Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Inspiring Images

Feeling AWWW inspired today!  I want to bake, and craft, and decorate all day.  So not very happy that I have to go to work!!  Uggg!  Anyhow, so here are a few things I am inspired to try (in the very near future)!  Did I tell you my sis and I are having a craft weekend?  Oh yes we are!  Yes, it is supposed to be so we can make some gifts for the holidays, but psshhh there are so many things I want to make for me! That sounded very selfish, oops!

Homemade Washer Necklace by

Cute right?  I would love to get one of these for a gift!

Salt Dough Ornaments or Gift Tags by

I think these are adorable!  You could really get creative with these, and the kids would love this!

Lucky Us, Penny Keychain via

Really want to drill through some pennies!  I am thinking this would be a cute gift for the hubs stocking.  Maybe our anniversary year, then the kiddos birth years?  Isn't it illegal to do this to money?  Just wondering?

Awesome Shoe Words via

So need these words somewhere in my house.  Probably my closet!  I really love shoes!

Aww inspiring Christmas Decor by

Have you decorated yet?  I managed to get the decorations pulled out and the totes put on the back porch.....thats it!  I am getting there though!  So my sis will be excited that I am mentioning Shelley (the house of smiths)  She thinks they are besties!  Anyhow, if you have never read her blog I highly recommend it.  She has a total spunk that comes through, love her!

Well now I have to go get ready for work!  I love my job really, just want to only work when I want to, ya know!

Have a great day!


Monday, November 28, 2011

Hmm Hutch

I need some help with my hutch!  I really really loved pine furniture about 10 years ago, so lets just say I have a bunch of it in my house.  Now that I am a little sick of it I decided to paint it!  This is how it looked before I started.

Yep notice there is another piece of pine furniture next to it!  Yikes!  Anyhow, so I was totally inspired by this picture.

So pretty, right?  So back to the I need help part!  I grabbed a paintbrush one day and some left over paint from the shed and went to town.  I did a dry brush type technique so if I wanted to go black later it wouldn't be too difficult.  Then I did a watered down white on the inside.  Here is where I am now.

So then I kind of froze.  I'm not sure if I love it or not?  So I put some stuff on the shelves and thought I should look at it awhile.  That has been at least a week now...I do love the color but I love the inspiration waaaaayyyyyy more!  So HELP, what should I do next?  I am thinking I need more white right? Tell me, tell me!


Monday, November 21, 2011

Pintuck Duvet Cover

Well here it is folks!  The much awaited project for the Pinterest Challenge!  Don't you love a bargain? I surely do!  Especially when it turns out completely GORG, for only small potatoes!  So I totally swooned over this pin:

Pretty awesome, right?  So my sis and I share our Pinterest boards, she freaked out over this!  So one weekend on one of our shopping adventures what did she find but a great deal on 2 complete sets of california king sheets!  Perfect for this project!  Here is the link to the original post

So my sis did this project with her own little tweaks.  Here is what she did.  First take a flat sheet and lay it out with the side you want on the outside face down.

Then you will need to measure out squares and mark them.  You don't have to be super crazy about getting the marks perfect, the tucks pull so unless you are really studying your duvet you shouldn't have a problem.  My sis just used a flattened cereal box and a pen and marked an X in each corner.

Keep marking until the entire sheet is done.

Next you should be ready to do your tucks.  Pinch the fabric where you have marked an X.  Twist once around, then once around again.

See those nails?  Yep Mom treated us to shellac manicures, so cool!  Just so you know they don't always look that nice!

Now take your little twist to the sewing machine.  No worries now, you don't have to be a seamstress to get this done (trust me I really can't sew) thank goodness my sis is doing this, lol!  Run it through back and forth a couple of times.

When it is done it should look like so

Keep going until all of your X's have a twist stitched.  Flip the sewn side of the tucks down, and the other flat sheet on top of it.  These will need to be sewn together.  Make sure it is inside out, after it is sewn you will flip it.  Leave the bottom open, this is where you will insert your comforter.  See how pretty it is!!

On the open end you can do a couple of things.  Buttons: My sis opted out of these because of the expense.  Ties:  This worked really great, a bit more time-consuming because you have to make and sew them to each side but they tuck underneath and worked really well.  She has also done the pillowcases, and made one for my niece in plum!  Everyone wants one, they are so cute in person!  Can't wait for mine, just need a really good deal on some flat sheets and I will be in business!

Having fun linking up to

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Thankful for smart children

We have been talking about Thanksgiving around our house, a lot!  Planning the menu, whose coming over, kids feasts at school, the list goes on and on.  On a side note my hubs is a big history fan (I know doesn't seem to fit for those of you whom know him).  Anyhoo, he was telling us how inspired he was by watching a special on Abraham Lincoln.  He was saying how if he ever had another child (did he really say that?) he would love to name the baby Lincoln (Yes please, love that name!).  Our son was listening away, and he said "You know Abraham Lincoln started Thanksgiving".  Both D and I were like, well didn't the Pilgrims and Native Americans start it?  The guys start jawing back and forth, and I got on the computer and googled it, lol!  Turns out they are both right, I love smart children!  So here are some fun Thanksgiving facts for you all!

*In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies.

*It wasn't until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.

*The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days. (Can you imagine how chubby we would all get, yikes)

*Mashed potatoes, pumpkin pies, popcorn, milk, corn on the cob, and cranberries were not foods present on the first Thanksgiving's feast table.  Lobster, rabbit, chicken, fish, squashes, beans, chestnuts, hickory nuts, onions, leeks, dried fruits, maple syrup and honey, radishes, cabbage, carrots, eggs, and goat cheese are thought to have made up the first Thanksgiving feast.

