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DSC_0326On Saturday we filled our tiny house with 5 kiddos and their mama’s and had ourselves a little party. It was so great to get together with everyone and chat while making a cute pair of stamped leggings to take home.

Ideally everyone would make their own stamp at the party, but since most of the kids were pretty young I decided to just go ahead and make them all ahead of time. I pulled out my christmas cookie cutters and a few stencils and I think they came out pretty good. It definitely was easier than I thought it would be.

DSC_0271I ended up with 2 christmas trees, a candy cane, lights, stars and a heart (incase anyone didn’t want to go the Christmas themed route). I thought about making the stamps double sided but didn’t want to chance it being too messy and accidentally getting paint where it shouldn’t be. I totally could have done it though and probably will next time. That fabric paint dries super quick.

I wasn’t sure how the day was going to pan out because Cooper straight-up refused to nap (besides a teaser 15 minutes on the drive home from Publix) that day and I gave everyone a fair warning as soon as they arrived.

It wasn’t necessary though because he was thoroughly entertained the entire time and not one of the kids had a meltdown. That in itself is a great success. The chocolate chip cookies helped, I’m sure.
DSC_0283Brit + Co and Old Navy were kind enough to send us enough supplies and leggings for everyone, which made this party so simple to put together. But really you could easily pick up everything in one trip to the store if you want to host your own. (Do it!)

I covered our table in brown kraft paper and divided the supplies between 5 little buckets so everyone could take theirs home with them at the end of the party.DSC_0284DSC_0287I’ll admit — we were all a little apprehensive to get started because we didn’t want to “mess up”, but once one of us finally went for it and we saw how good the stamps were working, we all jumped in and got to work. DSC_0292DSC_0295DSC_0297DSC_0299Everyone’s leggings turned out so cute and we’re already talking about doing it again next year. One of our little friends was even a bit sad when it was time to leave because she just wanted to do more, but since I sent everyone home with their set of supplies so can keep the parDIY going as long as they want. I’m thinking about re-using the stamps on plain brown wrapping paper for my presents this year. They’re just too cute to only use once.

I love the way Cooper’s legging turned out and can’t wait for him to wear them when we go see Christmas lights this weekend. DSC_0306Thanks again Old Navy and Brit + Co!


I wasn’t sure how Halloween would go this year since this is the reaction I got when I originally tried Coop’s costume on:
IMG_1177Which was almost exactly the same as last year:

I had the costume hanging up in his room for almost a month and everyday he would grab my finger and take me to see it.

“Yeah! It’s so cool. Don’t you want to wear it?”
“No!” and off he’d run down the hall. I didn’t push him on it and figured I could just bribe him with a piece of candy, if necessary. (it was)

Instead, I got to work on mine and Corey’s costumes. I would have preferred to just order costumes and get it over with, but the only Woody and Jessie costumes out there are one-piece jumpsuits. So DIY it is!

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I was surprised how good the shirt turned out (I was doubtful about halfway through) but it was pretty easy and only cost about $30 for both of our costumes. I even ended up making a yarn wig for myself. I followed this tutorial and thought the idea of attaching the yarn to a headband was genius. It stayed on all night (meaning a whole 2 hours) without any problems.

I traced the cow print fabric against a pair of jeans and loosely hand sewed it with white thread. I cut out the stitches when we got home and you’d never know the difference. And all I did for Corey’s was dye the shirt yellow and I bought the accessories from the party store. That’s about as easy as it gets!

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I was stressed out about getting Cooper dressed and it went pretty much how I imagine it would. I had to hold him down and wrestle him the entire time. Corey was pacing in the living room ready to rip off his own costume and call it a night. “Just give him a minute!” I pleaded in my red wig on the living room floor.

We were all finally dressed and were out the door but he was still pissed and we had to wait for the rest of our group. I frantically called my mom and told them to hurry up because as soon as Cooper sees Hailey all is right in the world.

He finally gave in to the lollipop I tried to bribe him with and we managed a little smile.


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And finally the other kids showed up in their costumes and Cooper realized this whole Halloween thing isn’t half bad. He even willingly took candy from a stranger’s bowl and I’m still not sure how I feel about that haha


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And what would Halloween be without photoshopped backgrounds? (Thanks, Doug!)



Halloween 2015, you were lovely. Now, where’s my Christmas tree?


Since we’re home so much these days, it seems only natural that I’d switch things around in here. Corners of our house that never bothered me before were suddenly driving me crazy. I started with a good cleaning and went through every drawer, every scary cabinet and even dusted the top of my cabinets. It was pretty bad. I don’t even remember the last time I did it, and I instantly felt better when I was done. But it wasn’t enough!

