Wednesday, November 30, 2011

First Christmas Tree!

THIS IS OUR FIRST CHRISTMAS!  Last Christmas we were engaged, but this one will be extra special, our first as the Pettet's!
So, Monday night for FHE, we put up and decorated our tree:]
The theme was red and silver and white.  I LOVE it!

Sit back and enjoy some of our Christmas Decorations!




 I made this wreath last year (before the blog) but I will put up a tutorial sometime...it's super simple!


I love Nutcrackers! This is our first, it's all white because we were married this year:]


A tutorial for these handsome trees HERE!


Our tree skirt:]


We are in the big shiny ornament;]


Our light up star:]


This MIGHT be my favorite Christmas decoration (tied with the tree and nutcracker!)  I found it at a local craft fair!  If you live in Idaho Falls and would love one for yourself, leave a comment and I'll get you her number!

I hope you all are getting ready for Christmas!
Meg

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Easy Rolo Turtles

I have never had a turtle before, but I saw these beauties on Pinterest and had to try them!  This last week beat me up, so what do I do when life is running all over me?  EAT TREATS.  So simple:]

Anyway, so first, lay out some aluminum foil on a cookie sheet and lay out some pretzels all nice and organized, then top those suckers with a Rolo.  I used about a half of a bag of pretzels and two bags of Rolos.  So after these guys are ready, pop them in the oven at 350 degrees for 3-4 minutes.  The Rolos should look all shiny and nice, but make sure they aren't melting and losing form!


Ooo!  This is my favorite part, gently push M&M's or pecans onto the Rolos.  This is seriously therapeutic:]


I was thinking that they would cool off in a half hour or so, this was not so!  After two hours I put them in the fridge for about 15 minutes and the problem was solved!  They came out beautiful!


They were a hit!  If you don't have kiddo's like us, be sure to share if you are scared to pack on the pounds.  If you do, more of an excuse to keep more of them around!
I don't think we will have another holiday season without these delicious little bites!

Hope you enjoy them!
Meg

Monday, November 28, 2011

Weekend Recap...

Last week, without school, Josh and I celebrated.  Our week off was much needed with our crazy school and work schedules.  So, Tuesday night, before the Dancing With the Stars finale, we went to Outback.  Josh has been dying to try the bloomin' onion, it was wonderful!


It has been forever since we went on a date, this one was wonderful!
Then, Wednesday night, I needed to run to the store to grab a few last minute items for Thanksgiving and Josh couldn't resist this:


Yep, it's so easy to tell when he has a sweet tooth!
Thanksgiving day was wonderful.  Once again, because of the crazy school and work schedules, it was nice to have a day off to relax and take a nap.  Heaven!  We went to my parent's and had a blast!

Then, 4:30am on Black Friday:


Me, Ash, and Abi my awesome sisters!  We had so much fun with my mom!  She was parking the car when we took this, but I figured she wouldn't mind if we posted a nasty, early morning picture without her.  We had so much fun!  Found some great deals and didn't wait in a single line!

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!
Check back tomorrow for a yummy holiday treat!

Meg

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!


This is the time of year to look back and be thankful.  I know, crafts have been sparse, but today is Thanksgiving, after today, we will craft!
Here are 50 things (in no particular order) that I am thankful for:

