Gratuitous Dog Photos

We had a fun and laid back Saturday full of pancakes and ball playing! Enjoy!

Put the pancake down and no one gets hurt.

No pictures, only throwing!

She was coming at me full speed here! Ah!

Pretty girl!



Full speed ahead!




Goofy little guy!

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Handmade Kindle Cover

This project was featured on Under the Table and Dreaming!

Happy New Year!

The #1 gift on people’s wishlists this year according to Yahoo! was the Amazon Kindle. I admit that when they first came out, I was pretty skeptical, but I became more and more of a fan as they evolved. I got the 3G version for Christmas and I LOVE it!! I read whenever I get the chance, and I read fast, and the Kindle is the perfect tool to supply my demand.

I needed something to protect my new best friend, so I figured why not make it myself? I’m no seamstress, but I know enough about sewing to tackle this project. Here is what I did:

1. Cut 2 pieces of your choice of patterned material, and 2 pieces of coordinating fleece. The fleece was cut to 7×10, and the patterned material just slightly larger.

2. Sew 3 sides of the fleece together to make a pocket, and trim the seams.

3. Make sure your Kindle fits in there, and snug enough so that there’s not a lot of wiggle room.

4. Sew 3 sides of your patterned material, right sides together. Make sure its going to be large enough to go over the fleece. My seams here were 1/4 inch, I just followed the end of the presser foot.

5. Turn the outer pocket right side out, slip it over the fleece pocket, and check the fit. Make sure to poke out the corners and give it a light press with the iron.

6. I decided to use a button and elastic closure on mine, so I found a button from a project years ago and sewed it to the front of the outer pocket only. (It matches better in person.)

7. I neglected to take a picture of the next step – I didn’t have enough hands! I turned in the top seams about 1/4 inch, placed both ends of the elastic loop between those folds on the back side, and top stitched around the whole thing. Here is what it looks like finished.

8. Voila!

I linked this in the following places:

I ❤ Naptime

Today’s Creative Blog

Hooked on Hepworths

The Speckled Dog

Under the Table and Dreaming


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Homemade Christmas Tree

One week until Christmas!! Are you ready?

I saw the picture below on a blog that I now cannot remember (sorry! If you know, let me know!), and fell in love.  I had to have it, and I knew I could make it – with some help.  So, on Black Friday when everyone else was standing in line at 4 am, my dad and I got creative!

I wasn’t blogging at the time, nor was I planning to blog, so I don’t have in-progress pictures, but I can give you the supplies and the steps.  Its easy!


3 – 1x3x 6 foot boards  – we only ended up using 2, and they were $2.38 each

1 – 1/2 inch dowel rod – I think it was about $2 as well, maybe less

1 base – I used a piece of scrap wood that my dad had lying around, you can use anything that will keep the dowel stable

Prep work:

You can use any lengths you’d like, but for my tree I used the following:

6 – 15 inch pieces

3 – 12 inch pieces

3 – 9 inch pieces

3 – 6 inch pieces

2- 3 inch pices

17 – 2 inch squares

1. Measure twice, cut once, sand forever.

2.  Drill a hole in the middle of each board the same diameter as your dowel rod.  You want a pretty snug fit, because this thing is heavy.  We used a drill press to drill the holes in the middle of each board, which made that process much faster.  Also drill a hole (but not all the way through) in the middle of the base piece.  Make sure it is deep enough to keep the tree stable.

3.  Personalize.    This is when you decide whether you want to stain your tree to keep the natural wood look like the original, if you want to paint it, or cover each piece with scrapbook paper (could be really cute!).   To get  my look I REALLY watered down Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint in Forest Green and Burnt Umber (base) and painted it on.   *Note – remember to paint the very tip of the dowel rod if you want some hanging out to attach a bow.  BUT, paint will make the dowel swell, so you may have to assemble the tree upside down.

4.  Let that dry overnight.

5.  Assemble your tree!  Play around with it.  Mine isn’t exactly like the picture, and yours won’t be exactly like mine.  The boards should slide around the dowel, so you can have them sit at all different angles for a more dimensional look, or you can have them all the same.

6. Decorate!  I liked the look of some plain tea lights and some red and silver ribbon with the quintessential red bow.  You can use ornaments that would sit on the branches, votive candles, hanging ornaments, anything you’d like!

7. Enjoy!

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Our first foray…

…into the world of blogging.


I took part in Julia from Hooked on Houses Holiday House Tour!

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Our humble abode

I’m still in that transient phase of life.  The young professional, I haven’t planted roots yet phase.  Therefore, I live in an apartment.  Yeah, I know.   Frankly though, after renting a house for three years and doing most of the maintenance and upkeep, yard work included, myself, I’m thankful for the break!

I enjoy decorating, especially for Christmas.  It just makes home feel more warm and comfortable, welcoming after a long day in traffic.   Here are a few pictures for you to enjoy:


My little dining room.  The recessed light is crazy boring, so I spiced it up a bit with those hanging paper ornaments.  Some glitter trees, a few candles, and of course garland and red bows.  Love it.

dining area


I don’t have a fireplace, but I do have this crazy tall bar.   A table and bar stools would be a bit of overkill for this teensy apartment, so it usually just functions as a landing area.  I think it looks much better adorned with more garland and our stockings.

my "mantle"

My favorite parts of this shot are the star sconces all dressed up.  Before you ask, no, the TV doesn’t usually sport a Frosty hat, but you really didn’t want to see the reflection of me in my pjs. 😉

tv cabinet

Next up, the Christmas tree!  I’ll share more pictures of it in later posts, but this will do for now.  Its small, but it suits us.  Yes, I have terrible, horrible vertical blinds that badly hung shears don’t do much to conceal.  The garland helps though.

O Christmas Tree

P.S.  I’ve played the French Horn for about 16 years now, and even minored in it in college, so it makes a lot of appearances this time of year.


I do have this super cute little nook in the living room.  I’m not sure exactly what it was intended for, because there are no outlets in it, but it works well for a bookcase of DVDs and the quintessential large Texas star.

There's another one!

This is perhaps one of my very favorite things.  My Dad and I made this when I was visiting at Thanksgiving, and I love it!

Homemade Christmas Tree

This table got a runner to pull it all together after this picture was taken, and I just haven’t gotten around to taking another.

Tree table


Sorry about the crappy picture here.  The lighting in this place leaves a lot to be desired.

Down the hall

This is the little table from above that is in my bedroom.  Custom home-made word art, a jewelry tree from Homegoods with bracelets my mom made, Goodwill find candle holders, and pink glittery things.  What more can a girl ask for?

Pretty in Pink

Even the bathroom needs a little Christmas cheer!  Here’s my dollar spot and dollar store wreath fashioned especially to hang between those two lovely light fixtures.

bathroom beauty

Bathroom basket

Even a little concrete dachshund I have got into the spirit with a festive tie.   (Wow! Look at all that builder’s bland.)

All dressed up

That’s it!  It’s not fancy-schmancy, but I like it!

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