Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Valentines Wreath

Hello there! I hope you are having a great new year so far! Here in Oklahoma our weather can't make up it's mind. One day it's 35 degrees and the next it its almost 70.  Typical Oklahoma! So this weekend it was really pretty, we got to get out of the house and try out some of Carter's new Christmas gifts like his new bike and scooter.  It made me excited for Spring to get here so we can do more outdoor stuff!
Since it was so pretty I was inspired to make, what else...? you guessed it, a wreath! This one is for Valentines. I feel really behind on the Valentines decorating.  It seems like people are decorating earlier and earlier for the holidays! Although, I don't really do anything inside for specific holidays beside Christmas, more seasonal. Mostly because I don't have enough room to store anything!  

Since I don't have a lot of room to put stuff, I always use this same straw wreath form by covering it and pinning stuff on rather than gluing, that way I don't have 10 wreaths lined up in a closet or tossed in the attic. 

I kind of made a semi-resolution this year to try and use up scraps I have before buying anything else and that is what I did here! 

I had the wreath, which was wrapped with burlap from another wreath I made last year.  The sun had faded the burlap on some parts, but I think it adds to the rustic feel.  That's what I'm telling myself anyway. ;)
Since I always pin on the embellishments I have a lot of flowers already made in my stash, I grabbed a couple to add. 
And as for the heart, before I painted it, I cut it out of cardboard then peeled off the top layer to expose the corrugated center.  I LOVE that textured look, and it was completely free!  

I used a kabob skewer and felt for the arrow, and glued it onto the heart. Then I stuck it on with straight pins, that way once Valentines is over I can just change it to something else!  I do love Valentines though, love in the air, red and pink everywhere. :) So do you decorate for every holiday??

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

I've been a mom for 4 years now

Today is Carter's 4th birthday. He has grown up so much this year.  Every day he says something new that makes us laugh.  It is hard to believe he has been on this earth for 4 years, but when I think back to the morning that I had him, it seems like so long ago.  Jamie and I were just talking this morning about that day.  We had no clue what we were going to do.  We hardly knew each other it seemed, much less trying to raise a baby! But now here we are 4 whole years later and each day is better than the one before. 
We had so much fun with Carter this past year, he is our little buddy that has conversations with us and makes us laugh.
Some things small things that I don't want to ever forget:
When I ask him what he wants to be when he grows up he says, I don't want to grow up.  Smart kid, I don't want to grow up either. ;)
His favorite color is green, just because it is Dad's favorite. Sometimes it is blue.
He wants to do everything just like Dad, not Mom.  He'll ask a question and if I answer he'll say, no I was just talking to Dad.
He loves, cars, trucks, vans and jeeps.  We literally have hundreds of hot wheels, and he plays with them all, lining them up saying they are parked and going to a party. He loves to point out every kind of car that we pass.  He has all the logos memorized. And always wants me to draw them out so he can guess which one it is.
He doesn't eat much, I am hoping this changes one day.  Nuggets, pizza, PB&J's, that's about it.
He is so sweet and tells us, I love you, multiple times a day. Even multiple times an hour for that matter lol.
He loves making new friends and will with anyone he meets.
He is rough and strong, like seriously could tackle me to the ground, lol. 
He is so easy going, what every we ask him to do he may not at first but then says, Alwright.
One of his new things he says is So... your wearing your black shirt today, huh? or So... you're cooking dinner huh?
When I put him to bed at night I lay next to him until he goes to sleep, if I think he is asleep and start to get up, he'll barley be able to open an eye and say still can't sleep, so I lay down for a few minutes longer, until his breathing lets me know he has drifted off into dream land.  I love these moments because it's the only time he is still and I just look at him and can't believe that he is so big and that he is mine.
He is Jamie and I's best friend.

These four years have flown by and I want to remember every little second of him because I know it will keep going faster and faster.
Happy Birthday Baby Boy! 

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Favorite Projects 2012

Happy New Year! I have taken a bit of a break from posting it seems.  December already passed by and we are already in 2013! It sounds so weird to say, I'll probably still be writing 2012 on everything in March, lol.  I had such a nice Christmas break spending time with my family, and I was off work for 2 weeks which was really nice too. :)
Now that I am back at work, and that is where I do most of my posting, I can finally post my favorite projects from 2012! 
This year seriously flew, it seems like every year they go faster than before.  But when I was looking back through my posts, some of them felt like I did them more than a year ago!  So anyway, here they are, a look back at my favorite and most popular posts from 2012.

At the first of the year last year I made this colorful HAPPY BIRTHDAY WREATH.  I just love the texture of the felt and the asymmetry.  I actually gave this as a gift, and kinda wish I still had it. ;) 

I gave an old brown jewelry box from the Goodwill a makeover, although I couldn't ever convince my husband to put his watches and ring in there. Hmm. 

This BOOK PAGE LETTER was one of my favorites because it was so easy, just a $2 cardboard letter and pages from a book I found at a garage sale.  Simple and personalized! 

I updated my bathroom from dark to light and used frames from the thrift store to make SIMPLE AND CHEAP WALL DECOR.
This is one of my favorite rooms in our house, probably because its completely finished, decor wise, Im never fully satisfied with the other rooms in my house, it's always a work in progress! But this one I love!

I seriously love this SPRING SIGN, the bunnies are made out of cardboard, which in turn made this super cheap! Are you sensing a theme here...? That I really like making things cheaply?  :) This makes me excited for Spring just looking at it! lol

My friend had a baby at the beginning of the summer so I made this little gift basket with little baby pool essentials, swim suit, towel, sunglasses, and toys! I added his name to a bucket from Hobby Lobby to personalize it.  Fun in the Sun! :) 

And finally, I used some more book pages to make this BOOK PAGE WREATH

Oh wait, here's another one that was pinned quite a bit, I love it too! SCRAP PAPER ART

I was feeling really inspired at the beginning of last year, I had a lot of ideas that I had fun doing, but then towards the last half of the year I felt like I was just doing stuff just to have something to post about.  That's not what I want to do this year, I want to make things and share them because I like to do it not because I feel like I have to.  
I am feeling inspired already though so stay tuned :) Thank you for all your comments and following along this past year!!

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