Catch The Moment – Weeks 21 & 22

Finally, the last out-of-order Catch The Moment 365 photo post. After this I’ll be all caught up. These two weeks aren’t my most inspiring pictures as I was in the middle of the workshop renovation and a crush of orders. I admit there were times when I thought of giving up up on the project, but now I’m so grateful that I stayed with it. Here’s a short and sweet photo recap – cheers to being organized again!

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Little Lady fast asleep in her car seat. I’m amazed at how a year ago I wouldn’t have even known how to take this style of picture. Side note: look at those gorgeous eyelashes!

2_Saturday

Relaxing with mommy in the hammock.

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Gorgeous fluffy egg whites ready to be made into angel food cake.

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In my quest to find the perfect vanilla cupcake recipe, I went through more versions than I care to count. I feel that I have finally found it, and they are now my go-to dessert for holidays and pot-lucks.

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Another hat picture. Hats are a big deal right now in our house.

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One of the first late nights working in the workshop. Stella seems very pleased with the new, cooler flooring.

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It’s always fun when we get to entertain our neighbors from Mexico at our house in California. We had perfect weather for a lazy Sunday morning on the patio.

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The New Belgium brewery will always be one of my favorites. I’d never tried this Pilsener before, but it was just what I needed on one of my many late nights.

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My husband’s birthday present, an inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board (better known as a SUP). Who doesn’t keep their water toys in their living room?

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Daddy and Little Lady enjoying the pool.

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Stella will lay on the tiniest scrap of fabric possible.

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Another late night of working and making pouches made possible by a New Belgium microbrew (Fat Tire this time).

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Who cares if we have one of the worst teams in baseball? A weekday game at a beautiful stadium is never a bad time.

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Cheese enchiladas – no bib = one messy baby. She sure was happy though.

 

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Catch The Moment – Weeks 23 & 26

Here is one of those out-of-order photo posts I warned you about. I promise there will only be one or two more before I’m completely caught up.

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I’m going back to week 23 to start things off with Little Lady eating her first full slice of pizza. No matter how many times we showed her how to eat off of one end, she insisted in eating a hole through the middle.

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There is a fantastic campground only a few minutes from our house in California. We stay here every year for my husband’s birthday and invite our family and friends to join us. Little Lady entertained everyone by sprawling out on the ground to “read” the ads.

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Stella always needs a day or two to recover from camping excitement. I accidentally set her bed up on a tub in my workshop, but that didn’t stop her from passing out on it all day long.

4_MondayMy very first decoupage project! I love the satin finish on this vintage Halloween plaque. The sweet witch and smiling jack sit on my workshop shelf as a subtle reminder of my favorite holiday.

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Hello pretties. I made up for years of hand-me-down soccer cleats with a new pair of high-end running shoes. Usually I deal with blisters, aches, and pains, but these shoes were heaven right out of the box.

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Every night I pick up the family room, and every evening around 5:00 is looks like this. Something’s got to give in order to get dinner made, right?

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Thursday was actually the first day of my Disney World vacation. After a hectic few weeks, a giant beer at Epcot’s Biergarten was just what I needed. Great food and a live band rounded out a perfect evening.

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Fast forward three weeks and I’m back in Colorado for week 26. We took Little Lady camping at Golden Gate Canyon State park. Even though it was extremely windy, we were able to see some gorgeous wildflowers like this columbine, Colorado’s state flower.

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Passed out in her carrier after a full day of hiking and playing.

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Bubbles have been huge hit this summer. I recommend a bubble gun to everyone with a toddler.

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My mom’s garden beds seemed to explode in the last few days. This one is a mix of pumpkin, zucchini, and some herbs buried in there somewhere.

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Somehow she managed to eat some of the yogurt even though she used most of it to finger paint.

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I love this shot of Little Lady and her daddy at the reservoir. That pink ruffle bathing suit kills me.

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My mom and sister in our first attempt at candle making. I’m surprised with how well the votives turned out (they were Christmas tree scented, in case you were wondering).

Now I’m well on my way to catching up. Officially half way through the year and the Catch The Moment 365 project!

