Monday, October 26, 2009


Something hit me just today...

It was 4 years ago yesterday.

One year to the day before Sweet Sophie was born and just 4 months after etsy itself got it's start.

4 years ago yesterday, I took a deep breath and flung open the doors of my little etsy shop.

Since that day, I have had (and continue to have) SO MUCH FUN, having found that thing that I am in love with doing, and then, coincidentally, finding a way to get paid to do it.

I've made some fabulous friends as well as many pieces of jewelry - both of which I am very proud of.

In honor of this, my 4th etsyversary, I have decided I'll be giving something away.

Something WAAAY amazing.

Something UBER-spectacular.

Something... just as soon as I get past my November show.

(I've been goin' hog-wild makin' tons of goodies and the calluses and cuts on my hands are quite the testimonial of their sheer awesomeness).

I don't know what it'll be right yet, but the wheels are-a-turnin' my friends...

...the wheels are turnin'.

Stay tuned.

I'll make it worth the wait.

OOOOOOO DOWGIE, it's gonna be good


Saturday, October 24, 2009

3 years ago today...

...Mr. G and I officially became outnumbered.

On October 25th, 2006, we came to a few realizations...

There will be a 3rd wedding we get to pay for some day.

There would now be 4 women in the house to eventually end up "cycling" all at the very same time (I wouldn't be at all surprised to find out that Gabe had actually shed some tears upon this realization).

I'll be vacuuming up Barbie parts for the rest of my days.

Yet another adorable, teeny, heart-melting lady had been added to our happy little family.

5 is such a wonderful number.

Happy 3rd birthday sweet Sophia Violet!!!

I Love you so so much.


Friday, October 23, 2009

Conversations with an (almost) 3 year old...

We had Chinese food for lunch yesterday and earlier today Sophie asked me...

"When do we get ta eat at the kung-foo place again?"

(I have never seen a child down so much egg-drop soup in one sitting as I saw yesterday).

Also, today was picture day at school and I signed Sophie up to get her pic taken. When we got to school this morning, we were greeted by a few of the high school girls who immediately told Sophie how "cute" she looked. Sophie furrowed her brow and with a very indignant tone in her voice she said...

"I NOT tute (cute), I DORABLE (adorable)!"



Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Friday, October 16, 2009


I was just gifted approximately 25 hours of uninterrupted time.

25 hours of productivity and fun all rolled up into one lovely little package.

Jewelry will be made

Hot tea and dark chocolate will be consumed

Music will be blasted

Magazines will be perused will be visited

Attire never meant for others to have to see, that can only be described as "comfy", shall be lounged in momentarily.

Oh me oh my what ever have I done to deserve this?!!??

Words do not exist to express how thankful I am at this very moment in time.

Joyous squealing to commence in T minus 3... 2...


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

There's a first time for everything...

So it turns out that one of the benefits of having children that talk their grandparents into buying some little chicks from the local farm supply/hardware store (though I have a sneaking suspicion that they were in the market for some of the fuzzy little cheepers already) is that as soon as those chickies reach egg-layin' maturity, every time they see you (the in-laws, not the chickens), they'll have a carton full of tiny, gorgeous, little brown speckled eggs just for you.

That day came for the first time just yesterday.

These little gals (and one little guy) are
Rhode Island Reds and looked like this when they first arrived...

...and it didn't take long for them to grow.
(This pic was actually taken several weeks ago so I can only imagine how big they are now)

Up until yesterday afternoon, believe it or not, I had never ever tasted honest to goodness farm-fresh eggs before. I know right? So "un-midwestern-girl" of me.

Sophie and I returned home from seeing Bubble Grandma, egg carton in hand, and we scrambled ourselves up some lunch.

OH so good.


Wordless Wednesday...


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Conversations with an (almost) 3 year old...

(This is a pic of how you'll typically find Sophie when she's watching a movie.
If you peeked under the table, you'd see that she's got her arms crossed behind her head.)

If you've ever talked to a young child, it doesn't usually take long before they've said something that has you laughing uncontrollably. Not necessarily always "what" they say but often "how" they say it.

