School Approved Distressed Jeans

School Approved Distressed Jeans
School Approved Distressed Jeans

I’m trying to get this post out before Brack heads back to college.  My laptop mouse pad went out so it’s at Apple getting repaired.  Thank goodness I bought Apple Care because that little fix would have cost us $460.  OUCH!  So I’m using his computer real quick before he heads back.  (Insert me sobbing here because I can’t believe it’s that time again.)

Anyway, I’ve spent the weekend doing a little mending for the kids.  Mind you I am NO SEAMSTRESS!!  I just know enough to somehow get done what I need.  Anything over my expertise goes to a tailor.  Which doesn’t take much.

Apparently, the fashion industry hasn’t got the memo from the schools on approved jeans.  They just keep distressing them, the kids keep wanting them, and the parents keep having to remind them they aren’t school approved.  Anybody else feeling my pain?  My daughter loves these jeans.  She is doing a demi-plie to show you how distressed they are.JeansHolesNoLaceYes, we bought them this way.  She wore them some this summer, but she can’t wear them to school.  So she can up with the idea to add lace to the underside.  Sounds easy, right? But it was a trial and error process.  At first I just sewed regular lace under there that she had picked out.  Mistake #1!  Then I sewed it on EVERY hole, which was Mistake #2!  She put them on, liked them, then sat down and it ripped right out.  So I had to rip out every one of those and figure out plan B.

Plan B is using the stretchy lace and stretchy interfacing.  That way it takes the movement at the knees.Ummm, why didn’t I think of that to begin with, duh!JeansLaceMaterialThis is the interfacing I used that is shown at the top in the picture above.JeansLaceInterfaceThis interfacing has the glue on one side.  I ironed it to the stretchy lace per the directions.  Then I cut patches that would cover each hole.  Here is how it looked after I sewed it on.JeansLacePatchesInsidePlease don’t critique my sewing because I’m not a seamstress.  I made two passes to secure the patch.  Here is how it looks from the front.JeansLaceInsertPatchThe stretchy interfacing and stretchy lace work great!  Here is a shot of her knee bent while she sits.

JeansLaceInsertSuccess! Problem solved!  No skin showing so she can wear them to school.  I really zoomed in on the other picture above, but when she has them on you really can’t see the stitching of the patch.  However, she tells me it’s no big deal because they are distressed and vintage looking.  Which is what she was going for.  This girl is a gypsy at heart and loves lace.  I hope this inspires you to make a few more jeans work for your kids this school year.  That way you’re not buying school jeans and then distressed jeans for those “cool” outings.

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A Trip To Back In The Day Bakery

A Trip To Back In The Day Bakery
A Trip To Back In The Day Bakery

I hope you’re not tired of hearing about our vacation because I have one more thing to share with you.  If your just catching up, we went to Tybee Island, Georgia this summer.  You can read about it here and here.  While there we did experience a few days of rain, but it didn’t put a damper on our vacation.  One day when it rained we decided to make a trip into Savannah and ride around.  Then I remembered about a place I had read about years ago through Paula Deen.  i was so in love with it that I bought their cookbook.  Can you guess where we went for lunch?  It was at Back In The Day Bakery!BackInTheDayCookbookThis place is AWESOME!  I fell in love it with it because who doesn’t love baked goods combined with vintage decor!  Now that’s a combination for me, that’s right up my alley!  From the moment I walked in I was happy dancing on the inside as just looked around at all this amazing decor.  I asked if I could take some pictures to share with all of you, and they told me absolutely.  So here is what all I took on my phone.  Thank you Back In The Day Bakery for allowing me to share your great place with others.