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Catch The Moment – Weeks 24 & 25

While finishing up my craft room/workshop renovation, I fell drastically behind on my daily photo project. Well, I fell behind in organizing and posting, but at least I was still taking picturess! In an effort to get caught up, I’m going to do a slightly out-of-order posting for a while with one current and one backlogged week. We are currently on week 25, almost halfway through. Crazy!

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Here is a really fun picture to start things off. I was lucky enough to go on a spur-of-the-moment trip with a good friend to Disney World for Star Wars Weekend. Although I don’t consider myself a diehard fan, you probably couldn’t tell that from this picture of me in my Darth Vader t-shirt inside Star Tours.

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The final morning of the trip was spent at Magic Kingdom. No matter how old you are, Cinderella’s castle is still breathtaking. As a Halloween nut, I was thrilled to go on the Haunted Mansion ride.

3_SundayIt was as short but sweet trip, and I was back in town for Father’s Day. Here’s a great shot of of all the Dads on my husband’s side of the family. The newest daddies are holding their Little Ladies.

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Harsh reality hit on Monday when I realized that not only was I no longer at the happiest place on earth, but I was nowhere close to being ready for our summer trip to Colorado. I think I got a total of nine hours of sleep over three nights as I frantically finished orders and packed. My new Little Mermaid coffee cup stayed full and helped me through it all.

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A monumental moment for me. I finished my workshop the day before we left for Colorado and was able to snap a few pictures. Words can’t express how happy I am with this project.

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Along the way we camped in Kodachrome Basin State Park. This was one of the most spectacular campsites I have ever seen.

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Little Lady seems to love every moment spent outside. I adore this picture of the two of us.

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Guess who may not love every moment? Stella. The poor girl is like a doggie dust mop. Don’t worry, she got a nice bath and lots of pampering once we arrived in Colorado.

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Little Lady settled right in to life at Grandma and Papa’s house. She takes her “job” of watering the flowers very seriously, even though half the time she misses the planter.

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A belated Father’s Day celebration for my dad. Little kids sure do learn early how fun it is to help open presents!

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My half-marathon training officially began on this day. Running in Colorado is no joke between the heat, elevation, and wind factors. But after four miles I was still smiling and feeling very happy and healthy.

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This is why I love the Catch The Moment photo challenge so much. I normally wouldn’t bring my nice camera to the park, but I had it on hand to capture Little Lady smiling at her daddy through the playground equipment. This picture melts my heart.

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My parents live very close to a beautiful reservoir with an amazing swim beach. Here is Little Lady giving her best “cheese!” face.

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Patio furniture topped with Colorado microbrews, a string of lantern lights, potted flowers, and a kiddie pool to keep the dog cool. I think my sister’s house captures summer perfectly, don’t you?

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Craft Room Makeover – Grand Finale!

It’s finally here – the reveal of the brand new Little Partridge workshop! I was planning on posting this a week {or two} ago, but I had some amazing travel opportunities come up that I just had to take. Anyhow, I am THRILLED with the renovation. Without further ado, here are the pictures!

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Room overview from the doorway. The colors, the layout, the furniture, I love everything.

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Moving counter-clockwise around the room, here are the sewing and ironing cabinets. Not only do they make sewing 1,000 times easier for me (no more shoulder problems!), but they offer a ton of storage. I’m still looking for the perfect decoration for the wall above the tallest dresser.

Tutu dress form display I found this tiny, perfect wrought-iron dress form to display tutus. It will come in handy when I take pictures for the new tutus coming to the shop in late summer.

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Lots of little details come together to warm the space and make me smile. I bought a glass water bottle specifically for the workshop and a set of fun coasters (if you know me, you know my love of bonfires).

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It’s great how the work table is wide enough for a printer and my new notions caddy. Having the most commonly used buttons and hardware at my fingertips saves time digging through boxes. I’d love to upgrade the the small Little Partridge logo frame to something that fills the space better.

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The floral print fabric adds a pop of color as a table apron. I ended up sewing magnets in the top hem so I can easily pull it back when I need to get to the storage tubs underneath. Fabric buntings are an inexpensive and easy way to fill up a wall space. I made mine from leftover fabric scraps.

