Thursday, October 30, 2014

One Week

In one more week we close on our new house.  To say we can't wait is an understatement.

In the meantime, we are staying in a cute little Victorian cottage VRBO which beats a hotel hands down, but still, it's 2 bedrooms and really far from our new home.  Tyler hates the commute (though it affirms our decision to buy where we did) and it's just frustrating that our house is sitting there empty and needing the kind of work that is so much easier to do empty (all new flooring).

I love how google+ does things to your photos.  This one is actually cute--a postcard of our cottage.

What's worse is the stupid water company won't turn the water on until we've closed and I have cleaners scheduled to come the next day.  I just hope it gets turned on in time.
The cottage has a dutch door.  It's adorable.  Or Ah-door-able.  



We've been picking out paint colors and pinning inspiration pics like mad.  I just can't wait to get started. This is not one of my inspiration pics, it's the cottage. 


I can't wait to be home.
Just one more week.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Kid Interview--Maddie


  • What is your favorite color? Mint green
  • What is the food you eat the most? Potatoes
  • What is your favorite treat? Brownies and BlueBell Ice cream
  • What is your favorite subject in school? uhhhhhh, (long pause) history?
  • What is your favorite sport? Cross country and track
  • What is your favorite hobby? musical stuff
  • What is your favorite movie? Lars and the Real Girl
  • What is your favorite tv show? DWTS
  • What is your favorite book? Maze Runner
  • What is your favorite animal? owl
  • What is your favorite song? Rude
  • What is your favorite restaurant? Taco Cabana
  • What is your favorite vegetable? green beans
  • What is your favorite fruit? apples
  • What is your favorite place to visit? Texas
  • Where do you WANT to visit some day? New York and Heaven
  • Who is your best friend? Rachel and Carmen
  • What’s your favorite thing to do with Giselle? Make up dance routines
  • What’s your favorite thing to do with your brothers? Play soccer outside
  • What’s your favorite thing to do with Dad? Go shopping
  • What’s your favorite thing to do with Mom? Sit on the computer and play pinterest
  • Where do you think you’ll go to college? BYU
  • Where do you think you might want to serve a mission? Provo
  • Where do you think you might get married? Seattle WA
  • What do you want to be when you grow up? hairstylist and a mom
  • What is one thing you want to learn how to do? play the piano and sing
  • What is one of your greatest talents? reading music
  • What are some of your other strengths? hard working (mom rolls eyes here) 
  • What is something that you wish for? A best friend who lives next door who's a Mormon and likes everything I like
  • What is something you wonder about? What my new school is like
  • Who is someone that you miss? No one, dad I guess, maybe
  • What makes you nervous? going to a new school
  • What makes you happy? Ikea
  • What age do you look forward to – and why? 18 because you're still in high school but you're about to go to college and move out. 
  • What will you miss about Tennessee?  Nothing.  I hate this place. I guess my friends.  
  • What are you looking forward to in Texas? The air is better, Ikea, my new bedroom, jack and jill bathroom I share with just Elle.  A better school, living in a neighborhood with a pool.  New ward.  


Monday, October 20, 2014

Kid Interview--Giselle



  • What is your favorite color?  Mint
  • What food do you eat the most?  chicken noodle soup 
  • What is your favorite treat? Starbursts and chocolate, but not together
  • What is your favorite subject in school? can I have 2? reading and math
  • What is your favorite hobby? My favorite thing to do is bake.  Bake, but not eat it.
  • What is your favorite movie?  Granite Flats, it's a show
  • What is your favorite book?  Sisters Grimm.  I don't like Harry Potter anymore
  • What is your favorite animal? Horse
  • What is your favorite song? A Family is of God
  • What is your favorite restaurant? Arby's
  • What is your favorite place to visit? The beach
  • Where do you WANT to visit some day? Indiana again
  • Who is your best friend? I don't have any best friends.

  • What’s your favorite thing to do with Maddie? "Say I have a quest"
  • What’s your favorite thing to do with your brothers? Play tag outside
  • What's your favorite thing to do with Amelia? listen to her talk
  • What’s your favorite thing to do with Dad? rough house
  • What’s your favorite thing to do with Mom? Model dresses

  • Where do you think you’ll go to college? BYU, easy
  • Where do you think you might want to serve a mission? Kentucky
  • Where do you think you might get married? Same place as mom and dad, St Louis
  • What do you want to be when you grow up?  Art Teacher
  • What is one thing you want to learn how to do? speak another language
  • What is one of your greatest talents? Baking
  • What are some of your other strengths? Leadership
  • What is something that you wish for? I don't have anything.
  • What is something you wonder about? I don't know
  • Who is someone that you miss? Dad
  • What makes you nervous? Scary Mary in the mirror
  • What makes you happy? 'Melia Jane and Fella
  • What age do you look forward to – and why? 26, I can be a teacher
  • What will you miss about Tennessee?  Nothing.
  • What are you looking forward to in Texas?  Ikea, walking to school