Look at all these goodies.  It’s definitely good-bye calorie counting.  But hey, I’m not here very often so a little indulgence won’t hurt.  If I lived closer I might be taking home a little something sweet a few times a week.BackInTheDayBakeryCaseI just Love vintage things, so these cupcake trays caught my eye.BackInTheDayCupcakeTrayNow look at all this homemade bread.  It reminded me of buying fresh bread when we were in Paris years ago.  All this rustic bread is also used for their sandwiches.BackInTheDayBreadCaseHere are the sandwiches we ordered.  We all ordered something different and shared.  They come served in a pie pan.  How cool is that!  Ain’t that the cutest idea!  All these sandwiches were absolutely delicious!  See that half eaten cookie?  Yep, we did dessert first while we waited on our sandwiches to be made.  After all it is a bakery, so that gives you a pass to eat dessert first!BackInTheDaySandwichesNow let me show you all the amazing vintage decor in here.  Look at this water jug and condiment bar/scale.  Getting water out of this jug makes it taste ten times better.  I need one for my fridge.BackInTheDayWaterJugBackInTheDayScaleBefore we left Cheryl Day came out into the bakery, and I was able to get a picture with her.  I wanted to tell here how we absolutely loved her bakery, the decor, and the delicious sandwiches.  Look at her merchandise shelves in the background.  See, it’s all in the details and the Day’s have definitely mastered that.BackInTheDayCherylDayI was a little sunburned and had gotten caught in a down pour earlier, but I didn’t care.  I was so excited to get to meet Cheryl.

So if your ever in Savannah you need to make a trip to Back In The Day Bakery.  BackInTheDaySignYou will enjoy the Day’s decor and their great cooking talent.  Grab some sweets and sandwiches, sit down, and enjoy the experience.  We did!BackInTheDayLunch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tybee Island, GA Vacation Part 2

Tybee Island, GA Vacation Part 2
Tybee Island, GA Vacation Part 2

Well, I’m well past my Friday promise of part 2 of our vacation.  Sorry about that, but life seemed to just happen over the last few days and I had to enjoy the moments with the family.  I’m back and ready to continue with more amazing pictures and the awesomeness of Tybee Island.  I hope your ready to have a beachy time because I’m going to share one of the most fun things we do here.

I didn’t include this in the last post because it fits more appropriately here in this post.  Up until 2010, I had NEVER even heard of Tybee Island!  Can you believe that?  Now it’s one of our favorite vacation spots.  In 2010, I had foot surgery and was limited in getting around for over a week.  So what did I do…..read blogs!  Thank goodness I did so I could learn about Tybee!  I must confess that one of my favorite blogs is The Lettered Cottage.  You probably have figured that out from this post about Chapel Market.  Layla and Kevin are the most inspirational people, and I would give anything to sit down and have a dinner with these two.  I’d love to get know them better, because they inspire me more than they know just through social media.  So as I was couch bound, I came upon this video of theirs that I bet I watched a dozen times.  Click over to their site and please take the time to watch the video at the bottom, because this began my love for Tybee Island.  Click here and watch the video and then come back.

Is that not awesome!  I know your all saying, “I want to go to Tybee!”  That’s what I said when I saw it, and then we planned our first trip!  The first thing we did on both trips was book a trip with Sundial Charters and to do the Little Tybee Unplugged Tour.  TybeeBoatTripSoooooo worth it!  We’ve done it twice and will do it again and again.  When you find a good thing you just want more and more.  When you get there you are the only ones walking the beaches.  It feels like it’s your little own little piece of paradise to enjoy for awhile. Here is a great reason why we do this tour.TybeeSandDollarPlantsThis picture is NOT staged.  G actually found the sand dollar just like this!  Doesn’t that just get your shell hunting juices flowing.  After I watched the video at The Lettered Cottage I told the kids, “I want to find sand dollars like this.”  And we have twice now.  We found sand dollars all over Little Tybee as we walked down the beach.TybeeSanddollarsHere is the load of sand dollars we found.  The best thing is that only 3 broke on the flight back home.  These will be displayed in our vacation souvenier jars.TybeeSandDollarFindsThere is also a few pieces of awesome driftwood on the island.  There is just something about the texture of drift wood with the sand and sea that just makes my heart smile. TybeeDriftwoodYou feel so close to nature and something so awesome that God has created for us to enjoy.TybeeBirdsThank you Rene for the awesome trip!  This is her after she dropped us off, as we stood on the beach wishing we had all day with her.TybeeSundialCharterReneAs I sit here and type this I just keep wishing I was going back.  Sunshine and the Sea soothe my soul!  There’s just something so calming about the waves on the sand.  Oh how I wish I had a little beach cottage!TybeeLeaving

