Hey there! I am beyond blessed to be the wife of Mark Andrew and the stay-at-home-mommy of Quinn and Morgan! I love to decorate, create things, and generally make life more beautiful! Come join me, and let's see what we can make today!

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Friday
May162014

Burlap Bubble Wreath 

Hey, Friends! Awhile back I promised a tutorial on how to make a burlap bubble wreath, and that's what I've got for you today! I am sure you can search Pinterest and find tons of tutorials, so, if this one isn't clear enough, search there! ;)

Here is a list of my supplies. I had most of them on hand, but I had previously purchased all of them at Hobby Lobby for 50% off, so the price listed is the sale price.  If you need to purchase all of the items, it will cost between $10-$20.

wire wreath form - $1.50

two rolls of burlap - $5.99

one bunch of fake flowers (totally optional!) $2.50

Honestly, my tutorial is less of a "tutorial" and more of a "this is how I do it" kinda post.  Good luck.

I start by folding one end of the burlap roll and weaving it into the wreath form.

I did not use hot glue or stitch the burlap or knot it.  I just twisted it through the wire and called it good.  Then I just started pulling and twisting small sections through the wire, and I "poofed" them up as I went along. Very technical.  Keep up if you can.  

 

I prefer to feed the burlap through the bottom of the wreath, but you can do whatever works best.  My method really ISN'T a method.  It's just manipulating the burlap as I go along.  It took about 10 minutes to fill half the wreath.

I started the second roll right where I left off, using the same weaving technique from the beginning. Obviously, I used a touch more burlap for the second half of the wreath.  

Oops!  Fortunately, I stock up on the burlap rolls whenever they are on sale, so I just grabbed a bit more from my stash!

When I made one of these for my Christmas mantle, I used a pick with some pearl "berries" to dress up the wreath a bit. I liked it so much, I kept it up for January! I think the wreath looks great just plain.  I also have seen it look really sweet with a bow or some flowers.  Since it is spring (although it is FREEZING today and there is SNOW in the forecast!), I wanted to put just a "sprig" of flowers on the wreath.  I love this time of year when everything is waking up and blooming!

I cut apart the bunch of flowers I had, and I just used a small part of them for this wreath.

 Then I tied a piece of twine to the wreath form and hung it on the front of the house.

The total time for this project, including gathering the supplies and clean up, was under 30 minutes.  My kinda project! ;)

I hope that wherever you are today you take a moment to enjoy the Son! 

Wednesday
May072014

Updates and jeans

Hey folks! We are having a busy spring?! How 'bout you? Here is a brief look at what has been going on around here.

Our tulips have finally bloomed!

The usually bloom around April 23 (is it weird that I know that?), but due to the cold temps this year, they finally bloomed yesterday. And we are so happy!

Morgan and I planted more bulbs last October, and she truly prayed for them almost every night this winter--especially on the bitterly cold nights.  "Dear God, please keep our tulips safe and help them to grow." SO SWEET!

Over the weekend, my husband ran the Great Western Half Marathon, and I am SO PROUD of him!  Quinn ran the last mile with him, and Mo ran the last quarter mile.  They loved cheering their daddy on, and I loved seeing my whole family running together!

I have been working away in the master bedroom.  It rained every.single.day. last week, so I could focus on the bedroom and just ignore the yard for the time being.  I have removed all of the wall paper, and as soon as I post this, I will continue to sand and clean the walls.  I was hopeful to have paint on the walls by Friday, but that is looking less likely, considering that it is already Wednesday and I am still cleaning the walls! ;) Also, I discovered an unfortunate fact: the entire south wall is bowed.

That is not an optical illusion.

Ugh.  It appears that the drywall was nailed to the studs (40 some years ago), and the nails have come loose. I can push the entire wall into the studs with no resistance, so I am hopeful that I can just locate the studs and screw the drywall in.  I am very aware that the wall could buckle or crack, and the entire wall might need to be replaced.  However, I will not worry about that right now, because I won't know until I try! I'll keep you updated on my progress!

