doll set giveaway



You can win this 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.

To enter 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 31st.

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.