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Yesterday Colin's nephew, Brayden, came to spend a couple days with us. He had so much fun with Duke, Rissy and us. We just love how big he's getting and all the fabulous stories he creates! The funnest thing we did was make playdoh. 3 different colors! Below are a couple pictures from his visit.
Our first batch of playdoh - blue!
Mr. Cheesy. Then we made green.
And Brayden's favorite, orange!!!
Of course, when a boy makes playdoh, he's got to play with it!
I think the funnest thing to do at our house is play with Duke and Rissy. He absolutely loves these dogs! He especially loved that Rissy would lay her head on him and that Duke would make sure Brayden didn't make a mess while eating - he's a pretty good vacuum!
Brayden asked to have a picture taken with Duke and Riss. This is what I got! Then we noticed that B's fly was down, and we both chuckled about it! Immediately followed by, "We should zip it up." :) So zip it up we did. This little guy puts so many smiles on our face, we love having him here! So much fun! (except for the 7:30 wake up call ;)
This year Colin and I went to my parents for Thanksgiving. It was so neat because they had LOTS of snow! Unusual for the Seattle area, I think this was the first year ever we've had Thanksgiving snow. So pretty! We also had our friend from Germany here for her first Thanksgiving ever. I'm not too sure she was loving our food, but she was a good sport and tried several things! The turkey was a little interesting to her, since they don't usually eat turkey in Germany. That morning I did a Turkey Trot 5k with my bff Keana. it was very cold and icy, but Colin was a good sport and drove us there! Below are a few pictures from the day.
This is how we do Thanksgiving. Notice the snow on the porch AND the alcohol. YEP. That's how we do Thanksgiving.
My mom with my sister's "Tofu turkey". Disgusting.
I've been told my blogging is slacking...this one's for you Gale!
Last weekend Colin and I borrow his parents new RV for a little trip with our good friends Scott and Kristiina. We headed over to Corvallis (next town over) and parked in an RV lot to stay the weekend. We tailgated on Saturday with a bunch of friends then went to the Beaver game, which we won 35-7. (I think, we left after the 3rd quarter). The game was at 12:30 and our crazy boys decided to start tailgating at 9:30 in the morning. I however, had some tea...I had to be ready for that night, and drinking at 9 in the morning would make me a sleepy downer all day. So, tea it was!
Later that night, we headed out to Clods, Peacock and eventually got a ride home from another RV lots shuttle. Oops! We tipped the guy well...so he didn't mind driving us to the right lot. Next year we're definitely planning on making this trip a couple times with even more friends! And gauranteed we'll have a nicer tailgating set up. ;)
One of the major projects I did in our guest room was a tufted headboard. The hardest part? Those stupid buttons!!! They hurt my fingers so badly after stretching the fabric around the button and hooking it on the teeth, but the pain was worth it. For much less than I would have paid to buy one, I got this beauty below!
Here's the headboard breakdown:
Styrofoam - $20.00 Fabric - $6.00 (On super clearance!) Buttons - $9.00 Batting - $12 TOTAL - $47!
First I cut the styrofoam to the size I wanted. Then I measured where I wanted the buttons placed on the headboard . After that, my friend Abby and I staple gunned the batting around the Styrofoam.
Then comes the ironing...
Once that was done we just had to stretch the fabric around the foam/batting.
And nail gun it. The funnest part!
Ahh! These buttons were the death of me. Seriously! I finally got one sewed to the headboard!
SNEAK PEAK of my new guest room! The white/damask fabric will be the curtains. And yes, somehow I found the same exact fabric on Etsy to match the lamp shade!
Posting it to the wall is the next thing to do. I can't wait until that's up! More pics to come when the whole room is finished!!!
A few months ago I got some black oak tree decal from my friend Abby. She bought white ones awhile ago and they accidentally sent her black ones which I ended up buying from her. I wasn't sure exactly what I was going to do with them, but when I decided to redo the guest room I thought they would go well with the black/white/grey/purple theme.
Last night as the boys (Colin, Abby's husband Adam, and TJ) got liquored up, ate pizza and played poker, we jumped into our sweats, put our hair up and applied the decals to the wall. I think they turned out pretty cute! Thanks for all your help Abby! (<--Seriously amazing designer!)
Here's a peak at the decals in the unfinished guest room!
Before, finally finished painting the wall!
Abby putting on a branch.
The finished product! This room is so small we didn't have much room to work with the bed and armoire in the room. We just had to scoot things out of the way when we needed extra space!
Headboard pictures to come next week hopefully. Buttons are made (most of them), materials are bough, now I just have to put it together!
As I'm in the process of redoing our guest room, I'm trying to do as much DIY (do it yourself) on a budget as possible. I recently bought purple on one side, black on the other fabric from Joann's for $2/yard marked down from $12. I bought 5 yards since it was such a good deal, and decided to make some pillows. I finished 2 yesterday. The checkered one is a little boring, but the flower one turned out pretty fun. I hand made all the fabric flowers - which took forever!!! Of course the bottoms aren't finished, I still need to add a zipper. When Colin came home from work, I think he almost passed out from the mess in the living room! The next one I do will be striped with flowers, but I think I need a sewing break!
See this beauty below? Yep. $7 at Good Will. I know you're probably asking yourself how I got so lucky as to snag the lovely gold and green lamp up. ;) When my friend Abby helped me come up with this project I thought she was nuts. I mean seriously, how ugly is this!?! After a couple coats of primer, some funky purple paint and a new damask shade ($12 at Ross), I think this rock turned into a diamond!
I also went to Good Will and bought a bunch of picture frames, primed, painted purple, and will be adding black and white pictures in them for a wall collage. One of the frames is in the last picture.
A couple weeks ago I bought a really good quality night stand off Craigslist. This obviously is an older piece of furniture, but super heavy and constructed well. I decided to revamp it for my guest room I'm redesigning. Here's the before picture.
After sanding, (which I forgot to take a picture of) I painted on a coat of primer.
Then spray painted it white to match the black/white/grey/purple themed room. I bought purple knobs to coordinate.
Here's the finished product! I think it turned out pretty good and am really excited to see the room all put together. I have a few more projects then it'll be done!
Colin and I went camping with our good friends TJ & Alaina and Abby & Adam at the end of July. We were planning on camping at Suttle Lake near Sisters Oregon, but there was literally NOTHING available! After some phone calls to the rangers office and some driving around scoping out sites, we FINALLY found a decent one. In fact, it was one of 3 available in the whole Deschutes National Forest!
Our site was right on the river and just beautiful! Although the water was freezing, the girls took a 5 hour trip to Suttle Lake to soak up some sun and go antique shopping in the little town of Sisters.
Duke and Rissy came along too. They had to be chained up most of the time but loved hanging out with us. Rissy liked the fast river water a little too much. She jumped in on Sunday morning right in front of me and wasn't a strong enough for the current. I ended up in the river to save her in my sweats! Poor thing. She just doesn't know her size or strength yet!
Here are a few pictures from the trip. Enjoy!
Mr. Duke sunbathing
Rissy watching the fly fisherman fishing.
Miss Trudie! Somehow she got a hold of a piece of leftover corn.
This picture makes me smile. :)
The boys playing poker.
The girls playing rummy.
Girls trip to big lake for a little sunshine and floating.