Exciting News:)

Friday, January 25



We are so excited to announce we have a new babe coming in May:) This entire pregnancy has been different than my pregnancy with Avonlea, so all along I've felt like we are having a boy. And low and behold, when we had our 20 week ultrasound, we found out we are indeed having a sweet little boy. 

We are beyond excited to meet him come May 9th. I spent so much time praying and journaling during my pregnancy with Avonlea, but this time around I've had my hands full with a busy little toddler, so haven't had as much time thinking about this pregnancy. My goal this year is to spend intentional time praying over this little man, and asking God for verses to pray over him. 

Motherhood has been SO amazing, I have loved being Avonlea's mom and cannot wait to add another one to the mix! However, I am curious to see how two babes changes things. Anyone else feel a bigger shift from 1-2 kids as opposed to going from 0-1? I'd love to hear your feedback:) 

Hope you are all doing well:) Happy 2019!! 

A fun project- Lottie Leather

Tuesday, December 11


Hello dearest friends!

As you can see, I haven't tended to this space since May! Goodness gracious. But, it's been a wonderful break to just live my life in real time...I'm rarely on the computer or phone these days- a nice change:)

But I did want to pop on and wish you all a wonderful Christmas season, and share with you about a really fun and exciting project I've been working on with my husband and sister-in-law. Let me introduce you to Lottie Leather...

As most of you know, Kevin and I lived in Nepal in 2013, where we helped set up an aftercare home for girls rescued out of abusive situations. Living in Nepal changed my life, it was one of the best years ever.

The last 3 years, Kevin's sister Kristi and her husband (and 3 kids) have lived in Nepal, while her husband worked on his PhD dissertation. We all noticed how many amazing resources there are in Nepal, but how little industry is present because of the economic situation as well as infrastructure. For years, electricity has been sparse, and when there's not electricity, business cannot happen as usual, making it almost impossible for it to become a place of booming industry.

25% of the country's GDP is remittance, meaning money being sent back into Nepal from Nepalese workers in countries abroad. So many families cannot support themselves with jobs in Nepal, so generally the men decide to go to countries in the Middle East or Korea to find jobs and then send money home to families. The means thousands of families are growing up without their father's present. It breaks my heart.

We all put out heads together, and decided it would be really neat if we could start supporting local craftsman in their trade to make beautiful leather purses and bags, as well as other products we found.


Almost a year later, we are finally getting Lottie Leather off the ground. Right now we offer 4 different bag styles with two different types of Leather (cow and buffalo)

We also are selling some really fun felt garlands, a leaf garland and a start garland (which comes in a set of 2). You can see below how adorable they look as Christmas decor:)


We'd love for you to take a look at our website! Right now, we are selling genuine leather bags at a very afforadable price, as this is our initial batch of bags and we want to keep the price point low to see the interest! Cow Leather bags are $55 and Buffalo Leather bags are $45.

 

Purchasing a bag means creating more jobs for Nepali craftsman, and the more jobs provided in Nepal, the more families get to stay together. And we are all about that:)

I would LOVE to hear your feedback. We hope to design some new bags soon, so please send me ideas of what you'd like to see!! Can't wait to hear:)

Much love friends!! Merry Christmas! 

Entryway make-over

Wednesday, May 23

BEFORE (when we first moved in January 2016- as you can see it's a bare wall behind that couch!) 

AFTER 

We moved into our house 2.5 years ago and have done soooo many projects! I'm not sure i've even shared a single one (except Avonlea's nursery), and can't wait to start posting them:) We are by no means done...it's an ongoing labor of love.

 Projects have become my love language! But seriously, the last few years i've asked Kevin to give me a "project" for my birthday, and he's willingly obliged. The first year we moved in he put in our DIY built-in Ikea book shelves. Last year he put beadboard up in the dining nook, and this year he put beadboard and hooks up in our entryway.

Our entryway consists of a super long wall that is across from the living room. When we first moved in it just felt like an awkward space I didn't know how to fill. Pretty quickly on I felt like I needed a big piece of furniture to help fill it out. I scoured craigslist for a few months, and finally swooned over this antique pine armoire shipped over from England from the 1800's. Kev lovingly drove the 2 hours with me to pick it up for our craigslist seller, who was such a dear woman. It was the perfect light wood color to warm up the space. For about 2 years, the armoire was all that occupied this space, and I finally decided it was high time to put the finishing touches on the wall.

I love shiplap, but it's a little more time-consuming than beadboard. Beadboard comes in big panels from Home Depot, and I think it adds a lovely dimension. We put up the panels, added a strip of wood, and then mounted some hooks to the wood for a final touch. I seem to have SO many purses these days, it's been awesome to hang them up instead of throwing them on the floor!

To fill the space in, I added some antique chairs (that I found at a yard sale) to the left of the armoire, and then spent hours trying to figure out the perfect bench to occupy the right side. I wanted it to be simple but interesting. Have you guys ever used Wikibuy? It's essentially like a database of everything being sold on the internet, and will tell you where to buy it to get the best price.

I ended up landing on this wooden ACME Charla Bench, and am so happy with my purchase. Wikibuy showed all the places selling this bench, and I was able to save money because I found the best price it was being offered at. So handy!

So, what do you guys think? I'm debating putting hooks on the left side of the armoire as well, but then am afraid it might make it look too crowded. Thoughts?

Can't wait to share more projects with you all soon!
xoxo