Sewing: Juniper’s Lawn Gnome Outfit


I’ve been dying to make a cute little outfit for Miss Juniper. I’ve had this French terry material for some time and I’ve wanted to make a few cute outfits for my girls. Harem pants ...

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    1. Bethany says:

      Seriously, I’m dying over how adorable this is! I still need to make something for my Maggie.

    2. Lauren says:

      Aww I love the angry garden gnome!

    3. Chris Esplin says:

      You can make me a matching hoodie. I will wear it proudly.

    4. Melissa says:

      I have had this save to come comment for way too long :) I have the same fabric! But it won’t look as cute on me as this little bundle.

    Food: Chocolate Brigadeiro Cake


    As a belated birthday celebration for Chris, I made him a chocolate cake. But not just any chocolate cake. It’s filled with brigadeiro and raspberry preserves. It’s heaven on a dish. In fact, I barely ...

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    1. Lori B says:

      “rustic” frosting? “not perfect”? It looks quite fantastic to me…I’ve never frosted a cake to look that good. Why put so much pressure to be perfect when this looks *amazing*? Thanks for the recipe.

    2. hannah says:

      I would die for this cake. It looks pretty damn perfect!

      Also, I’ve got my first ever Etsy discount code on the go, have a gander!

    3. Amy says:

      This looks delicious! I am making it today for my niece for her birthday! And topping it with her name written out in confetti letters (idea from: FYI to those that will be making it in 9 inch pans…mine took closer to 25 min at 350 to be done.

    Random Calligraphy Thoughts


    It wasn’t until September 2009 that I discovered calligraphy was part of my personal history. I’ve always loved letters; finding out that my great-great grandfather was a sign painter in Ogden, Utah made me love them ...

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    1. Judy Cornell says:

      Your card is beautiful. Not only is it a wonderful piece of art, what a gift for your cousin.

      You are right there are all kinds of art, and commercial is no less an art form than any other.

    2. Kristin H says:

      Yes, yes, yes! That is exactly why I switched from painting to Art History in college. One too many “you need more detail to make it fine art” critiques turned me to studying art instead of creating it. I was so disheartened that I chickened out of trying for a spot in the graphic design program. What they don’t really tell you in college is that afterward, you can do whatever you want! A degree, with all the fundamentals under your belt, is a fantastic stepping stone into finding a niche for yourself. How awesome is it that you are following in your great great’s footsteps? You’re amazing!

    3. Lindsey D says:

      I love this post! I recently discovered that my great grandmother was an incredible seamstress. She sewed her own clothes, but she also sewed the clothes for most of the people in her home town by hand. When anyone died, she would sew them a beautiful outfit in which to be buried. At the time I read that story, I owned a sewing machine, but I had always been too intimidated by it to attempt sewing. The day I read that story, I pulled it out and decided I was going to give it a try. If she could sew all those clothes by hand, I could at least try to use my sewing machine. Since then I’ve realized that I love sewing, and I’m definitely not very good at it, but I hope some day I get to meet her and I can learn from her.

    Sponsored: Leather Folio Tutorial


    This tutorial is sponsored by Jo Totes. They have a wide selection of fashionable camera bags in both genuine and vegan leather. My favorite of all is the Siena bag - an italian leather bag that ...

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    Welcoming: Juniper Inês!


    It’s been quite silent around  here, and with good reason. I’ve been snorting the newborn smell like a crack addict. Miss Juniper Inês finally made her way here last Tuesday at a whopping 9 pounds 9 ...

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    1. Congratulations! I’m glad that everything went quickly and fairly smoothly. You are amazing. Good work!

    2. Joy Nicholas says:

      Congratulations!!! What a beauty!!! My 4th was 9 lb’s 5 oz’s and a week (at least) early, and he was my best sleeper. As a newborn. Not so much now that he’s almost three. ;-) Sounds a bit scary with the bleeding, but I’m glad everything turned out okay! Hope you’re healing quickly!!

    3. nan says:

      Congratulations!!!!She is a beautiful little girl. I am glad to hear your delivery went well.

    4. Lauren says:

      Congratulations! She’s lovely.

    5. Katie says:

      Melissa, she’s an absolute doll! Congratulations! I love hearing happy natural birth stories. So inspiring.

    6. Jasmine says:

      Congratulations, Melissa! She’s gorgeous!

    7. Sabine says:

      Beautiful pictures of a beautiful little girl. Congratulations!

    8. maddie says:

      Beautiful story and beautiful girl :)

    9. Angel Y. says:

      Congratulations! She’s gorgeous!

    10. Joan says:

      You are amazing and June is beyond beautiful! Blessings to you and June and your family!

    11. Sig!s says:

      Congratulations! Both with your baby girl and the natural birth. I think what you described in your story, that mental preparation is so important to turn fear for labour into looking forward to it, is so very very important for other women to hear/read. Yes, this is what our bodies are meant to do, and we can do it! And it’s not because you had it all wrapped up in 2 hours that a 22 hour labour, like mine, isn’t possible to do naturally.
      Keep inspiring others with that beautiful story!

    12. Meg says:

      Congrats on the new addition to your family! I love the part about your playlist, any song recs?

    13. kristin says:

      aw congratulations!! she is really a cutie pie and i love reading positive natural labor stories. quick labors are the best (mine with O was like that)! and that post-birth high is better than anything else in life. hope you’re all settling in well!

    14. Nancy says:

      Congratulations. She is adorable and I love her name

    15. Julia says:

      Woohoo! Congrats! I loved delivering unmedicated. You totally feel like superwoman, huh?! She is beautiful. I love her name!

    16. Jen Allyson says:

      wahoo! super excited for you all!

    17. Karen says:

      I love her name. It is nice to hear original fun names. congrats

    18. ira lee says:

      congrats to a beautiful baby!!!!!

    19. Bonnie Fisher says:

      Hey Melissa,
      I love baby stories and this one was exceptional. I had no idea you just had your baby so recent when I saw you at UCA. You are amazing!

    20. Tang says:

      Congrats Melissa!!! She’s beautiful. Wishing you lots of amazing family time. :)

    21. Heidi Lassila says:

      Congratulations! I love hearing natural birth stories! It is completely mental preparation. Birth is so amazing!

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