Wednesday, July 6, 2016

This is where it ends

To all who might be reading this,

This is where she - the blog - ends.

Back to life.

All the best,
Dessa :)

Friday, December 25, 2015

To All

Merry Christmas! 
-The Freemans
[and the utterly delighted guinea pig]

Friday, November 27, 2015



Ugly Sweater Preparations


Bad Punctuation Giggles/Jane Austen Bookmark Love

Tree Skirt Making

Tuesday, October 27, 2015


[Disclaimer: This post won't have pictures...feel free to run away now if you don't feel like reading the post!]

I've been making lots of tree skirts for my etsy shop, Burlap & Blossoms. Glad to be starting a little earlier this year to catch the early birds like me. Come November 1st, it's time to deck the halls. (Dang I need that comma?? Geez, I'm such a comma glutton. I digress.)

I'm so looking forward to Christmas shopping this year. It's so fun to surprise the kiddos. We also have a Christmas vacation planned! Four families under one roof isn't normally paradise for an introvert. However, when you've all got plenty of room, a movie theater, and plenty of outdoor space, it works. :)

School is going so much better than last year, mainly thanks to Life of Fred. Good grief, I was so tired of the other math books. They ask to do math now. It's so much better.

Speaking of happy kids, they are super pumped to be going trick or treating this weekend. I've got Spiderman, a skeleton, and the piece de resistance: a volcano. Some little girls want to be princesses...but my girl wants to be a volcano. (With lava pouring down her face, no less)

I'm super pumped about going to Disney again next year. I'm determined to take all the kids again. Our last vacation was so much fun. There's something about coming together with little to no responsibilities and just being silly and having fun together. It is so special to me. The oldest has requested Legoland again. They had a good time there, too. (Partly because of their first experience with an all-you-can-eat buffet. Their minds were blown.)

In other news, I finally made it to the third part of Lord of the Rings. WOOHOO. Thought I'd never be done with Gollum in the Two Towers. I've been a fan of the movies for years, thanks to my husband. I'm so glad I decided to read the books, though. I won't say one is better, because they are both good...but come on, Peter Jackson, I really needed Tom Bombadil in the movies. I even named my pet guinea pig after him...

If you're anxious for more unsolicited opinions about media, then let me tell you: I am loving this season of Doctor Who! And when they announced River is coming back for the Christmas special I had tears in my eyes I was so happy. That was the same day I learned Betty White was gonna be a squintern on Bones! Oh happy day, indeed. (You've come a long way from St. Olaf, Rose) Also, a Sherlock special set in Victorian times airing on New Year's Day?? I didn't miss the homage to the Granada Sherlock Holmes, either. Brilliant! (Jeremy Brett is THE Sherlock Holmes. Period.) As for other shows...I'm bored with Castle; NCIS is still awesome; Bones is better than last season; blackish makes me laugh so hard; OUAT has just enough characters I like to balance out the ones I don't, so I keep watching. Also, Arthur and George was quite good. PBS is where it's at for British television, let's be honest. =)


And now to go make a cup of coffee before a little one yells, 'HEY MAMA.' =D

Saturday, July 25, 2015

To the Moon and Back...

Here is a look at my latest quilting project. I have thoroughly enjoyed quilting for all our babies. It takes a while to hand stitch everything, but I LOVE the feel of each and every stitch. There is a definite difference in the look and feel of something hand stitched, as opposed to machine quilted. It is definitely less perfect, but I love it all the more! With this quilt I decided I would branch out and try rectangles instead of squares...I'm a daredevil, what can I say? I have been experimenting lately with little hand-cut templates to stitch designs onto the squares and rectangles. So far I've tried hearts, flowers, and moons...

I decided that since baby can't actually use the quilt yet, it would be a nice piece of art to hang behind the crib. I was going for a moon and stars theme with this quilt and I think it turned out nicely. I can't wait to show our little one his new space. 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

What I've Learned... 30 trips around the sun:

1) First impressions are usually correct.

2) Growing things is magical.

3) Children are more genuine than adults.

4) Restaurants should always have bread on their tables.

5) Saving money is important and therefore hard.

6)  The best avenue for escape is books.

7) My parents were right more than I thought.

8) Bitterness is a waste of time.

9) Peer pressure is more prevalent in adults, but also more subliminal.

10) Emotional pain is worse than physical pain.

11) New stationary is always a good idea.

12) Hand stitched feels better.

13) Children's laughter is a balm.

14) Expensive bedding is actually worth it.

15) Observation is a super power.

16) Home grown food is best.

17) Space is fascinating.

18) Gifts should never come with strings attached.

19) TV shows and mini series are better than movies.

20) Personal happiness isn't a's the stuff of life.

21) Sometimes it takes drastic change to get on the right path. It's worth it.

22) Always avoid people who bring you down.

23) Real Christmas trees are prettier.

24) The Bible isn't as literal as some people assume.

25) Walking in woods and old houses is as good as medicine.

26) Every lesson doesn't have to be learned first hand; sometimes we just need to listen to advice.

27) Banjos are cool. No, really.

28) Sometimes the book AND the movie are good.

29) Learning never gets old.

30) I don't know much at all.

Happy New Year!

In spite of some personal struggles, I feel so hopeful for the coming year! I'm ready to make incremental steps to improve my life. I don't need to lose 20 pounds or organize the whole house...I just need to improve little by little. I'm so glad to be able to stay at home with my kids. I'm thankful for my hobbies. I'm thankful for my family and friends. I'm thankful for sanity, which is easily taken for granted. And I'm especially thankful for insight and wisdom from those that have come before me. I'm wishing you all a fantastic new year!

Happy 2015!