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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Erin's Circus Baby Shower

Last weekend I had the honor of hosting a baby shower for my Sister-in-law, Erin! It was so much fun coming up with a cute gender-neutral theme! I found my inspiration piece from a vintage circus tin I found at a yard sale and I new that I had to go with it! I scoured the blogging world for more inspiration and I was overwhelmed with ideas! We are all waiting on pins and needles to meet the newest addition to our family! (my guess is that it is a boy!) Enjoy these photos!

Invitation made from scratch!!!
 Erin and I being not so silly! But a great picture none the less!
The inspiration tin with lollipops!
The Pooh Diaper Cake was made as a gift for Erin from one of her guests!

 A seperate table was used for the beverages and the desserts!

Cupcakes decorated to look like waffle bowls of icecream followed suit in the "Concession Stand" Theme
 Guests act silly!
The photo booth set up!

The Concession Stand: chalkboard frame, buntings, and table cloth made by me!

 I followed a tutorial I found online to make this play tent. Not only did it fit the theme and serve as decoration, it matches the nursery decor and can be used in there as well!
The Greeting!

The Concession Stand included a hot dog bar, nachos, mini corn dogs on a stick, french fry cones, and veggie dip cups! Yummy!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Fall Lovin'

Gotta love the holidays and the calories they bring! mmmmm...............

Yummy mummy! I'm not a huge pumpkin pie fan, but I am definitely trying these out!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Grant's Baptism

Thursday, June 17th, 2010 Grant David Devitt was Baptized and Brian and I promised to teach him about God in all our actions! It was a beautiful ceremony that our family and friends were about to attend! Afterwards, we all rushed home to catch Game 7 of the NBA finals and enjoyed a great dinner! It was also a celebration of our 4 years wedding anniversary! Great memories made!
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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Weekend full of spray paint delights!

I have a borderline addiction with spray paint!!!I bought this at a yard sale for $2 and look what it became...beautimous!


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Goodwill buys...

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Grant David Devitt

Grant David Devitt
April 14th, 2010
9lbs. 11oz.
21 in

A Blessing from Above!
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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

30 and 31 weeks

30 weeks on the pier at Avila!

31 weeks

I am 31 weeks 3 days today and I am definitely feeling uncomfortable! I'm still being told that I am barely showing, but HELLO!!!! need I remind people what I look like without a baby in my belly! I feel like I bump into everything and my clothes are getting uncomfortably tight! The good news: I have 6 days of work left! I will get to go on  maternity leave 7 weeks before my due date and stay off through the remainder of the school year... barring the possibility that this baby arrives SUPER early! I'm so ready to be done with my students and to be able to take care of things at home in a timely manner instead of cramming it all into one weekend day.....

Have I mentioned that I love feeling this baby inside! Even when it stretching out against my belly or kicks up into my ribs.... I'm so amazed at how strong he or she is! I'm getting more and more excited about meeting my baby! It has all gone by so fast, and yet! I still have 9 weeks left! Crazy!!!!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

27, 28, and 29 weeks pictures

27weeks28 weeks29 weeks
This baby is getting very strong! I was walking and talking with a student today and I got kicked so hard I had to stop mid sentence because it took my breath away!!! I love it!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Paint on the wall...

I've selected three different paint colors that were contenders for the baby's room. Today, Brian and I put them up in little patches all the way around the room to see what each looked like and which one we would choose.... here they are...

From left to right:
1. Gulf winds: The first color was not meant to be put up as a sample in the baby's room, brian just grabbed the paint and started putting it up! It's much to dark, I am considering that one for the bathroom! Whoops!
2. Skylark: I liked how light this one was on the card, but on the wall it is very "powder" blue.
3. Tropical Breeze: this one was a little too green.... it would be hard to match the navy's and reds I want to add if the little one turns out to be a boy....
4. Frosty Glade: This is the winner as of now. I like the tone of the blue, I think it will be easy to accent with the navy/red combos for a boy, and the pinks/greens/yellows if it is a girl....

What do you think???

They are not in the same order every time, so I will code them under each picture...

3, 2, 4

2, 4, and 3 is underneath..... please excuse Jeter, our beagle just discovered the window seat that gives him a complete view of the nieghborhood.....


