Practicality Over Sentimentality

February 25, 2009 at 7:10 am | Posted in Home Decor, self awareness, The Mundane | 1 Comment

Moving time is also de-cluttering time. I am determined not to bring things that I don’t absolutely love with us. So far a few old frames and wedding presents have not made the cut. I literally have a bag of bad presents from Christmas and my birthday. I still don’t know what to do with that.

But hardest of all is what to do with Hali’s old things? Do I box up and keep her old clothes just to drag them along with us so that they may spend their eternal slumber in a new attic- destined to never see the light of day again?  Right now we have no plans on them ever being used by this family again.

It’s difficult to weigh the sentimental against the practical. And I gotta tell you- the practical almost always wins. I’ve already given away all but her most recently outgrown clothes. So I guess I know what I have to do. Anyone need some size 5 girls clothes?

Also to toss? All those little dust collectors. Little statuettes and things that were given to me as gifts in the past seven years. They’re just not me. I love love LOVE home decor. But I love functionality more. Most of my decorative items also serve a purpose. I have a fondness for white ceramic and milk glass dishes, vases, pots, etc.

Having said this, the husband mentioned the other day throwing out our pre-marriage memorabilia. Don’t get me wrong, there is not a lot that has made it this far and it all fits into a little(ish) box. But it seems like a shame to throw out my husband’s yearbooks, my senior year scrapbook, senior year pictures, etc. These memories are all too quickly fading, and I know that when my daughter is experiencing those things herself I am going to want to look back at my high school experience- and I may need the help that these things offer to trigger the memories.

If the seven (well, eight counting this one) moves in as many years have taught me anything, it’s to keep the clutter level low. The more stuff you have the more stuff you have to pack and move.


Weekend Break

February 14, 2009 at 7:35 am | Posted in Craftin' With Hali, Crafty, family, Holidays, Home Decor | Leave a comment
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Substitutes have been called in for the class that Jeremy and I teach every Sunday. People have been informed that we are not going to be around. We will be around. Just not for any one else, if that makes any sense?

This weekend we decided that out poor over tired and over stressed family needs some quality family chill out time. This weekend we aren’t worrying about taking care of anything or anyone but ourselves. Phones will be off tomorrow morning. 

We are going to have a nice leisurely breakfast complete with cinnamon rolls. Then we may even eventually get out of our pajamas and do some shopping. Furniture shopping! With the sales going on this weekend, I can’t resist taking a look. After all, our loan is in underwriting and we are about to be the proud new owners of a much larger house than the one we are currently in. This calls for more furniture! I love furniture.

And let’s not forget that it being Valentine’s Day mean lots of dessert and treat making. I have strawberries for dipping in chocolate at the ready. We may even get ambitious and do some cookies.

This? Is the extent of my plans for this weekend. Doesn’t it sound wonderful?! A weekend of doing NOTHING!

Crafting and sewing sound like welcome activities for Hali and I to do Sunday and I bet a nap will be a necessity for Jeremy!

Here are some crafts from last Valentine’s Day that never got posted:

valentine garland

Valentine’s paper heart garland strung together with a strand of red sequins!

wooden heart cutouts

I believe this was purchased at Hobby Lobby. It’s made of wood which Hali painted red and then we hung it from the light above our breakfast table.

cardboard heart boxes

Heart shaped cardboard boxes that we decorated with paint, glue, glitter, stickers and ribbon. Hali and I both thoroughly enjoyed making these and they really are a great craft for you to do with your kids- everyone can work on their own, they are reasonably cheap and they turn out cute. Fill them up with treats and give them away or keep them for yourselves. Or both- that’s what we did!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Button Bulletin Board (say that three times fast)

September 8, 2008 at 2:16 pm | Posted in Craftin' With Hali, Crafty, For Hali, Home Decor | 3 Comments
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I love buttons. Hali loves buttons. We love buttons. Big ones small ones new ones old ones. Our love of buttons is almost an obsession. Want to make us happy? Give us a bag full of buttons to sort through and organize by color. We will surely do any craft you can come up with that involves buttons.

I’d been stockpiling my pink buttons just for Hali. I wanted to do a fun button craft just for her. Something for her room. Then I realized she didn’t have a bulletin board/cork board. Awesome!

So I had her choose a pink paint from my stash of acrylics. Unfortunately she chose to go with a horrible Pepto Bismal Pink that was posing as Fuchsia. That pretty much sealed the deal. I masked the cork off with tape and paper then let her paint away.

After that dried we started gluing buttons on. We just used regular ol’ Elmer’s glue. I helped with the top and the bottom because I am OCD that way and had to have them somewhat symmetrical. After that she was one her own. Painting, gluing, AND buttons all in the same day? Hali was in HEAVEN!  


A close up:



We screwed one of those tea cup hooks that have a metal catch at the tip so that nothing can easily slide off into the wall. I hot glued (though I probably should have stapled or nailed or something) a length of pink polka dotted ribbon to the back of the board and hung it up. I chose to put it down low within her reach so that she could actually use it.

Hali was so pleased to have a place to put her mementos and such! She immediately started gathering a few things up and put them on her new board.

And what did she put them up with? Why fabric covered money pushpins! Never heard of these before? Neither had I! That’s why I am calling them that. Or perhaps they should have some cool name, like “fat money pins” (fabric- attached- to=f.a.t.). Wow. I am just getting cooler by the minute here.

I cut out small circles from scrap fabric, centered various coins on them, hot glued around the edges, pinched the edges of the fabric up around the back of the coin, and glued on the tack to the remaining exposed coin.

Guest Post at Make and Takes

August 7, 2008 at 3:44 am | Posted in accessories, Crafty, For Hali, Home Decor | Leave a comment
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I’m guest blogging over here today, at Make and Takes so click over and take a look at Hali’s purse rack I made for her and her plethora of purses!

Random Craftiness #2

November 30, 2007 at 6:14 am | Posted in accessories, For Hali, Home Decor, paper crafts, sewing | Leave a comment
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I’m trying to play catch up here and actually post some of the things that I have sewn/crafted lately. So here are a few things:



Crayon roll and little notebook for Hali. Excuse the untrimmed bottom there. This comes in really handy for church, in the car, or visiting relatives. Just do a search for crayon roll and you’ll find plenty of tutorials. Or go to etsy and buy one.  I have plans on making a few more for some younger (and not so young) family members.  Plus a few larger pencil rolls.


A bag for Hali from the same loud material. I machine embroidered the pink felt “H” onto the front pocket, which made from almost coordinating stripped material. I even did a lining for it.

 It’s meant to be her library bag and it goes across her chest like a messenger bag to help make the weight of a couple books easier on her little body. Her “I want to do it” tendencies seem to be getting stronger lately and she really likes doing everything herself. Wonder where she gets this from?

It’s been used a couple times for ballet class, a few times just to tote random stuff in and possibly twice it has been taken to the library.


A new pillow for a chair in the living room.  Really, it’s just a recovered pillow. When we bought our couch a few years ago, it came with these pillows that were in the same material as the couch itself.  Kind of blah and no contrast whatsoever. So I found this sturdy home decor fabric at Hancock’s and thought it was perfect. The couch has a slight green tinge to it and I have a big brown shag rug in the living room as well, so this pillow ties in nicely.

I’ve had it with my sucky camera. I don’t want to sound ungrateful- my mom did the whole Black Friday thing a couple years ago and got it for us for Christmas.  I was so happy! It really was the perfect gift. 

I’m so glad that I have had it these past few years to document my daughter’s life.  Before we got this digital camera, we just didn’t take as many photos as we do now.  But I know I can take better photographs with a better camera.

This, and the husband keeps taking it to work with him, and of COURSE I need it when I discover it’s gone! So, I’ve decided that we (the royal we of course) are getting a new one. One that stays at home. So I can take good, decent, clear and focused photos of our daughter and the stuff we do. Luckily, our anniversary is in less than three weeks, so I guess I know what I’m getting us!

