saturday . . .


"When I talk about being present, I mean it in the most literal sense possible. I mean being in my life. I want my mind to stay inside my head for a little bit. I want my heart to dwell here, in the rooms of my days."

Don't you just love this??? I have always had a great love of quotes & poetry. Since I am the world's worst writer (seriously, that is why I taught math) I always appreciated finding an author who could put into words exactly how I might be feeling or paint a picture of something as real as if it was standing before me. What a gift that is to be able to do that . . . this excerpt was from an article written by Lindsey Mead. She has an awesome blog - A Design So Vast - definitely put this on your reading list!!!

What has been happening - we recently returned from our trip visiting Great Grammy in New York :)


And have been getting ready for fall - I know it is early but seriously, my son is obsessed with the holidays/seasons -

created some fall headbands . . .


some pumpkin faces . . .


some yummy fall cupcakes . . .


my other little man is growing bigger & bigger every day . . .


and already showing me he will not be a willing participant in picture-taking (see how he is covering his face) . . .


On the scrappy front . . .

I am currently under a pile of scrappy goodness - yes I have been scrapping. Since we talked last I have created 2 single page sketches, 2 double page sketches, 3 single page layouts, 3 double page layouts, and a mini album - WHAT???? Can you believe that??? And unfortunately - I can't share any of it - how sad is that??? Soon though, I promise :) And then this little old blog will be overloaded with scrappy pics :) I have lots of fun opportunities coming up this next month as well - one of which has already been posted HERE - so check it out :)

I am working on a little something & on the search for good quotes/poems - comment below with a favorite quote/poem of yours (or a link to it) and be in the running for these 2 awesome punches . . .

Modern Garland by Martha Stewart


Scallop Diamond by EK Success


I will pick one random winner on Monday night :) Thanks so much & have a fabulous rest of the weekend!!

ttyl - julie :)


  1. It's good to see such a happy update from you Julie. :) I can't wait to see all that scrappy yumminess you've been working on!

    A favorite quote of mine is...

    "A girl is Innocence playing in the mud, Beauty standing on its head, and Motherhood dragging a doll by the foot." - Allan Beck

    Having two girls, that one just speaks to me. ;)
    - April W

  2. Favorite quotes:

    "Grandchildren are the dots that connect the lines from generation to generation." ~Lois Wyse

    "Grandmas never run out of hugs or cookies." ~Author Unknown

    I love spending time with my grandson...doing things I never thought I would that involve bugs, dirt, and sweat. I had no idea that being a grandparent would be like this. I cherish every moment.

  3. Great photos Julie.
    Here is a quote for you:
    "Some people say they haven't yet found themselves. But the self is not something one finds; it is something one creates."
    - Thomas Szasz

  4. So happy to see that healthy little man!!!
    I like this quote, especially for a new addition...
    A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for. ~Author Unknown

    Feel good & can't wait to see all your upcoming projects!

  5. Hey Julie good to hear all is good with you and the little baby bonner! Finn did exatly the same thing with his hands when we had the 3d! Boys!!!
    Greetings from Germany

  6. I have two favorite quotes, and I think they both mean the same thing, one is just more light-hearted.

    To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there.
    Kofi Annan

    and the other one...

    You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you're going because you might not get there.
    Yogi Berra

    I can't wait to see all that scrapy goodiness!

  7. One of my favorite quotes is on my blog:

    "Let a joy keep you.
    Reach out your hands
    --take it when
    it runs by."
    --Carl Sandburg


  8. Oh, Julie.. love that 2nd ultra sound photo!!! I am glad he is doing well and Ryan is having fun with all the fall crafts!! :)

    My quote... the beauty of the written word is that it can be held close to the heart and read over and over again.

    I can't wait to see what you have been working on!! :)

  9. How about Rlke?
    Along the sun-drenched roadside, from the great
    hollow half-treetrunk, which for generations
    has been a trough, renewing in itself
    an inch or two of rain, I satisfy
    my thirst: taking the water's pristine coolness
    into my whole body through my wrists.
    Drinking would be too powerful, too clear;
    but this unhurried gesture of restraint
    fills my whole consciousness with shining water.
    --so many levels to this one, every time I read it, new meaning...

  10. My favorite poem:

    The Swing
    by Robert Louis Stevenson

    How do you like to go up in a swing,
    Up in the air so blue?
    Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
    Ever a child can do!

    Up in the air and over the wall,
    Till I can see so wide,
    River and trees and cattle and all
    Over the countryside—

    Till I look down on the garden green,
    Down on the roof so brown—
    Up in the air I go flying again,
    Up in the air and down!

