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Saw it. Pinned it. Did it.- Christmas Tree Skirt

13 Dec

HGTV tutorial

This no sew ruffled skirt has been floating around Pinterest- and I love it! But my tree is understated this year- mostly bright lights and ball ornaments. We have a Gold, Silver, White, and Black glitter tree! Totally coordinates with the rest of the house.

I had to start from scratch because we’ve never had a tree skirt- so I had no base to start from. I used this tutorial to create a basic tree skirt. I used a really cheap off white muslin and doubled it. What I ended up with is about a 50″circumference circle.

Then I chose 4 fabrics that would match our tree this year: gold, silver, brown with sparkles, and black with sparkles. I cut 3 inch strips out of each. I like a little more polished finish, so I serged the bottom of each strip. Then I glue gunned the heck out of. I bought the low temp glue sticks so that I wouldn’t end up with singed fingers. Totally worked- not a single burn!

Tree skirt will a little bling.

Tree skirt will a little bling.

Costco trees are huge!

Costco trees are huge!




You’re turn!



Missing Twitch

21 Aug

Anyone else missing their husband tonight? Nope? All the men are where they’re supposed to be? Safely cuddling their wives in bed? Hmm. Not mine. He’s out helping his dad move. I’m trying hard not to think about being alone in the dark. I should probably stop watching crime shows. At least until this guy gets home:

Dang I miss that guy.

Last One

14 Aug


This boy is moving into his college dorm room today. BOY! DORM! Holy smokes where did his chubby baby cheeks go. The youngest in the family. Número 8. And Lorra, Matt, and I get to move him in. Farewell boy, you are growing up. At least you can’t grow facial hair yet. Don’t want to overwhelm me at once. Haha!

7 Questions

8 Aug

This is the fam, well, the California portion of the clan. The rest are in Texas leading dull lives. I like to think that so I don’t get jealous of all their fun 🙂 We said goodbye to sister second from the left- she was headed back to Texas after spending the Summer her in Cali.
1. The Olympics are awesome! What’s your favorite Summer Olympic event to watch?
Boo. We don’t have any cable, so I haven’t watched ANY of the Olympics. Usually I love gymnastics though!

2. If you could compete in an Olympic event (either season), which would it be?
Ice Skating- the partner kind. I would also need a huge dose of courage and probably a lobotomy to be willing to be thrown through the air like that.

3. Would you rather be tickled to death or poked (by finger) constantly for the rest of your life?
Tickled to death. I would so end up peeing my pants on them and that would be a really nice revenge.

4. Do you keep your nails long or short? Square or round?
Long. I love having long nails! Makes me feel purty. They are round- because I think they look more real like that.

5. Do you think you’re funny?
Duh, I’m stinkin hilarious. I laugh all the time at my jokes and general wittiness.

6. When you have something you’re looking forward to SO much, but it’s still a ways off, what do you do to keep yourself distracted?
I make one of those countdown chains like for Christmas. You know, where you tear one off every day. Those things were awesome. Did you ever think that you could fool the world by tearing extra ones off? Christmas would come earlier? No? Me neither, cough.

7. You’ve just won an Olympic Gold Medal! What are you going to do next?!?!
Probably taking a ridiculously long nap. Seriously, those people must be SO tired! But I guess most of them are like teenagers. They have unlimited energy. In that case, I would totally start spending my endorsement cash. Everyone wants to sign me as their spokesmodel right?

It’s hot

2 Aug

Like, unbearably so. I can’t turn the oven on. I can’t even move around. I’m hot. Summer, I don’t like days like you. Unless I am at places like this:

Water parks. This I like. This is what hot days were made for.

7 Questions

1 Aug

1. It’s the first day of August- Are you savoring the Summer or ready to jump into Fall?
This year I’m not quite ready to let go of my hot Summer days! I need a few more reasons to jump in a bikini and splash around.

2. You need a quick and healthy meal, what do you make?
Salad. I love me some veggies. Quickest thing in the world to make- chop up whatever is in the fridge and throw some dressing on it.

3. You’re at the mall, how do you shop?
If I get to pick the mall, then I walk the entire thing just waiting for something to catch my eye. I always hit Macy’s and Ann Taylor, plus Gap and Forever 21. If it’s my mall- head down, move quickly, don’t make eye contact. Don’t want to get shanked or anything.

4. Would you rather buy a new house or renovate an old one?
Buy a new one. I love the decorating part, but replacing plumbing and finding mold? No thank you. I like the “icing on the cake” part. It’s a Pinterest addiction.

5. Long hair or short hair?
Wish I could go back and forth every week. Twitch loves long hair and practically keels over when I get a trim. I love those cute little ponytails when you have short hair, but I love the long curls too.

6. Who is your oldest (not by age) friend?
I guess it would be Leeann. We met in 7th grade and graduated high school together. We have lunch like once a year, but I love to see her and hear about her adventures! She’s always just getting back from some country or other!

7. What is your favorite blog- currently?
I love blog stalking The Chronicles of Ruthie Hart. She seems sweet and fun. Plus her dog is ridiculously cute.

Sometimes and Always

31 Jul


Sometimes I wonder what it feels like to be a grown up.

Always I get a little taste when I do big girl things. Like this:

Our first big purchase after paying off all our debt. Grown ups.


Sometimes I get disappointed when we go to a restaurant I can’t eat at. And hungry.

Always I remember that going out isn’t all about the food. It’s about seeing people you love and having fun!


New restaurant opening Beef O Brady’s


Sometimes I am afraid of my own limitations.

Always I feel that the challenge is worth it. Going back for round 3 of Physical Therapy on my knee. Screw cortisone shots and surgery.

Sometimes I think that I am the most blessed girl in the whole world.

Always I realize that I AM! I got to marry this guy!