Monday, September 26, 2011

Monogram Jute-Wrapped Letter

Recently I was introduced to a new website called Pinterest and I am in love! I have found so many ideas from cooking to crafting and everywhere in between. I have tried many new recipes and yesterday, I tried my first Pinterest craft.

Now the picture of this project on Pinterest was just that - a picture, so knowing myself and how I like step-by-step instructions ;), I googled twine-wrapped letters and many how-to tutorials came up. Basically you buy the letter you want to wrap, I got mine at Roberts Crafts, and start wrapping!

The tutorials I saw used a cardboard letter, but I didn't want one that big so mine is wood that's painted white. Either way it works! I started by wrapping the jute horizontally across the entire letter securing with hot glue on the front and back each time I wrapped it around.

Once that was done, I started wrapping the jute vertically - again securing with hot glue on the front and back each time I wrapped it around.

Ta-da! There you have it. It did take a couple hours however, so it was a good Sunday project. ;)

To finish the letter, some of the tutorials I saw added ribbon and made it into a door hanger. I decided to google felt rosettes and learn how to make those. Again, several tutorials came up, but they were all basically the same and this is what I ended up with. Cute, huh?! I even used my favorite damask felt. Love it!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Rascal Flatts Concert

Several months ago, Savannah and I bought tickets to see Rascal Flatts and last Friday the day of concert was finally here. :D We were both so excited!

We left early in the afternoon and treated ourselves to a little mani/pedi. We also had dinner at the Olive Garden, which is our favorite restaurant. After that we headed to check in to our hotel before driving down to USANA Amphitheater where the concert was being held. This was my first concert at USANA and I loved this outdoor venue. The night was perfect!

First on the stage was Justin Moore. I had never heard any of his songs, but next on stage was Sara Evans and I had definitely heard of her! She was really fun and I realized how many of her songs I really like.

Finally it was time for who we had really come to see...Rascal Flatts!

Singing Dancing On The Ceiling with Lionel Richie.

They were so amazing and even better than the last time I saw them due to the amazing venue! It was a great show and I saw it with a great friend. :) Savannah and I had so much fun and can't wait to do it again.

My Wish

Easy (1st part)

Easy (2nd part with Sara Evans)

Easy (3rd part with Sara Evans)

Take Me There (1st part)

Take Me There (2nd part)

What Hurts The Most

I Won't Let Go (1st part)

I Won't Let Go (2nd part)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

September Swap Group

Savannah took charge this month and came up with this darling idea...No-Sew Fabric Pumpkins. You can find the tutorial here. They are made using toilet paper, newspaper, fabric, a stick and whatever kind of leaves or bows you want. I made bows using raffia and jute and for the Halloween one, I used coffee-stained cheesecloth because I thought it made it look spookier! ;)

Some of us crafting away and concentrating hard!

Savannah also made us a pumpkin-themed dessert menu. We had Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread, Frosted Pumpkin Cranberry Bars, Wiggly Pumpkins and Lemon Cider. It was all so good!

Last month at swap I won the giveaway so it was my turn to bring the giveaway for this month. I actually forgot to take a picture beforehand, but luckily Savannah had taken one of what I brought when I was at her house and saved me! I cross-stitched the little Home Is Best tuck and put it in a cute little holder I found along with a little prim shelf-sitter and a few putka pods. My giveaway went to Katie and I hope she enjoys it!

Next month I'm in charge so stay tuned!

Labor Day Weekend 2011

This year we invited Josh and Savannah to go to Swiss Days with us. They had never been and we thought it would be fun to have another couple to go with. I don't think the boys enjoyed it as much as Savannah and I did, but we did find some cute things! I ended up with some cute damask wrapping paper, a final seasonal outlet cover to complete my collection and a set of 3 apothecary jars. :)

After we left Swiss Days, we went to our hotel and spent a few hours in the pool and hot tubs just relaxing and then headed to a fun dinner at Ruby Tuesday. I have missed having nice restaurants to go out to with friends!

The next morning we tried out The Hub in Heber for breakfast before Andrew and I headed down to Provo to meet my new nephew Will! We spent the rest of the day with my sister and her family before heading home.

It was a great Labor Day weekend!

Friday, September 2, 2011

September Book Club

Last night we got together again for book club. Savannah chose this month's book, "Marley & Me" by John Grogan.

John and Jenny were just beginning their life together. They were young and in love, with a perfect little house and not a care in the world. Then they brought home Marley, a wriggly yellow furball of a puppy. Life would never be the same.

Marley quickly grew into a barreling, ninety-seven-pound streamroller of a Labrador retriever. He crashed through screen doors, gouged through drywall, and stole women's undergarments. Obedience school did no good — Marley was expelled.

And yet his heart was pure. Just as Marley joyfully refused any limits on his behavior, his love and loyalty were boundless, too. A dog like no other, Marley remained steadfast, a model of devotion, even when his family was at its wit's end. Unconditional love, they would learn, comes in many forms.

Savannah fed us a delicious dinner of Chunky Potato Chowder and Parmesan Rolls with Festive Cranberry Drink and for dessert we had German Chocolate Bars. Since this book has been made into a movie we decided to watch it as part of book club last night with Goblin's Orange Popcorn, which Savannah dyed purple instead. ;) Until next month!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

My New Nephew ~ William Wesley Smith ~

William Wesley Smith
Born: August 31, 2011
Time: 3:06 p.m.
Weight: 8 lbs 5 oz
Length: 21 in

My new nephew arrived Wednesday afternoon and I was so excited!

Will with Lincoln and Kinley.

So I'm an aunt...again! Congratulations Dale and Leisa. I love you both and my new nephew Will!

Being an aunt is so much fun! I have 2 nephews and 4 nieces now and I love them all so much.