Friday, July 27, 2012

Delaware Vacation 2012

Two weeks ago we got back from a wonderful and relaxing time spent in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  We had a wonderful time full of good food, beach, family, and sleeping.  Thanks to all of our who made our trip so wonderful!

Here are some highlights from our trip:

Bonfire & giant s'mores at the beach house

Moon Rises every night (no sunrises for this chica)

Fresh Seafood - Literally picked that morning!

Fourth of July fireworks (I can't figure out how to take good firework pictures!)

Our first baby shower & seeing friends and family we haven't seen since our wedding!

We also leave for our second vacation this summer tomorrow. We are on our way to Michigan for the week to have another family and food filled beach week! Pray for safe travel!

There will be no posts next week as we won't have much access to Internet. Consider this my blogging summer vacation, too!

Have a great week! 

Monday, July 23, 2012

Hammock Making

Last summer we got this amazing hammock for free from our wonderful in-laws. We enjoyed laying on it and hanging out during the fall and spring (because in TN the summers are way too humid).

Just kidding, this isn't our hammock, dog, lake, or kayak - but I sure wish all of those were ours!
Almost got you there didn't I? No that isn't our hammock - ours in smaller, like a lot smaller and not as sturdy. 

So, as a result of staying outside in the spring, summer & fall - during wind, rain, and sun - the hammock started to fall apart this year. There was some kind of pink and gray mold growing on th bottom, it was bleached out, and then a rip started forming right in the middle (where your but needs the most support!).

For the life of me I could not find a place (online or otherwise) that sold this type of hammock. It only needs a bar - no strings - and a shorter size. Thats it. Sounds easy enough, but I could find nothing.

So, as usual. I took things into my own hands. I went to Hancock Fabrics - found some outdoor canvas for $4.00 a yard - got a bunch and went to town.

I ended up just serging all the way around. I really like this look - and for something that will be sat on, pooped on (only by the birds and squirrels of course), and rained out - it does not need to be perfect. I did not add any padding in between the top and bottom layers (hopefully no mold this time around!).

I used the old hammock as the pattern but made it about 4 inches wider.

And after about an hour of sewing and hemming and measuring - I had a brand new hammock for under $20!

Now its already to be used when the weather and humidity goes back down to normal!!

Happy Summer Time Y'all!

P.S. It has literally rained EVERY DAY this week, so getting these pictures was really tough work! Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

One Day Bedroom Re-Do

Last week our bedroom looked something like this:

Very Gray and not very organized. It sure had lots of potential with those awesome ( & free) doors that we worked on last month. So last week - on Wednesday - I decided it was time to redo. I already knew what colors what I wanted all I need was new sheets, some pillows, and updated artwork.

So on Tuesday night I went to Ace and got spray paint to update some art work. I took some old art and painted over the canvas gray. Then I took some old lace I had laying around and taped it to the art - and sprayed my life away.

And then another homemade art work piece I made was using some scrap wood. I stained it a little bit brighter of a color - and then stenciled some flowers and 1 Corinthians 14 on to it. To create the 1 Corinthians 14 stencil, I used my Silhouette and card stock (although vinyl or contact paper would have been a  better choice.)

And finally after getting some new sheets from Target (these to be exact) and some fabric from Joanns - I had this room:

Isn't it wonderful? I think I just laid on the bed for like an hour after I was finished admiring all the work. Here are some more photos for you since I know you want more!

I made all the pillows except the back one. The back pillow is a body pillow with two pillow cases on it that came with the sheets from Target. I then used the bag the sheets came in to make the sqaure pillow in the front. The two gray pillows, the print pillow, and the smaller pillow with the white around it are made from fabric from Joanns. Making pillow cases was the best choice because I got to pick my fabric and no one out there will have them!

Here is the cost break down for this room re-do:
Sheets - $37
Spray Paint- $5
Fabric - $30
Paint - $1
Head Board - reused plywood & burlap - FREE
Art Work -reused plywood  & canvas - FREE
Total: $75

Not too bad. I would have liked to get under $50 - but the fabric put me over by a bit. I have lots leftover - so hopefully we'll be seeing some more projects on the other side of the room.

