Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Inspiration to Creation: All about Flowers

Pinterest has become my new favorite place on the internet.  Its window shopping at its easiest.  Lots of inspiration there:

Inspiration: Nestofposies.com Felt Flower Wreath

Creation: Aimee's Felt Flower Wreath

My wreath looks like it was a lot easier than the one I was inspired by.  I actually did most of it in the car in the Laser Quest parking lot while waiting for Noah to finish up at a birthday party.  I wrapped a styrofoam wreath with 3 rolls of striped black and white ribbon (to make sure it was completely covered) and then cut felt squares into spirals.  I wrapped the spirals into flowers and stuck a silver ball-headed pin into the middle.  That is all.  When I got home, I did glue the ends of the ribbon down but the flowers without glue.  Easiest wreath ever.

Inspiration: Blue Sky Confections Paper Plate Wreath

Creation: Aimee's Paper Plate Wreath

Ok, so my paper plate wreath is not as cool as the other.  But this was a lot of work and my hands still smell like coffee.  Allow me to explain.  First, you take 50 cheap paper plates, soak them in coffee (hence the reason why my hands still smell like coffee), ball them up to wrinkle and lay flat to dry.  Then you cut them into spirals.  After this step, you burn the edges with a candle and I tried, but I kept setting the plate on fire.  (I had a dish of water near by) so I decided to skip that step.  Then I ran out of hot glue sticks, which you are supposed to use to glue the flowers onto the wreath.  So I decided to just wrap ribbon around the rest.  I glued pink pearls in the middle of some of the flowers.  I may make some tiny changes before hanging it up. Hers is a halloween wreath, mine will be for winter.  I'm happy with it and that's all that matters, right?  Although hers is really, really cool but I bet it took her days. Just saying...

In keeping with the flower theme, here is one more picture.  I finally, finally like how my fireplace looks.  I arranged the dried flowers and branches and love how it looks in the room.  (The black balls in the fireplace are for halloween.  Seth was a little concerned: "Why are there black balls in the fireplace?"  Hee)  Next week, I'll show you what I hung up on my blank wall. 

Have a great day!

Monday, October 10, 2011

I have a fractured tailbone.

How's that for an opening line?  I could have said, "Here's a story for you, sprinkled with irony" and then tell you how I fell, not from a horse, but because of my two dumb dogs.  And because of my two dogs making me fall, I have to give up horseback riding for awhile. 

It would be here I could spout out that line, "When life gives you lemons..." but honestly, sometimes I don't want to make lemonade.  You know? 

It hurt. And I was mad.  I was frustrated and just so unhappy that this happened to me last Thursday night.  When it happened, I immediately started crying and didn't stop for about an hour. 

But, four days later, I am trying to get over it.  It still hurts and will probably hurt for quite awhile.  I still haven't quite forgiven my dogs, even though they don't know that and I guess I know they didn't mean to amd all that and thank God it was me it happened to and not one of the boys. 

Where was I?  Oh yeah, getting over it.  Not quite there yet.  But I am trying.  I know I can't do some things (like paint my bedroom or plant my bulbs or aforementioned horseback riding) but I am finding other things to do.  Like making wreaths.  I made one already and am in the process of making another.  Catching up on reading books.  Browsing Pinterest.  Watching tv.  Decorating for fall. 

It would be here where I should say, "It could be worse." but how about I say, "Thank God it wasn't worse."

I'm going to go pick up my mess from making wreaths now.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

hello old friends...

I love this picture.  It makes me laugh, true, with Noah's booty sticking out, but it also makes me proud.  He actually was aggressive and blocked the ball from the offense.  Way to go Noah!

I feel like October started with a bang and is busier than ever.  We still have two sports to play (well, Rhett does, but we all have to be there), and kids are having birthdays (it seems like October is a really busy month for birthday parties.  I wonder why), we are trying to make our backyard beautiful, and I'm trying to paint our bedroom.  Oh and halloween costumes! Yikes.

Project Bedroom is in the works.  I have got a paint color picked out but just can't find the time to paint! But I'm excited.  I can't wait to show you when its finished.  I can't wait til its finished.  Honest, I am not looking forward to painting again but I'm tired of looking at boring walls.

Project Daffodil is in the wings.  I have bought about 100 daffodil bulbs and plan on planting them in our backyard.  Seth has made a wonderful mulch bed by our back fence so all I need to do is wait a couple of weeks so its not so hot and get to work.  I wonder how long that will take me?

Project Halloween is waiting to be researched.  Noah wants to be The Vanishing Man.  I'm loving the idea and hope its as easy as I think it is to pull off.  I think Rhett wants to be Glowstick Man but he could change his mind still.

That's what I've been up to.  What about you?