Rag Rug For Lucy’s Room

CAUTION: This project could take your entire life depending on how big you want it. Attempt only if you have excessive amounts of time on your hands!! 

I’m only kidding, sort of. Keep reading.

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I decided I wanted a rag rug to place in front of Lucy’s crib. I briefly looked in stores such as Home Goods, Target, etc. All had rag rugs, but none had the right colors! So I moved on to searching for how to make my own. Of course my first resource was Pinterest. I searched and I found this tutorial from Everyday Art.

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So it looked easy enough and I decided I needed to do something crafty anyway to get me through the remainder of my pregnancy. After all, it had been months since I’d even explored anything that involved DIY.

So why the bold comment at the top of this post warning you to attempt at your own risk? It will take you forever to complete and you have to have a TON of fabric! To prove my point let me tell you a little side story…

I was at Hobby Lobby for the 3rd time buying fabric for this project. Yes, the third time! i kept running out! There was a lady in front of me buying small amounts of several different fabrics. The lady at the fabric counter is very nice (or maybe just nosey) and always inquires about what you will make with the fabric being purchased. When she asked the gal in front of me I heard her say she was making a rag rug for her son’s nursery. So of course I jumped in and said I was doing the same and went on to complain that it was my third trip to buy fabric and 4th week working on the rug. She had one up on me. It was her 4th trip for fabric and she had been working on rug since she was pregnant. Her son was 7 weeks old! So it wasn’t just me! This was the project that would NEVER end!

IMG_5571 But seriously, look how cute it turned out! So if you are still brave enough to attempt this project, here are my recommendations.

1. Work on this in all your spare time when your hands are fre

2. Don’t underestimate the amount of fabric needed. You will return to the store (at least twice) to purchase more.

So to make the rug you will need a rug pad with large holes. They come in a variety of sizes and you can always cut it to fit the size you want. You will also need A LOT of fabric. Like 15-20 yards total. Choose a variety of different fabrics in the colors that coordinate with your room but also choose different patterns. The pattern on the fabric won’t matter because you won’t be able to see it anyway.

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Using the tutorial above, simply loop the fabric strips through the holes of the rug pad.

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You can see here how I skipped a few random spaces in each row and a row in between.

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This made the rug plenty full.

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So try if you dare. It is definitely an adorable product with a tedious process. Lucy likes it!

New winner for the Minted.com giveaway. I’ve picked two and neither has come forward to claim their prize. Let’s try one more time. 

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Oh Diana, it’s you!!

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Please email me so I can give you your prize. :)

Apple and Fennel Salad Recipe

Well, it took 2 days but I finally found my the cord to download my photos from camera to computer! Jeesh! Sorry for the delay on sharing the Apple and Fennel Salad recipe I mentioned the other day.

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Anywhooo, it’s apple season! One of my favorite things about fall is the flavors. I’m talking about apple, cinnamon and pumpkin. We normally go apple picking at least once in the fall. The kids love it and it gives us an excuse to visit the mountains. But somehow we always come home with too many apples so I have to find recipes to use them up. This one I tore out of Southern Living in September 2010. And yes, I just now got around to making it! But I’m glad I did because it was yummy!

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Here are your ingredients…

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Dressing: 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1 shallot, minced, 1 Tbsp. brown sugar, 1 tsp. Dijon mustard, salt and pepper to taste. Whisk together first five ingredients. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Salad: 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, 1 Gala apple, 1 medium fennel bulb, 1 celery rib, 5 oz. package fresh arugula, 1 cup loosely packed fresh parsley leaves

chopping fennelToast walnuts either in pan on stove or in oven. Thinly slice apple, fennel and celery. (If you’ve never used fennel, cut off the stalks and bottom end and slice like an onion.) Coarsely chop parsley.

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Place arugula in a bowl and top with parsley, apples, fennel, celery and walnuts.

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Toss with dressing and serve immediately.

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If you are unfamiliar with fennel it has a wonderful licorice scent and flavor. I have used it only once before this recipe, and it was cooked, so I was a little hesitant, especially eating it raw. But it was absolutely delicious! It really compliments the sweetness of the apples and the peppery arugula.

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You can find the original recipe here.

Oh, I have one more thing to share. The winner of the Minted.com giveaway never contacted me. SO, that means I get to pick a new winner!

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Congrats #7, Kris S!

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PLEASE contact me Kris to claim your prize!

Failure to Post

Well, I had a yummy recipe to post tonight for a fennel & apple salad but my cord to download my pictures from my camera is missing. Figures!

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But I wanted to announce the winner of the Minted.com giveaway.

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Comment #17 was Jennifer who said….

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Congratulations Jennifer! Be sure to contact me in the next 48 hours to claim your prize!

Even if you didn’t win or if you missed the giveaway, consider Minted for your holiday cards this year. Check out some of their designs here minted.com/photo-christmas-cards.

