Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Merry Christmas to me! A few gifts to myself this holiday...

I am always a little bit sad after Christmas has come and gone, I just wish it would last a  LITTLE bit longer. I have lots of picutures for mine and Zach's visit back to St. Louis to be with my family over Christmas but those are yet to be sorted through... So here are a few things I am excited about at the moment!

...I got to shop at the Foundrie (an awesome pop-up shop at Chesterfield mall featuring indipendent artists and designers handmade goods) and found these amazing earings from Muggy Tuesday. Love them!

I was asked to be a part of their shop this year but didn't have time get get enough items ready for it, so next year I am totally in. And I got to talk with the super nice Shelah from Destroyed by Design who started the shop, she did a great job and I'm so impressed with her work. The shop closes on December 31st. So if you are in the area you must stop by!

...another after-Christmas gift. On the downside I ordered a few things off of etsy for my mom and my sister, but they didn't arrive before I left for St. Louis so I ended up buying/making a few last-minute things. On the upside, I now have a few new handmade items to add to my wardrobe! :) A gorgeous shirt from artlab

and another super comfy handmade shirt from replicca makes me a very happy lady!

....Also, as a gift to myself, I ordered this amazing hair clip from InkandButton

and it is just a gorgeous in person as it is in that photo. New Years Eve? I think so!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Marshmallows + Puppies = Merry Christmas!

Towards the end of last week Zach had some fun in the kitchen and made homemade marshmallows and hot cocoa for us to give as gifts. I think he got his recipe from Alton Brown. Although, I can be too sure...

This is what the marshmallows looked like while they set over night in the pan. We tested out some toasted coconut toppings and red and green swirls.

From there we cut them up...

And them put them into little bags with the hotcocoa and some cute tags that I designed! ( I had to help somehow!)

These were passed out to our friends and family this weekend in Zach's hometown of Nevada, Mo. We are going to make a second batch to handout to my family in St. Louis this weekend.

Now just for fun are a few phots from this last weekend with Boston and Millie (Zach's Mom's dog: a pug-a-poo).

Pretty much sums up their friendship.

When we got home Boston got a haircut.

Such a handsome little fellow!

Hope you all are enjoying time spent with family this week! Remember the reason for the season, Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 14, 2009


So Christmas is a little less than 2 weeks away and I have been a knitting fool! So many orders to fill, but I'm not complaining... business is a good thing!

On another subject, have you ever heard of the catologue TOAST? Oh my goodness. I want everything. And I want my house to be a small little cottage in the middle of nowhere that is decorated the same as the ones in the pictures. And then I can dress all cute in their outfits like I was picked right up out of the catalogue and dropped in my own little dream world. Some samples of their cuteness below. So casual and cute, I am in love.

This is my christmas dress (in my dreams) :). I don't really have the equivilant of 145 euros lying around although, it would be so perfect...

Some other cute outfits and home shots from their catalogue.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Christmas Packaging

So Bumble and Bumble has done it again! Every year I absolutley love the ideas they come out with and the cute ways they package everything! Every year they try and sell some sort of hair accessory with their shampoo packages.

This year it was these awesome button headbands enclosed in an equally awesome box. You can watch the video on how to wear the headband here.

Last years were brightly colored rubber bands and bobby pins packaged quite neatly.

Nice job Bumble and Bumble.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

You need to see this movie!

If you care at all about where your food comes from and the health of you and your loved ones, then you really need to see this movie. Trust me it's not graphic, it's just a good movie that gives you the facts. The movie features the author/food advocate Michael Pollan, you may have read my post way back when about some books he's written.

And then when your done, go eat Chipotle. You'll be glad you did.

Also, check out the Food, Inc. Website and sign the petition to help give students HEALTHY lunches!

Just a small cause to plug for the day! :)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Christmas for a Cure 2009

Come out this Saturday and support a good cause!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Etsy Treasury!

Woke up this morning with a very nice treasury feature! Happy black friday! Free shipping on GIFT TAGS Friday and Saturday only if you mention my blog when you check out (Refund on shipping will occur through PayPal)!

Have a great day!

Monday, November 23, 2009


Ok, So this is only my second time doing this, but I am definitly going to be making it a tradition.

