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Tuesday, October 30

CHIHULY



It's been so long! How are you all doing?? This month has been quite busy for us - with family and friends coming to stay with us every weekend. As crazy as it's been though, we had such a great time with everyone and loved having all this quality time with them. :)  

This past weekend, we went a local arboretum and enjoyed the beautiful Chihuly glass exhibit that was there. It was amazing to see all these intricate sculptures spread around the gardens. Here are a few pics I snapped for you all...







I've kind of hit a wall with DIYs lately. Honestly just haven't been very inspired to work on anything. Have any of you experienced this before? Hopefully this little lull doesn't last too long! 

Until next time,

Friday, October 19

FRIDAY TREATS + THE GIFT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS



   




foldable cardboard play tent (unable to find the correct source)   //   luscious lemon delight  //  



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The gift of righteousness is measured in abundance,
The depth of His love I'll never understand.
His love reaches me and you;
His mercy goes farther too.
The One on the throne of God is called the Lamb.

So, why not open up and call His name, "Oh Lord!"
Find your spirit where His grace has been outpoured.
Call His name, taste His grace, exercise before His face
He's longing and yearning.
He's hoping and waiting.
He's ever desiring for you...
To turn to Him.

He knows your deepest thought,
Your every situation.
He understands your heart,
He knows your history.
There's nothing in His way,
He's just waiting for you to say
"Lord Jesus, my wandering heart
I give to Thee."





Tuesday, October 16

SHADOW PRINTING WITH INKODYE



I first heard about Inkodye through the very talented Jessica from How About Orange. It is a light-sensitive fabric dye that works on natural materials like cotton, linen, silk, suede and even wood. The dye goes on clear, but as soon as it hits direct sunlight, the colors start appearing in an instant! After checking out all the fun designs that Jessica had made, I couldn't resist and purchased a 4 oz. bottle online. It was a quick and easy process, and I received my dye in the mail pretty soon after. 

For my first project, I created a simple "smile" print on a pillow cover. 
  • I used a 1:1 ratio of dye to water to make the dye stretch a little more.
  • Working in a dimly lit room, I spread the dye evenly over the fabric with a foam brush until it's fairly saturated. Then I blotted any excess dye with a paper towel.
  • I laid my "SMILE" block over the fabric before placing it under direct sunlight.
  • After 10 minutes, I took my fabric inside before removing the block. Then I immediately washed the fabric under hot soapy water to set the print. 

It was kind of disappointing when my finished product turned out so streaky. I'm thinking of using a foam roller next time to help the dye spread more evenly.  Or I may need to just practice on a smaller surface area first. 

I did like Inkodye lot better though than regular fabric dye, because it didn't leave the fabric stiff after I washed and dried it. Plus it was super cool watching the fabric change right before my eyes. It's kind of addicting. ;)

Have any of you ever tried Inkodye before or seen any interesting projects made by it? I'd love to hear from you. :)

Monday, October 15

A LOVELY SHOWER


Sorry for disappearing for a week again! My parents came to visit and we had the best time with them. :) Whenever we're together, we usually spend our time around food - hey our family just really likes to eat. ;) We ate somewhere different almost every meal. So whenever they come, I get a complete break from cooking. I know. It's GREAT. SO GREAT. 

This past weekend I also attended a lovely bridal shower for a friend of mine. Here are a few snapshots of all the yummy treats served. :)


Oh and if you all have a minute, check out this post from Grace Full Mama. I can almost repeat everything she shared word for word for myself.  

Take time to slow down today! :)

Sunday, October 7

FALL INSPIRATIONS WITH MIRACLE-GRO AND THE GARDENIERES

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Miracle-Gro for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Gardening has always intimidated me. I can hardly keep indoor plants alive never mind trying to care for a home garden. Lately, however, I've been giving it a little more thought because of E. (Funny how much more we notice once we have kids, huh?)

Ever since he started eating with us, I've been a lot more conscious about the foods we eat. For almost every item I pick up, I'm flipping it over to read where it came from, what ingredients are in there, whether there's MSG or not, etc. Even with produce, I get scared thinking about the amount of pesticides I've ingested over the last two decades. Of course getting everything organic would be ideal - if only it weren't so expensive...

