Thursday, September 30, 2010

There she goes...

There she goes.... she's been prayed over, loved on and is ready to try her wings in the big city. (Why do I feel like I am sending off my first born to college or something???)

Psalm 118:6 (new living translation) "The Lord is for me, so I will not be afraid!"

This is the memory verse we are working on with Grace this week. (She memorized it on the first a sponge... Me, on the other hand had to repeat it over and over and over... and still sometimes get the numbers transposed... ) How fitting to be working on this verse this week.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

the sweetest shout-out

Today I am honored by a shout out from a seriously cool, totally hip, awesome gal who lives in Chicago and just got back from Fashion Week in NYC. UM, yes, I already expressed my jealousy! I met her through ETSY and she has the greatest website full of eye candy!

Today she featured me and my Lovely Nest brand! So sweet! Check it out HERE. Hover over the needles until you see the one that says LOVE IT... and click on it. There we are!

She makes really beautiful jewelery and when she gets her ETSY shop up and ready, I'll show you some of it!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Front Page #4

check, check, check it out. Love all these things!!! Woo hoo!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Look what God has done!!!

Only by the grace of God can I say what I am about to say: my children's clothing will soon be available at a boutique in NEW YORK CITY! ..... ahem...yes, you heard that right... NYC, the Big Apple, baby! Stoopher and Boots will be carrying my items!

I am so humbled and honored to have this opportunity, and let me tell you that it was totally the Lord! The owner of this shop (who is incredibly sweet and kind, by the way) found me through ETSY and contacted me to see if I'd be interested in selling my clothing in her shop! Out of the 6.5 million listings on ETSY, she found mine and that's only by the grace of God.

Just the night before I got the email, I was praying for direction, for peace and for open and closed doors. Wow, talk about answered prayer. Be encouraged, God hears our prayers!!!

So, once I get enough items made, I will be hugging them goodbye, wishing them luck, boxing them up and sending them off to the BIG CITY to fend for themselves! Can you believe it!???

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

It's not about me anyways...

There is freedom here; in these words: It's not about me. Ahh, I'll say it again: It's not about me. Gosh, that feels good!

The past 2 Sundays at church, God has dropped this little nugget in my spirit through some of the things Pastor Chris has been talking about. The first Sunday, it scared me, but this Sunday it set me free....

.....Set me free from the pressure to succeed, to stand out, to be the best. I am already sanctified, saved, signed, sealed and delivered and what else do I need??? Therefore I can step out in faith in the areas I feel God is leading me with confidence because it's not about ME... all that I have is a gift from God, so I pray that I will just use my gifts and talents to His glory and be reminded that it's not about me anyways.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Front Page #3!

This little lovely made it to the front page of etsy this morning! Seriously, this is awesome!

Click HERE to see the FRONT PAGE treasury!!! Can't believe it! This is unreal, yall.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Pearl and her new coat.

Meet Pearl. We just adopted her yesterday. She's a beauty. Here she is wearing her new coat. It was made by yours truly from scratch...from the stash...! One part green fabric that I've had for ages, and one part vintage floral sheet + 4 vintage buttons = pearl's coat.

Here's the lining... cut from a vintage sheet. Yes, she's fully lined, shined and simply divine. (Sorry, that was corny.)
The back with an almost 4 inch pleat. So cute.
Here she is again, in all her glory.
Now the only question is: Pockets or no pockets? I had the pockets on... but then took them off... now I need some advice. Pockets or no pockets... and if pockets are the verdict, which ones??? See below. Floral pockets??

Or green?... Hmmm, I can't decide. What do you think?
Ok, truth is, I made this coat for Harper, but don't tell Pearl, she really likes it and thinks it's her color. I've got to break the news to her sometime, but maybe I'll wait just a little while... since she's new to the family and all... I want her to feel welcome here, you know. So... pockets or no pockets? Pearl isn't giving me any indication what-so-ever... so I turn to you.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Front page again! I can't believe it... so cool... and so the Lord. A friend told me the other day that people wait years to be featured on the front page of etsy! And the 2nd time in just a month. Don't know what will happen from here, but I am thankful and I am enjoying the process.

Had another blessing today related to the little clothing business. I was able to buy a really nice child sized mannequin for 40$... that's a seriously good deal! I've been dying for one of these for a while... Thankful, and God is faithful and he is working although I have no idea what the plan is. That's Ok.

Oh, and in the world of sewing for my children... I started making an absolutely adorable coat for Harper... as in facings, linings, interfacing, plackets etc... And from a vintage 70's pattern. It's turning out so cute. Can't wait to finish and publish pictures!!!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Blue Eyed Beauties

Took a little trip to the Farmer's Market...

Lest you think Harper started this fight....Here's the picture to prove Grace threw the first blow!

Retaliation at it's finest.... go for the hair...

Harper's new line: "papi did it"

Friday, September 10, 2010

Harper's First Day

It went something like this:

Wake up girls: 7:15am...about 1.5 hours earlier than they normally arise.
"Harper, it's your first day at school!...
Good morning, Grace, SMILE...!" (See picture)

Harper says: "mama! IDEA!...."
"What's your idea, Harper?"
Harper says: "School, Gracie" (translation: school with Gracie!)
"Oh, that's a good IDEA, Harper!" (See picture)
"Harper, you are going to take your lunch, and take a nap and play on the playground at school today, but your pappy (paci) has to stay in your locker." (see picture)
"Here's your lunch box Harps, do you want to give me your pappy?" (see picture)

"You're gonna have a great day at school, and Gracie will be there and you don't have to worry because mommy will come pick you up after your nap!" (see picture)

Off to school... babies on the bus (aka: dad's car)... Mama does a little happy dance after she closes the door to the house.

Harper was fairly sad all day the first day... cried most of the day, but she got to go see Grace and her friend Marlee which made her feel better. She was rocked to sleep and got to sleep with her paci the first day, but refused to eat.... she is a little bull-headed I think.

The second day, she did much better! Only cried about 5 minutes after Chris dropped her off and slept without her paci on her mat! Woo Hoo! Still had a hard time with transitions, and still refused to know, she is stubborn like that.

The third day (yesterday), I dropped her off for the first time and she wasn't really a fan of that. She threw herself on the floor, launched her lovie across the room and refused to be comforted by the sweet teacher who was trying to help.

On my way back down the hall after dropping Grace off at her class, the fit had calmed and she was relatively pleasant. I didn't look in her classroom, of course, rather I slinked on the floor like a snake so as not to be seen by you know who.

When I picked her up that afternoon, her teacher said she'd had a better day than Tuesday! She even played (nicely) with her friends and laughed a little at circle time... and dare I say, she ate a little of her lunch!

This is progress, people! She will eventually love it, I have no doubt and really come into her own... (as if she needs to do any more of that... :)

Grace has been so sweet to Harper during this process, she comforts her during school, talks to her about her day in the car on the way home and tells her what a big girl she is for not crying when mommy leaves. She reminds her that mommy will always come pick her up and that school is really fun. (G is such a little nurturer, it's just adorable)

On a side note, I am feeling a little more rejuvenated with those few hours to myself. It's amazing what that time does for me.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Etsy Photo Preview

Check this out! Here is a preview of one of the shots Alana took for etsy. Isn't she AMAZING?

CLICK THIS LINK to go see the picture...I don't want to post the pic here yet without her permission... More to come!