Wednesday, March 31, 2010

I ♥ Hatch Show Prints

There are so many wonderful letterpress outfits nowadays but I looove Hatch Show Prints and it is right here in Nashville.  I love what they produce and I love its history.  I paid a visit there a while back and one of my boys needed to use the restroom.  Take my word for it.  If you ever go there, you MUST visit the restroom!  Its the walk back there that is actually so amazing.  The walls are lined with all their vintage tools and wooden letters and there are old machines everywhere!  They are working and humming along and there is ink all over the place and beautiful art and posters....*sigh*.  My personal heaven!

I mostly just wanted to post this to show some of their work... check these out then visit their website if you want to see more.  HATCH SHOW PRINTS

ANNNNND.... if you are out of state and ever come and visit me here in TN I will take you there myself!

And if you happen to be an Anthropologie fan, did you see their catalog collaboration with Hatch Show Prints?  You can check it out here.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Pregnant ladies have all the luck

 I am so excited!  I just found out I won a giveaway from Design Mom! I won a box of truffles from Coco-Luxe. Look how cute their stuff is! Like I said on Gabrielle's blog, they are cute enough to make me pause for a second before scarfing them down. I will report on taste and effects on baby after I eat them up. ;)

Friday, March 26, 2010

Sift and Simplify and Littlebig Things

I love simplification. Back up. I love the process of simplification. To me, that means things got a bit crazy in the first place. Can you imagine never knowing how it felt to slow down, to feel your breathing become softer than before and then to notice its rhythm, appreciating it almost musically? How would you know... how could you notice unless you knew its opposite? Simple times are learning times.

Crazy times. They are teaching times. So much input. So much complexity. Survival even. Though I would rather not live in crazy times forever, I honestly appreciate what they can offer; crazy times offer the assurance that life is multi-faceted, porous like a sponge and able to soak up one twist after another. Crazy times are like a magnet for more and more drama. Though I romanticize it a bit, it can hurt to see how bad or confusing life is capable of being.

What if crazy times never cease and simple times never arrive?

Here lies a piece of human beauty: we can sift out stimuli, if even momentarily, and emotionally simplify. How do you do it? I would like to hear what others do to find that peaceful island, that calm place in the middle of the raging sea.

I am not trying to say that I am in the midst of too much overwhelming craziness. Sure there are some things but life is pretty dang good. Still, I want to sift and simplify.

I have noticed little things that in their powerful placidity have the ability to  shame the noisy and tumultuous to be tame, and to leave, head hanging. These little things, as I call them, when thoughtfully considered, are not little at all. They may be common, they may be quiet, but they are potent and formidable, to the point of banishing all those "crazy-time" contributors.

Before I enumerate them, try and notice this subtlety in them - I would purport that the adversary (AKA Satan!) has tried to exploit all of these things in some way or another. Which to me is just another simple reminder of their inherent power and sanctity.

Here are some that I see:

Parenthood. How many people run and hide from this one, believing it to by synonymous with said crazy times!? NO!! There is nothing like being a mother. Nothing in the world. Its amazing to feel your heart start to grow the minute you realize you are going to be a mother. Little doubts (I still feel like a kid myself! I am too disorganized, too selfish, too whatever) are quickly obliterated at the realization that NO ONE is able to love this little one like me. Fear blasted into dust by the love that you have for your child. I remember the moment I stopped focusing on the fear and focused on the love in my heart. At that moment, this confidence permeated my senses. I knew what to do. I was 21. But I knew how to care for my baby. When number 2 was on the way, I had another moment of doubt. Could I love this one as much as I do the other. All I had to do was meet him to know that my heart had grown another cavity just for him. Laughter dissolved the fear that time. How silly to even entertain the notion that it could be otherwise. Number three, I was in the zone. I knew by then what hearts can do. Now number four is coming and I feel like a runner who has just passed the five mile mark. Yeah, its been an exertion but here I am still running and I am loving it. It feels great and those endorphins are kicking in. So much more could be said but I will let this segue into the next littlebig thing...

Sleeping babies and kids. I have probably taken hundreds of pictures of my children sleeping but no picture can capture how utterly angelic it is to see your baby sleeping. Trusting, innocent, divine, even their little faces are almost sculptural, the little lip shape, the slope of the nose, the sound of slow breathing. Heaven on earth.

Hugs. Not the awkward social kind where you are friends with someone but one or the other party is unsure at the meaning of the hug so you slap their back and half smile and then get the heck out of there. Nope. I mean the kind of hug that my husband gives me. You breathe each other in and you just know. You're home.

Here I will generalize a bit, as the specifics of this one vary from day to day. Nature. Sometimes its the rain that brings the calm, sometimes its the tiny bloom on a plant, sometimes its the full sun, others its the dappled light of tree filtered sun. Sometimes its the blue sky and other times its the purple sky. The ocean or the silence of snow between mountain pines. I see nature as God's living art, and being able to look at it, smell it, see it and hear it are like little gifts that truly do crowd out of the din of crazy times.

This week I will open the windows. I don't have a TV but I will shut the computer down, turn whatever digital distractions there are off and I will breathe in love and life and exhale worry and fear.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Drool-worthy letterpress goodies, etc...

I am fascinated by the design, production and overall look and feel of letterpress items.  Here are a few favorites I have spied lately...

I am betting Kenz will love these:
Seriously, Letterpress Light has some amazing designs.  So yummy.  

Next, I love the silhouettes along with a silly phrase, from SycamoreStreetPress.

This little version of the old school library card by Simplesong Design (found at Fawn & Forest) could make me cry.  Just beautiful.  

