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President Monson Quote

President Monson Quote

In case you didn’t know, I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  Today is our semi-annual General Conference.  Talks will be given by leaders of our church that will uplift and feed your soul.  I invite you all to join me in listening to their words like this quote from our prophet, Thomas S. Monson.  #ldsconf

MarKaySig

fall flowers & mason jar arrangement

fall mason jar arrangment

Fall is in the air!  While it’s not my favorite time of year (I’m more of a spring girl) I still love a lot of things about fall.  One of the things I love is when the leaves start changing and all the beautiful colors come out.  I wanted to bring some of those colors into a fall flower arrangement and of course I had to mix in some aqua (who says you can’t have aqua in the fall?)

So everything I used I found at JoAnn’s and Michaels.  They’re pretty much the only craft stores in my area anyway.  The jars and the wooden basket thing (I don’t know what to call it) I got at JoAnn’s.  The basket was normally $29.99 but I used a 40% off coupon for it and the jars were $2 each.  I used cream colored spray paint to paint all the jars first.

mason jar spray paint spray painted mason jars

Then to make a stencil I used my Cricut machine to cut out the letters for the word “FALL”

cricut stencil

I got this great aqua colored paint from Michaels (Martha Stewart brand) and stenciled the letters on to each jar.

stenciling mason jar

Then after all the paint had dried I just used a nail file to rub off some of the paint off and give it a distressed look.

distressing mason jar

The flowers I bought were from Michaels and I will be honest- they were not cheap.  I did use a coupon but it didn’t save me a ton.  I still paid around $40 for the flowers.  Too bad they weren’t on sale!

The jars fit perfectly inside of my basket but I realized after I put them inside that the basket was too deep and was cutting off the bottom of the letters.  So I got some burlap that I folded up and put underneath the jars so it would raise the jars up.  In the end I’m really happy with how pretty it turned out and I will be using it to decorate my fall mantle….stay tuned for the post!

MarKaySig

Recipe Review: Sweet Pork Burrito Bowls

This is really kind of a review of a couple of different recipes put into one to make the burrito bowls (ok…it’s really more of a plate)
Slow Cooker Sweet Pork Tenderloin
Crisp Cucumber Salsa

After making the pork and cucumber salsa here’s the other toppings we used:
white rice with cilantro
black beans
guacamole
salsa
sour cream
cheese
tomatoes
green onion

burrito bowl ingredients

Isn’t this a pretty plate?

burrito bowls

So what did the family think?  The score averaged 9.5!  The kids loved it.  The only complaint my daughter had was she thought the pork was maybe a little too sweet.  I happened to like the sweetness that it added.  This was a great family meal and the best part…there was a ton leftover for tomorrow night!

Sometimes life throws you a curve ball…

If any of you who follow my blog are wondering what’s happened to me, let me just share what I’ve been through this past week.

Last week I had an allergic reaction to an antibiotic called Cephalexin.  It started out as a rash on my arm but quickly spread covering my entire body in a rash and hives.  I have never been so miserable in my life!  I have been put on high levels of steroids and anti-histamines which make me feel like I’m always in a fog and unable to function.  The steroids can also make you feel irritable and on edge so then I was prescribed another medication for anxiety to help calm me down but it basically makes you want to sleep all day.  Yesterday was pretty scary when I could feel itchiness in my throat.  I went to the doctor and he said he could see the rash in my throat now.  So I was given another shot of a different kind of steroid.  Basically, I have just been in a complete fog this whole last week and everything has been a blur.  I feel horrible that I haven’t been posting on the blog or been keeping up on my projects but it’s hard to do when you can barely get out of bed.

Beginning of rash on arm
beginning of rash on arm

Stomach rash
rash on stomach

Sorry if these pictures gross you out! But this is basically what my entire body was covered in. Yuck!

On a brighter note, today I’m starting to feel a little better.  The hives are still there but they look like they might be starting to fade.  I’m hoping that this stuff is finally working it’s way out of my system and that I can finally get back to normal life.  With all of this happening and at the same time the kids were going back to school, I felt like my life was turned upside-down.

Please don’t give up on me!  I have lots of projects and ideas coming up and I promise that I will be back at it 100%!

MarKaySig

Laundry Folding Center

laundry center

I will be the first to admit that laundry is not my favorite thing to do.  One reason is because it feels like it never ends!  There’s always going to be laundry to do, so my philosophy is why not try to make the best of it by making a space that’s organized, functional and aesthetically pleasing?

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wash & dry

Hello friends :)  The laundry room is coming along and I’m excited to show you the latest project!

To add a little fun and whimsy to the room I decided to add this cool word art.  I didn’t want to make the words too bold and steal the show from the shutters, so I painted them the same color as my walls.  It almost looks like the letters are 3-dimensionally sticking out of the wall.  Such a cool effect!  I got letters in various sizes and styles from JoAnns and Michaels.  It was fun to mix it up a little!

wash&dry

This is a fun and easy project that anyone can do in any room in their home.  To hang the letters I just used the Command picture hanging strips again (LOVE these things!)  No damage to your walls and easy to hang up!

More fun laundry room projects are on the way so check back soon!

MarKaySig

Project laundry room {update}

This weekend I got to spend some time at my grandparent’s cabin with the kiddos.  We had a BLAST but it did set me back a little bit on my laundry room projects.  Time to get back to work and show you what I’ve finished so far!

Remember those hangers that I gave you a sneak-peek of in my last post?  Well here’s how they turned out!

fabric covered hangers on knobs

These were so easy to make and I love that now I have some custom art for my wall! (see previous post here on how to make them)

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Project laundry room

The laundry room is coming along :)

I’ve already shown you my first project (my DIY indoor shutters) and now I have a couple more projects that I’ve been working on.

I wanted to do some sort of unique feature wall and came up with an idea using hangers. Yep, regular old wire hangers covered in fabric.  I had some leftover fabric from my pillows so it was budget friendly too :)

This project was so simple and I thought it would be a fun thing to do with my daughter, Kamry.

So, here’s all of my scrap fabric I had to use in all different colors and patterns.  This is a great way to make use of those small pieces of fabric you’re not sure what to do with.

hanger project1

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