danamadeit Tonight after dinner I was cleaning up, loading dishes, wiping counters, putting homework away, and feeling annoyed by all the chores we sometimes put on ourselves in order to have everything in it's proper place. And like Mary and Martha I wondered if I was choosing the better part. So I stopped the cleaning routine and went outside where I could hear my kids laughing in the rain....and found them like this--All three sitting in the shelving box that Casey was putting together. "Look mom! We're in a boat!" And my heart grew three sizes too big. A box full of kids was definitely the better choice. Love them #claradoll #owenwankenobi #ilovelucyw 12h
  •   aestheticnest That is the struggle! 8h
  •   everydayreading You are such a great mom 8h
  •   iheartstitchart Aww! 8h
  •   dianejjarvis It's such a challenge to find this balance. What a great moment to capture. 8h
  •   tharana_r N just how many times we miss this beautiful scene while cleaning up and doing laundry! :( seriously need a maid to do my chores! :P 8h
  •   craftycalm Mary & Martha, such a great example. I think my life and attitude is often switching from one to the other. 5h
  •   niniandjb @leslietjeffery I thought this was very apropos for our conversation yesterday! Let's try and be choose the better part when we think of it! 33min
  •   ojnopulp Perfect 25min

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danamadeit "Excuse me, there seems to be a mistake...I believe I ordered the LARGE thread organizer? HELLO!" #soimarriedanaxemurderer #hadthatentiremoviememorizedincollege #itslikeanorangeonatoothpick #hasitsownweathersystem Okay I'll stop #sewingproblems #sewingsolutions 15h

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danamadeit ....and if your husband asks you to buy tuna fish, you know that Trader Joes will make it look cute #ihatetunafish #ihatemostfish #ilovesushi #gofigure 2d
  •   crochetsally Love it how Americans call it tuna-FISH. 😀 We know tuna is fish. 2d
  •   meganmakes @crochetsally but if I sent my husband to the store and asked him to pick up "tuna fish" vice "tuna" he'd know what to get. 2d
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  •   kathw16 Ha ha! @crochetsally that is so true!! I don't know why we do that. Somehow "tuna fish" means it's in a can, and just "tuna" is fresh. Go figure. Another funny Americanism. 2d
  •   ameliasprout I'm a raw fish only person too. 2d
  •   blueeyedfreckle I saw this the other day and bought some purely bc of the packaging:) 2d
  •   acutedesigns I'm the same - I can only eat fish raw. When fish is cooked the flavors develop and I cannot stand it. Raw it has a totally different flavor! 2d
  •   flychicks_handmade Bonus...trader joe's tuna fish is the 2d

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danamadeit You know that Trader Joes has come to Texas when the chips are advertised as Longhorn Sweet Potato Rounds....and they're sold alongside Cowboy Cavier. Yeehaw! I had no idea there was a TJs in the Arboretum area! Life just got 10 longhorns better. #austin #texas #traderjoes 2d
  •   hmiller25 I've been meaning to go forever ago!!! Ok my turn! 2d
  •   chrome_brome There is?!?! I only thought there was one in the bee cave area. Woohooo!!! 2d
  •   kimmerylynn It's in the old Saks Fifth Avenue location. Near Williams Sonoma. 2d
  •   austintxjenny6 We love it!! 2d
  •   eimrek We're finally gettimg one in Alabama next year. I've heard so many great things, excited! 2d
  •   dmladineo Have you tried the Cowboy Bark?! Amazing. 1d
  •   heatherstaker Amen Dana! 1d
  •   sanlynet What is cowboy caviar? I'm from Texas and have never been to TJ's! 18h

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danamadeit This summer the IKEA museum asked me to share my love for BILLY bookcases on their blog....so if you need a little BILLY tale on this Tuesday come check it out!....along with even more IKEA love ️ like the big bag I made from an As-Is couch cushion cover. How much do we ️ IKEA?! www.danamadeit.com #ikea 3d
  •   kjleedle Love my billy bookcases! I have all my mini bolts and supplies displayed in them :) 3d
  •   sugarandbrae Perfect. Now I know what to do with those two cushion covers I have sitting in my garage!!! Thanks! 3d
  •   laurapwood I always buy those cushion covers and repurpose them! 3d
  •   mosbyfamily Oh no you didn't! 3d
  •   notjustashley Pretty sure that is the same style cover we have on our couch! Great, sturdy fabric. 3d
  •   leslie_ruth That is amazing, Dana! 3d
  •   jessrabbott Loooveee!!! 1d

