Door Monogram

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Door Decor 101
A door needs a little somethin' somethin' - am I right?
That being said, I'm OVER the whole wreath thing!
That doesn't mean I won't have a wreath on my door next month but 
for now, I wanted something different.
And here it is...

I got this wooden monogram from the store MaddieVs on Etsy.  You can find the link here.

I just used simple acrylic paint and then put a coat of poly on top to protect!

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Playing With Unexpected Color

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Have you discovered 

If you don't know what I'm talking about, then this blog post is going to make your day.

Chairish is a really cool vintage marketplace, 
think flea market, where people can sell stuff or buy stuff
not only online but in stores across the country.
They have new stuff, old stuff...  
I love their unique items!
I am super excited to have found this site
because I am embarking on a new 
decorating project and this site has given me a ton of inspiration.
It's got me thinking a whole lot about COLOR!

I've always loved colors.  
As a matter of fact, I think that's why I love decorating and design so much.
Color has the ability to change our feelings and mood.
Color ultimately "sets the stage" of a room.

Color can be cold.
Color can be warm.
Color can be bold, bright, happy, sad…
Color evokes emotion.

Color can be UNEXPECTED and that's when things get fun!

I have a new sofa that just arrived last week, and my walls are currently covered in 2 foot squares of various paint sample colors.  I have fabric swatches everywhere as I try to decide the direction in which I want to go.  The sofa is gray so the possibilities are endless.  I'm thinking about really stepping out of the box and painting one of the walls peacock green and then accessorizing with bright yellow.
In my latest search for color and decor ideas, I found a whole lot of inspiration at "Chairish"
I love, love, LOVE the style of this place!  
This is the color chart from Chairish that has inspired me thus far:

Gray can feel cold, am I right?
I love gray in decor but it can definitely have a cool feel.
But when it's mixed with these peacock shades, it transitions the gray from cool to spa-like serenity.
The deeper peacock shades are so elegant and dramatic, in my opinion.  
The gray intensifies the darker shade of green. 
This Peacock - Dove color scheme is definitely what I'm going with in my new space.

The Chairish color-graphics have me thinking of all kinds of color changes in my home.
Here's what I'm thinking...

Now that Labor Day is behind us, everything is turning up PUMPKIN, am I right?
I'm super excited for FALL, it's my favorite season and I go ALL OUT with decorating.
I have found that the easiest way to do this is by adding touches of fall COLOR to my home!
I add unexpected orange all over the house.
Look at these awesome accent pieces (below) and think of how they could create a fall feel to any room.  Then think outside the box and imagine having these colors mixed in with your decor any time of year.  If you really want to have fun with it, try this exercise…

Sit back and look around the room you are currently sitting in, imagine some touches of peach and tangerine.  Can you incorporate these colors into your space?  If these colors don't work, which other colors might you add?  

One of my favorite ways to re-decorate or spruce up a space is to make small color changes.
It's amazing how much you can change a room by simply 
painting a wall or adding a colored lamp to a table.  
But have you ever added an "off-color" to a room?
An "off-color" is an accent color that doesn't necessarily "fit" in a room.  
A surprise in color might be just what your room needs!

I love these color pairings from Chairish.  Do they inspire you to make unexpected color changes?

Any ideas yet?

By the way, Chairish has not compensated me in any way for this post.
I am truly loving this site and its content.  I love their blog and I love their store.
So, there you go.  I hope you have found some color inspiration.
Let me know if you make any unexpected changes!
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Taking care of business...

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I've received emails lately asking why I haven't had new content on the blog.  
Here's my explanation...

It's been a busy, crazy year.  I have a lot of content waiting to be written and posted but just haven't found time to get on the computer.  I am hopeful that we (as a family) are falling into a routine with the new school year and I can get back to doing what I love - writing on Doodles and Stitches!

This year started off with bad health for me.  I struggle with an autoimmune disease (actually two of them) and was having a really hard time with flare ups for the first 4 months of 2014. 

Then, we were off to Europe, to celebrate our 20th anniversary.

When we got back from our 2 weeks in Europe, summer was in full swing.  
We travelled a lot and were only home 3 weeks of the entire summer!

Now that we are back at home, the kids are in school and things are returning to normal.  I have been spending my extra time working on a remodel project at church for our 1st to 6th graders.  I'm specifically designing the Arts and Crafts room.  It's such a fun project and I can't wait to show you the finished room.  I will (soon) be sharing DIY tutorials on some of the projects.

To throw another wrench into things… Steve and I are taking on a couple of remodeling projects at home.  Specifically, the hall full bathroom and our living room.  We are putting up plank walls, installing an antique dresser as a vanity and much more.  It's going to be several months of hard work and I will update you as we go.  

