Thursday, April 10, 2014

{ book shelf makeover }

This week i've had the "spring cleaning bug". I've cleaned out drawers, closets, under beds and shelves. Once i started cleaning off this shelf, i decided it also needed to be re-decorated for spring!
This is an old school locker i picked up at a yard sale for $10 last summer. I painted it grey and turned it into a bookshelf. I LOVE to display collections on bookshelves. I haven't had my white glass collection upstairs for awhile, so i decided to bring it up and display it on this bookshelf for a springy look.

  I also filled the white glass with my "hardware"(old door knobs, hinges, draw pulls, lock plates, ect.) collection. My moto is if you love it enough to collect it, it should be on display!




  Are you spring cleaning yet? I hope your inspired to go clean out and re-decorate something today!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

{ up-cycle 2 }

up-cycle part 2! today i did a tin can project. ....you know the kind you open up for green beans, pineapple and sardines! well, maybe not sardines, but you know the kind.  i saw something similar to this pintrest the other day and thought...that is a perfect idea for tin cans! i started by spray painting the cans. it took two coats of paint to coat the cans. i'm sure use could use any kind of paint though.

next, i hot glued the lace on each can and then hot glued the cans together. i decided they also needed a flower or two...just cause! this set is mine. i am in LOVE with aqua!!!

 i put some scrapbook tools in the can for now, but i think these would be so cute for flowers or candy too!


this is mayce's set....a little darker blue with pink flowers!


and, this is audette's set. purple cans with purple flowers. i think we are going to get our use out of these cans. have a up-cycled something yet? (disclaimer: i have the pampered chef can opener that doesn't leave sharp edges on your can! if you have the traditional can opener, you might need to sand your edges or cover them with ribbon.)


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

{ up-cycle }

Up-cycle! I don't know is you've heard this term yet...so I'm going to explain it to you. ( if you know what it is and i'm insulting you...i'm sorry. I had to explain it to Buck.......*wink*) In stead of taking something like, say a pop can, to the trash or recycling bin, you would "up-cycle" it by remaking into something like, a wind chime or a toy boat. By reusing something meant for another purpose or the trash in another way, you up-cycle it. You could also called it re-purposing. I've been in the up-cycling/ re-purposing mood this week and have been working on a few projects. Here's the first one: I took these wine bottles out of the recycling and wrapped them in a thick twine I bought at, where else...a yard sale! I started at the bottom by securing the twine with glue. Then glued and wrapped all the way to top.I filled the bottles with sand to add some weight and then topped them with a candle. I'm thinking these will be fun outside on the patio this summer, for those "romantic" dinners outside! Filling them with sand also means the wind won't be knocking them over! These would also be cool with flowers in them! What can you see in your house right now that you can up-cycle???





Saturday, March 22, 2014

{ collage wall & farm/family happenings }

Here's my newest project! A collage wall in our stairwell. I've wanted to do a collage wall in our stairwell since we moved in 5 years ago, but it's so high, I needed scaffolding to be able to reach all of the wall. I finally talked Buck into helping me set up ladders and I went to town on the wall. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT! It's always bothered me to have such a big blank wall. Now, it's filled with some of our favorite photos. I used a big mix of picture frames and old windows....all from yard sales.




and...in farm and family happenings....
We have some new babies to introduce. This is our new angus calf, louie.
He is a week old now. He's so playful and cute!


Two of our ewes had lambs last weekend. Our first mama ewe had twins on Sunday. A boy and a girl. They are healthy and sweet.

 Then our second ewe had a single lamb on Monday. The little lamb born on Monday was premature. He was so tiny, about 2-3 pounds. We were having to bottle feeding him and help him to latch onto his mama. He needed some extra help since he was so small and fragile. Even Miss Jillian got in on the bottle feeding. We loved on him for a few days and then very sadly he died on Thursday. He was just to weak.

 It's so hard to loose animals. He was so sweet and tiny!

This little man is 6 months old already! He is sitting up by himself, rolling over- belly to back and he is full of laughs!

He is eating real food too, which he loves!!! LOVE this cute face!!!

Our three silly girls. They LOVE each other so much....usually! They have their moments. This is a moment of LOVE!

 Miss Jillian is potty training this week, which has consumed most of my time! She is doing very well with it, I think she'll have it mastered in no time. She wants to be a big girl so bad. She thinks she should do everything her big sisters do. Today when she sat on the potty nothing was happening, so I walked away for a minute....and she yelled to me "mama, it's not working!" She always makes us laugh.

Buck took 3 of his very pretty girls to the Father Daughter Princess ball this week. They all danced and ate their hearts out! The girls LOVE to dance with daddy and the big bonus of the night was a chocolate fountain to dip fruit in! They all came home with happy, but tired feet and were full of chocolate.These girls are so lucky to have Buck as their daddy! He is truly the best daddy in the whole world!

An update on my mom: She got some bad news on Friday at the Dr. appointment. They want her do a 20 week round of chemo and put her reconstruction on hold. The Dr. said since her cancer is estrogen caused she has a 50% chance of it returning. So they are strongly recommending chemo even though her lymph nodes were clear. We are all bummed out about this. It's not what we wanted to hear. We need prayer for strength, especially for my mom, she still has a ways to go in this battle. I'm still praying that God will use every part of this process for HIS Good and HIS Glory, and that during this process my mom and family would be held completely in HIS Hands. Will you please pray that with me? Thanks for keeping us in your prayers!


Thursday, March 13, 2014

{ my mom and spoon jewelry }

Hello! I hope you got to try the chicken pot pie! It's amazingly good! 
Here is a quick update on my mom: She had her mastectomy and reconstruction surgery on Tuesday. Everything went as well as it could go. Her lymph nodes are clear, which is a really great sign. We haven't heard anything back yet from the surgeon on the cancer they took out. She still has 3-4 more procedures to go. She has a long road of recovery ahead of her still...... emotionally and physically. Keep praying for her and us. Were are all having such a range of emotions right now. I really hate cancer and what it does. I have to remind myself constantly that God is in control, not cancer! I know I can trust Him to take of us and my mom.

stetson with nana at the hospital yesterday.

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SPOON JEWELRY
Here's a peek at the spoon jewelry I've been working on.We will be offering classes at the Missoula Prairie Sisters Party on April 26th! We will be holding class sign ups soon!!! Watch for more info soon....




Sunday, March 2, 2014

{ chicken pot pie }

Today is the perfect day for a warm comfort food like Chicken Pot Pie. We have almost 2 feet of snow on the ground and it's coming down again today! We are going to stay inside, drinks warm liquids and eat yummy comfort food. I had a couple of friends ask me for my pot pie recipe....so here it is! It's SO YUMMY! I know you'll love it as much as we do!

Chicken Pot Pie

2-pie crusts- Store bought or homemade( if you want homemade, here's my favorite, Jess at The nesting corral) http://nestingcorral.blogspot.com/2011/11/flaky-pie-crust.html
2- cups cooked chicken or turkey, shredded or cubed
½ cup frozen carrots (you could use fresh you just would have to par cook them)
½ cup frozen peas
2 potatoes- cooked and cubed to bite size
1-stick of butter
½ cup flour
2 -3 cups chicken broth
Salt and pepper to taste
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon celery salt

Pre-heat oven to 350.  Put 1 of the pie crusts in the bottom of a 9’ pie plate. Cook the single pie crust for 15 min or until done. While the pie crust is cooking, Melt the cube of butter in a medium pot. Add the flour to the melted butter to make a rue. Let the rue cook for about 1 minute to get the flour taste out. Add the chicken broth to the rue. Stir until all the lumps are gone and the liquid becomes thick like gravy. Add salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and celery salt to the chicken gravy mixture. Taste to see if it needs any more salt and pepper. Add more if you need it. Add the carrots, peas, potatoes and chicken to the gravy. Once your 1st pie shell has cooked, add the chicken mixture into the pie shell. Place your 2nd pie crust on top of the chicken gravy mixture. Seal your edges of the top pie crust to the bottom pie crust. Make 3 slits on top of the pie crust to let steam escape. Bake the pot pie for  15- 20 minutes, until the top crust is golden brown. Your pot pie is ready to serve. This also makes an excellent beef pot pie! Just substitute any stew meat or shredded meat for the chicken. Also substitute beef broth for chicken broth. This recipe also doubles nicely and freezes nicely. When I make this I double it, we eat one pie that night and put one in the freezer for later. Enjoy!





Monday, February 24, 2014

{ jIllian's 2nd birthday party }

Jillian turned 2 this past week, so on sunday we had a small family party at the house.  We had a cookies and milk party! We kept it pretty simple. I LOVE to thrown birthday parties, but I've been so busy I needed to kept is small and simple. 


 Jillian was thrilled to learn we were having a birthday party for her! She learned quickly this week just how fun birthday are! She went from not knowing what a birthday was to singing to herself frequently!









 We had chocolate, strawberry and plain milk with our yummy cookies. 


 The cookies were dark chocolate peanut butter chip, toffee coconut butter and sugar cookies with brown sugar icing!


It was fun to all be together. Both of my brothers were home. We hadn't all been together for about a month and a half. Here's the party kids....my nephews cooper and conner and of course my kiddos, audette, mayce, jillian and stetson! Happy birthday party to our sweet girl jillian!