Domestic Goddess

Whenever my husband has to fill out my occupation on paperwork he writes in "domestic goddess".  If only that were true. Our house is usually picked up but rarely clean. I throw out food every week (because it has gone rotten) because I didn't make all the meals I intended to. I could honestly stay in my workout clothes all day. I think you are getting a clear picture here that a "domestic goddess" I am not. I would like to pat …

Pa Is HOT

  Ok. I would like to be clear that I am not talking about my own father. Sure, he is a fine looking man, but I am not in the habit of calling him hot. I am talking about Pa Ingalls. What? Like you haven't thought it! I loved that show growing up and now my kids love it. My sister's oldest child even likes to call her mom "Ma" and herself "Laura". I also have to admit that for …

How Do YOU Say I’m Sorry?

If you are MY child….you take a screwdriver and scratch the words into the wooden railing!     It would have at least been nice if she had spelled "sarry" correctly. Seriously, if it is there to stay…..   **************************** The winner of my anniversary giveaway… The winner of a $100 gift certificate to my shop and a $100 gift certificate to Shabby Apple… Is…. Lissa from Humble Pie!!! Email me your address and we can talk details! Congratulations and …

The Little Things

I have noticed a lot lately that it is really all the little things that make life so sweet. An evening with friends. Staying in bed all day to read a wonderful book. Not worrying about impressing…just picking up food at Costco on the way to the party. Working out after the third baby (that is not a baby anymore…he is 2 1/2) and seeing results for all of the hard work. Wearing a dress that has not fit in two …

Splish Splash

When you have two boys and one girl that are all sharing a bathroom…. the decorating can be tricky. We really wanted the room to be bright and fun for all of them. We painted the room a vibrant yellow and put up bright, white bead board. The room is completely decorated with their art work. Each child has a metal, letter hook of their initial.   Their towels and bathrobes hang from the WASH sign.   When we first …

Happy Anniversary And A Giveaway

I can not believe that it has been one year since I started blogging! So much has changed in this year. I started to blog as a way to advertise my business and it has become so much more. I have connected with so many of you. My business has grown and now boutique retailers from all over the United States carry my creations. I had the pleasure and pain of selling at the Country Living Fair.   I traveled …

Chandelier Love

Everyone loves a little sparkle in their life. One of the prettiest ways to add sparkle is a gorgeous vintage or new chandelier.  I have one in our dinning room and have told you I would like a smaller, vintage one at the window seat. At The Farm Chicks Show I also found some incredible, vintage, chandelier crystals.   I have been trying to find the perfect thing to do with them! Here are some chandelier items that I have found that I knew you would …

You Have A Story to Tell

  As I was growing up I always had a journal.  I would write down my daily events, make up stories and even write poetry. For so long that form of creativity had disappeared from my life until I began to blog. Life had gotten busy and I don't even remember the last time I had journaled. I bought journals…I just never opened them and told my story…my story now. I had forgotten how easily words used to come. I …

Home Sweet Home

I have to share a town with you that is really one of my very favorites!   Growing up in Illinois we would often make the hour drive to Galena to enjoy the beautiful drive and store after store of antiques.   I loved those Sunday drives and I also think all those days in antique stores really set a foundation in me to love those things that are rare and old. When Kelly and I got married we didn't …

What Do Your Mornings Look Like?

I have loved looking through the lovely photos of A Year of Mornings.   I love the story behind the book.  I love the collaboration and the outcome is stunning and simple. I thought I would give it a try myself.  The result was MY mornings and the early hours through my eyes. I put my camera next to my bed so I wouldn't forget! I captured three mornings. None of the photos have been edited so you can see …

Reward The Positive

 Our summer has been wonderful so far. Day after day of meeting with friends and just playing. Because we homeschool I always feel like summer is a huge break for us. I have to admit I miss the structure of our school days though. With less structure comes more fighting and whining. I have just felt like I have been punishing, reprimanding and redirecting WAY too much this summer. As I was talking to my oldest boy last night ( …

Vay-Kay

I am really laughing at my title because I can't stand when people shorten words that don't need to be shorten. Case in point… Vacation=Vay-Kay Junior College=Ju-Co Computer=puter. "I am going to play on my puter."  What the heck?  That just sounds a little sick and wrong! I think you get the picture and I will now get on with my post. I don't even know how I got so off track. We will be heading to Boston and Cape …

My Best of the Best

We all have favorite items that make our days a little nicer. Here are some of mine.   I love this mascara….LOVE it!  I have used it for years and will not use anything else if I can help it.   I buy these flip flops every year from J Crew.  I have them in multiple colors.  They are extremely comfy and I barely wear anything else all summer long.     You will smell all yummy all day with …

Evolution Of A Friendship

Over eight years ago we each had a little baby under the age of one.  We both had moved from other towns to Ft. Collins and we were missing the friends we left behind.  We moved because of our husband's jobs.  We made this choice too, but it wasn't easy. We met at Kindermusic.  Not knowing it…on the way home we both called our husband's to tell them that we think we just found a friend. We did everything together.  …

Needing A New Ride

I have a nice mountain bike that I use when we do more trail riding. What I have been looking for the past six months is a cruiser with gears. Something to ride on all the paved trails around our house. I am looking at two.  Looking is not the same as getting…I just wanted to clarify! I LOVE this bike.  Of course I do…it is $1300!  The back would hold the littlest and all the toys to take to …

Join Me For A Spot Of Tea?

I have loved pretty linens, delicate tea cups and a beautifully set table for as long as I can remember.  I also believe that all your pretty and special items need to be out and used…how sad to keep all the pretties for company.  It is my husband and children that are my heart…why not spoil them with all the beautiful things we have? So pull up a seat, grab a scone and little devonshire cream and enjoy the tea …

Love Walked In

I have to admit something. Something very shallow about myself. Sometimes…SOMETIMES…I will buy a book just because it has a great cover! I know, I know….how could I do this? I am a LOVER of books.  I love the written word. I can't think of a better way to spend the afternoon than in a bookstore. Why? Why would I buy a book…a precious book based upon the cover? In truth..you would think the worse the book the better the …

Captured

I seem to be able to get lots of photos of Benjamin because he is my little sidekick.  He is usually right by my side and ever so willing to let me photograph him. The other two…that is a different story. They are usually running past me in a blur on their way to do something.  At the farm I was able to pin them down and capture a few shots of them.  They were hot, sweaty and dirty….and it …