Monday, August 29, 2011

Why infertility and the movies don't mix.

Daniel and I had a fabbbulous date night. We saw The Help  (it was superb) and I cried. I cried before the movie even began. Let me tell you why.

It began with this trailer for the Odd Life of Timothy Green. The movie is about an infertile couple who writes down all of their hopes and dreams for a child and buries it in their yard..through Disney magic a kid comes up covered in dirt calling Jennifer Garner, mom. Does the movie look good? Not really, but the trailer did make me bawl. I was touched as I watched the yearning couple write down their wishes for a child they thought would never be. 

I have to tell you that as an 'Infertile Myrtle' I had grown to be wary of the movie theatre. There is nothing worse than trying to take a breath of fresh air by having a semi-romantic date night at the movies, and then being slapped in the face with sorrow on the big screen. I was a very bad date for a very long time. Honestly, we stopped going to the movies all-together.

Although I loved The Help, The movie might be difficult for someone who is struggling to conceive. There is a pervasive theme of disinterested and detached mothers, and it contained a poignant story of a woman struggling with sequential miscarriages as well as a semi-graphic miscarriage scene. This made me think of all the other movies that I saw, and bummed me out while trying to conceive.

Let's outline the worst movies to see as someone struggling to conceive: 
Julie and Julia- Julia can't have children, but discovers her sister is pregnant. This is SUPER fun see when this exact situation is currently in full-swing in your life. 
Up- Even the cute little animated couple can't have children and return from the hospital to an empty nursery.Thanks a lot Pixar. 
Ice-Age3- The stupid mammoths are pregnant, and their friend, Sid is jealous of them. Awesome. 

Tonight when I saw the little preview and then the movie itself, it made me reflect back on the deep longing to have a family, so I cried.  Then, I realized that this was first time my entire night wasn't ruined by yet another movie reference to infertility, so I cried even more. First I was crying sad tears, then I was crying happy tears! Daniel was confused, but he held my hand.

Tears of victory. Tears of thankfulness. Hallelujah.

Lots of love,

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Pinterest Love: Natural

Lately I've been digging the natural color palette. Unrefined fabrics add such visual texture, and I can't get enough of it! Here are a few baubles that caught my eye.

1. DIY dandelion tutorial. I want to make a whole vase of these!
2. Lovey modern taxidermy print. Etsy shop here.
3. A pillowcase dress that does just look like an ugly pillowcase. It's darling.
4. Crate on wheels. Done and done. If you live nearby and need some crates, swing on by! I've got a-plenty.
5. Braided straw belt. Belt this over a fall cardigan with leather boots, and you've got it together.
6. Drool-worthy Patricia Nash long-strap satchel. (I'm saving my silhouette money for this. Buy a silhouette from my Etsy store!!)

I hope you enjoy :)

Lots of love,

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Sourdough Flop

I made a sourdough brick. It was not worthy of being called bread. Bummer.

(Sidenote: I taught my 18 month old niece, Mercy to say 'Bummer.' It is the cutest thing, and she uses it correctly!)

I was so mad that it didn't turn out, I did not take a picture of the baked loaf, but just imagine the un-baked loaf a shade of brown. It didn't rise at ALL. I hate wasting things, so I thought maybe I could make it into croutons. The only problem is that I may have to get a chainsaw to cut the loaf into cubes.

I used a starter given to me by a friend, and a recipe that relies on the starter's natural leavening without any yeast. The bread did rise during the proofing time, but it took way longer than it should have and it didn't rise as high as it should have either. I'm guessing it just wasn't an active enough starter to begin with?? I used white whole wheat flour, would this mess anything up?

Any tips from sourdough bakers out there? Heelp me.

Lots of love,

Monday, August 22, 2011

Silhouette Birthday Party Invitations.

Remember Lauren's sweet little man, Noah?
Out Of Alabaster Etsy Shop

He's turning two! Look at these adorable birthday invitations that she created with his silhouette :) The simplicity of the colors, the bunting, I LOVE it!

Check out here tutorial here on her blog Simple Lovelies.

