Saturday, November 12, 2011

Thanksgiving fun!

Well this post was supposed to happen last night but my dear hubby took my laptop to work with him, along with all my pictures. lol Anyways I just wanted to show some stuff we've been doing to celebrate Thanksgiving. We have been trying to explain to our 4 year old what it means to be thankful. Not as easy as you would think. I used a mason jar and decorated it. I've been trying to write down something we are thankful for on a slip of paper and put it in the jar.

Of course we had to do a couple of kids crafts with our son too. I bought this little turkey kit at Hobby Lobby for a buck! It was super easy since it was all self-adhesive.

We also made a table runner using some old burlap fabric. I cut up some apples to do some stamping

I used a brown marker to add some details to make it look more like apples =)

Lastly, we had 2 pumpkins that never got carved. We bought 6 (not sure what we were thinking lol) to carve and ran out of steam. So I ended up painting them a light brown/tan and using stencils to write "Give" and "Thanks" on them.

I added a little burlap around the stems to finish them off. I think they're pretty cute!

Just a Girl
Shabby Nest

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Gratitude #5-10 =)

I'm back after a couple days off and I have a tons of pics to catch up on! If you've been following along, I've been participating in 30 days of gratitude 

#5 Morning sky

Totally stole this from my dad. He works overnight so he gets to see the sunrise every morning.

#6 Books

My little man LOVES to read. (He got that from his Grammie and Mama ;) ) His bed is a loft so he has a bookshelf underneath that he can hang out and read books whenever he wants.

#7 Something funny

My son has moves no one has ever SEEN before lol  As soon as he hears music, no matter where he is he will just start grooving.  We were at the pumpkin patch and they started playing "The Candy Man" and he started dancing. =) 

#8 Favorite Color

Kind of self-explanatory. =) Purple is thee best color in the world.

#9 Inspiring person

My grandma Lewis passed away this last February. She was an amazing woman. So much that she had been through, some of which we didn't find out until after she died. She was the strongest woman I knew. I miss her everyday.

#10 Nature

It amazes me every time I see a bird's nest. All the work that a mama bird goes through to make a home for her babies.

Well I think that catches me up. Phew! I'll be posting pics of what we've been doing to celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Gratitude #4

Onto Day #4: Leaves!
We have one tree beside our house that not only gives us a beautiful show of yellows in fall, but also allows us the perfect place to rake up a bunch of leaves to play in.

Love that little man <3

Join me for 30 days of Gratitude and leave a comment if you do. So I can come check it out =)
P.S I redid my "Thanksgiving" decor. Stay tuned for pics.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Gratitude #3 (and new Thanksgiving decor)

Soooooo onto day #3 of 30 days of gratitude : Day 3: Happiness

There are a couple of things about this picture that make me happy:
  1. The fact that my husband let me do this. (He's finally getting used to me ;) )
  2. My belly is getting bigger.
  3. Pumpkins mean Fall. My favorite season!

I decided to go ahead and take most of my "Fall" decorations down in favor of a more simple "Thanksgiving" scheme. I'm not done yet. Still messing around but this is it so far:

The more I look at it the more I want to take the foliage off and make a banner of "thanks" for the top of the mirror. Or maybe use a black sharpie and right on the big pumpkins "give" and "thanks". Hmmm  Whatdoyathink??

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

(Gratitude #2) Hey grump, Smile!

So if anyone missed my post yesterday, I'm participating in a 30 days of gratitude photography challenge. I technically have a half an hour left of this day so I'm still good. =)

Day 2: Smile

I honestly didn't know where to go with this one. So many things make me smile: my son, a clean HOUSE, falling leaves etc. So I decided to go literal with it and get a pic of my son's cheesy smile. I don't know what we did to get him to smile like this but whenever he sees my camera, this is the smile that I get.

It literally makes me laugh out loud whenever I see it.
Goofy. =)

If you want to join in the fun, just go to Positively Present to find out what picture to take on what day.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

30 days of gratitude

While browsing through Pinterest (my new favorite addiction) I was looking for different things to do this month to celebrate Thanksgiving. I found this awesome idea from Positively Present. It's a 30 day challenge to keep you more aware of what you're thankful for. Simply take a picture everyday for the month of November that corresponds to the day number.

Positively Present Photo Challenge
So. For day numero uno: Favorite food
Not. Gonna. Lie. As much as I am craving one right now, there's no way for me to get my hands on a Culver's concrete mixer right now. My fav? Gotta be M&Ms with chocolate ice cream. Yummmm-ooo!

Soooo whats your favorite food? Is it healthier than my choice? =)  Annnd don't forget to join me for this 30-day challenge!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Autumn front door

I don't really like to do a lot of decorating on our front porch. It's just too small and I don't want to have to trip over stuff to get into my house.

