love, sweet love

6 Feb

Sooo I was doing my thing the other night and reading up on some of my favorite blogs and saw this vday bunting. For real, Danielle Burkleo?! How simple, easy, and cute is that. It just adds a whole other level of cuteness to Valentines Day in my opinion.

So, here is my rendition: {and you should make some, too!}



buncha goobers

6 Feb

I found this on my mother-in-law’s computer tonight. It is from last March and apparently (<— is this spelled right? it totally looks wrong) we thought we were pretty dang funny :] I have a feeling it was like 1 or 2 in morning…..

(left to right: My love, Jeremy/yours truly/brother-in-law)


Indie Business 3.0

3 Feb

OK- I am SOOO excited about something…. I can’t hold it in any longer…..

you ready??


I AM A STUDENT OF INDIE BUSINESS 3.0!!! WOOOHHOOO!! I am like pee in my pants excited. Ok, not literally, but I could run around this house a billion times in excitement and then probably drop dead because of exhaustion—- and I’d still be excited.

My husband is so gracious to me. He sees the gifting that the Lord has placed in my life and is willing to do whatever he can to push me along. Yes, the class is a sacrifice financially, but he is more than willing to make that sacrifice.

Can’t wait to see what’s ahead for the Campbells! Get ready!

i heart sewing.

2 Feb

I decided to teach myself to sew at the very end of October 2010, when one of my friends needed a cape for her Wonder Woman halloween costume. Neither one of us knew how to thread a sewing machine or bobbin at that point. We watched youtube video after youtube video just looking for something that would help us. Sure enough, after reading the manual watching countless videos, we figured it out. (We were like Lucy and Ethel with that darn machine… it was quite a sight!)

In November, I really decided I wanted to learn more than just ‘how to stitch a straight line’ so I took on the task of teaching myself (and am still teaching myself). I have learned about tension (again, still learning!), following a pattern, creating a pattern, and much much more. For a while, I was really irritated with my machine because the tension issue was eating away at me. I didn’t even want to look at it (that is why I only have a handful of projects completed). Through different blogs, especially Gussy, I’ve really been inspired to sit back down at my machine and really hash it out. I mean, who doesn’t get frustrated every once in a while? I was to the point where I wanted to chunk it out the window. SO glad I didn’t. Or else I wouldn’t ever be able to make gifts like these for friends anymore:

  • Shirt: $5 Target shirt with double pleats made from an old white T in Jeremy’s drawer :]
  • Baby shoes: made for a friend who should be having her baby any day now!
  • Coffee Cozy

What I’ve learned: [in the past 3 months]
1. Walk away when you get frustrated.
2. Measure twice, cut once. [Kim from Oh Sweet Joy told me today about this really cute printable on her blog! love it…& her!]
3. If you notice you are not caring as much about the project as you did in the beginning, walk away. No one likes sloppy work.
4. Pinning fabric together is a necessity.
5. Tension issues are inevitable. Adjust the tension for different fabrics and thickness.
6. When Jeremy calls me away from the sewing machine to snuggle on the couch– go cuddle. He comes first.
7. read. Read. READ. (and study) the pattern and instructions.
8. It’s ok to break a needle. It happens.
9. No pain, No gain.
10. Keep chocolate nearby. Thanks Mandy for the Smarties!


excuses, excuses

1 Feb

For about a week now, I’ve really been thinking about the sweet conversation we had with some of our friends a couple of nights ago.

When I get to [that] point my life, I’ll do [that].” or “Once [this] happens, then I’ll start working on [that]” or “Once I get more money, then I’ll start saving.”

I can’t get it out of my head. It has really been stirring up something within my heart and I think it’s time to act. What’s the point of waiting for something to smack me in the face before I decide to really grasp ahold of what I’m called to do? The Lord has humongous plans for my life and I’m just sitting back lolly-gagging around. Why? no good reason at all.

I’m ready. I’m ready to start applying this to all areas of my life. I want to be able to look back and think, “wow, look at how far I’ve come.”— with the Lord’s help, of course.

I think I’ll have that thought with this project:
I made my little brother-in-law a wallet for his birthday. I had a hard time finding a pattern, so I made one for myself. Don’t laugh. It’s a start :] I’m in the process of teaching myself to sew, so with that comes lots of embarrassing projects. But I’m just gonna throw this out there and if you like it, good, if not, just toss it right on back  be nice. :]

I love his sweet little 5 yr old heart. He didn’t mind that the stitching was way out of control, that I measured wrong, or that I didn’t match the pieces up just right. He didn’t even see my mistakes and imperfections. All he saw was the super awesome lighting bolt on the front, the pocket for money and his coupon book for iphone apps & cupcake dates.  He thought it was perfect. :]

So with that being said, I’m moving forward. No more excuses.

our humble home :)

30 Jan

 So here it is. Our humble “house”. I call it a “house” even though it’s just an apartment. Some think it’s silly that I call it something that it is not, but it gives me a home-y feeling when I refer to it so I just set other’s comments aside. Who cares what other’s think, right? They don’t get to live here. We do. One day we will be blessed with an actual house with a porch (hopefully big enough to have two rocking chairs or even a swing). grass, a garden to plant flowers and grow veggies, hardwood floors, a kitchen with a super cute layout, and a couple bedrooms (I would love to have a craft room). But for now, we live here. I love it and I hope you do too!

