Friday, September 30, 2011

Magazine Holders

I wanted to share with you my latest project.
These magazine holders.
This is a super cheap and easy project!
I bought these magazine holders at Ikea for $1.99/5 pack.
Then I used some craft spray glue like this.  I used five different pieces of fabric, but you could do it with one piece as well.  I got a half a yard of each fabric and had plenty to cover the magazine files and have some left over.
Then I used these metal book plates and Gorilla super glue.
The book plates are from JoAnn's in the scrapbook section, and the glue is from Wal-Mart.
I forgot to take pictures of the first few steps, so I will just try to be as descriptive as possible.
Iron your fabric.  Lay it out on the table.  Hold a magazine file and trace around it, leaving about a half an inch to fold the fabric over the edges.  You will have to move the magazine file around while you are doing it since it is already glued together square and isn't flat.

Now you just cut it out.  Use that piece to trace out your other pieces of fabric.  Cut them all out.  Now it's time to glue.  I like to do it outside because it's kind of smelly and can get other stuff sticky that you are spraying around.  I laid my fabric pretty side down, gave the back side a good coating of the spray glue, then just stuck it on, making sure to get any bubbles out.  I stuck down the side that faces out first and made sure it looked just right.  The side that faces the back is where my seam is.  If you have to just trim anywhere that the fabric is a little too long.

This is where my pictures pick up.
So here are my files all covered in fabric.
This is what the inside looks like.

Now it's time to put on the book plates.
I leaned them on our coffee table, put glue on the book plate, and stuck it in place.  I didn't measure or anything, just eyed it.


I put a few heavy things on them just to make sure they stuck good.
Now it's time to get together your stuff to go inside.
So far I have some books I use for work and new magazines.
Put your goodies in the files.
Put your files in bookcase.
Admire bookcase and pat self on the back.
This bookcase is a work in progress.  Remember the M picture I made a while ago?  It got a new home.  We don't really have anything in the bottom shelf.  I put our 52 Weeks of Miles book down there for now.  I will post about that tomorrow.  That first shelf could use a little help too.  But that third shelf down is looking pretty great, huh?  :)

I am linking up again at Tatertots & Jello and Skip to My Lou.  Go check out all the other links.  There are tons of great ideas to look at!
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Walk, Walk, Walk

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Walking Fools

Here is a little video of Miles walking with Daddy and screaming at Baxter.  It is getting pretty bad between Miles and Baxter.  Miles loves yelling specifically at Baxter just to get a rise out of him.  We usually end up letting the dogs outside so that they will stop.  It really is ear piercing!
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Babies in the Basket

Grammy Barb got Miles a baby to play with for his birthday.  He doesn't have much interest in her, but we keep trying to get him to hug her or kiss her.  Not much love going on between them yet.  Maybe soon?
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Getting Comfy, Teeth Brushing, and Playing Ball

Usually in the mornings we go in and Miles is already sitting or standing in his crib OR he is still sound asleep and we wake him up.  One morning we went in and he was doing this.
Feet out through the slats all sprawled out with his puppy.  The funny thing was that he didn't move after we came in there.  Usually once he sees us, he reaches for us and wants out.  He must have been pretty comfortable!

Once he's up and dressed, we brush his teeth.  He loves getting them brushed, so we are enjoying that while it lasts.
On this particular day he was playing lots and lots and lots of catch.  He was really into his blue ball.
He has been able to throw for a while and catch it if the ball is rolled to him.
But on this day he was catching a ball that was thrown to him.  Usually it was like a bounce pass with one bounce, and then he'd catch it.
I think he's throwing both balls in this one.  Show off!
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Wordless Wednesday

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Herky's Bad Back

A week ago tonight Herky hurt his back.  We're not sure what he did exactly.  He was doing a bit of crazy run around the house earlier in the evening.  Then later in the evening he wouldn't stand up to go outside and go potty.  We took him out there, and he wouldn't do anything but lay in the grass.  We let him sleep it off that night, but it was the same thing the next morning.  T.J. took him to the vet first thing in the morning, and it was just a strained back.  He got some meds, and there was lots of snuggling going on afterwards.
The vet said no stairs and no jumping on furniture.  We are good about the stairs thanks to all the baby gates we have in our house.  But the furniture is another thing.  We were extra cautious the first day or two following him around, but now we let him do it.

So he is getting back to his normal chipper self.  It was so sad when he was hurting!!
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LEKELIN Swedish Hat

When I was in 7th grade, we had Lina Ekelin come stay with us for the year.  She is from Sweden and quickly became part of our family.  I miss her so much!  Hopefully there will be another trip to Sweden in my future soon!  I am dying to meet her kiddos.

For Miles' first brithday she made him a hat.  It is too cute, and he wears it all the time.  Now that it's getting cooler out and we are holding off on turning the air on, it can get a little cool in our house in the mornings and at night.  So we just put a hat on him, and he doesn't mind it at all.  Now that he's doing more walking, he gets pretty hot anyway, which is the reason for no pants in these pictures.  Some of his pants are a little long and hinder the new walking that's going on, so if they won't stay rolled up, we just do without.

Oh, and we moved this cubby bookcase from the basement or first level of our house to the main level.  After babyproofing everything on the main floor, we never took miles to the basement.  Our offices are down there, the fireplace, etc.  Just too many things for Mr. Miles to get into.  So the bookcase went up, and it's been the best move ever.

We put a lot of books in there so he can read.  He loves pulling them all down and flipping the pages.  He has bins with toys and then a few just open for toys too.  It is so nice to have that to put all his stuff in/on.  Our living room was getting a little cluttered.

Thank you so much for the hat, Lina!  We love it!!
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Monday, September 26, 2011

Old Blue is History

After we got our new van, we put T.J.'s Intrepid on Craigslist.

