Sunday, December 21, 2008

gary's here & he needs my time

Gary's back for two weeks- yea!!!!
And he needs all my love and attention instead of my blog, so if I don't go into blog withdrawal I will see you all back here in 2 weeks.
have a memorable Christmas & productive New Year!

May your days be merry & bright & may all your Christmases be white!!

photo "let it snow" by Amit T found via Flickr

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

save handmade- more love for locals

here are some more locals who will have to close up shop in two months thanks to CPSI- click HERE to see how you can help
People are always asking me about my sling- I got mine from hotslings but that was before I knew about Mod Mum. The slings are so cute and they have many different styles.
and bytheway throughout December Mod Mum is giving away 3 baby slings a week! see HERE

mia sling (on sale!)

Baby Bintz has many cute things for your new mini & her blog has some great sewing ideas and links. I met the owner in my photography class. She's super nice & cute & just happens to live a few blocks from my parents in their best friends (the Garrett's) ward- what a small world.

I actually made some hats for this next company. Baby Chicks has adorable hair accessories for your girls. I also know one of the owners of this store and she honestly is one of the nicest most genuine people I've met.

Please help support our local businesses & help save handmade
Also I know there are a lot more local children's businesses out there that I don't know about but you do- you should spotlight them on your blog!

Monday, December 15, 2008

save handmade & these local etsy creators

I wanted to show some of our local etsy sellers who will be breaking the law if they continue to sell after Febuary 10 2009 thanks to the new CPSI Act. Please get involved and help our neighbors
super cute hats, neck warmers, booties & more
plus she gives 10% of all her proceeds to tiny tim & friends

super cute baby booties pattern, vintage patterns, jewelry & a little of everything
also found at my happy little life

evie ivy overstreet
adorable felt baby watches( I need one for Niels), cute onesies, & felt toys

gorgeous quilts, & waterproof cloth diaper covers (but they are so cute they'd be great to cover the obnoxious characters on disposable diapers)

These next two I don't think will be affected by the new Act but these are great local Etsy artists worth taking a long look at
her illustrations are so amazing! I need this 'revisiting the three bears-boy' print or the girl one

I love his fish watercolors and if I could I would have this kokanee salmon hanging in my living room

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Save Handmade!!

Well big government strikes again & this time it's at an industry that I know we all love. Lets all do our part so that this wonderful creative community will continue to provide us with beautiful one of a kind creations (that have nothing to do with dora)
Instead of writing my own (i'm tired) I've copy & pasted from Cool Mom Picks blog*
Save Handmade Toys
*We're all for strengthening the safety standards of mass-produced toys, clothes, and accessories made in China, and banning toxins like phthalates and lead. But this year, congress passed the ill-conceived Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act, a law which goes into effect in two months and will absolutely decimate the small toy manufacturers, independent artisans, and crafters who have already earned the public trust. The very same ones that we often feature here and in our yearly special edition gift guides.
With this act going into effect February 10 2009 so many people we love will be affected: Moms who sew beautiful handmade waldorf dolls out of home, artists who have spent decades hand-carving trucks and cars out of natural woods, that guy at the craft show who sold you the cute handmade puzzle--even larger US companies who employ local workers and have not once had any sort of safety issue will no longer be able to sell their goods. Not without investing tens of thousands of dollars into third-party testing and labeling, just to prove that toys that never had a single toxic chemical in them still don't have a single toxic chemical in them.

How to Get Involved -- it only takes 5 minutes of your time!
-Find your
congress personand senators and write a letter like the sample here.Particularly if they serve on the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection or the House Committee on Small Business.
-Send an email directly to the
CPSC or contact chairperson Nancy Nord at 301-504-7923
-Vote for amending the law on, digg style: With enough votes it will be presented to President Obama in January!
-Place the
Save Handmade! button on your blog or website to help spread the word to everyone you know who cares about protecting the little guy and preserving beautiful items made with love for our children.

