Dolls de Mexico

I was just a teenybopper when I went to Mexico
to help build homes. I was hardly mature enough to understand
just how different life could be for our neighbors South of the border.
What I remember best from the trip was the laughter in the streets,
even in a small town their was so much noise. 
Children in the streets kicking balls, street venders selling
sweet bread from the trunk of their cars, music flowing in all directions.
I loved the food, and unlike my friends who were eating pb&j sandwiches
I was in the kitchen with our host family.
I recall being the only one willing to eat such delicacies,
as cow tongue and pigs heart. 

It was on that trip that I fell in love with the vibrant
folk art of Mexico.
Wooden turtles with bobbing heads. hand painted clay piggy banks,
and handmade fabric dolls, just to name a few.

Our son is Mexican and I want to educate him and our family,
of the rich traditions and history of the Mexican people.
It is all this that inspired my latest set of embroidery designs.

I started off wanting to make tea towels,
but the more I worked on the collection
the more I fell in love with everything that represented 
traditional Mexicana.
I was going to need a much bigger canvas...

My kiddos bathroom was the perfect place 
for such a colorful and whimsical theme.
I only wish there was more wall space.
I can just picture an entire wall covered in vintage
pin the tail on the donkey posters.

I use Sulky's printable stabilizer
just because it's so quick and easy.

I'm so please with this set, 
I put so much time and thought into each design
and I'm already playing around with a few ideas for a coordinating collection. 

You can find these and my other embroidery and digital kits
exclusively at Kitschy Digitals.

Old School

yeah, me! 
I finally finished and listed a new digi kit
This one took me FOR-EV-ER 
(totally had a Sandlot flashback).

You will get all the files shown above
 I've set up a multi-page PDF for quick and easy printing.
"Papers" have been scaled down to 6x6"
and journal cards are 3x4"
for my fellow Project life peeps.

Soon, but I dare not say when...
with the babies it's pointless
to set deadlines for myself.
But in time, I'll be re-opening my etsy shop
where I'll be selling prints of some of my journal cards.
For those who would rather not do it themselves.
This set and a few others just came back from the printers
 and they are amazing!!! 
My next order will include 6x6 prints of my paper designs. 
I have many other fun ideas for the shop 
but I'll leave that for another post. 

Babies are starting to grumble...
I guess nap time is over.

You can find my new kit 
available exclusively @ Kitschy Digitals!

Take care friends, and best wishes to you who are
starting to send your sweet little ones back to school.
i'm kinda jealous... nap time is just not enough time for me to 
rest, clean, work, and play!

Our Summer Style

It's sad that thrift stores can't sell many of the vintage things we so love.
Vintage children's book because of possible lead poisoning is one such example.
I hate to even ponder for too very long on what treasures are deemed "unsafe"
and chucked into the recycle pile each and every day.
I'm certainly not saying I let me babes teeth on vintage books and toys,
but I do so very much love to read them together
 and use them in my decorating and crafting.
One thrift store in our area has a free "scrap" wood area where you can rummage
through for items deemed unsafe or unsellable.
Boy was I thrilled when I came across two crib ends a few weeks ago.
I now have 5 crib ends in my possession!

I use them in the yard, as chalkboards,
and this one I just finished painting 
for my summer mantle.

This arrangement really brings together a lot of my favorite things 

Milk glass, swirly tapered candles, and this fab
1970s plastic wreath. 

But of all the vintage items I own
I really love my collection of vintage kids clothes the most.
I've been collecting for over 10 years!
That's way way way before I was blessed with my two babes!

This handmade romper just barely fit today. 
I can't believe how fast my little pickle is growing.
I'll probably cut this one up and use in my crafting,
It's got stains on top of stains but still isn't it just the sweetest!?

Petey is wearing a handmade romper as well.
Yeah, it was probably made for a girl,
but who cares.
He looks boyishly handsome to me!

Cowboys Like Us

After a long day of being cooped up in the house with these two all-day,
I decided that we needed a change of scenery
and what better way to enjoy the outdoors than to play dress up
and take some pictures.
Well I'm sure they would have perhaps had more fun 
playing at the park or even going on a walk, 
but they were good sports and were such great camera hams. 

I can't believe this little man is going to be 2 soon! 
He really is a "little man", working so hard to be just like his daddy.
I love watching him explore the world around him,
learning new ways to drive me bananas 
and making it near impossible to
 get anything done without his "most helpful"assistance. 

Oh my gosh, then I have this little pickle!
Trouble, Trouble, Trouble!!!
She has daddy wrapped around her finger,
and momma pulling her hair out.
She is so us it's darn near scary!
p.s. this is her first time sporting piggy tails!
Thanks "Great" Aunt Kym for loving us
and for the sweet dress baby girl is wearing.
Oh and for letting me barrow your amazing backyard today
(even though you weren't home to even know it).