Thursday, October 27, 2011

Friday, October 21, 2011

Fashion Friday- Ruffle Pants

I'm delighted to share that I learned how to read my very first pattern!
And with a little guidance from a friend, it wasn't too hard.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that when you follow directions, and cut along the actually end up with real pants...that fit!  I'm an eyeball it kind of girl :)

Happy Friday all~

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Hair business...

Thank you for all the hair advice!

One of the reasons for dragging my feet in the hair dept was my determination to have a nice family photo taken this year.  Not just a quick snapshot after Thanksgiving dinner to throw on the Christmas cards, or a staged photo with my timer....but some real nice professional photos.  And I was a bit nervous to cut my hair, for fear I would wind up hating it. Vanity, yes?

Well, we had our photos taken awhile back, and I am just thrilled with the way they turned out!  My pal Cara did an outstanding job, and if you are looking for a photographer, I would highly recommend contacting her.

A few of my favorites...

Oh, and I went with a Meg combo.....

Happy Tuesday all~

Monday, October 17, 2011


I have been talking about getting my hair chopped off.....oh for about 5 months now.  I'm a laid back procrastinator, what can I say?.  Ask me how long my dishwasher has been disfunctional :)

Well, tommorow is the day.

And I am seeking your advice friends.

Which haircut do you like best for me? 

Dharma, Meg, or the lady in orange?

Friday, October 14, 2011

Fashion Friday- Vintage Love

I love antiques.
I love my friends.

So naturally, a day away to the antique fair with the gals ranks right up there with the best of them.

We shopped the local antique fair once again this summer.
 You were surely missed Jamie, and I just might have to crop you onto that empty stay tuned :)

Well, half the fun and charm of the fair (because the first half is leaving our 17 combined kids home with their dads) is that you never leave with what you came for, and you always find something that you never even realized you desired.

My surprise purchase this year was a $4 original 1983 "Great Shape" Ken doll.  Have I mentioned I never had a Ken growing up?  My barbies had a pathetic dating life.  I always wanted a Ken doll....oh and I coveted the motor home too. It's a wonder I turned out ok.  Just kidding....kind of.  I assure you I gifted Ken to my girls. I actually looked and saw that this same Ken is going for $40 on he may just go back in the box.

Ok, I'm really scattered here.  Back to the reason for this post.
 I also stumbled upon this fabric. 

 I think it was a bed coverlet in it's former life. And I loved it instantly. 
So much so, that I have been swooning over it for 2 months now, not wanting to cut into it's lovliness.
Well, a few weeks back I did a major purge of Ellery's closet.  One might say all of this tangible busyness is why my blog has been sucking these days

Anyhow, I came across this onsie, that I absolutely adored on her last summer.  It's size 9 months, and clearly no longer fits, as she is almost 2.

But I still love it.

And upon closer inspection, I realized that due to it's boxy nature, the only thing that Elle really outgrew was the length.

So I salvaged it...combined it with my treasured fabric...and literally 15 minutes later had what is now one of my favorite dresses complete.

Happy Friday all~

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


This past weekend, we made our annual  pilgrimage to Klackles Orchards.
The afternoon was brisk and beautiful, and good times were had by all.
On the ride home, the trusty silhouette veered us right into the Ponderosa parking lot, as it always does.
And boy golly, how I do love a buffet once a year.
It's possible I'm worse than the kids with my giddiness of options.

Over dinner, Tim and I were trying to figure out how many years this has been tradition.
So, I dug through the photo archives, and as it turns out, this is year #5.

A pic from 2007....

and 5 years later....

Happy Wednesday all~