1.  Marrying Josh in the IF Temple. This means we are together forever!
2.  Our jobs.
3.  Surviving the last almost 7 months of marriage.
4.  Our families.
5.  Our home.
6.  Being able to got to school in IF.
7.  Our cars.
8.  Our wonderful ward that we are in.  I have never felt such immediate love in my whole life.
9.  The church we belong to.
10.  Our loving Heavenly Father who really does know and love us.  
11.  My crafting.
12.  The fact that I haven't ruined any meals since we have been married.
13.  My best friend Josh.  He cheers me up and will always stick with me.
14.  Our health.
15.  My sewing machine:]
16.  Everything that fills our home.
17.  Josh's mechanical talents.
18.  The scriptures that give us so much guidance every day of our lives.
19.  The fact that Heavenly Father points us in the right direction.  The direction we need, but don't  necessarily want.
20.  My colorful socks.
21.  The food in our fridge.
22.  A warm shower.
23.  My mom and how wonderful of an example she is.
24.  My sister Abi that makes me laugh every day, especially when I need it most.
25.  DI.  I'm obsessed.
26.  The nutcracker I found last night that I will unveil soon!
27.  My sunday school class.
28.  Our backyard with grass and trees.
29.  Josh's love for me.
30.  Snuggling for an extra five minutes before getting out of bed.
31.  Josh eating everything I cook for him.
32.  My sister Katelyn, her husband Doug, and their boys Krew and Brody who we love and miss so much clear in Buffalo NY.
33.  My sister Ashley who will be blessing us with our first niece in March.  
34.  Ashley's healthy pregnancy.
35.  My brothers Mitch and Jack and the fact that we have them in our family.
36.  Christmas.
37.  Josh's family and how much love they show for us.
38.  Rolo's.
39.  Plain popcorn.
40.  The fact that I can take classes online next semester.
41.  Our whole week free of school!
42.  Christmas lights.
43.  The Hunger Games movies!
44.  Turkey.
45.  All of you readers.  THANK YOU!
46.  Nights at home with Josh when we can just relax and spend time together:]
47.  Friends that are always there for you.  Friends you can rely on and who love you no matter what.
48.  Blogland that builds those friendships.
49.  Pinterest.
50.  Thanksgiving that helps us all realize how much we have.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Eat lots and laugh more:]

Meg

Monday, November 21, 2011

Shaken

 We had a very eventful weekend at our house.
Sunday morning at about 4:30 I woke up to a horrible noise.  First of all, this was a miracle in and of itself because I am absolutely the heaviest sleeper.  So I woke up and in my half comatose sleep, it sounded like a loud "bang" and then I thought a trailer had come unhooked from a truck and was being drug down the road.  I somehow rolled myself out of bed and looked out one of our bedroom windows down at the gate at our storage facility.  Nothing.  Then the other window facing one of the busiest streets in Idaho Falls, Woodruff.  At first, I didn't see anything, then I noticed what I thought was a little blue jeep parked in our parking lot out front.  As I looked out the window, I noticed that our flag pole just to the north of the parking lot was broken, bent, and laying in our parking lot.  Then something I will never forget, a man came out of the jeep and stumbled around silhouetted by the street lights from the car lot next door.  He kept walking towards the road then bending over and holding his stomach.  I noticed he was stumbling around so I woke up Josh and asked what I should do, he told me to call 911.  This is something I have never done thank heavens, but this night I believe it was the exact thing I needed to do.  Right then.

The woman on the other end of the line asked what my emergency was, but the words didn't come easily, I told her what I thought had happened, a drunk driver hit our flagpole and I didn't want him to drive off and hurt someone.  She told me she would send help right away.

After we hung up, Josh and I watched him out of our bedroom window as he stumbled more.  The poor man looked so disoriented I knew something had to be very wrong.  He tried starting his jeep, but whenever he tried shifting into gear, it made awful noises which I didn't understand because I thought he had hit the flagpole from the north (causing it to fall back onto our property) and then pulled into our parking lot to check out the damage.  His jeep didn't start.

The police came and we could hear as they asked how many beers the man had had.  He help up two fingers and was taking immediately to the police car.  At this point, I knew he must be hurt.

The ambulance came and took him to the hospital.  Firefighters came in their big noisy truck and laid down the absorbent sand to soak up what I thought was a small leak caused by the accident.  Josh and I went out and moved a UHAUL truck that was in the way of the tow truck and the police officer told me he would bring in the police report in a minute.  We went back upstairs to watch as they winched the jeep unto the truck and drove off.  As soon as we saw the front of the jeep, I knew it was much worse than what I initially thought.  The officer brought me the police report and then we were left alone at our home at the storage units.

