Sunday, January 31, 2010

Hooded Towels

In between not sleeping and soothing a teething baby this past week, here's what I've been up to. Last week, an old friend asked me to make hooded towels for her two kiddos. Of course, I said, "Sure!" They turned out to be adorable! Now, I'll share pictures, because I wouldn't want anybody thinking I haven't been productive lately. ;)

Friday, January 29, 2010


For those who care, I wanted to share. (No more rhyming, and I mean it!) I only wish all these awards weren't giant eagle heads. Oh, to have a man room. One day.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Master Bath "Do".

I finally got one room in our house totally decorated...the master bathroom. I didn't even set out to finish it first, it just kind of happened. It's funny, because the master bathroom was the one room that never got any love in our last house.

The new bathroom is crazy big compared to the last bathroom we endured. This is the first time we've ever had a double vanity (a dream come true), but since our last home had only a sink with no counter to decorate, I had to improvise. I think the only things in this bathroom that were in the bathroom before are the shower curtain and the wire basket on the back of the potty. Oh, and the towels.

The tiered basket has been moved back and forth between my kitchen and dining room for the last couple of years. I think I actually like it better in the bathroom. It's been a catch-all since we moved in, but I added some jars for more clearly defined places for things to live, and it looks awesome. Ignore the purple Q-tips. They didn't know they were going to be visible. They will be replaced with white ones when I have to refill that jar.

The curtain used to hang on my front door. I folded it up a bit, attached some clip rings, and voila! Instant curtain. Please also ignore the light shining over the top of the curtain. I need to raise it a few inches.

These feather and egg prints once hung in my entryway, but I no longer have an entryway. Since I can't hang them for everyone who visits my home to see, why not put them in the bathroom? I love them. I'm glad I get to look at them every day.

And my cubes. I got the cubes on the cheap at Target last summer. They sat at the foot of my bed for a while, but they match perfectly with everything else in the bathroom, so why not? They're helping fill up the dead space on that side of the room.

I just looked at my big picture at the top again. Try not to judge me for my trash. I should've emptied it before taking the picture. Whoops! Anyway, I'm sharing because I feel like I've finally accomplished something with this house! What's next? Living room? Master bedroom? Neely's room? Who knows?!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

At Church

I got a cute little bow in Neely's actual hair (and not, you know, attached to a headband) for church today. It's not the best picture, but she sure looked pretty. It stayed in, and she didn't try to take it out once that I saw. Impressive.

Neely says: I'm beautiful, and I know it.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Chalk It Up

After experiencing temperatures in the 20's just two weeks ago (in Louisiana, I know!), it's been really beautiful this week. It was in the 70's yesterday. I had to dig out my flip flops. Because the weather has been so nice and we're trying to ward off cabin fever, we've spent a good deal of time outside - finally taking down Christmas lights (sorry, Papa! Aidan was concerned that you'd be upset about our ruining your hard work.), playing at one of the three playgrounds within walking distance of our house, and in our very own driveway. Here are a few photos of Neely's first sidewalk chalk adventure.

Is this what I do?

Who needs chalk? This lid is pretty awesome.

Little Miss Happy and Mr. Serious

Sorry I cut off your head, Neely, but your sneaks are cute.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Hellooooo, blogland! I don't know why I did that. I guess I'm feeling silly.

Anyway, since I don't have a lot to say for myself lately (there have been way too many disgusting bodily functions going on around here for me to share), I thought I'd send you somewhere light-hearted and fun. Do you like to laugh? Look at pretty pictures? Go check out The Pioneer Woman and click around if you haven't before. I'm a latecomer to the PW craze, but I love her! Just read her Italian Meatball Soup recipe. I never thought I could laugh reading a recipe, but I have been proven wrong.

Now click, click, click away from here to a happier place!

Thursday, January 14, 2010


This is just a quick FYI for anyone interested. I have some new things for sale in my Etsy shop, and I should be adding more over the weekend. You can click here to travel over and check it out, or you can look at a few of the preview pictures on the right hand side of this page underneath my bio. Thanks!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Split Pea Centerpiece

After much procrastination, I finally un-decorated my house. From Christmas, that is. I know some people are really eager to do this practically as soon as the gifts are unwrapped, but not I. It's such a chore - getting down the boxes, gathering up all the decorations scattered throughout the house, trying to channel Mary Poppins and fit everything back into those tiny boxes. I put it off as long as possible. I wait for Epiphany and then some.

In this house, once I put Christmas away, I had no idea what to do. We moved right in and decorated for Christmas, so I've had a hard time visualizing what it should look like the other eleven months of the year. I have a big painting that is mostly yellow and green that I've decided will hang in the living room (when I get around to it), so I'm focusing on those colors for now. My curtain rod hardware is still MIA, so I'm having trouble totally pulling it off without curtains.

But I digress. The whole point of this post is to show you my fancy shmancy new centerpiece for the table. Okay, fine. So it's not fancy. It's super simple, and super cheap. I spent less than $10, and if you already had a vase that would work, you could spend less than $5. That's one $4 Wally World vase, a $2.88 white candle, and two $0.72 bags of split peas. Ta-da! I love it. It's green and white. It matches everything else. And it was el cheapo.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Yummy Sweet Potato Hash

It's DIY Day over at Kimba's, and for once, my contribution does not include sewing, hot glue, or spray paint. (Shock!) A few weeks ago, my friend Tori put a link to Eating Well in a blog post. I clicked around, found some recipes that intrigued me, and saved them for a time when John would be out of town. I have to try things with lots of veggies when he isn't around, because he won't eat them.

Anywho, last week, the time came, and I decided to try this Sweet Potato, Corn, and Black Bean Hash. I'll link to the! I'm a linkin' fool today.

After 15 minutes of chopping and measuring, I was ready to go. It really wasn't as bad as the ingredient list led me to believe. I managed this recipe much better than any 30-Minute Meal I've ever tried to do. (Remember the two-hour rellenos, Stef? Aah!) The end result was beautiful and delicious. Neely even liked it.

Okay, fine. That's not much of a surprise, I know. Neely likes everything. But it was easy, I did it, and I should probably start searching the recipe pages of Eating Well more often.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Feeding the Dog

Neely is apparently under the impression that Hank doesn't get enough to
eat. I caught her doing this with what she didn't eat of her lunch yesterday.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Round Two

We have now concluded Christmas round two and celebrated New Year's with my family. A good time was had by all (I think).

Neely helped Aidan open his gifts.

Neely finally got into opening her own gifts.

We dressed the dog up as Santa Claus...

...and Neely as Mary.

The kids played with Play-doh.

The boys played video games.

We wore our Christmas crowns and shared corny jokes.

Aidan passed out from the sheer excitement of it all.

And this is just a great picture.