Monday, October 18, 2010

Seasonal Blocks

This month our CraftyOwls night had to have been my favorite by far. Kelly and I have been looking at so many wooden block crafts but couldn't decide on what holiday we wanted to make one for. So, being the clever (insane) crafters we are, we decided to do every season.

Our blocks are 1.5" x 1.5" so they are small enough to be displayed on shelf but big enough for all to admire.

For some of the months I distressed the paper and edges to give it that "not-so-perfect" look. You could take it one step farther and use Distress ink or paint.
We cut out the vinyl letters using Kelly's Cricut (600 letters wasn't so bad, right?). We choose to switch up the fonts depending on the month for extra cuteness...
I think Merry Christmas is my favorite.

There are 15 blocks in all. So you can stack 'em anyway you like.

We had such a great time with this craft and made over 35 kits for our Crafty Owl friends.

If you are interested in making one yourself click here for the instructions or if you aren't into cutting up 15 wooden blocks visit our CraftyOwls site to purchase a kit :)

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Monday, October 4, 2010


It is Monday so that might explain it, but I have to admit I am so CRANKY today. It didn't help that I was verbally abused by a 7 year-old this morning. I tried to remain calm during the attack and since I didn't retaliate with physical abuse I think I did really well. Instead, I cleverly selected "grounded to room" as the punishment.

And wouldn't you just know it? The girl came home from school happy as a lark to spend the whole afternoon in her room. DUH, that is so not punishment. She doesn't have to deal with her sister or her mother. She gets complete isolation and it is bliss.

By now, the sky has darkened (finally) and it is raining (Amen). The tension is fading away and I have made a mental note to make the next punishment "wait on mother hand and foot".

Aghh - it is hard to run this ship.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Just Life

I just can't seem to remember to stop and write about Everyday Things. I used to be so good about it. I have a zillion pictures that I never even share and thoughts that I forget to tell. How am I going to remember all this? Like my impromtu date with my husband last night to see Rascal Flatts - Center Stage 5th row back. The seats were so good I could see the sparkle on the cowboy boots.

They played this song "Everyday Love" which is so old but also reminds me so much of our marriage. LOVED IT!!

This last week we had a great surprise and got to have Lola over. It was so fun just to have the girls play together and laugh. They will probably hate me for this picture when they get older...that's what they get for being goofy!

I finished this quilt for my living room. I used the Brick Path Quilt Pattern that is free from Amy Butler and the Blush by Basic Grey for Moda Fabric Line. It came out nice and light. Perfect for Arizona Winter Nights... which are right around the corner... right? RIGHT?
And finally, this was my last project. Thinking I would make a "faux" roman shade for my office window and thinking it would be so "quick" to just whip up. I have decided I should really stop thinking. It took FOREVER but it is done and I can't decide if I like it or not. It is here to stay - for now.
Heading back to my lazy Saturday ~ I have gotten hooked on Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books and I am on number 5. Do you think the girls will notice if I sneak away?