i believe

December 30th, 2009

I am nowhere near the expert blogger compared to my wife, but I will give it my best. My name is Eric, and I am Heidi’s husband. Over the last two months (slowly but surely) I have read every posting that Heidi made, and every comment that Heidi’s dedicated readers have left. Although it’s been mostly smiles, there have been many tears as well. Heidi went to heaven on October 6th, 2009 after many years battling cancer. In the midst of difficult days, one of her greatest joys was creating crafting ideas and blogging about them as you see on this website. It was a way for her to find and accentuate positive and cheerful things around us.

I hope that her ideas have inspired you not just to create something, but to share your love with family and friends. Of course she loved to find and create cute crafty ideas, but her true happiness came from sharing those creations with loved ones. Heidi is the true meaning of: it is better to give than to receive. Whether it was crocheting baby booties for a newborn baby, or throwing an engagement shower for a loving cousin.

I am thankful that she has given us all memories, smiles, and laughs that will last forever. This poem, written by Heidi years ago but only discovered after she went to heaven, will forever remind me of her courage, faith, and love. Heidi will always be in our hearts…

our suburban garden

June 7th, 2009

There are lots of bright and cheery colors that fill our deck this month.

Oh, and there is one more flower popping up to say “hello.”

superbowl sunday

February 2nd, 2009

Thanks to all the creative ideas on oneprettything, I was able to make our Superbowl celebration super cute and super yummy.  Here are a few of the highlights…

A football field table runner:


A few coasters for our drinks:


And some yummy desserts:

Eric made homemade chili, potato skins, and a delicious enchilada casserole.  Our friends, Matt and Kristen, arrived with a bucket of KFC to complete the menu.  Can you tell we had a good time?

Even King Louie enjoyed his very own “superBONE”

valentines day card swap::love bird

January 28th, 2009

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…I’m really not that great at making cards.  In the past when I’ve tried, I’ve just found myself frustrated at trying to come up with something clever and catchy.  So what did I do?  I signed up for a Valentines Day card swap hosted by the ladies at Little Birdie SecretsThe card swap directions instructed me to come up with a Valentine’s themed card and recreate it 15 more times.  I’ll send my bundle off and will receive a package in the mail with 15 different cards.  One from each of the other participant.  There are over 60 participants so luckily we were placed into groups of 15.

I call my card creation “love bird.”  They are certainly nowhere near Hallmark worthy but hopefully they will put a smile on the faces of their recipients.

colorful cushions

January 14th, 2009

Just a little something I whipped up last night while watching some evening television.  I am loving all sorts of pincushions at the moment.   I’ll never have the need for so many but they sure are fun to look at.  I’m hopefully creating some inventory to fill a table at a local craft fair someday.  If you build it they will come, right?  Or maybe it’s more like…If I make it, I will go…either way works for me.

sweater bag tutorial

January 9th, 2009

In the January issue of Country Living Magazine, I spotted a thrifty way to reuse those old sweaters that just don’t seem to fit into my wardrobe anymore. I’ve posted the steps that I took to transform an old blue sweater into a handy tote bag. Along with a sewing machine, here are the materials I used…

an old sweater, scissors, and thread

an old sweater, scissors, and thread

Step #1: Create the handles of the bag by cutting the sleeves and neckline off of the sweater.

Step #2: Lay the material so that the side seams of the sweater meet in the front.

Step #3: Pin the bottom of the sweater together and sew a straight line to join the two sides.

Step #4: Turn the bag inside-out and fill it full of all your favorite goodies.

**An additional step that is optional is to fold and sew each bag handle to create a clean handle line. This also aids in making your bag more sturdy**

merry christmas!

December 25th, 2008

His and Hers matching PJ’s.  It doesn’t get much better than that!

in hopes that st. nicholas soon would be there…

December 23rd, 2008

For my favorite trio…I hope Santa fills them to the top!

fa la la la latkes

December 22nd, 2008

Two posts in one day???  Well, I had to announce that…

CHRISTMUKKAH HAS OFFICIALLY BEGUN!!! According to the law book of the holiday, Christmukkah begins on the first night of Hanukkah and ends on Christmas day or the last night of Hanukkah (whichever goes the latest). Some years, I am told, can last up to 30 days long! Now that is a holiday season if you ask me. Last night, we ate potato latkes and lite the Menorah beginning with the candle furthest to the right.

Thanks, Joy and Kevin, for joining us to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah…I mean Christmukkah!!

december date night

December 22nd, 2008

Need I say more?

black and white and read all over

December 19th, 2008

From a very young age, my mother taught me a few good habits when it came to wrapping Christmas gifts.  Growing up, she would wrap all of the gifts that went under the tree in newspaper.  She would buy a bag of red bows to top off the gifts and add some Christmas color.  As you can see, I’ve followed in my mothers’ footsteps and added a little flair of my own.  And to think, my mom started this tradition in our family BEFORE ”going green” was popular.  Thanks mom! 

