Tuesday, December 11, 2012

DIY Snowman Wreath and Decking of the Halls

Do you want to know a secret? I can't ever say the word 'wreath' on the first try. I get wreath and reef mixed up for some reason and anytime I have to say the word 'wreath' for any reason at all, I end up taking a two second pause to think really hard before I speak. "Oh shoot, I don't want to sound like an idiot. Is it wreath or reef? Where is your Christmas Reef section? No that's not it. DARN YOU WREATH!" Seriously. This is the stuff that goes on in my head. I'm supposed to be an English major you know.

Woo. That felt good to get that off my chest. Anyway. I've been skipping out on the blog party for a while now because I have been up to my eye balls making bow tie dog collars. But I'm here! Just in time for my favorite subject of all, Decking the Halls DIY style! Christmas is really special to me. My mom has always called me her Christmas poster child and I've always been proud of that title. I always start the Christmas music way too soon and put away the decorations way too late. I just love this time of the year! I live in dumb ol Florida now though and that really puts a damper on my Christmas spirit. So I try my best to decorate my way through it. Here's what I ended up making for the next Dare to DIY challenge:

A snowman wreath! I wish I could say I thought of this idea by myself, but I don't really have the free time to be doing that right now. I found a similar wreath on Pinterest and I fell in love immediately. Joanns was having 60% off all their wreaths so I bought three, connected them with floral wire and dressed him up in stuff I already had around the house. Seriously I smile every time I get to the front door. 

Justin feels bad for making me fall in love with him, marrying me, and then making me live in Florida so he added some fake snow to the windows to make me feel a little more at home. It helped, a little.

Isn't that snowman wreath adorable?! I seriously wish I had come up the dang idea on my own. I will leave you with some Christmas decoration photos to end this already too long blog post. Can't wait to see everyone else's ideas!!!

                             Fla la la la la la la la LAAAAA. :) Merry Christmas from Hudson's House!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Dare to DIY Placemat Pillow

Hi everyone!!!! I am so excited about being apart of this blog party!!! It's my first one ever! I'm also nervous. I have that 'what if I suck at decorating and nobody has had the guts to tell me and I'm about to make a fool out of myself'' feeling in the pit of my stomach. You know, kind of like stage fright?! Only blog fright.  But I did it! I'm here and there's no backing out now. :p

I am a dedicated stalker of Michelle from Decor and the Dog. I love that girl. She has been my 'blog mentor' since I started this blog not long ago and has really helped me get my blog up and running. I'm sure I would have quit by now without her! With that being said, she told me if I didn't participate she would stalk me and she probably wouldn't be my blog mentor anymore. So. Here I am. All for Michelle. ha! ;)

OK! Now that all that's out of the way. I'm excited to share my project with everyone! I was inspired from this photo I found on Pinterest:

You know, it's so easy to sit around a table on Thanksgiving and talk about what you're thankful for. But when March comes around and I find myself complaining about my wardrobe and unfinished kitchen, and car that's not as nice as my neighbors etc, that's when I need a little extra help. Lots of people are sitting around with a lot less than what we have and are completely content. I wanted to make something that could remind me to have a thankful heart all year long! So I went to my favorite place to get some inspiration. Target! After I stopped by Starbucks to get a Salted Carmel Hot Cocoa, of course. I have an addiction. And I need help. 

Anyway. I found this super cute placemat. I have a crush on the color grey. In a room full of colors my eyes always head towards grey. So I just knew I had to have this one! Although, I wasn't planning to use it for a placemat. 

So I made THIS! 

Have you seen the price of decorative pillows?! Yeah. Me no likey. This bad boy cost me 6 bucks. The placemat was $3.99 I bought some cotton batting for the inside for $2.00. I used some stensils and old cream paint we had leftover from our bedroom project. Seam ripped one short side after the paint dried and sewed it back up after I stuffed it with the batting.

