Thursday, March 27, 2008

Tag You're it!

I have been tagged by Tam of Painted*Patooties!

Here are the rules:
1. Link your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Hmmm...random maybe...weird, we'll have to see...

1. I used to be a neat freak, but since having kids I have learned to "let go" a little too much. I've got a 2 to 1 ratio working against me. They can distroy the house twice as fast as I can clean it up, it's a never ending battle. I did just remove the cobwebs from all of the ceilings a few weeks ago though, that was a big accomplishment.

Since we are outgrowing our little house, it's no longer "A place for everything and everything in it's place." It's more like, there's 2" of space not being used, see if that box of stuff, we will never use but have to keep, will fit there! And I am not a pack rat. I get rid of stuff as fast as I can. I can't stand clutter but also can't seem to get away from it.

2. I was born in SC and moved to MN when I was about 5. My Mom had me in pageants until we moved. Here's a pic from that era. You can probably tell that E has all of my facial features and hairline, but A has my face shape and cheeks. I hope they get this much hair someday, but it's slow growing so far.


3. I am a huge do-it-youselfer. I got that from my Mom. We built a deck together when I was in HS, not a big one mind you, but still it was a deck. I talked Hubby in to re-roofing our house ourselves and we spent a long week-end with my brother-in-law who had the know-how, and got it done. I mostly tore-off the old one, but still I was up there for 2 days straight, only getting down to make our meals because getting on and off the tall ladder scared me to death. We have also learned to tile, we replaced the flooring in 2 bathrooms (one with marble) and the entry in our home. Next on the list is to build a 2nd story deck on the back of our house. Dave wants to hire it out, and I'm inclined to agree now.

4. I don't like cooked carrots, but raw are just fine. Why does the flavor change sooooo much just from cooking them? My favorite treat is Eggo waffles spread with creamy peanut butter and then topped with syrup, but I had to give that up...more about that later. ;)

5. We swam with dolphins at Discovery Bay in Orlando the first week they were open. That was an awesome experience I will never forget. I can't wait to bring our kids there someday.

6. I didn't get my driver's liscence until I was 19. I didn't have anywhere to go or a car to drive anyway, so why bother.

7. I love early American History. My favorite trip was to Williamsburg, Va during our visit to see my best friend in DC. We watch those PBS specials like "Colonial house" and "Frontier House." We actually have them on DVD. Movies like The Village and National Treasure are some of our favorites. I would love to live in a Colonial stye house some day.

That's enough about me...I have tagged:
Allison (Lula Bee boutique)
Jessica (Little Pumpkin Grace)
Jenn (TakeABowCreations)
Lesa (Isabel Inspired Designs)
Nicole (SweetTeaBoutique)
Gina (Southern Sass Couture)
Lindsay (Crochet*d*Lane)

Spicy Cajun Shrimp

Now this isn't something we have fed the girls, it's been more of a special dinner that I make after they are tucked in bed and we settle in to watch Lost on Thursday nights. I've made it 3 times so far and have loved it every time.

Spicy Cajun Shrimp
1or 1-1/2 lb large shrimp deveinded (I used frozen since we are in MN)
1 whole lemon, cut into slices (not necessary, but fun)
8 Tb butter
2 tsp garlic, minced
1 Tb Cajun seasoning (I use half because like I said above we are in MN hehe)
1 tsp coarse salt
1 tsp ground pepper
2 Tb Worcestershire sauce (I omit as I'm not a fan of the taste)
dash of hot sauce (I omit because it's already hot enough for us Minnesotans)
1/2 fresh French bread loaf, sliced

Serves 4 (but the two of us usually polish it off just fine)

Melt butter over med-low heat. Add garlic and saute a few minutes. Add Cajun seasoning and stir well. Add salt, pepper and Worcestershire and hot sauces.

Arrange shrimp in a baking dish and cover with Cajun butter. Toss well to make sure it's evenly distributed. Top with lemon slices.

Bake shrimp uncovered 10 minutes. Stir and continue baking until the shrimp turn uniformly pink and all of the translucence is gone from the thickest part of the bodies, about 2 minutes more.

Transfer the shrimp to individual serving bowls (like small pasta bowls) and divide butter sauce among the bowls. Serve immediately with sliced bread to sop up the heavenly sauce!

We love seafood, especially shrimp but I had never known what to do with it at home. So back when our grocery store had an amazing coupon, buy one, get 2 free! I splurged and bought the $20 bag of frozen deveined shrimp. Still not sure what to do with them, they sat in the freezer for about a month and then I discovered Relish. I was thrilled to find this recipe and now it's one of our favorites. We aren't super big on spicy food (did I tell you we are from MN? LOL the land of bland), but you can certainly adjust this recipe to suit your taste. I hope you try it! Happy eating. :)

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Resurrection Day!

