A nice addition

I mentioned last week that we bought a coffee table on our little outing to Glouchester road. Since we don’t have a car, we had to wait patiently for it to be delivered. It arrived yesterday just in time for Bible Study! The top is a beautiful slab of wood reclaimed from furniture 150+ years old! I’m completely in love with it.
Our bible study was such a blessing too. We’ve only begun meeting in our home last week- and it is such a nice change. I can actually listen to Ben’s teaching now rather than chasing Fae all around the fellowship hall that we had been renting. And it is so warm and cosy to have people in our home worshiping our sweet Jesus. Conor led worship and it was such a sweet time of praise.




July 15, 2011. Tags: , , . Uncategorized. 2 comments.

party ideas!

   This morning Fae and I are enjoying some good humor and our new (though still makeshift) living room curtains. She is dancing around with nothing but the  radio on. No- really. We’re listening to my sweet friend serenade us from the computer. Annie and I have been friends since Bible College, and have man adventures together. She recorded this little ballad  just for Fae and I (aren’t we lucky). Enjoy listing! alive alive oh!

  I have so many friends getting married in the near future, and i’m attempting to gather ideas for 1 friend in particular who has asked me to help add a few ideas for her engagement party. There are so many fantastic resources out there, i thought i’d share a few of my favorite with you here (some of them are just good party ideas in general!)

A fantastic ribbon place card idea *with tutorial! Compliments of 100 Layer Cake

And here are some sweet cakes from Wedding Chicks. Don’t you love the dome shape and ridges in the icing? I can not ice a cake “properly” to save my life, so there is something about this that is so charming!

No, not our actual wedding invitation from 4 years back, this is a free! invitation template! Check out some more at Wedding Chicks. (and for those of you like me, who are already married, they have an “On to Babies” tab that looks oh so inviting, though so far i’ve kept my itching fingers back from exploring).

This last one would be perfect for any tea, or party really. And i fully intend to use it some day- so don’t be suprised if you come over to my house someday and see this beauty gracing the empty space above my pretty white table. Head on over to Once Wed to get the tutorial.

Enjoy the week ahead!



July 11, 2011. Uncategorized. 2 comments.


We’re finally feeling better. After a full week of being really very sick and achy, we are taking full advantage of beautiful days and healthy babes. We took our sweet little “tiger-duck” for a walk.

This charming one of a kind toy was made especially for Fae by our land lady during our last 2 years in Germany as a good-bye gift. Lately we have been having a somewhat hard time taking walks because little miss priss constantly wants me to hold her. I’m a pretty strong momma, but she is also a pretty heavy 18 month old. This little toy was just the perfect addition to our walk, it takes F’s attention off a cuddle, and allow us both to enjoy our time out and get plenty of exercise.


We went to the park and ran around, playing tag, (or at least trying to), chasing dogs who were chasing sticks, and drinking lots of water.

Also here is the beginnings of my curtains, and a sweet postcard find i forgot to include into yesterdays post!



Blessings to you on your Sunday!

July 10, 2011. Uncategorized. 3 comments.

Happy Saturday

We had the nicest Saturday in a good long time. Woke up to heavy rain outside, and braved the weather to go to the library’s singing hour. We arrived early and Fae was determined to get on with the fun- so she sat happily in her normal spot, and proceeded to conduct her own singing time. Happily rocking back and forth she sang her own combination of “Row Row Row Your Boat” and “Wind the Bobbin Up.”

Daddy joined us later and since the rain had stopped, we had a nice lunch out,- we found a good little restaurant on the waterfront and had a lovely family date.
Then on to the really fun part… We took the bus to Gloucester Road where there are lots of nice boutique, childrens, reclamation, and vintage shops. We came away with a coffee table(!!!!!), made from upcycled 100 year old bits of wood, and wonderful vintage, and delightfully “blemished” fabric to make living room curtains! (pictures to follow soon)

Overall, we had a lovely time- despite a bit of no nap hysteria.

Hope you enjoy your Saturday too!





July 9, 2011. Uncategorized. 1 comment.

work, work, work!

Though it isn’t especially new news, I realize I haven’t share any details of life lately, and thats a pity, because I know you have all been waiting with breathless anticipation of the happenings in my life (ha!).

