Artsy Fartsy Craft Night


A post from Kelli–

In May, we told you about the painting class that we went to.  We ended up having so much fun that we decided to have our own monthly crafting night!  My Aunt Julie (on Jason’s side) decided to host the first night.  When we went to a graduation party this spring, she saw pictures that had been decoupaged onto wood.  After searching pinterest for instructions, she found a tutorial which served as instructions for our first Artsy Fartsy night!

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We med in Julie’s shed and were ready for the festivities to begin.  I often feel like I’m kind of in this odd place in life that I don’t have kids, so I don’t always fit in with people that have kids.  I have a job, but I only started in January and don’t have a very regular work schedule, so I don’t really feel like I have lots of work friends.  Jason works all the time and we rarely go out, so I don’t really have many couple friends.  And I’m in school, so lots of my free time is tied up studying, so it was nice to get out and do something fun!

Julie also made us some yummy food!  My favorite was the pineapple wrapped in bacon with brown sugar….WONDERFUL!  She also made dip and little cucumber sandwiches.

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To start, we all brought pictures that we wanted to use.  Julie had boards, stain, and paint.  We started by trimming our pictures if we needed to and staining or painting them.

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Then we put a layer of mod-podge on, added our picture, and then added another layer of the mod-podge.

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We let it dry for a little bid, and this is our finished project!

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Mine still needed to dry a bit as you can see the mod-podge on the top of the picture, but I’m really glad with how they turned out.  As soon as I got home, I let them finish drying and then added them to my other family photos on my entertainment center.

At the end of the night, we had a little show and share so that everyone could see what we had done.

Here are Renee’s photos–

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And Vicki’s–

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And mine–

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While I had a blast making the pictures, even more than that, I enjoyed the wonderful company.  We’ve decided that we are going to skip July because everyone has some crazy schedules, but I agreed to host for August.  I found a really cool tutorial for making a wreath out of old sheet music and I think it’ll be perfect for our little group.  Thanks ladies for a wonderful time–and many more wonderful times to come!


Good ‘Ole Iowa Weather


A post from Kelli–

A few weeks ago, I shared with you some pictures that I’d taken after looking out my window after a lovely rainstorm.  Yesterday was kind of a repeat.  The weather here has been a bit off the wall and all over the place lately.  Yesterday afternoon, it was raining and just kept raining.  It was the kind of raining that it was pouring and I seriously thought there was likely something that broke in the sky and it just broke wide open.

Eventually it ended up raining itself out and then about 5 minutes later, you would have never even guessed that it would have rained.  The sky was blue and clear with just a few little clouds.  The bad thing however was that the rain didn’t cool anything off.  It only started steaming everything up–and kept steaming it up.

After all of the childcare kids left, I talked mom and dad into supper at Riverside, our little bar in town.  Often times, mom and I walk down to get our steps in and then meet dad there.  We did that this time also.  When we were getting ready to leave, dad left a bit early and I stayed and paid the bill and got Jason’s supper to go.  By the time we were leaving about 5 minutes later, we got a bit concerned becasue the sky was getting really dark again and we knew it was going to rain.  It had started sprinkling, so we took the short cut home.  And then it rained…and rained…and rained…Dad went out spotting for tornadoes as they had reports of funnel clouds about an hour away.  I packed up my stuff and left…and it rained…and rained…and rained.  Then I drove home all through the rain.  When I got home, it was still raining and pouring.  I got in the house with the dog and it stopped about a half hour later.

I was working on a stitching project and checked my facebook quick and saw that people were posting about a rainbow, so I jumped up and looked outside and this is what I saw!

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See the odd glow?  That’s not my camera.  It was just a weird glow that was everywhere from the sun going down.  You can see the rainbow there if you look close.

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I thought this picture was kind of odd too just by how it was blue on one side and more pink on the other.

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And this was the sunset on the other side of the house.  Again–Kind of odd, but it really was kind of glowing in the strangest way.

Hopefully it decides to quit raining everyday soon!  We have developed a big crack of sorts in our driveway form all of the rain coming so fast that has just carried the gravel down to the end of the driveway!

The Sewing Room of Kelli Hanken


A post from Kelli–

So when we moved into the farmhouse we bought a year and a half ago, we did so in a bit of a rush.  We first saw the house on December 13th to discover that it HAD to be painted before we moved in and honestly needed new flooring throughout.  We didn’t have time or money for flooring, but got the painting done and moved in on December 25th because Mom and Dad showed up with Karl, Kalissa, and Craig and said that we were moving, so we moved.  I ended up getting everything together enough by the time I started school 2 weeks or so later that my house looked presentable.  At the time, I decided that I wanted to have a sewing space downstairs, but have since discovered that while I’m in school, I don’t have a ton of time to sew, so this summer while I’m off of school for about 7 weeks, I decided to switch my sewing space to upstairs in a tiny little room with a super sloped ceiling and convert my previous downstairs space into a study area.

I was complaining to mom the other day that I felt like I was never going to get it all sorted out and put away–It was actually more like whining 5 days in a row….So mom told me to take pictures, write about it on the blog, and tell you that I was going to have it done by a certain date, because you would all keep me accountable.  At first, I was a bit apprehensive, because it’s REALLY BAD…..But then I figured why not?  I’m self admittedly not good at cleaning or organizing, but I really need to make this little space work if I’m ever going to have kids in the future because should that happen, this is the only space that I will ever be able to have as a little space, so I better get it figured out.  The other problem is that I’ve “stored” or threw crap in two different bedrooms without ever sorting it out or putting any of it away.

So here goes–

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Here’s the first picture of a wonderfully beautiful buffet that mom and dad got at an auction.  It’s going to be my cutting table.  Currently it is covered with my favorite quilting books and some other “stuff.”

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Here’s the little short cupboard that I found on a for-sale site.  I also got this little table from my Aunt Julie.  I purchased the baskets and rug from Walmart, however currently you can’t see the rug as I have a few more piles that have been added to this room to sort out.

And now the bad stuff–

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Seriously, I’m super embarrassed about this one….It looks like a bunch of junk just thrown about, which is pretty close to what it is, but it needs to be sorted out none the less.

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And here’s the slightly more organized room–And my slightly, I mean just a bit more than not at all.  I’ve been working on it a little the past few days, but I really want to have it all wrapped up and sorted through by next Wednesday so that I can actually work on a Bonnie quilt and join in the UFO challenge.

So I’m hoping that since I put this out there, I’ll be able to get it all done, because I really don’t want to write and tell you all that I failed miserabley.  And to make that happen, I’m off–To clean, pitch, and sort!

Itty Bitty Give-Away!


A post from Kelli–

A few days ago, mom told you about all of her little itty bitty scraps and that she was needing to get rid of a few of them.  This afternoon, I drew the winner Jonnie who said–”I do Bonnie Hunter’s Wild & Goosey blocks and itty bitty scraps are perfect! I cannot bear to see even the tiniest scraps thrown away, so I even save the leftovers from trimming paper pieced Wild & Goosey blocks to stuff into dog pillows. They add up quickly! You are such a sweetie to offer the tiny bits for others to make into something wonderful. Thank you Jo for sharing, not only your scraps, but your time to blog and show us all you do!”


Weehooo Jonnie!  I just sent you an email so as soon as I get your address, I’ll get the box labeled and sent out to you on Saturday morning!