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Did I Just Go To Europe?

    Isn't this amazing? Heather Bullard could not have chosen a more beautiful location for her Parisian Soiree than The Mission Inn.  The architectural detail was phenomenal.  You truly felt like you were in Europe.  There was a wedding going on in the chapel while we were there.  After the ceremony the couple walked out of the chapel to a beautiful fountain in the courtyard.  What a blessed couple to start their marriage in such a romantic location.  I …

Fall Fun

Who doesn't love fall?  The air cools down, the leaves turn amazing colors, pumpkin patches,  fresh apples and the crunch of leaves under your feet.  It is also such a fun time for the children….   We got together with friends and all the kids made pumpkins.  My friend, Julie, made the coolest Halloween snacks.   We had a great time carving our pumpkins and later roasting the seeds.  I don't think I will ever get too old for this activity. …

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Weekend Plans

    I am excited to fly to California, spend time with my friend Kasey and take part in a fun and girly day. I know I will be inspired by amazingly talented and creative women.  I can't wait to show you the pictures and share the stories.  I also have more new goodies that I will be adding to my site next week.  See you after the weekend. 

Started With a Birthday and Ended With a Tic Tac

This past weekend was packed with activities.  We started the weekend with Madolyn's 6th birthday party on  Friday night.  All the girls (and their moms) met at the movie theater to see High School Musical (hence the HSM music on the blog….it will be gone soon:-)).  They loved it and so did we.  We then headed back to our house for karaoke, cake, presents etc.                  Saturday was Madolyn's actual birthday.  She opened all …

The Shop is Full

I spent most of this past weekend getting things ready to put on my site.   I have so many more things that I will be adding this week.  Keep checking back!  I would also like to do a little give away.  Visit the site, let me know what you like and I will do a drawing at the end of the week for one of my aprons!        

Moms Need Sick Days Too

Today is a day that I wish I could call in sick….but I am a stay at home mom and there is no one available to take my place:-( Mom, could you drive from Illinois today and watch my kids?  Ok.  It is very clear.  I do not get a day off to sleep!  I feel like my head is going to explode…..is it possible to overdose on vitamin C?  Just checking.

Ten Years and Counting

10 1/2 years ago I watched a man walk into a bar and whispered to my friends, " I would like you to meet my future husband".  Six months later we were married, two years later we had our first of three children and now ten years after saying "I do" I would say it all over again.  I have the life I have always dreamed of.  I have the beautiful material things of life, but that is not what I am talking about.  I …

Southern Hospitality

    I am so sorry about my stretch between posts!  I never go anywhere and I have been taking little trips like crazy these past weeks.  I recently got back from a girls weekend in Savannah, Georgia.  I met one of my friends that lives in DC and we had a great time.  The city is gorgeous and it is filled with so many amazing architectural details.  It is so refreshing to see so much character everywhere you look.  We …

Happy Birthday

We were happy with two….really happy.  Then when the youngest was about three I started to deeply desire a third.  My husband was not aboard on this idea.  Life was good.  We could get projects done, we were sleeping through the night and we were even taking little getaways….just the two of us.  So as we were still thinking about a third we found out we were pregnant.  We were so excited and then I was so sick.  Sick like …

My Children Are As Yummy As The Berries….

Even though I was still so exhausted from the Country Living Fair, I realized that we had not gone berry picking yet this summer.   Last minute we called another family that we adore and off we all went.  This is our seventh year going and it just makes summer complete!  We picked berries for a few hours (the children ate while they picked), had a picnic lunch (with Wilbur the pig at our feet the whole time) and shopped in the …

A Night With The Girls

For the past three years I have taken my daughter and some friends to dinner, night at a hotel and then school shopping the next day.  It has always been so much fun to spend this time with my sweet girl!  This year the girls wanted to eat at P.F. Changs, go swimming at the hotel pool, do our makeup (they put so much blush on me I looked like I was sunburned), watched the Kit American Girl movie and …

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The Country Living Fair

  Day 1-The Set Up Kasey, Beth and I all arrived at our hotel after midnight.  We stayed up too late (caffeine and talking).  We had an early morning getting to our set up location for the fair.  The weather was clear and hot, but perfect for getting everything unloaded.  We worked all day and right when we had our tent PERFECT we were told that rain was expected that night and the following day.  PANIC…..our tent was water resistant …

Perspective Changes Everything…..

