Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Celebrations A Plenty!

So, on April 13th a whole nine years ago my Mr. Loomis and I said our "I do's" and I became his Mrs. Loomis. Wow, has time really flown by. It's just like they say: "Time flies when you're having fun". I can vouch for that saying a million times over :)!

Here we are above on our hot anniversary date at a fantastic restaurant by the name of Southern Graces.  If you're ever in Beaufort, SC this is a must for a great Southern dining experience! Celebtation #1 for April. 
 Celebration #2 for April is right here, my Miss Lauren.  I was working a show a few weeks back and she stopped by the house to drop off her Mr. Handsome (aka, my grandbaby) before starting her first day of work at her first job at a salon.  My Mr. Wonderful was on baby/girl duty ALL DAY LONG with four little ones.  He's such a trooper, isn't he?!!!
You see, I have documented ALL the milestones in my children's lives with pictures.  Just ask them how many times I've embarrassed them as I've jumped out of the bushes with my camera in hand to catch all the action!  Just kidding, but it's almost that bad.  Brian took several pictures of her for me, a real step by step per my ususal documentation.  You know, I have over 50 photo albums of my children all in chronological order...did you know that?  The real kicker is is that I'm now about 3 years behind, arrgghhh!  That drives me crazy like you wouldn't believe.  That's on my to-do list:  getting caught up on my photos and books.  I'm scared of what that will cost once I decide to sit down and really do it--yikes!! 
And... She's off!  Away she goes to fulfill her dreams :)  Happy! Happy!
Celebration #3:  Easter!  Beautiful eggs, good family times, beautiful colors and flowers all around...
My mother in law and myself here, peeling eggs for our own deviled egg recipes.  Did you know I only have one complaint about how she raised Brian?  It's very serious, too.  Just kidding!!  I make my deviled eggs with Miracle Whip, which he will NOT eat because his mom never served it to him or cooked with it, my mom did.  I can eat either Miracle Whip or mayo in/on most things, but not my deviled eggs!  He feels the same way about his deviled eggs, too.  So...Marge and I both made separate plates of eggs:  perfect, the whole bunch loved them and was happy :)
Sidenote#1:  It would be a dream come true if my children's spouses only had one complaint/concern about how I raised them.  Can you imagine that???  None of my own children are married yet, of course, but the praying has begun on my part for great choices in spouses in all regards.  Marge (and Chet, my father in law)  did a marvelous job with bringing up Brian.  Yep, it's so true!  I've said it before and you'll hear me say it again. So, mayo....no problem!
Sidenote #2:  Isn't my hair special?  LOL  I obvioiusly wasn't dressed for dinner yet, but that hair is something else.  Don't fret though, I'm going to see Amy this Thursday for a "cut and do".  I bet I know what you're thinking:  Oh, please.  It can't happen soon enough.  Am I right?  :)?  I know, that's why I gave you all a break with a smaller picture for this shot, for real.  I don't want to advertise that mess!
Now here is not only my major Easter project, but celebration #4:  Hot Cross Buns from scratch!

I hope these step by step pics don't bore you out of your mind, but it is a real process when making yeast breads.
Patience is a must as there are several steps involved.  It's not really hard to do, but I just have to  have enough peace and quiet to really concentrate on this particular endeavor.
Why this endeavor you ask?  See below.  My little Isabella is all about hot cross buns these days (for like the last two years).  This was my first time to make them from scratch.  I thought her and Charlotte would be amused and like to help out.  I was right :)  We had a good time together baking. Oh, we forgot their little aprons, tisk, tisk.
They're looking pretty good here.  Or is it more like looking very homemade?  yes, homemade it is.
Oh, look~  They have risen just like Jesus!  Hence the celebration.  You never know about yeast breads as they're a little temperamental.  Success.  Oh, I almost forgot to tell you,  traditionally hot cross buns are a sweet bread, but I decided just to butter them and leave out the cinnamon and sugar as we had lots of sweets in the house already.  These were delicious, I must say.  Nothing like warm bread straight out of the oven with butter on it, right?  Yummy indeed!
Here is my little "Hostess with the Mostess in training", aka Charlottte Rose.  She cracks me up.  She had already made name cards for the kiddie table and taped them to the back of the chairs.  In this picture below she is arranging the napkins, which was totally her idea.  For real,  I had totally forgotten about napkins all together.  I've become such a slacker on these things!  I'll have to share with you my entertaining ideas and goals one of these days, later.  So my Charlotte does a good job with the little details that always matter.  Some people say they don't, but I really believe they do.  I always notice the details!!!!
Here is a delicious salad I made.  Isn't it pretty?  The recipe is compliments from my friend Kate.  It is soooo yummy, I promise.  I'll share the recipe one of these days with you if you're interested in it.  Lots of great flavors working together in this one for sure.

