ice cream. It's simple, but we love it. It gives us time to hold hangs, daydream and laugh with our little munchkin.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend :)


Friday, February 11, 2011

Valentine Garland

This is our Valentine's every day garland. I made it last year when we were still in Colorado. It survived the move to Arkansas and will make the trek back to Boulder in a few months. It was supposed to be for just February, but I like it and it stays up all year.

I found this idea on my favorite blog. I cut out some hearts, zig-zag stitched them right onto some yarn, and stuck it in the wall with some thumbtacks. I love how flopping and imperfect it is. It makes our room cozy and special.

I have some Love Day crafts brewing in my head for my man, but I'm sure they won't be started until Monday morning. He always says "the best gift you can give me is to not spend any money." He's pretty happy with a handmade card. Easy to please!


Thursday, February 10, 2011

Arrr.... pirates + radios

Have you seen Pirate Radio? Here's the trailer for your viewing pleasure.

We watched this Monday night and laughed, a lot. It was hilarious, fun, and chock-full of fantastic music. I don't think the trailer does it justice. Put it on your Netflix queue.

Ever since then I have been obsessed with my Beatles Pandora station aaaaand finding something like this.

I found something similar for $6 out thrifting, but it was missing a knob. If I could find one that worked, I would be thrilled!

It's another snow day here in Arkansas. Being from Colorado, my husband is it work. The only people in his office are the folks from Colorado! I've got a sick baby and a messy apartment, so I think I'll spend time snuggling, tidying up and sewing.

How's your Thursday going?


Monday, February 7, 2011

Momma Monday

Happy Monday, friends!

I use this space on Mondays to reflect on the past week and to stop doggin' on myself as a momma. If you have a kiddo or two, you know that being a mom is filled with worry and doubt. Well, enough of that! Let's start celebrating milestones and stop dwelling on the "what-ifs."

This week, oh man, this week was awesome. Simply, awesome. You may be wondering, "why?" Well, we cut out the late night feeding and can put the munchkin down at 8:00. It's glorious. It's amazing. It gives the hubby and I at least 2 hours of alone time to feel like grown-ups again! We spend time watching movies, reading books, and just talking. Talking about the day and about our worries and excitement about life. It's wonderful.

Munchkin is also taking 2 naps a day and I'm putting her down without rocking her (miracle). She usually fights it for a few minutes, but realizes that sleeping will make us all much more happy! Woop!

In other news, the Etsy shop is on it's way to being stocked and open soon! I'm in the process of sewing napkin after napkin. That's right, napkins! They are beautiful, vintage and full of rick-rack and pizazz. Get pumped! There will be all sorts of other little goodies, too :)

Have a happy, wonderful, confident, Monday!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

I love Sundays.

I love Sundays. I love the sabbath. We sang this song at church this morning and I could barely keep it together. What an amazing, glorious God we serve.

"Beautiful" by Phil Wickham

I see Your face in every sunrise
The colors of the morning are inside Your eyes
The world awakens in the light of the day
I look up to the sky and say
You're beautiful

I see Your power in the moonlit night
Where planets are in motion and galaxies are bright
We are amazed in the light of the stars
It's all proclaiming who you are
You're beautiful

I see you there hanging on a tree
You bled and then you died and then you rose again for me
Now you are sitting on Your heavenly throne
Soon we will be coming home
You're beautiful

When we arrive at eternity's shore
Where death is just a memory and tears are no more
We'll enter in as the wedding bells ring
Your bride will come together and we'll sing
You're beautiful

I see Your face, I see Your face, I see Your face
You're beautiful, You're beautiful, You're beautiful


Saturday, February 5, 2011


I am probably the last to see this hilarious video, but have you watched it?

In honor of my hysterical laughing fit, here are some products with birds. Lots of birds.

a beautiful birdie throw pillow. I could dig this on my couch.

isn't this print beautiful? it's one of my favorite color schemes.

birdie earrings from my favorite shop.

So, get hip. Go buy something with birds. Everyone's doing it.


Thursday, February 3, 2011


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Change of plans

I said I was going to do a post on how I use vintage items in our home (tiny apartment), but I accidentally deleted all of the photos while I was editing them. So, someday in the future.

For now, let me try and humor you with a little story of one of my days last week.

We live in an apartment right now and it's on the first floor with an outside door. When we park, we are about 20 feet from the front door. It's very convenient, but also a little obnoxious to have a parking lot in your living room (well, almost in the living room).

We had gotten back from a trip the night before, so the bambino and I had just made a big grocery store trip. She had passed out in the Jeep on the way home. We parked, and I pondered, "take her in, she wakes up, I get distracted, milk gets yucky and ice cream melts." So, I left her in the back seat with the trunk hatch open (it was 70 degrees out) while I ran back and forth with the groceries, never leaving her out of my site. Then I grabbed her, she napped and everyone was happy.


Right after I got her inside, the cops pulled up. They sat outside my window for a while. The whole time I am thinking, "Now way, someone called CPS. No way." Luckily for me, there was some other hooligan that they were visiting, but jeeeeze! Talk about nerve racking!!

Would you have called CPS on me? Nah!


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Why I live in Arkansas...

... and some other random facts about me!

-We live in Arkansas (temporarily) because my hubby is in a church planting residency program. We are moving to Boulder, CO, on April 1!

-I really really love nachos, but my husband doesn't like black beans.

-In order to feel relaxed, the couch has to be fluffed, and the pillows have to be put back in place. I'm a little nuts.

-I could spend hours wandering around Savers, or any other thrift store for that matter.

-I love cooking, but don't really care about baking. Baking takes too much precision.

-My mom taught me how to knit years ago. Maybe I will be a master knitter like her someday.

-I hiked a week's worth of the Appalachian Trail when I was in elementary school. My brother hiked it in it's entirety last summer.

-When I'm sick or blue, I watch My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

-I want to be a foster parent in Boulder County.

-I hate to vacuum, but I love the end result.

Aaaand, that's a few random facts. Pretty silly, but somewhat fun. Tomorrow I am doing a post about how I incorporate vintage items into our home to make it feel more warm. Come back and check it out!