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The one area of the workshop that isn’t quite finished is the closet. I’m very happy with the large storage cabinet, but I’m still toying with what I want to put in next to it. Obviously there is a lot of non-utilized space. Perhaps some built-in wire shelving?

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The closet is quite large with a tucked-away space perfect for storage tubs. When my family comes out to visit in December, we plan on building pantry-style shelving so that the tubs can be accessed without unstacking. There is quite a bit of space left above them for additional storage.

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Ah, my little shelves. The birdie and vintage Halloween placard were wood blanks that I finished myself. Each time I see that smiling Jack-o-lantern I can’t help but think about my favorite holiday. Rounding out the decorations are a mercury glass votive holder and my grandma’s crystal bud vase (complete with a rose from our garden).

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Even though I no longer need dozens of tutus ready to go for craft shows, I do enjoy seeing a few favorites above the doorway.

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Last but not least, a painted wooden shutter behind the door holds fabric strips ready to be made into suspenders. I like how when the door is open it hides the whole thing, which can look quite cluttered when it is full.

I can’t believe how our quality of life has already improved by having everything organized and in one place. We have reclaimed our bedroom – waking up in the morning is so much more peaceful when you aren’t staring your work in the face! I spend so much less time looking for lost supplies or walking back and forth between rooms and floors. Production time has been lowered because I can now “assembly line” similar orders.

I’m very proud of the fact that I did a lot of the work myself, from painting the walls to refinishing the furniture pieces. A huge thank you to my husband who not only helped move and assemble, but who put up with the chaos and in-between state of the house. Thank you to all of the family and friends who lent a hand in so many ways, and all of the blog readers who offered encouragement. Now that the workshop is finished, I’m looking forward to summertime and a little bit of break. But I can promise you that I will be back in a few weeks, refreshed, recharged, and ready to continue growing Little Partridge. I finally feel like I have a space that outwardly matches the pride I feel for the company that I have built over the last few years, and it feels fantastic.

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Craft Room Makeover – Week 12

I’ve had a few people ask when the big workshop reveal is going to be. The answer is… soon! I would have liked to finish everything up this week, but I ended up needing more time on the final details. Here’s a quick peek at the personal touches warming up the space:

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I’m so happy with this collage frame, which takes up most of the wall above the sewing cabinet. The photos are a random collection of my favorite family shots, retro and recent. I used an editing program to give all the pictures an aged appearance for a cohesive look.

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I love opening the large window in the new workshop and feeling the perfect Southern California breeze come through the room. This whimsical owl paperweight is both sweet and functional, as it keeps my order sheets from blowing off the desk.

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I scoured several craft, home goods, and trinket stores for the perfect items to display on the new shelving. Of course I ended up with raw materials that will need to be finished to my liking, because there aren’t enough projects going on in my life.

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Gone are the days of 100 tutus stored on laundry lines! I decided to hang a curtain rod above the door just to keep a few on display, and I really like how they fit this space.

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One final project. I plan on making an apron for underneath the work table to hide extra storage tubs. Don’t you love this gorgeous floral print?

Please stop by next week for the grand finale reveal! I’m so excited to show you how everything has come together. It has been quite the journey so far.JustBe

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Catch The Moment – Weeks 18, 19, & 20

Well hello there! Once again I wasn’t expecting to fall behind on my daily photo project, but everyone knows how life gets crazy. Without further ado, here’s a three week catch-up to get back on track.

Day1

I’m starting things off with the last day of our camping trip, which already feels like an eternity ago.

Day2We had a stretch of really warm weather again. Swimming pools and water tables made a daily appearance.

Day3

This was a great shot as the day was ending and I realized I still needed a photo. Palm trees make excellent silhouettes, don’t you think?

Day4

My husband lent a helping hand with the staple gun for the ironing table construction.

Day5

I wish it was possible to smell a photo. The mix of roses with jasmine is intoxicating.

Day6

Special dinner out to celebrate my 1,000th Etsy sale! I think that the secret of life is to eat a giant burger once and a while.

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Tweaking aperture really gives foliage an interesting depth. The plant on the left is an heirloom tomato, my favorite style to grow.

Day1

We’ve had such a hard time planting the new bed on the side of the house – you can see how brown the edges of this gardenia are, almost like the plant is burnt. At least we still saw a few beautiful blooms.

