Exactly 7 days after we whirlwind-moved and a whole 9 days early
(He was SUPPOSED to come late!)
our dear little man is here!
He’s adorable and we love him dearly!
…Even if he DID come early and change all our plans! Ha!!
I’ll fill y’all in on the state of the new house and moving and all that when I restabilize!! 🙂
So I’m posting this a bit late for Mother’s Day gift ideas… Especially since it takes a while to create since this is a low cost/highly time consuming present. But I love – love – love how it turned out!
It’s chock full of old pictures…
Recipes that we made over and over when I was growing up…
And lots of memories that are tied up with those recipes…
I used Shutterfly but there are lots of really great companies to use for photo books!
So I haven’t shown off our new fridge yet. I seriously love this thing!!
Craigslist find of the month!!
And yes, we now have 3 different colors of appliances. lol!
Our goal is to slowly replace all our appliances with stainless steel. That way when we move and either sell or rent this house, it’ll show better with SS appliances. 🙂
So… Refrigerator down… Microwave, stove, and dishwasher to go!!
Bonus: I get to watch this guy in snoopy pajamas put the doors back on! 😉
Yes. Be jealous ladies.
So you might have missed me lately…
…Or maybe you didn’t even notice I haven’t posted in a while?
Anyway… I just got done with a weekend of NCHEA. (The annual Nebraska Homeschool Conference.) I am on staff for the Kid’s Conference side of things. Basically we take care of 300+ homeschool kids for 2 days while their parents attend the adult conference to purchase their curriculum, listen to speakers, and just generally be encouraged. It’s a total blast!!! We plan for it 6-8 months prior to the Conference each year, but it’s COMPLETELY all-consuming once it gets close!
In hindsight, a heads up that I would be tooootally falling off the map BEFORE would have been better, but by the time I realized I was a goner, it was too late.
Kinda like riding a roller coaster.
When you’re going up that enormous incline, make sure to start screaming BEFORE you go racing back down, otherwise you’ll be petrified and unable to make a sound. And if you’re unable to make a sound, generally you’ll look like this guy third from the front.
Or maybe that’s just me? Cause I’m pretty sure that’s how I look on roller coasters. Wanna laugh? Check out The 31 Greatest Roller Coaster Pictures.
Anyway… I digress…
I’ll return shortly with my regularly programmed posts.
Let me just recover from the roller coaster ride! 😉
A couple weeks ago during my chevron spree, I did this simple DIY pin board makeover…
No before pics, as per usual… *eye roll*
But just imagine a ratty old pin board…
A little paint…
Some ribbon and wire…
And taaaa-daa! New cute chevron pin board!
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Because when when most people were hitting the grocery stores for stuff before the epic snowstorm that was evidently on it’s way…
We were stocking up on 1×8’s and 2×3’s.
Cause that’s how we roll.
Pretty though, isn’t it??
Never think to yourself…
“Self… You’re just painting a little. You’re just rolling paint on with a foam roller and a chevron stencil.”
“No need to change clothes… I’m SURE you’ll be fine!”
Because it will be at THAT point that you sit on the roller full of paint.
Don’t ask. I don’t want to talk about it.
Off to another week of pins… Gotta love me some Pinterest baby! 🙂
Sometimes I wonder about putting these Pins of the Week posts together, but there’s just so many FAN-tas-TIC ideas out there that I just want to show off my favorites!!
Concrete material you can trowel on over your outdated laminate countertops? I say yes please!! Great tutorial by Kara Paslay Designs.
Like the ladder here!! If I needed bunk beds for multiple kiddos, I’d love built-ins like this by 4 Men 1 Lady!
Love this staircase so much!! Absolutely gorgeous!
Unique! Like the switch of pattern on ceiling with neutral walls.
Love this knock off by I Heart Naptime!
I love this bathroom so much! Lovely!
Adorable tablecloth tutorial by iCandy. Cuteness!
GORGEOUS kitchen! Love the tile… The cabinets… The open shelving… The bright and happy… Love!
FANTASTIC bedroom for guests or if you have multiple kids! Soooo pretty!
Daily Odd Compliments crack me up so much. They’re so wonderfully random!!
So in November, you might have noticed I didn’t have a lot of projects to post about… Part of the reason for that was that I was actually gone off and on for a couple weeks. I was up in Tekamah, NE at my mom’s shop, Master’s Hand Candle Co. & Gift Shop.
What was I doing up there? Why pouring candles, of course! Since getting married, I don’t spend much time up there anymore… But I do go up every fall to pour.
And I got to thinking… Perhaps all of you would enjoy seeing how that all works!
We have poured up to 15,000 candles in a year before, so it really is quite the project! Especially since candle pouring “season” is from October-December. The reason being before October it’s too hot to add more heat with the melter… After December it’s craaaaaazy cold where I pour!
So long story short, I gotta pour a whole lotta candles in a short amount of time!
This is my melter. Believe it or not… This is the small one. I use it for small batches or my “re-pour” batches. Don’t know what re-pour is? Hang on… I’ll cover that! 🙂
This is the wax after it has fragrance and color in it. It’s perfectly clear except for the slight color… And OOOOH-WEEEEE it’s s.t.r.o.n.g!
Here I am in full swing… When I am really going, I can pour 1000+ candles a day! Every single one is hand poured by yours truly.
These candles are fully cooled. The black things go on the top and the wicks snap into the middle to keep them taunt while the candles cool and contract.
Christmas Cabernet! Yum!
After the candles cool, you’ll notice the wax sinks down. Sometimes it even leaves gaping holes down the middle. This makes a “re-pour” necessary. (I told you I’d get around to that!! 🙂 )
Here are the re-pours where I’m topping off the candles to finish them off and make the perfect candle we know and love.
Little known fact: That’s often why with cheap candles they’ll smell good when you first start burning them then after a while they just don’t smell as strong. They heavily scent the re-pour but the main candle hardly has any fragrance in it. Sneaky sneaky! 😉
And taaa-daaa! Finished candles! These are the 9 best-selling Christmas fragrances. You should see the whole shelf of 70+ fragrances! Better yet… Make your way to Tekamah, NE and see for yourself!! 🙂