Itty Bitty Pumpkin Treats (revisited)

I’d like to say happy fall y’all. I don’t know which part of the country (or world) you are in, but I hope you are able to enjoy some fall-like weather. Here in South Carolina it was 87 degrees today. In parts of Colorado, I heard it was snowing. What happened to fall? Did Mother Nature forget about it this year?
Well, besides the weather, fall is showing its colors and everything is apples and pumpkins. This is an old post, but I thought I’d re-share because it’s a really cute idea for a fall treat.
These little guys are “Itty Bitty Punkin’ Treats!” They may be tiny but they are pure deliciousness!
Here is what you need:
1 box powdered sugar
1 small jar peanut butter
1/2 stick of butter
red & yellow food coloring
chocolate chips
Mix powdered sugar, peanut butter and softened butter in a bowl just until combined.
 Mix red and yellow food coloring with 1/4 cup of water until you get the desired orange.
This was a good job for Little Man #2.

Add the food coloring, a little at a time, to the peanut butter mixture and mix well.
Roll the dough into small teaspoon size balls. Little Man #2 had fun helping me with this.
Use a toothpick to create criss-cross markings across the top of the balls.

Top each ball with a chocolate chip and you have your little punkins!
You can share or save them all for yourself! :)
ENJOY!
I should note that the first time I posted this recipe I had a lot of emails asking about the bake time. There is no baking!

 By the way, forgive the appearance of my blog! Not sure what happened but something removed the buttons on the sidebar and also the design of the blog. Oops! Anyway, a new design is in the works and I can’t wait to reveal!

I’m Back with a Giveaway from Minted.com

I’m ba-ack! Yes, for real (I think), I’m back. It’s been a long year and our family has been through a lot. We sold the old house, moved to a temp house while our new house was being built, had a baby and FINALLY moved into our new house (one week after baby). Wait, back up. Had a baby? Yes, I did. I know many of you probably never even knew I was pregnant. I never mentioned it here on the blog. I thought about it, I really did. But I just never did it. Let me introduce you to my sweet little girl.

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My feelings about continuing this blog have been like a tug of war over the past year. There were days that I thought about shutting it down but those days were often followed by days of missing “Blogland” and feeling I needed to share something. I tried to update the house as much as I could but obviously that didn’t go so well. Yes, the house is finished (Well, sort of. But that’s a whole ‘nother story.), and I promise I will post pictures soon. But first, I have something better. . .

The other night I got an itch. An itch to start blogging again. Totally different than the wishy-washy feelings I’d been having for the past year. Something was telling me it was time to come back. So here I am. And what better way to make a comeback than with a giveaway to jump start it?!!!

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I was looking for birth announcements for my sweet Lucy girl and stumbled upon Minted.com. Have you been there? It just might be the best stationary site online! Tons (and really I mean tons) of designs, shapes and color choices. And of course you can customize your cards with your photos and message. Here is what I am creating for Lucy’s birth announcement.

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It’s a birth announcement book! Each page has a different photo or photos and your own personal story.

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You know it’s about that time to start thinking about holiday cards! Who am I kidding, I don’t start thinking about them until Thanksgiving. And even worse, I don’t usually order them until December! But this year I’m getting a head start! I’m ordering through Minted.com

Here are two that I created using minted.com. I think it says it all about how blessed we have been this past year.

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Check out their other holiday designs minted.com/photo-christmas-cards. They have something for everyone! Here are just a few more cuties.

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So are you ready for the giveaway? Minted.com is offering a $75 credit to one of Scissors & Spatulas’ readers! Hooray! What do you have to do? Simply leave a comment below. I will use random.org to pick the winner this Friday.

Happy holidays a little early from Minted.com!

Disclaimer: Winner will be chosen at random. Deadline for entries is 11:59pm on October 4, 2013. Winner will be announced October 6, 2013 and will have 48 hours to claim prize before another winner is drawn. Minted.com is responsible for awarding the prize.

At Long Last, an Update!

Did you think the house building had come to a halt? I know, I know, it’s been far too long since my last post. And it’s quite ridiculous as well considering all that has been done since my last post!

Here is what you saw…

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And here is what the exterior looks like now…

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The siding went up. This took forever! Like three weeks which seemed like a long, long time.

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 But it was finally finished and in just a few days, it was painted…

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And my favorite part of the exterior? My “haint blue” porch ceiling! If you aren’t familiar, historically they painted the porch ceilings in the lowcountry blue to keep away insects and ghosts.

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So that is where we are with the exterior. So let me show you a few of the interior. Since I haven’t shown you any photos of the inside yet, I’ve created collages of the progression since framing.

The front entry and staircase (view from family room)…

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The family room…

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The back wall of the kitchen….

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Other photos of the kitchen (P.S. I LOVE my kitchen cabinets!)…

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And finally, our master bath shower. The cabinets are in as well, but I don’t have a photo yet…

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So that is about where we are today. They have primed all the walls for painting and I’m hoping that will be done this week. We are getting close and I’m getting very anxious. We are being told three weeks until move in. My fingers are crossed, but I’m still a bit skeptical.