Day2

These cupcake sets were the first made completely in the new workshop. I can’t believe how much time I was able to save making them by having everything in the same room.

Day3

Mother’s Day! We celebrated by picnicking and exploring a new county park. Smiles all around.

Day4

Little Lady trying her very first donut (a pink colored old-fashioned). The uncertainty shown here quickly gave way to pure joy.

Day5A quick shot of the boysenberry crop with tons of ripening berries. The festive red, white, and blue garland keeps away the birds.

Day6Here’s a moment that you never hope has to be captured. Wildfires came dangerously close to our house last week, to the point where I was constantly checking for evacuation orders. Dozens of structures in San Diego county were burned, and my heart goes out to all of the affected families.

Day7

With the fires keeping us close to home, it was time to do some upkeep on the vegetable beds. You can see the specks of ash that landed on this yellow squash.

Day1

It was a little bizarre going to a hockey game in the extreme heatwave last week, but I jumped at the chance to go to the Ducks/Kings playoff game seven with a friend. It wasn’t the ending we had hoped for, but it sure was a lot of fun.

Day2

Up bright and early the next day for a trip to Legoland. I don’t know what it is about this fountain, but we always manage to spend quite a bit of time here. Each Lego instrument has a motion sensor so that when you stand in front of it, its water shoots higher and its sound grows louder in the song that plays.

Day3

My new sewing cabinet in action.

Day4

At least once a week I have a shot that makes me smile and think “this kid”. Right now everything is a hat, including many things that aren’t in fact hats.

Day5

What’s second only to hats? Shoes. She loves trying on daddy’s shoes.

Day6

Mmmm, boysenberries. Nothing compares to fresh berries from your own garden.

Day7

Last but not least, a shot from our pier walk. If you live in North County San Diego and haven’t been to the Oceanside pier, you should definitely stop by. Both the view and the people watching are fantastic.

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Craft Room Makeover – Week 11

What a triumphant moment in this journey! Today all of the furniture (old and new) found a home in the workshop. I ran in to a little snag last week when the second chair I received was also damaged, which made me seriously doubt the quality of the whole desk set. I returned both chairs, canceled the desk order and started from scratch. I think it was meant to be because I love the new desk. It looks like it was custom made for this space! Here’s everything all put together.

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I’m thrilled with the transformation of the old dresser into an ironing table (the piece with the gray polka-dot top). I will be posting a how-to tutorial later on in case anybody wants to try making one. The cabinet on the right is the sewing cabinet I ordered. It’s seriously a beautiful piece of furniture that deserves its own post later on to show it off.

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As I mentioned above, the new desk is a perfect fit. It’s exactly the same width as the ironing table on the right-hand side, and I like how the contoured top adds more work space. Bonus points for being way cheaper than the original one I ordered. I’m still finding it hard to believe that the giant white table in the picture is the old rusty folding table I was using. Amazing how a coat of paint can breath life back into an object.

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Finally, here’s a quick shot of the closet storage cabinet. I’m happy with the decision to take off the closet doors in order to accommodate this massive storage piece. I know I’m going to love having so many materials hidden from view.

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You can bet I sat for a while and basked in the glow of this project milestone. But even though I love the clean-slate feeling, the room has yet to take on a feeling of warmth and personality. It has yet to become the Little Partridge heart. That will all come next week when I add many personal touches (and an incredible amount of stuff). Thank goodness the hard part is over and now the fun can begin!

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Catch The Moment 365 – Week 17

We got more than a little taste of summertime this past week. Hot Santa Ana winds ushered in water activities and camping fun. I know it won’t last, and we’ll probably see some gloomy weather in the future, but boy was that first taste sweet. Bring on the sunshine, bring on the good times!

Day1

Little Lady on the coolest day of the week. We strolled through Long Beach for the annual MS Walk. She was slightly obsessed with the medal that we all (including the dogs) received at the finish line.

Day2

This is a cheat picture from that same day, but I had to include her first time blowing bubbles. She was pretty good at dipping the wand and even managed a few by herself.

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Floating with daddy. Thank you to our good friends for sharing their pool!

Day4

For some reason Little Lady got a kick out of putting on her hat and running up to the camera as close as she could to show it off.

