Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Emma's new friend

This morning I was nursing Cade on the couch and catching up on some blog reading at the same time. I opened one of my favorite blogs up to discover that she had posted a vlog (video blog). As I was pushing play Emma came over and asked to hold the phone while we watched the video. The blog is Gussy Sews. if you haven't checked her out you must do so. It's awesome!
Anyways, during the whole video Emma thought Gussy was just addressing her. At the end of the video Gussy said to let her know if you had any questions or things you might want to talk about. Emma still thought she was talking to her. She asked if she could write Gussy a letter. And thus began the penpal exchange between Emma and Gussy :). Gussy was so sweet to play along with Emma!
She posted a link on her blog as well about their penpal day...

If you're in need of a sweet bag or clutch head over to Gussy Sews. Not only is she talented but also incredibly kind and sweet.
Thanks for making Emma's day so fun and exciting Gussy!!!

-at one point she made play-do cookies for Gussy. She asked to mail them but I told her a picture was probably a better idea:)-

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Summer days

Yesterday was one of those fulfilling summer days. You know... the kind where if summer was over tomorrow you would feel like you had a great summer?!
We spent the entire day at the beach swimming, floating, sunbathing, visiting and picnicking with friends.

By the time we got back to the house it was much too late for the kids to nap. So we spent the rest of the late afternoon watching movies before a taco salad dinner. It was such a refreshing day!

A few days ago our sweet neighbor brought over some fresh hand-picked peaches.
They were not only tasty but so beautiful!


Christan over at Repurposed Heart is featuring my silhouette tutorial today.

Head on over to her blog. She always has the most encouraging and uplifting posts!

Have a great rest of your Sunday!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Bath Towel Rug Tutorial

I've had a few requests to do a simple tutorial for the Bath Towel Rug I made for the kids' bathroom.
                   This tutorial is also being featured over on my friend Casey's blog, A Little Artsy.
                                                 Head on over there... this is her business blog.
She also has an awesome family blog, The Wiegands.
Check both of them out!

I love this project not only because it's cheap and you can use what you have but also because the possibilities are endless! And not to mention it's easy to throw in the wash!
Because let's face it...bathrooms are gross. 
I like to wash my rugs a couple times a week.  I find that if you wash your big, fluffy rugs a couple of times a week they begin to look like a matted sheep.  Not cool.

Now...on to the tutorial!
Trust's very easy... very forgiving...and the possibilities are endless!

*Bath Towel - you can use any size you want.  I chose a regular sized towel because I wanted a rug that covered a lot of my bathroom floor.  You definitely could also use a hand towel!
*Fabric Scraps
*Sewing Machine


First start by figuring out what you want the top of your rug to look like.
I had enough fabric scraps to make long strips.
You could also just make it really simple and make four rectangles to cover the top.
Once you have figured out how you want the top to be, cut your fabric!
Make sure that the sides of your fabric hang over the long edges of the towel by about two inches.

Sew your strips together (NOT to your towel yet)
You will end up with all of your fabric sewn into a top piece.

This next step is VERY important.  Trust me... I didn't do it the first time ;)
Pin the fabric layer on top of your towel. 
Use lots and lots of pins. 
You don't want your fabric to slide around while sewing.
Now you will "stitch in the ditch." 
Basically this means to sewing along any seams that you have made.
For instance: below I stitced the line right between both fabrics.
This will secure it to your towel.

Your top piece should be attached to your towel now.
The last step is to finish up the sides!
Remember how I told you to leave two inches of fabric hanging over?
You will take those two inches and fold them over once and then fold it one last time.
This will give you a nice finished edge. Sew right along the edge. 
Doing so will finish the edge of your rug!
Here's the back of the rug below.

Here's the good news... it doesnt have to be perfect.
As you can see below mine isn't.
But that's okay by me because it was free, a fun project and it serves it's purpose perfectly!


If you have any questions please ask!!!
Have a great day friends!

Friday, June 24, 2011

On my heart Friday

Today I'm feeling extra blessed and thankful for my family and their health.

This past week a friend's three year old nephew drowned...
Another friend found out her two year old daughter has diabetes...

Any worries or complaints I had this week immediately seemed petty and silly compared to what both friends are feeling and going through this week.

Keep them in your prayers...will you?
I made sure to slow down and take extra time to love on my sweet babies.
To thank the Lord for their health.