Jeter thinks this new bedroom is for him.... Brian is practicing rocking the "baby" a.k.a. Jeter in the new rocker!!!

Crafty Saturday

Friday's goodwill trip got me all motivated to do some crafty things this weekend. The items I used for two of my projects were previous garage sale finds that have been in my possession for the last 9-10 months and I have been so lame and not done anything with them. Brian was nearly going to take them to Goodwill but my motivation did not fail me, I made some pretty things! Yea for spray paint, a staple gun, and a driver drill!!! Look what I did:
Old storage bench turned cute new Side table:

I bought this old storage bench at a garage sale last april or may and it has just been sitting in my garage ever since! So sad! I had a stained padded seat top which opened up to reveal a small storage space. It reminded me of an old organ bench my Grandma had. The legs were a little loose, but that just took a wrench to tighten them up! I went to town removing the nasty padding that was stained and worn down, removed the top completely in the process! Oops! I had to replace the screws anyways! It ended up working out better for me because I didn't have to be gentle when pulling the fabric out from the gazillion staples it had been attached with. Next I took my trusted friend Mr. Black Satin Spray paint and went to town covering up all the chipped away pieces. Next I headed down to the closet place that sold fabric (wal-mart) and picked out two different options (I ended up using them both!) Wham, bam, walla-kazoo.... here is the final product!!!

The details of the fabric are hard to see so I've included a close up:

Don't tell my husband, but I think the script is french!! oh well... he'll never look close enough to tell!!
Now, for the best part!!! The best details can't be seen unless you lift up the seat to reveal...... this!:

I know the staples look a little tacky, but I almost think it adds to the charm... I had to cover the part where I had to staple the top fabric and batting to the underside of the bench, so I used the burlap I had also thought of using, to make a rectangular cover. After I put it up, I thought it was a little plain, so I decided to stencil the letter "D" in black craft paint. That alone still looked to plain, so I used the lid to a jar of almonds to create the circle around the "D"... there... much better.... BUT! with the best part being inaccessible if this piece is used as a bench, made me kinda disappointed.... so where was I going to use this piece.....
And now for the second piece of the my saturday:
We have A LOT of tile in our downstairs living area. With two dogs (temporarily we had three)the dog hair getting wisped under the couch was starting to get on my nerves. I'm not exactly flexible these days so I decided I needed to explore some new options.... we had tried a 5X7 area rug, but it just looked so dwarfed by our large couch and the great expanse of tile! Something had to be done!
So one day after work, I wandered into Big Bob's Flooring and discussed my dilema. I decided I wanted a large piece of carpet, custom cut to fit the odd shape of our living room, with finished edges. That way, instead of the dog hair being wisked under the couch every time someone walked by, it would be stopped by the carpet and easily vacuumed up without me crawling on my hands and knees to get under the couch.
5 days and a lot of pretty pennies later, Saturday arrived and so did our carpet!!!

(Picture taken before we moved in)
before the furniture was put back in place:

after the furniture was put back in place:

AND FINALLY..... the final destination for my storage bench:

It is going to be used as a side table next to my couch!!! I love it!
Bench: $3.00
Spray Paint: $3.00
Fabric: ~$5.00
Total: $11.00!!!!

Here are some of the other things I did on Saturday!!
This lamp was also purchased at a garage sale in April or May 2009.... I think I paid $1.00 for it... and it works! It wasn't badly painted, but I knew it would look better in black... doesn't everything look better in black???

prepped and ready to be painted....

Now I just need the right lamp shape and a spot to put this lamp and I will be in business!!!
What was once just a measly little photo box...

... has now become my new ribbon organizer!:

Photo Box
Wooden Dowel
Power Drill

Finally they are organized!!!

Projects for the future!
I found these cute metal tubs that were made by Brodyandma on Etsy:

I thought they were super cute and knew that I could probably make something like this, but I'd most likely break down and buy one from her instead...Then... on a trip thru the dollar bin section at Target I found these:

She says she used designer fabric to decoupage onto the tubs and then finishes it off with a coat or two of clear coat protectant.
I will probabyl try this in about two weeks, since next weekend I go to IDAHO!!!! YEA!!!!!!