doll set giveaway


I wanted to share this giveaway that I launched on instagram yesterday. Follow and regram for a chance to win a handmade doll, liberty print shirt, cotton skirt, star cape, rabbit ears, flower headband, and butterfly wings. Plus a hand stitched linen zipper pouch that you can use to keep the doll’s accessories in.

For those not on instagram or looking for another way to enter the giveaway, please visit my etsy shop and pin or share something that you like. Then leave a comment on this post. I will leave the giveaway open until July 25th. That’s a week from today.

I’m also offering 15% off of everything in my etsy shop through the end of July. Use coupon code newhouse15.

crafting tries





When summer days are long, and we don’t have other plans, Saya and I both like to try different projects. Sometimes they work out as planned and sometimes they don’t. Sometimes I get discouraged, especially when I put a lot of time into something and then it isn’t looking as good as I imagined it in my head. Then I have to take a break do something else. But if we come up with a good idea, I’ll share it here.

holiday camping

We were looking for a place to camp for the holiday weekend, but I was worried about campsites being crowded and noisy. Luckily we have friends with a farm who offered to let us camp there. It was relaxing and so much fun. We swam, fished, canoed, picked berries, had a big bonfire, cooked, hung out. Our dogs had an amazing time too. Especially our senior pit bull Amy who loves to swim and spent so much time in the water.



camping5.jpgSaya is a stronger swimmer this year, but Amy is always keeping an eye on her. Good dog.

camping2.jpgLucy is scared of water and never swims.








camping9.jpgThis cute little snake stayed and posed for pictures for at least five minutes.




outdoor bath




We realized my dream of having an outdoor bath last summer. This year we relocated the bath closer to our house, so we are using it a lot more. Pair it with a fire, and everyone is happy and relaxed. Sometimes I wish we could travel more during the summer, but it’s nice being home.

embroidered linen bracelets



I have haven’t had a ton of time to make stuff so far this summer. I hate to multi-task and most days I choose to do something fun with my little one. But I have been stitching here and there. I made some embroidered linen bracelets. This is an updated version of bracelets I have made in the past. They are so much fun and always one of a kind. I listed them in my etsy shop if you’d like to have a look.


pretty glitter

ImageImageImageWe had some friends over for brunch the other day. Eventually our conversation turned to the topic of glitter, so we got some out to play with. I think glitter is so pretty. We all had fun decorating shells, rocks, and other things. We did it all outside and used a lot of glitter! My friend Miwa helped to style these photos :)

diy papercutting cards





I made some cards using botanical cutouts. I found images of botanical prints online, resized them, and then printed them onto colored cardstock. I then used scissors and an exacto knife to cut out the flowers. I did the same thing with the lettering. I used a free font called the only exception which you can download here.  I printed the text onto cardstock and cut out the letters. Before printing make sure to choose the fliphorizontally printing option because you will be flipping the cutouts over before gluing. I used a spray adhesive to glue the flowers and text onto the front of the cards.

I thought this would be a tedious project, but these were a lot quicker to make than I expected. I ended up making quite a few plus a framed picture for my daughter’s room.