We’ve come a long way, baby!

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It was 9 years ago today that Tim texted me from the Bears game in Champaign to ask me if I wanted to be his girlfriend officially.  And it was 4 years ago today that Tim asked me (luckily in person) if I wanted to be his wife…officially. haha.  So glad I said yes to both.  It’s been a wonderful journey so far, and I cannot wait to see where the next 9 years brings us, but I’m sure it will be nothing short of amazing.  We’ve been able to travel so many places together, move lots of places together, raise a dog, raise a baby, and SO MUCH MORE! So in honor of this day, I thought I’d bring out some oldies but goodies from the Tim & Madison photo archive…dont worry, it’s just a gallery – you won’t be scrolling and scrolling for days.  I hope you enjoy this small sampling from our lives! And have a great Thursday!

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When Cohen was a baby, we called him Toady. Now he’s getting so big, but he’s still my Toady…always will be I suppose. I’m sure I’ll be the crazy reflective mom at hs graduation calling him Toady. Just kidding…kinda…

Here he is this morning demanding more Multi Grain Cheerios. Have you ever seen a cuter, happier baby?!?!


Rosette Tutorial & Lamp Update

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Last week, I told you about my brass funeral home lamp update in my Pinteresting Challenge post.  You can read about that here.  Today I went ahead and made another little change to the lamp shade.  When I initially re-did the lamp I simply stuck a beige patent leather flower that I found at Hobby Lobby on the shade.  I knew I wanted to do something different with this – but I didn’t know how to make the super cute rosette type flowers that I had seen here.  When it came time to make my wreaths (want to see those?), I find a tutorial on how to make these flowers which was so super easy!

I apologize in advance for the lack of photo quality here.  I was making these in my living room while watching Storm Chasers last week!  Work with the time ya have, ya know!?!?

First, cut a circle out of a piece of felt.  How large of a circle you cut, will dictate the size of the flower.  For my projects, I’ve made different size flowers from rather large, to super tiny.  I like the way it looks both on the lamp and on my wreaths, but it also gives you the most bang for your buck, in terms of using the whole sheet of felt.

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Just for fun!

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Cohen and I had a playdate today with our friends Suzanne (mommy) and Tenley (16 month old daughter) at their house this morning. We played for a long time and it was so much fun.

Almost immediately after we got int he car Cohen decided he was way overdue for a nap – and he didn’t care if he had his pac or not – so he stuck that lip out…and BAM! Nappy time!

So peaceful when he sleeps!

Quick Fixes

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A few weeks ago, while staring at my fabulous hurricane vase from Crate and Barrel, I realized I just wasn’t doing it the justice it deserved.  During Christmas, we put brightly colored ornaments in there, and it really is very pretty, but for the remainder of the year, it is a pretty lackluster piece.  I decided it needed some revamping – and it should be inexpensive (DUH!) but also very fun because I wanted to put the vase on my dining room table.

I went to Walmart and purchased 2 bags of white beans, 1 bag of kidney beans and 1 bag of pinto beans.  I dumped them into the vase in a pattern of white, red, green, and then topped off with white, stuck a candle (that I already owned, boom!) in there and voila!  It looks so great; I also flanked it with two pinecones I had sitting around, and stuck a gourd we got from Dollinger’s Pumpkin Farm visit.  You can read about that here.  It sits on top of my super quickly made burlap table runner.  This is just made from a long scrap piece of burlap from when I made my cornices.  You can read about how I made those here.  Works great, and fits with the overall look!  I couldn’t be more pleased with how the whole tablescape turned out!

The candle is melting in the weirdest way…

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