Monday, February 28, 2011

I wanna soak up the sun

Some of my favorite people are visiting this week!!!  My older sister, brother in law, and sweet nephew!  They made the trek from PA, and are soaking up as much sunshine as they can.  They still had snow on the ground when they left.  I'm glad MS is providing some great weather this week for us to enjoy together!

I'm hoping this week moves slowly, but I know it won't and they'll be gone before I know it.


Friday, February 25, 2011

Girls night

Unfortunately, the husband went out of town last night.  We definitely hate when we have to spend the night alone, but at least last night we got to hang out with one of the funniest people I know.  Sara and I have been friends since college, and the best thing we did together was laugh.  Usually about nothing in particular, but we just did.  Somehow when we're together everything seems funnier.
I decided since my hair isn't long enough yet, I'd try Anne with milkmaid braids.  I loved Danielle's post last week.  She looks so sweet :)
We tried out a new restaurant, had yogurt, then just hung out at our place to watch American Idol.  Of course, Anne thought she was here just to play with her.  Thankfully, Sara love it :)
It was a fun time, and I hope now that she and I live in the same town again we can do it more often!

What are some things you enjoy doing on a girls night?

Thursday, February 24, 2011


Hey guys.  I hope you all had a great day! ...Here are some brand new things I'm drooling over on etsy lately...

this print is absolutely adorable...

 this clutch

sweet doily pillows

Moorea Seals key earrings are to die for!

this tin bread box could add some character to my kitchen :)

What are some things you're loving???


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Happy birthday, Anne!

Four years ago today, God blessed our family with the sweetest little baby, Anne Laurelin Trest.  She weighed in at a whopping 6lbs. 2 oz. and 19 inches long.  I'm pretty sure I had never held a baby so small.  At that moment our lives changed forever.  No longer was it all about us or what we wanted to do, but about her and helping this little girl grow up to be healthy and independent.  Time is such a strange thing to me.  In lots of ways it seem like just yesterday that she arrived, and on the other hand it seems like she's always been with us.  I'm so thankful that God gave you to us, sweet Anne!

She has definitely grown into an independent little girl.  She's a girl that knows what she wants :)  Now if we can just get her to want the right things!

xoxo, Dawn


Monday, February 21, 2011

hopping down the bunny trail

We were super excited to be featured in this super cute bunny treasury today!  

March is right around the corner...which means Easter is on its way!  


Saturday, February 19, 2011

a mouse party :)

Today was the perfect day for a party!  We were surrounded by our friends and family and couldn't have asked for a better day.  Anne was beside herself with excitement. 

 We feasted on Mickey shaped pancakes, bacon, and fruit!

 the crew...

 pretty sister

 sweet friends

 even Ollie was feeling festive.

Perfection :)

Thank you all for coming and making Anne's 4th birthday so special!!!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Project ReStyle #2

A few weeks ago, we were on the search for Anne a "big girl" bed.  Gigi and Papa wanted to get her one for her birthday :) Of course we hit all the local furniture stores and kept finding the same stuff that isn't even made very well.  A few weeks earlier I had seen a really cute twin bed in an antique store, but didn't know if it would work.  After having no luck in all the stores, we decided to just go by and look at the antique bed.  I really loved it even more this time. It passed Papa's "are you good enough for my granddaughter test" so we were good to go!

I begged my sweet hubby to remind me to always go to the antique stores first! I would always rather have something with lots of character and made to last than something that's probably going to tear up in a few years.

Basically, we just cleaned it up a bit and added a few coats of paint.  I love the way it turned out, and we girls had such a fun time working on it!

She snuggled down in it for the first time tonight and fell fast asleep.  I know she will enjoy it for many years to come :)


blog buttons :)

Today is my last day of the 30 day free trial of photoshop...sigh.  But, it did get me busy making a few new things.  I have a new banner and two new blog buttons!  If you have a blog, I'd love for you to add my button.  Just copy the link and paste it into a new gadget.  BTW, if you currently have an old blog button I'm afraid it may not be working.  I think the old one had something missing in the html please re add it! Thank you :) ...and I'm definitely going to be making a photoshop purchase real soon!

 We are having Anne's 4th birthday party tomorrow, so we are in high gear around these parts.  I can't wait to share all of the fun little DIY things I've done.  It's been super fun, and we can't wait to spend a fun filled day with our family and friends!

I'll be back later tonight with my 2nd Project ReStyle!!!... so excited to share!!!!!  You can check out the first one here.
loves, Dawn

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Exciting new projects :)

these babies are gonna make one beeeautiful go on my second project restyle.  Any guesses what that restyle might be???  Well, I will be sharing it with you by the weekend hopefully. This one has definitely been a labor of love!

I'm off to take product photos for etsy, and I PROMISE there is an update coming real soon.  
Have a wonderful day!

xoxo, Dawn

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentines

Happy Valentines Day!!!

Here is an old picture from Anne's first Valentine' hard to believe what a big girl she is now.  I love her more than words can describe.

Hope you all have a lovely day!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Homemade Valentine's

Anne and I had a fun time making valentine's for her class yesterday.  We used Martha's idea here and tried to make it our own.  We've decided that Valentine's Day is simply all about love and candy....period.  And let's just say we've indulged ourselves just a little on that today :)

We've got a busy day ahead of sewing, taking photos, and hopefully working on my 2nd Project ReStyle!  Hope your day is great!!!


Friday, February 11, 2011

Project ReStyle #1

I've finally finished restyling this dress I bought sometime last month. I got it for $5 from the Salvation Army and loved the pattern and soft material.  To restyle, I just hemmed the bottom and added a belt and cardigan. Now I know I'll get tons of wear from it!

a Friday list.

It feels like everyday I add more to my to do list, but can't seem to check everything off.  I can't seem to get all of my thoughts organized.  Do you ever feel this way?  Here are some things that must get done this weekend.

1. stuff owl pillows
2. make invitations for Anne's party (it's NEXT Saturday)
3.  decide cake or cupcakes or both...
4.  make Valentine cards for Anne's class
5. photo shoot of our new products
6. BIG etsy shop update :)
7.  work on my first Project ReStyle..I'm so excited about this one!
8. make a baby shower gift
9. and, of course, spend some much needed time with my sweeties
10. RELAX that there (ummm, they're) listed, just maybe they'll get checked off!

Here's to a productive weekend!!!
xo, Dawn


Monday, February 7, 2011

weekend in photos

 ...somebody is serious about reading and writing...
 after being shut in for days from the rain and cold, we decided to visit Ghatti Town.

 ...and Anne chose a Warhead candy for her prize :)

This was a busy but FUN weekend...the kind where I'm thankful it's Monday and I don't have a day job :) Today has actually been a little insane...I did our laundry (which is always a large task), worked out, and decided to do our TAXES!  That last part turned out to be a bad idea.  Since we started Hello Dearie last year, I quit my job, Michael changed jobs, we sold our house, amongst other's making our tax situation a little complicated.  I know we'll figure it all out soon...thank goodness for friends and the internet!  

Hope you all had a great weekend too!

Loves, Dawn

Thursday, February 3, 2011

embrace the camera.

I've been wanting to take the Embrace the Camera challenge for a while, and decided today was as good as any!  I do love my sweet little Anne. She truly makes every day brighter...and how appropriate that this photo was taken in one of our favorite places...Lee's

So, all you mom's out there that are always the one taking the photos, embrace the camera today!