Surprise!That was the reason for heading up to Michigan to visit my sister Labor Day weekend--a surprise 30th birthday party. We headed up the day of the party and stealthily avoided my sister all day. When arriving at the restaurant where the party was being held, we helped decorate and waited for all of her friends to arrive, then waited for her to arrive. She was so surprised when she walked in and saw so many of her family and friends waiting to celebrate her birthday! What made it even more of a surprise was that it wasn't actually her birthday--it was a week ahead of time. She was appropriately surprised, and we had fun surprising her!
Fall Is Coming...I'm sure of it. We had some teasingly cool temps last week, and it's beginning to trigger the color change in a few trees in the area. I'm looking forward to getting my fall decor out--I already have the tote box down, but haven't had the time yet to get things out. I will need to make time for decorating, because fall will have to come once I have the house set up that way!
Gotta Get Away!I have been so busy, and it has been resulting in a lot of extra stress lately. I think I was stressing my husband out too, because he agreed to a long weekend away from home and all of the trials therein. We booked a room at a beautiful bed and breakfast (more about that in another post) and spent two and a half days in the Indianapolis area, just relaxing and enjoying a very low-tech trip. We got back Saturday early evening, had a living history program Sunday, and have Monday off as a rest day. I feel much better, and a bit more clear-headed. It was a desperately-needed trip that was a great time. Like I said, I will have a separate post solely devoted to our trip and the b&b we stayed in. Check back soon!
Christmas TreesDo you remember in a recent post the Christmas trees I saw in another blog? Well, I made them, and they turned out so cute! Below are a few pictures and simple instructions. I hope you give these a try...you won't be disappointed!
|Start with two fabrics of your choice, a quarter of a yard of each. Also purchase the round bases, half stars, dowel rod and paint of your choice (I got all of this at Hobby Lobby for around $7.50).|
|Insert the tapered end carefully into the hole just made in the star. It will be snug, but that's okay--you want it that way!|
|Now, begin tying the strips onto the dowel rod, starting with the 9" strips and eventually getting down to the 7" strips at the top. Don't worry about looks yet; you'll rearrange them once all of the strips are tied on.|
|Do this to both dowel rods, then rearrange the strips so that they are evenly spaced and don't have any visible gaps. And voila, you have two finished trees, ready to be set out and enjoyed!|