Should I Say Something?

Have you ever heard the phrase, “If you don’t have anything good to say, then don’t say anything at all”?
Well, that’s kinda how I’ve been feeling the last week. I have kept quiet because I have been a little frustrated with life, myself, and really anything else, for that matter.
But you know, shame on me.
Sometimes its just so easy to get so caught up in life. I talk a lot about life on this blog. The highs and lows, the ups and downs. It’s life isn’t it?
But its not that bad…it could be worse. A whole lot worse.
I mean what’s a…
broken tooth
an expensive crown
a child who poops under your moms VERY expensive dining room table {true story}
a lost Blackberry {again, true}
a spoiled load of every white undershirt your husband owns thanks to a bright green hankie that snuck in
lack of money
broken drinking glasses and bloody baby feet {Evelyn}
a fight with your husband
{yes, this all happened last week}
compared to…
addiction
homelessness
spiritual loss
sickness
hunger
death
?
To whoever reads this blog…
this blog chronicles my life for my children and for anyone else who is interested. An online journal, so to speak. Its not pretty all the time. Its gets ugly over here. We cry, we hurt, we have loss. But we are BLESSED. Don’t ever forget to take time out and remember that…
WE.ALL.ARE.BLESSED.
I hope, somewhere between the lines, that you get ME. You know, who I am, what I stand for. That is really hard to do with a blog. You just seem to forget that bloggers are human. They seem “super human”, you know? But if you want to know who I really am, please understand, before anything else…I amno perfect, but I am a child of God. I love the Lord with all my heart. When I was 16 He did an amazing thing in my life, I would love to tell you about it if you ever wanted to know. I will never be the same.
And then He brought such beautiful people into my life. And they filled my life with blessings. Friends, acquaintances…many of you who I have met while blogging…God brought you into my life.
And He gave me a beautiful family.
I LOVE THEM.
I tell them all the time, but I don’t seem to ever tell them enough.
They are my life.
I LOVE THEM.
So fellow blog friends…be encouraged. It’s so easy to look around and think that everyone has it better than you. But that’s not always the case. Just remember that a bad week = opportunity to remember how much worse it could get. It means get your boxing gloves on and your Escrima sticks out. It means keep your chin up. It means blessed. We have life…
and regardless of the ups and downs that life brings…never forget
WE ARE BLESSED.
My blessings this week:
My kids playing Thomas on Saturday morning…oh boy, that brought out so many different emotions! Notice Evy creeping up from the behind to destroy the line…you can watch the chain of events…. 

On Friday I got to play with some flower arraigements…FUN!
Humingbirds on my very overgrown Wisteria!
I sold THIRTY hoodies/tees last week. Thank you Jesus!! I also desgined a couple new ones for kids. I am very proud of them. Big blessing to be able to do this in my own home.
Jessica, the very talented designer behinded Joyfolie named a shoe after my Evy girl…you can read more about it HERE. HONORED!!
BTW…she is having a shoe sale tonight at 9 PM CST…check out her facebook page for more info.

And lastly, a little video from our music conference our church hosts yearly, To The Chief Musician. It’s of actstwenty9′s former worship leader Kris Seibold and his wife Kate. Such an uplifting short little song. Makes you remember…we are blessed!

Happy Monday to you all!
xoxo

Oh yes, PS…Jake is potty trained! More about that later! whohoo!

