Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Etsy Love :: Perfect in Pastel


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With Easter right around the corner and Spring officially here (at least in spirit), my color palate is quickly changing to a bit of a softer tone.  Here are some favorite pastels that I've come across on Etsy lately.

I just adore the hot air balloon mobile.  How sweet would that look in a nursery?  Or as decoration at a bridal shower...or even wedding?  Darling.  And even though our family isn't a "cat family" (ie: insanely allergy prone to cat dander) I can't help but love these capnip bunnies.  Seriously.  They're like little peeps but delightfully hand stitched.  And I love the little tags she's added with her shop name...I love little added elements like that.

What about you?  Are pastels something you've found yourself leaning toward lately?

Monday, March 30, 2015

Easter Eggs.

Can I just start by saying that maybe we shouldn't have hard boiled a dozen eggs?  Because I have to stop myself from eating one every time I go near the fridge.  Why are they so good?  They're just eggs!  And yet...dump a little salt on the top of them and they are the best thing I've ever eaten in my life ever.  AMIRIGHT?!?!

Whew.  Anyway.  Carrying on.  We decorated eggs this weekend.

Louis had really been wanting to color eggs so we finally squeezed in a little time to make it happen.  It was sweet to see him so involved this year.  Because if I remember correctly, we did literally all of the decorating and dyeing of the eggs last year while Louis just watched.  This year, kiddo handled those eggs like a pro.  

Last year we had awesome pirate decorations for our eggs.  This year, we found an equally awesome beachy-themed kit for them.  I think they turned out incredibly adorable.  I especially loved the placement of the stickers on the ones Louis did.  Their mouths were a little crooked, making the smiles seem even cuter than I would have made the octopus or other little dudes.

Aren't they sweet?  I'll pretty much get a kit like this every year, from here on out.  It makes decorating them extra adorable and super easy!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sunday Lately :: Week 13

What do you know?  It's Sunday already!  I seriously love these posts because it's such a brain dump from the previous week.  Haven't played along yet with Meghan, Nicole and me?  You probably should!
This week's themes: Dwelling, Helping, Forgetting, Switching, Relying

Dwelling. Upon the amount of sewing mishaps I had with Bennett's shirt for Easter.  Seriously.  I almost threw it away.  I kinda did.  When it didn't fit and looked like a lumpy bag when he tried it on, I crumpled it up and threw it on the highest shelf in my craft room so I didn't have to look at it.  But then I felt bad that Bennett wouldn't have something I'd made him (like usual) so I tried it again.  And by george, I made it work.  It's not perfect.  But Bennett has a shirt.  And so do I!  I don't even hate the ghetto-style Peter Pan collar I created for myself.  Woot!

Helping. Myself prepare for the week of craziness ahead by getting some work done on the weekend.  I try my hardest not to work-work on Saturday and Sunday because it's the only two days in which we have all three of us in one place.  No school, no crazy demanding schedules.  For the most part.  But we will be heading out of town for a long weekend (DC, what what!!) and I need to get a little ahead of myself with my workload.  Or, at the very least, caught up.  So I've been taking a few hours out of my weekend to get work done and it's making me feel less bad about our mini vacation time away.

Forgetting. That I am more of an influence on my niece than I'd previously realized.  My father-in-law's birthday was Saturday and we all went out to dinner and I sat nearby Annie.  Who started telling me that she has a project at school about their career goals and she wants to be a "clothing designer".  She asked if she could get some fabric swatches from me to put on her display board.  I might not consider myself to be a clothing designer...but she just might think I am.  I mean, I print shirts all day long and have sewn up a few items for her to wear.  So that's pretty clothing designer-ish!  So sweet.  I'm swelling with pride that she looks up to me in the least bit.  What a sweetheart.

Switching. Into full blown spring mode.  Well.  I am...but Mother Nature is toying with my emotions at the moment.  I am SO tired of wearing boots.  And digging through my sock basket for a match.  And heavy winter jackets.  And the cold.  Ugh.  The weather will be 60+ one day and then snow the next.  It's getting old.  Because I needed some sort of change to help me out of my frustrated slump, I bought some new shoes.  Which I never do because I'm cheap and wear the same pair until they die.  But I added these cute booties to my wardrobe and am hoping I can figure out how to pull them off more naturally.  Because right now, I feel like I look like a dork trying to wear them.

Relying. On Bennett soon for help with Handmade Escapade.  My little business and workload keeps growing.  Which is great and I'm not complaining.  But I'm starting to get to a point where I need to make a decision about it's growth.  I can stay the course for a little longer but I'm going to need to make some changes and get some help eventually.  And I don't think I'm quite ready to cut into my profits and hire someone.  So I might be hiring Bennett for the times in which Louis is in school and Bennett can lend a helping hand.  He'll be great, I know he will.  I just need to learn how to let someone help me.  Which isn't easy because I am a control freak.

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