Interview with Anna Ingalls

blog friends, celebrate the every day By April 10, 2014 1 Comment

Anna and her adorable boys modeled for our Mother’s Day collection this year. I wanted you to get to know Anna and her sweet heart. Hear are some questions she answered for us.

What surprised you most about being a mom?

I think what really surprised me was me! I had a moment a few weeks back where I thought….if the kidless 25 year old me can see the 33 year old mom of 2 me – she would trip out! I can’t believe how much I can handle, multitask, and ultimately LOVE in my everyday. I’m not going to pretend I’m not a mess most days but that’s just because life is so full and amazing.

What is something special you do for yourself?

I am fortunate to have a husband with flexible hours so at least once a week I get a few hours alone. I try to go to the gym, do a devotional or journal, walk around to stores I don’t love dragging my kids along to, crochet at a coffee shop while listening to a podcast, catch up on some odds and ends errands. I really try not to seek out a friend at those times so I can have quiet headspace and just concentrate on myself in those hours. It’s so refreshing for me!

What do you worry about?

I worry about big and little things! It can be small from not forgetting to give my son a snack for school to a safe drive for my husbands commute to work. Fear and worry go hand in hand and it can be so overwhelming. I try to give those things to The Lord when I get in that funk. He is the only one who can take those burdens from me and give me peace. When you love so deep it’s hard to let go and trust God. He is the only one who calms all my fears.

What advise would you give new moms?

Think of your friends that you love the way they are raising their kids. You love the behaviors of the kids and the way the family interacts. Those are the friends you will want to go to with your questions about your own kids. Ask a lot of questions. We need each other to help raise our families. Seek out like minded sources.

With each kid I have learned how to let go more. Take life less serious, roll with the punches, enjoy more crazy and remember this is such a brief season in our life.

Thank you, Anna! We love you and your sweet family!

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Finding beauty in brokenness with giving meanings to simple things

blog friends, decorating, finding beauty, giveaway By March 13, 2014 261 Comments

Have I ever mentioned that I believe there is beauty in brokenness? Sigh. Things have been feeling a bit more broken around here lately–lots of doctor visits for David which means lots of driving and time away from the home/workshop. So I’m looking hard for bits of beauty and guess what?! I’m finding it.

Kristi, of Barn Owl Primitives created this AMAZING sign that speaks right to my heart. Does it speak to yours, too?

I love the chalkboard finish. She hand paints each one. Seriously beautiful!

I’ve got it hanging in our living room–along with that thrifted lamp that got spray painted {and the shade striped away} and a bike that my mom gave to Steve for his birthday {he loves to cycle}

Do you believe there is beauty to be found? Even in the every day muck and yuck of life? I find myself taking hot bathes, sipping creamy coffee, cozying up with a soft blanket, stealing snuggles and kisses and stopping to notice the flowers.

Kristi is giving one lucky reader a $75 gift card to her shop. Woohoo! Just leave us a comment and tell us one way you find beauty in the midst of the craziness of life. I hope you win!

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let’s gather {hospitality and a giveaway!}

blog friends, giveaway By March 7, 2014 158 Comments

I love having people over to our home. Sharing a meal together is one of the easiest ways to deepen friendships and connect.

But having people over can be hard too! It’s easy to worry if my home isn’t tidy enough. And David can be tricky–he often grabs people’s drinks or knocks things off the counter.

Instead of avoiding hospitality, Steve and I have tried to jump and let it be imperfect. We have our community group over every Tuesday evening for dinner and to discuss Sunday’s sermon. Everyone pitches in with the meal and dessert. People sit in the dining room, kitchen and living room. It’s very casual. And it’s been a great way to grow closer as a group.

We also have an fairly ‘open door’ policy with our guest room. We love having people stay with us and we encourage them to use us as a landing place–and come and go as they want.

This book by Sue Moore Donaldson is FULL of amazing tips and insights for practical hospitality. Sue shares stories and gives an honest look at what it means to open your homes and your hearts to people. And she’ a real-life friend! So I can tell you from experience that she has a true heart for hospitality. Click here to read Sue’s blog!

TWO lucky winners will receive the book Come To My Table and a ‘feed your soul’ necklace from my workshop.

For a chance to win Sue’s book Come To My Table and a necklace, simple leave a comment below telling us one way someone has shown you hospitality.