I'd love to see all the other creations you make with your silhouettes!

Lots of love,

Saturday, August 20, 2011


I had my first scary mom moment last week. I decided to spray-paint the furnace with chalkboard paint, so I put Selah in her room at the back of our house, with the door shut, because I didn't want to expose her to any of the paint fumes.

I proceeded to quickly paint the furnace, and then went to get Selah. I was alarmed when I opened the door to her room, because it smelled like spray paint. What I didn't realize when I started painting, was that the air-conditioner intake vent was actually in the same room where I was painting...blowing those nice fumes directly into her room.

My head started spinning. All I could think of was that I needed to get her out of the house. So, I threw her in the car-seat and started driving. (It was 108 degrees outside, so we couldn't just hang around outside.) Of course, I called my mom, and I started bawling.

My mom told me not to worry, that Selah was fine,  and that she was only in there a very short period of time. She even reminded me of the time that she had once left my sister in the hot car for a few minutes. Later, my sister (she survived) told me not to worry, that her daughter had actually eaten paint not too long ago. These stories made me feel a little better, but this incident made me realize that it's scary to love someone so much.

I just want to protect my baby from everything dirty, bad, sad,evil, and painful.

When I walked into that room, it scared me to know that despite my best intentions, I didn't protect her fully. I worried that those little particles floating through the air would make her get sick. I saw the room full of carcinogenic little monsters that I wanted away from my baby. I wish that was the only time I've worried about such things, but I worry about the same thing as I peel the fruit that she eats, and I spray 'green' cleaner on the kitchen table, and I avoid feeding her from plastic containers. It can be overwhelmingly scary sometimes.


I pray for her. I offensively pray for her. I habitually pray for her. That her joyful spirit would persevere throughout trials, that her confidence would come from intimate knowledge of her Creator, that her peace would be power, and that any plan of the enemy would be cut off in the name of Jesus Christ.

Then I can breathe again, then the air feels clean.

Lots of love,

Thursday, August 18, 2011

A wild hair.

I got a wild hair last night.And it must have been particularly crazy...because I always have a head full of errant curly hairs.

Something magical happens after I put the baby to sleep at night. It's like an entire alter universe presents itself to me. It's a Candyland wherein I am drunken with the possibility of completing an entire project UNINTERRUPTED. I may be dog tired at the end of the day, but as soon as Selah goes down for the night I am energized and ready to do something.
Anything. Creative. Wild. Colorful.

Not dishes..If we are talking about dishes, then I am tired again.

PRETTY THINGS. I feel the NEED to create beauty.

This was my inspiration. Slightly more impressive, but a little different from my personal style. It was the idea of painting cross stitch that is genius! NO SKILL REQUIRED. Just X's.
pretty dutch cottage

 I decided on a little more modern and (cough) EASY design. I used a square piece of cardboard to mark off each X with a pencil. Also, since we have paneling (which I like to pretend is just fancy wainscoting) the vertical lines made it a little easier. I may go back and thicken the lines a bit, we'll just have to see.

I was taken aback this morning when I woke up to a lovely/crazy cross-stitch mural this morning. Whoa! When did that get there? The little Picasso cross-stitch fairies must have swung by last night.
a fun hallway.
This is the design that I copied. Although I did it on a ginormous scale (trend..I think so), you could easily do this much smaller. 
Here are some other ideas that I was toying around with, and thought would be awesome painted on a mural.

1. Keep Calm (Someone please do this!!)
2. Love locket
3. Tasteful taxidermy

Lots of love,

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

hopscotch and an amputee chicken.

Look what just went down in my hallway. Hopscotch. Oh yeah!  

It's just a vinyl decal I got from here. I bet you could make this easily if you had a Cricut or Silhouette, or other magic cutting machine of my dreams. The decal can be easily removed without messing up the floor for all of you concerned adults. 

I love how it tries to be all grown-up with the white color-palette, but in the end it's still a game of hopscotch. I identify with you little hopscotch, I do. 
Too deep? 
Yeah, I thought so. Moving on. 

