Thursday, May 30, 2013


Okay so... recap.. 

Been on the market 22 days. With FSBO we have had some great exposure and traffic. So far 6 showings I think and we are just waiting for the right offer to come in.

Whew is the only word I really have to recap my life basically since August. 

I was teaching at mothers day out monday, wednesday, and friday and our daughter was attending preschool across town tuesday, thursday and friday.

When we found out we were expecting in November I knew something had to give. 

Luckily I was able to switch from teaching the 3 year olds to snuggling with the babies at MDO. 

I would be lying if I said this was an easy spring. 
(most days I had these aweful bags and no makeup... remind me not to do that again!)

Our son was sick CONSTANTLY,(flu, 19 ear infections, staph infection, allergies to food, allergies to medicine, etc)  I am still having issues with my heart, and I started really pursuing my dreams of designing and creating children's clothing.

Most have asked how I did it, others asked if I am still designing. 
The long and short is I wake up at 6 am and go to bed about 1 am.
I won't lie to you, I am exhausted... and with my husband travelling about 36-38 weeks out of the year I was pretty burntout!

This past fall was a good time to re-evaluate the design, long story short I was not charging anywhere near enough, I was doing way more travelling than possible with 2 children and it just wasn't working for me. 

From now on my current clients are on retainer, we work one project at a time and don't move on to others until the current project is complete. Allows me to meet the immediate needs of that space and stay focused on the task at hand.

I have GOT to get to about 5 different houses and follow up on the completed projects as I left them with homework while I worked on the applique, taught and tried to manage everything while my husband traveled for work. 

So stay tuned on how we were able to transform these rooms. I had a blast working with each and every one of them and I am excited about some of the things being completed as I type!!

I am happy to report I have quit working at Mother's Day Out to be a full time stay at home mommy....
er.... stay at home designer..... er... full time night warrier....

Either way I am SUPER excited to recharge my batteries and let my creative juices for the ol' blog come back. 

Now that I have adjusted to the embroidery and applique and have a little bit of a hang of things expect there to be some more projects, tutorials, and excitement on here.

I apologize things have been so few and far between but there just havent been enough hours in the day!! 

Now we are home ALL summer!!!

Can't WAIT to put some pinterest projects to work and start checking off my ever growing to do list. 

First on the list... make it to the apple store and get a new charger for the laptop, becuase lets face it... I blog with laptop propped up in bed! That's just what has always worked for me.

Second on the list... hopefully.... prayerfully we wont be in this house much longer.. which means a new blog name and LOTS of new design projects.
(enough of the furniture rearranging right??)

And third..... to reveal to all of you just how organized we have become since we found out we were expecting #3 in the fall. 
Only a few more things to sell, get rid of and I will do a real life house tour of all the storage solutions we have put into plan in our small 1400 square feet. 

And all I can say is there will be tumble weed blowing through any house larger than this we have gotten rid of so much! 

sooo what have yall been up to??? Do share because I am BACK and ready to breathe some new life into this space!!!!

What do you want to see?? 
What do yall need help with?
Lilly wants to know!!!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

DeJa Vue

Sooo I am kind of in denial we are actually doing this again. I have fought god on this for quite a while.

But... We are back on the market.

It's been a week and we have had 4 showings... Total god thing... We have no sign in our yard and no mls number. Just trusting The Lord will send the right person or family.

We have done a lot of work recently to make the house most appealing to the largest amount of people.

Sorry I have been slacking in that way but here is the hopefully, prayerfully, final home tour of this place!

Will you join me in praying for us trusting the lords timing and for The Lord to bless the finances of whoever he has to purchase our house.

Be back with baby posts!!!

Monday, May 13, 2013

A New Lamp

These days its the little things...
Like finally finding a new lamp I LOVE for the nursery.

I love it!!

And of course its the Threshold collection from Target. 

I don't seem to make it into many other stores these days.

This is what it looks like with the rest of the changing area.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

A Mother's Day Treat

I thought I would take the weekend off and spend time with my kiddies, but before I do I wanted to share what we are doing for my mom for Mother's Day.

We commissioned a piece of artwork by a friend, she also happens to be an incredible artist!!

Meet Katie Toombs.

She is Amazing!!!
Not only is she an artist cranking out work right and left, but a mommy to 4 little ones! 
I don't know how she does it. 
*all images property of Katie Toombs Fine Art

Here is a sampling of a recent art show that was held this spring.
 *images property of Katie Toombs

how precious is this painting?

*side story: Our church is making plans to try and move the original historic chapel from its original location onto the current church property. Katie is commissioning these pieces and a portion of the funds will go to restoring the chapel and getting it placed on current church property. 

*image property of Katie Toombs 

This is actually the actual painting we got for my mom! 
I can't wait to give it to her this weekend!!

Thanks again Katie! We will share a picture once we get it hung!!

What are you doing for your mom for mothers day??

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

A Trip to the Childrens Museum

Recently daddy had a day off from work so we ventured to the children's museum.

We had a blast taking brother for the first time and can't wait to take the new baby soon!

and this picture confirms 100% why I want arm lipo....
the end.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

April in Review

We are starting the single digit countdown to baby. I have been sewing, cleaning, organizing and cleaning some more to get ready for baby.

C bear is 15 months old and still just 21 pounds!
His lack of heftiness is made up for in energy as determination! This little booger keeps me busy!!!

Here is a snapshot of our month in review!!

Having Dr. T check our ears and adenoids after our surgery.

Baby number 3 just growing away!!

Sister with her house at schoolbus at the preschool art show!
Afternoon snacks at target
This crazy fella has been quite the helper as we finish up working on the screened in porch!

So deep in thought to be 15 months old!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Blog Sale: Spring Boutique Childrens Sale

It has been quite a while since I did a blog sale. some may prefer I post to the blogs facebook page.

For now how about I do both??

These are all things that have very little to no wear to them, we simply outgrew and I am happy to pass on a deal to my bloggy friends. 

Any questions feel free to email me at jbrodden@gmail with questions. 

Paypal invoices can be sent for payment so just comment with the desired item, paypal email and I will ship them this week.

Lilly Shift $12.00 worn maybe 3 times.

Handmade swing dress size 4

Janie and Jack linen dress.

Patsy Aiken "twirls" leotard.
(we took gymnastics back in the early spring, this was worn twice for 30 minutes)
retails $50 would like $18.00
(would be precious with a monogram)
size 6 but fits like a 4

Little English smocked drop waist dress
size 4 

Strasburg embroidered wreath dress
size 3

Janie and Jack linen top with pick stitch trim $6.00
size 3

Imp clothing size 4
(i bought the wrong size for c.. oops)

Patsy Aiken 
both of the leotards say size 6 but fit like true 4's

I will do $32 for both together.