 

 

 

Tybee Island, GA Vacation Part 1

Tybee Island, GA Vacation Part 1
Tybee Island, GA Vacation Part 1

Have you went on your summer vacation already?  Maybe your on it as I type enjoying the last days of summer.  Or maybe your back home dreaming of where you are going next summer.  (That’s where I am at!)

We took our summer vacation to Tybee Island, Georgia this year.  This is our second time here, and we LOVE this place!  So I wanted to share this awesome island with you so that maybe you can make a trip there.  Why is it awesome you ask?  Well, this place is so laid back, not commercialized with high-rise hotels, and it just has that small hometown beachy feel.  So sit back and relax as you read about this awesome little island, and……

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We stay on the North end of the island where the Savannah River meets the Atlantic.  The South end is busier with the pier, shops, restaurants, and more condo’s.  On this North end you still get the tidal action, but the awesomeness of this side of the island is the dolphins.  You can watch them all day from your balcony or the beach.  Which we catch ourselves doing a lot of this.  We literally watch this.TybeeDolphinsSource of Picture:  Captain Mike’s Dolphin Tours

Yes, that is actually what you see!  We saw a Sea World Dolphin show many times.  They would come up like this 5-7 times in a row!  It was awesome and so exciting to watch!  On a side note, see that beige painted house in the background?  That house is right next to the condo we rent, and 2 years ago it was for sale.  I watched it on the market, it sold and I was sad.  I want that house, and I want to move to Tybee.  It was for sale again this trip, problem is I have to win the lottery to buy this house.  But I keep dreaming because I want this to be my daily view!

While we were there some interesting weather happened.  One morning the tornado sirens went off, and being the unsafe people we are, we ran down to the beach to snap a few pics.  We weren’t the only ones out there, because people were on the beach and their balconies watching this.  It was over the ocean, not over land, and we are a family who enjoys watching storms roll in.  Being from the country, we get excited watching a lightning show or the clouds as the storms roll in!  That’s just how us country folks roll.  Here is what we saw that day.TybeeWaterSpoutsSee those finger things going down to the water?  Those are water spouts that were forming up from the ocean into the clouds.  This weather event even made it onto The Weather Channel tv station the next day.

Besides watching all the storms, we mainly did a lot of being lazy on the beach.TybeeBeachingA big thank you to my friend who left us these two chairs.  She was there the week before us and bought these chairs, and then left them at the rental company for us to use.  So we only had to buy 2 more chairs so the 4 of us could just chill on the beach.  There may have been several pina coladas and cold beers involved in G and I relaxing on the beach.  It so nice to just sit there letting the tide roll in keeping you wet.  It’s so easy to to also let sound of the waves drift you into a nap.  I probably dozed off a time or two.

Here is what I think is so awesome about Tybee.  It is the tidal change.  This is the biggest tidal change I have ever seen.  Let me just show you with this picture so you get the full effect.TybeeTideThis sign was right on the beach by our condo.  The picture on the left shows it at low tide, and the picture on the right was at high tide.  To give you a visual, that dark wet part on the bottom of the sign on the left is about 6 feet tall.  So the tide changes over 6 feet each day.  Isn’t that crazy!

One day we went into Savannah to walk around the parks and river front.  The best part was meeting a friend I had made at the Haven Blogging Conference I attended back in July.  I was on Facebook and found out DeDe from Designed Decor was vacationing at the same time over in Hilton Head.  What a coincidence!  We exchanged texts and then met up for dinner in Savannah.  We had a fun time meeting each others family.

