Dollar Tree St. Patrick’s Day

Dollar Tree St. Patrick’s Day
Dollar Tree St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is less than two weeks away.  Do you celebrate the Luck of the Irish?  I usually don’t because half the time I forget to even wear green.  So my kiddos enjoy getting to pinch me.  Ouch!  When we were at Dollar Tree the other day, I was looking at their St. Paddy’s Day section.  It had all sorts of neat items.  As I stood there looking, my eyes kept going to this little green hat.  There is just something about these types of hats that get my attention.  I’m not even a big hat wearer, but they get me every time.  So I bought it!  It was just $1 so what have I got to lose.

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I also got some foam shamrock cutouts from Dollar Tree.  Half of them are glittered and half are just plain.  Then I bought some gold chocolate coins from Hobby Lobby.  The last thing I did was gather up pieces of ribbon from my ribbon stash.  I grabbed yellow, white, green, and gold pieces of ribbon.  You can see the stash I started with here.

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Now it was on to adding a little glam to this $1 hat.  First I grabbed 2 sheets of my printer paper and folded length wise into thirds.  Then I took my Martha Stewart shred scissors and cut a little more than 3/4 of the way into the paper.  After cutting the entire length, I started rolling it up to form a flower.  I just added a little hot glue along the way to hold it together.

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I took the hat and hot glued on 3 shamrocks and these paper flowers.  I know, they sort of look like cheerleader pom-poms.  Don’t judge it just yet.

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I gathered all those pieces of ribbon and made a junk bow.  A junk bow is just tying all these pieces together in the center.  You layer the bigger ribbon on bottom, and then build up to the narrower ones.

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I glued the bow in between the 2 paper flowers, and then started to embellish with the chocolate gold coins.

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Here is a close up of the embellishments.  Wouldn’t you feel lucky in this hat!

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I also bought a tall glass and added a little junk bow to it also.  Revyn wanted it so she had it to drink out of.  She loves any type of quirky glass.

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It is amazing how quickly you can transform a few Dollar Tree items.  Revyn is already enjoying all these Lucky Dollar Tree crafts.  Hopefully she will get a little extra luck in school and in her FFA competitions.

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I hope you have a lucky and fun St. Patrick’s Day!  Enjoy the luck of the Irish.

 

Snow Day

Snow Day

Do you love the snow, or are you sick of it?  Well, down here in TX we don’t see a lot of snow so we love it when it happens.  When it actually covers the ground enough so that you don’t see grass anymore, that’s a good snow.  Up North of us received a pretty good dusting last week, and it was so pretty as we drove through on our way to Oklahoma.  The icy part was a bit stressful though.  Because of the icy conditions it took us twice as long to get there, but it was worth it.  We went to spend the weekend with Bracken, and had a blast!

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I posted a few snow pics on Instagram, so go follow me so you can keep up with what’s going on.  We got there late Friday night, and slept in Saturday morning.  When we woke up it had snowed most of the night and it was so pretty when we looked outside.  So what do snow deprived Texans do?  We layer on clothes (because we don’t buy “winter” clothes), throw on some boots, and head outside to play.  Here are some pics and videos of our day in the snow!  It was a blast!  Lots of fun and tons of laughs.

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First there was the typical snow ball fight.

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Next there was a little game of 2 man football.  Click to watch the video.
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Then there was a little snow blowing.  I will let you guess which one needs a little more practice on the delicacy of blowing fresh snow.

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You know G and I had to get a snow picture.  We were loving the snow on the limbs of this pile of trees.

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Then there was a race up the snow hill to see who was King/Queen of the Mountain.

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Good thing Rev gave up because then I wouldn’t have gotten this amazing picture.

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Next it was sliding down the hill.  Bracken tried to go down face first.

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He ended up wishing he went butt first.

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Then Revyn tried it.  I think she needs to work on her technique!

They both had G and I laughing so much.  No matter how old you are, there is always time for fun in the snow.  Good thing we didn’t see this as walked into this field, because we may have missed out on all these fun times.

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Flea Market Flip Friday 2.27.15

Flea Market Flip Friday 2.27.15
Flea Market Flip Friday 2.27.15

How are you?  Believe it or not Texas can have some cold winters.  I think I’ll be hibernating indoors.  Under a blanket, by the fire, and maybe catching up on some DVR shows.  Basically being lazy!  After the week I have had I think it’s ok.  Remember how overwhelmed I’ve been.  I need some time to recharge and just breathe.  But first lets make an apron.

