Monthly Archives: September 2014

Our Eclectic Office – Room Tour

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One of the cool things about our home is the number of “common areas” it has.  We have a living room, dining room, game room, office/music room and of course the kitchen with a breakfast area.  It’s nice to have lots of room for activities.

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From the movie Step Brothers.

We are one of those families that spends lots of time together, not necessarily because we just like being around each other… more like we must all be co-dependent because it seems we are always in the same room.  ha!  We do a nice job of eating together each night and vedging in the living room or gameroom together (sometimes we even all end up in the master bedroom watching a movie or DVR’d show).  The kids also like to hang out in the office/music room quite a bit.  Cady practices her cello there and spends quite a bit of time playing the piano.  I use it as a command station for paying bills and I also work in there some days.  Milo likes playing banging on the piano and he enjoys the open area in the middle for cars, blocks, reading – whatever strikes him that day.  Syd, of course, uses it to survey any wrongdoing in the front yard (mailman, UPS guy, rogue bunny) and for naps.  It’s actually the first room we completed after buying this home.  It has undergone a few changes since we moved in, but it remains one of my favorite rooms.  I think mostly because it displays some of my favorite things.

Here’s a pic taken before we moved in:

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You can’t tell from the image above, but the walls were in bad shape due to all the pool stick racks that were attached to the walls.  And those curtains?!  I’m telling you, the curtains in this house were something else…  I’m sure they were expensive but they were just UGLY.  I took down the curtains, patched the walls and painted them a soft greige (kinda gray, kinda beige).

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Matt installed Billy bookcases and topped them with small accent lighting.  A couple months ago my mother-in-law Linda drove her old piano down from Missouri and it found a new home in here.  The desk is an old one that Matt had before we were even married – I like it because sometimes it’s nice to have things that were “his” before we were “us”.  The quilt ladder is something Matt built me a couple years ago and it remains one of my most favorite things EVER (it’s also one of my popular pins on pinterest – I’m going to reblog about it in a few weeks).  So like I mentioned before, what makes the room great is all the special pieces we have on display…

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A century old piano, baby pictures and Cady’s cello.


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A mid-century 8 DAY starburst clock that Matt, Cady and I found on a day of thrift shopping in Cape Girardeau, MO last summer.  It was 10 bucks!! Swoon…


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Sweet vacation pictures, favorite books and tons of the kids artwork.  Gage painted this bird piece when he was in elementary school.  The pieces on the very top of the shelves are different projects from each of us that span the last 15 years.


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Gage gave me this clock when he was tiny – maybe 3 or 4.  It was white porcelain with painted pink flowers on it – definitely right out of the 90s.  I never had the heart to throw it out even tho it was way out of style.  I recently took it apart and painted it with a special metallic spray paint.. I love it now!


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Items from mission trips to Africa and China… My favorite wooden birdhouse – I have a thing for birds in case you haven’t noticed… Several glossy photo books from movies where Matt was invited to premiers in LA or NY.


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The Book of Awesome, Shakespeare, the entire Harry Potter series and Novel Writing books?  Yep, this is us…   And the “My Stash” jar – a favorite last minute gift idea we used last year.


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I found these curtains at Ikea – they are hand drawn trees with little birds!  I KNEW I had to have them the instant I saw them!


I love this room in our home.  It’s eclectic and I promise you, not one you’ll see in the pages of any magazine because it holds tons of personal treasures that only this family has.  Treasures that have good stories to back them up.

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I can’t wait for more adventures and creative pieces to fill these walls and shelves!

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Old Posts: DIY Baby Costumes!

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We are all about homemade costumes in this family… I think both my older kids have made about 90% of their Halloween costumes. It’s just fun, ya know?  This year I’m making Milo’s again, more on that later.  I thought I’d post the DIY of the costumes Milo wore the last two years.  The Baby Popcorn and the Little Sherlock.

The first one is from when Milo was just 4 months old!  It’s the Popcorn costume:

FROM: Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Popcorn Baby Costume – DIY

This costume couldn’t be easier (or cheaper) to create.  It’s comfortable and safe and we got TONS of compliments on it!  And a giant serving of movie popcorn couldn’t be more perfect for Milo’s Movie Critic Dad to carry around! The whole costume cost less than $5.

DIY Baby Popcorn Costume:

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You’ll need:

  • 1/2 yard of red felt (you’ll have fabric leftover)
  • 1/2 yard of white felt (you’ll have fabric leftover)
  • scissors
  • glue gun and glue (quite a few glue sticks unless you want to sew)
  • baby sock hat (we used an old one we already had)
  • popped popcorn
  • baby carrier
  • Velcro or safety pins

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1. Measure and then cut enough white felt to cover the outside of your baby carrier (you should end up with a white rectangle because you want the material to be long enough to cover baby’s legs). Cut triangular pieces off the top side of the rectangle to create the top of the “popcorn carton”. .

2. cut thin strips of the red felt that are long enough to reach from top to bottom of your white material.

3. Glue those on and trim the tops if necessary to match up with the white edges.  You could sew the strips on if you wanted but I made the whole costume in about 45 minutes while watching TV… I didn’t feel like sitting at the sewing machine.

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4. Write “Popcorn” on your red felt and then cut the letters out.
5. Glue those onto a bigger piece of white felt and then trim the white felt around the letters to create somewhat of a bubble effect. Glue Popcorn word onto main piece in the middle toward the top.
6. Find a cute baby with an old sock stretchy hat. (Fortunately we already had both of these down the hall in the nursery.
7. Pop some popcorn and glue onto hat (make sure the baby isn’t wearing the hat for this step!).  I actually cut out pieces of white felt and then glued the popcorn onto those pieces and then the hat so it would last longer. Eat remaining popcorn.

To complete the costume put on your carrier and put baby inside. Use velcro or safety pins to attach the costume to the sides of the carrier under the baby’s arms (if your baby is still in the forward facing position in the carrier the costume still works just as well – the baby’s arms will just be inside.).  Matt dressed up in a white shirt and bow tie to look like a popcorn vendor.  Super cute, huh?  Another reason I love this costume is because it could have easily been adapted for a cold or warm night.

*We actually had purchased a yard each of the white and red material.  The popcorn costume didn’t even use a half a yard so I gave the remaining fabric to my 12 year old and she made a “Where’s Waldo” costume.  Again, less than $5.  For Where’s Waldo all you need is a red and white sock hat, some glasses, a cross shoulder satchel and a red and white shirt.  Cady didn’t have a red & white shirt so she constructed one with the leftover fabric.


The second costume is from last year.  I’m obsessed with Sherlock so guess what Milo was?  You got it.
FROM Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Little Sherlock Costume

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Quick and easy and cost us about 10 bucks!  We already had some of the crafting supplies so you may have a lot of this laying around the house as well.  First thing I did was sit down and plan the absolute most easiest pattern I could think of.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the contemporary Sherlock movies/shows out there (here, here and here) but I was going for the classic Sherlock Holmes look.  I drew inspiration from these pics I found on Google:

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I knew there was no way I could make a trench coat with my rudimentary sewing skills so I decided on a long “vest” and short “cape”.  The effect is the same and it was easy peasy. (Please excuse these horrible drawings, but it’s what I used).

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Here are the supplies you’ll need:

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VEST:
1. Measure your kiddo for the length you want the vest to be (top of shoulders to the knees).  Remember to allow for hems/seams.
2. Cut your material to the shape in the first pattern pic above.
3. Fold on the fold lines and then sew those tabs together at the top.  The top doesn’t have to be “pretty” – it’s covered by the cape.
4. Finish all the rough edges with a hem (you could use fabric glue as well).
5. I added pieces of velcro to use as closures in the front.  I then glued on 2 buttons so that it looked more finished (pic below)  FYI – I had to snip the back of the buttons off so they would be flat once I glued them on.

CAPELET:
1. Measure your kiddo to find out where you want the edges of the cape to hit on his/her arm.  I measured from Milo’s elbow to the center of his neck and then to the other elbow and then added a few inches to allow for a hem.
2. My measurement was 22 inches (then I added 2) so I cut a 24″ diameter circle. 2nd pattern pic above.
3. Next I cut a slit all the way to the center.
4. I finished by hemming all the rough edges (I folded the edges in about a half inch then ironed it so I would know where to sew).  Again, you could totally use fabric glue.  (see pic below).
5.  Lastly, I put the cape on him and marked where it should close.  Glue or sew a 10 inch piece of ribbon on each side where you marked it so that you can tie the cape closed at the neck.  You could also just use the velcro/button method from the vest on the cape, but I liked the look of a ribbon.

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MAGNIFYING GLASS: Martha Stewart has a similar one online (you could probably google it – she uses a foam brush stick instead of a dowel).  We already had a dowel from another project and we have plenty of mason jar tops around here.  (You could purchase a cheap plastic magnifying glass if you don’t want to make one.)

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1. You can glue the mason jar lid to the top of your dowel, but I had hubby use a screw. Our toddler can tear stuff up so I figured it would last longer if it was secured better!
2. Give it a few coats of black spay paint and that’s it!

HAT AND PIPE:  There are also a few tutorials on how to make a “detective hat” out there as well.  However, I found a Hat that came with a plastic toy pipe for less than 5 bucks on Amazon so I went with it.  Our shipping is free (hello Amazon Prime!!!) so it was worth it!  The tutorials require you to buy 2 caps then add material on the sides with ribbon at the top.  It would still be inexpensive if you decide to go that route as well.

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THE FINISHED PRODUCT:

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Milo wore a pair of khakis and a long sleeve white shirt underneath.  I think it’s adorable!

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plaid material – 50% off at Hobby Lobby 1.99 a yard. (you’ll need 2 yards)
black ribbon – 50% off at Hobby Lobby .99 for 15 feet.  I used less than 2 feet so you can have this for future projects if you don’t already have some at home.
Classic coat buttons – 50% off at Hobby Lobby – .99 for 3.  I used 2.
velcro – we already had some.  You only need a couple of inches.  You could also actually USE the buttons but I’m no good at sewing button holes!
needle/thread – we already had some.  Pick up fabric glue if you don’t want to sew.
Magnifying glass – I had all supplies already
Hat & Pipe – 4.49 from AmazonYou can EASILY do this costume for less than $15… It would cost you more to buy one and it’s more special if it’s homemade, right?

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Milo also wore his to a cosplay convention here in Dallas (Fan Days) and it held up perfectly!  Here’s a pic of him during the costume contest on stage:

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People were stopping us right and left to take his picture!

Thanks for stopping by – enjoy your little Sherlock if you decide to make one!

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Vintage Alphabet Sign – DIY

We are in the process of creating an old fashioned "schoolroom" area for Milo in our game room.

We are in the process of creating an old fashioned “schoolroom” area for Milo in our game room.

I think I’ve said before that we have been working on getting our game room just the way we want it.  When we moved in we sort of chunked all of our old living room furniture in there and that’s how it stayed for about the first five months we lived here.  In the last few weeks we’ve been rearranging furniture, building out a media area, creating a “work from home” office cubby for Matt and an old school “classroom” area for Milo.  We’ve also been working on artwork for the room.  I’m striving for things that are personal and mean something – like this US Map that we created and photos of Matt’s dad when he was in a band in the 60s.

For Milo’s little vintage schoolroom area we put up chalkboards and an old fashioned school clock (it even glows at night) and some block letters (our initials).  I’m still working on staining his craft table and a few other things so I’ll blog about the entire area later, but for now I wanted to share a little project that was simple, quick and cheap – but also super cute and fun.

