11.30.2011

SNOW SNOW!!

Hi friends! It's finally snowing here in Ohio!! I'm SO HAPPY! I love the snow and winter is one of my favorite times of the year. I can't wait to frolic outside with Raj! :)

The Christmas decorating has begun at my house. Brandi helped me put up my tree on Sunday. It was so nice to have her, Tony, and JJ over for family day and to help get the decorating started.


We made gingerbread houses (one a bit of a fail and one a beautiful success) and people.





And now there is SNOW!! I am so happy to be surrounded by loving friends and family this holy-day season. :)

I hope you're all as blessed as me, if not more so.

Also, take a second to go enter my super awesome friend's giveaway! She's over 100 followers and wants to give some of her lovelies away! Her items are wonderful, I know because I have some from a craft swap we did!

Blessings and light,
Meig

11.28.2011

I am ____ Right Now - Tuesday Ten


I am _____ right now:

I am - Happy. Thanksgiving was delicious and I got to have lots of family with me to share the day.
I wonder - What my dog is doing right now. I sometimes think I should put up a nanny cam to see what he does all day.
I see - Rain and dreariness. But these are my favorite kinds of days. I wish I was at home in my red chair in the corner with the pets and a project.
I want - World peace. I know, it's a long shot, but a girl can have dreams, can't she?
I pretend - That there are an army of people to feed when really it's just me. 
I worry - That the people I love will leave me.
I cry - All the time. Every emotion I have represents itself in tears. Happy tears, sad tears, angry tears, excited tears...
I hope - That I am being the best person I can be and making my loved ones proud.
I dream - That one day I will have a chaotic house full of people and pets to care for.
I feel - Exhausted from a busy weekend, but happy because I spent it doing some of the most wonderful things.



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11.26.2011

Thanksgiving Table

A while ago I found this door and decided it was the PERFECT thing to be turned into a dining room table. My table at the time was actually a kitchen table and I could barely get 6 people at it comfortably. This year I decided to host Thanksgiving and with 8 adults and a toddler eating, I needed a MUCH bigger table. Enter: the door.


I cleaned it up and got to work mixing my chalk paint and started painting. (Make sure that if you do this method you get FLAT paint. It works SO MUCH better than any other paint. I inadvertently was given satin for the end table and I had a much easier time with the flat paint for the table. Very big difference.)





Raj had to help, and little did I know that he helped more than I needed him to:


But that's ok, because my table turned out AWESOME:


Yes, those are leaves in between the glass tabletop and the glass in the door. :) I bought the tabletop glass at North Hill Glass. It was great! Thanks to my awesome neighbor for helping me pick it up!!

And all set for Thanksgiving!




I made the coasters from two pieces of felt. I sort of used the tutorial here, but I didn't do the running stitch around with embroidery thread. I just threw it in my machine and stitched the 'ribs' of the leaf. I started at the top, went to the bottom, turned, went to one side, turned, followed that line back to the bottom, turned, went to the other side, turned, followed that line back to the bottom, then followed the first line to the top. If that doesn't make sense to you, let me know and I'm happy to draw up a diagram for you!

I also made the napkin rings. I simply sewed two rectangle pieces of fabric right sides together, leaving a gap for turning. Turned them, pressed, and then top stitched around to give it stability. Then I used yarn (sugar and cream brand) to tie around and make the 'bow tie' and then I attached a long piece of yarn through the back and tied it in a bow around the napkin. Done! :)

My centerpiece was just some mason jars I had on hand, some ribbon, and some fake fall foliage. Very simple, but nice. The dishes I used were inherited from my grandparents. The plates have strawberries on them and the glasses have gold leaf leaves on them. Very nice!

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! I know we did!! :)

Meig

11.18.2011

Filling in the blanks...


I'm weird because...
I don't prefer cooked vegetables.
I have a strange happy dance that once frightened a child in Target.
I squeal when I get excited (no really, I actually squeal).
I don't like being called 'honey', 'baby', 'sweetheart', or other assorted pet names except by my mom or someone I'm dating (unless I'm sobbing, then you can call me whatever you want as long as it's nice).
I would rather sit at home and crochet than go out clubbing. I'm only 26.
I treat my pets like they're humans. Complete with full conversations.
I prefer children to adults 98% of the time.
I love Thanksgiving so much that I wish I could eat it every day.
I celebrate Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany. Separately.