Belated Halloween and Fall Home Decor and Crafts

November 10, 2007 at 5:44 am | Posted in Craftin' With Hali, Crafty, Home Decor, thrifty | Leave a comment
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I’m sure I got the inspiration for these from some great crafter somewhere, and I am sure they aren’t exactly original, but they sure were fun to make and are super cute. I sprayed some wooden beads (from the craft section of Walmart) black. Then Hali and I bent black pipe cleaners in half and inserted them into the hole. Hali had a blast gluing on googly eyes!

Then we let these cute creepy crawlies infest our house! They really loved the ficus. And the window above the front door- I think they had plans on dropping in on unsuspecting intruders visitors.




I really loved Martha Stewart’s glittered pumpkins. I wanted to make some as soon as I spotted them on and on my next trip in to Michael’s I spotted the little kits. I found some plastic pumpkins there as well.  But I am cheap.  And that price sure seemed awfully high for some glitter (although, yes, it IS really pretty glitter) and glue.  And Michael’s wanted way too much for some plastic pumpkins.

 Thrifty me spotted some glitter glue in gold and copper. I thought “hey, Hali could help me paint it on with some paintbrushes and it would be a fun project for BOTH of us that way!”. So for about two bucks a bottle, I snagged up three bottles of glitter glue. 

On my next trip into Walmart, I spotted some small plastic pumpkins on sale for much less than what Michael’s was asking.  So all told, I think I spent about HALF of what I would have, had I done it Martha’s way.  The outcome, I must say, is just as good and looks great in my entertainment unit:


I did however, purchase some autumnal garland and a grape vine wreath from Michael’s for the mantel and fireplace. I LOVE fall. It is absolutely my favorite season.


Thrift Finds #1

September 21, 2007 at 5:51 am | Posted in Home Decor, thrifty | Leave a comment

Notice I’ve Numbered the title? Cocky of me, I’m sure, but I do hope to be able to find great thrift finds in the future to brag about share with you all! 

I found these at the local thrift store, Peddler’s Mall.  To tell the truth, I’m not even sure if it is technically a thrift store.  There are tons of “booths” from all the different “vendors” that sell their stuff there.  The vendors are almost never actually there- I think they just give the owner a percentage to sell the stuff.  Anywho, here’s what I got:


I love love LOVE French wire baskets, and had spotted several at a previous visit.  I’m the kind of shopper who has to really think about something before I buy it.  Usually this means I go back and get it after I’ve gone home and thought about it for a while.  So that’s what I did. 

I had plans on actually using this.  Unfortunately, so did Hali, apparently.  The only real problem with that is the basket, as you can see in the picture, is quite rusty. I decided I liked the look (Jeremy agreed) so I left it as is.  Poor Hali just wanted to lug the giant thing around (it really is fairly large, heavy, and unwieldy) and get rust all over herself and whatever she touched. So on top of the refrigerator it went. For now.


I have a bit of an obsession with all things organizational.  Especially container/bins/baskets/boxes/you get the idea. It was a buck and looks good on my desk.

Still Working on Hali’s Room…

September 11, 2007 at 5:58 am | Posted in For Hali, Home Decor | Leave a comment

Before I even started Hali’s room redo (it still needs a few finishing touches, but pictures are coming soon!) I was thoroughly going over Apartment Therapy Nursery.  Not because we live in an apartment- we don’t (anymore thank goodness) but because I wanted her room to have so many different functions and I wanted it to function well. 

 She needs: to sleep, read, color/draw, play, dress, relax, entertain her parents (she hosts many tea parties but more on that later), and just be a kid.  All in her space.  Not to mention her good sized wardrobe and accesory collection need to be stored there, as do a TON of toys, and her growing library.

 I wanted everything to be organized and have a clean yet fun and playful look to it.  I wanted it to be a happy room, and Apartment Therapy Nursery has some great example of how I could accomplish that.  My style is always evolving as are Hali’s needs, likes, and dislikes. She’s Hali though, so I think she’ll always love pink!

 We spent a good couple hours on her room today and I have changed a few things I wasn’t planning on changing again, but I believe this room is really going to work for us.  I say us, because Hali is rarely in her room without me.  I can’t wait to finish up!

