Life Love Larson: August 2011


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

And, He's 4!

We just knew he was going to be a boy.  We didn't find out the gender with either of our kids, but we just knew our first was going to be a boy.  It was barely a surprise then, at 40 weeks and 1 day, the doctor said (after 3 hours of pushing)"It's A Boy!"

I can't believe I am posting this pic, but here goes.  We called my belly "the bullet"!  I was all belly, and um, face!  I look so swollen-yikes!  Oh, and I didn't highlight my hair with this baby.  That all changed for the second  :)...

Fast forward 4 years, and Drew continues to amaze us with his sweet personality, confidence, desire to learn, and enthusiasm for life.  I could not have picked a better big brother for Kate and we are truly proud of the little person he has become.  I can't wait to see what is in store for this guy!

He woke up yesterday wondering why he wasn't any taller.  He also started asking questions about how he got out of my belly and how he got in there!  Not ready for those questions quite yet!

Of course, the last thing Drew said to me before going to bed last night was "How many days until I am 5?"  Oh boy, this is going to be a long year!

We went to the doctor today, and the poor guy endured 5 shots!  Yes, 5!  And Kate had to get 2, so there were some tears this morning.  He measured 90% for height, and 65% for weight.  We know he is going to be tall like his Daddy!  I know he is growing because he is still napping like a champ, eating me out of house and home, and his new shoes are size 11's!

Happy Birthday, Sweet Drewski!
Sunday, August 21, 2011

Shark Party

Drew turns 4 on Tuesday, but we had his pool and pizza party a little early so visiting cousins could get in on the action!  Unfortunately, Drew got sick during the pool portion of the party!  He had a fever and chills and was in bed halfway through the party.  Poor guy-I am going to have to make his actual birthday extra special for him!

Despite the sickness, everyone had a good time and we carried on while he was in sleeping.  Here are some pics of the invites, cupcakes, and party favors in case you need some ideas for your own shark party!  I like to keep things simple and a little homemade.

I decided I wanted to make his invitations by hand this year.  I went in seach of some ideas and came across this post at Polkadots and Pirates blog.  She threw a shark party and made her own invites for her son and I copied her idea!  These didn't take long to make and I love the way they turned out!

Made entirely out of cardstock and printed on Word.  Cut your pieces and assemble!  I used plain white envelopes purchased at Hobby Lobby (with a coupon, of course!).  I made my template on Word based on the 5 x 7 size of the envelope.

I also decided I wanted to make homemade cupcakes.  My sister was in town and she took the reigns on this (thank you!).  We used store bought cupcake mix and my sister made her own frosting.  She dyed it blue to make it look like waves, and I added gray shark fins for a little added touch.

We gave each child Swedish Fish and a shark pool ball to go along with the theme.  Cheap cellophane bags and a little ribbon and that's it!

Here is the sweet guy before he fell ill!  I will gush about him on his actual birthday blog post!

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Bench Makeover

While I was in Chicago recently, my Mom purchased a really cute bench for $10 at a church yard sale.  She decided to put it in a spot in her entry/foyer.  Of course, I love a good project and makeover, so we quickly got to work before I left!   This is the final product (sent via cell phone)!

Unfortunately, I don't have a before shot, but you get the idea.  Smaller scale bench, dark wood, and removable seat cushion.  Here is my Mom painting away!

The paint color we chose was Geyser by Martha Stewart.  We chose that color after picking out this fabric at JoAnn's.

This fabric was $24.99/yard, we got it for 50% off, and we only needed 1/2 yard.  Total fabric cost was around $6.

This was a family project as my Mom painted, and my Dad removed the previous fabric on the bench.  Above are the supplies we used to recover the bench.

The burlap was already in place, so the seat did not need any additional batting.  I find it is always easier to have a second set of hands to help keep the fabric in place while stapling.  Especially with those pesky corners!

This project did not take long because we had 3 people helping!  How cute is little bench??  I wanted to bring it back to TX with me!  I know my mom is now on the hunt for a cute little pillow to place in the corner.

And now, Mom, you can, MUST recover your dining room chairs!  You can do it!  

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Tuesday Tip: Removing Wood Stain From Hands/Skin

I use a lot of paint and wood stain for different projects in my home and pieces I sell.  In the past I have been diligent about using rubber gloves when staining.  Lately, I have just been using bare hands when using smaller pieces.  The gloves seem clumsy and in the way. 

That being said, my hands and nailbeds look like I have been working on cars all day!  Not cute!  I searched the internet and found out that I could use vegetable oil to remove wood stain from skin.  I poured a little in a bowl, soaked my nailbeds and hands, scrubbed, and washed with dishsoap to remove oil.  I did this process twice and to my surprise, it worked!! 

Do you know of any other uses for vegetable oil besides the obvious??

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Numbered Hooks

I recently turned some inexpensive hooks (.70 each from clearance rack at Hobby Lobby) into these distressed numbered hooks. 

Here is the breakdown.  This is how each hook looked before.

Good bones, but not into the vegetable.  I removed the hook, peeled and sanded off the vegetable print, painted two coats of a blueish gray, and sanded to distress.

I then printed off a 1, 2, 3, 4 on Word and used black acrylic paint to trace the numbers and fill in.

Once the black paint dried, I sanded the numbers and reattached the hooks.

These hooks went in the booth and the 1, 2, 3 sold right away.  I heard that a pregnant lady bought them, so I am assuming they will be a cute little addition to a nursery!!

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Friday, August 5, 2011

Fusilli alla Caprese Recipe

My sister first made this for me when I was home visiting her.  I have since made it often for my own family, and did again last night.  This is an easy, delicious, go-to pasta recipe that anyone can make!

*Recipe was found via courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis.