Welcome Vaughn & Harrison

Welcome Vaughn & Harrison on Lost & Fawned

So I’ve been away and obviously a lot has happened.  Last time I posted a personal update we were pretty newly pregnant with our twins and honestly, I think I still didn’t totally believe it myself.  Well, on July 21st at 10:13 PM at 38 weeks exactly, we welcomed Vaughn Anderson and Harrison Otto into the world and have been getting to know them ever since.  They are perfect and amazing and life is very different.  In the next few weeks I plan to do a little write up about the end of my pregnancy and our delivery.

This does mean a change in direction for Lost & Fawned.  While I was dealing with the pain of infertility, I vowed I would never become a “mommy blogger” if I was lucky enough to have children.  I still don’t want to blog exclusively about child related topics, but the reality is that I am now a full time mom and these little guys are my life 24/7.  So Lost & Fawned will become a blog that covers parenting related topics.  I will still be blogging about crafting, backpacking and design, but I have to blog about things I know and right now my life is all about diapers, spit up and soothing two tiny humans.  I understand that this won’t be relatable to all my readers, but I hope you understand.  I plan to keep my parenting posts pretty real.  I wouldn’t trade my boys for anything, but it hasn’t been sunshine and rainbows and I appreciate bloggers who are honest about their experiences, good and bad.

So with that, things will be resuming here.  I’m not sure what my posting schedule will be.  The babies are very demanding and my days are unpredictable.  I have lots to share and have been bottling up ideas for posts.  Thanks so much for your support over the years.  Looking forward to sharing this new phase of my life and the blog with you all.

Let’s Clean

Lets Clean on Lost and Fawned

We are in the thick of winter, but I love to start the year with a clean house.  January is a great time to give your home a good scrub.  I’ve tried a lot of products, and finding a good balance between products that aren’t too harsh but actually work can seem impossible.

Here are some of my very favorite staples that I keep stocked in our cleaning cupboard.

Quick tip!  I’ve started getting a majority of our cleaning products from ePantry.  The prices are great, shipping is cheap and you can even schedule re-deliveries of your favorite products.  Get $10 off your first order by clicking here.

New Year / New Start

Happy New Year with Lost and Fawned

This fresh start couldn’t come at a better time for me.  2015 was tough.  I took some serious knocks and had some serious lows (all of which I’ll get into when the time is right).  But with 2016 I’m hopeful that this year will be different.  I’m making a couple of resolutions and starting some new projects to celebrate.

  • Journaling  /  I’m in the last year of my 5 Year Diary.  I’m so glad I stuck with it and will be following through and finishing it.  I’ll probably pick up a fresh one and start over.  I’ve also started my mood blanket for 2016.  I’m promising to be honest about my daily moods and make this a real keepsake.
  • Positivity  /  I’ve always been somewhere between a realist and an optimist, but the past year has made me lean much more toward to realist side.  It has occasionally caused me to focus too much on what could be and not celebrate life in the moment.  I’m hoping to regain some of my optimism and positivity in 2016.
  • Home  /  We need to stop procrastinating and knock some projects off our list.  After the bathroom fiasco two years ago, we got really burnt out on home improvement.  We don’t have the saving right now to do any major work, but we can organize, purge and make small updates that will make a huge difference.  It begins next weekend.
  • Blogging  /  Last year I really retreated into my own shell, not only here on the blog, but also in life.  I withdrew from a lot of people.  In some ways it was necessary, but I’m ready to come back.  I’m newly motivated and can’t wait to share some new things with my blog pals as well.

None of these resolutions are terribly daunting, and all are realistic.  Are you making resolutions this year?  Did you stick to yours last year?  Happy 2016!  Cheers to a fresh start!

Insta / End of Summer

End of Summer on Lost and Fawned

Summer is nearly officially over and we are in that weird in between time where it looks like fall but the weather feels like summer.  I’ve been busy cooking in bulk and freezing individual portions to get us through dark weeknights when I don’t feel like cooking.

Since I finished up my summer mini-quilt swaps so I took some time to do some selfish-sewing with some of my favorite stash fabrics that I have been hoarding.  I decided to take on bag construction!  I’ve never done it before but there are some amazing classes on Creativebug (both classes by Betz White) that walked me through the steps.  I love how they turned out and I gained a ton of knowledge.  I’m already planning a quilted duffle.

I’ve also been working away on my crochet projects.  I’ve nearly finished my first hat and my afghan is progressing.  With winter months approaching, I should have plenty of time to hook away in the evening with a cup of tea.

It’s been a rough summer emotionally and things aren’t getting easier any time soon.  But I’m ok.  I’ve been very productive and that helps me center myself.  I’ve also been spending time pampering myself with baths and skin treatments at home.  I found a new favorite tea (Bengal Spice by Celestial Seasonings) and Jared continues to be the best.

Any fun plans for the end of summer?  What are you looking forward to most about autumn?

Insta Month – May/June

Insta Month - May June

I woke up with grand plans to put together an amazing collection for you to start the week, but everything I started curating was totally off.  I promise I’ll have something better next time.

Farmer’s market season is here.  I went on Saturday with the intention of bringing home a big bag of healthy local veggies.  Instead I fell back on all my fresh and delicious guilty pleasures instead… bacon brats, a chocolate turnover and buffalo chicken pierogies.  I did also grab some sugar snap peas and strawberries.  I had a totally indulgent weekend, and I don’t feel bad about it at all.

My pile of mending is gathering dust.  I need to make myself a chambray skirt.  I realized this summer I don’t have a good casual, neutral skirt.  I have a long list of projects that need to start/finish.