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I found several actual antique charts online but they were so expensive.  I’ve been searching and if I remember correctly, this one was $500!  I went back to check the price but it’s no longer available.  Apparently someone has way more money than my family!  It’s fabulous tho, isn’t it?

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You could do this with any poster.  I think it would look really cool with an old map, or medical/architectural poster as well.  I may modpodge over the top of ours to give it even more of antique feel (less shiny), but for now I love it!

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This project will take you less than an hour and cost around 10-15 bucks.  I ordered that print for less than $10 online.  You can find TONS of vintage inspired posters – don’t pay a lot, shop around.  You can actually buy similar artwork (that IS actually vintage) for several hundred dollars – check Etsy if that’s the direction you choose to go.  This artwork is for a toddler area so I’m not about to spend tons of money.  You can pick up a dowel for about $2 at Home Depot, Lowes, etc.  I bought the long one so I could cut it in half (we actually bought it for a different project so we even had this one on hand…).  There are tons of sizes/diameters, pick whatever you like.

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That’s it!  My poster was a smaller one because the space it would hang wasn’t that big.  I cut the dowel to be about an inch longer than the poster on each side.  My dowel was so long after 2 cuts I still had some left over.

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I’m starting to teach Milo his letters so I thought having a piece of artwork with simple block letters would be fun.  And it fits in nicely with the theme of his classroom area.  These types of projects are by far my favorite!

September Date Night – The Rocky Horror Show

Wyly Theater Dallas, TX

Wyly Theatre
Dallas, TX

Matt and I try and get away for a date night every now and then.  Usually a couple times a month.  This month we decided to double date with some good friends of ours and have dinner in uptown and then head over to the Wyly Theatre for a live production of The Rocky Horror Show.  Neither of us had ever been to a live production and I had never even seen the movie… While it will probably offend you in every way possible, it was so super fun!

We started our evening at Barter in uptown.  Barter had a cool atmosphere with a contemporary western feel and a small live band.  The menu was created by Tim Love – you may recognize his name from several Food Network shows.  He’s well-known so I was excited to give this place a try.  I started out with a skinny cougar from the cocktail menu and it was yummy – vodka, watermelon juice, lemon juice and mint syrup.  Matt and I then shared a burger, fries and texas hummus.  Our friends tried the soft crab fajitas with carrot home fries.  Our burger was great – you can’t really go wrong with a burger at a “western” restaurant.  The hummus was good, nothing special.  Our friends enjoyed the soft crab fajitas but said the carrot home fries were a little SPICY.  I tried a tiny bite and I felt the heat so just beware of those… Our tab (hummus, burger, a cocktail and a beer) was right at $40.  Our friend’s tab (crab fajitas, carrot fries, a cocktail and beer) was closer to $60.  I’d check the menu before you go if your interested.  It’s a small menu so make sure they’ve got something you like for the amount you want to spend.

Next we drove downtown to the arts district to attend our show at the Wyly Theatre.   If you’ve never been to a production at the Wyly, you should make an effort to go.  It’s so fun! You feel like you are part of the action – it’s small and intimate and the way they utilize the stage and space is fantastic!  We were given a bag of props (Rocky Horror is known for audience participation) to use while the show was on.  It was a BLAST!  I actually got to shoot people in the face with a water gun!  Not everyone got props and of those who did, many didn’t think to fill up their water gun before the show!  We also got to wave glow sticks, throw confetti and cards and wrap the stage and audience with toilet paper… BLAST, I’m telling ya.  My girlfriend and I even got special drinks in our theatre sippies and they must have been really good because she danced The Time Warp on stage with some of the players! Ha!  If I could have taken a picture, I would have – but what happens at the Rocky Horror has to stay at the Rocky Horror, no pics.

I’m not sure what we’ll plan for a special October date, but I hope it’s as fun as this one!

