Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas Magic

We're a two-tree-household. As soon as the last of the turkey is gobbled up, the kids start asking about the tree. This is tree #1.

This is the fake tree that we put up in the family room. This one is for the kids. It's the messy tree, but it's the favorite tree to decorate. Every year the kids each get to pick out a new ornament. The goal is to have a good collection started, when they are ready to move out and decorate their own tree someday. This tree is filled with the ornaments I receive as teacher gifts, the paper handprints the kids made in preschool, and a few family favorites. I let the kids choose everything about this tree. This tree is all about the memories.

I love listening to the kids' stories as they carefully unpack each ornament.

There are two favorite ornaments, the Santa and the Mickey Mouse ball. The kids have worked out a system where they trade off years for whose turn it is to choose the spot for the favorites. (This year, Mickey had a little mishap and is in need of some superglue.)

Most ornaments hold a memory for my kids. Some are just pretty. Some are not so pretty, but always seem to make it onto the tree anyway. It's ok. This tree is their tree.

This tree hold the magic of Christmas.

I believe.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

All Wrapped Up In The Holidays

I was so wrapped up in the holiday festivities last week, that I forgot about my own linky party. We have spent a lot of time with friends and family and a good chunk of the weekend watching my son's basketball games. Little time was left for craftiness and homey goodness.

Here's a peek into Thanksgiving in our neck of the woods. My sister and sister-in-law hosted our meals this year. We all live in the same neighborhood, so we didn't have to drive far between parties.

There was turkey, of course...

unless, you are 7 and dishing your own plate... then it will look like this. Olives. Potatoes. Giant cinnamon roll. Jello. Yep, that's all you need for a perfect Thanksgiving meal.

Look at those cute little leaves on the pie! My mom loves to do that.

Green bean casserole

Sweet potato puffs

A good nap afterward

Happy Holidays!
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Ruffles, Ruffles, Ruffles!

I'm not much of a ruffly person. I don't do a lot of frill. Lately, in my sewing, I've been adding ruffles to a few different projects and I like the way it looks! One of the sewing shows I watch, on PBS, featured a ruffler foot and I was intrigued. I had never heard of a ruffler foot before. I called my local Quality Sewing and Vacuum and found out which foot I needed. They also had it in stock.

I've been ruffling away! I can't believe how easy it is to make ruffles now! You can decide how big of a pleat to make as well as the distance between each pleat. What a time saver this is!!!

Happy Sewing!

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Monday, November 21, 2011

From Warm and Cozy to Light and Bright

I have a problem saying, "There. I'm done."

My house is a constant work in progress.  I finish one room, and move onto the next.  The family room was one of the first rooms to get a mini make-over after we moved in, 7 years ago.  I loved the yellow and burgundy!  The colors made the room look so warm and cozy. 

I've found that all of the rooms I have been pinning on Pinterest and light and bright.  Warm and cozy is what I do.  Light and bright is sooooo not me.  So, I kind of surprised myself when I bought Quails Egg White paint at Lowes the other day. Check out the new light and bright family room....

Remember how yellow everything looked last week?

It is very much a Fall space.  I do love it.

And I just finished my fall pillows.

But, oh, how I love the new light and bright look.  I love the contrast between the brown and white Quails Egg.  I like the way the curtains blend into the space, but still provide some softness.

I'm in love with the new French stripe pillows.

 The ottoman slip covers are made from chocolate corduroy fabric that I found in the clearance pile at Jo-Ann.

I want to add a little length to the curtain panels, so I'm planning to add an 8 inch ruffle to the bottom out of the same color.  The door frame needs to be stripped and restained a darker color. Oh, and I have a couple of quilts in the works to add some more color to the chairs. There's always something to do!

Light and bright.  What do you think?
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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Cub Scout Cake Bake and Home and Family Friday

It's that time of year again!  The boys in the 'hood have been busy, baking up a storm with their dads.  If you didn't see last year's Cub Scout cakes, click here.  You'll be amazed.

Here are some of my favorites from THIS year.

Those little popcorn balls are actually cake pops.  So cute!
This cake won the Best of Live Auction.
I thought this cake was very clever!

This cake was amazing!  It even played cricket noises.

The construction cake included a remote controlled backhoe.  The kids had so much fun playing around with it before the auction!

Did I not tell you that these cakes are amazing?!?
Are you ready for the least appetizing cake of the bunch?
My son made Poop-Cakes In The Yard.

 Don't forget to check out last year's cakes

We're ready for Home and Family Friday.  Link up your projects.  We love to see things you've done around your home or with your family.  I'd love it if you'd become and follower and grab my button.

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After Thanksgiving Sale

My Mother In Law bought this photography set-up at the after Thanksgiving sale last year.  I love it and use it all the time, especially in the cold, dark, months.

I've had lots of emails and questions about it, over the past year.  We found it at here.  I have no idea if it will be on sale, again this year, but keep your eye out if you're looking for one.

Here's the picture from the website.

Happy shopping!
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Free Purple Robe

The other day, while we were at Hairmasters, we bought enough hair product to qualify for the free robe.  It looked very soft and cozy.  But, who needs a bright purple robe?  Then, we had an idea.  My son and hubby are University of Washington fans, colors - purple and gold. 

I Embroidered a big gold W on the robe.  I know have a happy, 10 year old, UW fan!

Happy embroidering!
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

It's About Time!

About 2 years ago, I bought some beautiful French striped fabric from Calico Corners.  I bought enough for pillows and valances.  Then, I had sewist block.  (It's kind of like writer's block, but for people who sew.)  I lost my vision for the look I wanted for my family room.  The fabric sat, gathering dust, in a corner of my craft room.

During the past few weeks, I decided to just go for it.  I started cutting up my fabric, making pillows and plans for the room.  I love the way the striped pillows turned out!  I put zippers in the bottoms of the pillows, so I can change them out with the seasons.  I had originally thought these would be my easy-breezy-summer-looking pillows.  I think they'll look great during the Christmas season too!

I learned my lesson from my last set of pillows and I was careful to line up the stripes before sewing.  Look at the texture in that fabric!  I just love it! It's about time I got around to doing something with this fabric!  By the way, if you are a Calico Corner's lover, the Mill Creek store is closing.  It might be a good time to find a few deals, but I'm so sad to see them go.

Happy decorating!
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