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kindergarten graduation

by @according2kelly on June 17, 2011

dear gavin,

congratulations! as of this week you are officially a kindergarten graduate – a concept i’m still trying to wrap my brain around. it seems like just yesterday i was saying goodbye to you on your first day of preschool. & it’s nearly impossible for me to fathom the fact that it’s been six years since you were a newborn. yet, here you are – practically grown up!

someone much smarter than i, a mr. robert fulghum, once proclaimed that “most of what i really need to know, about how to live, and what to do, and how to be, i learned in kindergarten.” & i have to say, i most definitely agree…

“share everything. play fair. don’t hit people. put things back where you found them. clean up your own mess. don’t take things that aren’t yours. say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody. wash your hands before you eat. flush. warm cookies and cold milk are good for you. live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some. take a nap every afternoon. when you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together. be aware of wonder. remember the little seed in the styrofoam cup: the roots go down & the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that. goldfish & hamsters & white mice and even the little seed in the styrofoam cup – they all die. so do we. and then, remember the dick-and-jane books, and the first word you learned – the biggest word of all – LOOK.

everything you need to know is in there somewhere. the golden rule & love & basic sanitation. ecology and politics and equality and sane living.

take any of those items and extrapolate it into sophisticated adult terms and apply it to your family life or your work or your government or your world and it holds true and clear and firm.

think what a better world it would be if all – the whole world – had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon & then lay down with
our blankies for a nap. or if all governments had a basic policy to always put thing back where they found them and to clean up their own mess.

and it is still true, no matter how old you are – when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands & stick together.”

everyone has told me “they grow up so fast.” but it’s the truth. but especially this past year –  i have watched you grow, learn & change, right before my very eyes. you’ve learned your a,b,c’s & 1, 2, 3’s. you can write simple sentences & even read. although, at the “core” you’re still the same, sweet little boy i brought home in my arms six years ago. green is currently your favorite color. legos & video games are your newest passion, although riding your bike is your favorite way to spend the afternoon. & somehow you manage to charm everyone you meet. parents & teachers alike have told me that you are “secretly” their favorite.

congratulations on this huge accomplishment, and always remember…

xoxo, mom


holiday traditions: christmas pillowcases

by @according2kelly on December 21, 2010

30 minute pillowcaseit just isn’t a holiday without a special, custom made pillowcase. the boys look forward to picking out their fabrics, every holiday. luckily for me, i can whip these pillowcases out in about 15 minutes.



it’s beginning to look a lot like christmas
ev’rywhere you go
take a look in the five-and-ten,
glistening once again
with candy canes silver lanes aglow

it’s beginning to look a lot like christmas
toys in ev’ry store
but the prettiest sight to see
is the holly that will be
on your own front door

a pair of hopalong boots and a pistol that shoots
is the wish of barney and ben
dolls that will talk and will go for a walk
is the hope of janice and jen
and mom and dad can hardly wait for school to start again

it’s beginning to look a lot like christmas
ev’rywhere you go
there’s a tree in the grand hotel,
one in the park as well
the sturdy kind that doesn’t mind the snow

it’s beginning to look a lot like christmas
soon the bells will start
and the thing that will make them ring
is the carol that you sing
right within your heart a


show & tell: handmade ideas, how-to’s & tutorials

by @according2kelly on August 3, 2010

welcome to our holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along.” we are baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season. dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects. a southern fairytale is spotlighting lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss. & to check out ALL of our crafty & creative projects go, you just have to keep reading…

now that we’ve spent literally weeks playing filling your pretty little heads with all kinds of crafty & creative things to make, bake & sew, it’s time to play show & tell. be sure link up YOUR best handmade gift ideas, how-to’s & tutorials below. let’s gather all of the best handmade gift ideas in one handy-dandy place.