And for my latest ginormo-wreath update, I decided to make a little chalk-board to go in the middle of my wreath, so I can write all sorts of messages. Check it out! 

This was Daniel's idea! Although he likes to pretend that he's too manly to have decorating ideas, he's really got some good ones folks ;)

Obviously I need to brush up on my bubble letters a bit... I just haven't had the time lately to practice. My sixth-grade self would be embarrassed to see these. Also, my birdie looks a bit like an amputee chicken. Oh well :)

Lots of love,

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Pinterest Love

Just waxing on poetic about Pinterest. It's a visual collection of generally nifty things! There are great ideas for recipes, DIY projects, and decorating tips. I thought it might be fun to ever now and then go through some of my favorites. So here you have it.

The Yellow Edition.

1. Styling leather and silver bangles from Etsy.
2. Super-cute felt flower tutorial. Perfect for pillows, hairclips, and everything that needs a flower...which, face it, is everything. Tutorial here.
3. High-waisted matching baby and momma skirts with free pattern.
4. Stenciled staircase. Promise me you will do this if you have stairs. PROMISE ME. (I think I'm going to do this to our front porch steps) Stencils sourced here.
5. Banana pudding in mason jars. Adorable.
6. Embroidered Matryoshka Onsie from moi! Tutorial here.

If you're not following me on Pinterest, follow me! Just click on the red button in the right-hand side.  If you need an invite, just leave me a comment with your e-mail and I'll send you one.

Lots of love,

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Vintage Paper Wreath

In kindergartner fashion, I made my mom's birthday present this year. You probably already guessed it,  another wreath! This one is a paper wreath made from pages of a vintage sharp edges involved.

If you ever run across a vintage dictionary, BUY IT! Even if you don't want it, give it to meee! I have made so many projects from my trusty gigantic dictionary.  I love the super detail, and cute images you can see on the pages up close.

For the base, I used a flat wreath form from the craft store, but I think you could also easily use a piece of cardboard trimmed into a circle. First, gently fold your pieces of paper and glue them on the underside of your wreath form. Vary it up a bit. I folded them in wonky 'hotdog' style pieces, and then in half again for this portion of the wreath. Crease only the part that will be glued to the form. All the borders of your wreath should be covered. Like this..
                                                     **Don't forget to ad your hanging loop now!**

Then, you begin building the rest of your wreath on top of this. I found it easier to work in layers, going around the circle. This way, one area of the wreath doesn't become more full than another.
For these pieces, I did fold the paper in somewhat of a specific way. I think it added a bit of uniformity to an already crazy wreath. I just pinched the center of the piece of paper, and then brought all for edges upward. You should have a little triangle at the bottom, which makes it easy to glue!

This project was super fast! It went really smoothly. I didn't regret beginning it half-way through. I didn't want to poke my eyeball out. I didn't even cry. I could have stopped there, satisfied with the beautiful wreath I made my mother, content with a nice easy craft. (I should have stopped there!)


It was so easy I wanted to make another. So, determined to torture myself, I made this monster for my living room. Holy cow! These things grow substantially in size once you start adding the paper. Just keep that in mind if you don't have a particular affinity for GINORMOUS wreaths, like I do.  I've moved from one giant wreath to yet another.. Sigh.

Now I think I need something to go in the middle of this wreath.. Goodness gracious. First-world problems can be so exhausting.

Lots of love,

Friday, August 12, 2011

Recipe: Dijon Chicken Linguine with Mushrooms

Today was my mom's birthday (Happy Birthday Mom!). We all got together and had a nice supper. My sister Kelley and I decided to make this recipe that we had been drooling over on Pinterest

It was scrumptious, and super easy to make. I just wanted to eat the mushroom sauce all by itself!

 Dijon Chicken Linguine with Mushrooms (serves 4..we doubled this) from adapted from Rock Recipes

1 package linguine, cooked
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 cup button mushrooms (the orig recipe calls for chanterelles)
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves minced garlic
Salt and pepper to season
1/2 cup toasted slivered almonds

Heat olive oil in a large heavy bottomed frying pan over medium low heat. Add chicken breasts, garlic, season with salt and pepper and continue to fry the chicken until completely cooked.
Remove chicken from pan and hold in a warm oven.