Thursday, October 16, 2014

It's all going to be OK {deep breath}

1. We found a house:
it's a foreclosure, empty, needs some work, huge, and well below our budget.  
The brand new elementary school is within sight of the kitchen window.  
It has the biggest laundry room and pantry I've ever seen in real life (excluding my mom's).  
It's on a culdesac and they are building a neighborhood pool at the end of the street. 
I told Tyler it would be perfect if it just had a 3-car garage.  Well, guess what.  It does, it was just converted to living space.  So Tyler has his very own room for his tools.
There's even a laundry chute.
It's really perfect for us.

 Tyler and I went to the ward on Sunday and they were so welcoming, so excited and told us our next door neighbors and behind neighbors (across the alley) are in the ward too.  One guy said the school was run by Mormons too, lol.  I feel very blessed.
 It needs all new flooring and paint, and there are wires and cables coming out of every wall.
 Prepare for a kitchen makeover!
 Upstairs family room (see that half wall?  it's coming down because it's a death wish and will be converted to more living space)
 This is the laundry room.  I think it's bigger than Maddie's bedroom here.  
Backyard is bigger than most.  Not great, but at least there is room for the trampoline.

2.  We know when the movers and packers are coming.  
3.  We have hotels set up until we can get to Dallas
4.  We are staying in a tiny 2 bedroom VRBO for 2 weeks until we can close on this house.  We don't care.  We are so excited to all be together.

It's all going to work out.  Now, if we can just keep get this Ebola thing under control...
So stay tuned for lots of house projects.  There will be a blitz as soon as we close!

Thursday, October 09, 2014

E+M Patterns Girl's Dress No.15



I'm pretty new to the world of pattern testing, but I LOVE it. It's kind of like Project Runway, but less drama.  Indie pattern designers need people to sew up their designs, offer feedback and then photograph them.  Sewing, technical writing, photography.  Me, me, me again.

One of the first designs I ever tested was E+M Patterns Dress No. 13. I loved that dress from first sight, and what's more, I knew it was something my girls would wear.  See, I stopped sewing for them years ago because they are NOT ruffles and fluff kind of girls and that's mostly what I see in the home-sewing world.  But Dress No.13 is modern, sleek and a definite hit.

So when the chance to test Dress No. 15 (in knits) came up, I was so excited!  I knew Allison's patterns were clear, easy to follow and would have quality finishes.  This dress did not disappoint and is in fact Giselle's go-to outfit.  It's suitable for all seasons, sandals for warm weather, sweater,boots, and leggings for cooler weather. It's comfortable with the shirred elastic waistband and super cute with the adjustable shoulder ties.

We made both versions, one with the asymmetrical hemline (which I adore!) and one with the straight hem (which is Giselle's fave). Now, I shall overload you with pictures:

Please don't look too closely at the stripes.  I cut and sewed this at 1am before we left out of town.  They may not exactly line up...







I just love these dresses!  
For a few more days, you can get this pattern for $5--a super deal. Just use the coupon TOUR15. 
Find it at the official pattern shop or on Etsy.  

Then visit all the other stops on the tour and leave a comment so you can WIN this pattern + another one from E+M!


Here are the links to visit them all and be inspired!

So visit, comment, enter 
and sew!

Monday, October 06, 2014

Sew Much

I have so much to blog about, and I know I will regret not doing it, but I can't seem to make myself sit down and write it all out.  It's so overwhelming.  There's a lot going on around here:
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We sold our house (5 days on market)
Tyler started his new job in Richardson (we miss him)
We all drove down to Dallas for some house-hunting (very depressing)
We will be homeless in less than 20 days (even more depressing)

To block all that out, I have been sewing up a storm.  It's keeping me from going insane and really thinking about the fact that we don't have a plan.  I do however have faith.  And I believe things will all work out fine.

So here are some of my projects I've been working on (all sneak peaks because the patterns have just (or will soon be) released and I'm participating in the official blog hops!):

 E+M Patterns Dress No. 15 --Come back this Thursday for an official Blog Hop blog post about this cute pattern!
 Sew Pony Sunday Picnic Dress (learn more about this pattern HERE, or wait for my official blog post, November 7th!)
 And Amelia's first time modeling, the Saucy Skirt and Ruffled Flyaway Cardigan from Dandelions and Dungarees (not yet released so stay tuned for official news!)

I've worked on some other items that I haven't photo'd yet and I've got some stuff cut out.  I think I'll go sew.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Monday, September 22, 2014

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014

House Tour Day 5: Guest Room and Baths

Half bath downstairs, I did the stenciling

Upstairs guest room/sewing room


Upstairs bath (Tyler put this in)


Thursday, September 18, 2014