I hate flying.

Not scared of flying, just hate it.
But I would fly to Australia in a heartbeat.  I love it that much.  Everything about it. I would move there if I could and sweet Jessica just gave me another couple reasons.
She sent this amazing magazine that absolutely makes me want to say goodbye to Martha forever.
It is charming and colorful and much less fussy than Ms. Stewart.  I want to try every single recipe and make every single craft.
To make my care package even better (as if that was possible) she found this fabulous fabric "on holiday".  Do you know how bad I want to say "I'm going on holiday" without sounding like a dork?  If I were an Aussie I could.  Anyway, it is summer down under and this fabric has my mind spinning with ideas.  It is so me, it is so perfect, and I am going to sew the girls little dresses, or even pillows for their rooms.  Adorable.  The butterflies?  You better bet that those will be hair clips before you know it.  Thanks Jessica, you are so thoughtful.  I am dreaming about Australia every day now.

After seeing this scarf over at 30 days I knew I needed to make one.
It has been 60 degrees here lately, and for us wimpy Californians, that means we are freezing.  It was super easy and I stood staring at the washing machine, I was so excited to see how it would look frayed.  On top of it's cuteness,it's super cozy too!  I made it from 6 1/2 inch flannel squares I got here, which eliminated over half of the cutting.  Cute, cozy, under $10 and finished in less than an hour.  My kind of project.

Lastly, my sewing machine has been getting a workout today.  This basket of fabric strips is just a few steps away from becoming Pretty Messy headbands, hair clips and pins.  Keep a eye out for them in my shop, as well as a giveaway later on this week.


  1. This reminds me that for the second time I've subscribed to a magazine I love, it has gone out of print only to be replaced with a subscription to Martha Stewart Living. Ahhh! I got MSL for years and had enough, I wonder if they's substitute for this one instead! Good for you with the lovely stash. I'd move to Australia in a heartbeat too. We went there (and New Zealand) for our honeymoon and I didn't want to leave...
    Love that scarf too. :-)

  2. P.S. I ought to send you the tiny scraps I keep from my creations to send to you to make your buttons.

  3. I was just thinking about how I wish you would make those fabric bows and buttons and headbands for your shop! Woohoo! I WILL be a customer!!! Oh...and I LOVE the pictures of the girls and you all for Joy's bday! So precious and beautiful!!

  4. I've heard great things about that magazine! I have a friend moving to Australia next month, maybe I can work out a deal with her!!

    So tonight as I was making my girls the adorable rosette headbands that you featured a couple weeks ago, Kevin said, "Oh no, how are you supposed to stop them from fraying?!" Silly husband!! :)

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  6. Julie, I've really enjoyed reading your blog and seeing the recent pictures of your family celebrating Joy's birthday...too beautiful for words!

    I also wanted to let you know that I passed along The Lemonade Award to you tonight. You can find it on my blog if you'd like to claim it! :) Thanks for all your honesty, creativity and for sharing your family with us! Your story is an amazing one and such an inspiration.

  7. Awww, I am an Aussie living in the US, and you just made me homesick! I miss my Donna Hay subscription.
    If you are ever in the mood to check out some other great Aussie mags Barnes and Noble has a few - Delicious - a cooking mag is one of my faves.

  8. Woohoo- LOVE your scarf. super duper cute. And I am all about making it even easier. I too have been wearing mine all week- us wussy SoCalers have to stick together. ;)
    Also- I LOVED LOVED LOVED the pictures of your family. Beyond sweet. Brought tears to my eyes actually. I'm hoping someday to get in touch with Drew B to do a one on one session like the girls who flew cross country. Your family is too sweet.
    And now i have a new magazine to look for- I've seen stuff about Donna Hay for awhile but you've convinced me.
    have a great one.

  9. ahh- that scarf is SO cute! can't wait to see the one you make.

  10. oh wait! that IS the one you made! haha. it turned out soo cute!

  11. jessica sent me that magazine, too! isn't it awesome?! it totally can replace ms kids. except its only in australia. hmm...