Friday, November 9, 2012

[family pics + my triangle quilt]

Yesterday was family picture day!

Originally we were going to have someone take them, but then they had to cancel cause of a funeral <very sad> and then they got sick <also sad> SO I just didn't want to reschedule again. I'm impatient like that. And I'm a "photographer" who also happens to own a tripod. So yeah I thought I'd save us some money and add a whole lot of stress to our day and take them ourselves!


Not really!

First of all, right after I got myself ready (which is a lot of work and my least favorite chore) I looked outside and what do you know, I saw a beautiful rainbow. And lots of rain clouds.

But I already spent way too much time giving myself an unsuccessful makeover so I said screw the clouds, I'm making this work! Cause if I have to apply this much makeup again I'm going to cry! <optimism at it's finest>

So I got the kids ready, loaded up the van. Left for downtown Tempe. Five minutes into our drive, I realized I forgot my blanket. So we turned around, grabbed it, and left again.

Once we arrived, one of the kids didn't want to cooperate. The clouds were making it darker. Setting up the tripod, posing everyone, trying to figure out where I would sit, pressing the timer button, running over before it took the picture, forgetting where I planned to sit, panicking, and smiling while making sure I wasn't flashing the camera in my dress was pretty much how every single shot went.


So I gave up and prayed we had at least one winner. And we did.

Here it is...

You would never know I was sitting in a puddle and that the kids were groaning about our "one last try". Okay maybe you can with the last one, but you can also tell they were trying extra hard to disguise their annoyance with me. And they're all looking at the camera and no one is blinking.

That's all that matters to me.

Here are a few others...

I have one more winner, but I'm saving it for our Christmas card. I'll share it soon!

And also, I mentioned recently that I made my very own, just for me, no one else can use, okay fine you can use it, dogs aren't allowed to lay on it, fine whatever the dogs can lay on it, and now it's covered in dog hair and kid germs QUILT!!!!

I wasn't loving it a whole lot at first, but it's growing on me. And don't tell the kids, but I secretly love that they cuddle with it. Especially when they're not feeling well. Tugs at the Mama heart strings.

If you want to make your own triangle quilt, you can follow this tutorial! My triangles are 6" tall and I used a triangle ruler just like in the tutorial. I've seen some tutorials where they don't use one, but I think it makes it so much easier and worth the extra $$! I didn't add a border or anything. Just kept adding triangles till I was happy with the size : )

That's everything! Happy <actual> Friday! Yay!

<3 Lindsey

Thursday, November 8, 2012


As in the activity teachers do to make catching up on school work sound fun. Except I'm catching you up on boring things I've done lately.


<Don't leave me!>

Ok, so a few of the VERY EXCITING things I've done since I was last on here was....


<Seriously, don't leave...yet>

When I was a freshman in high school, my mom gave me this calendar holder. I loved it because it held a beautiful calendar full of Amish country illustrations. I was super popular and had a lot of friends back then if you were wondering. Anyways, I've always cherished it since then and until very recently I enjoyed putting, what I considered, hi-larious calendars in them. Like this year's Cats doing Yoga. 

Funny right? And I hate cats. Hate them. So that makes it even funnier! {To me. And only me. But definitely not my husband.}  

So I decided to take this calendar holder thing more seriously and give it a makeover. 

I painted it. I added cork board. And found a serious calendar (seriously cute, that is).

And see?!

It's fun. It's colorful. And it's a perpetual calendar which means I can buy more and keep using the same calendar year after year after year! After year! 

{I probably won't be doing that considering how easily bored I get, but this shop has some other really cute options!}

And some close up shots....

Other than that I recently pretended I was a photographer again...

Last one makes me laugh like I just saw some cats doing yoga. 

Anyways, Happy almost Friday!

<3 Lindsey

Friday, November 2, 2012

[december class + sneak peak] a*door*able decor

Had my November wreath class last night and it was a success!

Meaning, I didn't completely confuse everyone with my awkward explanations on how to make it.

So mission accomplished! ; )

Seriously can't believe there are more than 5 people out there who want to make one of my wreaths.

Boggles my mind every time and makes me so incredibly grateful.

Next month's class is going to be.... <drum roll>

It's a wreath that holds your favorite cards with little candy cane clothespins! Five will be included with the wreath. And already painted cause I love my students THAT much.

I'll have most of it ready to assemble too. So you'll just have to bring your sewing machine (For making a ruffle. We have sewing machines you can rent for $5 at the store!), glue gun, glue sticks, liquid glue (like Tombo Aqua-my fav), and scissors!

Class is $35 and you can save 10% on it when you sign up HERE! Class is on Dec. 1st @ 10:30!

Oh and one more thing! I'll have kits that are in a red/green version of this too! So either one should coordinate with whatever sort of color scheme you have going on these holidays : )

And because I have no patience waiting more than 5 minutes on things that make me excited, I have a sneak peak for January's wreath class!



It has lots of pretty ruffled tulle, a large felt bow, and three glittery snow flakes. Simple, but cute. You can click on the picture to see a close up of it. And all you'll need for this class is scissors and lots of hot glue.

Well, hope you love it. Don't have a date for it yet, but most likely the class will be Jan 5th. I'll keep you all posted when I know for sure. I'll have a sneak peak for Febuary's wreath real soon too. SO excited with how it's turning out so far. <eek!>

Talk to you soon!

<3 Lindsey