Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Bieber Fever!

So my daughter has caught the fever....the Bieber fever that is....

For your viewing enjoyment!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Real Life Raggedy Ann!

Oh my goodness y'all, I signed in to start this post and looked at the date of my last post...WOW! I knew Oct was a busy month but yikes, didn't know it was so busy I didn't even post. 

What were you doing? you might ask.

1. I hosted TWO meal making parties!
2. I hosted a super fun formal dinner baby shower for me sweet friend!
3. My mom, Lindley Belle & I went out of town for a cousin's wedding!
4. I started working part-time at The GAP!
5. Attended a couple different "fall" gatherings!

Whew...perhaps at some point I'll actually post about some of those. HA! But for today, I just wanted to brag about my little Lindley Belle...I know, shocking right. 

Last night, my sweet little girl transformed into my real life Raggedy Ann doll! I had the MOST fun putting this costume together. 

~ The blue dress was an old dress of mine when I was her age.

~ The white "apron" was a dress from the summer. I cut a large piece off the bottom and hemmed it. 

~ Then I sewed on the red rick-rack all the way around.

~ I made this red bows with some random ribbon I had at home and attached them.

~ The wig is made out of some super cheapy yarn I got at Hobby Lobby and an old crocheted hat that she never wears. Attaching the yarn to the hat was prob the longest process of all, but I'm so glad I stuck with it because it really "made" the costume!

~ You can't see in this pic but the white lace bloomers she's wearing are an old pair of mine from when I was her age.

~ I am sad to say that the leggins are store bought. I was on a mission to find women's knee high sock and sew my own pair of baby legs (which is what I normally do...so easy and so much cheaper!) But I searched the city for knee high socks in that print and none where to be found. So her leggings in this picture are from My Little Legs.

~ I added a little face paint and DONE!

Trick or treating with her last night was a blast. At the first few houses she was very confused but eventually she got the idea. She would smile, wave "Hi" and "Bye" and even say "Thank you" after she reached into a bowl and grabbed her loot! Her Poppa (my dad) said that she stole Halloween!

 Here is a little video of my real live rag doll!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

We Did It! Wednesday

Today I'm linking up my post from Monday with

Check out all the other cute links AND link up with us!!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Happy Fall Y'all

As most of you know, I have a love hate relationship with summer time. I love all the cliche things about summer. No school for my hubby, the beach, longer days, cute clothes, cookouts, bright colors. You know the rest. But I hate, absolutely despise heat. I fall apart when I get too hot. Seriously. My sweet husband loves to cuddle and he has learned the hard way...hand off when momma is hot! Poor guy. All this to say, I'm super excited about this fall weather. The fact that I can walk to the mailbox, get the mail and walk back up to the house...and NOT want to punch someone in the face because the heat fairy has taken over...well it's like a miracle!

In honor of being able to stand outside for longer then 5 min, I wanted to make my first (of many) fall decor pieces. I usually get a little crafty when I find myself in a quiet house. Last night, Lindley Belle went to sleep at 8pm but my hubby didn't get home from a meeting till 10pm. 

So this was the result of my 2 hour "time to myself"!

More fall decorations to come. Yippee!!!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Oh Happy Pink Day

Lindley Belle turned the big ONE year old a few weeks ago. My previous post, 365 Days talked about my hearts deepest celebration on that day.


We of course had to have a little celebration for the 1 year anniversary of the birth of our little pink baby! I had the greatest time making each individual invitation, crafting the decor, planning the favors...and all the other things that goes onto planning a party for a little person!!...who doesn't even know it's their birthday.  Almost everything was hand made at home...it was so fun! Everyone has been asking when I would post a "party decor" post. So here you go blog world!

The food & cupcake table:

I made the cupcakes from scratch!

The drink station: orange-peach tea, water AND peach fizzy sangria! Served in mason jars with pink & grey paper straws.

This was Lindley Belle's "thrown for the party:

Singing "happy birthday" to our big girl!

We had a candy bar set up in the dining room:

The next few pics are not as pretty...they were taken with my phone, but I wanted y'all to see these too. 

