Candace’s Crafty Corner: Gold Glittered Pumpkins

Hi everyone! I hope you had the most splendid of Thanksgivings. Mine was filled with delightful food and so much excitement that even Amelie couldn’t resist skipping her nap. That kinda made for a tricky weekend but still, I’m so thankful for awesome leftovers and the help from my Hubby with our little lady.

Life is very very good, sincerely.

The only decor I put up for Thanksgiving was a clean table (a serious rarity) and this tray with my pretty “new” glittered pumpkins:

I jazzed up the previously all white getup with a little glitter and gold!

I bought the filler at Michaels on super clearance and layered on a few craft paints by Martha Stewart in champagne, antique silver and florentine gold. I should have been painting trim but who cares what the rest of the house looks like, right?

Ooooh, so sparkly. Do you like?


Home Sweat Home: It’s gone!

Remember when I told y’all that I was basically done doing anymore outside updates besides raking leaves and cleaning up dropped apples?

Well since the weather has been cooperative, we got one more To Do checked off outside. Let’s see if you can guess.

Here is a before:

 and now the after:

Bye, bye, hot tub! We posted it on Craigslist and two nice ladies (plus three professional hot tub guys) came to pick it up. They are pumped to have it in time for winter and we are pumped to be rid of the thing.

Our yard looks much worse having this big gaping hot tub-less hole but one day it might be a perfect spot for a garden when we remove the walkway to Nowhere. Sometime soonish (you know, within the decade), I’d really love to hire someone to help me put together a landscaping plan for the backyard that we can work slowly on, year by year. Maybe we’ll do sod next year until we can get a plan in place. Maybe we won’t even mow, like this past year. We’ll see!

It doesn’t look as though, but I have been raking out here. It’s slow going when you are in your third trimester of pregnancy with a “helpful” little lady who demands using the Big Girl rake while I scoop leaves with her sand toys. 

And it’s Turkey Day tomorrow! I’m thankful my Hubby is doing all of the cooking while I blog about important backyard updates.


Baby Bump2 Update

Now that it’s finally official – I’m growing another human – I’m sure you can’t wait to be inundated with all things baby (again).  Should we let the nonsense and self-indulgence begin?

Main scoop: We are getting down to it…the finally stages! This is going to be a short update because there is not much new to report. My sleep is horrible; on several occasions I’ve woken up at 3.30am and couldn’t fall back asleep. I remember doing this with Amelie. I think Baby Boy wakes me initially with kicks and then anxiety sets in and my brain starts racing about everything. Or, I’m up 5-6 times to go to the bathroom. It’s exhausting and makes for a loooonng morning with Amelie.

The pose is cringe worthy but I am showered so I still consider this picture a WIN as far as bump pictures are concerned.

The Science: Baby Center recap – 36weeks. I’m a little nervous because my MIL will be out of town the week before I’m due. I know that it’s impossible to predict when this baby will arrive and she can’t be expected to sit around waiting for us. She’s got other grandbabies in her life to snuggle. We need to think of a good plan B for Amelie if I go into labor while Grandma is away.

Body morphing: I haven’t had a doctor’s appointment since the last update, so I’m unsure of my most recent weight gain. I do feel like I mostly look the same though?

Sexy stuff! Nothing juicy (pardon my word choice) to report.

Food drama: Hubs is the meal planner, grocery shopper and cook in the family. (Obviously I’m the blogger of the family, which is super important). He’s been focusing on healthier meals for all of us since we kinda of got in a rut this summer and fall. He’s been making outrageously awesome stuff – cottage cheese cucumber sandwiches on sprouted wheat bread with tomatoes, avocados and alfalfa sprouts? Yes, please!

Exercising? Huh?

To Dos: Good news, we have narrowed down to a few boy names! We decided on circumcision. I toured the hospital and pre-registered. I’ve started packing my hospital bag. We bought a bigger car! I cleaned out our old car. And I’m killing it on the Christmas front! I’m about 75% done with the gifts I’m in charge of which includes wrapping and packing up since I’ll be shipping most of them. Also, Christmas cards have been ordered -weeeee! I barely believe this but my track kids threw me another baby shower and surprised me with a car seat for Amelie. We are officially set if the new baby comes early!

My To Do list is now in the “would be nice to get done” category. Cleaning, organizing, finishing projects I’ve started, getting my hair cut and highlighted…

And randomly: Just for comparison sake, I thought it would be fun to include my 36 week pregnancy pic with Amelie:


Home Sweat Home: Another closet?

I know. Another closet. My blog is one of those keeps-you-on-your-toes-fascinating-kind-of-blogs, what can I say. And, I just started working on our master closet this week. That means the closet posts are not ending any time soon and I apologize.

Downstairs in the den, we have a mini closet sandwiched between the guest bathroom and the guest bedroom. Here’s is a picture from when we first bought the house:

Remember that paneling and blue carpet?! Oh my.

Considering the guest bedroom is missing a closet altogether, this mini closet is a workhorse. I was storing everything I could in it but the chaos and randomness was getting to me. Big time.

You can understand why:

Since I have so many house projects in progress, this closet was doing its best to keep the lunacy top secret. Just as before, I tried to come up with a purpose for this closet.

In the interim:

  • paint & supplies (so they don’t freeze in our garage)
  • the luggage that will fit (we have more that we are storing elsewhere)
  • gift supplies (bags, tissue paper, cards)
  • “in progress” house items that we are working on (hinges, toilet wax ring, smoke alarms, etc)

Here is my after:

Now, I had to keep the shelving as is and yes, it’s crooked. It’s not spectacular but it’s organized. I feel so much better. Like, a million times better. I moved all of the electronic items to the office so hooray for moving messes. The main problem I addressed was all of my paint, paint samples and supplies. I pruned through everything and I still have A LOT of paint. I’m hoping I can get most of it on the walls instead of stored in here for forever. With a baby on his way in a few short weeks, I think my expectations are a little high in that regard. If not, I figure Hubs and I can work on little projects when the baby comes – such as filling frames with art/pictures and hanging them, swapping out the hinges, etc. At least those items are contained so I can tackle something small without thinking too hard.

Eventually, I want the house projects to slow down and this closet to be instead used for:

  • gift supplies (bags, tissue paper, cards AND wrapping paper, which is currently living in the guest room)
  • craft supplies (I have a huge bin in the guest room as well that wouldn’t fit)
  • board games and movies for the kids
  • extra blankets for the den

The closet door has (obviously) been painted. I still have to caulk and paint the quarter round, as well as redo the shelving on the inside but it’s better than it was before! Weeeeee.

And we’re done for today. Have a happy Thursday, ok?