Wednesday, June 20, 2012

3 little delicate rolly-polly pigs

left to right: Kassidy's pig, Natalie's pig, lucy's pig.

I thought this was really sweet of my kids. A while back they discovered a little collection of pig figurines that belonged to Chad from his youth. For Father's day they all made him a pig out of clay to add to his collection. While taking this photo the head of lucy's fell off, I had to lick it and stick it back on. Relax people... I liked my finger, not the head ;)

If you knew someone had a pig collection you might think they really dig pigs, thats what I would think. People were always giving him pigs so it had to be, right?

Not actually. Come to find out someone gave him a pig thing-a-ma-jogger once and after that everyone always thought he had a thing for them. Snowball effect! I bet he mentioned wanting a pot belly pig once and whammo!

Pig collection!

p.s.- he even had a pig phone. It's true.

Thursday, May 3, 2012


a portal to the outside

a portal to the inside.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

hair and space and other lovely things.

I've been itching to sew again. My machine has been packed away for over a year now. 

It's not that I ever really wanted to stop sewing, it's just that I got busy with other things... plus we live in a really small house and pulling out the machine and everything that goes with it is... well, to speak plainly, space consuming. When fully engaged in a sewing project there is much to be found on the floor, add that to the bucket of kid garb you will normally find on my floor and yeah... its major. 

Let me just tell you, I am a fabric addict. I LOVE beautiful fabric. I still have drawers full from before but I decided I would start anew with this...

The apple picking dress from Oliver + S paired with a lovely fabric from Joel Dewberry's Heirloom line.

Of course I have my favorites when it come to fabric designers, Joel Dewberry isn't usually lumped in with them but oh man when I saw this I could just feel it in my bones! This was it!

I posted a couple photos on my flickr and got an amazing response. I was so happy to read such fabulous comments. I think my favorite comment was  "This is the first time I have liked that pattern. That fabric is Gorgeous and the girl too."

I mean who wouldn't be excited to hear things such as that!?! 

Oh that hair! We talk about cutting it daily, She and I. Somehow we just never get around to it. And we go back and forth, sometimes she's for it and I'm against it, and then other times vice versa. 

Today it's vice versa.

I should probably tell you its not naturally curly and ridiculously awesome. I curled it for her. Normally its just kind of ratty on the ends. It really does need a trim.

I've been spending hours and hours lately pouring over patterns and fabrics. Guess what?! I found a few new fabric designers I am in love with. You see, this is what happens when you go on such a long hiatus! 

Laura Gunn has some beautiful stuff in her Magnolia Lane and Poppy Collection that I am pretty excited about. Also really liked many of Dena Designs fabrics. 

And how did I ever not know about the lovely Tilda? With her I am excited about alot more than just her fabrics! She has all kinds of things to keep me busy :) 

I probably never mentioned before how I want to make dolls have I? No, I don't think I have, but now you know! I want to do them with Natalie. I think she could really get into something like that!!  She is always asking for my fabric scraps. I hesitate to give them to her wondering how on earth she will make good use of them, occasionally I just find it chopped up in a pile on the floor. Honestly, its painful even if it was a scrap! I could have made a  pocket with it! Making dolls could be just what we need ;)

I shot this (or something similar) on film. There is something about how the light hits her face... ah love. Can't wait to see the film image. I kept thinking when I was looking at this that I wished I had focused more precisely. It's hard to tell on this small sharpened image but her face is a little soft. *crossing fingers that I did better on film* 

I woke up with a sinus infection today. It felt like the worst kind of torture ever because it was such a beautiful day today. I don't know why but sinus infections ground me. I am just useless as ever. Anyway I could see how gorgeous a day it was from the windows and it was hard to not be bitter having to lie in bed and watch the day go to waste.

Well if I could say one nice thing about today it was that I had some fluffy pancakes with sauteed peaches on top paired with some fresh squoze grapefruit minneola juice. yum. Yes, I fudged on the gluten free today. 

oh I guess I may not have mentioned that I went gluten free. Well more on that later, but basically I am doing it in support of my daughter Kassidy, who has many troubles in school. Just something were trying. You've got to try when it come to your kids... you just have to. 

:) J

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

coming soon

Some much needed Lu on the blog.

+ I've started sewing again.

<3 Jill

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Things that happened today



make sense?

or in other words...

one side of the door vs. the other.


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

I have really good ideas.

We did something a little out of the ordinary this year for Christmas. 

I had such a magnificent plan.  (Chad would disagree on the magnificent part)

Poor little Kassidy hates her room. The walls are pink. PINK I tell you!!

We would spend all of Christmas eve painting over the pink walls kassidy so detested and surprise her on Christmas morning with pretty new bedding and walls. 

If we were going to pull off this surprise we were going to have to be a little sneaky. 

Soooooooo... we spent the night at grandma's house.

Yep, late at night we loaded up our sleigh and hauled everything over to granny's.  Except the walls... they were drying. Huge thanks to mom and dad for keeping the girls busy all day while we worked :)

By 2am I was rethinking the brightness of my magnificent plan... also Chad wanted to kill me.

And even though it was a ton of work, I didn't get to see my kids much, Chad wanted to kill me, and we got almost no sleep...

it was worth it.  

I am positively positive that this will be one of the kids most favorite Christmas memories :)

and Kassidy's room looks amazing... when its clean.

btw, have you ever seen such a huge-normous fake Christmas tree in your whole entire life?!!

me neither.

If you scroll back up to the top and take a look at the first picture again, I'd like to point out the horse that lucy is holding, it was a Christmas present from her sweet sister Natalie. Natalie is my crafty kid. She made that out of socks. (seven to be exact) It's actually really cute. 

... incase you wondered where all the matches to your socks are, consider that you too may be living with such a crafty child ;)

Thursday, December 1, 2011


Somebody informed me that today is December first.

(blink blink)


I'd like to express my general feeling on the matter as described below.

and this.

November? Helloo... hellooooo.

where did you go?

Saturday, November 26, 2011

The key to life.

Today is november 26th.


it is november.

Take in a full account of our attire, then send us no flowers.

Today was gorgeous. I lived in the world today. 


The children are happy.

The old man in the chair is happy.

happy us.




people i love filled with happy.

sunshine is happy.

purple sunglasses. longboard. hands up high. on a high. 



This is what me and my family did today. 

I love them. 

Go into the world and BE HAPPY.


Saturday, November 19, 2011


Man structure.


God structure.


I enjoy both.