Everything looks amazing so far! I can’t wait to see it finished!

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It’s Looking Like a House!

I know, I’ve been slacking again on posting. However, a lot has happened since I last posted when I showed you the beginnings of the framing of the house {read here}.

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Very shortly after this picture from my last post, the framing was complete. It was crazy how fast it went and it was so fun to drive by every day and see the changes and progress.

Within a few days after the completion of framing, we had a roof!

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And a couple days later, we had windows!

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Here is the back view of the house.

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It’s starting to look like a house, huh?
Well, all that exciting stuff is over (for now). For the past week and a half it’s been plumbing and HVAC. Not that it isn’t great progress, it’s just not as much fun to watch! But we have our plumbing and HVAC systems in (I’ll spare you the details and pics of that!) and electrical starts tomorrow. Once all that is done, the drywall will start going in and it will really start looking like a house inside!

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Foundation and Framing

Has it really been almost a month since I last posted about our house? Sorry about that! It’s been a pretty busy month! You’re going to be shocked by what I have to show you.

When I left off they had just poured the footings (see previous post here). The foundation came next and we were thrilled that we finally got to see something coming up from the ground!

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I absolutely LOVE our brick choice. It’s the first one my eyes were drawn to when we walked into the brick. It’s Statesville Tumbled Oversized Walnut Creek Brick.

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I love even more this beautiful brickwork!

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This is the foundation for our front porch. Isn’t it gorgeous?!
While the foundation was being finished, we got this delivery.

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Who knew a shipment of wood would be so exciting?!
They quickly laid the floor.

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This was the first time we got to “walk” our house! Finally! After looking at it on paper for over six months, we were actually walking on it!

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Then this…

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It was one of the happiest days of my life! It might sound silly, but my dream house was coming to life.

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 And it went up fast!

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At this point we were able to walk through the house and actually see the framing of the rooms downstairs. It was wonderful to finally get a real-life view of the house we had worked on creating for so many months.

The back…

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The roof…

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The porch…

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And this is where we are today. They put some makeshift stairs in so we were finally able to go see the upstairs today as well. It’s unbelievable! It puts a smile on my face just thinking about it!

framing custom house river district baxterI do have some pictures of the inside and I’ll post those soon. Stay tuned…

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A Last Minute Decision

 So last week I shared with you the progress of the land preparations that were done for the new house. {If you missed it, you can read about it here.}

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Although it was exciting to see things changing, even if it was just dirt being pushed around, we were ready for more! So we were very excited the day the surveyor came out to plot the house. That is, until we saw where the house was plotted!

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You can’t tell very well from the photo, but the house took up pretty much the entire width of the lot. And, because it was so wide, the only way it would fit was to move it really far back (our lot is skinnier in front, wider towards back) leaving us no back yard.

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It also left us very little side yard on either side.

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I was completely devastated. We all knew the house was wide, but no one had anticipated we would have to plot it so far back on the lot. We also didn’t expect it to take up the entire span of the lot.

There was only one logical thing to do to solve this problem and it was not something I was very happy about. In order to get our back yard, we would have to switch our side load garage to a front load. So right there, on the spot, I had to make a decision. I wasn’t happy about it, but it didn’t seem we had much of a choice, so we said go for it. So our plans have changed from this…

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to this…

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I REALLY didn’t like this idea at first. I didn’t want the garage to be the first thing people saw when they looked at our house. I didn’t want it to be a distraction from our huge, beautiful front porch. However, I realized that our garage does not sit in line with the front of the house, it’s a good bit back, so attention will not be drawn to it too much. It’s  grown on me and I”m ok with it now. It’s moved our house up a lot and given us much more of a back yard. It’s all good.

So then we were ready for the footings to be dug and poured. Ready and waiting. We waited because of sleet and ice (Remember, we are in SC and that doesn’t happen EVER!) and we waited longer because mother nature decided that after a summer and fall of drought, it was finally time for it to rain.
But we finally had a couple days of beautiful sunny weather and have our footings!

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It was cool to finally see the footings because it really gave us an idea of exactly where the house would sit on the land and also we could get a better idea of the size.

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We were so thankful that this part was complete because we knew that now they could really get started on the building! Not only was it exciting to finally see the footings complete, but I found this on the lot too.

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The bricks for our foundation!oversized bricks

Until next time…

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Progress

Yes, I realize it’s been a month since I posted “I’m back!” after a long, much-needed break. Sorry about that!

After finally breaking ground on our dream house at the beginning of January {read about it here}, we were so excited to watch the trees being cleared, the dirt being moved and anything else that reminded us that we were finally doing this!
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By the way, this will be our view from our front porch…gorgeous!
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So things were moving along but then we ran into a couple delays that have slowed the progress of the house.

We hit rock…
Not just rock, boulders. Lots of them. These were all removed from our lot and this is about one third of them.

