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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.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Scrappy bunting...a tutorial

Lately I've been bitten by the bunting bug.  Try saying that 3 times fast!  If you're on Pinterest or skulk around any crafting blogs, you've probably come across some of these beauts.
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They are bright, cheery and colorful.  What's not to love?!

So I decided that I'd stop merely pinning and start doing.  Novel thought, eh?  Hence a tutorial was born!

So what you'll need are:
--various material scraps (I cut mine into 3x20 in. strips)
--a cutting mat
--scissors or a rotary wheel
--twine, thicker string, cord, clothesline, etc.
--2 nails/hooks

Let's get started!

First, determine where you want to hang your bunting and then measure your twine (or whatever you're going to use).  I decided that our newly renovated laundry rooms was in dire need of a little bit of somethin'.
Sorry, no picture here..!
Then pull all of your fabric scraps out and take a few minutes taking a stroll down memory lane--remember making this into a pinney top?  that into ruffled pants?  this one into a dress?  Once you've done that, figure out what colors you want to use, which fabrics work well together, whether you want a pattern or a similar color theme.
Next up, start cutting up your scraps.  Like I said, I (loosely) measured mine to be 3x20.  It doesn't have to be exact because the beauty of this is the scrappy look.  If you're a little short, no biggie!  I ended up doing 4 of each print and I had 16 different prints.  You can lay them out in the order that you like or maybe you'll decide to just make it totally random.  It's cool either way.

Then start tying on the fabric to the cord.  I liked mine closer together, but you can certainly make it look more loose.  The pictures show how I made my knot.

Keep tying on until you've come to the end of your cord and then voila!, you have a cute scrappy bunting to hang up!
Everytime I look at it I smile.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Forever Family Day

Yesterday was the anniversary of our Forever Family Day.  4 years!!  Wow--the Noodle has gone from a toddler to a little girl.  Time does that, doesn't it?  Doesn't show any signs of slowing down either.  Hmph.
Any-hoooo, we had a great, relaxing day just hangin' together.  Bee-u-ti-ful weather too :)
First off, the Dragon Boat Race.  This is a tradition in China, but we're fortunate that there is a competition here in our (larger) hometown.  We headed down to the river to watch the boats and cheer on the participants. 
It is so cool to see everyone rowing in unison, to the beat of the drummer.

Then back home to bake the Noodle's cake.  Her request?  Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and sprinkles.  O.k., I can definitely handle that!  This year I decided to forgo the stacked round cake...cake boss I'm not and each year I get so frustrated that the cake looks like a cat mangled it rather than a nice, smooth work of art.  Stupid, I know.  So I just decided to go with 9x13 boring, ol' rectangle but spice it up with a little bit of bunting (care of Pinterest, of course!). 
Finally we headed out to our favorite Chinese restaurant for some yummy dinner, but not before someone took a quick cat-nap in the car.  Everything was delish and we all just barely saved room for some of that cake.
Each year when Gotcha Day rolls around, I am again blown away with the workings of the Lord.  Not that I'm not reminded each day, but somehow, on this day it seems even more crystal clear.  One orphan.  On the other side of the world.  Two people, here in America....waiting.  Hoping.  Praying.  He had this planned out before the 3 of us were even born.  Really, from the beginning of time, it was His plan that we would be a family.  Forever. 
'"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways," declares the Lord.'--Isaiah 55:8

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Before and after--home edition

As you all know, we bought the house that I grew up in (at least spent most of my childhood in) from my parents earlier this summer. This was a great opportunity, but one that came up a bit sooner than we had originally anticipated (we had previously planned on doing all of this next year). You see, we had always joked with my folks that they should let us know when they were ready to move, but they always responded that we should let them know when we were ready. Long story short, it ended up that this summer was right time, so we all jumped!
The "before" shots...
The top one is technically our side yard, but that's where the garage and driveway are, so it gets the most useage. The second is the front of the house.
Before we moved, we knew that there were some things that we definitely wanted to do to the house.  Primarily, adding a second bathroom, moving the laundry room up from out of the dungeon basement, pushing back the garage to add a workshop and building out over the garage which had a flat roof.  This house, like our old house, was built back in the late teens/early twenties, so while it has a lot of charm, there were still some upgrades that we felt were necessary.

What does that mean, exactly?  Well, basically we hired out the big stuff (framing, plumbing, HVAC, electric, drywall), but J decided he wanted to do the "finish" work i.e. windows, trim, painting, flooring and built-ins.  I give him so much credit--every night, since late May, he has been working on some project or another on the house.  Weekends too.  It isn't easy to work your "day" job and then come home and start another, but he's more than happy to do it.  Says it is therapeutic for him.  I don't totally get it, but that's o.k., 'cuz he's in his element, things are getting accomplished and the house is slowly but surely taking shape. 

Some people have asked how my parents feel about all the changes we've done to the house and thankfully they're totally fine with them.  They're excited to see J's vision become a reality.  Me too!

The "after" shot of the side yard with the changed roofline and room over the garage.
The front of the house remained the same (see above).
Here's the "back side" of the house with the extended garage.
In all the photos, you'll have to excuse the yard and grass (or lack there of).  We had some trees removed and of course this hot, brutal summer with hardly any rain certainly didn't do any wonders for the landscaping.  Add in work trucks parking all over the grass, and well, there you have it.
But still...........we're soo excited!!