Dreaming of less

I wish I could be one of those cool Minimalists.  Eliminating all of the junk in my life.  There is just SO MUCH STUFF everywhere.

8 people in one house can really accumulate a lot of crapola and I feel like I am drowning. The goal- to have less, so very much less, and give more.

What I hope to gain-

  • Time- the time that I have to spend organizing, cleaning, and caring for stuff. This time could be spent on relationships and adventures.
  • Space- a place for everything that we keep. No more crammed cupboards and drawers!
  • Peace- clutter is making me crazy.
  • Money- we should be able to save something if we stop accumulating…right?

I start tomorrow in the boy’s room.    It’s a doozy!    Pray for my safety.

How do you keep a big family, and their stuff, in check? Any suggestions welcome….


Ms. Lucy

This picture makes me SMILE!
My five year old Brig,
and his “little” four year old brother Tay.
When I saw this fabric in the shop I knew that it was destined to be Easter shirts for these two cuties. They couldn’t wait to wear them, and they kept begging me to “hurry and put the buttons on!”
It was a very simple pattern. I’ll have to remember to post the company and pattern number.

This is a Picture of my 8 year old Macy.
The dress she is wearing is IZZY and IVY’s first dress pattern called the “Macy Giggles” Sun Dress.
When I told her I was taking her picture for the blog she purposely tipped her head down because that is “How they do it in the magazines” she said.

This pattern will be printed in the next few weeks, and will be for sale in May!!

There are at least 2 other patterns that will be released at that same time. I have another 3 ready for the next printing sometime this summer.

If you didn’t catch the post on Gracie Lous, my new Dress form is named

Ms. LUCY Venus

I’ll just call her Lucy or Luc (loose).

Now that Easter is over, what projects do you have on the queue?

Just another day in..

Yesterday was truly a fabulous day all around.
Just a bunch of small (and Large) good things happened all in a row!
The day started off as usual, getting the kids up and ready for school. I finally got a chance to shower and pray.
I always say my prayers after I shower because it is the only time that I have alone…..really.
So anyway, I was saying prayer and I decided that I would just be thankful, and not ask for anything…for once. I know that I have so much, and I know that Heavenly Father already knows what I need each day, just like I know what my kids need. It was nice to think about, and thank Him for everything.
I left the bathroom, and was confronted with this

ummmm….yeah….that is my 10 year old. He had just done the Rubik’s Cube. He has been watching a guy on youtube, learned the algorithms, and can do the cube!!
I was home with 5 little boys for a few hours. They were noisy, messy, and whiny. For a minute I sat there thinking that impaling myself with sharp objects would be more fun, I had to stop and just be thankful that they are all healthy enough to be annoying.
In the afternoon I got this–

It was a total surprise, and it made me cry!! I haven’t had a serger for about 12-14 years. And listen to this:

Can you imagine how easy serging could be if you didn’t have to thread the machine? Look no further than the Imagine – Baby Lock’s most popular serger. This advanced home serger includes Jet-Air Threading™, which threads the lower loopers with the touch of a lever, and Automatic Thread Delivery to thread in any order.

The day ended with teaching a purse class- always fun, and good reports from all teachers at Parent-Teacher Conferences.

Just another day in paradise!

Queen=True Love

It was March 25th, 1992

that Lego Hair Man (boy then) and I

went out on our first date.

It was a blind date.

I knew it was a forever love when we both sang


this song when it came on the radio.

(We had only know each other less than an hour)

Bohemian Rhapsody was OUR first “Song”!

Here’s to romance Lego Hair man! I love your guts!

"More than just a memory…"

This is my nephew Colton. He left us one year ago, and we still miss him every day. He was such a fun kid!
He was the drummer in a band, and he loved music.
One of his favorites was Flogging Molly. He’s wearing one of their shirts in this picture.
In trying to find something to say today. I found this song.
If I Ever Leave This World Alive
by Flogging Molly
If I ever leave this world alive
I’ll thank you for all the things you did in my life
If I ever leave this world alive
I’ll come back down and sit beside your
feet tonight
Wherever I am you’ll always be
More than just a memory
If I ever leave this world alive
If I ever leave this world alive
I’ll take on all the sadness
That I left behind
If I ever leave this world alive
The madness that you feel will soon subside
So in a word don’t shed a tear
I’ll be here when it all gets weird
If I ever leave this world alive
So when in doubt just call my name
Just before you go insane
If I ever leave this world
Hey I may never leave this world
But if I ever leave this world alive
She says I’m okay; I’m alright,
Though you have gone from my life
You said that it would,
Now everything should be all right
She says I’m okay; I’m alright,
Though you have gone from my life
You said that it would,
Now everything should be all right
Yeah should be alright
It has been a year since we held his hands, and stroked his curly hair.
We all miss his smile and his quick wit.
I know that he is all right where he is. I know that he wants us to be all right too.
You promised that you wouldn’t come home from your mission….
Love you Coley-bowl!

Lego’s results

Lego Hair Man visited the Doctor today.
He had made this appointment (for a hernia) before he ended up in the Emergency Room.
The Doctor had the results of his MRI……Finally!! some info!!
First- he has to see a surgeon for his hernia.
Second-He has to see a Neurologist because he has 3 bulging discs in his neck. 2 are showing significant deterioration. The Doctor said that Lego may have to have surgery for this problem too.
So, I am relieved to know what it is. I will feel even better when we have talked to the Neurologist.
Thanks to everyone for your prayers, kind words, thoughts, and compassion.
I feel so blessed!