December 13, 2011


Here are some quick pics I took of my booth at Budafest this past weekend.  It was my first craft fair to participate in and boy was it tiring.  I did a lot of sitting in the cold and spent a bit of time making some new flowers on the 2nd day.  I didn't sell a lot but I made my booth rental money back and then doubled it, so not too bad!  Everything will be up on my etsy shop soon and on my facebook page.  So, stay tuned!
my side of the booth
button bobbies

felty covers
paintchip notepads
key fobs
mr bear

wine charms
white, silver & magenta yumminess
so shiny!

November 30, 2011

day 30: my God

Finally, today I am thankful for God.  I'm so thankful for His grace, mercy and forgiveness in my life.  He is the core of everything I am and everything I choose to do.

Thank You!

November 29, 2011

day 29: clementines


Today I am thankful for clementines.  They are juicy, delicious, healthy, and just plain yummy.  I only wish they were available all year long and not just in the winter.  This time of year they are my favorite snack.  yum yum yum!

November 28, 2011

day 28: the in-laws

the Waldon fam

Today I'm thankful for my in-laws.  David has a huge family and I love them all.  He has step-siblings, wonderful parents, and Aunts and Uncles, and cousins whom are all great.

I love that his mom's whole family are in Austin, so we get to see them all the time.  They do dinners for every birthday, holiday, anniversary, and just because sometimes.

His family, well my family now, is full of love and they know how to have fun.  I'm so thankful to have 2 families so close.  I know David and I will be taken care of if anything happens.

November 27, 2011

day 27: Christmas lights

our balcony

I love and am thankful for Christmas lights.  The day my dad starts putting up his Christmas lights has always been exciting for me.  The twinkly ones are my favorite and I prefer multicolor over all white.

Luckily, though David isn't into decorating all that much, he does like lights so he was excited about buying our first lights for our home.  He picked out the blue LED lights in the picture.  I love the glow they give off outside and in our dining area.

When I was younger we would always drive around looking at lights.  I haven't done this in years but David and I plan to some night soon, probably closer to Christmas.

November 26, 2011

day 26: my dear friends

some of our dearest friends

Today I am thankful for my dear friends.  It would take too long to write about each one individually so I'll give a general blanket thanks for all of them.

David and I have been blessed with some amazing people throughout our lives.  We were lucky enough to have all of them in our wedding earlier this year.  They are a fun bunch as you can see in the picture.  They are all so special to me in different ways.  Some are childhood friends of David, who I am thankful to for making sure he didn't blow himself up before I could meet him :)  Some are my high school choir girls who helped me survive high school and college.  Some are more recent friends who I love just as much.  One up there is a sister, and well, I already told you about her :)

Our friends are all silly and amazing all at the same times, which is probably why we keep them around...or maybe they keep us around?  I am so thankful that, for whatever reason, our bonds have stayed strong and we have them to go to whenever we need them or just want to hang out, and we can be there for them if they ever need it.

November 25, 2011

day 25: Christmas

Christmas tree @ Fiesta Texas 2009

Today I am thankful for Christmas.  It's one month away and I'm so excited!  I absolutely love this time of the year (minus the mall and crazy drivers).  The lights, music, colors, weather, cheer, jingle bells, pretty wrapping paper, sparkly everything, family, and of course the reason for it all...God's son.

I know this holiday has become commercialized but to me it's a great time to remember what God sent us so many years ago and I'm so very thankful that He did.  I know theologians have decided Jesus was most likely born in the summer, and I'm thankful during the summer as well, but I love to have a special day just to celebrate Christ.  I also love that everyone knows that's what that day is for, whether they believe or not.

For me there is just nothing like Christmas, I love it!

November 24, 2011

day 24: holidays

Today I am thankful for holidays.  I love a chance to get together and just enjoy family and friends.  They usually involve yummy food as well, which is always a plus in my book.

Short post, it's Thanksgiving :)

November 23, 2011

day 23: days off

Today I am thankful for days off.  Since I work at a college ministry, I get school vacations, it's pretty awesome.  Today I got to sleep in a little, take Chuy to get his bear claws trimmed (he did so well!) and then just chill around the apartment with Miriah, watching movies and waiting for David to get home.  Once he's home it's off to Mason for Thanksgiving.

I love that I still get a few days to myself to just relax, play with Chuy, and enjoy being out of a building or our apartment in the sunshine.  It's a good time for me to take life slow and appreciate God and everything He's done for me and in my life.

November 22, 2011

day 22: pinterest

my inspiration board

Today I am thankful for Pinterest!  My friend Sophie told me I had to get it a few months ago and it is just awesome.  I'm a big craft blog reader and I used to bookmark tutorials a lot but I never went back to them.  Being a visual person I hated looking at my bookmark list and seeing those ugly long links.  Pinterest is just my cup of tea.

I also like that I can see what craft projects my friends are pinning.  I've even started a board made of just meals I want to cook which I'm sure David appreciates :)  I love that I can organize as much as I want.  For example, I have a board just for felt.  I've found it especially helpful in keeping everything I want to make organized and easy to go look back and remember.

Thanks for being you, pinterest :)

November 21, 2011

day 21: Miriah

Today I am thankful for my sister, Miriah.  She's been around for nearly 23 years (what?!) and she's pretty cool, if I have to admit it :)

When we were younger we didn't always get along, but what else can you expect when you put two stubborn girls together in one house.  I think we finally became friends once I left for college and wasn't always having to share a bathroom with her, haha.

Being 4 years apart we were never in the same school after I got out of elementary school.  Then when I transferred to Texas State she began there my second year.  It was actually fun having family so close and knowing we could have lunch together once or twice a week.

My sister is a very special person and I love her dearly.  She has a great eye for art and lights, is so very determined, and has an extremely sensitive heart for those around her.  If you count her as a friend you are a very lucky person.  She will go to bat for anyone she cares for, even if you may not be willing to do so for her.

She's a little weird, but who in our family isn't?  She knew from the start that David was someone important to me and has fully embraced him as her big brother, which I love.  I know we'll be friends for the rest of our lives and someday she'll make an amazing fun aunt.

Love you, Squirt!

November 20, 2011

day 20: netflix

Today I am thankful for netflix.  Now, I know a lot of people don't like them so much anymore but I think the concept of instant streaming is fantastic. 

David and I are very much homebodies.  We really enjoy staying home and hanging out on the couch together.  Having something we like to watch whenever we want is so nice!  I'm not big on planning my schedule around a tv show, and I don't want to allow tv to have that kind of control over my life ever.  Netflix totally lets us stay out as long as we want and just watch whatever tv show we've become addicted to whenever we have time or feel like being lazy.

We discovered Doctor Who and Battlestar Galactica because of this.  I also get to watch cheesey movies I would never actually buy on here.  David watched all the old X-men cartoons from his childhood one week.  Lately they've been making more and more documentaries available so we can even get educated a bit, who'd have thunk!

I'm thankful that we have something to watch together when David gets tired of the movies I own and there's nothing on KLRU (we don't have cable). 

November 19, 2011

day 19: color

Today I am simply thankful for color in my life.  I love being surrounded with wonderful colors in my home, work, and anywhere else.  You can see some of my work with fun colors above. 

I have lived with walls colored magenta, deep turquoise, aqua, purple, red, and gray.  Gray may not seem like much of a color, but for decorating it is one of my favorites.  You can add any color to it and it looks great!  All our furniture is black too, but it makes the other colors in our home pop even more. 

Basically, color makes me happy and I love that I make things so I can make more colorful items for the world :)

November 18, 2011

day 18: GoNow missions

I am thankful for Go Now Missions today.  This is the organization I went on 3 mission trips through; Norden, Germany - Kila, Montana - and Prince Rupert, BC, Canada.  Each one was a very unique experience and i loved them all, though there were some very hard and emotional times in some of them.

I was totally going to write a little blurb about each trip I did through go now, but right now I'm honestly too tired to delve into those emotional pits.  I loved each place I went and I truly hope to visit them again with David in the future. 

Every place I went was cold and beautiful and nothing like my Austin home.  I have a special connection in my heart to the Pacific Northwest because of my two summers spent up there.  Watching any of the Twilight movies (I know, I know) makes me nostalgic for those places.  This is partly why we chose Vancouver as our honeymoon destination, I just had to be able to share the beauty of that area with David.  Lucky for me he loves cold rainy places.

I love how Go Now encourages college students to be faithful to God's calling and to go, now!  Go to their site and see all the amazing places students are taking the gospel to, it's so great.  I love that the BSM helps raise money to support go now and I get to be a part of an organization I loved to much in my college years even now. 

November 17, 2011

day 17: music

Today I am thankful for music and every role it has played in my life.  I grew up in a music-filled home and that spilled over to my school life. 

Music was my favorite special area class in elementary school, and I even stayed after school on Mondays to participate in a special music program.  My orchestra and choir classes helped me survive the awkward middle school years.  Choir made the rest of high school have a purpose.  I spent every minute I could in the choir room and I loved it.  I even started out my college career studying music. 

Though I ended up going in a different direction in school, music still plays just as important a role in my life.  Singing led me to a deeper friendship with my now husband and is ultimately what sealed the deal for us in the beginning. 

Music is also my main way to worship.  I just love singing praises to my God, and even more when I can be seated at a piano at the same time.  I was also blessed with a husband who loves to worship in the same way I do, so we get to do that together, it's pretty special to me.

Basically, who I am is shaped in a big part because of the involvement music has had in my life.

November 16, 2011

day 16: my job

baptist student ministry

I am so so so thankful for my job.  I work at the Baptist Student Ministry on the University of Texas campus as the office manager.  I love being here.  My co-workers are amazing people of God and encourage me daily.  It's also fun being around college kids all day, they can be pretty funny.

I felt a little lost when I quit my last job with no leads to a new one, but I knew I needed to leave when I did.  It was just the right time for me to pursue something new and focus on where my heart really was.  I was able to put more focus on our wedding for a few weeks, and then enjoy just being married for a few months.  The four months I was unemployed were freeing and relaxing for me but I know they totally freaked out David.  Those months were definitely a bonding time for us and we both have a better understanding and stronger faithfulness in God. 

I was sure God would provide, and He did!  This job fell out the sky and right into my lap.  It was a big change going from a corporate office of 60 people to a small ministry of 4 regular staff members.  I've had ministry and church jobs before and they have always been my favorite, so I knew I would love it here.

Not only am I thankful for this job but I'm so thankful for God's faithfulness and that He always has us in His hands.

November 15, 2011

day 15: felt

wedding flowers

Today I am thankful for felt.  It's just so good!  You can manipulate it to be so many things.  My favorite thing to make with it is flowers.  With Whitney's help we made all the bridesmaid bouquets from yellow, gold, white, and gray felt.  I made my bouquet out of white, gray and aqua felt with buttons and tulle to accent it.  They were all just so fun and cheery.  Since felt doesn't wither and die I still have mine sitting in our room.

I use felt in all my hair clips, little key chain animals and even in ornaments.  The best feature is it doesn't fray so you don't have to sew any of the edges. 

Felt, you are amazing and I'm thankful for you every time I sit down to craft :)

November 14, 2011

day 14: my momma

opening a card from my mom
Today I am thankful for the other half of the dynamic duo known as my mom.  My momma has been my biggest fan in everything I do but is also always there to help me be better.  

She taught me how to sew.  I don't remember one particular day of learning, but more a combination of just watching her create for years and absorbing it.  I'm very much a learn on my own type, but I knew I could always go ask for her expert advice at any time.  I would say this is the biggest skill I've gained from my mom.  I love that she made my prom dresses and customized my wedding dress to be exactly what I wanted.  She also made her dress above.

Another obvious gain from my mom would be my looks.  When I was younger everyone used to call me a little Mollie and I think anyone from her hometown could take one look at me and know where I come from.  I inherited her freckles, blue eyes, sway back, and red tinted hair.  I'm very excited to know that my mom is almost 55 in that picture above and that is her natural hair color and smooth skin.  Looking like a teenager now can be bothersome but it will be awesome when I'm older!

I gained my mom's logic, sarcasm, organizational skills, will, and stubbornness.  All these combined have made a strong woman, and I'm so very thankful that I had her as my female role-model in life.

I'm blessed to have a mom who trusts my opinions in life.  I get to help her with decorating decisions around the house and I know she respects my eye and taste.

I love my mother more than a post could possibly encompass, but I hope this gave a good idea :)

November 13, 2011

day 13: the big fuzzy blanket

blanket thief
Another silly one.  Today I'm thankful for our huge fluffy gray blanket.  We bought it with a wedding gift card to Target and it is awesome!  King size, fuzzy goodness that both David and I can snuggle under and not be fighting for more blanket.  Even Chuy can snuggle, thought he likes to steal the whole thing. 

