Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas home tour 2014

Welcome to my Christmas home tour for 2014. I have had my decoraions up for.....Well, I put them up before Thanksgiving!! I know, I know. But there is a good reason. With 4 kids it takes me about three days to get all my stuff out and up. Then I decorate my mother-in-laws house and also this year I helped my mom decorate her house. So I was pretty busy. This is my home this year. I hope you feel welcome and come back often! We love visitors :)
~Happy Holidays~

Every year my tree is a little different than the last. This year I finally got some large green berries. I love them I have been wanting some for about three years and always wait to long to buy them. Not this year!! I also added some cream and red gingham ribbon.




I don't usually decorate any bedrooms. But this year I decided I would do a little d├ęcor in my room.
I hope you are enjoying your December. It has been crazy warm weather and no snow which is weird for me. I want snow for Christmas!! It just feels funny having all my Christmas decorations up and it is 50 degrees outside :)
Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Thanksgiving Table

We have never had thanksgiving at my house but I always like to decorate my table anyway. Here is how mine turned out this year. I didn't spend any money I just used what I already had.
 And the place settings. I just love these little grapevine pumpkins

Happy November to you!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Large chalk board tutorial

Happy Tuesday to you all!
I am excited to share this chalk board with you today.

 This is what you will need.
wood glue
large chalk board
(2)1x4 slats  24 Inches long
(2) 1X4 slats 17.5 inches long
small nail gun (optional)
I bought the chalk board at Home Depot and the boards at Lowes.
 I stained the wood slats and let them dry completely
Then with wood glue and lots of clamps and other heavy objects I let it dry over night.
Then the next morning I use my small nailer to nail the boards to the chalk board.
 Then prepped my chalk board by rubbing a chalk sideways to cover the whole board then wipe with a dry cloth.
 And that's it! You have a huge chalk board. Now I just need to practice writing on it :)
Have a great day!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Sheath Dress Refashion

I bought this sheath dress last month at Old Navy for $6. It was about 5 inches too short and it didn't have sleeves.  So......... in my closet it sat all month
Adding legnth and sleeves
First I went to Joann's and purchased some fabric. I chose this grey herringbone pattern. It was $2 a yard. I purchased 1 1/2 yards.
I laid my fabric and dress on the floor and measured the width of the bottom of the dress adding a 1/2 an inch for my seam allowance. I needed to add at least 5 inches to the bottom so I did 5 1/2 inches.

 For the sleeves I laid my dress out on the grey fabric and traced some new sleeves cut them out and sewed them to my dress using the existing hem of the sleeve on the dress for lining it up.
 I did a double hem so that the two pieces laid flat against each other.
 other sleeve

I am really happy with how this turned out. It is the perfect dress for me. Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Sweater Weather-Neutrals

I am loving this Fall weather! mainly because I get to wear yummy warm, comfy sweaters. I love to wear neutrals in the fall because there I already so much color going on with the leaves changing colors.
Here are a few of my current favorites.
Wear with flats, ankle boots or if it is getting colder, well then it is time to break out your riding boots.
forever 21 cowl neck sweater (here)
old navy jeans 
boots, shoe carnival, here
forever 21 bag (I love this bag it is fantastic for small weekend getaways)

 target riding boots (old) similar here 
have you started wearing your sweaters yet?

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween costumes & family party 2014

Happy Halloween everyone!
We had our 4th Annual Halloween party last week. It was so much fun. We always love seeing what costumes everyone comes up with. 
My family
Me: Sleeping Beauty
Husband: Knight
Neal: Will Treaty from the book Series The Rangers Apprentice (cape made by my mom, quiver made by me)
Paul: BYU football player
Jake: Knight
Whitney: Fairy Princess
I made my husbands Knight tunic costume.
My mom made the cape and the chain mail head thing.
My parents in their ROYAL costumes made by my AWESOME mother! She made everything!! Even the rad capes!!

 Cute Halloween cup cakes made by my sisiter-in-law Laura
Grandkids messing around with grandpa
The whole family for a group picture. Even the dogs had costumes on.

Me and my sister Angie....I mean Dorothy.
Her daughter was the Wicked Witch of the West and her son was the Scarecrow. 

We had all the kids go hunting for their treat bags. Whitney was so excited when she found hers. Yes she had crocks on.....a fairy princess with huge crocks!! I am not complaining.... it just looks funny. My husband got her ready :)
Sleeping Beauty Costume
I had this grand idea of being Sleeping Beauty and was all excited until my mom told me we better get a pattern! I do not use real patterns! :/ Good thing my mother is a PRO SEAMSTRESS!! Really she has some mad sewing skills! As you saw by the King and Queen costumes she made (pictured above)
There are four separate pieces for this dress.
the main light blue dress
the should part
the hip part
and the dark blue corset
 I made the crown and necklace by drawing then on a piece of white foam-ish stuff from Joann's.
I cut out my crown shape and necklace shape then spray panted them gold. Then I added some wet modge podged lace around the crown for some detail then glittered them both. Let dry.

 I love how it turned out! My little niece was so cute when she saw me she said "WOW! You look beeeeeeautiful!" and followed me around for the next ten minutes.
Every girl want to dress up like a princess sometimes.
 We got this pattern for $1 and made making the white pieces much easier to make.
I hot glued the gold trim to my shoulder and hip part! Go me!
 This is the pattern we used for my dress. It was regularly $17.99. We only buy patterns that are on sale and we got this one for $1!!!!!
We used the bottom right pattern. I can use the dress for another year for a medieval costume.