August 29, 2013
August 27, 2013
Next we weathered and stained the wood. I say we because my husband was a huge helper in all this! We are in the process of staining our fence so we used the same stain for the growth chart. We weathered it by smacking the board with a bag full of screws and taking a hammer to the wood. Once it was stained the effects looked pretty awesome!
Next we attached it to the wall using 3 screws and anchors. Then it was time for vinyl. I went to the Silhouette Online Store and found a design by Amy Robison that worked well. I wanted to cut the hash tags AND the numbers out, so I used her design for the hashtags, and just found a font with numbers I liked and cut them out too. I cut them out, weeded out the excess and applied with transfer tape. MEASURE CAREFULLY!
Now I can measure my boys on their first and last day of school to see how much they grow!
August 26, 2013
August 23, 2013
August 22, 2013
- The Scenery- Let's face it, the mountains are gorgeous and close. Whenever we are outdoors we have a spectacular view. Pikes Peak is the most prominent mountain in our area and it often appears to be purple, which is where we get the 'purple mountain's majesty' phrase from America the Beautiful. The clouds roll over the mountains and create fascinating storms and cloud patterns. There's never a dull moment. We love hiking, camping and just being out and about in these great outdoors!
- Being closer to family- We were stationed in Korea before living here, so even just being in America is closer to family, but being in the West puts us within a day's drive from most people, and a good stopping point when people are on their way to somewhere else. Family is important and we love seeing more of them.
- Having a home- I know we could accomplish this in any location, but it is our first home! Home ownership has been a lot of work, but very satisfying. I've loved slowly altering the rooms to fit our taste and style. Tuesday was our one year mark in our home, and we are looking forward to our future here. We don't know how long we'll be stationed here, but we plan to rent out the home and come back.
Three Things that drive me crazy about Colorado Springs
- The layout- We all have things that drive us crazy about our town. The first thing I noticed was how weird some of the road designs and parking lots are. I've been in plenty of cities to know that it is possible to make a usable parking lot, or to have roads that go over train tracks so you don't have to back track a few miles to get to a main road. Lots of things don't connect, names of streets change to a new name, and then back to the old one. It's kind of annoying.
- The food- After the plentiful amount of amazing ethnic food that was at our disposal in Korea, we've become food snobs. We don't want chili's or applebee's, we want the good local mexican restaurant, the good thai place, even indian food. We have yet to find something that we love. We've visited family and friends in the past year and enjoyed their local cuisine, but still not much here. Kind of a bummer.
- Our ward boundaries- The LDS church sets boundaries in a city so you know which congregation you are a part of and to help keep some wards from being tiny and others being huge. Well, our boundaries include the whole of Ft. Carson, and a skinny West-East line of homes. Well, we don't live on post and live closer to two other church buildings than the one we are assigned to. There are folks in our ward who can see the church building and have to drive clear east to the Broadmoor area to attend church. Our ward uses that building, but the building is not even in our stake. It takes 15-20 minutes to get to. We've driven that far for church, but not when passing two other churches.... kind of a pain. Love the people in our ward, but hate driving that far, especially in winter.
Well now you know a little more about where I live! I should also mention that the Hobby Lobby is like 20 minutes north of my home too, lol! :)
August 19, 2013
August 15, 2013
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3) I totally want to do this in my house. But I don't have a skinny wall :( Maybe in my tiny toilet room? Does anyone else have a bathroom where the sink and shower are together and the toilet is in its own little room? I find it strange- but it works!
August 12, 2013
August 8, 2013
Aaand, we’re back!
I’m hoping we still have people ready and waiting to read our blog. We know it’s been awhile since we’ve posted, and we’re grateful to those of you who are checking back in to find us.
Our summer has been amazing! Taking time off blogging meant we were able to be fully present with our children as they were off from school, and to take vacations without having to worry about having posts ready to go. That did wonders for us personally as well as for our families. It really was exactly what we needed.
This summer, I (Valerie) spent a whole lot of time staying cool in the pool.
There were lots of water park visits, summer movies, and just down time at home.
We got to go to Oregon to visit family, watch my hubby run his first half marathon (woo-hoo!) and visit the Oregon Coast (a first for me!)
My little Phoenicians were freezing in the 60-ish degree weather.
Then I had the amazing opportunity to go to our church’s Girls Camp as the camp director. We had a ball- and even though I tried to act like I was 16 again, my body sure couldn’t keep up with those energetic girls! Can you find me? My mom says I look like one of the girls. She's just being nice :)
Laura spent her summer exploring the great campsites of Colorado.
There was lots of pool time for her family, too.
And there was a HUGE family reunion in Monticello, Utah at the end of the summer. What a blast!
Both of us were glad to have some time to focus on our brother, who underwent brain surgery. His doctors found a tumor that needed to be removed, but it was an answer to our prayers that it turned on to be benign (non-cancerous). Now he’s got a great Darth-Vader style scar to show off! I was going to show it to you but my daughter thinks it is too gross. (Sorry, Kev!)
And now, school has started, life is returning to its school-year routine, and we want to get back on this blogging train. You’re going to (hopefully) notice a different feel here at Occasionally Crafty. While we both missed crafting and blogging, we knew we were at a point where we either had to make some changes or give it up entirely. We came away with a whole new vision for our blog, and we’re really excited to share it with you!
Gone are the days of a set schedule. You’re not going to find us posting religiously on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. We want to stay true to our tagline- “Living Life and Crafting When We Can”. So you’re going to see a bit more of our lives and personality, in addition to our fun crafty projects.
We’ll be bringing back “Three Things Thursday” (for you old-timers who may remember when I used to do that). But instead of featuring three different blogs, we’ll be talking about three things that are important to us that week. They may be silly and fun. They may be craft-related. They may be serious. Laura and I are going to take turns, so you’ll definitely get to learn a bit more about each of us and what makes us the crafters we are.
Don’t worry- we’ll still be crafting and sharing our creations with you! However, we are opting out of the race to see who can post seasonal projects first, and instead post whatever we've done, whenever we've done it. It may be a party we've put together, a gift we made, a handout we made for church, or a home décor project we created. We want to make things we really want and use- not just create in order to have something to blog about.
Another change: you aren't going to see too many sponsored posts. We've decided that making money from this blog isn't our goal. It's a hobby for us- not a business. If we share a product with you, it’s because we really love it and would or do use it ourselves. Ditto with advertisers in our sidebar. If they’re there, it’s because we think YOU would love them.
We want blogging to be fun for us, and we want you to enjoy visiting with us. We want you to know us more as friends and people who are just like you. If you’re here just for the crafts, we understand. But we hope you’ll take time to read our thoughts, learn a little about our lives, and share yours with us too.
Thanks for taking this ride with us- we’ve missed you!