    Thanks for a chance at one of the punches!!!

  11. Good Morning ;0) fromn the land dowunder !! Gorgeous photos thank you for sharing !! This is one of my fav. little Quote

    If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you.”
    Winnie the Pooh

    If you are after some more this website got thousands of poems and quotes and titles !! I use it a lot !!

    Thank you for the fantastic give away !! Im totaly a punch nut these days just love using them on my layouts !! Hope you had a wonderful weekend cheers Tina xx

  12. ohhh just had a look over at A million Memories blog congratulations to the Sept Guest design spot !! Goooooorgeous layouts !! Love your work !!
    xx Tina

  13. Robert Frost is one of my favorite poets. I love "The Road Less Traveled", and "Nothing Gold Can Stay"

  14. Hi Julie, glad all is well with you. :) I am also big into inspirational quotes. I like this one:
    Think of your life as a book, with yourself as the main character. Everyone and everything else is secondary. Write your life story the way you want it to play out. I am not sure where exactly I got this from, I have it torn out from a magazine, just not sure which one.

  15. Hi Julie! Congrats on Guest designer! I loved your layouts!
    Here is a quote I just love and painted on my bathroom wall:
    " Life is a journey and only you hold the map"
    One more from Winnie the Pooh
    " Are we going to be friends forever? asked Piglet, "Even longer" said Pooh"
    And from Mark Twain:
    "Twenty years from no you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails"
    Blessings to you and your family!

  16. I have just started my own collection of quotes! Here is one I found recently...."A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." Blessings!

  17. "You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them." Desmond Tutu

    Posted by Colleen Murray, New Zealand

  18. "Remember the feeling as a child when you woke up and the morning smiled? It's time you felt that way again. Taj Mahal

    Julie, this makes me think of you waitng to see your new sweet baby- Glad to hear that things are going well for you & yours and also that you feel like scrappin' & sketching again! =-)

  19. My favorite saying...

    Cleaning and scrubbing
    can wait 'til tomorrow
    For babies grow up,
    we've learned to our sorrow...
    So quiet down cobwebs,
    Dust go to sleep,
    I'm rocking my baby
    And babies don't keep.

    We all know our children grow up too fast!! Can't wait to see all your projects!!

  20. Hi Julie - great pics of your baby boy. I also love quotes so much!
    One of my favourite quotes is "It is every moment of your life that forms the rivers you travel. whether the moments are easy or difficult, they add together to form something beautiful - they form who you are." Ronald D Bissell
    I also love Dr Suess quotes - “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” I used this on a scapbook page of my daughter sat in a washing basket, and sat with a mixing bowl on her head!! Take lots of care Natasha xx

  21. Hi Julie! Love the photos and how wonderful your baby is growing so well!!!

    And for a quote I think this one suits me: "To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong."

    Take care!

  22. glad all is well with you Julie - here's one of my fav quotes

    Love doesn’t make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.

    Franklin P. Jones

  23. i love that the baby is giving a thumbs up in the last ultrasound - soooo cute :D

    "if i'd obeyed all the rules i'd have missed all the fun" - katherine hepburn :D

  24. saw this on a layout somewhere...

    "love is just a word until someone comes along and gives it meaning..."

    and i love the ultrasound pic - looks like he's giving you the thumbs-up!

  25. The quote that's in my signature now is "The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything they have." :) Thanks for the chance to win! :)

  26. This is my favorite as of recent- I printed it out and have it taped to both of teenagers doors.

    “I know you've heard it a thousand times before. But it's true—hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice. If you don't love something, then don't do it.”

    —Ray Bradbury (born 1920);

  27. Can't wait to see all your scrappy work, it always makes me smile :) Here are a couple of my recent favorite quotes... "Live so that your friends can defend you but never have to." -Arnold Glasow & "Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you." -Robert Fulghum

  28. What an honor to see my words here! Thank you! I'm so flattered.
    I have four or five notebooks full of quotes and poems that I've been collecting since 1985 ... I could go on all day with my favorites. I often include them on my blog! :)
    But one I adore is this:
    Life gives us what we need when we need it - accepting it is a whole other matter. (Pam Houston)
    And ...
    There is no such thing as a complete lack of order, only a design so vast as to appear unrepetitive up close. (Louise Erdrich) - hence my blog title.

  29. I love quotes and words, too. One of my favorite quotes is on my blog header:
    We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. It's an American Indian quote and I love it!

    Can't wait to see your layouts and thanks for the great giveaway offer!

  30. So happy everything is going well. :) One of my favorite quotes is:

    "To the world you may only be one person but to one person you may be the world"

    It has always spoke to me.