This week’s learned, links, and thankfulness…

Thankful for new and old friends. Friends are such a gift.

Happy we got to have our monthly dinner on the 14th with my family. My mom’s cooking is the best.

Excited we have Monday off from school. Not sure why, but since the calendar says no school, we are not going to do any school. It will give us time to finish up our Halloween costumes.

Love the stripe shirt dress from Everlane.

Inspired by artist Salihah Moore. How amazing is this work of art?!

Would love to make this denim pinafore. It looks strange but lovely.

My ears would be happy with these dangling from it.

My friend made this easy paper bag pot. I love how it recycles and reuses something and then you have something pretty to put your plant in.

I agree with the article, “Parents, Let Your No Be No.” I also like how the article encourages parents to “let your loving yes be frequent.” Being a parent is such a balancing act of being firm, but also loving. There are many times I’ve failed because I was one without the other (usually firm, but not loving), but by God’s grace, I’ve been learning how to let love for my children, and for their good and God’s glory, dictate my parenting. I’m still not the perfect parent, but I’m glad that through my failures, I can point my children to the one perfect parent… God.

Thank you for dropping by to see what I’m ranting about this week. Happy weekending friends!


kid jokes // 1

The girls are always coming up with silly jokes and I thought it would be fun if they illustrated them and compiled them here. As much as this is my space, it’s what the girls are interested in that lead all the creating that goes on in our home. The older two come up with their own craft projects all the time (and teach it to the younger two), so maybe they can start sharing those things here too. For now, we will start with some of their jokes and illustrations.

In case you have a little one that loves jokes (and coloring), you can print out this illustration and and they can color it. Happy Friday!


denim on denim

I was going through and reorganizing my closet and there’s a strong theme in my clothing choices… I love denim. Now, while I do have a nice stash of denim jeans (that probably don’t get enough use cause I prefer dresses), I have a pretty collection of denim dresses, half I made, and the other half, vintage. My newest denim addition is this vintage oversized denim jacket. I have always loved Erin’s and this pin (or even this one, but the pockets are way large), so I was so excited to come across my own. I’d probably like it more worn with a dress, I’m just a dress girl, but since it was a cooler day (and those are rare), I took the opportunity to wear jeans. The weather forecast says we will get enjoy fall weather until next Wednesday, so we are loving layering up a bit until the next heat wave comes.

wearing: jacket, vintage (vintage here, new there and there). shirt, vintage (vintage here, new there). jeans, vintage levi’s (similar here). clogs, maguba. basket, space rocket store. earrings, noonday collection.


our master bedroom (and diy blackout curtains)

This is our master bedroom, and since changing out the carpet to wood floors, and adding curtains this past weekend, I love how serene it all feels. I loved the burlap and cheesecloth solution we’ve used for many years, but I was growing tired of it. Plus, every time I tied up the window (I love wide open windows), all the little fibers would get everywhere. Here is a before with the burlap and cheesecloth window coverings…

The girls say that the curtains make it feel like a hotel and they love it. One day I’d love to put some cafe-style shutters, but with recently putting in the wood floors upstairs and on the stairs (and our current front yard project), our wallets need some time to recover. Thus, I’m content with the simple act of switching out the burlap window coverings for these linen curtains. The change has made the world of a difference in our bedroom. I didn’t anticipate the drama they would add to our bedroom, but I don’t mind the drama one bit.

I had been wanting some white, linen, blackout curtains, but those can get costly at about $150 per panel (and I needed about 5-6!). I looked at different websites to find some that weren’t as heavy on my pocketbook, but they all cost about the same. After deliberating between a couple ideas (even sewing my own), I decided to get these linen curtains from IKEA (we use them downstairs and I really like them) and then backed them with blackout fabric. I knew I wanted to do clip ring style curtains, so I thought if I cut out blackout fabric to match the size of my curtain and just clip them behind, maybe it would work that way. Obviously, it did! I didn’t want to sew them in because in case we ever got cafe shutters, I wouldn’t need the blackout part any longer. Plus, if the blackout curtains were sewn in, then the whole thing would be dry clean only, and I like the idea that I can separate the two and throw my linen curtains in the wash if I wanted to.

I picked up about 16 yards of blackout fabric from Jo-Ann’s (with a coupon it came out to about $80) and 3 packs of linen curtains from IKEA. The width of the blackout fabric is the same as the curtain panel, so I only had to cut the length. I cut them about 3″ shorter than the curtain because I didn’t want them to kiss the floor like the curtains. Then, I just clipped them in at the back of the curtain (with the white side facing out). I didn’t bother sewing the raw edges of the blackout curtain because the folds would be too bulky and you don’t really see it, so it’s no big deal to me. I’m pretty happy to have my black-out curtains for way less the price. Now, it’s so much easier to let all the light in during the day and close them for privacy at night. I’m loving all the light that streams in our bedroom and my plants are pretty happy about all the light too.

room details: curtain rods, IKEA. king size bed, casper (the most comfortable! use this link to get $50 off and I get it too). platform bed frame, wayfair. cot, vintage via ebay. rocker, modernica. george nelson crisscross saucer light, dwr. dresser, IKEA (got it when I was 18 and it’s still going strong, though I did change out all the knobs). vintage fishing net (hanging over dresser), elsie green. basket (by dresser), michaels. acapulco chair, amazon. fan, amazon. and pretty much everything else is vintage.

p.s. we have a twin bed hiding under our bed, and on the weekends, our room looks like this.


currently dreaming of earrings

arc drop chandelier earrings

siqit beaded earrings

crescent hoops // dewdrop earrings

rustling leaves earrings

I started wearing some of my earrings again and this is my current wishlist of earrings I would happily wear. Soul has been wearing sticker earrings lately and she’s debating if she wants to get her ears pierced for her 7th birthday. She’s probably the reason I have earrings on my mind. What can I say, my Soul is a fashionista and she’s inspiring me already. Maybe I should try some of her sticker earrings too.


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