HA! did that get you reading? Lacy and I have been far from this blog for far too long…But its baaack!! We have been obsessively collecting coupons, working the system, getting free stuff, creating mini shopping malls in our garages…and finally we have gotten back to sewing, crafting and being creative…which is what truly delights me atleast…so…pics coming soon, lacy helped me figure out the basics for sewing and I’ve since made rockin flannel pillowcases (John refuses to lay his handsome head on anything else) and an adorable sundress for EM!!! one comin for mai mai soon…ALSO!! Im planning a sweet princess party for MaileyAnne’s third birthday party!! Im gonna make the cake!! (Any ideas Kris???)

K…hope you haven’t all lost hope…peace out!



Coeur de Pirate (heart of a pirate)

pirateCommes des Enfants by Coeur de PirateMmm…this is my current musical obesession..the darling girl behind the band which is Coeur de Pirate is Beatrice Martin. Although i cannot understand a word, the lilting gorgeous melody and piano composition make me oh so very happy…i cannot explain..listen to her newest single, Commes de Enfants or watch the video here..she reminds me of kate…yeah Janet?

The best earth muffin…muffins? haha

So..i don’t have a photo to post yet..but i promise i’ll update soon. My husband brought home some muffins from a job a while ago..and after getting over my phobia of food from strangers (he convinced me she had a very clean house and seemed like a total earth muffin) i had to admit they were pretty kickin. AND they’re super healthy! here’s the recipe!

Six week Muffins (bcuz the batter last for 6 weeks in the fridge)
*preheat oven to 350

1 box (14-16oz) Raisin Bran
1 Quart buttermilk (click here for a buttermilk substitute)
1C oil ( I use half a cup oil and 3/4C applesauce)
4 eggs
1 1/2C Brown Sugar & 1C white sugar
-Combine the above ingredients in a very large bowl

5C flour ( use 3 wheat and 2 white)
5 tsp. baking soda
-combine then add to the above mixture

Heres where you can be creative, you can add all the listed additions or pick and choose, i do all of these, about 1C ea.
-flax seed -wheat germ
-Raisins (goldens are delish) -nuts
-crushed pineapple – dried unsweetened coconut

For a crunchy topping press granola or coconut or cinnamon and sugar or rice krispies into the top of the batter with a spoon. Bake for 20-25min (or 15-18 for mini muffins)


so im in a bit of weird place…

thank you Tom...

thank you Tom...


A while back, John (my husband) was driving to work around 6:45am and saw an old man hitchhiking down west second…being that he was old, small and a bit drunk..John picked him up, the guy asked for a ride to shari’s and filled up Johns gas tank, which led him to believe this guy was probably decent..through the 8 min. drive, John learned that his name was Tom and he was 73 and his wife died october 8th and 1:04 in the morning, and he was desperately sad. We’ve gone by several times to check up on him and shovel his driveway, bring cookies and company etc..and over this course he has come to the conclusion we are the last two decent people in McMinnville (not true but sweet nonetheless) and has decided also, that he wants to pass on to me, all of his wifes sewing/crafting things. At first I was so not into that, it just seemed so weird, and felt like I was stealing or taking advantage of an old, sad widow, but then, since no one took anything, he literally threw away her two thousand dollar serger and computerized janome sewing machines…ACK! I was so bummed! So…on saturday John and I went by and he gave us, count them…1 2 3 4 5 garbage cans stuffed chock full of fabric and batting and pillow forms, emroidary hoops…you name it! And now he wants me to come over and help him go through the rest of  her stuff and take it, but I feel so weird still…doesnt that seem weird? Im thinking I will pack up everything that looks sentimental or important and put it in his storage without him knowing, and dump the trash and take the things that truly are worth giving away (i.e. sewing needles, ribbon etc)…what do you think? He wont talk about kids, says dont ask, but I know they both have some so I want to save the important things. Im also afraid that in a year, when the grieving starts to lessen, he’ll really regret giving away all his memories of her. And he often talks about how he gets drunk and just gives stuff away that he can’t remember…he gave me literally ALL of her jewelry, which i categorized into little baggies and I think im just gonna hang on to and not touch…cause i have this sneaking suspicion that he or one of his related will want that, some pieces are incredibly vintage and lots of junk, but nonetheless, I would want my mothers old jewelry, not some girl who never knew her…anyways..comment please!

Happy New Year :)

Lacy here…Warning…this is my first time putting my words into a blog. I’m afraid Sophia is a much better writer than I am. So here goes…

Every year I make a New Years resolution or two. I typically don’t write them down or even tell anyone. But this year is different. Yes, I will accomplish some goals this year!

