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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Family Room Update - Fireplace, Bookshelf and Window Improvements

We moved into our house just a year ago and even though we weren't planning on it, the husband decided it'd be fun to start some demolition on the mantle. And you know how it goes, you decide to change one thing, then you decide to change something else. The mantle was the first thing, then my husband decided to put some built in shelves in the cabinets/holes. Finally, after a year, the mantle was the last to be put in. It was quite the process, 95 percent of it was done by the husband. I did pick out the color and help paint, but the brawn's and brains was all him. It was quite the project, but he did an amazing job. He learned so much during this project and found himself a new hobby. I'll save the process of it all for another post, for now here are some close up pictures.

Another thing we did (when I saw we, I really mean him) was change the window out for a bigger window. We had to replace it anyway, so we thought, what the heck, let's go bigger. What a difference it made to the lighting in the room. He also trimmed it out to match the bookcase.  
Thanks for stopping by. Stay tuned for more detailed pictures of the process for a later post.
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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Embroidery Hoop Thread Organizer - February Pinterest Challenge

Embroidery Hoop Thread Organizer
For my pinterest challenge this month, I decided to do something that would make me be organized. I'd like to think I was somewhat of an organized person, but to be honest:
And so I picked one thing that needed a some organizing love: my party loving threads drawer.. Honestly, the drawer is kept shut, out of sight out of mind, so it hasn't bothered me too much. But after multiple opening and closing, the threads were starting to get a little too intimate with each other.  
A couple of years ago I came across this simple and cute a embroidery hoop thread organizer on U-Create done by Yellow Spool. I've been wanting to do it for a while now, but just haven't gotten around to it. But now I have and it was a very quick project, like 10 minutes. 

The one thing I did differently (by accident) was get the wrong size dowel. The dowel I got was slightly bigger than the 1/8th used in the actual tutorial, but it still worked out (yes, I was too lazy to go back and get the correct size - sometimes one can only go back to Joanns so many times in a week).
Embroidery Hoop Thread Organizer
Embroidery Hoop Thread Organzier

Materials
An embroidery hoop
1/8" dowel (can be found at Joann, Lowes or Home Depot)
Wood glue
exacto knife or blade of some sort

||1|| cut the dowels into pieces of 3 1/4". You can cut going all the way around and then snapping, or just cut all the way through. 
||2|| loosen the fastener at the top of the hoop and then start to evenly space the dowels around inside the hoop. You'll probably have to slide a few of the dowels around after putting them in the hoop because the spacing will be tight.. 
||3||  After you have then all where you want them to be, carefully set the whole thing upside down (so bottom side is up). Place a small amount of wood glue on each dowel. Let dry. If you need to, you can apply more later. 
I probably need to make another one for the rest of my thread, but for now, it's so nice to have all the threads separate and organized. 
Embroidery Hoop Thread Organizer
And make sure you check out my fellow's bloggers who are participating in this month's challenge. 


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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Bead Maze Quiet Page - Tutorial

bead maze quiet page
I actually made this quiet page a couple years ago, but since then a few people have asked for a template/tutorial on how I made it. So here it is finally. It's definitely one of the favorites of all the quiet pages that we have. Perfect for our 18 month old and our 4 year old. 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Pineapple Mold Art || DIY

Pineapple Mold Art
I kind of have a confession to make, this awesome pineapple art was initially an intended gift for my sister Sierra (you may remember her obsession with pineapple, well we all love pineapple). I found the mold at the thrift store and knew it had potential.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Sunshine Sunday - True Love


Does anyone else really struggle with this? I know I do.

But here is the cool thing. The moment that I do I feel so empowered, I feel happier than ever. And I'm not just talking about romantic love, I'm talking all love. Love for your mom, dad, sister, friend, anyone. 

We live in a world that kind of teaches us to just think of ourselves. Watch out for # 1 mentality. Let me tell you as someone who has plenty of moments with that mentality it is EXHAUSTING! Focusing on myself all the time is so tiring. 

I remember in college when I'd call home with some big problem my mom would always say, "well looks like you need to go out and serve." Honestly, I hated when she'd say this because I knew she was right but I was just "too busy" to think of someone else right now. But whenever I would heed her advice my life changed. My problems seemed to solve themselves and I found myself a new friend.

Now I'm not saying let yourself go and don't take care of yourself at all. Of course it is important to take care of ourselves, but I think an important part of taking care of ourselves is loving and serving others. 

So lets start caring about others more than ourselves. In the process we will find ourselves, and we will make this cold, hard, sad world a much more beautiful, happy place. 

Stay awesome and happy Sunday!

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Last Minute Valentine - Star Wars and Pineapple of my Eye


Need a last minute Valentine for that nerdy valentine in your life? This Star Wars card is the perfect way to impress any Star Wars fan and can be downloaded and printed off immediately. Plus, nothing says I love you like Together We Can Rule the Galaxy I had to add a fun "you are the pineapple of my eye" pineapple card to the shop while I was at it, because honestly everyone loves pineapple. 



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