Add to the pan:

4 oz white wine (We used chicken broth b/c my mom doesn't like 'whiney' sauces)

Simmer until volume is reduced by half. Then add:

2 cups whipping cream
3 tbsp Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper to season.

Simmer until sauce thickens enough to coat a metal spoon. Return Chicken to the sauce, add the chanterelle mushrooms and simmer for an additional 2 minutes. Serve over cooked linguine. Sprinkle with toasted slivered almonds.

**We added aprox 2 tsp of Worcestershire sauce to the finished sauce to brighten it a bit, but this may be unnecessary if you use the white wine as the original recipe calls for.  

I'll show you the gift I made for my mom tomorrow (yeah, like a kindergartner). Right now, my fingers are still recovering from my hot-glue burns! 

Gigi and Selah. 

Lots of love,

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


Here is my latest batch of silhouettes. Three sisters.

I LOVE all girl families. So fun, so girly. If I could choose, I'd want Selah to have all sisters too (don't tell Daniel though)!

I'd love to make some for your family too! If you're interested check out my Etsy shop link in the right sidebar!

Lots of love,

Duvet Dilemma?

One of the first projects we tackled in our house was the master bedroom. Mainly we wanted someplace decent to retreat to from the chaos of the rest of the house! 

We stripped the old (fabric) wallpaper down and I was enchanted with the texture of the wood walls. No sheetrock in this house! The walls were white-washed and then brushed over with a robin's egg blue. 

We went a little crazy from there and installed tin ceiling tiles ..and of course, a chandelier. The result is pretty, but quite 'country chic.' Which is to say, maybe I designed this room BEFORE I had fully developed a good sense of my own design aesthetic. Don't get me wrong, I like it, but I want to make it a little more modern. 

Unfortunately, the furniture which was painted white, has yellowed to a cream color as a result of it's polyurethane coating. This doesn't help the situation much, but I'm not currently willing to paint it AGAIN. 

What I can change, and where you can help is with my duvet cover. These are some of the covers that I have liked so far in my search. 


Yellow-striped. I love it, but will it go with the cream furniture in the room?

And this one, my favorite, but it only comes in Queen. :( Maybe I could do something with just the shams?
Do you know of any others?? Which is your favorite?

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Who I aspire to be.

Today I was struck by the words in Proverbs 31:25. "She is clothed in strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future."

Not a cheap knock-off of anyone else. Genuine to her created self.  
Filled with joy and anticipation of the future. 
This is who I aspire to be. 

I want to look at this every morning, so I made this to sit on my nightstand. I want Jesus to transform my heart, and my insides, so that my outsides look more like this. 

Click on this link to download your Free Printable.
Click on this link to download your Free Printable in black and white.

Lots of love,

Friday, August 5, 2011

Baby Shower Invitations

 Do you know the best part about someone having a baby??

          My beautiful sisters meeting Selah.      Tiffany Bonow Photography

Ok, well the second best part of someone having a baby? You get to have a BABY SHOWER! When we were struggling to conceive, baby showers were my mortal enemy. I'm sad to say that I missed more showers for dear friends than I should have..

So, now that baby showers and I are back on speaking terms, I'm discovering something...they can be FUN! My middle sister, Kelley, is just about to have a baby, and it's a BOY. This is unheard of in our family. Currently, we are a big gaggle of girls!  We are SO looking forward to meeting Levi Justice Stone.

I've been making and creating all sorts of goodies for the shower, but I wanted to give you a little sneak-peak at the invitations. I was inspired by all of the vintage typography floating around on Pinterest. If you want to follow me on Pinterest, click on the red button on the right sidebar. (Pinterest is a visual bookmarking site with way more coolness than I can handle).

I'm going for a neutral, vintage, woodsy feel for this shower.

