December 31, 2011

a holiday recap

whew!  I am not sure about you but I really love the end of the holidays – a chance to start fresh.  The girls did have a wonderful Christmas though and I finally got a new camera cord (lost the old one) so I am able to share :)

We started it out right with some friends over for a tea party & ginger bread making


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and of course – a proper goodbye


Cousins arrived! And do you know that 2012 will bring us 2 new cousins? (boys!) cousins

Christmas morning!


Molly has a love affair with the nutcracker and Santa somehow knew!


and a really exciting gift!




Look how much she has changed from last year!

I hope y’all had a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year’s Eve!

December 20, 2011

wine tips

'tis the season of cheers aplenty, so thanks to joanna for a little how-to (with cute illustrations to boot)

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December 13, 2011

Book Bin Christmas

This morning I went out to try to wrap up Christmas shopping - and I think I got a book for everyone on my list. There are just so many great ones - I want to keep them for myself but since it is the season of giving, I'm going to hurry and wrap them up and tuck them under the tree before they accidentally find their way to my bookshelves!

All the books got me thinking... for anyone on your Christmas list, a stewart & james book bin is the way to go. Fill it with books to suit the recipient and you're set!

For nieces of all ages:
Book Bin for Nieces

For sisters who way out-do you in the kitchen:

cookbooks for sister

For me ;) :

bookshelf wish list

We've still got a few in stock, so email us at to order in time for Christmas!

12 Days of Christmas Music

Though you wouldn't guess it by the looks of the blog lately, I love Christmas time.

I created a little Christmas playlist to get me and you through the work days over the coming weeks ~ enjoy!

December 12, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011

Do you remember our Thanksgiving last year?  Well here’s a link – Arre & Matt are the ultimate hosts and we were honored to be a part of their Thanksgiving festivities once again this year.  Arre did a fabulous job with the decor as usual and It did not hurt that the weather was absolutely beautiful for dining outdoors.
Matt & Arre’s house is perfect for playing hide-and-seek
If you clicked on the link from last year you may notice Molly has on the same dress – this was on purpose – she is a creature of habit.  a cute creature
arre has another niece other than the ones i birthed for her (to be an aunt of) and elsa is one lucky girl to join arre’s niece crew (although she has been part of it for over a year now ;))
a pinestraw braid by abby
the next photo was from our Christmas card attempt that we tackled while at their beautiful home.  More on this later (once my cards go out) but it was pretty funny

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving as we did!

December 9, 2011

mills in november

I didn’t intend to write a post on mills but changed the title once it ended up being about…mills :)  so here’s a little happy mills post for the holidays.

Early November Mills came to work with me – while I can’t get enough of her sweet chubby cheeks most of the time, working with her is a bit of a challenge. 


This is how she spent the day.   It’s kind of tricky to work with 30 pounds attached to your leg


The most important news of the month: Did you know that for the first time in 6.5 years I do not have a diaper to change?  Well it’s true and it has been liberating and sad all at the same time.  I have lots of pictures of Mills in panties to prove it but I have a feeling she’d rather me not post those (one day).  So I will just post this picture of her with her sisters all grown up


She asks 10 questions every minute, loves babies, loves her sisters, has her daddy’s personality (outgoing and happy), doesn’t understand that she’s only 2, she still laughs when I change her clothes, loves to sleep in her crib (wondering if she’ll ever want out), has us all wrapped around her finger, walks with her hands on her hips (and shakes them – the hips) because she knows it makes us laugh and she keeps us all smiling every day. 

Hope your day is as happy Mills’ :)

December 7, 2011

Albany, we love you!

Once again Albany you have shown us the love!  We thank you many times over, enjoy some pictures from our oh so fun Get Ahead of the Holidays show 2011.  And for those that have requested – our inventory is up on our site, you still have time to order a frame before Christmas!



this adorable puppy hook board is still available….i can’t believe it hasn’t been snatched up yet – it’s so fun and perfect for a girls room!













Mills sporting some jewelry


and i promise there were (lots) of people there!  I just never picked up the camera when we had customers :)  Thank you again Albany!

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