Archive for October 2011

Awkward and Awesome Thursday

October 27, 2011

Today I'm linking up with The Daybook for Awkward and Awesome Thursday!

Awkward
1. Limping around this morning in my high heels thanks to agreeing to do the "insanity" workout with the husband last night. I just realized that some people might interpret that the wrong way...it's an actual work out dvd. Geesh, keep your mind out of the gutter! Oh my word. "Insanity" is exactly the word I would use to describe it. Never again.

2. The husband catching me making s'mores in the microwave...twice.

3. Making conversation with the dog park people. Even though I've seen them on a regular basis for two years I still only know the dog's names. Awkward.


Awesome
1. This girl found out she's expecting a baby girl! And she's coming to visit me next week. Can you say baby girl crafting extravaganza?!?!

2. Candy corn pumpkins. Can't get enough.

3. The Scentsy giveaway on my blog right now! Make sure you enter!

4. Wrigley and his best buddy Rye cuddled up in my car on the way home from the dog park. There is nothing sweeter than happy and tired puppies. 

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Merry Go Round

October 24, 2011

Happy Monday everyone! As usual, the weekend went by way too fast. We spent the weekend enjoying the beautiful fall weather and doing fun stuff like cleaning out the garage. Just kidding....that was NOT fun. We also attended  semi-formal "dance" put on by the student group that I advise at work. It was at a museum and there was a carousel. Naturally I wanted to spend all night riding on it!
Me on the pony. I rode side saddle. Because I am a lady. And because I had a short dress on.

 
Pretty merry go round.

The husband was a good sport about attending an event where he didn't know a single person...but he did NOT want his picture taken on the carousel. I took one anyway.

He did happily pose on this old fashioned bike when no one was looking.

The museum was really fun and we had a great time!

 On Sunday my grandma and her new husband, Ken, came out to visit. They live in California and Washington and were traveling around the country saying hi to family and friends. It was the first time we got to met Ken....and he is a great match to my high energy grandma!

I hope you had a great weekend!

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Finally Some Fall Decor....

October 17, 2011

So I finally got around to decorating my house for fall...and first up was a new wreath. My old wreath had been on our door for a year (yikes!) so it was definitely time to switch things up a bit.
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And here it is! I love how it turned out. And the best part is that it was really simple to make.

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First you'll need to gather your supplies: a wreath (already had), wooden initial from Hobby Lobby, green moss, and burlap. I added a little pumpkin to mine that I found at Hobby Lobby for $1.50. Total spent on this project: $5.

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First, paint your initial. I just used some old white paint I had left over from this project. Then, start to glue your moss on to the wreath. Glue big sections at a time...it doesn't have to be perfect, you can always fill in any holes later. Here is where things got a little messy. Moss can "shed" a lot. I recommend doing this outside if possible. I obviously didn't listen to my own advice.

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Once your moss is set, secure your initial to the top of the wreath with a strip of burlap. My burlap wasn't long enough to tie into a cute bow, so I just faked it by gluing a bow to the top. Then secure your pumpkin with glue....or don't...it's cute without it too!

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I decided to cover my wreath hanger with burlap too. LOVE it!

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My fall front door complete with a white pumpkin (thanks mom!) Looks like I am a little obsessed with the letter "R"!

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I also had to spruce up our dining room table with a little fall love too! I used the table runner I made in this post.

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This is my favorite time of year! Have you decorated for fall?

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Awkward and Awesome Thursday

October 13, 2011

Today I'm linking up with Sydney at The Daybook for Awkward and Awesome Thursday....and you should too!
Awkward
1. Handing over a bag of my dog's poo to the vet. In a brown bag. With his name on it. No, it's not his lunch bag.....
2. Having to wonder why most of my awkward moments revolve around poo.
3. Forgetting to change out of my "staining the deck" clothes before running errands. Why yes, that is paint all over my pants and shirt....classy.
4. Finding the above mentioned paint/stain in my hair 4 days latter.

