During the day I lose count of the number of costume changes for little miss Lola. While I was at CHA my mom watched my girls and got to experience it first hand. I kept apologizing because she I know she ransacks the dresser drawers every twenty minutes.
Well, as much as I wanted to cuss (in my head and I never want to cuss…) after picking her dresses up for the millionth time I realized that as tedious as it is… there is an end in sight. That’s a relief and sad at the same time. Seriously? She’s not going to be 14 and changing in and out of Honey BooBoo ensembles all day long? So I am embracing and enjoying this stage because it is pretty freaking cute… but with one solution. All of her dresses were crammed into one basket thing in her closet. So if she wanted to look for her favorite she pulled every item out-flinging tulle and glitter over her shoulders.
I needed a rack. I remember seeing a darling dress-up rack on someone’s blog years ago. But can’t remember where I saw it. I searched and found an adult clothing rack at Bed Bath & Beyond… that’s adjustable. It was perfect because it can be made for munchkins like Lo and it’s on wheels so I can wheel it to the room we are playing in when Myles is napping in the play room. But it was all black and silver which doesn’t fly for her.
-20 bucks for adjustable rack
-Gold and White Spray paint. I was going to do a color but knew there’d be enough pink hanging around.
-I hung a mirror with some vintage lace. I bought the mirror for Avery’s nursery before she was born.
-Hung a bag on a hanger to hold bows, purses and hats.
-Made some fringe tassels to hang on the side. Added some honeycomb balls. Because clearly I am obsessed with those right now. As you’ve noticed by seeing my cha booth, studio, Christmas Tree etc
-Pretty easy and fast. The best part is she loves being able to hang them up and take them off herself. Don’t you dare even try to help her!
Playing dress up is exhausting!
This quote is something that can resinate with us all. Sometimes it is only after overcoming a trial in my life that I can look back and think wow I am stronger than I thought. This quote, I die-cut from a picture printed of Avery, is something I really want to teach my daughters. That A. A. Milne is such a genius.
Avery’s at a Barbie loving, awkward dancing, always talking about someone having a “crush” on someone else stage. I love it. I hope she likes barbies until it’s embarrassing and always dances no matter what.
This Christmas Ave asked for “Shoes with bumps on them.” Ummm, what is that exactly? Then she held up one of her shoes… “Ya know, with bumps on them.” Pointing to where the heel is. Haha oh, heels. So we got her a sparkly pink pair of heels from H&M which she wears right when she gets home from school, riding her scooter around the sidewalk and anywhere else she gets the chance. Last week we were getting ready for a trip to Costco and a night at the circus with our family and I looked down at our shoe choice. Twins. But honestly wearing heels to Costco and Target is about the only workout my legs are getting lately. My favorite Averism lately too: “Mom, did you know holy mammoths are actually elephants from the 1960′s?”
Check out this month’s kit at Studio Calico. I am loving it. There is a great mix for girls and boys colors. View the rest of my layouts here.
Such a big boy!! Killing me. My favorite thing right now is when I am holding him and ask, “Can I have a kiss?” He turns his head all coy so I can give him a smooch. I mean. Really? Cutest.
CHA starts with crates full of creative ideas shipped across the country or even the world then transforms the empty convention center into a crafter candy store. Pretty cool.
Collin surprised me after a long day with my favorite hippo cookies from Balboa Island. We first ate them at a family trip to Newport Beach and since then Collin and I have to stop and get some each trip. My friends even bring me some when they come to Utah or surprises me at the show. All for one of these colorful cuties!
Lunch with Maggie & Kelly. Love both of their new collections and so thrilled for Kelly because I adore her work and it’s her first line with Basic Grey! Same with Amy Tan her new collection is rad.
As I said before, Myles and Jack stole the show! Suzy hates this pic below but I can’t help but love it. She’s become a great friend since the first Dear Lizzy release and I adore her. Glad she didn’t steal him. haha !
Here is a video from CHA where I share some of the new products from this release: Daydreamer. Collin came along and filmed it and did an awesome job! I love all the clips of the city and beach he got during the boy bonding moments with Myles. Watch the video here or click play>>
PEACE out… ; )
Literally spent the entire Saturday cleaning up my work space. I am kicking myself that I did not take a before picture… because then you literally would all be standing up right now cheering and clapping for my success. Yes, it was that bad. But I am pretty good at messing up my studio so don’t worry we can have our clean-office-bond moment in a couple weeks… or days.
