Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

This Friday, March 2, is Dr. Seuss' birthday! Dr. Seuss' birthday is celebrated in classrooms across the U.S. Since I'm part of the teaching world, I thought I'd share some fun ideas for celebrating that you can do at home!

Of course you'll need to start your day off right with a healthy dose of a Seussified breakfast. A green eggs omelet and some Cat in the Hat inspired pancakes! I have a feeling that Charlie may be eating a similar breakfast on Friday morning!

Why not stop in at the movie theater and celebrate with a Dr. Seuss movie? The Lorax will be opening on March 2.

How about an adorable bookmark for all the Dr. Suess books you've been reading? (Click the link to download.)
Here's a simple and fun Dr. Seuss inspired snack. All you'll need is some blue jello and some Swedish Fish!

And what's a birthday without some cupcakes??

Throughout his books he offered words of wisdom.

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

My New Favorite Band

The Civil Wars

I'm not one to listen to the radio. When I'm in my car, I usually have the radio off and have my "quiet time", but, if I'm in the mood for music I use my ipod and listen to "my" music. I enjoy music that is a bit different style than what most radio stations play. I just get tired of the same ol' songs that are played on the radio.

For the most part I like folkish/Americana type music. Some of my favorite bands include some such as, The Avett Brothers, The Decemberist, and now.... The Civil Wars. I first was introduced to them when I was watching the Grammys a couple of weeks ago. They opened up for Taylor Swift's Grammy performance and performed part of their song, "Barton Hollow". (They apparently went on Taylor Swift's tour and were an opening act for her....they also opened up for Adele at one point as well.) I was in the kitchen when they first started performing and when I heard their first few cords of music I stopped what I was doing and had to come in to see who was performing and listen to them. They went on to win two Grammy awards that night.

He kind of rocks a Johnny Depp type look and she's just adorable, and they both have amazing voices. They are a fairly new band, they've only been together since 2009. Fun fact about him...he's from Florence, Alabama! They will have two songs on The Hunger Games soundtrack -- one is a song they did with Taylor Swift and the other is just them.

Here's a clip of them singing "Barton Hollow" live back in 2011. When you listen to it, I'm sure you'll see why they caught my attention.

Here's another example of their music. This song is a bit softer and sweeter.

But wait! I'll give you just one more.

I could just keep going and going. I love their voices together, and I know I'll be following them as they keep singing and making more albums! I hope y'all enjoy them as much as I do! 

Friday, February 24, 2012

Sewing Project: Infinity Scarf

I know...the picture is really bad, but I took it today with my phone while at work!

Check it out! I made myself an infinity scarf last night. I really like it. And it was REALLY easy to make. Like...if you can cut out a rectangle and sew a straight stitch then you're good to go. :)

I didn't take any pictures because I made it late last night and I knew the pictures wouldn't turn out anyways. But, I did follow a tutorial I found on YouTube so I'll include it in my post.

I hope y'all have had a great week! I've been really busy subbing so I haven't had time to blog much.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Hurry Up Summer!

With the hint of warm weather, I've already gotten the summer bug. I know spring and summer are right around the corner with warmer (and longer, yay!) days.

Charlie and I have been talking about taking a vacation again this year. I was really bummed when we weren't able to take a trip last year together. (He had just switched to a new job and had to use all is vacation days when the tornados hit....boo...). So I was determined to take a trip somewhere together this year. After visiting my friend in Destin last year, I decided that's where I'd like us to take our trip together. Destin has beautiful white beaches, lots of great places to eat, and an....outlet mall. :)

After looking around at a few different places, I decided to go ahead last night and book our vacation for this summer. We'll be going a little earlier in the summer to get a better price on our rooms, but that just means we'll be going a little bit sooner!

These are some pictures of our resort that we'll be staying in.

Go ahead, be jealous.

Now, all I have to do is wait for summer!!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

A Sad and Happy Week

Uncle Don with Cole, my nephew.

On Tuesday of this week my Great Uncle Don lost his battle with cancer. This visitation was last night and his funeral is today. Uncle Don (who my Dad's uncle), was born and raised in the Merrimack village in Huntsville. He was a graphic arts professor at MTSU for many years and eventually retired back to Huntsville.

He was an uncle I didn't see a whole lot but he had a special relationship with Allison, Nathan, and myself. Since he was a teacher, he was always very proud of my career choice. He loved to talk to Allison about graphic design and how it has changed over the years. He was also an avid baseball fan and loved to see Nathan play and talk to him about baseball.

He was very sweet and generous and always wanted to do special things for each of us. I know that he helped both Allison and me get our first Macs. He was also very organized. His house was always very clean and everything was in it's place. For example, he used to park his cars in his garage on pieces of carpet that was cut to the perfect size! He loved to design and make large button pins with various sayings. A lot of those buttons had something to do with Alabama (he was a big Bama fan). He also liked to make screen printed shirts. He made the shirt that Cole has on in the picture with him! He also loved to make clocks. There are tons of clocks around his house that he made. Another one of the little things I'll always remember about him is how he always liked to wear a driving cap whenever he was out and about. Uncle Don was a great man who had many accomplishments throughout his life and will be greatly missed by many. Here is his obituary from the Huntsville Times: 

My Uncle Don and his brothers and sister. 
From left to right: Uncle Tim, Uncle Don, Aunt Betty, and my Papa.


