Author Archives: Elizabeth Kartchner

A little weekend recap

①  Sunday attire. Thankfully I am feeling much better after having the flu last week. Bleh. It’s going around so beware. Skirt//Sweater: Nordstrom
② I cannot believe I am planning Lola’s first birthday this week. How crazy is that?! I am dying.
③ Friday I was woken by Avery 1 inch from my ear yelling, “It’s Christmas!! It’s Christmas!!” Her excitement was because there was a white blanket of snow on the ground. They spent the day playing, eating and stomping through it.
④ For the tenth year now Collin made his famous apple pie. Our home smelled amazing while we baked sweet potatoes and apple pies for his family’s feast tonight… round 1 of our 3 Turkey dinners. Me 1: Turkey 0
⑤ Painting a striped wall was a crazy idea that entered my mind last week & with Collin’s help our hallway is now happy.
Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Did you win?

Just wanted to pop in and post the winner of the Ruche giveaway!! Congrats Claudia! Email me and I’ll get that right over to you. (


Claudia ( said:

Absolutely love the stagirite striped long sleeve dress and the robin ruffles infinity scarf in olive and alp stretta ruffle knit cardigan and sentara delta knee high boots!!!

Thanks for the chance!

Macaron Magic

How awesome is Collin to not only hang out with us girls all night… but film a little movie of all the fun!

It’s still unknown if I invited myself to this baking night or not but when you hear something splendid your ears perk up.

Macaron magic is what I witnessed on Saturday night because Miss Mercedes has some tricks up her sleeve for making the perfect macaron. She showed us how, then gave us the reigns and we split into groups and set to work. She was so great at explaining even our batches were beautiful. Sometimes I think that this cookie is too cute to eat but then I remember that, no matter what a cookie looks like, I will eat it.

It was a quite the delectable night with these darling ladies:

Our host for the night was Shelley of The House of Smiths & isn’t her home cheery?//Jen of Tatertots and Jello//Amy of The Idea Room//Lara of Less Cake More Frosting//Elizabeth of Dear Lizzy//Emily of Ruffling Feathers / Bijou Market//Mercedes White of Mercedes Macarons will be selling her macarons, pre-made mixes, and classes like Saturday’s, this weekend (18-19) at Bijou Market along with 50 other amazing vendors at Southworth Hall in Provo. The following weekend (26) will be Bijou Market’s first ever market in Salt Lake as well. Hope to see you this weekend! I will be there with bells on.

Ruche giveaway

Have you seen the Cherished look book at Ruche? It’s called a romantic winter and that’s just what it captures. Seeing that I am one of those cheesy hopeless-romantic types, I was gushing over the lovely photography. Oh, the outfits? Now I have to go back through and look at my favorite pieces to shop for! You all know that I adore shopping at Ruche and today I’m sharing the love and giving a lucky winner $50 gift card to shop your little heart out. Merry early Christmas to you!

All you have to do to enter is pick your favorite item(s) from Cherished: a romantic winter look book and leave it in the comment below.
Want to increase your chances of winning?
If you twitter, facebook or blog about the giveaway then leave an extra comment for each one. Sound good?! My list of loves is long but I would say the Dandelion Days print dress and the Washington lace up boots are my favorites. Can’t wait to hear what you are loving… enter to win now and I’ll announce the winner soon.

the 15 friends project

A couple weeks ago I got an email from Twig Creative and they asked if I would join their 15 friends project. What’s that you ask? Well, it’s a blank canvas shipped to 15 creative folks and each one adds their own style and touch to it then after it’s shipped all over the county they will auction it off. I have always wanted to start a traveling art project so I happily joined in the fun! Last week, I was thrilled to receive my package. I was the second person to design something for it and the pressure was on! But I didn’t think too much and just had fun creating a little corner of goodness for it using all found stuff including: catalogs, a vintage magazine ad (for the legs and shoes), doily, veneer wood and paint. I wonder how the process would have been to be later in the game and add on what others’ have done. It was so fun and was already shipped off to the next lucky lady.

Keep updated with the traveling canvas at Twig Creative.

A typical scene from this weekend, just hanging out at home. ^^^

My sis, Emily, invited Collin and me to a macaron baking party with seriously some of the cutest bloggers around! We twisted Collin’s arm to come, but not too much since we could bribe him with our new baking skills. He also filmed some of the night sooooooo, stay tuned for a fun video of the miraculous macaron process… and, not to mention, more about my new bffs! ^^^

11.11.11 Challenge No 2

I’ll be back with my photo since it’s not quite time yet here… but some of you are ready to play along.
Here’s how it works: First, add the blinkie code to your blog or use photo from the challenge post. (code in box below) Second, link back to Dear Lizzy. Third add your photo to the link list below.

You gotta love a giveaway where everyone wins! Yay! Postal Pix is giving to each of you a free 3-pack of 4×4 or 4×6 prints. If more prints than 3 prints are ordered, it will deduct $0.99 from the total + free shipping. Just use code: lizzypix
If you haven’t tried Postal Pix before you will love it! It’s a free app where your photos are downloaded straight from your phone then delivered right to your mailbox. Happy mail at its finest. So print off your photos from today. Thanks Postal Pix!

my dreams get bigger…

Just a small smash update tonight…

Oh, I remember the days when the bigs took naps. Somedays when we are driving to their cousins or to Target it’s just enough time for them to fall asleep in the car. I don’t notice until no one has made a peep for a few minutes and I look back and there they are… peacefully dreaming. Then I carry them each one up the stairs and they sleep on the couch a little longer. Sigh… That’s when I soak up all the quiet before madness ensues.
Sometimes Collin jokes about how much money he would pay for a nap. I’ve heard it get up to the millions! (“One hundred billion dollars!!” dr. evil)

PS Don’t forget to take your picture tomorrow for the 11.11.11 Photo Challenge no 2!

photo challenge 02

How often does November 11, ’11 come around?

You know I like a good challenge, I like taking photos and I like you! So why not incorporate it all… with photo challenge no 02. Take a photo with me this Friday when the clock strikes: 11.11.11 at 11:11:11 am. Then on Friday when I post our picture I will add a techy gadget to my blog and you will be able to share your photo as well. Just like the Self-Timer Challenge.
1. Take a photo of whatever in the heck you are doing on 11.11.11 at 11:11:11 am
2. Post the photo as well as the photo challenge button I made to your blog or facebook with a link back here.
3. Last add your photo to the linky tool just like the first photo challenge here: Self-Timer challenge.
Here’s a code for a photo I made that says, I took the challenge. You can copy then paste into the html code of your blog. If that is jibberish to you email or leave a comment and I will help ya out. Or feel free to use the above photo.

Rumor has it there might even be a giveaway involved… I can’t wait to see who joins in the fun!!

Homemade Holiday feature!!

Ruche launched their very lovely Homemade Holiday look book and I am so elated to have 2 projects featured!
The first one using a jar with alcohol ink polka dots and lace to hold your embellished gift. I should do a more detailed post about this because Tim Holtz’s alcohol ink is amazing! It was my first time painting on glass and I’m holding back from painting all over our windows! After the polkies I added Hambly lace rubons.

The other project is something that I have done in years past, it’s a book gutted out with a present inside. I did this for my brother a couple years ago and even made sure that his book was the perfect size to hold his Instax too. He’s the one who got me hooked on my Instax in the first place and has stacks of pictures laying around. I added twine and vintage buttons and made pinwheels with the extra paper from the book.
Check out the rest of the Homemade Holiday projects & outfits… you’ll be humming Christmas Carols in no time!