Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Mirror Mirror

I found this mirror at an estate sale for $5.  It was a GREAT find with a small crack in the bottom right corner.  The mirror was 1/4" thick weighing close to 50lbs!  (They don't make 'em like they use to!)

That's when my wheels started turning...

I cleaned it up, and then, starting in the corner I attached these blingy adhesives that I found at Michael's.

Next, I attached the bling on a roll on all four sides.  I used a different pattern for the sides.

Here's a shot of the corner with the crack ::

I wasn't too concerned that the crack was completely covered since it is on the bottom side.

The final look ::

(Just waiting to be hung on the bedroom wall.)

It made a beautiful gift for Sally's 13th birthday!  She was so thrilled to receive it:)

P.S.  The adhesives peel off easy enough if she ever wanted to change it up.

~  Patty  ~

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Around Our Home

I'll try and let the pictures do the talking :)

(Must add...she did NOT touch it, and immediately after I sent David this pic, I put outlet covers in all the outlets.  This was day 2 of her army crawling adventures.)

(The first of the Christmas gifts arrived.)

(Hand-me-down Glo Worms....courtesy of Stan and Mabel :)

(The view from my bedroom windows.)

Okay.  This one has a neat story behind it.  Ester found a caterpillar on the sidewalk.  She placed it in a cup, and the next day, it had wrapped itself into a little cocoon.  9 days later, it came out as this beautiful, yellow butterfly!

(It now resides in a hermit crab's cage :)

(Note:  Mabel's mask...crazy girl didn't like the smell so she put on a mask from her science lab kit.  Stan on the other hand, was so into it that we had to take his shirt off!  LOL)

Ester's came from Pro Life Pumpkins.  My friend, Tiffany, suggested the idea on FB. 

Have a great week!

~ Patty  ~

Easy Photo Backdrop

 2 yards of material for a custom, picture-perfect backdrop!

I ironed and starched the material prior to hanging with painters' tape.

Taa- Daa!

An easy DIY from Pinterest and Mamarazzi!

~  Patty  ~

Friday, October 26, 2012

She Is A Teenager Now

 Hard to believe it's been 13 years already!!

And she had a great day :)  

After swim team practice, she invited a team mate/ girlfriend out for dinner to one of our favorite BBQ joints and then  home for some cake and ice cream.

(She is a die hard Rangers fan.)

But not before some retail therapy ::

(Mabel decided to forgo a trip to B&BW since it is a Wii day.  They only get Wii time on the weekends and she wanted to take full advantage of  two siblings not there to take their turns :)

It's fun to see how they are changing and growing up.  She has moved from American Girl to Bath & Body Works.

I mentioned in the past that they only get a big birthday party every four years.  On the off years, they invite a dinner guest over.

An unforeseen bonus....we have come to know better and truly enjoy each individual they invite.  As a parent, I love to get to know their friends on a more personal level.   And they truly enjoy the one-on-one time with each friend :)

Happy birthday to our Sally!  May God continue to bless you and keep you always!  We love you!


Mom & Dad  XOXO

Monday, October 22, 2012

Double Sweet Potato Fries

So easy.  So yummy!

Only three ingredients to a happy tummy :)


1.  Cinnamon (enough to toss/coat fries with)

2.  Local honey (desired amount to drizzle with)

3.  Sweet Potato Fries (I found these unseasoned ones at our local grocery store.)


1.  Bake fries according to directions on package.

2.  While still warm, toss fries in cinnamon.  Put a spoonful on a plate and drizzle the honey on top.

Food rule in our house ::   You have to eat at least one (good-sized) bite of food that you "don't like".  You have to at least try it.  Period.

Half of my family doesn't like sweet potatoes.  But after "being forced" to try these double sweet potato fries, they all loved them!


~  Patty  ~

Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Red Chair

I've been at it again.  Do It Yourself-ing.

My computer chair - before ::

Came from a garage sale almost 20 years ago.

The legs were starting to fall apart so David screwed them in nice and tight.

He said it was one of the best built chairs he'd ever worked on.  Solid oak.  Probably 100 years old?

My computer chair - after two coats of Paprika ::

 I used one (entire) can of this ::

(About $3.50)

I'm super pleased with how it coated.  I would suggest RUST-OLEUM over Vaslpar (Lowe's) any day after using both brands recently.  (And I'm not being paid to write it.)

I was looking for a color that popped and thought this still complimented my cypress green furniture.

Not bad for an old chair!

~  Patty  ~ 

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Dumpster Diving

About a month ago, David snagged the side to a crib that was set out for the trash on someones curbside.

It was kind of funny (and a little embarrassing) walking along as he carried the piece of trash.

With a little revamping....Waa Laa....instant, custom gate!

(One man's trash is another man's treasure, right?)

She went from trying to scoot to lightening fast army crawl overnight. 

~  Patty  ~

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Sensory Overload!

I took the kids to the  Texas State Fair last week.

I told David I was dreading it...(you may  know what I mean.)

With a LOT of planning, we did it!


* Free home school passes!

* Packed our sandwiches for dinner, snack food, and water bottles in a back pack.

* Pre-set ticket limits for kids.

* Kids had a buddy system.

* Picked a few shows and mapped everything out the night before.


We crammed in our schooling, ate lunch, and then packed up and headed out for the afternoon & evening.

We saw  so!  much!  food!  and tasted a few things as well ;)

Top left::  deep fried s'mores.  (Um...seriously good!)

Bottom right::  deep fried moon pies.  (No bragging rights for this one.)

Bottom left::  deep fried cheese cake (A winner.)

They girls each picked out one fair food and then we all tried a sample of it.

Stan chose home made root beer, which he loved.  (We didn't share his root beer once I saw him spit soda back in the cup! )

Ester wanted to see the African Acrobats.

We watched as one went down low...

(He actually walked on the sides of his feet to move!  Amazing!)

And then up again...higher and higher...

( I'm taking photos from behind...we found shade behind the stage.)

They put on a great show!

Next up were the Chinese Acrobats.  Sally and I wanted to see their performance.

They worked very hard to entertain the crowd by making their stunts look so effortless.

We saw different bands performing as we roamed the grounds...

(The fiddler playing is the 6 time National Fiddle Champion!)

(Can't remember the name of this awesome blues band...but they rocked!)

Mabel wanted to see the pig races.

Meet the beauty, Liza, who weighed 950lbs!  

Nope.  She didn't race, but she is still growing we were told.  Hubba-hubba!

Sorry about the blurry photo.  I was holding Clementine while she was trying to grab my camera.  

The pig races sure where cute and had the kids laughing the entire time.

And we can't forget about the Midway!!  

(Above: The bottom right picture is a new swing ride.  SCARY.  I pictured one of the kids breaking off and flying across the Dallas skyline!)

I had some who wanted to go it alone...

And a couple of them had a need for more speed...

Clementine and I just hung out.  She, by the way, was a perfect angel...and never napped once.  David and I have come to the conclusion, she loves action.

The Starlight Parade was on the top of our list.  And it came at the end of the day, obviously :)

Leading off the parade were Dallas' finest and some of our country's finest!  I just loved the USMC Bugle Corps!

And the floats were so beautiful!

Here's a few examples...

(Medusa on stilts, an Under the Sea float, and a dragon float.)

And finally, at 7:45pm, we were done....stinky and sweaty....a little sunburned....barking dogs....very happy....kind of done.

I'm so glad I mustered up the courage to take them by myself.  We all had a blast!

The kids are already talking about next year!

~  Patty  ~


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