The next activity we did was rent a kayak.  Revyn was really wanting to kayak, so she found our all the details and then bugged us to do it.  We ended up renting one for the afternoon.  I wasn’t sure about it, but it turned out to be a lot of fun.  Thanks Revyn for talking/begging us into renting it!  When we got to the kayak place the kids were getting instructed as G and I watched and snapped pictures.TybeeKayakInstructionsBracken got in and then Revyn.  Once Revyn sat down, here is how they ended up.TybeeKayakInWaterYep, Revyn crushed that tipping fear before they even got out away from the dock.  After this it was smooth kayaking once they got the paddling down.TybeeKayakingThey paddled around then made it over to the beach outside our condo.  We all tried it and paddled around trying to close to the dolphins.  All those yellow boats in this picture are Captain Mike’s, and he cruises out in front of the condo we rent several times a day to show people the dolphins.  I have to admit it was so much fun!

This post is getting pretty picture heavy, so I will break this into 2 different posts.  Please come back on Friday to read about our awesome trip to Little Tybee with Sundial Charters.  You don’t want to miss it and see what we scored over there.  See ya on Friday!

How To Make A Fabric Covered Bulletin Board – Online Fabric Store

How To Make A Fabric Covered Bulletin Board – Online Fabric Store
How To Make A Fabric Covered Bulletin Board – Online Fabric Store

I hope you’re enjoying some sun shining days of summer.  We are soaking it up!  Sunshine makes my soul happy.  In between enjoying the sunshine, I actually did another project to share with ya.  Remember my trip to Haven?  Well, during that trip I got some amazing fabric and tacks from the Online Fabric Store.  Click over and check out all the amazing Fabric they have!  You will find something that makes you happy.

I got a few yards of this fabric, but wasn’t sure what to do with it.  Then as I was gathering up stuff we took out of Revyn’s room when we redid it, I came across a bulletin board.  That’s when the light bulb went off and I thought of this little project.

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I decided it would make a great message board.  After all, who doesn’t need more places to tack up memo’s, lists, and inspiring quotes.  I know I can’t have enough places.  Either that or I have to face the fact that I can’t remember or focus on my to-do lists.  I prefer to just go with I need more space to tack things up because I’m so inspired.

Anyway, I took a plain bulletin board you can pick up at Wal-Mart or Hobby Lobby.FabricBulletinBoardSupplies

Then I painted the edges of the bulletin board black to match the Online Fabric Store fabric.  Next I cut the fabric approximately 1-inch bigger (1-inch bigger on width, and 1-inch bigger on length) than the dimensions of the cork part of the board.  Once I had it all cut, I ironed a 1/2-inch seam fold all around the edges.FabricBulletinBoardFabricSeam

Then I took the tacks that I got with the fabric and evenly spaced them along the edges to hold the fabric in place.  Ta-Da, you are done!  It took longer for the paint to dry, than to assemble the whole thing.FabricBulletinBoard

My friend Lisa over at Concord Cottage also got some fabric at Haven.  She made some awesome looking pillows with hers.  Click over to see her new throw pillows and the great tutorial to make your own.

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Fabric is so versatile, so don’t be afraid to customize projects for your home.  You can always find fabric that gives you that look you are thinking of.  Take a chance, get some fabric, and let your creative spirits free.

 

 

 

Crate Painting

Crate Painting
Crate Painting

I can’t believe it is the end of July already.  Where has summer gone?  After July 4th it seems our summer just flies by at full speed.  However, we are going to squeeze every last bit of hot sunshiny days out of it!

I hope you read my past post about going to Haven because this project was some SWAG from there.  If you didn’t read it, click here and find out how awesome Haven was!  As I told ya in that post, I attended a painting class as my last conference class and loved it.  Stacy from Not Just A Housewife and Brooke from All Things Thrifty provided so much information that we only had 10 minutes left in class to finish a paint project.  Our project at the end of class was to paint a crate provided by Crates and Pallet in whatever way inspired us.  Click over to their website because they had a vendor booth at Haven, and have some amazing crate products.  Lots of crates and pallets that can inspire you for gifts and projects!

Problem for me was that 10 minutes was not enough time after they showed me so much inspiration.  There is a great pinterest board that is on Stacy’s that shows all the amazing inspiration they showed us.  I was totally inspired by all the stained with paint projects she showed us.  I love stained wood, but for some reason the combination of the stain with some accent painting was really speaking to me.  Having only 10 minutes to complete what I was wanting to do  wasn’t going to happen!  So instead of rushing through, I just packed my crate and brought it home.  I’ve been back and forth on exactly how I wanted, but I finally made up my mind and went for it.  Sometimes you just have to dig in and slap some paint on it instead of constantly second guessing yourself.  Here is what I ended up with.CratePaintedEven though summer is flying by, I still have the beach on my mind.  A nice relaxing beach vacation of sitting in the water and letting my cares drift away.  I thought the blue triangle was like a sail boat sail, and then I liked the letters spanning across the stain and the paint.

I started this project with this crate and some stain from Minwax in dark walnut.CrateandStainMatlA little stain, a little paint, and a little effort ended in this amazing crate.  I just love to summer beachy feel.  It can hold a plant, magazines, or just anything you need to tidy up.  CratePaintedTopView

Thank you Crates and Pallet, Stacy, and Brooke for the amazing project supplies and inspiration!

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Haven & Love 2014

Haven & Love 2014
Haven & Love 2014

Warning:  This post is picture heavy, but I hope you take the time to check out all that’s here!

As you are probably aware, it has been busy around here.  G’s uncle that we have been taking care of for the last 10 years got very sick the first of June, and then passed away this past Sunday night.  He was 94 years old.  We had a funeral yesterday, and amongst the sadness all I could see was love.  Back on July 6th I read this post over at The Lettered Cottage on What Love Looks Like, and it impacted me more than I realized.  Ever since I read Layla’s posts about this it has been on my mind to look for love in my everyday life.  I have to share this picture with you, because this is what 62 years of love looked like this week.  This is what broke my heart, and made the tears flood from my eyes.  They didn’t have any children, so it was just the two of them for 62 years.  I encourage you to click on the link above and read her post on “What Love Looks Like” because it will totally change what you see each day.

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On a brighter note of Love, I’d like to share some Haven Love I experienced last weekend. The new friends I made and the fun times I had helped to get me through this week.  This was my first ever bloggers conference, I wanted to go to one, so I bit the bullet and bought a ticket for it back in March.  I was excited about going even though I wouldn’t know anyone.  However, I was just a little nervous as it quickly approached.  I had booked my room at the hotel the day I bought my conference ticket, so now I was rooming by myself and not knowing anyone else going.  Can you say loner?  Then the week before the conference someone posted that they had just got a ticket and needed a place to stay.  So I thought why not.  So in one week I went from rooming by myself to having two roomies!  I’m so glad it worked out that way, because I met two great ladies.  They are beautiful, fun, and amazing women.Haven2014RoomiesIn this picture is Karen from Somewhat Quirky Design, me, and Christine from Let’s Get Crafty.

