playhouse: mission completed

the playhouse is finished!!  i'm so proud of how it turned out.  i can hardly keep from giving it to the girls before Christmas but will control my urge for precious Christmas morning photos.  completing the house was not near as difficult as i thought it would be.  it sewed together easily, thank goodness.  neil built the frame for it which was not hard either but finding the materials was a different story...  pvc pipe was not a problem but finding the corner pieces sent us on quite the hunt!  after visiting lowes, home depot, ace hardware, and a random plumbing supply store, we were steered towards an irrigation supply company.  the one near our house did not have the right size but luckily their other store on the south side did, shew. 

without further delay, here are the pictures of the final project.  hope you enjoy them as much as i do!!

only one problem that i can foresee...charlie, our cat, has taken quite a liking to the house.  apparently he thinks it is his new personal napping house.  it has been put together for a couple of days now, and anytime we can't find him...he can be found snoozing away inside the playhouse.  check out this feistiness!  reer!


playhouse side 4

last side done!  it was another tricky side to sew but i learned from the last side which made it a bit easier.  this is the final side.  only a few more things left to do...add curtains, add a scallop border, and sew all the sides together.  ahh!  i am so excited to see it finished and even more excited to see leni and sadie on Christmas morning!!

 the watering can velcros on this side too.  a girl has to water her flower box and garden!

the corn is pickable from the stalks...

the lettuce and tomatoes velcro to the side and the carrots are pickable from the dirt

can't hardly believe i have accomplished this much already.  so glad i decided to make it for the girls this year.  i really think they are going to love it!


get it together for Christmas sake!

neil and i are hosting the family Christmas at our house this year.  that means a few things...1. i now HAVE to clean the house 2. we don't have to leave the house all day (woop woop) 3. the house must be decorated wonderfully.  ok, now i can totally do all of those things with no problem.  my house definitely could use a good cleaning.  i LOVE not leaving the comfort of my own home on Christmas day.  and, i have a crap-load of decorations that have accumulated over the past 10 years.  i mainly got some hand-me downs from my mom, since she has a bit of a problem when it comes to buying decorations ev-er-ree year.  some i got as gifts thanks to $150 worth of gift certificates to the rushville pharmacy (yep, for those of youses that don't know bout that there pharmacy, not only can you pick up hemorrhoid cream but you can also get fine stemware, collectible keepsakes, or seasonal decor).  i have also bought a few things at kohls when they have been on sale. 

december rolls around and it's time to put up the decorations.  i was SO organized last year when it came to taking decorations down.  i put them in plastic crates and labeled them according to what room the decorations went in.  this year will be easy right?  right!  unfortunately, this is the first year that it finally donned on me that NONE of my decorations "go" with each other.  it really seems like a hodge podge of holiday throw-up.  at least i have a common theme for the Christmas tree...red and green.  but now that we inherited a fake tree for our basement, i need to get a new theme for the family room tree and the room in general.  since the room has creams, browns and blues, i decided to stick with it and try to keep it simple.  kind of a natural look. 

the first thing to tackle was the mantle.  i obsess over pottery barn catalogs all year, but especially at Christmas time.  i LOVE how they decorate their mantles.  gorgeous garlands, ornaments, candles, and mirrors.  sigh...i don't have the luxury of going all out with mine.  my mantles main focus is the freaking tv that towers over it.  truth be told i like having it there other than Christmastime.  so, back to the mantle.  i bought nothing new just use a little spray paint on some stars that i had from the girls birthday.  i am hoping to make some apothecary jars to put on the right side with some snow and ornaments in them instead of the snow globe and willow couple.  here's a pic.  just ignore espn.  i do...
i made a decoration too.  i spent a total of 10 bucks.  i had the burlap, spray paint, sandpaper, jute, and jingle bells on hand.  i got the candlesticks, circle plaques, acrylic paint, decorative nails, and finials at hobby lobby all 50% off, (ok, not the paint or nails but they were 99 cents each).  i went to home depot and asked for 2x6 scrap wood cut down to 3 8" pieces.  FREE!!  a little bit of time and work and waa-laa!

want to make some of your own?  click HERE to get the instructions!