This is a display of pictures from the hospital the day Lindley Belle was born. It was so sweet because almost everyone in these pictures, attended the party. It was a neat way to see the loyalty and love our friends and family have for our little Peapod (as her Poppa has lovingly called her since the day she was born!)

This is the invitation for the party. I handmade each one of them - it was so fun. With each one I got more and more excited!

This was 1 of the 2 outfits I made for Lindley Belle:

It's Was All So Easy

The "Backdrops" : tissue streamers pined to the ceiling with clear push pins. Twisted all the way down and secured to the floor with a little piece if double sided tape. Pin bed sheets behind the streamers so that you can't see thru. It really completed the back drop feel that I wanted. TIP - twist every other streamer in a different direction to get that "zig zag" effect.

Tissue Pom-Poms : SO simple and adds the perfect pop! I hung them at different heights with twine. Who doesn't love twine??  Instead of trying to explain it here, just go to this link...it's where I learned how to do it. Or just search "tissue pom pom" on pinterest.

Banners : I cut circles out of brown paper, then cut out letters (just a little smaller then the circles) that spelled out the messages I wanted. I used scrapbook take to secure the letters to the circles. Then using a hole punch, I made 2 holes at the top of each circle then thread twine thru the holes for hanging!

Tables : I used pink and lace tablecloths to give the party a simple vintage feel.

Candy Bar : I got an assortment of (mostly pink) candy, some vintage & some modern from all sorts of places. Fresh Market, Walgreens, Dollar Store and even a gas station! I mix and matched them in random glass bowls, cups pitchers. I thought the glass helped bring a "dainty" feel to it. 

There were also little pink paper bags that I  stamped "Thank You" on them so our guests could take home as much candy as they wanted!
The candy bar had:
pink lickerish twists
pink jelly beans
pink & white gumballs
pink sour patch kids
peanut butter bars
pixy stix

Drink Station : Orange - Peach Tea was simple to do. I made Crystal Light peach tea the night before and added slices of oranges to soak throughout the night. It was yummy. The Pink Fizzy Sangria was the perfect little pink cocktail! It's 2 bottle of pink zinfandel, 2 can of frozen pink lemonade and 1 bottle of 7-up. The mason jars were bought at Hobby Lobby when they were 50% off so I got 30 for less then 30 bucks! The cute paper straws were found at Micheal's in the wedding section. And lastly, those cute drink dispensers were found at Target in the clearance section! $3.59 each!

Lindley Belle's Outfits : I really wanted to make the clothes she would wear for her party...so I did! The Tutu Outfit - First, I made a simple tulle tutu and added some fabric to it to match the fabric on the shirt and her headband. For the shirt, I tea stained one of her white tank tops. I wanted the teas stain effect to add a vintage feel. The, I cute out an O N E out of fabric and did a little applique to the shirt. I took that same fabric, made 2 rosettes (1 small and 1 big), glued them to twine and made a matching headband! The Pillow Case Dress : I already showed you guys this dress in my previous post, Sew What?. And if you are obsessed with detail, like I am, you can see that the ruffle on this dress is the same fabric on the other dress. I love little details like that!

 Our sweet Lindley Belle LOVES to wave. I'm so grateful we got this perfect family pic!

 Let me know if you have any questions about anything you see!
 I'm happy to help you plan your fun and CHEAP (homemade is always cheaper!) party!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Sew What?

Seriously? I have no clue I knew how to sew. I got a wild hair a few weeks ago to sew one of those pillowcase style dresses for Lindley Belle for her birthday. Sounds pretty easy right?

I had never even thread a sewing machine when I sat down to make this dress. But I had already bought all the supplies so there was no turning back!

Well, several hours later and a rookie mistake of not trying the dress on my model half way thru so I had to start over I was pleasantly surprised at my outcome!

 I've unleashed a new passion! 