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danamadeit When you move into a new house there's always that weird transition where things that fit so perfectly in the old home don't have a spot in the new one. So now our old antique table that we refinished 5 years ago is on the deck, and a new dining adventure has begun in the house! Come see our table and chairs, and goofy kids of course. www.danamadeit.com #claradoll #ilovelucyw #lookoutlane 4d
  •   dianejjarvis Love those blondies!! 4d
  •   blubabescreate Be right over. 4d
  •   littlerugrats Gosh your family is awesome! I love your attitude about life! :-P 4d
  •   livefreemiranda IKEA just makes life easy. 4d
  •   adriannaappl We're so dealing with that right now! Have a whole stack of furniture in the garage. 4d
  •   lepaavaesteetikko For some reason I knew you would choose that table. We have had it for seven years and I'm nowadays so relaxed about mixing light birch and old oak floors and all shades of plywood, because they all match with old bricks and black and lots of white and all these different neutrals create a soft background for bright colour spots I love so much! Your open plan living area looks good, it must feel good to have so much free space and bright white walls! 4d
  •   craftymamajen We just moved too - I know exactly what you mean!! 4d
  •   jgmackenzie My >30 year old table finally died, and we bought that exact table. I had to bring it right back because it didn't occur to me that my kitchen was too small. Also, there are only 3 of us home on a regular basis and we don't need to seat 12. The smaller size was a good compromise. 3d

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danamadeit Owen just walked in my bedroom... "Mom I'm doublely strong right now." Yep. Two capes ️ Two swords ️ Two shields ️ Gon be a good fight. #owenwankenobi 5d
  •   mohp9 Two stilts too? He looks tall. 5d
  •   nicolewillard Awesome!! Someone is going down it looks like! 5d
  •   danamadeit Haha he does look tall here. Just wearing shorts and ugg boots, naturally....when it's 90 degrees outside @mohp9 4d
  •   sweetunwrappinglife One can never be over prepared. That's got to be some sort of scouts motto right? :) 4d
  •   quilterbell He has a winning face for sure! ;) very cute. 4d
  •   lakuskus My child too... 4d
  •   dianejjarvis This is exactly what Gavin would do! I love boys imaginations!! 4d
  •   jessrabbott Lol - love this!! 1d

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danamadeit You know that scene from Family Guy where Lois pretends she's asleep on the bed, and Stewie stands next to her chanting "Mommy? Mommy? Mom? Mama? Mum? MOM?....".... That's my life right now. And she never stops until I address whatever thing she's showing me. "Yes. That's your shoe. Yes. That's a cat. Yep, that's Elsa. Yes. I hear the Happy song." It's a good thing she's cute...cause I'm certifiably going insane. #claradoll 5d
  •   davisk20 Mine is the exact same way... In fact my mom just said... I have never heard somebody say mom, mama, mommy, mommmm... So many times in my life!!! Ha ha 5d
  •   jwkilger Right there with ya. I am fairly convinced this is the whole reasoning behind the 3rd commandment... 5d
  •   lbd1976 Oh I'm glad someone else is on the same page as me. Im going to change my name from mum soon! 5d
  •   juliaaabc But she is SO cute :) 5d
  •   bebeslindos She is perfect!!! @danamadeit 5d
  •   atxlisap Right there with ya, babe. 4d
  •   edris08 At least I'm in good company :) 4d
  •   cardfam Thank you @owlbfeeding ! 4d

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danamadeit Thank you for entering the First Day Dress Pattern giveaway! ️We have 5 winners...who will each receive the dress pattern + 1 pattern of their choice! And the winners are....comment #203
@kelleybrooks and her 4 friends @cce181 @mjandco @euphoria_jessica @vardewoman
Winners please comment here with your email address so we can correspond easily, or send me a private message. Thanks for playing! Have fun sewing everyone! #firstdaydressmade
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  •   salduffin Oooo I just need to buy this pattern. It's adorable! 6d
  •   cce181 So excited!!! Thank you! Im going to pm you 6d
  •   kelleybrooks What?! I can't believe it!!! Thank you so much!! 6d
  •   mjandco So exciting!!! Thank you!! And thank you @kelleybrooks for tagging me!! 6d

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danamadeit ...then we invited friends over to enjoy the brownie bounty. And they each took turns standing next to the table, telling a story. It's their favorite game on the deck...and really fun to eaves drop on. Open mic hour with the 8 year olds. 7d

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danamadeit Lucy's been asking me to make brownies for two weeks ️ Thank you Double Dark Ghiradelli mix with Chocolate Chips (and Chocolate Frosting added) #TGIF My will power is in weekend mode. 7d
  •   danamadeit Haha naturally.... For the kids @loniann23 7d
  •   lemony_ My will power is also out the window. Frosties & French fries after school. 7d
  •   emilie_ahern I have never found a scratch recipe as good as the G box mix! 7d
  •   livefreemiranda Okay those look so good. 7d
  •   purpleheartorijennals Too bad IG isn't scratch and sniff!! 7d
  •   oliviasdaisy It's a good thing that they don't make big pan. 6d
  •   lapenelopa I suggest you to try a brownie recipe on a blog named " il pranzo di babette" best brownies I' be ever tasted ;) 6d
  •   sunshinemadsen I want these now for breakfast! Love the sprinkles!! 3d