Follow me on instagram, so you get a glimpse into what we are doing each day.  I posted some pictures of the fair projects Revyn did for the county fair.  Today I’m going to share with you what she made with some fabric we found at a garage sale.  Sorry, but we don’t have a step by step tutorial, because I helped her use an old apron as a pattern.  I have a habit of just winging it, ALOT!  Basically because I don’t have time to cut out a pattern right now, so we figured out how to mimic an apron we already had.  Here’s to winging it, and it actually working out.  This could have been a sewing disaster.

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She laid the apron we had on the pink and white gingham fabric and cut it 2-inches larger.  Then she cut any other pieces she needed to make up the back ribbon loops and pocket rectangle by cutting them 1-inch bigger.  Next she just started sewing by copying the apron we already had.  Once she had the pocket on she started adding the yo-yo’s she made from the fabric scraps.

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She did well for her first sewing project she has entered in the fair.  She ended up with 4th place!  Not bad for not using a pattern and doing like her momma and just winging it.  Which is also probably why she got 4th.  Not the perfect seamstress item, but it works and we like it.FleaMarketFlipFridayYoYoApronFair022615

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And ended up with this awesome apron.FleaMarketFlipFridayYoYoApron022615Insta

She is really happy with how it turned it.  And we both end up fighting over who gets to wear it when we are cooking. She made it, so she usually wins.

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Overwhelmed Woman

Overwhelmed Woman

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Yes, this is me right now.  An overwhelmed woman!  So that is why there hasn’t been much diy and crafting going on here.  I guess I just need to complain and get it off my chest.  It’s not just those “to do” things, but also peoples actions.

  • I’m an environmental manager and I have lots of reports due March 1st. I am on the last one, and find out yesterday that my computer won’t support the EPA program I have to use.  Why?  Because my company is still running Windows XP on some computers.  One of those is mine.  Do you know how old XP is?  Plus, my computer is so old it won’t even support the newer software.  I work for a multi-billion dollar company,  and I can’t get a working computer that doesn’t lock up or have current software.  Here are the office supplies my company has in the supply closet.  Remember these on your elementary school supply list.  I do!
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  • Now I have to see if the program will download and work on personal laptop.  That shouldn’t even be an option in the professional world.
  • I tried to download it last night, it won’t let me modify anything.  I have to call the Help Center now.
  • I don’t have time for this!!!  UGH!
  • We have a trip planned, and I’m not ready.
  • My house is a mess.
  • I have areas that look like an episode of hoarders.
  • I’m strong Catholic and I need to remember that He is in control.
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  • I get an email from work that I am behind on 47 management training online classes.  The problem I have is that it is a paper trail.  Managers aren’t utilizing the skills.  They make a joke out of them.  I have an MBA so I covered lots of this already.  I think it’s common sense and mutual respect for others.  I think why waste my time when it’s not taken serious.  I felt bad for a moment, then my computer locked up.  I didn’t feel bad anymore.
  • Why do I stay your probably asking?  Because jobs aren’t plentiful in this area in my field.  Plus, I only work 30 hours a week.  It has only gotten this bad in the last 2-3 years.  I keep thinking people will move on.  After all I have had 5 bosses in 15 years. So I just keep doing my job with integrity and ethics.  I’m good at what I do.  I enjoy most of the job tasks I do.

  • I have a habit of thinking about what’s coming down the pipe in the next 4 months.  I think big picture a lot.  So then I become overwhelmed on what we have coming up.
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  • There is so much still to do at our house.  The living room, the master bedroom, baseboards, doors, spring cleaning windows, etc.  I just want to come home, have a 90% completed house, and just relax.  I don’t relax much.  It’s a chaotic life we lead.
  • I’m working on my resume this weekend and putting it out there.  This whole computer thing has taken a toll on me.  I’ve been asking for a working up to date system for 2 years!  I think about all the time I would save if I didn’t have to deal with a locking up computer and rebooting several times a day.  We need a better IT person.
  • I need to take a trip to the beach to rejuvenate and …..

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Trailer Inspiration Shopping

Trailer Inspiration Shopping
Trailer Inspiration Shopping

Where has the time gone?  My son graduates from the University of Oklahoma in December, and my daughter graduates in June of 2016.  Since my baby girl is a junior in high school we did her first college visit.  You know it’s time to start looking at those things.  On Friday we went to Texas A&M!  Whoop!!!!!  Going back to Aggieland makes me do a happy dance because I am Class of ’90.  I graduated from there with a BS in Mechanical Engineering.  Typing Class of ’90 makes me cringe because I realize that was 25 years ago!  In my mind it’s under 10 years ago, until I stop and do the math.  Oh my goodness, I am getting old!  But I’m still young at heart and having fun with these kiddos!

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It was a windy humid day with misty rain.  Not the best day for pictures (or for my crazy curly frizzy hair).  Every time we wanted to snap a pic it was misty and super windy.  So this is the best one we came away with.

