Friday, April 22, 2011

Shirt Painting

This is becoming a yearly tradition. Every year I think we'll make new shirts, and one of these days the girls will do more than squeeze blobs on their tops. This year we decided to use paint brushes to spread around said blobs.

These aren't great pictures, thanks to a rainy day, and the kids made a mess in the background. Just pretend that's not there ;)

There ended up being so much paint on them, they're still hanging to dry. Hopefully they'll be able to wear them soon. And FYI, it's hard to get fabric paint off floor tiles. bang head

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Thrift Store Scores!

Last week we went to the local Salvation Army. I was mostly on the hunt for dresses for my older two girls for this summer. They prefer not to wear pants at any point in the year and we're running out of dresses that fit them. ANYWAY...we did not manage to meet that mission, dresses are hard to come by!

But!! We did find some things I was in "need" of. This is my room:

I had bought a new comforter set but the Hubby decided he liked the golden tan/brown set better, so the new one was returned. Alas, I did want to spruce it up. Mostly I'd been on the search for a bedskirt that coordinated, but wasn't a fortune. I don't understand why one skirt costs as much as a set of sheets?!

Also, the brown curtains are the same ones I had bought at Target last winter. We moved and ended up getting different ones for the living room. The brown ones matched our bedding better than the ugly blue ones we had before, but I still wanted something different.

So we took a walk around SA and in the home section, I saw a pile of bedskirts. On the very bottom was a faux-silk tan one that matched my comforter almost perfectly. The price? $3.49! Score!! It was also a pink tag which was half-off that day, so I got it for $1.75! Then we turned the corner and I saw something shiny and aqua blue, two of my favorite things. A closer look revealed a pair of Better Homes & Gardens faux silk panels. The extra long kind that I love. I knew they'd be perfect in my room. The price? $9.99, but ALSO with a sale tag! $5.00 for the pair!!

I rushed home and got them situated. The results:

Much better, much brighter! And now you can't see my craft bins under the bed.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Adventures in Yarn Dying

Did you know you can dye yarn with Kool-Aid? Well, you can dye animal fiber yarns, not acrylic, with it. You can also dye human hair, since it's technically an animal fiber. Learn something new everyday!

I got some undyed Purewool yarn ( - they're also on etsy as 100purewool) and a pile of Kool-Aid packets.

Here's the yarn ready to go:

I loosely used the instructions from NobleKnits and went to town with the help of my middle. Here she is mixing the Kool-Aid in the cups.

The yarn, after we squirted it. I know they used a misting sprayer, we used a turkey baster haha!

All done! We also did one in various shades of pink - black cherry, cherry, strawberry, and strawberry lemonade.

I can't wait to learn how to knit it up!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Squishy Baby Face

Nothing creative to share with you today. I've been working quite a bit out of home and when I am home, I've been helping my sister out with her kiddos. They were here today and I'm {LOVING} it. There's not much I adore more than sweet smelling little babies. Especially this one.

This is my niece, Kenzie Lee. Isn't she gorgeous? *Insert big pink sparkly heart here* She usually has a stranger danger issue but she's been warming up to me. Probably because all I say to her is "Hey pretty baby!" or "Who's the prettiest baby ever?" Flattery works on the sweetest of babies. She really loves Caylee, my middle one. Cay is an awesome big cousin.

You know you want to come squish her cheeks. Or kiss them. Or pinch them. Or just rub your own cheeks to them. Did I mention she smells good? I even love her when she's like this

Hope you're having a lovely day!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Hooray for Party Day!

Today was Lillian's big day! Well, yesterday was the *big* day but today was PARTY DAY! She was beyond excited for her "little friends" to come over to play with her. Mostly she talked about cake. And showed everyone the decorations.

I managed to get a few pics uploaded tonight.

The birthday girl

Her banner

You can sort of see the poms in this picture. They're hanging {still} all over my living room ceiling and on the ceiling fan.

Checking out one of her presents with her cousin Braedyn

*she got a kajillion dresses - and loves them all! It was her asked-for birthday gift*

T-Ball indoors? Sure thing Daddy! *ps this is a very rare picture of the Hubby smiling*

With all of her cousins

And finally, a quick video of the cake and birthday song {she was just too excited!}

Thanks for stopping by! We had a great time!