Saturday, December 12, 2009

Happy 6 Months!

My little man is 6 months old today - I can hardly believe it!! So thought I'd share a few recent photos of him. You'll see he's convinced that he can stand and would LOVE to walk. Unfortunately for him (and thankfully for me) his little legs aren't quite ready yet! He's also nicknamed "Sir Grabby Pants" because he has an uncanny way of getting hold of everything. AKA - plant leaves, paper-towels, lips, etc. Good luck to you if it's attached (see photo of him with MG's hair) ... Maybe he'll be a football player some day or one of those people that hold the Macy's Day Parade balloons? Now that would be cool!


Monday, December 7, 2009

Mega News...

We accepted an offer on our house!! We feel SO lucky and thankful to have buyers in this market. And for those of you still waiting on an offer, hold out hope. Our buyers were the first people to look at the house when we listed it. You just never know! It's a bit sad and it'll be very hard to pack everything up, but it's also exciting to be able to move on. Now we can start dreaming about the next house... and I can't wait to unpack all of my art and sewing supplies!

Let's see, what else has happened? Oo, big news - I've been designing tons for The Mission Chattanooga and The CAMP House. I'm really excited about a new product that I was able to use for the CAMP House sign. It's vinyl that's printed and then basically shrink wrapped to brick. The result is a sign that looks freshly painted without ruining old buildings. So cool!! Photos of the amazing interior to come...

We also had snow just in time for our first event at the CAMP House. It was a Christmas concert for the Main x24 Festival. The 1000 Hills Coffee Company was there (excellent espresso) and MG danced the night away.

A little nutty, but not a bad way to start out the Christmas season. Hope all is happy with you!
PS - Briar's new teddy "Jackson" makes him thoroughly happy and seems to make a great sleeping mask. McB passed out yesterday clinging to him ;-)

Thursday, November 26, 2009


I've decided to keep it short and sweet today... so happy Thanksgiving everyone! Hope your day is filled with friends, family, food and fun. Oh and in case you're wondering, the pics are from MG's "Thankful Party" at school. It was very cute and I was most thankful that McB didn't succeed in pulling the entire tablecloth along with all the pretty decorations off the table! Phew!
Lots of love & happiness, Michelle

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Handmade Christmas!

Christmas is huge for me. I'm not kidding, I get giddy just thinking about it! So anyway, many jingle bells ago, my family decided to do handmade-only Christmases every other year. It was so much fun that nowadays most gifts are handmade regardless of which year it is. So, I've decided to run a short series featuring projects that can be given as gifts. Some will be easy like this one and others will be a tad more advanced (ex: scissors or hot ovens required). I hope you enjoy creating some of them and I'm sure they'll make happy gifts!

HC Project One - SOLO Bead Necklace

This little project is fast, fun and easy for a little one to create. It would be the perfect gift for a mom, grandma, sister, aunt, etc. Just customize with a bead that best suits the person. If you're feeling brave in the craft store, get your kiddie involved in picking one.

Ok, so how to? All you need is a single bead and a "necklace with open crimp end" kit. I found mine at here, but I'm sure you can find one at Michael's or JoAnn's. Open the kit, have the kiddie thread the bead onto the necklace, thread the raw end of the chain through the crimp, trim to desired length (I prefer 16 inches) and crimp closed. TA-DA, a pretty chic and very wearable gift - unlike a macaroni necklace! Though they are fun!


Monday, November 16, 2009


Well ladies and gents, it's been a doozy. Last week I finally had surgical steroid shots in the nerves in my back. Unfortunately the anesthesia didn't take and I felt the whole deal. Yee-ouch!!! I swore like a sailor while apologizing and explaining that I work for a church. Seriously! So with lots of medication I'm puttering along until the next round of shots Thanksgiving week.

Anyway, time for some happiness! I finally sent off a sweet little cardigan to my friend Feather Magoo for her new little one. It was knit using a pattern from the Debbie Bliss baby book. Once again, her patterns are easy, the construction is amazing and the end result actually looks like the picture. They're great for advanced beginner knitters!

Oh and I spied another slice of happy yesterday. Downtown Chattanooga has tons of public art, but this was an entire old building with every window covered. Such a cool visual statement - I almost crashed trying to spy what they all said!

