Saturday, May 28, 2011

Over the past week.........

 Wow.  I've really missed you guys! (Which is why I can't quit blogging even though I threaten it at least every other month.) This past week was wild and busy and I took millions of photos and they've got to go somewhere! 
 First of all, we de-listed out house. I suppose I'm going to have to share more on that sooner or later, but not today. I spent the first half of our week fully unpacking and putting things away.  I will say, the one positive about selling your house to an elderly woman who (Surprise!) admitted to making a cash offer because she thought she'd won the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes, only to find out a month later that she didn't and can't afford your house at the last minute, as your entire household is packed and awaiting a move into the cutest red house ever... is that when you do finally gulp and unpack everything, you know exactly where it all goes.
 I decided it was time to quit changing my pillows with each season.  (Gasp!  Can she really mean that?  Can she really stick with it? Time will tell my friend... time will tell.) Well, that's my goal anyway.  So I thought long and hard about what I really wanted.  And then I poured over the many looks in my Pottery Barn magazine.  And then I counted my cash.  And then I found many coupons in the newspaper and online.  And then I went to JoAnn Fabrics and splurged on the good (expensive) selections that I've been drooling over for months.  Months, I tell you!!  And then I sewed them all closed (instead of an envelope opening which makes it oh-so-easy to change) and my husband smiled and approved.  (Wild cheering all around, please?)
And then I hung up twenty one photographs.  No one was injured in the hanging of these photographs (which is quite an accomplishment, let me tell you) even though it took nearly two hours to complete the task.  Suddenly, it felt like home again.  I really needed that. My kiddos really needed that.  I even think my man really needed that. I hung these photos on the opposite wall they used to hang on, because I wanted to be able to see them from the kitchen. After mucho unpacking, box smashing, and bubble wrap popping, I looked around and went, "Alright God.  Here we are." And that was that.  Then I dove into wrapping up school, and filling your Etsy orders. (You can click here to view all the items I've listed!)
First of all, 10% of every order I receive will be donated to the Red Cross, to benefit the tornado disaster relief.  My heart absolutely goes out to everyone in that area right now.  As I talk about my house situation, I'm so aware that there are hundreds of people with no place at all, to call home.

That said, here are a few of the items I listed, along with a little cookie party I gave my kids!
 I also made a ton of button accented pony tail holders.  I made them, in all different colors and patterns.  (Click here to see them all)  They are perfect for a polished-looking pony tail, for woman or girls of any age!  I can't wait til my hair is long enough to really enjoy these.  They come in a coordinated two pack and are only $6.00 for a pack of two!  How cute would these be for a summer day when it's too hot to do anything to your hair?  (For a second there, I felt like we were out shopping together.)
 And these...I couldn't forget to make these! (Darling little Mr & Mrs pillow slips, just in time for wedding season, in case you're looking for a good gift idea!)
 And I made more of these adorable "eat" napkins.  I can't get enough of mine.  I love them to pieces, and use them every chance I get.  They are a truly fun table accessory.  I'm not saying you can't live without them, but they are pretty cute...
 I couldn't create and not include a few "surprises" right?  So I created a few things just for fun.  Because I'm a big fan of fun.  Ask anyone, they'll tell you.   I made packs of big wooden magnet sets.  Monday- Friday magnet sets so you can organize your week, and packs of misc. magnets like "Grocery" and "To do" and "Don't Forget."  So fun.  So functional.  Love that.

I walked past this fabric about five times, but it kept calling me. Something about the pattern and the colors... chocolate brown, pewter, and icy blue.  So I bought it and made a couple of Euro pillow slips out of it. Sold as a set of two, these could go on a bed... or patio chairs... or a couch... or even the floor!  So cute!!

I guess I was feeling patriotic after all... because when I found this old bead board cupboard door I knew that I had to paint a flag on it.
 I kept the original hinges, because they were so sweet, and I thought they would be perfect for hanging it, (or you could just lean it against something too) and then I sanded and distressed it all over.  Talk about a fun project! I was thinking you could loop some twine through the top hinges, and hang it from a window or something.  How cute would that be for a July 4th party? 
 My hoodlums got to enjoy a little cookie party as soon as I was finished photographing this for my Etsy store, because you can't let good cookies go to waste!
I believe they have become fans of photo shoots... well, photo shoots that involve cookies anyway!

And this sign is one I've been planning to make for ages.  I think the idea started with this(And I do love my man...)
So there you have it!  If you want to order any of the above items, click here for my Etsy store.  And as always, if you want a custom order or Family established sign, just give me a holler and I can get it going for you. ( You all are such an encouragement and a blessing to me with this, and I appreciate you more than you can ever know!



  1. ok first off, girl you got it goin on!!
    you have been a busy bee.
    i love your creations my friend. seriously.
    i'm at work and sadly, sniff sniff can't access my beloved etsy from here. but wow!!
    love the mr & mrs. cuteness.
    love the flag. always.
    love those eat napkins that i simply must buy. how many times have i said that.
    love the 1 corinthians sign that killed you. love it! wow

    you rock
    hope all is well
    delist story coming soon...

  2. i've got your EAT napkins right here!

  3. I wish you could come here and decorate my house sometime. It feels so disjointed sometimes, but it is home: ) Glad you're settling back in and hope things are settling themselves out. We dis-listed our house a year ago and I'm so happy that the decision was made for us to stay. There have actually been some sad things in our neighborhood, one man just had a stroke, the 34-year-old mom of three across the street died...and I feel like I'm in the perfect place to minister and let His love shine...there's a reason we're still here!!!Missed your posts--don't ever give up blogging altogether.

  4. I just found your lovely blog sometime last week. You are one talented cookie, and your house looks lovely all unpacked! Doesn't it feel good! After almost 2 years since we moved into the cabin, we finally hung up our pictures and it was really like coming home. I finally feel this is our space, our home now. I am also a firm believer, that God does have a plan for each and everyone of us, even when it's doesn't fit our plan at the time.

  5. Hi There!

    I just found your darling blog and was wondering if I could post your memorial pictures tomorrow?

    Let me know! Thanks!


  6. you are so incredibly talented my dear sweet sasha!! I'm so glad that you have made your house a home again! LOVE the flag! How did you ever think of that! Miss you. WE MUST catch up!

  7. wow, you been one busy chica! Love everything you have created, but my all time fave is that I Corinthians 13 sign. Love it in your kitchen with that bucket of yellow flowers. : )
    I scooting off to your etsy to check out all your goodies.

  8. Someday you will have to write a post on how you have so much energy and get so much done the way you do. I'm so impressed and everything looks great. Do you ever sleep?

  9. okay you are a crazy person. how in the world did you make pillows AND all that stuff? do you have your kids sewing in their spare time...ha!?? i just love you friend. it's all so pretty. all of it! and i love that you are sticking with the same pillows for every season. i'm sure you'll change your mind eventually...cause i know you, but for now they are perfect:)

  10. Wow, you did all that in one little week? I am embarrassed and ashamed of the one small sewing project I didn't do. Thanks for inspiring and motivating me. Congratulations on being home for good, for now. May God bless you as you serve Him right where you are!

  11. Sasha,

    I am in awe of you. Seriously. I really, really love everything you created, but more than that, I love what you've done throughout this entire process--you've stretched and challenged me as you've walked this thing out. :) I love it. Thank you for sharing it all so openly.

    I want a chicken wire memo board for my new house!!! :) They are so so cute!

  12. your item's are lovely...I especially love those plates which are not on your Etsy store :(