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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Fall craft projects

Decorating is always a fun way to welcome in the change of seasons and fall holidays. Living in Texas, I have a hard time decorating for fall when it's still 103 outside, sooooo...  I personally don't make the switch from summer decor to fall until October. It's a perfect time to put up my fall mantle and Halloween decorations at the same time. Last year I spent a lot of time of time on homemade decorations. I pinned a lot of inspiration here on my October pinterest board. Take a peek! Here's the fall mantle I put together this year:


I'm really happy with the way it turned out. The cinnamon sticks in the jar add just a touch of fall scent to the living room. Speaking of cinnamon, I have heard a lot about the cinnamon brooms this year, so when I saw one at Trader Joe's I decided to give it a shot in our home. This time, however, my idea was an epic fail. The broom had such a powerful scent, my allergies were crazy in about 30 minutes. The cinnamon broom had to be moved outside. If you are interested in trying this out at your house, I suggest making it yourself so you can control the amount of cinnamon oil you use, and the length of the soaking.

Any change of season wouldn't be complete without some new dresses for my baby girl. In case you couldn't tell from my pinterest boards or my last post, I'm a *bit* obsessed with foxes right now... so when I found some adorable fox fabric at the store, I had to buy some! I also picked up some fabric to mak my daughter a new Thanksgiving dress this year. I went for a with a more whimsical print over the traditional options; there's only so many years she's a little girl. (; I also had the opportunity to make a Broncos dress for my niece, and a special birthday dress... but I'll wait for her big day to reveal that one! 



My friend over at Merry Made Collections is, as always, responsible for the magnificent embroidery on my dresses. Didn't she do a great job?? Which one is your favorite? Mine is the fall fox & leaves dress!

And finally, the project I am MOST proud of this fall... Abigail's fifth birthday quilt. In January (yes, the month that came around nine months ago!), when Abigail turned five, she asked me to make her a special quilt to remember her 5th birthday. I was floored. I couldn't believe Abigail wanted me to make something that special for her! Of course I said yes -- even though I hadn't made a *real* quilt since I worked on a Christmas quilt with my mom when I was a teenager. I did a little researching, and found this gorgeous quilt another seamstress has made for her daughter for the same reason - a special birthday girl wanted one. I loved the style she used on the quilt - just enough rapunzel without it being too charactery. I did my best to mimic her quilt, though I went with some different color and pattern choices. I'm really proud of the way the quilt turned out, even if it took me nine months to get to it. (; A special THANK YOU to my sister-in-law for cutting out the fabric letters for me! 

Pinned and ready to quilt together
The finished project
Bottom of the quilt embroidery
Abigail and her new quilt

All cozy, wrapped up in her fifth birthday quilt


Fall is the most wonderful time of the year!

It's been a while since I've update the blog with more than my sewing projects, so here's our fall in a nutshell:

We're having a baby!




Baby C is due March 30th, and we couldn't be more thrilled! Both Abigail and Brody have been able to come to a view of the sonograms, and see the baby moving around. They are so excited. We talk about our new baby every day, and the kids are anxious to learn what baby is "growing" each week. Right now, we're in the middle of week 17, and the baby is the size of an onion. We decided on a theme for the baby's room, and it's been exciting picking out fox fabric for the nursery! Check out my fox themed pinterest board and sewing board for projects I am working on for the new baby.


Another exciting thing happening in our world is Abigail joining Girl Scouts! We hooked up with a troop at our school a couple months ago, and couldn't be happier. It's been a great way for Abigail to make some new friends from our school neighborhoods, and for myself to meet other moms in the area. She is a Daisy scout, and her troop includes both kindergartners and first graders. For her first meeting, Abigail got to work on a baking project with cupcakes, and last week she got to visit Shades of Green nursery in Frisco, and learn about composting and rain barreling. How exciting for her! She really takes her meeting to heart, both connecting with the other girls and learning everything she can. 

Abigail has a lot of fun events coming up with girl scouts, including the Juliette Low birthday party, Boo at the Zoo, and the Nutcracker Ballet in December! She enjoys playing with her new Daisy friends during recess, so I really feel like this was a great decision all around. Look out for cookie sales in February! (;


We've had a couple of visitors come up to see us this fall, including our cousins and Aunt Juju, and Aunt Rachel and her sister Melissa. Abigail and Brody got a lot of fun time in with our guests, and enjoyed the pumpkin patch and arboretum visits with them.

Pumpkin Village at the Arboretum
Pumpkin Village at the Arboretum
Picking out her "perfect pumpkin" at the pumpkin patch
"If you can carry it, you can keep it."

Abigail & Aunt Rachel

Our final fall activity that we enjoyed as a family, was the McKinney Oktoberfest. We go every year, and always have a blast! This year we were even fortunate enough to run into our friends while we were there! After some hay mazes, and face painting, all the kids enjoyed dancing to German music while us adults sat back and enjoyed the show. 

