7 Days of Autumn

September 17, 2014 § Leave a comment

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It’s no secret that my favorite season is fall. Halloween is my favorite holiday, and of course, Thanksgiving is Grant’s (he likes any holiday with copious amounts of good food). It is finally time to wear those cozy sweaters, watch the leaves turn vibrant colors, drink and eat everything pumpkin spice and salted caramel, go to haunted houses, pick pumpkins at the farm, and Romeo’s favorite part of the season …chasing the blowing leaves (is it only our weirdo dog that loves this?)

Next Tuesday is the official “First Day of Autumn” so we are going to do 7 days of Autumn by giving you seven fall themed posts¬†about our favorite season of the year. We’re going to start this first one off by showing you how we decorated the house…

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Here’s our valiant little steed posing in front of our decorated front stoop. I couldn’t believe that he posed so perfectly, he’s really getting good at his commands, I wasn’t even holding a treat! The give thanks sign is from Jo Ann’s last year and the garland is from Michael’s. Then, Grant surprised me by cutting down the corn stalks in our garden and putting them up for our little fall display!

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He sure is a sweetie! They’re browning up quickly, so they’ll look super fall-ish in a few days. We’ll be going to the farm (Grant’s parent’s farm) and helping pick pumpkins next weekend, which is always a blast. Hopefully it stays a little chilly, because nothing is worse than picking pumpkins in shorts and sweating it out.

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In other news, I’ll be preparing this week for a craft show that i’ll be doing on Saturday and Sunday in New Germany. We went to the show last year, but as shoppers not vendors, and it was a huge event. I am super excited to get back into the swing of craft shows because I haven’t done one since January! It will be great to get back into the swing of things. Later this week I’ll give some updates on what I’ve been making and how I prepare.

Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing my all time favorite pumpkin and apple recipes! Stay tuned for the next 7 days for some awesome Autumn goodies!

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DIY Play Kitchen

September 15, 2014 § 1 Comment

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I kept seeing these awesome DIY kitchens on Pinterest, and just couldn’t resist the temptation of turning some thrift store junk into a new treasure! My little nephew’s 3rd birthday was coming up, and I thought it would make a perfect gift for him! So off I went to the 3 nearest thrift stores, hunting high and low for an old TV stand that would work perfectly.

 

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11.99 later and I ended up with this gem (ha), a stainless steel bowl to act as the “sink”, and two plastic spoons. Then i went down to the next thrift store and found a little white medicine cabinet that I thought would work perfectly on top to act as a little pantry. So we began sanding it down, and then my power-tool wielding husband cut out a hole to set the bowl in for the sink….

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After that, it was all about painting and painting and painting. We screwed in the medicine cabinet top, and added the “oven door” which was made from an extra shelf from our bookshelf in the office and a door hinge. It was starting to come together and look a lot more like a kitchen…

 

 

 

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We then screwed in the back, added some little knobs made from random plastic pieces, attached a dowel for a little curtain, used some old CD’s and shiny rope from Michael’s for the burners, and used a wooden letter “J” upside-down for a faucet, and some folded paper “food” to stock the shelves! And voila! You get a nice kid’s kitchen for your play room!

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Checking out the burners!

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Play Action!

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And here is me standing proudly next to my creation. Horray! The total came to less than $25, but we did have a lot of supplies on hand, like the extra wood, the paint, and the fabric. It just goes to show that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to make a¬†super cool gift! Happy 3rd Birthday to the cool dude, G!

 

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