beautiful things

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3:07:00 PM


Apricot Tree
March 31, 2011

The apricot tree popped today. It's full of blossoms: the perfect addition to a gorgeous day. It seemed like there were a hundred bees buzzing around the tree. Can you find the one in the picture? Spring is here!

feelings of a mom

a few things about food

2:52:00 PM



I've been thinking A LOT about food lately. Why? For a few reasons:

  1.  I eat a lot.
    • I'm nursing, so I seem to be hungry basically all the time, so I eat all the time. I'm not kidding either. Just ask the sisters in Relief Society. I've got Cheerios all through church for ME, not for the kids.
  2. I'm trying to be healthy.
    • I have recently made an (embarrassingly) HUGE change in what I eat. I decided I love cookies way too much, so I've been opting out eating things with added sugar. I've also taken up eating more whole grains than not and basically trying to make healthy choices. In researching about good healthy food choices, I came up against a lot of suggestions on diets to lose weight. That doesn't work for me as I already lose weight when I nurse. I finally came across this website/blog that has been working perfectly for me as it is all about just being healthy and not about losing weight. It follows guidelines given by my church. (If you find that you like the blog, I suggest that you begin reading at the beginning of the posts-- it kind of builds on itself.) I have not been perfect in the changes I've made, but I notice a significant difference in how I feel when I'm being healthy.
  3. I'm making dinner!
    • I've also been practicing dinner recipes. My goal is to have five recipes that I do well enough that I'm not embarrassed when company comes over. It also has to meet strict budget (and now health) requirements which is where I find the challenge. Plus, I don't really like cooking. I have been making dinner it seems every day (Rob does give me a break on weekends).
So, sorry about the complete lack of design other than the awesome gingham tablecloth (I have a love affair with gingham). But food has been a main subject in our home.

beautiful things

beautiful thing

3:56:00 PM


Apricot Tree
March 28, 2011

This is my neighbor's apricot tree. I tell Jack the the tree is just getting ready to pop with popcorn (you know the song). Every day a few more blossoms burst open. I love it.

cool finds

recently starred march

9:01:00 PM


  1. The cutest things to warm Rose's little feet.
  2. Beautiful and useful.
  3. A dream workspace.
  4. I love flowers. Need I even say it again?
  5. A gorgeous fresh and fragrant idea for a party (photo above).
  6. Too much going on or a perfect eclectic balance?
  7. A perfect way to make someone's day.
  8. The napkins are definitely on my quick project list.
  9. How can a beautiful kitchen towel make you feel happy inside?
  10. Glads to make you glad.

also: this video probably shouldn't make me want to be a flower farmer, but I told Rob after seeing it that it's pretty much my destiny.

tip I found: Did you know you can force bloom blossoming branches? I wanted to try this when all the neighbors were pruning their fruit trees, but I'm too late.

*Photo from hostessblog.com-- photographer: Cameron Ingalls.

baby stuff

feminine spring sailor pants

6:35:00 PM


It's been especially springy here this week. Very lovely. I made this pair of pants for a friend's little girl. It was a fun and easy project- just add a ruffle to a pair of elastic-waisted pants! Made has a tutorial that gives you an idea of how to make pants off of a pair you already have. I just made sure that the bottom width of the pant legs was just as wide as the knee, and they look like little bell-bottom sailor pants! I made two matching hair bows as well. All she needs is a little Peter Pan collared shirt and she's set!


beautiful things

beautiful things #5

3:14:00 PM

 bad hair day (shutterbug1)

Hey guys, so I was looking for pictures of rain on the web to teach Jack about rain because I'm obsessed with spring, and have been telling him all about it lately and I came across this blog: Wonder Blog: Weather Undgerground- ozcazz. It seems to be a collection of gorgeous photos from photographers all over the world.

Cherry Picker (snooker)

Pretty much amazing. It is filled with the most beautiful photos of the most beautiful things!

 Fringe!! (CameraDiva)

I got completely sucked in.


Summer's End (SunsetSailor)

Thirty minutes later, I finally pulled myself away.

 rainforest (gatorgal)

So beautiful!


*bad hair day (shutterbug1) *Cherry Picker (snooker)  *Fringe!! (CameraDiva) *Summer's End (SunsetSailor) *rainforest (gatorgal)

baby stuff

rainbow and ladybug taggie blankie

6:15:00 PM



I've been making a few taggie blankets and toys lately since I saw this post on homemade by jill. It's a fun quick project. I like mixing colors and feeling all the different textures myself!

The ladybug actually crinkles. You know the envelopes that bills and statements come in? They have a clear window with your address printed on the document inside. The clear window thing is really crinkly, so I put that inside whatever I'd like to make the crinkle sound-- in this case, the ladybug's wings.

design boards

Spring Dresses Inspiration

11:41:00 PM

I mozied on over to Anthro today and was inspired by the dresses (as always). Easter is coming up and as much as I would hope to make my Easter dress this year, I doubt it will happen... but, I can wish.

The textiles in these dresses are so beautiful. I love the blending and movement on each dress. It's like they made the dress then someone came and painted the print after. I've mentioned before, I would love to learn how to paint fabric. I've used fabric paints before, but the outcome hasn't been as I would like. I watched some professional fabric painters in New York a few years ago, and decided it would perfectly blend two of my passions. Someday, I will learn.

Perennial Bloom Shift
Tuileries Dress
Wisteria Halter Dress
Rainbow Confetti Dress

(I'm not affiliated with Anthropologie, by the way, but I wish I had a dress from there.) :)

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