Oh, and if you’re wondering what is inside of those pretty little packages…take a peak…

I made glass magnets with pretty fabric underneath.  Wanna learn how?  Just head over to Creative Outlet Designs for a detailed tutorial. 


while the stockings were stitched by the chimney with care…

December 16th, 2008

While there hasn’t been much snow just yet, the rain is sprinkling just a but at the moment and threats of ice are in the forecast…so lightly speaking, “the weather outside is frightful.” I’m doing my best to stay warm and dry inside today. I’ve sewn this stocking for my Fairy Godson, Leo. This year will be his first Christmas and while he is too young to understand what this month is all about, it is safe to say that he will feel the excitement of those around him. And that is where it all begins.

oh christmas shrub, oh christmas shrub..

December 12th, 2008

A Christmas shrub?  I’m LOVING this!  This candy cane potted shrub arrived at my door just a few days ago with a note that read “I hope you and Eric have a GREAT HOLIDAY SEASON.”  It came with a small strand of colored lights and mini ornaments to decorate.  Thanks for the Christmas cheer Papa Crank! 

 …however green your bristles!

december blooms

December 10th, 2008

Anyone in need of a little cheer? I sure was and this is what I got!

My dear friend, Joy, took it upon herself to enlist the help of our wonderful students at Belmont Station Elementary School to aid in her goal to make me smile. She wanted to make me happy. In her attempt to do so, she asked the students a very simple question…”what makes you happy?” She then asked the students to write it down on a paper flower petal and draw a picture to go along with their answers. I was pleased to see that most of their answers weren’t related to material things at all. Most of their answers involved their relationships with family members, friends, and pets. If that reaction doesn’t makes you smile, I don’t know what would.

“time with my family”

“my pet dog”

I think it’s safe to say that Joy was successful in her attempt to make me happy!


December 5th, 2008

I didn’t waste much time this year getting into the holiday spirit. Luckily for me, I not only feel the nostalgia that naturally comes with celebrating Christmas, but I also I get to experience all the traditions of the Hanukkah holiday. I grew up in a small rural town in Virginia where everyone I knew celebrated Christmas. I can honestly say that during my childhood years, I never walked into a home during the month of December where a Christmas Tree wasn’t standing over a pile of presents and a Nativity Scene didn’t grace an evergreen adorned mantle. I knew no different. Don’t get me wrong, of course I had heard of Hanukkah and knew the basics of the holiday but I had never actually witnessed the traditions for myself.

Thanks to Eric, my Jewish hubby, my December decorations have expanded to include silver Menorahs, Stars of David, and blue lights. I look forward to cracking into gold-wrapped chocolate Hanukkah Gelt, spinning the dreidel and crossing my fingers that it lands on gimel so I can “take them all (pennies) ,” and reciting the Hanukkah blessings as the Menorah candles are lit: “Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu, melech…as you can see…I’m still working on this one…”

In our attempt to celebrate the month of December to its fullest, Eric and I are doing all we can to mix and mesh both traditions into one…so, I give you CHRISTMUKKAH. How do you like our YarmuClause?

sophisticated country wedding series: 7: fairy girls

October 28th, 2008

I wasn’t planning on posting anymore from the “sophisticated country wedding” series but I received such wonderful responses to the first six that I figured it may not hurt to show just a few more…here we go…

Go big or go home…that was my motto when it came to our flower girl…or girls, rather. Quite possibly, the most entertaining and most adorable part of the wedding processional is watching the little flower girl prance down the isle. I thought I would up the anty and have not one but six little cuties make their way down before me. What little girl wouldn’t love to throw on a pair of wings and call herself a fairy girl for the day? And that’s just what they did…

This portion of the ceremony was a HUGE hit. I can’t tell you how many guests commented on how much they loved the sweet fairygirls. I’m sure you’ll agree.

WHOO is ready for halloween?

October 27th, 2008

BOO…I mean WHOOO! I love carving pumpkins! Well…not really but I LOVE when I’m finished carving my pumpkin and I can light it up and see how it turned out. I went to a craft store just the other day and picked up one of those fake pumpkins that you can carve. I love the concept because now, I’m ready for next year as well. How does it look?

Not too spooky, right?

Side Note: THANKS to all the SITSta’s who soared over and left me TONS of comment love. I really felt like a blog queen on Friday when I noticed the huge increase in comments!!! What a LOVELY way to kick off the weekend. I’ve had hours of fun visiting your blogs as well. Please come back and visit whenever you can!!

halloween terrarium

October 24th, 2008

I guess it’s that time again…to switch out my terrarium scene to a more spooktacular sight. I have to admit…I made the switch on in the morning of October 1st. I was so excited to put in the lights and place all the spookiness together. This is quite possibly my favorite scene to put together. It’s so much fun and it really brings out the kid in me…which some would say is not hard to do anyway.

Who said Frankenstein was scary? Look at his sweet little smile.

Happy Halloween everyone and have a great fall weekend!

fairy godmother

October 18th, 2008

This birthday just keeps getting better and better!

