Playing Catch Up

Yikes! Where did the time go??

I’ve been a busy girl! Let’s catch up, shall we?

In August, we made a trip to Chicago for a wedding. This crafty mama decided that the little man was over-due for a pair of snazzy suspenders and so that’s what I worked on!

I had a LOT of help from a tutorial I found from the blog, Make It & Love It. I picked out an adorable pin-dot fabric and found all the necessary clips at my local Joanne Fabric Store.

SUSPENDER Project

Paired with a bow-tie, the results were absolutely timeless and adorable.

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While in Chicago, we also did a little sight-seeing. Here is a quick glance at our trip:

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[Left to Right – Top Row: View of Lake Michigan and Chicago skyline from Navy Pier, Deep Dish Pizza from Lou Malnati’s, Chicago’s famous “Bean” aka “The Cloud Gate”. Bottom Row – Entrance to Navy Pier, Family Photo from Wedding, Live Jazz Festival at The Jay Pitzker Pavilion at Millennium Park]

Then in September, I continued working on my craft room (which is still a work-in-progress), learned how to use Mod-Podge, and got good practice with pant alterations. FIY-When you have pants that can do double-duty as socks when you wear them, it’s time to hem.

Here’s the Mod-Podge project I had worked on:

Ribbon Storage

As handsome as the Quaker Man is, I used scraps of scrapbook paper and covered over a few empty oatmeal containers I had. They are the perfect size for storing all of my ribbons and add a nice bit of color to my craft room. (If you add a vertical slit in the canister, you can turn the storage into a ribbon dispenser.)

And now it’s a beautiful crisp autumn over here and I’m practically rolling around in pumpkins! We’ve been roaming pumpkin patches, painting and carving pumpkins, having Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal for breakfast, sipping on Pumpkin Spice Tea and Lattes, and even having Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese for my Bagels! Pumpkin overkill? Not for THIS pumpkin junkie! Bring on the Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie…and perhaps a treadmill. Yes, I think a treadmill will be necessary.

I also love Autumn for all of the colors that it brings out in nature. So,  I brought some of those colors indoors!

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Autumn Mantle - Decor

Left: Family Photo from J’s 1st Pumpkin Patch Visit at 6 mo. old
Right: Squirrel was J’s special request for our Fall decor

Oh Autumn! – a time for cozy sweaters & hoodies, hearty stews, boots, pumpkin pies, knitting, bright foliage, hot chocolate, curling up with good books and enjoying the holidays with family and friends. I do love Autumn.

Phew! This post was long so kudos to you for making it all the way to the end! And now we’re (finally) all caught up!

Stay warm and have a beautifully blessed autumn, my friends!

Happy Autumn

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Girls Will Be Girls

Now that the sun is shining bright and warm in this lovely Spring season here in Maryland, I’m rarely indoors anymore…hence my sudden blog silence! Oh, how I LOVE that my “job” as a stay-at-home mom forces me to go play at the park with my little guy!

PARK TIME

I have a few WIPs still, but progress is slow since I’m not home much.

In the meantime, based on a friend’s request, I thought I’d share with you one of my little secrets to staying organized.

If you’re girl, then you know that there is a CONSTANT battle that we ALL face:

The need to have everything we see that is pretty & sparkly VS. Finding a place to keep it all!

At some point, my lovely collection of beaded necklaces and dangly earrings turned into a nightmarish clump of metal which could only be untangled with the concentration and focus of a jedi…solving a Rubix Cube…from Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes.  I needed to find an organized, space-saving solution that I could access easily but keep out of sight.

SOLUTION:

Just Solutions! Hanger Jewelry Organizer

Jewelry Hanger

Life-altering jewelry organization tool…and under $12. I LOVE THIS!

All of my long necklaces and earrings are neatly kept with this hanger. There’s even a place for a few of my rings!
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And when I run out of space (because, I KNOW I will) I won’t mind adding another hanger to my collection! Space for my pretty little accessories…SOLVED!