Saturday, October 29, 2011

Kitchen decor....

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I have struggled this past year with how to decorate above my cupboards.
I knew what I wanted in my mind but could never quite get that to come out.
When I put up my fall decor I think I came close.
I love how it turned out.
It's amazing how simple things make a big difference.
I still need to decide what to do with the large pail and star...
The flower arrangment came from the DI.
Can  you believe I didn't do much to it? Yep, I thought it looked great just the way it was.
Hmm, maybe I need a bit more fall garland there at the end too.
It's making the house feel more like Home.
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Friday, October 28, 2011

Basement Progress: slowly but surely

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We managed to get the wiring done and frame in the window.
Now we just need to do the doors then start sheetrocking.
It is coming together and I am itching to decorate.
We are running out of time.
Soon. Soon, I will be able to enjoy this space.
(The black is from painting another project ;-))
 It is taking time.
It gets frustrating.
Thankfully we have google for when we run into a problems.
But we are getting there.
And we are doing it together and growing together.
We have great talks and take advantage of teaching moments with our oldest.
Dad and Son working side by side.
Building more than just a room.
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Dryer Vent Pumpkins

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I love getting together with friends to craft. This last week we made these pumpkins.
My mom had made some of these years ago but my puppy destroyed them.
It's just a dryer duct painted orange.
The harvest picks were on sale this last week at JoAnn's.
I love how they turned out. And I love how they look on my table.
So fun!
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Sunday, October 23, 2011

This weeks menu 10/23

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You know how life tends to get in the way of all our greatest plans...
Yeah, that's where we are.
We are still working on finishing my craft/guest room. I am uber impatient! I think I am actually having crafting withdrawls! I have loads of projects waiting for some attention. With the holidays creeping in the itch to make something is getting stronger by the second. And of course we have run into a couple of snags in getting my room finished. First of all we need it for a special 12th birthday on November 1; then again on Thanksgiving weekend with lots of family coming to town. We planned everything out and even with a few hicups were making progress toward our timeline. 
Then last week my darling husband was put in as 1st counselor in the Bishopric in our ward. For those of you who don't have a clue what this's...well, he's is basically the second one in charge of 300-400 people. It is a big responsibility accompanied with lots of meetings. He will be fantastic! He is a great leader and quite humble.
With all the changes and what-have-you we haven't gotten much done over the past 2 weeks. We are creeping along but I am worried we won't make our November 1 deadline. 
Hopefully we will make the Thanksgiving one. 
We just continue to work as much as we can (between DH meetings and my nights working).
Keep your fingers crossed for me.

In the meantime, I have fallen victom to another crafting hobby. 
Yes, I know, I am weak.
See I needed a new watch band and I did'nt want to spend $15-$20 on one so I thought I would just make one. Just enough beads for one little watch band. AHEM!? Uhmm, yeah. I will have a couple of projects to show you from this little dilema. I think it would have been cheaper to buy the band BUT not NEARLY as fun. hehehe. Thank Goodness! My dear hubby is supportive of my addictions. lol
So, this week I hope to post our progress on the basement and a couple of small projects. Just enough to tide me and you over til the big reveal and craft craze of my new craft room!
If you wanna stop by you are welcome to stay for dinner. This is what we will be enjoying this week.....

Oven Fried Chicken
Monte Cristo Delights
Baked Potatoe Soup
Strawberry Banana Omlets
Breakfast bake.

The end of the week will be filled with Halloween Carnivals and Chili cook-offs. I thought we could have an extra special breakfast before all the sweets hit the tummies.
I will also be making a couple of fun treats....
Pear Raisin Pie
Jack O' Lantern Pops
And probably a pumpkin pie. Dear Hubbies birthday is on Friday so he gets to decide. We are not big cake eaters so I suspect his birthday treat will be something pumpkin related. YUMMY!
Ohhh, and in case you were wondering.....
Only 63 days til Christmas! Horray!
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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Pinterest Addict!

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So sorry to have been MIA. I have had a couple of busy busy weeks. Then in my few moments of free time I just got sucked into Pinterest! 
Hello, My name is Shannon, and I am a Pinterest addict!
I love it.
All the great ideas.
The way I can organize them.
To come back to when it's time.
Some day I will do them all.
Each and Every one.

Never fear I have a couple of projects to post this week. We are inching closer to having my craft/guest room finished. I have so many ideas waiting to do. Projects I have supplies for but haven't started. Projects I have started but not finished. Right now they are all stacked in piles that get moved from one spot to another. 
I am dreaming of the day when I get to pull them out and organize it all nice and neat. 
Then Let the Fun Begin!
For now, we will start sheetrocking this week. I hope to finish that up by next weekend then start taping and texturing. I have already picked out my paint colors. I will try to find them online and share....hmm or maybe keep you all in suspense. hehehe!
I am also trying to get going on my scrapbooking. I have taken a bit of a leave from that but it's time to get a bit caught up, sort of. I am trying to do 1 page a day. We will see how well I do that.
Oh, and just on a personal note. 
Mr. M qualified for further speech therapy! Yeah!
After they turn 3 it is harder to qualify as the restrictions are so much tighter. There are just so many kids and they have to draw the line, in this case it's the 7th percentile. Well, he is not making enough progress so they qualified him. I know one day I will want less talking from him but for now I would just love to understand what he is saying. I am relieved to have this service through the school district. I hope to see some real progress soon. It's been nearly 2 years of therapy so far.
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