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A list on steriods

Because I asked so nicely yesterday…we’re going to talk about Nate for just a second. I promise, only a second… I have other stuff I want to tell you about today.

Nate. First of all…how stinking cute is he? Second, he was in the Surprise Oprah thing that they did and this is what he said, “Your house should tell the story about who you are and where you’re going.” I almost laughed when he said that….but I don’t think he was joking. The story that my house tells is 1) not a story about who I am, and 2) the most random, hodge podge story you ever read. I have high aspirations for the next house that we live in. I’ve never had a legit house to decorate. I was the epitome of a college student before marry Brad and all my furniture was either given to me, or cost about $20 at Walmart. If it cost $20. See, here’s the deal…I’m ridiculously cheap. RIDICULOUSLY cheap. I don’t understand what normal things cost because more than likely I would NEVER spend that kind of money on it, or I’m just always looking at clearance racks. For instance, the other day I was reading a blog and the author did this room reveal of her little boy’s toddler room. Holy Crap. That room literally cost a couple thousand dollars easy. The shelves in the room are these beautiful cafe style shelves from this company called Ballard Designs. Having never heard of Ballard Designs, and being nosy, I looked up the shelves online. They cost MINIMUM $140 a piece FOR THE SMALL ONES {a couple feet long} and she had 3! THREE!!!!!! Don’t get me wrong. I’m more jealous than anything…the room is absolutely beautiful, it’s custom done. Custom bedding, custom artwork, custom cubicle shelving….it’s ridiculously great. It tells a story. A story which will never be told in my house because I cringe at spending $20 on shelves at Target. But, just so you have advance notice. One day, when Brad and I are out of this house, you’re going to be reading a lot of blogs about decorating….because I’m going to be decorating my little heart out…cheaply.

Up next, let’s talk about my family. I am the second oldest of 5 kids. I have 2 lovely parents. I grew up in the country. None of these details are really relevant at all to the story that I’m about to tell you. Yesterday I got a text from my sister that said, “Hey. What are you doing? Do you want to do anything? I said, “Sure. What do you have in mind?” The text I got back was, “Take the dogs to the dog park? Exercise? Plan Zoe’s first birhtday party? Go wedding dress shopping? Game night?” Um…sweetie, you’re going to have to narrow that one down. We decided that we would go to Sonny’s BBQ b/c we had a coupon. I told her we would be there in 30 minutes and she said that she would leave in a few. {I’m going to add that at the time of this text it’s 5:40pm…so, think hungry crying baby in the backseat}. We pull into Sonny’s 27 minutes after I sent that text. My sister? She had just left….she lives on the OTHER SIDE OF TOWN. And then she decided to stop at the bank. And then she got lost. Jessica lives by her own clock. We all just live around it. Seriously though, if we’ve planned something with my family I immediately make it 1 – 1 1/2 hours later in my head…and sometimes that’s not even enough.

{Trying to explain to Zoe where her aunt Jess is}
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{This one needs no explanation}
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{My sanity…Diet Coke}
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{The lady of the hour}
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{Zoe’s happy to see her aunt Jess}
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So, that was fun.

We’ve picked the location of Zoe’s first birthday party. It’s this park pretty close to our house. We go for walks there in the evenings. The upside is that it’s beautiful. The downside is that there’s no table, chairs, or running water…so we’re going to have to bring everything in. Here’s some pictures from our latest walk. I’m standing in the same place and just looking in different directions.

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It’s going to be awesome. Hopefully.

This morning Brad was taken out by 2 of our animals. The first time Mr. Darcy was running out of the nursery, Brad was in the hallway, he tried to get out of Mr. Darcy’s way and tripped over his feet. I couldn’t stop laughing. The we were in our room and Brad was backing up…except Hemmingway was standing directly behind him. He managed to not swear and I laughed hysterically. We escaped our personal zoo to go to Jacksonville’s. I’m planning on doing a whole post on this…but here’s a few pictures just for fun.

