Jun 30, 2012

Sissy in action

Story's bday was end of May but MarigoldRoad just wouldn't be the same without her sweet face/voice in this video!
How is your weekend going?
I worked at the Cottage again.
Best day ever.
I love loving on women all day. Hearing them get excited about crafting and projects...

Lord, thank you for the blessing of a fulfilling hobby that brings me joy over & over.
Thank you for letting me in on sweet giggly conversations and a few heartfelt confessions.
You are so worthy...not only for who you are but for giving me just what I need.

Jun 28, 2012

My Vintage Space

Though the lighting in my little space at the Cottage Collective (a local boutique where I vend/work for those of you who aren't privy), is positively shoddy, I am antsy to show you pictures of my newly styled room! My "boss" and coworker has a gift, well--many!

 She knows how to group things together by color, season, type, and make things appeal to shoppers who don't have that "picker" mentality that I have.

I had a blast at work today. It didn't feel like work. What a blessing.
There may have been after hours dancing. :-)

I love Thursdays!
And now you know one of the reasons I don't blog daily...so much to do for this sweet little space. :-)

p.s.-if you see something you want I am open to shipping; I need the money

Jun 27, 2012

4th of July Dessert Recipe: Firecracker Bites

Serve these darling, chilled dessert treats this 4th of July!
 pic by me

What you need:
1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1 cup cold milk
1 pkg (3.4 oz) vanilla flavor instant pudding
1-1/2 cups thawed whipped cream, divided
1 pkg (11 oz) vanilla wafers
1/2 cup mixed red, white, blue sprinkles
42 pieces red string licorice cut 1 inch
Make it:
Beat cream cheese in large bowl with mixer until creamy. Gradually beat in milk. Add dry pudding mix; beat 2 min. Whisk in 1 cup whipped cream.

Spoon about 1-1/2 Tbsp pudding mixture onto each of half the wafers; cover with remaining wafers to make sandwiches. Freeze 2 hours or until filling is firm.

Spread tops of wafer sandwiches with remaining whipped cream. Dip in sprinkles. Insert licorice piece in top of each for the fuse. Freeze until ready to serve.

Jun 26, 2012

Dog Days of Summer

It's hotter than the blazes here.
We went to Story's pediatric check up a month too early; 
I wrote the wrong day on the calendar. What to do?
After the grocery store we decided to slip-n-slide.
I scrounged up some work out clothes and jumped right in.
Except I can't slip-n-slide. I am told old and too big.
Too uncoordinated.
But these two?
They thoroughly enjoyed the slide, oblivious to the heat.
Thankful for the simple joys in life.

Jun 25, 2012

Sponsor MarigoldRoad in July!

It's time to think about what blogs you'd like to sponsor in July.
MarigoldRoad is growing weekly and chock full of pretty pictures and inspiring posts.
Lots of fun things to come in July...and I love helping you get your name out there.
I've jumped on the PassionFruit bandwagon; see rates & information, including stats, here.

To launch my sponsor program I am offering 20% off ads using code SUMMER; swaps are no longer available.

Let's party it up this month!

Jun 24, 2012

The Healing Balm of a Good Cry

It isn't often I am inspired to write from my most inner heart (then brave enough to post), but today, in reaction to a series of touching, profoundly subtle moments and memories I simply cannot ignore, I am here at this desk, "pen at hand."

Exploring my heart and feelings and learning lessons from them is usually spurred by something the kids have so sweetly and purely enacted. Those sweet baby-souls are wholeheartedly, inexplicably, and in everything I do, my motivation and inspiration.
I have been somewhat emotional, processing deep things that haven't been talked about here. You know what it's like to want some semblance of privacy in a wanton sea of technology, curiosity, and surfacey-ness, yes? Please say yes.
Anyway, I was back home this weekend, briefly for a baby shower, and the most beautiful of ladies (second cousin), eyes sapphire, was visiting. Her hobby in her retirement has been to study genealogy. Fascinating. Something I've always wanted to delve into.

 I'm a treasure hunter of sorts--our whole family has an obsession with vintage, for history.
There are treasures to be had and oh, what a high when you find one!
The same can be said for the mysteries of the past--secrets on the cusp of being brilliantly discovered. It's that scruffy dog in the farmyard of a black/white photo of children dirty from the day. Not only do you wonder about the children-and you smile at how they are so much like children today-but you also wonder about the doggy...what life was like for him, too. And you take that magnifying class down close, peering for clues, for the rouge on a flapper girl's lips, for something embroidered on a baby romper.
For some reason, perhaps womanly hormones, some of those pictures had me weeping. Especially the ones of my dad as an infant. My instinctual thought was, "no wonder Wilder and Story are so dern cute!" Then, I was overcome with gratitude at the long, meaningful life my dad has led and how I've been blessed/privileged to be a part of that life. Of him.
Of a history about which I want to learn more.

I returned from the trip anxious to give the kids Melissa and Doug toys I found on the cheap. But nothing can ever compare to the gifts Wilder and Story bestow upon me on a minute-to-minute basis. Such joy on their faces as I embraced them.
 How is it that these children can re-fascinate and astound me? Over and over again? I nuzzled into the curves of their necks and breathed in the faint scent of avon baby detangling spray--the kind that smells like apples and I must remind myself...these children are not for consumption! I am so overcome by these beings, by my love for them, and theirs for me. I can't help but repeat that phrase you've come to recognize on my blog: I adore you, I adore you, I adore you.
I never want them to forget it.
 I'm happy I was a basket case-weepy at the silliest of things. I found myself apologizing to people, but deep down, I was giddy and proud of myself for just letting those feelings do what they wanted to do.
As I age, I'm learning that being heart-on-my-sleeves-sensitive isn't always the best policy, that not everyone needs to know the guts and grime of my pains...not everyone can/should/wants to be trusted with those pearls.

I have cried when I felt like it. Given myself permission to not be afraid of deep emotions. To own those emotions for the past, for the present. To let God soothe them.
These are the moments that make me happy to be alive.

What are yours?

Jun 22, 2012

Garage Sale Finds & Giveaway Weiner

The garage sale gods were kind to me the past couple of days. I took a ton of stuff to the shop so didn't get pics of those items (think, vintage luggage/linens)...but here are things I squandered today:
 Lamp with shade (to makeover), darling sweater jacket for Story, fantastic embroidery art, vintage dutch girl canisters, cute framed card
I'm glad the weekend has arrived!
 Perhaps tonight I will have a minute (or twenty) to indulge:
p.s. winner of the Along for the Ride giveaway is Tiffany Brand!
Email me for details.

Jun 20, 2012

WIWW Embellished Cardigan

The kids and I went to lunch at a former coworker's house, so I knew flipflops and a hippie skirt wouldn't suffice.

We had tomato basil soup, warm bread, and ceasar salad...yum! The kids acted "refined" for about 5.8 seconds.
It was so fancy, delicious, and very nice to be waited on and pampered a little.
I enjoyed catching up with former work friends.

Linking up with Pleated Poppy's WIWW:
 Nude embellished cardigan-friend's closet sale
Teal tee-Target
Suede heels-Target
Nail polish-avon
Thank you, Jenna, for the pictures. :-)

Homes in the area: