Hammocks & Fall

Sunday, October 20, 2013

We've been having some beautiful weather lately. Chilly mornings in the 50's, low 70's afternoons, and high 60's evenings. Absolute perfection for playing outside, and play we have.

A little nature painting

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A little wagon riding

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The chickens have been out foraging all over the hay field

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No nap, a truck drops a trailer across the street making a big scary noise, and sometimes being 2 is just really hard

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He used to hate grass, but now it's everything I can do so that he doesn't put it in his mouth

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Daddy was trying to relax

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From smiling to fussing in .5 seconds flat

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Me and this baby had a little mini photo shoot off to the side while the littles were playing monkey and climbing all over Daddy

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I made my husband let me take pictures of him. Five minutes later, Him: "Wait, are you going to put these on your blog?" Me: "If you make the cut"

You made it, babe
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Rule #1 of childhood: The dirtier you are, the more fun you're having

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Walking, walking everywhere now. Upwards and onwards.

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Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Favorite Fall Sweater

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

There is a cold front moving this way and I am so incredibly excited. We had one move through not too long ago, but it didn't take long before we were back in the 90's. So this morning I'm going through all my fun fall stuff I have bought recently, and I really wanted to share this sweater because I just love it. It's fun, a little funky, and so comfy.

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I should have been, oh I dunno, working on the bathroom I said was going to be finished in 1-2 weeks a month ago, but I like to make good use of nap time doing important things, like taking pictures of myself in a sweater with a fox wearing glasses 

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And that cold front moving in? Well, it's really windy here right now and one second the sun is out shining beautifully and the next it's really dark and overcast looking like it's going to pour at any second. That made it a little tricky to find good lighting to take pictures, especially when you're not so skilled with the camera contraption anyway, you have no remote to take pictures and you are relying on a time delay and continuous shooting mode. I got frustrated, so this happened...

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It speaks volumes of my photography that the best lighting is in these photos

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Channeling my inner World War Z walker. I can make a noise that sounds just like them in the movie. Ok maybe not just like them, but it's enough to drive my husband nuts so it's still fun

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The best part about these awesome moccasins? 

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12.95 baby

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Get 'em here at Wally World

You can get the sweater here at Old Navy

And the jeans I bought years ago at Charlotte Russe, but you can find something similar here

Now c'monnnn cold weather! 

This Weekend

Monday, October 14, 2013

This weekend we had a very simple and sort of impromptu birthday party for our soon-to-be 1 year old birthday boy

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The morning was a bit crazy, so by the time my husband's parents got here, I was just happy the cake was actually baked

It was raining which was great because we definitely needed it, but that also meant it was really dark out and our old light fixtures just don't cast the light I need them to, so suffice to say, these aren't the greatest pictures ever taken

Opening presents with help from the big sisters

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And Grand Daddy

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He's walking!!!! It's those so sweet drunken sailor, kind of off to the right, then to the left, then down on your butt kind of steps, but he can make it across the room and even stand up on his own without holding on to anything now. I give him two weeks tops and he'll be running

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And I'm sorry, but these pictures of my baby boy looking up at his Daddy and Grand Daddy just make my heart swoon

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His Scout puppy that I am crossing my fingers, holding by breath, and spinning in circles hoping it helps him sleep through the night with it's lullaby music. Mama is getting very tired

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Bringing out the birthday cake

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Sister is a mean candle-blower-out-er

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His birthday is still not for a little bit longer, but we wanted to celebrate with his grandparents while we had the chance. My goal is to have his high chair finished in time so I can take some more official 1st birthday photos

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Oh sweet boy, you are so very very loved

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I'll be back more this week with some backyard mamarazzi shots

DIY Chevron Painted Side Table

Friday, October 11, 2013

So I know that chevron print is everywhere right now, as in, it's revving it's motorcycle engine and about to jump the shark any second now.

That being said, I love it. It's so trendy and 'right now' and I want some of it somewhere in my home. I'm way late to this party, I know, but I decided on some lower key pieces, things that can easily be changed out in the future, to fill my need for those pretty zig-zags.