Mini Simple Hoodie and Mini Candy Stripe Brilla

Well, I have to be honest…
this has been quite the FRUSTRATING week. The short version:
Went to the dentist for a toothache on Monday, had a cracked tooth and one VERY expensive crown put on…
Jake seemed to momentarily forget all our potty training success {although we found it again, thank God}…
Lost my Blackberry on Wednesday night- been walking around directionless ever since…
My husband put a stupid BRIGHT GREEN hankie in the laundry pile and it somehow managed to find its way into the load of WHITES…
Anyway, by yesterday I had decided I had had enough. I took matters into my own hands by first spending some quiet time with my Creator and then took all that wonderful energy He blessed me with and created.
Here’s what I came up with….
$39.50*
*I made a mistake on facebook and put down the price as $34.50! YIKES! So I will honor that price for today only and only on the powder pink hoodie, then tomorrow it will go back up to $39.50
This is a darling and simple hoodie. Will really truly go with everything! A little mini version of my adult Simple Hoodie…which is still on sale until tomorrow, BTW! :)
Anyway, back to the Mini Simple…I have the following sizes:
6-12 mths
12-18 mths
2
4
8
10
and I only have ONE hoodie per size available today. I also have several mini black hoodies, as size 3-6 mths, 2, 4, 6 that I could also do this hoodie in. If you are interested, feel free to comment or send me an email. Also, I hope to do this hoodie in navy, chocolate brown and white in the very near future. Again, if that is something you might be interested in, please let me know.
I also want to mention that the tutu is from Dear Lillie, seriously the BEST tutu I have EVER seen. Trust me, you must go over and order one, your little girl will love it and you will love that they are so reasonably priced!
The second hoodie I created was actually a custom order for a special customer, but it turned out so cute I thought I would offer a few in the store:
$44.50
Darling black and fuschia stripe jersey knit with a black polka dot jersey double ruffle that lines the hood and pockets. It’s finished with a floppy black and fuschia felt and jersey flower.
I have sizes 3-6 mths, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10. I am also thinking about listing an adult version of this hoodie. Anyone interested?
Well, that’s it for my therapeutic creating. It felt good. :)
I will be listing these hoodies in my Etsy shop at 1:30 PM, PST.
Oh yes….the photos…since I had such a headache of a week, my little photo shoot insisted on following suit. I had grand plans last night while sewing to do this cute little themed set, the tutu, the gold vintage table, roses from my back yard, etc. But when I woke up this morning THERE WAS NO SUN!! Just a bunch of clouds{of course there’s ton of sun now, FIGURES}. Normally I would be rejoicing over this as our summers here are straight from the devil himself, but I wanted the pictures to turn out really bright and cheery, not dull.  I think they turned out ok, but sun would have been a little helpful.
And then to top it off, my kids kept insisting on adding more toys to the already crowded toy corner. I can’t tell you how many times I put those toys back in the bag and then Jake would come over and dump it out again…GRRRRRRR!
Life as we know it here at the Miraflors. :)
Lastly, I have one Mini Simple Hoodie that didn’t make the cut last night. The ruffles are SLIGHTLY off as you can see from this picture:
Maybe not that noticeable to you, but extremely noticable to me, so its on sale. It’s an 18-24 mths and is $29.50. If you want it, go ahead and click on the paypal link below. If it doesn’t sell today, I’ll keep it for Evy. :)

Have a fab weekend everyone!
xoxo

Cleaning House

Today I got REALLY tired of have BINS and BINS full of hoodies stashed throughout my house. So I decided to put a bunch of hoodies on clearance to make way for newer hoodies.
Some of the hoodies are perfectly fine, are ready to ship tomorrow and have nothing wrong with them like these:
One of my original hoodies. This one is made with American Apparel 100% cotton hoodie. I will not be making this style again. I have Med-XL available.
$39.50
I just adore this hoodie. I wear mine all the time. Have L and XL available.
$49.50
My last one. I have run out red material, so might be it for the Kate. Size Medium.
12.50
Runs true to size, maybe even a tad bigger. Have one left.
$9.50
Have three of these in kids size small {4/5}
$9.50
Have two of these, kids size Medium {6ish}
And then some the hoodies have imperfections, as they were the first hoodies done by my seamstress….
The Grey Brilla
$39.50
I have two of these, Med and Large and the thread inside of the hood is *slightly* showing. Its barely noticeable, but not perfect. This price is WITHOUT the brooch. If you want the brooch, the price would be $44.50.
$24.50
This is a size 6 and has a slight imperfection…the green thread is showing through just barely on the hood, as seen in this picture.
Hope you find something you like! Feel free to send me an email if you have any questions.
xoxo

Simple Hoodie Sale!