Fantastic Resources
The Handmade Toy Alliance (check out their proposed changes, a lot of which make a whole lot of sense
CPSIA Facebook Group
CPSIA information group on ning
Z Recommends: Five steps you can take to save natural toys (excellent reading)
Fashion Incubator
The Smart Mama
Etsy business forums (including this specific thread on local media coverage
-Twitter: Search using the
#CPSIA hashtag
Endangered Whimsy - a blog gallery of handmade products endangered by the CPSIA. Feel free to submit yours.
Video: Handmade Portraits

Press, related posts and late-breaking news
Activism alert: Etsy artists band together and
send handmade toys to Congressman Rush
Patriot Ledger Editorial: "New law to put thousands of out work"
Boing Boing: "Consumer safety rule could drive crafters out of business" "Good intentions lead to catastrophic results for the natural toy industry"
Wall Street Journal: "Vendors urge relaxed lead safety rule" (despite the misleading headline)
DaddyTypes: "Is CPSC's new lead regulation going to wipe out the baby non-industrial complex next February?"
Eco Child's Play: "New consumer safety laws will make handmade, natural toys illegal"
Mom-101: "In support of work-at-home moms and other reasons to defeat the CPSIA act"
ETSY open letter on CPSIA
Startup Nation: Will CPSIA affect you?
Have some news for us or want more info?
Contact Liz and Kristen at with SAVE HANDMADE in the subject.

Monday, December 1, 2008

lehi stinks- literally

and thanks to a knowledgeable neighbor I now know why- Mink Farm! I have lived here for 7 years and have never had it smell this bad & so often, going outside has turned up my nose at least twice a week (if not more) since I moved back. I guess they are sending the mink off to the big mink farm in the sky, ie; get your wallets out ladies - new mink coats for all!
(maybe we can get a discomfort discount)

blackglama ad campaign 1968
Bette Davis by Richard Avedon
via flickr

Monday, November 24, 2008

Happy Birthday Kail!!

Kail turned 7 today and I feel like he just turned 6. He has turned into such a great little helper. He even offered to start taking the dirty diapers out to the garbage for me. Although asking him to change the diaper first was too much for me to ask. ;)
I think I should officially thank my friend Marisa for Kails name. Gary and I couldn't agree on anything and I was at the salon before my trip to Hawaii and was asking everyone to tell me names they liked, Marisa graciously pulled out her list of baby names and Kail was on it. I called Gary later that day and he liked it too & that was that. It's also where we got the spelling. & when we sent out the birth announcements our friend Charles was flattered that we named Kail after him. I know we were confused too. Charles is from Hawaii and in Hawaiian Kail means Charles. I was thinking about changing the spelling because someone told me that 'K' is girls letter (I know) but I'm glad I didn't. So thank you very much Marisa for sharing your list with me!
These are some pictures from NC
this is one of kails favorite summer pastimes, water bombs

Kail's enthralled audience; Lily & Kamina

Thursday, November 20, 2008

oh oh oh oh oh OH oh oh oh oh OH OH OH!!!

warning there might be some spoilers but not on purpose
I just saw this movie tonight (i know you are so jealous of me & no it was not the midnight showing- thank you very much Sommer) & it's too late to really get into it so I'll leave you with;
OH!!!!! NO they didn't (*ughs & giggles*)
Okay so I should have brought my pen & paper to the movie because I'm way too opinionated. SO, the things I liked- the cinematography & scenery- I need to move to Washington state
I was not willing to like the casting but I ended up not minding the actors who played: Esme, all the forks friends & I know Nic didn't like Eric being Asian- I didn't picture him that way but it worked, Emmett was okay, and I actually didn't mind Alice & if it wasn't for some of the acting which I am going to blame on the director Edward was alright. & lets see hmmmmm- oh *my testosterone showing* the stunt driving was pretty cool they should have had more of that.& I liked the Cullen home but just because I like that modern style it is not what their home is like in the book hello could we stick to the book?
Now everything else: Bella- annoying surprise surprise, Carlisle & Rosalie- supposedly the most beautiful of the bunch- not in the least (I'll get to her clothes later) & bless Jasper's heart. Charlie & the Renee- no thank you. I'm sort of on the fence with Jacob- there is no way they can use the same actor for the future movies- no way unless in the next year he hits his growth spurt. & Victoria was dressed way too nice & just not "wild" enough- they put that stupid fur cape on her to probably make up for that but it didn't work it just made her look like a fashion victim. Oh the wardrobe- who was in charge of that? they need to be fired all they had to do was turn on Gossip girl to figure out what to dress people in!(but of course it wasn't that great in the book either ie: byu zoobie style from 1996)-Rosalie the '80s called they need their acid wash pegged jeans back, bella- when you're that poor I'm sure you can't afford Hunter rain boots and pull down your dang HAT!!! PULL IT DOWN!!! & nice prom dresses why the boob reference? Also nice cameo ms Meyers (did you get that thesaurus I sent you?) Alfred Hitchcock & M. Night Shyamalan did it better- stop trying to fill their shoes your feet are just too small.
Now my biggest beef- Did NO ONE directing, acting in or working on this movie read the book??? I realize that sometimes movie people feel the need to change things from the book to make it a better "movie story" but come on! You added parts about the other vampires that weren't necessary. The acting at some parts made me wonder if you understand what being "upset" means. And Edward actor you are attracted by Bella's smell not repulsed, it looked like you were smelling a decomposed skunk laying on top of a pile of poopy diapers in the dead heat of summer. there were just too many discrepancies to name- OHHHH!!
But at least I did get a good laugh at the end and apparently I'm the only one who thought it was funny- the awkward couple in the gazebo- I don't know why but I got the giggles after seeing them- oh good times
Now I'd like to apologize to everyone who was sitting around me, I'm pretty sure I ruined it for all of them.
Next time I'll buy the popcorn & try my hardest to keep my "ughs & blahs" to myself