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Swimming is hard work. This shot is priceless – note the giant glob of applesauce on her chest. I think she fell asleep mid-reach.

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First warm season camping trip of the year! The rooftop tent came out of storage (there’s a ladder that folds down from the top story) and we explored a new area of Palomar mountain.

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Crazy hair, covered in dirt, exploring the forest, and loving every minute of it. This is what life’s all about.

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Craft Room Makeover – Week 10

This is sort of an eclectic week for my workshop makeover project. I’m in the middle of a lot of different things, including refinishing, assembling and waiting for the delivery of different types of furniture. Let’s take a peek at all three!

Refinishing: This dresser will ultimately become an ironing surface. At first I thought I needed to paint the entire thing with primer, but that was before I took a closer look at spray paint options. I usually buy the cheapest spray paint possible for all of our Halloween projects, so I wasn’t aware how far it has evolved in the last couple of years. The white I chose has a built-in primer, and it went on smooth and even. Next week I plan on finishing the top with a special heat resistant fabric.

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Assembling: My husband was sweet enough to assemble my new chair for me. You know, THE chair, the one I imagined gliding around on from station to station? Well, I am pleased with the design and the size, but unfortunately there were some quality control issues. Chipped paint and scratches mean that this particular chair will need to be unassembled, repackaged, and exchanged. Sigh.

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Waiting on delivery: Right before I was about to finish this post, I received a call to schedule the delivery for my new sewing cabinet! The enormous box is still sitting wrapped up in our garage and I CAN’T WAIT to see how it turned out. This piece of furniture was made to order and customized to match my sewing machine. I’m hoping that it will drastically help with the shoulder problems I’ve been having from sewing at my desk.

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I can feel how close I’m getting close to wrapping up this project and moving everything into the new room! I expect the next two weeks to be pretty hectic as I shuffle everything around while at the same time working on open orders. I can promise you that by the next update all of this furniture will have found its permanent home!

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Catch The Moment 365 – Weeks 15 & 16

One more double week of pictures and I’ll be all caught up! Hard to believe we’re about one quarter in to the year.

Easter Decorations

I was never a fan of Easter decorations until Little Lady came along. Suddenly pastel eggs have found a place in my heart.

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This girl has a fondness for chairs. The newest addition is a beach chair from Papa and Grandma. What better place to eat your morning bananas?

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Here’s a repeated picture from my Craft Room Makeover Week 9 post, but I couldn’t help it. I just love this picture of Stella and I’m so happy with how the room is turning out.

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The first Easter lilly I ever bought! Like pastel eggs and bunny rabbits, I’m slowly warming up to them.

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We kept egg dying as simple as possible this year. Little Lady helped make about a dozen, and was particularly fond of the blue color.

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Our Easter table set and ready to go. I went with bright colors and a mix of different flowers in bud vases. I loved seeing Little Lady “ooh” and “aaah” over the decorations.

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Easter Sunday! She wasn’t as into the egg hunting as I’d thought she’s be, but boy did she get excited by her Easter basket.

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Post-Easter bunny explosion.

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 Things had been so crazy the last few weeks I hadn’t had the chance to add anything new to the shop. This is the latest Hot Pink Zebra cupcake burp cloth set. I imagine it is going to be popular. I sold two sets the first day it was listed.

20140423_185619While a dark, slightly blurry shot of my dinner doesn’t make for the best picture, I wanted to capture this moment. My husband and I made it out of the house to a nice dinner, just the two of us, while Little Lady stayed the night with her grandparents. We tried a funky little restaurant in our town with an eclectic menu. I had fried catfish over grits, smothered in “Holy Trinity Sauce”. It was divine.

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Looks like someone else shares mommy’s enthusiasm for food. Could she possibly stuff any more graham cracker bunnies in those cheeks?

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Stella laying in the wake of a Little Lady tupperware tornado.

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Legos (Duplos) were the centerpiece of her Easter basket. They are a little difficult for her to pull apart right now, but I bet it won’t be long before she’s building on her own.

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The workshop was definitely zebra-themed the last few days. This fun outfit will be available later this week! I’m trying to include more outfits with name personalization, since this seems to be a request I get pretty often.

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