We visited the College of Horticulture because she is wanting to own her own floral shop.  (She has already started pursuing her goal which you can read about here, and go like Ivory Bell Floral.)  The advisor we met with was fantastic and gave us so much information.  She told Rev how she can get her BA in Floral Design with a minor in Ag Business and the Event Planning certificate she needs.  We spend about an hour talking with her, and she answered all our questions on dual credit, lower level classes she can transfer in, and on admissions.  Now she has a great road map to get to her end goal.  Touring around the Horticulture building made me want to join her and get another degree.  It looks like it will be a fun major!  We are so proud of her and that she actually has a clue as to what she wants to do.  I feel like we are ahead of the game a little bit.

Rev wants to live in a travel trailer during her college years, and gypsify the inside (not sure if that’s a word, but we are making it one today).  So we checked out a few travel trailer parks there, and was surprised at how many kids actually do this.  We talked to a few of the students and they pointed out what they loved about living this way.  For my little country girl it seems like it will be a great fit.  We had thought about it for Bracken, but being in the center of tornado alley up in Norman that idea was quickly dismissed.

On Saturday morning we loaded up and hit the road to visit the travel trailer companies around here.  We were hoping to get a little inspiration and some ideas because we know absolutely nothing about travel trailers.  There were lots of great ideas we got as we talked with salesmen and walked through lots of trailers.

CollegeTrailerShoppingIdea #1 was to get an older Airstream and fix it up.  However, after she experienced slide-outs that quickly changed.  Trailers today are like a home!  We went from an old Airstream, to a bumper pull, and now to a fifth wheel.  Here is the one that changed her mind.

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I mean you don’t know if you are in a house or travel trailer.  These things have come a long way since my parents RV.  This one is way to fancy for what she wants, but it is what moved her to wanting a fifth wheel.  She likes the bedroom up over the hitch.  And here is what moved us to keep looking.

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Yep, your reading that right.  This is about $28,000 over the budget we set.  We aren’t financially ready to purchase at this time, but it was great to get some ideas.  If we did have that extra $20,000 lying around, we found one that was built solid and would have been fantastic.  She could add her own little personal flair in it, the layout was amazing, but the funds are lacking at this time.  She was a little bummed because honestly this was “the one”.  She kept saying all this that we could do with it.  Plus, it was one that grow with the family as life changes.  Hopefully we can find one like it in a year.  Problem is that in the back of our mind everything will be compared to “the one”.  The one that got away because we are broke!

In the midst of trailer window shopping we had lots of fun.  Rev has a lot of the same loves I have.  One is that we share a love for dandelions and blowing them in the wind.

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Bracken thinks clover is better than dandelions.  Rev says “whatever!  You can’t blow clover in the wind!”

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I think she finally convinced him otherwise.

CollegeBandRdandelionSo here’s to our trailer wishes blowing in the wind.  Hopefully “the one” will find its way back to us in a year.

Flea Market Friday 2.20.15

Flea Market Friday 2.20.15

Oh yes, we made it to the weekend!  I’ve been in training all week, so it’s been some longer hours.  I commuted a little over an hour each way, each day, for the last three days, on I-35.  If you have been on I-35 in Central Texas then you understand my pain.  It’s construction EVERYWHERE!

Anyway, here are some flea market finds I got a few weeks ago.  I’m just now getting around to sharing them with you because I’ve been tied up at work with the chemical spill we had.  Things are slowly getting back to normal.  I’ll be disposing of the waste in the next two weeks, and that will close this little episode out.

So here is what I had gathered up.  I’m in love with all this!

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Now…..which one will become a flip?  What do you think?  I’d really enjoy hearing what you think, so leave me a comment.  Have a fantastic weekend!

Wrecking Yard Wednesday 2.18.14 Hoe Down Flower Holder

Wrecking Yard Wednesday 2.18.14 Hoe Down Flower Holder
Wrecking Yard Wednesday 2.18.14 Hoe Down Flower Holder

We have finally taken back our house from Valentines Day and county fair projects.  Not only were we dealing with Valentines Day, it was also the county fair!  She enters about 9-12 items each year.  The fair also takes up your time because it’s check-in, judging, and then results day.  Everything she entered placed, and I’m so proud of her.  We will be sharing some of her projects here.  Like today!  Remember the rotary hoe jewelry holder G made me for Christmas with Rev’s help.  No?  Well then go ahead and click over so you can see it.  You know your curious.

Anyway, in true last minute fashion she got creative and came up with a flower holder using this same concept.  Here are the pictures she took of her project. A few of the mason jars didn’t make it home after the fair.  Oh well, it’s a good thing they are inexpensive.

