Saturday, March 23, 2013

Easter Decor

I am finally pulling out a few Easter decorations. Slim pickin's this year. Since these decorations are only out for 1 week, I decided to go with the "less is more" approach.

The Happy Easter printable can be found here

 My mother-in-law gave me these little ceramic bunnies a few years ago. They're so sweet.  
 They look so solemn though, don't they? Maybe they're sad that they only get to stay out of the attic for only a week..poor things:o)

We have Spring Break next week, and I am looking forward to sleeping in and spending some good quality time with my kiddos. 
Have a great rest of the weekend!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Sneak Peak of Quilt and a Pillow

We are saying a prayer of thanks today. S.R. seems to have made it through this dreaded flu business. So far, no one else is showing signs of catching it. Keeping our fingers crossed;o)
Since we haven't been able to leave the house, I have been working diligently on her new bedding. I finished the scallops on her quilt yesterday. Now I am waiting on the rest of the fabric to arrive so that I can complete the quilt. I am a tad bit nervous about the actual quilting bit. It may take me a few days before I can muster up the nerve to tackle that:o)
I have a ton of fabric scraps leftover, so I decided to make good use of them and turn them into pillows. I have never spent this much time on one pillow, and I will have to say that I am pretty proud of the results.
 I hate any form of hand stitching, but after seeing this mermaid pillow, I knew that there might be some hand stitchery in my future:o)

While I was piecing the scallops together, I kept thinking that the little puppy on the fabric would be adorable hand embroidered on a pillow. I have NEVER hand embroidered anything, so obviously I didn't know what I was getting myself into. Thankfully I had the materials I needed tucked away in my craft closet. I bought the thread years ago thinking I had the patience to cross-stitch...HA! I also had a couple of hoops from a craft project gone awry.
It took a couple of hours to finish the embroidery part, but I really didn't mind it at all.
I love this little pup! 
I can't wait to get started on the rest of the pillows and to finish the quilt.
But first, I must go make S.R. an outfit for her Easter program...which is tomorrow. She's so excited that she gets to participate in it. It's our last preschool program..sniff, sniff. My babies are growing up WAY too fast!!


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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Boy's Star Wars Themed Room

It's the first day of Spring!! I'm so excited!!! 
I'm ready for flowers, outdoor play and all the fun things that go along with warmer weather.
Right now we're stuck indoors. S.R. has the flu. Hopefully she's on the mend. It's been a rough couple of days. 
If you follow along on Facebook, you know that I have finally started piecing her quilt together. It's coming along very nicely. I have just a few more rows to finish, and then I wait for the rest of the fabric to come in the mail.
I have been doing some spring cleaning as well.
It's amazing what you get accomplished when you are forced to slow down:o)
 I realized that there are a few rooms in the house that I have made changes to, but never shared them with you guys.
E's room got a mini makeover a few months ago. You can see before pictures here. The position of the bed and the bedding were the main things we changed.
We switched it to a Star Wars theme...The bedding is from Target. The Death Star poster was purchased from ebay. The trunk was something we had on hand. It has become a place to hide all of his keepsakes:o)
The dresser was also an addition to the room. You can see the before and after here
We've also updated the kids' bathroom. There are a few details that need to be finished. Once I decide to get back in there, I'll post pictures. We spent so much time confined in that little space, I became extremely sick of it and so there are still patches that need another coat of paint, and curtains to be made, and accessories to be added. I just haven't had the desire to finish. It will hit me eventually:o)
Enjoy this first day of Spring!! 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Career Training Video

Career Training
Finding a New Career

 The need for more effective career training choices is at least partially supported by a disappointing employment market for recent college graduates and many others with an advanced education. It is an appropriate time to review what is working and what is not. New career opportunities such as referral specialist and small business finance consulting deserve a serious look from those who want a Plan B for their career. The career training video shown here will provide some helpful food for thought.


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Basketball Picture Frame

This year the hubs and I coached E's Upward Basketball team. It was filled with lots of surprises, and it was a lot of hard work, but all 5 boys seemed to have a great time playing.
We had the awards night this week, and I wanted to give them something special. I'm not a fan of trophies, and at this age, the trophies usually are broken to bits within the first few days of receiving them.
After our very last game, I got a candid shot of the boys. 
I decided that I would make picture frames for the boys as their gift.

I found all of the items at Hobby Lobby.
-Picture Frame
-Purple Spray Paint
-Wooden Basketball Cut-out
-Hot Glue Gun(had on hand)


I laid the frames(minus the glass and backing) on a cardboard box outside where there was plenty of ventilation.
 

I sprayed 3 coats of purple Krylon paint on the frames..waiting 10 minutes between each coat.


Once they were dry, I glued the little basketball guy to the corner of the frame making sure not to let it hang too low across the bottom. 
Now they will have something to look back on and smile about...it's not a faceless trophy, but a keepsake to help them remember the friendships that they developed in their very first basketball season.


Monday, March 4, 2013

Fairy Tea Party

We celebrated S.R's birthday over the weekend in fun fairy fashion.
All of the girls seemed to have a fabulous time with the fairy jewel hunt, the impromptu dance party and the goodies to snack on.
Everything came together like it always does...at the last minute when I feel as if I will collapse at any second:o)
 
The invitations.
pardon the white-outs...we all like just a tad bit of privacy:o) 
I usually email invitations, but this time I decided to print the invitations and mail them. 
I thought the fairy digital clip art was adorable.

All of the girls were to come dressed in their "fairy best". S.R. wanted me to make her a Queen Clarion costume. I used the Charlotte Apron dress as my base and built on top of that. It was a pretty quick sew, even with all of the extra details. 
And yes, that is snow falling in the background...it very rarely snows here, so we had to grab a quick shot outside. S.R. was a trooper, though, because she was freezing:o)
We kept the food simple for this party. Homemade vanilla cupcakes, homemade chocolate doughnuts, meringue cookies from Publix and Strawberry Lemonade.
The little fairy cupcake toppers came from Marshall's...a clearance score.
  The girls used these bags to gather their fairy treasure.
I'll share a tutorial on that soon.
Nothing says spring time and fairies like fresh flowers...especially tulips!
I'm so glad I caught this shot. Apparently "Happy Birthday" is one of the funniest songs ever:o)
This was the party favor table.


When it was time for the girls to leave, they took home one of these yogurt cups filled with bubble gum and a star lollipop. That idea came from the House of Smith's. That party was beautiful, and it definitely inspired several of the choices for this party!!
I also made this little outfit for her to wear under her fairy costume. You can find the tutorial on how to make the hopscotch skirt here.

We had a wonderful time celebrating turning 5! Thanks for stopping by today!




Sunday, March 3, 2013

S.R. is 5 today

Today is a special sort of day. It's the day we welcomed the sweetest little girl you'll ever meet into our hearts.
Today, she is 5. 
It's hard to believe that 5 years ago she looked like this...and please tell me, how did the time fly by so quickly?
I can't believe how much she has changed in just a few short years. 
Here she is at 1... 
 at 2....
 at 3...
 at 4...
 and now at 5.

This child always has a smile on her face and a song on her heart.
 I love that every where her little feet take her, they're skipping all the way, with that wild mess of curls swishing back and forth. 
She has a wit that takes everyone by surprise, and makes us all laugh.
She lights up a room where ever she goes, and has the kindest, sweetest soul.
But along with that sweetness comes a lot of spunk. I love her just the way she is!

I'm so glad that God chose her to complete our little family.
Happy Birthday my sweet angel!