I hope you all had a great weekend.  What’s on your list of summer projects?

Weekend In

Weekend In - On Lost and Fawned

I’m taking a “staycation”.  Jared has a weekend with the guys on the books, so I have the whole 2 days free to do whatever I want.  So I’ve planned to do nothing.  I’m going to read, quilt, watch “no ones here to judge me” movies and wear my comfiest pants (or no pants at all).  I’ll probably meander down to the flea market on my street tomorrow, but other than that, the dogs and I are locked in the house.

Here are my weekend picks for a relaxing weekend in.

We have been busy!

We have been busy! - Lost and Fawned

This spring has been a whirlwind.  It has been a series of ups and downs and ups again. I’m not quite ready to talk about it all here, but it has really been exhausting physically and emotionally.  I found it a little difficult to come here and keep my posts upbeat when I was feeling so low.  Thanks to support from my family and friends, I’m feeling more like myself and getting back into my routine.

On a side note, after saving up the old fashioned way (one bill at a time in an envelope with our goal written on the outside) we treated ourselves to a WACOM tablet.  We have been trying to get practice in when we can and are both showing improvement.  Hopefully I’ll be able to bring you some new free resources soon (lots of doodles, arrows and banners for your graphics) and then new fabric prints shortly after.

I’m leaving to spend a couple of weeks soaking up sea air in Oregon at the end of June and staying through my birthday.  It is a much needed trip and I can’t wait to see my family and I’m sure I’ll return feeling refreshed.

I hope you all have a beautiful and safe Memorial weekend.  The weather is supposed to be icky here, so we pushed back our annual backpacking trip to next weekend.

9 Reasons to Follow @lostandfawned on IG

Nine Reasons to Follow Lost and Fawned on InstagramDo you follow me on Instagram yet?  I’ve been more active this month and I’ve met some AMAZING people.  As we inch closer to summer, I’ll have more adventures to share (in winter my feed is much more limited since I practically hibernate).  I post lots of progress photos of ongoing projects like dress alterations, quilts, updates to the house and new additions to my collections.  Stop by and say hello!  I love seeing what you are up to as well!

Here are 9 simple reasons to follow me on IG today (@lostandfawned):

  1. Food
  2. Sewing
  3. Vintage
  4. House Updates
  5. Vintage Dresses
  6. Tea
  7. Dogs
  8. #happymail
  9. Nature

Instaweek / 11.18.14

My Instaweek 11-18-14 on Lost and FawnedWinter is here in full force now.  It’s bitter cold and miserable today, but yesterday we woke up to the most magical snowy landscape.  Now the snow is brown and slushy but the cold has really set in.

I decided to try something new-ish this holiday season to get me in the spirit.  When I was a kid, I picked up cross-stitch a couple of times and never really finished much.  I have had my eye on the adorable patterns at The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery after I saw some friends on Instagram posting their progress.  I saw their Christmas Celebration Sampler starting (the pattern is sent to you in pieces over the course of a month) and hopped on board.  I started a little late since I needed to pick up a couple of supplies, but I’m going to be busy catching up this afternoon once I tackle my list.  It’s adorable and relaxing.  Plus in the end I’ll have a really sweet holiday piece to put in a frame or on a pillow cover.

Our holiday cards arrived from Minted!  I can’t wait to share them with you.  I’m planning to get them posted next week, along with one last gift card giveaway.  They are so pretty.  I even got to splurge on pre-printed wrap around return address labels.

Logan is doing a million times better.  It’s amazing how fast he has bounced back.  I’m so thankful for the amazing team at our local vet who have been so kind and helpful.  If your dog ever gets a foot injury, seriously look into vets that do laser therapy.  It really sped up the healing process.  Finnick has been attached to my hip since it started getting cold.  I don’t think he’s a huge fan of winter.  I don’t blame him.  Going outside is a lot less fun when the air hurts your skin.

I have another new giveaway starting tomorrow!  This one is a part of my Gifts that Give Back series and is perfect to kick start your holiday shopping!  Stay tuned!

Instagram / October

Insta-Fall on Lost and Fawned

It’s been a weird month.  If you follow me on Instagram you have probably seen the whole story unfold.  If not, I figured I would share some highlights.  I’m looking forward to a (hopefully) less exciting November.

Rows from left to right, starting at the top:

  1. It’s tea season!  I have been craving strong, black tea like this Stash Double Bergamot Earl Grey.  Jared’s been hooked on Stash Licorice Spice for almost a year now.
  2. We didn’t buy any pumpkins this year, but we did go to Pumpkin Palooza at Heritage Farm in Peninsula, Ohio.
  3. Before the craziness started, we squeezed in one last hike at Happy Days Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
  4. We went to a little martini bar to see a friend play Gypsy Jazz with her band, The Help on a cold October night.
  5. More tea and TONS of quilting this month.  The colder weather has me on a roll.  I am determined to finish a few projects on my shelf this season.
  6. My new paint by numbers (from the local flea) found a home on my sewing table.
  7. I’m thinking of having a fabric de-stash on Instagram later this month.  I have a big bag of fabric that needs to go to make room for all the new stuff I purchased.
  8. Logan has had to go back to the vet’s a few times for a check-up and a little more time with the laser.  He looked so cool in his protective goggles.  He is going back today to take a look at it again.  I don’t think his foot will ever be quite the same.
  9. More tea… out of my day-job mug from Starbucks.
  10. My favorite new book collection with covers by Rifle Paper Co.  Get your own here:  1  –  2  –  3  –  4