Monthly Archives: October 2009

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone!

Halloween always feels so nice to me because it’s not just Halloween. Two of my favorite people ever were born on Halloween- my late Grandpa Pedersen (my paternal grandfather who lived to be 101, and if he were still around would be 106), and my beautiful cousin Jen (also another Pedersen). Happy Birthday!

I bought Cash this skeleton “costume” t-shirt on clearance at Target for $4 a couple years ago. My favorite part is that the skeleton glows in the dark. Maybe I can get a glow in the dark shot later. Cash is not a fan of it however….the only clothing he doesn’t mind me putting on him is his little hoodie. So when I came outside with the skeleton t-shirt he turned around from me and sat down facing the corner of the yard. Ha! I managed to get these couple shots anyway because he is really good about posing for photos….he’s used to it…..;-)

Just noticed his tail is hiding in this pic. Don’t worry, I took the t-shirt off after this photo and his tail was wagging once again!

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Signs signs everywhere there’s signs

Now that I had my scrap area cleaned up, I decided to make new signs for our doors. We live on a corner lot, and people come to both the front and back doors. Over a year ago I stocked up on some wooden signs from the dollar store and they’ve come in handy! I had a door sign that I made hanging on the front door, but it really is quite spring/summer looking, so I wanted to make something that didn’t look too seasonal. I painted the sign navy and then attached this Amy Butler paper. I made the little pinwheel flowers using this tutorial.

On the back door, I hadn’t had a sign there in a long time. My friend Michelle painted this little bird in a tree plaque for me. It was really hard to get wire to stay on it to hang it up, so this is the solution I found. I used E600 glue and attached it to one of my dollar store signs that I had painted with white acrylic paint. I then stamped “Welcome to the” using acrylic stamps and Staz-on ink and then put the stickers on the bird to spell Tungseths. I replaced the plain white string with some ribbon to hang it up. I think it turned out nice.

 

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Where I make stuff

ETA: See the update on this here: Where I make stuff 2011.

Besides reorganizing my closet and dresser in the office, I recently cleaned up and reorganized my scrap area. It consists of my corner of IKEA Expedit shelves and desk, a few other organizers, and my Cricut stuff and label maker on the dresser. I took some after shots. I am pretty happy with it.

I stitched three photos together to get this image.

A couple more:

Our computer desk is on the wall you don’t see in the photo.

Reorganizing my things always inspires me to make things. I have some project ideas I really want to work on. The other day I finally prettied up one of my little organizers from IKEA that I’ve been meaning to do something with for a couple of years now…I store letter stickers in there. I have separate organization for all my Thickers though. 🙂

Before:

After:

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Closet redo

I haven’t done any scrapping in a couple of weeks….but I have been motivated to get some organizing done. My clothes and closet have been frustrating and disorganized, so I’d been wanting to go through them and get rid of stuff I haven’t been wearing. I had been hoping to take care of this project LAST weekend, but that didn’t happen! I finally finished the project today.

We live in an almost 100-year-old little home, which has two closets. Yes, two closets. And they are not large closets. I think my closet is the smallest I’ve seen anyone I know have….I use the closet in the bedroom that we use as our office. Trev’s clothes are in the closet in our bedroom, as well as all of our shoes, and all our towels. No linen closet so what do you do? That’s what you do, although we aren’t liking it much. Trevor built another closet in the basement bedroom, but it isn’t very accessible. Anyway, my clothes are in the closet and dresser in the office. I started out by taking the tons of clothes I had thrown on the side hooks in the closet and on the floor and put them on the dresser. After that I thought to take a picture, so these aren’t the for real before, but more like early progress photos.

I got rid of a lot of stuff that didn’t need to be taking up space in the closet. I put sweatshirts and sweaters on the top shelf instead of stuff I haven’t touched in months. I reorganized my dresser drawers and emptied two of them that I was able to use for other stuff (photos, extra scrap stuff, etc.).

Here it is empty!

Here’s what it looks like now.

And I filled up all these bags to donate!

Cash was right by me pretty much the whole time looking at everything. He was not happy that I put a teddy bear in one of the donate bags and was trying to take it out. Sometimes he is such a kid! Ha!

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I love deals!

Have I mentioned that I love deals?

Right now Rainbow Foods (I believe all Roundy’s stores as well) is having a deal where if you buy 8 Kellogg’s products for $20 you get $10 off immediately at the register. I looked around online for some Kellog’s coupons and printed off a bunch. I went to Rainbow and picked up my 8 items and used coupons for all of those items ($6.75 worth), so my total for 5 boxes of cereal, 2 boxes of cereal bars, and a box of crackers was a whopping $3.25. I bought all items that I know we will eat, although fruit snacks, granola bars, cookies, etc. are also included. I stuck with Frosted Mini Wheats, Raisin Bran, Special K, Cheez-Its….

Frosted Mini Wheats Coupon

Special K Blueberry Coupon

Kellogg’s Cinnabon Bars Coupon

But the best place I got the most coupons was this place. I just signed up for  Snackpicks and it brought me to a page with tons of Kellogg’s coupons, and that’s mostly what I used at the store today.

I’m tempted to go back for more….

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Straight from the farm to my kitchen

We still have a lot of venison to cook from last year, so I am trying to make it now before this hunting season. Tonight I made garlic honey marinaded venison chops, and decided to accompany them with crop share veggies. I made roasted brussels sprouts using a recipe from my friend/neighbor Martha, and also parsnip-potato mash. Trevor thought it was pretty fancy. Delicious! It feels really good (fresh AND ethical) to eat a meal that is all straight from the farm….even the venison (pretty much…we did have a meat market do the work first).

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But there are still green leaves on the trees…

This is what we woke up to this morning.

Farewell garden.

I think Cash is a little confused and happy at the same time. He loves snow!

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