I will post more detailed shots about my organization, or lack of, in the next couple days.
This upcoming May I will be teaching in Barcelona!! How amazing is that?! I am thrilled and cannot wait to meet new friends, craft together and explore such a gorgeous city.
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Home from CHA! It was one of my favorite shows. I can’t really pinpoint why… it just was. Probably seeing people I have made friends with over the years from all over the world. I laid in bed one night chatting with Collin, after Myles had fallen asleep, and started listing where people were from at the show:
Australia, Hungary, Bolivia, Mexico, France, UK, South Africa, Taiwan, Singapore, Puerto Rico, Hong Kong, Barcelona, British Columbia and more. Unbelievable, right?!! It blows my mind. But meeting these wonderful, creative, hard working, business savvy woman was awe inspiring.
For lunch we would walk outside to find a few really delicious food trucks and one day I got to eat with some of the ladies attending the show. A couple of the girls were from Taiwan and one of them was visiting the US for the first time. When you love scrapbooking it makes you instant friends. It was so fun to sit with them and chat while stuffing your face with pulled pork sandwich…! Of course we took a pic.
Friends from Singapore
Collin played Mr Mom most of the day while I was at my booth. When they stopped by the show for a minute in the afternoon– Myles loved all the attention. I am not gonna lie, Amy Tan’s darling baby boy, Jack, and Myles definitely stole the show whenever they were around. Someone should think about Baby-swag for next year.
Before we flew home we made a slight detour to the beach!
And we squeezed a night at Disneyland in there too but don’t tell our girls. (Collin was fairly excited.)
Myles was such a good little traveler. I was so proud of him. Thank goodness his cold he had been fighting was gone by the time we got there. Must’ve been all that sunshine and happiness. ; ) But seriously, how do we not all live near the beach?!
Even though traveling with a little one is not easy, I am so grateful for the kind people that give you a simple small when you are boarding the plane. It makes a huge difference. I think babies feel their momma’s energy so if we are stressed it could panic them a bit. I try to stay calm but it can be hard if people around are impatient. Myles was really good the flight home. The flight out he cried for a minute but only because he was so tired. One of the flight attendants was sick and her replacement was late so the flight was delayed… by the time we got on board he was beyond tired. He only cried for a few minutes which feels like forever on a flight. But then he was fine. I am SO thankful he was a trooper. I have been on flights and got the stink eye from people around us… Here’s to happy Myles and kind passengers!
“Do you want to be a snowman…” Does anyone else have that song singing in their head day and night? Well, thanks to Frozen I definitely do. Collin took the girls because I was home with Myles while he napped and I finally had to google the songs to see what it was all about. Especially when Lola would sing “Let it goooo… Let it goooooo” in the car, singing as loud as she can while riding a Ferris wheel and splashing in the bath.
Now I am obsessed too.
We bundled up and made a snowman last week. A couple days later the girls came running into the house terribly dramatic and freaking out. I literally thought something horrible had just happened. Like Tuque ran away or something. Then they said: “Hurry LOOK out the window. The snowman’s head broke off.” His poor head fell over. Which, I guess to a three and five year old, is pretty tragic. I, on the other hand, found the whole
And now… here are WAY too many pictures of my daughter and Frosty before he got beheaded.
I counted and took 212 photos so be grateful I am only posting this many. ; )
The Pantone team that determines the color of the year every year, would be pleased to know that Lola fully supports their decision of Radiant Orchid for 2014. Considering that she is usually head to toe in it, drinks from a sippy that color and even her pillow is a unicorn that definitely radiates orchids.
Me, on the other hand, not so much. In the words of Buddy The Elf– It’s very purpley.
The other day I laid down for a minute while Myles was sleeping because I wasn’t feeling good and Lola laid down next to me. She kissed my face and stroked my cheeks. It was the sweetest. I literally fell asleep for a minute. She’s got one of those hearts of gold, love and all other mushy gushy stuff she can fit in there. But don’t worry she can still meltdown with the best of them.
Tuque, our Newfoundland dog, and Lo are quite the duo. She gets him if he barks. Opens his drawer and gives him a treat everyday. (She even listens when I said he can only have one or his tummy will hurt.) She says, “That’s my doggie” through out the day. If you remember this video I filmed of them you get the idea.