I'm a bad friend because...
I often fall off the grid and don't talk to people for a while.
I am sometimes too brutally honest.
I say things wrong.
I don't share people well at all.






I'm a good friend because...
I listen intently.
I love fully and without condition.
I want so badly for those I love and care for to succeed.
I will cancel everything to be with you if you need me.
My friends are my family and my family are my friends.
Friends and family are my #1 priority in life and I will always be there for them in as many ways as I can.




I'm sad because...
I miss my grandparents and my aunt.
I miss my bro and his family.
I wish I was able to see my sibs and their kids more than I do.
A friend of the family is battling chronic cancer and is back in the hospital. She's such a beautiful woman with such an ugly battle. I wish there were a way to make it better. I hold them in my prayers every day and I ask that you do, too. Please check out their site and if you feel compelled, donate to help defray the medical costs. I'm going to Cleveland tonight to the gallery opening and check out Angelo's wonderful photographs of their journey. It's both heartbreaking and inspiring. Cancer sucks. (Here is a link to the Plain Dealer article about it.)

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I'm happy because...
I'm going to grow my hair out and donate it again.
My family is coming over for Thanksgiving.
I have lots of fun things to make in the next few weeks and I can't wait to get started.
I am contented with my life as it is.





I'm excited for...
THANKSGIVING!!
The gallery open house tonight. I can't wait to see these photographs in person and hopefully see Angelo. I don't remember him from when I was a kid (I remember some of my sibs' friends, but not all of them - we're 10 years apart).
New projects.
BOGO Christmas drinks at the Starbucks on campus this afternoon.




11.15.2011

Raj the Wonder Dog


I was petrified of dogs. Absolutely, positively, and completely afraid of any dog that crossed my path. I started to get better about it since I have friends with some really awesome dogs, but I was still leery of unknown dogs and even some dogs I did know. Was I a dog person? Absolutely not. Ask anyone.


Then one day last summer while I was working, I got a text message from a high school friend. She was upset because she found a stray dog and her cat was not getting along with it at all. She didn't want to send him to the pound because they would destroy him and no-kill shelters were unwilling to take him because he was a stray. She was nearly inconsolable. I had two cats of my own at that time and my housemate had one cat. I told her that he could come stay with us for a short time because I really didn't like dogs, I wasn't supposed to have more pets, and I was still afraid of dogs.

Over a year later, he still is here. I love this guy more than I could ever have imagined. He keeps me company, he's excited to see me when I get home from work, he loves me no matter what mood I'm in, and he has been a real soul healer for me.


I have always had cats in my house, so having a dog has really been a change for me. I have to be home in time to make sure he can go outside. I have to exercise more because he needs to go on walks. I have to be home more because he needs me there. But, honestly, I need him too. I need to be home more and having him is just one more reason to slow life down and enjoy it.


He is very excitable and often does his little 'jumpy jump thing' (someday I will be able to snag a video for you to see what this means). But even with all that excitement and energy, he never has concerned me around kids. Not once. My goddaughter comes over frequently and he adores her.


He knows her name and when I say 'JJ is coming over' he does his jumpy jump thing. Once you put her down on the floor, he walks around her, follows her around, plays with her, protects her, and generally adores on her. He is tender with her. He loves everyone in my family and they're all pretty fond of him. He especially loves it when Grandpa comes to visit during the week. :)


All my pets are immensely loved and cared for and in return, they do the same for me. When I'm down, they're extra snuggly. When I'm happy they're happy with me. I can't imagine life without them in it, and this guy is my number one. I'm so grateful to whoever didn't want him, because he's more than wanted in my house. I just wish they had been kinder to him. It's sad to me when he responds to my command 'come' with his head down as though he's in trouble. It's heartbreaking to me that he's afraid that I'll never come back when I leave for work every day. I'm just glad he's in a loving home now.


11.12.2011

The Guinness Bag

One of my favorite creations is a beer tote made from a Guinness t-shirt from the thrift store, some fluke Wal-Mart fabric, and fused grocery bags.

Behold: The Guinness Bag.


