It has begun...

 It's been started, the ball's rolling, the iron's in the fire, project is launched, I'm doing it!!  I bought the pattern, had it blown up a little bit at the copy shop, got it all traced, and now I get to play!!  {wahoo!!}

Honestly, folks...for me, it's a rare luxury to sit and stitch something beautiful with a good movie playing, sunshine streaming through my windows, and my little one playing next to me...but that's what happened yesterday and I'm not kidding.  I didn't shower until bedtime, but hey, we can't have it all, can we?!

Speaking of having it all....have you made this carrot cake yet?!  This is what I whipped up for my Love Nugget's birthday - and it makes me moan out loud every time.  I used applesauce & just a little bit of oil,  and it turned out ultra moist and dense.  Seriously...for the upcoming Spring festivities, go make this cake.  It's soooo good.

And...a desert sunrise from a few days ago.   Have a sunshiney, happy day!!



Whatta SLACKER!!!  I know, I know.  Looks like I'm on the once-a- month schedule.  Not cool!!  I miss my fun bloggie friends and the world of creativity.  I do create every now and then, but I think I'm in a phase of my life where it's not very easy, so projects are few and far between.   I do, however, maintain a regular schedule of admiring the works of others, particularly one of my heroes, Nana & Co.    I will definitely be purchasing this pattern & making one!  It's gorgeous.  I love her frame, too.

After a brief inventory of my embroidery supplies, I was aghast to discover that most of it is buried underneath all of our earthly belongings, locked away in a storage unit.  At the very bottom.  The bottom, most underneath spot.  It may as well be at the bottom of the sea underneath the Titanic.  It's NOT going to be recovered anytime soon.  I know...can you stand it?!  How could I let this happen?!  

Naturally, I had to get more stuff. 

I'm not complaining, though.  All of these delicious thread colors!  Just a buncha eye candy, alright!!  
It's tedious work trying to re-establish a well-stocked embroidery inventory, but I'm getting ready to put a project together, so I need everything to be up & running...and my only staff member consists of one 3-year-old who doesn't listen to me.  

During the in-between time, when I'm not home cleaning up after people and playing dress-up with my little one, and wishing I was making something pretty, my hubs and I often load up the family & take little day trips in our great, big backyard.  I never tire of it!

During one of our slow, Sunday drive evenings, we were cruising around the old Welker Farm and spotted this gorgeous barn owl.  We couldn't get any closer, so this is as good as we get.

Isn't he BEAUTIFUL?!  {gasp!!!}  Staring right at us with those bright, yellow eyes!!!  And, if I zoom in on the photo a bit, he looks like he wants to kill me, so that's a little unnerving...

my baby turned three this month.  (sniff)
Remember when we were guessing what to name her?!  
And her debut here on the blog...
Wow.  Just wow.
She still makes me tired, but I can't get enough of this little fireball!!!

She's madly in love with Periwinkle and requested the winter fairy for her birthday cake.  
I think it's funny that, of all of the Tinkerbell fairies, Brooke is crazy about the winter fairy.  Makes sense...she was born in the snowy winter...it's in her blood!

My eldest daughter and I made white chocolate snowflakes on waxed paper, put them in the freezer, and used them as cake toppers.  We had the perfect winter fairy cake!!  Brookie loved it.
Hey, I'm all about simple here.  
The cake & frosting were both incredibly delish...that's really what it's all about!

This picture below is a treasure....she wanted a Periwinkle doll & costume SO bad.
She just loved, loved, loved that doll and couldn't stop looking at her!!!  
I love the magical world that kids live in!!  I don't want her to get any bigger!!!

Excuse me while I go sob my face off.

Cheers everyone!!