Sometimes I get a night off

January 8, 2011

We believe we should all love where we live.

We’re a couple of homebodies, working to uncover the home our home wants to be. And we’re so happy to have you here. 




We're Chris + Julia

read more

What we're                   right now


browse the shop

Befores, afters, mood boards, plans, failures, wins. We’ve done a lot of projects, and they’re all here. 

We have a long-standing relationship with DIY, and love rolling our sleeves up and making it happen. 

Even when you don’t want to rip down a wall, you can make that space in your home better. Right now.

browse all

browse all

browse all




Popular Posts




Top Categories

Do you see Chris in that mirror?  Do you see how he is holding our cute, little girl all wrapped up in her bath towel?  This is the part when (after lots of little kisses) I eagerly took off for my three hour sewing class!

When Chris surprised me with a sewing machine for Christmas, he also made sure I had lessons because I haven’t touched a sewing machine since 8th grade home-ec.  Even then, my friend, Tim, finished sewing my pillow for me.  So yeah, “thanks for the lessons, babe!”

There were only four of us in the class, and I was the only one that didn’t know how to thread a bobbin, or my machine.  When my teacher was explaining to some of the other ladies how their high-tech machines could secure a stitch with a button (or something like that), she turned to me and said, “You’re gonna have to sew backwards.”  I got very wide-eyed and nervous, “I have to sew backwards?!”  And then she clarified that I didn’t always have to sew backwards…and began to understand how “beginner” I was.  She was careful with her words after that.

Although, she is definitely one of those people that has a lot to say–a lot of things that make people, or maybe just me, uncomfortable.  Like when before the class even started, “Oh yeah, my husband is not going to be happy I spent $900 on sewing software today.  That’s why he’s not going to know!”  What am I supposed to say?  I just said, “Oh?  Yikes.”  To which she responded, “Ah, he won’t know I run the books.”  And then later she dropped some more money talk when she proclaimed a carrying case for her machine–which is DOUBLE the size of any of ours–costs about $300.  When the store manager came over to say a few words to us and give us some tips, she made sure he knew that she already told us every word he just said.  And to top it all off, she said “assessories” instead of “accessories.” like 100+ times.  UNCOMFORTABLE!  But to her credit, she knows what she is doing (even if she does let you know it quite often) and she did a great job at teaching me some basics.

By the end of class, I had my bobbin all ready (I’m sorry, I know zero sewing terms!), I had my machine threaded, and I even sewed a straight line AND secured the stitch!  I have three more 3-hour classes, and she assured me by the end I would “be a pro”…and then she corrected herself, and said I would “well, have a good idea what you’re doing.”  We all had a good laugh.

I came home, to a baby sound asleep, a clean house and a husband waiting to snuggle.  I fell asleep while we watched The Terminal, and sewed all night in my dreams.

What do you think?

  1. vicks27 says:

    Very cute. Love the bag.

  2. vicks27 says:

    Very cute. Love the bag.

  3. Love it love it love it. Love the idea of the gift, love the classes to go with it, love a willing husband giving you 3 hours alllll to yourself, and love where this is headed for you!

  4. You really just need to know a few basics, and it seems like this class is perfect. I was so happy to have gotten my machine while still living with my parents because my mom gave me lessons everytime I pulled out my machine. Bless her.

    That lady sounds OUT OF CONTROL!!!!!!! Not fun. Those kind of people make me squirm and how to never talk to AGAIN.

    What’s your first project???? Now you can make your OWN binky clips!!! :-)

all the latest

We believe we should all love where we live.

We’re a couple of homebodies, working to uncover the home our home wants to be. And we’re so happy to have you here. 

HI! We're Chris + Julia

read more

Load More

Reader Faves

SHop all

What We're                     Right Now

What We're                 Right Now

Looking for our favorite things? A place to shop our home room by room, or just catch up on what Julia's wearing / loving right now? Browse the CLJ shop. 


looking for inspiration? 

Last week, Chris and I had the incredible opportunity to travel to London for work. We were invited by Williams Sonoma and William Morris and Co to preview their newest collaboration and the inspiration behind it. It was my first time in London and although it was a quick trip, they brought us all over […]

Can We Send You Our Love Letter?

Another way for us to stay in touch! Joining our weekly newsletter gives you access to exclusive content, never-before-seen photos, your questions answered, and our favorite DIYs. Sign up below!

Follow Along on Instagram

Welcome to our online community where we've posted home, DIY, style, renovations, and family since '09. Renovating our #cljmoderncottage in Idaho and headed for new adventures in Raleigh, NC. #cljfam #cljtransformations