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danamadeit If you haven't entered the First Dress Dress + Pick your own Pattern Giveaway.....it ends tonight! At 10pm! (See previous pics in feed) #firstdaydressmade And on another note, did it seriously SNOW ️ last night in some parts of the US??? Crazy! 7d

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danamadeit New Tutorial on MADE!....just another twist on your favorite skirt. It's a Skirt with a Sash! And with cooler weather on the way, this is an easy way to dress up a holiday party or a Fall wedding. Come check out the satin, the lace, the layers! www.danamadeit.com #MADE #danamadeit #tutorial #DIY 7d

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danamadeit Since you guys loved that pretty peplum top the other day....let's all make tops! And dresses! And let's give away TEN free patterns here on Instagram!
How about TWO patterns each for YOU and FOUR of your friends One pattern will be the First Day Dress and Top, the other pattern is your choice....Kid Shorts, Baby Doll Basket, Beach Robe, Rollie Pollie....(check them all out on my site under the Patterns tab at the top www.danamadeit.com)
TO ENTER:
* Tag FOUR 👭👭 of your friends in the comments below and make sure you follow me @danamadeit
That's it!
The more friends that comment and tag you, the more chances you (and a group of you) have to win!
Giveaway ends tomorrow night, Friday 9/12.
Open to everyone. And all winners must be following to be eligible.
Happy Thursday friends! #firstdaydressmade
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danamadeit This week we started piano lessons, dance classes, and soccer. 😬 #idratherbefishing #summer #bluehole #willardsgonefishing 1w
  •   taytay_lovsdance We went there!!! It is awesome!!!! 1w
  •   dianejjarvis We had a lot of firsts this week too! Really makes you miss lazy days of summer! 1w
  •   marksuman Cool composition in this shot. 1w
  •   ktjansson Where are you taking lessons? I've been looking to get Adeline started. 1w
  •   jumbledupjoy Yup, same here. I keep thinking, It's only Wednesday?! 1w
  •   danamadeit Haha thanks. I barely got that fish in there. Lucky shot @marksuman 1w
  •   deliacreates I know what you mean. for the move we just quit had to quit everything. 1w
  •   chrisallowitz Great picture Dana!! How fun!! 1w

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danamadeit Need some First Day Dress inspiration?? I've got the Firsts of the Firsts on the blog today....like this beauty by @erin_maupin...who said she wasn't a peplum person, till she started using this pattern yay! Okay. I had you at oversized floral right? Come check it out!..... danamadeit.com #firstdaydressmade 1w

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danamadeit Sewing oilcloth for days. Days! It'll be worth it... #lookoutlane #oilcloth #howaboutorange 2w
  •   modernmaven I love this!! 2w
  •   bailjane Love that oilcloth, great color/design! 2w
  •   eirianalison #tiffany blue nails are my fave 2w
  •   jennalouodegard Your nail color is lovely!! 1w
  •   juliekramer71 I have this print in pink and I LOVE it!! 1w
  •   heathbird Was thinking if reupholstering my dining room chair seats in this. The fabric I put on them last year is beat up thanks to two boys, even with the scotchguard! Love the orange! 1w
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  •   lisarenata For your bar stools? 1w

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danamadeit It's hard being Blue in a sea of Orange. But go Cougs! #byu #goblue #donthookemhorns 2w
  •   stephanietorresa Remember that one time BYU kicked butt....? Like today! !! 2w
  •   jodiehansen22 We have a lot of happy people at our house tonight. Great game, Cougs!! 2w
  •   modern_whit The only time I cheer for the longhorns (go utes!) 2w
  •   dianejjarvis Looks like a pretty solid blue section over there! Go BYU! 2w
  •   courtneysnowden I imagine the stadium got awful quiet awful quick 2w
  •   meganannrasmussen Go Cougs! What a great game 2w
  •   vonfrinkenhagen Shouldn't be that hard, you guys owned them! 2w
  •   beasty_18 Hah we were rhere 2w

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danamadeit Remember the giant turquoise ball light in our front entry way? By designer @davidtrubridge? Well I never showed you the orange one that goes along! So today I'm sharing it all on the blog! You have to see what they look like at night. Coolest shadows. www.danamadeit.com #lookoutlane #davidtrubridge 2w
  •   allthatjaz_ Love this!! 2w
  •   everynewday_blog I absolutely love your home Dana! So colorful and full of inspiration! 2w
  •   amberkeller I love it. I want you to help me someday when I build a house 2w
  •   cpessoa Is this made out of paper?!?? Gorgeous!!! 2w
  •   hautettilton Love this @danamadeit ! We have to replace all fixtures in this house. It is exhausting!!! Any helpful links with a contempo casual chic vibe PLEASE send my way. 2w
  •   deliacreates You have such great taste! 2w
  •   kaseysunshine I saw this same light all over cafés in NYC. So pretty! 2w
  •   tinypandadesign Pretty! 1w

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