Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Baseball Wreath

For my mom's birthday in April, I made her a Detroit Tigers Baseball Wreath.  I loved the way it turned out, so I thought I'd share it here.  Now I want to make one for myself because I liked it so much.  My family are huge sports fan, especially the Detroit teams (since we live in Michigan), so I knew she would like this wreath to hang on her door for baseball season.

Kevin had a bucket of old baseballs, so I picked 11 of them and had my dad drill holes through them.

Then I took a metal hanger and used pliers to help straighten it out.  I then strung the baseballs on the wire hanger and connected the two ends, and made a loop for hanging.  The way I connected them wasn't pretty, but it didn't matter because it got covered with a bow.

 I looked at Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and JoAnns for a wood Old English D that I could paint, but I no one had one.  I ended up tracing the D on to cardboard, cutting it out (very carefully), and painting it.  I would prefer to have found a wood letter, but the cardboard one looks ok. I bought some orange ribbon and made a bow that I tied to the wire hanger, and used a small piece to hang the "D."

Yep, I definitely need to make one of these for my house!

Linking up with:

Play Party Pin for Weekend re-Treat Link Party

Meet the B's for Your Turn to Shine

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Monday, May 18, 2015


Even though I had to work on Saturday, this was still a great weekend!

FRIDAY:  After work, I took Admiral to the dog park for a little while.  There was one little spot of mud from same rain earlier in the week...and of course, Admiral decided to lay in it!  Luckily I keep an old blanket in my car to put on the seat when we leave the park for instances just like this.  He got a quick bath when we got home and was clean again :)  Kevin went golfing after work, so after he got home we just hung out on the couch and caught up on the DVR.

SATURDAY: I had to work on Saturday, and then I met my mom and Aunt and we headed to Countryside Greenhouse to get some flowers.  We ended up spending almost over three hours in the greenhouse--it's huge!  We got tons of pretty flowers.  Luckily we decided to bring two vehicles, because we definitely needed all the room!

SUNDAY:  I did some much needed grocery shopping in the morning and then came home and started planting some of the flowers I bought on Saturday.  I still have more to do, but I love the way the flowers are adding some color to our yard.  The rest of Sunday was spent catching up laundry, reading in the sun, and doing a little cleaning.

I hope you had a great weekend!  Happy Monday :)

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

My Favorite Spot in Our Home

Today I am joining four other bloggers to share our favorite spots in our homes.  My favorite spot in our home right now is our bedroom.  It's the room we've done the most work in, and I think it's come a long way.  It used to be so dark, but now it's light, bright, and relaxing.  I love sleeping in on weekends (when I can), reading in bed, and cuddling with my two favorite boys (Kevin and Admiral) in this room.

And here are a few before and after's so you can see how far it has come.  There are still a lot of things I want to do in our bedroom, but painting the walls, painting the trim, removing part of the built in headboard, and adding curtains were HUGE improvements.

 What is your favorite spot in your home?  Why?

Make sure you stop by these blogs to see what they are up to with their outdoor spaces:

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Easy Sangria Recipe (& it's Delicious!)

A few weeks ago when I hosted a Pinterest party, I made sangria for the first time.  I was really happy with the way it turned out, so I thought I'd share the recipe.  I based it on this Skinny Sangria Recipe from Living Locurto,but I changed it up a little.

2 bottles red Moscato wine
1/2 bottle Chardonnay wine
1 liter of Sprite Zero
1/2 cup Vodka
fresh fruit (I used strawberries, pineapple, oranges, and blackberries)

Mix the red wine, white wine, sprite zero, vodka, and fruit together in a big pitcher. Let it chill for 4-6 hours.  Service over ice and enjoy!  (I actually chilled the bottles of wine, pop, and vodka in the fridge separately and then mixed them all together with the fruit about an hour before the party and it turned out great.)

It was so easy and I thought it turned out delicious!  Perfect drink for summer when you are sitting outside enjoying some sun :)

Monday, May 4, 2015

Weekend Recap

Happy Monday everyone!  We had some amazing weather this weekend in Michigan and I was glad I was able to take advantage of it.  Especially since it's supposed to rain all week.

Kevin and I spent Friday night hanging out at home, catching up on the DVR.  We had to be up early on Saturday, so we had a low key night at home.

Saturday morning we were up early and headed to Muskegon.  Kevin dropped me off at March of Dimes, where I met up with my mom and sister.  We walked close to 6 miles for the March of Dimes event.  The weather was great and it was fun to catch up with my mom and sister.

After the walk, we met up with Kevin and my Dad and took my mom out to lunch for her birthday (which was last Thursday).  We went to Brann's and enjoyed lunch with the family.  After lunch we headed home and did some yard work and then relaxed on the couch for the rest of the night.

We slept in Sunday morning and it was amazing.  The weather was gorgeous on Sunday, so took Admiral for a walk in the morning and then Kevin grilled burgers for lunch.  I spent a couple of hours sitting on the deck reading and it was great....I love being able to sit outside and read and relax.  The rest of Sunday was spent catching up on laundry and relaxing on the couch with Kevin and Admiral.

How was your weekend?

Monday, April 27, 2015

Pinterest Party - Paper Dahlia

A couple of weeks ago I hosted another Pinterest party.  You can read about the first one HERE.  It ended up being a smaller group this time, but we still had a great time.  I decided that I wanted to make some type of Spring decoration, and when I saw that I had pinned three different paper Dahlia's to my Spring Pinterest board, I decided that was what we were going to make.

I used the three I had pinned (here, here, and here) as references when we made ours.  All three have good tutorials.  It was actually pretty easy once we got the hang of it.

We traced a paper plate on to a piece of cardboard and cut out the circle to use as our base.  Then we cut 12 x 12 pieces of cardstock paper in to fourths (so you get four squares per sheet).  Roll each square in to a cone and add some hot glue to hold it together.  After you've made a bunch of the cones, start gluing them on your cardboard circle.  Continue gluing the cones around the circle and changing colors as you wish.  When we got to the middle 3 or 4 cones, we made them a little smaller to fit better.  We hot glued a small piece of twine to the back of the cardboard to create a loop to hang them from.  Here are the finished products:

Don't mind my crazy dog in this picture...

I love how everyone's turned out a little different, depending the colors, how tight or loose we made the cones, how we glue them, etc.  So much fun!  Here's how my looks hanging in our breezway:

A couple of people brought snacks and I made a few dips.  I also made a big batch of sangria, which I think turned out really good--recipe coming later this week!  These Pinterest parties are always so fun, and it actually gets to make something I've pinned.  Summer is usually pretty busy, so I might not host another one until fall....but you never know :)

Wednesday, April 22, 2015


I've been a little MIA in the past week and a half.  It wasn't intentional, I've just had a lot going on.  It has included hosting another Pinterest party, painting the trim in our office (which takes FOUR coats of primer/paint), yard work, and most recently, I got the flu Monday night and am just now feeling a little like myself.  I can't remember ever being as sick as I was Monday night/ was miserable.

I plan to share all the details of the Pinterest party and some photos of the painting I've been doing next week (you can see some previews on Instagram).

I hope to be posting regularly again next week...thanks for sticking around while I get myself feeling better and back on track!