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After removing those rocks there were a couple in the ground they had to break.

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These guys were being difficult! So difficult a special machine had to be brought in!

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But Mr. Mike (Our builder. Yep, that’s him running that machine up there) got through them and the grading of the land could finally move forward.

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Next we had the big hill. I am not sure where all the dirt came from, but the boys loved it!

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They climbed it…

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slid down it…

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and thought they were on top of the world!
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It was fun while it lasted, but then the hill was bulldozed away.

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The boys weren’t too happy about that!

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So the land was prepped and we were ready to for the surveyor to stake the perimeter of the house. That was until the surveyor came and staked the house. I’ll tell you all about that next time!

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I’m Back with Great News!

I realize I’ve been gone for quite a while. Much longer than I anticipated! But a lot has been happening over the past couple months and things have been pretty busy around here.

First, we sold our sold our house in just four days and then we had only thirty days to pack up and move out. Needless to say, we spend those thirty days packing morning, noon and night! It was a whirlwind, but we were very thankful to have sold and closed so quickly because that meant we could get started on our new house!

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If you are a follower, you probably remember that back in May we were beyond excited to have purchased land to build a new home. Our dream home.

We thought we already had the perfect plan. It was one of Southern Living’s most popular “Idea House” plans, the Abberley Lane. I had torn that house out of Southern Living Magazine years before. I loved it! But I never in a million years thought I’d have the opportunity to build it!

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I absolutely love the look of this house. It reminds me of a lowcountry plantation home. Hubby and I met in Charleston, and we used to love to walk around downtown and look at the gorgeous homes and architecture of the historic city. This one caught my eye immediately when I saw it because it reminds me of one of those homes.

Although it was the perfect plan, there were a “few” things we wanted to change. I know I have shown you these before, but it’s been a while so I thought I’d briefly refresh.

We wanted to extend the porch so that it wrapped around both sides of the house. This meant moving the garage to the back.

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We wanted the kitchen and family room to be more open to each other.

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We wanted to eliminate the two story family room to allow for more square footage upstairs.

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We also didn’t need the formal living space in the front of the house so we borrowed the front entry and stairway from another Southern Living plan, Wentworth Heights (shown below). It allowed that extra room to be hidden behind the stairs. Perfect for my messy craft room!

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 A “few” modifications became many changes and many drafts, but we finally had the perfect plan. Thank God for our architect who was so patient and accommodating! (KC Home Designs).

She is currently working on the most recent (and final set), but this is pretty close. We only made a few changes after picking out appliances and choosing bathroom cabinets.

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After the plans were complete, it was time to choose a builder. We decided on Olde South Homes, a very impressive husband and wife team. We are thrilled that they will be building our dream home and have been very impressed with everything so far!

After weeks of waiting to close at the bank and a couple more weeks of waiting on permits, etc, we have finally broken ground!

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I’m sure these pictures aren’t too exciting for y’all, but for us it was HUGE! So we are finally, after months of patiently (and not so patiently) waiting, building our house! Stay tuned, I plan on posting about the house often!

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A little time out…

Ok my friends, I tried. I really, really did. Over the past several months I’ve tried to share new, creative ideas with you. But for me, these lame posts just aren’t cutting it. I miss (and I’m pretty sure you do too) refinishing furniture, re-decorating rooms, coming up with new, creative home decor. But to be honest, there is not a whole lot I can do right now.

For those of you who follow my blog, you know that we are in the process of selling our current home in order to build our dream home.

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Our plans have been under construction for several months now. I’ve shown y’all on a couple different drawings of our version of the Abberley Lane shown above. Well, even though I said it was finished, I fibbed! Or maybe just changed my mind a few more times. We are in the final stages of detailing and we made a few minor changes since the last time I shared with you the elevation and floorplan. I’m excited to show you, and I will, as soon as I get it back from the architect! And, we have chosen our builder as well! I’ll announce that soon too!

The good news is that after less than a week on the market, our house is under contract! Not only that, but we have less than one month until closing! While this is all very exciting, it is also terrifying to know that I have to pack up my entire house (and I got a lot of stuff people) and find somewhere to live while our new house is being built! Yes, I’m freaking out a little bit!

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So back to the point of this post. I’ve tried, I really have tried to make things as interesting as they used to be. But since I knew we were moving it seemed sill to re-decorate, I was afraid to paint furniture because I don’t know what my colors and decor will be in the new house, and frankly, I just didn’t have any creative motivation. But I did try my best to post some things. And I planned on continuing to do so, until today.

I stressed all day (while packing) about getting a post up. You see, I get anxiety if I don’t post frequently enough. It used to be that I had to post every day. But then when I started my business I learned to relax and that it was ok to skip a day or two here and there. But lately, I’ve been skipping more days than posting and it’s causing me major anxiety. (I found this little comic here and thought it was funny.)

Then today I had this moment where I realized that I needed to take a break. Not a permanent break. Oh no, I’m going to be sharing with y’all the building of the new house! And then I get to share decorating it!!!! But I am going to take a temporary break for the next few weeks while I pack the house up.

