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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Elder Uchtdorf's forget-me-not Flower

Beautiful talk found here by Elder Uchtdorf of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

(font from here and flower clip art from here)
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Friday, September 16, 2011

Julia's room

Julia's room decor is my favorite. She has a chubby chicks quilt, Land of Nod bedding, & reupholstered antique chair (Ryan's great-grandma's)...I went with a bright and cheery color scheme and I am so happy with it.
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Halloween wreath

I wanted to make a quick Halloween wreath and didn't have time to yarn wrap another entire wreath, so I took the easy way out...doesn't a little bit of yarn look spooky?...just say yes because I'm not going back to change it ;) I copied an adorable $40 wreath found here, but I spent about $7. Jack ran off with one bat and I still want to go in with a white crayon and add some details to my felt, but I think it turned out perfectly Halloweeny.
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Tuesday, September 13, 2011


I made a fall wreath today and have to say that it is even cuter in person. I followed the tutorial here and used scraps of felt that I already had at home. This wreath cost me less than $10 to make!

Yay for fall!

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Math Apples

My daughter just started Kindergarten and is OBSESSED with school. It's a good thing, right? I've been looking for more {fun} ways that I can emphasize what she's learning at school, at home.
 We call these "Math Apples". I slice up an apple, and coat half of each slice in a generous amount of peanut butter. Then I put random amounts of chocolate chips on each slice.
 I shape them in a flower because my daughter thinks it's pretty cool. Then she has to count how many apples are on each slice before she eats them. Sometimes I'll put a few slices together and she has to "add" all the chocolate chips together from the two slices before she can eat those.  My daughter thinks this is the greatest game ever.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Look "Who Who" turned TWO!

Jack's owl birthday party came together perfectly today. Ryan's mom made this birthday shirt for him to wear on his special day, we used the same balloon idea that I had seen on pinterest, and I changed up the typical chocolate Oreo owl cupcakes and used golden Oreos, Reeses pieces, and fun-fetti cupcakes in ruffle cupcake liners from Joann's.

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Alphabet Canvas Boards

A few months ago I made these alphabet boards for my kid's rooms. If you want to make them you will need:

-a canvas board (I believe mine were 16x20")
-Mod Podge glue
-foam brush
-2 packs of alphabet playing cards (mine are from:
-acrylic paint

I painted both canvas boards with cream acrylic paint. After they dried, I painted the edge in an accent color (pink for Julia's board, blue for Jack's). Then, I laid out the playing cards on my board. You will need 2 packs of cards for one board, or 3 packs of cards for 2 boards. The reason being that you will need 2 extra cards to fill in so that each row has 7 cards. Since the alphabet only has 26 letters, you will need 2 more cards faced backwards (see my heart cards below) to fill in where there are not enough letters. I added the adhesive to the back of each card, placed them on the board, and then did a few coats of Mod Podge on top to seal it. It's an easy project that yields adorable results, in my opinion :)

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Olympia, WA cottage

My mom took these photos of our little Olympia house. We are moving this week. I am so sad to leave some aspects of this cute 1920's cottage and others I am so happy to be leaving (like the scary basement :))

I love the white and teal tile combo in this bathroom and the huge garden tub. It is a great use of a small space.

Jack's nursery (with green painted floors...quirky and cute)

Love the french doors at the bottom of the stairs, love the rise color, hate how steep they are

I have enjoyed the calming color of this living room and how it showcases the piano

I will miss the gorgeous windows in this house

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Easter tablescape

I love the details my mom put into this table.
Plaid tablecloth.
Wooden bunnies.
Wreaths on that back of every chair.
Napkin rings.
Mini terracotta candles.

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This is the house I grew up in on Main Street in Weiser, Idaho.
It will always have a special spot in my heart. But, I've learned that home is wherever our family is not a place, but a feeling.

My mom has a special design eye...look at that adorable brick sidewalk and that porch!

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Christmas Ideas

My talented mother gets all the credit for these Christmas ideas (and pictures).

Christmas tablescape complete with gold chargers, berry trees, and candles for the perfect ambiance

Are you naughty or nice?
My twin sister and I get credit for the babies, but my mom gets credit for the photo. The elf hats are from Etsy and the rest was just perfect timing.

Another tablescape that my mom did...I love the gold chargers and the red candles

A great way to display Christmas cards. She used a piece of twine, clothes-pins, and draped it perfectly to make a Christmas card garland

No Christmas would be complete without some mistletoe for kissing :)
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