Month: January 2015 Family Fun Super Bowl Game COVER

Family Fun Super Bowl Game

Here’s how Super Bowl goes at the BOX (our house)…. My husband and son want to watch the Super Bowl Game.  I want to watch the Commercials.  Our daughters want to watch the Half-Time Show.  And by second quarter we are each in our own space with our own gadget watching Super Bowl.

Where’s the family unity? the family interaction & involvement? the family FUN???

So a few years ago, to get the kids watching the Super Bowl with us, we ‘invented’ the Family Fun Super Bowl Game.

(more…) Otium Sweet Top

Otium Blog Tour: Sweet Bow Top

Inspired by the upcoming Valentine’s Day, this is the Otium Top from Sofilantjes fashioned as a SWEET BOW top for my oldest daughter. Otium Sweet Top

I think my daughter looks super sweet!  This is perfect for her school days in jeans and boots.

(more…) Girls Bundle Up Modkid Rachel Valentine Dress

Girls Bundle Up Valentine Dress

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The Girls Bundle Up Pattern sale is ON! where you can get PDF patterns for girls at a special price.  Go HERE to see the selection. Girls Bundle Up Modkid Rachel Valentine Dress

And this Bundle Up features the NEW Rachel Dress Pattern by Modkid – this is Modkid by Patty Young!  She is on my list of pattern designers to sew this year!  This is like a super-double-score!

I stitched up the Rachel Dress for Valentine’s Day… another score, cause that means my 5 year old is already ready for the Preschool Friendship Party.  (see last year’s dress HERE – it was stitched up the night before the party)


Refashion a Favorite Dress

When a beloved hand-me-down to my 5 year old daughter didn’t fit her, I knew it had to be a refashion.  So, I refashioned the hand-me-down dress into a new top, and gave it back to my friend’s daughter.  The refashioned new top would fit the 7 year old girl and would be perfect for our Pacific NW weather.

(more…) 2015 cover

2015 Intentions

It’s the end of the year.  2014 is going in the book, and 2015 is kicking off.

As you are doing, I am reflecting on 2014’s good decisions & smart choices, missed opportunities & wanted do-overs, precious times to remember & loved ones to miss, happy days & sad moments, accomplishments & things still to do, and the many, many awesome blessings that God provides.

I believe in making goals.  I think the transition into a new year is the perfect time to state and focus on your intentions.

A co-worker once told me that he and his close circle of friends share their goals with each other at the start of the year, and then use each other to help support and hold each other accountable to their goals.  They even work their goals into milestones or specific objectives to help get what they wanted.  This idea resonates with me… I like the idea of putting your plan out there.

So, I wrote down my 2015 intentions to make them real.  Here are my overall goals for my 2015 intentions.

Build my skills

My specific plans include sewing Oliver+S patterns, blogging tutorials, family, and adventure posts, and getting my camera off Auto-Mode.

Feather my Nest

This is the year to FINISH updating our 1970’s house.  Our Box house needs a new master bath, laundry room, and powder bath, in addition to some outdoor refreshing and some home decor projects.

Take care of my Business

My business is… My health & welfare.  My kids, family, & friends.  My chores, my house, my blog, my full-time job, my church, and my volunteering.  I will arrive on time, plan ahead and prepare, and simply get my business done.

Let it go

Whatever ‘it’ is, I will stop the frustration and stress about it.  I will stop the obsessing, over-analyzing, and preoccupying-mania-craze that spins in in head — or at least I will try. 2015 intentions

I’ve set my 2015 Intentions, made my list of goals, eaten my black-eyed-peas and cabbage, so bring on 2015!