So I hope that you don’t mind. I might still post here and there. But I want to do it because I have something to post or because I have a few spare minutes to do so. I don’t want to feel pressured or anxious about it. But please don’t leave me! I promise that when I come back, I’m going to have way more to talk about and to share than I’ve shared in the last year! I promise! I’ll be back soon…

Pretty Things Thursday Linky #13

Is it Thursday? Hmmm, I guess it is! Did I forget to put up this week’s PTT? Yes I did!

Guess it’s better late than never, right???
Here a couple quick picks from last week…

I can’t get enough of pumpkin-flavored stuff! (Except those pumpkin pie Hershey Kisses. They are awful! Awful!) But these Pumpkin Pie Pancakes with Pumpkin Whipped Cream from The Clever Pink Pirate sound and look delish!

Pumpkin Pie Pancakes Cake w/ Pumpkin Whipped Cream via www.cleverpinkpirate.com

Check out how cute and simple this Wooden Height Chart by Twigg Studios.

And this fall tablescape by Crafty Scrappy Happy! Simple, yet elegant  Stop by for the tutorial for the placemats too!

This Luminary Ghost is too clever! Go find out how to make your own at Kaminski’s Creations.

Ok, I’m ready to see what you’ve come up with this week! Are you ready to share your pretties? I’m sure you remember the rules…

1. Please link YOUR projects, tutorials, tips, etc. that have not already been shared at Pretty Things Thursday.
2. DO NOT link any posts that include giveaways, things you are selling or other link parties.
3. Please put a link (text or button) back to Scissors & Spatulas and Johnny In A Dress somewhere on your blog!
4. Visit other links and leave LOTS of sweet comments!

OHHHH, and seriously people…go enter the Designed Beginnings giveaway! $40 credit to the store and the entries are few which means your chances are big! You can enter up to 6 times! Go here now!



Decorated Halloween Branches

 I kept my Halloween decorations to a minimum this year since our house is currently on the market. Did I tell y’all that, by the way? Yes, the house went on the market! Anyway, as much as I love decorating for Halloween (and fall in general), I kept it minimal for staging purposes. I hate my house being staged. It doesn’t feel like my house.

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But I did create this little vignette on my kitchen sideboard.
The weather here in SC has been gorgeous! I sent the boys into the woods in our back yard and asked them to find me some big branches. Of course this was not a difficult task for them! They love collecting sticks!

I spray painted the branches with some black spray paint I had in the garage.

During the process of turning and drying each side, I made the “ornaments.” I already had made some of these rosettes for a holiday craft party I had for the neighbors. I used Stampin Up designer series paper, punches and the Designer Rosette Bigz Cutting Die to create the accordion folded rosettes. (order rosette die here) I basically layered the different pieces using the coordinating papers from Stampin Up. (They make it so easy!)

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I used Howlstooth and Scaringbone designer series paper for these two. I LOVE this paper! It is darling for Fall and halloween, but can also be used any time of the year! You can order it here.

halloween rosette howlstooth scaringbone stampin up

  These next two are made from Stampin Up’s Wicked Fun designer series paper, which, by the way, is on clearance for an excellent deal! Order it here.stampin up wicked fun halloween rosette

This ornament also uses the Lifestyle Crafts Lattice Doily cutting die.

lifestyle craft delicate doily die cut halloween ornament

I also used this skeleton cutting die from Lifestyle Crafts Tricks ‘n Treats collection.

lifestyle crafts skeleton die cut

Once I started assembling it, I realized that it would be a great activity for the boys!

lifestyle crafts skeleton die cut

So I cut two more sets and told them to see if they could build a skeleton.

I let them do it on their own first and I was pretty surprised at how well they did! But then I let them use mine as a model to glue their pieces to the paper.

lifestyle crafts skeleton die cut

lifestyle crafts skeleton die cut

My skeleton got some ribbon and some distressing and was hung on my tree with the rosettes.

lifestyle crafts skeleton cutting die

And here are all the “ornaments” all together on the branches.

halloween branches with paper ornaments

My little corner of Halloween!

Hey, have you entered to win the Designed Beginnings store credit? You could win a $40 store credit to use on anything  you want! Don’t miss out! YOu have until Friday, October 19 to enter! Just click here.

Wall Decal Giveaway from Designed Beginnings

Check out this nursery…

Isn’t the wall decal adorable?
Today I’m excited to announce a giveaway from one of Scissors and Spatulas’ newest sponsors!

Designed Beginnings creates nursery wall decals, growth charts, and adorable wall stickers to decorate any child’s room. I love the fun look of these numbers & circles wall decal!

And the growth charts are too cute! What a great way to keep track of the littles’ growth!

Let me introduce you to Ragan, Designed Beginnings shop owner…

 “I am a graphic designer and decided to be a stay at home mom 3 1/2 years ago when my first baby was born. I now have two boys and one on the way. I began doing selling wall decals on etsy 3 years ago and it has been a lot of fun designing new decals for people.”

