Love at First Sight

I knew once my eyes laid on it, it was the one.  Everything about it was perfect. The color, the texture, everything.  Except for the price.  What had I laid my eyes on?  Fabric.  To be more specific, fabric for the spare room curtain panels.



I knew I wanted colorful fabric.  Something that would go with the paint (I didn’t want to repaint.  Did it once, love the color, don’t want to do it again).  Problem was it took a while to find exactly what I wanted.  And I found it.  At Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago.  The only problem was the price.  A little pricey, but Hobby Lobby did have it 30% off the regular price, but it still wasn’t quite what I wanted to pay.  But then I found out I could use my 40% off coupon.  Boo to the yah.  The next problem I had was I didn’t feel completely comfortable sewing the curtain panels on my own.  So, I did what any person would do; I enlisted the help of my mom.


After laying out the fabric and cutting the fabric in two panels, we set up both sewing machines.  The only thing we did to finish off the panels was to finish the edges.  This process took a while, but well worth it.



The end product was great.


Ignore the black dot.  My camera is acting up a bit.  I really like the colors and couldn’t wait to see what the panels look against our spare room walls.  Mom kept telling me I would want to paint my walls after I hung the panels.  I’ll let you be the judge here in the next few pictures.  🙂

In order to hang the panels we needed to install curtain rods.  Knowing the curtain rods didn’t need to hold a lot of weight (even with the heavy fabric, the rods didn’t need to hold much weight), I picked up two white wood rods for $9 each.


Being the sweetheart Adam is, he helped me hang them up this afternoon.  There was a bit of prep work that needed to be done before we could get everything in place.  Prior to moving into our house, we found a random collection of nails in our walls.  The trim work was no exception in the spare room.  Weird.  In fact on the north wall, there was an arc of nails.  I don’t think I want to know what was hanging on that wall.  Ignorance is bliss.



After several measurements, we used the screws that came with the curtain rods to secure it in place.



Again, ignore the black dot.  I don’t know what’s going on with my camera.  But if you ever needed evidence Adam loves me, here it is.

100_3000If that isn’t true love, I don’t know what it looks like.

But in true DIY fashion lets get a look at what we started with in the room:

100_2988And the after:


Again, the blasted black dot.  Doesn’t really exist in real life.  Overall, I really like how the panels finish off the windows.  In real life they add a coziness that makes it really comfortable to be in the room.  I like how the colors coordinate with other textures I have in the room.  So, what do you think?  Should I “shake it up” and paint the walls?  Or leave the color as is?





Women’s Retreat, Kansas, and Pumpkins! Oh, my!!

To say the beginning of the school year is CRAZY is an understatement.  Very much of an understatement.  Even though I feel like I’m on top of my game before we head back for teacher inservice, I am soon humbled and realize I have even more to do.  For instance, I thought my room was ready to go until I realized I was missing a few items.  CRAP!  Don’t even get me started on my lesson plans.  I thought I had that under control until I realized how much I needed to prepare.  First world problems, right?

With all that said, I was extremely excited for the school year to start.  I have wanted to teach in my new district for the last five years.  It isn’t that I didn’t try.  It’s just that no one leaves.  The only way there were going to be openings is if a teacher retired.  And this year, there were two teachers who retired.  And they offered me one of those positions!  Boo-yah!  But then I put added stress on myself.  I felt I really need to step up my A-game.  Silly, but I over analyzed everything I did.  Which was stupid.  So, by the end of the first week back I was really glad mom and I had plans for our annual “Women’s Retreat” to relax a bit.

Our “Women’s Retreat” focus is always centered around the State Fair.  Why?  Because we both really enjoy going to people watch.  And eat fried things.  I promise it isn’t as creepy as it sounds.  The people watching, that is.  But, seriously, if mom and I didn’t go, I wouldn’t be able to get my annual Pronto Pup ( no, Adam, it isn’t a corn dog), check out the rabbits, sweat like a pig, and see the finest Kansas has to offer.

This year the band Kansas came to play for the 100th annual Kansas State Fair opening.  Having grown up with Kansas (I remember my mom would play their tapes while we were cleaning house.  Epic childhood memory!), it was nice to know I could still sing a long to a few of the songs.  However, I was so one of those twenty-somethings, who hummed to a few and attempted to sing along with a few even though I had no idea what the words were.  I totally had them fooled!  Not.


You probably can’t see the arms of the violin player in this pic, but they were massive.  I wish my years of playing viola produced arms like that.  I knew I didn’t practice enough….

Before we got our annual Pronto Pup, we walked around the grounds saw some “small” pumpkins…


Gawked at a large butter sculpture…


And then watched a hypnotist show.  The only show I ever saw was in college, and having that as my only experience, I wasn’t really show what to expect.


It was…


Hilarious.  My uncle Jerry really got a kick out of it.  When I suggested he go up on stage, he gave me a quick “no”.  Party pooper.  🙂

After walking around the fair for 5 hours, mom and I made a trip to Hobby Lobby.  That’s where I found this:


Yep.  Another project on my Fall list.  This is a project I have been wanting to do for a while.  I finally found the perfect fabric.  Many of you probably already know, but Hobby Lobby has e-coupons of 40% off you can use on non-sale items.  I was a little worried I wouldn’t be able to get the 40% because they have their fabric discounted 30% from the original price.  But, when I asked, they let me use the 40% off coupon.  I think Adam is impressed.  Totally impressed.  Now, I just need to wait for another “Women’s Retreat” for my mom to help.  Right, momma?  🙂

Overall, it was a great weekend to spend with my mom.  She even helped me pick out Adam’s Christmas present.  It is weekends such as this one that makes me realize how special my mom is to me.  She is a great sport, creative person, and overall incredible person.  Come on, she has to put up with me!  Can’t wait for next year’s “Women’s Retreat”.


I am over the moon for ya! 🙂

Criss Cross Applesauce

This is the time of year that gets a little crazy for teachers.  Between getting our rooms ready, updating curriculum, and then keeping the house going, it can get a little overwhelming at times.  But every year we go back because we absolutely LOVE what we do.  So,with that being said, in the midst of our busyness we took some time to make applesauce.  

My in-laws have an apple tree that produced a LOT of apples this year.  So much so, they didn’t know what to do with all of them.  We took a bag. A large grocery sack to be precise.   And I was a little concerned we wouldn’t know what to do with them.  Thank goodness Adam wanted some more applesauce and I wanted fresh apples for apple pies.  

This is what we started off with:



And this is what we ended with:



Six bags of apple pie filling are now in the freezer.  






And four quarts of applesauce are in the freezer as well.  

Now, let the craziness begin!  🙂