One of my favorite parts about the holidays is Free People's Craft Swap! Sign up here and you will be paired up with another creative person and you both send eachother gifts for the holiday season. Who knows if you get paired up with me you could get an awesome headband! :) The sign up ends this Friday, so hurry up and get your name in!

Happy Monday, or if you like me and off after Wednsday, then it's really a three day week, so happy Wednesday!

Friday, November 20, 2009


So, my new love right now are these awesome headbands I have been making for my etsy shop. They are perfect for the winter months, but are oh so cute and won't mess up your hair! I'm working on a few more colors and varieties, so keep your eye out for some new stuff in the shop. In the mean time, check out the new headbands and stationary added below!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

If you are in the Kansas CIty area on Saturday...

You should stop by the winter

Holiday Market

at the Holmeswood Baptist Church
9700 Holmes Kansas City, MO 64131

November 14 from
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Come and see my work in person!


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Who made your bag?

Introducing MEND - A new handbag line from Invisible Children handmade by Ugandan women who are trying to support their families and provide them with a better life. The website gives a brief video on each individual women who works for MEND. Who wouldn't want to support them?

Great job IC. I am continually impressed with the work you do in Uganda.

Want to learn more about Invisible children, check out their website. Zach and I have been TRI members for about a year now and have been involved in events they do to help stop the fighting in Uganda.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Yarn Face

Via thedieline.com some hilarious wool yarn packaging from Ogilvy Frankfurt.

Love it.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Fall Weekend

This past weekend we definitely celebrated all things fall.

We drove took a trip to St. Louis to visit my family and my brother who drove in from Arkansas. This is a typical photo of the two of us. See the family resemblance?

On saturday Zach and I watched my niece Gabrielle for the afternoon. We had SOO much fun playing in the leaves! Gabrielle could not wait to jump in!

She got some free stickers at Trader Joe's and we were all required to wear them on our noses.

We've both pretty much decided that our first child is almost guaranteed to look like my niece, I mean she already looks like our kid! :)

Sunday was filled with pumkin patches and apple picking. It started raining for a bit, but we didn't let that ruin our fun!

All in all, a great fall weekend!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

New Items!

I added a few new items to my Etsy last week! I hope you enjoy!

Also, in other news, I signed up for my first craft show/holiday market! I'm pretty excited to see how it goes. I'm also thinking about signing up for a month-long holiday market in St. Louis, called the Foundrie. It's a month-long shopping store/event and it's the first week they've decided to do this, so it may be sort of an experiment, but I have about a week to decide. Plus side, it's at Chesterfield Mall, which is like 5 min from my parents house, in a VERY wealthy area, downside: it cost's a hundred bucks...

What should I do?

Friday, October 16, 2009

I'll eat you up, I love you so...

In honor of the premiere of Where The Wild Things Are

A few wild items from etsy and an awesome soundtrack from the
lead singer of the Yeah Yeah Yeah's.

Clockwise from top:

1. Where The Wild Things Are Tee Shirt Movie by teerare
2. Where The Wild Things Are Necklace by persimmonjewelry
3. Wild Things Wolf Pajamas Sizes Adult Sm - Lg by handpickednecklaces
4. Where The Wild Things Are movie poster - not for sale

"Inside all of us is a Wild Thing."

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Another awesome video

Our friend Drew, who did our wedding photos, has done another awesome video for a school project. So fun!


Check out his photography at www.wooleryphoto.com.

Friday, October 9, 2009

It's fall and I really want to go...

Apple Picking!
When we were younger we used to go
to a farm in eastern Illinois called Eckert's. I remember going there and picking apples, and sometimes pumpkins. And then we would go into the little shop and I would get a straw of honey and suck on it all afternoon.
OH man, I need to find a place on this side of Missouri that has the same atmosphere!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Rosatti's Pizza

So in July, a group of us girls went to Chicago for a fun bachelorette weekend. One night we waited close to 3 hours for the famous Girodano's pizza. And it was totally worth the wait. I swear I have been craving it ever since.

Well, last night we discovered that Kansas City has a substitute for that amazing pizza. Rosati's. Absolutley delicious.

