Monday, January 7, 2013

Ringing in the new, with a little old.

I hope everyone had an amazing holiday! We spent the days close to home, cuddled in with the babes and the ones we love. Ringing in the new year is much different in this season of my life than it used to be. Gone, for now, are the days of late night parties, sparkly dresses and champagne. This year we spent the evening with dear friends playing games and warming our bellies with my (much improved) chili. I was tucked snuggly in bed by 10:30. This year, I can honestly say, I don't miss the old.
 Sure, I could do without being up all night with sick babes. And there are certainly days that I'd happily hand over my puke and snot stained yoga pants for a sparkly dress (or anything clean for that matter). I know it's so cliche to say I wouldn't trade my bratty snot nosed kids for one night of my old life, so I won't. Some days, I'd happily make that trade. For one day.... or three. At the end of the day though, I love my life. I am blessed beyond measure. I have 3 beautiful healthy babes and a super hot husband who loves me and our family.
And.... I have a good stash of vintage sheets that I just rediscovered and fell back in love with. Let's talk about that for a bit, shall we?
This is a small bit of what I'm using and loving right now.
I've always leaned toward buying used. I stand behind the philosophy, but sometimes it's just not as convenient. So I made a pledge to myself to only buy new when absolutely necessary. Now, let me be clear. This does not include hygenie items, undies or anything else that I might catch someone elses ebola from. I mean that I will be more diligent with hitting the thrift stores and craigslist before I just pick up a new made in china, wrapped in plastic whatever. That is what sent me in search of those vintage sheets I mentioned above. It's so easy to get caught up in the new fabrics even. I wanted a new curtain for over my kitchen window. I had started looking on all my fave fabric sites when it hit me. That's buying new too. Just because I'm going to make it into something doesn't mean I shouldn't use what I already have first. I really should give some credit to a dear friend for sparking all of this with her gift of a flannel sheet. I wanted to make the littles Christmas eve pajamas but couldn't seem to get to the fabric store. She mentioned that she had a big, king sized flat sheet that I could have. Duh? Why didn't I think of that?! They turned out super cute.

And don't you just love the doll house that Poppy made the babes for Christmas?! Amazing.

Now back to that curtain.... I found my favorite of the sheets and with a couple quick seams and a crocheted borer I had a super cute curtain that is just right!

This pic shows the crocheted edging a little bit better.

 I promise to try and share some of my finds as I continue along this journey. Something felt just right with making something new for my home out of something old at the start of a new year.

I hope your holiday was full of love, family, friends, giggling babes, yummy food and loads of laughter!

I apologize for all the instagram shots but Poppy has the good camera.


  1. Love it! Your such a good writer :) Love the dollhouse too!