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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

New Seersucker Pillow Covers



Jenni was feeling a bit under the weather yesterday so she wasn't able to do the post she had planned for this morning, but I figured I would go ahead and announce our new pillow covers--The Reagan Ruffle Pillow Cover in Seersucker.



Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Lillie's First Bike


Lillie has been wanting a bike since last summer. We kept telling her we would get her one this summer. Well, yesterday Lola, Lillie and I headed to a consignment shop trying to hunt down a few needed things for the girls and this lovely bike greeted us at the door. Lillie squealed and clutched her hands to her heart and said, "Oh look at this beautiful bike! It is just my size!" It was so sweet and my heart melted. Still, I figured seeing how we had held off this long why not wait a couple more months...right? She's been begging for one just about every Target trip for the past year. But then I saw the price which was great and texted Jon a picture to see what he thought but knew he was working out one of the players so didn't think I would hear back from him before we left. I told her we probably wouldn't get it today but we would think about it and I would ask Daddy about it tonight. Well, just before we left Jon texted me back and excitedly said to get it! When I told her we were going to get it I think it may have been the most excited I have ever seen her in her three little years!

Even though it was FREEZING as soon as we got home and I got the seat adjusted to her size she hopped on and in about five minutes she had learned how to peddle. She was just absolutely so thrilled and happy and wanted Jon, Jason and every one of our neighbors who drove by or walked by to get their mail to watch her. She's normally pretty shy around people she doesn't know and doesn't talk much but yesterday she wouldn't stop chatting to anyone that walked by about her new bike! She even saw one woman who was walking by with her phone in her hand and said, "You can take a picture of me and my new bike if you want!" If you knew how much she hates having her photo taken you would know how hilarious that was.

 I can't believe how fast she is growing up. I have to say this was probably one of the most special afternoons I have had with her. I didn't have my real camera outside with me but I did get a few shots and a video with my iPhone.


After dinner last night we went to Target and got her a helmet so don't worry - she will be nice and safe.

I also wanted to wish Dana a very happy birthday! Love you!

I hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Quinn and Lindsey


Lillie is going to be a flower girl in May! One of Jon's players, Quinn and his fiance Lindsey are getting married and we are so excited for them. Lindsey played on the women's team here at William and Mary and graduated last May. She's been a huge help to me especially these past couple of months when she's been helping out several days a week both with Dear Lillie things and with the girls. They love her! And Lillie is very excited about being a flower girl. She was a "flower baby" in Jamie and Josh's wedding but was too little to actually do anything but have Jason carry her down the isle. =) I am getting a little nervous she's going to chicken out when it come time to head down the isle this time. Especially seeing how this past week she's been asking Lindsey and I if "maybe instead of being a flower I could be a truck?" I am thinking maybe she thinks it's like Halloween and she is dressing up like a flower or something? Oh to be able to get inside the mind of a three year old.

Anyway, we are so very happy for Quinn and Lindsey. They are such a sweet and wonderful couple and we are so honored for Lillie to be a part of their special day! Here are some of their engagement shots taken by the talented Cathy Lachine:










Also Quinn is up for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award! 

He is one of just ten players in the entire country up for this award.
I know I haven't written much about the season this year but these guys are all just such amazing kids which I know is pretty rare these days in college sports. I know how proud Jon is of them all.  Quinn is an amazing role model and a perfect example of what we love so much about being a part of the TRIBE family here at William and Mary. You can read more about Quinn here.

If you have a second please head on over and VOTE for him!

Also our Emily Dickinson pillow covers are back in stock
both as a set and individually.

And we are finished up more Nest pillow covers which will be available towards the end of the week and also plan on having a brand new Reagan style for sale on Wednesday.

So far 2012 has been a bit of a blur and I have done very few projects. I have several that I am itching to get to work on and think I am finally going to be able to this week!  I can't wait! First, though, I really need to clean out my closet and the garage - yuck...

Have a wonderful Monday!