Sorry for the poor photo quality, I'm not the best at photo-graphy, ya know. Here is a digital version of the invites.

I created theses images in, similar to the process used to create this birth announcement, and all of the fonts were downloaded from I gathered the idea of the tree trunk, family tree from Etsy, and did my best to reproduce it.

I'm excited to share more with you soon!

Lots of love,

Weird dream edition

For as long as I can remember I have had dreams almost every night. Usually I forget them in the course of the day, but when I lay down to sleep the next night, I almost always remember them again.

Sometimes these dreams have significance, and sometimes they are just plain off-the-wall batty. Last night, was definitely the latter. 

Picture this: 

I am talking with my tattoo artist (I have no tattoos), when we come up with the idea of selling crutches (pink crutches nonetheless) in the shape of Barbie-doll legs. We thought girls would love these! We debated marketing strategy for a while, and then went our separate ways. 

I continued on my little dream-quest to go apple-picking with some friends. We just attached balloons to our waists and floated around the trees picking apples. 


                             and you're welcome for this daily dose of ridiculousness...

Lots of love,

p.s. I promise a real blog post later. 

Thursday, August 4, 2011


If you follow me on Twitter then you have already heard my incessant whining regarding our weather. My tweets also often regard complaints about how our white dog Bailey, is mostly just gray and dirty. AANnd this conculdes my sales-pitch as to why you should follow me on Twitter, hah!

Anyhow, yesterday we experienced a new 'first' in relation to the extreme heat wave. The 'COLD' water from the tap was actually too hot for the Selah's bath! Way too hot, like uncomfortably hot too the touch. Utter nonsense.

<----- See this? Feel sorry for all of Central Texas.

TEXAS, let me tell you one thing. You can burn the backs of my legs on vinyl seats, you can kill every single blade of grass in my yard, you can make me red and  smattered with freckles, but you aren't about to take my little baby's bath time away. Those 20 blessed minutes of peaceful splashing are the icing on top of each of my days.

I was forced to resort to dumping ICE into the baby tub in an effort to cool the water down enough so she could take her bath. Not only that, but it took two batches of ice dumped into the tub to cool the water!

Selah thought the few remaining ice cubes were great fun :)

Lots of love,

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Vintage Ornament Wreath.

Why you ask? Because there's nothing like a completely out-of-season craft to get your week started off in the right direction! Truthfully, well, it's because my living room looks * embarrassingly* like this.

Let it be know that it is August, and my Christmas wreath is still up.

WHAT PEOPLE?! I had a baby sometime in there.. I like to think of it as an 'all-seasons' wreath. It is very colorful...

Because I like to torture myself with my craft projects, I made this out of actual vintage glass ornaments, and I made it GINORMOUS. If you decided to undertake this project, let me suggest you make your wreath either a) ginormous and made of plastic ornaments or b) smaller and made of glass ornaments. I used I wire wreath form and actually wired the larger ornaments to the base. Then I hot-glued the smaller ornaments on top to fill in any gaps.

There is another component to this story that is absolutely necessary to understand before you decide to make one. This wreath has a nickname; I like to call it the 'Wreath of DEATH'.

If you so much as sneeze in the direction of this wreath, those gorgeous and thin vintage ornaments will shatter. Shards of razor thin glass will remain on your floor for months, defiant of all vacuuming and sweeping. Yes friends, this craft comes with a serious caution label.

Honestly, I love it, but I'm afraid to move it again! I don't have any place to safely store it because it is ginormous..(remember, and old-house = teeny closets). I think when I work up the courage, I may just hang it permanently above my craft-room desk. It's not too Christmas-y is it?

Lots of love,


Monday, August 1, 2011

Silhouette Adoption

I just LOVE seeing my silhouettes go to good homes. Look at the beautiful banner Stephanie created.
check out her blog at mrs. stephanie t
 I think it's so fun to see how the little people are a perfect blend of their parents!

Precious family
I have been BUSY creating some super-fun stuff. Baby-shower invitations, a gallery wall, and I am excited to share it with you!! Stay tuned.

Lots of love,