We went outside to assess the damage around 5:30 but we wouldn't fully understand until the next morning what had really happened.  This is what we found:
The man had been coming from the south on Woodruff and a few beers combined with the early morning hours caused him to fall asleep, drifting across five lanes of traffic, into our parking lot, over a short railroad tie barrier at our landscaping, and about five feet up the flagpole, then the jeep slid back down the pole, landing where I first saw it when I woke up.


Sprinkler lines were broken, railroad ties were thrown feet, and mangled jeep parts were strewn across the grass including part of his transfer case, this is what had caused the awful noise as he tried starting the jeep.  The officer found the front license plate about 15 feet away, transmission fluid was sprayed up on the flagpole marking how far he would climb.


Behind the pole where he hit, there was a perfectly clean, white car parked that we later found oil splattered on and dirt sprayed across the hood.


 Here are the remnants of the jeep.


This railroad tie was thrown towards the car missing it by about 18 inches.


 Below is the direction that he came driving from.  The next morning, we were able to look at the sidewalk and see that he only missed the foot (in diameter) thick pole by a foot or two. 
The UHAUL truck below the pole was parked right in front of the office, he only missed this by a foot.


Josh works at the body shop that towed away the jeep so he went back in the lot and took these pictures.  When he came home to show me, I was amazed that that poor man survived.
Below, you can see in the windshield where his face went through the glass.  In this year of jeep, there is no airbag and the man was not buckled up.  The front axle was pushed way way back mangling the front end of the jeep.


The bends in the wheels are where the tires hit the top of the railroad ties, causing the tires to pop.




The inside of the jeep also told a story of the terrible accident.
The steering wheel is bent back out of shape, the dash is dented.  Blood is splattered on the seat, and the man's hat that he was wearing during the accident is laying on the floor.

As I have thought about this the last two days, I can think of so many miracles.
-Missing the pole that would have killed him.
-Missing the UHAUL truck that would have been thrown into the office and our home.  Missing our backyard fence.
-Hitting the one thing that would stop him, but not kill him.
-The fact that I woke up.
-The police coming so he would not freeze to death.
-The 18 degree weather that helped slow down the blood flow so he would not bleed to death.
-Him trying to start the jeep so I would wake up.
-The cars at the car dealership that were left without a scratch...only a  little oil and dirt.
-The fact that he was not knocked out.  This would mean he could have been there when we woke up, frozen and lifeless.  Not to mention finding him in that state.
I cannot count them all.

Then today, something amazing happened.  
We were thanked for calling the police.  It wasn't my doing, our father in heaven knew that that man needed help, right then.  His wife came into the office and expressed her gratitude.  I could not believe that they would come and be so humbled by this experience to thank us.  It humbled me to see her stand there and know that it was a miracle that he was alive.  I was so thankful for her strength in that uncomfortable situation.

She told me that he was pretty beat up.  He had many, many stitches in his head and face.  There was a large cut across his jawline.  He had a cracked sternum and a few broken ribs.  None of them even bruising his heart or lungs.  He had bit off a good portion of his tongue on impact, but was reattached.  His nose was detached from most of his face but was also stitched back on.  One more miracle, that I did not go outside and try to help him.  That would have really gotten to me or Josh so I am thankful we did not find him the next morning.  He was with his wife, quiet and in pain.  He only could stare at the pole and shake his head. 

She mentioned to me while we were talking that she knew it wasn't his time.  I know this as well.  It is a miracle that he, out of all the things he could have hit, hit the thing that was not very valuable, the thing that wouldn't kill him, damage our house or office, the new cars on the car lot that would have cost thousands of dollars.  What a miracle.

As she was saying this, I was reminded of my cousin Ben that was taken from us five and a half years ago.  Though Ben was young, I believe it was his time.  He shaped our family for the better in his passing.  Our father in heaven had a bigger plan for him.  Three months ago, my dad's brother decided to take his own life.  Times were hard, but this was not his time to go.  This was not the plan for him, but he couldn't see or understand that.  His passing shook our family.  Made us hug each other tighter, say "I love you" more often.  I know that the man who was in this accident has a bigger plan and I am so thankful he is recovering.

