Friday, September 12, 2014


Its Fall Vignette time, people.

Click here and here for past fall vignettes.



Yeah, I decided to not even try to crop out that play kitchen out of the pic.  And the fireman hat and baby rattle on the breakfast bar that you can see in the mirror?  Didn't even realize that was there until I uploaded the pics and I am too lazy to go back and take new pics.  This is real life, people.  My house looks like a daycare.  I am not going to apologize for it.  It is being embraced.

This is one of my two new feed bag with barn wood frame pieces.  I love it:)

Here is a shot of our dining room table.  I got the chalkboard bunting banner from JoAnn Fabrics.  In.Love.

 (I promise our house is not crooked and I was not drunk when I took this pic.  I could not straighten it because we got a new computer and I am still figuring how to edit my pics on this computer.)

And some more dining room autumizing...



And lastly, some chalkboard art...

I even autumized the kids and myself this morning.  Sweaters and jeans, skirts and tights.  I didn't have time get a pic this morning but snapped a few this evening...

Hmmmm, he is 3 going on 13 and refused to sit by his sister for a pic.  Stinker.

And then there is this one.  Happiest baby on the planet:)

Happy Fall!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Hello, Wisconsin!!

Now that I have my lovely entryway bench, I needed some pillows for it.  I made this pillow with a placemat I bought from Target.  

But it still needed more.  I knew what I wanted and I needed it to be durable since it was going to be in the entryway and that area sees a lot of traffic.  I remembered I had bought some dropcloth when I painted my kitchen but I never used it because I was too lazy.

I didn't want to mess with a zipper so I decided to made an envelope-type pillowcase cover.  I cut one piece for my front and then two pieces for the back (to make the envelope part).  I am not going to reinvent the wheel. I you want to know what an envelope pillowcase is and/or how to make one, Pinterest has that covered.

I decided to cut a Wisconsin state out of the front.  To get the template, I just pulled up a map of WI on my computer, traced around it and cut it out of a piece of paper.  Then I laid it on the pillow front and traced it.

And cut it out.

Then I pinned a piece of duck canvas to the back of the pillow front so that when I flip it over, it is covering the WI cutout.

This was left over from my ruffle while making the ottoman cover.

And then I used my awesome good-enough sewing skills to sew it into place.

While I toil away on projects, this is what my little shadow is doing right behind me.

"Mom, these markers smell good!"

Ok, ok.  Back to the pillow...

Then I cut out a little red felt heart and sewed it in the general area of Madison.  After making my back envelope, I sewed the front and back together and stuffed an old throw pillow in it.  And there you have it.

Love.  Wisconsin.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Entryway Bench

Remember this blah entryway?

 That turned into this fantastic entryway?

But then I realized I needed a new bench because I simply could not deal with the one I had so I drafted up a sketch of one for my dad to make me the bench that I had to have for the space?

And then my mom would send me teaser texts like this one?

Well, I finally got it.  And it is perfect!!!!

 The pillow is actually a placemat!  I wish I was the genius behind that idea but I am not.  Got the idea from this blog.

 Those little cowboy boots were Sully's gift for starring standing up in his uncle's wedding in Nashville in May.

Here is the hidden corner I have never showed you.  The wall above the board and batten is still a work in progress and the organization is not optimized yet.

And one last pic...

Can't wait to haul it outside for some fall sibling pics this fall;)

Linked up to Thrifty Decor Chick Decor Chick Link up party.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Band Wagon

I did it.  I recently hopped on the Essential Oil band wagon.  I know, they are all the rage right now.

A friend of mine had mentioned that she was going to put an essential oil order into Young Living one day and it was the perfect opportunity to try some since she could order them at wholesale prices.  I had heard about and read about Young Living oils on some blogs that I follow.  I *think* they are the only essential oil company that can prove the purity of their oils.  I started out with Lavender (to help littles relax and sleep), Fennel (to increase my milk supply), Lemon and Lemongrass.  The next month, I ordered a few more for my collection.

I have to say, I am pleased with the effects.  I feel the lavender does help my littles sleep soundly and fall asleep faster (and if nothing else, they smell divine).  At first I was applying the oil undiluted to their feet but I have wised up and now dilute it so I get much more for my money.  Also, it is probably best to dilute the oils for littles to avoid any skin reaction.  (Some of the oils HAVE to be diluted even for adults so read the labels carefully!)

I think the biggest struggle for me was figuring out how to apply the oils without having it be such a pain, such a production.  And knowing the dilutions.  Luckily, Amazon was there to save the application dilemma and my friend was there to save the dilution dilemma.

I have always secretly wanted to be a mad chemist, compounding elements and making wicked potions out of them.  Well, this comes close.  I had my oils, I just needed to be able to apply them easily.  On Amazon, I found a carrier oil.  I chose coconut oil but you could use avocado oil or even olive oil (although that is kind of greasy, I know because I tried it).

I ordered the oil and some roller ball applicators and some little plastic pipettes for mixing.

Then I made up some Thieves and Lavender dilutions for both the kids.  Sydney's had to be diluted more than Sully's because she weighs less.  Sydney's dilution was 1-2 drops per 2 tsp of carrier oil and Sully's dilution was 2-4 drops per tsp of carrier oil (per Dr. Scott Johnson's book "Surviving When Modern Medicine Fails").  (Actually, I gave them the same Lavender dilution because I knew she could handle it since I was applying it undiluted for a few weeks on her.)

The roller ball applicators are awesome because you just roll it on their feet and rub it in.  Easy!  I also whipped up the Thieves dilution as I anticipate using it a lot this fall and winter to combat sickness.

Now I certainly don't claim to be an Essential Oil guru.  Everything I know I learned from my friend or the interwebs.  I also know that there are lots of ways to use them, i.e. applying to the skin, diffusing or ingesting.  So far, I have just applied to the skin but I will be getting a proper diffuser soon.  It has been fun to learn about them and see how a natural product can work.

Excited to learn more...

Gotta keep these kiddos healthy from the inside since apparently I cannot keep them from banging themselves up on the outside.

(He may or may not have bounced her right off the chair after this pic...)

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Bathroom reveal

Well, after our old dinosaur laptop was unable to obtain a wireless signal anymore and we were forced to get a new laptop, I was able to figure out how to download pics to this new laptop and can finally share my upstairs bathroom makeover.

Here is the the before:


Then came the new wall color, painting the vanity, new shower rod and shower curtain, new vanity light and a DIY towel hook.  Which got us to this...

Which already made a huge difference.  But my vision was for much more of a change.  And it was accomplished by adding a barn wood frame around the mirror and some barn wood shelves over the toilet (thanks Dad!!).

 Lantern I got from a Swappers Meet while in MN recently.

 Wash clothes at the ready for cleaning baby and toddler bodies.

 Q-tip container was another MN buy recently.

Close-up of the new light fixture (that I installed myself).

 And there you have it.  The bathroom has a totally different look and feel for minimal investment.  Are there still things I want to change?  Of course (linoleum floor).  But I think it would be a waste of money since I have plans/visions for a complete bathroom remodel several years down the road.  This is perfect and looks even better in reality than it did in my head.  I am eager to change up the shelf decor with the seasons.

From this...

To this....

I still have one last decor item to add but I will get to that later.  Stay tuned.