January 10, 2012 : Announcements, Published!, Weddings

A double feature day! :)

WOW! :)

Last week I opened my mailbox to find a magazine from the UK with Kristine and Jon’s wedding featured in it and yesterday out comes the GORGEOUS WI Bride magazine out of my mailbox! HOLY MOLY!

You may remember Kristine and Jon’s wedding featured on Style Me Pretty a few months ago….I got an e-mail from a fabulous editor at the Wedding Ideas magazine, located in the UK. She was head-over-heals for the details and the feel of Jon and Kristine’s wedding day…she asked if they could feature it and I proceeded to have a mini-party for myself at my desk while the pugs loudly snored at my feet! :) THE UK!?!?! :) She did a BEAUFITUL 3-day page spread about their wedding with information from Kristine about her planning and decisions for the big day; it’s quite great! :) Now, I am only crossing my fingers and hoping that someone from the UK feels the need to fly me over there to photograph their gorgeous day, hint hint! :)

And yesterday, out comes WI BRIDE! I think it officially hits stands next week (the 15th) but if you can find it and please page through a few different areas that I’m thrilled about! :) There is a little re-cap of the 2011 awards (with my face beaming on page 6)….and there is also another fabulous real wedding feature on pages 30-31…but the thing that has had me quietly giddy for about 4 months now is the double page feature that Elizabeth Anne Weddings, Studio Fleurette, Dena Swenson, Cady Cheese, Monirose, Katie Mikels, Kirby Margaret and Feathered Designs worked on! :) This past June we dreamed up something fresh and exciting for us to photograph…..it included cheeses (some of WI finest), a gorgeous country-scape and a simple color palette. I will post more on this later this week, but for now your can be teased from the feature in this issue! :)

Feeling excited and blessed today! :)

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December 21, 2011 : Announcements, Published!, Textiles

Meet the hedgehogs + a book feature and giveaway! YAY!

Last June (as in June of 2010) I was perusing the site of Crafty Planet and saw that there was a call for entries for their next book…they needed projects made out of one yard of fabric to feature of their upcoming book which was a sequel to One Yard Wonders (A book which I had lovingly made most of the projects in and was proudly displayed in my sewing room downstairs)! :) I knew that I just had to come up with something to try and see if my first ever pattern could be published in a book. So, later that night I sat down at my sewing machine and started cutting, sewing, cutting, sewing, ripping out and sewing some more. Out came the Bartholomew Bookends! :) WOO!

I quickly submitted the patterns and photos to Trish and Becca at Crafty Planet! And much to my surprise, they were going to be featured in the next book, coming out November of 2011! :) WAHOO! I did a happy dance around my kitchen and then proceeded to call my husband babbling with excitement (followed by a celebratory bowl of ice cream of course! :)

SO, now comes November of 2011 and look what appears at my doorstep; FABRIC BY FABRIC ONE YARD WONDERS! TAA DAAAAA! I have to say, that this book has some fabulous projects for the kids, your kitchen, yourself and your friends. It is CHALK FULL of idea for gifts and working at your sewing machine on a lazy December afternoon! :)

OH–and the best part, I am able to give away one copy of FABRIC BY FABRIC ONE YARD WONDERS (and you’ll also receive a few other goodies from my little collection of plush toys)! Isn’t that amazing!? And I just love to hear about handmade gifts that people give and since it’s the Christmas season, I would love to hear about anything handmade that you have received that just LOVED for Christmas! :) So, leave a comment below and tell me why you would just die to have the book or what your favorite handmade gift was! I’ll use random.org to select a winner on Monday December 26th (that should give you all enough time right?! :)

So, get on it, start dreaming about all the one-yard projects you can make and leave a comment below! :) Merry Christmas everyone! :)

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Oh yes, and one more AWESOME thing, check out the blog tour of the other contributors! They also have giveaways and other fun things to say about the book, so be sure to follow the links as the blog tour continues! :) YAY!

