February 20, 2014

Warm and Fuzzy

Hey!! Remember me?? It's been a while.....too long really. Unfortunately for today I am gonna have to leave you hanging but keep checking back for some big news!!

You know that we have been house hunting and one of the big things on my wishlist is a fireplace. I just LOVE the idea of snuggling up to a toasty fire with a big (anthro) mug of hot cocoa. And although I am SUPER excited about Spring (especially after the beautiful weather today) I know that we will probably be seeing more snow before Winter is over.

Now saying that I want a fireplace is very vague because there are SO many options when it comes to the design of a fireplace. I'm really not concerned about that because I know its something I can modify in the future. I do want something with a mantle (hearth optional) for decorating purposes.

I personally prefer a white brick or white stone (like marble) facade but I thought it'd be fun to show you some unique or just plain stunning fireplaces.

Don't you just love some of the ways the firewood is stored?
Which style is your favorite??

Do you have a fireplace (or 2 or 3) in your house? I would love to see pics. What do you enjoy most about it?
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February 12, 2014

Valentines DIY {Gabby's post}

Before I let Gabby take it away, I want to let you know that YES I am alive and I miss you all. Life has been pretty crazy but I will catch you up soon :) Hopefully with all of the snow we are supposed to get, I will have some spare time to write! And before you read the amazing tutorial that Gabby has for you, I just want to say that she has been such a blessing in my life. I got a permanent smile after opening this package and she never ceases to amaze me. She is always encouraging me and I am so thankful for her :) Sorry for all of the mushiness....it is Valentine's Day week after all!!

If you missed Gabby's 1st post on quilting, check it out here!

Hi Readers! I’m back! I’m really excited about my latest DIY because it was a spur of the moment project brought on by a JoAnn Fabrics trip. Meet my inspiration: fuchsia and fuchsia polka dot burlap material! Love love love!

I was randomly walking through aisles and the material caught my eye. Then I noticed it was 30% off. I knew it was coming home with me and I knew something Valentine’s Day related was going to be involved. By the end of my shopping trip I had a basket full of stuff and tons of ideas. The one that stuck: Valentine’s Day goody bags for my sisters!

Next stop: Pinterest! (sigh…I love Pinterest…) As I was searching I found some really great ideas, so I decided to combine a few of them.

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To start I had to make a trip back to JoAnns and Michaels to pick up some cool V-Day related stickers, paper and stamps. I found a heart shape online to get the right size and traced the burlap to cut it out with the word design I wanted. I had to be careful as I was cutting because burlap frays really easily.
I started sewing the heart shaped buttons and glued the edges together with fabric glue. I left the top open so I’d have room to shove the stuffing in. Make sure you give the glue plenty of time to dry (I let it go overnight). This will help keep the burlap from fraying!

After that I decided to do a gold blanket stitch, I just Googled blanket stitch and a bunch of tutorials came up. I stitched the edges, added the stuffing, and then stitched them up! NOTE: I started with gold thread, but I was trying to use several strands to make the stitches more pronounced. THIS WAS WAY TOO DIFFICULT. Try gold yarn instead.

The last step was hot gluing the flower embellishments and the gold ribbon loops. I let them dry about 10 min and they were ready to go!

I also made these cute little frames with Valentine’s Day stickers I bought, random cardstock I had laying around the house and little frames from Michaels. It’s a great little decoration for your work desk or kitchen. Maybe $3 each tops!
To top it all off I made some cards to send out with the pink letters I found at JoAnns and cardstock I had from previous projects. The heart stickers I found at Michaels. Just cut, glue and stick! I have a “Homemade by” stamp, so I decided to put them on the back of the cards. After I sealed them in their envelopes I sealed them with a stamp I got at Michaels for $1.50!

Look at these cool mailers I found at Target! I made the heart labels with the Hallmark Card Studio software my husband gave me for Christmas last year!

I decided to make a CD of my favorite Christian songs to send in the package too. I’ve been listening to KLove radio station on the way to work, and it’s been so uplifting! Plus what better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with a reminder of God’s love!
I love to send little things in the mail, so I thought these would be awesome gifts to send to family just to say “I’m thinking of you”!

It’s amazing what a girl can do when she’s snowed in. :)
Happy LOVE Day, until next time!

My goodies are sitting proudly at my office desk :)

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