About 2 months ago, I left baby with husband and went to search out some help wanted signs along our high street. I popped in to Cath Kidston mostly because it looked like a perfectly charming shop, and lo and behold, they had a sign in the window “help wanted.” I applied, got the job, and love it. Not only is it a sweet shop full of lovely bags, clothes, and home wear, but I get to work with a handful of the mostly lovely girls!

(Me, off to my first day of work, and the view of our shop as you walk up parkstreet, with the College straight on.)

Park Street, Bristol

July 8, 2011. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Summer dresses

After waiting for the better part of 2 months for the majority of our earthly possessions to arrive here in Bristol- it’s so nice to have our things around us again! My sweet mom sent me off with her faithful little sewing machine of 30+ years. The box with my fabric stash and sewing machine was quite possibly the nicest box to see come through our door! The day after I got all our things somewhat sorted out and put away I busted out my sewing machine and have since made Fae 3 sweet summer dresses and myself an apron and summer tank-top. I’ve been eyeing the entire collection of Oliver + S childrens clothes patterns since last September, and I finally made one! It is perfectly charming, and I already have 2 more color combos I can hardly wait to sew up! What do you think?




June 5, 2011. Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Happy new Bristolians

We’re here…

We arrive in London last Wednesday and started our life here in England off right. First off we visited the queen’s house in Windsor- my goodness i can’t even imagine living within walls that are so rich in history. Elizabeth is one lucky lady.

We’ve sight seen, looked at houses, had a Bible study with our new “congregation.” Our days have been full, and our nights not so restful. Poor baby girl has had a hard time with the transition. Jetlag, new places, new people and tight quarters are having their effect. But we’re settling in steadily. And so far we love it!

We enjoyed a lovely morning walk down to the sea in hopes of finding a lovely little cottage for ourselves. No house, but lovely pictures and time together.


April 25, 2011. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Sweet look back

I’m looking back at my last year and love this picture especially much. Thought I would share it with you. My peanut turning 1 with a celebration of circus decorations, carrot Cake and loads of family.


April 21, 2011. Tags: , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Happy Sunday

I hope you all are enjoying your second Sunday of March. Fae and I are home sick, for the second week in a row. But don’t be sad for us, we’re having a grand time resting on the bed, playing with beads, and practicing silly faces in the mirror, and later when little Missy Mae takes her nap, im going to enjoy sewing up some jackets for a pair of lovely little sisters in Alaska.
I had intended to dedicate an entire post to my newest joy of making gorgeous little baby jackets. But instead I’ll just tell you this pattern is wonderfully simple and the results are crisp and fun. Pattern from Anna Maria Horner’s book Welcoming Baby is fabulous. And here are some fun jackets i’ve created so far. Working on more today!

I made a few changes to the pattern to make them more practical for our lives. The major change was adding an iron-on insulator layer (something like quilt batting) to make the jacket warmer. I didn’t want the outter shell of the jacket to look bulky or quilt like, so i ironed this insulator to the lining fabric and then quilted the various pieces before assembling. I also played with button placement and quantity, thinking 3 buttons for a newborn jacket is quite sufficient.

Enjoy your good health while i enjoy my sick day. xo, H

March 13, 2011. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Studio Tours

You may have noticed that I’ve been a bit absent from the pages of this blog lately. I definitly have. Ive been to busy gathering inspiration from some of my favorite blogs. And pretty much every time i read one- i think: “i have to share some of these with my friends!”

I have a undeniable fascination with studio tours. Along with loads of bloggers and readers, i love to see the rooms where artists and crafters find their inspiration. I keep thinking …” Someday.” Someday i will have a house, and someday I will have a room to call my own, and get to fill it with my fabrics, typewriter, papers and little pretties. But every time i get the “i-wanna”s I get to remind myself that this world is not my home.  After 3 years of happy happy marriage, we do not have a house, or a couch, or even an address to call our own. And instead of sorting lovely things into their proper places on the shelves of my dream studio- i am sorting things to put back into suitcases and boxes to be shipped to our next home.

but i am happy.

Here are some of the things i do have: A wonderfully loving husband, who loves adventure as much as i do, A gorgeous little girl, who loves to squeeze my neck and kiss me with big open mouthed kisses. A passport full of stamps, fast friendships with amazing people all over the globe, the opportunity to nest over and over again in each new place we unpack our suitcases. And an everlasting Hope. As wonderful as this world can be in its very best moment, it is only a dim shadow of the glories we’ll know in Heaven. And these are just a few of my blessings.

February 17, 2011. Uncategorized. 1 comment.

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