Wednesday, April 3, 2013

We've Redesigned and Moved

It's been a long time coming, and we are so excited to finally have a website/journal combo in one.. we will be housing everything through our new site, and we promise lots of new adventurous things for you to look at, including new sassy housewives, DIY project, and a new series called our kinfolk : periodic tales of our kin.  It's going to be great, and we hope that you follow on with us after the move.. xoxo Cryssi & Lollie
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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Featured : Ruffled Blog

We were featured again on the awesome Ruffled Blog today.  Please be sure to head over and check out the feature and of course leave a little Sassy Lovin' for us Sassy sisters.  We absolutely LOVE this wedding and were so blessed to be part of such a unique day.  Brides when we tell you not to get lost in traditionalism, the wants of your parents & Family, and to really makes sure your wedding is unique to you and your love, this is what we mean!  Kelton & Cole did a great job of making sure their personalities showed through their day and that their love was the #1 thing on display!

Venue : Camp Sky Ranch    Wedding Planning : The Whole Shebang  Hair piece : Rustic Ware Food & Cake : The Gamekeeper   Rentals : MisMatch Rentals

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Lydia in Wonderland

Senior sessions are so special to us.  We have the most amazing people come to us.  Seniors who really are unique and want their voice to be heard! What a voice Lydia has.  There is no other way to describe her other than to say, she is just special.  I can't explain it.  She is simply a light.  a lovely little light!  When Lydia stepped out of the car having driven from VA.  we knew that we were instant soulmate friends.  She had her quirky little high socks on and the cutest little outfit {yes she dresses like this everyday}  Lydia dreams of being a writer.. to change the world with her pen, and we are fully confident that she can do it.   When collaberating about her shoot, things she told us she loved were reading, Alice in Wonderland, and Tuck Everlasting... we wanted to mix the idea of everlasting youth and the oversize magical quality of Alice. We achieved exactly what we were going for in this shoot, and not because of the oversized imaginative mushroom, or the lovely forest we frolicked in all afternoon.. it was Lydia that made it so magical.  Lydia you are lovely wonderful and just plain magical.

“How old are you, anyway?' she asked, squinting at him.
                                          There was a pause. At last he said, 'Why do you want to know?'
I just wondered,' said Winnie.
All right. I'm one hundred and four years old,' he told her solemnly.
No, I mean really,' she persisted.
Well then.' he said, 'if you must know, I'm seventeen.'Seventeen?'That's right.
'Oh,' said Winnie hopelessly. 'Seventeen. That's old.
'You have no idea,' he agreed with a nod.” 
Tuck Everlasting

“And what is the use of a book," thought Alice, "without pictures or conversation?” 

                                              “If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense.” 

“Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” 

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"
"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to."
"I don't much care where –"
"Then it doesn't matter which way you go.” 

“But I don’t want to go among mad people," 
Alice remarked."Oh, you can’t help that," said the Cat: "we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad."
"How do you know I’m mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, or you wouldn’t have come here.” 

“Lastly, she pictured to herself how this same little sister of hers would, in the after-time, be herself a grown woman; and how she would keep, through all her riper years, the simple and loving heart of her childhood: and how she would gather about her other little children, and make their eyes bright and eager with many a strange tale, perhaps even with the dream of Wonderland of long ago: and how she would feel with all their simple sorrows, and find a pleasure in all their simple joys, remembering her own child-life, and the happy summer days.” 

A few weeks after Lydia's shoot we received this letter.. My heart stopped and tears began to run down my cheeks as I read the lovely words floating off these pages.  Lydia you will never know what that letter and those words meant to Lollie & I.  It filled our hearts, and helped us remember why we do what we do.  I'm so glad & truly blessed to have spent an afternoon with you in your wonderland.. it's a fantastical place!

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Sassy Housewife: A little Lovin for the mamas, especially mine

Happy Heart Day Lovelies...
     Valentines Day... what a beautiful day! One to celebrate all the love in your life, whether it be your sweetheart, your precious littles, or even your snuggly pets. If you know me (even a teenie bit) you know that i have a major crush on a hottie who lives with me. His name is Tony Wagoner... and ladies, I am so glad he is mine. He is my sweet half that melts me with his kisses. And you may also know I am smitten by two precious littles Havie G and Lil A whose hugs are pure T Sugar... I am not kidding. Their hugs taste like sugar :)

   But this Valentines  blog post is not about them. It is for my mama. Cryssi and I have an angel mama. She is the most beautiful mama on the face of the earth. She radiates love and was taught very well how to radiate by her mama, our crazy jitterbugging meemaw. My mama was the one who never hesitated to keep us home from school to have a girls day. Our mama let us have crackers and coke for breakfast (not very healthy but was perfect on those *we are not awake!* days). Our mama took us to theme parks AND rode the rides. Our mama said "pack your bags, we are going to New York City" Our mama taught us how to pray, even for the small things like parking places. Our mama did the coolest Egyptian dances late at night in our room to aggravate us. Our mama knows how to kidnap and scare the crud out of us. Our mama would whisper "watermelon toast" while she slept. Our mama was always up for a good steam roller. Our mama made the best hot chocolate on a chilly snowy day. Our mama rocked us in her old rocking chair and wiped away the tears when we had a bad day at school (even at age 17). Our mama was called Mama C by everyone who knew her. Our mama helped us make the COOLEST school projects, thats where Cryssi and I get our hot glue gunning ways. And our mama made me the most amazing Valentine's Box when I was in elementary school...  One that I will never forget.

    If my mind serves me right, I was in the second grade when my mama made me that box. All I knew was that i LOVED that box and i was so proud of it. I named it and showed it off to everyone, because my mama was awesome. And my mama could make a rad valentine's box. No, I never had a barbie lunch box (brown bags with sweet notes were always our totes). We never had the designer clothes or the $150 pair of basketball shoes. Our bookbags were not the coveted Lisa Frank kind. BUT, I had the best Valentine's Box... with a giant heart head and arms and legs made of hearts.

   And so, late last night (literally 11:00) Haven runs in my room after being asleep to tell me that we forgot about her Valentines Box. Immediately, I thought about that box my sweet mama made me years ago. I pulled out all the scraps I have hoarded in my cabinet, my handy dandy hot glue gun... and I started making away. While glueing and remembering, I kept noticing little tears dancing around my eyes. I thought about my mama, years ago, wanting the same things for her little girls that I want for mine. Not to have the fanciest things money can by... not to be the most popular girl in her class, or even the smartest. I knew when my mama made me that box, she was thinking the same thing about me that I was thinking for my Havie G... she wanted me to know I was loved and then to love others in return. And, yes, I have always felt love from her beautiful heart.

    So, this Valentines Day... Haven did not have a box inspired from Pinterest. It might not have the most glitter or fru fru, but I see it and cry remembering a little 7 year old girl who toted her heart hugging box around 22 years ago, so proud to have a mama who showed love in the simplest ways. This Valentines is for all you mamas! Those of you who made the heart shaped pancakes like me... who filled out all the Valentine Cards... who stayed up making the boxes (shout out Becky lew!)... who show love to your littles in the smallest ways. Just how I will never forget my box, I pray that your loved ones will always cherish the little things you do for them! Mamas, you are beautiful and the little things you do make such a huge impact. My Valentines Hug is for all of you!!

Love,  love, and more love!
Lollie and Cryssi


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