All the earth will sing your praises
by Paul Baloche

You lived, you died
You said in three days you would rise
You did, you’re alive
You rule, you reign
You said your coming back again
I know, you will

All the earth will sing your praises
All the earth will sing your praises

You took, you take our sins away, oh God
You give, you gave your life away for us
You came down, you saved us through the cross
Our hearts are changed because of your great love

I just love this song and I was thrilled that we got to sing it in church this morning. It couldn't be more perfect for Easter Sunday, the most important day of remembrance throughout the year. If you were anywhere near me in the upper, upper balcony, you wouldn't have seen me clapping my hands or moving hardly at all. But that's just because I am rhythmically challenged. If I do either of those things, then my singing is thrown off. And the words are so powerful all I wanted to do was sing my little heart out. So maybe I'm a little off one else cares. I like to imagine that to God my voice, singing His praises, is beautiful to Him no matter how it sounds to me (or anyone else). And inside I'm clapping my hands, doing a little dance and singing so joyfully I could burst!

Happy Resurrection Day!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Save the Date

Eagle Creek Quilt Shop


For those of you who are local, save April 30th on your calendar. I will be presenting a mini Children's Boutique Clothing Show-and-Tell (for lack of a better name at this point) at my favorite little quilt shop, Eage Creek Quilt Shop. They are located in the historic old train depot in Shakopee, take a peek at their on-line tour. It's a lovely place and I could spend hours there.

We don't have the complete agenda finalized yet, but I do know that I will have all of my samples on display and will talk about what's popular in children's boutique clothing right now and I'll share some simple how-to's. You will also take home a handy little resource list. There is a minimal fee and you can call them right now to sign up.

I hope to see you there!

Where is Spring?

We've hit another milestone. It may seem silly to you, but getting E to wear piggie tails was no easy task. She usually objects (well runs away as fast as she can) saying "No get owies!" I decided it was finally time to try it again. I made a big deal out of wearing piggie tails and helped her look in the mirror to see them. She even kept them in for church on Sunday.

Notice that she's holding her "Pink Baby" (yes that is really her name too). She rarely leaves home without her. She will even strap her in to the booster seat at the table for most meals and helps Pink Baby fold her hands to pray too. She is such a good little Mommy. :)


As you can see, just 4 short days ago we were running around outside without coats on. Surely spring was right around the corner. Then today we woke up to a thick frosting of snow on the tress. Now don't get me wrong, it's gorgeous and all, but come on, Easter is this week. This is the kind of scene I love to wake up to on a sleepy December morning, not when I'm itching for spring to arrive.


Thursday, March 13, 2008

Blurred Vision

Not mine, my photos. :)

TaDa! bought me a new camera this past Christmas. A snazzy little
Cannon Rebel XTi. So after reading the manual cover to cover and another great little find I decided it was time to graduate from manual mode.

I have been dying to try my hand at those awesome photos where the subject is in focus and the background is blurred. Oh how "boutique" that would be.

Having previously failed to get it right indoors, I headed outside. On my way to the mailbox, while all the kiddos (4 today) were nesteled snug in their beds, I took my first attemtps outdoors. It was so bright out though (and a glorious 46 degrees) that I didn't notice the screen screaming at me NO CF CARD until I got back. So off to the "mailbox" I trotted a second time.


One of Grandpa Ralph's birdhouses. This one has tennents!



Not too shabby if I do say so myself.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Today is the day!

Well today is the day I have been waiting to share with you! I am so excited to be this weeks featured designer on Journal Modiste. If you haven't found this site yet, you really need to check it out. You can read past interviews of many of your favorite designers too. I love reading about the person behind the designs, which is probably why I love reading Blogs so much.

So as I am basking in the fun of feeling like I have finally arrived in the Boutique world (even if it's only in my mind), let me thank you, my customers, for helping me get there. I would be nothing without all of you who took a chance and ordered one of my designs. Thank you..thank you...thank you!


Monday, March 10, 2008

Sweet Tweet

In the meantime...I am so excited to offer you my “Sweet Tweet” collection. I loved getting to finally cut into my all time favorite fabrics from Heather Baily’s “Freshcut” line. And I am also in love with the little birdie print I found which inspired so many of these pieces.

So without further adieu....


Thanks for taking a peek!


