fantastic friday {2.15.13}



Happy Friday everyone! Valentine’s Day has come and gone and our Valentine’s gift was the stomach bug. We’ve all weathered it in different ways and sadly it effected the husband the worst. I’m really thinking that a sick husband is worse than a sick child! Anyhow, hopefully we are all on the mend and can have our make up special heart day breakfast and dinner sometime this weekend. That said, it’s time to start thinking spring and Easter!

great FABRIC: I recently discovered a new fabric shop on etsy called Westwood Acres. I just love the fabric sets she puts together!

to whet your APPETITE: We love potatoes in this house and we also love nachos…this recipe for baked potato nachos seems a perfect fit!

be NEAT (as in organized): Came across this lovely craft room/sewing room on Pinterest as I’m collecting ideas on my future new studio space in the year to come.

a TUTORIAL to do: With Easter coming in a few weeks, I thought I would focus on Easter Basket tutorials: this is what our baskets look like…an easter bunny basket. It was super easy and so fun!

becoming more AWARE: Ash Wednesday was this week and the start of Lent. Ann Voskamp has a lovely family Lent guide with pictures of the life of Jesus from different artists. This is on our list this year.

something to SEW: Sew Liberated just revealed their newest patterns and oh! how I swoon over these! I really love all of them!

to TRIM my house with: We will make our Easter tomb this weekend and set up our seeds of kindness on the table. Stay tuned to the blog in the coming weeks for more details as we continue and add to these family traditions.

ILLUSTRATION to stitch: One of my goals this year is the make an embroidered version of one of these thumbprint trees. This is another example of a printed one I found this week.

CUTE: This tutorial for these little nesting dolls is super cute!

Have a happy weekend!!!

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14 days of love {fantastic friday edition}


It’s Friday and time for a recap of some great finds around the web. This time a Valentine’s version. This is your last weekend before the 14th and we will be busily working on our class valentine cards. Here are some other ideas…

great FABRIC: Riley Blake has a super cute line of chevron and dots that would make some awesome treat bags.

to whet your APPETITE: Here’s a super easy Valentine snack mix that is on my agenda for the beginning of the week.

be NEAT (as in organized): Here are links to 101 creative valentine boxes. Some of these are crazy adorable. I especially love the gingham piggie!

a TUTORIAL to do: Here’s a tutorial for a felt valentine mailbox. This might be on my list for my kiddos valentines I shared yesterday!

becoming more AWARE: This is a Valentine marriage challenge. Whose marriage doesn’t need a little oomph and recharge?

something to SEW: This is a great pattern and tutorial for a beautiful ruffle skirt. Perfect for Valentine’s day!

to TRIM my house with: Here is a link to more boards on Pinterest than you could ever imagine on Valentine decorating ideas!

ILLUSTRATION to stitch: Leave it to Martha to share some awesome vintage like Valentine cards.

CUTE: Brick House Studio on etsy has some really darling prints. I’m really loving elephants right now so this one is my favorite.

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14 days of love {day 1}


It’s Friday and normally this would be a Fantastic Friday post, but today is the first day of February and February is the month of love. I’m constantly trying to find ways to create specialness in our day to day family life and especially when it comes to celebrating. God has given me a little girl that loves nothing more than to create a party, give gifts and make things for others. Her heart is encouraged by little notes and she never fails to notice something new or different or special. And I have a son who is like me and February 14th could pass with nothing more than a little card and he would just be fine.

So in their honor, I am spending the next 14 days on a little series I call “days of love: 14 days of celebrating those we love”. In the next 14 days you can expect some decorating ideas, crafting ideas, sewing ideas, special memories you can make with your family or those you love and more.

But today, in honor of my normal linking madness I thought I would link to a few Valentine ideas that I’ve come across.

One thing I do want to make in these 14 days is a Valentine’s Day wreath. Well actually I want to make one that would carry me from Winter to Valentine’s Day to Easter but you’ll just have to stay tuned for that idea later. But I do love this XOXO wreath on etsy.

I have other table setting ideas that I hope to do this year, but these little XO paper votive holders would be super cute as you think about decorating your table this month.

If I had a mantle to decorate I would definitely do this little birdie paper collage to set on top…speaking of mantle’s check out my friend Tisha’s Valentine’s mantle!

I’ve got a whole host of Valentine ideas to give away on my “to give” board on Pinterest…stay tune for the next 13 days to see which of these we end up choosing!

Happy Weekend and Happy Celebrating!!!

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fantastic friday {1.25.13}


Happy Friday! I missed last week after the big flood in our house and today I’m crossing my fingers we don’t lose power as we sit under an ice storm. That said, it’s a great day to curl up and check out some great links from this week!

great FABRIC: This is a newer blog to me, but I’ve long had a fascination with all Japanese sewing goodness. If I ever won the lottery I think I would buy up all the Japanese prints I could get my hands on. This post runs through some super cute Kokko syle fabric. The ballerina print is soooooooo cute! I wish I could get my hands on some.

to whet your APPETITE: One of the new things on my monthly menu in February are taquitos. My family loves Mexican food and some months we wear out the quesidilla. I’ve pinned at least 3 different versions: one here, here and here. We’ll see which one ends up being the winner.

be NEAT (as in organized): This is a fabulous post on how to organize and print your digital photos. My nemesis.

a TUTORIAL to do: Here is a great tutorial for making a nightgown from two t-shirts. Super cute!

becoming more AWARE: Valentine’s Day is coming up and in my desire to be more engaged and aware of celebrating and creating memories we have a couple of things up our sleeves. First, we’ll make our valentines for school as tradition, but I love this idea for hanging hearts all through the month on bedroom doors and we’ll also be doing a year of mommy and daddy dates too. More on that later in February!

something to SEW: I love the O+S badminton skort pattern, but this idea for changing the shorts part into a layered skirt is genious.

to TRIM my house with: Love this XO wreath for the front door.

ILLUSTRATION to stitch: I’m tossing around stitching up some flour sack towels for the shop. These three (one, two, three) from Anthropologie are giving me some great inspiration!

CUTE: I’m dreaming of my new studio space…maybe something along these lines in the future?

Have a happy weekend!!!

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fantastic friday {1.11.13}


Hello friends! Fantastic Fridays are back! This was by far one my favorite series that I came up last year and honestly the only one I actually stuck with. Here’s to 2013! A new year brings a new little button too!

great FABRIC: A new year brings new fabric and while I’m still on my fabric fast, there are lots of new designs that are catching my eye. This group by Style Par Mo is especially fun.

to whet your APPETITE: Tis the season for soups (although it’s supposed to be 70 degrees this weekend. I’m beginning to think I live in Florida). I’ve got a few soup links on my dinner pinterest board, but my bestest past on this great recipe for chicken soup and it’s on my menu for next week!

be NEAT (as in organized): this tub toy storage idea is by far genius.

a TUTORIAL to do: I love this tutorial for a dopp bag for the guys in your life. Maybe this would make a great Valentine’s gift for my man?

becoming more AWARE: One of my goals for this year is to work on being free with creativity and I would love to start an art/journal. My plan is try and start something like this weekly with my kiddos during homework time.

something to SEW: Oliver + S has put out some new patterns for the new year. Check them out!

to TRIM my house with: I am getting ready to paint our foyer and upstairs hall. We are also going to demo a stupid coat closet and make a temporary “mud room closet” until we can move our back door and make a permanent one. I love this idea for a mud closet although I’m not sure this would be very temporary.

ILLUSTRATION to stitch: I would love to make one of these grateful signs to hang up.

CUTE: These vintage style, embroidered pennants are just amazing and super cute!

Have a happy weekend!!!

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