My fairy godson, Leo, showed up to greet me with this adorable “Happy Birthday” hat on his head. He is the biggest giggle box I’ve ever met and just being around him makes us all smile. I bet you have a huge smile on your face as you look at these pictures.

See…it just doesn’t get much better than that!


After punching in the upper and lower limits of my comments, this random number generator chose the lucky number 14. Interestingly enough, my bithday is on the 14th day of October. Turns out that the 14th person to leave a comment on my birthday blog was a Mrs. Krista McCracken, a first grade teacher at Belmont Station Elementary School in Ashburn, VA. I happen to have the pleasure of working with Krista at The Station myself! Congratulations Krista and thanks for checking in with my blog from time to time. Not only do you win a yummy felted cupcake, you can even pick the colors you would like to have. I have just about every color in the rainbow so get creative!! See ya on the playground!

a sweet day for a giveaway!

October 14th, 2008

27 years ago today, John and Terry Moore became parents for the very first time! They had a little girl and they named her Heidi. They filled her room full of pink posies and suited her in frilly dresses and black platen leather shoes. Her daddy called her “monkey” and her mommy hummed tunes of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” as she rocked her baby girl to sleep each night. She grew up knowing only the pleasantries of love and what sweet hugs and kisses felt like. By the grace of God, Heidi grew up among lovely souls. When the time came for her to venture into the world and make her own way, she began to seek and surround herself with those who felt familiar to her. She began to meet other kindred spirits and decided that this is how she wanted to spend her life….among those that love and care for her just as she has always known. On her 27th birthday, Heidi woke up with an overwhelming feeling of happiness. She realized that while some things change so much over the years, others tend to remain exactly the same. That sweet feeling of love has remained a constant in her life for 27 years and that, my friends, is the best birthday present of all.

In an attempt to share a little bit of that sweetness with you, I will be having a (drum roll please…) GIVEAWAY!! See this lovely little cupcake? It can be yours!!! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post before the end of the day on Friday, October 17th and you’ll be in the running for this sweet little felt cake made by me! Good Luck and have a happy (my birth)day!

sophisticated country wedding series: 8: family favorites

October 13th, 2008

Who doesn’t love a table full of sweet treats, not to mention a table full of homemade family favorite treats? In addition to our wedding cake, we called upon our family members to help with the dessert table…here is what we got…

On my dessert menu for tonight: one slice of one year old wedding cake….Happy Anniversary Eric!

********Make sure you visit Perched on a Whim tomorrow for a “sweet” surprise for all you faithful bloggers out there**********You WON’T be disappointed!

one more time

October 2nd, 2008

a days work done…check

a table full of this fun mess…check

creations like this…check

the friendliest of friends…check

dinner for four…check

doing it all over again this afternoon…the possibilities are endless

sophisticated country wedding series: 6: mad hatter cake

October 1st, 2008

I couldn’t help myself! When will I ever again have the chance to create a two and a half foot tall pile of sugar? I just had a hard time taking this task so seriously. It’s cake! It just didn’t seem right mixing formality with something that brings just about everyone complete joy when endulging in a slice…or two. I wanted something fun…something a bit on the crazy side. A Mad Hatter inspired cake was just the ticket. I mean…why not?

The tricky part was finding a cake topper that would compliment the unpredictablity of this cake. I searched high and low…but just could find what I was looking for. SO…I decided to make one myself. It’s not the most professional looking topper but it works.

It sure was fun slicing into that cake.

cozy new threads

September 30th, 2008

As I pulled up to my front door this afternoon, this pretty little ditty was sitting inside a Pottery Barn box just waiting for me to tear into it and lay it across my bed. Who doesn’t LOVE their bed? The more cozy it gets, the harder I pray each morning for just one more hour before the alarm goes off.

It’s off to Bed Bath and Beyond to search for a new set of sheets to match the new duvet. I can’t wait to slide myself under these cozy new threads tonight and lose myself in dreamland.

sophisticated country wedding series: 5: ring bearing nest

September 26th, 2008

It just didn’t fit. Not the scene, not the theme…a pillow seemed too fancy, too frilly. But what would we use? A bird cage? No…too big and distracting. A bird house? No…too boxy and just not that cute. Ah ha! A bird nest! That’s just what we had our handsome ring bearer carry down the isle.

It’s as if our rings hatched from the blue eggs in the nest…just in time to be wrapped around our fingers.

sophisticated country wedding series: 4: pumpkin wine bucket

September 25th, 2008

Ah…the things you can do with a pumpkin. The possibilities are endless!! Take, for example, this fall inspired wine bottle display. Perfect for a wedding reception in a hay filled barn. I conned my brother and Eric’s best man into carving a few of these out for me the day before the “big day.” After wrapping a little rafia around the middle, I had an inexpensive way to dress up the bar and add a little country elegance to the scene.

sophisticated country wedding series: 3: programs

September 24th, 2008

Does every wedding ceremony need a program? Certainly not. As a wedding guest, you pretty much know what to expect…they walk down the isle, everyone “oo’s and ah’s,” you listen to a few sentimental words, everyone “oo’s and ah’s,” they say “I do,”everyone oo’s and ah’s,” they walk back up the isle, everyone…well, you get the picture. It’s pretty straight forward. When deciding what to include in my wedding program, I borrowed a most lovely idea from my best friend, Lauren. When listing her bridesmaids and groomsmen, she included a little information about each of them. It’s thought of as such an honor to stand up next the bride and groom but often times, the rest of the guests might not know how they are connected.

