Monday, August 24, 2009

I ♥ Faces Nostalgia

This week's theme for I Faces is Nostalgia. This is a picture taken earlier this summer at Willa Vista, my grandparents farm. Although Hope will never meet her great grandfather I can't wait to tell her all my stories of coming to visit. An early morning walk easily brings back memories of riding in my grandfather's truck, seeing the cows grazing on the hill, eating vegetables out of his garden and hearing stories of a simpler time, one room school houses and playing ball in the field.

The building in the background was once a store, can you imagine? The story was that my great grandfather ran this small country store and although it wasn't the closest one to her, my great grandmother would walk to this one where my grandfather would fill her bag with extra candy. Must have worked, here stands their fifth generation, history is an amazing thing!

The doll my little one is holding is my mom's very first Raggedy Ann doll. Special enough that it was her doll as a child even more that she has been a Raggedy Ann Collector all of her adult life. (she could fill a house with everything Raggedy Ann) Knowing this is her most beloved Raggedy Ann, the doll with a permanent smile my mom thinks is irresistible, I'm almost afraid to let my two year carry her around. But being the perfect and loving mother and grandmother that she is, she is only thrilled to see her Raggedy in photographs!

I promise I didn't plan all this nostalgia but here it is!

You can also see in color on my flickr stream.

Monday, August 10, 2009

I made it to Grosgrain!

Really I did gasp to see my picture on Grosgrain,I'm such a fan! Here is the picture, another from my first dress series and now you can see it here too! Oh it's the little things and I think big things that make a mommy's day!

Crazy, Silly, Funny Face!

So, I found this great blog I ♥ Faces and this week's theme is crazy, silly, funny face. I had a hard time deciding on a picture to post because Grant is ALWAYS my crazy silly funny face! Usually five shots in a row of all different crazy, silly, funny faces and definitely when I'm looking for that gorgeous portrait shot. So here is my pick for this week, sure to always make mommy smile!

Monday, July 27, 2009

A first time for everything...

My very first completed dress. Learning to sew- I skipped steps and made up steps but finished it none the least! My inspiration- I saw this dress by Decaf Plush for $54 at one of my favorite online boutiques- Little Skye. I recognized the Alexander Henry strawberry fabric and thought maybe I could make one.

I used the Tea Party Dress Pattern from Oliver+S (every pattern comes with this most beautiful paper doll, how cute is that

And here is my version-

A girls morning out with my mom and Hope to Flat Rock in NC and I found the perfect red truck and of course my model did not want to get near it so I bribed her with a fizzy Izze:)

I'm also trying to figure out Photoshop and here is another first attempt- processing a picture.

I used CoffeeShop Perfect Portrait and ta da...

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Homemade by Mommy

This is really my second completed homemade dress but I don't have pictures of the first up and ready yet so I'm a little backwards on my posting! My mom had this great vintage pattern. It's a size three and a little too big but I'm imagining long sleeves and jeans underneath...

I give Ema-lya the credit for picking out the fabric combo-Amy Butler's Fresh Poppies in Fushia and Joel Dewberry's Sparrows in Dark Green. The little red buttons (there are two in back) are from a vintage lot I won on ebay, I pretty much want to put a little red something on everything!

The problem with learning to sew is that now my head is full of ideas and my wish list of fabric and patterns is long. (The gathering process of any project is always the most fun part) Now for finding more hours in the day:)

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Hope's First Birthday (yes last year)

I know Hope will be two soon but I'm still trying to get all my crafty thoughts and ideas in one place. Plus it seems like yesterday anyway...
The theme-flowers, butterflies and bright cotton candy colors.

The invitation...

I fell in love with this stationary from Tiny Prints, is it possible to be in love with paper? The Heather Bailey fabric underneath I used as a tablecloth for the drink table and still have ideas for making it into some sort of lovely for Hopers to wear one day...

The ensemble...

MeMe gets credit for finding this super tutu complete with flower petals and a matching hair clip. Auntie Emalya transformed this plain pink leotard by sewing on matching ribbons for shoulder ties and Nana handmade the "I have to have that" birthday fairy wand I saw in Chasing Fireflies here.

The decorations...

I loved this flower balloon idea from Martha Stewart here. They were easy to make and I found the colors I needed at our local grocery, Grant had to get in on the fun too :)

Everything in beautiful with Heather Bailey paper but I loved these butterfly straw decorations from Martha here. My lovely model...

The cake..

I give all credit for the cake and cupcakes to Couture Cupcakes, just as yummy as they were lovely! Click here for my original inspiration.

The presents...

Hope was totally spoiled on her first birthday of course, this huge cupcake was handmade (yes she made it) by Nana and there was even a handmade gift inside. It really deserves it's own post...