Vinyl decals are an easy and affordable way to change the look of any room. The wall decals are easy to install and remove. All vinyl decals are matte, which makes it look more like paint. The matte vinyl adhesive is removable and won’t ruin your paint.

Owls, giraffes, elephants, sports, flowers and more, Designed Beginnings has a wall decal to match any room! Ragan can also create personalized wall decals!

Ragan wants to offer one of Scissors & Spatulas’ readers a $40 credit to Designed Beginnings!!! Hip hip hooray! What a way to start your week, right?!

How to enter to win a $40 Credit to Designed Beginnings:
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4. Like Designed Beginnings on Facebook and leave a comment letting me know you did.
5. Share this giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter and leave a separate comment for each.
The giveaway starts now and will run until Friday evening (Oct. 19). The winner will be announced the following morning.
Ready, set, ENTER!

Pretty Things Thursday #12

Whew, things have been crazy around here lately! Yes, I took a little more than a week off. But I have great news! We chose a builder for our new house and (this is bittersweet news) our current house is on the market!
Okay, enough about me….What have you been up to?

Ready to show us what you got?

Don’t forget the RULES…

1. Please link YOUR projects, tutorials, tips, etc. that have not already been shared at Pretty Things Thursday.
2. DO NOT link any posts that include giveaways, things you are selling or other link parties.
3. Please put a link (text or button) back to Scissors & Spatulas and Johnny In A Dress somewhere on your blog!
4. Visit other links and leave LOTS of sweet comments!



Pickin’ Apples

We recently took our annual fall road trip to Sky Top Apple Orchard in the mountains of North Carolina.

This was our third year at the orchard but this was the first time we were actually able to pick apples. The past two years we have gone too late in the season and the trees were picked over.

We made it a family trip and took my mother-in-law and met my sister-in-law and nieces who live closer to the orchard.
I just wanted to share a few pictures with you.

We had a blast!

This week…

Hey y’all! i just wanted to let you know that this week, I’m taking a break!

And it’s ok!
But why? Because this week…

I’m busy trying to decide on a builder for our new house. Eeek!
The Ready to Pop Shop is in full force and next week I have something new to add.
The orders for my seat sacks are rolling in! WOW!
And I just need some time for my family.

Don’t worry, it’s only a week. I will be back Monday and things will be back to normal!

Pretty Things Thursday #12

It’s Thursday again already and that means it’s time for you to link up your pretties!

Thanks to everyone who linked up! Y’all give me so much great stuff it’s hard to choose! Here are just a couple of my faves from last week!

Check out these Halloween candy test tubes from A Pumpkin & a Princess. Too cute!

Halloween Treats: Candy Tubes

This caramel apple munch mix sounds so yummy! Stop by Shaken Together for the recipe.

Check out this clock turned mirror from Pressing On. Very clever upcycle!

Stubbornly Crafty used 2x4s to create some really cute Halloween characters. This mummy was my favorite! Stop by the blog to see the rest.

If you’re looking for a free fall printable, stop over to A Night Owl and grab one!

Thanks again for sharing all your pretties last week! I can’t wait to see what you have for us this week!

Please follow the RULES…

1. Please link YOUR projects, tutorials, tips, etc. that have not already been shared at Pretty Things Thursday.
2. DO NOT link any posts that include giveaways, things you are selling or other link parties.
3. Please put a link (text or button) back to Scissors & Spatulas and Johnny In A Dress somewhere on your blog!
4. Visit other links and leave LOTS of sweet comments!
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Shelf Reliance & THRIVE Foods with Carolina Food Storage

Today I’m excited to tell you about one of Scissors and Spatulas’ newest sponsors! Carolina Food Storage is a website and online store dedicated to improving and maintaining the quality of food while eliminating waste caused by tossing expired foods.
I don’t know about you, but when I clean out my pantry I end up throwing out a garbage can full of unused, unopened food because it has expired. Money down the drain! Using the Shelf Reliance food rotation system in combination with freeze dried foods, this waste can be eliminated. Now I know you are thinking, “Freeze dried foods? No thank you!” But really, you gotta take a look at these.
THRIVE foods offers the same food that you use every day and would typically buy from the grocery store with the advantage of a longer shelf life. Thrive products are all natural and free of harmful preservatives and additives. And the best part…all the work has been done for you! No dicing, chopping peeling, etc! If you still don’t believe me, take a look at some of the recipes they have available here.
 

 When combined with the Food Rotation Systems, THRIVE foods are constantly rotated on a first in first out basis.  This guarantees your family receives the freshest food possible and helps reduce waste.