Hali’s Room Redo

July 19, 2007 at 4:25 pm | Posted in Craftin' With Hali, Crafty, For Hali, Home Decor | 1 Comment

A couple of winters ago when we lived up north, Hali and I were spending an afternoon over at my mom’s house.  She had bought some letters for my sisters to decorate their rooms with, and I always wanted to do this for Hali, so she picked some up for me Hali too:

The “H” was painted pink, then a few random rhinestones stuck on, the “A” is covered in silk flowers, the “L” is covered in buttons, and the “I” has ribbon tied all around it. 


 I know these have been done and done- I mean who hasn’t done these?

 Since I took this picture months ago, we started working on a small “redo” of Hali’s room.  It was just getting too cutsie and cluttered.  She hardly ever wanted to pull out toys and play- especially the ones in her closet that is full of them they are hard to get at.

 The princess crowns on the other side of the mirror (Big Lots for like $15, people!) are just some cheapo Walmart craft section finds that are foam- I pulled them down this week for the redo.

The frames that Hali helped me paint pink are staying, but getting some brighter and better ribbon than that crappy one that blends in with the wall. I loved this idea because it’s such a good way to show off her paintings, which she loves.

The princess crown hook to the left is staying.  It’s very functional for hanging her princess hat and cow girl hat, both in pink of course!

We just added some hardware to the dresser a few months ago- you can’t really see it well, but it will also stay.

The large gold framed picture is going.  The pink box (another project that Hali and I did together) and Dora sewing kit will go on a shelf in her room so that she can actually reach them to use.

So as part of her room redo, I’ve been searching the internet, trying to get ideas for what functions well for a three year old like Hali.  Turns out, we have just about everything we need, (or atleast we will after this weekend) it just needs to be rearranged so that it functions well for all the playing and other things that need to go on in one little girl’s room.

It was starting to feel like Hali just wasn’t playing with her toys.  She has so many.  So after thinking it over, some toys are going (we already tossed a few this week). Some toys are staying.  Many are just being moved or organized better.  A spoiled only child, she just has so much JUNK!  I couldn’t take it anymore, and I don’t think she was crazy about most of it either.  So we are throwing out what we don’t LOVE. Or I should say, I am throwing out what I don’t think she really loves to play with.

“Simplify, simplify, simplify” is our mantra for this redo! And maybe “function, organize, accessabilize” (is that a word?) should be thrown in as well.

I have finished sewing all but one of her fabulous curtains that I can’t wait to show off. They are really going to brighten up her room and add some playful color to it.  Yes, they are still mainly pink, but in a less boring way!

Here’s something else we did a few weeks ago with another wooden letter:


Hali honestly did most of the painting and all the glueing on it. I just did the ribbon.

 I will post our finished room next week, hopefully!

I’m Feeling Inspired…

July 9, 2007 at 5:27 am | Posted in Crafty, Home Decor | Leave a comment

inspiration board

 Sorry for the blurry shot- it has been raining/cloudy nearly everyday here for three months, I swear.  I made my inspiration board a few weekends ago, finally.  I had a piece of cheap plywood sitting in the garage that I was going to use, but when I looked at it and I looked at my huge six foot desk, it jut didn’t work. 

 So while grocery shopping I lucked upon a BIG corkboard/bulletin board.  So I took some red fabric that I got for cheap at Hancocks, some white ribbon I had bought for this purpose at Michael’s, some quilt batting, a stapler, and some upholstery tacks, and went to town. 

 I used the upholstery tacks, instead of the plain white tacks I had because (1.) I doubled the batting up and the normal tacks/push pins wouldn’t stay properly lodged in- they weren’t long enough and (2.) they antique upholstery ones just look fancier.  You know how I like that…

 Overall I am pleased with my project. It gets all those scraps of paper off the desk that I am constantly shuffling through to find that one thing I drew or cut from a magazine or made a note of.  It really adds some color to the office- I am still in the process of finishing the room.  It still needs curtains (right now it just has blinds, albeit nice ones), slipcovers for the blah pillows, and eventually slipcovers for the office chairs as well. Oh, and more shelving.  And I really need some better lighting- maybe a lamp for the desk.  Something cute… I think I’ll have to go thrifting this week!!!  An excuse to go back to my favorite little peddler’s mall! Maybe I’ll even have to buy a couple of those baskets I have been wanting!

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