Showing off their face paintings

Dancing in the street with friends


Hope everyone else is having a great fall! With the rest of fall and winter holidays approaching, we look forward to cooler weather, baking days and movie nights with family. 
Stay tuned for a fall themed crafty blog very soon!
Sunday, September 22, 2013

I like big crafts, I cannot lie

It's been a while since I updated the blog with my summer crafts, so I thought I would share a few things I accomplished over the summer. Whenever I get the itch to craft, I usually hit up pinterest first, to get some ideas for my project. The first few crafts I do every season is redecorate my mantel and doors. I pinned lots of ideas to my summer pinterest board, then added my own flare. What do you think of my mantel?



I ended up adding another thick vase filled with shells, that sits in front of the blue candles. I was happy with the blue and white/nautical theme paired with the shells.

For the wreaths, I wanted to try out yarn wrapping this time. I have seen some really cute yarn wreaths lately. I combined that, with the tiny banner flags, and stuck with my nautical theme for the inside wreath. For the front door, I went a little more whimsical with the colors. I was happy with how they both turned out!



For the last one, I just cut various flower shapes out of felt, layered them on top of one another, and used pink headed sewing pins to attach them to the wreath. I bought my green foam wreath for $1 at the Dollar Tree.

Another summer project my daughter actually asked me for, was a new bulletin board. In the past, she's used a few small boards with ribbon that you slide the photos under. She informed me that she wanted a BIG GIRL board.... ha. I let her pick out some fabric, and I grabbed a cheap $5 bulletin board from Walmart, and used the staple gun to attach the fabric to the back. To add a little flare, I cut a letter "A" for Abigail from scrap fabric, and I pinned it in the corner of the board using sewing pins with a pink head. I used the rest of the pins to outline the board, which is purely an aesthetic choice and not needed to hold the fabric in place.



And of course.....a crafty blog post wouldn't be complete without some cute dresses!!! This summer I made my daughter and niece a beach themed tie-knot dress to wear on vacation. My good friend over at Merry Made Collections did the monogramming for me.I was really happy with how they turned out! Cuter than I thought they would (; You can always check out my "Sew Cool" board on pinterest for tips on sewing dresses like this, and more.


Annnnnd finally, with football season approaching, I had a hard time finding cute girls clothes for the Denver Broncos - our second favorite team in this house - so I decided to make Abigail her own dress! I wasn't super thrilled with the officially licensed Brocnos fabric I saw online, so I grabbed generic football fabric, and Broncos team colors to make her dress. I LOVE the applique my friend did for me! What do you think?



That's all for now!! Check back soon... I have some cute fall and Halloween things I've been working on.. and I can't WAIT to show off what my new serger can do! (;

Back to school!

It was a big back to school year for the Copple household - Abigail started Kindergarten and Brody started Pre-K! To get Abigail excited for Kinder - like she needed any help - I made a kindergarten countdown board for her. She was excited to rip off a ring every day and countdown to the first day of school!
Kindergarten countdown!

One more day!
We also let Abigail have an end of the summer party with her 5 girlfriends she started preschool with in 2010! It's been really fun to watch these girls grow up together over the last three years. I loved having them all together before school started. All six girls went to different schools this year!
Playing together

Rapunzel girls (;

Emma, Tessa, Ella, Mallory, Ava & Abigail

First days of school went well for both kiddos. Abigail started back on Monday, August 26th. Here is Abigail on her first day of preschool in 2010, and the first day of Kinder in 2013:

Abigail:

I weigh 42 pounds.
My best friend's name is: Lily and Olivia and Emma and Ella
My favorite thing to play is: With my friends and hide&seek
My favorite color: Yellow
My favorite book: Pinkilicious
My favorite t.v. show: Wild Kratz
My favorite food: Water
When I grow up, I want to: Be a veterinarian
Something I really like: My friends
Something I really don't like: Getting sick
My favorite thing about myself: That I'm nice to other people
Something I want to do this year: Go to a football game - one with the Cowboys in it.


Brody started Pre-K on Tuesday, September 3rd, and speech therapy on Wednesday, Sept 4th. 

Brody: 

I weigh 40 pounds.
My best friend's name is: Abigail
My favorite thing to play is
: Rescue Bots
My favorite color: Blue
My favorite book: The Rainbow Book
My favorite t.v. show: Dora & Diego
My favorite food: Corn Dogs
When I grow up, I want to: Teach my kids when I grow up to be a teacher
Something I really like: Ride my bike and ride my scooter
Something I really don't like: Hitting and pushing
My favorite thing about myself: I like my hair because it's brown
Something I want to do this year: I want to ride my bike.