First up was the baby's night side table that I use next to his rocking chair. I'm sure somewhere along the line I saw something similar, but I like to think this idea just came to me.

Alright, so first, a little break down...
1. You need a table. I bought mine off of our local Buy/Sell/Trade page on facebook          $5

2.Some painters tape. You can buy the skinny stuff or wide, just make sure it fits           $3
 your design

3.Fine grit sand paper for roughing up the surface if needed                                            $2

4.Can of spray paint in your chosen color                                                                        $5

5.Acrylic paint for chevron design (can use any type of paint; this is what I used)           $1

                                                                                     GRAND TOTAL:                 $16

It really bothers me when I see tutorials that are all "DIY Dresser only $10!!" Then they proceed to list $150 worth of stuff they already had on hand. I just don't think that's a fair assessment. So for any projects I post I will always post the official start and finish cost as if you had zero supplies to start with, then if you do have some things stashed away already, well, that's just gravy baby.

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First I sanded the top with some fine git sand paper since it was really smooth

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Then get your can of spray paint, or latex paint leftover from another project, or milk paint, or chalk paint... you get the picture

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And get to paintin'

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The baby woke up at this point so I have no more pictures, but I did come back and finish and then brought it inside to dry and start the chevron design the next day

After attempting to draw dots and connect them to make the chevron pattern directly on the table, I finally give in to the fact that spatial concepts are probably my biggest weakness and decided to draw a stencil

I started by drawing dots every 3 inches along a straight edge.

Then 1 1/2 inches below that, I did the same every three inches, but centered under the dots above

Then I played connect-the-dots, drawing a line from one dot to the next closest dot.

Clear as mud? I suck at explaining so here's a picture:
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It's just triangles folks

Then I drew dots exactly 2 inches below my exisiting dots... like so:

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Then I connected those lines and voila: Chevron!

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Then I cut that sucker out

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I placed it approximately in the center and traced

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Then just moved it up to match and traced again

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Until the whole table was covered...

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Then I started to tape, and at first I would put two pieces down then trim them to look like this...

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It took FOREVER. So I devised a new method and started cutting the tape at an angle like so:

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It doesn't have to be at any special angle, just at a diagonal, because then you can match it however you need to cover half of a point, like this...

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Because I didn't plan ahead very well, I had to double my tape so it overlapped in order to cover the complete inside of the zig zag. If you use thicker tape and plan it to be the exact width, then you wouldn't have to use quite so much. All said and done, here is what it looks like all taped off using the diagonal cutting method. Once I figured this out, it took a grand total of 10 minutes to tape the whole table. P.S If you cut the diagonals "to the right" then you'll need to cut them "to the left" to cover the other side. I know I'm sorry that may not make any sense, but you'll basically need to cut your tape like a trapezoid. Google is your friend, if like me, you are all "What the hell is a trapezoid, again??" Also, in the pictures here, I was cutting them as parallelograms. Don't be like me. OK, moving on.

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Then just start painting!

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A tip to keep your paint from running underneath the tape... use a small paint brush and paint along the edges of the tape using whatever color you painted the table. This sort of "seals" the edges, and if you let it dry for 30ish minutes, it will be dry enough to paint over, but still tacky enough that you can easily peel the tape when you're done without it taking the paint with it. I didn't do this, I really thought the messy thing would work in my favor, but it works, promise.

Once you're done painting, peel that bad boy tape off!

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Please ignore my heinous floors in our laundry room/office where I painted this, and also that the table is in fact very blue and not green like it shows in the picture above?

And drum roll please....
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And just to keep it really real... That is not a picture of my child in his own baby book (even though, yes mom, I have finally filled it all out), it was definitely not 5 o'clock when I took this picture, and it's also very "noisy" because I had to crank my ISO since I didn't want to wait for the right time to get as much light in his room as possible. It's the details that are really important to me.

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