Go and love on those around you...
Have a great weekend my friends!

John 16:33
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.
 In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."



Thursday, June 23, 2011

Inspiration workshop

I'm linking up with Gussy's Inspiration Workshop this morning.
The prompt was "spend the day playing". Since I'm in the stage of life where my littles are still small I feel as if all day, every day is spent playing at my house.
This morning while I was putting the baby down for his nap the big two decided to play tattoo parlor.
Emma chose some tasteful hand tattoos.

While Colt opted for "sleeves" on both arms.

Happy Thursday friends!

Gussy Sews Inspiration Workshop!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Wednesday Randomness

I feel like most of the posts I've been writing lately are full of randomness. Bare with me. ;)
In no specific order... Let the thoughts begin!

-I made the sourdough bread today. Three days of "feeding" it twice a day, 14 hours of letting it rise, 30 minutes of kneeding, all equaled a so-so loaf of bread. SO not worth the time! Save yourself four days and buy it from the store. I now have a new respect for a loaf of sourdough bread!

- Today turned into a baking day. In addition to the bread I made a batch of No Bake Cookies for our dessert. They totally made up for the disappointment of the bread. Is it bad that I feel like they're not SO bad for you since they have oatmeal in them?! :)

- My hair. It's falling out by the handfuls. It has happened after each baby was born. I lose ALOT of it. My hair isn't thick to begin with so I ended up with the thinnest ponytail you've ever seen. I'd say it's around five strands. After two months of falling out it grows back and sticks out in short sticky outty tufts all over. I slightly resemble a lion growing his mane. Not even kidding. Good thing this sweet little little lardo is WELL worth it!!!

- Speaking of pregnancy. I sometimes catch myself standing like I'm still pregnant out of habit. Belly out, hands on my back. Anyone else have to "retrain" their posture to before you were preggo? Standing straight, belly in :)

- I have two spaces in my house that are officially "put together". Sometimes when I feel overwhelmed with how slow the rest of the house is taking I will go and stand in front of the finished areas:) Here they are. Both are in my dining room/entry way.

- One last bit of randomness. I have a jar of straws in my kitchen. Is it silly that it's one of my favorite things in my home? :) I find it so cheerful!

Time to head off of here. No bake cookie date with Trav on the couch! Nighty night and happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

This and that

It's a rainy Tuesday here. I love me a good rainy day after a weekend in the sunshine. It makes catching up on laundry and house cleaning seem cozy and enjoyable!
Our weekend was packed with visits from friends and family, the lake and good food.

My sister spent part of the weekend with us. She's a beautician and a really good one if I do say so! The newest hair trend around here is hair feathers. She brought along her new supply and "feathered" Emma and I right up!

Father's day afternoon Trav went and caught fish for a fried fish dinner. It was scrumptious! For dessert the girls and I made Key Lime Bars. I'll post the recipe below. They're the perfect summer dessert!

Several if you have asked to see a more if the new house. Give me another few weeks and I will give a little home tour! I have yet to get all my boxes unpacked. And I have three half way finished painting projects that need to be finished. Moving and working on projects has made me realize there are two different kinds of people. Those who start projects and work diligently until that certain task is completed (my husband). And then there are those who start a project and get distracted and move on to something else half way through. That's me :) my projects do eventually get done. Just not in a timely fashion. I know that I should be finishing up painting our bedroom, but for some reason my brain thinks that sewing a pillow for the couch is more important at that exact moment! Which one are you?
Before I forget. The sourdough starter is "souring" nicely haha! So gross. I think it's time to turn it into bread. I'll let you know how it tastes. I don't think I'll give the kids any right away just in case I made a rotten batch of starter;)

Have a great Tuesday!

Key Lime Bars
Martha Stewart Living

1 cup finely ground graham cracker crumbs
2 1/2 tablespoons finely ground graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup sugar
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
3 large egg yolks
1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated lime zest
2/3 cup fresh Key lime juice , (about 23 Key limes total)
1 cup sweetened condensed milk, (14 ounces)
2 Key limes, thinly sliced into half-moons

Make crust: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stir together graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter in a small bowl. Press evenly onto bottom of an 8-inch square glass baking dish. Bake until dry and golden brown, about 10 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack.(Leave oven on.)