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new from evy’s tree {love!}

blog friends, what I'm wearing By February 11, 2014 1 Comment

Have you seen Evy’s Tree new spring hoodies? They are so gorgeous! When Amy offered to send me one, I couldn’t say YES fast enough.

These hoodies are seriously soft, luxurious and cute enough to dress up or down. I’ve never seen sweatshirts this soft and comfortable.

We’ve had rain the last couple days, so I layered a denim jacket over the hoodie. So cozy!

The lace is a fun contrast with these coated, black jeans from Old Navy.

Black booties and a black bag keep everything simple and streamlined.

Isn’t this hoodie adorable? It looks great zipped or unzipped and it has little thumbholes for chilly mornings. I’m usually a size 8 and I’m wearing a medium.

Outfit details: Hoodie, Evy’s tree. Tank, Gap. Coated Jeans {I ordered up a size}, Old Navy. Denim jacket, Gap. Black booties, Dolce Vida. Bag, Target. Necklace, My shop.

Evy’s Tree is offering 15% off with code LISA15. So go shop!

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being part of magazine {Where Women Create beauty}

blog friends, jewelry By February 8, 2014 9 Comments

Hello friends!

I am thrilled to share the new issue of ‘where women create’ with you! I’m interviewed in this issue and there are featured products from our wholesale collection and scenes from my workshop. What an honor! I love this magazine–so it’s surreal to be part of it.

Jen O’Connor of Earth Angels Studios interviewed me and wrote the article and she is one incredible lady. We met at a conference a few years ago and her energy is contagious! Since then we’ve collaborated on a few projects and become friends. I am so thankful for the inspirational women I’ve met on this journey of creating beauty in brokenness. Jen is one of those souls who you can be honest with–she’s genuine and feisty and amazing.

If you’re near a Barnes and Noble pick up a copy–there are fabulous artists and business women featured–you won’t be disappointed.

Isn’t the little birdie necklace pictured ADORABLE?! It’s only $22.50 when you use code SWEET25 for 25% off! It’s one of my faves!!

And I have some fabulous news! Jen is offering 25% off my wholesale collection this weekend. That is CRAZY! There are earrings as low as $9 and necklaces as low as $12! What?! Hop over to her shop and make sure to use code SWEET25 at checkout.

She has some gorgeous pieces that I don’t offer on my site. So go find the perfect thing for you or a dear friend. And save 25% with code SWEET25!

I share pretty openly about some of the beauties and heartache of owing our own business. Creating is amazing and vulnerable and I really open us my heart in this issue. I hope you pick up a copy!

Have a fabulous weekend and happy shopping!

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amazing and inspiring art by lori danelle + get a peek at working process!

blog friends, inspiration By February 4, 2014 2 Comments

Hello friends! Today I’m sharing more about Lori Danelle’s amazing art.

Oh my goodness, that girl is talented. She took a post I wrote a couple years ago and turned into a gorgeous paper-cutting. Take a look!

The words read…

How about you and me hold hands?

And we’ll walk together.

And we’ll take each day one step at a time.

We’ll try not to worry about tomorrow.

Because tomorrow’s too far away.

But we’ll enjoy the moment we’re in.

Because right now i don’t want to be anywhere else but walking with you.

Your hand in mine is a beautiful thing.

These words capture so much of how I feel about life and worry and guilt and trying to live in the moment!

And that pouf ottoman? I found it at my favorite thrift store last week. So exciting!

The paper cutting has such detail–then Lori took it and made the image work for stretched canvas and posters.

The detail is truly amazing and inspiring!

Below is what the paper cutting looked like when it was finished. Isn’t it incredible?!

Take a moment to watch this time lapse video that Lori created. It will knock your socks off!

Gosh, I love it when other artists let us get a peek at their process, don’t you?

Hop over to Lori’s shop to check out her canvas prints and posters. The 11×14 poster is only $20! And make sure to use code LLFRIEND for 15% off!

What’s inspiring you today?

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big BIG giveaway!

blog friends, giveaway By November 14, 2013 108 Comments

Group Giveaway

With Christmas just over a month away, a group of us thought it would be fun to host a giveaway of some of our favorite things.