Ok, I'm off to bed with meds. Hope all is happy on your end!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Grief, Relief & a Lovebug

Usually I like to keep this blog focused on the happy moments of life cause that's much more fun. But many of you may be wondering why I haven't called, replied to emails or sent thank you notes for the amazingly wonderful birthday gifts. Well, it's not cause I don't appreciate you or your thoughts, I've just been gritting my teeth to make it through each day. I've had crazy back issues for the past month (too many to name, including 2 pinched nerves). It's been very painful, lots of medicine, trips to the emergency room, many tears and endless frustration... So that's the grief.

Thankfully, I have an appointment on Tuesday for outpatient surgery. I'm getting targeted steroid/lidocaine shots in my spinal cord. Freaky, but I can't wait! Hopefully relief will follow. If not, I have another round 2 weeks later along with lots of physical therapy. I just want to live normally again... and be free to make things of course! I'm bursting with ideas!

On a happy note, MG was "Little Miss Lovebug" for Halloween. She had a blast, got way too much candy and I enjoyed raiding it afterwards. Hey, she's only 2 and I did it to save her teeth ;-) McB didn't get to wear his costume cause he slept through the whole thing, but MG decorated him the morning after. Poor guy! Hope you all had a happy one with loads of kit kats and reeses!!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Crafty Kids - Bounce!

Okay so this is a bit of cheat (according to my own rules), but I had to make this a Crafty Kid project just so that I could share the fun... A couple of days ago MG and I had a blast making a bouncy ball from a kit. Who knew these things existed?! Well not me. Auntie Lindsay sent it cause she's awesome and cause MG is lucky to have her!

So I had my doubts about whether it would work or not, but it was amazing. All you do is click the mold together, pour in the fun colored tidbits (I'm sure there's a more official name for them, I just don't know it), let it sit in water for 10 minutes and ta da! It was the perfect amount of involvement combined with wait-time for an almost 3 year old. And I got to feel like a mad scientist minus the crazy hair. Oh and bonus, it actually bounces just like those super high bounce balls we had when we were little! If you're looking for a fun party favor, birthday present or rainy day distraction (for young & old), this is definitely a happy solution. I think they could even pass for office party supplies, hmmm...

oops, I almost said "happy bouncy balls" but that doesn't quite work does it?! yikes. How about:
- BOUNCY HAPPINESS - Much better!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

2 Words...

"Aretha Frankenstein's"!!! Whoa, seriously good food! We went for lunch yesterday and thank goodness we didn't have breakfast. Do me a favor - make a fist with both hands. Now put them together. That's the size of the homemade biscuits! And the "waffle of insane greatness" really is insanely good (you'll notice the pic is blurry cause I was so excited to try it). I wondered how they could possibly make a belgian waffle better, but they really do. Maybe it's magical powers?!
So anyone who's willing to make the trip southward, is in for a treat. I'm buying, it's that good!

Oh and one more thing - the trim is painted gold. Not cause it's fancy, just cause it's cool. Buzie, made me think happy thoughts of you!


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Goodie Boxes

One of the most exciting things in life is getting something fun in the mail. Knowing that someone thought enough to pack something up and haul it to the post office especially for you is pure happiness. So with our recent move you can imagine how thrilled I am every time something arrives from friends or family - it's like a little bit of home and loads of love. Thank you everyone!!

And now for a bit of history... But first a huge congrats... my best buddy from high school and fellow head cashier at the Village Market (we rocked that place) is the proud new mommy of baby boy #2! Auntie Magoo, I can't tell you how happy I am for you and I can't wait to meet your new little man!!

Ok, history time... Many moons ago, Magoo and I started a tradition. She was in Japan and I was in New York, so we began sending each other goodie boxes. They were filled with all kinds of trinkets collected from everywhere and nowhere. I think it may have been a birthday thing, but now it's random and that's so much more fun. Each box is like a mini time capsule for where we are in life - from shiny lipgloss to wedding stuff and now baby goodies. Anyway, you can imagine my surprise when a box arrived on Friday (given baby arrival and all). She's super mommy!

Thank you Magoo for sharing life, it's been a blast!! And for everyone else, I highly recommend sending a little something to someone far away. Even a note that's actually written on paper counts. The happiness it brings is totally worth the effort!!

