Tuesday, February 3, 2015

sewing studio update.

i promised myself at the beginning of the year that before i opened the shop back up, i would get my sewing studio back under control. i am not good at being organized or cleaning as i go. because, really, who has time for that?

welcome to my happy place! this is as you walk into the door of our daylight basement and look to the left.

but before we continue on, i must show you the horror show it was when we first looked at our house. prepare yourselves.

hello 70's, it's nice to see your poo brown trim + whiskey stained carpet + dust infested drapes. sometimes i like to just look at these before shots to remind myself of where it all began and how far this room has come.

ok, on with the tour. the infamous ikea shelf sitting on top of the pink dresser is one of my main storage spaces. it's filled with vintage fabrics, leather, lace + various bits of craftiness that  i just can't seem to part with.

 now, looking even more left under the window with poo-brown-trim-no-more is my little desk. i just gave it a quick spray paint makeover. you can read about it's history here.

now, looking to the opposite side of the room from the little desk is my sewing area. the hubby custom built me that ginormous cutting table. i'd rather have a man who can build me things than a dozen roses any day of the week.

my sewing corner. also known as my therapy corner.

the big beast, Shirley Jane, is new to the sewing room. she fits in quite nicely.

opposite of my sewing corner is the fireplace. that we've never used. for shame. i know.

and just for giggles, let's look at another before and after shot. can i get a hallelujah for white paint?

and that my friends is the end of the tour. thanks for sticking with me! i hope you walk away inspired to create a space just for you, wherever that may be.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

little dress//big heart

she's been begging me to sew her a dress. i had something different in mind - something fancier. but it just never happened. so i put it off. 

then this thought crossed my mind - in 15 years when she pulls dresses sewn by mama out of her hope chest - is she going to care how fancy they are? nope. she's going to notice the love poured into them. and then we will laugh about what was in style.

and maybe, just maybe, this little simple dress will be passed on to a new generation.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

just call me the crazy chicken lady.

jonah's class hatched baby chicks in their classroom + he was chosen to bring one home. well, the hubby felt bad for the one lonely chick so he surprised us one afternoon with another little one. so meet abigail + rosabelle.

and just in case you thought i was the chicken whisperer, here are a few outtakes....

"but moooom, i was NOT ready for my close up!"

"check out the junk in THAT trunk!"

xo becky

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

driftwood + doily chandelier

hello there, lovely! i have a quick + easy diy project for you today.

we are lucky enough to live near some amazing beaches with tons of driftwood. i love incorporating little bits of nature into my decorating. a spark of an idea grew when we were playing at the beach one day. doilies + driftwood = yes please. 

my love of doilies has been growing since i was a kid. we used to tease my grandma + call her the 'doily queen'. she would be proud of me now!

this diy really needs no instructions but here is how i whipped it up....

to stiffen the doilies i used the magic of modge podge. paint a coat of modge podge on both sides of the doily. i put down some freezer paper on my painting table for easy cleanup. make sure as the doilies are drying that you flip them over every half hour or so. this will prevent the doilies from sticking to your surface, the modge podge is messy but it gets the job done. you could also try spray starch! i just used what i had on hand. 

i had the hubby drill holes into the driftwood for me. then i ran jute twine through the holes, tied the top of + tied my doilies on the other end of the twine. i wrapped twine around each end of the driftwood, brought the two pieces together + tied them together to create the hanger. 

can i be honest with you here? besides waiting for the doilies to dry, this diy took me 30 minutes tops. love me an easy project!

now go hang your new pretty up!

xo becky

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Monday, March 31, 2014

oh sweet spring.