Oh, yes, and here are the prized deviled eggs.  Paprika ones are compliments of Marge and mine are the ones below.  They were all eaten right up.  That's what happens when you only serve them about twice a year.  That way they are a real treat for everyone, right?

Now I think we're up to celebration #5 for this month, Isabella's 7th birthday.  Now this deserves a BIG WOW!! I thought perhaps time would slow down a bit with my round two of babies, but it's going just as fast, if not faster.  It just amazes me.  Isabella is such a sweet and good girl, with a lot of spunk.  We enjoy her immensely!
Here is proof that she is definitely my daughter:  a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting.  Yep, that is proof right there!  We love our chocolate for sure:)

This cake is reason enough to celebrate!  Would any of you like to come over for a piece of cake, cup of coffee, and a good chat?  Now how fun would that be????
Wishing you a fabulous day!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Drum Roll Please!

Here she is...Miss Fabulous Girl,  Spring 2011



Congratulations, little Miss A!
Welcome to the Finds! family.  We'll be seeing you soon:)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Yippee!

Yippee!  I've finally decided upon my "Fabulous Girl".  I feel so much better now that my decision has been made, you don't even know.  It was a much tougher decision than I thought it was going to be.  I didn't think it was going to necessarily be easy, but man, I really had to give this a lot of thought.


I want to say that I truly think all the girls are very special little gals!  Cuteness Galore is what we had at Susan's studio for the day of the shoot, ALL-DAY-LONG.

 Thank you to all the mommies (& daddies)
for sharing your little girls with us.  Everyone did a fantastic job.  This was our "first rodeo" per Miss Iris (Susan's assistant) and we couldn't be any happier with the turn out.
I'll make my announcement tomorrow evening Friday, April 14, some time between 6 and 9.
See you then :)
Oh, I almost forgot!  Although I can only pick one official
 "Fabulous Girl",
later on I'll be  inviting some new faces to join us for our next photo shoot, too!  I have lots in the works for Fall, Back to School, and Holiday~Yipppee!!

It's Show Time!

Show time it is!  I've done three big shows in the last three weeks!
Sigh. 
They've been fun and a lot of work.  Thank God for my husband.  He helps me soooo much! 

 Here are some pics of me and my daughter, Whitney, at the Flowertown Festival is Summerville.  Now that WAS a festival!  My goodness, there were oodles of people there.  It was so hard for me not to just take off and go shopping.  I'm in love with handmade goods.  I have such an appreciation for them!  I just love seeing all the different pieces by different artisans.  It's very interesting to see what people think of and come up with.
Yes, you guessed it, Whitney is a bit sassy :)!  She can be a real handfull, but she can be oodles of fun, too.  Silly, but we took turns taking each other's pics.  A little lipstick/gloss would've been nice for me, don't you think?
Flowertown Fest was a really good show for Finds! I met some really great gals...I'll definitely go back next year.

 On to my next weekend.  Raleigh, NC to the Southern Women's Show.  This was a super fun weekend for a few reasons.  Reason #1 is below.  Emma and Jeffrey...my niece and nephew.  They live in the area, so it was a no brainer to try this show.  The kids had a BALL playing all weekend.  Plus we got to visit with my husband's sister, Kim, and her husband, Alen.  Oh!  Super fun:  Gamenight!!  We haven't done that in ages, so fun.  You really must do it soon.  I think I need to set up a game night here with some friends.  Nothing like a little inspiration!
 Here's my booth.  It looks pretty good, don't you think?  I was right across from the main stage of the entire event, it was the "fashion stage". 
 See the little gal in my knickers?  Her name is Grace, she's on her way to NYC for modeling! 
 Finds! was lucky enough to have her don a few of my outfits and "grace" the stage in them-lol.   She did a Fabulous job! 
 Below you can see her exiting the stage with all the other models and actors.  They put on a really cool show.  I had the best seat in the house! I got to see all the good shows all weekend long.
I must sign off for now.  Perhaps I'll treat myself to a little bike ride on Pearl.  Have I told you all about Pearl?  I'll have to do that some time.
Wishing Grace the best of luck when she travels to NYC soon.  I'm pretty sure this little gal is  going to return home with a modeling contract!  Grace, it's showtime for you :)





Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Oh, My!