Well, I’ve been playing with my prices.
You see, I am a stay at home mom. That means, unless my mom takes me shopping, I don’t buy clothes.
EVER.
Unless, its Target of course, but that’s a whole ‘nother story.
So I understand the whole “every penny counts” issue.
When I created the Simple Hoodie, I did it because I had one just like it, but in navy, from Anthro that I LOVED. I loved it so much that I wore it through my entire pregnancy with Evy. You can imagine what it looks like now. :(  Anyway, I wanted to create a new one for me to wear…and I have a lot of grey summer clothes, so the grey seemed right, but it also seemed right in black, navy, red, pink…well you get the point.
Yesterday, I had a local girl call me and order THREE of them…I am very well aware that they are so cute and functional. Perfect for everything and anything.
Back to the price….
I want my customers to be able to afford to get several…a white, black, navy, etc. So I lowered the price. This is going to be tough for me as {this might come as a surprise to you}, I don’t really make that much off each hoodie, especially once I pay my seamstress. BUT…if people are going to order several at a time, then it will be ok on my end. :)
For this week only, June 21-26, the price will be $49.50.
We will see how this goes. If I sell a lot, I will keep it at this price. But if not, then I’ll have to go back to the $54.50…after all, you want me to stay in business, right? :)
And oh yes, I can do Plus Sizes in most of the colors, and I am toying with doing a mini hoodie as well. If you are interested in either of those, let me know.
To order, click HERE.
As for me, I am off to the Dentist today. :( Say a prayer for me as I have a toothache. UGH. How much is this going to cost me?!?
xoxo

Happy Father’s Day!

When you’re a kid, or at least when I was a kid, I don’t think you really realize how blessed you really are. I think it takes some years, some experience and some people skills to be able to look back and say, “It might not have been perfect, but it was good!”
I have some wonderful memories of my childhood especially during the summer…our lake house on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe, all day boat trips and picnics, swimming, learning how to ski, BBQ’s on the pier. All wonderful memories.
And they would never have happened if it weren’t for this man:
That’s my dad…he is currently in Paris with my brother, Brad, who lives in London. I asked Brad to send me a picture of him and this is what I got.
Anyway, my dad always worked very hard to take care of our family and he did so above and beyond what was status quo. He is a good dad and has always been there for my family. I was blessed to have him as a dad.
And then, about 3 and 1/2 years ago, something very special happened to man of my dreams.
He became a father. And then it happened again one year ago…
And I can honestly say, he is the best father ever! When other mom’s complain about their husband’s lack of attentiveness to the kids and their needs, I have nothing to say. Honestly, sometimes I think he is a better parent than me!! :(
So thank you Dad, for being such a wonderful father to me and a great Gramps to my kids.
And thank you Brandon, for being the best father on the planet. Thank you for loving us like there is no tomorrow and thank you for putting us first before anything. You truely know how to make our lives so special.
I love you both and I hope you have a wonderful Father’s Day!
xoxo

Black Brilla on Sale

I have one Black Brilla with black polka dots on sale in the shop.
It is an X-LARGE and is $34.50 {regular price is $59.50}
It has a couple of slight imperfections. First the ruffles are *just barely* off
And the thread inside of the hood was done is dark navy blue instead of black, however you can hardly notice. I tried to take pictures of it, but it didn’t even show up.
If you are interested, click HERE.
***SOLD***
xoxo

Back At It

Well, the little shop is open again.
And I hate to tell you, but I lied. Not intentionally, but I did none the less. I told you I would have two hoodies, but I only was able to finish and photograph one. And the mini tee never made it either.
Oh well. I’m potty training…so there’s my excuse. ha.
What did make it was this:
$39.50
Beautiful and breathtaking. American Apparel organic natural colored jersey tee embellished with organza, velvet ribbons, rosettes and a pearl and champagne beaded chain.
This tee is so pretty that it will ALMOST make you forget that it needs to be hand washed. :( Sorry. But trust me, its soo pretty , you will want it.
And my newest hoodie:
$54.50
The perfect hoodie! 100% Cotton and meant to go with everything and anything, this hoodie has two 2 1/2″ ruffles running down the front of the hoodie, with the rest of it left plain.
I created this hoodie to mimic one of my VERY fave hoodies I got several years ago from Anthro. I tweaked it though…I have been wanting a casual grey hoodie to wear with my summer stuff, so went with the grey. Also, my Anthro hoodie’s ruffles were about an inch smaller and they would stick up when I washed it, so I decided to sew down the tops and make it a little bigger so that would be avoided.
But here’s the cool part…
I can make this hoodie in almost every color!! And in every size XS-XXL! The colors I have available now are black, grey, white, chocolate brown, powder pink, red, and navy. If you are looking for a particular color, please feel free to contact me.
And I added my fave JCrew purse and Stuart Wiezmann heels with it. It’s kinda how I see this worn. :)
Well, that’s it for now. I am super tired. It’s been a very long day. Thank God for Jasmine, who came and helped me organize my life again.
And several of you have asked how potty training is going….and its going FAB, thank the Lord. We had one accident today! yippe!! I think he is getting it. I’m hoping to stay in the house for a couple more days to really seal the deal. I will keep you all posted.
xoxo

