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I love to laugh and love with my family, read, exercise, cook and sew, all the while giving thanks to God for his immeasureable love and faithfulness to me.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Fun little project

So the big question is...are you on Pinterest?  I am, and I'm obsessed waaay into it!  So many cute ideas, recipes, inspirational things--the list just goes on and on!  While I never really got on to the Facebook bandwagon, this is something I'm really digging.  It was what I gave up for Lent, actually.  LOL!

That being said, I've come across quite a few projects that I've pinned and now that it is summer, have finally been able to do them.  Yeah!
I saw this cute shirt from Lindsey at the Pleated Poppy and then stumbled upon this shirt from Plum Adorable.  Orginally, I attempted to make a variation of the bleached-pen shirt from Plum Adorable, but since the bleach pen was actually "color safe" on my gray t-shirt ($5 bucks on sale from TarJay), when all was said and done, all I had was a cute gray tank.  Period.  No bleaching out.  Grrrr.
Soooo, second time's a charm and I decided to go with the same graphic, but use Lindsey's tutorial for the glittered tee.  You can go check out both of their tutorials because I basically followed them to a "T".  Ha ha, funny, right?! 

cardboard to put inside the shirt so that the paint/bleach doesn't go through to the other side
either a Clorex bleach pen or some paint (I used good ol' Martha Stewart's glitter paint--Antique Silver)
freezer paper (the key is to put the glossy side down)
an iron

Step 1:
Put the cardboard into the inside of the shirt to prevent
the paint/bleach from leaking through.

Step 2:
Trace your "image" onto freezer paper (remember glossy side down)
and then cut out.

Step 3:
Iron the freezer paper onto the fabric.  Make sure you really
get the edges nice and bonded so that the paint won't creep out.

Step 4:
"Paint" on the paint.  I used a foam brush.  This is
what it looked like after 1 coat.

Step 5:
After the paint has dried about an hour, add a second coat.
Step 6:
After the second coat has dried, peel off the freezer paper and use a pressing cloth and your iron to heat set the paint.  I spritzed my pressing cloth with water to help get a good steam.

Step 7:
Try not to get poked by your little helper as she "points" out the finished product.
Ugh.  I don't know how people take pictures of themselves each week for
wardrobe accountability posts!!  I look all slumped, rumpled and roughly the side of a barn.

The shirt looks much cuter in person...promise!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Berry pickin' time!

One of the things that I love about summer is picking berries.  Strawberries.  Blueberries.  Raspberries.  Anykind.  Yum!  We have gone for quite a few summers and each year, the Noodle gets better and better.  She's pretty focused and at least holds off eating....for a while.  Ha!
A few weeks ago we went out and picked some strawberries.  This year, I guess because of the spring, they were really small, but suuper sweet.  Tasty, but it takes a lot to fill the bucket!  The lure of frozen custard as a reward for hard work is always a pretty sure bet!

Today we hit the blueberry farm.  Gorgeous weather and good company.  She informed me that picking blueberries is much easier because you don't have to pick them like this--insert visual of her squatting down in her "Chinese person pose".  I totally agreed with her--standing up is much easier!
We ended up picking about 8 lbs.  Not too shabby.  While I'd love to think that I'm going to make blueberry jam, I know that's probably not going to happen.  Especially when we keep grabbing and eating them by the handful like they're candy!  Blueberry cobbler and blueberry pancakes are more likely.  BTW, has anyone tried Tr*der J*e's lemon curd?  It is soo good, especially drizzeled on pancakes (or even on toast for that matter).  If not, go out and get some pronto!
So if you see us out and about, and we have a ring of blue around our mouths and blue tongues, you'll know why!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The winds of change are blowing........

There have been lots of changes going on 'round these parts the last few months.  All for the good, but change none-the-less.  The closing of some chapters and the opening of new ones.  Stepping out in faith and being rewarded...abundaently.  God's timing, reminding us once again, is perfect--never quite fast enough for our personal liking, but never, ever too slow or late.

It is exciting to see what the next few months have in store for us!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to one of the best Dads that I know!  He's funny, kind, loving and such a great role model--in his faith, his work ethic and his compassion!  We love you!!!

A little glimpse into our Father's Day weekend..........

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Goodbye school and hellllo summer!

Here was the beginning of preschool picture this past September.  How long the Noodle's hair had gotten!  She was so excited to go to a new school.

Fast forward to this past May...it is hard to believe she has finished her last year in preschool and is now, officially, a Kindergartener!! 

She was being all goofy and wanted Jesse to be in on the action.  Since it was about 7:30 a.m. and we were running late (big surprise), I was all for it!
After I had picked her up from the babysitter's that afternoon, we decided to celebrate and go have fro-yo.  Yummy!
Here's the Noodle with her teacher at their end of the year picnic.  It was a glorious day!!