Gabe and I talk all the time about how we need to be writing all those funny little things down so we can remember them later, but for whatever reason, we haven't.

Now that it's just me and Miss Sophia at home during the week days, I seem to be noticing more of these funny little conversations and I've decided to post them here every now and again.

For this first installment I'll make you privy to a couple different goodies...

Sophie: "I'n sirsteee" (thirsty)

Me: "You just had a drink!"

Sophie: "But I'n still sirstee"

Me: "Well, you'll just have to wait"

Sophie: "Ok."


Sophie: "I'na do sumpin"

Me: "What do you want to do?"

Sophie: "I don't bememer" (remember).

And just yesterday on our way home from taking the big girls to school...

Sophie: "So mom, wass da plan for today?"



Saturday, October 10, 2009

A little trip in the "Way Back" machine...

The other night my brother and I were at my parents house and he made the most incredible and amazing find.

Something we thought was lost forever.

Something we never suspected would still be in working condition even if it were ever found.

We were pleasantly surprised on both counts.

Down in the depths of our parents basement, whislt searching for something else, my brother found, (get ready)...

...our ORIGINAL Nintendo game system.

Not Super Nintendo.

Not Nintendo64.

The ORIGINAL folks.

Complete with all our favorite games - Battletoads, Super Mario Brothers 3, and yes, even Duck Hunt with corresponding Duck Hunt gun.
Mom and I gave it a go last night and had a bit of a Mario Brothers 3 marathon. We beat world 1 and then used our warp whistle to skip to world 5. Sadly, we never made it past level 4 of world 5 and ended up giving up somewhere around midnight after having beaten the first few levels of said world, but then having to go back to the beginning of that world over and over each time we exhausted our stockpile of lives.

Mom just texted me and at this very moment, Chris is over at their house... He's in world #7 (7 of 8 mind you) having played every level of every world (NO warping), with 58 lives to spare...

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little jealous. ;)

Hope you're all staying warm wherever you are! We had our first "snow" of the year last night, if you could even call it that. It was just enough to linger on the grassy areas, long enough for the sun hit it and melt it away. Still a disturbing sight to me considering how early it is in the season for SNOW. Oy vey.


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Just doin' ma duty, nay, my PRIVILEGE...

Today was voting day here in our fair town. Nothing too spectacular, just a little primary election to narrow down the playing field of those seeking the 3 soon to be open slots on our City Council.

Many won't look at this election as important enough to show up for, but in my opinion, there is NO election that we as American citizens can afford not to take part in.

For example, School board elections may seem hum-drum and meaningless (especially if you don't have any children in your local school system) BUT, our local school board has control of a LARGE chunk of our tax dollars... too large for me to pass over my chance to see that trustworthy and upstanding folks fill those positions.

Also, no one who enters into politics enters in at the top. No one wakes up one day and decides they are gonna run for President (ok, well maybe they do but they don't usually get too far). Nope, they all start out in local government. City Council, County Auditor, and yes folks, even School Board.

Just think about any unsavory politician who holds a high office (and BOTH parties have them people, don't misunderstand me). Think about all the little elections they had to win to get to where they are now. Just think... perhaps many of them are in high offices today just because some people didn't bother to show up and vote for the politicians tho actually have a shred of character (yes folks, they ARE out there) when their local City Council elections came around?

Just a little somethin' to think about.

Oh, and by the way, who decided that Religion and Politics have to be taboo subjects of conversation these days eh? It is my personal opinion that this country is in much of the mess it is in because of a LACK of conversation regarding those two subjects.

Just a little somethin' else to think about. :)


Thursday, October 1, 2009


Just a little peek at some of the goodies I've been working on over the last couple of weeks.

No sittin' around eating bon-bons for this gal.

T minus 37 days and counting till show time...


PS: Ask me how flipping excited I am that fall has finally arrived.

"Well Emily, just how flipping excited are you that fall has finally arrived?"

(Aww, I didn't expect you'd actually ask! How sweet!)

...And to answer you're question, I am SOOOOO FLIPPING EXCITED that fall has finally arrived!!!!!