At the conference I met LOTS of bloggers.  Many I already follow, but many I have added to my blog following list!  Here is a pic with one of my FAVORITE bloggers!  KariAnne from Thistlewood Farms.  I first met KariAnne at Chapel Market, and she actually remembered me.  This chic is the bees knees!  She is so real, down to earth, and is a complete hoot to be around.  I would love to be her neighbor.Haven2014KariAnnHere are the ladies I became close friends with, and who have lifted my spirits since I returned home.  This is an amazing group of talented women.  Please click over and check out their blogs.  They helped me so much, and are such an inspiration.  I consider them my mentors as well because I am WAY behind the blogger curve compared to them.  Meet my Haven friends!  Here’s a pic of us all from the last night at the Ryobi / Home Depot Dance party!  Talk about a party!Haven2014RyobiPartyFrom the back it’s Lisa from Concord Cottage, me, Suesan from Frou-Frugal, DeDe from Designed Decor, Karen from Somewhat Quirky Design, Susan from Oh My Creative, and down front is Christine from Let’s Get Crafty, and Jeanette from Snazzy Little Things.  I miss them already!  These are the ladies I spent my weekend with.  We spent time just getting to know each other over dinner or just sitting and chatting it up.  I wish we at least all lived in the same state, so we could meet up and have some girlie time.

Haven2014DinnerSatOk, so it wasn’t all friends and being blogger star struck.  I actually did do some classes, and I actually did learn some things!  Friday we started out with an opening session from this guy….Haven2014ChipWadeYep, that is Chip Wade from HGTV’s Elbow Room!  This guy spoke near and dear to my heart.  He is an engineer, I’m an engineer, so I totally digged his talk.  I’ve seen a few episodes of Elbow Room, but when I got home I started my DVR so I don’t ever miss an episode.  You should watch it!  Talk about out-of-the-box thinking!

The rest of the day I spent taking classes on the business of blogging.  I realized how much I do not know!  It even had me a little frustrated and wondering what the heck I’m doing.  But then I realized that I enjoy blogging in this little piece of cyberspace, and that I want to keep it up.  So all those frustrations became a list of challenges for me to figure out.  Who knows, I may become a techy person after all of this.  Since I got a little frustrated Friday, I decided to do some fun classes on Saturday.  I have to admit these were some of my fav’s!

I started the morning off with a class on tools from Kreg and Ryobi.  We got to use all sorts of power tools, and learned some little useful tips as well.

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Then I went to a class that was given by Southern Living Plants on Outdoor Spaces.  I needed a class like this because I have a black thumb.  This class was my favorite and I came out of there with some pot planting ideas I’m going to try.  I think I got this!  This little southern lady, Carmen Johnston totally boosted my self-confidence and rocked my plant world.  That’s her in the center in the blue shirt and apron.  She is the absolute most adorable southern lady I’ve ever met!  I wish she was my neighbor so that I would have a gorgeous yard!  Plus I would love to just sit and chat with her over some sweet tea in the garden.Haven2014SouthernLivingGroupLet me just show you some of the amazing plants she whipped up in literally minutes!  The first is a herb garden in two pots that I will be trying very soon.

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The last class I took was on painting techniques from Stacy at Not Just a Housewife, and from Brooke at All Things Thrifty.  These two ladies knew anything and everything about any type of paint you wanted to use!  From lacquer and oil based, to latex and chalk paint.  Here is Brooke telling us what is required to paint with lacquer.  She’s all about the safety, and looking awesome in her respirator!

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There was also many booths that you could visit with and build relations with.  As you may know this is one of my favorite companies, Southern Accents Architectural Antiques.  This place became my favorite back when we went to Chapel Market, and we met the owner Garlan who is an absolute gem!  He has so many great antique finds.  If only I was closer to Alabama.  Click on the link above and check out their amazing stuff!  By the way, I want this flag!Haven2014SAAAHere is some fun at the Moen booth!  So glad I visited them because I found out they carry an apron front sink I’ve been seeing magazines that I want!  Hopefully this picture will win me a Kitchen Makeover!  Crossing my fingers!!!!!

Haven2014MoenThis was a little project challenge with Home Depot and Proctor & Gamble on the cleaning part of projects.Haven2014BrightIdeasThis was such a fun weekend with LOTS of learning, lots of fun, and lots of new friends!  I’m so glad I got the opportunity to be a part of this amazing weekend of pure awesomeness!  Thank you Haven!