Sunday, February 26, 2012

Pajama Dress "Tutorial" (Jason's February Post)

When I started doing monthly posts for Dear Lillie last summer I made a promise to keep my topics of choice "somewhat related to the general theme of the blog." In keeping with that promise, I decided to try my hand at a little crafting this month. What I thought would take about five minutes wound up taking three days... and still ended up looking like it took only five minutes.

So here is my attempt at a Pajama Dress tutorial...  Please keep in mind though that I have never used a sewing machine before (unfortunately I guess I can't really say that anymore).

STEP 1 - FIND FABRIC
Just Jenni's taste...

Lillie, of course, had to go with Dora.

STEP 2 - TRACE TWO OUTLINES

My right hand was apparently crippled in the outlining process...


STEP 3 - CUT OUTLINES
At this point Lillie and I found ourselves a bit overworked and decided take the rest of the day off.

Little did I know Lillie would want to take turns cutting... Expect this step to take at least an hour if your "helper" is equally interested in "helping."


STEP 4 - PIN SIDES


Lillie was actually surprisingly good at this.

STEP 5 - POSE WITH A PIN WAY TOO CLOSE TO YOUR FACE

STEP 6 - SEW EDGES
Jumping up and down on the foot pedal continuously makes things interesting.

No one says it has to be perfect, Lillie.

STEP 7 - REALIZE YOU SEWED THE ENTIRE DRESS SHUT
Apparently when Jenni said "now sew all the edges" I was supposed to know that meant to leave holes for Lillie's arms, legs, and head. Rookie mistake.

STEP 8 - HAVE A WOMAN EXPLAIN HOW TO FIX IT

STEP 9 - TURN DRESS INSIDE IN
Clearly Lillie had lost interest by now, at which point I realized I was just at Jenni's house making a dress by myself--awkward.

STEP 10 - PHOTOSHOP SOME EXTRA LENGTH ONTO THE DRESS

STEP 11 -  PRETEND IT TURNED OUT WELL


So yeah, it looks like something a Flintstone might wear when dressing down, but at least we tried...


Saturday, February 25, 2012

Maison De Stencils



I am excited to introduce to you our newest sponsor,  Laura of Maison De Stencils, who designs and sells Euro inspired stencils. Check out some of these designs:
 


And guess what? 
She is giving away TWO stencils to one of our readers!
1 stencil that is 12 x 12 inches & 1 that is 5.5 x 11.5 inches.
The winner can choose 1 of each size stencil they like in those 2 sizes.


Here are some of Laura's customer's photos:

I love this schoolhouse cabinet from Lady Butterbug:


So how can you win two of these fabulous stencils?

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post!

You don't have to have a blog to enter, either. If you aren't a blogger, just enter a comment and then where it says "comment as" scroll down near the bottom and click on anonymous. However, if you do that, make sure to leave your e-mail address so we can confirm that you are the winner. If we draw the name of someone who doesn't leave any identifying information we will simply draw a new name. Make sure to check back here on the blog to collect your prize!

You can comment each day if you would like to up your chances!


For an extra entry simply visit Maison De Stencils and come back here and tell us your favorite item!
Have a wonderful weekend!



Thursday, February 23, 2012

A Little Spring in the Family Room and Tagana Rose



Okay, so I know that it actually is a little early for spring especially seeing how it snowed here two days ago, but I am starting to get that itch for warmer weather! Actually it was beautiful here this past weekend and again yesterday. I am hoping it will stay that way. Anyway, earlier this week I finally removed the valentine silhouette pillows that were in these chairs and added these new nest ones. I also added the nest back onto the wreath. (You can see the wreath and it's seasonal changes here in this post). I think these are my favorite pillows I have had in these chairs. I really like how the brown and cream tie in with the rest of the room.


 These pillows are now available in our shop!



I also wanted to introduce you to one of our new sponsors, Tagana Rose:

They are currently under construction but are reopening on March 5th.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thursday!

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