Sunday, October 30, 2011

Wonderful Weekend:]


 We had a great weekend in this house!
First off, if you need a last minute Halloween treat, click HERE for the recipe for these delicious cookies:]  They were a hit.  I used my mom's recipe for icing:

6T. Butter
4 1/2 to 4 3/4 c. powdered sugar
1 1/2 t. vanilla
1/4 c. milk
Mix everything together and store extras in the fridge.

I quartered the icing recipe for these cookies and had the perfect amount.


To make the spider web designs, I swirled some icing around the cookie, took a toothpick and ran it from the center of the cookie to the edge about 16 times...make sure to do this while the icing is still really soft, don't let it dry too much or none of the icing will pull when you drag it out to the edges.


And the rest are pretty self explanatory:]


I love the spiderwebs...but the skull and cross bones were also adorable:]  Josh liked the spiders the best:]
On another note, I went to my sister Ashley's house on Saturday, to draw this on her baby's wall:


She didn't want to go with a traditional pink room so she painted the walls yellow and after I traced the tree on the wall, she will paint it black, then hang little picture frames from the branches.  Such a cute idea!
So here is her wall before:


She will send me pictures after she paints the tree in:]  I can't wait to see it!
Josh was teasing me because he thinks i'm a blogasaurus:]  I think he just likes to tease me for the fun of it though:]
He was so wonderful to tag along and I'm so thankful that he cares about all this artsy crafty stuff...and I try to support him as much as I can when it comes to cars and tools:]  I'm so lucky to have such a supportive, loving, husband:]


Don't let the face fool you, he had a blast!  Haha ok probably not the most eventful day ever, but it was so nice to spend it together!
I hope you all had a wonderful Sunday and that everybody has a great Halloween tomorrow!
Have a spooky day!
Meg

Friday, October 28, 2011

Linking Up and WONDERFUL Soup Recipe!

So what are you guys doing today?
I'm partying/ linking up HERE!
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Stop by for some awesome crafts!

Guess what else i'm doing...
Today i'm making soup:]  First time this fall and I can't wait!  It is soup weather here!  Go HERE for the recipe...super simple and the house smells wonderful already!  I LOVE FALL!

Hope you all have a great day!
Meg 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

New Vases!

A few weeks ago, Hydrangeas  were 50% off at Michael's...One of my favorite items on sale makes my day wonderful!  I wasn't sure where I would put them (but that is a rule of crafting, if you see something you love, especially when it is on sale, just grab it, or it will disappear and be gone forever and you will regret not getting it when you had the chance...just ask me about that fabulous sewing table I saw once at DI...)  Anyways, I grabbed the Hydrangeas and for the last few weeks they have just been bouncing around from place to place in my living room trying to find the right place.  Turns out the right place is on either side of our TV on top of our entertainment center (you can see that HERE ).  I knew that I wanted to make some sweet vases for my sweet flowers and this is what I came up with!

I grabbed 2 glass vases at DI for $0.75 each...AWESOME.  I also found some jute for $2.00 at DI so these 2 vases cost no more than $1.75!  Anyway, I started at the bottoms of each vase and glued the jute down every 2-4 inches.  This goes pretty quick!


So just keep wrapping...and wrapping...


Laying down strips of glue like this:


Originally, I was going to go all the way to the top of each vase with the jute, but then I got 3/4 of the way up and decided I liked the glass showing at the top, so I stopped there.


I love how they turned out!


Once again, a very cheap and easy craft that can totally spice up a boring vase.
If you have any questions, put them in the comments!

Have a GREAT day!
Meg

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Fall Garland and Stenciled Pumpkins

 This Fall, I am all over book page decor!  I can't get enough of it!  I thought some fall garland would be an easy way to decorate for the coming cold.  All you will need for this project is a few pages from a book and a string of jute.


First, I cut out some book page leaves, 16 total.  I wanted 8 double-sided leaves so how ever many leaves you want on your garland, double that to make them double sided.


First, put a line of glue perpendicularly across the leaf where the stem would attach.  Lay down the string of jute across the hot glue.


Next, I just laid down some glue where the veins of the leaf would be.  I figured this would hold the front and the back together pretty well:]


As soon as all of your leaves have been glued together, hang that baby up!  Simple and festive:]  Just how I like it:]


For the stenciled pumpkins, I found these two at Michael's and they were HALF OFF.  Sweet! The white one was yellow to start out with but I thought white would definitely go better with silver, so I painted it white with some acrylic paint.


Then I used a foam stamp and black paint to add a design to them.  Because the pumpkins have dimples, I had to touch up the little valleys to connect one side of the stencil to the other.  If you use a small stamp, you might not need to do this step, but my stamp was pretty big so touch ups were necessary to keep these pumpkins from looking like cows!


 TADA!  I'm really happy with how these turned out!  They were, once again, a very simple craft!  Anyone can do this!


