Sunday, October 30, 2011

Spooky Surprises in the Kitchen!

Tomorrow the kindergarten teachers are in charge of bringing in treats for the staff October birthdays so I decided to take some inspiration from pinterest (where else!?).  Since tomorrow is Halloween and we'll all be hearing about it from the kids, I decided to make some Halloween cupcakes.  Here were the results.  I think they turned out pretty cute.  :)

Mummies and witches' hats

Cute owls... gotta love 'em!

Spider webs.  These were actually my favorite to make.

And, of course, pumpkins :)

Whether you are taking some trick-or-treaters out or staying in to hand out the candy, Happy Halloween everyone!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

My Next Project

It's fall break... woooo!! :)  I am so ready for a couple days off!  I have been on pinterest (no surprise there) and I've gotten some inspiration for my next project.  I want to make a wall collage but I'm pausing on two choices: a.) where to put it that it will spruce up my wall but not take up too much space and b.) what exactly do I want to use... just frames? maybe a hanging lantern? a letter c?  I don't want to make it expensive and use things I already have and/or make some of the things on my own.  I'm still deciding but I am finding a lot of ideas.  Here are some I am contemplating.  They are nice eye candy :)

I like the lights above this one.  I'm thinking a mix of art and photos would be great.  I also like the bench/table below.  I'm still mad at myself for passing up on a great table at goodwill that would have been perfect for this.

You can find this here.

I love how this collage goes up the staircase.  Our staircase cannot accommodate this but I like the mix of a lamp, letter, photos, and quotes.
Check this out here.

This one is a little too solely black and white for me but I like the use of square, rectangle, and circle frames.  I like the letters and having things hanging, like the shoes.  Granted, I won't hang shoes, but I want to hang a lantern if possible.
Found it here.

I like this arrangement too.   Again, has a letter, quote, and a lot of pictures.
Find it here.

Love, love love this one...  It's my favorite.  The tables, the candles, the letter, the photos.  Just lovely.
You can find it here.

And for the mechanics of putting the photos/art/frames up without making a mess, I found a great tutorial here.  I'm hoping I can get a jump start on this while we are on break, but relaxing the next few days is my main focus. :)  

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Fun Fall Weekends

      I love fall; that is no secret.  But the last couple of weekends have reminded me just how fun fall can be.  Last weekend, we threw my dad a 50th surprise birthday party.  I was a little late in getting the invites out (thank you Columbus Day when mail doesn't run...) so I was worried people wouldn't have enough notice to make it.  Thankfully, we had a ton of people that were able to come and surprise my dad.  We couldn't really hide the cars, so he knew something was up when they got to our house but it was a secret until then! Those of you who know me are well aware that it is a miracle anything stayed a secret! :)
     We made chili, mini peanut butter sandwiches, and included all the fixings for chili.  Oh and apple cider to drink of course! I think I made a grand total of three or four trips to Kroger within 4 hours... that's a new record!  My mom was in charge of the cake and got a really awesome golf cart cake.  The party itself had a "fall fifty" theme, so it was really easy to find decorations- pumpkins, leaves, etc.  And I cut out a lot of leaves from my Cricut that matched our invites.  We also bought a new fire pit ($29.00 on clearance at Walmart- wooo!!!) and had a campfire.  It was a great night to sit by a fire to keep warm.  :)  Here are a couple of pictures from the party...
The cake and picture table

Cooper, me and Dad

    This weekend we had a little college friends reunion, which has been great.  I love having a four bedroom house because we have enough room to fit everyone comfortably and it's like a big party all the time at our house.  Our friends, Joel, Alie, Taylor, and Kellan came in from Ohio and Kentucky on Thursday and we've spent this weekend doing some of my most favorite fall festivities.  On Friday, we ate at Real Hacienda and visited AU to see the homecoming luminaries.  Then Saturday morning, I made a really good breakfast casserole and went to AU's homecoming street fair.  We've had an absolutely perfect weather weekend too.  It was beautiful outside!
   Afterwards, we went to lunch and then to the pumpkin patch!  Then I came back to start dinner- lasagna and garlic parmesean pull apart bread!  It was SO good, except I made a couple of changes to the recipe.  You can find the original recipe here.  The changes I made were I used margarine because I forgot to buy butter :) and I used italian seasonings instead of parsley.  I had made this once before and didn't love the flavor parsley gave it, so I fixed that this time around.  It takes some time to make, but boy is it worth it!  Here are some of my favorite pictures from this weekend...

