Whitney Deal
Mother + wife + maker living in North Carolina






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It's already mid-February, yikes. Here are a few developments in my world since the new year (according to instagram)...

- I enlisted the help of my instagram followers for baby nap advice. This little nugget would not go down without a fight! So thankful for the suggestions and I actually ended up purchasing this book which clicked for us and expanded on what we were already doing. We're one week of happy naps so hopefully it continues!

- Lots of new bibs in the works! I'm hoping to stock the shop with new inventory within the next couple of weeks. Whenever I get a chance to work in between naps ;)

- We bought a house! Well, the one we have been living in for the last few years. It was time, so we did. 

- Short hair for this lady.  It was time, so I did.

- We're adding new chickens to our coop! We've had 5 laying hens (golden comets) but what's a few more? We got barred rocks and white rocks to add to the mix -- but that's a post for another day!

- I added a couple of new baby quilts to my etsy shop. I'm pretty obsessed with this mustard/white/mint combo.


Hello, 2015!

It's a new year, thank goodness! 2014 proved to be a crazy one and I'm hoping that 2015 will be much quieter -- except for the fact that I'm turning 30(!) this year. We had a wonderful Christmas with our girls (as you can see from the doctor/chef below) but now I'm excited to get back to this blogging space with lots of goodness to make and share! 


Giving Thanks

Oh what a year it has been. I've experienced some of my happiest moments this year and some of my saddest -- and nearly everything in between. I've relinquished control during difficult times and have learned how amazingly kind people can be during hardship. I'm incredibly grateful for so much this year, but also look forward to a new chapter of life in the new year. I also thank you all for stopping by my little space here and following along..

photos from my instagram


End of an era!

When I was in graduate school several years back, I had the grand idea of photographing weddings on the side to make a little money. So I placed a listing on craigslist, conned by hub into tagging along, and "poof" Oh, Darling! was born.

We've been photographing weddings for the last five years together from Maine to Georgia. We've met incredible people and have had some amazing (and very interesting) experiences. But it's time for us to move on. Now that we have kids, it kind of stinks to leave them during some of the best weekends of the year.

My hub has decided to join the family business and I like to sew, if you haven't noticed ;) So we're saying goodbye to our little business and we will be taking it offline soon. But until then, feel free to enjoy our work over on our website!  

This is a picture of my hub working our last wedding this past weekend!


Mercer Lessie <3

On August 25th we welcomed our second daughter to the world! She was a whopper, 8lb 5 oz and every bit of cute! We had two sweet, seemingly healthy days in the hospital before heading home to reunite with big sister. Unfortunately, that evening our sweet girl appeared to have something wrong and after two ER visits that night we found ourselves in the NICU with a team of doctors and nurses working vigourously to figure out what was wrong with Mercer. 

Unknowingly to us, our daughter was born with a heart defect (coarctation of the aorta) that needed immediate attention. On Sept 3rd (big sister's birthday), Mercer had heart surgery to repair her heart. Her surgery went well and she recovered for the next week and a half. When she turned three weeks old, we were discharged from the hospital and finally headed home. 

I can't quite explain the roller coaster of emotions Dustin and I experienced during those first three weeks but we were comforted by friends, family, and strangers that prayed for our family and helped us during our stay at the hospital. You never expect to find yourself in situations like that, and it can be so difficult to put your trust into the hands of nurses, doctors, and surgeons but we are forever grateful for their knowledge, compassion, and expertise. 

Mercer is recovering well from surgery and will be monitored by a cardiologist for the rest of her life. We continue to pray that the repairs to her heart will continute to grow as they should. She is such a special little girl and she has forever made me a heart mom, and for that I am grateful <3


Final Countdown

This is our last full weekend as a family of three (not including the donkey below ;) before my scheduled c-section next week. I'm trying to savor each moment now yet welcome every bit of excitment that comes with the anticipation of a new baby. I do know that I'm ready to no longer be pregnant, but that's to be expected as the end draws near -- but I'm so thankful I had the opportunity to spend my summer with my daugther, Glory Maeve. She has grown so much the past couple of months and I can't wait to see her take on becoming a big sister. Next week, feel free to send any thoughts and prayers our way!

I've got on an oversized Mercer Tunic which has been my go-to shirt this pregnancy -- excited to finally wear the ones I've made without a bump!


Nursery #2

My second daugther is due in just a few short weeks so we've been in the process of converting our guest bedroom/office into a second nursery. Although I love daydreaming about a beautifully decorated room for the bundle, I've found myself repurposing so many things that I already owned to create a simple, sweet little space. There are still a few things that need to be finished but I thought I shared a few photos of the progress..


Little Moments

Our little family had the most magical time at the zoo earlier this week. My hub took the day off for my (29th!) birthday and we loaded up the car for a day of animals. Glory-Maeve is at such a gentle and curious age -- I wish I could bottle up this time and put it away on a shelf. I suppose photos do that in some way, but it's just not quite the same. How do you savor every smile and squeal?