Wednesday, March 30, 2011

{pocket} full of posies --spring collection DEBUT

 I believe that everyone woman, girl, and toddlerette is FABULOUS.  We are strong, beautiful, lovely, energetic, playful, soft, and fun. I believe that we love to feel put together. We like to create and add finishing touches to our work. We add garnish to a dish,  icing to a cupcake, hearts to our i's,  and shimmer to our eyes because we LOVE the end result. We enjoy taking a deep breath, soaking in  the event and giving ourselves the head nod of approval.  ::job well done, sister!::

{pocket}full of posies is my head nodding in approval. It has all my finishing touches.  It's the new collection of ruffles, flowers, colors, sparkles, layers, and pretties for spring and summer.   

{INSPIRATIONS} for this collection come from things I love...the combination of bright and muted colors, soft fabrics, coral and turquoise beading, feminine details, varying sizes--small for the soft and delicate days--LARGE for the BOLD & COURAGEOUS days.

Enjoy! {pocket} full of posies

playful and enchanting

new colors-- coral rose bouquet and violet

The posies in this collection are a new creation. They still have playful ruffles and layers--yet they lay close to the head and frame the face. I enjoy making them. I love the oodles of possibilities for adorning the centers.

Each piece in this collection is meant to be shared or used in multiple ways. The flowers are whimsical -but not too childish. They are contemporary and feminine. You're smart to start *borrowing* accessories early. ;)

aren't my models darling?

Sarah at sarah-beth photography took  these gorgeous photos of the little ones.  She nailed my concept  **PERFECTLY** If you love these photos, think about stopping by  her blog and telling her so. We all love compliments on our hard work. :) Thanks, Sarah!

Thank you for looking!! 

photo credits {1, 2, 3, }

Thursday, March 24, 2011

double drats.

I'm taking a little blog break--I guess it kind of already started.

Like a teensy one. You know  when your to do list starts to get long.....


and you start to feel like the things you really enjoy are a little bit of a chore?  like uhh...i HAVE to read US Weekly because brad and emily are on the cover. awww mannnn....i need to go see what's on clearance at Target this week. Double drats--i need to blog.

Feeling a bit like that right now. So...I'm stepping away for a few days. I'm  finishing up the last week of teacherdom before spring break. Getting my affairs in order --mountains of laundry, fabric explosions, and the flock of dust bunnies mating all over the house,


putting the finishing touches on my new collection for spring/summer. Here is another sneak peek :)

See ya in a few!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

saturday surprise

I usually don't post on weekends, but I just had to today!

I spent a great portion of this week picking out new colors of fabric for my flowers  to be featured in my spring/summer collection. I'm a tiny bit excited. And by tiny I mean HUGE.

Honeysuckle, Mint,Buttercup, Pink Champagne ::my true blue favorite::, Chartreuse,Coral Floral, ahhh.



Any purchase over $30 will receive a free surprise of an item from my spring/summer collection.

SHOP NOW! Tomorrow the offer will be gone!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

oh, honeysuckle ::love of color and NEW items::

 Pantone--Creator and Lover of all things color--says the following about its color of the year:

“Meet Honeysuckle, the 2011 Color of the Year. Energizing Honeysuckle lifts spirits and imparts confidence to meet life’s ongoing challenges. Honeysuckle is a color for all seasons. Courageous. Confident. Vital. A brave new color, for a brave new world. Let the bold spirit of Honeysuckle infuse you, lift you and carry you through the year. It’s a color for every day – with nothing “everyday” about it."

That gets me excited. and dreamy.  and extremely  INSPIRED.

Earlier, I showed you some pieces that I created using this springs regatta color.  {Go see} Here is a sneak peek of a few honeysuckle pieces that are BRAND.SPANKIN' new in my shop. As in today is their birthday and their only wish is to have a happy home.

two separate necklaces{the flower is removable}
 flower brooch
flower hair pin

a design.

named after the maxwell girls --who are always rocking lillypies. <3

five ruffle flowers varying in size.
antique bronze chain.

and we can't forget some honeysuckle for the littles!!!!!!!

Thanks for looking!

Oh...and another schminsy announcement--all helland style necklaces have been reduced.
go check out my other color combinations!

Monday, March 14, 2011

you're amazing

I struggle.

I struggle with how transparent I am.  I struggle with how emotional I am. I struggle with my body image. I struggle with the fact that if I'm uncomfortable, vulnerable, sad, happy, excited, moved, or nervous...I cry. 

I struggle with self-doubt. with my self. my capabilities. and lillypie.

It all came to a head Saturday night. I was upset. That resulted in my being upset that I was upset and it just sorta snow-balled from there. :)

God made me the way that he did. Why? Isn't that the big question we all ask ourselves?  Why are we the way that we are? Is it really the luck of the gene pool, the way we were raised, the friends that we keep, and a product of the environment?  I don't think so.

If I remember correctly, there is a sweet little Sunday school song that claims I am 'fearfully and wonderfully made'. :)  Oh..not just a song.  Psalm 139:14. Do you believe that?  I believe the fearfully part-- and I strive to believe the wonderfully part.  Chatting about this topic with a bunch of my favorite ladies last week really got me thinking. Who am I? Who are we as women? 

I asked you...

...and here YOU are.

We are SO much. Each and everyone of us is ALL of those things. We were designed that way--ON PURPOSE.