Oh, my!  I hope today gets better.  Would you believe me if I told you that I've lost/misplaced an entire batch of khaki capri pants?  It's true and I'm so frustrated!  How did this happen?  I had to call and cancel a pick up for an order because I can't find the capris in my studio OR anywhere in my entire house! It's so upsetting.  I've actually had my two oldest girls stop by and look with me.  You know, I wanted to make sure I wasn't staring right at them and didn't realize that they're right in front of me.  No luck though.  I have one last hope.  Yep, my Mr. Loomis.   Maybe he can spy them when he gets home from work.

 My fingers are crossed, but I know this is not looking good over here.  I'm really quite organized.  Do you think I already unpacked them and put them on my invetory shelves?  I sure hope so.  I've never wanted to be as blind as a bat,  but today I'm kind of hoping that I am in regards to these britches.  I have three mommies waiting to get their hands on these pants for their girls and I can't deliver--arrghhh.  Wish me luck because I think I'm going to need it.
Now on a happy note:  above is the youngest little gal that came out for our photo contest.  Isn't she adorable???  What a perfect fit this skirt and tank are on her. 
Maybe I stand corrected this cute little red head was a young one too.  This little gal here caught my attention when I was dropping off some papers to a friend of mine.  She caught my attention, like:  ALERT! ALERT!  Darling red head on mommy's hip.  Her mom was walking to the car, she was parked right in front of me.  I went ahead and put on my seat belt all ready to pull away, but then....I quickly hopped out of my car and introduced myself to her mommy and told her about our photo contest.  Yes, it was a little awkward.  Afterall, this mommy didn't know me at all.  I didn't want her to think I was some weirdo!  Turns out this little girl attends my friends daycare where I had dropped off the papers, so in the end we had a connection there.  In the meantime, I even more quickly hopped back into my car thinking that mommy probably thinks I AM a real wierdo and then on about my business I went! 
Well, low and behold, they actually showed up!!!  My friend, Shelley (the daycare owner), had personally called the mommy (which I didn't even know about until after the shoot) to tell her that I was a friend of hers and that I was raving about a little, sweet red head that I had seen out in  front of her place.  Shelley knew exactly which little girl I was talking about. So nice of Shelley to vouch for me, huh, and invite her to the shoot on my behalf?  I was thrilled when they walked in. I just think she has such beautiful coloring and is so sweet, too.  
Oh, my!  Just so much cuteness around here :)!! 
Wishing you all fabulous day!

Monday, April 11, 2011

More & More Fabulous Girls!

Wow! Here are some more pics for you:)  I'm just very "bloggy" today, I guess.  Is "bloggy" a word?  Most likely not, but enjoy these sweet little ladies anyway! 
 Okay, I can hardly stand how cute these three sisters are in matching dresses.  I think I'd just die if I happened across them while out and about.  Oh, what fun that would be!
Sidenote: One day last Fall my husband, Brian, took our girls to Chick fil A for a quick lunch and he saw a girl there that we didn't know in one of my skirts and tops.  He noticed my pieces from across the parking lot!  It was so cute that he was so excited to see some of my pieces "out and about".  I guess it's kind of like a little affirmation.   Does that make sense?

 Lots of cuties here!
So you can probably see what huge trouble I'm having here with deciding about this contest.  It's soooo hard!  They all are just so cute and in their own unique ways, too!!
Haven't the girls all done such a good job modeling my pieces?  Just look at these poses below!





Hhhmmmmmmm?????
  

Girls, Girls, Girls! All FABULOUS Girls!

Okay, so here are the rest of the girls who came out for our photo contest.  Well, actually, I'm missing one little gal (she's cute as a button, but I haven't heard back from her mommy if it's okay to share her pictures or not.  I'm sure I'll hear from her and when I do, I'll then share the pics with you.).

 So you can see that we have a very nice age range and "coloring" to choose from.  I really need to finalize my Fall/Holiday fabric selections so I can coordinate the girls with the new line that the new "Fabulous Girl" would be modeling.  That might be helpful in narrowing this down.

Just how am I supposed to decide????  Maybe I should have given that more thought before starting the contest...maybe not.


 
 Now just how cute are these little gal pals?  All of their mommies are childhood friends/cousins.  I love that!  They came to the photo contest to kick off a birthday weekend with us.  What fun!
 Oh, and I love this pic below.  Probably because I have such a hearty laugh myself (so I've been told). 

 This gal below did such a great job.  Man, when it was time to focus, she did just that. I love how her and her mom layered the two headbands.  Isn't that cute?  It looks like one great headband, doesn't it?
 How groovy is the little chic below? She was fun to work with :)  I could never look that naturally cool!

A little sweet and a big sweet!
 Miss C is totally wearing the knot top and ruffle shorts just how it should be worn :)  This was a great outfit for her.

 What else can I say, but aren't they all Fabulous Girls?
I'll post a decision soon, I promise!

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