I spent A LOT of time trimming, stamping, and tying these programs together. I enjoyed every step but I have to admit, I was glad to complete the final one.

Our “prince of the programs.” Who could turn down an offering from this sweet faced, curly headed fella?

Nothing better than a wire egg basket to load them in.

Happy reading, guests!

after school special

September 18th, 2008

My most favorite after school activity (I am an educational Speech/Language Pathologist) is to “B-line” it in the direction of the closest craft/fabric store with my teacher/crafters annonymous friend in pull (please note that it doesn’t take much tugging on her end). Just this week, we participated in this routine with great enthusiasm. We didn’t know what we were headed out to get, but what we did know is that we had a couple of 50% off coupons and we weren’t afraid to use them. Upon returning home, we each partook in the only possible next routine…dump our purchases on the floor and gawk at all the fun we just brought home. Then, if we still have the energy (wild horses couldn’t drag it from us) we put all that crafting goodness to use. After creating a new pile of materials to include previously purchased items and items fresh out of the shopping bag…

…here is what I managed to come up with…

I wonder which one of my darling friends will find this handmade card in the mailbox next week.

sophisticated country wedding series: 2: boutineers

September 17th, 2008

By the looks of my blog, it comes as no surprise that, well…I like birds. The idea of having a nature, bird, outdoors themed wedding only seemed suitable considering the fact that our ceremony would be held outside and on a farm. While flipping through a Martha Stewart Weddings magazine, I came across the idea of making bird nest boutineers.

Not only was this a cheaper way to go, I knew that I would have a lot of fun making them and they would look absolutely adorable against the black fabric worn by the men. I headed to Michael’s Crafts Store and picked up the essentials

1) a bag of honey colored excelsior (wood wool)

2) a branch of faux pink berries

3) a bag of fall colored leaves (small)

4) hot glue sticks

5) clasping pins

6) head out to your backyard and gather small “y” shaped branches to place the nest on

Once you have your materials, take the excelsior to gather and shape it into a bird nest shape. This material binds together well and allows for easy shaping. To keep it intact, put a little hot glue in the middle and use a stick or unsharpened pencil to press it down. Add three berries (like little eggs) and a small leaf to the center of the nest. Attach leaves to the underside of the nest allowing them to peak out the sides. Place the nest in the center of the “y” shaped branch and hot glue it on. Also using the hot glue, attach the pin on the back side of the branch.

Pin those little nests on the suits of your dashing men and send them right down the isle.

Happpy nesting!

sophisticated country wedding series: 1: intro

September 16th, 2008

In just under one month from now, Eric and I will no longer hold the title of “newlyweds.” We will celebrate our one year anniversary. We’ll be an old married couple! Our wedding was held on a sheep farm in Lovettsville, Virginia. We had, what I like to call, a sophisticated country wedding. The ceremony was held under a huge Butternut tree just in front of the farm’s pond.

After the ceremony, the guests headed up the hill to the vineyard where there were cocktails for the adults

and hay rides for the kids.

The evening continued in the barn with dinner and dancing.

I had so much fun preparing for the big day. I really allowed my creative side to run free and tried to add personal touches for display and enjoyment throughout the day and evening. In celebration of our one year anniversary, I will be posting a series called “sophisticated country wedding.” I’m looking forward to this series. I am so happy to share my ideas with other brides-to-be and will take any opportunity to revisit our wedding day all over again.

Wedding pictures photographed by Becky Wario Toute Ma Vie Photography

slideshow freebies

September 15th, 2008

Take a look to the right of my screen. Notice anything new? Scrolling pictures of my most recent creations! I have posted about each of these projects in the past but thought that it would be fun to be reminded of them more often. You never know, maybe something will catch your eye and spark up a little inspiration. I’m hoping they can further inspire me as well. It was super easy and really fun creating this slide show for display on Perched on a Whim. And, there is great news! You too can have one on your blog…if you feel so inclined. All you have to do is head over to PHOTOBUCKET , sign up for a free account, upload some pics, create a slideshow, and HTML code it to your blog. Believe me…if I can do it, anyone can. Good luck and let me know when you get yours set up. I would love to drop by for a visit and gawk at your lovely pics.

One more slideshow creator I would like to recommend is a place called PHOTOSHOW. This site allows you to create a slideshow of your pictures to a themed layout, add music, and send share them with your friends and family. The best news…this site service is also FREE. Whenever I throw a party or return home from a vacation, I like to create a slideshow for my friends and family to view. Take a look at the photoshow I created after returning home from our adventurous honeymoon trip to Hawaii.


