Sunday, October 11, 2015

Around Here


around here  we are excited to finally feel the weather cool, which is such an odd thing to say here in the Pacific Northwest, but we have had such a warm year that I'm actually completely looking forward to the cool.  I'm wearing boots and layering up and loving every minute of it!

around here we are getting back into the swing of things with school schedules, sports, homework, and church activities.  Summer is officially over and schedules are back in full force.  

around here I was able to take a girls' weekend away.  My mom flew in from Utah and we met up with my aunt and cousins at a beach house in Aberdeen.  We visited the County Chick Craft Fair, enjoyed lots of late night chats, crafted, and ate some yummy meals.  Such a fun time to get away with family and such a lovely visit from my mom.  

around here I'm crafting, scheduling, planning, and creating, fall just does that to me.  This is when the holiday season is right around the corner and I enjoying the preparing process.  My gifts this year will be knitted, which will be a nice break from cross stitching, though I don't really need a break from cross stitching.  

around here we are still waiting to hear back on our home.  Buying a home when it is on short sale and the bank is involved is a long, arduous process.  We have been so busy the last couple of months that waiting up until this point hasn't been difficult, but now we are starting to feel a bit impatient.  We should be hearing from the bank any day now.  

around here I'm adding little touches of autumn all around the house.  Its funny, we are in this rental and I'm not planning to do much, but I just can't help myself.  Puttying holes when we move is no biggie and I absolutely love being surrounded by holiday favorites.

around here Steve and I are off on a new business adventure.  He will of course keep his current business, our bread and butter, but this will be something we will do together on the side.  I have been doing the books again for his current business for the last few months and now we will be starting off on a new adventure.  

around here we are settling in to this fall schedule, loving this season, and hunkering down for the fall and winter months ahead.  

Saturday, October 10, 2015

October Favorites

Rosehip Oil
I have absolutely enjoyed using this oil on my face.  I use it as my daily moisturizer.  It is light, my skin absorbs it quickly, and after using it I feel that my skin is visibly brighter and healthier.  This is the kind I use.

Age of Adaline
Loved this movie.  The way each scene is put together, the clothing, the story.  A lovely movie to cuddle up to this fall.

Plaid Scarves
Plaid Scarves like this one and this one.  What an easy way to add plaid to an outfit.  I bought one last year and am thinking about buying another one.  Seriously thinking I may order this one.

Books on CD
With commuting back and forth from school each day, we have become obsessed with listening to books on CD.  We check ours out from our library.  I love the books that are found in this and this book.  Also seriously considering an audible subscription.

Read Aloud Revival Podcast
Enjoying the podcast Read Aloud Revival.  Just some lovely inspirational conversations about the importance of reading to our children.

Easy Crafts
I've been enjoying simple, easy, and quick crafts.  Especially with busy days and running from one thing to another, I don't have time for long, time consuming crafts.  Its so fun to sit down and complete something in an hour or less.  Here, here, and here are a couple quick projects from my archives.

Diffusing Oil In a Diffuser
I have loved using my diffuser.  Right now my difuser sits in my kitchen and I use it most days.  My favorite combination to diffuse right now is lemon, peppermint, and lavender.  So clean and fresh.  I'm thinking of getting another for our bedroom.  This one is pretty and has great reviews.

Essential Oils
I just put in an order to Edens Garden and am so impressed with their products.  Their presentation and quality seems fabulous and the price is much less then the other oils I have seen.  I ordered their $22 value package that was a fun way to try some oils, free shipping, and a lot of carrier oils.  I'm excited to order their sweet almond oil, it just sounds lovely.

Apples and Peanut Butter
One of my favorite healthy treats.  My favorite apple is Honeycrisp, sliced into thing wedges, with a scoop of peanut butter.  Kirtland creamy peanut butter from Costco is my favorite.

Salt and Straw
We love this place, anytime of the year, such a yummy, fun place to go.  Since icecream is my favorite, I could go everyday, though I try to make healthier choices each day and limit my trips to every once and awhile.  Why can't ice cream be good for you?  A must when you visit Portland!

 Blank Space by Ryan Adams
I'm listening to this on repeat.  Absolutely adore his version of this song.

General Conference
So enjoyed this talk by Elder M Russel Nelson  about women and the power that we have.  You can watch it here.  I always enjoy Conference, but this year was extra special.  So much to be grateful and hopeful for.  I relisten to Conference throughout the year with the Gospel Libray App.

Stitch Along
Excited to join in this stitch along.  You know I'm a huge fan of What Delilah Did.  Everything she touches is lovely.   You can buy the kits here or purchase just the PDF patterns here.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Fall Fabric Wreath

This was such a fun, easy project.  I'm into those right now, like the one a posted last week.  I brought this on a girl's weekend I just took with my mom, aunt, and cousins up to Aberdeem, WA.  I thought it would be fun to share a craft and something simple fit the bill.  

I gathered fall fabrics, going for greys, oranges, golds, and whites.  I had my foam wreath.  I tore my pieces into 1 inch wide strips and wrapped.  I didn't secure the strips down, just wrapped, overlapping to hold it in place, changing fabrics to create the striped look.  I finished by hot gluing the fabric to the fabric covered wreath.  I then crafted my fabric covered flowers and hot glued them to the wreath.  Super simple and I love it!

Here is my mom's wreath.  She clustered here flowers.

Here is mine, with the flowers all lined up.  Super simple, buy a foam wreath, grab your glue gun and fabric, and enjoy an hour of crafting something lovely for your home.