Post Proposal Balloons

Joe proposed using balloons on the ceiling with pictures of us on the end. They were helium, but couldn’t hold the weight of the pictures and remain on the ceiling. To solve that he taped them to the ceiling. It was perfect.

At about 4:30am that next morning I hear a ‘tht’ followed two seconds later by a ‘ffffth.’ I finally figured out what it was when a balloon fell on me while I was try to fall back asleep. I don’t know what it was about 4:30am that morning, but about a third of the balloons came down in a 20 minute time span. And they left the tape on the ceiling. Anyway, this is what our room looked like the next morning.

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November 16, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Stories, Wedding Related. Leave a comment.

Origami Broach

My grandma loves the origami that I can fold. When I first got in to origami she would even pay me for folded flowers. For her birthday I decided to make her some origami pins because she has always been a broach fan.

You’ll need:

  • pretty origami paper
  • ModPodge
  • pin backs
  • hot glue

Start by folding your origami to a flat or slightly 3D design. I chose cranes.

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Glue your pin on to the back and let dry.

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I then coated them in ModPodge to give them a little shine and a little more durability.

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Here’s the final product in action. My grandma didn’t know which end was up, but loved it anyway. I’m going to label the back of the birds for her so she’ll know for the future.

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November 12, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Projects. Leave a comment.

First Garage Sign

I’ve been feeling crafty lately and had been wanting to make Joe some sort of man cave garage sign. The only issue was that I never knew what it should say. After watching a marathon of Fast ‘N Loud with Joe I settled on “Blood, Sweat and Beers,” which was something one of the characters said. After an extensive trip to Hobby Lobby with a friend I got the supplies needed.

You’ll need:

  • a piece of wood
  • a wood burner
  • wood stain
  • sand paper
  • an old rag
  • a sponge brush
  • hot glue/krazy glue
  • wall fastener
  • a few days for dry time

First you start out by stenciling on your letters. I had to erase and start over a few times before I got it even, so measuring might not be an awful idea.

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Next you break out the wood burner. This was my first time using one, but I think I did a decent job. Choose the tip that works best for lettering. You don’t want the skinniest one unless you don’t plan on filling in the letters. I used a roundish tip.

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Next you’ll wan to sand and stain. You don’t necessarily have to stain it, but I didn’t like the color of the wood. Sand any rough edges before staining. You could also sand before you start stenciling, but I didn’t think of that until now. Be sure that you thoroughly stir the stain. When applying and wiping off the excess always always always go with the grain.

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When that’s done drying, preferably over night, you can add more coats of stain or move on the a clear coat. I decided to use some exterior use ModPodge because I already had some. Paint it on evenly, you can do more than one coat if you like.
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The last step is to add some sort of wall mount fastener. I don’t like the screw in kind, or the ones you can see on top so I wet with a back mount. The wood is light so I just krazy glued it on and voilà. And now you have your very own home made garage sign.

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November 8, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Projects. Leave a comment.

More Baby Birdies

After my birds hatched and flew away I was experiencing some empty nest syndrome feelings. However, a different bird kept flying to the nest. One day I checked and there were tree eggs. I was so excited. When Joe came over the next day I had him look at my three new eggs, he came back and said there were four. I checked again the next day and five eggs were there!

Unfortunately, something attacked the nest in the night. My mom called to tell me that three were missing and two more were dead in the nest. She took care of the last two, rather than leaving them for whatever got the other three. Poor little babies. And that poor mother. I wonder if finches feel sorrow.

Here are the pictures I had before they were attacked. They were so cute.

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June 2, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . News. Leave a comment.

My Baby Birdies

When we finally decided to take down one of Christmas wreaths that was still up in March we found that a bird had started to build a nest so we left it up.

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Now they’re gone and I’m experiencing empty nest syndrome.

May 15, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . News, Stories. Leave a comment.

Say Please

Lilo has learned how to say please in the most adorable puppy way possible.

April 26, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Just Talking. Leave a comment.

Bow Back Shirt

My sister found a cute bow back shirt on Pinterest, so I decided to make it.
You’ll need:

  • Plain shirt
  • Scrap fabric
  • Fabric scissors
  • Fabric glue

The first step is to cut lines across the shirt. I measured mine four inches apart, but that all depends on your size an how anal you are.

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Once that was done I used strips of fabric from something else. You can, if you want the shirt shorter, cut a strip off the bottom, but I wanted the original hem and I liked the length. This is where the fabric glue comes in to play. Use the glue to secure the strips closure around the bunches of fabric. Let it dry and voila.

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This will be cute for the summer and can be worn with a bandeau top so that bras and tank tops aren’t seen.

March 10, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Projects. Leave a comment.

Lilo Cricket

My little girl is so cute. In fact, she’s so cute I thought I’d share a few pictures with you.

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June 5, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , . Just Talking. Leave a comment.

My New Puppy

A few months ago Joe and I learned that his cousin’s dog was pregnant. I was lucky enough to go over to her house the day the puppies were born and immediately fell in love with the black one. We talked it over and looked through our finances and decided that we wanted to bring her home.

Her name is Lilo Cricket, because she is so bouncy. Joe picked Lilo and it fits well. She has a white stripe on her chest and belly and has some brown spots behind her ears that Joe’s mom thinks look almost like bows. She is a poo-shi-pom. Half poodle, quarter shih tzu, quarter pomeranian.

She likes to bite, but she’s still teething. She’s been very good about potty training and is learning to let us know if she has to go. She likes to chew on drawstrings, small bones and my chapsticks. She also loves to run around and wrestle with Joe’s sister’s pomeranian.

April 2, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , . News. Leave a comment.

DIY Hair Accessories

My sister and I have recently joined Pinterest, which is thoroughly addicting. Well the DIY section has tons of ideas and we found one that we liked along with an idea we came up with on our own.

What you will need:

  • ribbon
  • buttons
  • plastic headbands
  • decorative ribbons or chains – if you want
  • elastic hair ties
  • bobby pins
  • a hot glue gun – lots of extra glue sticks

First is our idea – buttons on headbands and bobby pins.

Then we made bows and even put one on a headband.

The last idea was one we got off of Pinterest. Make your own headbands. Although the big fat one was a five strand braid that my sister made.

All of the stuff is pretty easy and fun to make and cute to wear. Be careful when using the hot glue gun. It’s called hot for a reason.

February 11, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Projects. Leave a comment.