Cornflake Chicken & Waffles

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Ever made cornflake chicken (or Corn Flake, however you prefer to write it)?  If you are from the south, you probably have…  This is our recipe with a spin or two thrown in.  First of all, you can totally just make cornflake chicken and have it with any side of your choice… green beans, mashed potatoes, a salad – whatever makes you happy.  OR you can grab your frozen waffles and pop them in the toaster for a couple of minutes, top them with your chicken and drizzle with syrup and you won’t be disappointed.

Way way back when I was a single mom, my kids loved cornflake chicken.  One particular week I bought frosted flakes by mistake instead of cornflakes and because I refused to waste the cereal we made frosted flake chicken instead – and now Cady won’t have it any other way.  It makes it a little sweeter.  If you want traditional cornflake chicken, just buy corn flakes instead.  I think if your having your chicken with waffles the frosted flakes give it more of a breakfasty goodness feel.  And we all know that breakfast for dinner is almost always a WIN!

1. Preheat oven to 375 and spray your baking dish with cooking spray.  Gather your supplies.  Here’s what you’ll need:

Chicken, butter, and Frosted Flakes (or cornflakes...)

Chicken cut into strips, butter, and Frosted Flakes (or cornflakes…)

2. Melt your butter (I melt an entire stick).  While your butter is melting, add 2 – 3 cups of flakes into a large Ziploc bag.

For some reason I love melted butter... anyway, melt a stick for a little over a minute.

For some reason I love melted butter… anyway, melt a stick for a little over a minute.

Crush the flakes into tiny pieces and pour into a bowl.

Crush the flakes into tiny pieces and pour into a bowl.

3. Set up your “dredge” station.

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chicken/melted butter/crushed flakes/ greased baking dish

Dip your chicken in the melted butter.

Dip your chicken in the melted butter. Make sure it gets good and soaked by that buttery goodie.

Roll it in the crushed flaked.  Pack some extra flakes on there if needed.  You want to make sure it's covered.

Cover it with the crushed flakes. Pack some extra flakes on there if needed. You want to make sure it’s completely covered.

Place in your baking dish.  Don't squish the pieces together.  Give each tender room.  If you put too many the chicken will get soggy.

Place chicken in your baking dish. Don’t squish the pieces together. Give each chicken tender a bit of room. If you put too many pieces in the dish, the chicken will get soggy.

4. Bake for 30-35 minutes at 375.

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4. Serve it up just like that with a side of your choice…

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OR…

5. Toast some frozen waffles, add the chicken on top and drizzle with syrup.   (You could also make your own waffles but this girl doesn’t usually have time for that…).

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Enjoy!

Not your Granny’s rocker

My Great-Grandmother traded two chickens for this rocker, so the story goes.

My Great-Grandmother traded two chickens for this rocker, so the story goes.

It’s not YOUR Granny’s cause it’s mine…my great grandmother’s to be exact – Eula Muse’s.  This rocker sat in my grandmother’s house for as long as I can remember.  When my great-grandmother became elderly, she moved in with my grandmother so she could be cared for full time.  She did eventually go to live in a nursing home before the end of her life, but for a while she occupied the back room of my grandmother’s 1940’s home and so did some of her favorite things – this rocker included.  It must have been the eighties when my Granny Eula moved into my Grandma’s house.  The rocker stayed there until I moved into my own home in the mid nineties.  I obviously had no furniture, so my grandmother told me to take it with me.  As the story goes, my great-grandmother (Eula) had traded 2 chickens for the rocker many many years ago – sometime in the late teens/early twenties.  Yes, that’s right – this baby is about 100 years old.  My grandmother always chuckled when telling that story.  It’s been old and worn as long as I can remember.  Even as a small child I remember the paint flaking off and the deep grooved scratches on the arms.  I sat in it as a teenager talking on the phone for hours (we were working on homework, I promise), and I totally remember carving lines and letters into the side of it as well.  I think all of my cousins may have done this at some point.  I also remember being totally disgusted that the bottom was made out of animal skin.  The hide still had little tufts of fur on it for goodness sake – it grossed me out!  When I moved it into my own home, I painted it a cream color and stenciled (wait for it…) hearts on the legs and back.  I also added a huge ruffled pink and forest green checked pillow to the seat.  Oh my… the nineties and the stenciling and the mauve color… yikes.   It stayed like that for most of the the next 20 years… it survived several moves, a divorce and the better part of two decades in an attic or garage.  I did have good intentions to make it over about 10 years ago.  I bought a pack of sandpaper and started sanding off the pink hearts and thick cream paint and again, that’s where it stopped.  I literally was about to throw it away a few years ago but I guess I started getting old because I realized the sentimental value it holds.

