Just wanted to share…..

Finally finished one of Asher’s gifts.  Asher is my BFF’s little boy – who was born in November – yes November – I’m a little behind.  Leslie, his mama, and I have known each other since we were in our pack -n- plays together.  We lived a house away from each other growing up.  So it is so wonderful to be sharing these special moments 35 years later.

When I was back in Chicago visiting her I finally saw his nursery and there was a nice big spot on the wall that needed something so I really wanted to make something to fit in that space.  So here it is….



Love you little Asher boy!

My friend just had a little boy 4 weeks ago, so my favorite gift to give is a handmade blanket.  Her “theme” was nautical.  So I found the sweetest fabric with little sailboats and I appliqued a big sailboat and embroidered his initials and date of birth.  I fell in love with the chenille I used for the backing.  They live in Chicago – so it will be nice and warm for the little fella come winter.  I wish I could wrap myself up in that chenille. 

It’s really pretty awesome to see this little guy.  The mother of Evan was at my house the day my parent’s brought me home from the hospital.  There is a picture of her and my brother sitting on the couch holding me.  She was only 4 or 5 at the time.  It’s so great to be a part of her child’s life and her to be a part of our children’s life. 

I’ve always known this but there is nothing better than old friends.  Every time I go back to Chicago I am quickly reminded of this.  There is something about the history we share with each other, no matter how much time passes, things just seem to pick up where we left off. 

I was lucky enough to see my other friend’s baby- whom I’ve been friends with since preschool (we even roomed together in College- and survived!)  It’s great to see our children playing together.  Our other BFF is going to have her first in November – so we are all excited about the much anticipated arrival (especially since we don’t know the sex). 

Just wanted to share the latest creation.  Sweet dreams baby Evan

‘We’ll be Friends Forever, won’t we, Pooh?’ asked Piglet.
‘Even longer,’ Pooh answered. ”
— AA Milne (From Winnie the Pooh)

I have been working on this sign for Saige’s room for quite some time and I am finally done.  It’s not that it was hard or should have taken this long but I procrastinated and then would do a couple stitches here and there – well finally I am ready to hang it!  I am so thrilled with how it turned out. 


I used some old linen and cotton tea napkins ( I think that’s what they are) I just think they were so sweet and I’ve been saving them with the intent to either add them to a quilt or something and when I decided to do a sign with her name to hang over her bed ( in earthquake country you can’t have anything that could harm you hanging over your bed- even if we didn’t like in California I would be too afraid to hang anything heavy over the bed? I thought these were the perfect things to use. 

I originally thought I would just embroider the initials, but you know how that goes, it never ends up being that simple.  After I got the letters embroidered I thought, I can’t stop there, I need to add a little bit of this a little bit of that.  So I just added the flowers, birds, butterflies and dragonflies.  I’m glad I did. 

I had some leftover fabric from her curtain so I attached it to that and sewed some pretty ribbon for hanging, made a slot for a dowel rod and … there you have it, finally!  I hope this is something that can grow with her. *I do need a longer dowel rod – so that’s the last thing to finalize- but it’s pretty much done!


Just wanted to share.

When I was pregnant with Saige we decided NOT to find out the sex again- we love the surprise element.  Especially when giving birth naturally, when the baby finally comes to greet you, you quickly forget about what just occured because you’re so anxious to find out what you had (boy or girl).  So when getting Saige’s room ready, we were reusing everything from Ryder- but the walls were blank.  My friend and I did a big mural in Ryder’s room so we didn’t really hang anything on the walls but I didn’t have the energy, this time around, to do another mural, so I had to find something to put on the walls.  I like having colorful rooms for the kids.  So I found these great picture books from the 20’s, on ebay, and I used the images from the books.  I bid $5 for 3 books and I won. 

 picture books

They were actually in very good condition for being as old as they are. 

abc page

Part of me had a hard time cutting up the books to put the pictures into frames but they are so sweet- I just love them.

framed picskitty piclittle girls pic

Something else that I think is so sweet are these plaques with vintage inspired images from Moonlight and Roses. 

 moonlight and roses fairy

 They have hundreds in different sizes and different themes (i.e. christmas, baby announcements, fairies, etc. ) but they are just so sweet and simple.  I just love vintage images (as seen with the kids shirts I’ve been making) and antiques.  Now we are on the hunt for old bookcases or old dressers to restore. 

I also wanted Ryder to feel like he was a part of the preparations for the arrival of his new brother or sister so we had him dip his hands in white paint and put hand prints on the wall above the changing table.  He was so thrilled to do that- of course what kid wouldn’t want to do exactly what most adults tell them not to.  But it really was fun for him and when Saige gets older he can tell her how he helped get her room ready and she’ll always have a part of her big bro in her room (which at some point might possibly annoy her). 

hand prints