*The pilgrims didn't use forks; they ate with spoons, knives, and their fingers.  (We may not want to share this with the kiddos!)

Go and be Thankful for something!



Christmas. Decorating. With Feathers.....?

All over blog land I see decorating with feathers, hmm not sure if I am a fan.  Its cute in some spots.  I get tons of inspiration from

I love the style of this home, but I couldn't pull that tree off.  I do however absolutely love her fall style on the burlap wreath with feathers.

I think I could do this! Fits the time of year to me for some reason!  Anyhoo, so I am experimenting.  I found some fun decorations at the DOLLAR STORE for Christmas!

Break, had to get a screaming child from his bouncy!

So I picked these up!

So I will attempt to use some natural elements when I decorate for the holidays.  I just have them bedazzled a bit, lol!

Friday, November 18, 2011

A Story for my MIL.

Don't you love your mother in law, I do.  That is not a joke, I do! Anyhoo, she is the person that finds funny in all things kids do.  This one time, when she was watching my oldest son, he crawled to a lazy susan cupboard I had in the house, got out the shortening from the cupboard on laboriously covered his whole head in the sticky stuff.  Did she freak out and rush to remedy the situation, NOPE she was laughing so hard she couldn't!!  So for her enjoyment today I have a new child story.

Sometimes I am a good Mother.  Last night I was making a really nice dinner (yes, it happens every once in a while).  As the biscuits (that I homemade) were cooking I thought "Oh shoot, I need dessert".  I made some sugar-free Jello and thought a little Cool Whip and we are good.  Well Tana was really excited for this, I mean really excited!  She told everyone in the house "We have dessert!"  Nope not feeling like a bad mom yet.  So we sat at the table to have dinner, I was just relaxing taking my time...D finished a grabbed the munchkin from his high chair and was playing with him in the living room.  I slowed my dinner process, enjoying a little break.  Tana said "Mom can I check the Jello", "Sure" is say.  Well I wasn't thinking, yes I put the Jello on the top shelf in the fridge.  So Tana goes to "check the Jello, stands on the edge of the fridge, grabs the edge of the pan and tips it up.  Yep friends, lets just say from right below her eyes down her whole body is dyed red!  I put my head down on the table and said "Nooooooo".  D was like "What!  What happened."  I just sat there dumbstruck, Tana was just looking at me dumbstruck.

So for the next hour I cleaned bright red raspberry Jello from every crack, crevice, and surface in the kitchen.  The stuff splattered everywhere!  Anywayz, back to the MIL.  I am so sure she would  be laughing her head off if she could have seen T's face!  It was so funny now that it keeps flashing in my mind.  Red utter disbelief!  I tried to take her picture by the huge mess, as she was towelling off.  She was kind of embarrassed and wasn't having it!  So I will leave it to you imagination!

So now that I need some alcohol, I thought I would share a recipe!  Check out these cute Jello Shots.  I have no idea what I would every make them for but they are cute, maybe for the kids double minus the alcohol!

You can find the entire recipe here

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Pinterest Challenge

Here she is friends, the next big thing! At least to me, lol! A challenge of great proportions, thanks to my friend Amanda.  Now I will move some items to my completed file!  Whoop Whoop!  Oh yeah did I mention, I probably won't do them all on my own.  I have to report on all the craft goodness my friends and family are doing as well!  First post will be on the awesome pin tuck duvet my sis just completed!  It is AWESOME, and it didn't hurt the pocketbook either!

Have a great day


Wednesday, November 16, 2011


I love the look of punched tin but it is kind of spendy!  I desperately needed something to fill the open doors of the hutch in my kitchen, hmmm what to do?  I toyed with the idea of chicken wire, but really my stuff isn't that cute behind it so I wanted something more solid.  I work in a True Value hardware store, so as I am looking at our products daily I am constantly thinking..."What could I make out of this?"  Hence-My flashing turned punch tin!  Just take a roll of flashing found at any hardware store, like the below

Measure the size of item you will want your design in.  Take tin snips and cut the flashing.  CAUTION-the edges are very sharp!  On the front side, center a design you would like.  You can print out a template and tape it, I just did mine freehand.  Then take a nail and hammer, make sure you put an old board or something behind the flashing.  Then start stamping out your design.  Turn the frame over and staple the tin into the frame.

It turns out really cute!  I love the look and hope you will too!

I have also put in random frames and used it for a magnet board.  The shot below is in my sons nursery.  I am going to put his name across this frame.  Oh yeah, I forgot!  Sorry my pics are so horrible!  I am notorious for breaking or losing my camera, so this is with my phone!  I may put a new one on the old Christmas list, but my hubby may nix that!  He has gotten me a camera about 4 times!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Barn House in My Backyard!

So I just stumbled upon a blog that is literally in my backyard, lol!  They have an annual show (which I knew nothing about) with hundreds of people coming in!  I am so bummed that I missed it this year, but you betcha I wont miss it again!

Here is the link to their website, so please remind me when if I forget!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Morning Coffee

When I awoke this morning at 5am, I wanted coffee really badly!  As I was waiting for it to brew it took me back to my childhood...Mervyns store commercial, some Moms are waiting for the store to open for a sale.  They start tapping the glass lightly and say open, open, open.  I felt that impatient!  Here is a link to the commercial, for those of you too young (Amanda).

Sunday, November 13, 2011

A Little Twiggy!

Thanks to Pinterest, and the horrible Cottonwood tree in the backyard (at least it's good for something!) I made some Twig decor today!  Grab your pruner, glue gun, twigs, and twine to create your own!

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