Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Twas the Day before Thanksgiving...

...and I had to share a little something I've been working on for Christmas.

More on this later.

Now enjoy some turkey and time with your family!

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!
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Monday, November 24, 2014

The Dining Room Re-Do

About 2 months ago I decided I wanted to paint the dining room...again.

My initial decision was to go with Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams.  Someone at the store recommended I try Rainwashed as well, so I went home with both samples.

And this is how my dining room sat for weeks.

In the end I went with Rainwashed.  I love Sea Salt, but it had more of a green undertone on my walls and I wanted more of a blue with all the OTHER plans I have in store...HA HA HA!  If you only knew how I obsess over the paint colors I now want for the kitchen and living room area.  I think I have narrowed it now...that will be another post...probably MUCH LATER.

For now, I present to you the new dining room.  I think I would like a fun rug at some point, but we'll see.  I also can't wait to start decorating for Christmas!

And for the record, I painted this room entirely by myself!  I'm actually very proud.  3 coats of primer and 2 coats of color later, I did it!  Word to the wise...THINK before going red... :)

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Campbell: 1st Haircut

It was finally time to get Campbell's haircut.  He made it 19 months, but it was out of control!  The wildness definitely fit his personality, but the mullet did not.

 Armed with a lollipop and some Mickey Mouse on Mommy's phone, we took the plunge and got it cut.

He actually did much better than I was expecting!

And in case you were wondering, the wildness didn't get cut off with the hair...

I couldn't help but reminisce on Warner's 1st haircut.  16 months old and also armed with a lollipop and some TV.

 You do what you've got to do!

I love these boys!

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Paper Bag Utensil Holder

I'm excited to share with you a fun tutorial I did for Uncommon Designs.  I used these utensil holders at Campbell's 1st birthday (different colors of course) and I thought they would be fun to use at Thanksgiving!

All you need is a paper bag, your utensils/napkins, and some washi tape.

Start by folding the bottom flap of your bag up.

Next, take your washi tape and go down one side of the bag and flip it over to continue it on the back.

Do this to the other side of the bag as well.  Trim off any excess tape at the top.

With another roll of washi tape, go across at your "pocket".

Fold and place your napkin in the pocket.

Add your utensils and you are finished!

The greatest thing about this is that your guests can use the bag to throw away any trash when they are finished eating!

So simple, but sure to add "a little something" to your next party!
Oh, and it won't break the bank!  Super PLUS!

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Color Me Happy

I have said it before, but this

is the greatest gift ever!

My sweet friend and teaching assistant gave this to me for Christmas one year when I taught.  I have been known to carry this around with me in my purse and have let many friends borrow it!

We will have been in our house 2 years come February.  There is still quite a bunch that needs painting.  I'm hoping to get around to those spaces, but for now, my mind is on what needs to be changed.

I know, I know.  Why?  I have my reasons and I'll explain them to you once I actually get the job done.  You have to see to understand! :)

One project is currently in the works...I hope to be able to show it to you soon, but it's been taking me a lot longer than I'd like due to time!  What's that?  Who has it?  Not me!  At least not much uninterrupted time with two sweet boys keeping me busy.  I wouldn't have it any other way.

Stay tuned!

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday Fête

 After seeing this adorable Halloween lunch, I think I know two little boys who are going to have something similar today!

Head on over to Pen N' Paper Flowers to get the free printables!

Happy Halloween!
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Last Minute Costume Idea: A Colorful Crayon

Halloween is only two days away and if you are in need of a last minute costume idea, I've got you covered! 

 My mom is a Kindergarten assistant and she told me her team was dressing up as crayons for Halloween!  She asked if I'd be willing to make her a costume.  Being a former Kindergarten teacher myself, this was right up my alley!  I wish we all had done this when I taught!

(I apologize for the picture quality.  My real camera was charging and so these are just camera phone pics.)

I started off by tracing the word "crayola" on white felt.  You could use the same color felt as your t-shirt, but we couldn't find a good match, so I stuck with white. 

I like to trace stencils backwards so you don't see any of the marks from the crayon/pencil.

After I cut out my letters I placed them on a piece of black felt to space and align them.

I then took a piece of chalk and free handed an oval shape.  As you can see in the picture, I drew it a few times until I was satisfied!  I then cut it out (and flipped it over to hide chalk marks) and hot glued the letters down.

I then cut two strips of black felt for the top and bottom of the crayon label.

Again, I used chalk to draw squiggly lines and then I cut them out.

Finally, I hot glued everything down to the shirt!
You could definitely use fabric glue, but I love hot glue!  What can I say, it's the teacher in me!

Pair with a party hat covered in the same color felt of fabric as your shirt!

I'm sorry I don't have the final costume picture, but once my Mom and her team wear these on Friday, I'll post some more pictures!
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Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Fête

Do you have a Fall or Halloween party to go to or maybe you are throwing?  Do you want to wow your guests?  TAKE THIS PUMPKIN DIP!  You will not be sorry!  I posted the recipe (which is not mine) last year, so go check it out!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Halloween Pom Pom Garland

A few years ago, I made these pom pom flowers.
(Check it out here)

 I thought they would make a fun garland and it doesn't hurt that they are super easy!

All you need is some yarn and a pair of scissors.

Begin by wrapping yarn around your fingers.  I think I counted to 120. 

Once you have wrapped the yarn, carefully remove it from your fingers and cut another piece of yarn to be threaded down the middle of your ball and knotted.

Turn the ball over and cut straight down the middle.

Your ball will now be a floppy pile of string, but should still be tied together.  
Cut it to your desired shape.  These balls can be cut super close where they look like a firm, tight ball or you can trim them to where they look a little loose.

I chose to keep mine a little on the loose side.

Once you have the number of balls you want, simply string them down the middle with a piece of twine.

An easy addition to any decor or party!  
I could imagine these in Christmas colors or used at a birthday party draped on a table!

What kind of Halloween decorating have you done?
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Monday, October 20, 2014

My Boys

It's been awhile since I've written anything about my boys.  I go back and forth on where I want the blog to go.  I started it years ago as a place for family and friends to keep up with what was going on.  During both my pregnancies and the boys' first years I used the blog as a "baby book" of sorts.  Lately, my posts have been geared towards parties, crafts, and DIYs.  I by no means plans for that to go away, but I do want to continue tracking my sweet boys and what they're up to.  So here we go.

Warner turned 4 in September and at the beginning of October, Campbell turned 18 months.  They both had doctors appointments that sadly, included shots, but they both did so well!  

 They are both at preschool.  Warner goes 4 days and Campbell 2 days.  Campbell screams every time I drop him off.  Literally, screams bloody murder.  However, he also stops immediately when I leave and is fine the rest of the time.  Dramatic maybe?  :)   Warner, on the other hand, loves school and can't wait to go every morning!

Campbell continues to be WILD and eats pretty much any and everything!  He also LOVES  is obsessed with trains and Mickey Mouse.  He is saying "please" when he wants something, "thank you" after you give it to him and will repeat anything you say.  He is a sweet, sweet boy.  I couldn't imagine life without him!

Warner is still the sweetest thing with the sweetest heart.  He loves life.  He is still super sensitive and has begun a stage of being shy.  He still pretty much eats nothing.  The only meat he will eat on his own is still bacon.  His eating habits are frustrating, but we are working on it and the doctor assures me he will grow out of it.  Warner started playing t-ball this Fall and he is really enjoying it.  I don't know if he will ever be a "star athlete", but he is happy and having fun.

I love these boys so so much!  I am truly blessed.

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