Real Chat: The Noble Art of leaving things undone

June 2, 2012

So thankful to Madeline for being a guest here today, and sharing her take on balancing life and motherhood. She blogs at Uber Chic for Cheap (head over if you aren’t familiar!) and also is a writer for Babble. Thrilled to have her here today on IHOD…

I am so excited to be contributing to this series! As I was reading Anna’s Real Chat post from last week, I found myself nodding along with everything she said and am honored to be included. 

Before I had my son, Tate, I naively thought that my life would be so much easier. All I would have to worry about was making dinner and taking care of a baby. Ha! I’ve never been busier (and I’ve never been more fulfilled!) I write for two blogs, do architectural work from home and head up the women’s organization at my church. And of course, I take care of Tate, the house, and all the other incidentals that fall to the homemakes. I do a lot. But I don’t do it all.

We have frozen pizza for dinner at least once a week. I only do laundry on a “crap, I’m out of underwear again” basis. The shower is covered with soap scum and my garage is full of unpacked boxes and unfinished projects. And that is just fine by me.

In my early married life, I went through some pretty pressing problems with my health that made it impossible for me to do much of anything. During that incredibly trying time in my life I read this mantra. “Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is a nobler art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials.” I clung to this idea with everything I had. If I let myself get bogged down in doing things that are not fulfilling or important, I found myself a grumpy mess. 

By letting myself not feel guilty for having messy closets and sticky floors, I leave more of myself for my husband and son:)

Style File: Pattern Printed Shorts

June 1, 2012

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So many fun pattern printed shorts available on the market right now. It appeals to the artist in me:)
Stripes, aztec, ikat, polka dot…I would wear them all! 
Happy June weekend! We have an anniversary to celebrate this month. Its time to scheme…
*Stay tuned for a lovely guest for tomorrow’s Real Chat post!

DIY Fabric Flower Corsages and Poufs

May 31, 2012

When I was running my accessory business, I made all types of flower blooms, poufs, and corsages. There are so many ways to make them, and so many types you can make. I always adapt Martha’s DIY for these. (She even has a template you can download.) Add these to a one-sleeve dress, put a couple underneath your top bun, or even attach to an elastic band and wear around your wrist!
Instructions and photos after the jump!


Sheer fabric
Pin back, comb, or bobby pins
Fold over your fabric the length you want your petals. 
Follow by folding doubled fabric in quarter lengths. 
Cut through your fabric to make the shape of petals you prefer (pointy tips for the dhalia look, round for  an azalea look). Cut side by side without cutting all the way through the top.
Thread and knot your needle.
Keep the strand of petals folded over and begin to roll on one end. Weave the needle through to secure. 
Continue to wrap the petal strand around the center, securing with your stitching. 
Once you have stitched together your flower, secure your pin or comb to the back of the flower by stitching around the top. 
Total time: approx. 15 min.
Total cost: Cost of fabric!

{Update: Tee: H&M, Shorts, F21, Necklace: c/o Macaroy Kangaroo, Watch: Aldo, Bracelet: c/o Loren Hope}
You will be surprised how simple they are to make. 
These could be used on a bridal party, or if you are attending a wedding.
Hope this comes in handy for you! Enjoy!

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