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The First of Many Firsts

September 9, 2015 12:39 by ehouston
 

So, my heart walked right out of my chest and onto a bus for the first time yesterday morning.  I spent the next 7 hours and 45 minutes wondering.  What a helpless feeling knowing I could not be there to protect (nut allergies) or to comfort when he needed me.

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Then the big yellow bus came back and out popped my heart.  It was smiling, happy and full.

Hope everyone had an uneventful first day of school!

Erika


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Oh How I Miss This Place

September 23, 2013 14:35 by ehouston

It may be surprising to know that I come to my site almost daily.  Not to finally get off my butt and share something.  Instead I just click on my blogroll links and read about everyone else's interesting life.  It's not just a busy schedule that keeps me away these days.  It's also the feeling that everyone has a blog.  And I mean EVERYONE!  I don't fault anyone for that, no matter their reasons for joining this huge club.  That's just a fact.  I often feel like, "what could I possibly have to add?"  And, then I let another day slip by without sharing.

I will admit to loving this forum for keeping my far away friends and family up to date on what is going on in our world.  I am under no illusion that I will become famous for what I write about here, or that droves of readers from around the globe will click over to find out what riveting plans we have for our next family trip, DIY project or craft session with the kids.  Like so many other bloggers out there, this is my way of letting folks into my world and life without using up all of our phone time on why I chose the paint finish used in the bathroom remodel, or all the tweaks that were necessary to get a recipe just right.  It's also the best way I have found of preserving some of our little family memories since I almost never remember to write anything down any where else.  (Both baby books look like what I imagine forth and fifth siblings get from their poor bedraggled moms when all is said and done.)

I miss being here and recording what is going on in our lives.  But, there is something I refuse to miss even more.

My kid's at this age.

There are days when I spy my lonely desktop from across the room and pine for the time to steal away and write about the past year or so that is just slipping through my fingers faster than I can see, let alone grab.  Then I look at those little smiles, the tiny feet, itty bitty fingers and realize I need to enjoy this time now.  Rather than look at my life in pictures later, I need to be present today without the camera in front of my face.  I had a dream that my kids were asked to make drawings of their family at school.  Both came home with sweet little crayon scribbled portraits and both had replaced my head with a camera view from the lens end.  I don't need a dream dictionary or psychologist to figure the meaning of that one out.  Although, with that being said I do actually hope to take more pictures going forward.  There are some expressions my little girl has already started to lose just because her baby fat is melting away and if I cut the curls of my son's hair short he instantly becomes a mini-man before my eyes.

I want to capture more moments, both here at the blog and through my famously CSI style photos, but mostly by experience. 

All of this to say, that I may be out of commission right now, but I have not forgotten this love of mine and I will make a better effort to share more going forward.

Hope everyone is having a great life out there!

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Making and Crafts : Monogram Door Decor and Greeting

March 14, 2013 08:53 by ehouston

Spring seems to have finally arrived here in Richmond, VA and it was time to move on from our Valentine’s Day Heart wreath to something a little less holiday inspired.  Since Easter moves between the months of March and April I thought it would be nice to have something generic to welcome the season. 

With the popularity of monograms, I have noticed a lot of photos out there of large letters being used in various decorations throughout the home and I had been toying with the idea of adding a large “H” some where in our home.  Then I ran across the Jo-ann’s Fabric and Crafts Create With 8 contest and decided the time had come.

The contest requires you to choose 8 items from a list of 20 to create some kind of craft.  I thought what a fun little challenge and way to come up with something new for our front door.  I used the following items from the list:

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1. Styrofoam

2. Acrylic Paint

3. Yarn

4. Scrapbook Embellishments/Stickers

5. Wooden Shape Cut-outs

6. Floral Stems

7. Wooden Beads

8. Ribbon

I cut the Styrofoam block into the shape of an “H”, being sure to cut it a little smaller so that the bulk of the wrapped yarn would not make it look clunky.  Note: do this outside.  It’s a mess that keeps on giving if you know what I mean.

Then I began the process of wrapping the “H” form with the yarn.  I got lucky with this part of the process.  First, the yarn was on sale- score!  It also had a base of green with light to dark purple running through it, along with a bluish gray in an ombre effect.  The green is nearly identical to the green of the foam, so I did not have to paint the base or double up on the yarn wrapping to get good coverage. 

If interested in how I wrapped the letter read on, otherwise skip on down.  Starting with the left long side I went from top to bottom the long way.  Then went back and ran the yarn sideways from top to bottom, going all the way across to the other long side when I got to the middle section.  After completing the left long side I wrapped the right long side from top to bottom the long way. The middle section was next and I wrapped top to bottom and left to right.  Last, I wrapped the right long section, going side to side and from top to bottom, skipping the area that connected to the middle section.  That meant I was left with a weird area that did not match up to the rest of the yarn pattern, but it was in the area that would be covered with the flower arrangement.  I secured the corners at the back with pins and then used Aleene’s Tacky Craft glue to permanently hold the yarn ends and any other areas that were trying to come undone.  I also ran a thick line of craft glue all the way down and along each section on the back side to prevent the yarn from coming apart.

After painting the wooden beads pale blue and white I used hot glue to add them around the back border of the “H” form.  Once the glue was dry I went back and blobbed paint into and over any open bead holes to give them a more solid sphere look.

