Sunday, November 25, 2012

Christmas Tree & Pine Cone Ornaments

A Christmas Themed Sunday

We went to Guse's Christmas Tree Farm in Wanatah today to chop down our tree. Sammy and I have been getting real trees every Christmas we have been together. The first tree was $15 and we had to basically lie, cheat, and not eat for a week to get it. The best of times. Today we can pick the 8ft tree and buy the fresh popped popcorn. The kids even got to see Santa and take a train ride.

We decorated the tree and I spray-painted some pine cones I collected from my biggest pine tree, and from my mom's row of pines.

You can pretty much use the photos below as a tutorial to make your very own pine cone ornaments. They can also be used as a way to spruce up your gift wrapping. Get it...SPRUCE!

The kids did their own tree decor and we finished the afternoon with some warm milk.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Playroom Post 1: Gathering My Ideas

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So this is kind of a cheesy vision board post, but when you want something to look a certain way (on a budget)...blah blah blah. I am really trying to use things we already have by giving them a little facelift (stay tuned). I am hoping for a Christmas Morning Reveal!

Color Palette: Green, Black, White, Tan, Gray, and Red or Orange


I am working with a tiny finished space in my basement. About average living room size (I worked out this am, so I am not going downstairs to measure the basement), and it needs to be multifunctional.

Wish List
-Reading Nook
-Craft Area
-Organized Storage
-TV area
-Music Corner

Inspiration Pics!
Here are the purchases I have made already...and photos of what I am REACHING for.

I sent Sammy to Ikea to pick up this area rug ($29), two expedit units to make the seating/storage combo seen above, and the stools ($7.99ea)!

Black and White fabric for the seating cushion-->   

We have had this table for years...I am going to prime the top and paint it with chalkboard paint!---->

Ikea was out of these $3.99 spice racks, but I am going to get me some!

This is what I picture happening in my utopia basement...I may need to rent kids.

Click here to see my Playroom Pinterest Page and stay tuned for more updates!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Sammy's Vision: Family Videos

Family Videos
Created by Sammy

He is so good at picking the videos, and the songs.

Song by Atlas Sound/Walkabout

Song by Youth Lagoon/July

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Farm to Table Dinner: Special Touch

County Line Orchard 
Farm to Table Dinner 2012
What a great way to start my 31st year...donating some man power for such a special event while surrounded by breathtakingly selfless people. I feel so inspired by how hard the volunteers and chefs worked to prepare the food and beauty that was shared yesterday. It is always good to know that love and caring are everywhere, and man, how good it feels to give. A special thanks to Ryan and Kristin for trusting my decorating abilities and letting me share in my own special way.
With Love