i've really missed blogging about randomness. there is something about getting out my "big girl camera", editing photos and typing away that i have genuinely missed. so you may hear more from me...but no promises, ok? :)

you can always tell spring has come to the pacific northwest by the daffodils popping up. and the random rain showers. spring is such a tease. our front porch need to be spring-ified so a broken chair + this planter were just what it needed. i have plans to paint our front door...yet again. here's a hint: my fav color :)

we've been letting the chicks free range a bit in our backyard. at first they were cautious, never venturing far from the coop. now they wait not-so-patiently for one of us to let them out each morning. they have grown so much from last year, it just amazes me. the kids have been busy digging up worms in the garden and tossing them to the hens. pretty sure Jonah is our future chicken farmer. 

our mantle has been rather bare since christmas. i tried a few times to decorate it but nothing was inspiring me. does that ever happen to you? 

inspiration came when my mom found this amazing wild flowers tea towel. the hubby even complimented my unique yard stick as a hanger :)

one of my goals for this year was to be fearless in how i decorate our home. i love getting inspiration from others but then i find myself decorating with someone else's style other than my own. i want our home to feel like just what it is: a home. someplace that makes us feel happy + comforted. 

i've gone on a bit of a pom pom frenzy lately. they are just so darn easy to make. i like mine a little on the wild side because who needs perfection?

i'm in love with succulents. but they aren't so fond of me. i've killed two of them so far. this poor little guy is barely hanging on. hopefully these happy flags from the inspiring natalie creates will pep him up. 

and now i'm off to enjoy spring break with these two.....wellllll, really to keep the peace.

happy spring!
xo becky

Thursday, March 13, 2014

coming clean.

hi, i'm becky and i am a food addict. 

what a way to start a post, huh? but i'm trying to be honest with myself (and you) here.

food addiction is not widely discussed. more like pitied and ignored like the "bigger" girl at prom (that was me, btw).

stressed? i eat. tired? i eat. happy? i eat. sad? i eat. nervous? i eat.

food calls to me from the kitchen "becky, just come on over here and have one little bite". which, of course results in more than one little bite.

years and years of this results in some really unhealthy choices. i had a great childhood. we all sat around the dinner table every night with healthy foods in front of us. so i only have myself to blame here.

i am tired of being a slave to food. i am tired of being that "bigger" girl.

i don't let my kids eat unhealthy foods so why was i allowing myself to eat this way? 

at the beginning of the year i started exercising a bit + trying to eat healthier. the typical new years resolution. i didn't see much loss on the scale which led to a loss of motivation. and of course more eating. ugh. 

i picked myself up and started over fresh two weeks ago. i am not focusing on the scale this time. i am choosing to focus on the other victories. i have more energy. more self confidence. more endurance. exercises that i wasn't able to do at the beginning of the year, i can push myself through. my body doesn't ache anymore after waking up. i am learning to ignore that pesky food voice. and most of all, i am learning that i am worthy.

do i want to lose weight? heck yeah. that will come with time.

my goals for now are:

  • eat a clean, whole foods diet
  • exercise at least 5 days a week (i love fitness blender workouts)
  • learn to make time for myself
  • fit into my wedding ring again
  • be more active with my kids

phew, if you made it through my ranting, you are a rockstar! 

do you struggle with food choices? how do you overcome that? i would love to hear from you!

xo Becky

Monday, January 20, 2014

goodness gathering.

have you ever met a friend that you had an instant connection with despite the distance between you? katy @ goodness gathering is mine. we met on instagram and bonded over our love for burlap, all things rustic, thrifting, and raising our littles.

 katy is one of those people that radiates love. and her smile is completely contagious! 

katy is opening her etsy shop this morning! i had to share her creations with you all because i know you will love them as much as i do. 

loving the vintage look her jewelry has. and i'm pretty sure that "must. buy. fabric." was meant for me!

that little key charm...gah the cuteness! each of the pieces in katy's shop are unique and custom made by her. 

well, y'all know i'm a lover of burlap. these sweet little pins are perfect to add to bags and hats. 

katy was kind enough to share a discount code for you!
use coupon code "sewbarefoot" at checkout for 10% off your purchase in her shop

follow along with katy...guaranteed you will walk away with a smile on your face :)


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