And in my searches, I found a neat customizable return address stamp that I think I may soon need to purchase.  Its from Paperwink

♥ Lovin' it 

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Say a little prayer for my washer and dryer

I am super tired today.  I boycotted my morning routine and here it is 8:30 am and I have three little boys who are playing video games instead of starting their school day.  Is it true that missing a night of sleep effects you not so much the next day as the day after that?  If so, that's gotta be what's going on.

Sunday night we all went to bed after a fun evening at Grandma's house.  Will woke me up at 1:15 am and said, "Hey Mom.  Sorry to wake you up so early.  My stomach hurts."  So I pulled him into bed with me and snuggled him.  About 40 seconds later, he was launching his dinner onto a pile of my decorative pillows I had set next to the bed.  In my sleepy stupor, I just let him go.  I didn't think to run him to the bathroom.  I just sat there and watched him puke all over my bedding.  Poor kiddo. :(

Jared helped me get things taken care of and we made Will a little bed next to the toilet for any future episodes.  I started a batch of laundry at 2 am.  I kept the laundry going ALL day, I kid you not!  That washer and dryer had to deal with the puke-fest plus the previous week's laundry from 3 boys who played at the farm several times, plus the normal other stuff.  Literally ran those machines from 2 am until midnight last night.  And its going again now.

Parents of many children will probably laugh at me but this just seems crazy!  And I have not forgotten how demanding on the washer and dryer a newborn can be!  What am I in for!? If I ever go to a baby shower for a mom with more than three kids, she will get a huge container of laundry detergent from me.

Other facts about our family's usage/consumption on a weekly basis:

About 4 gallons of milk
4-5 loaves of bread
1 box of cereal=1 meal

This blows my mind!  They are age 9 and under!  What will our consumption be like when they are ages 18, 16, 14 and 9!?

I think I need to invest in the Kellogg company.  And get better at making bread.  And while we're at it, learn to milk a cow.

SIDENOTE:  Since starting our own little recycling program a few years back, I am proud to say that this family of 5.5 fills less than one trash can each week.  And sorting the recycling has been a great chore for these great little boys.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Some things I love and a happy weekend to you!

Just had a moment before the boys' bus arrives and feeling grateful for stuff in general.  Loving this beautiful Tennessee sunshine today!  It reminded me of spending some time down in Florida a while back...just look at this sweet pic of my three cute boys!

If you follow me on Twitter, you know that yesterday I consumed 7 mandarin oranges in one sitting.  I would like to do the same as soon as I am done typing.  So yes, I love those.  Also on my LOVE list:

The Jare Bare

Hershey's Chocolate Milk boxes (from Costco)

V8 - Don't knock it 'til you try it!  Makes me feel super good.

Vienetta - But I can't find it in stores!  Do you remember this or know where I can find it nowadays?

Berry Blistex - Same question...anyone know where I can find this??? I miss it!!!!


Hot Corners - Mac people know what I mean.  And if you are a Mac user and don't know what hot corners are, we need to talk!

My Chi flat iron - I especially love that when it broke, the JB fixed it for me by splicing a new cord onto it.  Handy Bear!!  ;)

More loves later...for now, hope you have a great weekend!!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

What's Cookin' - Kitchen and Belly

Just got home from teaching music at Zach's preschool and was feeling miiiiiiighty hungry.  As with all things I ever do in life, I made this concoction by throwing in what felt right.  I was sure feelin it today because this was dang good!  Here is the recipe, Stacey style.

Pina Colada Smoothie
1 little thingy of peach yogurt
Between 4 and 14 chunks of frozen mango
Less than a can of pineapple chunks and juice
1/2 second pour of milk
Some sweetened coconut, then some more
1 blender lid full of ice

Mix until Zach (any 5 year old will do) screams at you to turn it off.


I realized today I am 32 weeks along and only have 1 snapshot of me and this belly.  So before #4 crashes the party, I let my MacBook take a pic of me.  Here 'tis.

If you have nice things to say, thank you very much.  If you are staring in horror and want to tell me I'm huge, you are hereby added to my list of people to avoid for the next 6 months.  Sadly, that list is very long already.  :(

BTW--Check out that black shelf behind me!  I wanted it for a long time (Pottery Barn) and my hot husband made it for me out of scrap wood left out at the Farm!  THAT is awesome.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Perfection Perfected and A Pregnancy Complaint

Question.  How can you make a great thing even better??  -----

Well, what if it already has chocolate in it!? -----

Here it is.  The latest baked good from the kitchen of a constantly hungry woman.

Perfection Perfected AKA Chocolate Chip Cookies (with a twist)
Preheat oven to 375F.

Mix together:
1/2 cup softened, unsalted butter
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 white sugar
3/4 brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs

In separate bowl, mix:
2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 salt

Gradually add dry mixture to the first.  When blended, add:
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips

Mix well.  Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for about 9 minutes.


Yes I do feel better today after consuming a half dozen of these beauties.  But here is the latest pregnancy annoyance that I never knew could actually happen.  Anyone have any coupons for Zappos??

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Gummi Bear Chandelier

Isn't this kinda stunning and crazy at the same time? Saw this over at Love their tagline for it:

Ever wondered how to make a four year old’s head explode: Install a Gummi Bear Chandelier in her room.

Amazing eh?

Monday, March 1, 2010

US Olympic Snowboard Team - Coolest outfit award!

Growing up in Colorado must be to blame for my lingering and intense devotion to snowboarder fashion.  You've probably seen the US team sporting these in Vancouver but I had to feature them.  I would give a whole lot to own one!  
I mean WOW!  Burton hooked it UP this year!  Love the plaid and I ADORE those faux denim snow pants!  NEED.

I have a sneaking hunch that some people probably hate this outfit.  And that makes me love it all the more.  :D

What's your vote?

Here are a few more that I love.  If you are remotely interested in super awesome cold weather duds, you must also check out Torah Bright's Roxy line.  Torah, you are amazing.  

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