Almost Ready….

…To reopen shop, that is.
I have been very busy the last couple of weeks. The first one was spent at our church youth camp which was INCREDIBLE. You can read more about it HERE if you are interested.
This week I have been focusing on trying to get Jake potty trained. WOW. NOT.EASY.!! We have had a couple of successes, and to be honest, I have no idea if he is getting it at all, but we aren’t leaving this house until he gets it at least a little. So that timer has been going off every 25 mins, we have been drinking water like its going out of style and eating lots of salty snacks to go with it.
I will let you know how it all goes! :)
Anyway, all of this has left me with very little time to sew. If you are waiting for an order from before my vacation, it will go out Saturday when my scheduled pickup arrives. Thanks for your patience there.
I did manage over the last couple weeks to get some new items for the shop when it reopens tomorrow afternoon. I have three adult tees total and perhaps one mini tee, if I can get myself inspired to finish it tonight. I will also have two new hoodies, which I am very excited about.
I only had time {between the bathroom breaks and all} to take pictures of two of them this morning….
The Lacey Tee in Coffee
$39.50
This one is actually mine, I made one for me and one for my cousin Brooke. But we both liked it so much I decided to offer it in the shop.  This tee will be a pre-order and will take the FULL TWO WEEKS to arrive to you.  Sizes Small- X-Large are available and they are running true to size.
The Maggie Tee
$39.50
I saw a friend wear a tee similar to this one and I just loved it. The pinwheels were cotton fabric though, and well…you all know how I much I love jersey knit, so this is my version. The pinwheels are so cute in person, they flutter and move with the tee. Right now I have only two, medium and large and they are running a SIZE SMALL. I am considering taking pre-orders for this as well.
Well, that’s it so far.  I hope you all are doing well…..I will be back tomorrow with more pictures. See you then!
xoxo

His Name is Brandon….

Ever wonder why you married your spouse?
I have been thinking a lot lately about my husband. About how almost 9 years ago we “re-met” and started “dating”– even though I was clueless and thought we were “just friends”. I thought about the many late nights we spent wandering around the streets of San Francisco, eating Subway at the old salt baths located underneath the Cliffhouse, talking endless hours on the phone, laughing until our sides hurt….
Well, I’m sure you know what I mean. If you are married, you were there at one point.
Brandon and I met somewhere between my 16th and 17th birthday, which would have made him somewhere around, oh….12 or 13! I’m sure you can imagine that he was THE LAST person I thought I would ever marry {said in the best Elizabeth Bennett voice! :) }.  Truthfully, Brandon was just a friend of my brother’s and at one point he dated one of my favorite young girls that attended my high school mentoring group that I had while in college.
Now if that isn’t embarrassing, I don’t know what is. HA.
Anyway, the “Eighth Grade Brandon”, as I jokingly call the Brandon somewhere around the ages of 14-18, was the goofball of the Christian school campus that we both attended…the class clown. He was a horrible student…but had an incredible sense of style {still does, better than me even} and had the ability to mimic the  JCrew catalog- thanks to many great thrift store finds since he never had any money. He had the rugged look{although SKINNY- ha}…with a skater hair cut that he combed back when he was wanting to be preppy and then when he was in his “skater mode” it hung in front of his face. I always thought he was adorable in a “eighth grade” kind of way.
DEFINATELY NOT a romantic way… AT ALL!
When I graduated from Bible college and moved home to Santa Rosa to get my teaching credentials, I didn’t see Brandon for a while. I did run into him at a church function sometime during my credential classes, but just briefly and he was still “Eighth Grade Brandon”. After I received my crendentials, I started working as a full time sub at an elementary school in the heart of the wine country. I was 25, happy, having fun with my single friends, traveling, spending all my money on GREAT clothes and going out for incredible food.
And then one weekend, I went back to Stockton to visit a friend….
I decided to attend an evening church serivce at Christian Life Center, the church that Brandon has attended all his life{and where he is now the youth pastor} and where I attended during Bible School. I stepped into the back entryway of the sanctuary, and out of nowhere this VERY handsome young man steps up to me. He had on a navy blue suit, with a preppy tie. His hair was cut short and he was much taller than remembered. It was Brandon! And I was SHOCKED!
Brandon overlooking Twin Peaks