You may also notice my new list of “Tweet”orials to try (keeping with the bird them). I thought this would be a lovely way to keep track of tutorials I want to try while also sharing them with you. Don’t hesitate to bring my attention to “attempt worthy” tutorials that you’ve tried, or plan on trying. I’m always looking for creative, new ideas. Have fun!

28 years

September 13th, 2008

28 years ago today, my mom and dad joined their hearts and lives together forever. They made a promise to love each other always and to never give up on one another. They’ve done just that. Thanks for showing me how to love and how to be loved. Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad. I love you both!

a “flash” from the past

September 10th, 2008

I was going through some old pictures today and came across these silly shots and thought that it would be fun to share them. This is me (age 12), my brother, Logan (age 8), and our dear mom.

Is that a two headed monster?

I remember trying to plan each pose just before the flash went off. My poor mom in the middle, with her nostrils flared, looks quite strained just to be part of the picture. While it looks funny and we have had many laughs over that shot alone, it just goes to show that she does, and always has, put her children before herself. My mother has been such a lovely, inspiring, and constant gift to me all my life. It just seems that the older I get, the more she continues to ALWAYS be there for me. It’s no wonder why Logan and I call her Mama Loves…because thats just what our mama does…she loves.

from drab to fab

September 9th, 2008

For the past year, I have been shifting these pillows from one corner of the closet to the next. They have been nothing but IN THE WAY. When I purchased my very first couch about nine months ago, these came with it. While I love the couch, I’ve always hated these pillows. Don’t get me wrong…they are fine pillows and certainly fulfill the duties required by the general pillow (i.e. soft, squishy, and appropriately sized for the average head). Unfortunately, they just aren’t very pretty which translates into “they aren’t quite my style.” Being the practical husband that he is, Eric has fought me tooth and nail to keep them. If it had been up to me, they would have been shipped to the local thrift store months ago. Luckily, my creativity kicked in and, in my mind, saved these pillows…

Needless to say, these pillows have climbed their way out of the dark corners of the closet and found their way back to the comfort of the couch from which they originally came.

clutter control

September 8th, 2008

I’m always looking for fun ways to use scrap fabric. My mom used this lovely polka-dot fabric to make me a skirt when I was in college and I’ve been holding on to the remains for quite some time now just wondering what to do with it. So, I decided to make a little bag in hopes to control some of the free roaming materials that far too often clutter my purse. Yet again, it’s amazing what a little rick-rack and a few buttons can do. Next task…organize the purse!

black and white party time

September 5th, 2008

I returned home today to find a lovely flower arrangement waiting to greet me with a note that read…”I never properly thanked you for the beautiful shower and wonderful reading at the wedding. I feel so honored to have you as my cuz. Hope these add a little color to your day! Thanks for being so fabulous!” If you ask me, that is a pretty fabulous “thank you” to receive. After spending an extended amount of time with my nose shoved into the biggest flower I could find, I began to think about the shower and all the fun we had. Here are just a few examples of the fun I had in creating a special day for my Cousin, Lizzie. You won’t have any trouble figuring out that this is the black and white themed shower I blogged about just a few posts back. Activities included a spot for guests to write and share their “best wishes” for the bride to be…

A “make your own bracelet” station to celebrate the bride’s future new name…(click on the picture for a close up view of the poem)


…and a chance for the bride to win a few kitchen gadgets based on questions answered by the groom prior to the shower…

Thanks to my mom, aunt, and one of the bridemaids, a yummy display of food not only tasted delicious but was pretty too…

The table would not be complete without a “BEST WISHES” banner (check out the free banner letter templates I found on Jenny’s blog over at All Sorts!)

The bride looked fabulous in her new, black and white apron made by none other than yours truly…

And the shower wouldn’t have been nearly as black and white without the help of the guests who not only brought black and white wrapped presents but also attended in black and white attire…

All in all, it was a lovely day filled with celebration and great company!

the thing with feathers

September 4th, 2008

Emily Dickinson wrote “hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul, that sings the tune without the words and never stops at all.” Over the past few months, I’ve had to dig pretty deep to find that hope. But sure enough, there it is, faithful and true. No matter how hard life tries to banish that hope from my view, I can’t seem to lose sight of it. My hope is renewed by those around me who won’t give up on me and won’t back down. I am motivated by them, strengthened by them. I can’t give up because giving up on myself would inevitably be giving up on them. I won’t do that. So, I carry on even when my life seems to come undone. I sing that tune that has no words and make up my own along the way. I was born to overcome…

summer’s end

September 1st, 2008

So long sweet summer…you’ve allowed me to grow yet again. I stand here looking forward to fall days and remembering not to forget the teachings I have come to receive. May future wisdom be gentle and kind.

not a grey area

July 28th, 2008

Do not adjust your screen…this is an actual photo. It was not taken with black and white film nor was it converted to black and white with a photo editing program. I am throwing my dear cousin, Lizzie, a bridal shower next Sunday. The theme…classic black and white. I have gathered materials that I will need in preparation for the shower. On my “shower to do list” are the following items:

1) “best wishes” banner

2) black and white fabric flags

3) table runner

4) toothpick paper flags for the appetizers

5) apron for Lizzie to gather her kitchen gadgets in

6) groom question/answer tags for kitchen gadgets

and finally, 7) “blushing bride” signature drink sign.