So why am I sharing this on my happy-go-lucky craft blog?  Because the events of this accident have shaped me.  Made me hug my husband tighter.  Made me more thankful this Thanksgiving holiday for the people who are in my life.  Sometimes, life happens to teach us things. I will never forget this man's figure as he stumbled on our sidewalk that cold morning.  But I could never be more humbled by the fact that heavenly father knew that he needed to be here on earth.  

This week, remember to hug your husbands like you mean it, be thankful for those you have.  Love your sweet little ones and do something for those who are less fortunate.  Anything and everything could be taken at any moment, so cherish it, cherish life.

Happy Thanksgiving week to you all!  Leave a comment sharing what has shaped you.  I want to know because just writing this out, makes me a thousand times more grateful.  I am thankful for all of you who support me so much.  Have a wonderful day!

Meg

Thursday, November 17, 2011

from my heart to my hands.


Right now is the first few moments of Thanksgiving Break for me.  I just got home, my wonderful husband was waiting for me and now we are enjoying some hot chocolate as we listen to the rain pouring outside.

Right now is one of those times that I feel I need to express what is on my heart.  It's time to be real.  That is what I always want to be on this blog.  Hang with me...I don't mean to bore you all with my ramblings but I know I need to express what I am thankful for.

You know those times when life starts getting you down and all you can do is think about the negative?  I have been in that rut this week.  

Tonight in English, I had a fourteen page paper due plus another three page paper.  That is seventeen pages.  Those two papers have been heavy on my mind this whole week.  But I am thankful because I got them done and I am fairly confident that I will do pretty ok on them. 

School, to say the least, keeps me busy.  I hear of moms who are going to school and taking the same classes as me and I think "how do you do it?"  Right now I feel like school is my baby.  Besides Josh, it is a huge priority in my life.  It is what keeps me up at night, not kids.  School is important to me, I am young and I need to finish while I can, but that doesn't mean it is my first choice.  But still, I wouldn't trade where I'm at.  It is alright with me that I am giving my time to school for now.  
I am thankful for school. 

I am thankful for this blessed, much needed, break.
I am thankful for the rain outside.
I am thankful for those extra five minutes snuggling in bed before our snooze alarm goes off.
I am thankful for every time I go to the grocery store, I always come out below budget.
I am thankful for my wonderful job.
I am thankful for our beliefs and how they lift us when those rough days come around.
I am thankful for my wonderful family.

I am thankful for Josh and how he treats me like a million dollar wife.  He can always tell when I am at my whits end after a rough day of school and work.  He does the dishes too often and folds laundry.  He works hard.  I am so proud of him and his recent change of mind concerning his degree.  He will be wonderful and I can't wait for this next semester when he will really get into the good stuff that he loves.  Monday was our six month anniversary and even though he had a fever, we went out and celebrated.  He loves me and I love him.  
I am thankful for the past six months being married to him.

I am thankful.

So, what is on your heart?  What are you thankful for?

Meg



Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Our Headboard!

Last week, I promised you all that I would post about our fabulous headboard...well, I need to apologize, I am a little late!  But, better late than never right?  So, without further ado, here is our headboard:
(First disclaimer, I did this last winter before we were married and before this blog was born so I didn't take pictures, but I need to spice up a dresser in our room sometime soon so I will document that and post it so you guys can see the whole "glazing" technique.)

To start off, I had seen a whole lot of headboards made of doors and immediately fell in love.  The first step would be to contact your local BMC and get your hands on a couple "junk" doors...sometimes, if doors don't fit a certain job, something is wrong with them, or they are just plain used, they will give them to you for FREE.  Yes, FREE!  So it is definitely worth it to contact them and ask for some "junk" doors.

Then I primed, painted, and glazed each door.  This was by far the funnest step!  More of that to come...

After that step was accomplished, my awesome dad put them together with a strip of metal at the top and bottom and screwed the doors together to make one piece.  Then the best part comes, adding door knobs and other decorations.

