3.01.2015

Motivational Monday {{03.01.15}}

Can y'all believe it's March?! Seriously, this year is flying by! My sweet baby will be six months old this week, so if you need me, I'll be crying in the corner! Haha! Anyway. I hope y'all have had a great weekend - are you ready to party with us?! Let's get to it! As always, here are your co-hosts! Hop around and say hello to each one!


Burlap and Babies
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The DIY Mommy
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Dwelling in Happiness
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Curly Crafty Mom
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Sew Much Crafting
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Making It In The Mitten
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The Dempster Logbook
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The Southern Couture
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We'd love for you to link up with us, but please play by the following rules to make it fun for everyone! Link up a recent post of yours, something that motivates you to create or just be awesome! Our goal is of this link up to focus on craft, DIY, and home posts so please try to remember that when linking up!
  • Limit it to three links per week, and remember to link directly to your post, not your blog!
  • Do not link stores, giveaways, or other link parties.
  • Be sure to hop around some of the other posts that have been linked up to share the love and get motivated by what others have been up to...because of course, this is Motivational Monday after all!
Each week, your hosts will choose a few posts to feature from the previous week. If you want a chance at being featured, you must follow all of the hosts. By linking up, you agree to let each host share your photo and link back to your site. Link party goes live Sunday at 6:00 p.m. and ends Thursday at 5:00 p.m. {PST}.

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We're mixing things up with the features this week... Each co-host has chosen a different post from last week's party to feature, so be sure to hop around to see who's been featured on each blog! Ready to see which link I've chosen to feature this week??
Use Junk to Hide Your Technical Equipment from {{Scrapality}}

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Alrighty... Are you ready to party?! Link up below!

2.27.2015

Friday Faves {{Baby Book Edition}}

Can I get a HALLELUJAH?! It's Friday!! It feels like it's been a long week, but I'm not really sure why! The days of the week don't generally mean anything to me, but for some reason today being Friday is making me a happy camper!

Last week I shared some of my favorite Etsy finds with y'all, and I thought it'd be fun to continue the tradition of sharing some of my favorite things with you on Fridays. I heard recently that in the eyes of a child, a tradition is formed when something is done twice. Therefore, because this is my second Friday Fave post, it's now a tradition. Hopefully it doesn't break next week. *Smile*

Anyway. I love to read. I don't make as much time for it as I'd like to, but I really enjoy reading. I'm thankful for a mama who read to me as a child {and I really think that instilled the love of reading in my own life}. I also hope that my own children love reading... Books open the mind to adventure, and so much can be learned from reading.

Here are some of our favorite books... Babies are smarter than you might think, and while they might not understand each word that is spoken, they do learn {I think I read that in a book once}. Anyway. Hannah might not be able to pick her favorite books quite yet, but these are some of our go-to books when we sit down to read to her!

Favorite Books for Your Baby

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
In this book, Little Nutbrown Hare wants to express his undying love to Big Nutbrown Hare. He loves Big Nutbrown Hare as wide as his arms can reach, as high as he can hop, and down the lane as far as the river. Big Nutbrown Hare has longer arms, can hop higher, and sees past the river. Little Nutbrown Hare thinks he has finally figured out how he can love Big Nutbrown Hare more by loving him to the moon... But as soon as Little Nutbrown Hare falls asleep, Big Nutbrown Hare whispers that he loves Little Nutbrown Hare right up to the moon... And back.

It's just such a sweet little story about the love between a child and parent... And even though Hannah might not be able to tell me how much she loves me yet, I will always, always love her more. I tell her often that she'll never quite understand the depth of my love for her... Or at least not until she has children of her own.

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
In this book, Harold is a little boy who decides to go for a walk before bed with his purple crayon. It's such a great book to stimulate a child's imagination! Everything that Harold encounters along the way is from his imagination and drawn with his purple crayon - from the terribly frightening dragon protecting the apple tree to the hungry moose and deserving porcupine that came to finish up his lunch of his nine favorite pies. This is just such a fun book that I've come to love!

This is clearly Hannah's favorite book to read at this point in her life...

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
This is just a fun little book about the letters of the alphabet racing each other up the coconut tree. I don't know if you know this, but twenty-six letters making their way up a coconut tree can cause disaster... There just isn't enough room! This was one of my favorite books as a child {and I still have my paperback copy from when I was a kid}... And it's still a favorite! I hope Hannah grows to love it as much as I do! If you want a fun alphabet book for your little one, this is it! And I love that I was able to find a board book version for Hannah's library!

I Love You as Big as the World by David Van Buren
When I was expecting Hannah, I wanted a special book to use in our maternity pictures. I had gone to the store looking for another book {can't remember which one}, but the store I went to didn't have it {and I waited too long to order online!}... When I saw this book, I flipped through the pages and decided to "settle" on it for our sweet baby. I didn't fall in love with the book until the first time I read it to Hannah. Again, it's a sappy book about a mama bear's love for her cub. Mama Bear loves her baby as big as the world, as blue as the sky, as high as the mountain top, and more. It's just another sweet little book that I've grown to love.

Well, lovelies. There's a short list of my favorite books to read to my sweet, little one! Do your kiddos enjoy reading? What are some of your favorite books to read as a family or to your babies? I'd love to hear about them... Share in the comments below!

Note: This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase one of the books I recommended using these links, I make a small commission at no extra cost to you! Thanks for your support in keeping Sew Much Crafting running!