So what do you think? :]  Any questions?  Just leave them in the questions and I will answer any that you have!

Hope you all have a super day...I know I did today:]

Meg

Monday, October 24, 2011

Shelf FINALLY Done!!


Ok guys, this project has taken me forever to finish but I am so excited that it is finally done!
We had an empty wall in our living room and I didn't want to just fill it with picture frames and I thought a shelf would be a fun way to decorate!  So, here goes, a super simple shelf:


I have three boards, 4.5', 3', and 2'.  The longest shelf goes in our living room and the two shorter are for our dining room.  So remember how my dad is awesome with wood?  He is the cutting muscle behind this project!  THANK YOU DAD!


After he cut them and routered the edges, I grabbed my favorite stain: Minwax in Dark Walnut.  LOVE that stuff! 


And I stained the bottoms...


Then I got impatient and tipped them on the sides that would face the wall and stained the tops.


When the stain was dry, I finished them with Minwax's fast-drying polyurethane.
Yes, they were still balancing on their backs...patience is not my forte!

As they were drying, I put up the braces for the shelf.
Then...


I hung it and put up the decorations!
If you missed my Cupboard Door Picture holders, click here,


If you missed my tutorial for my Halloween Tree, click here!


Later this week, I will post the super simple tutorials for my fall book page garland, and the stencilled pumpkins!

Hope you all have a super day, if you have a blank space on your wall, fill it with a shelf!
Any questions?  Just post them in the comments and i'll answer them for you!

Meg

Friday, October 21, 2011

I Am Thankful

You know those crazy times in life where things work out in the strangest ways and all you can do is sit back and think: "Man, I have been so blessed" and then you wonder how things can work out so perfectly?
The last few days have been that way for me and I feel like the most I can do right now, is express my gratitude.

First of all, I am thankful for my schooling and how it is all working out right now.  Anything from classes, to credits, to financial aid, it is all coming together.  I am thankful for the knowledge that I have gained and for my progression.  Just one year ago, I knew nothing about the things I would be learning.  I only knew I was determined to reach my goal.  I am so thankful for this past year (and almost one half)  and everything I have learned.

I am thankful for my job and the HUGE blessing that it is in our lives.  We have been so blessed as far as jobs go, we are both doing things that we really truly enjoy, even though they are jobs just to get us through to our careers.

I am thankful for our faith and the foundation that it is built on.  I am so thankful for the opportunity each day to correct the mistakes I made the day before and become better.  I am so thankful for the plan of salvation and for temples.  Because of these two things, I can spend forever with Josh, not just this life, but also the next.

I am thankful for family and the love and support they show us each and every day.  I am thankful for my wonderful parents and everything they have taught me so I can be the person I am today.  I am thankful for my siblings and our adorable nephews Brody and Krew:


They light up our lives and we miss them so much. It has been so hard to have them all the way in BUFFALO, NY.  We love them to death and I am so thankful we can still talk to them or see them at the push of a button.  I am so thankful for our soon-to-be niece!  My sister Ashley is having a girl and we can't wait to spoil her to death, then send her home:]

Remember this post? Well, I am thankful for this stage of our lives.  I am thankful that Josh and I have the chance to go to school and have this time to prepare for the future.  It is so fun to see my sisters starting and enlarging their families!  That time will come for us too, we just need to enjoy this time while it lasts.  I am thankful for this time together.

Last but not least, I am so thankful for Josh and the wonderful man that he is.  He makes me so happy and I am so thankful that I found and fell for him.  He takes such good care of me and we help each other become better people.  Thank you for being a wonderful husband Joshie, I love you more than anything!

So, what are you all thankful for, I promise as soon as you start looking around, or even listing them, you will find even more ways than you thought how you have been blessed.  Try it.

Meg

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Entertainment Center Makeover!

My dad is a very very creative guy!  He is always working on things and that is one thing that I knew I had to find in a husband just because I have always admired his hard work.  He is the architect behind this beautiful entertainment center:


Beautiful huh? He is so talented!  So I am trying to make our home bright, and clean, and fresh looking.  This was my first major step towards that!


So I grabbed my favorite spray paint, once again, Ivory Gloss Krylon.  I love that stuff!  Not too white, not too antiqued,  it is just perfect for me:]


So I primed it all then got to spraying that Ivory:]  Five and a half cans later, it was looking great!  So here is my favorite part:]  I taped off the back panels of the entertainment center, then measured and taped off 3" stripes across the back.


The I mixed up some light brown paint.  If you mix yours too, be sure that you mix up plenty!  Acrylic paint is pretty cheap and you won't want to mix up another batch after you do half of your stripes.  I mixed mine because I was picky- I wanted those puppies to be exactly how I envisioned them :]


Then get to painting every other stripe!  I did a couple coats, make sure to only let your stripes dry for 3-5 minutes then start taking the tape off.  If you wait too long, the paint may peel up in places with the tape.


