Posts Tagged ‘adventure’

Newness and Peace


It’s been a rough couple of weeks. I’ve eluded to the fact that we’ve been in the process of buying a house via twitter and instagram, but I didn’t really want to spill the beans until it was official. I guess I’m a bit superstitious about these sorts of things. We bought a house, and we couldn’t be more excited about it.

Shy of two months ago, we started really looking to buy a house. Chris is now in an awesome job that he loves, so settling down felt right. Getting a realtor also felt right. The houses we looked at didn’t really. I could see myself making a few of them work, but with hesitation.

I remembered my friend Nikki had told me that her husband’s job was relocating them to North Dakota. I hadn’t been to her house before (what kind of friend am I?), but I was pretty sure it was in Draper. My husband really wanted to live in Draper and I had heard some good things about the neighborhoods there, too.

I visited her and fell in love with her house. Then we bought it.

I’m nothing short of emotional over the fact that Chris and I are at the point where we can settle down and our kids will have solid childhood memories of this place.

Moving in has taken us what feels like a million years, but as we tackle it I’m getting a million ideas for how we will love this space. I can’t wait.

In the mean time, Penelope is enjoying her perfect sandbox.

MIA: Hello San Francisco


I’m in San Francisco on a fun trip this weekend! I’ll be telling you more about it in a bit, but you can follow my adventures on Instagram: @melissapher.

It’s the first time I’ve been in the city since we’ve moved away from the bay area, and walking around this area brings back so many awesome memories. Oh how I’ve missed this place!

Beach Update


Two nights ago we had gale force winds and about six inches of rain. It was crazy how many times I woke up from the noises of things hitting our windows. Yesterday we avoided spending much time in the water, but we had to go to the beach to collect any cool shells that surfaced from the high and mighty waves.

We found a handful of cool shells. I’ve got a few ideas for projects, I can’t wait to share them with you.

I was so excited to see that my mom wore the shirt that I made her for her birthday and Mother’s day. And it FITS!! Perfectly!

It was one of those things that I made totally guessing at all the dimensions, and it worked out nicely. I’m also thrilled to the moon that my mom would actually wear it.

I took all of these photos using my phone. The last one with photosynth – an app developed by Microsoft – made for taking panoramic images. I loved the clouds from yesterday. They were so beautiful.

Behind the times


Right now I’m 2-3 days  behind on my work. Last weekend both Chris & I were under the weather and this week has just been about trying to stay afloat. I’ve got mending & refashions to do, dresses to make, rooms to finish (!!), design work to do & fun parties to attend. Things are crazy, but I’ve had a fabulous week full of projects, potty training & friends. I’m going to be a little MIA for the next few days until I get a big collaborative design project done (can’t wait to share it with you!).


I’ve been collaborating with Jill on some future designs & I need to tell you – she is one talented lady! Her work is absolutely fabulous. It was a thrill to get her gorgeous invites in the mail a couple of weeks ago. Not only was her invitation gorgeously designed, but she hand addressed the envelope in her pretty, slanted calligraphy. Short of showing you my full address, you get the idea.


I did manage to get a little caught up on my outfit posts. When I don’t have time to take a picture of an outfit that I’d like to share on my fashion blog, I put those clothes in a little pile in my studio for later. Yesterday I took 3 different outfit pics. I’d say they all turned out rather nicely.


• casual father’s day outfit •

• denim & brown outfit •

• fancy girl’s night outfit •

I’ve been in a clothing rut lately, so I’m feeling particularly bored & annoyed with my clothes. Tomorrow I’m meeting up with a bunch of stylish bloggers for a clothing swap! I really can’t wait. What are your plans for the weekend?

Have a wonderful weekend!!


Chris’s Do-it-Yourself Grandparents


Penelope and I met Tom & Peggy for the first time and it had been a few years since Chris had seen them, so it was a much needed reunion.


Chris has told me how handy his grandpa is, but I seriously had no idea how handy until Tom showed me around their [beautiful] home and pointed out everything he had made. I snapped a few photos of the Dobrusky originals. Thought you might enjoy.


Peggy showed me photos of how Tom constructed the bridge. It looked like a ton of work and absolutely beautiful.

Copper lamp and remote control holder

Chris and I knew that Tom had turned the wood of all of their lamps (from wood found in their backyard), but I was taken aback when I found out all the lampshades were made by him, too. Not one lamp was exactly the same. I was also impressed by the ingenuity of their remote control holder. I really could take some cues from Gramps’s creativity. Oh, and he made the side table too. And 4 other similar tables that were in the house.

Handmade table and chairs

Oh, and he made this table. AND chairs. I thought they were purchased. NO, no, they’re Dobrusky originals and very comfortable.

Stained Glass China Hutch

Tom really likes stained glass and I like it too, especially in this china hutch made by, yes, Tom Dobrusky. It’s just incredible to see all of the things Tom and Peggy do, all of the work they put into their home. There’s never a dull moment.

I can’t tell you how inspiring this home was! Nearly everything was hand made, even the bikes in the barn were made from scratch and I believe the golf clubs were, too! It was the motivation I need to get going on some home projects I have brewing in this brain of mine, now all I need is a home or apartment.

I had a lot of fun getting to know Chris’s grandparents, we better not wait too long for the next visit.

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