November 12, 2011

day 12: my church

sanctuary before our wedding
Today I'm so very thankful for my church.  For over 7 years my church has been a place for me to grow, learn, and worship.  I've loved spending so much time there and with the amazing people that make it a church and not just a building in South Austin. 

This is the place I realized missions would be a part of my life, and then they financially supported and helped me go on numerous trips to New Orleans, Germany, Montana, and Northern British Columbia.

This is also where I met my husband.  Where we first sang together, became friends, had a serious talk before our first date, and where we finally got married.  I love that my family goes here too.  My blood family and my brothers and sisters in Christ.  The are all so much a part of who I am.

November 11, 2011

day 11: marrying a musician

photo by Whitney Carlson

I am so so thankful to be married to a musician.  I love that we can sing together and make music at a level I never could with anyone else.  There's just something about singing with David that it so special.  Our minds synch up and the harmonies lock in.  When we first started dating he would always try to steal my harmonies (he claims I stole his, but I'm older, they were mine first).  Nearly 6 years later we've grown so much musically and keep finding new harmonies and sounds to add to our repertoire. 

I think one of the reasons singing with him is so important to me is because I started falling in love with him when we prepared and sang together for Mani Marathon 2005.  It would be a little over a month before we would start dating, but part of me just knew.

I just found out we might get to sing together for our Christmas Eve service, I'm so excited!

November 10, 2011

day 10: knitting

knit blanket
Today I am so thankful for knitting.  It's such an old craft and I love it!  I taught myself during winter finals of my sophomore year at Baylor, back in 2004.  My best friend was trying to learn and had some trouble starting so I looked at it and tried to figure it out.  From then on I was hooked.  I finished my first scarf and thought it was just the coolest thing ever to wear something I made. 

Since then I have branched out and knit everything but socks and sweaters...well I knit a sweater once, but there's no way it fits now, nor does it have it's second sleeve.  Toys are my favorite to knit.  Living in Texas doesn't exactly leave many days of the year to wear knit items, but you can play with toys all year long!  In the toy realm I knit monsters most.  You can knit them in any color and size. 

For me, knitting is very therapeutic.  It keeps my mind focused but also lets it relax from other things going on in life.  Plus, having something tangible in my hands after knitting for hours is just so rewarding.  I usually knit all my gifts for Christmas.  Luckily my family appreciates home-made :)

If you ever visit our home you will most likely see balls of yarn stashed all over the place.  David always laughs when he's cleaning up and finds one tucked away somewhere. 

The mathematics of knitting is one of the big draws for me I think.  I've always loved math and numbers and that goes hand in hand with knitting.  You have to count everything.  It's perfect for my way of thinking.

Knitting is a huge blessing for me and I'm so thankful I put off studying to learn it.

November 9, 2011

day 9: nail polish

grape escape

Today I am thankful for nail polish.  These can't all be deep and serious.  I love how nail polish gives the ability to wear some crazy color for a few days/weeks.  I used to wear crazy glitter and color combos back in middle school, then rarely painted my nails in high school.  In college I usually just wore black.  Now I'm really into the dark almost black colors.

Keeping my nails painted really just helps me remember to keep my nails clean and short.  I can't stand long nails, they bug me so much, which is unfortunate because my nails grow extremely fast. 

Anyways, nail polish is awesome, thanks to whoever originally thought it was a good idea!

November 8, 2011

day 8: sewing

hand-stitched brooch for my MeMaw

Finally made it to a craft.  Today I am thankful for sewing and every role it has played in my life.  My MeMaw (mom's mom) was a professional seamstress and my mom continued that legacy by making all my prom dresses and sewing many of my costumes when I was younger.  I was so blessed to grow up in a home where sewing played such a huge role.

I didn't get the sewing bug until I got to college, but when I did I got it hard.  I started making all my purses and pillows.  I've stayed away from sewing garments, too stressful for me, but I love making bags.  It's gotten to the point where I feel guilty buying a purse from the store, since I know I can make it just as well.

Hand sewing is a craft I've come to appreciate more in the last few years.  I have 3 sewing machines but I still love sewing with my hands and just a needle and thread.  It's so cool to start with materials and then watch them become something beautiful just because I manipulated them with my hands. 

