Monday, October 29, 2012

new space!

Hey guys! I have some exciting news. I have  f i n a l l y  gotten a new page for my blog completely set up! I'm still tweaking a few things over there, so things may be changing as I go. My friend, Chris, is a super talented dude when it comes to web design. He designed and set up everything for me, and if you need any assistance with a website or want a fresh new blog page, he's the guy to go to! 

Thank you so much to my readers out there. You guys are great and I hope you come over with me to my new spot! 
See you there!

Monday, October 8, 2012


sweater, tee, & leggings: forever21, cape jacket: thrifted, boots: target, scarf: h&m

Well, it turned winter in about one day here. I can't tell if I'm actually loving the cool weather or if I'm just pumped to be wearing boots again. I'm thinking it may be the latter. (boooooots!)
There has been a lot of change lately and not just in the weather! Isaac and I recently moved into a new little house close to the Drury campus in Springfield. Its a cute little thing. Moving is always a little stressful, but we've loved the process of going through all of our belongings and getting rid of a lot of stuff. And I mean a lot. This is the first move we've made together as a married couple. Somehow we packed so much into our loft apartment and when it was time to actually pack up and move, we realized that a lot of our things (mostly mine) were things that we weren't really using and things we really didn't need. They were just sitting in a box not being touched and a lot of it was even forgotten about! I have tendencies to be a pack rat. I think. I hold onto things that had even the slightest bit of sentimental value or things that I think I could potentially use in the future. But after these few weeks of getting settled in, I've been able to get rid of several, several things. Clothes and shoes, furniture, decorations, art supplies that I  n e v e r  used, and more clothes. And then my brain says, "but wait, you might use/wear that someday!" And that's when I stick it into a corner because I think I'll use it eventually. And then I don't. There is a time to hold on and a time to let go. This has been a season of letting go. They are only worldly possessions. What can we hold onto in this world that is of any value? 

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven... For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." 
Matthew 6:19&20

Having said all of that, this is still a lesson I'm learning and not something that is easy for me. And don't get me wrong. I still like clothes. And shoes. And cute house things. Duh, I'm a girl. But there are times when I have to step back and realize that having these things is not what brings real, everlasting joy.

And thank you to the best husband who speaks truth and encourages me through these changes. Love you, babe.

Thursday, October 4, 2012


1. an owl isaac made for me when we first started dating, because I was obsessed with owls
2. a picture of me with looonnng hair. i miss it
3. sister baby bumps. just the cutest
4. a stephanie baby bump. she just had her baby!
5&6. pictures i took at our loft before we moved
7. yummy things at stephanie's baby shower
8. a print i made to hang in our bedroom
9. our couch we got from craigslist that we love
10. a mirror shot of mah-self when the weather got cool enough to wear a sweater!

This 'bits+pieces' post idea came from one of my all time favorite blogs, Bleubird. Her photos are such an inspiration for me. And I like this blog post style. Sometimes some of my favorite photos get lost in the millions of archives on my computer, so this helps me get them out there to be shared and remembered. 

I want to see your 'bits+pieces' of life too! 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

three fabrics, three projects

What is it about the cooler weather approaching that makes me want to be more crafty? Is it because Pinterest is getting all pumpkin crazy on us? Maybe so. I think I've pinned about twenty-something pumpkin recipes already. Better get busy. 
Well, I've been working on a few diy projects lately. One that I completed in one sitting, one that will probably take several months (or decades), and one that I keep changing my mind about.

This is an old vintage sheet I found that wasn't in the best condition to use on a bed, but perfect for cutting up and using it to make the lining of a basket!
I recently made a larger size basket like this one. It was just such a fun and easy project that I decided to make one for my friend, Stephanie, as well. She's getting ready to have a little babe and she said she's needing all kinds of little storage bins like this. Perfect for storing little socks or hair bows. Eeee!

I'm crocheting a blanket! And stinking to it for real this time. Usually if its any larger that a scarf or a pot holder, I give up after a couple weeks of working on it. But not this time! Even if I'm 80 years old and still working on it, I'ma gonna finish it! Well, we'll see. I do have a lot of hope for this one though. First of all, because I learned this zig-zag stitch (much thanks to Stephanie) and its fun to crochet, plus its a little more interesting to the eye than just a straight line. Second, I had a vision of what I wanted the end result to look like even before I started it. Most times when I start a crocheting project, especially blankets, I start and then randomly add colors, stripes, etc. But having a plan has helped me stick to it and get more accomplished.
I will keep you posted on the progress of this beast. It will probably take a while!

The undecided project.
I love, love, love this fabric. It's a thick tapestry material. Originally I wanted to cover the shade of the hanging lamp in our bedroom because it was just a boring, solid black. But while starting the covering process, I discovered that stripes are going to be a little more difficult than I thought. The lamp shade has a slightly small diameter on top than on the bottom, which makes the stripes start to go all crooked when its wrapped all the way around. So, plan B. Maybe a pillow or two? Maybe a wall hanging of sorts? I'm in no real hurry, but I am excited for these stripes to be a part of our decor one way or the other!
Are you guys itching to do some fall crafts? I am really excited for this coming season. I know everyone is saying that. But it's the best. For real.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

hold real still.

Isaac and I ventured out to the north east side of town a couple weeks ago when the meteor shower was happening. We saw a few, because we were a little too early for the main event, but mostly we had fun taking super long exposure pictures. And Isaac interrupts me as I type, HE took the long exposure pictures. He is very proud. So we tried to hold still for about twenty-five seconds at a time,  but we still look like ghosts a little bit. 
 It was a little chilly, but it was a fun little outing/date night event. And it was free! We're all about the free, fun things. I can't wait to do another star gazing adventure again. Oh, and we tried a kissing picture. I got the giggles about ten seconds into the exposure so we're kind of blurry. Apparently I can't kiss for twenty five seconds straight. I think I drooled a little. Ha.