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Handmade Bird Wings

So the kids all want to be birds for Halloween! My oldest requested a swan princess costume, and I immediately thought of Bjork’s Academy Award dress circa 2001. That iconic swan dress with the head wrapped around her neck…would I be able to make that for my girl?! My youngest wants to be a chicken. She’s just the quirkiest, and I love that about her! After pinning and googling, I came across this beautiful pic of wings. 

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The hubs and I decided to get in on the fun because like they say birds of a feather flock together. And I just want to get in on the fun and have something to wear too! Halloween makes me feel like a kid again. I’m making myself some peacock wings and he will be an owl. I started on my daughter’s wings, and I’m hoping they come out ok. Here is how the swan is turning out so far… 

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Let me tell you, it is quite hard finding shades of white and silver fabric that my daughter likes. We spent an hour at Joann’s. She definitely has her own opinion of what she likes.

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Good thing I’m starting early because I still have a ways to go! Have a great wknd everyone!

-lil sis

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Grocery Bag Holder

Sorry for the radio silence. With husband taking some much needed time off to the twins starting 3rd grade (yikes!), I spent lots of time away from the computer. The twins start their 1st full week full time this week. phew! that was a mouthful! And my baby girl starts her 1st day in mommy and me preschool tomorrow. Lots of changes…lots of growing up to do :)

We thoroughly enjoyed our summer, despite it being a very busy one. I’m not sure I could have changed much and it’s looking like my future summers will be just as busy if not busier when baby girls starts her activities. So for now, I will treasure the lil downtime I have when the twins are in school.

I was able to get one sewing project completed during the summer. What a big accomplishment! Not sure how I had time before to make dolls! I’m hoping that as we get into the routine of things, I will have a bit more time to sew. Oh, how I miss it.

My pantry was desperately needing a bit more organization.

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This is the first thing you see when you open up the pantry. A brown paper bag filled with plastic grocery bags. I use to fold them up into cute lil triangles…pre-kids that is. So getting rid of the ugly mess was a must.

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Being a fabric hoarder pays off! I combined one of my favorite prints with brown linen and created a grocery bag holder! Tutorial can be found here. Obviously, I modified mine a bit but I used the same dimensions. I also used a medium interface to stiffen up the fabric slightly…just so that it would hold its shape. Now, if only I could figure out a place to put all my reusable large bags, my pantry would be done!

But time to shift my attention to Halloween. My family (at the moment b/c you all know how that goes with kids) has decided to be characters from the Wizard of Oz. I am torn…do I magically sew up 5 costumes or buy them. Time will tell…

Thanks for stopping by! and for continuing to support this lil space of ours!

big sis

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Thank you Fashion Project

So I heard about  Fashion Project from a girlfriend, and it’s been quite addicting trying to find clothes to donate. Basically the way it works is that you donate 5 items whether it’s women’s clothing, men’s clothing, shoes, accessories, etc. You put these items in a prepaid bag that gets mailed to you (you can request a bag on their site). You choose a charity of your choice for the proceeds, and then Fashion Project mails you a $40 Nordstrom gift card as long as all your items qualify. I received my $80 from them (two gift cards at $40/ea) last week! 

The catch is that you have to donate from a list of designer brands…usually it’s brands they sell at Nordstrom. But they do accept Banana Republic and J.Crew which was a plus for me because I had a lot of work clothes that I stopped wearing. It has to qualify and follow their guidelines – no rips/tears/stains. I’m currently filling up my 3rd bag and hope to fill another one with my hubby’s dress shirts. All of these clothes have just been sitting in my closet, and I’m sure sooner or later it would have gone in my Goodwill bag.

I’ve been wanting a casual rain jacket for the winter. Is it silly to want one living in SoCal?? I just remember last year being out and about during the few days it rained, and I was just in my hoodie getting soaked because I was trying to make sure the kids were fully covered under the umbrella. This North Face hooded jacket seems lightweight…

There is an array of colors for the plain hooded jacket, but this All About Hooded one is kinda cute with the pink zippers.

Ahhh it feels good to purge all of those things that have been just taking space in my closet. Happy Monday guys!

-lil sis

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House update: Landscape Before/After

Our front yard is 99.9% completed and since I’m not sure when the 0.1% will be done, I decided to go ahead and post our AFTER pics. You all remember the before…if you don’t, here’s a lil recap.

Original landscape. There was ivy attached to the brick wall and a huge pine tree in the flower bed in our original landscape, but we had those removed right before we moved in. You can see that picture below.

Phase 1 : Killing grass, removal of existing plants/shrubs

Phase 2: Picking, approving, placing plants

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And here’s the AFTER.

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 BEFORE

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AFTER

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Thanks for stopping by! Happy Wednesday!

big sis

 

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Custom Big Sis Rag Doll – Juliana Sprinkles

Here is a custom big sis doll for Juliana. Safe travels to NJ!

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Our custom doll options can be found here.

-lil sis

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House Update: Landscape…Work in Progress

Here is my yard since my last house update post.

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Everything including the grass and shrubs have been removed and now we’ve got a blank slate.

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We are at the stage of finalizing plants and despite not doing “sufficient” research, I’ve been very much involved in this process. Although we have a gardener, he strictly handles the lawn and not much else. What this means for my flower bed…low maintenance plants!

This project has taken a life of its own and trying to stay within our proposed budget and also getting the garden that I want has been a challenge. Hopefully I’ll have a few tips for you when all this is done. Half of the new plants are going in today and grass has been ordered. My husband couldn’t just stick to your good ol’-green-healthy looking-easy to care for-Marathon grass. We had to order a special type of Bermuda. Oy! And if it wasn’t for the special order, we’d have some grass and not dirt flying around everywhere but live and learn.