It helps when you have a cute project manager!
This is what I came up with:

 I wish I would have used a little more batting, but I ran out and was too lazy to get anymore. I still like it though! So when March rolls around and I'm not feeling as thankful as I should, I'm hoping seeing this pillow may give me a little boost. 

Hudson's feeling more thankful already! 

Thanks for stopping by my little ol blog! I can't wait to go check out all the other projects! :)

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

1st Year Anniversary Trip Highlights

Are you ready for a boring post full of mushy gushy pictures and boring facts about nothing important?! I thought so!

(At this point I'm fully convinced that my dad is the only person that actually reads this blog, so at least I know he'll get some enjoyment from this. ha!)

Justin and I celebrated one whole year of marriage yesterday. They told us it would go by fast, but I had no idea how fast time would really fly! We wanted to do something special. but not too expensive because we will be heading to Indiana for two weeks during Christmas and already have a Chicago trip planned during that time, too. So we settled on Atlanta. I'm so glad we went! We packed in a whole bunch of fun within the two days we spent in Georgia. Including visiting Justin's aunt and uncle who live on the way to Atlanta. We can always count on good food, laughs and lots of warm and cozy feelings when we visit with them. 

We stayed at the PeachTree Plaza in downtown Atlanta. It was super nice and our room had an amazing view! 

It was very hard to say goodbye to this view!

The top floor has a really cool restaurant that moves while you eat so you can a view of the entire skyline. It A full 360 degrees within an hour. Pretty neat!

We went to the Coca Cola Factory and got to see how the robots filled up the coke bottles. We even 
got to take home our own old time coke bottles for souvenirs! We got to taste over 60 different kinds of coke products from around the world. I remember I really liked Asia's and really hated Europe's. It was really neat to see the difference in styles. Some sodas were really fruity and others were really bland. North America ultimately has the best flavors. Which is a blessing and a curse, I think.

The aquarium was our favorite part. It was HUGE. There was so much to see, it closed before we even got to see everything. That was a bummer, but we are still so glad we went! The dolphin show was amazing. (Not better than Sea World's, but close!) 

Sea dragons, baby otters, and us hanging out in the penguin tunnel.

They wouldn't let us take any photos during the dolphin show. Bummer! It was seriously so amazing and for some reason we got in for FREE! That was an exciting bonus!

We spent some time in Centennial Olympic Park which is the area the 1996 Summer Olympics took place. 

(Justin was the one who came up with the leaf art, just in case you were wondering)
The location we stayed at was really nice because everything was within walking distance so we didn't have to pay $22 every time we left the hotel. So we walked. The weather was perfect and we got to experience something Florida doesn't have-FALL! It was so gorgeous!

We found a really nice steakhouse downtown called Ted's Montana Grill. I think this was the highlight of the trip for Justin. We tried Buffalo for the first time and it was really good! Justin had the Buffalo strip and I had the Buffalo Fillet Mignon. YUM.

We were pretty pooped after a full day of walking and acting like tourists so we got dessert and headed back to the hotel. Donuts and hot cocoa. This is why Justin and I got married. We are perfect for each other. We are perfect and also, a little pathetic. *OH and Krispy Kreme donuts are a million times better, just in case you were wondering.*

That was the extent of our trip! It was short and sweet and tons of fun! We would definitely go back. 

For our anniversary we spent the night in. I made Justin a steak dinner. He came home from work sweaty and gross with flowers and a card in hand, got a shower and came out of our bedroom in dress pants, shirt and tie. It was seriously the cutest thing I have ever seen.  I made a cheesy toast over dinner and cried like a little girl. We reminisced about our wedding day a year ago. It was perfect.

I did have time to make him this really cute etch-a-sketch ipad cozy. I found the tutorial on Pinterest. He loved that cheesy ol thing!

