Monday Madness – Parties, parties, and a giveaway!

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on April 8, 2013

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Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend – it was our last weekend of Spring Break. So, let’s start the week off with a bang! Yesterday, was my one month blogging anniversary. It’s been a crazy month full of all kinds of projects.

There was the Pinterest Challenge I participated in


Bekah’s room redecorate – which I still need to post as a whole – I need more hours in the day! 

And a little bit of spring love with the burlap wreath from last week.

I’m so excited! I LOVE this blog. I love writing it, I love the projects I get to share with you, and I have a never ending supply of ideas coming up – It’s so fun to have an outlet for all the creativity floating around in my head, and my house isn’t looking to shabby either! The fact that you read along is just icing and a big old cherry on top. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that you take the time to visit my little corner of the web.  So, I’d like to start off my week with a great big thank you – thank you for pretending you’re interested even if you are not – you’re all doing very well – and for even occasionally being interested in what I have to say and and what I do! You’re the best!
To show my appreciation, I’m giving back to you. Can you say $50 gift card? Yes, I will be giving away a $50 gift card to one lucky reader – there are two ways to win:

  1. Become a follower! This isn’t like becoming a follower in grade school. I promise, your parents won’t say, “don’t be a follower”! Or, maybe that was just my mom..  Anyway, you can do this by entering your email address on the left sidebar of my blog where it says “New here? Enter your email address to follow along” or, click the rss feed button that looks like this  or click the link that says Subscribe in a reader OR.. see all the ways you can do this?.. scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the down arrow where it says “subscribe to posts”. Select your reader, or select the one that says “Atom” – this is the same as receiving a feed through rss. All of these things will result in your getting updates when I add a post. Isn’t that fun!? Make sure you send me a comment telling me you are a follower now, but only in a good way.
  2. Send me a comment (or an email) telling me about one project that involves decorating, crafting, partying or any of the above that you’re hoping to tackle this summer. I’m really interested in knowing what you all are up to!

If you are already a follower, thank you, thank you, I love you like chocolate! If you have a few minutes, I’d still love to know what projects you’re knee deep in.

I’ll leave the giveaway open until noon on May 1st and I’ll announce the winner on May 2nd. If I could, I’d give you all $50!

In other news, it’s party central around here! Kyla will be celebrating her 9th birthday at the end of April, and Ayden will be 6 at the beginning of May! I can’t believe how much they’ve grown – the years just seem to be flying by. I miss the baby days, but each year just brings more awe inspiring moments! Anyway.. needless to day, we’ve got some party planning to do! Kyla has opted for a 50s Sock Hop with too many of her closest girlfriends and cousins, and Ayden, my animal lover, is having a farm theme. I’m so excited to work out the details! Here’s a sneak peek at Kyla’s invitations – I’m still working on Ayden’s, and I’ll share when they are done.

Hey! Here’s something out of left field.. It’s Autism Awareness month! It relates, I promise. There are few things that I am passionate about that don’t involve a glue gun, but one of those is autism awareness. The reason for this? Well, it’s a great cause for starters, but even bigger than that, my little guy, Ayden, has autism. Or.. autism has him.. or they have each other! Either way, autism is in the house, so it’s a subject very close to my heart. I’m sure that you’ve heard that 1 in 88 children has an autism diagnosis – 1 in 50 if you look at the recent studies. It’s important to be educated – a little bit of understanding goes a long way! If you’d like to know more autism, you can go http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism.  Ayden, along with many kids we’ve come to know and love because of his autism, has struggles that he’ll probably have life long – but, he works hard and he fights hard – every single thing has to be learned right down to how to respond when someone says hello to him, which has made us realize just how much we take for granted. He’s such a great kid.. We’re just really proud of him! Not to mention, he’s awfully cute.. which helps, because of course, we do want to hang him by his toes sometimes – he’s going through the terrible twos at 6 and at 60lbs.. but, eh, life can’t be all roses, and if this gig doesn’t work out, I could probably pick up something in professional wrestling! Anyway, the point to this little rant, is that we want to celebrate him, and I guess, in a way, his autism. So, this week I’m brainstorming ideas on how to do that in my own way.. which of course will involve a glue gun, paint, or a sewing machine..  can you see the wheels turning and smoke rising? Look out, is all I can say! Here he is doing what he loves almost as much as eating jellybeans – jumping on the trampoline.

