Tuesday, April 15, 2014


One week at a time and I am getting all caught up on my PROJECT LIFE album.  Slowly but surely. 

january 26 - february 1 

Both sides of the entire week.  

Left side.

Right side.


SUNDAY : Me playing doll house with Chloe down on the floor.  She came to me and said, "Mommy, please please please don't tell me know when I ask you this.. but will you play doll house with me?"  Of course, and not just because she asked me like that which was too cute though. 

We also had a new recipe for dinner tonight.  I made stuffed manicotti.  It was really good. I made a few trays so that I could freeze a few for another night.  

MONDAY : Jacob bought me a new saw today.  I am so excited.  It will make all my wood projects so much easier. Girls can love power tools too. 

TUESDAY : Little Jacob up late tonight working on homework.  He isn't liking homework or school lately...
WEDNESDAY : Caleb's 100 days of school project.  Everyone in the class had to glue 100 of something to any kind of hat. I got him this beanie and we hot glued 100 Cherrios to it.  

THURSDAY : Target couponing today.  THIS is why I love couponing.  Digornio pizzas were buy 2 get a free bottle of soda.  They were on sale for $3.99 each pizza.  I had coupons for buy 1 pizza get 1 free.  Or something like that.  But in the end I got 12 pizzas and 6 bottles of soda for $32.00 plus paying with my Target red card gave me an additional 5% off.  

FRIDAY : Today we dropped this yellow sunshine basket off to Michelle, someone who we appreciate all her hard work.  Love doing this.  
Today was also free dress day at school with a sports theme, so the boys wore their Miami Dolphins jerseys.
This afternoon we had to take the KIA in for a routine oil change and the kids wanted their picture taken with the KIA hamsters. 

SATURDAY : Made a Home Depot run for some supplies. I have a project in mind !  


Monday, April 14, 2014


My neice is turning 2 soon.  They had her birthday party this past weekend.  They live in Sacramento, and it just didn't work out for us to go up to her party this year. 
But I was glad to be able to help by making her the MINNIE MOUSE BIRTHDAY BANNER that I recently shared.
I then was seeing all these buckets all over the internet and knew I just had to make something for her with a red bucket.
The kids and I found the red bucket at the Dollar Tree.
I hate when I go in there, because I find so much stuff I want to put vinyl on.
I think I have a serious problem lol.  
So I found this plain red bucket and the water bottle with a snack bowl underneath it.
I knew these could make a perfect little gift for any 2 year old.
I cut the black and white polka dots out of vinyl and her name and the minnie mouse heads.
The Minnie Mouse heads I used the trace feature on my SILHOUETTE CAMEO.  
The bow part was just empty inside showing the red of the bucket to look like Minnies bow.  
Then I cut some tiny white circles from vinyl and placed them on the bow part to look like it is a red and white polka dot bow.  I cut some of the tiny bows in half and just hand placed all the little circles inside the bow.  
I added her name and the big minnie head first, then just randomly added the bigger circles all around the rest of the bucket.
Then I added the ribbon to the handles and it was all finished.
It turned out better than I had imagined it would in my mind.  

While I was at the Dollar Tree I also picked up this water bottle for her with a snack bowl on the bottom.
I added her name to that and the word snacks to the bowl part, and the circles and that was super easy to do.  

Fun little things to add vinyl to and make them so personalized.
Now what can I vinyl next....


Sunday, April 13, 2014


Since I shared that Friday was mine and my husbands anniversary I thought today I would share the card that I made for him.  
I used my SILHOUETTE CAMEO for the entire thing.  
I cut the cirlcle background from a card file in my silhouette library.  
I used all white smooth cardstock from my Simon Says card kits.
I put a piece of dark red cardstock  and on top of that I laid down a piece of vellum, then glued the cirlces on top of that.  
I centered that on my card.  
I put the vellum on becuase I didn't want the red behind the circles to be so bright and stand out, but I wanted something back there to add a little contrast from the white on white.  

 I cut the coordinating heart out of red, and the word always.  The word love I cut from some dark grey smooth cardstock.
I glued on the red heart and the words LOVE always.  

Then I covered my red heart in some glossy accents and let it dry completely.  

I love how the card came out and was excited to give it to my husband on Friday.  
I love making cards, I really don't know why I don't do it more often.  :)


Friday, April 11, 2014


I look back and sometimes it is hard to believe that it has been 5 years already, and yet sometimes it feels like it has been much longer.
Well we were together for 10 years before we did get married, so technically it has been much longer.  :)

It has been 15 years since Jacob and I met.  
It has been good, it has been bad, we have laughed, we have cried. 
 We have shared births of our babies and the loss of loved ones.
  We have moved, we have lived in apartments and houses. 
 We have had our share of vehicles, even shared buying a brand new car for the first time recently.
We have shared our lives with those around us that we love.  
We have hugged and we have kissed.  
We have learned things together and we have grown together. 
We have argued and we have made up.
We have gone on trips and vacations.  
We have made messes together and we have cooked and cleaned together. 
We have gardened together.
We have walked together and talked together. 
We have watched movies together and had lazy days together. 
We have played games together.
We have played with our kiddos together. 
We have gone shopping together 

But most importantly we have grown together and loved together.  
Jacob I love you for more reasons than I can even put into words.  We have been through a lot over the years and I just hope that we can continue to grow even more as the years go by. 

You are such a hard worker and without you working so hard I would not be able to stay home and raise our kiddos and spend time doing some of the things that I love doing.  You are supportive of me and all my crazy craftiness :)
more than you will ever even understand.  
Here is to many more years to come babe.

love, NICOLE

Saturday, April 5, 2014


I have to admit I don't really know what to call this thing lol.  I saw something similar and much smaller on pinterest and I was determined I was going to make my own for the wall in the living room.  Ever since Jacob suggested we add turquoise to the living room I have been all about adding it any way that I can.  
I took my favorite cheap wood to work with... fence boards. 
 I cut them each to 24 inches long.
I used straight edge boards on all except the board I wanted to be turquoise.  
I stained the boards with some paint and water mixture.  I used a bunch of combinations of browns and blacks for the dark ones and turquoise for the single board.
I stained them and let them dry over night.
I laid out the boards how I like them and nailed them to a smaller board across the back on both the top and bottom.
Then I already knew I wanted the dandelion but I wasn't sure on the saying, so I just googled dandelion sayings and found this one that I really liked.
I cut them all out with of course, my silhouette cameo.
( I will never get tired of talking about how much I LOVE this machine ).
I then attached the cut vinyl to my transfer paper and laid it out where I wanted it on the board.
I pressed really firmly and peeled away the vinyl backing very slowly.
After that I went over the entire vinyl area with my scrapper to make sure it was good and pressed in.
I coated the entire thing with a few coats of mod podge to make sure it was all set in and let that dry overnight.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE how it came out.  I knew exactly where it was going to be hung in our living room.  Since Jacob moved the tv to over the fireplace I have wanted something to go about the tv stand on that wall.  It is PERFECT right there.  I love it so much.  I know I made it but it makes me so happy to say I made that piece of art hanging on our wall.
I love the one board in turquoise, it just gives that pop of color that I love.

I have to admit I think this is one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE things I have ever made.  It makes me smile everytime I look at it hanging on our wall.  
It reminds me to not stress over everything and truly enjoy the journey of life.  Well it is something I am working on at least.  :)  



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