Welcome to the World, Juniper Mae!

Juniper Mae Johnson

Whew! You guys, I did it! I made another baby, and fell in love all over again. I’m so happy to introduce to you this brand new little baby girl, Juniper Mae Johnson. We’re all just smitten with her— Yes, even Lucy! Though Juni gave me a run for my money there in 2 out of 3 trimesters, she eased up a bit at the end and came into the world in an easy and peaceful fashion, for which I will always be thankful.

We’ll be getting settled in as a family, and I’ll be popping in from time to time to share some things with you, but as always you can follow me on Instagram @MandiMakes in the meantime.

Juniper Mae Johnson

My First Quilt

Rectangle Block Quilt

Last week at a craft night with friends, someone asked me what my favorite craft medium is. Obviously I love crafting and all things DIY, but I’d honestly never thought about what my favorite medium is! I told her maybe woodworking or sewing. They’re both forms of sculpture for me— I can take something flat and giving it a new shape and new life with a little vision, time, and work. But after saying this, I felt the need to clarify something about the sewing thing.

Not quilts. I love sewing, just not quilts.

Give me a few months, and just like a difficult child birthing experience, I’ll most likely forget my back pain and woes and be ready to give it another go. (Though if quilting is anything like birthing babies, I’ll need a few years between each one!) But as of now, I’m very proud to have finished my first quilt, though I cut a few corners along the way and definitely compromised on my original vision. This was certainly an instance of “Done is better than perfect.”

Rectangle Block Quilt

The top of the quilt is a simple rectangular block construction. At first I wanted to keep things super easy and figured I would just hand tie the quilt, but I really love how quilts get crinkly when machine stitching the layers together. So I watched this very helpful YouTube tutorial and bought myself a free-motion quilting foot for my sewing machine. I designed an elaborate geometric pattern that I had planned to draw on the top of my quilt and then go over with machine stitching. But by the time I had basted together the layers, I had sunk many hours and late nights into the project and thought it might be better than I just finish it up, instead of dragging it out while tediously stitching a complex pattern onto a heavy quilt without the assistance of an extension table on my sewing machine. Not a prospect I relished much, considering the work load I had waiting for A Beautiful Mess projects.

So I decided. Done is better than perfect. I made binding for the quilt and machine stitched it in place, instead of blind stitching it— another compromise. Oh well! I don’t think anyone beside me would have noticed that detail anyway.

Lucy- Making Nice in the Midwest

Rectangle Block Quilt

Lucy- Making Nice in the Midwest

Happily, Lucy loves getting tucked in under her new quilt in her new bed. She gets a little distressed if I don’t cover her with it before leaving the room. And my heart melts. I suppose it’s perfect for her, and I hope that she will always treasure it, knowing that I made it just for her!

It’s fun to do these little projects to make my firstborn feel special, knowing that a new kiddo will soon be sleeping in her old room and old bed, and she’ll most likely have some trouble adjusting.

Have you ever had trouble finishing projects that you end up not enjoying as much as you thought you would? My issue is that I always add more details and tend to make each project more complicated than I have time for. Gotta keep at least one foot on the ground, right?

Lucy- Making Nice in the Midwest 

GIVEAWAY: Country Living Fair Tickets- Columbus, Ohio

Country Living Fair, Columbus

The Country Living Fair is coming to Ohio!

Every September, the Country Living Fair comes to Ohio, bringing  the pages of the beloved magazine to life with handmade and vintage vendors sprawled along the charming grounds of the historic Ohio Village. Each year I hope to finally have a chance to attend, but usually am disappointed to find I have booked a wedding to photograph that weekend. This year, though? I not only get to attend, but I’m also honored to be a presenter on the main stage! On Friday at 4PM, I’ll be demonstrating how to make ceiling lights out of wire baskets, showing three ways to customize them in unique ways.

2 Early Bird Tickets to Giveaway!

In addition to presenting at the Country Living Fair in Columbus, I also have two early bird tickets to give away! That’s a value of $80. The event (taking place on Friday, September 12th through Sunday the 14th) is jam packed with handmade, vintage, and food vendors in the heart of Columbus— Ohio’s eclectic capitol city, and a favorite weekend destination of our family. There will also be live demonstrations and seminars all weekend! To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment below. The winner of two early bird tickets will be posted on Monday night, 9/8 at midnight EST. Please only enter the giveaway if you know you are able to attend the event. For more fair information, click here.

Update to Announce Winner:

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Danielle, congratulations! Your comment was selected as the winner for two early bird tickets to the Country Living Fair this weekend. I’ll be e-mailing you for details. If Danielle is unable to attend, I’ll select another winner. Thanks for entering, and I hope to meet some of you this weekend!

Country Living Fair, Columbus

Country Living Fair, Columbus

Country Living Fair, Columbus

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Country Living Fair, Columbus

Country Living Fair, Columbus

Country Living Fair, Columbus

Country Living Fair, Columbus

Country Living Fair, Columbus

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WHAT WE WORE | Summer Dresses & Bacon Grease

Vintage-Inspired Mother/Daughter Fashion

Sometimes you hear a great quote and it becomes your new life motto. When Don Draper directed his creative team with the famous line, “Make it simple, but significant,” I knew it would be my new mantra. Lately I’ve been considering simple significance in most everything I do, whether it’s analyzing my wardrobe, cooking dinner, or renovating our kitchen.

Lucy and I chose simple, all-inclusive outfits for our family dinner outing at a local restaurant that fits right in with Don’s creative advice. Canton’s downtown scene had been lacking excellent casual dining downtown until recently. You could easily find upscale restaurants and seedy dives, but the lack of moderately priced meals in a nice, casual environment pushed people like me to the suburbs for family outings. A couple of modest places have popped up to fill the void, but it wasn’t until Deli Ohio opened last year that I said, “Aha! Yes— This is what we need.”

A simple space with an attractive, and decidedly fuss-free dining room, it’s the perfect spot to pop in for an amazingly delicious sandwich you can feel good about. The family who owns Deli Ohio works with local farmers to source ingredients, and I gotta say, the bacon alone is worth the trip! It’s a great family atmosphere, and Lucy loves sitting still for her meal and then running around the open space with special permission from the staff. (They’re really chill and their own toddler enjoyed playing with Lucy too!) We love it there, and Canton’s better because of Deli Ohio. Be sure to check it out if you’re in the area!

W H A T   I   W O R E :

dress: ASOS / shoes: Clarks / necklace: Avenue Antiques in Canton / bag: Cleveland’s WMC Fest 5
lipstick: Laura Geller Rosato / waterproof lip liner: It Cosmetics Romantic Rose

W H A T   L U C Y   W O R E :   100% thrifted

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sixties' toddler fashion

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vintage tassel necklace

modern sixties style- Making Nice in the Midwest

sixties' toddler fashion

modern sixties style

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sixties' toddler fashion

Deli Ohio - Canton

Deli Ohio- Canton

Deli Ohio- Canton

Deli Ohio- Canton

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