Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Decoration Frustration

Everybody knows me and my sister love christmas and all the pretty decorations.
We always end up putting our stuff up in Nov. and usually don't take it down till Jan.
But every time I decide to get all my stuff out, I dread it.
I have so much b/c I feel like you either got to do it BIG, or don't bother.

So around here we clean up the house first.
Then drag all the decorations out.
Put them up one section at a time.
I"m a control freak, so this takes a long time.
This year I whined "Let's just put it all back up in the attic."
to which Derek replied "why do you always give yourself so much decoration frustration,
you don't have to finish it all in one day."

So I didn't finsh it all in one day.....I gave myself two.
After everything is in its place, we clean up again.

This year, for the first time, we got a real tree!
It smells amazing. 9.5 ft.
The dogs were rolling around on all the needles that had fallen on the floor.
Natas was smelling it and looking at Derek wondering if he was aloud to pee on it.
We put the jumbo lights on it.  Gorgeous!
I do want to find a pretty tree skirt. And I'm gonna get more decoartions on
 clearance at the end of the season.


 6 ft. gold and red tree on stair landing.

Kirstin's 4 ft. white,silver, and teal tree.

Kaveri and Kylie's 4 ft. pink,silver,teal, and red tree.

Living room xmas pictures and village.

Front door wreath. Really simple but with our
harsh winter weather I can't risk much more.

Made this wreath last year with my mom for the door inside
our porch.

So thats pretty much it. I did add a tree on the table on my porch.
And as if that wasn't enough, I have a few crafties in mind.

Here is a pic of a nook in my room. I'm way ahead of the game!

Merry Christmas!
Whose up for coming in Jan. to help put it all away?

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Refrigerator Clean Up

My frig was starting to look like a cluttered cold mess.
So I wanted to go through everything on it plus give it a good wipe down.
As I was looking at everything, getting ready for the task, I noticed my magnets were
seriously beat down.

I already wanted to change a jumbo paper clip into a magnet that my
Aunt Sarah sent me for my bday.
So I decided to make over all my magnets.
More like get rid of all of them and make new ones.


Two jumbo paper clips later, a couple of flowers and lil' birds,
some strawberries and
a cute string of twine......
We got ourselves a "new" frig:)
I also added a few magnets to the back of a page protector so we
now have a pocket for the monthly school lunch menu.

Now I just need to put some more recent pics up;)

Monday, November 28, 2011


The new Kirstin.

She was having problems seeing the board at school
so we went to see the eye doctor.
She is near-sighted with  astigmatism.

She picked out her own glasses, which I approved, and she can see much better!

Everyone at school thinks she is so pretty with them.
Me and daddy think they make her look older :(

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thanksgiving Pictures

We have been playing wii all Thanksgiving weekend.

Golden Turkey.Yum.

Hungry little birds.

Menu: Turkey
apple,walnut,cranberry stuffing
mashed potatoes
greenbean casserole
sweet potato souffle
giblet gravy

Homemade pumpkin pie
cookies and cream pie

Hope everybody had a blessed holiday.

Time to get the Christmas decorations out.......

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

What are you thankful for?

Derek: "I'm thankful that God gives us the daily opportunity to be blessed
and for my family"

Kaveri: "I'm thankful that us all love Jesus and he loves us. And I'm thankful that we are nice to
eachother and love eachother."

Kirstin: "I'm thankful for a loving family and our Thanksgiving feast."

Kylie: "Um for MiKayla, daddy, momma, Kirstin, Kaveri and Emma and um
a happy snowman, santa clause, and presents"

And Me: I'm thankful for my family, our health, our happiness, and our closeness.
I'm thankful for the Lord, his wisdom and forgiveness.
 I'm thankful for the roof over our heads, our warm beds,
the food on our table and the means to support our family.
I'm thankful for my craftiness.
And last- I'm thankful that the woman in my life helped
provide me with the knowledge to cook a homemade
Thanksgiving dinner for my family.
So everyone thank God.
 Hug your loved ones.
And have a happy turkey day!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Crate Project Number 2

One night while surfing around on the internet, I saw this 'mud room
I wish I had an official mud room.
The main reason is because we have a large family and shoes end up right in the doorway.
I can't stand that.
Then people trip on them. Plus its the first thing that greets you in the house and the first thing that you see when you walk down the steps in the morning.

