Sunday, October 30, 2011

She's Alive!!

Whew! So sorry for the absence, as usual. It's been a whirlwind of fun and excitement around these parts lately. Starting with the ending of September, we had a birthday party for my bestie, Elya. Two weeks later, it was my birthday weekend & I threw a Couples Pampered Chef party for my closest friends & family. It was the first time I've ever hosted such a party and we had so much fun. It was quite a success too! We now have many of the fun products that I've wanted to have for my kitchen & have already broken them in! I would definitely encourage you to throw own if you never have. My family came in for the party & to celebrate my birthday. It was great, though I don't know how excited I am about being 27....eeek! :-)

Since then, I have been working feverishly on Halloween costumes for my little family. For the 2nd year in a row, we have thrown a big Halloween party for our family & friends. We had it last night and it was sooo much fun! For the first time ever, I went all out on my costume (so did the hubs) with full face makeup, a crazy persona, & a nutty outfit. Some of our friends didn't even recognize me at first glance. I guess that's how you know if your costume was a success or not! Ha. So.Much.Fun. Here is a picture reel of some of the fun & goodies:
Our crazy Alice in Wonderland family:
 Witch's hats & Cake Eyeballs
 Pretzel & Marshmallow Bones & 'Eat Me' Cupcakes:
 Our fun 'Drink Me' potion votives:
 Fun pic with the besties, Elya & Crystal:

A couple of weeks ago, we had our family pictures taken by our friends at Cozart Photography. We have used them for all of our professional pictures since we first took our maternity pictures (technically they took my big family pictures before that too!). We have so much fun during shoots with them because they play along with us, put up with our crazy ideas, & always capture just what we want. They're awesome & I would recommend them to anyone in San Angelo's vicinity. You can see our photo sneak peek here

Now, I have several other things to look forward to. My father is turning 70 this coming weekend & my brother is turning 30 the weekend after that, so my family has decided to throw a huge combined party for the both of them in my hometown. It's going to be a big dance with food & family & friends...we can't wait! 

For the month of November, Chad & I are hosting for our weekly Married Couples Bible Study. It's a group of our best church friends & so much fun to share in the joys & challenges of marriage with others who completely understand what it's all about. We're so happy & excited to have them over every week this month. Definitely keeps my homemaker self in check least every Wednesday! haha. 

In the beginning of December, the spouses of Dyess are hosting a Holiday Bazaar that features all at-home businesses & crafts. I have decided to have a booth selling fun tutu dresses, wreaths, & bows for little girls. I am sharing the booth with my best friend from Lubbock, Nicole, & it's going to be a blast. I'm really hoping to make a little moo-lah in the process too, so fingers crossed! I have SOOO much work ahead of me this next month to get ready for it, so bring on some time management & organizational skills because I'm gonna need them. And maybe even a little patience too. Ha. If you do any kind of cool crafting, feel free to contact me for more information. You don't have to be a Dyess spouse to feature your work & run a booth. There are still a few openings! 

That same weekend is going to be Kennady's 2nd birthday & I can't believe it. My little girl isn't little anymore. She's a mini-human that can speak in full sentences, puts things together, use logic, ask for things she wants with charm, & play for hours on end without tiring. What a joy she is. She seriously makes me laugh ALL DAY LONG & I would never want to do anything but what I'm doing & that's raising my baby girl. I got a small jumpstart on her birthday party plans this summer, but I still have a little more to do for it in this next couple of weeks. It's going to have an ice cream theme & be so fun!

Well, that's all I have for now. I'll try my best to not be such a bad blogger. I told you we've been busy!! :-)

Friday, October 7, 2011

Jewelry Hanger

I took inspiration for a jewelry hanger from something I saw on Pinterest (surprise, surprise!) & ended up making one for $4. I couldn't believe how lucky I got finding what I needed, but that's what the wonderful store of Ikea will do for you! I found the towel rack for $1.99 & 20 'S' hooks for $2. So cheap and easy & I love that I can actually see all of them as I'm leaving my closet. I have found myself accessorizing even more than before. LOVE that Ikea! 

 Hung so pretty...
 After I got the rod hung, I couldn't help but figure out a way to display my earrings too, so I added some jute yarn to the wall with push tacks & hung them all side by side. 
Here's the finished product! You should try making one yourself! 
Have you found any new and fun storage solutions lately?