Since then I've made some (much needed) curtains for our living room 

and some super cute burp cloths for a friend's baby shower gift!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

365 Days

My life changed forever 1 year ago today! Our sweet little Lindley Belle is celebrating her birthday today. She has brought so much joy and passion to our lives. The Lord has taught me so much thru her little life and I am beyond grateful the Lord blessed us with her. If you have read any of my posts from when I first started this blog, you know that fertility struggle we went thru. I think about God's faithfulness every time I look into Lindley Belle's deep browns eyes. 

But today seems to shine God's faithfulness even a little brighter. As humans, we highlight 1 year accomplishments. Anniversaries. Birthdays. Time at a job. Etc. Today not only marks the 1 year that has past since my daughter was born. It marks 1 year since God allowed Craig and I to watch our prayer turn to sight. It marks 1 year since he gave us the desires of our hearts (Psalm 37:4).

I will do a post in a few days with LOTS of fun pics from our precious PINK birthday celebration. But for today, I wanted to solely post about God's faithfulness and the joy of being his daughter.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

I introduce to you : His Stirrings

Wow! I have not posted in 3 weeks...it's been busy. But I'll get to that at another time. I'm more excited about this post then telling you about my recent home craft anyway!

One of my dearest friends has started a blog and I'm beside myself excited about it.

She describes the blog as:

"a collection of stories, juxtaposing the holy and the mundane.  It is a journal of the way God stirs in my thoughts and in my soul as I go about my normal, messy life."

You might be thinking, "well of course you're excited, it's your friends blog!". And you would be right if you're thinking that. Because yes, I'm pumped about her entering the blog world. But my excitement for this blog goes way beyond "Yay, one of my best friend has a blog!" Here are just a few reasons YOU should also be pumped about her blog.

1. She has one of those relationships with the Lord that is contagious. You know those people who you meet and you think to yourself, "wow, they love Jesus so much I wish I could be like them". Well that's not what you think when you meet my friend. When you meet her, you think "wow, her faith is so genuine and she reflects Christ's love so much that she makes me want to be more like JESUS". There is a big difference between a person making you feel like you want to be more like THEM and a person who makes you want to be more like Jesus. She makes you want to be more like Jesus. 

2. She is wise beyond her years. Period. Can I get an AMEN!?!

3. Christ has worked thru her to impact so many people (me being one of those!) and you do NOT want to miss out on the incredible opportunity to be blessed by Him thru her sweet heart. I see him directing her into this blog world and I'm thrilled at the chance He is bringing to so many lives thru her blog. 

There are 3 reasons why you should follow this link to her blog. Her desire for this blog is that you visit and leave with a stir in your heart to know Jesus more deeply.

Here we are on my wedding day 3 years ago. She was my Matron of Honor. 
It's my pleasure to introduce you to her thru her blog!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

DIY monogram hanging

The key to actually doing a craft right after you pin it on Pinterest? Already having the needed supplies at home! I can honestly say that is the only reason I made this within the same hour that I pinned it! Ha. It would be bad if I lived in Hobby Lobby. I would be a hoarder of crafts.

large letter
got glue gun

(glue gun was already plugged in when I took this pic)

1. Attach the end of the twine with hot glue to the back of the letter.
2. Wrap, glue, wrap, glue, wrap, glue, wrap, glue....you get the idea.
3. Make a flower with your fabric (see this post to learn how!)
4. Attach your flower using hot glue. 
5. DONE!

A few hours later I decided to add a little greenery. Still not sure what I think about it.
 But, I'll just cut them off it it bothers to too bad!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

DIY Lamp Shade

When Craig and I got married I got these "oh those will work for now" lamps from Target. Don't get me wrong. I love Target. I did not love these lamps. I likes the price. Well, 3 years later I decided instead of getting rid of them, I would try to bring in a whole new look. 

**this lamp stand was originally black. I painted it with chalk paint
But I'll do another post about my love for chalk paint at another time!

So here is what I did:

Sadly, I was not wise enough to take step by step pics. Sorry.

 (duh - it's all the rage)
(side note - you will find scraps of fabric tucked away in almost every drawer in my home. I can't get enough. Plus I always use my samples pieces the fabric store gives you for something.)
hot glue gun

1. Wrap burlap around lamp shade. 
(At least, that was my original plan. The whole "wrapping" process did not end up how I had planned so it turned into cutting 2 inch strips and wrapping those all around, using hot glue to keep them in place. Turns out I like the look of multiple strips better then one uniform piece anyways.)