Sewing enabled me to make my wedding exactly what I wanted it to be.  My mom altered a store bought dress with a brand new skirt exactly to my liking.  It was beautiful and polka dotted!  I was also able to sew a glittery, feathery, felty, sparkly, belt embellishment because I knew how to harness my sewing skills.  I was also able to make my entire wedding bouquet by sewing felt, buttons, and tulle. (I realized I never did a wedding picture post, I need to do that soon!)

It saddens me to see how much sewing has fallen out of our culture today.  I'm always surprised when someone doesn't know how to sew a button or even thread a needle.  This used to be something every girl knew.  It's such a basic skill to me an I can't imagine not knowing it.  I fully intend on passing the sewing legacy down to my children, boys or girls and I hope it sparks something in them that it did in me.

Thanks mom for teaching me!

November 7, 2011

day 7: my daddy

pinning on my dad's boutonniere

Today I am thankful for my daddy.  I will try my best to keep this post from getting insanely long, it's going to be difficult though.

My dad is one of my favorite people in my life.  Naturally I love him, he was one half of the amazing duo that raised and shaped me into the person I am today.  I know the relationship I have with my dad is special though.  It goes far beyond him just being that guy who raised me.  I wish every girl could have a father like I have, but I know of only one who was as lucky as I, and that's my sister. 

My dad is the original inspiration for all things musical in my life.  I can remember him playing his guitar when I was very little and singing me Puff the Magic Dragon.  He would sing me to sleep at night to the tune of John Denver's Today.  I'm not sure if I've ever heard Denver's version, but I know the song very well.  As I grew my dad was very involved in my choir and orchestra activities.  He loved watching musicals with me and wandered our house singing goofy songs (does this sound like my post about David? ha!)

I am extremely blessed to not only have a present father in my life but also one who shares my faith.  My dad has a huge heart for service and I've seen him work to the point of exhaustion while serving our Lord.  If there is anything he can do to help someone else, he'll do it...gladly!  That inspires me daily.

I love talking to my dad now that I'm older and have my own very strong opinions.  I find he usually shares them with me or if not he respects them anyways.  He tells me when he's proud of the way I'm living but still also reminds me to drive carefully right after a light rain, always a daddy for sure.  I think one reason I enjoy talking to him is we share a very similar sense of humor.  I love being able to make him laugh as he has done my entire life.

Some traits my dad has passed down to me are a love for ketchup, appreciation for good music, my sense of humor, a laid back personality, general goofiness, and a tall stature so I can tower over all my tiny friends.  Okay that last one is just to be funny, though I do tend to be taller than many of my girl friends.

Like I said, I could write so much more but I think I'll keep this brief for now.  I think you get the point that my dad is awesome and could beat up your dad :)

November 6, 2011

day 6: lazy Sunday evenings

nap time

Our weekends have been pretty busy lately.  By the time lunch rolls around after church I'm ready for a 3 day nap usually.  Today we ate with my parents, ran by Old Navy, then picked up Chuy from my parent's house and headed home.  I took a nap to the tune of whatever video game David played then woke up and read a little bit.  Chuy passed out on the floor by his toy (see the above proof).  It was so nice to just be there at home with my little family.  There was no schedule, no one to entertain or be entertained by, and I could be in my comfy pants.  I made spaghetti and we watched a new tv show we like.

Later I pulled down all our Halloween decorations and started prepping for Christmas(!)  David did some work and I got our tree all set up.  We watched a documentary about Conan O'Brien's tour and how he really felt about NBC, so many funny moments.  By the time it was over our tree was fully decorated, minus a topper, and my bowl of sweet potato tots was empty (I needed a tree decorating snack).

I'm so thankful for days like these with David and Chuy.  I enjoy going out and enjoying time with friends very much, but there's just something about being in your home and making it yours with the ones you love and share that home with.  I know I'm blessed to even have a place that I can call home when so many don't have that simple luxury.  I'm blessed because of who I share it with and who we can share it with temporarily for movie nights and dinners.  I'm so excited to get the rest of the place decorated for my favorite holiday and have many friends over throughout the season.

Most of all, I'm thankful that the Lord knew we needed a day of rest.  He knew that we would overextend ourselves and, if not commanded to, would forget to rest and just be in Him.

