{is this thing on?}

Over the summer, I jumped from the wordpress.com platform to wordpress.org.  Seems that not all of the glitches were worked out…

Just checking in with you – if you didn’t make the jump with me, well, I’m still here!  Be sure to update your bookmarks to twopeasinapoddesigns.com.

Hope to see you there!


{olive and ollie giveaway winners!}

Heather from Olive and Ollie has the cutest shop and she is quite the rock star in the modern quilting world.  She was featured HERE and if you missed it, go check it out because she has an incredible eye for color and design.

Heather offered 3 of you a copy of her PDF quilt pattern, Yield…and the winners are:



An email is on its way to you girls – congrats!!

If you haven’t already done so – visit the post from Monday and meet Jan DiCintio from Daisy Janie (and throw your hat in for a FQ bundle of her organic fabrics)



WIWW {what I wore wednesday}

Link up with Lindsey from the Pleated Poppy for her “What I Wore Wednesday” posts…they are quite addicting.  Fun to figure out new ways to embellish and recreate outfits from what’s already in your closet.  I have a small addiction to WIWW.  Never miss a post.  Here’s my post – although they are collected from about the last 6 weeks worth…but whateva!

Maybe I should title this What NOT to wear.  Let’s start with a look at my shoes and socks options…

I love my gold flats.  {I got them on clearance for $5 and they are super soft and comfy}.  I love my knee high argyle socks.  Together, maybe not so much.  But I was in a hurry to get off to church and quite frankly, I just didn’t care what my feet looked like.  I chalk this up to the “creative” side in me…my feet making a “statement”.  

Now this combo…the red flats, again, clearance $6 at Payless.  Love them.  Again with the argyle.  I got a thing for argyle.  Actually, just noticed that as I type this, I have purple and gray argyle socks on.  Hmm…that’s odd.  I should expand my sock patterns, huh?  This is facinating, isn’t it?

At least here, I’ve moved on to stripes.  Now, on this particular day – not a single member of my family could find matching socks.  After the laundry was all done – they somehow all came back together but they mysteriously all became mismatched for an entire week.  {and say hello to Rosie the barn cat}

T-shirt and scarf – Old Navy
Jeans – Ann Taylor LOFT (my fav store that I NEVER pay more than $20 for anything – awesome clearance finds!)
Jersey cardigan – Cold Water Creek (also clearance $7!)
Hair flower – made by ME!

I have a thing for hats.  And pigtails.  And braids.
Hat – really old and I have no idea where I got it.  I added a pin I found for $1 to it!
Sweater – Old Navy (clearance! $8)

THIS – just a shameless plug for my tutorial coming up tomorrow for this cute fabric belt!
Dress – Ann Taylor LOFT
Beads – Bead for Life
Check out the red polka dot knee highs!

My what NOT to wear WIWW post…(giveaway winners announced tomorrow!)




Q & A

I get asked a lot of different questions about crafting, sewing and more.  I’d love to do a post where I answer all of those questions…do you have one you’d like to ask?  Ask anything!  Ok.  Maybe not anything but…serious, ask away!

Shoot me a quick email with your question at twopeasinapoddesigns at gmail dot com.



Custom Blog or Etsy Banner

I have been taking a class in Illustrator.  Previously, I would design, draw, sketch out my stuff – be it textile designs, etc and then hire a graphic artist to digitize, colorize and do all the work for me.

It’s super expensive to do that.  And I wanted to be able to play around with it all by myself.  So, I took a class at our local Art college and have fallen deeply in love.

With Art School – love designing, communications – all that stuff.  Super fun.  I already have plans for the next two quarters for more fun classes in both fashion design, pattern drafting and also more graphic design.

And I’ve been looking for guinea pigs (hee! hee!)

Do you have a blog or an etsy shop that you would like a banner made for it?  I love using personal photos but I’m up for trying anything.  And I’m super cheap.  I’d like to offer up a simple custom banner for you, like what is pictured here, for $15.  It will include a banner and avatar.

I will only take two orders for now so if you are interested, hurry because I’m not sure when I’ll do this again!

You’ll find the listing over in my etsy shop. Can’t wait to work with you!  Thanks for giving me a chance to practice!

{for love of nature}

“Here is calm so deep, grasses cease waving. . . . Wonderful how completely everything in wild nature fits into us, as if truly part and parent of us.

The sun shines not on us but in us. The rivers flow not past, but through us, thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell of the substance of our bodies, making them glide and sing.

The trees wave and the flowers bloom in our bodies as well as our souls, and every bird song, wind song, and; tremendous storm song of the rocks in the heart of the mountains is our song, our very own, and sings our love.”

– John Muir

I love that passage from John Muir.  I first read his writings as a freshman in college as part of my environment and natural resources degree.  From a very young age playing in our creek in the backyard, running through the woods on my grandparents farm, and exploring as an adult – I have loved the quiet stillness, the colors, the smells, everything the earth has to offer.

Last week as Sprout and I were hiking, she must have said one hundred times, “What’s that?!  What’s that?!”.  I lovingly obliged by pointing out all of the new sprouts; mayapples, cut leaf toothwort, spring beauties, garlic mustard, bluebirds and cardinals and chickadees.  We talked about the song that the rufous sided tohee was singing as he followed us, “drink your tttteeeeaaa”.  She repeated everything I said and even the next day as we entered the woods said, “Momma, Momma, Momma!  Apple!  Apple!” as she pointed to the mayapples.  Sharing all of God’s creation with my kids is as much a joy for me as a Mom as it was for me as a kid to share it with my father and my grandfather.

Go outside and share some of the splendor around you with someone you love – Happy Earth Day.



Giveaways, Giveaways!

