a little bit of this and that

We’ll call this post a hodgepodge of my thoughts and observations, some cute pictures of my kids, answers to a couple of questions and a new button.

First up, my kids:

Audrey-girl can now sit up.

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Ryan says she looks like she has a garter belt on her head. Don’t worry, she doesn’t.


It makes me happy that 1. my kids like to be together and 2. they like craft projects.


{and for good measure} 3. that #3 carries a sword with him at all times.




Oh, no, baby girl. Those are not for you!

I also like that they like books.



I have a red horse on my desk and it makes me smile.


Here is how it got that way:





Easy. Weird. But I like it. And my kids didn’t play with it anyway so now it is mine.


I’m not sure how they’ve missed it, but we put a gigantic ship ladder in our living room and the boy’s haven’t tried to climb it. Yet.



I hung my book page wreath on the front door and it’s covered in little fruit flies.


See those little black things? Eewww. I don’t like fruit flies. And I don’t understand why they are nesting on my book page wreath.  Every time I open the front door, a few make their way into our house and I definitely don’t like that.


A few of you asked questions about Audrey’s room.


The striped fabric is actually a Potterybarn bedskirt that I purchased on ebay for $12.  I cut it up to make the crib skirt and used the extra fabric to make a pillow & cover the lampshade.

The yellow flower is literally bunched up silk with some stitches in the back to hold it together.


The ‘wallpaper’ is flat gift wrap from Caskata. I applied wallpaper paste to the back side of the paper with a paint roller, then pressed it onto the walls.  The pattern does not repeat perfectly, so you can see where one sheet ends and the next begins, but only if you look hard enough.  What is it with me and fake wallpaper? One of these days I’ll use the real stuff.


I made the bumper using linen curtains from ikea. The sheet is a yard of fabric tucked under the mattress. It is Patricia Bravo French Riviera Damask in slate, but I can’t seem to find it on the internet, so maybe it is discontinued. That would be a tragedy because it is lovely fabric. I didn’t notice the little crowns on it at first, but I love their subtlety – especially since Audrey’s name means ‘Noble Ruler’.

And the rug.

You’ve seen it here:




and if you go way back, here:


Now, it is here:


Clearly, I like the rug. It is from here.


And just to round out the randomness that is this post, I’ll get serious on you for a minute.

The post I wrote yesterday was a big step for me. It is hard to write so openly about your faith – basically giving anyone the opportunity to bash you or boycott you.  But I knew it was what I needed to write and I am so thankful that it seemed to be something you needed to hear!  I am so appreciative of your encouragement through comments and emails – it just reminds me that what I’m doing and saying is making an impact, however small or large it may be.

I created a button to add to my sidebar as a reminder to simply be the girl I was created to be.  If you’d like to join me, you are welcome to add it to your blog as well.  You can either link it back to the original post, or not.

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We can have our own little ‘twirl’ club. Except, of course, everyone is welcome!

{copy & paste the code to your website}

33 Responses to a little bit of this and that

  1. soraya February 14, 2012 at 3:54 pm #

    The room sooo cute!

    I just had a baby and I’m in search for the little green chair your baby is in.
    I’m french and I can’t find it! So can you tell it name and where did you got it?

    (sorry for my english, I’m french!)

  2. Jess July 30, 2011 at 7:01 am #

    hey emily! how did you make the “garter belt” headband? :) i love it!

  3. cat kapkanoff June 12, 2011 at 10:59 pm #

    simply put – wonderful!

  4. Cheri November 15, 2010 at 5:35 pm #

    I have said this before and will continue to say it, I love your site! I have a question…do you have any ideas on how to make your own black profile picture? EX: Under your “Rug” photos, the 1st picture with the aqua chair. You have the head cut outs of the children. My mom had ours done when we were little and I want one for my son. Sorry, for some reason the actual name of those, has left my mind! :O) Any input would be greatly appreciated.

  5. GOLDENCHRISTIAN32 September 19, 2010 at 9:48 am #

    Set your own life more easy take the home loans and everything you want.

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  6. Darlene Weir September 10, 2010 at 12:04 pm #

    twirling with you!

  7. Modern Country Style September 3, 2010 at 1:44 pm #

    Hi there,

    I have four young children too. And I also struggle with how much to include my Christian faith in my blog. We clearly have lots in comon (not just adoring Audrey’s nursery!!).

    I’ve subscribed to your blog by email now.I love it! If it you’d like a peek at mine, I’d be honoured.


  8. Dana September 1, 2010 at 5:02 pm #

    As always love, love your home. The fruit flies are CRAZY in Maple Valley right now too. What is up with that?

  9. krystle September 1, 2010 at 1:07 pm #

    I’d love to know how you made the ledge around your garage to display your work. Love your house and colors. I too am a pale skinned redhead(dyed blonde) who loves wearing blue jeans with navy and gray! Our styles in decor are very much a like so thanks for the kick in the butt to keep finishing our home room by room.

  10. fancythis August 31, 2010 at 7:36 pm #

    love the striped rug and also can’t wait to work out some issues with my blog so that i can post the twirl button.

  11. Susanne August 31, 2010 at 6:56 pm #

    I think we, especially as women, often need to be reminded to “twirl”. I love how you so beautifully described it. It was so simple, but eloquent at the same time. That is a beautiful verse. Thanks for making the button…it will serve as a wonderful reminder of who I am, and who I can be, before my God that loves me. I added it to my blog and linked it.