November 5, 2011

day 5: the ladies

the young young ladies

I just got home from our annual church ladies retreat.  We spent the night in Fredericksburg discussing empowered women from the Bible.  It was such a great time spent with women of all generations from my church.  I'm so thankful for all these ladies that I have surrounding me.  Each one is such a great inspiration and encouragement for me.  I know no matter what stage of life I'm in I will always have them there to help me and give advice.

Sophie, Angie and I all showed up at the retreat in jeans, purple tops, black pea coats, and converse.  Love these girls!

November 4, 2011

day 4: Chuy

sitting on his perch

Today I am thankful for my snugly little pup, Chuy.  He is a character.  I'm pretty sure he thinks he's human and runs our household.  He's not a fan of other people getting too close if he doesn't know them but if he does know you he's a big ball of love.  He loves giving kisses and laying across my lap, especially when I'm on my laptop.  Sometimes he acts like a cat in that way. 

Because of Chuy, I managed to not get fired from my last job for oversleeping.  He woke me up early every morning for the first few months to take him out.  Thanks Chuy, you kept money in my wallet!  Now that he's older he snuggles with me as long as I stay in bed.  Sometimes he gets a bit anxious and crawls all over me to wake me up.  Last night he squeezed between David and I to keep warm.  In doing so he also kept me warm. 

He kept me sane when I stayed home for 4 months and gave me a reason to get up and get dressed every morning (don't want to take him out looking like a bum). 

I love that he's a poodle and has real hair instead of fur.  He can get super poofy and look like a little bear.  He's working on his winter coat right now.  I'm thankful he doesn't shed because my asthma just can't handle that, neither can all our black furniture.

Chuy completes our little family and it doesn't quite feel like home unless he's there.  Best dog ever!

November 3, 2011

day 3: cold weather

my new coat
Tomorrow morning is our first potential freeze of the season.  I love when it's cold outside.  I'm thankful for the snuggles it brings, the winter-wear, and the chance to wear all the fun stuff I knit.  It also reminds me of the times I spent up north in Montana and Northwestern Canada.

Those were very special times in my life and times when I felt very close to God.  Living in a church in the middle of the mountains in northern Montana and going through emotional warfare allowed me to pull closer to God than I had ever been before.  I'm so thankful for that summer, and the following cold summer spent in Canada.  God worked in my heart and my confidence.  The cold air reminds me of everything He's promised me and revealed to me. 

I'm so thankful for those summers, and I'll probably write a post on them later.  Keep reading!

day 2: my praise team

Wednesdays are crazy for me so those posts might come on Thursday mornings :)

2 year old picture of us singing

Today I'm thankful for my church's praise team.  I've been blessed to be a part of the team for three years now and I love it!  It started out with a band and me singing along with our interim music minister.  Soon this new couple I didn't know was added, the Willinghams.  Since then they have become one of my favorite couples at the church.  David and I find it rare to find couples as goofy and laid back as we are, and the Wills fit the bill! (ha!..sorry, it's early, my mind is still in sleep mode so excuse my silliness)

The praise team is also something I get to share with David and my dad.  Both play guitar, so it's fun to play with them, especially since both have influenced me musically throughout my life.

The best part is I get to worship on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings with this small group.  Sure we have silly moments when my mic is twice as loud as the entire group, or when David Willingham (2 David W' confusing sometimes) just throws Lydia's shoe, but at the heart of these times together we are preparing to lead our church family in a time of praising, thanking, and loving our Lord.  I love it!

November 1, 2011

a month of thanks: day 1

I decided in an effort to post more and to thank God more I would do a daily blog post about something I'm thankful for.  This shouldn't be too hard considering I have so much in my life to be thankful for.  Seriously, I love my life and all those in it.  On that is day 1.

my little penguin santa

To kick off this month on thankfulness I will start with one of the biggest blessings God has sent me.  My husband, David.  We have been friends for over 6 years, together nearly as long and married for 8 months.  He sings goofy songs about everything, makes me laugh, loves my knitting, and is my best friend in the world.  He understands my weird mind and appreciates my sometimes inappropriate humor.....ok, a bit more than sometimes.  I found someone I can make music with and who is as big a believer in DIY as I am.  David tolerates my ridiculous love of Christmas decorations and teenage girl movies.  He even bought us our first Christmas tree 3 weeks before Halloween!  We've been through so much together and I'm so excited to see what adventures we will trek through together in the coming months, years, and decades.  Most importantly he loves Jesus more than he loves me.  I think that is awesome and I love having such a strong leader in our household when it comes to our faith.

