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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!

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.

Another project from my Goodwill adventure.

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This sad little three-legged table was $3.97. 
It was the Charlie Brown of end tables, if you will.

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Fabric from Joann’s: $6.99 for the blue and white, $3.99 for the burlap.
And plenty of scraps left over.
 

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I didn’t do anything fancy.
I’m sure there are much more complicated improvements you could do.
I chose non-complicated 🙂
This is what I did:

1) Lay the table upside down on top of the fabric
 

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2) Measure a good few inches from the edge of the table and mark with a pencil.

I did 3 and 1/2 inches, marking at 8 different parts around the diameter.
 

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3) With a pencil, connect the marks so that you have a circle about 3-4 inches bigger than the table’s diameter.

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4) Cut out the circle

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5) Using a staple gun, pull the fabric very tight and staple the fabric to the bottom of the table.
Make sure you pull tight enough so that the edges are smooth and there is no loose fabric.

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6) Next, cut long strips of burlap that are about 2-3 inches wide.
I used about 6 strips that were each 2 yards long, but this can vary.

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7) Starting at the base of the table, staple a piece of burlap to one of the legs.  Begin wrapping tightly.
How tightly you wrap and how much you overlap will determine how much burlap you need. 

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8 ) Staple every now and again as you continue wrapping to secure.
Make sure you staple underneath the following overlap so as to hide the staple.  The same holds true for when you introduce a new strip of burlap.

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9) When you get to the end of the leg, secure with several staples to hold in place.  Using scissors, clip any fabric that has frayed.  Repeat for the other two legs. 
Yes – Burlap tends to fray.  Don’t worry about it.  I think it gives it an interesting look.  If you don’t like it, though, you could easily substitute another fabric of your choice.

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And, Voila!  Done.
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It’s not gonna hold up to anything heavy duty, but for a cute little end table that only needs to house a book or two, I think it will do the job quite nicely!

This weekend, I made tea bags for a dear friend of mine.
Traci is expecting a little boy in only a few short weeks.

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Design Sponge did a Valentine’s Tea Bag post, and I just customized it for what I needed:  a baby shower gift.
Specifically, a “mommy” baby shower gift.
With my (very) limited experience of being a mom, I have found that there will be fabulous times, and there will be “challenging” times.  Is that an understatement? 🙂
Whichever time it is, God is always using it to make us more like Christ and increase our joy in Him.
And I have found that tea helps the process 😉
So I made my teabags with tags to fit all the various occasions.

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Traci, I cannot WAIT to meet this little man.  You are such a great mom already, and I know you’re going to do a fabulous job with this brand new addition. 
God will certainly multiply not only your love for these little people but also His grace to care for them.

My first sewing project!

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There are several people to thank for this.
Without them, my machine would be broken beyond repair, as would my fingers. 
Reenie, for not only giving me the idea to make burp cloths, but also the specific tutorial that I used. 
– Ba, for giving me the sewing machine that I now possess.  I love it and can’t wait to learn how to use it more! 
– Margie, for teaching me everything I know about sewing: How do I turn on my machine? (no, really, that’s how clueless I was)  What is a bobbin?  (Mom was mortified I had no idea what one was and just shooed me out the door to go take my sewing lesson.)  How do I load the bobbin?  (I still don’t really know how to do this – I figured it out on accident.)  How do I turn corners?  And many, many other questions.  Let’s just say that Margie has the patience of a saint 😉
– All the members in my sewing “class” who had to put up with my stupid questions :)  You girls are the best.

And, without further ado, here is the finished product.  I used cotton fabric instead of flannel and was very pleased with the results.  I got the fabric at JoAnn’s and the burp cloths at CottonBabies.
It is kind of a letdown to realize that they will, from here on out, be covered in puke.
Oh well.  May as well clean up puke in style!

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For making burp cloths.

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Finished product coming soon.

At 11 o’clock the other night, I came across this fun tutorial.
Braided headbands.
Easy peasy.
Fortunately I had some headbands lying around that I no longer wore the way they were.  I took the fabric off and was left with a plain headband.  Perfect for what I needed.  I grabbed some hot glue, some fun fabric I had lying around, and, since I am currently lost in LOST, embarked on a late-night project.

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I think I will be making some more in the very near future. 

In an attempt to be creative and save money, I have taken up “crafting.”

I was so excited when I found this tutorial for how to make your own tile coasters!  It is so easy, so fun, and the variations are endless.  I used scrapbook paper for these, but I think I may try photos next time.

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Grand total for a set of 4:

Felt: $0.29
4 Tiles: $0.64
Paper: $0.59
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Total: $1.52

Now, you will need to buy the Mod Podge at first, which is $7.99, but that will make you many, many, many sets of coasters.  The sponge brushes are also only $0.39 a piece.

These are a great addition to my coffee table, and they make great gifts!

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