Monday, February 27, 2012

what a weekend.

This weekend we had Anne's birthday celebration.  It was so wonderful to have all of our family and friends there to celebrate with us!  We are incredibly thankful for each of you!
Uncle Adam and Lily gave Anne this amazing Annie costume.  Her face was priceless when she saw that wig! 
I have tons of wonderful pictures my sweet sister took during the party that I can't wait to share with you all.  This week is gearing up to be a busy one, so I'm not sure how quick I'll get them up. 
I hope everyone has a terrific Monday!  I'll be making the best of this gloomy day :)
xo, Dawn


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Happy Birthday Anne.

Dear Anne,
Five years ago, I was so thrilled and nervous to meet you.  I had no idea how much our lives would change and be blessed when God gave you to us.  You have brought so much more joy and happiness into our lives than I could have dreamed!

I love your adventurous spirit and creativity and how you make me want to be a better person and mother.  I look forward to spending time with you and treasure our moments reading books, cooking, and drawing together.  You are so incredibly smart. It's amazing to watch you learn.  You challenge me and do not settle for less than the best.  I'm so thankful for this.

I pray that God will continue to give you a compassionate heart for people and that you'll grow to know, love, and serve Him.  I pray that He will use you in a big way to change the world for good...and I have no doubt that He will!

We love you more than I could ever put into words, sweet girl.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

DIY: recovering a lamp shade

 As much as I'd love to go out and buy everything brand new for our new apartment, something inside me just hates to be wasteful.  Thankfully we have lots of creative people around that are constantly giving us ideas on how to repurpose or reuse things we already have...things that may or may not be the exact style I'm looking for now.
I had this red lamp shade that really didn't match the look for the living room, so Adam and I decided to try recovering it in burlap.  Here's how we did it. 
1. measure the lamp shade around the top and bottom.  (thanks to Adam for doing all of this)
2. we liked the polished look of having seams in our shade, so we cut strips and sewed them together. You'll have a circle of fabric once you've sewn your strips together.
3. pull fabric over shade and hot glue the it to the shade.
4. and voila! You've got yourself a new lampshade :)
I'm really happy with the turnout!
I just put it on this old lamp that I now love again without that red shade!
Happy crafting!
xo, Dawn

Monday, February 20, 2012

weekend photos: girls weekend

I think this could have been one of the best weekends I've had in a REALLY long time!
We had a girls weekend in Birmingham that included lots of shopping, eating yummy food, and seeing Wicked.  Wicked...there are just no words that could do it justice.  If you haven't seen it, you should.  Seriously.  Go look up the tickets now. You're welcome :)
We got lots of fun things for the new apartment including a new sofa.  I'm over the moon excited and not sure how I'm going to be able to wait until April 13 for the delivery. sigh.  Needless to say, I'm gearing up for a house tour soon!  I'm so excited to share our new space with all of you...we just love it so much!
Lily was the perfect host and tour guide!  I just love her :)
 I can't figure out why am I just now discovering how fun Birmingham is.
Who wants to plan another trip soon?
xo, Dawn

Thursday, February 16, 2012


I've been making a few appearances around the blog world this week on some fabulous ladie's blogs!  I shared some of the reasons I blog with Lori's readers and tips on keeping the love alive after kids with English's readers.  Feel free to check them out and say hello! 
Today is kind of my Friday, and I'm so so excited to be going to Birmingham with some of my favorite people tomorrow.  We'll be doing lots of shopping and going to see, of course I'm ALL smiles!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

What's in my bag?

I've wanted to do one of these posts for a while.  There's not a lot that's special about what's in my bag, but it gave me a great reason to de-clutter my purse :)
purse: Fossil
1. tons of zipper pouches for organization!  One for lipstick/gloss, one for business cards, and one for band-aids
2. lotion
3. brush/mirrow
4. tissues
5. instagram prints
6. wallet
7. Anthropologie gift card
8. birthday invites
9. gum/peppermint
not pictured: sunglasses and keys

Nothing too fancy going on here.  I really like to keep things simple.  The worst thing that happens to my purse is that it tends to get cluttered with receipts and gum/candy wrappers. How do you organize your purse?

Have a great day sweet readers!
xo, Dawn


Happy Valentine's!

I love you guys and hope you have a wonderful LOVE day!

xoxo, Dawn

Monday, February 13, 2012

Valentine's treats: strawberry heart cookies

I saw these on Holly's blog the other day and knew they would be perfect for Anne to take for her school party.  We listened to Annie music on spotify and had a blast!  It was probably the best cooking experience we've had together.
There's just not much better than spending time with this sweet little girl of mine.
She's just so much fun!

I must say, they were super easy and pretty tasty too!

Here's the recipe if you're interested.
Strawberry cake mix
2 eggs
1/2 cup of oil
vanilla frosting

Mix all ingredients. roll into small even balls onto baking sheet.  bake at 350 for 10 minutes. let cool. ice the middle and make into sandwiches.
For the heart shaped powdered sugar I just cut a heart out of paper and use it as a stencil.

Happy baking!
xo, Dawn

Sunday, February 12, 2012

weekend instagrams

 I'm going to go ahead and apologize to those of you that follow me on instagram.  You've seen all of these, and may not care to again :)

girl's night out

bargain shopping

LHS gospel choir was amazing.

and Sunday night trip to Waffle I have a tummy ache.

BTW, Anne and I made the best cookies today that I'll be sharing with you tomorrow.  
They are the perfect Valentine's treat.
xo, Dawn

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

weekly wardrobe and a new photographer

I seem to find myself looking for someone to take pictures for this post quite often.  Well, this week, it was Anne!  She was the only person home with me when I needed to snap these.  Of course she jumped at the opportunity but I ended up with slightly crooked photos.  Who knows maybe she did it on purpose :)

outfit details//dress and necklace, click boutique//shoes, ebay//tights, thrifted//

But when she's done, she's done... whether she got good shots or not :)

Happy Wednesday to you all!
xo, Dawn

Monday, February 6, 2012

Music Monday: OK Go

When Michael and I watched this last night, we were both blown away.  It's seriously great.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

weekend photos

This weekend was for walks downtown, sleeping late, birthday parties, spending time with friends, and starting a new diet.
Here's to another fun weekend!
xo Dawn

Thursday, February 2, 2012

getting refocused

I'm afraid this little blog is suffering a bit these days.  With the move, and starting the new job, I've let blogging fall by the waist side.
 I miss it so much, and desire to get organized enough to plan some really great posts in the future!  I've just gotten all of my sewing stuff upstairs and hope to get my studio set up this weekend...I can not tell you how excited this makes me!  I'm so ready to start sewing some new projects :)
Thank you all for reading my crazy posts, commenting, and for just making my little corner of the blogosphere a happy place for me!  I hope to have lots of fun things coming soon!

Also, I am so so close to 100 followers.  99 today.  If you are a regular around here, I'd love to know who you are!  You can scroll to the bottom of this page and click the follow button.  
Love you all,