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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Soap Dish Update

I was looking for something updated to put on my soap dish
(other than just buying a bar of fancy soap)
I had these 4 ivory bars 
stood them up
wrapped them in burlap ribbon, velvet ribbon 
and then added some ornaments for a festive look








Monday, November 15, 2010

First "Major" Injury

We had our first injury that was not just a head bump or red spot
We had blood.
Traumatizing.

Elise and Lilly were playing under a blanket and Elise fell and 
bit into her lip


There she is with her little swollen lip


and with in minutes she forgot all about it and was back
to playing with Lils..




Friday, November 12, 2010

Sweater Pillow

I am in the process of trying to dress up our beige couch
but I still want to have some neutrals as we are planning on 
moving in a few months and I am not sure what the walls or floor
will look like

So I decided to cover an existing pillow with a sweater 
The sweater is a soft thick creamy material that I knew would look great 
Apparently Pottery Barn had the same idea as me 
ha ha.


except theirs is $39.00 and mine was practically free
I just cut my sweater into a square the size of the pillow
turned it inside out and sewed three sides
turned it right side out, stuffed my pillow back in
and hand sewed the last edge

paired up with the Poinsettia Pillow
and an awesome throw from TJ Maxx










cozy and perfect for winter! 















Thursday, November 11, 2010

Tissue Paper Votive Holder

We made these votive holders in m.o.m.
(Moms on a Mission)

We started with glass votive holders
added velum word pieces with Mod Podge
and added either pieces or strips of tissue paper
and dabbed a final coat of Mod Podge over top

This would make a great gift
with or with out the words added in














Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Police Ball 2010

Red dress. check.
Red shoes. check.
Babysitter. check.

Russ and I finally had a night out
for the first time in months!

(Russ does not work for Milwaukee Police but with his new position
works closely with some of the officers)

We attended a police ball to honor officers who had shown extraordinary 
bravery and courage in the line of duty.
All of those awarded either had to fire their weapons
or had been shot in the line of duty.

It was truly an honor to recognize them and their families.


Governor elect Scott Walker



friends of ours Aurora and Matt (and baby on the way :)






Monday, November 8, 2010

Friday, November 5, 2010

Poinsettia Pillow

I fell in love with this pillow from PB


and then found this tutorial from Uncommon
and made my own version using 1/2 yard of white felt
and some left over bells that were actually from our wedding favors
I did not sew my felt leaves on..
I hot glued them..
purely for lack of time and energy..








more pillows to spice up my overly beige couch coming soon...




Thursday, November 4, 2010

Yarn Jars

What to do with old canning jars and yarn remnants?

Make them into thrifty fall decor!


I originally had the idea to make vases for the girls birthday party



I had more yarn and more jars so I decided to make 
some fun jars for friends







a great idea that my friend Kelly did with hers! 




the possibilities are endless with any combo of 
jar size, yarn, and ribbon..

Happy Fall! 




Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Halloween 2010

I had originally gotten the girls fairy costumes for Halloween..
then we decided it would be fun to dress up too 
since we were going to two different parties..

So, we decided to make the fairies
munchkins from the Wizard of Oz..
clever..

And this was the final result


Russ and I made our own costumes
I sewed blue and white fabric onto a blue dress
I found Toto and the basket at a thrift store


The red shoes and the scarecrow pants and shirt
were from Goodwill, and the straw was a hula skirt cut up 
from a luau party


just so you get the full effect..

The second party we went to..
the girls went back to fairies
and Russ and I were too tired to dress up

And the girls looked adorable!





this fairy appeared to be scowling at me..




and all of their little friends..


complete and total fun chaos!