Monday, October 31, 2011

Zipper Pulls

A few months ago we had a random freak storm bordering on tornado (that's probably not a big deal for a lot of you but I live in East TN. We don't have tornadoes in East TN.) Either way, the only place it really damaged was Hobby Lobby & it was bad enough to have to shut down for a few months. *sniffle* ... BUT, they reopened last week! *cheers*

So, I pulled out a few 'crafty' ideas I had found here  & there online. One of them was a tutorial on beaded zipper pulls. I've searched & checked my Pinterest but I cannot find the original gal who made them! Whoever you are, thanks for the idea!

(The picture looked less blurry when I viewed it on my camera screen.)

Before this, I had never worked on anything "jewelry like" so the two on the left were my first attempts and didn't turn out quite the same as the others. The last three I am pretty proud of. ;) The only thing I probably should have done was chose different large beads. These had a much larger center hole & therefore they stay centered on the headpin.

  • 2" headpin
  • larger bead
  • accent beads (I used two for each)
  • charms (if desired)
  • lobster clasp
  • 2 spring ring or jump ring (If you can find the spring rings, choose those. I'm worried the jump rings will eventually separate when pulled)
  • Wire/jewelry cutter
  • Small pliers
Here is what I did, you may differ depending on if you use charms or more beads.

1. Create a closed loop at the bottom of the headpin & slide on the first accent bead. Follow with the main bed & second accent bead.
2. Leave enough headpin at the top to create a loop in the above the top accent bead. Trim off excess wire & then create your loop.
3. Attach your spring ring/jump ring to your charm & then secure it to the bottom loop of the headpin.
4. Attach your lobster clasp to your spring ring/jump ring & then secure it to the top loop of the headpin.

Viola! I found this to be a relatively easy project, too. I should have invested in some small jewelry pliers to make the loops because my household pliers were a little too big & made that part tedious. I definitely plan on making more...these make great cute little gifts!


Monday, October 24, 2011

Grandfather Mountain.

Charlene (my sister-in-law) & I took the kids to Grandfather Mountain last week. Man, talk about the glory of God's creation. In the fall, the views from the park are just stunning. Stunning. It was totally worth the trip despite the fact that A: We got lost. surprise. We always get lost when we go on road trips. and B: The kids drove us crazy the entire car ride up there picking at each other & whining. Thankfully, they slept on the whole way home.

I didn't capture my usual Zeke-doing-the-mundane-that-I-always-find-amazing shots but instead focused on the beauty surrounding. The pictures speak for themselves.

I mean seriously?! Check out the miles of endless mountains. *swoon*

 Charlene watched Zeke so I could take a quick hike to the ledge that was up a little higher/went a little farther out. I felt like I could have sat up there all day and just stared.

Grandfather Mountain is a state park that has hiking trails, animal habits, & the swinging bridge. As you can see in the picture above, the bridge is 1 mile high. Yes, it really does swing. Yes, it is very very windy.
See? The trees even grow weird from the wind.

Totally worth the trip.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Mini Gallery Wall

I suppose you call this a mini gallery's the only thing I could think of beside first-time mom wall shrine. :)

I chose my favorite picture of Noah with Zeke after he was born, my self-portrait maternity shot, & one of Zeke in all his chunky sweet little baby glory. I created it by ordering 10x10 Fine Art Velvet photographs and having them mounted on styrene board. I debated back & forth on whether to use frames or not but in the end I decided to not to. These are much more sensitive to damage so it may not be the best choice but I preferred the floating look. I secured them to the wall with Command Hanging Strips.  (I apologize for the poor lighting & composition - that part of my hallway is lacking in light & width.)

The quote "It is not a slight thing when they, who are so fresh from God, love us." is a vinyl piece that I ordered. The screws? Weeeeell, they are not supposed to be there.

As a side note, you can uncover your children's eyes now, my self-portrait maternity picture does not have my boob in it....what you are seeing is my elbow. 
Have a lovely day now :)

Meet Betsy.

Betsy is our new couch. She's a hoss but she's beautiful. She's also our first piece of nice furniture we've purchased. *swoon* She really changes the way the living room looks, I am seriously regretful that I didn't take a before picture.

 Please ignore the wall behind her. It's my gallery wall in progress. :)

Monday, October 10, 2011


The weather was just ridiculously wonderful this weekend. We're talking sunny blue skies & 80 degrees.

With the impending approach of winter (so not my favorite season), I like to cram in time outside when I can. I personally have never been to a corn maze but they have gained popularity around here in the past few years so why not?

We decided to dump the stroller and just let Zeke walk. Zeke really enjoyed the whole 'free roam' thing. He ran & chased & giggled. As big as he is, he looks so tiny in between all the tall corn.

(Sorry for the poor quality of some of these pictures. Blue sunny skies & no shade = harsh shadows.)

See happy baby here? Keep going because eventually running got old. So did walking.

Did I mention we were a little lost in the maze & it was naptime? Oops. Luckily, we found our way out & had time for a hayride before heading home. Moral improved.

This weekend also brought a trip local Apple Festival where we checked out the local vendors and ate overpriced food. Saturday night brought date night with a group trip to some local caverns that were all decked out to scare the love out of us. You know...dark places/strobe light/people jumping out at you/creepy clowns/dude with a chainsaw chasing you. Yea, that's a romantic night right? 

Good weekend people, good weekend.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Movies I'm looking forward to.

Yea, this post is random but I was thinking about the movies I am excited for in the coming months.

1. Breaking Dawn Pt.1 (November 18, 2011) Yea, so shoot me. I'm a sucker for their teen-angst love, Rob Pattinson's constantly brooding face, & Taylor Lautner shirtless. (Hey! - He's 18 now.)

2. One for the Money (January 27, 2012) Have you ever read the Stephanie Plum novels by Janet Evanovich? There is like currently 18 of them I think. They are centered around the same heroine type character. I guess they would be classified as mysteries but they are also pretty funny. I've enjoyed them all & recommend the read! I'm interested to watch it  in movie form.

3. The Hunger Games (March 23, 2012) Classified as another teen book series but one you shouldn't be ashamed to read. I thought the Hunger Games trilogy was a fascinating book series. Then again...maybe I'm just a nerd? Either way, I'm also equally excited about this being turned into a movie.

I also find it a little silly to be excited for movies that are so far away but late next year I'm looking forward to: the new Resident Evil, Breaking Dawn Pt. 2, The Hobbit, Dr. Suess' The Lorax..

aaaaaand as I type this I realize that yes, I truly am a nerd.

What about you guys? Any movies in particular your looking forward to?

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Pssstt....I'm over here!

Wonder where I am? Why I am over at Creative Carmella! 

Carmella is one of the sweetest blog gals I've "met" & I am honored to be guest posting at her blog today (so she can take a well deserved break with her newest bundle of adorable joy) and sharing my tips for improving Everday Kid's Photography.

So come over & check it out! While your at it, follow her blog, she's got lots of great stuff!