Needless to say, I have a lot to do and only a week to do it all in. This is not a grey area, I better get working!

“chalk” this up to a great idea

July 26th, 2008

I’ve been contemplating what to do with this old windowpane for quite some time now. I’ve been dragging this thing around with me from house to dorm room, to apartment, and now to my very own home. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to finally make something of this flea market find. I finally got up the courage and headed to Home Depot for some cut boards and chalkboard spray paint. This is what I ended up with…

With a few cutesy knobs along the bottom, this will make a lovely place for us to hang our keys and leave notes for one another.

welcome home

July 25th, 2008

Just about every evening at about the same time, my pup, King Louie, begins to get antsy. He paces the floor running from window to window to door in hopes that he may hear the footsteps of his best buddy arriving home from work. His ears perk up. Was that the jingle of keys opening the door? Is he finally back from wherever it is that he goes all day? On this particular day, King Louie peered out the window for an hour anticipating Eric’s homecoming. He had just returned home himself and things were beginning to get back to normal in his little dog life.

What a sweet welcome home…the unconditional love of your best friend.


July 24th, 2008

Miracles happen…

…you just have to believe.

wee gifts

July 22nd, 2008

I’m still reflecting on my visit to Nashville. Somewhere amongst the four pairs of shoes, bathing suit, and cowboy hat, I managed so squeeze in a few goodies for the little people I was about to see. Living so far away enables a sense of distance between family members…especially in the minds of children. I wanted to give a gift that would not only be fun to play with but also a constant reminder of those who love them. I came across this idea…

With each lift of the puzzle piece, a grinning face is there to greet my niece and nephew. I’ve added pictures of aunts and uncles, grandmas and grandpas, cousins, siblings, and mom and dad. Needless to say, this toy was a huge hit with my nephew, Max. He “hopped” his finger from one picture to the next with eager ears as I named off each member of the family. I left an empty spot for additional pictures of the other side of Max’s family. While my baby niece, Emmie, is too young to enjoy this gift just yet, I stitched a baby quilt for her to snuggle into…

It looks to me that Emmie is enjoying her gift as well…

songs of my heart

July 21st, 2008

My television has been blasting tunes from the County Music Television channel all day in hopes that it will take be back…even if only for a moment. My trip to Nashville, TN, home of country music, filled my heart with many different types of songs this past week. Songs that are dedicated to the love of family and the invitation to share their day to day lives with me for a while…

Songs sung by the contentment of the newest member of the family as she sinks deeper into my arms while gently making her way to dreamland…

Songs of eagerness for the simple things life has to offer as the new “big” brother of the family runs at me with a book in hand in hopes that I will take him to the place “Where the Wild Things Are”

Songs of peace and the passing of time while we sit with our feet hanging off the dock as our toes skim the water below…

And finally, the songs that resonate through the balconies of the Grand Ole Opry and through the souls of those who long to hear them…

sea, salt, sun, and sand

July 16th, 2008

Each season, and sometimes depending on the month, I like to delve into my yearning to decorate for the upcoming holiday or season. While I don’t particularly like to fill my house with seasonal items and knick-knacks, I do like to surround myself with reminders of the holidays and enjoy the idea of sharing my excitement of the changing seasons with guests. I found great inspiration in the way my dearest friend, Lauren, so classically and non-clutterily (is that a word?) celebrates. I liked her idea so much that she decided to give me the gift of fulfilling my urge to seasonally decorate year round. Lauren presented me with a dark brown, iron terrarium as a wedding gift. Not only is it fun to decorate, it compliments my home wonderfully. This season, I am celebrating Summer! Take a look…

Each time I walk past my summer scene, I find myself feeling closer and closer to the sea, salt, sun, and sand of life along the water.

a cozy find

July 15th, 2008

My husband asked me if there was anything I needed to tell him when I brought home a $15, three quarters of a rusted, vintage, iron baby crib from my outing to Purcellville, VA this weekend. My reply…”Yes, we have a lot of work to do.”

After a little spray paint, a crib mattress from Target, some support boards…

…and some handmade pillows on loan from the living room couch, we have a new love seat for our kitchen breakfast nook!

Just a few more pillow coverings and a little more splash of color and viola…another place to relax and soak up the summer days!

memory lane

July 14th, 2008

A visit to the country is just what I needed to refresh my mind and soul after a rough few days on the couch. Life beyond the weathered fences and white barn doors of the country can get a little chaotic at times. After frequent trips in my mind of our wedding on October 13, 2007 at Weather Lea Farm, we were invited back by the Baldwins, owners of Weather Lea Farm, for some chicken on the grill, tastes of sweet raspberries right off the vine, and a few trips down memory lane. As we made our way around the farm, I couldn’t help but see flashes of our wedding before me. The old Butternut tree we were married under, the stillness of the vineyard in the evening…

…and how we managed to turn a hay filled barn into a glowing haven of twinkling lights.

