Thursday, June 9, 2011

Inspiration Workshop {week 2} with Gussy Sews

this weeks prompt at gussy sews was "kitchen"


we are just beginning the process of redoing our kitchen (the pricing out the options step)

we are thinking of moving in the next year or so, so we are looking for the most cost efficient re-do. so, no ideal kitchen for me in this house.

a girl can dream though, right?

when i do imagine my perfect kitchen the first word that pops into my head is


maybe that's because i have three small boys that keep everything so, so dirty!

anyway, here is a gorgeous kitchen that has me swooning!

to see the rest of the pictures of this GORGEOUS kitchen, check out!

(this kitchen was featured here)

Gussy Sews Inspiration Workshop!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Inspiration Workshop {week 1} with Gussy Sews

when i saw that gussy (who is an inspiration to me!!) was starting a weekly inspiration workshop, i knew i had to join.

i have been feeling a little overwhelmed lately with the responsibilities of juggling my roles of wife, mother, daughter, friend, crafter, etc., and i think this is just the medicine i need!!

this week's prompt was:


well... i have a home full of beautiful handmade things that i have received over the years, and my boys have many things that i have made for them.

as i was rocking with e, i realized that i always stare at this cross stich on his shelf that my grandmother made for yours truly. it means so much to me to have so many handmade things from her. i miss her so, so much, and these things from her around my house help keep her alive in my life today. she is the one who taught me how to sew and it's her machine that i use each and every day!

Gussy Sews Inspiration Workshop!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

my little buffalo

have you seen my new blog header??

super cute, right?

i ABSOLUTELY love it!

lisa, of my little buffalo, designed it for me. She also designed a new logo, etsy banner, and the 2 buttons to the right. new business cards are already ordered!

lisa was so easy to work with, her prices are great and just look at her awesome designs.

so, if you are in the market for gorgeous design work, go see lisa at my little buffalo!

My Little Buffalo

Thursday, May 5, 2011

i {heart} nola

YAY!!! my computer is back and better than ever! i have so, so much that i want to share with you from the last few weeks. i will start with our trip to one of my favorite places - new orleans!!

we headed down to jazz fest the last weekend of april for music, food, and fun (of course!!)

it was our second year going in the recent past (although i had been once in high school)

if you have never been, jazz fest is a two weekend music celebration in new orleans. there are 12 stages with everything from gospel to children's music. they also have areas dedicated to the history behind the music, awesome food, and great vendors! Here are some fun photos from our trip!

shopping for hats

congo square stage

one of our favorite performances was by keb mo

this song was amazing!

we also loved amos lee

throughout the day, there were parades in the fairgrounds

and the food...

the food was amazing!

here is an alligator pie

fried green tomatoes

fried shrimp and crawfish tails with spicy boiled potatoes

a muffaletta

i seriously ate too much!!

we also spent some time wandering the french quarter

we took the streetcar through the garden district

i daydreamed about what it would be like to live in one of these gorgeous homes
the beads know no neighborhood!!

a mardi gras car

the audubon zoo!

i had to include it - one of my boys favorite songs is this one

towards the end of the st. charles line is this restaurant

the camellia grill

that's my dad and i up there

and here is what my dad ordered!

a chili omelet - ugh!

there are no tables or chairs.

just a counter with stools that snakes around the restaurant

a large ship on the mississippi

after breakfast we headed to jackson square

i have so many more photos i could share

but i will leave you with just one more

while we were there, we met stephen king

no, not that stephen king

this stephen king:

don't worry, he was upright chatting with us (with his coffee cup of beer)

then he dropped to the ground and insisted we take a photo

he said he was so kind that he wouldn't even charge me a dollar to take his photo

he was a man of his word, that stephen king!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

happy days

i'll be honest.

i don't do "that" time of the month very well.

grumpy and irritated, i am not pleasant to be around.

usually i read all sorts of blogs, mommy blogs, crafty blogs, design blogs, food blogs.

when i feel down in the dumps, i find myself drawn to really funny blogs that make me smile, no matter what.

i thought i would share some of those with you today.

hope they put a smile on your face like they have on mine!!

here they are, in no particular order:

motherhood uncensored
nothing but bonfires
suburban turmoil
the bloggess
hyperbole and a half
rurally screwed
oh noa
twenty something waitress


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

earth day, easter, and tissue covers

oh, i'm so behind! so, so behind. first easter and then a wonderful trip to the big easy (more on that later!) so here i am, playing catch-up.

this week is teacher appreciation week, so i donated 75 tissue holders. i am such a procrastinator, but i did manage it get them done!

on earth day we headed out to enjoy the beautiful weather.

i can't believe that these buds are now gorgeous flowers in just a weeks time! i must remember to head out there later and take a photo them now (in the not so gorgeous weather!)

we played hopscotch (pay no mind to the messed up numbers - i wrote them upside down)

our favorite roly-polys were found.

a home was quickly made for them (i'm sure they loved it!)

on saturday, we painted eggs

on easter, we had our egg hunt. this is tahoe.

he left us a little present to hunt for also...

hee, hee...

more on the new orleans trip coming up!!

Monday, April 18, 2011

scenes from the weekend

happy monday!! it's snowing here in michigan this morning. i am ready for spring, but i do love the quiet calmness a good snowfall brings. this weekend i spent some time just wandering through the house with my camera, capturing things that make me smile. as i was tidying up the twins room, i was thinking about how much i love the animals they sleep with. i know they are something i will treasure always. here is t's lion. l's monkey and g-raff! (monkey does have his other leg, it's just tucked behind him)
talie resting upstairs. it's her favorite place because she is able to open one eye occasionally to look outside and make sure all is well. such a good watch-dog!
flowers (not real) in e's room. my mom brought them to me when i was on hospital bed rest with the twins. they are beautiful and really do look real.
the airplane mobile in e's room.
this silly sign hangs on our main bathroom door. my husband's grandmother brought it back from france for him before we were married. the boys think i is hilarious!!
yesterday afternoon we headed to my parents for lunch. my great-grandmother was very crafty. she was an amazing cake decorator and also loved ceramics. we are so very fortunate to have many of her lovely creations still that we bring out for most holidays. here are a few that she made.

a little egg house, with a full scene happening on the inside.
well-dressed, dancing bunnies!
She also made the decorated eggs on the stands on the left side of the picture.

i love all of the wonderful memories these decorations evoke each year when they are displayed!

what are some of your favorite easter decorations and memories? i would love to hear them!