David, I love you and am so thankful for everything you are to me!

October 27, 2011

some music

As a trained musician I find myself very prone to judging any music I hear.  I've learned to turn this off when listening to the radio but it comes out a LOT while listening to anything live.  I wince at pitch issues, make faces at bad tone and sigh heavily when someone tries to use their voice in a way God obviously did not intend them to use it.  If you know me, you've probably seen this.  I have a problem hiding my facial expressions.  I'm working on it, I promise :)

Saying all this, I also want to say that I am a huge believer that everyone can sing.  Everyone.  Some might be able to do it right out of the womb and others may have to work on it for a long time...but everyone can sing.  Every person is capable of making a joyful noise. 

Although I think everyone can sing, it doesn't mean I want to listen to everyone sing over a loud speaker.  It's just a personal preference.  I have a weird array of music I enjoy listening to.  The guilty pleasures like ABBA and Ace of Bass, the classics like Queen, and then my very favorites...folk.

the civil wars

I've slowly discovered that my very favorite genre of music to listen to is folk music, and I could listen to it all day every day.  Two of my favorites are The Swell Season and The Civil Wars.  One is an Irish/Polish duo (the stars of the movie Once) and the other a Cali/Bama duo.  The music is so raw and emotional.  If I could sing anything in the world it would definitely be something like this.  Bonus: I already have a guitarist who I harmonize with splendidly at home!

the swell season
Go to their sites and give them a listen.  You can even download a free live album from the Civil Wars on their music page.

I'm not sure how I got from the beginning of this post to the end, just ramblings I suppose.  I've been itching to record some music lately and I think this post is a result.

October 24, 2011

christmas knits

snowball monster

This little guy is sitting by our tv, waiting for our Christmas tree to go up in a few weeks.  He's also very anxious for me to stuff the Christmas monsters I knit over the summer.  I made him a friend last night, but right now he is footless.  I'm hoping to get those green feet knit up tonight. 

I just love how simple these little guys are.  I got the free pattern from Rebecca Danger's blog, which I love!!  The pattern has teeth, but I tend to like my monsters mouthless lately, plus white teeth on white yarn seems pointless :)

Many more Christmas crafts to come, I promise!

October 18, 2011

a list

at the zoo
Here's what we've been up to in the Wall house this past week:

  • knitting randomness
  • making a flower here and there
  • playing with iOS5 way too much on my phone
  • mini-vaca to San Antonio which included a swank hotel, rainforest cafe, and the zoo!
  • 81st birthday party!
  • lots of muffin baking
  • golf tournament planning at work

Tonight we're making individual pizzas and I hope to either knit some snow monsters or finish up my paintchip books.

Anyone else out there getting inspired by this cold front and getting ready for all the upcoming holidays?

October 11, 2011

tinsel for your hair

I just love these sparkly, Christmasy, buttony flowers.  This picture reminds me of some of the old tin decorations my mom has from when she was little.  They are quite bright and sparkly in person, perfect for holiday parties and get-togethers!

I would say "buy them now!" but they're for the craft fair.  If you like these and just have to have one let me know and I can make more :)

October 8, 2011

a quickie

 I just love having all these lined up!  Makes me want to paint every wall in our apartment a different color :)

Ok, back to watching Despicable Me with the hubs.

October 7, 2011

paintchip books

So...I love these.  I had a few paint chips in my purse today and work and was playing around with different crafts to do with them.  I made my first matchbook style notebook and they're awesome.  I stapled the ones at work but knew they'd be so much better sewn.  On my way home I stopped by wal*mart and grabbed 40 different color samples and came home and immediately set to work.  I have 10 more to do, but I need to cut some more paper for the insides.  Each has 20 pages.

The books above are just the ones I finished before we had dinner with my rents.  I think my favorite part about these, aside from them basically being free to make, are the color names you can see on the cards.  I want that job, naming colors :)

I will be selling these for $1 at the craft fair.  I'm still trying to decide if I want to stamp some simple dots and swirls on them in black or just leave them plain.  decisions decisions!

