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  • HELLO.

    I'm Jenn. I'm a full time mom to five. I love photography, Africa, crafts, thrifting, classical music, and this crazy good life God has given me. I spend my days dreaming up decorating solutions while picking Goldfish crackers out of my hair. I like my camera , guacamole, and old stuff. We've got three home grown littles and two who came to us through the miracle of adoption. We are loud and busy. I take lots of photos because I'm fully aware that life happens in a flash...and I don't want to miss it.

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The Shawpeeng List

In her eagerness to learn…A has been making my shopping list for me. Today she was heading to the store with her Daddy to pick up a few staples for the upcoming week. I laughed til I nearly peed my pants when she proudly displayed her masterpiece. Talk about phonetic spelling at its best! She has been anxiously waiting for “Kindergarten try-outs” this week. Wednesday we’ll be heading over to our neighborhood elementary school for their Kindergarten Round-up. A has been reminding me all week that she needs to hurry up and learn how to tie her shoes…I guess she’s worried she won’t pass the audition! I suggested she bring this list along for extra ammo. Hey…if you’ve got brains…flaunt ’em!
And for anyone having difficult reading the list…I’ve included a key ๐Ÿ™‚
1. Pesto Sauce
2. Pesto Mushroom
3. Hot Dogs
4. Blueberries
5. Waffles (my personal favorite)
6. Bananas
7. Oatmeal
8. Kix
9. Syrup
10. Salsa

February 10, 2008 - 10:45 pm

Lala - Hi Jenn!!! LOL… that A!!! HILARIOUS… I “missed” the pestomushrrom and waffles… oh… and salsa… don’t you just LOVE phonetic spelling! Her handwriting is GREAT!!!

Thanks for sharing!!!

Love, Lala

February 12, 2008 - 6:04 am

Susan Lee - OMG.. what a SMARTIE you have! That is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen:)
WTG sweet Anna!

February 12, 2008 - 3:20 pm

Beth - She is too cute Jen!! Gideon has missed 7 days of Kindergarten now… he has been home since last Monday with Bronchitis, ear infection, and an asthma flare-up that won’t go away! What fun!! Have a good week.


Eye Candy!

I love mail! Especially when it is a set of fun little gems like these! This is a little sneak peak of my new listings for this week…and of course I had to order these fabulous little clippies from my favorite clippie gal Heather of little*e*designs.

Check her out on ebay….and check back in a day or two to see my newest listings!

The Land of Sinus

I don’t know why I get the urge to clean when I am sick. It is probably something I should see a therapist about. But this week while battling a sinus infection (poor J has been sick all week too)…I tackled my sewing studio. Maybe the extra junk in my head was a reminder of my overflowing fabric shelves…or maybe I just tripped too many times over all the debris on the floor. Either way it became my week’s mission to purge, organize, and sort my fabric, ribbon, blankets, and other assorted notions. I still need to add some spunk and “take a Bow” style to the space. Right now it lacks any real inspiration. But it is CLEAN and I must show it off before my next project sends tiny fabric pieces hurtling into the air!

This is my fabric shelving. My newest goal…if it doesn’t fit…I can’t have it! After sending off yards and yards of fabric to other happy homes I have room for about 3 more yards ๐Ÿ™‚ Cottons prints are stacked to the far right, cotton dots next by color. Knits are on the right bookcase (I think they have overtaken my life…something else to discuss with the therapist)…denims and corduroys below.

After sending off a huge box of scraps to my “funky” friend for her fabulous decoupage jeans…I folded the rest in a two drawer cabinet. Outdated fabrics were sent to a better place where only the best of fabrics go…may they rest in peace ๐Ÿ™‚

My father in law made this handy ribbon holder for me a couple of year ago. And although I have used up a lot of my ribbon stash (you would have to see the 3 dresser drawers full of bows in the girl’s bathroom)…there is still plenty to display.

And because I’m camera happy, I’ll share some of my favorite spots in my studio. This is my magnetic wipe board. Right now I am gathering inspiration from A’s super cute drawings. Look how cute I look in my stripworked twirl skirt!! I think she has some serious design potential!

And my beloved pin cushions! If you haven’t purchased one from April of momosclothes,
RUN to ebay and get one for yourself! Here is her about me page to tempt
you all the more!