RotaryHoeInstaIsn’t it the cutest!  She added a few mason jars with some fake flowers for the fair show.

Here she is being all industrial with the guidance of her dad.

RotaryHoeHolderRevWorkingMy daughter has some skill!  (She learned from her dad)  I think her project is so cute and original.  Some of the judges were asking her to take pictures because they wanted to make one for their wife.  She ended up getting 2nd in her category.  Stay tuned for a few more fair projects coming.

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Valentine Day Aftermath

Valentine Day Aftermath
Valentine Day Aftermath

How was your Valentines weekend? Did you eat lots of chocolate (or salt water taffy) like we did? Our 16-year old daughter has embarked on starting her own floral biz called Ivory Bell Floral. Click over and like her page. She adds lots of cute arrangements and flower facts throughout the week. I admire her for having some direction and initiative at age 16 to follow her passion.  Way better than what her momma does. Valentines was her first “business season” so it was all hands on deck (well her and I) to get it done!  Thank you to all her customers.  The family, friends and a few people we didn’t know that supported her.  She did better than she thought she would and was surprised at the outcome.

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She sold lots of rose and carnation arrangements.  Then she came up with some creative items to sale besides flowers.  We are very proud of the little entrepreneur she is becoming.  Here are a few of the non-floral items she sold.

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And one of my favorites that she made for a sweet friend of ours whose husband enjoys sailing.

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Then her and G got together and made me this for Valentines.  Barb wire, roses, and a heart…..they know me well!

BarbWireHeartIvoryBellFloralWhat awesome Valentine gifts did you give or get?  I’d love to know.

Flea Market Flip Friday 2.12.15 Cattle Tag Necklace

Flea Market Flip Friday 2.12.15 Cattle Tag Necklace
Flea Market Flip Friday 2.12.15  Cattle Tag Necklace

Do you have big plans for Valentine’s Day?  My plans could just be to take a nap and go to bed early.  I just might be a little tired!  Actually those snoozing plans could go for everyone in our family.  I think we are all burning the candle at both ends and need to just SLOW it down.  Our busiest months every year are January thru mid-February, and October.  At the end of these we are ready for a do nothing weekend and just be lazy.

I found this flea market item, but with only one item it’s hard to do the “what am I going to do with it” post.  So I’m just putting together Flea Market Friday and Flea Market Flip Friday into one post.  You know I love to flip some salvage vintage items.  This one was for Bracken, and he loves how it turned out.  We are a country living, cattle raising, agriculture family.  I mean after all, where would you be without agriculture?  Naked and Hungry maybe!

So here is what I’m going to share with you today.

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I had this leather cording in my stash, and I bought the small cattle tag.  I cut the length that Bracken wanted and threaded the ends of the cording through the tag.

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Next I looped the ends through the loop and pulled it tight.

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Now I needed to put the clasp on.  I’ll show you how I did the ring, and then just repeat the same for the clasp. Run the cording through the ring/clasp.

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To make it stay in place just knot the cording.

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Repeat this for the clasp and you are done!

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So in 15 minutes Bracken had this cute necklace.  Now I’m wanting a tag to make myself one.  I got him this 20 because he is 20.  I love typography and am always looking for a connection.

Have a Happy and Relaxing Valentine’s Day.

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Mardi Gras Roundup

Mardi Gras Roundup

How is your week going? Are you getting ready for Valentine’s Day? What about Mardi Gras? Do you party it up for Mardi Gras? I have a thing for Mardi Gras ever since I got to go live it up in New Orleans twice during college. There is just something about that green, gold, purple, parades, and fun!  So today I thought I would round up some Mardi Gras recipes you could try.

MardiGrasRoundup2015Doesn’t this just look fun!  So let’s get to it.

Mardi Gras Smoothies - this is a great way to start your morning.  Click on the picture for the recipe to get your morning going.

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Muffaletta Sandwich - this just screams New Orleans and Central Market.  Click on the picture for the recipe by Celebration Generation.

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Beignets - If you have been to New Orleans, I know you have tried Beignets!  Looks like Oh Goodie Designs nailed it. Just click on the pic so you can make some.

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King Cake – We buy a few of these from our local bakery each year during Mardi Gras season.  I want to try and make one myself, and I like how Plain Chicken made these are individual ones.  Clicking on the pic will take you right to the recipe.

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Mardi Gras Jello Shots - Don’t these look like a fun party drink!  Raised on a Roux has got the party started!  Click on these jello shots to go to the site.

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Table Decor – How about a festive table to enjoy this all at.  Bargain Decorating With Laurie used what she had.  Click on the umbrella to see more pics.

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So go out and get some beads and have a party!!!