Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Hair Bows

I made these bows for my nieces today and it was pretty simple. I think they turned out so pretty! It makes me want to wear a bow in my hair, but I guess I'm too old for that. :)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Placemat Makeup Bag and Our New Puppy!!

I bought some really pretty placemats at Bed Bath and Beyond for $3 each. I turned one into a clutch/makeup bag and I love it!! Its super simple all you have to do is sew up the sides and then turn it inside out. I had outgrown my old makeup bag big time. This one has plenty of space for me! :)

Also we visited Mike's parents this weekend and they had a puppy that had shown up on there farm. They have a couple dogs already so we are gonna be able to take her! We have to wait until we get our fence fixed, but we are going to bring her here soon! She's super cute! I think I'm going to name her Daisy.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Bundled Babies

I made these dolls for my niece. I did the big one first and it turned out more like a bowling pin than a bundled up baby. The little ones look MUCH better. I gave them to her tonight and she loved them! :) Of course she ripped the pearls off in the first five minutes and tried to eat them. Ha what was I thinking putting pearls on a two year old's toy? I was inspired by this post at Happy Together. I just recently started reading her blog and I LOVE iT!!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Scrap Flower Necklace

I've definitely been on creative overdrive lately or something. Anyways, I've wanted a fabric flower necklace for awhile now, but couldn't find one that I liked so I made my own! All I did was hot glue the flowers (I made from scrap material) to felt and then I glued on a felt tube so it can slide on and off the necklace. Yay! I'm excited about it!

Throw Pillow Slipcover

I've had this fabric for awhile and I've never been able to decide how to use it. I got it at Walmart for like $1 or $2 a yard. Well today I decided I wanted to cover my couch pillows with it. I made a slipcover because I didn't have a zipper to match and I can still change it whenever I want too. I'm super excited that I did it all on my own without a pattern or instructions. I know its pretty simple, but I'm happy that I was able to do it and that it turned out right! :)

Monday, July 12, 2010

New Wall Decor

So I have been eyeing this vinyl wall sticker at Hobby Lobby for months now and last week I found it on the 80% off aisle!! It was originally $29.99 and I got it for $5.99. Yea baby! Anyways, my wonderfully amazing and hardworking husband put it up for me tonight and I LOVE IT!!! :) I hope to buy more. They have a lot of scripture ones that I like.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Busy Saturday

I found this tutorial sewing a really cute bag and I decided to give it a go. Now you have to understand that sewing and I have a love/hate relationship. I tend to think I have more skills than I actually do therefore a lot of my projects end up in the trash. When they do turn out right I give them away because they don't turn out how I want them too. I tend to sew for a few days then get frustrated and throw my sewing machine in the closet until I get inspired again. Well this time was different! I actually love my purse and the way it turned out. I'm actually going to use it!! I had a few frustrations but I pushed forward and figured everything out!! The tutorial says it takes a couple hours to complete, well for me it took six!! Ha oh well I now have a bag that I love. YAY!!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Why I love ALDI!

I love ALDI. That's what I say to myself every time I shop there. I only shop there about once a month or so and every time I wonder why I don't just skip Wal-Mart altogether and give all my business (or most) to ALDI. The truth is its a little more inconvenient to shop at ALDI because you have to bag or box your own merchandise (one of the reasons they have lower prices) and there are usually a few items I need that they don't carry (one of the biggest being Dr. Pepper which embarrassingly I'm way addicted too, but I found Dr. Dazzle there today so hopefully it will taste the same). However, every time I do shop at ALDI I end up walking out with a pocketful of savings. We budget $300 for groceries and toiletries in a month which works out to be $150 per two week pay period. When I shop at Wal-Mart I usually end up having about $10-15 left over out of $150, however when I shop at ALDI (without using coupons or anything) I only spend about $75! That's almost half the price for the same amount of groceries! WHY AM I NOT SHOPPING HERE MORE OFTEN?! If you aren't familiar with ALDI here are some reasons why they can offer such lower prices:

1. They carry a smaller amount of items than your regular grocery store, which means they have a smaller store, therefore needing a smaller staff and paying lower rent and utilities. (Also you have less of an opportunity to impulse buy because they carry less merchandise making it easier to stick to your list saving you even more money!)

2. You have to bag your own merchandise and put up your own cart (carts are locked and it costs a quarter to get one, which you get back when you return it). Because of this they don't have to hire baggers or cart pushers passing the savings onto the customer.

3. Almost every product is the ALDI brand which cuts out the middle man and adds extra savings.

4. They don't advertise. Amazing.

I have found that almost every ALDI product I have purchased has been just as good as any name brand. They even have a double fresh guarantee which states that if you aren't satisfied with a purchase, ALDI will happily refund your money. Also they have a whole line called "Fit & Active" which offers healthier options at a great price. I am really going to try to stick to shopping at ALDI as much as I can in the future and see if we can lower our monthly grocery budget. They really simplify the shopping experience and I like what the company stands for. If you haven't considered shopping at ALDI before and you have one in your area, give it try you might be surprised.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Our House - Before and After

I'm excited to finally be posting pictures of our house. We have done a lot of work and are proud of the results! :)
Living Room - Before

Living Room - After
We painted the trim/walls and got new carpet with a memory foam pad.
Its seriously the plushest carpet I've ever felt! We got our couches off
of Craigslist for $250 and our curtains were $1 a piece from Walmart!

Kitchen - Before

Kitchen - After
We added a bar to the the island for extra seating which I love and we painted the walls the same as the living room. We got new light fixtures and a new sink. We also added new hardware to the cabinets. Other than that we just scrubbed until everything looked new again!! (It was pretty nasty)

Dining - Before

Dining - After
We got a new fixture and painted the walls. The table came from my grandparents.
Its solid wood and we bought it for $200.

Bathroom - Before

Bathroom - After
We painted the walls, got a new cabinet, toilet and shower head.

Master Bedroom - Before

Master Bedroom - After
We got a new fan, carpet, and painted the walls.

Guest Room - Before

Guest Room - After

I opted not to post pictures of the office because its pretty messy with scrapbooking and stacks of papers. Don't Judge me. :) I love our little cabin and I've had so much fun decorating it and making it feel like home!! I hope you've enjoyed the pictures!
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