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Here’s a sneak peek of what’s coming in my Etsy shop.  The inventory right now is a bit low because I had a decent summer/early fall in sales.  Somedays I wish I had more time to sew/work, but then I would be missing out on precious time with my kids.  The time will come…

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I just couldn’t resist adding a song for the day… Here is Foals with Balloons.  I really love this song… it reminds me of the alternative 80’s music I used to listen to back in the day.


Well, yesterday I shipped off my very first custom order.  It was for a bride that wanted a Chinese Take-Out box for her flower girl.  She’s going to carry it down the aisle and throw rose petals from it.  How sweet is that?  I’m hoping to get a photo of the flower girl with the take-out box.


I am still working on a few new Take-Outs for my Etsy shop with some amazingly fun new prints!  


In other news, I have a new favorite song.  I guess I’m not your ‘average’ stay-at-home Mom.  I’ve never lost my desire to rock out to a new song.  My kids love to dance and jam with me too.  Life is too short to act grown-up!   This is the band Kings of Leon and the song is Sex On Fire, enjoy.  

*** side note:  I don’t play this song for my kids.  I’m not quite ready to field questions about what sex is from my 6.5 year old. 🙂  And thankfully she’s never asked.

Not a whole lot of sewing going on here as my kids like to stay up later now that it’s summer!  It’s hard to get motivated to go downstairs in the darkly paneled basement to sew when we have beautiful weather.  Also, sales in the Etsy shop have been slow this month.  Who wants to sit at a computer in the summer to shop anyway????   It’s understandable.

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July!  We spent our long weekend in Wisconsin fishing, napping and hanging out with family.  It was great.  My husband and I actually got to go out on a mini-date after we put the kids to bed on the 4th – we needed it.  It’s been too long.  We came home to MN with one sick kid.  She always seems to get sick on our last day visiting family.  Her body just gets worn out from her regular schedule of sleep and healthier eating.  She gets so excited and happily worked up about seeing her Nana & Papa and cousins that it takes everything out of her and by the time we’re ready to say goodbye she usually has a fever and she’s spent!  Thankfully our little guy didn’t catch it. 🙂

Despite my lack of craftiness lately – I have managed to get a few more items done for my Etsy shop.

Here is the newest item:

I also have a new Tote, but I was not happy with how the photos turned out – please standby, more to come soon!


My son has given up his afternoon nap, so I am desperately trying to keep him busy in the afternoons because nowadays he will fall asleep by 4pm and then he won’t go to bed until 10pm!  My afternoon crafting time is mostly diminishing because of this reason.  It’s a hard transition when kids give up their naps.  I think it’s hardest on the moms!

This morning we headed over to the Mpls farmer’s market

and had fun perusing the produce, flowers, and local treats.




On our way out we had a flyer on the windshield of our (semi-compact) car.
 I am in agreement that there has to be something done about the oil crisis in our country.  

When are Americans going to wise up about the amount of gas we use?  

Why are we so dependent on our cars?  

When is the presidential administration going to do something about it, well probably not until a new president is elected, at least I can only hope.

Check out this new documentary film’s trailer : “Gashole”     

You will be intrigued if you care at all about the current oil crisis in our country.

what am i grateful for?  

My family

long weekends away

peace and tranquility 

good health


I think these pictures pretty much sum it up.  Last weekend we spent it at my in-law’s lake home just chillin’.   My kids were amazing.  My daughter sat for 3 hours – just her and Nana – fishing on Sunday morning.  I didn’t realize she had that kind of patience in her, but the girl just loves to fish.

Someday I hope we have the great luxury of living near water.





I love this shot, you can barely see my husband carefully inspecting the hook

and my little guy drooling at the thought of actually getting to use a real fishing pole.



Controlled chaos

4 little ones fishing with hooks all on the same dock?

Yes, we’re nutty

things here are a little outta whack

son won’t nap on time anymore, goes to bed late

both kids sick

not a whole lot of sewing going on because of the above.

I’m working on losing weight, being a good wife, good mother, good to myself.

it’s been a good, but exhausting week.  


My Son’s newest favorite song:

There was a man named Michael Finnegan

He grew whiskers on his chin-again

He shaved them off but they grew in-again

poor old Michael Finnegan

(he followed me around afterwards asking if he had whiskers on his chin)  

2.5 year olds are so darn cute sometimes.




well, a whole lot of sewing for my Etsy shop, but more updates to come

I’m including some photo tid-bits from my sewing area, enjoy


Also, last night and this afternoon I’ve been working on treats for a meeting i have tonight….OOH – fudge! Also – Oatmeal Rasin bars.

This is from Rachel Ray’s 5 Minute Fudge recipe.  I added walnuts and marshmallows to mine.  I’m really not a candied fruit kinda gal.  

On a parenting note, here is a picture of my son.  I was asking him “So, what did you name your baby (doll)?”  And he excitedly replied “five… um …. HIGH FIVE” and then he repeatedly gave his doll high fives to the head.

Never a dull moment 🙂


If you are in the Mpls/St Paul area this weekend – plan on checking out the Living Green Expo at the MN State Fairgrounds on Sat & Sun from 10-5pm.  There’s all kinds of fun stuff to look at from cars, building supplies & food,  to cosmetics and toys.  There are usually some fun activities for kids too!  Enjoy.

Yep, that’s us.  The kids wanted to get out today and so we biked to a nearby park.  Bjorn in the WIKE, and Svea riding alongside us.  It is currently 34 degrees.  Guess you could say we are a hearty bunch, or maybe just crazy.  Not as crazy as my husband who bikes to work most of the winter (btw, wait for the commercial to load & finish).  Well, on the way back it started snowing and we came home for hot chocolate.  Only in the midwest do you have to bike wearing mittens at the end of April.  Mother nature can be cruel somedays, but we’d go bonkers if we had to stay inside all day.  So, buck-up!

I was proud of my 6 year old – picking up garbage to be recycled along the way.  No prompting, I swear!  It pays to lead by example.  I guess we’re doing something right in this whole parenting biz.


On the Etsy home front:

I started cutting and sewing more Re-useable Grocery Totes for my Etsy shop.  More to come soon!  Check back for updates.

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