Where did he come from?!? Seriously, this was not the Brandon I knew. The Brandon I knew was a little boy, not handsome like this!! He gave me a hug and said hello, and then asked me if I was wearing Michael perfume, which I was. Hmmmm…good taste in perfume.
Anyway, after service, he somehow tagged along everywhere I went and we ended up at Marie Callendars. We both were oblivious to the others around us, we chatted it up, exchanged phone numbers and decided to meet up the next morning while my friend who I was visiting was working. We ended up visiting the local zoo and we just clicked, you know? We became fast friends…at least that all I thought we were. We just got along and I was super excited to have a new “friend” to hang out with.
When I got back home later that week, I started receiving cute little cards and post cards from Brandon. I just thought, “How nice! What a great friend!” Yeah, I was clueless…WHAT was wrong with me?!? HA. Anyway, he got a job in the city as a finish contractrator at a high rise apartment and they put him on the top floor overlooking Pac Bell Park {now ATT}. Since he was just a short drive from my home, we would meet up often in the city for dinner or coffee. We built a budding relationship, and I would have to be honest with myself and say that he became one of my best friends very quickly. We just saw eye to eye on so many things in life. It surprised me, really. I had never had that happen before with any other guy.
It took me a while to realize that Brandon was not just a “friend” to me. I will never forget one late fall evening, we were walking along Ocean Beach on the westside of the city. The night was warm enough for us to walk barefoot in the sand and let the water hit our feet. It was a beautiful night. Very clear with no fog and you could see out over the ocean for miles. We were just talking about life, and really, it wasn’t romatic at all, but at one point we stopped walking and he had his back to the ocean with the moon shinning on him. I can’t remember what he was talking about, but he smiled, and I remember at that point it hit me.
OH MY WORD…I think I love this man.
It scared me to DEATH.
Us down by the creek behind my parent’s old house

We chatted a bit more and then it was time for me to get in the car and drive back home, as I had to work in the morning. I called my friend SoShawna and told her my frightening realization, and dear God, WHAT should I do about it? I mean this was silly! He was four years younger than me, had little education {a big one for me}, no money{another big one}…how was he going to take care of me? We came from totally  different socioeconomic backgrounds, educational backgrounds, how was that going to work? Or how would we even get along for that matter? Dear Lord, I HAD to control my feelings.
SoShawna laughed, told me to lighten up…and for crying out loud, couldn’t I just a fling for once in my life?
So there you have it….
I had a fling.
And 9 years later, here I am.
You know, I probably “shouldn’t” have married him. Really, he was probably the last person I should have married. But I did. And it was right. Because he was my best friend. He was the only person who ever REALLY gave me butterflies in my stomach. He was my hero. He was able to calm my emotional storms even before they brewed. He loved me in spite of my “issues” {and I had/have many}. He saw me unkept and still loved me. He loved the ME, not the THOUGHT of me.
But even more than that, I feel that God ordained our paths to meet. God put this person in my life who has been able to make me laugh at life. Live a little freer. Smile a little bigger. Love a lot fuller.
Goofing off at our wedding with our good friends Joy and Thaddeus
You know, I have learned, you should never judge who people marry and why they marry them. I have done that before, and it severely ruined a good friendship. I have learned that people need the room to make their own mistakes…and find their own love. I have learned that NOTHING is better that having a home full of love…no amount of money can replace it, clothes, cars, friends, kids…if you don’t have love, your life is miserable.
I’m not sure why I even felt to write this out. It’s not our anniversary or anything, and I admit that this is very random. I guess I just wanted to tell someone…if you are trying to choose a spouse, don’t look at how much money they make, what kind of educational background they have, what their family life is like. Don’t get me wrong, I am fully aware that those things ARE important and DO need to be considered.
But they aren’t #1.
Marry the person you love. Marry your best friend. Marry the one that you are CERTAIN God has put in your life- the one who you are equally matched not physically or monetarily, but emotionally and spiritually. Because life has a way of setting people up, and taking them back down again. So many friends over the last several years have lost their jobs, their homes, their “stability”.
But love sticks around.
Pretty cool, huh?
So thanks, Babe. Thanks for being you. For being my rock and for being so darn cute. I couldn’t have asked for anyone better. I love you!
xoxo

