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A basket of odds and ends

First things first, no, we have not yet received our referral.

Life has felt busier than usual here lately, which has left me with little time for blogging. This is actually our first weekend without something going on in about a month, so we are enjoying the lack of schedule.

I have been getting my doula bag together, as my friend, Dell, is now 38 weeks pregnant. I have loved being her doula and feel honored to have the opportunity to be at her birth. Today I made a "roll" for my essential oils, which I plan to bring to her birth. I got the general concept from Amanda Soule's book, The Creative Family, in which she describes how to make a felt pencil roll for colored pencils. I did this my own way, though, not using felt and quilting it instead. Here's how it turned out.

Earlier in the week, I finished this dress for Indigo. The pattern is called the Molly Peasant Dress and you can find it here. The fabric was from a remnant pack that I purchased this summer, and I decided to add the eyelet lace as the dress was coming together.

I love this photo because you can see the little ankle bracelet that Indigo is wearing. Dan brought this back for her from India and it finally now fits her. It jingles when she walks and she loves it.

We went to the garden store today to get some kale and collards for our winter garden, but they weren't quite in season yet. The plants looked very small and unhealthy, so we're going to wait a couple more weeks. While there Dan took this picture of us sitting on some hay bales.

Have a great weekend everyone!


  1. How exciting that your friend is so close to her due date! You sound like you are going to be well prepared for the event! :)

    The dress and the ankle bracelet are both adorable! And cute picture of you and the kids!

  2. The photo of you with the kiddos is just stunning. Pure joy and spontaneous bliss!

    And I almost thought I could hear the sweet jingle of Indi's ankle bracelet and I can well imagine her delight in it! She looks beyond sweet in her new amazing dress!

    And Dell must feel such a sense of peace knowing a close friend and trained Doula will be on hand to lend support and strength during her delivery. Your roll is inspired and very lovely.

    And I hope you receive your good news soon!! :)


  3. You are just SO talented with a sewing machine!!!!! I LOVE the peasant dress. LOVE it.

    What an honor to be a doula for your friend! I hope it is a beautiful experience for her and for you!

    Praying for some news soon for you all (even if we won't hear about it for awhile)!!

  4. Rachel,
    Sorry it's been so long since i've visited-been SO busy w/ MJ and kids and school and you name it! :)
    Loved catching up though-you've been busy-can't believe it's been 4 months already-and you think you'll be getting your referral this month?!? YAY! Love the picture of INdigo in her dress-i love the lacey sleeves!
    And how awesome is that-being your friends doula-that's amazing! :)

    Hope you are well-look like you're doing great! :)

  5. Wow it is amzing that your friend is 38 weeks pregant. I just love your kids pics.

  6. Hi Rachel! You are so creative - how cool! I love the roll and I'd love to hear more about your essential oils. I'm ordering some from Young Living. ... Good luck with the wait. ;-)

  7. Amy,
    I have so many essential oils. Let me know if you have any questions. I love using them! :)

  8. Love the little dress. You are so talented.

  9. I forgot to say that Sophs has a little ankle bracelet from India as well. I love the little sound that it makes.


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