Thursday, June 26, 2014

Summer Spontaneousness


It was such a nice surprise to get a text from a good friend to invite us to the beach for a weekend. Our good friends left Asheville in September to move to Oregon. Though we still see them every now and again, I do miss the impromptu dinners, parties, and talks we had.

My friend Maria and I packed up the kids and took the 4 hour trek to Folly Beach so we can see our good friends and our kids can reunite with their BFFs. 

Speaking of surprises, we told the kids we were heading to a zoo. Imagine their surprise to end up not only at the beach,  but with their west coast friends who were also surprised by visitors! Yeah, I think I got the cool mom award...for a day.

I'm wondering if its possible to plan to be more spontaneous this summer ;)
Anyway, here's to impromptu fun:












Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Handmade Summer Gift: Bug Spray


We thought the last day of school would never arrive! Having to make up a million snow days, these past few weeks seemed endless!
The girls had great years in both 1st grade & 3rd grade. We decided to make these nifty little gifts as I'm sure their awesome teachers and assistants are just as excited to spend time outdoors as us. A gift card to Papas & Beer was also necessary as well :)

Luckily, I had all the ingredients on hand, just enough to make this natural bug repellent. The oils are easy to find at health food stores. I just had to run out to get 4oz spray bottles. 

The girls got to work mixing the following:
4oz witch hazel
1/2 teaspoon of the following essential oils:
Eucalyptus  
Lemongrass
Citronella 
Pine

These essential oils are known as natural bug repellents and witch hazel is used to tonify skin.

We made fancy labels for each bottle and the project took less than 10 minutes...which is a good thing since we waited until the morning of the last day of school to get the show rolling!









Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Yikes!



Well, I took a 3 month hiatus from my blog & just about everything else! Tomorrow is our last day of school (finally)!! I'm excited to get back to a laid back schedule of easy days.  I'm going to pick up the blog again sharing our crafts and daily adventures.  I have no idea what's in store for us this summer, no set plans, but I like it this way :)

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Crazy Curtains

Spray paint & fabric. Who knew they made such a cute couple?



One of my wisest, craftiest friends made that recommendation.  She also recommended I buy a few not-so-pretty denim curtain panels at the fabric outlet a few weeks ago. For a dollar a panel, I bought a few and figured I can turn them into something eventually. 

This past weekend we decided to experiment with these goods and pretty up the fabric. 


A chevron pattern was decided so I put the girls to work creating one with painters' tape. Any tape would work, but painters' tape is what we had here. 


We then got two shades of pink and started on top and bottom, having the colors meet in the middle.


We hung the panels to dry, then peeled off the tape.


The result was some funky curtains that didn't look too shabby for $1 a piece and an afternoon of work & fun.

I hope to explore more with this new team of fabric and spray paint.








Sunday, February 16, 2014

Our last minute valentines



With all the snow fun and outdoor play, we hardly had time to craft during one of our favorite times of the year.

We missed school most of last week, which bought us some time to scramble around for class valentines. 

This was a real quickie, but they turned out kind of cute.

We used a roll of brown mailing wrapping paper and cut out hearts.


We took two hearts and sewed them part way together.


In the small opening we stuffed a few valentine M&Ms and sewed the hearts closed.
We then wrote to our valentines on the front of the heart.


The girls thought it would be cool for their friends to tear open the paper for a treat. 

We missed school on Friday, so the girls are hoping to hand out their valentines tomorrow. 

Marlee is prepared with her iPod valentine box she made last year.


In other news, some friends made last minute plans to pop into Asheville for the weekend.


We always love spending time with our favorite Atlanta folk, regardless of all the trouble we make.


What a fun weekend!!







Monday, February 10, 2014

Birthdays & BFFs (near and far)


We had quite a fun week! A nine year old now lives in the house. 
It took Marlee and myself 9 years to learn that a bigger party doesn't always mean better. We decided to forgo inviting the usual 30+ kids over to the house and for 2 hours of free range fun, which usually resembles a wild college party.
We had a few mini celebrations around town and realized how much we appreciate quality over quantity.









And of course we hit our favorite restaurant for the big birthday dinner.





We also had a surprise visit from our favorite family from Portland. It was quite fun to spend a spontaneous afternoon with friends at the park. The weather was optimal and usual neighborhood antics resumed.





It was nice to be out and about; a little break in this long, cold winter. Speaking of, it'll be back to winter business as a winter storm is brewing. I foresee lots of days off from school, valentine crafting, and drinking (lots of) winter themed cocktails. 
We will share our homemade valentine gifts in a few days.

Isn't this the cutest picture ever? :)













Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Minding our own beeswax


And that's just what we've been doing, staying inside and keeping to ourselves. The girls came down with the flu (at the same time)! And I'm not feeling too hot myself. Nothing a good hot toddy can't fix--more on that at the end of this post.

Finally a decent snowfall (by southern standards) arrived yesterday afternoon. I had a difficult enough time containing the kids inside, let alone myself-(winter sports are my favorite!)

It has been a rough couple of days as the girls are much too interesting for hours of mind numbing TV. Without our daily walks (oh, the fun in the snowy woods we missed) the days seem to stretch on, and not in a good way.

I remembered I had a few sheets of beeswax and we got into  making some candles.



It is such a simple process, I forgot how fun it is for all ages. 
Beeswax sheets are sold at most craft stores. I had these left over from an order I made from Magic Cabin years ago. 



I like these because they are 100% beeswax and are dyed naturally.

We simply took a wick (found at craft stores) and placed it on the edge of a  sheet of beeswax and rolled it inside. Making sure the wick is pinched in on the first roll.



We cut the wax in different sizes for a variety of candles.



We also used the leftover scraps of wax to decorate the outside of the candles.

We got some pretty nifty candles out of the project.







We all liked the "clean" smell they have. Not like those candles with added fragrance. 

I'm hoping to stay healthy myself. I'm sort of freaking out over my immunity issues, I've been without sickness for over 8 months. I've been sipping a cocktail I've concocted to help sooth my sore throat. I doubt it will help my immune system, but after a few mugs, I don't seem as worried ;)

1 shot bourbon
1 tablespoon each honey & lemon juice 
Mix it in a mug and top off with boiling water. 
Steep in some ground clove and cinnamon. 
Sip throughout a cold, winter afternoon and your sore throat (and worries) will ease.

We are hoping to get outside more in the week to come and are planning a visit with some special friends from afar!