*Side note: the picture quality could be way better, but I just have to work with what I’ve got*
*Side Side note: I don’t really have anything to say here, I just wanted to write “Side Side note” ha*

Our front entry way.

The view into the kitchen from the hallway.. our “hallsquare” as we like to call it :]

Our kitchen.
We had some friends over for dessert this night :] tons of fun! On the menu was sopapilla cheesecake and fruit salad. Yum!

This is Jeremy’s great-grandmother’s hutch that his mom, Cristie, gave me. We set aside a Saturday a couple of months ago to have a face-lift party for a couple of our favorite pieces. For this one, I took off the doors because I wanted to give it more of a bookcase look and then painted it robin’s egg blue. I think it’s my favorite piece in the house! Oh, and check out my $5 flea market chair. love it!

Our living room.
It’s a constant work in progress because I change it up so much. Right now, I’m in the “inspiration stage” of this room for the 32,345th time. Since this picture was taken, I have added more things to the bare walls. I want to hear your thoughts!

Oh- and take a look at our engagement book on the coffee table made for us by the one and only Two Pair Photography. If you’re ever looking for super awesome, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious photos, use them! I have a feeling you will regret it if you don’t!

And last but not least, our infamous couch.
Isn’t it lovely? ha, stop laughing. Yes, I know it bows in the middle and yes, I know it’s very uncomfortable at times, but it’s ours and it works for now :]


So that’s our little place! I hope you had fun on the tour! I’ll show our bedroom another day, so don’t go anywhere :]


finally finished.

20 Jan

First off, I have to say that I have an addict on my hands. Not just any normal addict. A ‘Words with Friends’ addict. I think he has up to 11 games going right now. It makes me laugh because most of his opponants are actually not friends at all. They are completely random people, people who are probably half way around the world. Kinda creepy and neat at the same time if you ask me.  The only thing thats irritating is that sometimes in the middle of the night I hear a chime come from his side of the bed. What the heck, people! Go sleep! Guess I need to sign him up for an AA type meeting.

Annnnyyways, It’s almost Friday! Which means this work week is almost finished :] and that means…. sleeping in! I love sleeping in, but if I sleep too late then I waste half of the day, and right now I don’t really want to do that. Since Christmas is over and all our decorations are up in the closet, I feel like I have a blank slate again to decorate. I’m ready for our place to be finally finished, though. I still haven’t really done much to our bedroom and I’m not a big fan of that. I have tons of stuff to hang and decorate with, but it just hasn’t happened yet. I’m really going to try to start and finish that room this weekend. We’ll see how that goes. I have so many projects going right now and I have a hard time ever finishing them for some reason. I really need to work on that. One thing that I’ve almost finished is our eating and prep area (food is important in this house!).

In our kitchen we have a vinyl chalkboard right next to the pantry door. Since the day we put it up, we have had a verse written at the top that has really spoken to us during that season of our lives. Just recently, after cleaning up from Christmas, the Lord placed a new verse on my heart for Jeremy and I.

“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Jesus Christ returns.” Philippians 1:6

When the verse was brought to my attention, I immediately turned to Jeremy (who was graciously folding laundry) and asked him what he thought about that verse for this season of our lives. We decided it was perfect for us! Of course, that’s how the Lord is. He’s perfect. He knows what we need, all of the time. He knows when we need a little encouragement. A little moral booster, if you will. He even knows when we need a little butt kicking. This just so happened to be a booty kick for us. We constantly talk about how we want to finish this or that, or how we wished that we were consistant in different areas of our lives. It’s a big topic for us at the dinner table or while we are lying in bed. For us, this verse meant that we need to learn not only to bring something to completion, but also to be disciplined in every nook and cranny of our being. I love having this verse in a central location in our home because it is a constant reminder to stay focused and to finish. Laziness is becoming uncommon in our home, while proaction is now the norm. I love it. I don’t think we will take this verse down for a very long time, unless of course the Lord speaks a new nugget of truth. :]

What has the Lord been teaching you during this season of your life? I’d love to hear it and be encouraged!


the tension is killing me!

17 Jan

I needed to take a break.