I was trying to remember when I made this wreath. It's probably between 5 and 10 years old now, but I just love it and can't get rid of it =)

Super, super easy to make. You just need a grapevine wreath, some pretty ribbon and a couple clusters of fall leaves. I just wrapped the ribbon around the wreath and tucked in the leaves. Easy peasy!
I also attached a simple metal sign to a grapevine wreath to make a cute side wreath. I used some jute to attach them together and Voila!

Cute right?

Saturday, September 17, 2011

I'm baaaaaack!!

Holy guacamole! I can't even remember how long it's been since I've posted. I've been a tad bit busy with my greatest creation yet.

=) We're expecting another little guy in February.  <3
TERRIBLE morning sickness this time around + hubby not letting me paint anything = not a whole lot going on "project-wise" in this house.

I've been doing a little bit of nesting since the weather here has decided to go from 90 degrees to 50. Itching for fall now! VERY excited because October is THEE best month ever!
Anyways, here a couple pictures of what I've done so far to decorate for fall.

 That picture is my son at 3 months! He's now 4 =(

My son found some acorns on one of our walks. =)

Candlestick (painted white) and wicker bottle are from Hobby Lobby.
Both pumpkins and leaves garland are from Dollar General.
The black sign was a gift from a dear friend.
So fun and easy. I have a couple non-painted projects lined up, so we shall see what I can accomplish =)

The Lettered Cottage

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Sit back and RELAX

I hope everyone is having a relaxing day! I'm trying but it's not working so well. Oh the life with a 3 almost 4 year old. =)
Anywho, I've been wanting to try one of those painted signs for a while now. Seriously how hard could it be? SUPER simple!
 You need a piece of wood, some kind of lettering and just a little bit of paint. That's it!

Seriously any kind of wood will do. This was an old cutting board of my Grandpa-in-law's (is that a word?)

I cut out my letters using my die cutting machine, but you could use self-adhesive vinyl too.

Just lay the letters on the wood with just a little bit of glue. I used a tape runner so that there wouldn't be any leftover residue. It really is as simple as painting over the whole thing. You can put on as much or as little as you want. Depends what kind of look you're going for.
Slowly peel of the letters and there you go!

 I used a sanding block to rub off some of the paint on the edges and over the letters.
 Voila! So cute and simple. This is going to be part of my summer decoration after the 4th of July is over.

Have a "relaxing" rest of the day! =)

Monday, June 13, 2011

A little bit of chicken wire

Whew! That was a looooong weekend! I had a garage sale this last Friday and Saturday and I am still feeling the lack of sleep from it. Made a nice chunk of change from it though so it may have been worth it. =) 

On to the next project. 

Since we're going to be moving soon, we decided not to go ahead with our garden plans. Since that happened, we have all the chicken wire leftover that we usually use around the garden. I was dying to find something that I could use it for. If you read blogs very often you've probably seen this idea EVERYWHERE. So I gave it a try. SO EASY!

Here's your supply list:
  1. Staple gun
  2. Wire cutters
  3. Frame (preferably wood)
  4.  Chicken wire
  5. Leftover paints
It really is as simple as cutting out the wire and stapling it onto the back of the frame. After I did that i went around the outside of the frame and curled in any jagged edges of the wire.
I used a cream color leftover from who-knows-what and then just dry brushed on some blue from our son's room. Then using a sanding block, distressed it all down until I liked it.
And there you have it. Use any kind of clips to attach whatever you want. Memos, recipes, pictures, you name it!
Hope you had a fantastic weekend! What did you work on?

home stories a to z
I heart naptime
Shabby Nest

Friday, June 3, 2011

Wallpaper Pictures

Hello Everyone! Hope you all are having a great week, and TGIF! Whoo-hoo =)

I've been getting kind of antsy with my son's room. It's still decorated as his "baby room". Not that his baby room was very babyish. The theme is construction so it's still pretty "big boyish" =)  BUT I've been wanting to redo it for a while now. The problem: we're going to be moving in a couple of months. So I don't want to spend time and money on changing things that we can't take with us. I've been trying to find things to decorate that are easily removable so that they will work in our new house. About a month ago my aunt gave me a couple packages of vehicles that are wallpaper.
They are super cute and I wanted to use them without having them be permanently stuck to the wall. I rummaged through my box of frames. (Yes I have a box of old frames. Yes I know I am addicted ;) )
I spray painted a handful of them black and got to work.
I just used stick glue to glue them to white cardstock and put them in the frames. Then I laid them all out on our table so I could get a vision of how I wanted to hang them.
And there you go. So easy right?
Bear found his own use for these vehicles:
=) Hope you have a great weekend!

 Tatertots and Jello