Photography Tips: Family & Kid Photos


I recently helped a friend do a little photo shoot of her (oh so adorable) family.  A light bulb went off...wouldn't it be fun to share some of the tips we used to get some great (and natural) shots. Tip #1:  Your pictures will only look as good as the light.  What in the world does that … [Read more...]

Defining Margins


If you think about your day like a big blank page that gets filled in with daily activities, how much white space do you need?  How much margin is needed in your day?  For some, the day is the most productive and happiest if it is filled in and scheduled with activities and routines.  But, for me, I … [Read more...]

Lucy Jane Totes is OPEN

Lucy Jane is OPEN!

I've taken a little break...okay little is a stretch.  After about a year of having my shop closed, I'm excited to say it is OPEN!  Last January, we found out that we would be moving to Louisville, Kentucky.  This was not a surprise given my husband's work is very project based.  What I wasn't … [Read more...]

Heading to #influenceconf

Heading out this afternoon for influence conference.  It is a whole ball of emotions. Excitement, nerves and anticipation. I'm leaving our house behind with about thirty different projects half done.  This is okay.  I'm giving myself a little grace to let go and then grow. My experience … [Read more...]

And we moved…


At the end of July, our family packed up and headed a little further south.  We are now living in Louisville, Kentucky.  The last month has been spent in a whirlwind of house remodeling. AND our twins started kindergarten...ALL day.  I'm not gonna lie, I kind of enjoy a quiet house.  I have also … [Read more...]

Easter Jelly Bean Topiary Tutorial

Easy Jelly Bean Topiary Tutorial

It's hard to believe that it is almost Easter!  We are still getting snow in the midwest, so it makes it even harder to imagine we are almost into spring.  I made this jelly bean topiary last year, but made a few grand mistakes.  It is a super easy project, so it has nothing to do with skill level.  … [Read more...]

Fabric Crayons Kids Bag


I love projects that are pretty easy to put together when it comes to my boys.  I think my type-A personality can take over wanting the end project to be perfect, so I often forget to take a deep breath and let them create.  I usually look for ideas that will not cause me to have a coronary in the … [Read more...]

milk paint class


Want to know the perfect girls' weekend in my world?  It includes a milk paint class, learning how to use a skip-it and going out for sushi.  One of my dear friends owns a local store, The Little Golden Fox.  She recently starting selling Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint and offers workshops on how to … [Read more...]

How to Measure For Custom Panel Curtains


Are you interested in making your own curtains, but don't even know where to start?  I've put together a simple guide to help you pick out the style and measure the amount of fabric needed for each panel. Picking Your Curtain Style: Start out by deciding what look you would like for your … [Read more...]

our kitchen on the kitchn


Our kitchen was on The Kitchn.  Now that's a funny sentence.  A part of Apartment Therapy, The Kitchn is inspiring cooks and nourishing homes.   I was so excited when I flipped it open and saw our kitchen in this post about using a dresser for extra storage in your kitchen. We painted this … [Read more...]

Hello. My Name Is.


Last year, I attended the Influence Conference in the fall.  And it was. Life. Changing.  It was a whole new way of looking at blogging, on-line community and encouraging others.  About spreading the Good News and living as an example.  So, when they announced an Influence Network I was thrilled. … [Read more...]

new season. new hair.


To keep with the theme of change, I also made a pretty drastic hair change.  I don't know if it was a moment of weakness or a temporary moment of insanity, but I went for it at my last hair appointment.  Pixie it is!  I'm blaming the pixie obsession on Blair over at Wild and Precious. I've had a … [Read more...]

New season. new name.


I feel like every part of our life brings a new season.  In these seasons, we sometimes look deeper and closer at what we are doing.  Over the past few months, I have thought a lot about where I am going and what I want to be doing.  I love sewing.  I love creating.  I love teaching and sharing my … [Read more...]

How to Make GOO


You may be wondering what in the world is goo.  It is an odd slimy substance that is oh so much fun to play with.  Since it is Christmas break and that means all forms of entertainment must stem from mom, I try to look for projects that will keeps the boys occupied.  Let me tell you, this one does … [Read more...]

Christmas Card Photo Shoot


A thirty minute wrestling match, several shots of bums, lots of giggles and FINALLY the one shot that makes it on the card! Tips for taking pics of your kids: Place them next to a window during a time of day with nice light.  In the pic above, the window is to the right of the boys. Let … [Read more...]