One Soft Second Anniversary Gift

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 1 Permalink 0

My husband, Chris, and I recently celebrated our second anniversary. When we got married I decided I wanted to give the traditional anniversary gifts each year.

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How does this look for a traditional gift? Well I am not a very traditional girl trying to give traditional gifts to my very traditional husband!

Second Anniversary = Cotton

You’ve all seen the diaper cakes for baby showers, right? I used the same principle using toilet paper – Cottonelle – instead.

I just stacked it until it looked good. I used

1 roll – top layer

3 rolls – second layer

5 rolls – third layer

7 rolls – fourth layer

I tied the rolls of each layer together with ribbon we had left over from our carnival themed wedding.

Carnival Themed Wedding - Any Girl Can Do It


October Reminds Me Of My Greatest Fear

Monday, October 20, 2014 0 Permalink 0

I’m in a dark room save for one bright overhead light. It’s a weird light and I’ve seen one like it somewhere before. I struggle to focus and to place where I have seen that light. It’s unique – definitely not a light in my home. Where have I seen it? Where am I? As I struggle to figure out where I am, my mind wanders. As it goes in a million different directions, racing, something fleshy and pink quickly into focus.

Holy crap – it’s a giant boob, yep a breast, a woman’s breast, full and round. What the…?  But wait there is something else shining in the bright light that is still shining in the background. What is it? I struggle to sit up but I can’t, it’s like I am heavy as lead. I squint my already closed eyes trying to see the shiny object and at that moment realize what it is – a needle…long and silver. My mind struggles to put together all the images that I am seeing – or am I? My eyes are closed. Wait…how am I seeing all of this? Better yet, why am I seeing all of this?

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Simple Embroidered Handkerchiefs

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 0 Permalink 0

As part of a traditional second anniversary gift to my husband, I made a couple of embroidered handkerchiefs for him.

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I got these handkerchiefs at Dollar Tree. There were three in a pack so you can imagine how thin these are. If I thought these were going to actually get used for their intended purpose or if I was going to sell them I would use a thicker hankie.

A Day of Annoyances

Monday, October 13, 2014 0 Permalink 0

You know those little (or big) things that you walk by every day and think ‘I need to fix that?’ Those things that just annoy the ever living crap out of you? Yeah me too!

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Well I’ve decided to do something about those things and have planned our first Day of Annoyance! Yep I know sounds like a lot of fun, right? Ummm not hardly … but it needs to be done.

I started by making a list of Small Annoyances and Bigger Annoyances as I noticed them or thought about them.

small annoyances

Small Annoyances are just that… small – things I can fix in a few minutes, definitely less than an hour. I’ve decided that I will do one or two of these a week rather than using our Day of Annoyances for these things.

Halloween Wreath That Easily Transforms For Fall

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 3 Permalink 0

And Why I Am Not Going All Out For Fall

I have to tell you with no kids at home and no grandkids yet I am not a big Halloween person. I have a few little décor pieces that I might… or might not… put out each year. Well this year I was inspired by Delineate Your Dwelling’s green wreath and The Refined Relic’s purple tablescape to make wreaths out of the non-traditional colors. And yep – you read correctly… wreaths as in plural. I have double front doors. I thought it was cool when we looked at the house but then the reality of double wreath costs brought me quickly to reality.

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The criteria I used in deciding what kind of Halloween wreath to make was 1) I wanted to use bright green and purple and maybe some orange. 2) It had to be quick and easy. 3) I had to be able to transform it into a fall wreath not just one used for Halloween.

I Freaking Love Fall

Monday, October 6, 2014 1 Permalink 0

Fall renews me. It is my favorite season. The air is crisp and the breeze makes you wrap your arms around yourself, hugging the warmth of your body to warm your soul.

There’s not much I don’t love about fall. I would say the only downside is the days get shorter but that is a small price to pay for the best weather, the most fabulous colors, the prettiest clothes, wonderful flavors and….football!

Fall Foliage

fall fence

Photo courtesy of Pat Boyle

Well That’s Freaking Cool Friday

Friday, October 3, 2014 4 Permalink 0

Woo hoo! It’s Friday!!! Thanks for kicking off your day with Any Girl Can Do It! I have been in a conference most of the week to get credits for my professional certifications…that translates to BORING! Between a boring week and the fact that I get to spend some time with one of my besties tomorrow makes me super ready for the weekend. What have you got on tap for the weekend?

Before you get started – check out this roundup of my five favorite projects of the week…

Thats freaking cool friday collage

Industrial Decor Coffee Table

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 8 Permalink 0

Finishing Up And Getting It Right

If you like love this Industrial Decor Coffee Table and think you want to make one, stop and check out part 1 of this project so you can get all of my mistakes out of the way by reading a few minutes rather than messing up your table ;-)

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So we left off part 1 with getting your table stained and your pipes painted. But…if you want to assemble the table top and shelf first then let’s get to it with another what? Another…learn from my mistake!