October 6, 2011

flower work

I've been working on some new flower techniques lately.  I made the flower above out of piping.  My sister wears a lot of olive green and couldn't find ric-rac to match so I tried my hand with this.  For the most part I like it.  I think it has a more modern look to it.  I'm not thrilled that you can see the stitching that came on the piping.  On my next one I may try pulling that out once the flower is sewn in place.  In my head it will work...we'll see how it works in real life :)

The flower below is a completely new technique for me.  I made a few similar to it for a halloween wreath hanging in our apartment.  At first I thought it looked too childish.  I played around with some button combos and fell in love with the orange and aqua.  The flower still didn't seem complete.  I remembered I had all these tulle circles cut out from making my wedding bouquets.  I snipped 2 down to size and sewed them on with the buttons.  I think it gives the flower just enough sparkle!  This one actually isn't a hair pin either, it's more a brioche. I put a pin back on instead of a clip and wore it with a sweater on Sunday.  Will definitely be making more pins!

I've started making Christmas flowers for a craft fair I'm going to be selling at called Budafest.  It will be my first one!  One of my best friend's sister, Jess will be sharing a booth with me.  I've been to tons of craft shows with my mom but I've never actually sold my stuff in person.  I'm a little nervous but mostly excited! 

I plan to sell my flowers mostly.  I've already made 6 sparkly Christmas ones and have 2 more ready to sew when I get home today.  I will also be making some everyday color combos.  Aside from my flowers I plan to make some felt covered mini notebooks, maybe some reindeer nuggets (based of these cuties), and hopefully some other cute accessories.  I made some super cute garland for halloween out of yarn and store bought pom poms (glittery and plain) that I plan to reproduce in Christmas colors.  I might make some to sell as well.

Of course, anything I don't sell at the fair will be put in my etsy shop.  I hope to post some sneak peak pics of my progress during the next 2 months.  Here's hoping I don't lose steam and show up with 8 flowers and nothing else :)

October 3, 2011

just give me Jesus

In the morning, when I rise
In the morning, when I rise
Give me Jesus
You can have all this world
Just give me Jesus

When I am alone
Oh, when I am alone
Give me Jesus
You can have all this world
Just give me Jesus

When I come to die
Oh, when I come to die
Give me Jesus
You can have all this world
Just give me Jesus

Give me Jesus
Give me Jesus
You can have all this world
Just give me Jesus

The hubs and I are playing around with some songs we want to record very soon.  This is one of my faves, so simple but very powerful.  No matter what, just give me Jesus, that's all I need.  It's looking like our recording might be themed around the name of Jesus.  I'm a fan :)

September 27, 2011

pair o' pears

pair of pears
I can finally show you the awesome little pears I made about 3 months ago!  My sweet Aussie friend Sophie had a birthday back in June and I decided she needed some knit pears in her life.  I made them pretty quickly, then they just sat...and sat.......were moved but still sat...and sat some more.  THEN I finally mailed them out about 2 weeks ago.  Mailing gifts is just not my forte. 

Anyways, they finally made it to her so I can show you.  They fit so perfectly in my hand, I just wanted to hold them all day.  I can't remember where I found the pattern for the life of me.  I bet I have it at home on my laptop. 

Now that you've read this, go read Sophie's blog and enjoy her cheery thoughts :)

September 21, 2011


 I've been itching to decorate for Christmas, honestly...since I moved into our apartment back in January.  I've been able to hold off because I knew it was too early in January, then I was busy with wedding planning.  As Christmas draws closer the only thing keeping me from covering the place in red and green is decorating for other holidays first.  Oh, and David would disown me.  I've had some of these decorations for over a month but I knew it was too early for even Halloween.  I didn't even mean to put everything up yesterday, it just sort of happened.

The above ghost is from Target and I just couldn't pass him up.  I'm not into creepy decor but I love cute.  Plus, I grew up with snowmen made of the same clear rubbery stuff and he made me feel all nostalgic :)

The below spider has been painted and ready to hang for at least a month.

handpainted spider
 Here's a basic shot of our mantle.  The lighting in the morning is weird so all you get right now is an instagram pic from my phone.  There are also orange, purple, and green lights above this that go down each side of our mantle.  The lower garland is made of felt polka dots I cut out and sewed together.  The garland above the wreath is just glittery purple pom poms strung on black yarn.  The wreath is covered with more of the same purple glitz and some orange and black ornaments.

mantle decor
Finally having my own mantle to decorate should keep my holiday whims from barfing all over the apartment, ha.  I hope to get some better pics later, but we'll see. :)