Now, onto the jeans.  I REALLY like the look of boyfriend jeans.  They seem relaxed, yet slightly fitted, and they look very comfortable.  For this mom on the go, comfort is a huge factor in my clothing selection process. Another factor is price.  I really do not mind paying $100+ for a pair of jeans that I know I will get a lot of use out of.  If I were to buy a pair of jeans today, though, I would NOT get a lot of use out of them.  Why? Because I am still carrying extra pounds from knee injury, PLUS the pounds I gained over the very, very, VERY long winter.  And I know I am not alone in that! ;) While the boyfriend jeans LOOK very comfortable, I can never get a pair to fit as comfortably as they look.  Boyfriend jeans seem to be cut straighter through the hips, lower around the waist, and ultimately lower on my butt.  This doesn't work well for me because my hips are curvy, my backside is round, and the fun roll across my tummy shows that I have been having a bit too much fun this winter.  

So, the first thing I decided was that I was not going to pay $100+ for a pair of boyfriend jeans that aren't even comfortable.  Actually, that was the second thing I decided.  The first/second/second-first/who-cares-what-order thing I decided was that I need to take better care of this body.  I recently joined Curves and started a c25k (couch to 5k).  In the first two weeks, I dropped 5lbs and gained a healthier perspective--along with a lot more energy! No magic diets or tricks, just a mindset that I am going to be strong and healthy, and I am going to work hard at it.

What about the jeans? The jeans? Oh yes, the jeans! I went to GoodWill and purchased a pair of jeans that were a bit big (I'd like to say they were several sizes too large, but that would be a blatant lie!), and they were also a bit short.  Take a look.

Not a good look.  That was okay though.  I was looking for three things in a pair of jeans:

1) That they had a higher rise.  

2) That they were baggy not skin tight.

3)  That they had plain pockets in the back.

This particular pair of jeans met all three criteria, and they cost me a whopping $2.50! Crazy!

I took them home and cut a couple of inches off the bottom.

Then I did something I have wanted to do since the 6th grade.  Wait for it...I tight rolled my jeans! Sounds crazy? But look how cute they are! And they are sooooooo comfortable!

Here is a close up of the tight roll.  

Now, I know they are not as stylish as "true" boyfriend jeans, but I really like them.  Mainly because they are ridiculously comfortable.  I mean, they are just a pair of baggy jeans, so what could be uncomfortable about that? Plus, I saved more than $100.  MORE THAN $100!!! Sorry.  I didn't mean to yell.  I just get excited about a good deal!

Well, it is time for me to go clean the walls.  I hope you have a great afternoon!

Enjoy the Son!

 

Monday
Apr212014

String Art

For the the last three weeks, I have been in non-stop project mode.  Literally, as soon as I would complete one project I would have to start on the next. I have completed some miscellaneous art projects for family and friends (sorry Kaelyn! still working on yours!:), organized an egg hunt/outreach with our small group, put together a party for my now 8 year old an 15 of his friends, built shelves for the master bath that are still not installed, and created a new set for the stage at church. I would like to say that my master bedroom is nearly complete, but it is nowhere close.  I have resigned myself to the fact the "makeover" is going to take several months now that spring is finally here, and my current goal is to just get the wallpaper off and the paint on in the next three weeks.  The rest of the elements will have to come slowly, and I am okay with that.  

The stage design is what I am going to share with you today. (Be forewarned: all of these pics were taken on the fly with an iPhone, and they are unedited.  No time for that right now!)  I have been helping with the set designs for about 18 months, and I love it!  The Christmas 2013 set was the first set that I put together as the "point" person.  I was given a concept, and I had one week to pull it together...  

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Monday
Apr142014

Resurrection Eggs

I almost started this post with an apology for my absence the last two weeks, but, since I am working on being authentic in all areas of my life, I decided not to apologize.  Life happens.  Our last couple of weeks have been crazy busy with church projects, a huge outreach from our small group, more church projects (with my hubs and I simultaneously working on separate projects for our church, The Well), and our daily family commitments, and I don't want to apologize for putting God and my family first.  I don't want to pretend to be some sort of super mom who can handle it all.  I can't.  What I CAN do is prioritize, and when life gets busy, there is not room for my little blog.  So, that being said, let's get on with today's project!

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Friday
Mar282014

Kreg Jig

Hey guys!  I have been working on so many projects and have not taken a break to create a post.  If you follow HBK on Facebook, you know that I promised a quick update today.  So, here it is! 

I honestly don't have much to show, because I do not want to post pics of the bathroom/closet area until I have finished the shelves and towel hangers, etc.  However, here is a sneak peek of the hand towel shelf I am building! This is from Whitney over at Shanty 2 Chic, and it is perfect for my space! She posted a great tutorial, and I have all of my pieces cut and stained, I just need to assemble them!

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