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Megan Van Sipe
Estherville, Iowa
In an old lilac saloon on a dusty prairie.
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Hi Erin! Thank you! I don’t have a pattern for them, it is just something that I create from memory by hand!
Toggle Commented Dec 7, 2013 on Wallflowers in Aqua & Red at Lilac Saloon
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When I started blogging, it was just as an outlet for thoughts, photos and a place to share. And blogging was so different and new back then! This blog started out as Running Stitch where I wrote about daily adventures,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2013 at Lilac Saloon
Thanks Amanda!! (and sorry it took so long to reply! I swear I did, but then it wasn't here?!). There is certainly no harm in thinking through your parenting philosophies even before you become a parent! It always feels good to feel prepared. And once you DO become a parent, you're right to go on what feels right, and ignore what doesn't. That is the only way to do it!!
Toggle Commented Jun 5, 2013 on I'm Proud of You at Lilac Saloon
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EXACTLY!!!! Wow thanks for sharing your stories and experiences with me!! I felt so good after reading your comment. That's exactly how I feel. I think the praise critics are pointing their fingers at the extremes of "wow i'm so proud of you for being so smart" that can ruin a kid. I get that. I knew that before reading "the books". I guess I can go with my gut on this since I know it's right! I have always tried hard to make my parents proud...but, I want Luna to work toward goals that make her proud of herself! Thanks so much for weighing in on this, it was great to hear your perspective!!
Toggle Commented Jun 5, 2013 on I'm Proud of You at Lilac Saloon
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Thank you! You can find the pattern in this book: http://www.amazon.com/Last-Minute-Patchwork-Quilted-Joelle-Hoverson/dp/1584796340 Maybe you can order it, since you can't find it in your library! Best of luck stitching your own!! The patchwork is actuallly just a fabric print, not stitching and patchwork!! Cheating :). haha
Toggle Commented Jun 5, 2013 on Patchwork Pippi at Lilac Saloon
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For Christmas, Luna's Aunt Kristen made her a beautiful Dreamcatcher and I am so in love with it!! It's so whimsical and looks so pretty hanging near her collection of embroidery hoops on her wall. When she's older, I'll hang... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2013 at Lilac Saloon
I am so excited to share this with you guys! I've been hard at work on Daily Mom - day and night - and I am so proud of what we have created so far. It's an amazing resource of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2013 at Lilac Saloon
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I know I usually share a monthly recap of Luna, adorable little staged photos that take us to just short of blood, sweat and tears to get (ok there is sweat on my part, but no blood or tears!). But... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2013 at Lilac Saloon
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At the very end of the month, Luna caught a cold AND was teething pretty badly. By pretty badly, I mean the gum was so swollen it looked like a huge white lump where a top front tooth should be.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2013 at Lilac Saloon
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How simple is water? How common? How easy for us to get? How necessary for life? I bet most of us drink it all day long. We shower with it every morning. We cook with it. It is so easy... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2013 at Lilac Saloon
youre right! I missed out on March but it totally isnt too late. I will post it and then hopefuly get the April one up on time!! :)
Toggle Commented Mar 22, 2013 on A Year of Giving: Food at Lilac Saloon
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:) Yes! I think taking advice and then using it with moderation is probably a better way to go about things when it comes to all the books. I think if our intentions are good then were doing it right! :)
Toggle Commented Mar 22, 2013 on I'm Proud of You at Lilac Saloon
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In various places (books, blog articles, etc.) on the topic of praise, I have come across the criticism and the discussion of praise vs. encouragement in children. When I read the explanation, I totally get it. It makes sense not... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2013 at Lilac Saloon
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I was going through and reorganizing all of Luna's outgrown clothes and putting them into labeled bins by size. When I got to the newborn stuff I knew that now was the time to do a side-by-side comparison! She could... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2013 at Lilac Saloon
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Luna has been living out in the world for 9 months now and I'm just amazed with how much she changes, grows and learns every day. When I look at her, she just looks more like a "kid" sometimes when... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2013 at Lilac Saloon
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Before having Luna, I thought to myself (naively) that I wouldn't become a "mommy blogger". I loved my handmade business, my random photo shoots, writing about life or fashion or roadtrips. But really, this blog has always been about my... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2013 at Lilac Saloon
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This month, let's focus on giving one of the most basic necessities of life - food. Most of us are lucky enough to have plenty of it, or even excessive amounts of it! It is so easy for us to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2013 at Lilac Saloon
:)!!!!!! I love it too!!!!
Toggle Commented Jan 31, 2013 on Life With an 8 Month Old at Lilac Saloon
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MVIF. We love you too!!!!!
Toggle Commented Jan 31, 2013 on Life With an 8 Month Old at Lilac Saloon
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Hi Amanda! Haha yes I knew it was you! :) It is so nice to grow to like them more and more isnt it?? Imagine how fun it will be when they are kids and have funny, unique personalities and say hilarious things! So excited!
Toggle Commented Jan 31, 2013 on Life With an 8 Month Old at Lilac Saloon
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Yes...she was so unhappy when she had to just lay on her tummy! She was just mad that she could not DO things! Now that she is up and cruising around, she cries so much less! She will be a brilliantly happy kid once she is running and exploring. I can feel it. The schedule I started with certainly wasnt perfect for her but it did give me a nice starting point. I knew it wouldnt fit her since she isnt a normal baby (you know how it is!). Also... OMG you officially have a toddler today!!!!!!!!!! Aaaaaaah!
Toggle Commented Jan 31, 2013 on Life With an 8 Month Old at Lilac Saloon
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I do sew less now that I have a little one crawling around! But yes, sewing, embroidery, etc is my thing! You should dust off that machine! :) What inspires me about Iceland? OH everything I think! The landscape, the buildings (new and old), and it just seems like it has its own unique personality and culture that I would love to experience. That and Norway are my dream destinations! I am so jealous youre going!!! Well not jealous, just really excited for you - I am going to need to live through you - please share your photos!!! :)
Toggle Commented Jan 31, 2013 on The Designer at Lilac Saloon
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I can't believe I have an 8 month old baby! She does so many things now that make me think "kid" when I see her do them! Things like reaching out to hold my hand intentionally, or gently patting me,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2013 at Lilac Saloon
Oh yay, Lynn, Im so glad youre joining me!!! Thank you! You are amazing!
Toggle Commented Jan 23, 2013 on A Year of Giving: Comfort at Lilac Saloon
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Thanks Liz!!! I am SO glad that it has inspired you!!!! Check back in soon for Februarys theme! :) Enjoy your crafting, baking and GIVING!
Toggle Commented Jan 23, 2013 on A Year of Giving: Comfort at Lilac Saloon
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