Monday, November 29, 2010

I'm famous!!

Well, sort of famous. At least in the blog world I am. Kinda. Sorta. Maybe.

Michelle at Someday Crafts was so kind to feature my gumdrop trees on her blog. Thank you so much Michelle!! You just made my day!! I'm so happy!!  : )

Now go check out her awesome blog here !!!

Gumdrops and Guinea Pigs . . .

I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving. The Christmas decorations are out at my house!  Woo hoo! Geez that's a lot of work!

Now onto the title of this post . . . the gumdrops are in reference to my gumdrop topiaries I made a few years ago. They are super easy and make a great gift.

The only supplies you need are foam cones (I got mine at Michael's) and lots and lots of gumdrops. I used my glue gun but I think craft glue would work too. Just start at the bottom and work up to the top. I made these about 4 years ago and they have held up really well. If a gumdrop falls off, I just glue it back on.

Here's my super duper jumbo gumdrop topiary. This one took A LOT of gumdrops and glue but I love it!

I'm sure you're all wondering what guinea pigs have to do with gumdrops. Well, nothing really. I just thought the title sounded cute . . . and oh yeah, we took care of a guinea pig over Thanksgiving. My daughter Hannah is in the 4th grade and her class has a pet guinea pig named Ginger. We volunteered to take care of her over the Thanksgiving break.

Hannah really wants a guinea pig so we thought it would be nice to take care of Ginger and "see how it goes". Our biggest concern was how our dog Jake would react. He sniffed her and walked away. I think he wanted to make sure she wasn't another dog! Looks like Santa needs to go guinea pig shopping!!

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!!

I want to wish you all a happy and safe Thanksgiving. I am so thankful for all the wonderful friends I've made since starting my blog. A BIG thank you to all my followers - you're the best!!

We are having Thanksgiving dinner at my sisters house - yeah! no cooking for me!! Well, I always make the stuffing but that's about it.  : ) On Friday I am shopping with my sisters - it will be crazy busy at all the stores but maybe we can score some great deals!!

I'll be back soon with Christmas decorations and hopefully our tree (we ALWAYS have problems with the lights!)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Christmas Craftiness . . .

Hello everyone! I have been working on a few Christmas crafts/decorations today. First up is my Santa picture that I printed from The Graphics Fairy. I used a piece of scrapbook paper for the background and stuck it in a frame. It's that easy! I found the ornament in the $1 bin at Michaels. I just added some ribbon and hung it on the corner of the frame.

I got the idea for my next project from Marla at Always Nesting. She has an awesome blog and amazing ideas. Go check out her blog here:

This is what I started with:

I found the birdcages in the $1 bin at Michaels. Then I spray painted them white and added some small ornaments. Super duper easy and inexpensive! Thanks for the idea Marla - you rock!!

How cute would this be filled with small plastic eggs for Easter? It was only $1 and it can be used for all kinds of fun stuff. Multi-use and cheap. Doesn't get any better than that!

I'll be dragging out all my Christmas bins from the basement later this week so be sure to check back for some more fun ideas!!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Friends + Craft = Fun!

My BFF and I worked on a fun Christmas craft and I wanted to share it with you all. My best friend is named Lori. Yes, I know that's my name too. It's so funny when we call each other and say "Hi Lori, it's Lori". We are so much alike that it's scary! We both have 2 daughters, love to shop, scrapbook and most importantly we can be totally honest with each other. She came over for a visit on Friday and brought an advent craft she found on clearance last year. We had so much fun - as always - and I love the way our advent boxes turned out.

Here is what we started with:

We used scrapbook paper to cover each drawer. The kit came with numbers for each drawer so we put those on and this is what they look like now:

Here is mine:

This is Lori's:

Aren't they the cutest! After we finished crafting, we headed to the mall and found some fun items and candy to put in each drawer. Our kids are going to love these!  

Oh, my apologizes for the ugly green laminate counter. You all know I want granite REALLY bad.!  : )

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Where We Live

We spend a lot of time in our finished basement. The Handyman Hubby works from home and his office is on one side of the room.

The other side of the basement is a family room with the BIG TV(as my kids call it) and game systems. We opted for a futon instead of a sofa. It opens into a full size bed (great for guests) and has 2 large storage drawers underneath. I keep all our DVD's and games in there. They are easily accessible but out of sight.

The furry rug and green pillows are from Target. I made the paisley print pillows from a set of cloth napkins I found at Homegoods. Give me a glue gun and some fabric and I can make almost anything!

The chair and shelf are from IKEA - love that store!! Too bad it's 2 hours away from my house. I'd probably be there every week if it was closer!

Here's a closer look at the accessories on the shelf. 

I love the way my lamp shade turned out! I spray painted it black then added some fun tassel trim from JoAnn's. Isn't she cute?

Here's the other side of the room. . . 

I used the same trim from the lampshade on a plain pillow to dress it up a bit. 

This table belonged to my Grandma and I painted it black - I know, no big surprise there! I have the 2 extra chairs from my kitchen table set here. 

This is my craft/scrapbooking area. I have all my paper, stamps and supplies in one place. The idea was that I would scrapbook a lot more if I had an organized space. So far that hasn't happened but the space looks nice!  : )

Well, there you have it. Our cozy basement family room. It's where we live.

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Home Office vs. Dining Room

Happy Monday! Today I am seeking advice from all of my fantastic followers and fellow bloggers.

Handyman Hubby started working from home full time about 2 1/2 years ago. Currently his office is in our finished basement. It's not a bad space. Just small and there are no windows.

This is Handyman Hubby's side. I'm loving all the cords and wires and mess important paperwork.

What about that pole in between his desk and the file cabinet? Isn't that great!