Thursday, November 13, 2008

lots of things, big & small

I'm telling you there's nothing better than a visit to the dentists office to help clear your mind. Man I love that gas, I was at my appointment today , bytheway if you need a good dentist Dr Gary Wilson in Provo is the best, and while I was laying there letting the fumes numb my body I was watching the clouds roll by, I wanted to sleep but instead was thinking about everything like how great life is & how blessed I am, even though I do have days when getting out of bed seems impossible. I was;
dreaming about being in a place like this all the time:
found on flickr purple flowers by codepoet
thinking about wonderful friends who call to "just put it out there" and make sure I am making it out of bed

And beautiful sisters who are willing to help out in a pinch or a twirl

& awesome brothers who love to babysit their niece & nephews
this is my brother Gordon , we're looking for a girlfriend for him- anyone, anyone?
he's super cute & uber nice & he's going to school to be a PA= really smart
wondering why I can't be more like this mom by doing cute things like this for my kids

hoping I can live up to being a good teacher (I'm homeschooling don't ask why- although I do have a good friend who once said "JaNae sometimes I think you do things to make your life harder" I know it's true)

smiling about Lily remembering what we are reading during our book time even though I was sure she wasn't paying attention, we're reading this:

trying to figure out if I really liked this book I just finished - anyone have any thoughts? I still need a book club
convincing myself that I will buy this beribboned bag for myself (i will i will)
anthropologie (where else?)
& a red ruby rose clutch bag to go with it (or this one)

loving my new photography class, here are some of my homework photos:
f-stop/ depth

needing this sweater to match a church skirt
(& hating myself for not buying it when it was 20% off)
And these pumps too
lori's shoes

knowing I will buy this cardigan to wear w/ a black belt & another church skirt I already own
urban outfitters
& either these
or these

about asking someone to paint a picture like this (or maybe painting it myself) to hang in my house:
via Oh Happy Day taken by her husband of the salt flats

& contemplating a million other things & people in my life

But mostly just wanting to remember to always feel this way and to keep my glass half full

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Halloween '08

I know this is picture overload but Gary's not here so he needs it
this year we did the Karate Kid movie Lily was Daniel or "the good karate kid" her words
Niels was Mr Miyagi
Daniel is ready for the fight!
Kail was Johnny

1st we trick-or-treated at Aunt Nics house to see the cousins costumes & Mimi & Opa

Sophie was the cutest little Minnie
After Aunt Nics it started raining so we ran up to Aunt Jans, went to a few homes then back to our neighborhood where Kail (the king of non trick-or-treating) talked me into going around to more homes- maybe he's finally catching on to the whole free candy thing
the next night we went to the annual Jorgensen Halloween Bash
Mine were the only ones to dress up (come on guys)
I bought the karate uniforms but sewed on the dojo symbols

Cobra Kai!

(a few of) Our cute cousins!
& E