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Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Arabelle Faerie Tutu and a Visit from Mimi and Papa

Sorry I haven't posted in a week! I really do have quite a few posts planned: some valentine's projects, a ottoman slipcover tutorial, Lillie's bedroom (long story but we changed it around again), plans for the nursery, the next round of script pillows, some new designs, etc... I just haven't had any time these past few weeks. I can't believe I once thought being in college was stressful and time-consuming! Haha - little did I know how crazy grown-up life would be.

However, I feel like starting this week I am a back on track (or at least I hope so). My parents were here for the past four days and it was such an enormous help! I don't know if ever in all my life I have been so glad to see them (except for when I was in labor with Lillie) or so sad to see them leave! I hate that we live so far away from our families especially now that our own family is growing. It had been particularly long ten days with Jon being out of town quite a bit and I had been staying up until 3 or 4 every single night and was beyond exhausted! To be honest, I don't know if ever in all my life I had been quite so stressed or worn out. Jon arrived back home Tuesday and my parents got here Wednesday and it was wonderful to have them here! It was especially nice having them cook, clean, run errands and play with Lillie and my mom even helped me out with a bunch of sewing, and my dad completely cleaned out and vacuumed my car and organized my garage (I HATE for anything to be out of place in my house but my poor car and garage always end up a disaster)! We also started preparing to turn our guest room into a nursery and ended up switching a bunch of stuff around between Lillie's bedroom and the guest bedroom/nursery. I will show you pictures of Lillie's newly arranged room later this week. It wasn't design-wise what I had in mind but it gives her soooo much more room to play so I am happy with it. And I am hoping to officially start on a few projects this coming week for the nursery and have it done by the end of February. I will probably post pictures of that along the way once I officially get started.

My mom also has designed a few new things for our shop including this tutu (I also can't wait to show you a new white dress she did but I haven't had time to photograph it yet. Lillie wasn't feeling well all week so we just took pictures of her in this one and figured we would save the other new tutu and the dress for when she was feeling better). This one here is one of my new favorites! It is a double layer pixie cut and the top layer is a pale almost grayish blue called Williamsburg blue. It has such a light, airy feel to it and Lillie looked so adorable running around in it! It will be available in our shop either next week or the week after.

This is my favorite picture of the bunch.

In the photos above I played around with the coloring a bit but this photo on the dress form probably shows the color the best (although on all computer screens it will probably look a little different).

And here are a few black and white shots:

Moosie or "Mimi", Lillie and Papa down in Colonial Williamsburg

It was a lot colder out than we thought and so we didn't last too long playing soccer down on the lawn in front of the Governor's Palace. I cannot wait for another month and a half or so when the weather starts to get warm again and we can go back to heading down there every day to play. I really miss our daily trips there!

I plan on doing posts on Lillie's room, an ottoman slipcover tutorial, some nursery ideas and a new script pillow all in the next week and a half and then hopefully a Valentine's one after that but we shall see if I can actually keep to that schedule! =)

I hope you all have had a lovely weekend.

P.S. I am still horribly behind on e-mails but hope to start digging into them tonight once Lillie is in bed and also to catch up on some blog reading - I am sooo behind!


  1. something about having your parents around is the best huh? i am glad they were there to offer you some relief!

    my parents get into town this saturday (my mom for 3 weeks, my dad for 4 and 1/2) and i am counting down the days until they get here!

    love the pictures of sweet lillie!

  2. Gosh you are am amazing photographer, mother, decorator- just everthing! Love your blog. I'm not a wife or a mother yet and I struggle with finding time to post, too- so don't apologize! Can't wait to see Lillie's new room!

  3. Your little girl is so adorable! She is so photogenic! You take the most amazing pictures of her with adorable poses. So glad you got to spend some time with your parents. You're an amazing woman! I can tell just by reading your blog!

  4. Very sweet pics! There is something about your little one that always reminds me of Vada from My Girl. She is so pretty!!

  5. WOW!!! That Tutu is so cute and the pictures are beautiful. I wish I had a little girl.

  6. The tutu is adorable!! I always enjoy seeing the pictures and the posts you write--it gives me a smile :)


  7. Gorgeous I love the tutu! This is when I wish I had a girl! But blessed to have 2 boys! She is sooo cute in that! Love it! Can't wait for you post! Don't worry I am behind too, I feel you stress! LOL, Hugs Lulu

  8. I know how time flies, it's crazy! I love the new tutu, what a great color and super cute on Lillie; her hair is so cute and getting long!

