Saturday, July 23, 2011

Train canvas

I have had my Silhouette since Christmas. Upon receiving it I have used it a total of 2 times... that's right, 2. Now, before you think I'm crazy, I just haven't had anything to use it for. Until now...

My son LOVES trains. His room theme is kind of a mix between trains/automobiles/blues/greens/oranges. I originally was going to do this project with car cut outs but after I found this cut from the Silhouette store I knew trains it would be. He was SO excited when he saw them on his wall! Totally worth the 2 months it's taken me to make them. I am a slacker...

This project started out with the idea of vinyl cut outs but I decided to go the harder cheap way and just paint them on. Glad I went that way.




Thursday, July 21, 2011

2 new projects

Do you know whats better then doing a crafting project? Doing an easy crafting project with stuff you already have lying around!

I got this box of frames off Freecycle a couple of months ago. I know, score right? But I haven't done a thing with them since. I am lame...


My husband thinks they're just taking up room but wont he be surprised when he comes home from work and discovers I actually did something with them. Or at least one of them!

I got the cute printable for the 9 Be's HERE. It makes an 8x10 sized printable.


  That frame looks cuter then it actually was that color. When I spray painted it black, the brown was still showing through, giving it an antiqued looked that I liked.


I just glued it on, didn't do a backing {which I would suggest you do} So it's kinda free floating in the frame.

Done and done! Easy Peasy

I saw this idea in a DIY magazine and I've seen it floating around blogland too. I finally just sat down and did it and it took a whole 5 minutes. I was kind of put of at first by how big I made the letters but Its growing on me!



Super easy! 

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Crafting Projects

We have officially been in our home for 2 months now. What a crazy experience it has been! Now that I've finally taken time to sit down and upload pictures, here are some projects I've worked on in the last little while.

Flag Blocks


You can find the tutorial for these HERE . This is one of my favorite blogs!

Cherry Tone Firecrackers

I saw these at Quilted Bear for 20 bucks! Can you believe a cherry tone timber is only 1.97 at Home Depot? So I made my own and they turned out way cute! You can also make pumpkins for Halloween with them.

Bamboo Candlesticks

I found these bamboo candlesticks at Tai Pan for 2.25 each. They were originally green, and there were 4 of them. I glued them together and made these two big ones instead. I spray painted them black and tada! I like how they turned out.

Painted Letter

This "G" is from JoAnns, Painted black with craft paint. I think it will eventually go on a shelf when we hang one.

Hurricane vase

I already have the tutorial for this on my blog. I got the twine balls at Walmart. The apples and grass came from the dollar store.

Refinished Table

This was one of the first projects I did in our new house. It has been one of the hardest by far as well! Notice how the chairs don't match? That's because they suck. We are in the process of finding new ones, but haven't come across some we love (for a decent price). We got the table and 3 chairs on KSL for 30 bucks. Not bad. I do have before and afters for this project that I may post eventually!

So that's what I've been up to!

Saturday, July 2, 2011


I think I'm fired from blogging.

2 months is how long it's been since I've done any sort of post!!
Moving has really taken it's toll on my actual computer time {unless I'm reading}. I did take some pictures recently and will post soon!!

Back to ignoring the blog! LOL

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Hurricane Vases

My comma button is broken so bare with my puncuation mistakes!

I cant believe its almost been a month since Ive posted! With Boden's grandpa's funeral and house hunting. Dont forget the hours of Tangeled we've watched; its just been so hectic around here! But in honor of finding a house we liked; I made these vases that ive been planning on doing for awhile now. I finally found candlestick holders at the dollar store; which was perfect for this. In her tutorial which you can find HERE she has all different sizes of vases and candlesticks and you'll be able to see what she used them for.

Make sure you let them dry completely! I had them in my hand by the candlestick holder and the top flew off!
I got both the vases and holders at Dollar Tree which makes them 2 dollars each!


Of course my silly son thinks theyre toys!



Friday, March 18, 2011

Pain and loss

First off I'd like to say Happy Birthday to my biggest sister Jennifer! She was born 39 years ago today and was premature. It makes me feel good to know that we'll one day get to meet her.

I always wonder if it was coincidence or not that Jared died on her birthday. Everything happens for a reason right?  It's been a long 5 years. I dont think I'd ever imagine making it this far and being okay. It's hard to forget the pain I felt for a long time after he passed. It's hard to forget the hours I sat at his grave, crying because I didn't know how to feel. It still hurts when I think about him, but now it makes me smile. When I think about him, I think about the good memories we shared, not of his death. I celebrate his life, and the time we had with him.


I made a list of some of my memories that I dont want to forget:
He taught me how to drive a stick shift and didn't laugh (or cry) when I killed it.
He came to every basketball game and let me scream and cry on the way home when we lost in the semi finals my junior year.
He took me to see Dave Chappelle, he didnt even hesitate to stop and ask for directions when we got lost.
He helped me ditch class...
He would sit outside my house with his radio blasting and text me "I'm outside of your window with my radio"
He took me to see my favorite band twice and bought me two shirts. We laughed the whole time and took pictures of us together (which went undeveloped in the car he was driving when he crashed)

I wont forget:
The countless hours cruising up and down state street because we didnt know what we wanted to do.
LOTS of Costa Vida!
Driving all the way to Salt Lake to see Hawthorne Heights even though the show had been cancelled.
Watching him get his tongue pierced and laughing when he swallowed the ball and he thought he had to have surgery to remove it.
Coming home to him standing on the ladder on the side of my house helping Weston put the christmas lights up!
When he left me at his house while watching Fantastic Four in spanish with his mom. Then her trying to ask me if I wanted cake in the little english she spoke... and not coming back for TWO hours!!
The countless hours spent talking in the car doing absolutely nothing.
Finding my batman blanket on my car.
The hug and kiss his mom gave me at the funeral. It was an amazing feeling, not knowing each other well, not speaking the same language but understanding each other perfectly.

One of my favorite memories was at my sister's wedding. He had brought me a dozen roses and a single one for both my mom and sister. I was so embarrassed at the time with all the "ooooo's" I got when I brought them into the church. We sat outside in the hall when I didn't have to stand in the reception line and laughed.

I am so thankful for the time I had with him. I am very happy with everything he did for me, and the things he taught me. I miss him, but I know he's in a better place.

RIP Jared Rodriquez 09.25.86 - 03.18.06


Sunday, March 6, 2011


I am really slow on blogging recently. We've had lots of sickness going around and its been hectic. I haven't been using my downtime to blog, that's for sure!! (I'm doing this from my phone as we speak while netflixing Desperate Housewives).

So a little tidbit from this passed week, just to embarrass my son when he gets older. I've gotten him to go around and tell everyone...

"I pooped in tub!!"

LOL!! That's the kind of night we had the other day... Not fun, and that's what husbands are for! To clean up the messy parts of life ;)