I think there is something special about having things that were used by generations gone.

I think there is something special about having things that were used by generations gone.

I don’t have a lot of “stuff” from ancestors/grandparents/great-grandparents.  It seems like life gets busy and people get hurt and then before you know it an entire generation is gone and you really wish you could go back and ask a few more questions and hear a few more stories; and maybe hug more necks and kiss more cheeks.  But generally, it seems these realizations happen too late.  By the time I was entering my late twenties, all of my grandparents were gone from this Earth.  I do have some memories and a few pictures, but I’m grateful I hung onto this rocker.  It has so much more meaning to me than you could imagine.

So I finally got my motivation in gear and started the process of refurbishing it.  I sanded every inch of that sucker down.  The heavy scratches and grooves will always add a bit of character to the chair, but I was able to sand off the words that had been scratched into the paint.  I didn’t take “before” or even “during” shots of the makeover.  I actually found it just comforting to work on it alone with just my memories.  To think of all the babies that have been rocked and all the naps that have been taken in that very chair.  I like to think of the Louisiana porches where this chair sat – surely a few thunderstorms were watched and breezes felt.

Deep grooves are etched into the arms of this rocker - to think of the hands that have touched that wood in the last 100 years... I love that they add character and charm.

Deep grooves are etched into the arms of this rocker – to think of the hands that have touched that wood in the last 100 years… I love that they add character and charm.

I think the chair probably spent its early years with a natural wood finish. Some time later it was painted a dark burgundy color. – close to an oxblood.  That color had definitely been on there at least twenty years before I remember it… So the red color was either original or painted on sometime before mid-century.  As I sanded and sanded and then cleaned and deglossed and cleaned and deglossed again I think the idea of returning to that color started to form.  I searched Pinterest for ideas and was undecided about going either bright white or a shiny black when I literally decided in the paint aisle that the original dark red (that I remember) was the way to go.  There is some damage to the hide bottom, but Matt is going to construct me something that can go over it without removing the original hide.  I used to hate that animal skin and now I find it beautiful and a nod to the way things used to be made.

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I bought that sheep skin cover a few days ago for under $30.  It’s soft (Milo loves to pet it) and I think it adds to the character and the original feel of the rocker.

How many babies have been rocked in a 100 year old rocker?  Countless.

How many babies have been rocked in a 100 year old rocker? Countless.

Although it may look like a simple old rocker, maybe even one that could be found in a garage sale or thrift store – this one has a wealth of history and memories for me.  I’m so happy that I finally rescued it.  Once again it has a space in a home where it will be used and enjoyed by my family.  My great-grandmother rocked in that rocker, as did my grandmother… so did my mother… and so have I.  I’ve rocked my own children in it and who knows, maybe I will rock my grandchildren in it some day.

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Do you have a special piece in your home that goes generations back?  If so, hold onto it, if you don’t already treasure it you will someday soon.

