February 26, 2014

{ Early Summer Decor in the Bedroom }

I've been updating our master bedroom & can't wait to share some of it with you.
When it's done, I will show you the entire room with all the details.
Have a wonderful day!

February 14, 2014

{You've Got Mail!}

It's been a while since I've posted, but I thought I'd take a moment to share my Valentines gift for my kids. I don't know about you guys, but I'm always struggling to figure out ways to improve my kid's relationships with each other.  As I was trying to figure out what to give them for Valentine's Day, I struck upon an idea...


This is, for lack of a better name, is our Love Note Pillow. The idea is whoever has the pillow needs to write a nice note to someone else in the family and leave it on their bed. Then the recipient writes a note to someone else and passes it on. I want them to start being aware of each others strengths and appreciate the little things they do for each other but often overlook.


I made a simple fabric envelope with two contrasting fabrics, lined with interfacing, added velcro to the enclosure and sewed a button heart to the front. I then sewed the envelope to the pillow before sewing it together. I thought the ric rac trim was a fun touch. I duplicated a love note that I found somewhere on the internet and made a stack of them for the kids to use. 


I don't know whether this pillow will work as intended, but at least it's cute!

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!!

January 20, 2014

{ Lazy Crafting }

I love the blog Lemonade Makin' Mama! Shasha is a wife, mama, artist & all around beautiful woman inside & out. And to top it off, her home is lovely, warm and inviting. I especially love her kitchen & eating area. Here's a little snapshot of her kitchen...

I picked this particular picture because I love the cute little vignette in the corner with the lazy susan. I thought maybe I could recreate the look & also thought it would be fun to try & make a lazy susan. Hey, why not?!!!

SUPPLY LIST (picture below):
6.5"x6.5" wood square panel
Minwax gel stain (I used the chestnut finish)

SUPPLY LIST (not pictured below):
(when you're trying something out for the first time sometimes you don't figure in everything you need when you're taking a before picture :) )
(8) ⅝" long wood screws
rubber pads

Instructions:

1. Stain all wood pieces (follow instructions on container)
2. Finish all wood pieces with Finishing Wax (follow instructions on container)
3. Screw turntable onto square base making sure to use the side of the turntable with the holes closer to
the inside circle because the side with the holes closer to the outside corners need to attach to the top
4. Screw turntable to the round top piece
5. Attach rubber feet to the bottom so it will stick to the counter when you turn the top

And, tah dah...

I looove how it turned out! And thank goodness I do, because I actually made it for someone who loves Sasha's kitchen as much as I do. I will be sending it to her soon!

Now go on over & visit Lemonade Makin' Mama so you can see all her fabulousness!

January 19, 2014

{ Updated Sign }

I've been in a crafty mood lately and while I had all my paint & other supplies out, I decided to paint this sign that I've had lying around. I got it forever ago on clearance for $7. It's a sweet saying but I didn't like the colors at all. Since I had was using grey paint for another project, that's the color we went with.

This is the result...
The song, "Give, Said the Little Stream" is a favorite church song of my husband. I love how it turned out! And it's nice to get it off of my "Will Do Something With This Someday" pile.

Happy Sunday!

November 19, 2013

{ Last Minute-1 Minute-No Sew Pilgrim Costume }

Last night, right before my little one went to bed, she told me she needed a pilgrim costume to wear to school the next day. Don't you love that? Well, I've found that sometimes we get our most creative when we are under the gun. So I started thinking what we could use that we already had lying around and this is what I came up with. AND it's no sew!!!
Made out of 1 men's black t-shirt & 1 men's white t-shirt. The black tee had writing on it so we turned it inside out. Then I got the white tee out &  used the existing collar & just cut out the pilgrim shaped collar. Then I used the bottom part of the t-shirt for the apron. I cut up both sides & straight across the top then cut 2 slits up each side (careful not to cut them all the way off) for the apron strings. The bottom of the apron is the hem of the t-shirt. It took literally 1 minute & I have one adorable, happy Pilgrim today. Yay!

{I know these are not great instructions so, if you want an official tutorial, let me know.}

June 13, 2013

{ Super Hero Graduation Party }

My son is graduating! Seriously?!!! I can't be that old! Yet, here we are. :)

I have 2 adorable nieces who are also graduating this year. One of them lives far away, but since my other niece lives near us, her mom & I decided it would be fun to throw a party for them together.

The theme was easy since my niece loves Superman & my son loves Batman! 
We wanted to keep it pretty simple, but add some fun too. We held it in our back yard.

I found the GRAD 2013 banner at Michaels, bought 3 of them & made my own banners out of them.

I love how the comic book pendant banners turned out. I found the idea on Pinterest, from Be Different Act Normal, but I couldn't find comic books so I googled images & printed them out in color. They turned out great!



This is another idea I found on Pinterest, from Martha Stewart. It was a little bit time consuming but it turned out soooo cute!!! Each number is the size of a posterboard, so it is pretty big. The pictures are of the graduates (of course) in chronological order.

We used Superman & Batman fabric squares on the tables & simple centerpieces. I got the cool graphics from One Charming Party. The balloon sticks were from Hobby Lobby. I will definitely be using them again.

The dessert table. Yum!

Love how these custom cookies turned out! I ordered them from Raechal's Custom Cookies. Check out her Facebook page here.