Hopefully, my next landscape post will be of the completed yard…fingers crossed. Have a great weekend!

big sis

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Chicago Summer Trip

We just got back from a week long trip to Chitown. The weather was amazing! I was expecting it to be super humid, but it was so pleasant and the nights were cool and breezy! It was an awesome trip spending time with family and making new memories. It was so much fun to meet my new niece, Izzy! The girls loved spending time with her and holding her that by the end of our trip, they kept asking for “one” of their own. Whoa there kiddos! :)

We didn’t really have much planned this week except for Taste of Chicago which occurs after the fourth of July. It’s a few days of good Chitown eating, and you get to try samples of the food instead of getting a meal portion. But beware, the lines can be long if you go during peak times! They have a great kid zone section full of bounce houses, slides, dancing, a craft area, and much more. All of that is free too!

Our first stop – Navy Pier and the Chicago Children’s Museum. We went on Sunday, and the first Sunday of every month, admission is free for ages 15 and under! Yay! Saved us $28.

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There is so much to do at Navy Pier! We didn’t get a chance to go on a boat ride but maybe next year. There was a maze house, shopping area, a carousel, a variety of restaurants, etc.

Next stop was Kohl’s Children’s Museum in the suburbs. Loved this museum! We googled for discount tickets, and came across a $1 off admission which you can find here. There were a lot of kids here because of field trips with their camps, so it got hectic towards the afternoon. Kohl’s website will give you tips on when the best time/day is to visit.

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Next stop…Taste of Chicago. Sadly we didn’t take any pics of our food! Boohoo! All I have to say is that if you visit Chicago, you have to try deep dish pizza from Lou Malnatis. Yum!

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Then we headed to the Skokie Exploratorium. This is actually at a community center, but it’s a wonderful place for the kids to spend hours playing. Plus, admission was only $5! How do you beat that price!?! There was so much stuff to do for the kids plus a great playground outside and a mini water park.

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This climbing apparatus is mega and impressive!!!

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And here are some other random photos from our trip…

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In law’s backyard. They have a giant mulberry tree, and the kids loved picking the berries off and eating them. So jealous of the lot sizes here!
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 Welcome Back balloons tied in front of my in law’s home. How sweet are they?!

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Bop n Grill yummy goodness. It’s Korean American fusion food, and you gotta try their kimchi fries! This restaurant was on Guy Fieri’s Triple D Show and deserving of it. My hubs knew the owner, and he was so sweet to give us extra food after we already ordered our meal. Everything was delicous!

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 Our two month old niece! Love her to pieces!

 That’s all! We’re still recovering from the trip…haha well, maybe just me. It’s been hard to sleep before midnight, so my body has been paying for it. Can’t wait to visit again.

-lil sis

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Landscape Ideas

Our landscape project has begun! Our grass is d.e.a.d. and I’m getting a bit paranoid that we are going to get written up again. Perhaps, this is the fear my association wants to instill when I get lazy and want my yard to just be. haha!
I haven’t been as proactive in the design process as I’d like to be because quite honestly, I just do not have the time. My kids are keeping me quite busy (and insane, for that matter).
But here a few looks that I think I could maintain :)

 

Two things are for certain…I really do love Kangaroo Paws! Such a cute name for such a pretty plant! And second, I am all in favor of modern, minimal, low maintenance gardens!
Thanks for stopping by!
big sis
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Custom shirts for a family reunion

A couple of weeks ago, we had our 3rd annual family barbeque. Same park, same location.

Last year, we brainstormed some ideas on how to go bigger, how to make it better. We talked about a reunion in Vegas, possibly one in Palm Springs. But none came to fruition except one of the ideas…family t-shirts!

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If you are interested in getting custom shirts, we ordered ours from Customink.com. Super easy process, and the turn around time was very quick! We couldn’t have been more pleased. Maybe next year, we’ll have to some good ol’ family games!

Hope you had a fun long weekend! Thanks for stopping by!

big sis and lil sis

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House Update: Landscape

Much like the inside of the house, the outside was not taken care of. While the front yard was “maintained”, the backyard…

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2013-11-28 002 (640x427)No, your eyes are not deceiving you. The patio was slanted and subsequently came down during the demolition of the inside of the house.

The front yard was also needing some TLC but there were so many issues. Our parkway tree was uplifting everything! including our driveway! So that’s what we tackled first…removing the tree.

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Our city has strict guidelines for tree removal, but an added stress was having to battle it out with my Association…not. fun. After 4 months of writing letters, getting opinions from different arborists, sitting through board meetings, the tree is out and in its place is a small Dancer Pear tree.

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Unfortunately, through that process, I may have brought some unwanted attention to the rest of our front yard. After a citation for a lack of greenery/plants in our planter (where I roll my eyes), we will be redoing our yard on a tight budget. In an ideal situation (where money grows on trees), I would demolish the front yard completely including the hardscape and have a landscape designer redo everything. I also considered doing the job myself! But due to the lack of care from the previous owner, the dirt/soil in our yard is SO compact, that it would take me months of toil and sweat! Plus, who am I kidding? I seem to have forgotten that I’ve got 3 kids with me during the summer :) So I did the next best thing…hired someone! We are now on phase II of our landscape project. I hope to muster up enough energy/motivation to help with the redesign but with soccer, ice skating, swim, piano, basketball, dance and art…I may just let it be, my motto for the summer!

Thanks for stopping by!

big sis

 

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