Oct 31, 2011

Sweet Green Halloween

A few pics of our Halloween evening...

 My brave knight & fiery dragon 

 Heidi cooperated...

 The dragon did not.

My blue-eyed baby.
The Paper Mama
 He's so cheesy.

Our little candy-passing-out station.
We had more fun hanging out on the patio looking at all of the neat costumes than walking around.
Jonathan's costume was my first homemade costume. 
It turned out a lot better than I thought it would & took hardly no time at all.
I'm so glad I did.

Even though there was someone missing, it was still a great Halloween :)
Hope you all had a great evening too!

Oct 30, 2011

Scavenger Hunt Sunday #4

I fell behind this week...oops!  So today was photo shoot day (I'll admit it).  But Sundays are usually our outdoor/family day anyway, so the kids & I went for a walk & did a little scavenger hunting. 

So here we go...
Meet "Rockstar"

 I love tapestry.

This was a little self-timer fun and although I can't stand my profile,
it was the best one that truly captured us when we're together.  
If being a military family has taught us anything, 
it is that "home" is not defined by a house, an address or belongings. 
Home is where ever I'm with you.
(The hubs is not currently available for photo, but this really is not complete without him)

"Nigh-nigh" blankey


 As always. 
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Oct 28, 2011

Lit Character Costume Ideas

I just saw this question posted somewhere..."If you could dress up as any literary character, who would it be?"

Well didn't that just spark my imagination.

My first instinct...
Katniss Everdeen.  The Hunger Games.
So I played around with that idea a bit & came up with this.


So simple.  All I need is a bow & arrow & that Mockingjay pin...which I'm sure is now at Hot Topics across the nation.  Hmm...guess I could take the kids trick or treating in this & see who picks up on it. 

Ok, then I thought about my second favorite female character and immediately this little lady popped into my head...

Elizabeth Bennett.  Pride and Prejudice
Where are my Austen fans? 
Yes, Keira Knightley is my favorite Elizabeth Bennett.  That's my story & I'm sticking to it.
((Funny sidenote: I actually didn't like the first Austen book I read (Northanger Abbey, yuk) but I chose to pick up Pride & Prejudice and ZOMBIES.  Halfway through I decided I really wanted to read the actual book, so I did...and I LOVED it.))
And while we're on the topic...Mr. Darcy is the BEST romantic male lead.  Take that Twilighters.  ((uproar))  It's true...read it. 

And the 3rd female character that I thought about...

Lisbeth Salander.  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
This would just be fun.  Spike up your hair, throw on some fake piecing & tattoos, go crazy with the black eyeliner and a ton of black leather. 
I have to admit...I didn't LOVE this book.  I didn't even continue in the series.  But I did love this character.  She is pretty amazing.

The best thing about dressing up as your favorite literary character is seeing who else recognizes you.  Great conversation starter!

Oct 27, 2011

sewing room soundtrack.

It feels good to be back in front of the sewing machine with the pedal under my foot & fabric in my hands.  It's so relaxing & rewarding to me to watch something come together bit by bit.  I admit my lines aren't always straight & my fabric choices aren't always perfect, but I'm confident that practice will eventually make nearly-perfect. 
My sewing sessions are not complete with out a little music (nothing I do is) & there are a certain few artists I prefer when I'm being crafty. 

So I share with you...
my sewing room soundtrack.


He hates when I do this, but I love to sneak into his room after he's woken up from his nap & take shots of him in his crib.  He plays along for the first few minutes, but after a while he starts to get impatient.  He's learned if he hides & doesn't give me cute smiles, then I'll stop. 

and then, she {snapped}

Oct 26, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Marathon of Fun

Well the day is almost through, but it's better late than never, right?

For today's WW I'm posting pics from our marathon of FUN on Saturday.  THREE fall festivals in one day.  One adult, two children.  I may be crazy, but it was a blast.  And they were both out by 730 that night. Major perk.


Love fun days with my boys.  Even when they drive me crazy, these memories are the best.

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Oct 25, 2011

Stop pinning & start DOING! {Floating book shelves}

Hello there friends.
 Show of hands...how many of you sit on Pinterest for an unreasonable spanse of time pinning little projects and say "oh I'm totally going to do that!"?

Ok...now how many of those have you done?

That's what I thought.

No worries...I'm the same exact way. So let's put some of that inspiration to good use!

My first pinterest project up to bat is this darling floating bookshelf. I immediately thought of how precious it would be in my craft room above the bookshelves. 

This links up to some dutch product you can buy.  I just felt like using the inspiration & took a stab at the project myself. If you're at all interested in how I completed this task, well here ya go...

I went to a local thrift store (big surprise there) and found a classic looking hard back book for $.50. Pick a book with a spine that appeals to you but one you don't plan on reading.  Keep in mind that you will be ruining the book and it will no longer be readable.

Note to bibliophiles: take a deep breath. If I can do it, you can too.

You'll also need:
  • drill
  • L-brackets. Found at your local hardware store. I just asked an employee. Practically had to play charades to explain what I wanted, but he finally found it for me.
  • 8 screws. 4 should be short enough that they will not go all the way through the book.  Anchors may also be necessary depending on what you're drilling into & whether or not you would like it to be sturdy.  
  • Level & pencil.

 Align brackets on book.

Screw those puppies in.
May I suggest that you get a clamp from the hardware store & clamp the book shut real tight before screwing.  My book got a little warped because things moved around a bit too much.

Level it up there on the wall.

Again. Screw those puppies in.  
If you need to use anchors to make it sturdy, trust me when I say you don't want me telling you how to do that.  Find a handier person to show you the CORRECT way to do that.  My way involves mistake holes and/or pure luck.

Put some books on there or some artwork to hide the brackets.

Next up: Craft room Inspiration Board

Alright...now step away from the computer & go tackle a project! Don't forget to come back & share!

"Up To" Tuesday #3

I have a little tradition going on here, don't I? I started doing this a few Tuesday's ago & I think I will make a habit out of it. It's not much, but it keeps me blogging & doesn't take much time at all. If you need some bloggin inspiration, you should join in too! Just let us all know what you're up to today.

So today I am...

Listening to:
I prefer to listen to "Boy with a Coin" so loud it rattles my coffee cup.
Then we all bop our heads along.

Eeep! I squealed when this came in the mail yesterday.

Working on:
Finishing up a certain little boy's knight costume (top right)




Gray suede boots.

Ok I tried to lighten the mood a bit...
but basically, today I am cuddling up with my babies & loving on my kiddos because last night I read this.
I contemplated whether or not to post this because it really affected me, so here is my disclaimer.  This article hurts a lot & it is very hard to read, BUT there is a lot to gain, especially as a parent, from reading this mother's story.  So today I will follow her advice & do what she says.
"Parenting, I’ve come to understand, is about loving my child today. Now. In fact, for any parent, anywhere, that’s all there is."

Source: None via Lea on Pinterest

Oct 23, 2011

Scavenger Hunt Sunday #3

Happy Scavenger Hunt Sunday!


He was mesmerized by shadows that day.


 (From the archive) 
At the Aviation Museum

Always look on the bright side
At the Fall Fest at sunset.  I love the light coming in from the side angle.
This pic is also my submission to Paper Mama's Photo Challenge {Face} this week.
The Paper Mama

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