life, craft, kids, crap…

I am a Texas girl who is now living in a smallish town in Arkansas. I started this blog when I lived in Turkey, kept it up for 6 months of nomadic living, added to it while living in NOLA (a.k.a. New Orleans), and now have decided to never move ever again. Bean tells us we will live in this house “until the end.”

I have been married to “the hub” for almost 12 years. When I blog, I sometimes call him RayRay or Raylo. There’s a funny story behind that. I haven’t told it yet.

Our oldest little girl was born in June of 2007. We call her Bean. Our second daughter, Peanut, was born in November of 2008. Although they are preschoolers, the drama that 2 close sisters can produce rivals middle school. In September we welcomed our son Little Mister. His sisters absolutely adore him! Some people ask why I don’t call my kids their real names on the blog — it’s to respect their privacy. That, and the fact that I watched too many episodes of Get Smart! when I was a kid and always wanted to have code names….

I can always eat chocolate or Mexican food. Even for breakfast.

My latest projects include sewing quilts, designing purses, mod podge, painting, and general craft mayhem. I plan to one day achieve world domination through craft.

I have an online shop where I sell vintage fabric and vintage home decor and goodies. I call it Ruby’s Retro City.

I like staying up late. I liked staying up late until my first child was born. Now I just like to sleep whenever and wherever I can. It’s 10 minutes before I have to pick up my kids? Nap in the minivan!

I don’t speak for about an hour after waking up. And smart people don’t speak to me then, either.

My real name is Mandi B. But online I decided to go by mab. (Yes, the proper spelling is “mab” — all lowercase because I want it that way.) Why the pseudonym? Because I could. And this is the closest I’ll ever get to having a super secret spy or fighter jet pilot name….


11 Comment(s)

  1. LT

    June 21, 2006 at 7:02 pm

    What’s up, girl? When you find a minion, send me one, too! I like your site.
    I’ll be a regular blogger! šŸ™‚ send me an e-mail when you get a chance. talk to you soon!.

  2. Hank

    February 20, 2007 at 6:40 pm

    Happy Birthday. Just got off the phone with your “hub” and he didn’t even mention it. Take care and know we are praying for you daily.


  3. CLV

    February 20, 2007 at 10:47 pm

    A very merry birthday to you! Is this 30?

  4. The English's

    April 12, 2007 at 7:52 am

    Howdy girl! Talk about a blast from the past – I happened upon your site from Kevin and Jenna’s place.
    Congrats on the little bean! That is awesome!
    In fact, we welcomed our own little peanut on Jan 9th this year. Drop us a line when you get a chance!
    -Brad and Jill

  5. Courtney Solstad

    April 12, 2007 at 3:13 pm

    Hey! I’ve missed you! Seems like FOREVER! We have two girls now! Chloe who just turned 2 and Emma who is 3 months old. Congrats on expecting! Email me when you get a chance! Tell your hubby Steve said hi!

  6. Katie

    October 8, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    Hey mab – I was glad to see your blog site because I wasn’t sure you were still around on Facebook. Your little girl is DARLING! I love the pics of you, her and J! And congrats on the next one too! That’s exciting. Have you gotten any further along with names? Just wanted to say hi.
    Take care,

  7. mab

    October 11, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    @Katie: I stink at Facebook! šŸ™‚ And I stink at e-mail! And lately I stink at blogging…. sigh….. Technology wins again, I guess.

    We are still thinking of names. This is so tough because whatever we pick will define so much of our little girl. However, choose we must, or our child will forever be called “Peanut.” That won’t work.

    Take care!

  8. GeekLady

    October 13, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    mab. Very e e cummings of you.

    Don’t feel bad, I stink at blogging too. Life just sneaks up on you, and it has a really charming gummy smile right now.


  9. Ashley

    October 7, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    WHAT UP YO! It totally freaks me out that all of my info was in this nifty little box without my typing it in. WHOA!!! Technology=Scary!

  10. jaime

    July 13, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    hey lady! send us your address so we can send you your print!

  11. TBM

    July 6, 2011 at 10:35 am

    I love Mexican food and chocolate…and I hate mornings! Hate them.

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