Author Archives: Elizabeth Kartchner

wood memory game: diy

A simple memory game I put together for our trip this week. It’s perfect for the sand but keep it away from the water. I tried it out and the girls loved it. Seeing all of the faces of the people they love and trying to find the match! I was going to make one with the alphabet I will have to do when I get home.

It’s easy peasy: Just paint the wood circles then attached photos to the other side.

There’s a fabric bag I stamped to keep it all together.
All the colors remind me of summer!

xoxo lizzy

right now

Right now:
1 We are sitting on this big, comfy, glider chair listening to the thunder and rain.
We purchased this chair for one reason. Clearly, that reason was not for its beauty… but more comfort AND most importantly so I could hold more than 1 girl at once. It was nice when I had Quincey because I could hold both girls & then when we added Lola to the mix we’d all four be on this chair reading books and falling asleep at bedtime. Avery would sit on the arm. It was nice especially if you have kids close in age.
2 Getting ready for this girls birthday.
3 Planning our trip somewhere with lots of sunshine and no computers and cellphones. Yes!
4 Enjoying teaching my classes at Something Splendid.
5 Working on products for the next Dear Lizzy line.
6 Dreaming of the above number three.
7 Dreading making a dentist appointment for my toothache. Why do I have the worst teeth?
8 Dying to chop off my hair. It’s time.
9 Thrilled that despite my brown thumb, our garden is sprouting corn and the raspberries are a foot high.
10 Laughing at Quincey asking me over & over & over if she can put on her new “swimming soup” from Lime Ricki.

I can play favorites, right?

This is one of my favorite days of the year.

I had gotten home from a meeting at American Crafts and I went exploring outside with Q&A. Since I was not up to lugging my huge camera along for the fun I opted for the easily accessible iphone. I will never regret this decision, because instead of coming home empty-handed… except for the guilt I would have filled my pockets with for being a bad mother and not taking photos (why do I do that?)… I came home with these gems!
The top right one I absolutely am obsessed with because this spring she’s had a circle of yellow all around her nose from smelling those darn dandelions any chance she can get. (And if I’m not mistaken I don’t think those flowers have that great of a smell anyways. ;)
My other favorite is the one of Quincey showing off her double band-aided elbows from running too fast. She gets so excited and eager to go somewhere and her poor klutzy feet can’t keep up with her curious mind. Like I said in my last post… another way that we are very much alike.
(The bottom left picture is from Mother’s day!)
Tell me one of your favorite moments this spring?


A page I made for the Crate Paper blog. This girl tugs at my heartstrings!! More and more I’m realizing how similar Qu-ey and I are. We both like to take our time waking up in the mornings. We both love shoes, shiny ones if possible. We love to snuggle & we each have a blankey. Of course I don’t insist on carrying mine around the grocery store, church, or in the car like she does.

I was a little hesitant about the woodgrain background b/c I naturally gravitate towards using lighter backgrounds but I think it worked well with the photo.

Love this floral paper I used to hand cut a heart.


“Heart Strings”, I wanted to use the woodgrain paper and I like how it coordinated with the photos of my daughter. It was a fun page to make by handcutting and punching out different hearts. I also used lots of stitching around the entire page and other areas.


I also used a typewriter to write my journaling. It’s the cutest vintage pink typewriter but some of the letters don’t work, so I used a pen and added those letters myself. I love the mix of handwriting and type.


I also loved layering all of the different borders and trims…

Woodgrain paper, Banner Border, Letter Stickers, Ribbons & Trims, Fabric brads, Darling Chipboard, Cream Border Paper, Floral paper

Photo by amazing: Jefra Starr Linn

sweet soda

Some asked how to make the cake jars from my birthday blog post and my sister’s friend, Emily, is going to get it to me…
For now I do have the recipe to make Italian Soda.
You need some Sparkling Natural Mineral water, Torani Syrup flavors (our favorites were peach, mango, raspberry… basically the fruity ones) & some whipped cream. Plus, you’ll definitely need striped straws.
Fill cup with ice. Add 3/4 cup with Sparkling Mineral Water then 1/4 flavoring and top with whipped cream. Bottoms up!
Here are the simple favors I made for my birthday party guests. Just sewed streamers along the bag and added a flag tag. Inside were kisses from me. paper for tags: quilts

Since I had the streamers out I made some ruffle streamers… it was so windy before the party that we didn’t hang much stuff up but I will take wind over snow or rain any day.

For those of you who asked… I am going to get a recipe for the cake jars from my sister’s friend Emily.

Happy Friday! I hope you eat, drink & make something yummy this weekend!

corsage flowers

We shipped out the rest of the Corsage Flower kits today for our Something Splendid site! Right now we are teaching the Envelope Book class. And besides the fact that Collin included all of my embarrassing out takes from the video tutorials it is going… splendid!
Photos styled and modeled by Rosie// Jefra Starr Linn photographer
The Something Splendid packaging turned out cute for this workshop. The fabric comes in a sack and there’s a small bag with pearls, rope belt or pins depending on how you want to wear your flowers. The glassine bag is closed with a needle to make your flowers with. Doesn’t the logo look cute stamped on the bags? This workshop starts next week.

party time!

Remember that one time when I turned 30 years old and I felt guilty all night for being so spoiled. Yeah, that was awesome!!!
It’s no surprise I couldn’t tell my thoughts to go to sleep after a night like this. Collin really went above and beyond with Italian sodas, food, beautiful flowers… & he even had MiNdY GlEdHill come over and give us a private concert. pinch me.
It was so incredible to have many family and friends celebrate with me. Friends I’ve had since braces and passing notes in school & new friends. Also our family who we love so much & is always there for us.

Thanks for everything Collin!

My sister Camille and her darling son! Love my sisters!Camille made these “cake jars” with her friend Emily. They even personalized the tops with my Dear Lizzy paper and pictures of me! How cute and thoughtful… and yummmmy!!

My little sister Ashley and her family were here from Germany! So happy to celebrate and spend this summer with her.

Rhonna & Beth having fun making Italian Soda. Wasn’t the giant chalkboard wall so cute with directions how to make them?! Collin thinks of everything.
A collage of people that are so dear to me! Especially little Hayes cuddled in a blanket.

Then the concert…!!
Serious brownie hot fudge sundae points for this boy!

Mindy and her ‘groupies!’
I was dying laughing when Margie and Rhonna both wore this sweater great minds think alike! It’s so darling I might have to pick one up too. ;)

shirt, belt, skirt: from Ruche

Margie + Rhonna’s twinner sweater
Here’s to turning 30 and the adventures that lie ahead. xo

a day for mom

A day to celebrate the beauty of my wonderful mother… I’ll take it!! Because the fact that she doesn’t have her own parade hosted by Dick Clark or that there’s not a ginormous broze statue of her down town is beyond me. One day just doesn’t seem like enough for all she’s done for me and my family.

Same with Collin’s mom. Seriously, how did she raise such an incredible boy? I owe her BIG.
Despite the fact that my two oldest girls thought it would be fun to test every ounce of my patience today and really make sure that my motherly abilities were in tact, which I hope I didn’t fail at too miserably, it turned out to be a good day. Especially when I snuck away to enjoy a hot bubble bath with a handful of Hershey kisses.
Happy Mother’s Day to you!