Saturday, August 22, 2015

a New bag

I'd been wanting to make a new bag, but was having trouble deciding on something.  Then I remembered this old Burlap Pinto Bean Bag I bought at a thrift store a few years ago.  I had cleaned it up, cut it out and sewed a border around it, but it just sat in my stash...Until a couple weeks ago.

I decided I wanted a tall bag with a shoulder/cross body strap.  I wanted the top to flop over and I wanted a zippered pocket on the outside to keep some things (like keys or glasses) within easy reach.

This is what I came up with.  I used a drop cloth for the back, handles and inside lining.

{I kind of love the sombrero!}

{Wonder what people think when they see me walk by??}

{The button detail didn't turn out quite like I'd hoped, but I like it.}

{This is the flap that hangs over the back.  The zipper is underneath.}

{Here is the back side with the zippered pocket.  When I don't want the giant sombrero showing, I can flop the bag over the other way and this can be the side that shows.}

I'm on the look out now for some coffee bean bags.  

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Making Memories

We had a bunch of Disney Sing Along videos that we watched all the time when the kids were little.  This wasn't one of my favorites then, but I thought about it the other day as the older two kids were getting ready to head back to college.

We've been trying to make memories this summer.  (One reason I haven't been here on the blog much!)

{Lego time}

{Mom and the girls at the beach for the sunrise.}

{Mike and I took a drive (and short hike) up North with our college daughter.}

{Mike and I got to see Thomas the Tank Engine while on a trip up North.  Our boys used to LOVE Thomas.}

{The younger kids are laughing at big brother.  His girlfriend said she'd give him $10 if he stood in the fountain!}

{We took a trip to the beach.}

{Two of the younger kids wanted to see if they could beat big brother in a race.}

{We had a lot of fun and we made a lot of memories, but this summer kind of went by in a blur!}

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

JAWS Birthday Party

Last month we celebrated our middle girl's 16th birthday party.  She did NOT want a "Sweet 16" party.  I joked (sort of) and said she should have a JAWS themed party since June was the 40th anniversary of the movie, JAWS.  She loved the idea, so we went with it.  It was so fun putting it together.

I showed you the invitations already, but in case you missed them, here they are again.

We had fun working on this sign from the movie.  We just used a drop cloth and paint we already had.

She invited 20 some kids and our house is way too small for that many teenagers, so this party HAD to be outside.  Thank goodness for GREAT weather.  It was cloudy and even a little cool at times, but the rain/sprinkles held out until the very end.

The first decoration we bought was this inflatable shark.  We weren't even sure what we were going to do with it, but we had to buy it!

The birthday girl wanted a photo booth, so we went with a "changing tent".  Another drop cloth.  I think I'm going to paint something else on this (maybe flowers?) and make a table cloth for the patio table and some pillow covers for a couple outdoor chairs.  

Not knowing what the kids would do for hours, we decided to make Cornhole boards.  We were originally going to paint something a little more creative, but then decided to go simple.  We'll probably paint over them.  (Maybe go with a Dr. Pepper/Mt. Dew theme)

You can't see it well, but I painted an old cabinet door with chalkboard paint to use as a score board.  It's hanging up on the shed door.  Now I can use the chalkboard on the front porch.

We made this shark cutout for the candy/present table.

The birthday girl made her own cake and it turned out awesome!

The cake was chocolate and she wanted to have vanilla as well, so made these cupcakes.

I was surprised to hear that only ONE of the kids had ever even seen JAWS!  I love how the party turned out though and I think all the kids had a great time!  Now we need to start thinking about what to do next year when our youngest daughter turns 16!!

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Saturday, July 4, 2015


We'd hoped to go camping over the 4th of July weekend.  That doesn't work out when you wait until the last minute to make reservations though.  Instead we made a list of things we could do over the weekend.  Last night we all went to an arcade.  It felt a little bit like walking back in time.  I remembered being in middle school and tagging along with my brother when he went to the arcade.

{Centipede was one of my favorites.}

We've decided we'd like a huge basement.  In that basement we'd like a PacMan arcade game, Skee Ball, air hockey and ping pong.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Envelopes and Invitations

We're getting ready to throw a 16th birthday party at our house!  The birthday girl has decided on a JAWS theme.  She made the invitations and mom made the envelopes.

She decided she wanted them to look like manila envelopes.  I made a template from a cereal box, then I searched through all my scrapbook paper and ended up using every piece of yellow I had.

While I was busy making envelopes, birthday girl was hard at work on the invitations.

I think they turned out great.  I can't wait for the party.  Let's just pray it doesn't rain!!

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

a Day in the life of my Dog

 Today I'd like to share with you, a Day in the life of my Dog.  Such an exciting life.

{It's such a long way to my bowl.}

{That was a good breakfast.  I'm tired.}

{Still tired.}

{Hey, let me help you with those groceries.}

{Nevermind.  I'm tired.}

{The sun feels so good on my back.}

{Did you say, "treat"?!  Of course I want a treat!  Let me have the treat.  Mmm, peanut butter and banana.  Mmm, it's so good.  Sorry, I didn't mean to bite your thumb.  You should have just let me have the whole thing!}

{What a day.  I'm exhausted!}

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Chalkboard walls and Chocolate

Who doesn't love drawing with chalk?!  Or eating chocolate??  I love both, so I wrote this on my chalkboard wall.

I found a cool painting/drawing online (HERE) and decided to try out something similar in chalk on the rest of the wall.  I did most of it while talking to a good friend on the phone this morning.  I'm stuck in one place when I talk on the phone (see my phone there on the wall?).  Why have I never thought to draw on the wall before??

I love having chalkboard walls in the house.  Sometimes I wish it was floor to ceiling though....Wonder if I could paint a wall somewhere else???

I am in love with this chalk - Crayola Colored Drawing Chalk  The colors are so vibrant!

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