 

 

Crap Room To Craft Room Part 2

Crap Room To Craft Room Part 2
Crap Room To Craft Room Part 2

My life is in full speed to the top of stress mountain right now.  The fun part is that I went to Haven last weekend and had a blast.  For those of you who don’t know, Haven is a DIY Home Bloggers Conference.  It was a total blast!!!!  I’m working on a post to share with you all, so I can share all the fun and great things I got to be a part of.

I got home Sunday evening exhausted, and it’s been full on stress since then.  Sunday night our uncle that we have been caring for passed away.  He had been doing bad since June 3rd, so we knew this day was quickly approaching.  Since Sunday we have been funeral planning, and there is LOTS to do to in that avenue.  Along with that, we are moving his wife to a different nursing home on Monday.  Let me just say I have lists of stuff we need to do all over the place.  Total unorganized clutter and stressful chaos right now.  I was talking to someone today and heard the best advice!  She told me to just breathe.  Is that not the best advice for when you are COMPLETELY OVERWHELMED!  When you slow down and just focus on breathing, those things that are stressing you out seem to diminish.

Speaking of chaos, I want to share a craft room update with you.  I haven’t gotten super far on it since our uncle had been sick, because he got real sick not long after I started.  I promised you an update, so I want to share what I’ve actually got done.  Hopefully this will make me more accountable on getting it done.  If you missed the beginning post on Crap Room to Craft Room, click here.

Now let me get to sharing.  We started with a paint job on all the walls, and it took lots of paint.CraftRoomPaintRollerRather than moving everything we just pushed it to the center and covered it in plastic.  It was a tad challenging painting around everything, but we made it.CraftRoomPaintingAfter the paint dried we ripped away the plastic and started moving things around.  It took awhile to figure out where all the furniture went.  Some of the stuff above left the building, while a few others were brought in.  Here is one wall we actually have some thing hanging on.  There isn’t a lot of wall space in here, but this one little spot makes me feel like something is 90% complete.CraftRoomArrowLightYep, that is just a tiny snippet of the room that is a 90% complete spot.  While an actual 85% of the room is still work in progress.  That sentence makes me cringe!

Another spot that is close to being done is our IKEA Expedit shelf.  I just finished up the open shelves tonight.  What is hanging me up in this whole process is organizing all my stuff.  I have enough crafting stuff to be a strong contender in opening my own craft store.  CraftRoomIkeaExpeditHere is another cabinet I’m using to organize all of my stuff.CraftRoomUpdateCardCatalogI seriously had no idea I had accumulated that much stuff.  Which is why you see all the little post it notes on everything.  I had to think of someway to mark where I’ve put stuff, because many things moved several times before settling in.  Plus I’d put things up, and then several craft boxes later I found more of the same stuff.  So instead of getting frustrated, I just started writing it down on post-it notes.  I’m excited that this is coming along.  I can’t wait to share with you when it’s done.  But you will have to be patient with me because a lot is going on.  Come back later this week so you can see all the fun photos from Haven.

 

 

Welcome Aboard Nautical Wreath

Welcome Aboard Nautical Wreath
Welcome Aboard Nautical Wreath

Welcome Aboard to our nautical party!  You probably read how we used what we had for our Nautical 4th of July celebration here at home this year.  So today I’m going to share with you how we made our Welcome Aboard wreath in about 30 minutes with material we had on hand.  You can use this nautical theme for your last BBQ party of the summer.  What a great way to to say Bon-Voyage to summer.  Even though we aren’t ready to!

First, I have to let you know that we are still trying to figure out everything with G’s aunt and uncle we take care of.  He isn’t doing well, and we are having to change into a nursing home.  Plus we are dealing with lots of other issues that come when you make this move and try to get some financial aide.  Nothing is easy with elderly care.  UGH!