This giveaway is hosted by:

Jessica from The Mom Creative
Kristen from We are That Family
Kristen from Rage Against the Minivan
Lisa-Jo from Lisa-Jo Baker
Lisa from Lisa Leonard Designs
Maggie from Gussy Sews

Use the Rafflecopter below to win one of these six prizes:
    1. A Quinn infinity scarf from Krochet Kids. The scarf is handmade in Uganda. Krochet Kids creates sustainable economic development programs that support holistic growth of individuals and communities living in poverty.
    2. $50 gift certificate to Krafty Kash designs – jewelry with your favorite word featured from a vintage dictionary.
    3. $50 gift certificate to Lisa Leonard Designs, a company that creates hand-stamped jewelry and gifts
    4. $50 gift certificate to Gussy Sews, a handmade shop full of brightly colored ruffled and sassy accessories
    5. A beautiful scarf and leather wallet ($50 value) from fashionABLE, a non-profit organization supporting women in Africa
    6. $50 gift certificate to anything @ The Mercy Shop, a fair-trade marketplace for products (art, jewelry, inspiring accessories) made by residents at Mercy House Kenya

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welcome to our living room

blog friends, decorating, paper & cloth By October 22, 2013 7 Comments

Hey there! I spent a lot of time over the weekend cleaning and purging and getting the house to a better place. I feel like I swept cobwebs out of my mind–and I’ve freed up space to dream and think and be more present. Do you know what I mean?

Today I’m sharing pictures of our living room. When you enter the front door and turn right, you are in our living room. It’s an open space with a cozy couch and lots of natural light. It’s one of my favorite rooms in our home. The boys like to hang out in here and play–but it never gets as messy as the family room. We eat dinner in here whenever we have company, which is at least once a week with our community group from church.

That light-up ampersand adds a lot of FUN and personality to the room. It’s by Junk Art Gypsyz and it’s well made and priced right. It’s a conversation piece too. I love it.

The rug is from Ikea and the aqua chair is a thrift store find that I recovered. You can see the before/after here.

Isn’t this sign too fun?! Check out the Junk Art Gypsyz  shop here.

This typewriter doesn’t actually work, so I printed a little love note on the printer and put it in there.

These owl bookends were a thrift find. To paint or not to paint, I’m still asking that question!

The ‘be brave’ poster is the best selling item from our paper & cloth collection. You can see the whole collection here.

And shifting to the other side of the couch, I’ve hung this gorgeous canvas by Lori Danelle. She is amazing paper-cutting artist. So talented!

Here’s a closer look at the canvas. Lori shares her creative process on her blog. It’s so inspiring! I hope you’ll take a minute to hop over and check it out.

The words on the canvas are taken from a blog post I wrote for David. It’s from the heart and the way Lori put it together makes my heart happy. I am so thankful for this canvas and the meaning it holds.

The granny squares afghan is a thrift find that we use all the time. So cozy and colorful.

And that’s our living room! Thanks for taking a moment to take in the space with me.

What’s a favorite room in your home?

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showing myself a little kindness

blog friends, thoughts By October 5, 2013 No Comments

My plane landed at 9:30pm Sunday night–that’s 12:30am on the east coast and since I’d been soaking up time with my {in}courage sisters all weekend, I had quickly adapted to the different time zone.

I was tired, but determined to make progress toward home. It’s a three hour drive from the Los Angeles airport, to our home in San Luis Obispo. I grabbed a coffee, picked up my luggage, hugged my traveling partner good-bye and merged onto the 405 freeway north.

I traveled for a couple hours and started to feel the dark night wooing me to sleep. The smartest thing to do was to stop and get a hotel room, even if only for a few hours of much needed rest. I pulled off the freeway in Carpinteria, a tiny beach town and checked in to a hotel. As I settled into the bed I felt my body relax and sleep came quickly.

I set my alarm for 6am and as soon as it went off, I hopped out of bed, anxious to get on the road again. I threw on clothes, zipped up my suitcase and grabbed another cup of coffee as I headed out of the hotel and into the parking lot. My keys were already in my hand and I clicked the button to unlock the car. Nothing happened. I clicked again. And nothing happened. A feeling of dread mixed with panic swept over me. Oh no. No. Ugh.

The car was dead. I figured I must have left the lights on the night before. I was tired and in a hurry to get out of the car. I called AAA and sat down on the curb to wait.

“I’m such an idiot.” I told myself.

{I’m blogging over at {in}courage today. Hop over to read the rest of the post!}

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