Monday, August 12, 2013

Favorite things...

We have the countdown going (less than three weeks until school starts over here in the Pacific NW) and we've been cramming in the fun and projects galore.  It's so easy for me to get caught up in the big list of things I still want to accomplish before reopening my store.  I always think I can do so much more but suddenly it's dinner time and the kiddos and I have spent half the day doing nothing but fun things, and I'm scrambling for dinner. I think that's what I wanted deep down, when summer started, but I had no idea that's what I was setting out to accomplish. 
FAVORITE MEMORIES: So many of the things we have done have become instant FAVORITES, so I can't really choose one or two.  We got to see a baseball game with free tickets from my darling Nurse Nicki.  We hosted a mini garage sale with my amazing Alli and her family.  We played a game that took us to the middle of nowhere.  We've played tennis as a family, (that ended with major attitudes from certain small people.  Just saying.)  hiked a gorgeous mountain trail, spent a couple of afternoons at a sandy lakeside beach with buddies, we baked a rainbow cake, made a backyard teepee, hung out by the ocean, went to the museum of Flight to celebrate a nephew, had a lovely date night with no kiddos.  Joe got his violin for Orchestra and Ava started ballet again.  Such fun things. 

None of those events were flawless and some (like the hike) were downright awful.  But we pushed through and made the memories anyway.  I laugh because somehow in my mind I think only good things can be memories... but the truth is, we laugh hardest at some of the bad things that we actually lived through. 
FAVORITE DIY: Autumn yarn wreath.  I have been wanting to make my own version of the yarn wreaths I keep seeing all over Pinterest.  Plus, Ava had coupons and wanted some yarn for knitting so it was a great excuse to stock up. 

Supplies: A foam wreath form, coordinating yarn colors, a ribbon, a pen, scotch tape, scissors and measuring tape.

I decided on the yarn pattern I wanted and then measured and marked my wreath in advance.  I also initialed the color in each section so that I wouldn't get confused. I taped the ends and then covered them up with yarn as I went around and it went by very quickly.  To finish, I tucked the final end underneath all the yarn and smoothed the other yarn over the top so it kind of blended it in.  I made a ribbon bow and used a push pin to attach it to the wreath. 
 
 
 FAVORITE MAKEOVER: Little miss got our old dresser.  This was the first item Adrain and I bought for our home as newlyweds that was a somewhat quality item.  (Previous house purchases were a futon that cost us every dime of our $400 wedding money gifts... and a blow up couch.  Just don't ask okay?  We were young and it seemed very cool at the time.  Until our 6'5" friend sat on it and popped it.) This dresser was way too small for two adults and Ava had been using the tiniest hand me down dresser from a neighbor since she was a toddler.  She wanted "Orange Ombre drawers" so I used several coffee cups and mixed paint until I got an array of orange shades.  It's very "Ava."  (Sweet sign from here.)

FAVORITE BEAUTY TIP: This video from Almay (and fellow blogger, Kate @ The Small Things Blog) not only helped me choose a great summer foundation (Seriously, you've got to try the Almay Smart shade CC cream foundation. I am LOVING it right now for an easy foundation.) but it also helped me figure out how to correctly apply blush/bronzer.  The video is for a weekend makeup look but has been perfect for an every day easy routine in my world. Have you watched it yet? If not, check it out here!

 FAVORITE ALMOST QUIT MOMENT:  I'm not a quitter but this stupid project had me just about throwing craft tools through windows.  Ha!  I decided that I wanted a white deer head for my bedroom wall.  It just seemed to need one.  Ya know?  (But they are kind of pricey!) I used things I had on hand and ended up buying one item to make this come together- a $4.00 can of white spray paint.  I wadded up magazine pages and used masking tape to make the basic shape... then slowly formed details using the same method.  I used paper roll tubes for the ears and mixed flour and water (approx two parts water to one part flour) for paper mache mix.  After that dried I spray painted him.  And I wanted to quit SO many times.  I'm glad I didn't though, because he turned out just like I wanted.  Kind of imperfect and paper-mache-ey, but oh-so-cute!
 He looks so at home in my bedroom.



 We still have a few fun things planned and I can't wait to share them with you guys! So far, what have been some of your favorite summer things?




19 comments:

  1. your bedroom is gorgeous! I love how clean and crisp it is and that little dear is adorable and quite impressive!!

    We haven't done nearly as many fun things as I had hoped to this summer, it goes by way too quickly and our time just seemed to get away from us. We did have dinner on the lake with friends and our weekly coffee dates with the same friends. Got a few swims in the pool and spent a great week at camp!

    I guess the summer wasn't totally lost :) Love your pics, as always!

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  2. LOVE that mache deer! Came out wonderfully! Okay..so I have to ask, are your nightstands always that beautifully clear of clutter? I try as I might to limit the 'stuff' that winds up there...but I tell ya, each morning I wake up and I am tucking ear plugs away, hair ties, pen(s), my current read, my phone/charger...does everything go in your top drawer or what is your 'secret'! :)

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  3. I love your bedroom! Mine is decorated with the same colors and I have those same shades. Where, where, where did you get your bedding? I love it!

    What a great idea for the dresser!!

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    1. I wondered that about the bedding too! I love it!

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  4. Oh my goodness. You're the woman! A wreath, and a deer's head? Now that I see your deer (which turned out fab, btw), I think the ones I saw at Michael's @ Christmas-time were not just heads, so... yeah. ;D

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  5. You guys do a super good job of painting! Your walls look so crisp!

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  6. i am so in love with the wall color in your room. i want to live in your house. and that wreath makes me want pumpkin stuff so bad. love you!

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  7. He came out so good, you still have a lot of summer left, have many fun days.

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  8. You are so creative! I love to see your projects. This wreath is just gorgeous! I hate to see the summer come to an end. I just love having my girl home. I love not having a strict schedule every day and I love sitting on the porch reading books. I will miss her terribly but we will look forward to summer 2014 together! Susan

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  9. Ahhhh I see your wreath and I know that Fall will be here before you know it! I guess that is how life goes, change of seasons. I love all the great memories you had this Summer and I appreciate you sharing the with all of us. Thanks Sasha, have a blessed day.

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  10. Love the wreath!! I want to make one right away! And the deer...how do you think of these things, you are amazing!! Enjoy your last few weeks of summer.

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  11. I love it. I love it. I love it. I love coming here for a little drink of you and the Pacific NW!!! ; )

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  12. Okay, wow - that deer head is so awesome and fun and impressive. Good for you for having the patience to hang in there and get it finished, because the end result is super cool! =)

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  13. I just returned from a mission trip to the Seattle Tacoma area, I couldn't help but think of you and hope I would run into you. lol. Thanks for such a great blog and making us feel like friends!

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  14. It's all so pretty. I love that you're not a quitter. And look how it turned out!!! I have tons of Shutterfly books I want to finish up before school starts. It was my big project for the summer. Hope I get them done.

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  15. LOVE! I have taken the time to read...with my kids and for myself....it's been so good. Your bedroom is stunning, and the scheme I've been wanting to do in ours. I love mustard yellow and gray. Where did you find the bedding?! Wall color??

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  16. love that pretty yarn wreath...and I LOOOOOVE the project that almost made you quit. seriously LOVE it.

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