Wreaths

As my older kids are back in school, I feel fall creeping up on me.  I love fall, it’s by far my favorite season.  It always seems to be here before I know it!  Suddenly it’s October and “Wait, I was going to make  a wreath for the front door.”  Or I totally wanted to make those muffins/cookies/breads/rolls etc.  Well, as I begin to/try my best to get an early start at thinking of decorations and costumes, I’ll share a fun wreath project that my friend Erin and I created for a fundraiser.2014-02-21 18.37.11It’s so much fun to craft with a friend!  I love having a project to work on.  I also love craft paint…

2014-03-19 01.18.57iSimple and sweet.  This wreath could be used in so many places!  Front door, girls room, playroom, etc.

2014-03-19 01.19.15iThe sparkly blue bird is my favorite part.  I may or may not have painted lots of things with this glitter paint that I found in a rainbow of colors at Michaels.

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My kids often ask “Mom can we make a craft?”

“Can we do ___?”

Sometimes the answer is “Yes, of course we can make something!”

Other times, it’s “No we can’t today, I’m sorry!”

When my oldest daughter asks “Mom, I want to sew something, can we?”  The answer is always “YES!”  I’ve always enjoyed sewing and I am so excited to share it with my kids.  Spending time with my grandmother as a kid, she taught me to sew.  I learned to make clothes for my barbies, while she would make clothes for me.  I was in awe.   I received my first sewing machine for Christmas when I was in the sixth grade.  Intimidated by it at first, once I learned how to use it there was nothing that I would not try to make.

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Sadie learned hand sewing last summer.  One of her favorite things that she made was a very cute little stuffed pink cat.  So it seemed like time to learn sew on a machine.  I’m looking forward to buying a sewing machine for her, a real one!  Not just one of those little toy ones.  We decided on a peasant dress.  They’re so easy and straightforward, seemed like a good starting point for her.  It’s not a project that I begin with when I give lessons to others, but I know her abilities and felt confident that she could do it.2014-03-23 02.09.31-2i

I can’t tell you how happy it made me to see her sewing, to see her confidence rising.  She was so proud to try on the dress that she made.  I was so proud to see her in it.  Isn’t she cute??

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There are so many wonderful resources out there for making peasant dresses.  So many different style and takes on it.  I love them, they are so versatile.  Dress them up, dress them down.  Love them with leggings and boots!  Here are a few to try out.  Have fun, enjoy your creation!

Sweet Little Peasant Dress

Girls Peasant Dress

Com-pleat-ly Perfect Peasant Dress

Too Cute Ruched Shorts

I found this adorable owl fabric at Joann’s back in March.  Having no idea what I was going to make with it,  I bought it because it was too fun to pass up.  Originally I was thinking a dress or a skirt.  At some point I ran across this pattern for cute ruched shorts.  It seemed like a perfect use for the fabric.  The pattern was so quick and easy that I ended up making a couple of pairs for both of my girls.  The ones pictured are on my two year old.  I loved that you can adjust the length!

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They are still a little big on her, but they’ll be great for next summer.  E approved of them, calling them her “hoo hoo” shorts.  The style really lends itself well to older and younger girls.  Truthfully, thought about making some for myself, but decided against it…for now.

 

 

2014-05-21 10.53.24If you’re looking for a quick and girlie shorts pattern this is the one for you.  Check it out, too cute ruched shorts by Coles Creations..

Making a home (Part 2)

The Kitchen is the heart of our home.  I spend about 75% of my day in the kitchen.  I’m not one for dark wall colors or cabinets.  So the existing kitchen colors had to go.  Despite the tons of natural light in this kitchen, it kind of felt like a cave.  Plus there were a few quirks with the layout that just weren’t practical.  Like the sink at the end of the counter, I wanted a work space there.

 

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I love cooking!!  It was really important to me to have a very functional (and pretty) kitchen.   Having a gas range and an externally vented range hood was a must.  I’ve always wanted a double oven, but I really didn’t want a separate range, so we found a great alternative with this GE Cafe dual fuel double oven!

 

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We moved the range, the sink, the dishwasher, the fridge and even the microwave.

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All those dark cabinets were replaced with a bright modern white look.   The walls were painted with Sherwin Williams Rainwashed.  I absolutely LOVE this color.  It is so pretty throughout the day.

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Now that the refrigerator has been moved, you can actually walk through this doorway when someone has the fridge open!

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It’s the little details that really make a difference.  I certainly never thought of “where is the most practical cabinet to have the trash can?” or “on which side of the sink would I prefer the dishwasher?”  This made for hour and hours of planning, arranging, and rearranging.  stressful?  Yes.  Worth it?  Most definitely!!!

 

Making a home

Last summer we bought and renovated a house. I loved the layout of the house, but the inside was quite dated and in desperate need of love.  I know for some people it’s hard to see the end result when you’re house hunting.  I love envisioning what it would look like if you change this color or that floor.  There was so much potential in this house, it just needed help.  So here’s a little glimpse into the process of making a house into our home.

 

The dining room was really drab and dark.  The chandelier was really low. (Eventually, that particular one will be replaced, but all in good time!)

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So we lightened up the walls with Sherwin Williams Aloof Gray.  We put in new floors throughout the house,  this happens to be Mullican Maple Cappuccino.

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We used our existing Ikea table and a bookshelf turned side table.  Recently added the rug.  I have a really hard time committing to pictures.  I hate holes in the wall, so for now, the walls are pretty bare.

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I love the colors and how well they tie into the “office”.

 

Dark Chocolate No Bake Cookies

This is a cookie that my husband asks that I never make again.  Why?  Well, because he loves them, and would eat the entire plate.  They are entirely too addicting.  2014-05-04 04.05.52

The Ingredients for this are simple.  You probably have most of them in your kitchen.

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Here’s what you’ll need.

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 TBS Dark Chocolate cocoa powder
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt
  • 3 cups quick rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla

2014-05-04 02.08.58Combine the sugar, butter, milk, cocoa powder and salt in a saucepan over low heat.  Bring mixture to a rolling boil, stirring the entire time.  (This will take a while, but it’s worth it!)  Boil for about a minute and a half.2014-05-04 02.22.30Remove from heat.  Add the peanut butter and vanilla, stir until it’s combined.  Then add your oats.2014-05-04 02.23.19If only you could smell this.  Oh man.2014-05-04 02.24.08Spread out a piece of waxed paper.  Scoop generous portions onto the paper.  2014-05-04 02.24.21I like to use a small cookie scoop, it’s a little neater this way, and you get a pretty uniform batch of cookies.2014-05-04 02.27.23  Now this is the hard part.  You have to (or at least should) wait for them to cool and set.  It’s no fun being patient, but you can clean up while your waiting.  (AKA, scrape the pan and lick the spoon.)2014-05-04 19.12.51They’re good any time of the day.  Even for breakfast with your coffee.  What?  They have milk and oats in them!

 

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Simple and sweet.

We’ve had an overcast, at some times rainy, week.  So here is  a simple way to anticipate the May flowers.  Go make one (or 10) today.

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(FYI.  I used an old t-shirt to make this.  About a 2″ by the width of the shirt length.  Pin a couple to your shirt, scarf, attach it to a headband.  The sky’s the limit.  Use your imagination!!)