Don’t forget to scroll back and catch all the posts from last week!

All of my birthday giveaways are open until Wednesday, March 31st!

In like a lion, out like a lamb…



Dan the Picture Man

Shortly after the twins were born, I got a phone call from “Dan the picture man” asking me if I’d like him to come out to our house to do in home portraits for our babies.  He offered a special deal for first time baby photos that I couldn’t resist.

He has been photographing our family ever since.  And in exchange for some more family photos he took of us recently, I’m writing this post to tell you how much we have enjoyed our experiences with him.  He photographs our family at least once a year and our kids have literally, grown up with him.

Little sprout...would you believe this was taken in my living room?

Dan will go just about anywhere to take your photos.  What I love best is having him come to our house.  He brings his lights, his screens – and for our baby photos, literally, we set up on our kitchen table with screens and got these shots.  How much more easy can it get for a Mom?

And can I just mention - I made her gown. This is the baptism gown(s there are actually two of them from the twins) that I made for my babies. I'll tell that story someday...

And this was taken in our backyard, under our apple tree beside the girls playhouse

Special moments in time and photos taken in special places that mean so much to us.  A favorite shady spot in the summer time.  The apple tree where I gather apples from and make applesauce in the early summer.

We don’t have to pack anybody up to go anywhere.  Dan comes in.  Sets up.  Is amazing with the kids and able to get just the right smiles to come out.  He packs up.  He’s gone.  Quick.  Painless.  Priceless.

With a favorite friend who has since left us...

One of my favorite shots with little sprout and again, this was taken in my living room! You gotta love how easy this is, right?!

and a favorite sleeping buddy

sister love

Dan is wonderful and I highly recommend him.  As a matter of fact – he has been kind enough to offer 75% off his sitting fees for any of our readers who mention “Trish Preston from Two Peas in a Pod”.  He’ll come to you (if you are somewhere here in Ohio – I suppose for the right price, he’d travel wink! wink!).  Come to your home, come to a local park (we’ve had photos taken at the hubby’s park he works at and others around town) or you can come to his studio if you’d like.

Just don’t forget to mention our blog to receive your discount.  I promise, you’ll be so pleased with the results!



Day two of the 14 Days of Doing Nothing Before Christmas…

Day Two…

  • Took kids to school
  • Stopped at coffeehouse to pick up owl pin for teachers who placed orders.  Did I happen to mention my kids are selling these and giving a dollar from each one sold to our Childrens Hospital.  Would you like one?  Leave us a comment if so…they are handpainted by the “two peas” themselves.

    Magnet or pin - $2 with $1 going to the two peas charity, Childrens Hospital. 50 cents to their savings. 50 cents for their own spending money.

  • Blogged.  Loaded items to etsy store.
  • Watched TV…see that’s “nothing”!
  • Washed all the bedding from all 5 beds and changed all the bedding.
  • Cleaned house and watched more TV.
  • Stitched more wrist cuffs / coffee cup cozies after kids went to bed.  I’m mostly just enjoying stitching.  What is it about the blanket stitch that makes you want to go on and on and on and on…it’s fun isn’t it?

    Buttons and felt - my next obsession...

And just a reminder of our giveaways here and here.  A wonderful little girls hat from Bows and Blossoms and an entire package of goodies from me including a bag and other fun things!

How’s your day going?  What are you doing to get ready for Christmas?  What are you giving as teacher gifts?  I could use some more ideas for the end of year…

I think I’ll go watch birds in the backyard for awhile and thank God for days I can stop and just be quiet in the moment.



…and the crowd goes wild!

Relaxing after our family festivities over the weekend – I was blog hopping and stopped over to visit Patty Young in her MODKID Boutique.

…and my kids went wild!

THIS was a favorite and...

...and they loved the outfit on the left with the jeans

Patty apparently has a new licensed designer working for her and she will be putting out these to die for outfits for American Girl dolls.  My girls instantly said, “Mom – I want one but I want YOU to make it – I don’t want to buy it”.  Well, hello?  Beyond making little pillowcase dresses for dolls – I’ve not ventured into this so we’ll have to see about that…those tiny little arm holes and all, looks a little challenging to me.

After drooling all over these new things to come from Patty Young…I hopped over to visit with Etsy Team Columbus. You know, all the talented folks from the local area.  I found lots of things to drool over and add to my Christmas list – here are just a few – there is SO much more to browse over there!

From Nestings, comes this sweet rose bouquet tutorial. Her project was a finalist in the Martha Stewart DIY Wedding contest. Aren't they beautiful? What a great way to add some color around the house this winter!

From Pinky and Lilly, this sweet little painting reminds me of my Two Peas.

3 Stitch Creations has this Buckeye Angel - because here in Ohio, Buckeye football IS like a religion.

This adorable print from Grace Hester designs which means"Live to Love, Love to Live" in Mandarin Chinese (生而为爱, 为爱而生).

Once Lost Jewelry has this incredible ring - I LOVE it! It's so unique!

This would make such a cute teacher gift - it holds a journal pad. Makes me giggle!

Many of these etsy sellers are having sales – so you’ll have to browse their shops if you are looking for that special something this holiday.  Each photo is hyperlinked to their shop so go take a peek!

I’m excited about this coming week – because there will be loads of giveaways……over at Sew, Mama, Sew.  Get ready because this is such a fun event!  You’ll want to stop by and visit their blog to get the full list of who is participating and by all means, hop back here because I’ll have a little something wonderful to giveaway myself.

Well, I’m still so full of turkey, turkey sandwiches, potato soup that I can barely fit my lap top on my lap…so I think I’ll go take a nap.  That should help!  :>)

See you all back here on December 2nd for the Sew, Mama, Sew giveaway!



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