Back to Reality…

Opps there goes gravity…
Ha, sorry couldn’t resist.
Anyway, I’m back.
I have been “unplugged”, so to speak, for over a week. We have been to the mountains with our young people, completely immersed with our precious teens and all the fun and {ahem}frustrations that goes with them. I have been sewing machine free, internet free, and cell phone free. Over this past week or so, I have learned some things…
1. I. LOVE. TEENS.  We had someone ask us this week, “How do you connect with these kids? They are so hard to reach!” We connect because we are called. It comes naturally. Therefore, we love spending time with them and are so thankful for every minute with them.

2. My son thinks he is a teenager. He is willing to dance on the stage to keep the teens laughing, beatbox in the mic to get the crowd rolling, and laugh hysterically to get attention. He loves the “children” as he calls them and fits right in. I’m not sure if this is a good thing or not?

3.  Youth ministry is super rewarding, but can be so heartbreaking. Yes, that is an oxymoron. We had several of those moments this week, when you wonder, “Why am I doing this again?” Sometimes you can just get so frustrated at the life that some of these kids are handed…and frustrated at the behavior and way these teens deal with it. It can be a very obnoxious cycle.

4. You get no sleep at youth camp. NONE. Brandon sat up in the high school dorm until 4:30 AM one night {and was up at 7AM}, thanks to their insistance on doing pranks on the jr highers.

5. When you return to the “real world”, you are in culture shock. Life returns to normal and you are so not willing to return with it. It’s the pits and makes you almost willing to stay on the mountain forever, despite how uncomfortable the beds are and how nasty the showers can be.

6. The blog world goes on. No one seems to notice your absence much and everyone has blogged despite you being gone. I felt overwhelmed and little sad by the amount of posts from friends I have missed. If this blog wasn’t dedicated for my kids and keeping a history for them, I just might have given up all together.

7. Potty training STINKS. Literally and figuratively. So far today- Day #1- Jake has not gone once on the potty but has somehow managed to hit the DVD holder and all the DVD’s, the carpet, and the front entryway. I have made him drink and eat constantly but he has only gone pee THREE times today and I’ve already told you where. How in the world does he hold all the pee in? Either way, I have to admit I am about to give up, because at this point I have no idea how he will get this in the next 5 days I have set aside.

8. I have lost all the “cute factor” for my hoodies and tees. I have worn them so much over the last couple weeks that I wonder if they are even cute anymore. Furthermore, since I have been out of the loop for the last couple weeks with my little shop, I feel very nervous to open again. I asked the Lord many times this last week, “Are you sure this is what you want, Lord?” When I look around at all the other little designers and entrepreneurs out there, I feel very small and insignificant. So, I must keep my eyes on HIM. This is His shop and He has given me the talent. I have to remember that.

9. Lastly, the chorus: “Let your fire fall, let the winds blow, let your glory come down. Come down, come down, come down, let your glory come down” has literally become our camp anthem. BEAUTIFUL SONG. Especially when sung by Cortt Chavis, our camp speaker, and the actstwenty9 band backing him up. I will forever sing that song and think of Youth Camp 2010. Precious, precious memories.

An evening altar call. Students praying for students. Powerful moments.

Large bugs {or giant moths?}…I felt this epitomized youth camp! :)

My beautiful baby girl Evy being loved on by students.
My “teenager” Jake, wearing daddy’s glasses on the way up to camp.

Youth camp, 2010

xoxo