October 20, 2014

Since I started blogging again last week I felt the desire to make a new look for the blog. Of course, I don't have a ton of time so working out some of the kinks might take me a while. I did manage to get a lot of changes done today though! I'm not sure it's 100% here to stay - but I'm enjoying the change.



I really like the logo change, but I'm still trying to decide if I want more color. What I like about the black and white header is that there's nothing to distract from the photos. I may play around with color over the next few days though. So you're forewarned if anything looks really weird!

October 17, 2014

My boys LOVE trains. My oldest son is even a self proclaimed "railfan". Yes there's a term for that. And yes my little guy knows and uses it. He learned it from one of the many books on trains he borrows from the library. I usually have to take him to the educational section where more advanced train books are. Train stories are no longer sufficient.

I decided I wanted to do a train themed quote in their toy room and went in search of quotes. Of course, I am also always searching for ways to better relate the scriptures and the gospel to things my children love and understand so when I found this quote from Corrie Ten Boom I was thrilled! What a profound reminder to us all - and a perfect way to teach my children that they need to trust in their Father in Heaven even when it seems impossible.

This was so fun to design but even more thrilling to see printed, framed and hung on the wall in the toy room! Eventually I will show you before and afters of the toy room. I just have to get to the after still!

Trust the Engineer Digital Print

I am currently working on getting a shop up and should have the digital download of this available soon. I'll let you know once it is available. This was a 16x20" poster print from Costco Photo Center. They did a fabulous job (except I forgot to request NO border, but I still like it).  The frame I got on sale at Hobby Lobby.

Trust the Engineer Poster

Check out this link party for more inspiration.

October 16, 2014

After what feels like years of not blogging I am finally back! Really, it hasn't even been a year. I could think of a million excuses... but the biggest one is time. The older my kids get the less time I seem to have. I've also been spending a LOT of time planning, working on, and changing things in my house. Major things! I love this house - but there is still a whole lot updating to get it where I want it. As you will see in one of the photos below... I'm decorating around it all. I have drywall patches and very old counters, but that doesn't mean no cute decorations here. I still have to live while all this is going on!

Fall Cloche

This cloche is one I made several years ago from a cheese plate. It usually sits on my kitchen counter with the little apples in it, but I sometimes change it out. I decided  to do something with it for Fall. I got an idea here and pinned it to my "Fall & Thanksgiving" board for later.

Inside I used moss and little faux acorns from Hobby Lobby and a mini pumpkin from Trader Joe's. I love how it turned out! It really didn't cost much to make either.

Now it has a prominent place on my counter near my "Lunch" sign from World Market (I got the sign on clearance last year but I think they are still available) and my block calendar I bought at a small vendor a few years ago.

Fall Display

Pumpkin Glass Dome

Check out this link party for more inspiration.

December 31, 2013

We're about to ring in a New Year tonight. 2014! I feel like 2013 just flew by. I've been super busy around here doing all sorts of projects and things. I'm sad that I haven't really had the time to show it all to you. Hopefully in the new year I'll be better about that. At least, that's my plan!

I'm partying tonight with my family - just us. We're going to have tons of fun - but I'm keeping it simple. Because if I was having a real New Year's Eve party I'd be going all out. (Or at least trying to.) Have fun tonight everyone! May 2014 be all that you want it to be!

November 23, 2013

Thanks to Molly for giving me the heads up on this. Some of you will be thrilled with this announcement. Silhouette has developed Silhouette Connect. It's a plug-in for Illustrator and Corel Draw users to cut directly from their software to the Silhouette Cameo and Potrait (and I'm assuming their older Silhouette SD and Original). This is available for Windows XP and higher as well as Mac OS X 10.6.8. It's a really great price at $39.99 and is available to automatically download! I am currently waiting for my software to download in order to play around with it. I'm sure this news will thrill others just as much as it does me!

November 10, 2013

Well I did it. I went outside of my comfort zone and entered a design contest. Usually I see them on Ployvore and think they look cool, but that there's no way I could win. But for some reason (perhaps the reward) I was really intrigued by this design challenge.

The challenge from Polyvore and 2Modern was to "Create a contemporary living room with a softer, natural touch." In another description they explained a little more of what they were looking for. "Beehive-shaped lamps, caterpillar-curves on a chair -- nature inspires design. Show us how you would create a contemporary, organic room."

So the first thing I did was look for an inspiration piece to design around. The orange Anana Poof from Aqua Creation's Furniture line is made from a super luscious material - but it is even named after it's inspiration - the Pineapple. (Anana is pineapple in Spanish.)

Aqua Creations
Aqua Creations   (clipped to polyvore.com)

I knew I wanted to pull in the bright colors of fall to make the room feel more rich and natural - so I chose orange, blue and green as my pallet. I like to show people that bright colors aren't just for paint or artwork.

Then I searched for items with organic fabrics, recycled materials and other nature inspired elements. The sectional from Environment Furniture was made recycled army tent canvas. I was so surprised by that but I love it.

Sofa   (see more modular sofas)

I think what surprised me when I finally sat back and looked at the room was how warm and inviting it felt. I pulled many modern elements in and used items from 2Modern and while a lot of it is modern, there is a much more inviting feel to this room than I usually see in modern design.

Here's my entry to the contest! What do you all think? Does it feel like organic modernism?

October 26, 2013

While putting together the plans for our Halloween party - I whipped up this image. It was a great visual checklist for me while preparing everything. It was also really nice to use to get back to links instead of having 10 tabs open.

The Party was so much fun. All together there were 5 adults and 17 kids. There was lots of playing indoors and out. Good food was enjoyed by all. Sadly, I had no idea my husband had stuck dry ice in the freezer that morning, or I would have pulled that out to use as well. But honestly, it was a whole lot of fun. Here's a few photos of some of the details:

Halloween Party

Spiders Eggs

Zombie Teeth