I love traveling, but I hate leaving Hudson behind. He was very happy when we came home. He picked up right where we left off. CUDDLE TIME! My favorite part of the day. :)

Anniversaries are FUN! Maybe even more fun than birthdays. I haven't decided yet. My birthday is next month, I'll let you know how I'm feeling then. ;)

                                                               Happy Tuesday!!!!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Homemade Pumpkin Dog Treat Recipe from the World's Worst Blogger

WOW. This year has taught me a whole bunch of stuff about myself. One of those things being that I suck at blogging. Really, I'm just plain awful. I have got to start being more committed. Maybe a future New Year's Resolution? Yeah, we'll think about that.

 Oh! And one more thing I never did when I started this blog, was give a proper introduction. I just kind of jumped into random stuff. I know I have an 'About Us' page, but who even reads those anyway? Well, who even reads this blog anyway? Regardless, here it is:  (If you're just here to grab the recipe and run, scroll on down!) I love writing. I always have. I'm an English major in college, so that's got to mean something, right?! I started this blog because like most bloggers, I love doing DIY projects. I'm constantly working on something new and I think that kind of drives my husband nuts because he's always being dragged into them. Oh well, he's in it for the long run now. ;)My husband's name is Justin and he can do anything. Seriously. He says that's not true, but I've seen it first hand. That's why we're such a great team!

 Back to why I started this blog. Justin and I are living in our first home together. We love it! It's a great house. It's a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom rustic/elegance kind of home. However, it isn't our dream home and it isn't in our dream location. Our goal is to live here while I finish school and do some upgrades to the house we think would be desirable to the next buyer (and us while we live here!) and then when the time is right sell and build our own home. Location is up in the air right now, but that will work itself out with time. So, the reason for this blog is to be able to 'jot' down all of our hard work during this process. Kind of like an online Home Journal. Also, my dad is just learning how to use the internet and he likes any extra excuse to see cute pictures of our dog. ha! I'm serious, too. Lol. And who knows, maybe it might be helpful to someone else!

The name, Hudson's House came from our adorable dog we adopted in January at 9 weeks old! He thinks he owns our house and that Justin and I just kind of live with him. My friend sent me a photo awhile back that said, "Whoever said diamonds are a girls best friend obviously never owned a dog" I couldn't agree more. :) I love that silly little dog more than I ever thought I could. He is our little boy and people tease us that we love him more than we will love our future children. I agree doubt it. He doesn't wake me up at night, I don't have to pay for his college, and he never mouths off so i'd say we got a pretty good thing going right now.

So that's us! Now that we got that out of the way, we can get back to the recipe:

I found this recipe HERE and knew that I would definitely be making some for Hudson. Two of Hudson's most favorite treats in ONE? I think that's a winner. Also, the other blogger said she thought the treats would taste better if they were heart shaped. I think Hudson agreed.

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats:

2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 large eggs
2/3 cup pumpkin purée, canned or fresh
3 tbsps peanut butter

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Mix on medium for about a minute or until the dough looks like a bunch of little dough balls. If you pinch a piece and it crumbles, add a little
water. If it’s really sticky, it’s too wet and you’ll need to add a little flour. Gather the
dough together and form into a ball. Place on a lightly floured work surface and roll it out
to about 1/4-inch thickness. You can either use a cookie cutter to cut out cute shapes or
use a knife to cut squares or strips. Place the cookies on a baking sheet. They can be crowded
pretty close together since they don’t expand much. Bake 15-20 minutes for softer
treats or 30 minutes for hard treats. Let cool completely. Makes 100+ 1-inch heart-shaped dog treats.
Mixing, rolling, impatient dog waiting at your feet.

After all that waiting, Hudson finally got a taste and he approves!

I love these treats because they're so CHEAP to make and my dog absolutely loves them. I've caught him sitting next to the counter where we keep them waiting for us to give him one. I will definitely be making more! Hope you all make some for your favorite furry friend, too! :)

Monday, August 27, 2012

Justin's 28th Birthday Extravaganza!

