Patching Things Up

Most moms this school year will be forking out good money
for "pre-worn" jeans. I mean honestly the jeans in stores today are ridiculous.
In our home we call these holly abominations"Farmer Pants"
for goodness sakes why not get a little work our of your kids
and let them wear out their own jeans over the summer.
It's a two for one if you ask me.

But my little kiddos were quite ready to throw out this holly pair this morning
so I decided to try and give them a bit of a makeover

Surprisingly enough fabric yoyos were not my first thought
but once I finally gave up on finding my leather scrap stash
yoyos were of coarse the obvious choice.
It's not exactly like I don't have a plethora of them lying around the house. 

After Stitching around the yoyos I added a few crochet flowers
that I purchased from Tokyo Alice 

I think for a 15 minute makeover they are a smashing success
& will stylishly get the girls through another year of school.
Our little upcycled mousey friend is from Fried Okra
who like us is currently MOVING!!!
So until her magical workshop opens up once again
 check out here flickr for a glimpse into her dazzling creative mind!

The July Newsletter

I'm a bit baffled that July is almost coming to a close.
Although now with kiddos in the home
every day seems to buzz by in super sonic speeds.
I wanted to send you all a little love
by offering 20% off all items in my shop
'til the end of the month. 
If you're in the market for some fun new accessories,
maybe some baby shower gifts or back to school headbands
then take advantage of this discount :D 
So how is your summer going?
We are still caring for the same two little
 girls that I've mentioned before.
Daily we are learning as a team to cope with
BIG emotions.
Being a foster parent is crazy... talk about a crash corse in parenting.
Unlike having a family of your own 
and things gradually changing...
we are thrown into new situations 
with kiddos of all ages.
We are helping kids
dealing with issues fare beyond their years
and honestly sometimes even beyond ours. 
We recently took in a young teen and her infant!
Boy howdy was that a ride. 
All this has made me realize how blessed I was as a child
to have parents who tried to make my life as "normal" as possible.
As a child you are tragically the victim of others choices and behaviors. 
Our number one goal as foster parents is to give each child in our home
love without strings. 
We work hard to help them overcome their own behavior issues, 
and give them the tools they will need in life to cope with heart ache.
Life isn't easy for any of us, we all have our own struggles
but for me being a foster parents helps 
to put my own personal problems in perspective. 

Let's see in other news:
We are excited to be purchasing a home here in Idaho.
If all goes as plan we will be moving middle of next month.
I'm so excited to have a home of my own again
a place that is all mine to do with as I please.
In preparation for the move I've been paining furniture like a mad woman. 
Nothing like having a mental deadline to start and finish those not so fun
yet very rewarding projects.
So keep posted because later this fall I will be sharing 
all the nooks and crannies of my home once again. 

I hope you all enjoy the last few days of July!
As for me - I'll be painting and packing. 

Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make me a match

It's funny how much my little
yoyo headband business has sprung to life
and without a doubt it's due to one very special gal
and her two adorable little pumpkins.
has provided me with amazing images
and inspiration time and time again.

With her amazing photography and brilliant styling
I have been able to convey to my customers
the quality of my "matchmaking" skills.
& like magic I am now the queen of custom orders.
Every week I receive the most exciting projects
from customers wanting that perfect finishing touch
for special occasions, photo shoots, to their child's favorite color scheme.
This has allowed me to stretch beyond my own tastes
and try things I would never have thought of on my own.
Customers are now sending me pictures of there child's outfit,
special embellishments, and even scraps of fabric.
LOL not that I don't have quite enough of my own :D

It's exciting to know you have created something extra special -
something that mommas can store away in their child's hope chests.
I just can't get enough of sweet little details
like those sunshine bloomers
created by Bethany's Aunty for the girls
Walkin' on Sunshine Birthday Party.

Here is one of my recent favorite custom orders.
Made to match that amazing retro inspired dress

This little pumpkin makes a darling mad hatter
in her Alice in Wonderland themed Baby Girl Headband.

Amanda just lives a hop skip and jump away from me
and so perhaps maybe one of these day we might be able to
play dress up together
and have a proper tea party
with her little hatter.