Wednesday, March 28, 2012

It's OK to be a Follower...

I started my blog almost 6 years ago (thanks to my good friends Ang and Holly) and it has and continues to go in many directions.  It basically started out as a fun way to post what was going on in my life, things I was loving at the time, teaching, traveling, and of course a craft here and there.  Then I got engaged and married and my blog became a "What are the newlyweds up to?"  About 2 years later I became pregnant with my little boy and my blog served as a "baby book" if you will.

That brings us to today.  My blog still consists of what is going on with my sweet family, but I'm also throwing in more crafts.  Why?  Because I'm a bit obssessed with Linky Parties.  It was actually Trish and Bonnie over at Uncommon that got me started (they don't even know this).  They were the first people to take a simple craft I made and feature it.  That just made my day.  Since then I've enjoyed participating when I can and looking at the thousands of creative bloggers out there!

Since participating in these Linky Parties I've had a chance to follow some awesome blogs and "meet" some cool ladies.  One of whom is, Tisha, over at Craft Chickie.  I was super excited when she left me a comment saying she had awarded me this award:


"Liebster" is German for "Dearest". The award is a "Share The Love arrangement", given to inspirational bloggers with less than 200 followers.

I am slowly working my way to more followers in hopes that I can eventually host my own Linky Party! 

So go ahead...FOLLOW ME!  It's ok!

As it is my duty, I am honoring the "Liebster Blog Award" to the Following:

1. School House Scraps

2. Create.Craft.Love

3. Hot Flash'n Craft'n

Here's the To Do list for any Liebster Award recipients:

1. Thank the person who presented you with the award on your blog.

2. Link back to the blogger who gave you the award on your blog.

3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.

4. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 5 other bloggers with less than 200 followers.

5. Let them know you've chosen them by leaving a comment on their blog 
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Monday, March 26, 2012

Hang-a-Pot

I posted about my pots that hang on my fence last Summer. {you can see that post here}


My first summer's pots 

Last summer's pots

What I didn't share with you is how you can do this project at your house!

All you need are some terra cotta pots, spray paint/chalkboard paint, and these...

Pot holders being fastened

They are called "hang-a-pots" and you can order them from their website.
They are super easy to install and work with!  I know you'll love them!

Now that my pots are chalkboard (and perfect for labeling) I'm thinking about planting herbs and having my very own herb garden...any advice?!

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Saturday, March 24, 2012

It's Raining, It's Pouring

Late this afternoon we had a good, hard rain. After it was over it produced a beautiful rainbow that I just had to show to Warner.


He looked at it, for about 2 seconds, and then being the boy that he is....
headed straight for the puddles!










I would defintely say he is 100% ALL BOY!
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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A Dinnertime Conversation


Dinnertime always proves to be a very messy time.  We have an often picky and always independant little toddler to please.  Here is a typical dinner at our house.

 
"Mmmmm...yogurt!"

"And this spoon stuff.  E.A.S.Y.!"

"However, it takes entirely too long.  I think I'll just drink the yogurt instead."

"Huh?  What did you say?  I'm not suppose to drink my yogurt?"
"Fine.  I'll paint with it."

 

 
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Monday, March 19, 2012

Pom Pom Flowers

Surely you have seen these fun flowers before...


They are super easy to make and are sure to brighten your day!

I still have more to make and I'm thinking of rearranging by colors, but I wanted to share!

Here's a quick How To:

Step 1: Roll your yarn around your fingers many times
(I think I counted to 100)


Step 2: Remove from fingers and thread a piece of floral wire thru the center


Step 3: Tie a tight knot with your wire


Step 4: Cut your "ball" of yarn directly down the middle


Step 5: Trim your pom pom to desired length


Step 6: Attach a painted dowel (like I did) with your glue gun or use floral stems that are made out of a paper material.  I bought some at Hobby Lobby and they must have dropped out of my bag in the parking lot.
UGH! 
It's hard shopping with a toddler...

I know these aren't the best directions, but I pretty much used this tutorial:

And then just as I was working on this post I found this:
LOVE! 

Happy (almost) Spring!!
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Sunday, March 18, 2012

St. Pats






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Friday, March 16, 2012

Last Minute St. Patrick's Day Shirt

I bought Warner an adorable appliqued shirt for St. Patrick's Day. When I was ordering it I stressed over whether to get short sleeves or long sleeves. With this crazy weather we've been having I didn't know what to do. Usually I would just get short sleeves and put something underneath, but this particular design was going on a white shirt and I just don't like shirts underneath white shirts...crazy, I'm aware.

So what did I do? I went with long sleeves.

 And what is the expected high for tomorrow (St. Patrick's Day)?

82 degrees.

Grrrrreeeeeaaaattttt!!!!!!!!!

Sidenote-Warner did get a few wears out of it, so it wasn't a complete waste of money!

 What's a girl to do?
 Make him another shirt! Of course... :)

So I thought back to my Freezer Paper Valentine Banner and got busy on making him something new.





Perfect.

Happy St. Patrick's Day, Everyone!
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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Vacation Jars

From the time I was 11 years old up until I turned 21, my Daddy and I took a "Father/Daughter" vacation every summer.  We would pick a big city, go for a long weekend, and be total and complete tourists!  I loved everything about those summers and have the best memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life.

When I returned home from our trips I would always get a giant plastic box to put all of my momentos and pictures in.  I would label the front with the name of the city and the dates we were there.  I would then begin putting everything I could in these boxes.  They contained pictures, brochures, maps, restaurant menus, our airplane tickets, and even the notepads and pens from the amazing hotels we stayed.  When you're young there is nothing like piling up all these things in your bag to bring home and share with friends!  I still have every single one of these boxes and they contain so many memories and stories.

Which brings me to this project...

I wanted to do something like those boxes to contain memories from my vacations with Dave.  I found this awesome idea on a blog a long time ago and began a new tradition.

After any of our big vacations (and sadly there hasn't been too many together...) I get a mason jar and fill it with a few things to remember our trip by. 

 I hope to fill up some more space with these one day!
hint...hint... :)

Memories in a Mason if you will...
 






You can find my original post here

Check my Link Parties tab to see where I've linked up!
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Tuesday, March 06, 2012

We're Going on a Bink Hunt...

A certain little boy LOVES his binks (pacifiers). Luckily we only use them for naps and bed, but I know that in itself is going to be super hard to break him of.  I refuse to think about it.  He has a little bit more time, right?!  



He gets so happy the minute you give him one...

 


Anyway, since he uses them at sleeping times, we always find a million and half binks behind his crib.

Today, little man got smart.  He got a bucket and he went around collecting binks.

The "Bink Bucket" if you will.

If only you could have watched how proudly he carried that bucket around.
He was on cloud 9!


Not bad for a days work!


Now to hide that bucket...
*smile*
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