2.22.2015

Motivational Monday {{02.22.15}}

It's Sunday again, friends - how was your weekend?? Ours was great with typical weekend stuff going on... Discipleship, housework, church, and family time! Yay for that last part! Anyway. Have you been itching for spring to arrive?? It's been quite sunny and warm-ish here in the PNW, and I'm loving it!! It's been such a blessing with all that has needed done at our new house... Seriously, I couldn't have asked for better weather! Anyway. Let's get to the party!! As always, here are the Motivational Monday co-hosts!

Burlap and Babies
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The DIY Mommy
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Dwelling in Happiness
Blog | Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter | Google+ | Bloglovin’

Curly Crafty Mom
Blog | Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter | Bloglovin’

Sew Much Crafting
Blog | Etsy | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Google+ | Bloglovin'

Making It In The Mitten
Blog | Etsy |  Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter | Bloglovin’

The Dempster Logbook
Blog | Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter

The Southern Couture
Blog | Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter | Google+ |  Bloglovin’

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We'd love for you to link up with us, but please play by the following rules to make it fun for everyone! Link up a recent post of yours, something that motivates you to create or just be awesome! Our goal is of this link up to focus on craft, DIY, and home posts so please try to remember that when linking up!
  • Limit it to three links per week, and remember to link directly to your post, not your blog!
  • Do not link stores, giveaways, or other link parties.
  • Be sure to hop around some of the other posts that have been linked up to share the love and get motivated by what others have been up to...because of course, this is Motivational Monday after all!
Each week, your hosts will choose a few posts to feature from the previous week. If you want a chance at being featured, you must follow all of the hosts. By linking up, you agree to let each host share your photo and link back to your site. Link party goes live Sunday at 6:00 p.m. and ends Thursday at 5:00 p.m. {PST}.

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Each week we feature the top posts from the previous week's party! This week's features are...
Thrifted Entryway Table from {{My Own Home Blog}}

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Alrighty... Are you ready to party?! Link up below!

2.20.2015

Friday Faves {{Etsy Edition}}

Hey there, friends! I know I said I wouldn't be around much because we've been working on the house, but I wanted to pop in today and share some of my favorite shops from Etsy! I've been connecting with some pretty sweet shop owners lately, and they've been a help in growing my own shop! Did you know I've had almost 1000 sales?! I know some may look at that number and giggle, but that's HUGE to me! And I'm not for comparing anyway! Ready to see some of my favorite shops and things from the Etsy world?!

Are these paper clips not adorable?! Rachel from Pigtails and Pockets sells these cute designs on paper clips for your planner or on clips for your little one's hair! I'm thinking I may need to get some for Hannah soon! EEK!

These are super cute too! You can find these and more in Rachel's shop!

I'm a fan of pretty things - and I love these quotes and Bible verse prints! Aren't they just super colorful and fun?! You can find them in Lindsay's shop, Pen and Paint.

I have been keeping my love of planners on the down low... Mostly. Sometimes I share a picture or two from my planner, but if I'm being honest, I use it ALL the time - or I look at it as often as I can anyway! One of my very favorite Etsy shops is Scribble Prints Co! Andrea's shop is what really introduced me to using stickers in my planner... And I haven't turned back!

I have a few different favorite shops for stickers, but Andrea's is in my top three! I use the stickers above to keep track of short lists of things to do, and I use the nail polish stickers to mark when I need to file my nails and trim Hannah's nails!

I don't have these suitcase stickers {yet!}, but aren't they fun?! Andrea's stickers are glossy, bright, and super great quality! They're seriously some of my favorites! Her shop is on vacation while she's moving cross-country, but she'll be opening soon! Mark it as a favorite and re-visit when she opens! Oh, and if you order, tell her I sent you!

Another one of my favorite sources for stickers is Alex Studio! Nicole's stickers aren't glossy, but they're super high quality as well! And I love the designs! I use these onesie stickers to mark Hannah's laundry day...

I also love these chevron camera stickers to mark the days I take pictures of Hannah for her monthly updates here on the blog! Aren't they cute?

Another shop owner I've followed on Instagram for quite some time is April from Marine Parents. April adds ruffles to all the things, and her designs are just lovely!

Do you shop on Etsy? What are some of your favorite items or shops?! Or maybe you're a shop owner yourself?? I'd love to check out your shop or favorite items - leave a comment below!

Alrighty, friends... It's time for me to get back to work around the house and with my own Etsy orders! I hope to be back tomorrow with a quick Snapshot Saturday post {fingers crossed!}... Have a great Friday, lovelies!!

2.18.2015

My Baby Isn't a Baby Anymore...

Okay, my post title might be a little dramatic. Hannah is still quite a baby. But she's getting so big! Just this evening she sat up {leaning on her belly} for about three minutes. She was staring at her Sophia giraffe a couple of inches in front of her, trying to figure out how she could reach her. And she also had her first tastes of rice cereal this evening. She was super tired, so it didn't go over great... BUT she didn't spit it out or completely reject it. I have faith that it will be better tomorrow. Oh, and have I mentioned she has a tooth about to poke through? Because she does. It's sooooo close to making its debut in her little mouth! She's been a little extra fussy because of it {and the pain is keeping her from sleeping as much as she used to}. Anyway. No worries though, friends. She's still just as cute as ever. And I'm so thankful to be her mama!!


Just wanted to stop in with this super cute picture and to give an update that yes, we are still here! Our most recent project at the new house has been painting the outside. And boy, has that made a HUGE difference in the look! I can't wait to share pictures {but obviously I can because I haven't shared them yet! *Smile*}... Anyway. I just sent eleven Etsy orders to the printer, and now we're headed to bed! I'll try to get back this weekend with a Snapshot Saturday post! Until then, enjoy your week!