As the evening went on, I began to realize that we had not only made a vow to each other that October day, but we had also gained a greater appreciation of the simple country life, the ones we love so dearly, and new friendships that will last us a lifetime.

photographs courtesy of Kevin Ackert and Toute Ma Vie Photography

Click here for a virtual visit to Weather Lea Farm!

an apron a day…

July 8th, 2008

What’s the saying? An apple a day keeps the doctor away? After finishing this cutie, I think a word renovation is in store. I stitched this energetic little apron in hopes of giving my cousin a kick start in the kitchen. It’s amazing what a little motivation can do. I’ll give this to her at her upcoming bridal shower along with a copy of the Bride & Groom Cookbook from William-Sonoma. I was given a copy of this book as a wedding gift from my auntie and I love it so much that I’m going do the same for another bride-to-be. I’ve tucked one of my favorite (and ridiculously easy) recipes in the pocket. A rice, beans, and salsa meal. So, while an apple a day keeps the doctor away…an apron a day keeps a satisfied tummy!

An apron a day keeps a statisfied tummy!

a “to-do” want to

July 7th, 2008

So much to do…so little MUCH time! I am very lucky (or just very strategic in choosing a career) in that I have the whole summer to do whatever it is that tickles my fancy. I have the freedom to perch myself on a whim (wink) and spend my time doing whatever moves me at the moment. Just before my summer break sabbatical took flight, I made a project to-do list. Now, don’t be mistaken…this to-do list does not conjure up the feelings associated with a typical chore to-do list. No, no, no…this list lends nothing but feelings of delight, enjoyment in the journey of creation, and the potential satisfaction of a hand made product. At the completion of each project, I will pull, yet another, tag out of the pot (a grade school creation of my husband, Eric) and begin a new project. First up…a fabric banner…

ice cream sunday

July 6th, 2008

Ah, another lazy Sunday has rolled around. I dove into this lovely treat just outside a cute ice cream shop in downtown Annapolis, Maryland. This puts new meaning to an “ice cream Sunday!”

I spent the day strolling the quaint streets of Annapolis with my hubby and his parents. We happened to pick just the right day too. There was a huge craft fair lining a downtown side street. There were booths holding creations of all sorts…check it out…

Yet another successful summer Sunday!

love birds

July 5th, 2008

Today I am headed off to an engagement party for my cousin, Courtney. I was told by my aunt that this was not a gift giving event and to save the presents for her bridal shower. I currently have a lovely pink, yellow, and brown patterned fabric laying across my studio floor just begging to be cut and sewn into an apron for Courtney’s shower but I can’t help myself…I just can’t show up empty handed to her engagement party picnic today. As I thought about what would have helped me stay organized during the planning of my own wedding, I remembered the amount of gift cards we received and how my wallet began to bust at the seams as I loaded them inside. So, in my effort to 1) remain true to my “handmade” gift giving pledge and 2) not show up empty handed, I decided to make a little pouch for Courtney to hold the many gift cards that she is sure to receive in the coming months. Here is what I have so far…a felted “love bird” themed patch to add to the pouch….

Finished product…

Here we are at the party…that’s Courtney on the far right. My mom is on the left, and me and my grams are in the middle.

pink tote

July 1st, 2008

How lovely it is to dash off, with my pretty pink tote in hand, to join my dear friend, Joy, for an evening full of creation, inspiration, and giggles into the wee hours of the night. Somewhere amongst the piles of unraveled fabric, felting needles, and threaded goodies, Joy managed to uncover a cozy spot for me in her craft studio right along side of her. As the night progressed, and we sank deeper and deeper into our creations, I secretly inched my way closer to her in hopes that her creativity and great ideas would somehow rub off onto me. I am beginning to realize that this event is inevitable when we’re together.

Joy found herself visiting memories of her younger years as she hand stitched an interactive tic-tac-toe game complete with Xs, Os, and even a handy pouch to store the pieces when not in use. I, on the other hand, needle felted a sweet little, flower bloomed pouch of my own.

To see pictures of Joy’s finished product, click here….

Thanks for a great photo, Kevin!

While my time in Joy’s studio came to an end, I found myself, with my supply-packed pink tote along side, at another make-shift studio belonging to my best friend, Lauren. We spent some time together reflecting, pondering life’s purpose and wondering if we will ever truly know the answers, and, of course, how exactly we planned on making what resembled a cupcake out of rolled felt. All of which are typical topics of conversation between the best of friends…I’m sure.

