Saturday, March 28, 2009

Win this beautiful pillow!!!
Hop on over HERE 
and enter for your chance to win!!!

Pillow by thepepperkids

Friday, March 27, 2009

A List of Firsts

On February 22nd, McKenzie started walking 
And since her first birthday in January there's
been a plethora of firsts... My baby changes every day.

I haven't shared all I've wanted to about her recently
because of Cora's passing.  It felt wrong somehow...

She can point out her
hair (what little she has)
belly button
and feet

She says
go go
daddy (which is also meant as "what's that")
mama (but she doesn't really call me mama, she just says it)
uh oh
woof woof  (when asked what a dog says, or when she sees or hears a dog)
She also says ooohhhoo at things she finds to be pretty 
or exciting.

Opa being the nature lover that he is has taught her to sniff flowers
So now whenever she sees a flower... real  or not.  She sniffs.

I bought her some chunky crayons this month 
and she's actually done some scribbling
though she prefers to take the crayons out of the box 
and put them back in, more than actually putting crayon to paper.

Taking things out of something and putting them back in, 
or putting lids on things is a constant source of fun.

She also kisses with a puckered closed mouth now.
Which is sorta sad, cause I miss her slobbery kisses.
But it's so much cleaner now.

She can drink from a straw now ,
and loves her juice boxes.
(Do they still make those juice box holders? 
We need one..BAD)

And she loves to bring me books to read.

Though it's a little sad seeing my baby grow and change so fast.
It's exciting, fun, and such a great adventure.
Babys/Kids are so interesting...
the way they learn, what they can accomplish.
Life is such a precious miracle.

After pulling my new scarves out of the bag
I showed her how to wear it, which
received many "ooohhooo" s as she 
'pranced' around the room.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Handmade Beauty

Recycled Antique Pillow Cover Dress 

Photo copyright of Stephanie Teague

I about DIED when I saw this gorgeous dress from 
Isn't it gorgeous!? What talent!?
She used an antique pillow cover and vintage curtains in this design.
The neck is hand sewn from vintage sheer muslin and 
the belt is recycled leather with adjustable snaps.

My favorite parts....the neck and the cinching on the skirt.
Oh gorgeous little dress, Be MINE.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Spring/Summer Line

New pieces to my spring/summer line are being added almost daily. much as I can get done and add while my daughter sleeps.
and lucky me, she's napped a ridiculously long time today! 
Zero complaints from me about that, though.  She was CRANKY earlier today.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

It's Almost finished...

... just a few more things to hang.
-the remaining art prints
-the dry erase board

..and I'll need to fix the cords to the wall or hide them. 
Or maybe in my laziness they'll be left to hang there
in all there beautifulness. ha.

But it has come a long way.
And I'm still kicking myself for not having before shots.

From the doorway looking in:

I really want THIS pink rolling chair from Ikea..
or THIS one, even though I could never convince myself 
or david for that matter, to buy that chair for that price.

And I do understand neither would probably be as comfortable 
as the ugly gray one I currently own.

Another view:

Handy little baskets:

My Printing & Shipping Center as I like to call it.

It feels so good to have this *mostly* finished.
I can think more clearly in an organized & fresh space.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

We didn't put on any special St. Patrick's outfits...

...but I did notice there indeed were green 
polka-dots on her adorable little hoodie dress!

Play time on the playground at our mall.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Spring Cleaning

I should have taken before photos of my office space.
It was a disaster zone!
But, I've already cleaned lots of it up so... bummer.

I went to Ikea and got a few things to get my work 
a little more organized and create a much brighter 
and happier place for me to create in.

I LOVE Ikea.  
McKenzie and I just strolled through taking it all in
for a little over 2 hours.  She was so good for Mommy!

Frames from Ikea that I painted and I cut down some
art prints from Ikea as well. They're so happy looking!

I bought baskets for storing things, and spruced them up a bit...
and polka dot tins, and pink lampshades, and a lovely flower pot
for my flowers from Michael's (50% off this week).  

Pictures of the finished space to come :) 

Monday, March 9, 2009

Spring Time, I love you!

Oh Spring , how I'm ready for you!

My table is ready...

and new supplies are coming in for some cheery spring time creations!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Happy Birthday, Cora.

Read Julie's post HERE.

I can't imagine.
My heart will ache for them today
(a little more than it has since I heard their story).
I will pray continously for their family and friends.

Cora's Playground benefit has been more
than i could have ever expected. It's truly amazing.
Visit Meg HERE for a wonderfully written post about it.

I've gotten to hear from others about how they know Cora's family...

One lovely woman shared with me that her husband
is the basketball coach of the team Cora's uncle plays on,
and they've all been wearing pink shoelaces
on one shoe in her memory. So beautiful.

I know Cora's having the most wonderful birthday in Heaven today.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

New for Stella Jade

I had an order yesterday for one of the butterfly necklaces
I made in memory of Cora.
This special necklace is going to a friend of the purchaser 
as a birthday present.

So as I started packaging it up, I became frustrated with the way
I've previously been sending my items...
Just wasn't as pleasing to the eye as I'd like.

So I decided on making these cards for my jewelry:

and then some pretty gift wrap for the birthday girl:

I also recently got my order of kraft jewelry boxes
(many months after starting to look and trying to decide
exactly what I wanted/needed), 
and a huge box of 'Go Green' mailing envelopes.
I've rearranged my work space a bit, and am working
on hanging pictures and such to bring some color and fun in.
A space to feel inspired in.
I'm excited about all the wonderful change!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Donations for Cora

I still have a few items left that are listed
in the "Cora Paige" section and
100% of the proceeds from these pieces
will be donated to Cora's Playground.

Donation day is Thursday...
(what would have been Cora's 1st birthday)
Help us make this rough day, a little brighter for the Macs!

Click on the pretty pink button in the side bar
 to find lots of wonderful items
that will help build this special playground!