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Centerpiece Wednesday and a Missionary Farewell

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


Welcome to Centerpiece Wednesday!
I am so happy to announce that our "surrogate" son is leaving on his mission today! We are so proud of him! He has lived with us for a couple of months now as he has been preparing to leave on his mission to MONGOLIA!! We have been so busy helping with preparations, hosting farewell parties and entertaining guests and family that I am late with Centerpiece Wednesday! My life is full and packed everyday with so much that unfortunately blogging ends up on the back burner all too often lately but I feel so blessed!

Here are some highlights from last weeks Centerpiece Wednesday!

Repurposed vintage chair planter- Duct Tape and Denim
Raffia Wrapped Eggs- Karen up on the Hill
A Sprinkle of This and That- Easy Carrot Cake Donuts
A Workroom Makeover- A Stroll Thru Life
 I love this happy yellow rag wreath Vintage Paint and More

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Fashion Friday- Floral Blouse

Friday, March 20, 2015

 
Fashion Friday- Floral Blouse
Fashion Friday- Floral blouse, The Style SistersToday I am sharing a simple spring outfit using a floral blouse. I bought it at Old Navy last year and I just love how light weight it is...now... it is very see-through and I would not wear it without a tank top underneath. Some people do wear these sheer blouses with just a bra underneath but I wouldn't feel to comfortable with that. It reminds me of my grandma who would sometimes wear a white bra under a black sheer lacy top and you could see her tummy too...Oh My!
Fashion Friday- Floral blouse, The Style Sisters
Fashion Friday- Floral blouse, The Style SistersThe jacket is linen in a chanteuse color which is one of my favorite colors! I love how it pops off the dark navy colors and ties in the little flecks of golden yellow in my blouse.
Fashion Friday- Floral blouse, The Style Sisters
Fashion Friday- Floral blouse, The Style Sisters
Fashion Friday- Floral blouse, The Style Sisters

I am pretty broad shouldered and sometimes I think a jacket makes me look like a fullback but I don't really care...the jacket is just fun and I love the detailing on the pockets. I didn't want to wear a necklace because I wanted to keep it more casual but I am wearing pretty good sized blue earrings for a little "style".

Fashion Friday- Floral blouse, The Style Sisters
Fashion Friday- Floral blouse, The Style Sisters
I love how the back of the jacket also has some fun detailing and gives the illusion that I have a waist!
Fashion Friday- Floral blouse, The Style Sisters
Fashion Friday- Floral blouse, The Style Sisters
For another look wearing the same blouse and pants I switched out the linen jacket for my go to Jean jacket. You could also wear a sweater with this and or change the pants for a white linen skirt or maybe a gold skirt. I love to mix and match and create multiple outfits out of just a few pieces don't you?
Fashion Friday- Floral blouse, The Style Sisters
Fashion Friday- Floral blouse, The Style Sisters

Gotta run...... LOL (My action shot that is blurry)

Enjoy your weekend and fun with your fashion!

Karin

 

 

Bears on the Beach Pudding Cups with Mini Paper Umbrellas

Thursday, March 19, 2015

BEARS ON THE BEACH PUDDING CUPS

The other day I was putting together a cub scout idea for the boys to pass off one of their cooking achievements and saw something similar to this on the internet and knew the boys would love making these! 

Bears on the beach pudding cups, cub scouts, Nilla Wafers
We have all heard of Dirt cups..this is just a new twist on that idea. The ingredients are pictured below
Vanilla pudding (add blue food coloring to it)
Nilla Wafers
Cool Whip
Air Heads extreme striped candy
Chocolate Teddy Grahams
Life savers or mints

Bears on the beach pudding cups, cub scouts, Nilla Wafers
Follow directions for pudding on the box except add in blue food coloring. One cub scout got a little crazy with the food coloring and dropped a ton of drops into the dried pudding mix...it made it kind of runny LOL

Bears on the beach pudding cups, cub scouts, Nilla Wafers
Once the pudding is mixed put in the fridge to thicken up a bit 

Bears on the beach pudding cups, cub scouts, Nilla Wafers
Spoon pudding into small clear cups to represent the ocean water and then dollop the cool whip on top and spread around smoothly to represent the waves crashing

Bears on the beach pudding cups, cub scouts, Nilla Wafers

Bears on the beach pudding cups, cub scouts, Nilla Wafers

Then I gave each boy a ziplock bag of Nilla wafers to crush (they loved that part) sprinkle the crushed cookies onto the waves to make the sandy beach, Roll out the beach towel by cutting the air head candy in half to fit into the cups

Bears on the beach pudding cups, cub scouts, Nilla Wafers

Place one "super tan" bear on the "towel: and a couple of others standing around on the beach, add a cute beach umbrella 
mini paper umbrella tutorial, Lou Lou Girls, Bears on the beach cups-The Style Sisters
I am a contributor now on the Lou Lou Girls!!
(my tutorial for making paper umbrellas is on the
 and for the finishing touch add a "round life preserver" in the form of a  lifesaver mint or I used regular red and white mintsBears on the beach pudding cups, cub scouts, Nilla Wafers
They really got into creating their little beach scenes and really enjoyed eating them too!