I’m trying so hard to make this bag and the tension on my sewing machine just will not work with me. Either its too loose and jamming my bobbin, or its so close to being at the right tension/stitch length ratio that it wont work. Any suggestions? I am literally 5 seconds from tossing the sewing machine out the window and calling it a night. But- I shall move on. Practice makes perfect, right? Right.

I will conquer this machine! 😉



update: I put it away for the night, needed a breather 🙂 I’ll get back to it tomorrow!

but, while I was “taking a breather” I found this and fell in love.

woooo weee I think I need this room! Isn’t it so great?


new life. new blog.

30 Oct

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure a major life change constitutes a new blog. Okay fine, you’re right… It doesn’t, but who cares anyway? I’ve got one. ——- old blog 

A lot has happened since I last updated.

1. I married my best friend back in June. (June 25 to be exact). BEST day of my life. It completely exceeded the expectations I set for that day. The weather was gorgeous (The Weather Channel said it was going to rain, but the Lord held it off and we were left with sunshine and a breeze), the decorations were stunning, our friends and family were supportive and Jeremy was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. It was such a holy day. I have loved every minute of  married life with him. He makes me laugh more than anyone I know. He is also the strongest man I know. I love him.

Two Pair Photography— love them!

2. I have embarked on the whole “cooking” journey. HA. Words of Wisdom- 3 inch turkey meatballs are not a good idea–unless you have 2 hours to spend waiting for them to cook. 20 minutes is not a very long time. Needless to say, we were sick the rest of the night…

3. My poor car, Carla, is on her last legs. She’s old and feeble. Recently (after engaging in a “fender-bender”) she lost her teeth. So now she is missing her teeth (grill), hand (driver side door handle), and hair (antenna). Oh, I forgot to mention that she has acquired a mole (rust mark from a dent from when Jeremy’s truck Buster booty-bumped her…). A couple weeks ago, she got a new heart (battery), but the technition said she wouldn’t make it too much longer. Ohhh Carla. You are a mess!

4. I have embraced my love for decorating and DIY. I have always been a crafter, but now that I have my own place, I have exploded. I cannot tell you how many projects I have going on at the moment. The  bad thing is, however, is that I get bored very quickly. I cannot tell you how many times Jeremy has caught me on top of our counter in the kitchen re-doing the tops of the cabinets at 10pm. He’s a trooper though. He helps me in anyway he can. Tonight, he hung our new shelves. I’m blessed.

5. Jeremy is back in school full time while working part time. On a normal weeknight, you can find us in the living room with books spread out on the floor, ice cream in hand and me quizzing him on the physiology of sport. (Either that, or we are taking a break to watch our shows or visit with our family).

Not too too interesting, right? But it’s my life. I love it! I wouldn’t change a thing. I am writing this blog to document our day to day life. You will find humorous stories, DIY projects, recipes  kitchen experiences (after I have completely butchered the recipe), posts on my faith, and whatever else I feel like posting.

Stay tuned. You wont want to miss anything.


We're in the teens, people!

6 Jun

In 19 days, I will be married to the most incredible person in my life. In 19 days, my life will change forever, for the better. In 19 days, I will be Mrs. Jeremy Campbell 🙂

I can’t believe it! I mean its really almost here. I have waited my life for this moment and I am so ecstatic that it’s so close. I’m smiling just thinking about it. Some say we’re too young. Let’s face it, we’re babies getting married. But who cares, right? Ya, there will be tough times and we are going to get frustrated with eachother. That’s just married life. But we will work it all out. We will be just fine. Sounds cliche, but our love will get us through it. Well, really our love and laughter. I love how we make the best out of every situation. We always seem to suck it up, laugh about it, and move on. Jeremy always finds the humor in everything. I love that about him. I love how when we open the fridge and all that is in there is lunch meat and water, he laughs and says “I love being poor with you.” These are the days we are going to look back in 25 years on and say, “that’s when I learned _____” or “It was hard, we had to live simple, but we made it”. We will tell our children, “When we first got married all we had in our pantry was rice, mac and cheese and water.” I love that. We’ve already learned some pretty valuable lessons. We’ve made mistakes and the Lord has whispered in our ears, “Your irresponsibility is not me not providing”……uh, whoa. SO true. He will be our provision and our security, but we have to be good stewards with what he has already given us. We have to do our part if we expect him to do his. Learned a good lesson today, and I can’t wait to learn more with my future husband.

Can I just boast about Jeremy for a minute? He is THE hardest working person I have ever met in my life. He does whatever he can to make me feel secure and provided for. Get this- he mowed 5 lawns today, and worked on a renovating a house to make extra money for us. 7am to 4pm on a SATURDAY. It’s one of my favorite things about him actually. That, and his peaceful nature. He is steadfast, secure, and chalked full of wisdom. Definately a man after the Lord’s heart.