Camping, bonfires, & s’mores.


An end of season swim team party, complete with a huge storm & power outage.


Opening day @ school


And some time for me to work on new projects.

{Lots of upcycling: a yarn wreath with flowers made from a shirt & two cafe aprons made from a dress.}

I’m looking forward to some trail time over the weekend & enjoying our last few lazy days of summer before jumping into the hustle-bustle of a school routine.

Happy weekending & Instagramming moments,


Three Things Thursday

1. I’ve been carving out some studio time this week & trying to do a good bit of upcycling from the amazing bin of clothes I have. So far so good! The other day I deconstructed a really cute dress & it became a cafe apron (+ several other projects).

20120802-123346.jpg I see so many more projects in my near future.

2. Today was a 2 hour day for the kids at school. I officially have a Kindergartener & 1st grader. People keep asking me how I’m handling my babies being in school – other than a little sniffle moment last night while tucking them into bed, I’m ecstatic! Routine, projects, field trips, reading new books, meeting new friends, & watching them blossom into ridiculously cool kids is great gift for making it through the baby & toddler years.


3. We went on a camping trip last weekend & had lots of time in the pool. Swimming laps, doing flips + handstands, tipping each other off of floats & just enjoying time together in the water was healing for all of our souls. Once our school routine is under way, this momma is gonna hit the water much more often. Maybe one day I’ll even do a little tri. 😉

Off to the studio to prep for market + a reopening of my Etsy shop.
Just keep swimming,


What we’ve been up to recently:


Enjoying sunsets.


Spending time with dear friends.


Introducing H & my nieces to the magic of great live music @ the Grand Ole Opry.


Easing back into the crafting studio.


And enjoying evenings when Daddy makes it home before bedtime.

Today we’re heading out to camp for a few days & then it’s back to the school routine & figuring out what to do with myself while both kids are in kindy & 1st grade.

May your summer days be full of adventure & family time,

Elbow Grease

Hadlee came prancing into my bathroom as I was getting ready, obviously very proud if herself. While whistling a little tune she says in her very sing-songy-six-year-old way, “Hey Mom, do you want to know why I have no idea what is on the television?”
“Of course I do! What is it?”
“Wellllll, you know that Hello Kitty sticker that was stuck to my dresser? I’ve been removing it. Man! That sure is hard work, it’s even bruising my elbow.”
“Your elbow? Why would it bruise your elbow?”
“{Sigh.} UHHHH, you SAID it would take some real elbow grease to get the sticker off, and boy were you right!”

God love her.

Go put some elbow grease into your day,

A convo with my pre-k graduate


Me: Hey, Bubs, where do you want to eat supper tonight after your graduation? We can go ANYWHERE you want to celebrate!

Jack: I know! {he says with an index finger in the air} How about Target? Ya know, they have popcorn & all sorts of food & COKE & TOYS!

Me: Hmmm, I was thinking somewhere a little closer where they bring your food to you. We can go to Target later this week.

Jack: Well, I guess I can settle for Cracker Barrel. They have toys & Coke, too. {Cheshire cat grin}

Bless our boys. Happy graduation & popcorn treats,


Treating a Brown Recluse Bite with Herbs

Saturday my husband was bush hogging near the woods around his mom’s house & @ some point during the day, ended up being bitten by a brown recluse. Being the unconcerned soul he is, I didn’t know about it until Sunday night. Monday morning he was running a low grade fever, the site of the bite was swollen, full of fever & bright red. Thankfully we had a session on bites at herb school recently so I knew just what to do to draw out the poison.

{Disclaimer: I am an herbalist, not a medical doctor. This information is for educational purposes only, & is in no way meant to diagnose or treat any ailments. Amen.}

Once Brandon felt the bite was affecting him, & asked for help, I went into overdrive & pulled 2 herbs from my apothecary. Echinacea & Plantain. The echinacea I had in dried form, and the plantain I picked from the dog free section of our lawn.

Each hour, on the hour, I applied a poultice of the herbs. To poultice them, I had Brandon chew a tsp sized amount of plantain, mixed that well with the echinacea & placed them on the feverish area from the bite. Gauze was taped over the herbs and as the herbs pulled out the poison, the fever came with it. When the gauze went from being cool to warm to the touch, it was time to change out the poultice for a fresh batch.

Internally, I gave him a decoction of 1 Tsp echinacea & 1 Tsp of fresh plantain. To make a decoction (the Southern method of medicine making) simply low boil your herbs in a small sauce pan for 15-20 minutes uncovered, strain & ingest. The “grassy” taste of the plantain was easily balanced with a heaping spoonful of local raw honey to make it more palatable.

About twelve hours into treatment, Brandon’s fever finally broke & after 2 applications of the poultice & 2 cups of he herbal tea, his arm was looking significantly better. Twenty-four hours have now passed & the soreness has decreased & the site of the bite is drawing to a head. We will continue this treatment – backing down to every 3-4 hours until all of the fever is gone from his arm for at least a day.

It’s a crazy life & I’m thankful for the knowledge of herbs to be able to help support the craziness.

Tread softly,



Three(ish) Things Thursday

1. My brain cells are completely gone. Kaput. Sayonara. Possibly because I’ve been in Sweden with Lisbeth Salander kicking arse & taking names via the Millennium Trilogy… Or something.

2. It’s Farmers Market Thursday & all’s well.

3. Mommying has been a whirlwind lately. From my kindergartener telling me a-s-s (yes, she spelled it out) is a bad word to my 4 year old sitting on one of the girls next door and pooting on her, it’s been a full week. We’ve been doing a lot of teaching & learning about consequences. Bless.

Happy gas passing,

Three Things Thursday

1. A one-sided, streaming convo with my 6-year-old. “Mom, how old is Strawberry Shortcake, anyway? I mean, she lives with her baby sister and a dog, and is allowed to cook by herself. She has to be somewhere between 13 and 16, don’t you think?”


2. Biking is going well. I’m getting used to being in the saddle again, and my foot doesn’t hurt during the ride, but swells and throbs afterwards. The routine I did Tuesday (b/c I didn’t get out the door in time for my son to go to the kids’ gym while I swam): Dukes of Hazard Intervals: 5 minute warm up +  building through the gears. Easy spin when Uncle Jesse was calm, speed sets while the Duke boys were being chased, and all out when Boss Hogg was throwing a conniption fit. Then reverse sets going back down through the gears and a 5 minute cool down. Total time: 50 minutes. Fun factor: 6 out of 10. Sweat & Stink factor: 5 out of 10 {a sweaty top, but not soaked through}. Workout success? Yes!


3. My sister and I had some girl time yesterday and stopped into Alter’d State for some browsing. Ahhhhh, how lovely and inspiring is that store??? I have some designs in my head that just may make it on the sewing table and into my Etsy shop from all the eye candy in that shop. I loved everything about it! Is there a store you walk into that makes you feel the same way? Do tell!


Pretty ruffles and cute boots,