Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Happy Leap Day!

Where have I been?
Once I figure that out, I will be sure to let you know;]
These last few weeks have been so busy but I wouldn't trade them for the world:]

Some happenings around here:
-My mom and I threw my sweet sister Ashley a baby shower for her and her sweet baby girl:]  She is due March 18th and we couldn't be more excited for her!

-We made those sandwiches for the shower, they were TO DIE FOR!  I would highly recommend them.
-Josh and I decided there is nothing funner (is that a word yet?) than being married.  I am so thankful for him and what he does for us!
-I will now be working with the Young Women in our ward and I am so excited!  These girls taught me so much in Sunday school and I am so thankful that I get to spend even more time with them!  They are such amazing examples of what a strong woman is!  Hopefully I can teach them something too..
-Isn't it funny that in hindsight, everything makes sense?  I have seen that quite a lot in mine and Josh's life lately and I am so thankful for that.  Our Heavenly Father really does love us and wants the best for us, and he really does have a plan for us.  We just have to trust that and soon enough, we will understand it all!


-I made this bread today, just because it sounded delicious...I would also highly recommend it... :]
-Josh and I are trying to plan a dream trip for someday:]  Who knows when we will go, but at least it will be planned;]
-Our Leap Day was celebrated by going out with the missionaries, then getting home and ordering pizza:]  Thank heavens for the delivery boys:]

Hope you all are having a fabulous snow storm here in Idaho:]  Stay in, make some hot chocolate, and do not get killed by the crazy drivers!
I promise to share some crafts soon, in the meantime, make those yummy sandwiches and delicious bread!


Monday, February 13, 2012

L.O.V.E. is what it is all about.

Josh, thank you for being my wonderful husband.

We are so lucky to have each other and I don't want to ever forget that.

Marriage is so rewarding, and with you, life is complete.
I love you more than you could ever know and I hope I express that to you as much as I should.
You are my very best friend and I am so glad that we will be together forever.  Forever will be a blast:]
You make my bad days wonderful and I thank you for that.
For trying.  For saying sorry.  For putting up with me and my quirks...but then again, your quirks are the things I love most about you and I hope you feel the same.

 You bless my life so much and I am so thankful for your strength.
Thank you for asking me to marry you that snowy, cold, December day.
Thank you for taking me to the temple so we will never be apart.
Thank you for loving me every single day.

I love you and I am so thankful to have you!
Happy Valentine's Day Josh!

Love, Meg.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Envelope Pillow Covers (Part 2)

Remember the envelope pillows I made HERE?  That was one way to spice up pillow covers and this is the second way I used to improve some old, sad, pillows.

First, I made the pillow covers, (instructions are at the above link).
Then, for the first cover, I taped off with painter's tape a square section on the front of the cover.
Next, I taped off an "X" in the middle of that section using 3/4" tape, then two more "X's" on the inside of that using 1/4" tape.

Then, I wanted a pinwheel look to this pillow so I painted every other triangle white...

Then the rest blue.
*Peel the tape off the pillow cover while the paint is still relatively wet.*

The two remaining pillow covers I wanted to paint with a chevron pattern.
First, I got some card stock and drew a zig-zag line.

To create the other side of the chevron, I just took each point and measured 1 1/2" down the paper and drew another point.  After that, I simply connected all the points with a ruler, cut the pattern out, and vwala, had a complete chevron!

Then, I taped off the edges of the pillow covers and marked every 1 1/2" so I would have a guide as to where the chevron pattern needed to be.

Then traced the chevron and painted in the pattern with white paint.

Man, I LOVE those guys!  This was a wonderful update for some out-of-date pillows!
I gotta be honest, I was very skeptical with how the chevrons would turn out, but they were a breeze!  Just slightly time consuming, but very worth it!

Any questions?  Just put them in the comments and i'll do my best to answer!
Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Homemade Heating Pad

Lately, for whatever reason, my back has been aching like I am 110 years old...pain in the rear (almost!) and last night, I thought I was going to die.  Luckily, Josh is the best at rubbing shoulders and backs so he saved me.  But today, the aches came back and I decided I had to do something about it.  So I went online and looked up homemade heating pads, I found one that Martha Stewart made with corn kernels inside (and why, when you heat that one up do you not get popcorn?) and finally decided to just take a stab at it.  

I had a bunch of long grain rice floating around and some awesome polka-dotted fabric.
I cut the fabric into a rectangle that measured 15"x16".  Then, I folded the fabric in half so the 15" sides were touching with the dimensions now: 15"x8" and inside out.

Then turn the pad so it is right side out.  Sew longways down the middle of the pad leaving about an inch at each end open.  This middle seam will keep the rice separated evenly.

Then start filling the pad with rice.  I found that when filled 2/3 of the way up, it was perfect, but this is just me!  Shake it around and make sure it is they way you want it.

Then, fold the open end in and pin it into place.

Last, sew that open end up and your heating pad it done!
This little thing is a lifesaver and so easy to make!

Check back tomorrow for part two of the envelope pillows!
Hope you all have a great day!