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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Tennis Guy Gift

For Grandpa this year, we made a little Tennis Guy.  He's great for holding all kinds of stuff in his mouth like





And keys...with funny faces...

But it's mostly just good at sitting somewhere, looking at you, and reminding you of your grandson.

Merry Christmas, Bonka!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

All About Autumn

What a gorgeous time of year!
I just relish these months when the world seems to be on fire. 
Fall is my Favorite 
For so many obvious reasons. 
The cozy warm feeling that comes over the earth is hard to beat. 
It makes me want to own a cabin. 
Happiest of Holidays!

Friday, November 15, 2013


The older I get, the easier it seems like it would be to just skip over this Thanksgiving time of year and move right into Christmas.  I love Christmas!  And every year, the time left until Christmas seems to get shorter and shorter.
But, then I see a thankful display like this, and I am once again so glad we have Thanksgiving - especially right before Christmas! 
What a perfect time of year to remember all that we have been blessed with!
I decided to have a go at a thankful banner like this one I saw on Pinterest.
It turned out to be pretty easy!  We cut 8" x 4" pieces out of burlap, folded them in half and cut an inch high triangle notch out of the bottom, then zigzaged the edges.
And I ended up just sewing the flags to the ribbon so they wouldn't slide around - they're about 1/2" apart.
After that, we just cut out "thankful" on a cricut using glitter paper - "anu" were 2.5" tall and "thkfl" were 3.5" tall.
I glued them to the flags using a no sew fabric glue, but at our Super Saturday (craft day for tons of women) we realized that hot glue was just as effective and dried a lot faster! 
And I'm just loving the way it looks on my mantle this year!  What a great reminder it is every day.
After all,
This is the perfect time of year to focus on what we've been given, and all that we have.  As we move into Christmas, which can often be all about the things we want, it's nice to have a reminder of what really makes us happy in life.

Be Thankful!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Pillow Pumpkins

A few years ago, I fell in love with these stuffed pumpkins and posted all about the original tutorial {here}
This year, I decided to have a go at them.
I found a bunch of fabric remnants and put together five coordinating fabrics, then got some pretty ribbon, and some curly cues from a past grapevine project and I was set.
The tutorial I linked above is amazingly easy to follow, and after making one or two, I didn't find it necessary to even measure anymore.
The hardest part was stitching up the bottom with the beanbag inside, but it was only hard because it took a while.
I was super happy with the result!
And love the way they're looking on my mantle right now.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Fall Picnic

My favorite part about living in a Southern state is that we get to enjoy fall for so long.
We can take a picnic and enjoy the beauty of Autumn without freezing.
And there are sooo many good eats this time of year! 
It'd be a shame to have to enjoy them all inside! 

Happy Fall, Y'all!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Paint Colors

We are in the middle of a home renovation right now.  The nice part is that we don't live in the home yet.  So, we are working as fast as we can to get all the messy stuff done before we have to move in.  One of those things is painting almost every room in the house.
So, here are our picks for paint colors.  We'll see if they work out as well as I hope they do.
Foyer and Front Room:
Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray
We have some tan couches that sit in our front room, and in several different houses, it has been a mission for me to find a paint color that will go well with them.  Next to tan on the wall, they look dirty, next to green they look too dark.  I'm hoping they will look great next to this light gray.
It's a light and neutral grey -- not blueish, not greenish, not purplish -- very clean, a perfect contrast to bright white. A really great color.
We'll have dark wood flooring in the foyer and I am really excited about how they'll look next to the gray walls.
Kitchen and Dining Room:
Benjamin Moore Wickham Gray 
This was a really tough color for me.  Really.  I wanted a perfect French Blue color, but kept finding blues that looked too blue.  So, I went to the gray colors instead.  I am actually really nervous that this won't read blue.  In fact in the paint store, it didn't look at all like the swatch did in our house, even though I had the swatch right there.  It was funny - I asked the paint pro if they might be able to add in some blue and they told me there isn't any blue in it.  Just black, yellow, and green.  I almost lost it.  Am I crazy!?  I ALMOST didn't buy it.  But, I decided to go with my gut.  Because I love the way it looks in these rooms.
That hint of blue speaks to me.
And we'll be pairing it with cream cabinets and brown accents.  I think it will be stunning.  Here's hoping!
Guest Room/Craft Room:
Benjamin Moore Healing Aloe 
Are they all looking the same to you?  I swear my husband thinks he's been living his own "50 Shades of Gray."  For this room, I wanted a green.  But I didn't want it to smack you in the face, and I didn't want it to be so dark.  The house actually has a really pretty green bathroom, but it's just too dark for us so we'll be painting that as well.  This green seemed pale enough and soothing enough.  We'll see if it's actually green enough.
It sure is pretty in here!
First Bedroom/Nursery:
Benjamin Moore Silver Chain
I fell in love with this color after seeing it in a Potterybarn Kids room.
To be honest, I'm not completely sure it is that color, but through research I think it is.  I'm a little nervous about this one as well...
Boys Room:
Valspar Woodlawn Sterling Blue
Yep, not a Benjamin Moore Color this time.  I just fell in love with this color from their historic collection. 
I just think it's the perfect little boy blue.  But not too baby blue.
It's the cabinet color here.  I LOVE IT.  No doubts about this one.
The Master Bedroom and Other Bathrooms:
Benjamin Moore Glass Slipper
I almost went with a darker color in there, but I thought it would be too blue.  This one is just right, I think. :)
I first liked this color when I saw this image on Pinterest, but it's not actually painted in this color, I'm pretty sure.  I still like it though.  Call me a romantic, but the name is awesome!
Here it is for real.  Pretty, right?
And here.  It's a pretty, soft blue.  I think it'll be perfect.
We'll see how they all turn out!
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