And, of course, my little girls had to decorate their chalkboard for the occasion.
The graduates loved the party & they had a lot of people come to support them. Next step is graduation day. Yep! We aren't done yet. 3 more school days left!

April 19, 2013

{ Garden Party Salad Recipes }

I've got two yummy salad recipes for you today. We served both of these at our Garden Party the other day. Yum!


BASIL & TOMATO PASTA SALAD
created by Martha Stewart

2 large ripe tomatoes, seeded & coarsely chopped
4 oven-dried tomatoes, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, chopped
coarse salt & freshly ground pepper
1 lb. garganelle or penne rigate
1 cup fresh basil leaves, loosely packed

also:
12 plum tomatoes, halved lengthwise
1/4 cup olive oil
coarse salt & freshly ground pepper
coarsely chopped fresh herbs such as oregano, marjoram, flat-leaf parsley (optional)

Combine fresh & oven-dried tomatoes, oil, garlic, salt, & pepper in a large bowl. Marinate at room temperature for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Boil pasta in salted water until al dente, 7-10 minutes. Drain well, and while still hot, toss with tomato mixture.

Coarsely chop basil & combine with pasta. Serve immediately, or at room temperature.

Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place tomatoes cut side up o baking sheet. Drizzle with oil & season with salt, pepper, & herbs. Bake until shriveled but still moist, 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 hours. Keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week.


PEAR & CUCUMBER SALAD
created by ??? {my SIL gave it to me}

1 half lb. bag of Spring Mix lettuce
2 pears, diced
2 cucumbers, diced
Craisins, as much as you like
candied pecans, as much as you like
BRIANNAS Poppy Seed Dressing {my fave!}

{Here's a picture of the dressing. I get it at Target because it's cheaper.}
Toss all ingredients together & serve right away

ENJOY!

April 18, 2013

{ Garden Party }

Well, I'm still alive & figured it was time to move those Christmas pictures down off the top of the blog. Haha.

Yesterday a few friends & I put on a luncheon for a few of our friends just for fun. We talked about gardening and ate and talked. It was great!

Of course, I forgot to take pictures before everyone got there so I hurried quick and took them before too any people got started. But that means they are not the best quality.
Yummy salads. Here is the recipe for the Italian Chopped Salad.
My next post will be recipes for the Basil & Tomato Pasta Salad and the Pear & Cucumber Salad. They were all delicious!

I love my utensil set & have been waiting to use them! I got two sets here and just keep adding to them.
I put the paper plates in a cute pie dish that I had.

My friend made these chocolate cupcakes baked in terra cotta pots. So cute!
She even put candy rocks on top that looked so real!

The Rasperry White Chocolate Bars that another friend made were delicious!
I couldn't stop eating them! You can find the recipe here.

And another friend {it's great throwing a party with help...so much easier!} made these carrot cake cupcakes with little fruit roll up carrots on top.
Adorable! She got the idea here.

Drinks

We also talked about when we serve others how it nourishes us as well. There are so many ways to connect gardening with spiritual concepts.
We handed out potted flowers with this little quote, "Pollinate the world with the pure love of Christ."

It was such a fun afternoon. I can't wait to do it again!

One last thing to share...
My new chalkboard! I found the idea on Pinterest {of course!} and my husband and I threw it together on Saturday so it would be done for the luncheon yesterday.
I love how he hardly blinks now when I tell him I have a new project. Here is the link for the outdoor chalkboard.

Happy Spring everyone!

December 28, 2012

{ Christmas }

I know Christmas is over, but before I take down the decor I thought I'd post a few pictures.
They are totally unedited so please forgive the sloppy photography.
Our little tree, covered in my kids' ornaments.

Love my Christmas quilt on the back of the couch.

I copied the chalkboard art from this website which I found on Pinterest.

I know, I know, I should have taken that cheap gold foil off the poinsettia.
I was in such a hurry the day I got it that I stuck in there and never looked back.

I got new shutters in the dining room.
It was a perfect place for Christmas cards.

My beloved hutch.
I love using natural elements in my Christmas decor.


Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!
Now, on to the new year!

September 21, 2012

{ Miss Sassy's Bedroom Redo }

Miss Sassy really wanted to redo her room.
She's a teenager now and she wanted it to reflect her style.
I was excited to help her do that.
We took a trip to IKEA and she picked out colors, furniture & other stuff she liked.
We bought a few things, reused a few things she already had & this is what we came up with...
She really needed a place to do her make up & hair so we got a desk, chair & mirror at IKEA.
She loves art & wanted to keep her art collage wall.
She has her own art pieces that she's mixed in with other favorite pieces.

And then there is her 1 Direction wall.
Hung all on her own to her much joy!
She loves it...I love that she loves it.
I think the kids bedrooms should be reflect who they are.
 
While walking around IKEA, Sassy found a bedroom layout that she really liked.
They had used a cube bookshelf to separate the bed area.
The one at IKEA was larger, but we had this one already in her closet {from Target} so we decided to try it.
It turned out that we both really like this layout!
 
I added a few tiny shelfs & a basket {all from Target} under the window between her bed & the bookshelf for her clock, phone, the all important retainer & her scriptures.

The b&w floral bedding we already had {Target a while ago}.
We purchased the turquoise polka dot sheets, turguoise bed pillow, red velvet pillow & white faux fur pillow all at Target.
The red printed curtains are from IKEA.
 
All in all I think it turned out cute.
I sure wish it was this clean all the time.