My commitment is to TRY my hardest to sit down with this laptop and post some awesome content!  I also have a few million recipes to add to Slice of Sassy.  AND WHAT WAS I THINKING? STARTING ANOTHER BLOG this Spring?  I'm a crazy woman.  Yes indeed.

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Prayer List Printable - September

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Prayer List Printable - September

Another free printable for the Resolution Notebook. 
Simply click on the image and it will take you to the download page.

Here are all of the monthly prayer list printables...

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Prayer List Printable - August

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Prayer List Printable - August

Another free printable for the Resolution Notebook. 
Simply click on the image and it will take you to the download page.

Here are all of the monthly prayer list printables...

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The Rabbit: A Retelling

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For your entertainment, this describes what happened at my house last night. My fourteen year old daughter, Natalie, wrote it. I think she's quite talented!

The Rabbit: A Retelling

by Natalie Estes

It was a calm, cool night. I was standing in the backyard, staring at the lightning bugs and wondering what it was like for your own butt to glow. Yes, these were the deep thoughts frolicking between my ears when, suddenly, Cocoa dashed across the yard to the fence. In the corner of my eye, I saw the dark, small shape of some critter dashing along the edge of the fence, Cocoa close at its heels. Then, I watched, horrified yet increasingly interested as Cocoa swept the critter up and into its teeth. I was about to cheer when something in me suddenly objected. I looked closer, and saw that Cocoa had not caught some varmin, that this was not a rat or a mole, but that this was, in fact, a baby bunny rabbit.

Before I could even form words of protest on my tongue, I watched in horror as Cocoa's jaws tightened, and listened to the pitiful last squeals for mercy and freedom the poor bunny cried before, at last, the jaws closed completely and ended its life.

Horrified and shocked, I fled like a deer, galloping over patio furniture and drink coolers to the door. I dashed inside, sliding on the hardwoods but staying upright as I sprinted to my mother's bedroom for answers, comfort, and protection.

I told the tale of what had happened to my slack-jawed mother. She quickly donned the appropriate attire for venturing outdoors- No doubt the neighbors would be drawn to peek over our fence after hearing my cries- and together we returned to the scene of the crime. At some point my curious sister Raegan must've heard our ruckus, because she soon joined us, as well.

Together, we three women ventured onto our lavishly furnished deck, which had been transformed into an outdoor world of death and merciless predators.

We searched the darkening grounds for the offender, and were quick to find her. Staring at us proudly, she held the limp, swaying body of the rabbit in her murderous maw.

The next instant seemed to last a lifetime.

My mother, always calm and collected, squealed not unlike the poor rabbit did in its last moments. Also like the rabbit, she dashes away from the deathly dachshund but, unlike the rabbit, she reached her abode safely. I followed her inside to find her sobbing into her hands.

Feeling as though our roles should be reversed, I consoled my mother until she was calm before returning outside. I stood on the deck, pondering what to do. Raegan hopelessly chased the hound, who, even as she worried deeply for my mother and ran for her life from my sister, still clutched the lifeless kit between her fangs.

This was when my mother, finally recollected, opened the door again.

Cocoa leaps into action. Seeing her chance not only to escape from Raegan, but to see her mother and make sure she was unharmed, Cocoa dashed inside.

My mother's recently-repaired psych shattered. Cocoa, terrified of my mother and no doubt worrying that her recent kill would be taken away, sprinted into her kennel and holed away. Safe for the moment, she began to eat.

I finally decided to ask for guidance from my wise father. I called him, and after a few moments of waiting and listening to the phone ring- meanwhile, my sister began to narrate our dog's meal, "She's torn it in half! It's going everywhere!"- my father answers.

I explained the situation, from the bunny inside the house to my mother's hysterical screaming and sobbing in the living room, and he instructs me what to do. I steel myself, set the phone on speaker and place it on the counter, enlist my sister, and set to work.

We lock the kennel door, entrapping both predator and prey within the confines of the wire shelter. It seemed Cocoa's house of refuge had turned against her, and she began to inhale the rabbit, sensing that the end to her escapades were near.

Together, we carried the kennel out the backdoor- Our mother squeal ed as the cage passed her- and closed the door behind us.

I unlocked the door and tilted the kennel, forcing the dog, after a final chomp, to exit. My sister and I then lifted the kennel and carried it, blood, blankets, and all, to the trashcan. We dumped the entirety of its contents into the disposal bin with relative ease- Our only issue being when the kennel, in a last attempt to resecure its belongings, snagged the edge of the bed, forcing us to dislodge the bed from the kennel's metal claws- before carrying it back, empty, to the deck.

I ventured inside to calm my mother, and give her the news that the rabbit was gone entirely. She seemed comforted slightly by this, but for the most part just worried for the dog. (No doubt this night had tore a permanent rift in their previously near-perfect relationship.) I assured her the dog would be taken care of, as long with the kennel.

