Thursday, April 28, 2011

Today

I know, such original blog titles lately. I'm blaming it on the weather and lack of sunshine lately. Does anyone else suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD)? The past two years have me convinced that I have it. And I've got David about 50% convinced we should move to Ashville, NC which is a huge feat considering he would never have even entertained the idea before.

Anyway, what I came over to tell you was...I found THE perfect lamps! I need to go back and pick up a matching one for my side table. I found it at Bed Bath & Beyond today and after coupon it was $26. It has a khaki colored linen shade. And our room will be going khaki from yellow soonish. I'll either paint his table black or find one with drawers (to paint black) so he has a place to store his junk. This one is pretty girlie for my manly man, or so he tells me. ;)

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Crossing my fingers that the twin bed we just called about will still be there after we make the 2 hour drive (both ways!) on Sunday. Eeek! Are we crazy to think that $30 is worth the leisurely Sunday drive? Or...maybe just a little desperate. I'm not going to show you until it's in my garage. I've also inquired about a wing back chair for $25 that I'll make a drop cloth slipcover for, a la Miss Mustard Seed style.

I tell ya, I'm on a thrifting kick lately. This is fun!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

This week...

1. On Sunday, we spent Easter at my aunt and uncle's house. A truly fun time. I looked around and realized that in just a few short years all the noise of little ones will be replaced with quiet boardgames (like Monopoly and Clue) on the floor. I'm looking forward to that part too, but reminded myself to savor them being so young right now.

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The littlest ones got a head start which was a good thing. The 3 big girls are quite good at this by now and always a step ahead of the rest.

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This one just got caught making a clean sweep of the front yard by herself.

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My dad is still hanging in there. Had a little scare 2 week ago when his platelet numbers dipped way down, but they came back up so we are blessed with more time. Thank you Lord!

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2. Recently I removed two of my cabinet doors and I'm loving it. Now that I know for sure they are staying off I'm going to trim out the opening to cover up the hinge holes. Just yesterday I removed all the serving pieces I had on display above the cabinets. I'm enjoying a less cluttered look around here. Now I just need to decide if the red should change to yellow or khaki.

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3. I'm also slowly putting things back on the walls. I figure I better decide where I want things now, instead of after we repaint. My walls are pretty much swiss cheese by now and I'd rather not have to patch holes after the painting is done. I'm feeling like my whole house should go khaki. Still thinking...

This print is from Jones Design Company. I bought the $10 frame at Ikea (with mat), but it could definitely use a contrasting paper behind it instead. I need to get out and look for something.

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Here's another one of Emily's prints. It was meant for my sewing area, but the reminder each morning and night will be a good thing here too.

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And my favorites from The Wheatfield. These are even more pretty in person. Thinking they need different frames though. But I'll live with them here for a while until I'm sure what to do.

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4. Thanks for all the bike-riding training tips, in the comments of {this} post. Can't wait to try taking off the pedals and start with the balancing first.

Oh and from that same post about the awesome Craigslist finds...well the lady sold the twin bed out from under us, even though we had an appointment to buy it that night. Why can't people play fair? Grrr...

5. Coming soon...some sewing room love and a fun giveaway.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Dear Craigslist,

I know I haven't been so nice to you in the past, but I've changed my tune. My husband will be picking up this twin bed frame for my littlest, tonight for just $20. And it's only 2 miles from home. I'm excited to paint it and finally get his room finished.

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And I've already been using this awesome drafting table in my new sewing "studio". It's been a wonderful cutting table. No longer do I spend hours on the floor. My knees thank you very much.

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And we found matching Schwinn bikes for our girls at just $25 ea (no training wheels!!!). How perfect that even though the listing didn't say they had two, we found out they had twins when we got there. The girls love them and didn't bat an eye about having second-hand. Now if I could just find a listing for "I'll teach your kid to ride a bike", as this mama is going to have a hard time letting them fall.

Love,
Me

Sunday, April 24, 2011

O Glorious Day

Living, He loved me
Dying, He saved me
Buried, He carried my sins far away
Rising, He justified freely forever
One day He’s coming
Oh glorious day, oh glorious day


Thursday, April 21, 2011

Easter cookies


We had four hours of cookie baking and decorating fun this morning.

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It was really fun to let the girls do their own thing. Allison got right in there and did every part herself. Emily was a little more timid and enjoyed telling me how to make hers for her. Funny how they are so different.