  12. Chris O. August 31, 2010 at 6:15 pm #

    A beautiful blog and inspiring post!

    On a much more superficial note, dying to know where Audrey’s little loafers are from! SO cute!!

  13. Tara August 31, 2010 at 2:55 pm #

    hi….loved seeing pics of your kids playing together…love it when mine do the same!

  14. rainingpearls August 31, 2010 at 2:20 pm #

    Sorry, I had to do a quick post linking to you. This is too good not to share!

  15. Amanda M. August 31, 2010 at 2:03 pm #

    oh yes, i will add the button. your post yesterday was so beautiful. <3

  16. rainingpearls August 31, 2010 at 1:58 pm #

    What a blessing your post and response email was yesterday. I’m adding this button to my blog right now. I think I may print it out as well to post at work for that daily reminder. Thanks sweet friend, your words have touched so many, I can tell this is only the beginning!

  17. jolene August 31, 2010 at 11:56 am #

    thank you again emily for sharing your faith, and truly how a simple and beautiful thing it is. I believe this is how we were created to share of our faith.. through the way we live our lives and how we share ~ openly and honestly.

  18. Lauren August 31, 2010 at 11:34 am #

    That’s seriously one of the best posts I’ve read in a long, long time, so I’m excited to link it up on my new blog I just started:) It totally did my heart some good on a real, spiritual level, plus it inspired me to watch my favorite movie, You’ve Got Mail…you know how she used to twirl with her momma in the store? Love it!! Anyway, thanks for all the wonderful inspiration you provide, whether it be design-related, faith-related, or whatever…you really have become my favorite blog on my reader!

  19. Camille August 31, 2010 at 11:06 am #

    A lovely room, a lovely family, and a lovely verse. I think it is wonderful that you felt you could open up about your faith as not enough people have the courage to do so these days. Thank you.

  20. Heather August 31, 2010 at 10:19 am #

    Add me to the list of those encouraged by your post yesterday. As a woman, mother, wife, daughter, friend etc. I often feel like I am not living up to expectations. One of my worst habits is to focus constantly on how to improve and never reflect on who God has made me to be, in this moment. Thanks for the reminder that God loves me just as I am and it is time to “twirl.” I love it!


    PS My 2 young daughters are about to move into a room together and I am getting all sorts of wonderful inspiration form Audrey’s nursery. I love what I see as your sense of style (simple mixed with interesting, vintage pretty, soft color) I hope my girls’ room is half as beautiful.

  21. teresa August 31, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Wonderful life beautiful Home ….
    Hey, my new granddaughters name is Audrey and I have a 20 year old son named Mason =)

  22. Dawn August 31, 2010 at 10:06 am #

    Thanks for yesterday’s post. I needed to twirl!

  23. tiffany day August 31, 2010 at 9:18 am #

    hi emily

    audrey’s room is beyond beautiful and your are so creative what great style you have!

    and i love the twirl button – if i have a blog i would definately add it! so glad you did share yesterday!

    have a great day!

  24. Kathy August 31, 2010 at 9:04 am #

    Thanks for sharing where you found the rug… I was hoping you weren’t going to say Ikea because it’s been out of stock forever! I’ll just have to keep checking, but thanks anyway. BTW- Love the twirl button. :)

  25. Elise August 31, 2010 at 8:48 am #

    I loved the Twirl Post and added your button to my blog. Now I’m in the twirl club with you! I love that you were so candid and transparent about your beliefs.

    Also, I think I might need that rug too!

  26. Jen Vogt August 31, 2010 at 8:22 am #

    I loved your post from yesterday and am proud to have your button on my blog (vogtstories.blogspot.com). Your thoughts really stuck with me. I appreciate you sharing them so openly :)

    Have a great day!

  27. Michelle August 31, 2010 at 7:17 am #

    Ever since Tara featured you on her blog I am hooked!! I love your home and your style…. and your munchkins are so so cute!

  28. Suzanna August 31, 2010 at 7:16 am #

    I’m glad you wrote yesterday’s post! I really connected with your words- it was convicting and encouraging at the same time. :) Thanks!

  29. Leila August 31, 2010 at 7:10 am #

    Though I didn’t comment on yesterday’s post, I thought about it all night. I’ve been reflecting on my 30th year on earth (ahhh!), some not so fun stuff that’s gone on the past few years, who I am, and who God wants me to be…so needless to say your post resonated with me a lot – thank you for writing it! This year’s theme: twirl. I love it.

  30. Janell Beals August 31, 2010 at 6:54 am #

    Love the horse, can’t believe they haven’t discovered the ladder, and fruit flies, ugh. Try putting a half cup apple cider vinegar in a glass with a couple drops of dish soap and leave it out where the flies are. They gravitate towards it, and they are gone! A neighbor told me this tip when I hosted a Ladies Night Out at my house and the flies started multiplying right before our eyes, it was terrible! Janell

  31. april's craft nest August 31, 2010 at 6:37 am #

    i’m glad you shared about your faith. where i am from (CA) and in my profession people want you to hide your love of God and not talk about it. it is refreshing when i hear / read of people sharing their love of God. makes it easier for the rest of us. thank you :) your site is lovely and you seem to be a lovely person as well. God bless you and your family.

  32. Micah August 31, 2010 at 6:09 am #

    :) thanks for making the button. I need to be reminded daily to twirl. I’m linking it back to your post.

  33. Melissa Howard August 31, 2010 at 6:03 am #

    I love the pictures of your children crafting and reading together!! What fun.

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