Sometimes it takes something bigger than yourself to gain a new perspective. Like so many bloggers, I have been changed by the accident that Stephanie Nielson and her husband, Christian, were involved in. Her daily writings I have gone back to re-read because her love of her children and husband is so contagious! Like so many others I want to be a better mom and wife because of her sweet example. There is not a day since the accident that …

Would You Like A Little Fun With That Sugar?

We recently went to the rodeo/fair and had a wonderful time.  We met my sister and her famly and my good friend Jamie and her kids.  I had just started cutting out all sugars from my diet and then we go to the fair.   FUNNEL CAKES….does anyone else understand the deep need for these fried pieces of heaven?  It took all my self control but I DID NOT eat one!  Do I hear anyone clapping for me?  I believe my …

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Let The Creating Begin

Do you remember as a child how you could draw, write, paint, make up plays etc. for hours and never run out of ideas?  I used to write.  I would write poetry or short stories.  I was always thinking up the next story line.  I don’t think I could come up with many ideas today.  It is the truth……if you don’t use it you lose it!  I am a big fan of Courtney Walsh, her book Scrapbooking Your Faith and …

A Little This and a Little That

I love playing around with all of my vintage papers and embellishments and came up with this journal, embellishment kit and an altered lunchbox.  I love that the journal or scrapbook is made up of bits of my vintage papers and then you can embellishment it anyway you want and it all comes nicely packaged in the altered lunchbox.  I am making different versions of this for my shop and they will be added after the Country Living Fair in …

New Items Are On The Way

  I have been busy at work getting ready for the Country Living Fair that is coming up early September.  I will have new aprons, dresses, clutches, purses, plaques, journals, letters, frames and some new surprises at the show.  My Madolyn is modeling a few of the new dresses that will be at the show.  After the show I will have these available on my site.  In the next few days I will give you a peek at a new apron and purse.  …

Unexpected Beauty

I live in Colorado and honestly I can take the beautiful weather and mountains for granted.  Whenever someone finds out I live in Colorado they go on and on how lucky I am….which I am.  I grew up in Illinois and I have a secret to tell…..I really think IT is beautiful.  I just returned from seeing my parents in Illinois.  I drove with my three children (ages 1-8).  Many thought I was crazy, but it went really well and I …

A Yummy Night

On Monday my husband and I went to see The Police at Red Rocks Amphitheater.  We had amazing seats and the weather was perfect.  I have been to other events at Red Rocks, but never a concert.  I don’t think I will ever go to a regular arena again.  I got to watch Sting (yummy), dance with my husband (also yummy), look up at a beautiful sky and see Red Rocks all around me.  It was so much fun and it …

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

I do a lot more cooking than baking.  I just don’t take the time to bake enough to really get great at it.  I have so many friends that are phenomenal bakers that they even bless me with cakes on my birthday.  It is sad how much of the cakes I can eat by myself!  I can handle a crisp though!  What really sets this crisp apart from others I have made is the orange zest and the Grand Marnier……yum.  …

More On The Way

It is so much fun to work with vintage papers.  Whether I am doing art with vintage maps, ledger pages, book pages, sheet music or anything else old with character, I love that what I am using has been touched and used before me.  My dad recently found vintage cigar boxes for me.  In the weeks ahead I will be making more of these vintage paper collections to sell in my shop.

Perfect Find

Don’t you love it when you find the perfect piece of furniture…and you know what you will do with it and where it will go!  I just found this amazing German printing press piece.  The best part is that many of the drawers still have the typeset in it.  I have been looking for something to store and organize all of my vintage papers and embellishments.  Problem solved.  I have so much space now that I may just need to …

What You Didn’t Know

1. I am a night person 2. I am addicted to Starbucks 3. I love going to Napa with my husband 4. We really don’t know anything about wine 5. I hate leftovers 6. I collect clocks 7. I have three incredible children 8. And one amazing and handsome husband 9. I love to entertain 10. I homeschool my children 11. And I love it 12. I wanted to go into fashion design but was talked out of it 13. …