Now let me introduce you to the founder of Carolina Food Storage.
Meet Leigh Ann…
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For years my husband has wanted to start a food storage system.  We really didnt know where to start and what to buy.  We stocked up on various canned foods that we never seemed to want to eat on a daily basis and they eventually expired and were thrown out.  I set out on a search to find a system that would work for us and was so excited when I found Shelf Reliance!  The selection and quality of the food is better than anything I had tried in the past.  With a shelf life of 25 years on most items, I knew that we wouldn’t waste our hard earned money on food that is thrown away.  Shelf Reliance has all of the foods that you normally shop for at the grocery store, fruits, veggies, grains, meats and dairy all with an extended shelf life.  Shelf Reliance also helps me save time, I don’t have to run to the grocery store as often and I don’t have to spend extra time in the kitchen chopping and browning because it has all been done for me!
Shelf Reliance THRIVE Freeze Dried Foods are great for:
* Quick Everyday Meals
* Emergency Food Supplies 
* Camping Trips
* Dorm Rooms
* Vacation Homes

Since our foods do not require refrigeration and have an extended shelf life the possibilities are endless!
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Head on over to Carolina Food Storage now and take a look. It’s a pretty cool concept to help save money and eliminate waste while eating well at the same time! Also stop by their Facebook page where you can find lots of new recipes, deals, and other information.

 

Fun Fall Peanut Butter Cereal Treats

peanut butter cereal fall halloween treats

I found the recipe for these bars last year in a magazine. I can’t remember which one. I thought they were really cute for a fall treat and the recipe sounded yummy. Plus they are simple enough that the kiddos can help. They are basically Rice Krispy treats using a different cereal and adding peanut butter and M&Ms. I found these red, brown and yellow ones for fall. If you can’t find them, you can always use regular and take out the blue and green.

You’ll need: 30 large marshmallows, 3 Tbsp butter, 1 Tbsp peanut butter, 6 cups Cap’n Crunch peanut butter cereal, and 1 cup M&Ms.

Add marshmallows, butter and peanut butter to a large saucepan.

Cook on medium heat, stirring often, until melted and combined.

Add the cereal…

and M&Ms…

and stir, just until combined. Don’t over stir because the M&Ms will start melting and breaking.

Transfer mixture to a greased 9×13-inch pan. Press firmly to cover bottom of pan.

Allow to cool and then serve!
I decided to cut them into bite-size squares and serve them on a lollipop stick!

peanut butter cereal fall halloween treats

YUM!

peanut butter cereal fall halloween treats

A Few Fall Recipes {Revisited}

Fall is officially here! That means pumpkins, apples and spice! I love fall flavors!
Today I’m revisiting a few of my favorite recipes that I’ve shared with you in the past. Enjoy!
pumpkin pie dip scissors and spatulas
  This dip is soooo good! And you can make a fun fall presentation by serving it out of a pumpkin! I wish I could call it my own, but I got it from Southern Living.
It’s very easy.

Recipe for Pumpkin Pie Dip 

pumpkin treats scissors and spatulas
These little guys may be tiny but they are pure deliciousness! Not to mention, adorable!
And they are simple enough that the kiddos can help!
You can get the recipe here.
apple brown betty recipe scissors and spatulas
It’s apple season! We always head up to the mountains to do some apple picking. This recipe uses both fresh apples and apple cider.
You can get the recipe here.
pumpkin chili scissors & spatulas

I have to say I was a bit skeptical of this recipe at first. But I’ll try anything once, so I went for it. So glad I did! The pumpkin gave the chili a rich, nutty flavor.

The ingredients are pretty basic. You can find the measurements here. The recipe calls for 2 jalapenos but I didn’t even use a whole one. I used white kidney beans (cannellni beans) because I thought they would go better with turkey than dark kidney beans. I also used fire roasted diced tomatoes because I really like the flavor.

Happy fall y’all!

Parker’s Lego Birthday

Last Saturday we celebrated Parker Reese’s third birthday. It’s hard to believe my sweet little monkey is three already!

The child’s two favorite things are Legos and Star Wars so Of course he chose a Lego themed party. I was actually pretty excited about this. I knew it would be a fun (and easy) theme to work with.

I started with Lego invitations that I found on Pinterest. I created the invitation using the Silhouette software. I downloaded a Lego font that I found on the Internet and just changed the color of the letters and I used a wooden stamp for the party information. I cut red, yellow and blue card stock into rectangles (about 3×5 inches) and used a 1-inch punch for the circles. Dimensionals were used under the circles to give it the 3-D look.

Lego birthday invitations cards

The decorations were simple. I bought lots of red, yellow and blue balloons and tied them around the room. I made this banner using my silhouette, some lego scrapbook paper I found at the craft store and an image I found online.

lego birthday banner

lego birthday bannerlego birthday banner

The table spread was also simple. I used a big Lego head in the center of the table and tied lots of balloons to it (they hadn’t arrived yet when I took the photo). I added some color using vases of candy (blue Sixlets, Twizzlers and Lemonheads) and, of course, Legos!

lego birthday party decor

I really wish I had gotten a better picture of the cake. It was three sections (red, yellow and blue) stacked. My friend Cristy (who made Parker’s adorable hay bale cake last year)

lego cake birthday

 I was lucky enough to find someone local that did Lego parties. Bricks 4 Kidz was great! During the party, the kids got to build they’re own mini figuring, participate in races, games, scavenger hunts and more!

