Monday, December 31, 2012

Happiness Highlights (closing out 2012) Top 12.

I was reading old blog posts this morning and I ran across one that had some Happiness Highlights on it.  I thought to close out 2012 I would post some that I have been thinking of.

1.  My hard working husband.  He has been working so hard but has been doing it with such joy, being so thankful to have a job.  I am so proud to be his.

2.  Waffle House.  Some people love it, some people don't.  Let's just say it's not the healthiest place to eat but I have been thankful for Waffle House employing my husband and the fact that the girls love to go and watch their daddy cook.  I'm not gonna lie,  I do get a craving for the cheeseburger now and again.  They are slated to build a new one in our town and I'm sure my family will be regulars.

3.  My girls.  As I'm typing this post, one is running around me begging to save her from the monster (her other sister).  They have been through a lot this past year, living in 3 different states, but the four of us stuck together, loved each other.  These girls brought be a lot of comfort, even on the days that I should have been giving more to them.

4.  Tennessee.  Are you tired of my love for my new state yet?  (smile). yes....I still love it.

5.  My new church. Community Bible Church.  This church has been a joy and I am excited to make more friends, be used more, and develop deeper relationships with the people of this church in the coming year.

6.  My aerolatte frother to make cappuccinos.  I. am. obsessed.  still.  Thank you Terry for my birthday present.  I have now hooked my sister and she bought one too.  It has cut my trips to Starbucks down considerably! Not to mention that I make them healthier!  I love them!

7.  Having my friend Kelli close.  She has been such a blessing to me.  I never thought the Kelli's would be together again but here we are, Southern Ladies!  Now if we can get the rest of our girlfriends down here!  Just kidding.  Not kidding.

8.  Instagram.  I love looking at people's pictures!  It's like a facebook status with pictures.  Even though my friends tease me that I post too many food pictures, I am hooked!

9.  The gospel.  I will write more about this later but being at my new church has given me a renewed love of the gospel and what Christ has done for me, and what He has done for you!

10.  Being closer to my family.  Hollie lives in Virginia (she's visiting right now!) and my parents are in Iowa, but I am now a day's drive away to either place....even though I have not been to either place yet since we have moved, I will!

11.  Hollie being married to Hugh.  I LOVE watching her as a married wife.  She is a happy wife!  She calls him "husband" and I love it, even though I have been rolling my eyes at the mush.  I love how Hugh loves my girls!  He is going to need a vacation after he leaves here.  He has been to Chuck E Cheese, played Strawberry shortcake memory, colored, carried Lucy EVERYWHERE ( I think she forgot how to walk or get out of the car as she waits for him to carry her out).  We are definitely going to have withdrawals when they leave tomorrow.

12.   Sewing.  My new hobby that I am learning.  I'm excited to get better this year!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

DIY Burlap Fabric Banner

 I have been wanting to try my hand at a burlap banner for some time.  I thought that I would use the materials that I already had for my first one (sewing can be an expensive hobby!)  I cut out what I wanted my banner to look like using parchment paper plus I added one inch at the top so I could fold it over my ribbon to sew it together.
 I painted the letters MILK on them.  I wanted to have it say something that would go in the kitchen area but also have something to do with the family so MILK was perfect. (Matt, Ivy,Lucy, Kelli...MILK)
 I took ribbon I already had.  It was too wide so I cut it in half and then sewed the 2 pieces together.
 I sewed a zig zag stitch around the burlap to keep it from fraying. I then ironed it folded over the ribbon and sewed.  There you have it!  A DIY burlap banner!
                                          I put it over our big mirror in our dining room area.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

DIY Sign

I have been wanting to make a sign that was "southern looking" but also had our name on it.  I saw this tutorial and decided to give it a try.  I wanted something to do with our home and Matt came up with "homestead".  I bought a sample of Behr wood stain in "coffee".
 I put on 3 coats, pubbed some off and then repeated.
 I measured in inch on both top and bottom of my 4ft. piece of wood and then used chalk to write on the wood.  I decided on a simple font because I am not a good painter.
 As I painted I didn't mind if the letters were not all filled in because I was going to sand it a little anyway.
 Here is the finished product, waiting to be hung!

Monday, December 3, 2012

.49 DIY Christmas Gift

We have been drinking a lot of hot chocolate this season and I wanted to get the girls their own mugs for Christmas. I was thinking some cute initial mugs from Anthropology and then I remembered something I pinned on Pinterest.  I waited until Goodwill had their 50% off sale (the first Saturday of the month) and I found 2 white mugs for half off.  I looked up some cute fonts and then practiced them on a piece of paper.

                               I took a Sharpie pen and wrote their names and initials on their mugs.

 There are so many things you could do with them.  I am not an artist so I decided on their names.  I was not as happy with Ivy's but there was no going back once I started.  I can always do it over if I have a better idea.

                                     Bake them for 3o minutes at 350 degrees.  Cool Completely.