UPDATE – WINNER IS CHOSEN FROM RANDOM.ORG as #4, Ms. Laura Jansen! :) I’ll be emailing you soon Laura to get you the book! :) YAY!!!! Thanks to everyone for their comments and awesome ideas on handmade gifts! :)

 

December 8, 2011 : Announcements, My story

Oh ya, one more change…

It was one of those things we always wanted to happen, it just wasn’t in (what we thought) was our plan was YET! I mean, I always wanted to be a Mom and Aaron always wanted to be a Dad…but there were just a few more things that we wanted to “check off” our list before we wanted to become responsible for a tiny human! Like, travel for a few weeks to Italy and have a sip at every vineyard, make it to 5 or 6 more baseball stadiums and sleep in just a few more mornings before a “schedule” became our routine!

Well God has many other plans for us.

This, I have to admit, has been one of the only surprises that we’ve had during our marriage that has been “happy”! Countless times over the past 5 ½ years have we been surprised and have had our life up heaved without warming….but THIS, I have to say has put a smile on our faces since the moment we found out (well sort of….)

To make a long story short, those two pink lines appeared on the pregnancy test early one Sunday morning while I was home alone. I had taken a few others that had been negative and had chalked up my “irregularity” to the wind and just thought that there was “something wrong with me!” Now I know that those constant trips to the bathroom and feelings of starvation in the middle of the night weren’t just “weird’! They meant something!

I saw those two pink links, preceded to freak out and have a few meltdowns (while standing naked in our bathroom waiting for the shower water to heat up, but that’s a detail you probably didn’t need to know!) After a few crying fits, because I wanted to call my Mom, and a few pleas to God of “HOW CAN THIS BE TRUE?!” I pulled myself together, zipped up my coat and headed out to church knowing, in the back on my mind, that this had to be wrong and there is NO WAY (well, ok…not NO way) that I could be the “P” word (I couldn’t quite say it at this time yet)!

After a few long and awkward conversations at church with my husband (because I was mortified to tell him) I proceeded to jet out the doors and race to the few errands I had to run! He called on his way home and again, we had a few awkward moments of “Em, are you ok?”

“Yea…….I’m just fiiinnnnnne.”

“Really, your fine? Because you’ve been acting strange all day and are you sure nothing is up?”

I then proceeded to drill him on what his afternoon plans were and what bathroom of our house he planned to use that afternoon (which I’m sure only raised more questions as to my sanity). You see, in the hustle of my meltdowns after seeing those two pink lines, I threw the pregnancy test down onto the back of the toilet and I REALLY didn’t want him walking into the bathroom to find it lying there. I wanted to be the one to tell him. So I did. I told him what happened and that he was going to be a Dad! :)

I burst into tears and (little did we know) this was just the beginning of crazy hormonal pregnant Emily!

After a few hours and my afternoon chores done, I burst through the door of our house and hugged Aaron the tightest I think I have ever hugged him! It was real. HOLY MOLY! We were going to do this. We were going to be parents and be raise little baby…..woah. And even though I saw those 2 pink lines, I had to call the nurse first thing Monday morning just to be sure. I set my alarm for 7:58, so that I had time to actually try and get rid of my morning voice before calling, and out came the world on the other end of the phone, “Well…CONGRATULATIONS, you are going to be a Mom!” The idea hadn’t (and still kinda hasn’t sunk it yet) but we know that every parent “figures it out” and so will we. Sure, we are downright scared and I am mortified that I don’t have my Mom or Dad with me, but we have endless amounts of friends, families, inlays, extended families, cool-blog-stalker friends and many more that have and will come along side of us for this journey!

So…it all ended with a card! A card we sent out to our family and friends as we are thrilled to announce the arrival of Baby Steffen in June! YAY for babies! We have a HUGE change ahead of us but we are eager to learn the world of parenthood and sleepless nights, bottles, diapers, tiny clothes….

Gosh, I have a lot of sewing and knitting to do! :)

 

(the front of our card)
Baby Steffen, Emily Steffen, Aaron Steffen

(the inside)
Baby Steffen, Emily Steffen, Aaron Steffen

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