Chicago Deep Dish = Amazing in my mouth!

Try it, you will see!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Golden Delicious

A beautiful set of items that represent the changing of seasons!
Check out the treasury I created on Etsy!

Hurry, it expires on Saturday!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Matt & Kim

Awesome video, awesome band, awesome song.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Boston lost his manhood

Our awesome little pup, Boston, was nuetered this weekend. About a month before he turned two. Why did we wait so long? Because in Kansas City it would have cost almost 3oo bucks. So we eventually decided that it needed to be done and made an appointment in Nevada, Mo. (Zach's hometown). It was about half the price and they took care of hime pretty well.

He has been so tired since his surgery. Sleeping all day and just sitting on the ground staring at us. I can almost hear him sometimes saying "Why did you do this to me?? I thought you loved me?!"

We do Boston, we do. Its for the benefit of us all.

I will leave you with his irresistable face.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Fall Etsy Shop!

My etsy shop is back up and running! It had been down for a while as I was having fun for the summer and making quite a few scarves and other fun fall and winter projects!

I have had a lot of views, but not purchases yet! Hopefully soon...

Saturday, September 12, 2009

photo shoot

Sample photo from our shoot with our friend Drew, who also did our wedding photos. We haven't seen the rest yet, but if they are as good as this, we won't be dissapointed!


Wednesday, July 29, 2009

infinite possibilities

This part of your life can be so confusing. Where to go, what to do. What is important to us right now. What is our focus in life. So many options. It can be so overwhelming and I just want something to happen to tell us: this is where you need be and this is what you need to do.

Zach continues to apply at different jobs here and in St. Louis. No word yet on any of them. Several interviews, several times calling back to check on the interviews, several times they haven't said a word.

I feel like this is the point where it is obvious to us that we have been going about this the wrong way. Back in April and May, we should have been praying and talking to God about where we should go and what we should be doing and seeking him in all of our options. But that hasn't been as consistent as it should have been. It's only now that we are starting to realize this. So we look to him and hope that wherever we go and whatever we do, we praise God and love people and seek his wisdom first.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

summer=vacation=new swimsuit

a less important topic. 

i ordered a new swimsuit for my family vacation in july. summer is officially here!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

Zach and I have become very interested lately in where our food comes from and how that affects what we eat. We haven't given up on chain restaurants or grocery stores at all yet, but our goal would probably to be there eventually. There is a newer book by Michael Pollan called "In Defense of Food - An Eaters Manifesto" and to tell you the truth, I haven't read it yet, nor I have I read his older book "The Omnivores Dilemma", but I have listened to quite a few podcasts, as well as a talk he gave in Kansas City last week and my way of thinking about food is beginning to change.

Food, such a weird thing. A necesity to survive, yet it can be a catylist to your health? Why is it so hard to eat well? And not just well by the standards of normal Americans, with diet foods, prepackaged lunches, sugerfree alternatives, but well as in REAL food. Food that grow from the ground. Food that grows from the ground without using chemicals to enhance growing rate and size. Whole wheat breads made from scratch without sugar. Meat from animals that are grass feed, and not corn fed then pumped with antibiotics which emit ghg's (green house gases). Why has our society embraced the selling of all of the crap that is on store shelves? There is no research for this, but how much do you want to bet that half of the crap on the shelves in the supermarkets end up in the trash? I would guess at least half.

Eating natural, WHOLE foods, has to be a better way to live. Eating meat that is from only grass fed animals has to be a better way to live. Composting your leftovers and eating foods that are compostable, has to be a better way to live. Reusing and recycling your containers has to be a better way to live. All of this is better for our world and our lives. This is just a small part of life, but a huge part at the same time. God has called us to live better lives, and our food effects our eath and our bodies! That is huge! This is just the beginning of what I want to learn/how Zach and I are learning about this, etc. More in the future....

If your interested heres the book/author:


Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Oh you know...

just a few shots from our new CAMERA!

Boston being cute. I have learned that when you don't have kids but you have a dog, your dog becomes your kid. And this is evident in the amount of photos we have of Boston.

Zach being himself while I play with the awesome flash we also got.

This is the final product of the wedding invite I did for my friends. What do you think?