Bringing Gorgeous to a Special Custom Project

Friday, August 26, 2016

In my last post, I mentioned how crazy things have been here. What I didn't mention was that my cat, Woolly, was sick. It happened fast. I took him to the vet and they ran tests and it was exactly what I dreaded. Kidney failure. We euthanized him the next day. I loved that cat. He was my constant buddy, and my biggest hindrance in getting anything done helper.

While Woolly was sick, I was contacted by Melissa on Etsy, who requested a custom kit for her wedding album. She sent me a beautiful picture for inspiration. I loved her ivory lace gown and her navy and cornflower blue bouquet. She said her style is something of the traditional mixed with shabby chic and rustic. A woman after my own heart, I think. That is my favorite style! I was pulling out everything blue I had in stock!

How to Disappear Off the Face of the Earth {and a Distraction So You Don't Notice}

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Firstly, I can't believe it's the middle of August. {Also, because this didn't really fit in anywhere else on topic, I'll be throwing in random pictures of Zae into the first part of this post because I don't really have any photos that scream "Here's all my excuses for not posting yet this month but hopefully some cuteness will distract you."}

This month just snuck up on me and before I even realized it wasn't July anymore, it was halfway through this month and September is looming, waving it's giant orange maple leaf flag while I'm still shaking the sand out of last year's beach bag.

I've pulled a disappearing act for the last few weeks, and I feel bad about it. I could sit here and make excuses for myself, because I have a few of them. Since I last posted, I've had a few health issues. I had a flare-up of fibromyalgia that hasn't hit me this hard for a while. My son quit nursing, which means that favorite aunt is back in the house. {I don't even have a guest room and she's making herself right at home!} Then, while preparing to go to a family reunion five hours away, I had to go into the clinic, already knowing I had an ear infection because I have narrow canals or some wonderful thing like that. It's been a problem in the past, but I started using drying drops religiously after showering and swimming. Then a couple years went by and I forgot the pain and annoyance and pretty soon the drops were in the back of the medicine cabinet and I'm back in the clinic on a beautiful Sunday afternoon when I should be enjoying time with Zae.

This Little Shy Baby

Friday, July 29, 2016



I have scrapped one other ultrasound, which wasn't a happy ending. I am happy to say that this ultrasound is of Zae, and of course that pregnancy had a happy ending. :) I love how he had his hands over his face. It's funny, because he loved to put his hands on his face and head when he just a little thing.

Spring {in Autumn}

Friday, July 22, 2016

scrapbook kit, layout, embellishment, rolled roses, spring, handmade flowers, embellishments

This layout is of my mom shortly before she and my dad were married. I wanted to do something as young and fresh as my mom looks in this photo, so I went with a spring theme...thinking that this was shortly before their June 12th wedding. After I showed my mom the finished product, she told me it was actually the fall before they were married. So this is more of the metaphorical "spring" of their marriage.

Dream in Pink

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


This post is picture heavy...mainly because this is one of my favorite layouts! The photo is of my cousin's little girl, Eliza Marie. She is a beautiful little girl, most especially on the inside, but just as much on the outside. Needless to say, it's not at all hard to build a beautiful page around that face.

A Day With Zae: 9 Months

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


Dear Zae,

You're nine months old now, and you are so fun. You make every day seem new and exciting when I look at it through your eyes.

Fairest of Them All: Pink and Brown Layout With Handmade Flowers

Tuesday, July 12, 2016


Here's another layout of my lovely niece, Adeline, from the time we spent with them in Virginia. I only wish I could photograph her more often.


Grand Opening of the Dear Zae Etsy Shop! 40-60% off Until 7/15

Monday, July 4, 2016


Announcing the grand opening of my own little shop on Etsy!

Midsummer Dreams Come True
I've been talking about it on the blog for a while now, working toward it constantly, and finally {finally!!!!}, all my hard work has...come to something. I haven't quite hit "paid off" level yet, but I'm taking it bird by bird {which is Anne Lamott's way of getting through large projects, as referenced in her book, Bird By Bird, which I read for a writing class in college but works as a philosophy for all of life's challenges}.

I wrote my first blog post in March. Since then I've been building my blog, buying supplies, creating inventory, taking photos, and building a social media platform. All done during naps and after bedtime.
I have 30 kits to introduce the shop, with more incoming. I'm looking forward to mailing out my first package. Mostly, I am excited to get back to contributing to my family.
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