i also made a center piece for my kitchen table.  LOVE it.  i only bought ornaments from the dollar store 2 for $1, 3 mason jars from hobby lobby at 50% off for $3, and a milk jug from goodwill for $2.  not bad for $6.

i googled for ideas on how to display Christmas cards.  always love to get them and always want to set them out.  but, A. i'm not paying for a metal display and B. i'm really not into taping them to my doors or door frames.  thanks to googling and to people that blog, here is the cheap but cute idea for displaying them.

yep, ONE card so far.  glad to see i'm not the only procrastinator.

ok, last thing.  through blogging i came across this adorable idea for a Christmas countdown.  can't remember where though, so sorry i can't link you up.  but it was easy.  all you need is a frame (i used an 8 x 10), 1 sheet of Christmas scrapbook paper, vinyl stickers, chalkboard paint (i used spray paint but you can use the other kinds), and shelf liner.  i cut a circle in the shelf liner then stuck the other part on the glass to use as a stencil.  paint the circle, let dry, then use the stickers to spell out "days until Christmas".  cut the paper down to the size of your frame and waa-laa!!  adorable and fun.

happy crafting!!  


playhouse side 3

shew!  another side of the house done.  this side was a bit more challenging when it came to sewing the flowers and birds.  lets just say...it was for the birds!  ugh.  the sewing was difficult only because of all the material i had to deal with while sewing around all the little curvy sides!  but...SO worth the effort in the end.

the watering can velcros on so the girls can "water" their flowers!  here's a closer look.  of course, their little hands will be much cuter holding the watering can...

3 down, 1 to go.  then it will be time to add some final touches, like curtains and an adorable scalloped roof, then sew it all together.  oh my gosh!  can't wait to see it all put together!


playhouse side 2

i finished another side of the house!  just had to share...

the apples can be "picked" and put into the basket :)

maybe in another 48 hours side 3 will be complete? 


playhouse side 1

after finding the cutest idea EVER on homemade by jill, i embarked on my newest project: making a playhouse for my uh-dorable girls.  it seems like the perfect idea since we are trying to save some money this Christmas season and the girls are just the right age to enjoy it! 

so, where to begin?  google, duh.  i googled the crap out of "felt playhouses" for a few days, which gave me a plethora of creative ideas (and not just for the playhouse, sigh...).  next i had to figure out the dimensions.  there are loads of playhouse instructions that are designed to slip over a card table.  how awesome is that?  but, since most card tables are only 28" tall i decided to make mine taller and build a pvc pipe frame for the house to slide over.  then, it is time to design each side.  what to put on each side was my chance to be creative and, of course, go WAY overboard.  i have so many things i want to do, it would take me 3 or 4 playhouses just to make them all!  ok, slow down.  let's just start with one. 

when it came to the "drawing board", that is literally what i did.  i drew some juvenile pictures of the 4 sides i would be making.  then i colored them in.  too much?  nah, just made it that much easier when i shopped for all the felt fabric. :)  pattern time!  wouldn't it be awesome if someone already made all the patterns for animals, flowers, birdhouse, etc.  and all you had to do was trace it?  humpf, there is!  miss pretty pretty on etsy sells them for 20 bucks.  are you kidding me?  click, added to cart.  in a few short minutes, she had emailed me my very own e-book of patterns to download.  suh-weet.

here is the first side.  the front of the playhouse. 

the mailbox opens for the mail delivery.  i made 6 "letters".  nope, no bills, only the fun stuff.  here's a close up...

the flowers in the pot are "pickable".  my guess is that these flower stems will go limp after a few plays with sadie the brute.  might need to tweak this idea...

i cannot wait to start the next side and the next and the next and then, waa laa!  best Christmas ever, momma!!


office space decrapification

i like to think i'm a pretty simple gal.  it's the small things in life that make me happy.  organization is one of them.  pretty decorations is another.  diy projects that i can actually do by myself.  shopping, sigh, before twins...  thrifty shopping, uh-hum, after twins.