Around the house, redecorating continues – Ayden’s room is up to the plate. We spent our weekend painting and adding crown moulding. I’m on to curtains – quickly actually, since I took down the old ones. We also have some furniture redo’s and a few additions as well to finish his room up. He’s so excited, he can hardly stand it!  I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve for some custom artwork inspired by my faves, PB Kids. I’m loving on this right now,

and I’m trying to figure out how to adapt something like it to his theme, which by the way, is “All about Ayden”. He has so many interests, and loves so many things that I decided to go with a color scheme and work around that. What else am I going to do with spiderman, trains, jungle animals, farm animals, the alphabet and sea creatures? Wish me luck!Here’s a peek-a-boo to what we’ve been working on this weekend.

With that all being said, let the week begin! Enjoy your day and check back later in the week for updates!

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Pinterest Challenge Round-up

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on April 6, 2013
It was such a great experience participating in the Sisters Share it All Pinterest Challenge recently, and I’m excited to give a wrap-up and recap of the projects I tackled. Please excuse the repeat – there is more new stuff coming soon!

The Challenge wrapped up on Tuesday, April 2nd – I finished up just in the nick of time. I mean, literally, I finished on April 2nd. But, I finished!

Sisters Share It All: Pinterest Challenge

My original pins were:

And my results were:

1. Our house was desperately missing a calendar, but I wasn’t looking for just any old calendar – I wanted something with a little bit of style and permanency – this fit the bill perfectly! The materials cost me just over $15, the time to complete was just over an hour, and it fits in just the way I wanted it. Go here for the full story.


2. The carrot wreath! This was just in time for Easter, and was made for a dear friend. It was very much loved. You can read more about it and find the tutorial for it here.

3. I really needed some handbag organization and had loved the simplicity of this pin. I also loved that I could reuse some old shower curtain hooks and a tension rod that I had hanging around. This turned out well, and gave me incentive to organize a few other things.. like my belts and scarves, and Shay’s ties! Take a look here for more information!
4.  K’s birthday is coming up this month – our color theme is going to be turquoise and pink – 50s colors! I wanted to add a cake platter that would complement the dessert table. Done. And done.
5. During K’s room redecorate, we opted for a cheap less expensive ceiling fan, but opted to add in a custom lampshade to up the style anti. Take a look and let me know what you think, and read more about here!
6. Pillows make a room, and in this case, I wanted to use the throw pillows to help set the theme in K’s Paris themed room – these were so, so cute! They were also my intro to felt flowers which I’ve become a little obsessed with and have used on other recent projects, such as this burlap wreath. I matched them to the fabrics used in K’s room, and we had a winner. Take a look here for a more thorough description.

This was a ton of fun, and I can’t wait to do it again! Thanks, Merrick, for putting this challenge together! Happy pinning!

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Where I like to Party!

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on April 4, 2013

I’m still maneuvering my way through the land of link parties, and there are sooo many great blogs out there! Here are a few of my favorites:

Monday

The Crafty Blog Stalker
Sumo’s Sweet Stuff
Skip to My Lou
Monday Funday
Craftomaniac Monday
The DIY’ers

Tuesday

The Pincentive Blog Hop
Take-a-Look Tuesday
Not just a housewife
Tuesday to Do Party
(too) Cute Tuesday
Tuesday Confessional Crafty Confessions
SoMe2
Inspire Me Tuesday
Tuesday twirl take-bow
Brag about it

Wednesday

Made in a day
Tips and Tricks Linky Party
Sugar & Spice and Everything Nice @ Seven Thirty Three
Wicked Awesome Wednesday
We did it Wednesday Sew Much Ado
Wow Me Wednesday
Wildly Original Party
Work It Wednesday
Moonlight & Mason Jars
Google+ Link Party
The Koenigs Create Link Party
Whatever Goes Wednesday
Whimsy Wednesday

Thursday

Thursdays are your days
Thrifty Thursday
Crafty Thursday Obsessions
Live laugh linky Thursday
Let’s Hear it for the boy
Growing Google Circles

Friday

I heart Naptime
Happy hour Friday
The Shabby Nest
Flaunt it Friday
Shine on Fridays
A Peek in to my paradise
The 36th Avenue
The Ultimate Homeschool Pinterest Party
Fantastic Friday Link Up


Saturday

Show and Tell @ Be different act normal
Get schooled Saturday
It’s overflowing barns and noodles

Sunday

That DIY Party
Nifty Thrifty Things
Submarine Sunday
Let’s Get Social Sunday

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