Are you ready to see how it turned out?!


Bright, bold, clean, and fresh :]  Just how I like it :]
One of my favorite new additions to our living room is this pair of checked baskets:


They were on sale and we were looking for a couple to store our movies in:]  I love how the stripes and checks mix up our living room with a couple new patters. 

Now for the full effect!!


TADA!  I'm so happy with how it turned out!  Thank heavens for my wonderful husband who lets me decorate and change things whenever I feel like it:]  If you have any questions, put them in the comments and i'll answer any that you have, hopefully I explained everything alright!

Have a great day! 
Do something dramatic today, like stripes:]

Meg

Monday, October 17, 2011

New Mirrow and Some Exciting News!

So last week was midterms...hence the awful blogging.  But this week will be a different story!
I am up to my ears in projects right now.  I can't wait to show them all to you!
Because I am up to my ears with projects right now, I am up to my ears in half done projects too but i'm getting through them:]

First up for this week:


An ok mirror I got a ross for $16...waaaayyy back before we were married.
Now, I am trying to evolve our living room into a bright, happy, clean-looking place to be.  This means lots of light colors, so to transform this mirror, I grabbed on of my favorite Krylon colors, Ivory gloss.  It's the BEST. 

See for yourself:
 

I love how this turned out!  It continues to amaze me what a few coats of spray paint can do.  Yes, this is a super super simple easy peasy project, but sometimes that's what it takes to inspire me so hopefully it inspires you to attack transform something sitting around your house :]

Hope you guys have a great week! 
 Meg

P.S. Tomorrow my sissy Ashley finds out if she is giving us another nephew, or if we will get our FIRST neice!!!! WOOO HOOO!! Congrats Jensen's we LOVE you guys:]

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Happy as a Clam!

Today, something wonderful happened:]
Look what came:



Sweet huh?  My feet were getting wayyy too wet to wear non-rubber shoes.
So, naturally, Josh encouraged the red boots insted of black.  He's got such great style :]
I'm so lucky I have him!

Lately I have been hearing a lot about Hunter Rainboots.  My first thought was: ooo save up for the Hunter boots!  But then, I remembered my long lost "Be Yourself Movement."  Buying the Hunters just because everyone else is, is definitly breaking the rules!  And plus, mine are more unique because they don't have that brand name on them :]  And these babies had a much friendlier price :]  So, next time you are tempted by a brand name, ask yourself: "why that brand?"  BE YOURSELF!

I hope you all have a wonderful day today!
Sorry for all of the crafty slacking.  This week is midterms but next week...there will be crafts!
So, what have you guys been up to lately? :]
Meg

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Enjoy Today, Don't be left Wishing

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In my work, I get the chance every day to get a peek into someone's life.  I usually ask the people who come into the office how their day is going and most of the time, they say "oh it's going great!"  But then there are times that someone will say "it could be going better."  A few days ago, a man came in and I asked my usual question, his face turned down, and he told me that these days, life was pretty predictable, and pretty lonely.  He continued to tell me that his wife died a few years ago at a young age and ever since, he has just been doing his best to be the best he could be.

After he left, his words stuck with me of how he wished he had had more time with his lovely wife.  How he wished.  I don't want to be left behind wishing.

This stage of life that Josh and I are in is a tough stage.  It is a frustrating stage.  It is a necessary stage.  But it is a wonderful stage.  It is easy to see others around us, who are buying houses, expanding their families, graduated from school, working their dream jobs.  Then, we start wishing that we were through this stage of our life.

I have realized that if we spend every day wishing things were different, we will never enjoy the moment of life that we are in now.  My dad has told me that I need to enjoy this time in life and be sure to soak it in.  Every bit of it.  If we can follow my dad's advice, we won't ever be left wishing.

This stage of our lives is beautiful when we can grow as just Megan and Josh.  We can grow closer as husband and wife.  We can get through school and study hard and work hard and take the time we need now to prepare ourselves for the rest of our lives.  I'm determined to stop wishing we were through this stage of our lives and learn to soak it in and love this story we are writing.  I challenge each of you to learn to love each stage of life that you are in right now, don't look back and then, we won't be left wishing things were different.  Soak in this moment.  Love this day just how it is. 


Don't be left wishing.
Love  today.

Meg


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

First EVER Guest Blogging!

GUYS.  I am SO EXCITED about this!
The lovely Chelsie from It's Only Awkward if you Make it asked me to guest post for their Halloween Week!  What an honor!!!!  I can't wait for you all to see this bad boy:


No, not a Christmas tree, but something almost as exciting!  I'm in love with this little thing!

So, stop by their blog today and check it out! 
Then, leave them a comment and tell them what you think!

Have a super day!
Meg