And the pumpkin patch...

And dinner with friends...

Yes, we made it fit 10 people... :)

Hope you have had some wonderful fall weekends that you could enjoy before it starts getting too cool!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Date Night!

Ok, I realize my blog is mainly about projects, ideas, inspiration, etc.  But tonight, I'd dedicating a post to mine and Colby's date night.  It's creative, so I think it fits. :)  We usually do something each Friday night, if we can.  It gives us something to look forward to in the week and most importantly, we take time to enjoy each other.  We take turns planning dates and trying to come up with new and unique ideas.  About a month ago, Colby surprised me with a walk around the IMA gardens, dinner at Yats, and a "drive-in" movie.  He's a keeper. :)  

Our schedules have been so hectic and the weather has not been very cooperative, so tonight was the first night we got to do at least part of my original date I had planned a couple of weeks ago.  I cannot take credit for this date idea.  I found it on this awesome blog, Love Actually.  It has a ton of date night ideas.  I modified the rounds a little bit so I've posted the document I adjusted and printed out: Bookstore Date.  (*I do not own the clipart or the font.) 
First, we started off dinner with some of our favorite friends, Jason and Lisa, and then headed on to Barnes and Noble to go on our book hunt.

Here are some of my favorite pictures of the night.

Round One: Find a future date night idea.  
Colby- "off the beaten path places in Indiana"  
Me- a cooking class of some kind!

Round Two: Find a picture of a place you'd like to visit.  
Colby- Scotland  
Me- The Best of Europe.   This did not surprise Colby. :)

Round Two: Find a book you liked as a child.
Colby- The Poky Little Puppy
Me - There's Monster At The End of The Book!

After Round Three (find a puzzle book to do together), we grabbed some Starbucks, put on some jazz music, curled up on the couch, and solved some puzzles together.

It was a great night and looking forward to tomorrow.  A Saturday to sleep in, visiting Riley Days with Mom and Dad, and catching up on some school stuff.  Loving the weather and hope you are too!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

It's Been A While!

Whew it has been quite a while since I posted... not really surprised with what this school year has entailed so far, but I was still hoping I'd keep up my blog a little better than I have!  Having my kiddos all day has been a brand new and really exciting change this year.  It's amazing to see how much a lot of them are picking up already and how much more we can get done in a day! :)  I think it will be great to look back at the end of the year and see just how far they really all have come.

Any hooooo, on to my real reason for posting!  This past weekend was the first in October and the first that really felt like fall to me.  It was cool, we got to enjoy chili and wassail at Mom and Dad's, and I noticed the leaves were finally beginning to change.  I LOVE this time of year, and I really love incorporating the fall colors into our home.  Here are some projects I worked on this weekend...

Began with two empty candle votive jars and a pack of artificial leaves...
(PS- Only paid $3.00 for the three things!)

Then I used Mod Podge and a sponge brush to apply the leaves.  I waited for it to dry, added some yummy "Farmers Market" Yankee Candle votives, and voila- cute fall candle decor!

On Saturday, after filling our tummies with chili and wassail, Mom and I decided to go bargain hunting at the Dollar Tree and Goodwill to make some pinterest-inspired projects!  Here is just one of the things I made...

I began with a dollar store 8x10 frame with a glass pane.  (It has to be glass for this to work.)

 I added pretty scrapbook paper and some words cut out in black paper with my Cricut, and ta-da!  A new dry erase board for leaving notes on our refrigerator! :)  I was pretty pleased with it when I finished- it matches really well!

I have more projects coming up soon!  Still in the works! :)  Hope everyone is getting into the "fall" mode and loving the weather we're blessed with this week! :)