Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Today is a special day!

Today is the day my son was born.  I did not give birth to him, but I got the joy of raising him, having him in my life and getting to hear the word "mom" said to me by him.  I love you Travis.  You bring so much fun, laughter and beauty to our lives.

Happy Birthday Travis.



Christmas Decorating

Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year.  The music, movies, traditions, food, parties, family, friends and decorations. 

Most of my decorations were gifts from my mom.  She always makes us decorations to add to our collection.   These are my favorite of all decorations.  I just love homemade gifts.  The time and thought that goes into making something is pure love.

My boxes of Christmas decorations take up the whole ceiling storage area of my garage.  I have a LOT of boxes.  Some years I don' t even use them all of my decorations.  

This year I was especially excited to set out all of our Christmas things.  I knew Chloe would love them when she came over and saw them for the first time.
Also, Bailey and Cali were in Oregon for Thanksgiving so I wanted the house to be all dressed up when they got home.

Happy Decorating.



Monday, November 28, 2011

I actually did something I saw on Pinterest

Hi friends,

It's been a while since I have posted here on my blog.  I'm not sure why,  except I just feel like I have not had an extra moment.

Anyway, I found this idea on Pinterest and decided to try it.

 I figured if I didn't like how it turned out, I hadn't spent that much money on it so I wouldn't feel too guilty about it.  I have a hard time using prints in my decorating, especially if it will be a permanent item and curtains are pretty permanent.  The low cost and ease of making this curtain also encouraged me to give it a try.  If I get tired of the print or want to change it out at different seasons, it would be easy.

The thing I love about Pinterest is that most pictures take you to the original source of the photo.  I was able to do this here and was directed to the blog showing how to make this new sew roman shade.

I actually sewed mine, but it is possible to make without sewing anything.

I loved the table cloth that was used for the fabric in the above picture, but didn't think it would work well in my kitchen.  So I took a trip to Target to see if there were any other cute table clothes to use as fabric.  I found this one and it worked perfect.

I measured my window width, added 4 inches to the total measurement so I could make a nice 1" hem on each side.  I measured the length of the window added two inches to the length to also make a 1" hem to the bottom.

This is what my window above my sink has looked like for the last two years.

And here is what it looks like now.

Like I said, I wanted to be able to have options.  I found this table cloth at Target for Christmas.  You can't see it in the picture, but the grey stipes are a glittery silver.  These curtains will stay up for Christmas and then I will either put back my original curtain or make a new one.  We'll see how I feel in January.

Have a great week.



Thursday, November 24, 2011


I am thankful for these people.  They are the joy in my life.  

I am grateful for this guy.  He is still the love of my life!

Have a great Thanksgiving.