This bag was actually made twice. It started out as a t-shirt bag that was a complete FAIL. I realized too late that I wanted to add a pocket (no big deal, right?) and managed to sew the whole thing together instead of just sewing the pocket to the back of the bag. It was a disaster. I was so frustrated with it that I threw it on a pile and was done with it. Until a friend said to me 'I want a Guinness bag for my husband. I want him to be able to carry beers in it. Maybe it be a little insulated?'

We went to the thrift store looking for another perfect Guinness shirt. No bueno. We looked in two different stores and found nothing. We didn't even find any of the pj pants at Wal-Mart! We stopped by the fabric section and saw this gorgeous green fabric and it came to me: pull the failed Guinness bag apart and remake it into a better, more perfect, and wonderful one. Yes.



I decided to use fused grocery bags because I wanted to have a bit of insulation, protection from leaks, and something super cheap. Since he's had the bag, he said that it kept his beer cold for about 6 hours. That's pretty impressive! I lined the entire bag with the bags and sewed extra sturdy seams to accommodate the weight of the beer.


I'm so happy with how this bag turned out! I used extra parts of the t-shirt and fabric to make the handles. I didn't use a pattern at all - just my own brain powers!

Since posting this bag on my Facebook page, I've had about 10 people ask me if they get me a t-shirt will I make them one, too. :) Absolutely!! Even better? You can head over to our shop and let us know if you want something like this and we'll see what we can do to make it happen!

I hope you enjoyed the pictures as much as I enjoyed making this bag. My friend absolutely loves it and totes it around with him all the time. See? Guys can carry purses. ;) Just kidding!!!!

Meig

PS: If you haven't done so already, be sure to head over to Crafty Girl Squared and enter our giveaway!

11.10.2011

See Kate Sew Sweet Scallops Tote


I participated in the Sweet Scallops Sew Along over at See Kate Sew. I love how simple and easy her patterns are to follow! Anyway, I have been making bazillions of things for other people, so I thought it was about time I made something for myself. Along came: this sweet scallops tote


I made Brandi model it for me because I was in the mood for picture taking, not picture posing. :)

Here are both of ours together. I love how she made hers into a fishie! So clever!! Check out the other ones at the link up!

Thanks Kate, for an awesome pattern, tutorial, and a new library tote for me! I put a little pocket inside to hold my receipt and it fits just enough books inside for my once every couple week trip to the library!

I am also a big fan of Kate's Etsy shop. She has some really great stuff in there! I just got a new pleated apron that I'm going to wear when I make Thanksgiving dinner in 2 weeks!!

Happy Thursday, everyone.

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11.09.2011

What I Wore Wednesday

I don't normally post these, but today when I got dressed I inadvertently went for 'most layered' look so I thought I'd share.

[Please pardon the mess in the full shot of me. I'm in the process of trying to rearrange, organize, and establish homes for things in my house and it is difficult when you're on the go all the time! I swear it will be clean by Thanksgiving. :) (It has to be! My whole family is coming over!)]

 I'm wearing: a tank top (from Fashion Bug), a tshirt (from Old Navy), a cardigan (from Target), leggings (from Target), and a skirt (from Old Navy). Now I'm sure you're wondering why all these layers are necessary? Oh, well that's because it's REALLY cold in my office so every day I wear about 10 layers to work so I don't freeze to death, but I don't normally wear leggings, a tank top, a tshirt, AND a cardi out of the house. (I have an old lady sweater in my cube at work that I wear every day even if I'm already wearing a sweater!)

Just because I want to share the full outfit, here are my accessories, too. Necklace from Your Spoiled Baby, shoes from Crocs (LOOOOVEEE), resin rose ring from Silver in the City (fave Indy store!), and my claddagh ring that I wear every day.

So, there you have it. Layer central!