PS - check out McB, he's determined to crawl... he just hasn't read the memo yet that says he's only 4 months old ;-)


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Creative Sleeps

So here's yet another idea I wish I'd thought of... But first be warned, it definitely fits in the "dorky designer" category. In fact, Tim just looked at me puzzled while I drooled and tried to explain why it's cool. That's never a good sign!

Anyway, for those of you as dorky as me, you'll love this. Just in case you don't spend enough time with your favorite app (like Illustrator, Photoshop, Twitter, etc), the folks at MySuiteStuff have created pillows so that you can hold them close at heart. They're called "Creative Sleeps" and they're bright, colorful and super cool looking. Never thought I'd want to cuddle an application, but now might be the right time to start. Could be a happy thing?!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Comfy Cozy

A friend asked me the other day what "comfort" meant to me. My quick answer was a cup of coffee and a cozy chair, but I'm changing my answer. Here's why... Everyone at our house has been sick for the past week. Not just tummies & nosies, the works! And there's nothing worse than being sick away from home and all you know. Anyway, in hopes of a smile we went on a field trip to the Hobby Lobby (I'd never been to one before). OH MY GOODNESS, it's my new little piece of heaven on earth! As I wandered through the fabric and yarn I had tingles, seriously. And that's why I'm officially saying that being surrounded by endless art supplies is my comfort. It may be odd, but I can't be the only one. Right?!

Meanwhile, McB has decided that his blue blankie is the ultimate comfy lovie. It's just so sweet. And MG was much cheerier after a comforting visit from a fellow sick friend (see pic of "Dr. Darke with a jellybean"). As of tonight, I'm happy to say we're all on the mend. Phew! Maybe now I can start knitting up the new yarn I bought? Sorry, can't tell you what it's going to be. It's top secret for Christmas... shh...


Thursday, October 1, 2009

My Baby's in College!

Well, kind of ... MG started school yesterday at one of the nearby college preschool programs. I still can't believe they had a spot open for her. She'd been begging to go to school and was so excited to make new friends. After a quick "see you later momma" she walked into the classroom and didn't even look back. Sob! And when I picked her up she talked non-stop the whole way home about her teacher, the slide, her 4 new friends and "Macaroni" the guinea pig. And would you believe she actually took a nap?? Where was that teacher for the past 2 years?! Just to make myself feel better, I'm going to say it was her newly finished strawberry quilt that made the nap happen. Yeah right, that and a little peer pressure! Anyway, I can't tell you how happy it makes me to see her sparkle again. It's amazing what having friends can do for the soul!

Oh and we've officially made Thursdays "Breakfast for Dinner" night - mostly cause I was craving pancakes. They're just so yummy!


Tuesday, September 29, 2009


Sorry for the quick post, MG has her first day of college tomorrow (I'll explain later)... but here's a little something for now...

I almost flipped when my little sister told me about Zubbles - the world's first colored bubbles. They took 10 years to develop and the result is vibrant, in-your-face fun colors, not wishy-washy weakness. And the best part is they don't stain fabric! Seriously, I know they're not going to solve the world's problems, but they will make it a little happier. I can't wait to try some out!


Sunday, September 27, 2009

I'm Back...Finally!

Hello from Chattanooga, we made it!! Or should I say "Hey y'all"? It's been 2 weeks and I'm so happy to be back. I have a month's worth of blog posts written in my head, but guess they don't count if you can't actually read them, huh? Hmm, where to begin?

It was a mad rush to get the house on the market, but I'm really happy with the end result - see pics below. I'm totally in love with the master bedroom's vaulted ceiling and illuminated beams!

Anyway, we packed up the uhaul and, aside from a major scare when Tim thought he'd lost Lavender Kitty in Virginia (we won't talk about that or the panic attack it caused), we made it to Chattanooga in one piece. It's been a bit rough with missing everyone, but I have to say this is a pretty awesome place to live. Lots of artists, festivals, very outdoorsy and a great downtown. It's really inspiring! Now that the house is done I have tons of ideas lined up for new projects - sewing & knitting patterns, kid's crafts, design thoughts, etc. I can't wait to get creating!

PS - for those of you that may be wondering where all my usual crazy paint colors are, I refrained. It was a major lesson for me and I'm happy to say that I actually fully appreciate the "neutrals" that I chose in the end... though they would need a hot pink pillow or something if I was going to live with them for real ;-)