Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Peeps Bunny Bunting

A while ago I spotted these adorable Peeps Bunny Buntings on MADE. I have favorite treats for every holiday (Valentine Candy Hearts, Cordial Cherries at Christmas, Candy Corn at Halloween) and Peeps just so happen to be my favorite Easter treat.

So I decided that I just had to have one to hang in my living room. I used this template for the bunnies and cut them out of felt scraps that I had. I followed most of the directions on Made except for attaching them to the ribbon. I took the easy way out and just hot glued them on.

I love how they look hanging in my living room. And as always the best part is that it was cheap and easy! Grand total for this project was $1 for the ribbon. I had everything else on hand.

( Bunny Door Hangers - Dana-made-it.com)

I think I will make a few more like these for Kaleb to give to all of his little friends at the Easter party he is having.

Monday, March 21, 2011

If You Don't Believe Me, Just Ask Me

I seriously have the cutest kids in the world!

While out yardsaling this weekend, my friend Savannah spotted this cute little suit. I couldn't pass it up. Kaleb was so excited to have a suit to wear to church on Sunday. I also got the dress that Andie is wearing at a yardsale a couple weeks ago for 25 cents! This picture is right before we left for church. The kids kept posing and I couldn't resist taking a ton of pictures of them. I think they know just how cute they are and they use it to their advantage all the time.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Kaleb's Room

If I had to choose a favorite room in our house it would be Kaleb's room. It has a camping/fishing theme and is as "Boy'ish" as you can possibly get. In our house in Utah I had put up a cute wallpaper border that I got at Cabela's and painted the bottom of the walls dark green. It was adorable. Since we're renting this house I can't paint but I wanted to put the left over border to use. I decided to make some signs to go above his bed.

I started with 3 of these wooden signs I found at the 99 cent store. They were the perfect size and the edges were already painted black. I peeled off the paper that was on them and brushed them with mod podge. I then cut the wallpaper border to the size it would need to be to fit the signs. I then mod podged them on and brushed mod podge on top as well.

I love how they turned out. And also love that I only spent $3 to make them.

They look great above his bed. This quilt is one of my favorite things in the room. I purchased it at Target when he was just a baby. The moose rug is from Sportsman's Warehouse and the fish picture is from a thrift store.

Here are a few more pictures of the fun things in his room.
What fishing room would be complete without a fishing creel? Since my budget didn't allow for a real one, we settled for a cheap one from Walmart. The string of fish were given to Kaleb by my grandpa Stan.

I found this Pottery Barn oar at Down East Outfitters in St. George. One of the hooks was broken off so I got it for about 90% the original price! The fishing vest was given to Kaleb by Jeff's parents.

Last is this little shelf that I got from ABC Distributing. It is filled with little things that I have collected over the past couple of years.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Ironing Board Re-do: Take 2

Remember this cute little ironing board cover I made back in January?

Well, it turns out that the fabric I used wasn't quite as heat resistant as I thought. How did I discover this? Well I was ironing one of my husband's WHITE school uniforms and discovered it was turning blue with little polka dots. By the time I realized it I had burnt a hole all the way through the cover. Luckily I was able to bleach the uniform and all the blue came out but I was forced to make another cover.

I found this fabric at the DI (Thrift Store) a couple months ago. It was a huge piece, around 4 yards, and I got it all for $2! I cut the elastic out of the other cover and used the exact same method as I did when I made the other cover. You can see the original post here.

I actually think I like this cover more than the other one and it's 100% cotton so I won't have to worry about it melting!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Recent Projects

Lately it seems like I can't get anything finished. I keep starting projects and getting about half way done and then I put them in a pile to finish "someday". Well I have finally gotten a few of them done so I thought I would share them.

I'm still slightly obsessed with book page wreaths and I am always searching blogs for new ideas. I have seen several like this one lately and thought I would give it a try. I didn't like how the middle looked plain so I added a fabric rosette with felt and burlap leaves and some beads in the center. Right now it is hanging on my bedroom wall and though I am not 100% in love with it, it's starting to grow on me.

My sweet little Kaleb somehow got the idea that we should throw an Easter party for all of his friends. I was hoping to just do something small on Easter Sunday for our family but he has since invited just about every person he has seen, spent every night making "decorations" and "invitations" and will not stop talking about it. So we've decided to do a little lunch party sometime next month with all the kids in the neighborhood. I realized that I don't have a single Easter decoration so I hit up the Dollar Store to see what I could make on the cheap. I found these little eggs and this cute little white tree. I removed the eggs from the sticks, glued them on the branches, glued on the little bows and added a larger bow on the pot. It's cute and simple and Kaleb loves it.