**Side note about Craigslist.  Let me just say that if you are looking to sell your car on Craigslist, prepare yourself.  There are a lot of idiots out there.  We had so many people call and say they were coming to look at it and never show up.  We also had multiple people texting T.J. offers without even seeing it, and then no follow through.

But on the brighter side of things, it's sold!!  Now we don't have to mess with Craigslist or having people call, text, or want to see the car.  I wanted to post a picture of Old Blue (our loving nickname for it), but didn't have one that I could find.  So I did the next best thing...took a picture of a picture in a scrapbook.
Bye-bye, Old Blue, you were good to us.
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Miles had a huge day yesterday.  We went to church, and he played in the nursery.  When we got done, we came around the corner and could see where he was.  He was playing with one of the helpers, and he was cracking up.  So great to see him having fun! 

We came home and he crashed for a quick nap.  Then we went and had lunch with Keith and Natasha.  Natasha is due officially on the 5th, although her date has changed a few times.  I am betting she will got into labor on Friday, but have him on Saturday.

Miles missed his afternoon nap, so after we got home, he slept for about an hour.  Then we got him up for dinner and play time with Keriann and Derrick.  He is really into mimmicking sounds, which is so fun.  He will copy "uh-oh" or "ah, ah, ah", which is how Keriann disciplines him.

This is getting to be a long story, but there is a point.  Another interesting thing about Miles is that he is becoming a pickier eater by the day.  One day he likes sweet potoatoes, the next day he just spits them out.  Some days he won't eat much of anything, but I feel bad because he is probably still hungry.  So I started giving him one peanut butter cracker sandwich thing.  You know the packages you can get to put in a lunchbox or something?  So after he eats, he gets a cracker.  Hence where the movie comes from. He, of course, was saying it a ton until the camera started rolling.

Enjoy Miles' first two-syllable word!

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

I like big BOOKS and I cannot lie

I was inspired by this bag here.
Isn't it cute?

So I decided to do a spin off of her bag.
I think the quote for the bag is catchy and fun, so I did the same there.
I had also seen somewhere else where someone cut letters out of fabric, so that was my twist.

Let's get started, shall we?
Here is what I used.
1 bag from JoAnn's
Fabric for letters
Iron-on heat transfer
Fabric paint
Paint brush

You need to iron the heat transfer stuff on to the fabric you want to use.
Then cut out the letters you want to be out of fabric.
Here I am tracing those letters onto my fabric.
Now you need to cut those out.
Peel the paper backing off and place where you want them on the bag.
Now iron on.
Without knowing it, I bought some pretty awesome stencils.  I really just grabbed the first ones I saw, but they ended up being a sticker kind.  So I just had to cut them out, stick them one, and get busy painting.
Don't forget to put cardboard underneath the layer you are painting on.
I painted two coats on each letter. 
Here it is after all the paint is on and the stencils peeled off.
I did one last thing for good measure.  In my experience with the iron-on heat transfer stuff, it doesn't stay put very well.  It says it doesn't need any sewing, but it does.  I just did a simple stitch through my letters.  I don't anticipate washing this bag a tons, so I'm not too worried about it.  I did want to make sure that my letters wouldn't fall off, though.
Now you just need to put your library books in the bag...
...and pose for the camera.
If you know me at all, you know of my frugal ways.  So that means I LOVE the library!  And endless supply of books to read to Miles.  T.J. has gone a couple times with him and he loves it in there.  They have some stuff for him to play on in the kid section.  I also get all my audio books from there.  Our library has a hold system, so you can get online and put anything you want on hold including movies.  If you haven't checked into yours, do it!  You'll be glad you did.

I linked this up to Tatertots and Jello.  They have a link party every Friday that I've always wanted to do, but I have been a little apprehensive.  So here goes nothing!
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Anderson Orchard

We went to Anderson Orchard in Mooresville today. It was a nice, overcast day. Perfect fall weather. We got some apples, little pumpkins, little gourds, and popcorn.

We got there just a half an hour after a craft show got done. Darn it!

Miles held this pumpkin almost the whole time. Right near the end of our visit he tried eating it, so we had to take it away.

Right by this was a ton of straw all over the ground. Miles loved playing in it and was a little mad when it started raining and we had to go.

We called and ordered a Casey's pizza to go and then had a little craft/football night. I am going to post a little tutorial tomorrow for what I made. I hope someone can find it useful!
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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Our Weekend in Ohio

This is only three weeks late, but who's counting?
For some reason my pictures are being a little wacky when uploading, so I was just able to get a few up here.

We went to Port Clinton, Ohio for Labor Day weekend with Keriann, Derrick, Mom & Scott.
This was our second time there.  Remember when we went to Put-in-Bay with Keriann and Derrick in '09?
We camped on the island then, which I would definitely recommend.
We stayed in Port Clinton, which was nice, but it's not the same as staying where all the fun stuff is.
This time we went to Kelly's Island too, which I wouldn't recommend.  There isn't as much to do there.
So if you are heading to Lake Erie anytime soon, Put-in-Bay is a good time:)

Anywho, we took the Jet Express this time, which is a faster boat, but a little bit longer route.
We did just a little bit of swimming.  Miles wasn't too fond of the sand.
Glacial grooves on Kelly's Island.
Derrick was the driver of our golf cart.  Keriann tried to navigate.  Tried being the key word;)
We had to get an 8-man golf cart because Miles had to be in a safety seat.
T.J. took Miles on his first carousel ride.
Look down that street and see all the golf carts lined up.  They are everywhere.
We had some yummy Toft's ice cream.
Our only family picture from the weekend.
(note to self to be better about this and taking pictures in general!)
My boys swinging.
Miles taking the pig for a ride.
Just like mommy and daddy did a few years ago when we were there!

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