2. Cut a long strip of your fabric.
(length and width will depend on how big you want your flower)
Now instead of going into detail about how to make a fabric flower, there are SO many links out there that give great step by step instructions. So here ya go.

3. Do the similar above steps with your twine.

4. Hot glue the mini twine flower to your large fabric flower.

5. Wrap your twine around the shade.
3-6 times based about how thick you want it. Hold it in place with a dab of hot glue. You might want to get an idea of where you want your flower first, so you know what level to wrap your twine at. 

6. Hot glue flower to lamp shade.


Monday, July 23, 2012

missy daniel photography

I have finally made a separate blog for my photography! Nothing fancy just simple and to the point. I just opened it last night so there are only 2 "sneak peak" shots from a session I had yesterday with an awesome local band. All my other photos can be found on my Facebook page, but I plan to pull over several of my past favorites to the blog as well. So come back soon to see some of my past work but of course keep visiting to see new work as it comes in!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Insta-Friday...err Month!

So I dropped the ball on my Insta-Fridays over the last few weeks. What to do? What to do? Overload my poor followers with more pictures then they need? YES! :) Enjoy!

Lindley Belle has started this pattern of sucking her thumb and cuddling right after she nurses.
 I'm in love. Period.

Housewarming gift from our friend Blair :) It was yummy!

I'm loving the international grocery store just 10 min away. I love being Japanese with blond hair. 

Drew & Caleb came over for dinner (with their mommy & daddy of course). They had their own style of swinging. 

Dancing with daddy after breakfast.

Lindley Belle loves Jake. Jake loves Lindley Belle.

Sweet baby girl. At the doctor. The beginning of many doctors visits. What am I talking about?
Read about that over at this post. 

 Craig's first Father's Day
Cinnamon Rolls, homemade banner, gift from Lindley Belle and daddy's nightly blessing reading.

My view from the kitchen window as I cleaned up after dinner one night. Sweet!

Lindley Belle learns to share a puff with Molly. That's her Nana & Pappy's dog.

Emma (our sweet niece in town from Costa Rica!) feeding Lindley Belle her dinner. Presh!

Because why wouldn't you need to be patriotic while eating breakfast??

Yet, another doctors appointment...
But boy she loves that paper!

Headed out for our 3rd Anniversary date downtown!

We had a 10 hour car ride to the beach. Thank God for Uncle Nathan in the back seat! Free entertainment for Lindley Belle.

Isaiah (our fun loving nephew, whose daddy is on deployment) feeding Lindley Belle breakfast on vacation to the beach. Then a little morning card game with Poppa!

My little beach bum.

Happy 4th of July!

We got to skype with my older brother on the 4th. He's on a very long deployment right now.

My sweet momma and my sweet baby. Priceless.

Trying to get a decent "cousins" pic before heading to watch fireworks. 

Somebody had to do a little skinny dipping/momma wasn't expecting a major blow out!

The morning we left the beach, we (just the 3 of us) took a little detour along 30-A and stopped at this funky little place for breakfast. The website leaves something to the imagination but you'll get it.

What road trip wouldn't be complete without a stage 5 blowout! We ran out of wipes and I had to use these shady gas station wipes. Daddy had to clean clothes in a bucket! We just had to laugh!

Just returned from Costco, gearing up for my July meal making party!

Our sweet friend Evan came to visit from Nashville.

Lindley Belle is learning to get where she wants to go. Looks like I'll be replacing those pots and pans with tupperware!

My daughter has already entered the generation of "taking pictures of myself and then posting them". Ok, so I actually posted it...but SHE took this presh self photo!

We spent the day at the zoo with my friend Jessica and her 2 daughters. We had a blast! Lindley Belle got to feed a giraffe and touch a bird!

Last but NOT least, last night I drove down to Oxford (where we used to live) to surprise my dear friend Amy on her 30th birthday! I miss Oxford so much and it was so wonderful to see her!