I hope you're all having a great day! I'm still coughing up internal organs, but at least I got some sleep last night thanks to a cocktail of medicines and my Sinus Relief candle!!

xoxo Meig

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11.08.2011

Sinus Saver

I just want to give this disclaimer really quickly: I was not asked to write this post, I am gaining nothing but pure happiness and joy by writing this post, and it was prompted by a few friends inquiring about where they could get this candle full of joy after seeing a picture of mine posted on my Facebook/Twitter last week. Thank you. :)


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I have terrible sinus issues. I'm forever contracting sinus infections, colds, and no matter what I start out having, it always ends up being a month-long disaster that leaves me whining, coughing, sneezing, and miserable. I know, I know. No one likes being sick, but I swear to you that when I get sick I get death. I don't just get a cold, I get the plague and I get it about once a month starting in January and ending in December. My allergist said 'your allergies aren't severe enough for your sinus issues to be allergy based.' To which my internist replied 'well, he's a hack because clearly it's your allergies that are the issue. Oh, and that allergy asthma you have? Yeah, it's not helping either.' So I'm stuck in this merry-go-round of he said this and he said that and nowhere in there do I have an answer. *sigh* Oh well.

All that bellyaching brings me to this: I have discovered many different ways to make myself feel human enough to survive daily life while I'm ill and this beauty is one of them. I give you: the Sinus Relief Candle. It's like Vick's in a jar that has a wick in it that you can light on fire.


This beauty sits on my night stand (yep, that's a vintage lamp to the left - it was my Grandmother's!) and is frequently carried to other rooms in the house for effectiveness if I'm not moaning and groaning lying in bed. I purchased this baby from Willow Hill Candles and while this is the small jar candle (because I literally bought every. single. one. last year), it still burns for a REALLY long time. They're made with soy wax and natural scents so her candles burn clean, pure, and none of them give me migraines (yeah, those things are nasty and it's even worse to learn that the beloved scented candles that dot your home are one of the causes of them - but alas, Willow Hill to the rescue!!).

She ships everywhere, but also has a small shop out of the barn at her home in Harrison County, Ohio. My parents frequently visit (since they live soooo close) and she actually makes goat's milk soap that is unscented for my Daddy-o. He's got sensitive skins and her soap really helps heal and protect his skin.

One last thing about this amazing place is the carpet refresher. I. LOVE. THIS. STUFF. She has this glorious mix of scents and stuff in this jar that you sprinkle on the carpet and then vacuum up and it smells like clean all the time. EVEN BETTER: she puts a little bit of borax in it so it kills those nasty buggers that might try and infest your home with their grossness (aka fleas). Looooove it!! Brandi and I use the carpet refresher (which reminds me that I need to get some more) and we both also use the sinus relief candles.

So, long story short: if you're looking for another way to get some Vick's loveliness into your body or your child's body, use this candle. It's absolutely wonderful. I have a number of other friends who have tried this candle and swear by it as well.

I hope that you're all doing well and none of you are suffering with any form of the plague, but if you are, I hope that you're finding ways to be happy despite it. :)

11.03.2011

Hello, November.


Hello, November. I like you. So far, you've been pretty nasty to me including a giant mishap with my internet which left me without it for 4 days, a huge and unexpected vet bill, and a cold that can't decide whether it wants to kill me with its ferocity or just go away. Let's try this again, shall we? Until you decide whether we're going to be friends or not, I'll reminisce about some things that happened in October and some things that happened last October, too. That should help me feel better.

Last year we went to a local farm to visit their pumpkin patch with the YF from my church. We had a BLAST. Raj was a bumblebee for Halloween and I was a Browns fan. :) JJ looks so teeny in these pictures. I can't believe she's almost 2!! 
Japanese Maple tree in my front yard - my Brandi Hat (fave fall accessory) - Raj in his Browns Jersey
This year my friend Jess and I took Raj to a different farm and went through the corn maze. It was super muddy, but we had lots of fun. :) Love, love, LOVE my wellies!!
We snagged some fresh caramel apples at the farm this year. Delish. So much so that I forgot to take a picture before it was half eaten. Heh. Sorry!
So there, November. I've done my reminiscing. Let's make up, shall we? Be friends? My dad says the internet guy has been to my house and that it should be working when I get home from work tonight (so glad he was able to be at my house this morning for that event so I didn't have to take off work - thanks Dad!). I'm going to Brandi's to make some more laundry detergent AND fabric softener (yep, that's right, we're homemade goddesses) tonight so I need to be able to have internet to blog about all this stuff! :)

I hope you're all having a great November. I also hope you enjoyed my reminiscing as much as I did. I love fall.

Meig