I washed the kennel and the dog down with the hose outside (listening to the neighbors laugh at us over the fence) before carrying the dog inside for further scrubbing in the tub. Finally, the dog seemed clean of all remnants of its crime. The situation seemed controlled for the first time

all night, and at lastI permitted myself a laugh. Who else would this happen to but I?


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Cleaning shower glass

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I have tried everything from dawn and vinegar to magic erasers. I've put them all to the test and this one is hands down, the winner! I'm not being compensated by any company or any person for telling you this, it's just something I wanted to share with you... it'll make life a little easier!

Here's the panoramic photo from inside my shower - I can see clearly - not a single water drop and no soap scum around the edges.

Here's the scoop...

Use this soft cleanser on a sponge - work in circles on entire glass surface and then rinse well. You can find these products at Target, of course.

If there's a lot of soap build up - you might have to repeat that last step.

Then, spray the glass with this Rain-x cleaner, rub it in and then squeegee it off.

Dont use your shower for 24 hours.

From this point on, the rain-x will repel water drops and scum. You should repeat the rain-x cleaning monthly.




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Prayer List Printable - July

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Prayer List Printable - July

Another free printable for the Resolution Notebook. 
Simply click on the image and it will take you to the download page.

Here are all of the monthly prayer list printables...

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DIY Sundress

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I made this sundress and have worn it several times now and just love it! I don't have a pattern but I will try to give instructions with photos. Email me if you have any questions. It's a really simple and fast project!

And here I am modeling it with the side slit showing.
FYI... There's a slit on each side.

This is one of my favorite dresses that I used as a "pattern".

Using my old dress, I cut a "FRONT" and "BACK" piece that was about 3/4 inch wider and about 4-5 inches longer (for seam allowances, hemming and top elastic fold over).
I cut them on the fabric fold, as shown.

Then I cut 2 pieces of white fabric (the same size) for lining the dress.

I pinned the front fabric panel to the white lining with right sides facing.

Then I did the same with the back panel.

I sewed them together on all sides except bottom, I left that open. Then, I cut seam allowances and turned them right side out, pushing out the corners.

I placed the front and back sewn panels with right sides facing, then I pinned them. I held up the "dress" to see how high I wanted the slit to go up on the side, then I marked that measurement on both sides.

The next step was to take elastic (measuring 1/2 inch) and wrap it around my chest until it was snug. Measure/wrap where the top of the dress will begin. Then I stitched the ends of elastic together, using a zigzag stitch.

I pinned the elastic into the dress at center points - on the sides and front and back centers and then stitched the pinned areas. I folded over the elastic and hand stitched (using slip stitch) into the lining part of dress only, this way there's no elastic line showing on front of dress.

This next part has no photos and I apologize. I got caught up in sewing and just forgot completely.

I pulled the dress on and marked the place where I wanted the waist to be placed. Then I created two buttonholes at front and center and sewed two parallel lines for the waist tie pocket. Think pole pocket for a curtain panel!

I created a "tie" and threaded it through the belt button holes. I wanted it long enough that I could tie it in a bow.

I put on my favorite wedge sandals that I'd always be wearing with the dress and then pinned it at that hem line. I trimmed the excess fabric and then turned it in and pressed the seam. I stitched closely at the edge. I could've hemmed it the traditional way but this is the way I chose to hem this one.


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DIY Placemat Make-Up Bag

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1. Placemat: I bought this placemat at Target for $3, it measures 14" x 19"

2. Zipper: 14-16 inches



Lay placemat face up - with the short end at the top.

Lay 14-16 inch zipper face down - and pin to place mat as shown. So that right sides are facing (zipper right sides and fabric right sides.

Using your zipper foot on sewing machine, sew zipper where you pinned.

Now, unzip zipper and pin unattached side to the other short end of placemat - as shown in pic. Sew that side.

Leave zipper half way zipped and pin two sides closed, leaving the bag inside-out.

Stitch those two sides. If using a metal zipper stop at zipper and teeth or you'll break your needle. ***If using metal zipper, you'll need to come back and hand tack (sew a few stitches) over this area.***

Trim edge that you just sewed along with the zipper end pieces.

Now, it's time to cut some corners ;)

Measure and square off 1.5 inches in each corner. I used a pen to make marks, then cut those lines.

Now, take the corner and pinch it on sides so that it lays flat - as shown

Sew closed.

Repeat on all corners.

Now, turn your bag right-side-out and poke your corners out.

Your bag is finished.

Tie a pretty piece of ribbon to the zipper.

***Remember to stitch over zipper ends if you used a metal zipper***

This is the other bag I made from a Target placemat...

I made these in 30 minutes!

Happy Sewing!


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