Tuesday, August 30, 2011

hurricane irene

I'm just stopping by to let y'all know that we survived. We {me and the kids} decided to stick it out in Jacksonville. It started on Friday night around 10:30pm. I brought the kids downstairs {we have a 1st floor master}. Lily and Ethan both woke up which ended up being a good thing because around 2 mins after they both got downstairs a tornado was reported to have touched down at Camp Lejeune. I'm not sure if this really happened but there was one spotted. After hanging out in the closet for 45 mins, we got the all clear and I tried to get the babies back to sleep.

Around 5am Saturday the power went out and didn't come back on until 1pmish. From what I'm heard we got the good end of the power outage. With the power went cell service and internet. So we were stuck with no way to communicate with anyone or to even check when the storm was going to be over. I was able to finally pick up one radio station who was also having major problems with their internet and had lost connection with the tv station. They finally got the station on their phone which they broadcasted via speakerphone into the microphone. I don't know about you but when the tv station and the radio stations are having issues, its a big deal! I thought maybe the East Coast was going to detach from the US, {ok not really, but it was scary!!}.

I don't know if the night was worse or the afternoon. We had 75-85mph winds straight for 4+ hours. We had some fence damage and quite a few shingles missing from the roof. When the fence fell it removed the cable box from the house so I was surprised to get cable/internet back yesterday afternoon! After removing the box from the house the fence then proceeded to land on my car :/. Doesn't look like anything but a dent {small dent at that} so no new mini van for me ;).

Here are a few pictures of during & after the storm

{my patio furniture moving outfit -
besides white cowgirl boots, those are the only boots I have... don't judge me}

{here she comes}

{start of the storm}

{fence resting on my bumper}

{back yard fence couldn't handle irene}

{The next morning}
{sad shingle}

{cable box :( }

{snapped right off}

{that used to be the gate to my backyard}

{And some cuteness during the storm}
{lily bug}

{ethan playing the freeze game}

Sunday, August 14, 2011

new blog background

I am so not computer HTML savvy. I also can't read instructions without jumping around, I blame that on have 2 kids under 3. Even with all this against me I still really wanted to make my own background, button and banner. So I took to the web and it may or not have taken me 3+ hours to do it but I did it!! My biggest issue was installing into blogger's crazy template designer.

If you are interested in doing a blog makeover yourself here are the sites I used:
{Background} - I used this for reference on how to make and install the background
{more background info} - This blog helped me figure out how to make it work with the new blogger template
{Background/Embellies} - I'm a member so I have lots of papers to choose from. But just google "free digital scrap papers" and you will find a lot!
{Button} - Very easy and step by step instructions

What do y'all think?

Thursday, August 4, 2011

yarn wreath with felt flowers diy. well sorta

I was able to get crafty this week! It felt awesome to take an hour to myself and burn my finger, I mean make something pretty!

A while back I made a yarn wreath. I don't know if any of you have attempted this but its hard and made my hand hurt. But they are so pretty! I had always meant to put felt flowers on it but time slipped away and my yarn wreath hung on the door sans flowers.

Well tonight I decided to make a few flowers for my wreath. I want something for the door that isn't so Fourth of Julyish but perfect for the rest of summer. I went to Pinterest and searched for "felt flower tutorials". I found lots! Check out my crafty idea board for inspiration.

So here is my first attempt at a DIY
(more just a gathering of other peoples DIYs)
You can make your own yarn wreath! Read below to find all the tutorials and materials you will need.
Supplies needed:
Fabric strips
Felt or fabric
Hot glue gun
Fabric scissors

I followed this tutorial to make the yarn wreath. However I used a styrofoam wreath from Michaels and wrapped it with old baby blankets to give a white base on the inside. I cut the baby blanket into 2 or 3in strips and just wrapped it around the whole wreath until it was covered.

To make the felt flowers I followed this and this. I used leftover felt from the kids craft bin and old buttons I had laying around. For the yellow flower I used fleece. I think it worked out great! Next time I am going to try to make with other types of fabrics!

Here is the finished project!

I paid only about $8 for this wreath. I bought my yarn on clearance and foam wreaths aren't to pricey! I'm already planning my halloween wreath!!

Here is a quick guide to the DIY's I used:
I am Momma - she made a belt but I just used the flowers for my wreath

Monday, August 1, 2011

anniversary vacation

Sohel and I are going to Asheville, NC in November when he gets back from school in FL. We are going to celebrate 5 years of wedded bliss (a few months late but hey what can you do when duty calls anniversaries are put on hold). I can't wait! I love Asheville and the Biltmore. I have always wanted to see it all decorated for Christmas.

1. {hotel}

2. {romantic, eh?}

3. {love fall}
4. {christmas lights}

5. {beautiful trees}

{what to wear?}