So while Saturday I was a puddle of 'woe is me'-- today I am strong. beautiful. inventive. and sensitive. And that's amazing.

You're amazing.

I'd like to remind you of that. :)

and....I'll probably need you to remind me of that come Wednesday. I'll  forget. hehe.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

...womanly adjectives...

 hi girls.  i need your input.  :)

adjectives that describe today's young women.
clarification...not young girl. WOMAN.

while doing product development and contemplating on the "lillypie customer" it's got me thinking about women. women who are strong. women who are vulnerable. women who love. create. and inspire.

i'm really several different women. i'm a real  mid-western beyonce/sascha fierce. :)

some days i'm calm.

some days i worry.

some days i cry. A LOT.

some days i'm strong and surprise myself.

and some days i wanna put a bag on my head.

this made me laugh. chuckling?

I  recently googled adjectives that describe a woman and was appalled at the top results. HOT. WHINY. NEEDY. SEXY. BUSTY. JEALOUS.  Really? 

Couldn't we come up with a more cohesive and REAL list?


What are some adjectives that describe a young woman?

i appreciate your help. ;)

Monday, March 7, 2011

sunday night details...

sunday nights are full of

shirtless dinners and yogurt cups
mohawks that make momma giggle



elvis impersonations.

i love the details of our life.
i must write them down.
so i won't forget.
i DON'T EVER want to forget.


Thursday, March 3, 2011

...Adoption... Fundraiser and Guest Post

God uses us in amazing ways.
He opens doors. He brings light on unknown situations and is just all around AWESOME. Can I get an AMEN? I want you to meet my friend Allison. Allison  is one of the many amazing women I know through blogging.

Check out her adorable family. Oh goodness! Is that a lillypie I spy on that presh head?! :)
I love her and she is very inspiring.

Allison and her family above. Adorbs.
Hello, Lillypie readers! My name is Allison from Life with Lydia and Our Journey to One Less. I am so grateful to Laura for giving me the opportunity to use her blog as an outlet to share a little about our adoption journey and how you can help us through purchasing Lillypie Accessories this weekend.

First of all, a little background on me and my little family. I am almost 26, married to an amazing man for 3 years this June, we have a beautiful daughter who turns 1 in May, 3 fur babies and now we are on the road to bring home our next child through international adoption from Ethiopia.

I can’t quite explain the calling for our family to adopt except that it’s exactly that, a calling, it was through completely opening up my heart and saying God I am listening, how do you want to use me to further your Kingdom here on Earth. Through opening my heart He broke it, He broke my heart that had already been transformed since becoming a new mom. He broke my heart for those babies, just like my precious Lydia, who do not have a family to call their own. They do not have a mom or dad to look at them and say you are mine.

Wow… break my heart into a gazillion pieces and stomp on it.

Why Ethiopia?

For us, to be honest, it was a program that we already qualified for at our age and income. The more we looked into it though it was clear that this is where we belonged; this was where God was pulling us. The statistics are staggering, the pictures and stories even more so. Here are a few that hit me the hardest, but you can check out a video on my blog that goes into more detail on Why Ethiopia?

*One in ten children die before their first birthday

* Malnutrition levels are among the highest in the world.

* Ethiopia is home to 4-6 million orphans alone (it is slightly less than twice the size ofTexas)

Adoption is not cheap, there is a lot of waiting, a lot of paperwork and a lot of unknowns but we are ready to completely trust God and put this in His hands. It is all about Him, it is all about following his call for our life and our God is a God who provides; that is what I put my comfort in. He is already opening so many doors and one of those doors is through Laura and Lillypie Accessories.

Laura has such a good heart and one that loves the Lord and she is so unselfishly helping us by giving the proceeds from sales this weekend to our adoption fund. I could not help but cry tears of joy when I got a voicemail from her with her ideas of how she could help us. God rocks, in case you didn’t know already.

 Laura and I went to High School together but are different ages, her brother was my age and I have known him since preschool, but blogging completely reintroduced us and now my old acquaintance is a good friend!

Thank you for visiting and learning about our adoption and how you can help out this weekend, you can follow our journey at Life with Lydia and Our Journey to One Less!


Inspiring. Thank you Allison for sharing your journey and heart with us!

Proceeds from ANY and ALL purchases made this weekend
from lillypie will go to Allison and her family to help them bring home their baby.

Would you consider helping this family save a child?

Questions? Want more info? Please don't hesitate to contact me.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

no need for a mood ring

"You wear your heart on your sleeve"

Yup--and I wear my mood on my sleeve. Quite literally.

Yesterday morning I woke up, walked wearily to my closet and thought.
"Today is going to be a good day, I'm going to wear my hot pink  Allora necklace."

happy necklace=happy laura
all day.
Well...minus a few teaching mishaps. You'll have that.

Other mornings, I drag myself to the closet and pull out the dullest and least wrinkled black/grey outfit.
Sometimes I like BRIGHT. BOLD. BEAUTIFUL colors.

Other times  I'm drawn to muted romantic pigments.

I believe that color creates moods. intensifies emotions. and drives creativity.

and in my case....allows me to be a walking mood ring.  :)

Every week/day/hour I'm inspired by a different color!  And this week-- I'm a rainbow of colors. Yesterday I was HOT PINK.
Here are some lovely items that sparked my interest and made me smile this week.
I hope they make you smile too.

What color did you wear today? Did it reflect your mood?

Linking up with Krystina again this week. :)