My mom and I found some antiqued hardware at Porter's here in town and picked up a few wreath hangers.


I thought and thought for months what kind of wreaths I should make to hang, my two best bets were black bean wreaths or an "M" and a "J."  But then I realized MJ could also mean Michael Jordan, Michael Jackson, or many other celebrities that we aren't crazy over, so I opted for black bean wreaths.  These were super simple, just find a foam wreath form, grab some black beans, and start gluing.  When doing this, be sure that you glue the beans down in as uniform as possible rows.  Even though the rows won't be perfect, it will look polished and put together in the long run.


And the wreath hangers with a great big blue bow...I'm really loving the blue, but even more than that, I LOVE THIS:


The vintage door knobs!  My dad found them on ebay, thanks dad!  They complete the headboard.  If you are crazy about them, they are all over the internet!  You won't have to look far trust me.  The hardware for the door knobs was also found at Porter's.


This was one of the funnest projects I have done thus far!  If you have ANY questions, put them in the comments and I would be happy to clear anything up for you all.

Speaking of questions, I am hoping to get the FAQ's page up soon...you know that empty page at the top of the screen?  Well, I need your help!  Email me or leave a question in the comments!  I would LOVE to answer questions!

I hope you all are having a wonderful day!  I know we are over here...only days before Thanksgiving Break.  Man, is this break needed.
Meg

Friday, November 11, 2011

Shelves for the Dining Room!

Remember the shelf I made to fill up some space in our living room? (You can find it HERE)
Same story in our dining room, this wall is perfect for a couple of shelves.  So without further ado, here they are:


On the bottom shelf, I put our terrariums (which you can find HERE), some bottles that Josh brought home from his mission to Guatemala, and a lantern from our wedding.


On the top shelf is a vinyl and burlap framed sign I made before we were married and one of my paintings.


And for the full effect:


I am just as happy with these shelves as I am with the previous!  They are a great way to fill up wall space!  
I hope you all are having a fabulous Friday and have fun plans for this weekend!  Do something festive:]
Meg

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Guest Post: Chelsea from Life is a Sunset!

 Today I have a special treat for you all!
I want you to meet a very special gal who I met during the October Fall Fest, this is Chelsea!  I found her blog and I couldn't help but read more and more.  We all have trials, and Chelsea's have made her stronger, she has so much strength in her words.  I couldn't help but invite her to share a message to the Meg's Craft Creations readers.  You know how some people are just plain and simple beautiful inside and out?  Chelsea is a model example of one of these people.  Everyone stop by her blog and show her some love!

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Hi there to all you readers of Meg’s Craft Creations! I’m Chelsea from Life is a Sunset!


I’m so thrilled that Meg asked me to guest post for her! Isn’t she just as sweet as can be?? Today I’ll be writing from my heart which is, in fact, my favorite way to write. I think it’s something we should each take the time to do for ourselves. Just sit down and write whatever is on your heart, whether it’s on your blog or somewhere more private like in a journal.
This year has quite possibly been the most difficult year I’ve had to go through. I’ve had some of the happiest moments of my life followed by some of the saddest moments. It’s been a roller coaster, but, in the end my world got turned upside down. There’s a quote, “You never realize how strong you are until being strong is the only option you have.” Well, I learned the true meaning of that this year. So, today I’m going to talk to you about the hard times. Like, the really, really hard times. The "can’t eat, can’t sleep, some days you can’t stop crying" hard times.
I faced the beginning of my hard times on the other side of the country, away from all my family and friends. I had no choice but to find a way to be strong for myself because there weren’t any shoulders to cry on {except for my cat's and, believe me, it got to the point where I even picked her up and just cried.} So, while I’m sure many people would tell you to just surround yourself with loved ones, the honest truth is, sometimes that’s just not possible at the time.
I found my hope and strength in the future. Whether it was the next day or five years down the road, I continued to focus on the days to come, reminding myself that this hard time was happening for a reason and that better days were on their way. I didn’t have the answers as to when and how. All I could do was take it each day at a time. I made plans to move back to my hometown which kept me busy packing, cleaning, and running errands for weeks! Keeping yourself busy is key to staying strong, just be sure to find a healthy balance between being busy and taking care of yourself as well.