Here is my desk. Check out all the fingerprints on my screen! I can't believe I'm showing these photos to you all!

We've talked about turning our formal dining room into his office. The last time we used the dining room was 2 years ago when I hosted Thanksgiving at my house! It seems like such a waste to have a room that we don't even use.

Here is my dining room. It is on the left when you come in the front door.

I'm not sure if I can deal with all the office mess and clutter. I would love to put french doors in the opening to close it off but the stairs are in the way so it has to stay open. We also would have to make A LOT of changes for it to work as an office. There is no phone outlet or cable outlet (for internet). I think the red walls would have to go too. Then there is the carpet. It needs to be replaced but I'd like to continue the hardwood from the entry into there. Now we're talking lots of $$$$$.

So what do you all think? Has anyone turned an unused room into a home office? Any volunteers to help prime and paint over that red paint?  : )

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Come On In And Hang Up Your Coat

Is it a coat closet? A hall closet? An entry closet? I'm not sure what to call it but there was a lot of wasted space and it really needed to be organized.  Here is a before pic:

I started by taking everything out and quickly realized that the walls really needed a fresh coat of paint. I painted it the same color as the hallway - Brown Tepee. Just the paint alone made a huge difference. Going through and taking out things that didn't fit or belong helped too!

Handyman Hubby found some inexpensive cubbies at Home Depot - $12.99 each! We purchased 2 sets and stacked them. He also added another shelf to utilize all the wasted space up above.

I found the baskets at Michaels and used my 50% off coupons so they ended up costing $6.99 each!  For the winter I have mittens, hats, etc. in them. During the summer I can put flip flops and sandals in the baskets and store the winter items on the top shelf. What can I say? I'm a genius! Ha!

This closet is right by the front door but I needed a place for shoes and stuff by our door to the garage. I have a boot tray for shoes (we don't wear shoes in the house) and hooks for purses, backpacks, etc.  I also have a small message board there too.

I also have a hook for the dog leash by the door. I found this at IKEA and just love it!

I love how organized and clean the closet is now. We'll see if everyone can put their stuff away where it belongs . . . I know, probably not going to happen but a girl can dream can't she?

Monday, November 8, 2010

What an awesome day!

It was another crazy, busy weekend at my house. My oldest daughter, Taylor, turned 15 on Saturday. (I sure am feeling old!) The Handyman Hubby and I worked on a few projects so I got to check a few more things off my to-do list.

The big news was the contest that Taylor won from a local radio station. She won tickets to a private Jesse McCartney concert. Now, if you have teens then you probably know who Jesse McCartney is. If not, well, let's just say he's pretty darn cute and has an awesome voice! My daughter is absolutely in love with him and always talks about going to California so she can meet him - ha! There were about 25 other girls there so it was a small group. Each winner could bring a friend so of course Taylor brought her BFF Katie. Jesse sang about 5 or 6 songs and we were right there in the front!! So much fun!

We had such a great time! I know Taylor will never forget this day! She already said she's not washing her sweatshirt because Jesse touched it!

I'll have pics of my weekend projects soon. : )

Thursday, November 4, 2010

I Cheated . . .

No! It's not what you think people! Geez!

I cheated and made my own chalkboard basket. Why? Because I'm cheap thrifty!

Have you all seen the awesome baskets at Target? Oh how I love them with their little chalk board tag but the $40 price is waaay too much - especially since I am going to use it in my laundry room to put dirty clothes in. Remember when I organized and made my laundry room all pretty? Well, I've been looking for a basket to put laundry in - specifically dirty dish towels from the kitchen. I headed over to Michaels and picked out a basket with a lid that was 40% off - love those Michael's sales! Then I purchased a little wood oval for a whopping 79¢! You know what's coming next. I painted that baby with some black chalkboard paint - yes I did!! I put 2 little holes in the top and used twine to tie it on the basket. Then I used my handy-dandy chalkboard pen to write "laundry" on the oval and she's all done.

Now I know my little basket isn't exactly the same as the Target one but I spent a total of $16 so I'm happy! The basket was $14.99 (40% off $24.99) and the wood oval was 79¢. Woo hoo!!  Here she is all pretty on top of my washer . . .

20 Years . . .

Today the Handyman Hubby and I have been married for 20 years! Wow! Where does the time go? We met when I was 18 and he was 19! Our first date was on November 4, 1986 and we were married exactly 4 years later on November 4, 1990. The past 20 years have brought a lot of wonderful and exciting things and I'm sure the next 20 will be just as exciting.

Just for fun, I'll show you our wedding photo. Please don't laugh too hard. It was 1990 so A LOT has changed (especially my hair!!) Oh to be young (and skinny) again. . .

We are going out for lunch today - while the kids are in school. Maybe we can actually have a conversation without any interruptions : )

Monday, November 1, 2010

50 Followers!! and Happy (late) Halloween!!

Woo hoo!!  I have 50 followers!!  Oh happy day!!  I hope you all are enjoying my blog. I love hearing from you all.  It makes me so happy! I've made a lot of new friends and am having so much fun decorating my house and stealing using some of your great ideas.  I'm thinking when I reach 100 followers I'll do an awesome giveaway!

Other news of the day:

I had to go in for a root canal this morning. Not a great way to start off the week. If any of you have ever had a root canal then you know what I'm talking about. Extreme pain. Like someone punched me in the face kinda pain. I was begging the dentist for a shot so my mouth would be numb and the throbbing pain would go away. Thank goodness it's all done and he sent me home with some awesome pain meds!!  : )
Needless to say, I didn't get a whole lot of stuff done today.

Hope everyone had a nice Halloween. It was a crazy, busy weekend around my house. Here are a few pics. Better late than never.

Hannah the Leopard