Awesome
1. Crisp, cool fall-like weather...and leaves everywhere! This is my favorite time of year.
2. Halloween Oreos. Enough said.
3. Adding The New Girl and Hart of Dixie to my list of new favorite TV shows.


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Pinterest Love

October 12, 2011

Happy Wednesday! Today I'm linking up with The Vintage Apple for Pinteresting Wednesday. Haven't joined Pinterest yet? What are you waiting for! Pinterest is a great place to pin ideas for crafts, meals, outfits...you name it! But be warned...it's seriously addicting! If you need an invite to join Pinterest send me an e-mail and I'll hook you up.

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I'm seriously in love with these chevron mod podge pumpkins. They are beyond adorable!


Love this tutorial for a concrete letter for your garden. I'll probably never get around to making this...but I still love it!


Ahhhh...ruffle curtain. LOVE!


This is one of those, why didn't I think of that pins. Cover old serving trays in chalkboard paint...genius. 


Adorable...print straight on to burlap. 


Sydney from the Daybook...she always looks cute!
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Love this outfit for fall!

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Cookie dough pizza....oh my word. Yes please!

What are your favorite pins this week?



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Never Again

October 11, 2011

I've discovered a new form of torture. It's called staining your deck. After working on it on and off for a few months it's finally done. Oh my word. Never again!

I probably logged in about 10 hours on this project....the husband probably closer to 40. Needless to say we are so glad it's done!

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Here is what the deck look liked when we first had it built.

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And here it is now!

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A few minutes after the husband finished up (and hours after I had already given up on this project) we got a huge gust of wind and the deck was covered in leaves. Yay for fall!

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If you ever plan on staining your deck I have a few words of advice:

1. Build the kind of deck that doesn't ever need to be stained. It's expensive but I think probably worth it.
2. Hire someone to stain it for you. We are definitely doing this next time it needs to be stained.
3. If you can't do either of those, then at least make it easier on yourself and stain the deck one color. I made things way too complicated by wanting a white railing. We realized pretty early on what a huge mistake that was....but it was too late. At least it looks good?

The husband is beat but we are both thrilled to have finished this project!

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Fabric Flowers and Adorable Kiddos...

October 10, 2011

Happy Monday everyone! Or should I say, Happy Columbus Day? The husband has today off so I took it off too. Only fair, right?

Over the weekend I got to visit my friend Kate and her two adorable little ones. Kate and I went to high school together in California and now we've both ended up out here in Michigan.

 Baby Finn. Isn't he just precious? He was so good the entire time just hanging out in his swing.

And big sister Dakota. I made her some headbands and she wanted to wear them all at the same time. She had two on her head and one around her neck....love this little girl!

Want to make an adorable headband? Over the past few weeks I've been making fabric flowers like crazy. They are really easy to make and turn out adorable. 

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First roll out your fabric and cut a 1 and 1/2 inch strip. It doesn't have to be perfect.

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Then tie one end in a knot. Glue the small end to the knot. You can use fabric glue for this....but I used hot glue because that's what I had on hand.

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From there start wrapping the fabric around the knot to form a flower. Secure it with glue every inch or so.

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And just keep going. I found it looks best if you twist the fabric here and there so you can see the underside.

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Once you are done glue the last inch or so of fabric to the back of the flower.

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I got a little carried away and made a ton!

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To make a headband you'll need pretty elastic. I was able to find mine at a local fabric shop. I also found some white elastic at Joann's Fabric.

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I made one of these for myself too! I didn't get a chance to take photos of this kind of flower but it's really easy. Just cut a bunch of 2 inch circles out of your fabric. Use one of them as a base for your flower. Then take your circles and fold them in half. Then fold them in half again and secure with a little glue. Then place a drop of glue on the point of your flower and glue it to the base. Keep doing this over and over until your flower is full. Remember, it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful!

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