So what do you think? Good use of one day?

P.S. If you want to know what some the fabric is that I used - just leave me a comment below and I'll send you the links to Joann's website :-)

Monday, July 16, 2012

My Weekend: See Rock City & Baby Project

I had grand plans this morning to write and tell you all about the hammock I made last weekend. Then it rained and then I forgot to take pictures when the sun came back out. So you'll just have to wait until Friday to see that awesomeness! :-)

Meanwhile, I had a wonderful relaxing weekend filled with  friends, rocks, and sewing.

Saturday the hubby and I headed up to Rock City to enjoy some amazing views and some really furry animals. This is fun place! The views are incredible! Yet it is really expensive, I recommend bringing a lunch and games and make it day trip. If you keep walking the entire thing it take about 2 hours straight (that is SLOW walking, too) - and when you pay $20 per person - that ends up a little pricey in my book (but we do have a year-long membership, so we are free every time we go :-) . Here are some cool pictures from the day.

Check out those views!

They even have these cool passages!

American Eagle!!

Some kind of owl - it was full size and super cute!
And what would be a weekend if I didn't have a project? This weekend I wanted a quick little project. So I picked up my One Yard Wonders book and found the infant flyaway jacket. And... I made it! This did take longer than expected - but I am really bad at putting bias tape on outfits. Practice makes perfect, right?

Believe it or not this is the first thing I have made for our baby due the first week in November! I feel like I just opened a can of worms. While I was at it, I found a pattern on Pinterest for these cute little kimono shoes, too!

I hope you had an amazing and relaxing weekend too!

P.S. Did I mention that I re-decorated our bedroom this weekend? Nesting is starting to hit me (a little early isn't it?) - get ready to see the results on Wednesday!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Making My Own Cookie Cutter

Last week my lovely family threw the hubby and me a wonderful baby shower for our little baby to be!

My sister and I designed the invites together using Publisher and got them printed at At home we use mason jars a drinking glasses and they are cheap and cute (and trendy) decorations. So that is what we based the card off of. We also used neutral colors since we aren't finding out the sex of the baby until he/she comes out!!

Once I made the invites and printed them, I knew that I wanted to make Mason Jar Cookies! I scoured Google and Etsy for a mason jar cookie cutter - can you believe that I didn't even find one?!? I was shocked. I was able to find a dozen ready made mason jar cookies for about... $40 a dozen on Etsy! (WHAT?) So that was out of the question.

Then the hubby and I brain stormed about making a cookie cutter. My mom and sister didn't think it could be done- but I knew it could. So here are the steps we used to do this:

1. Cut off the top 1'' of a tin jar using tin snips.

2. Carefully bend the tin strip with needle nose pliers into the shape you need.

3. When shape is complete join ends of strip (after you cut off excess) use a staple - we did have to hammer the staple in.
4. Clean and its ready to use.

Now I'll be the first to admit that is a very rough cookie cutter - not very elegant. But it got the job done pretty well. I look forward to trying this on a few more cookies, too.

We had a great shower! We are so thankful for everyone that came and supported us. We are so blessed to have a great family - and we can't wait to introduce you to our little one :-)

Happy weekend to all!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

My New Toy: Silhouette Cameo

This is my new toy:

A Cameo Silhouette.

If you have never heard for this amazing machine before, it is basically a printer that cuts paper (or vinyl or fabric) instead of printing on it.  And it is AWESOME! Yes they are pricey - around $289. I was able to find mine at for $259 (with a coupon code and cash back). And it was a great purchase!!

Here is a video of a Cameo in Action (and shows all that you can do with it!): 

This thing is seriously amazing. I have made some pretty greeting and thank you cards. It is fun to play around with and figure out how to use the software that is included. The software is awesome because you can basically take any image and turn it into a cut-able image - what a great function.

This machine is great for scrap-booking, card making, decorating, and even making stencils. You can also buy vinyl and make a cool saying or picture to slap up on your wall (I cannot wait to try that!). Just check out all the stuff they have on their Pinterest Wall:

Amazing, Right?

Here are some things that I have made over the past few weeks as I try to learn how to use this machine.

Just wait until more projects start rolling out! I cannot wait!

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