We've been working hard on Kaleb's ABC's so we can hopefully put him in preschool soon. I wanted something to hang on the wall by our table so he could visualize the letters while he's writing. I printed the letters on the computer, cut them out and glued on card stock and covered them in contact paper. I then cut small strips of fabric, punched holes in the cards and tied them together. I think I will make another one soon with numbers so Andie can start working on them.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


All I can say about this little guy is that he is the funniest kid I have ever met. I am so glad he got his dad's sense of humor (most of the time). He is always coming up with the funniest ideas and knows exactly how to cheer me up when I am having a bad day.

Last weekend Jeff and I took him to see "Rango" at the theater. He's been wanting to see it for a while so we took Andie to my friend's house for the afternoon and took him out for a "Date". He was so excited to get to go alone with us. He just had to have his picture taken with the cardboard cut out of Rango.

I have been trying to work with him on his ABC's the last couple of weeks. This is his first attempt at writing his name. Pretty darn good if you ask his proud mama! We are hoping to get him into preschool this fall and he also has his heart set on being on a soccer team so we will be looking into that soon as well.


It's been quite a while since I posted updated pictures of the kids so I thought I would post a few of Andie today. She is getting so big! I can't believe she is already almost 2 1/2.

She loves to be outside playing with the sidewalk chalk. And she is always sneaking out wearing mommy's shoes.

She is obsessed with having bows in her hair right now. She even has me put them in before she goes to bed. I let her stand on her dresser and she always chooses the bows she wants for the day. She is such a funny girl. She is going through a rough patch of terrible two's right now but I am hoping it will be over VERY soon!

Monday, March 7, 2011

One Year!

February 15th marked one year since Jeff began school at Le Cordon Bleu. We can not believe how fast the time has gone by! His last day of school will be August 12th of this year so the end is in sight! I am so proud of him for all that he has accomplished in the last year. He has worked so hard both with school and Costco and has still managed to keep a 4.0 GPA. He is such a great daddy and husband and no matter how tired he may be he always makes time to play with the kids. Right now he is taking 3 classes. One is an English class in the morning and the others are Contemporary Cuisine and Wine and Beverage which he goes to at night. He leaves around 4 in the morning for work, then heads strait to school after that. He has a short break in the afternoon to nap and do homework and then heads back to school until 11 at night. We miss having him home but we know that our future is looking bright because of all the sacrifices we are making. We are looking forward to his spring break at the end of the month and plan on taking the kids to Knott's Berry Farm for a mini getaway.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

My Night With The King of Country Music

About a month ago George Strait, Reba McEntire and Leann Womack came to the MGM Grand. We weren't planning on going but that day I found an absolute steal on tickets on craigslist so I just couldn't pass it up. It was kind've a crazy day trying to get everything lined up, find a babysitter at the last minute and get down to the strip on time but we made it and I am so glad we did! I have wanted to see George Strait live for as long as I can remember. He was my mom's absolute favorite and I grew up listening to his music. I remember as a little girl I had a life size George Strait poster on my bedroom wall. I even had a huge George pillow on my bed. This concert was an absolute dream come true for me!

Once we got to the stadium we realized why we got such a good deal on the tickets. We were in the nose bleeds! See that wall behind us? We were up as high as you could possibly go. We were a little disappointed at first but it turned out to be kind've nice because we didn't have any drunkards behind us and we were right on the end of the row so it was easy to get in and out.

We arrived about 45 minutes early so we spent the time playing with Jeff's new Droid, taking horrible self portraits, watching 30 Rock episodes and playing with the fun features on his phone.

Wow, we were sooooooooo far away!

First up was Leann Womack. Her music reminds me most of a summer I spent in Montana with my grandparents when I was 14. My grandma loves her music and we listened to her CD all summer long. She is beautiful in person and has an amazing voice.

Next up was Reba. I had never given much thought to how great it would be to see her in person but she put on an unbelievable show. That woman can SING! She even came out to the stage in a little taxi cab when she sang "Fancy". It was awesome. I was just a tiny bit disappointed that her show went on for sooooooo long. We had to get home to the babysitter so we didn't want to stay too late. I think she sang about 20 songs or more so by the end of it I felt like standing up and chanting "We want George, We want George", but I didn't.

The King of Country wrapped up the evening. All I can say is I was in heaven. I don't know if you all are country fans but you have to admit that there is no one better than George Strait. His voice gives me chills and I don't know another 58 year old that can rock a pair of wranglers like that man can. We only could stay for about 8 of his songs since it was so late but I was so glad I got to hear him sing a few of the classics. He sang "Ocean Front Property"and "The Fireman" as well as "Sea Shores of Old Mexico" and some newer ones. Overall it was an amazing night and I hope he comes back again next year. I think I would definitely splurge to get seats a little closer to the stage!