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I used {this icing} and {this cookie recipe}.

Up next, are these sweet bird nests, confetti bars, strawberry pretzel dessert (where the pretzel's are on top).

Are you creating something sweet in your kitchen this week-end?

p.s. I've been drooling over {this kitchen} all day! And I made {these rolls} this morning and they are wonderful. I'm thinking they are also my new hamburger bun recipe.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Stripe Knit Ruffles {new in the shop}

We just received a nice supply of gorgeous knit fabrics (we've got more coming too!). We are so excited about them that we had to show you before we even take time to make samples. I've added listings in our {shop} for both colors and if you are ready to get a jump on spring, you might want to order early. Request capri or full length when checking out. Now for the colors!

Love this gorgeous tone on tone pink, wide stripe. It matches our Sweet Tweet collection perfectly.

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It's the same wide stripe as the lime ruffles we offered earlier.

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And how fun would the red and white stripe be with our Raggedy Ann collection? Or with our Paris Paws pieces...or...the 4th of July...or...order the next size up for Christmas if you're a planner. ;)

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Oh the cuteness!!!

This little cutie is on her way to the Easter bunny.

{hop hop hop}

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I hope we get to make more TaDollies with glasses.

She was super fun to make.

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p.s. Her mom sent us the gorgeous Matilda Jane {scarf} to use for her dress.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Friday Fun

I came downstairs to see that Emily had filled her mini cupcake tin with Little People. They just looked so cute there all lined up. Made me smile.

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I'm working on a fun project using red polka dot oil cloth and I can't wait to reveal it next week. I'll just say that my sewing area has been moved and greatly improved.

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Sam may or may not be running around the house kicking a soccer ball, yelling "I got 4 points!", all while wearing his sister's polka dot swimsuit.

Happy F R I D A Y !!!

Come sew with us, just 3 spots left!

I was so excited when the Eagle Creek Almanac showed up in my mailbox last week. The girls really enjoyed seeing themselves in the "newspaper" too.

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Amy and I are teaching a class on how to make the Claire dress, with step by step instructions, this May. If you learn best with hands-on help and like asking questions as you go, this beginner class may be just the right fit for you. But you better sign up quickly. Our class is already half full. Call Eagle Creek today, 952-233-3774, to reserve your spot. There is only space for 3 more! We will be making "view A" which is the peasant dress with attached apron, like our sample shown below. We'll show you how to add some easy appliqued flowers on the apron too.

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Feel free to e-mail us any questions you have, tadacreations(at)gmail.com.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Books, trees and butterflies and swings

1. This week was spring break. I took the kids to the library and came home with 18 books. That's a first for me, since I've never been a library kind of person, but I'm hooked now.

I would love to know your favorites.

Our loot...

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2. Our neighbors have decorated for Easter. The kiddos loved seeing this from our yard. There are three trees filled with these.

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3. That same neighbor lost their willow tree in a storm last fall.

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Our view has changed considerably.

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That was a very sad day for me. Gone is the dreamy light that streamed through it's branches at about 7pm all summer long. *sniff*sniff*

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4. I couldn't resist one more piece. I didn't see this at our store the first time, but another city had it and it had to be mine. we are having my parents over for breakfast tomorrow to celebrate my mom's birthday and I'm excited to use it all. Happy half birthday to me too!

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5. Lots of sunshine and 60* means play-set time. This guy has been learning some new tricks from his big sister.

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Happy Friday! Hope you all have a great week-end!

p.s. My ebay listings just ended and how fun that I was able to make $0.31 more than I needed, to buy the girls new bikes this summer. You know, the ones they'll learn to ride without training wheels. I'm SO excited! Thanks to any of you that bid and possibly won. We appreciate it!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Spring cleaning on eBay

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Sizes range from 2T to 4T, and include this very special piece.

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I purchased this piece from Jenn Cooper, who bought it from Nicole Owen's Sweet Tea Shoppe. BTW, Nic has had some really beautiful blog posts lately, as always, and I hope you are a reader. Nic was/is raising money for their adoption from Ethiopia, so when Jenn was selling it and said that the proceeds would be given back to Nic I jumped on it. My girls wore it maybe 4 times and it is still in excellent condition. You can see Nic's original photos {here} and Jenn's {here}. This is the top that keeps on giving...as the proceeds will again be given back to Nic. :)

You can find all of my girls' summer resales {here}.

Thanks for taking a peek!