For party favors I ordered a bunch of lego candy (2 lbs!) and random Lego pieces (500!).
Each child got to take home a candy favor. I used cellophane bags and the Lego paper to make the candy favors. 

lego candy party favor birthday

I had hubby and the boys custom build each child a figure using the Lego pieces. They turned out pretty interesting! The kids also got to take home their mini figurine they created during the party.

lego party favors

Happy third birthday to the kid who loves trying on my shoes,

 loves making people laugh,

always keeps us on our toes,

but is still the sweetest little guy in the world!

Pretty Things Thursday #11

It’s Thursday again already and that means it’s time for you to link up your pretties!

Thanks to everyone who linked up! Here is a look at a couple of my faves from last week!

Of course I love this side table redo by Giraffe Legs.

This bedazzled pumpkin was used as a centerpiece at a baby shower! A very clever idea over at Uncommon.

baby shower pumpkin

Alderberry Hill always has something fabulous to share! This week it was her Halloween glass blocks that caught my eye!

And finally, this chalkboard command center {which must have taken some serious patience}. Check out the tutorial at Just Us Four.

So whatcha got for us this week? Show us your pretties below and be sure to send your friends this way to share theirs as well!

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1. Please link YOUR projects, tutorials, tips, etc. that have not already been shared at Pretty Things Thursday.
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Halloween Matchbox Treats

lifestyle crafts matchbox die cut stampin up halloween

Yes, Halloween is right around the corner! Can you believe it? It is time to start thinking about those Halloween treats!
The Lifestyle Crafts Fall Core Collection 2 cutting dies have just been released!

And I’ve used two of these items to make the cute little Halloween treat boxes above!

The Rectangular Matchbox Cutting Die was used to create the treat container. I chose some coordinating Halloween papers from Stampin’ Up! and ran them through the Big Shot with the matchbox die cut.

Here is box number 1…

lifestyle crafts rectangle match box cutting die

This designer series paper I used for this box, Wicke Fun, is one of my favorite holiday papers! And it’s on clearance right now and are 50% off the regular price!! Get it here before they are gone! I also used the bat punch, also on clearance (order here) and the new rosettes die cut (order here).

stampin up halloween rosette

Once the box is cut you fold it and put it together  so it looks like this. The rosette die cuts and scores the paper. To create the rosette, you will fold (accordion style) the scored marks, glue the two end pieces and push the center inwards and fill the center with hot glue to secure. The circles and bat are punched and the white circle is stamped with using the Wicked Fun stamp set (order here).

rectangle match box cutting die stampin up rosette

I added a stip of matching card stock around the box. Before I attached it, I stapled coordinating ribbons. Don’t worry, the staple will be covered by the rosette!

lifestyle crafts matchbox cutting die

Then I secured the rosette piece on the strip with hot glue.

stampin up rosette wicked cool halloween

Now for box number 2…

In addition to the matchbox die, I used the Lattice Doily Die, also from the new collection, for the second box.
I ran it through the Big Shot, using grey card stock.

lifestyle crafts  latticedoily cutting die

The doily was then folded to fit around the box.
This designer series paper from Stampin Up! is Howlstooth & Scaringbone, the new Halloween collection. This collection is fun! It features orange and ivory polka dots, herringbone, stripes, orange chevron (TRENDY), grey & ivory polka dots, and a few other very “in” prints (order here).

lifestyle crafts lattice doily matchbox cutting die

Like the first box, I stapled coordinating ribbon to the doily piece before attaching it to the box (order here). The rosette was created like above. Now check out the cute googlie eyes on the mummy! I actually purchased this stamp from Michaels (in the dollar stamp bins) but you can find a similar stamp set here. And the adorable googly eyes have adhesive backing (order here).

 lattice doily matchbox cutting die stampin up howlstooth

A glue dot to attach “spooky” (from the Wicket Fun set) and hot glue to attach the rosette.

stampin up howlstooth googlies

Ladies and gentlemen…
you have some adorable Halloween treat boxes!

lifestyle crafts matchbox stampin up wicked cool bats

lifestyle crafts matchbox stampin up howlstooth goolies

lifestyle crafts matchbox die cut stampin up halloween

And here is one other matchbox (not Halloween related) I created using the rectangular matchbox cutting die from Lifestyle Crafts.

lifestyle crafts rectangular matchbox cutting die Remember the Spooky Halloween Coffin I shared with you last week?

lifestyle crafts coffin die cut stampin up wicked fun stamp

The Tricks-n-Treats dies are now for sale! There are a bunch of fun Halloween die cuts to choose from so be sure to take a look!

And don’t forget, you can save 20% by entering the code SCISSORS at checkout!!