Thursday, October 27, 2011

vintage love

look what I found at True Treasures in Bentonville, AR.....


It looks like a beautiful rainy day.


It feels like wool. but I'm not 100% sure. It did have a sticker though.

CANDLEWICK YARNS
LOT: 47 CAT
DATE: 8.30.82
ORDER: 7528 D
COUNT: S79 5444
OPR?N?: 28885493

 it's so vintagey. I love it.

oh the possibilities.
now what should I make with it?

speaking of, I added these to the shop


still working on descriptions, I suck at those. 


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Margaret & Betty


When I was applying for this job a while back I had to write a letter, publish it and email it to multiple people at the company. The instructions were to write a letter about something that I had accomplished and email multiple recipients since that would be something that I'd be doing a lot of at this job. other than raising children. Though I'm not done raising mine, far from it, I couldn't think of anything that I have accomplished that could even compare to something like that. So i thought and thought and figured I'd better look at it as if I'd never had children but was still where I am today. Then I realized that I wouldn't be where I am today if I didn't have children, I mean who would I have made a superhero cape for to begin with, or and adorable bear hat?! I really enjoyed that writing exercise and thought I'd share it with you. It's about how I got started sewing & crocheting, I shared a little about it on Mandie's blog last week.  Enjoy!


I am supposed to tell you about one of my greatest accomplishments. It happens that I can write to you about anything else but raising my children, I would like to tell you first though that my greatest accomplishments are my children. Even though they are still so young I am so very proud of them and
everything else just seems minute. The one accomplishment that I am choosing to share with you though is something I never thought I could or would do. I taught myself how to sew and crochet and now I have my very own “small business”.


When I was in high school I would go visit a couple of the elderly women from our church. One of the women was Mrs. Margaret, she got me started on cooking. We would make lunch and dessert and while it cooked or baked we would play card games. The other lady that I remember fondly was Mrs. Betty. Mrs. Betty had a lot of health issues so I would help her tidy up her house and then we would chat. Sometimes I would go to Mrs. Betty’s and there would be small fabric squares arranged for a quilt on her living room floor, she made the prettiest quilts. Her money was tight so all of her fabric was from old items of
clothing, yard sales, and the clearance bins at the fabric store. I admired her patience, her imagination, her creativity. One day her next door neighbor and friend had a sewing machine for sale, Mrs. Betty bought it for me. It was an old sewing machine, one that came on a sewing table. I still have it and still use the table, just with an updated sewing machine. Mrs. Betty didn’t teach me how to sew, but she sure planted the seed. Within a few weeks I had started practicing and made myself an a-line skirt. The skirt was crooked, but I was very proud of it and wore it anyway. Since then, learning from mistakes, from books, from others, from asking questions, and from the internet I’ve made things I never thought I would. This last week I gave one of my best friend’s custom bedding for her baby girl. She picked out and bought the fabric, I did the work. Never in my life did I think I would be able to make a crib bumper, a crib sheet, a crib skirt, a changing pad cover. Now I go to the store and think, “ooh! I could make that!”. I haven’t made a big intricate quilt yet, but have a small one for my son who hardly ever sleeps without it and made a rag doll for my daughter who will not sleep without it either. Another thing that Mrs. Betty really enjoyed doing was crocheting. This completely fascinated me and I actually asked her to teach me. She taught me the basics, I think that two lessons was all we had, at the end of which she gave me an instruction book on needlework that had belonged to her mother. I still have it. Now I’ve made hats, blankets & scarves.


I guess that the most mind blowing thing for me though is having my own little shop. It’s an online shop, but it’s doing well. Now, I know that I won’t become rich from it, at least not yet, a girl can dream though right? But it’s amazing to know that people I know and people I don’t even know from as far away
as Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Utah want to pay me to make something for them. People want to pay me to create, to do what I love, to do what Mrs. Betty Inspired me to do.



Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Martha Monday

on Tuesday...

well you know... i should probably just stop apologizing... but my car died, my son had his last soccer game, my daughter has a cold and we think a bum is living in one of the old barns just north of our house & coming around the house when we leave or something... you know.. the usual.

Martha Monday is a thing I like to do feature Martha Stewart's awesome tips, ideas, recipes... whatever. But I also like sharing some of my friends and their Martha like features with you. Everyone has a little something that they are great at. We all can't be like Martha and know how to do everything... she's got tons of help anyway, and she's probably a jerk. But everyone's got their niche. I love creating things. I can see how things will turn out, coordinate colors, come up with something new, yet practical and easy. I'm all about comfort and fun. I've shared with you about my friend Martha Brown has awesome style and can make the coolest things! And about my friend Amanda who is an awesome gardener... maybe she'll do a post with some tips in the spring time? I haven't talked to her about it yet but she'll read this. LOL

Today I'd like to share Jenny with you! She shares her life with us on her blog, but a big part of her life are parties... she's great a throwing a party, birthday parties, tailgate parties,



baby showers

... you name it! A while back she had a superhero party for her son. I was able to participate by providing the superhero capes for the party.


Jenny went all out. She completely transformed her house. What's even better is that she shares all her secrets & tips with us! 




She totally rocked it. AND inspired me to use a superhero them for Douglas' party next month!! I'm about 100% sure it wont be as awesome as this but I'll definitely use a lot of her fantastic ideas! 

Thanks Jenny!



Sunday, October 16, 2011

just a few things...

1. We're not moving anymore. Mathew had a few concerns about the job once he got there. I told him that he should probably speak up before we move everyone/everything there. If they tried to work & were concerned with him, then great! But if not, it's better to find out sooner rather than later. So basically he walked out.

2. I got a couple of emails/texts/concerned looks about my last post. Asking if I was ok & why I was so angry. If you got my smart aleckey ways, thank you! you rock. If you know me at all you should have gotten it, but if you didn't, you can go ahead and remove me from your friends list cause obvs you don't know me very well. There I go again... Or do I? It was humor, just humor. please... relax.




3. Business is good. Things are getting more steady. I actually have to start planning 1 day a wk to ship, instead of just whenever I get an order. Thanks for that!

4. I finally decided on a theme and plan of execution for D's 4th bday party. It's gonna be the bomb yo! 



5. Have you entered to win one of the 4 things on this giveaway?! You have til Wednesday to do so. AMANDA! You should totally go for it! You win everything!


Well I hope you're having a great weekend. I have an awesome post planned for tomorrow. "Martha Monday".









Friday, October 7, 2011

let's do the twist!

Thursday we went on a "field trip" to Petland with The Joplin Mom's Meetup Group. D's got a thing for lizards
& snakes at the moment.
so it was kind of perfect.

We also bought The Lion King. Can you say awesome sauce?! cause it is. the voices! James Earl Jones!! The music! The nostalgia! D saying, "I can't marry her! she's my friend!" over & over. Isabella laying on her belly touching her feet together in the air like the little teenager that she thinks she is.
i want to watch this over. and over. and over.
today, the kids will too. we may even do a little twist. not that we dance around the house all day or anything.


can you clean without music? I can't. I even have a playlist on my iPod dedicated to it. It's called "messy". This Friday I think we'll dance, and clean, and just have a good, fun & productive day.

Enjoy your weekend!
and don't forget to enter to win store credit to my shop via moxiemandie.com!


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Surprise!

Hey yo! I know that I haven't been "present" much, but I'm almost caught up. maybe.

I did write a post though! I'm over on moxie mandie today! I'm sharing a little bit about how & why I started my shop, there's also a giveaway included! yay!

Moxie Mandie

This week {now til 10/12} use code MOXIEMANDIE to get 20% off your purchase of $20 or more in the store!

Have fun! & maybe shop a little over at Madie's shop and read through some of her posts on her blog. She's pretty rocking!

This clutch is fabulously beautiful

I'm loving her Chevron pillow covers, can't wait to have one on my couch!


Have a great day friends!