Then I just arranged the floral stems, a purple thistle type flower and a willow branch, and secured them with a huge glob of hot glue.  To make it look like the flowers are attached with the blue burlap ribbon I cut a section and crisscrossed it over the area where I blobbed the glue.  It helped to cover up the mess.  Then I cut another section to create a tied bow and glued that in place. 

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For the “ello” part of the “Hello” greeting I painted a flower wood shape pale blue and a large circle wood shape white, gluing the circle on top of the flower when the paint was dry.  Then I hand painted the “ello” message.  Once it was all dry I used hot glue to fasten the whole thing to the ribbon. For a little more springtime inspiration I added some embossed metal butterfly scrapbook stickers that I touched up with some white paint.  The paint was just to give them more dimension from farther away.  The last thing was to add the bit of leftover burlap ribbon for a hanger and I cinched some pale brown satin ribbon into a bow with streamers at the hanging point to add a little more color.

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IMG_4459If you feel so inclined, I would love to get your vote over at the contest site.  Just click on the link below to go to my entry.  You can vote every day until the end of the month. 

http://apps.facebook.com/contestshq/contests/313849/voteable_entries/65864486?wfrefid=48a3e54ca11a

Thanks in advance if you have a chance to help me out!

So, have you all created any fun spring time decorations?  Do you go all out for Easter every year, or do you keep a more general theme?

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2012 Pinterest Challenges I Actually Accomplished : Post #2

March 5, 2013 09:17 by ehouston

Yep, it’s another door ornament, but it is super cool, right?  Our old Christmas wreath has seen better days and I was ready for something new, including a small project to tackle.  I saw this pic on Pinterest,

and could not resist the upgrade to our decor.  Unfortunately, what seems like a nearly endless amount of searching has not resulted in the original maker of this wreath.  I even tried a “Google” image search, but this has been a very popular pic and the search just pulled up hundreds of other sites that used this same image.  Whoever came up with this design….THANK YOU!!!  It’s super easy, super cute and works great for dark doors on houses that sit back from the road.  You could actually see this wreath from the street, which was a nice effect our set back.

To make this door decor I started at the craft store to buy the wreathes.  I ended up having to go to both Michael’s and Joann’s to get three that were the right dimensions next to each other.  In my memory I knew there were what looked like three ornaments hanging down from the neck to act as the buttons on his belly.  When I was looking through the Christmas decor isle at Michael’s I came across a doorknob hanger with metal holly leaves and berries and three large bells hanging down.  After snagging this item on sale and thinking I was brilliant, I took a closer look at the inspiration picture and realized it was exactly what the creator used in the original.  Wah-wuh….  so much for creativity!

I did manage to find a plaid scarf and black hat at the thrift store for a couple of bucks, making this one of the few projects I have completed from mostly complete objects.

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If you read this blog or know me and my frugal ways, you are aware that I sometimes go to great (and ridiculous) lengths to create decor from the scratch items I have around my place.  I will admit that once the wreaths were sprayed white, putting the whole thing together took less than 10 minutes.  There is definitely a lot to be said for having all the parts ready to go from the beginning.

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I do believe we got a lot of bang for our financial and time buck!  Oh, and a cute little addition thrown in to the image background for good measure.

Did you guys make anything new for your Christmas decor this past holiday season?

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2012 Pinterest Challenges I Actually Accomplished : Post #1

January 8, 2013 10:21 by ehouston

Much to my extreme embarrassment I will admit right here and right now that my original, self-imposed Pinterest Challenge involving the frame collage in the shape of a heart remains unfinished.  I will say that it is at least mapped out on the wall and about half the frames are hung.  They still do not have any of the final photos added, but we are getting there.  I hope….

Since that project turned out to be such a bummer, I decided to share posts of a few projects inspired by things I saw on Pinterest, that I actually finished.  Just for fun, I will be including the failures along with the successes, so enjoy Post #1!

Halloween Door Décor

That’s right, I said Halloween!  What did you expect after a nearly 6 month hiatus?  Seasonally appropriate posts- hahahahahahahahahahahaha………..  But I digress……

I pinned this cute pumpkin idea from BHG.com.

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Then talked to a friend about it a few days later.  She mentioned how the gauze on a wreath might make for a cool mummy inspired door decoration.  On the long ride home from that visit with her I had plenty of time to think and ended up deciding to go for the door décor instead of the pumpkin.  Thanks for the idea, Whitney!

While browsing the $1.00 bin isle at Target I found these small foam wreath forms sold in sets of three.

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Combined with some muslin that I had in my fabric stash, I figured I could come up with some mummy rags.

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Tearing 2 inch strips from about 2 yards of muslin proved to be just the right amount of clothes for these guys.

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I wrapped, wrapped and then wrapped some more.  During this part of the process I also wrapped the three together in a layout that I thought looked right for our front door.  I secured the ends with glue and added sewing pins at the ends of the pieces that held the different rings together just for extra security.

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I dug around in my button stash for some extra large eyes.  I ended up using dark green, brown and black 1.25 inch buttons for these goofy guys.

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After wrapping the fabric around each wreath I just wrapped random strips around the wreath centers to help create the rest of the faces.  This takes some rearranging until you get just the right angles for the look you are going for.

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Once I thought I had it all figured out, I glued the buttons in place.

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The resulting wreath is a bit more jovial than scary, which is pretty much what we are going for around here with the little ones.

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So, here is the first success I had in a while with Pinterest projects and it got some good laughs during the month of October.

Yeah!

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