Anyways, so one feature in this mud room had that I really loved was
that they had some crates to store shoes in.
one side of her mud room.

I'm on a crate kick.
So I made my own version.

 This time I helped stain them.
A real freakin' pain in my butt.
I chose to stain them b/c I don't want a bunch of colors on my porch.
Maybe in a kids bedroom....
I also chose not to put any long ways b/c honestly it's a waste of space.

I wanted to give them a little personality so Derek
drilled two holes on each side and I tied rope knots to them.

We hung them with space in between each one so we could put flip-flops on the tops.
We sprayed lacquer on them after the staining.
I also plan on getting some cheap rubber mats and cutting them to size.
Extra protection and I can just shake them out.
After all, my kids collect dirt!

I have one more crate left......
any thoughts?

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Lamp Re-do

So we have this pair of lamps.
They are about five years old.
They are those kind of lamps you can buy anywhere and then move them
around your house. Dining room, living room,
bed side tables ect.
I have them in the living room.
Sorry no before pics.

The shades were plain cream.And dirty.
The bases were like  this siver/goldish color with a marble type ball at the bottom.

The after: I spray painted the bases with a black that had a primer in it.

Then I got some burlap lamp shades.
If you google them they start out at around $50 and go into the hundreds.
Mine were nine bucks each.
Then I added some fabric rosettes.
I have been making alot of fabric flowers.
(more to come on that)

 five flowers on each one.

Love them! Every time I turn them on I smile
with pride.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Let's Talk Turkey

Last year, when my mom was living here, we ate our first organic turkey for thanksgiving.
It was the best tasting juice turkey that we have ever eaten.
It tastes NOTHING like the ones you get at the grocery store.
Good ol' unhealthy unnatural butterball. No Thanks!

Anyways, this year we also pre-ordered a turkey from
our local all natural turkey farm.
Ours will be never frozen. (although they have them frozen)
No hormones, no antibiotics, and no additives including salt.
They are raised the old fashion way for last 70 years.

I recently was sent this artificial from a another blog mom:

 Unnatural Turkeys:

Americans are expected to eat more than 40 million of the big birds this month for Thanksgiving, so we asked the same question everyone’s thinking: where do they all come from? The answer might surprise you.......

Specifically, the question is this: of all the commercially raised turkeys in the U.S., what percentage are the product of artificial insemination?

The answer, oddly enough, is 100 percent. Why? Well, it’s a supply-and-demand story. Because Americans particularly love to eat turkey breast meat (a great delivery platform for gravy!), turkeys have been selectively bred over the years to have bigger and bigger breasts. So big, in fact, that when it comes time for a male turkey to naturally reproduce with a female, his massive breast prevents him from getting close enough to complete the act.Turkeys are hardly the only animals that are sex-starved before being trotted off to slaughter. Experts estimate that up to 95 percent of dairy cows and 90 percent of pigs are the product of artificial insemination.

I decided to google the ingredients of the popular brands of turkey to find that
most contain MSG marked with different names.

Also, me and Derek watched an episode of 'Dirty Jobs'
where he had the gross job of artificially inseminating turkeys.
The fact that that would even be an episode on that show totally weirds me out!

Now we don't as healthy as I would like, but we are trying.
I buy organic beef from a local farm. Chicken with no hormones or antibiotics.
And now the organic turkey.
We try not to eat pork at all.
(yes I know we did have ribs on my bday)

I urge you to try an organic turkey this year, if not for the healthy aspect,
try it for the amazing taste!

Occupy Pittsburgh

A couple hundred people have been camping out downtown
for Occupy Pittsburgh.

They must be determined people because it has been very cold here at night.

They have been there since October 12th. 34 days.

There is alot of veterans.
People who have lost their jobs, homes, health benefits, retirement.
They are brave.
Peacefully Protesting.

From what I read they are planning on staying through winter.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Book Crates

Remember this?
Well here is one project:

(sorry ugly cord-I was vacuuming)
A Crate Bookcase.
Derek stained them and we hung them together.
Thank goodness he is willing to help.
The basket's on the floor under them are for diapers and wipes.

I love them and so do the girls:)