Justin's 28th Birthday Extravaganza!

Over the weekend we celebrated Justin's 28th birthday. This was his first birthday as a married man, so I was determined to make it extra special for him! (I have to make him think he's lucky to be married to me, at least. lol!) He does all kinds of sweet, selfless things for me throughout the year, I figured his birthday was the perfect day to try to show him how much he means to me! It all started with an invitation:

Party poppers! You put the invitation inside, send it out, and when everyone opens them, POP comes the invitation! I was inspired by a similar invitation I found of Pinterest and knew it would be the perfect party invites for Justin's birthday. They were a lot of fun to make and I loved the phone calls I got after our friends and family opened them. Thankfully, no one had to be hospitalized due to heart attacks or anything. haha! 

We all met for dinner at Chipotle, (Justin's fave!) went go-karting, and then came back to our house to end the night with a dessert buffet and our very own Minute to Win It tournament. It was such a fun night full of all of Justin's favorite people! I didn't get as 
many photos as I hoped to because I was rushing around baking all day with some dear friends, but here's a little look at what Justin's birthday looked like:

One of my favorites from the night, I love that laugh!

If you haven't heard of Minute to Win It, check out the website HERE. It's basically a game where all the players have to do a challenge with house hold items in under a minute. Some of the games are hilarious! You have to be willing to look a little silly if you want to play, and that's what makes it so much fun. Here are some photos of some of the games we played:

Even Hudson joined in on one!
This game made me laugh because every time I got ready to take a picture, Evyn was eating his game pieces. haha!

It was such a fun night with so many special people. Also, I feel like a trip to the dentist is required now after all those sweets! lol!

Thank you to all who came and helped celebrate Justin's birthday. You all mean the world to him! (and me!) Oh, and a HUGE thank you to the Himes gals for spending the day with me baking before the party. I couldn't have pulled it off without you!

One more picture from the night- Matt ended up being behind the camera for most of the evening and didn't get in most of the photos, but we did catch this cute moment between him and Hudson. Only a real friend puts up with our 55 pound lap dog. :) We love you, Matty! Thanks for the great photos!!!!

Now, who wants to help me clean up?!? 

This is real life.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

DIY Dog (or Cat) Collar and Bow-tie

DIY Bowtie Dog Collar 

Hello everyone!  I'm so excited because this is my very first post on the new blog. I found it only appropriate that I make something intended for Hudson, so I'm going to teach y'all how to make your own dog collar and bow-tie! This is a relatively easy project that pretty much anyone who can sew a semi-straight line can do!  Once you get the hang of it, the whole process from start to finish should only take you about 30 minutes. Your precious pet is worth that short amount of time, aren't they??

I figured out how to make my dog a collar by the tutorials here and here. I took a little from each tutorial and made my own for my cute puppy!  My good friend, RaChelle made my nephew's bow-tie for my wedding this passed November and it turned out to be ADORABLE.  So she gave me some really great bow-tie tips, too! She is a sewing genius and you can take a look at her swoon worthy children's line of clothing here! 
I told you, ADORABLE!

Are you ready to make your furry friend look even more adorable than they already do?! Okay, here we go!

Step 1: Gather your supplies. You can find most of your supplies at your local craft store or even Walmart. (One tip I have is to buy cheap dog collars from the dollar store and just use the hardware because buying all the supplies can get pricier than you think!)

Supplies needed:
*Large Sweet Tea from McDonald's (optional)
*Nylon webbing (no bigger than 1 inch unless you're making a bow-tie for a horse! ha!)
* 1/2 yard of cute fabric
*Plastic clip (size depends on whatever you choose for your nylon webbing)
*Plastic Slider
*Sewing Machine & Thread
*A clothes iron

The length of the nylon webbing will depend on your pet. Measure their neck and then add six inches to get the correct amount of webbing you will need.