I think the worst thing you could possibly do during the difficult times is brush it all under a rug and ignore what you're going through. Instead, find that balance. Whether you’re working, going to school, grabbing lunch with a friend, make sure to balance that with “YOU” time. Find a new favorite TV show, take on a new craft project, or make a new goal like going to the gym more often. But, most importantly, take the time to feel through your emotions. It will make you even stronger in the end. I can’t even tell you how many times I have cried myself to sleep. Would my eyes be swollen the next day? You better believe it! But, I got those tears out of my system. My heart felt even stronger because of it.

I look back at the beginning of this hard time for me which started just over three months ago. Every day has been different. Some days have been harder than others. But, when I look back – really look back at where I used to be – I feel like a changed person. I see how much the difficult days and nights have refined me. With every tear I cried, my heart somehow grew a little stronger. With every day that I woke up, hopped out of bed, excited for the challenges that awaited, my soul grew a little stronger. If you’re going through a hard time, just know that it won’t always be easy, but have faith that it WILL be worth it.

To get a better glimpse into my life and my inspirations, feel free to stop by my blog and say hi! :) I love new visitors! Thank you so much, Meg for having me today!!

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Thank you Chelsea!  What a beautiful message!  I can't get enough of her blog so I hope you all take a minute and go take a look!
Have a wonderful day!
Meg

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

New Nightstands!

Next Monday is our six month anniversary!  (Yes, I count and I cannot wait for our half-year anniversary!!)  Since before we were married, I have been looking for nightstands that wouldn't break our very small bank and that would look fantastic with our headboard (which I will show you later this week!)  A couple weeks ago, Josh and I went to Shelley to spend some time with my sister.  She was awesome enough to show us a secret store that I have seen advertizements for all over Craigslist.  It's a little place right off the Highway called Hidden Treasures and it is furniture heaven.  Se we searched and searched, and finally, Josh found these:

Just plain wooden nightstands...


So I sanded them, and primed them...


And after much thought and deliberation, I decided to paint them just plain black.  Normally, I don't go for black furniture, just because it seems like that is a fad right now, but, I always make exceptions and I felt it was the best match to our headboard.


 Before, the handles were plain brass handles, but I decided to go with an antique white.


Remember the Easy Pottery Barn Books? Click HERE for the tutorial!


And a sneak peek of our headboard...our infamous headboard:]
I am so happy with how the nightstands turned out!  After six months without one, I can't tell you how thankful I am for one now!

Hope you all had a lovely day!
Stop by tomorrow for a wonderful guest post!

Meg

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Warming Up!

First off, do you all remember this:


I told Josh it was bad for him...but he didn't believe me.  So, to kick off our weekend, Josh had a crazy allergic reaction. :[  This is the only thing that he ate recently that he hasn't had for a while, we are 90% sure this is what did it.  Poor guy:[  I felt so bad for him!  So, this is why I haven't posted yet this week, and crazy school schedules...moving on!
Sunday started out like this:


We don't have church until 1:30 so we snuggled on the couch and watched Legacy.  It's great if you haven't seen it!  I really makes me thankful for all we have!  Wonderful movie for this time of year.

Then, when 1:00 rolled around, we bundled up in tights:


And a sweater vest and matching tie:


Josh loves matching me:]  He says it's because then we "go together."  Man, I love that guy:]
Then for dessert, I made Pumpkin Crumble.
YUM!  It was delicious and super easy,  I would recommend it!  I do not like punkin pie, but I dared to try this, and it was AMAZING!!
Click the link for the recipe!
I hope you all had a fabulous weekend!  We did:] 
Tomorrow, I will be posting our long lost nightstands that we found, and get ready because you guys are in for a HUGE treat on Thursday! You won't want to miss it
Meg