Make filling: Put egg yolks and lime zest in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Mix on high speed until very thick, about 5 minutes. Reduce speed to medium. Add condensed milk in a slow, steady stream, mixing constantly. Raise speed to high; mix until thick, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to low. Add lime juice; mix until just combined.

Spread filling evenly over crust using a spatula. Bake, rotating dish halfway through, until filling is just set, about 10 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack. Refrigerate at least 4 hours (or overnight).

Cut into 2-by-2-inch bars. Garnish bars with whipped cream and a slice of lime.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Up and running

Blogging from my phone has been figured out thanks to my sweet friend Erin over at Bringing Up Burns. Not only did she inform me what app to use but she also let me know that today was Friday instead of Saturday (when I asked her how her Saturday was going). Having Travis home in the summer really throws me off!
We headed to town this morning for Cade's well child appointment. Sweet piglet is healthy and large! He has doubled in weight and grown 4 inches since he was born two and a half months ago.

These two are already becoming good friends. Their favorite thing to do together is get up at the crack of dawn. 5 am anyone?!

Sweet Emma prefers to sleep in... my kind of girl!

I've decided that I want to try a few new projects this summer. I've started reading through, "The Joy of Cooking" cookbook. I came across the bread section and began reading about bread starters. Has anyone ever done this? It's absolutely fascinating! You basically let your yeast grow for a couple days. "feeding" it several times of day. It's pretty much like a science experiment that you can eat! I love sourdough bread and thought that would be the first one I would try. I'll keep you updated on how it goes!

I have been working on putting our new house together. Part of the catch is I've been challenging myself to spend zero dollars on decorating by using what I already have. Two reasons for that... the first is because there is no extra money right now for extra decor stuff. And the second is... Even if there were extra money there isn't anywhere around us TO shop :) .
I needed a rug for the kids' bathroom. I didn't have a rug sitting around that went with the colors I was using. So I simply used a coordinating bath towel I had on hand, sewed together strips of extra fabric I had sitting around, attached the fabric to the top of the towel, and voila!
A new and free bath rug!

Time to get off of here. I need to figure out what's for dinner. I'm thinking something Mexican. Perhaps grilled avocados with grilled chicken!? Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Sort of back!

Hi!! Ok.... I'm sort of back in the blogging world. We still don't have our Internet set up yet, but to make up for that fact my sweet husband got me an iPhone. Ummm hello, how did I not realize how fun they are?!? And handy! For those of you with a smart phone what are some of your favorite apps?
Also, does anyone know how to go about putting pics from my iPhone onto a blog post? I have no idea.
I'll be back tomorrow with some new fun things! Have a great afternoon friends!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Blueberry Syrup

Hi! The kids and I have made it to my parents house.  It took us almost two hours longer than it should have.... but we made it! :)  We managed to only stop three times for nursing and potty breaks.  But those breaks lasted 30-45 minutes a pieces.  Wow.

The beginning of the trip started out a tad scary.  While driving along a two way road in the country (going 70...the speed limit I might add) a gigantic wild hog ran right in front of our car and stopped.  It was ginormous!  Wild hogs around where we live can be around 300 pounds or more...which I'm pretty sure this one was.  I slammed on my brakes and thankfully he moved on his way at the last second.  If he hadn't we would have definitely hit him!  I have never been so scared!  The Lord was definitely protecting our car!

We did drive through Joplin on our way to my parents.  I didn't venture off of the interstate so we really didn't see much.  What we did see however was a disaster.  I've never seen anything like it.  Huge signs crumpled up like pieces of paper. And all the trees were gone.  I still can't believe the town is pretty much gone.  Unreal.
Last week I had decided to make pancakes for breakfast.  After I had already mixed my batter I realized we were out of syrup.  So I made a home-made blueberry syrup that was delicious and super easy!

Blueberry Syrup

1/2 Cup Water
1/2 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Blueberries (I used frozen)
1/2 tsp cinammon
Squeeze of half a lemon

Bring the water and sugar to a boil in a saucepan.  Add the blueberries, cinammon and lemon. Simmer on medium heat for around 10 minutes or until your mixture thickens.
You could serve it as is with small blueberry lumps in it.  I preferred mine to be smoother so I put it into a small food processer and blended until smooth.

We spent the afternoon playing outside today.  It was nice and warm which makes for healthy rosy-cheeked babies :)  My favorite!

I'm off to bed. 
Have a great Thursday friends!