a little bit of this & that




i’ve been enjoying a slow start to the new year. easy mornings with no screens.
long vacation to north tahoe & 4′ of snow
the little man started a new amazing school last week
and we’re just waiting for room for the bean, cross your fingers there’s an opening soon
i’m researching home school options until then, any tips or advice?
i’ve been designing again, which has been fun and feels good
missing seeing friends at CHA this winter, but enjoying being home instead
layouts above are for the mid-month JBS gallery update (just a few are left)
the exclusive papers by the crazy talented lisa are fantastic
as are the new subscriber perks
flea market update tomorrow too!

happy monday. happy 2013.

the hunt




last sunday we finally had a chance to head out to our favorite farm to get two trees. one for me to decorate and one for them. 9 feet and 4.5. perfect little living trees from a sustainable farm that doesn’t charge too much and simply asks you to make a respectful cut so the growth can come back year after year. we never knew (until we visited this farm 4 years ago) that if you leave a little growth underneath your cut, ie a few branches or more then the tree will regrow from one of those braches. amazing right?

the last pic is my fav. this year, they called him stevie.

happy trees. happy family. happy thursday.

they’re up

hanging the three stockings i made while i was pregnant with the bean (and then the one i made while pregnant with tLm) always makes me so happy. the mantle may look different each year, but these are always the same. that makes me feel good. this year i added a very full & very twinkled out garland instead of the usual display of vintage christmas items. this year, the simplicity in this room makes me feel very good too. still no tree, as we can never get it before tLm’s birthday and last weekend it was pouring. but we have a date to find a tree this sunday. i’m even thinking this year we *might* get two. i need it. we need it. this year is feeling perfect and simple and pleasant. i don’t feel rushed. i don’t feel crazy. i don’t feel like a scatter brained fool. i just feel content.

of course that all might change the week before, but for right now i’m gonna enjoy every minute of this holiday bliss i’m in.

hope you’re finding a few minutes, or days to be in the season too.

btw, i’ll have my gallery updates for JBS tomorrow ;)


catching up

it’s been a busy few weeks for us. car trip to los angeles. disneyland + california adventure for three days! someone saw her favorite dog doug. someone else discovered the thrill (look at his face!) of roller coasters. we rode my favorite ride (mr. toad) and saw the new radiator springs. amazing!! by the time thanksgiving rolled around the parental units were exhausted! we had good eats & laughed our butts off playing this with family. good cousin time with cousins. wine tasting on friday and then a long (and sometimes treacherous) drive home saturday with all the yahoo’s that were weaving up the 5 like maniacs. good grief! tLm turned 8 last week and got two of the best gift‘s ever. now it’s time for the holidays and i’ve been savoring it all (while enjoying my friend stephanie’s winter class) since i started decorating last friday.

looking forward to sharing some more holiday posts, my DD|JYC album and my JBS december gallery in the next few days, too.

hope you’re all enjoying the holiday season!




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