Repost: Goodwill dress refashion: summer dress

Here's an oldie (sp?) but a goodie I'm entering into a contest online. I almost actually wore this dress today, but it was wrinkled and I was, well....lazy. :)
I'll be honest....when I picked the following dress up from Goodwill even I didn't realize how BAD it was! Just look how big those armholes are! None-the-less, I liked the soft turquoise color and the lightweight cotton material.

I trimmed most of the top of the dress off, took in the waist, hemmed up the bottom, then added the collar and straps.

This dress isn't perfect as I was a bit rushed when sewing it, but I still think it's super cute and very wearable!

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Easy desk spruce up.

Fact: I spend more time at my desk than I do with my husband. Man, that's a bummer to actually type!

Fact: my desk is boring

Solution: Add some color to my desk. I used fusible interfacing to iron on some fabric to my existing mouse pad.

I used mod-podge to cover my existing coaster.
It's now a little cheerier (is that a word?) at my desk. Another thing that helps is this cool desk calendar that Sean bought me for Christmas.


Happy Birthday, Wyatt!

Yesterday was Wyatt's first birthday! Here are some pics to document the celebration.

Yes, I made him a birthday hat. They were selling for $13 at a dog store here in F-ville. No thanks, I'll just make one.
Here's his pupcake.

He ate the icing first. A dog after my own heart.

Birthday boy bandanna to wear to the dog park!

Here's his b-day goodies. Some treats, a new bone and some detangler. ;)

He loves his new bone....

Clearly...it already looks like this. Dang. Anyone know of good, strong rope bones?

At the end of the day he was tuckered out. My heart felt so full as my puppy snuggled on my chest. I'm sure someday that feeling will be replaced an even greater fullness from a snuggling baby, but for now Wyatt suffices.

Happy Birthday, Wyatt. We love you!

Congrats, Kait!

This weekend, Sean's cousin Kaitlyn graduated from the UofA. We had a little celebratory brunch for her at our placebefore the ceremony. I made this yummy cake -- I tried to follow the 'rules' of freezing, leveling off, crumb coat etc. I looks pretty good, but could have used another coat of icing.

I found these really cute printable letter banners here. Would be great for showers!

Way to go, Kait! This girl worked hard for her degree and deserved a day to celebrate her accomplishment. See her necklace? That was my graduation gift to her, and the project sneak peek I blogged about last week. I'll post more on that later.


Haiti trip

Let us love not with words or in tongue, but with actions and in truth.
1 John 3:18

As I was laying in bed the other night, I told Sean I want this to be my life verse. Oh how I desire to love others through action and in truth!

A surgeon I work with has developed a tender heart for the people of Haiti. His organization, theiteam, partners with the Northwest Haiti Christian Mission to help provide much needed surgical care to the people of Haiti. After significant prayer, God has opened some doors for me to join his team on a 10-day trip this August.

As I begin preparations for this trip, I covet your prayers. Prayers specifially that my heart would be ready to experience all that I see and also that financial support goals are met on time.

I desparately need to be pushed outside of my comfort zone -- to experience something other than the easy American lifestyle. Right now I just feel overwhelmed with the whole process of planning, fundraising, etc -- I hope over the next few months to blog about how the Lord is preparing me for the trip.


Project sneak peak

Started working on a graduation gift today -- here's a quick teaser.


Repost: On Enemies

This blogger did a good job capturing some of the feelings and thoughts I've had regarding the death of Osama Bin Laden. Click here to read her full post.

Dog or monkey?

Wyatt makes some really strange noises. Sometimes he sounds like a monkey.