Monday, February 23, 2009


Yes it is true...
Charli, James and Renton will be going to Kindergarten 
in August!!!

But wait
didn't this just happen?

And this....
Charli on her birth-day (hours old)
Renton 6 months old
James 3 months old

Oh how the time flies....I really can't believe that my baby will be going to school in August and turning 5 this next September.  Chad and I attended the Kindergarten information meeting last Thursday and today was Registration.  I was #3 in line, so that was a great bonus.  Registration started at 9:00am and I got there around 7:30 am.  Very worth the wait because overall it went very smoothly and I was out of there before 9:30 this morning.  Until last Thursday I was feeling very emotional about this whole going to school thing but since the info meeting I feel so much better and actually am very excited for Charli.  Her future school is a really great school and everyone is really supportive of eachother.  I am looking forward to working in the classroom and volunteering in the school.....whatever that may be.  Also on a side note, I am looking into Girl Scouts for Charli.   Aunti Brooke is super excited about this one!  So watch out all you locals, before you know it you will be getting hit up by Charli to buy those famous cookies.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


Pixie skirt # 2

I think I am more in love with this version
than the water pixie skirt.!!!

And then there is this!
Which is on the top of my to do list

So I came up with a 2nd version of my PIXIE'Z. I am so in love with this version and I did a little tweaking as well. I tried the first pixie on Charli and it fell right off. So I knew that I needed to make all my future skirts a bit smaller. Pretty much only an inch less. So I tried that this go round.....and guess fits her perfect! Which made me so happy. I became inspired to try a different version when Charli was wearing her Tinkerbell costume yesterday and the bottom of the skirt looked similar. I can't say enough about how happy I am with the end result of this super wispy pixie!!!
My parents asked me last month what I would like for my birthday.... and after some thinking and an invite to make homemade ravioli's.......I knew exactly what I wanted. So hopefully soon I will be the new owner of a pasta machine. I am so excited to be able to make my own pasta and know exactly what I am consuming when pasta is on the dinner menu. This little baby is an Atlas brand and from what I have super versatile. I know that Charli will just love helping out with making pasta, so I am looking forward to that as well. She is always wanting to help out with cooking. It makes me happy to see her so interested because at times I view cooking as a chore instead of an enjoyment.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


Here is a sneak peak at what is to become a new product to my Charli'z line....I think I will name them PIXIE'Z

My first Pixie skirt.....doesn't it look like a water fairy would wear this.  
Overall I am very happy with my first try.  I finished it last night at about 10:30 pm and really wanted to wake Charli up and try it on her, but instead I used a good amount of self control and waited until she woke up this morning.  It was a bit large around her waist, so I think that is my first adjustment to my future Pixie'z.  So what do you think?!?!?!  Please give me your honest opinions, I am looking for any advice and improvments before releasing them into my line.  So excited to actually work on a product that is very different than what I am use to.  This truly is a preview of more to come.  I have some fantastic dress up ideas for Charli'z!!!

Thursday, February 12, 2009


Look at what we made today!
I have had this idea for about 2 years now
and finally got around to making them.
I was a little bummed that it turned more into
a project that I ended up putting together
than the kids being able to make
But overall it was fun non the less.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


My beautiful new business card holder!

I just love it so much!

I also love this new fabric so much!!!
So here it goes.... I have been stewing for some weeks now about this post and have had some hesitation as to how to go about it and when and how to get all these thoughts out of my head and physically written down and out of my brain. I am hoping that this will be a some what of an emotional release and also a cleansing. So I apoligize in advance if you get half way through this and think that I am crazy and feel compelled to pay for my future therapy sessions. Just kidding, but really.... prepare yourself it is going to be a lot of rambling. If you are a parent of a young child, maybe you will see the humor in this and may also relate.
*Nap time no longer exsits in my house hold, we now have what we like to call "resting time or quiet time" the kids lay down and watch a movie. Owen my youngest daycare child still naps but that is only one child in my care. Overall this no napping thing is going better than I expected. So I do give myself a pat on the back. It just means that I have no down time during the day.
*Kindergarten is fast approaching and next Thursday the 19th is Kindergarten orientation at 6:30pm and then the 23rd is Kindergarten registration!!!! It is inevitable.... my child is not a baby anymore and will be thrown out into the big bad world. Or at least that is how I see it. I am very emotional about this new and up and coming change. I know that Charli is going to thrive, is on track developmentally, makes friends easily and follows the rules of what teachers expect of her, is potty trained and loves going to preschool and any organized activity that she has been a part of.....but there are mean kids out there that say and do mean things and as a result make you cry and hurt your feelings. And I know this will happen and I will cry right along with her and hug her and not want to let go. But I know this only makes you a stronger person, so really it is good for you. But baby girl is going to school in about 6 months!!!! SIGH....... I need a glass of wine or maybe a whole bottle.
*I think someone or something has taken over my child!!! PLEASE HELP.....I also think that my child and almost every child that has ever exsisted has multiple personality disorder. You can not dispute this if you have a child. My sweet Charli is an emotional roller coaster through out the day....most days. She probably gets sent to her room at least twice a day. It can range from not getting something that she wants, to not wanting to share something or just simply me not understanding what it is that she is wanting or asking for. Or god forbid I didn't allow her to have that big frosting rose on the birthday cake, of the birthday party we just attended this last weekend. Big frosting roses are really important when you are 4 yrs old!!!! As a result of these random outbursts from my 4 yr old, I am very drained by the end of the day and for the most part takes a lot of self control on my part. I am constantly reminding my child to use her manners, hitting a friend on the head is not acceptable, screaming and yelling is not how we talk to people, we use our words and never tell our friends that they are not your friend any more that they can't come to your birthday party, when in reality they will be getting an invitation to your birthday party and your friends will always be your friends......And I am worried about kids being mean to her, watch out Kindergarten, here comes Charli.
*Green Baby Expo is fast approaching and I am already preparing, planning and sewing in my spare time. I am very much looking forward to this year. It will be my second time attending and this year I will be sharing a booth with a friend. I have some ideas in the works for products that I want to add to my Charli'z line. I am very excited about this.
*So after all this is said and done....I stumbled across this super cute business card holder, which I received last week and just love! It really is perfect. I can keep it in my purse, I know right where my cards are and keeps them perfectly organized and is super cute to display. Also I came across this new line of fabric recently and just fell in love with it. It is a whole new line by designer Heather Ross and is called the Mendocine line. I purchased 2 underwater sister versions and 1 kelp forest in plum. I bought all three fabrics through this etsy seller. Super great seller and she has quite the variety to choose from.
*I am very inspired to make these super cute Valentines crafts that Jenna crafted up. I just need to find a mailbox and then I will be good to go. So cute and so easy to whip up. You know in all my spare time.