Bears on the beach pudding cups, cub scouts, Nilla Wafers



Bears on the beach pudding cups, cub scouts, Nilla Wafers

Centerpiece Wednesday- Easter decorations and chocolate cakes

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

CPW


Centerpiece Wednesday, Wednesday Linky Party- CPW - Thestylesisters.blogspot.com, Easter Decorations, Chocolate Cake

Welcome to Centerpice Wednesday and wow are there some amazing Easter Decorations and Chocolate cakes to show you!
I am so impressed with these ideas!

Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Easter Basket Kids Craft with Mod Podge by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #upcycle #kleenexbox

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Look at all these bunnies! Such a cute display on Lovely Livings


AAAAMAAAZING Easter tablescape handmade tablecloth and bunny ear napkin rings 

Simply Suzanne made this chocolate cake for her daughters American Girl Birthday Party wait until you see all the details for the party!

munchkintime.com

This spectacular chocolate cake is actually multi layers of chocolate and delicate white cream! Dying over this! Munchkin Time

I hope you will take a moment and check out my recent posts


I have an exciting announcement...

I am a contributor on the Lou Lou Girls Blog now!!

 My first post will be on Thursday so come by and say Hi!!

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Faux Roman Shade Tutorial Using No Hardware!!

Monday, March 16, 2015


Faux Roman Shade using No Hardware!
Faux Roman ShadeTutorial using no Hardware, Command Sticky strips

I spent last week at my daughter Madeline's house helping her get her house ready to put on the market in Idaho Falls and boy did we crank out lots of projects!
 Not only did we paint Banisters and stair skirts (which I didn't even know that is what they are called but I do now! AND I LOATHE painting them.... actually not the paint part it was all the puttying and sanding all the holes and lumps and bumps from 1980's carpet. You know what I'm talking about... when they would carpet up those areas urrrghghgh......I must really love my daughter an awful lot to do all that!) Any way.... we caulked and sanded and did lots of touching up, I helped her tile a back splash (finished pics to come), plus I had to make time to Play with the grandkids, then do some cleaning,a tid bit of laundry and just all around tried to help where I could. 

One project that my oober talented daughter (who by the way is pregnant with her fourth baby) started making were these faux Roman shades! 
You may remember the roman shades I made at my sisters house using an old Ikea shade for the back? These are even easier!!

Faux Roman Shade using no Hardware, Command Sticky strips
STEP 1- Measure your window and add 1" to each side for seams and 2 1/2" hem and 3" header or however big you want them to be. Fold each edge over 1/4" and then fold over for the complete meaurement and Iron and Pin 
Faux Roman Shade using no Hardware, Command Sticky strips
STEP 2- Sew down side seams first and then the top and hem.

Faux Roman Shade using no Hardware, Command Sticky strips 
STEP 3- The Pleats- Madeline had already made two Faux Roman shades for the smaller windows so we knew how long to make the one for the French door. Fold up the fabric to make "pleats" to the size you want and how long you want the shade to hang.  
Faux Roman Shade using no Hardware, Command Sticky strips

Faux Roman Shade using no Hardware, Command Sticky strips
Tip- If your windows are all  lined up and somewhat connected...Make sure all your shades are the same length or it will look funky. These two bottom pleats measured close to 2" we think that looks good.

Faux Roman Shade using no Hardware, Command Sticky strips
STEP 4- Sew up each side top to bottom to hold the pleats in place 
Faux Roman Shade using no Hardware, Command Sticky strips
STEP 5- Minimal hand sewing. To keep the pleats from drooping I sewed up the separate lines just catching a little bit of fabric to hold them in place
Faux Roman Shade using no Hardware, Command Sticky strips
I used quilting thread as it is a little thicker and therefore stronger
 Faux Roman Shade using no Hardware, Command Sticky strips
TIP- I made sure to catch just a little fabric on the front as well just to hold the weight of the pleats. You can see the other Roman Shade tutorial Here

Faux Roman Shade using no Hardware, Command Sticky strips

STEP 6- THE MAGIC of Command velcro hanging strips 

Faux Roman Shade using no Hardware, Command Sticky strips
The Lovely Madeline showing you the strips..they are kind of like velcro but they snap into each other

Faux Roman Shade using no Hardware, Command Sticky strips
Place sticky side to the edge of trim on the door so it will hang a little bit away from the door.

Faux Roman Shade using no Hardware, Command Sticky strips
Attach another sticky strip to the backside top edge of the Roman Shade and then press into the door sticky strip!
 DONE!

 Stand back and marvel at the beauty you just created!
Note: No Walls were hurt in this installation.
The Shades hanging in the windows were made to slip a spring rod through the top header of the shade. 
SIMPLE CHEAP and BEAUTIFUL!!

Faux Roman Shade Tutorial using no Hardware, Command Sticky strips