Old Post: Acorn Wreath DIY

I’m probably going to copy some of my posts from an old blog just because they were fun & popular.  I thought this one was a good one because it’s almost Fall!  In our old home we had a giant acorn tree in our front yard.  We had such a great time collecting acorns for fall crafts.  This house doesn’t have any acorn trees but look what we found on a morning walk this past weekend!

Millions and Millions of acorns! ;)

Millions and Millions of acorns! 😉

We are still using our Acorn Wreath this year.  It’s above our mantle and it’s still one of my favorite Autumn decorations.

Still looking good after a year in storage!

Still looking good after a year in storage!

From 2013

Acorn Wreath! DIY

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We have tons of acorns and pine cones in our front yard.  I LOVE Fall so I was jonesing to find a cute craft to use them.  Last year Cady and I did a Fall themed ribbon wreath, but I was sort of tired of it so I decided “hey!  I could make an acorn wreath!”  There are tons of them on sale online and even other tutorials, but I figured it would be super easy and I was right.  It also cost me less than 10 bucks so that is the real win!

Gather:
First things first… You gotta find a super cute 1 year old to help gather acorns!

Fortunately I have one of these (if you don’t, gather them yourself or grab any size kid, hubby, aunt, uncle, etc)!  Cady isn’t as interested in doing crafts me with anymore (she’s 13 and can’t seem to get her face out of her phone…), but Milo loves hanging out and picking up dirty acorns, sticks, pine cones and anything else his chubby little hands can find.  I think one of my favorite parts of the holidays is doing crafting with the kids.  I’ve got a few pinned that will interest Cady and even a few that Milo can participate in.

Cleaning & Baking (don’t skip this – you don’t want outside critters infesting your house!):
Bring your Fall goodies inside and rinse them in the sink.  I use our plastic colander so that I can really shake, bounce and sift all of the dirt off – you may have to do this a couple of times depending on how big your colander is and how many acorns you collect!  I run the colander through the dishwasher afterwards to make sure it gets sanitized.  Put your acorns on a few papertowels to get the excess water off and then line a cookie sheet (or 2) with aluminum foil.  Dump your acorns (and pine cones if you have them) on the sheets and make sure they are single layer.

Once they are finished baking, let them cool.  You can leave them in longer, but I’ve found that 20 – 30 minutes at 200 degrees works perfect.  One time (yes, I’ve baked quite a few batches of acorns!) I cranked the heat up because I was going to multitask and preheat my oven for something else and the acorns started popping!  Like they seriously EXPLODED!  Another tip, before I put them in the oven I sprinkle them with cinnamon.  It makes them smell nice.

Assemble:
You’ll need a Styrofoam wreath – whatever size you want, I used a 12 inch because that’s what I had.  I wouldn’t go much bigger because you’ll need a TON of acorns and it could get too heavy.  I saw some really cute mini ones for sale online that looked like they were about 5 inches.  You’ll also need ribbon, straight pins and a glue gun.

The ribbon was (obviously) 50% off at Hobby Lobby.  You KNOW you should never buy anything that is not on sale at Hobby Lobby…  And you probably won’t use the whole roll.

Wrap the ribbon around the wreath, securing it with straight pins (see pic below).

Next I sorted thru the acorns.  I used plain ones for the first layer to cover the wreath.  I mainly covered the front of the wreath and the bottom inside.  There is no need to cover every square inch but if you want to, go for it!  I saved some of the “prettier” acorns to glue on as a partial second layer.  I also glued the tops of the prettier ones onto the acorn so it wouldn’t fall off later.

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Like I said, the second layer is just a partial one.  I mostly used it to pretty up the wreath with the capped acorns and fill in any gaps.

Lastly I bought a roll of thick burlap ribbon to use for a hanger (again 50% off at Hobby Lobby and you won’t use nearly all of it).  I folded it lengthwise and then made a bow at the top (folding it lengthwise make it extra sturdy and also gives the bow extra volume once you fluff it out).  You can use the leftover burlap on other fall or even Christmas decor!

Voila!  I love it!

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