As I made my way home, I took a glimpse into the rearview mirror of my mind and reflected on the special bonds I share with my dear friends. I will forever carry with me the memory of the dialogues we exchanged, the laughter we shared, and of course, my trusty pink tote.

day of rest

June 29th, 2008

With the exception of the thought of another work week just around the corner, Sunday is my favorite day of the week. I love the feeling of waking up to the realization that the remainder of the day is dedicated to nothing more than rest. Finally…the gilt of lying around doesn’t strike me and the freedom to become idle is not only accepted but even more so, expected. My relaxation comes from many sources…the smell of chocolate chip pancakes made from scratch by my chef of a husband, the nuzzling of my dog’s nose under my hand, and the steady hum of my sewing machine…to name a few. On this ‘day of rest,’ I created a little something that most may find themselves in need of as they sink deeper into their Sunday routine of rest…a feathered filled pillow complete with rick-rack and the gentle whisper of “come, rest your head on me…just for a while.”

A few others who have decided to rest here for a while…

make a wish

June 28th, 2008

June has been a month full of birthday celebrations. After taking the “handmade pledge” in my mind, I have spent many hours in my studio doing my best to create pretty little things for the ones I love. This is what I have come up with so far…

June 6th marked the 27th birthday of my dear friend, Lauren. Like myself, her creativity tends to take charge of her leisure time so what better gift to give than a craft smock/apron/pallet to catch all the colorful messes that she so often gets herself into. While following a pattern may be the easiest way for some to insure a workable final outcome, my experiences have proven quite the opposite. This pattern was made up as I went along with each snip, stitch, and yes, seem rip.

June 15th marked a very special day for my mother. Her 50th birthday. While this day is frowned upon by many, my mother declared herself to be 50 and Fabulous. In her effort to continue to look fabulous at all times, she requested that I felt her a one-of-a-kind make-up bag…so I did just that.

Baby Emery (my newest little niece) has forever made June 21st a very special day. In my ‘summer‘ post, I announced her arrival and added a picture of the beginning stages of the quilt I am making for her. Here is a little update on how that is progressing…

And last, but certainly not least, another dear friend of mine, Licia, also celebrated her 27th birthday on June 23rd. This evening, Eric and I are headed to Lauren’s house to join in a fiesta themed cookout for Licia. When Lauren told me that she was going to decorate margarita glasses as her gift to Licia, I found it fitting to tag onto that idea and create coasters for her new glasses.

Click here to see the rest…

Happy Birthday to all of you June babies and Happy Day to all who are not.


June 22nd, 2008

It’s finally here…the first day of summer. Its arrival, yet again, has presented itself at the most opportune time. My responsibilities at work have been put on hold leaving plenty of time for me to do the things that I enjoy most: indulge in long days filled with relaxation and the sweet sound of birds chirping outside my window as they dart from one bird feeder to the next. I am flooded with thoughts of children running through sprinklers, melting ice cream cones and sticky hands, evening heat lightning, sizzles from burgers on the grill, fireflies in mason jars, and tiny raindrops sprinkled on the porch from the unpredictability of summer showers. The possibilities are endless and the memories of childhood remain in the forefront of my mind.

Another arrival that I am eager to welcome today is one that will make me an auntie once more. Baby Emery Rachel has made her way into the world at 6 pounds, 13 ounces, and with a head full of hair. Yet another reason for us to dust off those childhood memories and welcome them back to where they most likely began…summer days.

A preview of the baby quilt I am making for Emery…

A preview of the baby quilt I am making for Emery.

golden dreams

June 20th, 2008

Today I had the opportunity to spend the morning at Golden Dreams Therapeutic RIding Center in Middleburg, VA where my cousin, Christie, works as a Recreational Therapist for individuals with special needs. Coincidentally, and by no work on our part, I happen to provide speech therapy to a young girl who receives horseback riding therapy from Christie. This morning we saddled up Tater Tot, also referred to as “Tate,” and teamed up for some joint recreation and speech/language therapy. It was amazing to witness the gentle connection between the massive thoroughbred gelding and the quiet voice of a young girl. Few words were shared, yet the communication was clear between the two.

As I made my way along the tree canopied country roads on the drive home, I began to visit some golden dreams of my own. The dream of someday living a simple, small farm life surrounded only by nature’s purest and the ones that I love. Until then, I will continue to venture along those windy country roads…gazing, attracting, dreaming.

jumping in

June 19th, 2008

Well, here I am. I’ve officially jumped into the world wide web of blogging. I’ve been dipping my toes in for quite some time as I’ve enjoyed visiting blogs of all sorts. Thanks to a very HTML savvy friend, Kevin, I am now able to partake in the posting frenzy. So…who am I and what am I all about? Let me tell you…

My name is Heidi and here are a few things that I know: I am a daughter, a sister, a wife, an auntie, and a Fairy Godmother. I read magazines starting with the last page and wish to gaze out my window to see sheep grazing in my front yard someday. I’m a dog lover, pink high heeled shoe wearer, and “tough as nails,” as someone once told me. I look forward to the future by living in the moment, which brings me to why I started a blog in the first place. Stay tuned to see where it leads me and maybe, just maybe, I can inspire someone else as so many have done for me.

Something else I’ve recently “jumped” into…

Photographed by Becky Wario Toute Ma Vie Photography