She’s taking it on the road!

Well last week was pretty crazy. And today, yes this very day, we are packing up to leave for a 10 day road trip with Eric’s family. Yes, a road-trip, with Ginger, who hates her car seat…but back to last week!

Ginger ended up being quite sick (she had a virus) and had a very high fever for 3 days, two of my bestest friends came to town, and not to over-share, but my hormones did that monthly upheaval gig, if you catch what I’m saying. Oh, and I had to prepare for Craft Lake City. Which means I didn’t sleep.

Thankfully my mom came to town, and she did things that only reeeeeeeeally wonderful mothers do, like sew on price tags, clean my almost-black-with-filth-kitchen floors, buy me a cute shirt to wear for my craft show, and watch my sick little ladybug while I hustled my goods. Bless my mother!

But! Even though it was a crazy week, Craft Lake City was actually really really fun and went super well! I was SO stressed and anxious, and it was so blistering hot, that by the time I got my booth all set up I just wanted to go home and curl up and die. I couldn’t possibly foresee how I was going to have ANY fun. But after my husband forced some food in me, I calmed down, and stopped dripping with sweat, I had a blast!

I want to say THANK you and BLESS you to those of you who stopped by to say hello! So fun! And I’d also like to apologize for being such a spaz. I was slightly strung out and probably said something ridiculous. But then again, would you have expected anything else?

So here are some pictures of my set-up. These are the only pictures I took. Did I mention I was frazzled? It’s hard to capture, but I did my best.

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I’ll do my best to update through the road-trip! Any tips for keeping almost one-year-olds happy on horribly long car rides? Or sleeping in the same room with them in hotels? I’m pretty much just preparing for us both to be sleep-deprived. What else is new?!


Love your guts,




  1. We Three Zweigs

    Your booth looks amazing!!!!! I wish we could have been there to see it in person.

    A Zweig recommended hotel tip: when we came out to to Utah last year we put Atticus' crib in the bathroom of the hotel room. It worked wonders on making him feel like he had his own little baby space and kept our sanity when we weren't ready to go to bed at 8 o'clock at night.

  2. the fowlers

    how are you so amazing?

    ellie always did better in a carseat if someone was sitting back with her and pretty much constantly entertaining her. if you're going with the whole family, you might be able to take shifts? good luck.

  3. Kelly M

    So, did you sell a lot?

    travel tip: suckers are great for the car! Even an almost one year old can hold and enjoy a dum-dum. And it lasts longer than a cookie or cracker. Just have wipes ready to clean her up. 🙂 As for sleeping- it just doesn't happen much on trips. Good luck with that! (at least you only have on child you're sharing a room with- someday you'll look back and wonder why it was so hard. But it is hard.)

  4. Kelly M

    Uh- that's supposed to say ONE child, not on. Sorry. 🙂

  5. The Greens

    Alison, you are amazing! i don't know how you do it. your booth is super cute. good luck on your road trip. and aren't grandma's the best thing ever! i love them 🙂

  6. Luz e. Howse

    OHHHH I really wanted to go. Why does BYU have to interfere with CLC?
    If you have any feather stuffies left please let me know???!!!

  7. Luz e. Howse

    oh traveling. we drove from ut to florida with 3 kids. Not very fun. but really we just had to take lots of breaks to get wiggles out.

  8. Rachel

    fun! Looks great

  9. Naomi, Art, and Hyrum

    I love your blog! You are amazing! The hotel bathroom was a life saver on our travels this summer. We just used the public bathroom in the hotel when we were ready to head to bed. We also had a sink in our room to brush our teeth, etc. Hope it goes well!

  10. Jenna

    I feel your pain. We went on a 15-hour drive from Provo to a cabin about an hour outside Fresno when my daughter was 10 months old. It was the worst time of my LIFE!!! Worse than recovering from an episiotomy and a 4th degree tear! Just make sure the carseat strap isn't pinching her leg the whole time(yep) and don't let your tire pop (double yep — thank goodness there's a Discount Tire in Bakersfield!). Also, it helped that we turned her forward-facing a little prematurely, but I won't advocate that for Ginger since the recommendations have changed. I think a portable DVD player/iPhone equipped with Baby Einsteins or Dora might be your saving grace. And lots of Goldfish crackers, if she's into that sort of thing yet.

    Best wishes! Your booth looks so cute. Wish I could have seen it in person, but that would have involved a road trip with a 3-year-old and a 16-month-old!

  11. Hannah @HannahHandmade

    AHHH! Cute photos 🙂 Sooo cute! New follower, come like HANNAH Handmade!

    Sent from “To sew with love!"

  12. CrippleHorse

    Love the mermaids!! New follower (Debbie-CrippleHorse) and sent from To Sew With love -much lover to you…


  13. Kristin

    Haha good luck on your trip!

    Sent from To Sew With Love.

  14. Alison

    to sew with love peeps: welcome welcome welcome! xo

    kelly, yes!

    Jenna, we buckled! WE turned her and it's made such a huge difference!

    everyone else! thank you!!! xoxo

  15. PerniPwr

    so proud of you al! everything looks wonderful! xo

  16. Heather

    Oh how I wish I could've been there! I'm so glad I get to see theses pictures though! I'm glad it turned out well and I'm also glad you're on vacation now, although I can't WAIT for you to get home, naturally.

    Aren't helpful moms THE BEST!!?????!?!?!???!?!!?!?!?!

  17. Heather

    P.S. if I were to do a merbabe custom order, could you put armpit hair on the merguy? jk, that's gross.

    *I'm on some major post-baby pain killers. That may explain some of the things I choose to say and do*

  18. kiddo

    Awesome set up!

    To Sew With Love sent me.

  19. .caroline armelle.

    your booth looked great! and, it was so fun to meet you!

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