Newfoundlands are gentle giants. Patient yet playful. Loyal and Loveable. They just want to be near the fun. We used to laugh when we’d see Lola at two years old grab his jowls and start walking. Right away he learned to obey and respect her.
Here they are one afternoon. He is right there waiting for Lola to make her next move… so he can follow.
Posting the Little Girl and Her Bear vid again… just for fun.
Photos & Video Shot with Canon Mark II & Sigma 50mm lens
Staying up late is not something I typically do. I am not a night owl. When a movie starts and the lights are out-I fall asleep. Actually I am not really a morning person either. I am quiet in the morning and want to stay under the covers and cuddle forever. I wonder what that means I am? Is there anything for those who love noon? That’s when I thrive. ; )
Since December is pure madness for everyone. The only time I had to finish up my pages was staying up until 2 am one night. Actually I refused to look at the clock but I am guessing it was around then. Which might not seem that late to you but for this momma it means when the kids wake up at dawn it feels like I got hit by a train. Yet somehow it was worth it. Because I got to work and find my flow doing what I love.
Are you a night owl? Morning person? Before I had kids who wake me up all night, I think I was more of a morning person. ha!
The above page “You Clean Up Nice” was a fun process. I die cut the journaling with my Silhouette Cameo. I messed up and put the wrong side of the paper on the mat so it cut wrong. But I ended up just leaving it and adding the title on top. Made for a cool layering effect. My machine must’ve timed out while cutting or some technical malfunction because it stopped and some random words hadn’t been cut. I just filled them in with my handwriting.
The stag stamp is rad and these pictures are dear to my heart. Also, those g o l d chipboard letters are #perfect.
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The start of the new year is usually really exciting and fresh and something about the feeling of a clean slate excites me to start writing new resolutions. Typically I will pick up a new journal from Target and can’t wait to start listing my spiritual, family, health and work related goals. This year I just kinda felt smug about it all. I wanted to fold my arms and pout like my Quincey does… because I sucked this year at accomplishing what I wanted to do. The only thing I did amazingly well was kissing Myles’s cheeks, being there for my girls and planning date nights. I know I know, those are more important than anything. It’s just the fact that I could’ve done better. I am not typically a regretful person. I run far and fast from that “r” word. But it is annoying to sit down and write the same goals and wishes that I did last year. Ya know?
So I figured out something that lifted my spirits.
I wrote the things I accomplished in 2013 that I am proud of. It could be anything simple or grand. We didn’t travel anywhere exotic. We didn’t make any huge changes. But we laughed our butts off & explored the mountains & loved to the fullest.
Having Myles in our lives/
Learning to make videos/
Buying our camper and redoing it/
Went to the beach/
Went to Disneyland/
Awesome job designing Dear Lizzy products/
Fundraiser for my niece Zuzu/
Momma Bear to Four/
I am still figuring out my “word” for 2014. Sometimes I keep it personal but most years I share it. The past two years I focused on the same word- L I G H T. It literally applies to all areas of my life. And I couldn’t find a word to live up to its glory last year so I continued it. : ) There’s no rules for this stuff, right? ; ) Now I feel like I am at the next chapter and am ready for a new word. Something playful yet strong.
Our Christmas card was the perfect way to share my word, Let Your Heart Be Light.
photos by Heather Telford
This year I want to FOCUS my time better so when then I’m done with doing the stuff I need to do I will feel more free.
I was being a bum the other night just getting frustrated at the house being messy and I felt like I was always picking up the kids’ stuff. Then I looked at Collin and he said, “Liz, this year it’s about…” as he tilted his head and pushed the sides of his mouth up with his pointer fingers to a cheesy wide-eyed smile. That is exactly what I want this year. To not worry about all the fussiness. Then I went to the kitchen because my eyes were tearing up… passing the girls who were dancing to a record I got for Christmas–Mumford And Sons. The song Not With Haste was playing. Great song. Just what I wanted to hear:
We will run and scream
You will dance with me
Fulfill our dreams and we’ll be free
We will be who we are
And they’ll heal our scars
Sadness will be far away
Do not let my fickle flesh go to waste
As it keeps my heart and soul in its place
And I will love with urgency but not with haste
Maybe that’s my word. Free. Hears to Twenty Fourteen. xo, Lizzy
Hope you are having a wonderful Christmas week! Full of merriment! xoxox, Lizzy