    Can't wait to see your new ideas! Have a nice week and take care!


  9. I completely understand being behind Jen. It looks like you had fun with your family. I love Colonial Williamsburg and spend time there every summer with my family.

    Looking forawrd to your tutorials.


  10. Adore that tutu, makes me long for a baby girl!
    Don't worry too much about being behind. It happens to all of us at some point! Just take it easy and be good to yourself!

  11. The tutu is precious, but oh that sweet Lillie!!! She is just a beautiful doll! So glad you had your parents to visit. What a blessing! We have never lived near our parents and I miss it so much, but I have to say they aren't the play outside with the grandkids kind of grandparents. It used to upset me, but I have realized that everyone is different and they love Jemma with all their hearts and that is what is important. Don't worry about emails... go to bed!!! I am ready for warm weather too. We had a teaser day today with 75 degree weather, but it is supposed to be 45 by the end of the week. I thought I moved to the beach... :-) Have a wonderful week!

  12. I can't wait to see Lillie's room! The first black and white picture of her just made me laugh, she's so adorable!

  13. Love that quote and picture of Lilliebel! Miss her so much--can't wait to play soccer with her in CW! :)

  14. Love the new pics and tutu! I wish I knew your parents were in town, I did absolutely nothing this weekend. If you need help just let me know! Love ya.


  15. When parents come over to help, lifts a weight of your shoulders.
    Same here, thank God they are still around.
    Love from Holland.

  16. This is one of my favorite tutus I think! Even though I have 2 boys, I totally drool over all the girly things you post! Love it!

  17. Jenni these are breathtaking pictures! OMGOOODDDNNNEEESS! HUGS!

  18. Absolutely GORGEOUS!!!

    I love those photos and the quote with Lillie looks so nice together. I want one of those in a t-shirt please :)

  19. My parents live ten minutes away, and I don't know what I'd ever do if they were far!! Gorgeous pictures, and I love the tutu!


  20. It is always nice to have mom & dad come to visit it is amazing how much they can accomplish in a very short time. I am so glad that they could help you out. Love, Love, Love your blog. I love the photos of Lillie. What actions do you use, if you do not mind me asking. do you use CS5 with overlays. Sorry, they are always just so beautiful. Of course you have the cutest model in the world. Lillie is just simply adorable. I cannot wait to see all the new products. Thanks for sharing, robin

  21. Your pics are BEAUTIFUL as well as the tutu!!! I have to ask, can you please share what camera you have, I would greatly appreciate it!!!

  22. Oh my gosh! I want that tutu! I'm a sucker for anything blue/gray-ish! LOOOVE! And the photos of Lillie are beautiful! Hope you are well!

  23. Wow, what an athlete Lillie is becoming haha

  24. Thanks everyone!

    Jamie - I am thinking about doing this quote on a little girls dress with the silhouette of a ballerina and then maybe on a tank for grown ups.

    Robin - Yes, I use Photoshop and Illustrator both CS5. I edited the photo first myself and then used a vintage action and grunge overlay from Florabella. Then I brought it into Illustrator as I like to do all my text there. I also highly recommend Pioneer Woman and the Coffee Shop (I think that is the name of the second one) because both of them offer FREE actions and textures!

    Paperlicious Girl - I have a Nikon D3000. It is an entry level digital SLR and I LOVE it!

  25. Jennifer, thanks so much for sharing. What a precious, precious daughter you have. I love your sight and have shared with some many people. I have tried often to purchase a pillow, but I am always late. I always look to see what you have. I have two sons, ages 25 & 22 (almost) My husband and both sons went to UNC so BIG Tarheel fans here. I love the latest tutu that Lille is dancing around. One day maybe God will bless me with a granddaughter. For now, I have a 3 1/2 lb yorkie little girl - Gracie.
    You are so talented and I love to see what you come up with next. So sorry you feel overwhelmed - I know how that can make one feel. Just relax, enjoy your days!

    Again thanks for sharing about Florabella, Coffee Shop & Pioneer Woman. I love them all.


  26. I think that 1st photo may be my favorite of Lillie so far. Beautiful!! The tutu is fabulous and on my wish list. Hope you can get some rest soon Jenni. xoxo

  27. We love colonial Williamsburg and colonial beach in the summer! do you ever go to kids burg on Monticello ave its called mid county park! its a great playground, we love going there too!

    your pictures are amazing!!

  28. Thanks! And yes, Holly we love Kidsburg! We had a couple of slightly warmer days this week and spent those afternoons there! The only problem is Lillie never wants to leave! Haha!


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