Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween & What We Had for Dinner

I made One Pot Pasta E Fagioli for dinner tonight. I left out the bacon to make it vegetarian, but my husband said it was missing something. "Bacon?" I asked. "Yep."
This is definitely not a meal you want to make last minute, or after a long day. It was very time- consuming. But worth it. Click HERE for the recipe.

Gibson enjoyed dressing up. His Halloween name was G-Money. I think he enjoyed his graham cracker the most.

Love that face!

G was too pooped to party by the time my husband got home from work, so we stayed home and passed out candy instead of parading him around. He fell asleep right after our first Trick-or-Treater visited. It was a pretty laid-back kind of Halloween.

Last Day for 15% Off!

Today is the last day to receive the 15% off discount in my shop! Use the coupon code FALL1. Click HERE to shop!

Mustache Lovin'

My friend bought me this mustache charm she found at Hobby Lobby. I couldn't wait to attach some chain and a couple of C-clasps to it and make a necklace! I'm in mustache heaven right now! I did some research and found one on etsy for you. Click HERE!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Framed Jewelry Display

I've seen so many cute Framed Jewelry Hangers on Pinterest lately and I've been dying to make one!

I rescued this mirrored picture frame with hooks from a friend's trash pile about a month ago, and have been waiting patiently for the right project. It didn't dawn on me to make it into a place to display my jewelry until I saw THIS artist at the Fort Worth Indie Craft Bazaar. I was immediately struck with inspiration!

I wasn't crazy about the original color, so I spray-painted it red instead.

I bought some burlap ($2 for half a yard at Hobby Lobby) and used the glass that came with the frame as a guide to cut it. Then I stapled the cut burlap to the back of the frame.

I'm really happy with the end result. Now my jewelry has a home where it is proudly displayed, instead of being hidden in my closet. The best part is that this project cost me a whopping $2 to make!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Great Pumpkin

We took Gibson to the Pumpkin Patch today.

We let him pick out his very own pumpkin. I like that he chose the bumpy one.
Happy Saturday!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Music Class

Gibson has Music Class on Fridays. He sings. He dances. He chews on instruments.

Today the kids got to wear their Halloween costumes to Music. Gibson wanted to be a breakdancer.

Here he is busting a rhyme. He loves rhyming.

He also loves bunnies.

He especially loves his new gold chain necklace.

I think I love this costume so much because I didn't have to sew or hot glue anything. And we already had everything on hand, so the only purchase I made was the fake gold chain! Word.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Nursery Tour, Part Two

It's time for a nursery update! (Is it still considered a nursery when your child is over 13 months old?) I've added a few new and vintage pieces to Gibson's room and I wanted to show them to you.

My incredibly talented SIL painted this sign for G's first birthday! It's the title of my absolute favorite Dr. Seuss book. We first got the inspiration from this one I saw on Pinterest.

I scored this magnetic board from the Fort Worth Indie Craft Show. Check out Just Hang It Designs on etsy. The magnets were a gift for my wedding years ago. Faith, Hope, Love.

I absolutely LOVE this quote I've been seeing all over Pinterest. I added a business card I also picked up from the craft show. It's from Fifiduvie. I also love her, "Baby, Let's be Outlaws!" quote! Check her shop out HERE.

My mom gave Gibson this vintage children's desk for Christmas last year.

I love the vintage decals! Homeschooling is becoming a real possibility, and I can just imagine G reading his little books sitting at his desk!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Fabric Covered Magnetic Corkboard

I made this board this weekend out of scraps I had laying around the house and a magnetic corkboard I scored at Joann's for $6!

Cork Board (mine is magnetic, obviously yours doesn't have to be!)
funky fabric (I used upholstery fabric)
Staple gun, glue gun, or fabric glue (choose one of the three)
Optional: felt, fabric, buttons, etc. to make flowers or whatever!

Once I placed my board on the fabric, I cut the fabric so that it was a few inches longer than my board on all sides. I then folded one side of fabric down and attempted to staple it. My staple gun jammed, but thankfully I had some fabric glue on hand! I ran a thin bead of glue all around the frame and pressed the fabric down.

This is what the back looks like.

I added some fabric flowers made from felt and embellished with pearls.

I posted a picture of my husband and me from our wedding and my first Mother's Day card from Anthropologie. I'll either hang this board in my bedroom along with weekly Scripture to memorize or some prayer requests tacked onto it, or it'll go in my soon- to- be craft room to post inspiration for future projects!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

No Bake Cookie Goodness

I stumbled across this recipe for Chocolate Oatmeal No- Bake Cookies on Pinterest. They looked so yummy! I scanned the ingredients and was overjoyed to discover that I had all the ingredients to make these in my pantry. Yay for no running to the store today!

I can't believe how easy and quick they are to make! Talk about No- Bake Heaven! They are so delicious, I don't know why I've wasted time making homemade-slave-away-bake-in-the-oven cookies in the past!

I'll be taking these cookies to Care Group tonight. We're studying the book, What is a Healthy Church Member. Cannot wait! If you'd like to make these cookies for Care Group too (or any other get- together), click HERE.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

15% OFF!

I'm celebrating Fall and the cooler weather by offering a 15% discount in my shop until Oct. 31st! Use the coupon code FALL1 when you checkout. Click HERE to shop!

Monday, October 17, 2011

We Have a Winner!

The winner of the necklace giveaway is...
lorraine said...

im following your blog through gfc :)

Congrats! Contact me at ashleyturner007 (at) gmail (dot) com with your info and which necklace you'd like!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Last Chance to Win!

Today is the last day to enter for a chance to win a necklace from the SHOP! Entries will be taken until midnight. Click HERE to enter! Winner will be picked at random and announced tomorrow, so check back!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Candy Corn- Filled Vase

I've been meaning to decorate with candy corn the past few weeks, but it seems that everytime I buy a bag, I eat it all up before I can get creative with it. Total lack of self control! Today, however, I bought 2 bags. One to decorate with, and one to eat!

You'll need a glass vase, cardboard tube, and at least an entire bag of candy corn. I saw the cardboard tube idea on a blog a while back, but could not remember which one. I'm sure it was on several.

Place your tube in the glass container and begin filling with candy. You may see the tube through little gaps, but this didn't bother me. Once it is on a mantle, people won't be inspecting it up close. If the gaps bother you, maybe try spray painting the tube orange or yellow beforehand.

This would also look great in apothecary jars. Instead of using a tube, try balling up pieces of paper to place inside of jars instead.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Cozy Comfortable

I had originally intended to glue these yarn balls on a wreath, but I think I'm beginning to get a little "wreath-ed out." (Is that even possible?) I'm glad I decided to place them in this glass container. They give my mantle a sort of cozy, comfortable feel.

styrofoam or foam balls (another Joann's steal!)
glue gun
container of your choice (wouldn't these yarn balls look amazing in Apothecary Jars?!)

Begin by dotting some hot glue onto your foam ball. Place the yarn on top.

Then, you're simply going to wrap the yarn around the ball several times, always intersecting the glue dot.

Continue wrapping and adding dots of glue until you can no longer see any of the foam ball underneath.

Place the yarn balls in the container of your choice. My mantle is ready for Fall. Now if only the weather will take a cue!