I started with a new (round) dining room table and I honestly don’t know why I didn’t do it sooner. I planned on painting the old bench too but since the table took three cans of chalk paint, I think I’ll just deal with the brown for now. White Round Table Chalk PaintIMG_9730

Then I tackled the dark, narrow (and impossible to take pictures of) hallway. Some of these frames have been sitting in our room for over two years now! Procrastination is my middle name.
Gallery Wall Narrow HallwayGallery Wall Narrow Hallway IMG_9783 IMG_9782Then I was on to pillow covers. It only took me THREE trips to Joann’s to get the right amount of fabric. And now you know why I was an English major.
IMG_9743 DIY Envelope Pillow CoversThe white fabric was so thin the design on the pillow was showing through but I was NOT going back to the store. After a little tinkering I ending up cutting an old white sheet and sewed it to the fabric. BOOYAH!

And just for fun, I scored the most amazing deal on new patio furniture from Craiglist and made Corey drive to pick it up at 7am on a Saturday. There’s no way I could pass up a deal like that and they even had it waiting out by the road for us. I’m nothing if not a caring, thoughtful wife. 😉

Patio Furniture DIY Twine Triple Hanging Planter

I’m so glad we get to call this place our home!


Single Crochet Baby BlanketWhen Cooper was born, besides being premature, he had jaundice and had to stay under the lights with that awful little mask over his eyes, anyways this meant we couldn’t hold him a whole lot because he needed to be under the light as much as possible. I was going crazy sitting in his room in the NICU for 9+ hours everyday and only being able to change his diaper every 3 hours.


I needed a project to keep my hands and mind occupied. Reading a book seemed like too much work and writing it all down only made me feel worse. So, I decided on a blanket! The next night after we left the hospital and headed over to Joanns to pick up some yarn and a crochet needle. We settled on yellow, gray, and white, which funny enough were our wedding colors too (we must really like them!) This was my first big project and the entire thing is single crochet. It looked easy enough online! I toted my bag of crochet back and forth and worked on it all day long. Single Crochet Baby BlanketBut a few days after I started, his bilirubin went down and the mask came off and we were able to hold him as much as we wanted whenever we wanted. And that’s exactly what we did.

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And it was glorious and of course that blanket got pushed aside. But, I started it so I had to finish it.

I wanted to make sure I at least had it finished by his first birthday. A year to make a blanket seems ridiculous, but I’m so proud to say I DID IT! Whew! I was sitting on the couch the other day with Corey while Cooper took a nap and I had the blanket spread across my lap and I realized I was almost out of yarn. The next few stitches would be the last. I looked over at Corey and said “well, this is it” and hooked in the last one. “I never thought you’d finish it” and honestly, neither did I. But I’m really glad I did.

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DIY Chalkboard
I used to have a smaller white chalkboard hanging here that was used at our wedding, but the chalkboard paint was getting scratched off the glass and it was time for a new coat. It sounded like a good plan, but as soon as Corey took the glass out it shattered. So I did what every reasonable person does. I got in the car and drove over to the thrift store and bought another frame. Problem solved.

The old frame even got a new home. A few weeks earlier I broke the cheap, plastic frame around our guest book/photo mat (that still doesn’t have a wedding picture in it) and the white frame was a perfect fit. When I figured this out I was actually glad that first piece of glass broke. Now to just get a picture printed and may I can finally get it hung after almost 2 years of marriage.

I originally intended to just use the glass from the new frame, but I liked how much thicker it was and that it took up a little more room on the wall. For the new chalkboard, we went with a turquoise to add some more punch to our (off)white walls and I now want to spray paint everything this color.

DIY Chalkboard
When I say *I* want to spray paint what I really mean is I want Corey to spray paint. You may not know this, but he is a master spray painter. Seriously. All his projects comes out perfect and mine are always spotty and drippy because I’m way too impatient. I know my strengths, and spray painting isn’t one of them. Lucky for me, I picked a good one.

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Add a quick bunting made from some printed duct tape and a little twine and this is easily my favorite corner of the house. For now. I’m still looking for something to go on the wall next to the chalkboard but can’t make up my mind. What else is new? DIY Painted Flowerpot

I painted this little flower pot a few years ago on a whim one afternoon when I had time to just do things like that. The plant I originally put in it died and it’s just been sitting in the windowsill full of dirt ever since. I love that I finally found a home for it and I’m thinking about giving him a few friends soon, if I can find the time.

Things are getting done around here and to do lists and getting smaller, just not as quickly as we’d like. Most of our projects are bigger, take all weekend, type of things. So it feels good to cross something off, even if it is just a small chalkboard update. One thing at a time.

DIY Chalkboard