After hearing this sad news about my uncle, I did hear some happy news on Wednesday of this week. Remember my friend Lindsey who I helped throw a baby shower for? My friend Lindsey had her sweet baby girl close to 9 am this past Wednesday morning! She wasn't due for another week, so it was a little surprising to hear from her with this news this week. I decided I'd go up to the hospital that Wednesday night after church to see her and to meet baby Laney. 

Once I was there, I found out that earlier in the day when the nurses were checking on her, she was having some issues with her breathing. The way it was described to me was every so often it seemed that she would "forget" to breath. This, of course, was not the news Lindsey wanted to hear and was very distraught. They had to take Laney back to the NICU to monitor her so I was not able to see her. I did get to see some pictures of her and she is so sweet! She's got a headful of dark hair -- which was a surprise to me! I was expecting her to be bald like her Mama was when she was a baby. :)

After talking to Lindsey yesterday, Laney is doing better and hasn't had another spell where she forgets to breath. The doctor said she has to go 5 days without another episode. Lindsey went home from the hospital yesterday, so I know it's got to be hard for her to go home without her sweet baby girl. Hopefully Laney will be home is no time!

I know she'd appreciate some prayers for her baby girl!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Our Valentine's Day!

This year for Valentine's Day Charlie and I didn't do much for each other. We made our yummy brownie bites together, but we didn't go to a fancy restaurant or buy chocolates, flowers, etc.  Instead, we went to a masquerade party with some of our friends at church. The theme of our party was famous couples and everyone was supposed to portray the couple you were going as through your mask. After talking to Charlie about who we might go as, he decided we should be Batman and Catwoman. I agreed because I thought we could use the masks again for Halloween in the future.

We played some fun party games that night. One game was a trivia game for famous couples in history and literature. Charlie and I blew everyone out of the water for this game. We are apparently an awesome couple when answering trivia questions! The next game was the newlywed game. For this game, we did horrible! I think we only got one question right. I guess that means we need to start paying more attention to each other rather than information about other couples!? I'm not sure why we did so well for the trivia game. Maybe it's because we watch Jeopardy every day. (Yes, we really do. Charlie records it every single day. I mean...come on...we have a dog named Trebek!)

Back in January, I found Charlie's Batman mask on Amazon for pretty cheap, so I went ahead and bought it for him. A few days later it came in and I soon found out how much Charlie loved his new mask. He wore this sucker any chance he got. I'd come home from work....he'd be wearing his mask. I'd be cleaning the house, look up......he'd be wearing his mask. I would go to bed....he'd be wearing his mask.

One night when I came to bed and found him reading in bed with his mask on!

Not only did he wear the mask at every opportunity, he'd also talk in "the voice" as well. Needless to say, Charlie has had too much fun with his new toy!

He also found an opportunity to dress our dogs up in our masks as well. He likes to do silly things like this pretty often. So here's a few pictures of our silly dogs dressed up in our masks!

Rudy as Catwoman.

Trebek as Catwoman.

Our dogs....aka....Batman and Catwoman.

I know we are dumb, but it was really funny to see our dogs dressed up!

Charlie loves Trebek. :)

I hope y'all had a great Valentine's as well!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Bunting Sewing Machine Cover

Check it out! I finally decided after my disastrous apron I made that I'd try another sewing project. So I settled on my new (and adorable) sewing machine cover! It was pretty straight forward and simple to make. I found this from Pinterest. I thought it was so cute that I would make one myself!

The original project was made by Stay-at-Home Artist.

What you'll need is:
2 fabrics of your choice -- large enough to cover your machine
7 felt squares -- 2" x 2"
Grosgrain ribbon of your choice

I used a polka dot fabric and the same zig-zag fabric I used earlier.

After you measure your sewing machine, cut the 2 fabrics the length you'll need. Make sure to allow for your seam allowance. 

Set aside your backing fabric for now.

Cut a length of ribbon 2-3" longer than the width of your fabric and pin it across your "outside" fabric, wherever you'd like your bunting to hang. Make sure to leave slack in the middle to create the drape of the bunting.

Now you'll cut four 12" lengths of ribbon. Pin about 5" from the bottom of your fabric with the loose ends facing inward. You'll pin these ribbons on both the "outside" and "backing" fabrics.
*Make sure to heat seal the ends of your fabric before you pin them.

For the felt, you'll take your 2" squares and make two cuts from the center point to an end. Then pin in place along your draped ribbon for your bunting flag. You'll then topstitch along the ribbon for the flag to secure it in place.

After sewing your bunting flag, line your "outside" and "backside" fabrics up and pin your two fabrics, right sides together and sew a them together!

Make sure to leave about 5" open on one end for turning the fabrics back to their right sides.

