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Typically the joke’s on me when I attempt to sew “The 20-minute project!”
20 minutes?
I have that.
Oh wait, you mean they lied?

Usually the project is a dress or something…
I can’t pick out a dress to wear in 20 minutes,
let alone make one.
So yeah, that’s usually how it goes for me.

 

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HOWEVER! I am here to tell you that this project really did take very little time!
My sister-in-law Shannon’s birthday was yesterday.
I decided I wanted to make this as a gift for her.
When?
Umm, yesterday morning.
(It’s no secret I am usually behind in life)
So, I went out to the store around 11,
and completed it start to finish during nap time!
It took me about 2 hours.
Which, maybe somebody else could make this in 20 minutes,
but I’m going to try and give you a more realistic estimate.
I could just be slow,
but hey – at least I’m honest.

I first got the idea from my friend, Steph, who made this as a gift for her sister who was in art school.
Shannon is also in art school, so I figured I had a winner.
I found the tutorial over at Prudent Baby.
I customized it to fit pens and pencils instead of crayons,
so I used rectangles that were 9”x 18”.

I got some fancy art pens to go inside…

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And of course some fun owl ribbon.
I sewed two pieces of ribbon together
(wrong sides facing)
so that there were owls on both sides ,
regardless of how the ribbon was laying.

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Interfacing.
It made the roll much sturdier.
Although, I accidentally Heat n Bonded my ironing board…

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The inside…

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The outside…

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Stuffed with pens and pencils…

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All wrapped up and ready to be gifted!

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Happy Birthday to the lovely Shannon!
May your 20th year be full of all things lovely and exciting 🙂

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Well, it’s snowing here.
In October.
So while I lit a fire, played Christmas music and drank my coffee,
I set to work on finishing Julia’s Halloween costume.
I feel like I’m jumping all over the calendar.

Julia is going to be a little girl scarecrow.
I found the inspiration here.
Because it’s going to be cold, I’m going to have to customize it a bit.
The full ensemble is forthcoming,
but for now here are a few pieces.

No-Sew Tutu tutorial

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Scarecrow Hat Inspiration
(I made a few alterations, mostly because I have never made a hat before and didn’t know what I was doing. 🙂 )

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She seems to like it,
and most importantly: everything FITS!
Can’t wait to take my little scarecrow trick or treating

I’m back tracking a bit.
Earlier this month, my lovely friend, Margie, got MARRIED!
I couldn’t be happier for her,
though I’m more than a little sad Bernie took her far away from me.
Far as in Tennessee.
I’m still trying to work through this!
Also, I wish I had pictures from the wedding,
but I left my camera card at home that weekend.
I was pretty mad at myself.
And I wasn’t able to get a ton of shots at the bridal shower,
but I got a few beforehand of the decorations.
It was such a fun time celebrating.
And now I just have to figure out how to easily get to Tennessee.

Coffee Filter Flowers

These were so much fun to make!
I hot glued them onto branches,
and stuck them in vases and mason jars filled with pinto and black beans.

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I liked them so much I kept them and am using them around my house for everyday decor.

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For favors:
Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

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And here is beautiful Margie opening her gifts.
Behind her: pinwheel fans!
(thank you Pinterest for endless inspiration)

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Sewn Paper Garland

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Yarn wreaths on the windows!

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and Fall would not be complete without
Salted Caramel Apple Cupcakes

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It was a fabulous time celebrating a fabulous lady.
Love you, Margie!

It started like this: I had several free photos through Shutterfly,
and I wasn’t sure what to use them on.
So I ordered a bunch of prints from our wedding
and hoped I could figure something out.
On Monday (one day before our anniversary)
I was still scouring Pinterest for inspiration
and I came across this Photo Frame idea.
What could be a better way to transform boring 4×6 photos?
I found the frame at Goodwill for $12.97
It had a picture in it, so I removed the glass and matted artwork,
leaving me with just the frame.
I then used a staple gun to attach rows of twine to the back of the frame
and mounted each picture on cardstock using raised, foam stickies.
(what a technical description, I know)
I then hung the pictures using miniature clothespins.
And voila!
A framed photo collage in less than a day.