My beloved PINK scale…won on ebay from a favorite seller (and buddy) of mine. It is kitschy cool…all that I inspire to be!

And my antique Mason jars. I’d love to find a spot to display the rest of them. Hmmm….I have been looking for the perfect containers for my buttons. I’ll have to play around with that idea.

That concludes my little sewing studio tour. If you made it this far through this post you deserve a cookie…or maybe a yard of fabric or two! I know some of you have some pretty fabulous spaces…if you have suggestions for me…throw them my way!! Back to the Land of Sinus. J asked yesterday, “WHY are the boogers staying here all day???” And while we have both felt miserable, a little organization never hurt anyone!

February 9, 2008 - 12:52 am

Lala - Hi Jenn!!! OH MY… BUSY BUSY bee you have been! Doesn’t fabric just make you smile!!! IT’s a decoration in itself… LOVE IT! And I have loved that ribbon holder from the beginning!

LOL… You already ARE kitschy COOL… toally what I ASPIRE to be!

FEEL BETTER SOON to you and J!!! Thanks for the chat!

Love, Lala

February 10, 2008 - 10:04 pm

Amy - Oh! I get a cookie! I made it through your post and I am drooling! I want to come play at your house. Cute space!

February 10, 2008 - 10:43 pm

Jenn - Thanks Lala! And come on over Amy!

IVYLANE'S 2nd Birthday Bash!

Ivylane is turning 2 this month and we are celebrating by inviting some of our favorite ebay friends to our party! I paired up with Angie from that*funky*boutique. I have always been a fan of her fresh, fun style! I created the girly birthday swing top and she did the coordinating jeans! We had such a blast making this set and hope it will put a huge smile on a sweet birthday girl somewhere!

If you don’t know Angie…go check her out! What a fun gal!

Thanks Angie for working with me!

It was a big day at our house. After months of waiting and wondering we trudged through the snow to my OB office to determine the sex of the baby! The techinician blurted out the results before I even had a chance to catch my breath…I think I’m STILL in shock 8 hours later! After 2 girls, 2 pink bedrooms, a pink bathroom, tubs of pink and purple dresses and shoes…we will be adding a BOY to our family!! We don’t know what in the world we are going to do with him, but we are excited to find out! Both girls screamed, “We’re having a boy, we’re having a boy” as they ran down the corridor of the office building…followed by A’s exclamation of “It’s what I’ve always wanted!” I’d say they are excited!

And for everyone who needs visual proof…

After the appointment we grabbed lunch at my favorite Italian restaurant and headed out to do some shopping for our new little guy! My favorite purchase of the day was this outfit by Zutano that I picked up at a local boutique…couldn’t resist those cute puppies!

Off to daydream about boy names, trucks, and airplanes! Time to switch gears!

January 30, 2008 - 11:51 pm

Swede at Heart - Jenn, having a son is a wonderful blessing! You will enjoy him so much. The girls are so adorable and proud. ๐Ÿ˜‰

January 31, 2008 - 1:21 am

Lala - OH JENN… HOW WONDERFUL!!! Now J will have a “Prince” to play with… and A a “doggie” for the game!!! WHAT FUN!!! Thanks for the ring up!!!

OK… PLEASE tell me THAT is his ARM I am looking at?!?!??? LOL…


BEC is MY PICK… :o)

Love, Lala

January 31, 2008 - 1:44 am

Susan Lee - CONGRATS to you & the family!
A baby boy is an amazing experience, you are going to just LOVE it:)
Love the pic of the girls, you’ll definitely have to frame that one!

January 31, 2008 - 3:01 pm

Amy - Awww! What fun, congratulations!

January 31, 2008 - 4:11 pm

connorandlauren - Yippee!!! I’m so excited for you. Congrats on the boy, every one should have one. ๐Ÿ™‚

Love Tammy

February 1, 2008 - 5:49 pm

Beth - I was so excited when I heard yesterday! How fun, boys are a blast… kind of gross at times… but a total blast! I think your B name goes really well with A’s and your S name goes really well with J’s… don’t ask me, I like em both equally! Yahoo!!

February 1, 2008 - 9:11 pm

Jill - Congrats Jenn and family!