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i’m a day late, but i’m linking up my weekly phone pics with jeannett again today!  i’m thepleatedpoppy on instagram if you want to follow along!

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i traveled to blissdom last week  and the antics at our tiny airport had me laughing to myself.  as crazy as it is to travel and be away from my family for 5 days, i was so thankful to be able to fly from so close to home, to be able to be with the kids for lunch on the day i left and for coming home just in time for dinner.  having a little break is fun, but coming home is so much better!

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i spent a couple days at the handmade market at blissdom, and this was my setup.   i had a 50 lb weight limit for my checked luggage and this whole table of goodies weighed in at a hefty 49.5 lbs!  i call that efficient packing!

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 lisa was my roomie for the weekend, and also my booth neighbor.  we had 2 great other booth neighbors: ashley of the shine project and rebecca of better life bags.  it was so great to meet them both!

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 one thing i love about blissdom is getting to meet online friends in real life!  i have been wanting to meet mandy for so long!

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 i think i brought about 45 goody bags for new and old friends.  it was so fun giving out these fun gifts!

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 i love california, but we are missing out on one good thing:  cracker barrel!  breakfast for dinner?  yes, please!  biscuits as an appetizer?  um, ok!

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 i missed my kids (and husband!) like crazy.  i was so thankful for facetime on my phone.  i was that person who was walking through the hotel, talking loud to my phone, showing the kids the little train track in the atrium, the water fountains, and the crazy boot print carpet.  and being able to give everyone goodnight kisses was the best!

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 my 92 year old gram is doing the email now.  i am so excited about it!  i am horrible with traditional correspondence (letters and phone), so i’m hoping that email will work for us!

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 one glorious day, all my kids were playing happily.  there was no fighting, or screaming, or whining.  and to top it off, i felt the urge to clean!  now, i rarely get that urge, so i decided to ignore all other responsibilities and just give into the urge.  i cleaned our bathroom for over 3 hours!  not only is it clean now, but i also cleaned out every cabinet and drawer.  it felt so good!

lily played with her babies for a couple hours and then gave herself a pedicure while her kids were all napping ;)

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 gracie is almost 10 (aaaaack!), but she can still get lost for hours in play, and i love it.

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 we stayed in our jammies until late in the afternoon.  it was a good day.

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 i got 2 of these door mats from target, one for the front door and one for the back.  the gold tennies were just $7 on clearance at forever 21.  i wasn’t sure if i loved them or not, but for that price, it was worth a try!

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 and here’s the result of all my hard work!  a clean bathroom!

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 i didn’t stop at my bathroom.  i moved on to clean up my closet, organize our linens, and clean my room.  i did loads and loads of laundry.  when i went to put away my many tank tops, i realized i couldn’t shove another one into the drawer.  so i dumped out the whole drawer and refolded each and every one.  and then i realized i have a lot of tank tops!

over the last few years i have been wearing tank tops as undershirts almost every day.  i think it grew out of a mix of wanting an extra layer of warmth and for added modesty.

most of my tanks are mossimo from target, but lately i’ve been loving the racer back ones from forever 21 (and their low price – around $4?).

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2 facts about silas:  he loves baths, and he has really long hair!

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emily and i were meeting about the stitch market, choosing our vendors for our upcoming market, and our girls were being awfully quiet for an awfully long time.  little did we know that they were putting on every hair clip and necklace we owned!

we have spring break this week and i have a list of projects to complete that is a mile long!  come back next week to see what i get done!

Comments

  1. 1

    I love organizing and cleaning too!!! but find it hard to keep it up especially with uni… thanks for sharing!

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    Ok so here’s a question: if your weight limit for Blissdom was 50 lbs how on earth did you pack those display pieces? Does the tiered rack piece come apart? I have a similar one and it does come apart but I still cant imagine fitting all of that into a suitcase. Nicely done! :)

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    Lori Ann says:

    HAVE A HAPPY EASTER WITH YOUR FAMILY! AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR BLOG – I ENJOY CHECKING IN TO SEE WHAT YOUR DARLING FAMILY – AND YOU – ARE UP TO! LOVE YOUR PRODUCTS TOO!

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    I get the urge to clean and organize like that too! I live the feeling of things being deep cleaned and put where they belong! And I am a huge tank top fan. I stock up on them when Old Navy has them for $2! And I adore the welcome mat! Those colors are fantastic! Have a blessed Easter!

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    I have been on an organizing kick lately, too. Cleaned out my closet, and now I love going in it! The photo of your son with his trains reminds me of my son, who is almost five. He loves trains and loves staying in his pjs!

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    Oh wow! I love that bathroom. And you have great photos, as always!

    xoxo
    Lynn

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    It was so fun getting to chat with you this year! You are truly one of my favs and I love how down to earth you are!! Plus, you have the most amazing handmade stuff EVER! So inspiring! I know you don’t need lil ole me to help promote you, but if you ever want to work together to promote your shop just let me know! XOXO Happy Easter!

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    LOVE the tennies!!

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    Mitzi O says:

    wait. you don’t have cracker barrel? bless. your. heart.
    people in the south map their travel routes by cracker barrel maps! not even joking!

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    Wow! Can I ask how you fold your shirts? It looks like you have so many that you fit into your drawer. I need to learn your trick!

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      lindsey says:

      i have had so many people ask that! let’s see if i can explain it to make sense… i fold it in half (shoulders folded over to hem), then in half again the opposite direction, then in half again, so it makes a little square.

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