Wednesday, November 11, 2009

what we have been up to...

We have been super busy around here! Traveling, enjoying the great outdoors in this beautiful fall weather, visiting my new nephew Hunter!, helping out at church, getting my store stocked for the holidays, and starting on Christmas gifts. I know, I thought it seemed super early to start thinking about Christmas gifts until I realized...Ahhh!'s almost the middle of November already! I have a lot to do! As many of you know I am making this year a Handmade Christmas. Every gift that I give will be handmade with love. Most of them I am making myself, and others are handmade by others. I have been having so much fun starting to search and create everyones gift, and I am starting to feel like I have a lot to do in the next month in a half on top of putting enough stuff up in my shop for those other handmade holiday shoppers. :) so yes...I have been keeping myself busy.

Some really exciting news is that I was featured in the Nov./Dec. issue of QC Magazine! They did an article featuring local artists and crafters for handmade holiday gift ideas. You can check it out here.

...and I seemed too busy to share with you some of Will's ONE YEAR PICTURES!... by the amazing Ryan Towe Photography. We were amazed with how these turned out and are having a hard time deciding which ones to get! Any suggestions? Ryan posted a few on his blog. You can see those here and here.

And of course, I recently told you all about my new nephew Hunter who was born on Oct. 8th and I have not even put up a picture yet! What kind of aunt am I? So here is a few from our visit in Cedar Falls on Monday. Isn't he the cutest little thing. He is such a content little guy; for he has a mom and dad who are really good with him.

Here is the handsome fella! :)
...and the proud new mama!
Me and Hunter...oh he was sooo cuddly!
It was hard to get one of the two cousins because Will would not sit still!...but I think they liked each other. :)
Will has been obsessed with giving hugs this week.
Kristin, Will, Hunter and a proud Grammers.


Kelli B said...

Steph I love that Will is all about giving hugs!!!!!!!!!!

I was inspired this year to try some crafts..I've created a few handmade gifts and would love to do more in the years to come. Sadly, my sewing machine is broken for now :(

Excited to see what you've got in your store :)

Kelli B said...

Okay, I should have waited to post a comment until AFTER I had seen the photos.

I have seen pretty great photos in the past, but these are probably the most awesome, unique, stunning photos I've seen! Steph that guy is fantastic at photography art!!! I love all of them! No wonder you kept coming back to your computer to look at them! Wow. You look so beautiful, and he really captured some great moments. I love them!

STEPHANIE. said...

yay Kelli! I am so glad you like Ryan's photos. He truely is amazing at what he does. thanks for your comments. :)

Kristin said...

yay!!! I love these! We had so much fun with you guys being here...wish we could do that every week! Love you all!

Lindsay said...

This post has so many things to comment on!

First of all, I'm so proud of you and not at all surprised to hear you were featured in a magazine! Your work is awesome! Now post some more stuff to your Etsy store. :)

I LOVE the new family pictures - Ryan is really talented! One of my favorites is Thad tossing Will into the air, and the look on your face while he does it.

Finally - I'm so glad to hear your new nephew (and his mom and dad) are doing so well!


Nicole Suzanne Farley said...

Stephy, the pictures ARE AWESOME!!! how fun! Absolutely love it, cutest family EVER!

MParks83 said...

SUPER CUTE!!! I love these pictures

luke and pamela said...

the photos are beautiful! really perfect. before i saw them, i saw the small one on the top of his blog and before knowing it was you i thought "what an awesome family photo!"... then realized. i think you picked the perfect clothes/etc too for pops of color. super great.

Jamie said...

How cute!! Will and Hunter are both so cute and Kristin looks amazing and so well-rested for just having a baby.

Sara said...

Oh my. I love love love. So happy for you to have these amazing heirlooms forever. xxoo

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