Thursday, December 30, 2010

Sewing With Margaret.

I've been wanting to redo these ugly pillows for a long time. They've been sitting on our couch, driving me nuts for months!

This is what I made:

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With String.

We had a lovely, warm Christmas with just the two of us.
To find my present I went on a scavenger hunt.
Daniel put clues all around the house leading to my present. 

I'm still freaking out about it. Of course, that's freaking out in a good way. My adorable husband gave me a new camera and I couldn't be happier!
I love my new camera. I love you Daniel. 
We hope you all enjoyed your Christmas!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Five Minute Fix Up.

This bird clock had a lot of potential, but it needed a little make over. 

Daniel helped me by taking off the bird background and the hands off the clock. I traced the outline of the background onto some cute scrapbook paper and replaced the old one. It was such a quick and simple fix. 

So, what do you think?

Friday, December 17, 2010

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas....Sort Of.

Ok, I'm not going to lie. It does NOT feel like Christmas at all here in Hawaii. I am not used to warm, sunny weather in December. I was feeling sad because I felt like we were missing out on the whole Christmas spirit thing. I finally decided that we just needed some festive decorations. I was debating whether or not we should get a tree. I didn't feel like it was a practical purchase since we were only going to be here for a few years and I didn't want to spend the money. But...I changed my mind and bought one anyway. I have no regrets about it at all. I love it! Even if it doesn't look like Christmas outside, it sure does in our apartment.

I made the garland out of pages from an old book. Courtney gave me her extra red ornaments and I bought the rest from a second hand store. I love my little homemade tree. :)

Here are some close ups:

 I also made this:

It only took 15 book page chapters to make everything...

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Monday, December 13, 2010

House Guests Who Never Leave.

Our friends Ryan and Elizabeth are here in Hawaii "visiting."  What we thought would be a two week visit turned into a four month stay.  Luckily they won't be living with us for that whole time. JK...we totally love having them here!! We have been looking forward to having them come since April. They actually bought their plane tickets to Hawaii before we did. I guess they were more serious about it than we were. 

Elizabeth recently got a job as temporary nurse assistant for an elderly woman who lives here on the island. They were so excited for the opportunity to move to Hawaii, and so were we! Perfect timing right? Now we won't have to say our sad goodbyes so soon.  

Friday, December 10, 2010

Our New (but really old) Coffee Table.

This coffee table was a lucky find at the free bin.
As you can see, it was really ugly. It had a gross vinyl, plasticy thing over the top, which would have been hard to paint over. I had Daniel rip it off for me. :)

I painted it a soft grey color. Here is my finished product:
Much better.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Apartment Improvements.

After being here for five months, we finally hung stuff up on our walls! It's amazing what a little decorating can do to a place.

I love second hand stores. 
I love when people give things away before they move. 
I love the free bin at TVA. 

I really want to make this pillow that I saw at Target. I'll see if Margaret is feeling up to it. It would match perfectly, don't you think?