Oh and I have something pretty exciting to share with you on Wednesday. So stay tuned! Don't touch that mouse...or at least stop back on Wednesday.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Red Velvet

I love to bake and just cook in general, probably a little more than the next guy. Especially if it's for a big crowd or a special event and my kitchen is clean to start with. But it's the day to day "What's for dinner?" question that I find my self saying "How about pancakes again?" I have that partially solved, but I will save that for a later post (hey, I've got to fill this blog with something don't I?).

I have never understood the fascination with Red Velvet cake. I mean the name is intriguing, but when I look at the recipes it doesn't seem like it could live up to all the hype (people choosing it for their wedding cake, etc...). So...since I've never actually tasted it before I thought yesterday was the perfect time to try it out. You see, A was walking around saying "I need cake Mommy" and we had just replenished our butter and powdered sugar reserves so I knew I could fulfill that wish.

Paula has never let me down before so I eagerly picked her recipe and the girls happily took their viewing spots. I loaded their trays up with lots of "Yummy M's" (that's M&M's) to keep them occupied and set off to bake the perfect cupcakes.


Surely something this red can't be good for you!

I will never make it as a food stylist. LOL

After all that, I still don't see what all the fuss is about. They didn't taste quite like what I had hoped for. But hey, put cream cheese frosting on anything and I'll eat it (maybe even cooked carrots). It could be that I baked them too long, or because I used the old vinegar and milk replacement for buttermilk trick (hey, it works for pancakes). But I am willing to give it another try in about 32 more years (umm...make that 33).

A Crib For Three

Last week I was lamenting the fact that we no longer have a rocking chair in the girls bedroom (much needed storage space took it's place) and the nearest couch is surrounded by toys, so that's counter-productive for a bedtime routine. The girls are still in cribs, so it's not like we can all curl up on a bed to read stories, sing songs, talk, cuddle and pray each night. So...I decided to climb in with them! And they loved it!

The mere mention of it at dinnertime is greeted with squeals of delight and they quikly finish eating to trot off to bed. Besides the great bonding time and songs by request (last night it was Mary Poppins and Winnie the Pooh), I figure it's good practice for camping this summer which we are sure to do. The other night A didn't want me to get out, she keept trying to put the covers back over me as I was leaving. And last night when A was scooped up and taken back to her bed, E threw her arms around my neck as we said our prayers. These are the moments I will remember for ever.

Here's our happy little nest. If it looks odd to you, it's becasue we bought crib tents that fit inside the crib and under the mattress with a zip up tent on top (thus the practice for camping I mentioned). I must say it has been a great investment into the continuation of the much needed afternoon nap!


Thursday, March 6, 2008

Etsy, Etsy, Read All About it!

If you haven't discovered yet, I have opened a little shop on Etsy. You can visit me here. A lot of my favorite designers are there now too, so check out my favorites and see who I "heart".

I will still be listing new designs on eBay, auction style, and the first time I list them will always be the best deal. Etsy is perfect for those that prefer "Buy it Now" prices or if you missed out on a past design that I still have fabric available for. I will be listing some collections as separates too for easy mix and matching just the way you want it.

I guess now I'm finally ready to order new business cards (which will double as my hang tags). I've been out of them forever now. But somehow being able to put on there:
(sneaky little route to my eBay ME page, thanks Hun!)

seems so much nicer than telling people "Oh, you can find me on eBay, there's this whole Boutique world out there. No's not just cheap yard sale finds. Don't get me wrong, you can find some great deals there too, but really there are serious designers that sell awesome handmade children's clothing. Try searching "Custom Boutique" and you'll see what I mean. My eBay id is..."

Off to design my new business cards, coming soon in your Custom Boutique Priority Mail box!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Ready Set Blog

Well, I have been having so much fun reading fellow Boutique designers blogs that I have decided to start my own. Now, I'm not big on journaling so I won't pretend that this will wax poetic or be all that exciting to anyone else, but who knows, I might just enjoy it myslef. Seeing as how I have yet to even start my 2-1/2 year old daugters' scrapbooks, I figure this is less daunting of a task.

Tangent - I can't even tell you how excited I am to be going on a scrapbooking retreat this April, check out Raspberry Ridge isn't it just the cutest little place. I can't wait!

Anyhoo...this will be a place to read about the goings on at our busy little house and I fully expect to share some sneak peeks of my creative endevours.

Now I just need to figure out how to make my blog look pretty and add music. Which by the way is something that has been missing in my life for a couple of years. As much as I love the ABC's, and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star I miss my favorites like John Mayer and Jars of Clay. Lately if I turn the radio on in the car I am sure to hear a chorus from the back saying "No music, No music!" Oh and my personal favorite, when I start singing (out of turn mind you) A is quick to say "No singing Mommy." Hey, who makes the rules here anyway?

Have a great night! Thanks for taking at peek at my brand new blog.