On a brighter note, here is the wreath I’m going to share with you today.WelcomeAboardWreath

Oh yea, one more thing since we are talking about Welcome Aboard!  Yep, my mind takes a little wandering trip like that.  I’m excited to tell you that I am going to my first ever blog conference this weekend.  I’m excited but nervous.  I’ll have to tell you all about it when I return.  So come on back next week for all the details!
Haven Newbie

Ok, back on track about the wreath.  Here is all you need.  A styrofoam wreath (mine was 16-inches), sharpie, nautical rope (bought mine at Lowe’s), red ribbon, letter stencils.

WelcomeAboardWreathSupplies    WelcomeAboardLowesRope

 

First, trace your letters onto the wreath.  I was lazy and didn’t want to search for the right stencils, so I just used a pencil and it indents into the wreath. Then I traced around them with the sharpened pencil.

WelcomeAboardWreathLettering  WelcomeAboardLettersTraced

 

Now you are ready to color in your letters with a sharpie.  You can use paint as well, but once again I’m lazy like that here lately.  I was looking for something quick and easy to decorate for the 4th.

WecomeAboardColoredLetters

Now lets assemble this thing!  Wrap red ribbon around the wreath.  Your points are like the ends of letter X placed on top of the wreath.  Wrap it on there and then just pin or glue it to the back.

WelcomeAboardRibbon

Next glue the nautical rope around the edge with a glue gun.  Make sure your nautical rope points are at 3, 6, 9, and 12.  Now your ready to hang it out to welcome your guests to your nautical party!

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Happy 4th of July – Nautical Party

Happy 4th of July – Nautical Party

HAPPY 4th of July!

Our 4th of July plans have been up in the air due to my husband’s aunt and uncle that we take care of.  They are 94 and 95 and he isn’t doing well.  So we thought we better stay home just in case anything happens.  Taking care of them, touring nursing homes to move them from assisted living, has consumed a lot of our time.  Which is why I haven’t been posting much lately.  So today we are just hanging by the pool, sitting on the deck, and having a relaxing day of doing NOTHING.  We don’t do that often, so it’s nice because we have been STRESSED to the max here lately.  Right now we are watching Beachfront Bargain Hunt on HGTV.  Our dream is to own a beach house because we LOVE the ocean and beach.  So watching this is a fun family thing we do.  It’s a lot cheaper and easier shopping.

We decorated the deck after the huge rainstorm yesterday evening using stuff we had on hand since our plans have been up in the air.  We used some of this for Revyn’s small get together on her 16th birthday.  Nothing like raiding your stash to come up with a festive place to celebrate.  So here is where we are celebrating today.  Welcome Aboard.NauticalWreathOur table is set with plate settings and some decor that I purchased from IKEA back in April.  Luckily I bought enough to do Rev’s small feet together and have some left over for today.   We decided to use it again as well as raiding our sea shell stash.  Here is the table we will be eating hot dogs at today.NauticalTableSettingI have drooled over the lanterns in Pottery Barn that they fill with shells, so we did our own.  We already had this lantern, and the shells were from all our beach vacations.  I love this little red white and blue painted shell Revyn picked out while we were shopping on one of our beach trips.  I think we have had it for over 10 years and it just fit perfectly for today.NauticalLanternHere is an up close view of the IKEA place settings, except for the flag sunglasses.  I had ordered these sunglasses back in May for a fun surprise today.  So I put them as napkin “rings”, so everyone can have a pair to party with.  Bracken bet us the coordinates were in Sweden, so he got on the computer and sure enough they were!  Mollsund, Sweden, population 327 people.  Bracken said whoever made these must like this little village.  Yea, we are that nerdy family!NauticalPlaceSettingAnd our guest for today is Miss Sailor.  She is our tribute to our military service men and women who helped give us the freedom we area celebrating today.  Thank you!NauticalMannieI hope you are all celebrating the 4th of July with a bang!  Enjoy a hotdog, sit back, relax, and enjoy the fireworks!