people always ask me, “why does your husband call you ‘mavis’?” i try to explain to them that it is a take on an old bbc character, ‘hyacinth’ from “keeping up appearances”. but apparently i’m the only one who watches saturday night brit coms.


when my husband first saw hyacinth, he immediately began to draw parallels between her and his own lovely wife. i did not find it flattering. she is a rather awful woman. loud, tactless, excessive, bossy, domineering, a hovering neat-freak (“mind the wallpaper!”), obsessed with appearances and gleefully ignorant of people around her. so i was ‘beatrice’ when i spent money on something i couldn’t afford or tried to pick the paint colors for someone else’s house. somehow it evolved into ‘mavis’ and so it remains. i am mavis when i windex the shower curtain rod because people are coming over or harass my husband to level the birdbath and the refrigerator because it drives me crazy. but i’m afraid he’s not richard (submissive and longsuffering), so you don’t have to feel sorry for him. ‘richard’ wouldn’t go around tipping all the picture frames an imperceptible eighth of an inch to push me over the edge. hubby is much more akin to onslow.


11 Responses to “who is ‘mavis’?”

  1. 1 Tim Hurley November 15, 2007 at 8:53 am

    Hi Mavis –

    Hi There! I came across your blog while looking for BedHead pictures for my site – . I was wondering if you would grant me permission to use your bedhead picture. I can credit you in the photo if you’d like. I can also leave a link to your blog. MyBedHead is still in development and is not making any money as of yet. I just need interesting bedhead photos to get started..

    Tim Hurley

  2. 2 bibomedia February 29, 2008 at 1:53 am


  3. 3 melissa74 May 5, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    Funny stuff Mavis! I love finding other mom’s blogs, hearing crazy parent stories…and thanks for the link to Josh Ritter’s song, that was good! (OH and Business Time, an instant classic).


  4. 4 fellow Boisian June 3, 2008 at 9:28 am

    I am Marveled by Mavis!

    WOW Mavis how do you do it all?

    A friend introduced me to your blog a few days ago and I just can’t stop thinking about it. First, compliments to you as an artist, you have an impeccable sense of style. From your eye behind the lens to your ability to reuse and recycle goods into art. KUDOS to you! Second, how do you find the time to do it all? Seriously? I have one toddler and I hardly have time to weed my garden let alone sew. I would love to learn your secrets because I too love to sew and have found I just can’t get involved with a project for longer then 30-60 minutes before I am being hailed or my son wakes up. Do you stay up late, ignore your family, send the kids to daycare … what’s the secret? I’m sure all of your readers are interested.

    Fellow Boisian

  5. 5 Jen June 27, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    Hi Miranda!
    I ran into your dad today (not literally), and he directed me to your blog. I’ve been wanting to get back in touch with you after our short-lived snail-mail correspondence. (This is Jen from the greenhouse, now a happily married woman, by the way!) I love all your pictures, your remodel is looking very nice, and you have a fine-looking family blooming there!
    The Lord make his face shine upon you.

  6. 6 Kelsie in MT October 31, 2008 at 8:19 am

    Hi Mavis!

    I found your blog through a friend who linked to it for the hooter hider directions. I now love to read it. You’re the kind of mom I want to be. I love all your craft projects, especially. I am a big fan of sewing and quilting and baking. I’m not as organized as you are, although I wish I was!!! You’re so cute and your kids are adorable. (And btw, Im not a crazy stalker or anything. Just a nice girl from montana.)


    PS – I LOVED the bible stories through legos. Brilliant.

  7. 7 mavis November 3, 2008 at 8:47 am

    i have friends! how nice. stalk away. ๐Ÿ™‚ *m

  8. 8 shannon mallory December 19, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    Hi Miranda.

    I emailed you before, about the missing hooter hider instructions. (I, too, found your blog by searching for sewing instructions as well!) Anyway you sent them to me and I made one and I love it! So thank you. I will have to send a picture to you.

    Anyway on another note I just saw this on ebay and immediately thought of you – for you love of pink and retro!

    Have a good day!

    Shannon Mallory

  9. 9 Kate May 17, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Hi there! I’ve commented on your blog a couple of times…LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your blog btw. ๐Ÿ™‚ I found it looking for a nursing tutorial, which I’ve noticed is gone?? You used a fabric with like retro scenes of people at a beach or lake or something?? I just loved it, and have been scouring the internet searching for it, but to no avail. Then I had a genius idea…why not just ASK you??! Do you remember who the designer of the fabric was/where I can find it/etc.? Thanks!


  10. 10 Hairklia January 27, 2010 at 7:33 am

    I love your blog and all your book selections.

  11. 11 Hairklia January 27, 2010 at 7:35 am

    Oh and I know the show you are talking about. It is hilarious. Almost as good as Absolutely Fabulous.

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