My Life Summed Up in Short Sentences

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Have you been wondering what my life would sound like in really short sentences?   I grew up in a town population 15,000. I started college at Ball State University majoring in architecture. I transferred (while my mom was out of the country) to Purdue for Civil Engineering. I probably should have stayed in architecture. Purdue had 40,000 students on campus. I graduated and moved to Chicago, ... read more

On Relaxing, Friendship, and a Wonderful Husband

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Have you ever had one of those weeks that you just need a minute to catch your breath at the end? Well, this pretty much sums up my previous week.  So, on Friday when I headed to Indianapolis for a baby shower on Saturday morning and my husband asked if I would like stay until Sunday to get a break, I gladly replied YES. Saturday morning, I woke up and had coffee with my mom.  This is such a ... read more

Sick Days & Movie Watching

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Tuesday afternoon our house went from a place to run and play to a place to lay around and watch movies.  My normally full of energy little boys started running fevers and just wanted to curl up on the couch. As a mom, I never want my kids to be sick.  I never want them to feel bad.  But,  I have a little confession to make.   A part of me loves sick days when we can just sit around, watch ... read more

Farmer’s Market :: Birmingham, Michigan

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Over Labor Day weekend, we visited family in Birmingham, Michigan located just outside of Detroit.  On Sunday, we took the boys to the local park and then headed over to the farmer's market. You get some interesting looks when you start taking close-ups of fruit, but look at these colors! Above are hand painted gourds...how great are these? "The earth laughs in flowers" - Ralph ... read more

A little piece of my heart

In a large white farm house on the top of the mountain, my dad was raised without heat, running water or electricity. As a little girl I would beg for stories of his boyhood memories in West Virginia. Every year, we would load up the van and drive 12 hours to visit my grandma. The immediate family would gather to get the old farm house ready for the large party about to happen. At this point, ... read more

When you get lemons…

This morning I woke up thinking I had my whole day planned out.  I would drop off the boys at the sitters, drive an hour to get the car serviced (hello small town living), and get back with some time to sew some orders.  We rolled up to the sitter's house, only to remember that they were still on vacation.  It was the perfect absent minded mom moment.  So, I changed plans and headed out with the ... read more

some much needed r & r

On Wednesday, I loaded up the car, picked up the boys from school and headed to Indianapolis.  I looked at the calendar and realized it was the MIDDLE of July!  Lately, I've been running around in all directions.  I decided it was time for some much needed rest and relaxation.  Where better to head than home. I love visiting my mom.  She gives me a sense of comfort and peace that can not be ... read more

st. louis day two: the fun continues

Traveling with three year olds means you have built in alarm clocks. At 6am, the windows were flung open and it was declared it was time to get up. They were ready to have fun. Mom and dad were ready to find the closest (good) cup of coffee. Grant's Farm After breakfast, we headed to Grant's Farm.  The farm does not actually open until 9am and it was only 8:30am.  We pull into the parking lot ... read more

st. louis day one of fun

We got back from St. Louis on Sunday.  On Monday, I buried myself in my sewing room to clear out some orders & get ready for Craftpalooza 2011.  It was lots of fun and lots of laughs (pics to come soon).  Finally have a moment to blog about our trip (what a great place for kids!). We arrived on Friday around 5, checked into the hotel and then headed toward the St.Louis Zoo.  Across from the ... read more

mom of twins goes shopping

If you see a mom of twins and she looks as though she is ready to break out in a nervous sweat, you may want to offer help! Yesterday, I took my weekly trip to the fabric store to get supplies.  I dread this trip!  I love fabric stores, but not with two three year olds at my feet.  As soon as we walk in the door, there is a "debate" over who gets to push the cart.  For that matter, there is a ... read more

sitting in the sewing room with my mom

My earliest memories were sitting in my mom's sewing room while she worked on her latest project.  This morning, Teddy helped me finish up an order.  He crawled under my sewing table and pressed on my foot, so he could operate the foot petal. It was such a wonderful reminder of my earlier memories.  On a sunny day, my mom's sewing room was filled with the most beautiful sunlight.  The room had ... read more

shop update + giveaway coming up

Finally a beautiful sunny day after days and days of rain!  We went on a long walk, ate ice cream in the middle of the day and played at the park.  It is so energizing to have the sun shining again. I've added a couple *new* beach bags to the shop!                                     To see ... read more

mother almost breaks her nose at local chick-fil-a

Yes, that was the beginning of my Easter weekend.  While visiting family, my mom, sister and I decided to take the boys to Chick-fil-a to get a little energy out of their systems. Let me paint the picture.  I calmly lean down to explain to my three year old that running around as fast as he can near the condiments was not an acceptable way to act.  Just as I lean forward, he leaps straight up in ... read more

little photographer

Yesterday the sun was actually out!  I decided to take advantage of the great light & take some product pics... Camera tripod set up - check. Beach bags ready - check. Cute outfit on - check. Camera remote working - negative. So, I put my three year old to work.  A chair placed next to the camera and some guidance on which button to push....   Not bad for a little guy! He was ... read more

new lucy jane beach bags

I just finished some new beach bags. So excited at the new addition of an inside ZIP pocket. I love for items to be pretty, but practical. It will keep your personal items safe when your kiddos decide it is funny to dump all of your belongings out of your bag. But in all seriousness, the pocket addition is the perfect size for your phone, wallet, pool key, room key (hello vacation) or any ... read more