our mud room, which use to be just an ugly, useless walk-thru from the garage to the rest of the house has been an on-going project since we built our house.  project #1: make some cute cubbies/lockers that i see lust after in pottery barn catalogs but in no way can afford.  thanks to my sweet hubby and handy dad, we now have some.  hmmm...since i had to turn the hall closet into a pantry, (yeah, seriously, a brand new house with NO pantry) where the heck do i store my vacuum (should i ever need it...)?  project #2: build a cool little storage closet thingy to house a vacuum below and our techy t.v. things above.  and while we're at it, why not just add a tabletop to the left and finish off the wall with a small desk?  thanks again daddy and neil!!  now, i finally have a little desk area to do "officy" stuff at, like pay bills (gross) and house more junk!  junk?  really?  how does it accumulate so quickly? 

enter project #3: decrapify my so-called office.  time to make it more appealing to use.

what a fun project!  other than the fact that i'm not allowed to spend money without getting a disapproving look from neil... so, time to get creative.  i scavenged the house for items to use that would help me make my office space prettier and more functional.  with a little help from spray paint, fabric, and a trip to goodwill...waa laa!  a super chic looking place!





the board is cork board covered in fabric (isn't it fab?)  thank you to my good friend, glue gun. i spray painted the shelves, the pink box, the calendar frame, and a wire shelf thingy (not in this picture) i still have from college (yikes).  the shelves were an ugly off white with long anchor things that i broke off.  i found the pink box at goodwill.  it is for holding pictures but now holds my business-y stuff for Stella & Dot and it was a terrible fake wood color but is ca-ute now!  here's a close up...

my collegiate wire shelf thingy looks great in black!  i had some plywood cut at home depot to sit in each shelf.  (i HATE wire shelving...which, ugh, is all over our house.  hmmm... projects #4-7 perhaps?)  i covered the plywood temporarily in wrapping paper until i can find the perfect cabinet drawer liner and scrounge up enough change to pay for it.  (you know, cash is NOT traceable by the hubby...)  i have also spray painted some paint stirrers from HD (fa-ree!!) using chalkboard spray paint that i plan to hang from each shelf to label what belongs on it.  (oh my gosh, i love love love lists.)  here is a pic that kinda shows it.  when/if i get the labeling done, maybe i'll post that pic too.

oh!  the pink circle is also from HD.  so fun.  stickable, writable, erasable, and removable!!  3 came in a package so one for here and two for the nursery!  maybe a little silly but i'm thinking long-term...  great place to write a note to our school-age children to remind them of what they need to do each evening, like do your homework first, grab a snack, and get dinner ready (ha ha).


happy halloween!

have a safe and happy halloween everyone!!  i am ready for trick or treaters.  check out these uh-dorable goodie bags i whipped up for our visitors.  can't take credit though...it is what it is, the brains behind it

and the girls are ready for their first trick or treating experience.  oh shoot, they don't eat candy.  lucky for them, their momma and daddy do....


has it really been ONE year?

i cannot believe our girls turned one!  seriously, where did the time go? 

one year ago i NEVER thought i would be looking back thinking, wow that went fast.  actually, one year ago i wasn't sure any of us were going to make it out alive.  two preemies with acid reflux.  two beyond tired adults trying to figure out this parenting thing.  but, lots of googling for remedies and tips, crying (from the girls and mostly me), helpful family and friends, and by the grace of God, we are here.

i will spare you the sappy mom comments and just get to the good stuff..................the party.  so when the girls were six months old, i was busy "wishing" their babyhood away (like, can you please sit up already and how about holding this bottle yourself) and planning their first birthday party.  with the help of etsy (namely, dimple prints) and late nights of googling, the party was set.........................Thing One and Thing Two's 1st Birthday!

the invitation

the decorations

(aren't these adorable?  make your own!!  here's how to)

the food

 schlott's knots (pumpkin whoopie pies with red food coloring)

who cakes (chocolate cupcakes)

 one fish two fish red fish blue fish (jello jigglers)


 green eggs (deviled eggs with green food coloring)

 crummies in tummies (chips)
beezlenut stew (fruit salad)
hunches of bunches (veggie plate)

suessy soda (coke bottle--um, awesome) and water

the party favor (candy bar, yum)

 and the rest...

 this is approximately how long the hats lasted...

 my daddy