1. First off…I need to finish what I start!!! I’m ALWAYS starting fun crafty projects (or cleaning projects for that matter) and never finish them! The first thing on my list is to finish the quilt I started for my grandma in 2006. It’s a cathedral window quilt with the ‘panes’ made of pieces of my grandpa’s shirts. He passed away summer of 2005, so I know my grandma would love to have this.

2. I need to get my home in better order (and I will be blogging about this alot in the near future!) I need to declutter, simplify and organize. Along those same lines I need to make a list of daily ‘chores’ for myself so I can keep my house ‘drop-in-visitor ready’ :)

3. Start on DIY Christmas gifts early! No more crazy late nights in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

4. Stop spending money on pointless (cluttering) junk! This will make my husband (and my bank account) veeeeeeeeery happy!

5. Of course, the obligatory weightloss resolution! I never drop all my baby weight while breastfeeding, so I need to go easy on myself…but I do want to drop those last few “Solly pounds” plus a bit more.


And here is my adorable excuse for the extra chunk around my midsection…


the ever growing "must haves"
the ever growing “must haves”

So… about a year ago I really started wanting to sew, like really really…I would go to sleep at night with little dresses and shoes, blankets and peasant tops dancing in my head…For christmas I got the raddest brother sewing machine a girl could ask for (thanks mom, dad, david, illy and ange!!) and i’ve begun collecting books here and there that are full of amazing patterns and ideas and mostly how to’s, and with Lacy teaching me I think i’ll really be able to see some fruit of all this studying!!!

on another note..we had a break in last night!! ack! I woke up for no good reason (mothers intuition) and just started walking down the hallway when I realized all the lights were on and the laundry room fan was  blasting away..of course i assumed John had for some reason left all this on before he went to bed (he stayed up till 1230 playing scrabble haha)…as I passed the bathroom I saw the light was also on and went in to shut it off and there was a man peeing in our toilet holding himself up on the counter…hmm…my first thought was “wow, John must be up and getting ready for work…” and exactly at the same time I thought “I just saw John asleep in my bed”…very disconcerting let me tell you. Im so proud I didn’t yell and startle the dude..I just booked it back to our room and flipped on the light (thus flipping out my husband ha) and told him there was a man in the house, to which his eyes grew bigger than big, and scooped our sleeping one year old off the bed and high tailed it to the nursery where our 2yr old was snoozing…John jumped into pants and stood at the door wondering how to confront said stranger, he handed me the phone and said “CALL SOMEONE!” haha, we were both so sleepy still, I called 911 and commanded the poor lady to hurry the heck up..John told dude to leave, then realizing he was extremely drunk realized he probably wasnt very coordinated or threatening and got closer and after freak asked my husband “whats up?” a million times he finally left..but! The police were on their way, so John went outside to see where he went and he was at our neighbors attempting to break in there!! fast forward..he got arrested, they found a knife in his pocket, we pressed charges, and John and I havent slept since! whee!!! actually it was somewhat amusing after the whole ordeal, but mostly incredibly see a complete stranger inyour HOME, one room away from your sleeping that was weird for sure.

Why we started…

happy birthday!!!

John Emry Sophie Mailey

So…this is Sophie here, there will most likely be two bloggers on this site, me and Lacy…but like i said, this is Sophie. I must first give massive credit to amy karol and her blog…it was was through the reading of her blog and the inspiration of her craftiness i finally got the guts and discipline to create this long overdue blog/shop. Lacy is one of the most imaginative and go get em’ types i have ever met, i have long had ideas twirling around in my head without any sort of means to make them happen, then Lacy and I had babies, one right after the other and almost at exactly the same time…as we experienced motherhood together i began to seriously envy her ability to make and create what was in her burnt out, overloaded mommy mind. I felt trapped, i wasn’t really young anymore (im actually only 22) i mean, physically yes i was still very young, but with two kids under my belt and three plus years of wifey-ness and counting…i felt like i was suddenly at odds with myself. Here i was, young and definitely getting bored and wondering what i was missing out on by letting shut, that door of careerwoman, big business gusto, castrate the men mentality that i had favored for so long. Could I really “settle down”? Could i devote myself to the long ardurous task of raising children? loving my husband and creating a home? well…lacy inspired me to do just that, and to do it well…so this blog is my (our) journey, chronicling our lives as we move towards an older way of  being a housewife, as we try to revive the long lost art of “home-maker” and as we struggle and overcome all the hardships and trials an attempt like this creates in the world we live in now….enjoy!