{Brad’s arch-enemy…the ostrich}
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{Taking a little break from the heat}
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{My favorite people on the planet}
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{On the African loop there’s a few trees FULL of nesting birds! So cool}
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And finally….I figured out how to sync my phone with my computer. It took me 1 1/2 hours. Are you KIDDING me? I am sooooooo not a techie kind of person, but neither is Brad…so I have to be. Bleh. AND…bonus, I took screen shots of the process. Well, only part of the process. About halfway through I figured out how to do it. That was a whole 10 minutes all on it’s own. But, wait! That’s not all…

{I figured out how to get the videos off my phone ONTO my computer and then UPLOADED to YouTube.}
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{This screen was supposed to help…but didn’t}
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{Somehow I ended up here. How? I have no idea. But I did.}
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{This is where you see that I named my phone Beauregard. And apparently that my phone and computer have been synced. My pictures are on my computer. No clue where}
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{Google. How to… Hitting buttons. searching, searching, searching. Do not see my pictures on my computer}
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{I see them in my “collection” but not my computer}
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{But, then…I see this folder that says “From Beauregard” in My Pictures. I click on it.}
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{I rejoice}
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Ta-da!!!! I’m one happy girl! One of these days I’m going to understand this stuff…

And that’s it folks. There’s my list on steroids. Have a fantastic weekend! By the way, what are you doing on this delightful holiday weekend?

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Hello, My name is Martha

So I have this friend who is crafty down to the bone. She has more “crafty” in her little finger than I do in my whole body. She sees things in spray paint and scrapbook paper. For real. And I hate her. {Not really. I don’t hate her. Not at all.} She makes me want to be crafty…ugh. The last time that I was over there I ended up decoupaging my daughters dresser. I went over there yesterday….you can see where this is headed. She went to put her kids to sleep for naptime and came back into the room with one of those rosette headbands…you know what I’m talking about, they’re everywhere these days. She taught herself how to make one. Are you kidding me???? I see one and think, “Man, I need to get on Etsy”. She sees it and thinks, “I could do that….hmmm”.  She said it was really easy and then she did one rosette so I could see how it was done. I fell in love.

After a {not so} quick trip to Walmart this is what we start with…
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Do you see those prices??? $.19, $.25, and $.38!!!! I got 1/4 yard per fabric, a piece of felt {$.47), and then bananas and a Snapple. My whole trip cost $4 {the cashier actually double checked b/c she couldn’t believe it was that cheap!}. I already had the glue gun and scissors. What I forgot {until the very end} is that you need a headband to put your rosettes on….go figure.

Step 1. Cut a strip the length of the fabric 1″ thick. I should mention that I cut my fabric in half where it naturally folds. The width of the rosette is determined by the length of fabric.
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Step 2. Tie a knot on one end of the fabric. This shouldn’t take any explanation whatsoever.

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Step 3. Grab your hot glue gun and let’s go to work! What you want to do here is begin twisting the long strand of fabric, then gluing it around the knot. Keep in mind that you want to hide that little tail, so just tuck it as you go. Or, if you’re like me, screw tucking it and just hot glue it back over the knot. I’m not talented enough {meaning I don’t have 3 arms} so there’s not a picture of the actual twist, but, I’m sure you’ll get it. I have faith in you! =)

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Step 4. Stop and admire the first rosette you’ve ever made!!!!! Whoohoo! It looks beautiful! And your thumb and forefinger are only partially burned! Success!

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Step 5. Repeat steps 1-4. Then do it again.

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Step 6. See that little guy? He’s looking for a home. You’re gonna want to hot glue all of your little rosettes together. I made mine different sizes on purpose. You can have different sizes, different colors, different whatever you want! So, make sure to stop and think about this step. Don’t be like me. I’d hot glued 3 together before I realized that I didn’t look at which side was “up” on any of the pieces, and I didn’t take a picture, and then I accidentally glued the little guy next to the big guy…which is not where it’s supposed to go.

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Step 7. If you’re like me then you’re going to need to find a headband that you already have and then cut off the bow. If you’re a planner, and you planned ahead, then grab the headband that you bought for the project. You want to make sure that the headband is centered on your rosettes. That might sound like common sense….but I’m writing this for people like me…which means that it’s not. =)

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Step 8. This is where the felt comes in. You can use felt, ribbon or nothing at all. But if you chose to cover the back, just slap your cover on top, hot glue it, and then cut the edges so that you can’t see anything from the front. I don’t have a picture of this one.

Step 9. Find the cutest model that you can and make her wear the headband. Tell her that she has to earn her keep around here…

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And there you have it. The rosette headband.
You’re welcome America.

You know what…my friend was right! This is easy!

Have a wonderful day everybody!