Crane + Headboard—

A few bedroom photos for you today :) I wanted to show you the awesome metal origami crane that a friend of Tom’s made for us. It has prongs that come off of it and actually hammer into the wall. So it sort of looks like its just floating. He also made us a really big green one too and that is hanging downstairs. Try to ignore all the flannel/sweatshirts on the back of the door.

Someone actually asked what we do for our clothes since we dont have a closet. We bought the Ikea bed with 4 big drawers underneath, we have a dresser, and the hooks on the back of the door for sweatshirts etc.

Next up I made us a headboard. I followed the great instructions here but after getting it hung on the wall and looking at it, I might take the whole thing down and add more batting! In person it does look tufted, but not nearly as much as the one in the tutorial. Plus my headboard is bigger, and I only used 1 inch foam, and 1 layer of batting. So I think it could use a few more layers of batting….we shall see. It will be super annoying to take down, remove all the fabric and buttons, but in the end will be worth it. :)

party people

We have two big parties going on in our house this month. The first will be this Friday to celebrate our oldest son turning 14. His actual birthday is today, so we have some smaller plans tonight. You might remember from last year’s party that he loves color. Last year I was able to find some awesome rainbow streamers, but this year no luck so I decided to make my own.

They are simple and much faster to make then they appear.
#1 Cut strips of streamers. I didn’t measure mine at all, I just cut about 12-15 inch lengths and set aside in large pile.
#2 Sit at your sewing machine with the pile nearby so you can easily grab as you sew. Take the first two strips of varying colored streamers and lay them on top of each other. Don’t worry if one is longer then another. Begin to sew them down the middle slightly pushing the streamers as they are sewn. This will create the ruffle look and takes very little effort to do. You just lightly push along. As you come to the end of the streams grab two more and overlap them with the previous streamers.
#3 Keep sewing until you have a n ice long chain. Snip all threads and wind up until your ready to hang.

Another reason I like these is streamers in general are thought of as disposable. They are thin, cheap, and rip easily. But when sewn like this the streamers become something you can use over and over again. The sewing/stacking/ruffling makes them feel real sturdy and thick. This would go even fast if you want to make a chain of two colors. Then you wont need to cut strips, just lay the streamers on on top of the other and sew, letting the ends unroll as your sewing.


I’ve been real bad about taking food photos, its so hard to remember! But here are two things that stood out, and I wanted to share. Corn and zucchini saute with basil from Martha. I really loved this recipe, and I am not a fan of corn. Maybe because corn just always tastes best right off the cob, or the way it tastes with zucchini and basil-either way I loved it, and the kids didn’t hate it. They both said it was fine, and since corn is a grain it is nice to mix it with a veggie.

The bottom photo is butternut squash pie. Tom said he thinks he might love it even more then pumpkin pie! I roasted the butternuts in the oven the night before I made the pie. I was roasting two so I could use one for a soup, but I think they were on the small size because it took both to make the pie. I used this recipe but made my pie crust, and roasted butternut squash in a 400F oven for 45 mins before using my food processor to puree it.

This week there is going to be some soup, some grilled sandwiches, butterCUP squash, and something involving apples.