Hope meets Bitty Baby!

The Goodies...

I found these mini tin watering can at Hobby Lobby, filled them with candy and stickers and then stuck maracas and lollipops through paper cut outs for the "flowers." I think Emily and I listened to a little Bob Marley and put these together while the kids were napping, oh when can you come back for craft time Auntie E?

I bought this pack of the flower horn blowers on sale at Swoozies, then later kicked myself for not buying more and had to scour the internet for at least one more pack :)

The mess that is the first birthday...

Oh me has another year really almost gone by? Say it isn't so, my baby girl not a baby anymore? How I do love each and every stage, a new word every day when Grant sounds like "quack" and cereal sounds like "see-O", becoming your own little independent person, refusing to wear any shoes except the red ones, having to do every thing Grant does like sitting in the dug out at his Wee Ball games and climbing up to the top bunk, and oh the kisses and hugs that are Hopers!

Hopscotch Camis GIVEAWAY!!!!

One of my favorite blogs to gander is Grosgrain! I love looking at the photography almost as much as Kathleen Dougherty's fabulous creations. If you are familiar with the blog then you know that if you create a link then you have a chance to actually win a fabulous creation, so here's my link... Hoping and wishing and keeping my fingers crossed! Wouldn't one of these tops look adorable on little Hopers?

Hopscotch Camis GIVEAWAY!!!!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Smitten with Opal

I'm totally smitten with Opal and Tammy Swanson and Swanson Photographs! I discovered Opal, a petit clothier, from Small Magazine (an online magazine that if you haven't seen click immediately) which is such a treat that it really deserves it's own post! I love love love the photography the beyond gorgeous clothes and even the music that I think I will have to pull up the sites just to listen to! There is so much to see-the Opal website and blog and Swanson Photographs and blog. Start here and here and here and here to gaze and listen heavenly upon the wonder...

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Found it

I love the "name game" when I first meet someone, I guess it's that sense of connection I'm looking for. I do it with everything, when I see an actor in a movie I then must try to recall all the other movies I've seen them in and so on. Months ago I saw these gorgeous images of a bakery on flickr and just knew I had seen them before. Too far away that I would actually have been there so I went searching through my magazines (I literally have stacks under my bed) trying to make that connection but no luck. Last night I found it (three months later). There it was Miette Confiserie,in the first issue of my Boho with the page turned down and everything! I love the vintage wallpaper, how the pictures are hanging on the wall, all those jars of candy! Even their website is gorgeous with more peeks into the shop.Well I feel better now...

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Bird One

Here is bird one on my quest to be Tamar Mogendorff. I really love the raw edges and stitches Tamar created, it was fun to make thinking a litte messy is the look. The fabric for the body of the bird is actually from a shirt I bought at TJMaxx for $7
(the tag is still in it) many moons ago, decided I didn't like it, waited past the 30 days of take back so I chunked it in the fabric pile. Recently, through my interent love I saw that the print is actually by Liberty of London, thank you TJMaxx! Did I take the bird outside, put it in a tree and take a picture? Afraid so, may be losing my mind but having fun in the process!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Tamar and birds

OK so there are two Tamars with Birds that I love! The first makes these lovely dream catchers you can find in her etsy shop and on her blog. These dream catchers were even featured in Cookie Magazine's (my favorite parenting magazine) holiday guide for 2008. The second are these bird houses and cages I saw in chasing fireflies and tinypeople. You can see more from Tamar Mogendorff here. I really would love to try my own hand at something like this, I've been into birds ever since decorating Hope's room and I still can't get enough!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Flickr Friday

Because of Flickr I simply must learn to embroider! And the list gets longer...(doesn't yours do that?)

Originally uploaded by Hillary Lang

♥ birdie
Originally uploaded by ♥*anita*♥

my embroidery
Originally uploaded by All Dolled Up!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

A Lucky Day

I'm on a constant pursuit to "get my head right." It's so easy for me to get caught up in the news, the bills, the daily chores and headaches but it's mostly the fear of losing someone I love that I just can't seem to replace with happy thoughts. I want to live in the now, appreciating today with the thankfulness of all it's little joys. How lucky I am today to have my parents a phone call away, my babies at my feet, and my husband beside me while I sleep!

Today I decided I needed to get out of my head, this MESSY house and away from the smell of burnt noodles (oops) and meet Josh for lunch. When we drove up to his current work site we were met with the most gorgeous views and open spaces ! Luckily (of course) I had my camera with me and when the kids ran into a field of dandelions and buttercups I was happily snapping away. There is nothing like God's great creation (and the taking pictures of my children in it) to help me "get my head right." What a lucky day...

I heard this song- If the Stars were Mine by Melody Gardot on the way home, enjoy!