I know a few people who have their own vegetable gardens and that seems to work really well for them. It's nice that they can go into their backyards and pull everything they need for a salad. Whether it’s herbs or peppers, they have everything fresh, organic, and right at their fingertips.

(1) Miracle-Gro

This week I was introduced to an awesome site powered by Home Depot and Miracle-Gro called the Gardenieres. Led by William Moss, a master gardener, and his handpicked team of Gardenieres, this site gathers together real-life experts from all over the country inspiring people to get out and garden this fall. You can check out this site or their YouTube channel for all kinds of helpful videos based on their own gardening experiences. You can also chat with them on Miracle-Gro Facebook page if you have any questions or encounter unique challenges in your gardening project.

While scanning their site, I came across a great video on ways to build a raised garden bed that I could possibly start out with. With the help of Miracle-Gro's organic garden soil and Liquafeed-their watering and feeding system all in one, plus some bricks for building a retaining wall, this vegetable garden may work out after all. Be sure to also check out West Coast Gardeniere Teena Spindler's video about how to manage edible gardens.


So go check out the Gardenieres and "like" Miracle-Gro's Facebook page to chat with fellow gardeners and share your experiences! 

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WORD CLOUDS



Hey friends. Hope you all are doing well on this chilly Sunday night. :)  I'm not quite sure whether to pull out my winter clothes or just wait a few days. Unfortunately, all this strange weather got E sick again and he's had a horrible cough all week. We tried everything - humidifiers, saline misters, cough syrups (don't worry, it was all natural), vicks vapor rub, lemon honey water, etc. It's always so sad to see your baby feeling so crummy. :(

Anyways, since I missed Friday's post (sorry everyone), I thought I'd pop in and share this fun little site that my third graders use to love. Wordle generates "word clouds" from text that you provide. You can personalize these clouds with different layouts, fonts and colors. Here's a quick one I put together describing my favorite things about fall. 



How cute would these be framed in a nursery or play room? You can make ones describing each child, your family as a whole, your faith, hobbies, interests etc. The possibilities are endless. ;)

Stay warm!

Tuesday, October 2

OCTOBER OVERHAULING - MY MESSY CRAFT AREA


So last week, I signed up with While Wearing Heels and Pinkapotamus to participate in their "October Overhauling" challenge to organize our craft area and create things with only the items already in our stash. Actually even before this, I had already been feeling guilty about the crazy amount of stuff I've accumulated. It resulted in this scrap quilt back in August...


When I saw this challenge, I knew that I just had to do it. Here are the rules: 

No buying craft supplies from Oct 1 - Oct 31st (but you can trade with other bloggers!)

Week 1:   Share your messy craft area!

Week 2:  Clean out your craft area so that it is organized and neat and share your progress!

Week 3:  Make 1 project from your existing craft stash!

Week 4:  Share your experience, what you created and how happy you are NOT to be embarrassed by your craft hoarding anymore!


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Guys, this is really embarrassing. Going along with my attempt to be transparent with you all... THIS is what my craft area looks like 95% of the time.


This part's not so bad, just don't pull out the drawers...



or you'll see this...


Yeaaaahh... I've got my work cut out for me. If you're interested in joining this challenge, it's not too late! Click on their button below to sign up. Good luck, everyone!

October Overhauling

MACARONS DO NOT LIKE ME...




                                           Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot // The Boiling Crab

Over the weekend, our family tried out these two places that I've been craving for quite a while now. The first spot was a Chinese fondue restaurant where you and those with you all sit around one large simmering pot of delicious broth and throw in different food items to cook as you please (thinly sliced lamb, pork, beef, napa cabbage, taro, mushrooms, noodles, etc.). Our pot was split into two parts: one savory and the other spicy. Since we paid for the all-you-can-eat deal, our group left pretty satisfied hehe.

The second spot was known for their fresh Cajun seafood.  Just imagine... big bags of spicy steamed seafood soaked in the most amazing sauce dumped straight onto your table.  There are no utensils involved, just a bib and lots of paper towels! ;) 

Let's just say I was one very happy girl this past weekend...


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And now about those macarons...


I'm finally ready to face the fact that macarons simply do not like me. I've tried 3 different recipes and made at least 4 attempts and still cannot get the "feet" (the ruffle around the edges).   


Any experienced macaron bakers out there? I'm on the verge of giving up completely. 
What am I doing wrong, friends???