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decisions, decisions.

by @according2kelly on April 15, 2009

way, way back, what seems like a zillion years ago, i thought i had things figured out. of course that particular quilt was more purple-y & girly in the traditional kind of way. but i pretty much assumed it had been hung on the wall to stay. but now that this quilt has arrived home & is currently testing out the spot on the wall, i’m having a hard time making a decision. it really isn’t that big of a deal, or at least that’s what the hubby is continually telling me. but, right now it is a big deal, at least to my sanity. this simple decision will have a huge, no astronomical impact on the entire room. whichever quilt is chosen will ultimately play a big part in the decision regarding what color to paint the powder blue dresser (perhaps a bright tangerine for a little pop! or maybe we don’t paint it at all?). it will also effect (or is it affect?) the wall hangings, light fixtures & all the other little odds & ends that will play apart of making this room “hers”… in the end, this simple quilt decision could totally & completely shape this little lady’s personality & life-to-be. okay, so maybe i am being just a bit over dramatic, it’s just the hormones talking. but seriously, this is a big decision, & i hate making decisions.


something old, something new…

by @according2kelly on April 14, 2009

vintage bed sheets, some new onesies, &  just a wee, little bit of trim, & this little girl of mine has some new dresses to lounge around in. thank you carrie for the inspiration & chelsey for the instruction. another “to do” has now been crossed off the list.


something pink-ish is hanging in the closet.

by @according2kelly on April 8, 2009

three weeks to go. wow! as i re-read that sentence i get chills up & down my spine. but it’s really happening. & after much assurance from my doctor that she really is a girl, i’ve finally started to give in, just a bit, to the power of pink.

here’s my first attempt at crafting a little ensemble for her to wear. (click on picture to enlarge). but i couldn’t make only a dress, every little girl needs some matching accessories. so, i whipped up a blanket to match. i’m sure once she sees it, she’ll be drooling to wear it.


this is what happens when i go the bathroom…

by @according2kelly on April 6, 2009

no, no – this isn’t the result of an edward scissorhands inspiration that came to me suddenly while sitting on the pot. instead, this is the work of my own personal edward scissorhands – my 2 year old. apparently he didn’t think that my carrie-inspired re-usable shopping bag had enough flair to it. so, he found some scissors (& i’m using the term “found” very loosely here. what i really mean to say is he went to my locked sewing cupboard, i guess the “child locks” no longer are a match for him, & purposely got out a pair of scissors) & started snipping away. who knows? he may have had a real vision here, unfortunately for him, i caught him in the middle of the act & prevented him completing his “masterpiece”. now, my over-the-shoulder bag is more of a clutch, but it’s okay, it’s still cute. hopefully, this will be owen’s “scissor story”. it seems every child has one, & this is way better than the story of gavin giving himself a haircut.



by @according2kelly on April 2, 2009

her walls are still (& probably will remain) a boring shade of beige. the recently purchased dresser is still powder blue & there isn’t a whole lot hanging in her closet. but yesterday, i did manage to hang a quilt on the wall, silently proclaiming the room “hers”. granted, i’m not promising that this particular quilt will stay on the wall, i am retaining the right to possibly make a change, depending on how this quilt turns out. but for now, it’ll due. so, just in case you were starting to worry that she was going to make her grand entrance into this world, & i wasn’t going to be prepared (because let’s face it, you might not be worried about that, but i certainly am)… i am still taking those “baby steps”, slowly, ever so slowly i’m making progress.


just in case you doubted me…

by @according2kelly on March 25, 2009

just in case you thought there was a slight possibility that i was exaggerating just a touch regrading my current mental state – here’s some proof. randomly & totally out of the blue, this week i decided i needed to sew a quilt for the baby. mind you, i’ve already sewn one quilt & several blankets. what i really should be working on is stocking her boudoir with clothes, that she might actually wear. but no, the bee in my bonnet insisted i sew another quilt… i was a little worried that my the other quilt i had made was a bit too girly – because it had purple & pink in it, gasp! so, i thought i needed another, more subtle-ly pink quilt. anyway, long story short – i sewed the quilt. but, when all was said & done, there were two patchwork squares driving me crazy. one square had two pieces of the exact same fabric touching at the corners (yes! just the corners were touching). the other square had two pieces of the exact same fabric separated by only one small square. when i actually thought about it, i knew i was being crazy. hello?! the ENTIRE quilt is patchwork. lots of different fabrics going on there. no one would ever notice, except for me. & yet, all day long, i kept looking at that quilt, letting those two little squares eat me up inside. until finally, i picked up my trusty seam reaper, un-picked my way to those devilish little squares & fixed the problem. when i was done, i really & truly felt like i could breathe again.

believe me now? i’m definitely on the fast-track to the funny farm. hopefully this baby arrives before i make it the entire way.

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