Here's a picture of both sides of the cover. I decided to use the zig-zag pattern that I used to cover my office chair so that they'd match if I wanted them to.

Both sides turned out cute!

So, here's the final look! I think it looks really cute with my new chair. :)

Got any new projects you've been working on?? I'd love to hear about them!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Heart Day!

It's Valentine's Day! I hope everyone enjoys their flowers, chocolates, and special treats you get! This is how I started my morning:

I love my Starbucks Valentine mug! I got it a couple of years ago and think it's super adorable. Charlie thinks I'm weird with all my cutsie mugs. But whatever, he likes to collect mugs too.

Here's another fun item I picked up this year at Marshalls. 

Cute!? Don't ya think? I actually found these towels back during Christmas time and couldn't pass them up. I figured if I waited until after Christmas to buy them they'd be gone. So I snatched one up for us!

Seasonal decor was one thing Charlie was not ready for when we got married. He knew I'd have some items to spruce up the house, but he had no idea that I change things out for each season or holiday. If he had it his way, he'd keep the same thing out all year round....boring. Even though he makes fun of me with all my holiday stuff, I think he secretly likes it!

I also decided to make us some Valentine treats. I thought this would be more fun than than buying a box of chocolates. Remember me showing you these cuties from A Pumpkin and a Princess??

They are brownie bites with marshmallow hearts in them. They looked really cute and super easy, so I thought I'd make them too! But, when I went to the store, I couldn't find those cute marshmallow hearts anywhere. So, I decided to get the next best thing.....REESE'S HEARTS.

I mixed up my brownie mix and filled my mini muffin pan about 2/3 full of the brownie mixture.

I baked my brownies for 13-15 minutes at 350. While they were baking I took the time to unwrap my Reese's hearts. 

As soon as I removed them from the oven I presses the hearts in the center of each brownie bite. (With the help of my sweet husband.) I was going to leave them like that, but decided later that they needed a little chocolate drizzle on top. I also stuck them in the fridge to let the chocolate harden a bit before taking them out of the pan.

And voila! A yummy and easy Valentine treat!

Trust me....these are as good as they look. I can't believe I haven't made something like them before! Plus, these treats are more special than just a box of chocolates from the store, since we made them together!

Have you got big plans for Valentine's night? Charlie and I are going to a masquerade party tonight with some of our friends at church. We're each supposed to go as a famous couple. Charlie thought of who we'd go as, so you know it's going to be good. :) I'll have to post pictures of our party later!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

I'm a Reader...

Yep. I love to read. I read every night for about an hour before I go to bed. If I can, I'll sit down an read during the day as well. One of my favorite things is when I get into a good book and I can't put it down. It's such a satisfying feeling!

I get my reading genes honest. My Dad is an avid reader and is usually reading about 2 or 3 books at a time. My sister also got the reading genes and loves to read as well.

I just finished reading "The Hunger Games" series. Seriously....these books are good!! I had known I wanted to read this series, but had other books to read in line before I could make it to these. I knew there will be a movie coming out in March for the first book. As always, I know I want to read a book before I see the movie. (When you see the movie, you can't imagine things yourself!)

I started this series at the end of January, and within two weeks I'd read all three books. I, like many of the people who I've talked to about these books have read them as quickly as I could, curious to find out what will happen next. I would recommend these books to anyone...but be prepared to be hooked! So don't start reading them if you've got a major project that needs to be done within the next few days!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Valentine Treats

Looking for some Valentine treat inspiration?? I've been noticing some fun and cute ways to celebrate Heart day and wanted to share some fun ones with you! One of these I've done, some I'm planning on doing, and some....I just think they are fun!

1. Salty Sweet Valentine Treat by ME! These were super easy to make. All you need is some square pretzels, a bag of Hugs, and some Valentine M&M's. The hardest part of these treats is unwrapping the Hugs! Place pretzels on a baking sheet and put the hugs on top. Put in the oven (at 350 degrees) for about 5 minutes to let the chocolate soften. Take them out and take a M & M to place on top. I then put them in the fridge to harden. So easy and very good!

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2. Cupid's Arrow Red Velvet Cupcakes from Bakerella. Swoon....these cupcakes are so cute! I'm planning on making these this weekend. They look very easy! She's got the recipe for the red velvet cupcake, the cream cheese frosting, and has a printable download for the hearts for the arrow.

3. Brownie Heart Bites from A Pumpkin and a Princess. Again, this project is easy peasy. All you need is a brownie mix, mini cupcake pan, and some heart shapes marshmallows. If you'd like you can drizzle them with some white chocolate. I also really want to make these!

4. Valentine Heart Kabobs from Parents. For this adorable project, take a heart cookie cutter and your favorite melons. Cut out the fruit and stick on a popsicle stick....and voila!

5.  Rice Krispy Heart Pops from Korean American Mommy. This would be a fun one to make! Make rice krispy treats. Take a heart cookie cutter and cut out your hearts. Put on sticks and dip in chocolate! Yum!

Enjoy these goodies! What Valentine goodies have you made??