Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Christmas Wall Decor

I have two large frames above the fireplace that needed a festive touch!  I searched on Pinterest and found two free prints that fit the bill.  Both prints offer different colors and I went with the blue hues to coordinate with my decor although the red might have looked better. I resized the images in PE to a 11x14 and printed them at Walgreens for only fourteen dollars and change.  

                                               Find the prints on my Christmas board!

Last year's splurge, Pottery Barn stockings.

Sneak peek of our tree!
This is for LaNae. Enjoy!

Christmas Pillows

I wanted some festive pillows without the high price tag. This week Target has their Christmas placemats on sale for $3.00 each. I already owned two pillows that were the perfect size to put inside. I opened up one side with a seam ripper, stuffed the pillow inside and sewed the pillow closed.  After Christmas I will consider adding either a zipper or velcro closure, but my impatience got the best of me.  Allison of House of Hepworth's has a great tutorial here if you are interested in making your own placemat pillows!

Glam Christmas

Last year I did not have a dining room so it was fun decorating this new room. I picked up the beaded garland and silver potpourri after Christmas for a steal and shopped my house for the rest of the decor. I love the subtle silver, turquoise, and champagne color. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Food, Food and More Food!

I am hosting Thanksgiving this year.  This is a first with my husband's family and I am going to have a hard time competing with past Thanksgivings.  
The menu includes a fresh turkey, Grandma's stuffing, Ree's mashed potatoes, Paula's mashed sweet potatoes, the classic green bean casserole, glazed baby carrots, rolls (frozen dough), homemade chocolate cream pie and pumpkin pie using this crust recipe. I like that most of these can be prepared ahead of time.

What tried and true recipes do you use for Thanksgiving?

Monday, November 21, 2011

Turkeys and Trees

Amidst the business of the approaching holiday we took a time out to make hand print turkeys!  They are displayed in the kitchen and I love looking at my kids' creations. Luke's turkey is more of an abstract interpretation.  These are keepers!

There has been a lot of talk about the turkey, but we have also taken time to be thankful.  
I saw this on Pinterest and loved the idea.

Here is our version.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Visual Project List {Part 4}

This is the last project on my Visual Project List.  I originally thought that I would accomplish all of this before 2011 came to a close, but that is not going to happen.  

These lists will make it on the 2012 goals.  I have a powder room on the first floor that is still sporting the original owner's colors and it is one of my least favorite spaces. I can not wait to transform this room!  I have a lot of ideas, but I am not sure which ones will make the final cut. I am debating between stenciled walls or board and batten, the paint color I am thinking a hue of blue.  The cabinets will be the same color as the kitchen (java, black, espresso, along those lines) and we will frame the mirror to match.  New brushed nickel hardware and this "powder room" will not be the ugly step child of the house.  

Here are some before shots of the bathroom. These are sooc because I do not think any editing can make Barney purple walls look better. The cabinet doors were removed months ago. My husband primed them as a tester for the kitchen and I am left with an "open concept" cabinet.  

Monday, November 14, 2011

The Cousins

This past weekend my sister, her husband, and three kids came to visit. We had a lot of fun and Luke is still asking why they are not here.  With the help of my brother Michael I set my camera on a tripod and used the timer feature (my first time) and made a "photo booth".  These kids are CRAZY!!!

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Here are some shots I took before church.  This may be the first time we captured all six of them together.  All blondies except for Luke.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Visual Project List {Part 3}

Adding to my visual project list.  We have a laundry room off the kitchen that leads to the garage. We always park in the garage so this is our "entry".  Next year I will have two kids in school and the following year three. My goal is to not only paint this drab room, but add functional storage for everyday outerwear, book bags, and school papers. I am not sure what color. I was originally thinking gray or yellow.  The gray may be too dark for this small space.  We will also paint all the doors and trim our brighter trim color. That will help lighten up the space too.  I purchased the rug a few months ago and I love it because it is easier to vacuum than to clean the vinyl floor underneath.

First Snow

We had our first dusting of snow yesterday and the kids insisted on chasing the quickly melting snowflakes.  I was able to snap a few pictures. You can not even see the snow! I was a tad disappointed as I wore sandals last week. I guess it is time to accept that colder weather is ahead.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Do Everything

Usually the kids pick what we will be listening to in the car, but when I am kid-less I choose K-Love. I do feel uplifted when I listen and sometimes it is just what I need to get my morning started. Lately I have been hearing Steven Curtis Chapman's "Do Everything" and I love this song! It really spoke to me. 

As you do everything you do to the glory of the One who made you, 
Cause he made you
To do
Every little thing that you do 
To bring a smile to His face
And tell the story of grace

Monday, November 7, 2011

Sewing for the Kids

I had a busy week sewing for the kids. Matching aprons for Madeline and Addie have been on my to do list and Wyatt, who is obsessed with Indiana Jones requested a messenger bag.  

I found this great tutorial on Pinterest for the messenger bag. 

This tutorial is easy to follow and "Indy" had his bag in less than an hour. I should have made the straps longer as Wyatt is bigger so the bag would hang down lower.  It could be mistaken as a purse or a "man bag" if you are Joey.  Am I showing my age?

The recent obsession with Indiana Jones began with the completion of an Indiana Jones Lego set a few weeks ago and Daddy and Wyatt playing Lego Indiana Jones every available chance.  I found a hat (adult size) at Meijer for $2.50 after Halloween and made the whip out of brown knit fabric (although it still stings a little- ask Luke).  


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