Monday, November 29, 2010

Thanksgiving around our house

My harvest table set for the family.
It was simple, but festive.

My sweet girl, who loves to decorate, did the place cards for me. I just love that she has an eye for making things pretty!

Each person had a special place at the table.
Bryce had been talking about eating the turkey leg and he finally got it (I think it makes him feel like a tough guy and he actually does look like one).

We also celebrated my dad's birthday. I made the sweet potato pie off the cover of the November Southern Living magazine and put a candle in it. It was good, but I still like my mom's pumpkin pie the best! Happy Birthday Dad! He is a special man. I think he's a keeper.

The kids enjoyed lots of jumping in the leaves.

Bryce finally lost that top front tooth. He's still so handsome without it. It was a day full of things to be thankful for and a week of rest and fun times together at home. Now off to do some Christmas decorating!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Looking for some Unique Christmas Gifts?

I am so excited about the Christmas gifts that I bought from my friend, Erin! She is a talented, creative girl with such an eye for fabric combinations and she has such a cute business card, don't you think?
I got this bag for my daughter, Makenna. It will hold coloring books/spiral notebooks and a pack of crayons or twistables. This is going to be her new church bag. A girl can't have too many bags, right? (Yes, I put up one of my Christmas trees yesterday...I am spreading it out so I can enjoy decorating this year.)

I also got this ADORABLE doll quilt and pillow for Makenna also. It even has a strip of fabrics on the back. Love it and plan to pass this one down to the grandkids as well!

I bought a crayon roll for Brayden. I will get a new pack of crayons to put in it and a coloring book. The crayons go all the way across, but I just didn't take the time to do it.

It rolls up like this and travels easily in my purse. LOVE this fabric too! Go check out her site. She has such great baby gifts too! Let me know what you find!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

A Fun Halloween and Some New Ikea Chairs

The Friday before Halloween, the kids had PJ day at school, and Makenna has been begging me to do another tea party. So we planned a Halloween tea party, picked out some fun recipes, and had it prepared when the older kids came home from school (the two older girls are my neices).

We used my favorite red teapot and cups from Southern Living at HOME and an antique quilt top that I got from my neighbor for the tablecloth. I love the bright colors in it.

We made scarecrow cupcakes, boo-nanas, and monster teeth. We found these recipes on Makenna had fun picking out the menu. I made sure the food was simple and did not require many ingredients. Grocery store trips are not my favorite!

On Halloween night, Makenna dressed up like a cupcake fairy. We did some hot pink stripes in her hair with pink hair spray and I painted some cupcakes on her cheeks.

Here they are ready to go. Bryce was a ninja and Brayden was a puppy. Brayden wasn't so sure about his hood.

We met up with their cousins along the way and a neighbor boy tagged along with us this year too.

Brayden was pretty excited about getting all that candy. He loved trick or treating! He kept up with the other kids surprisingly. We had a fun night and ended up with tons of chocolate. That is my weakness, so mommy has been stealing WAY too many candy bars from the kid's buckets!

Here are my new Ikea chairs that I showed you a glimpse of before. I made enough money at the barn sale last month to get these and a new sisal rug for my sunroom. I have always loved these Erktop chairs and they are actually very comfortable and affordable. The one on the left is not crooked even though it looks like it in the picture. My hubby had to put them together, but that's the price you (I mean "he") pays for saving some money, right? The white slipcovers were only $30 each and they are washable which is a must in our house!

This is my cozy little spot where I love to sit in the morning and have coffee and read before everyone else is up. Mornings like this are few lately, but I cherish the ones I get.
Hope you are having a good week and can sneak a few moments of quiet and rest amongst the busyness of your day. Is anyone else stressing about Christmas shopping yet? I am!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Metal table makeover

Before Here is this little metal typewriter table that I found at the Country Living Fair.

Here she is after some Bahama Sea spraypaint.

I rubbed on some walnut gel stain to age her a bit.

She now lives in my sunroom between my new white Ikea chairs. I will share more about those later. This table and that color make me smile! I think I will keep her...