Step 2: Sew fabric onto nylon

The tutorials I came across all used ribbon for this step (which would have been WAY easier) but I wanted to do the matching bow-tie too, so I used fabric. Don't worry, it's not that bad, it just takes a little extra time. All I did was fold over and iron the edges to make them nice and straight for when I sewed them onto the nylon. Then just sew your way down! Most people would probably use pins, but I'm not a patient person, so I just held onto the fabric while I sewed and hoped for the best! ;)

Step 3: Sew clip onto one end

Unclip the buckle and slip one end of the nylon through it. It's important that you use the right side of the buckle or the whole collar will be messed up. See photo above for help. I'm talking from experience here! ha ha All you're going to do is sew the clip in place. (Make sure you leave a little 2 inch tail at the end though, because you will need it to sew the D-ring in place.) Sew back and forth several times to secure the clip.

Step 4: Sew in D-ring

Slide the D-ring through the nylon so that it is right next to the clip. Sew back and forth a few times to secure it in place. (Remember, you need to sew more than one time here because you don't want your pet breaking free from the collar and having a tragic accident just because of a simple sewing 'shortcut' during this step. Sew sew SEW that d-ring in place! :)

How cute is my smiley little helper?!

Step 5: Add slider and clip

This part is a little tricky, but it doesn't have to be! I didn't get a very good photo of me actually completing this step, so I'm going to do my very best to explain it. Put the slider all the way through. (over and under the middle crossbar. Then bring it all the way through the other side of the clip. Then bring it back to the slider and put it back through underneath. (under the first loop) You can DO THIS! See the photo below for a little more help or just look at an old collar you may have.

Step 6: Sew slider into place

This step can also be a little tricky, so pay attention! :) You need to pinch the leftover tail and the material right above the tail. NOT all three sections of the material or your collar will not be adjustable. So follow the photo above and sew the two pieces together.

OKAY! Part one, completed. You have officially made your own pet collar! Admire it! Let your furry friend admire it! You should be proud. :)

Back to business! Are you ready for part 2? Making the adorable bow-tie is actually the easy part. Promise! :)

Step 1: Get materials cut and ready

*Matching or same fabric used for collar
*Lightweight interfacing (I used felt)

For each bow-tie you need to cut two rectangles of fabric. For the collars I cut mine to be 4.50'' x 3.50''. You also need a piece of fabric for the center of the bow-tie. I cut mine to be 3'' wide x 4'' long. Cut one piece of interfacing a little smaller than the size of your rectangles.  

Step 2: Sew interfacing to rectangle pieces of fabric

Place both sides of fabric together right side to right, then place interfacing on top. (See photo)

Sew around the edges, leaving a hole in the center of one of the long sides for turning inside out.

 Then turn it right side out and push the corners all the way out. (I ironed the open side underneath and sewed it down so that it wouldn't be open. You don't have to do this if you used double sided sticky interfacing)

Step 3: Sew middle of bow-tie

Take the small piece of fabric and fold it inside out the long way and sew it into a tube.

Now turn it right side out and iron it flat with the seam in the middle.

 Now fold in half, right sides together and sew together along the short side. Iron the seam flat and then turn it right side out. 

Step 4: Put bow-tie together

Take bow and fold it in an accordion style. Slip your tube over it and arrange it how you want it. 

Sorry for the stinky photo quality. This is a fuzzy cell phone picture. :(

And viola! The finished product!

Look at YOU! You made a collar and a cute bow-tie! Just take your bow-tie, slide it over your collar and center it. Now call your furry friend over to you and present them with their new adorable accessory. Hudson LOVES his new bow-tie collars. I think I'll go make four more! (Or maybe not) ha! 

These collars are lizard chasing approved. ;)
So, there you have it! Good luck with your future bow-tie making projects! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions and let me know if you found this tutorial to be helpful!Or if you just feel like you don't have the time or motivation to make one on your own, I'd be happy to make one for you! You can order your own bow-tie collar here!