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For less than $20, I’m quite happy with it 🙂

I am so ready for Fall!
To get in the spirit, I made a wreath for our front door.
I found the inspiration on Pinterest (of course.)
You can see the original post here.

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Yes I know – that door is hideous.  And broken.
It will be replaced shortly.
The new one will have more windows, which I am very excited about!
I told Mike I want our next house to have windows galore!
Oh how I do love sunlight.

I’ve been MIA for a bit. 
Mostly because we were on vacation.
And ever since then I’ve been trying to accept the fact that life is not a vacation
(contrary to what my summer might have indicated.)
Just an example of how life is not vacation:
While I’m sitting here in the dining room blogging,
I can literally smell the floors they are so dirty.
You can thank Julia and her love for hurling milk cups for that.
See?
It’s like I said:
more than you wanted to really know about how dirty my house is.

Anywho – now for the smatterings of goings-on around here.

We finished vacation with the final game in our ladder golf tournament.
It was Andrew & Shannon against Mom & me.

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Shannon and Andrew were the victors.
Mom and I were the losers.
But we all got ice cream, so I’m willing to not be bitter.

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Rachel and Julia hung out on the sidelines.
(PC goes to Rosie)

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And now to smattering #2:
trying the approach of roasting peppers already cut so you don’t have to turn them.  Brilliant mostly.  My one complaint is that they don’t retain their juices, which is not preferable when making a sauce out of these babies.

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Cuddle and reading time with Dad.

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Surviving Hurricane Irene.
I brought my basil plant inside because it has been good to me.
My tomato plant, not so much, so I left it out there to die.

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Making Pom Pom Necklaces

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Making Citrus Sea Salt Body Scrub
I’ve been using this on my hands – nothing has moisturized them better!

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Making bookmarks.
Margie made one for me a few years ago and so, as you can see, I’ve copied her craft.

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Playing outside.
One of her words is “die”
(we’re not sure what it means in her language?)
but regardless, she likes to point at the flowers and say, “die!”
It’s a real hoot.

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Playing “boo!” with Grandpa.

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And just in general getting into all kinds of trouble.

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Current projects:
– making a bed skirt for our bed
– trying to pick curtains and new blinds for our bedroom
and on that note, can someone please tell me why blinds can cost hundreds and hundreds of dollars? Seriously. People should be paying US to own blinds.
TMI?  Sorry.  I did warn you.

Upcoming project:
– Painting the living room and stairwell in a few weeks.  Heaven help us.

Okey dokey.
That’s all I got.
Now I’m off to make BBMTs.
(Bacon, Basil, Mozzarella & Tomato Sandwiches.  YUM!)

Happy Wednesday!

Remember this chair?
It has a new look.

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I would have posted a “tutorial” of sorts,
but trust me – it would have been helpful to NOBODY 🙂
My method was “let’s see if this works…” hahaha.
I just took the chair apart as much as I could,
pulled, stapled, and stretched the fabric as best I knew how.
And then I sewed slipcovers for the cushions.
It’s not a professional reupholstery job by any stretch of the imagination,
but I’m very happy with it.
I now have a chair that matches the rest of the decor in my loft. 🙂

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Sewn Garland

Easiest thing ever.
And quite addicting to be honest. 
I used paper instead of felt.

Special thanks to Meg who came over yesterday to help make decorations.
T-3 Days!
I can hardly believe my baby is almost one.

I prayed the entire way through this dress.
No lie.
Because I still don’t really know what I’m doing 🙂
I followed this tutorial for the tiers.
Made a 4th tier because I messed up.
And came up with the chest and straps on my own.
That only took about, oh, 8 hours.
I really need to stop believing people when they say,
”it takes 10 minutes to whip up!”
😉

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The good news is, it fits.
The straps are a bit loose, but I’m not complaining.
And if all goes according to plan, she will be wearing this at her birthday party.
Provided she doesn’t decide to throw up on it or anything.
Which she would totally do.
I’m learning that’s how these things work.
😉

I’m just glad it doesn’t look like the 1st attempt.
God is very kind to me. 🙂

1st Birthday parties really are more for the parents than the kid…

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So even though she has no idea what pinwheels and garland are,
I still plan to thoroughly enjoy myself.
At her party.

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