Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Baby Bowtie

Ever since I first started making hair bows and barrettes and headbands of all kinds, I've felt a twang of guilt that I have nothing to offer the boys in my life. It was always my intention to eventually make some clip-on bowties for my nephew, but life caught up to me as it tends to do and I never got around to it.

Cut to a few weeks ago when I learned my good friend Angela was going to welcome a little boy in September, I knew I had to get on it for her baby shower. While registry gifts are of course important and necessary, I always like to include something unique and handmade with my gifts as well. I had this silky navy scarf with yellow and green giraffes and it made for a perfect attachment to a plain and simple onesie.

Congratulations, Angela! I can't wait to meet Little Mr. Hudson!
P.S. Isn't the cake Angela's friend made adorable?! No one wanted to cut it because it was too cute!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Rather Be

I'm reading a book that references the above quote by George MacDonald and it got me thinking. I personally spend an awful lot of time focusing on what or who I'm not, abilities I don't have, attributes I don't on and so forth. I quickly and easily get caught up in the comparison trap, and who's to blame me with all this social media at my fingertips telling me how everyone else is living, giving me a glimpse into the highlight reels of their perfectly curated lives? I know I'm guilty of it, too; I don't post stories about a particularly stressful day or blog photos of my failures (ok, except maybe these two times, here and here).

All that aside, this quote sheds light on a new way of thinking: that at the end of the day, the creator of our universe took the time to create me. He put thought into exactly who I am. He meant for me to be just as I am. So maybe instead of always "rather being" someone else or something different or some other way, I will remember this new way of thought and strive to rather be myself, since I was deliberately made this way by the same God who individually placed each star in the sky.

How's that for your Monday?

Friday, August 2, 2013

Fall Dreamin'

Even though it feels like summer didn't really show her face down here in Atlanta, that doesn't mean I'm not itching for fall to get here and get here quick. I think the beginning of You've Got Mail really solidified my love for fall. While I don't need a bouquet of sharpened pencils, I get excited for all the things fall brings: changing colors, temperature drop, football season and most importantly, back to school for all my friends who were on summer vacation - ha, just kidding sort of!

In my mind, we'll have a crisp, breezy few months where I will fill up my closet with booties and chunky sweaters and layers upon layers of wispy scarves. And maybe a trench coat or two. And really anything inspired by the changing colors of the leaves. Alas, as any true Atlantan knows, it won't really be the kind of fall I'm hoping for until possibly late October, and even then it won't really last. But a girl can dream for a cold front, right?