Favorites on Friday...The Spoonflower Addition

Oh my, I am having quite a time trying to find fabric I like for a little boy!  I just can't bring myself to do skulls or sports balls or trucks yet.  It is so easy with girls....so many choices.  I spent two hours at the fabric store today looking for fabrics to use for some pods I plan to make for this little guy and his cousin.  I found some OK fabric but nothing I am giddy about.  If only I had an extra $150 to spend on fabric from Spoonflower ( I may break down and have to buy a few yards because seriously people there is some awesome stuff over there)!  At least I can share some of my favorite artists with you (p.s. Chris did send me the cutest robot fabric that I am giddy about and just trying to decide what to use it for...I'll keep you posted):

Love the sun fabric from Amy King and her London fabric is just awesome.

Heather Dutton's work is adorable.

Susanne Firmenich's "Play with Me" print is on my wish list as well as some of the other folk art fabric...beyond adorable.

I am swooning over everything trois miettes has to offer...seriously so great.

Katty Neill has some great stuff too. I really like the tree circle fabric.

Love the color Ann Tuck uses in her designs...so bright and rich.

Cindy Lindgren's patterns are simple and just lovely too. I'm loving the pea pod pattern and the thistle.

And we end with Tara Put, whose work can be summed up in three words... AWE  MAZE INC.  Seriously.

Hope you are enjoying your Friday and that your weekend is even better!  XXOO Hannah

An Afternoon of Drawing...

What an awesome day!  The girls all wanted to draw and color today and they actually stayed busy doing it long enough for me to finish this little Valentine girl (and then, are you ready? They slept for 2 hours).  I'm working on making a few things to sell for Valentines Day and this is one of them.  I love her socks and her braids remind me of a girl I knew in grade school.  She always wore her hair like this and I always thought she was so pretty. :)

One Year Older...

  I know I don't have to tell most of you how quickly these little lives seem to go...I always get a little bit teary when I think of how fast it is going.  But it's so fun to watch them grow too and to get to know them and I'm so glad they are healthy and happy. 
We had two little parties for the twins this year. One on the 15th (their actual big day) with my brothers and our beloved neighbors and one with Jeff's parents and sister on the 16th.  They are loved by so many and we are so blessed to have them in our lives.  

Favorites on Friday...Valentine Addition

Don't you love this one from C.R.A.F.T.
get download HERE

Chris over at Pickup Some Creativity has a great tutorial that makes me want to stop everything and sew and a round up of Valentine pouches that are to die for cute.

Jeannine over at Fireflies and Jellybeans shows how to make some really cute valentine art using American Sign Language...totally cool (Lori if you are reading, I'm thinking of you).

Head over to Purl Bee for some adorable valentine hair clippies...so cute and easy!

Beth at It Is What It Is had an awesome free printable that I am loving (not to mention a lot of other great printables...so great).

And I'm giddy about this printable from EAB Designs.  Cards numbered 1-12 to help count the ways we love.  They are so beautiful and such a great idea.

And I know my girls would love to get these Valentine flowers from Skip to my Lou!

Someday I'll make this...someday.  

And when I learn to knit, these are on the top of my list...seriously so cornily cute!

In love with this free printable valentine card from Ruffled...in love.

Now that Laurel's hair is long enough, I think it would be fun to try one of these Valentines Day Hairstyles (these are really for Britta...who has a talent for this stuff).

Love these simple but classy Valentines Day Brownie bags from Twig and Thistle!

And how cute is this idea?!

And last but not least is this great idea to help kids create Valentines for the birds.  I think we will be doing this one for sure!

Hope you are all enjoying your day and that your weekend is even better!  XXOO Hannah

Favorites on Friday...The Home Decorating Version

So, we still haven't even come close to selling our home which isn't surprising with the holidays and snow everywhere here but keeping this house organized and clean and decorating a future home has been on my mind a lot lately.  I've found some jewels in the blogosphere and thought I'd share them with you!  Here are some of my new favorites:

I'm sure most of you have heard of The Nesting Place.  I love her style and her humor...great blog!

The House of Turquoise is a new favorite.  I think you'll like it too! Very inspiring.

Oh man, Hooked on Houses definitely has me hooked!  So many inspiring ideas here and such a clean and beautiful blog...love it!

Centsational Girl is one I've been following for a while...great ideas and nice layout.

Knock Off Decor is a new one and pretty cool.  It even has categories for each store the decor is knocked off from...places like pottery barn, Restoration Hardware...you know all of your favorites that are usually out of my price range!

Life in Grace is a blog about Edie's life with her family and her beautiful southern home...unfortunately her home burned to the ground just a few weeks ago so now she is letting us watch how her and her family are picking up the pieces and rebuilding.  She is really a good writer and so inspiring.

The Inspired Room is just good...the end.

I'm an Organizing Junkie has been good to keep things looking clean and somewhat organized over here...which isn't an easy task with three toddlers I might add...but she has some great advice and tips.

Miss Mustard Seed is a new find that I LOVE.  She knows what's up!

One Nutty Girl is another new find that has been fun and inspiring.

320 Sycamore is a great down-to-earth-real-life-great-advice blog...seriously love this one.

Are you getting tired yet?  I'm realizing that I may or may not have a small but powerful obsession right now...just a few more to go:

Meadowbrook Farm has a little bit of everything. Decorating, farm life, cooking, photography...just BEAUTY everywhere!

Show and Tell is just that...showing projects and before and after's...just fun and inspiring.

Stories from A 2 Z is another new and awesome find...

OK, that's all for now...there are more but I'll spare you...do you have any you'd like to share?  Come on...feed my need! :)

Hope you all have a great weekend! XXOO

Christmas Glimpses

I know, I know it's January 12th and here I am posting about Christmas!  I hope this doesn't give you the feeling seeing Christmas trees still in peoples homes or lights still lit in February gives me.:)  But I thought you might indulge me:

The start of our newest tradition:  We gave each of the girls an ornament to put on the tree.  They will get a new one every year to open when it's time to decorate the Christmas tree.  My mom had this little tree up and ready for us when we got to Reno. Thanks Mom!

Daddy helping Norah.  
Her ornament was so cute...a little chubby snow baby angel with wings that says "Joy".  
Spending one of many late nights working on gifts that I didn't get done before we left.
We gave the twins little Melissa and Doug play house/barn so I made little peg dolls for them to play with inside their houses/barn.  They were so fun to make and the girls actually like them. (bonus) :)
Grandma adding the finishing touch to the girls' church Christmas outfits.  
Notice Norah's black eye...she ran into a chest and had a cute little shiner for about four days. 
That's just a precious picture.
and that one too.
I love this picture.  Everyone leaving for church.
One of Maisy's first tastes of the magic of Christmas

The beautiful lady behind it all.  I wish I could jump through this screen and hug her.  Thanks for EVERYTHING Mom (isn't she cute?)! 
These kids couldn't get enough of Grandpa

Frosted Windowpanes !!!!
and then there's death...or The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come (aka Sarah...and it looks like she has plans for my youngest brother, her husband, Cedric).
He doesn't seem to mind...I guess I'd better explain...my cousin Jessica (who is living with my parents helping to care for Grandma Dahl) invited us all to a Charles Dickens party...we were also invited to dress up as a character from one of his books/writings.  So Cedric was the Ghost of Christmas Present...let's just say this man was made for this costume.
The happy couple
Jeff lookin' good and wondering how he ever got himself into this crazy family.
Camille looking great
Some yummy fruit...
Checkin' in on the Wassail
No matter what I do, blogger is NOT going to let me turn this picture the right way.  But I still had to post this.   
A little peasant girl complete with no shoes...Don't you just want to bring her inside and keep her warm?!
This is what Grandma did most of the time...I hope she had turned down her hearing aids at this point...it was a loud/crazy house most of the time. She was a trooper and smiled a lot.She'll be 94 this year.
Some other crazy characters.  What? You didn't know that Charles Dickens wrote Batman?!
Enjoying the food. 

I think we were The Crachits...
Then there's this guy who I think enjoyed dressing up almost as much as Cedric.
Jessica's dress was amazing.  She sewed it herself...seriously cool.  One little note, this is really what my dad sleeps in.  He's had this particular gown for years now...I think the hat is new. One of the many reasons I love him.
My brother Micah doing a very convincing Jacob Marley
Just a fraction of the spread...seriously so much amazing food.
My other brother Jordan...I don't know who he was?  Fezziwig?  .

The next day Grandpa took all of the '07-'08 generation on a little ride.  They LOVED it!

Scout and Laurel getting in some quality cousin time as well as Norah and Rebeca...
sharing some food.

The view one morning...

My one and only sister Britta and her family came Christmas Eve.  Her birthday is a couple of days before Christmas so we celebrated a little late with a Birthday Breakfast.
I got her a Silhouette machine. This girl never asks for anything people so when she said one day that all she wanted was a Silhouette I knew I had to get it somehow (thanks Paper Dolls).  Her reaction was so perfect...it was the highlight of my holiday! :)

Christmas Eve program...Grandpa looking very festive (and blurry...sorry)

Calvin and Britta played a great duet
Nigel recited the whole "Twas the Night Before Christmas" seriously amazing!
Jordan and Ruth did a cute story that required bells to be rung at every  time they said "Rudolph", I think?  I had to put this picture of Maisy doing the face that she only does when she's overwhelmed by excitement...She usually opens her mouth like that and then shakes her arms really fast...it's hilarious and a little disturbing. :)

I love this face...the end.

That night the girls opened their Christmas Eve pajama's and slippers

 The best shot we could get that night (why or why didn't I brush through my hair!).  
recognize the slippers?
 Norah kissed Grandpa probably twenty times that night...she loves to kiss on the lips!
 heading to bed
 Our Christmas tree on Christmas Eve
 Christmas morning!  I think we could have just done stockings and they would have been thrilled.  They were so happy..
 Maisy with her barn complete with animals and a family of farmers (oh yeah and Snow White)
 Norah loving her pop up toy
 Laurel loving her little house complete with wood furniture and a couple of families (and Cinderella don't forget)
 After each family had their little Christmas together we all headed upstairs to this!

 Fun, fun fun.
Maisy got a Pooh Bear from Grandma...LOVED it.  

There is just a 10th of what actually happened.  It was such a fun year...so great that the twins "got it" a lot more this year...I can't wait for next year to really start some traditions and see what they learn from it all.

Thanks for indulging me.  Hope you all had a Merry Christmas and hope your year has been great so far!