Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Turkey Day!

Happy "Friday" everyone! It's going to be a very hectic four day weekend for us. If you are traveling, I hope you stay safe. We'll be visiting two different houses tomorrow, my mom and Jeremy's mom. If you are green Thursday or black Friday shopping, I hope you also stay safe. My sister and I will be hitting the stores early in our black Friday tshirts, sweatpants, and slippers. With coffee in hand we'll be shoving our way to great deals. This year has been a tough one financially for both of us, so we aren't going overboard. Just getting a few Christmas presents for the kids. 

We have another craft day happening this Saturday and on Sunday we'll be getting our Christmas pictures taken. For the first time in six years, we'll be sending out Christmas cards. My little family has grown by three since the last time I sent out cards, I figured it was time my extended family knew my address. Ha!

I hope you all have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving weekend and a very happy turkey day!

Rebecca Havener, My Little Devils With Wings

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Decorative Bottles Number #2

For my first decorative bottle project click HERE. There are so many ways to decorate and use a wine bottle these days. So, if you are a wine drinker SAVE THOSE BOTTLES! This post is just going to show you how I made the twine and chalkboard glitter bottles. I'll be showing you how I displayed them on my "mantel" later. 

For this project you need:
Wine bottles
Mod Podge
Chalkboard paint
Spray adhesive
Paper Bowl
Foam brush

You start out with the wine bottles. For the chalkboard paint you are going to want to get the labels off the bottles, but for the twine bottles you can leave the labels on (no one will see them). For best results on removing labels you can use Goo Gone or try this method.

I tried using the spray adhesive to adhere the twine to the wine bottles, but had trouble getting the twine to stay in place. I gave up and starting using Mod Podge instead. Just pour the Mod Podge in a bowl and paint it on the bottles with a foam brush. Then start wrapping your twine around the bottle on the already Mod Podged part. Continue painting with the Mod Podge as your work your way down the wine bottle.

You can tuck the ends of your twine under the wrapped twine and put a coat of Mod Podge over it (not the whole bottle, just the end).

These twine bottles would look great all year round. You could even use velcro to add different decorations to them for the changing seasons and holidays.

For the chalkboard bottles, I just painted chalkboard paint onto the whole bottle. I painted two coats. Then, once the paint is dry, you can spray a thin coat of spray adhesive to the bottom part of the wine bottle.

Then sprinkle the glitter onto the spray adhesive. You could use a clear spray primer over the glitter to make sure it stays put, but that is completely up to you.

There you have it, five more pretty wine bottles to display. If I'm not careful my whole house will be decorated with bottles!

Rebecca Havener, My Little Devils With Wings

Monday, November 24, 2014

I'm Back And Better Than Ever!

Happy Monday all you wonderful people! I'm back!! It has been a lazy three weeks. My couch and I have formed an everlasting bond. Lucas loved having me at home too (I think Jeremy is jealous) and has become my little buddy.

A little surgery recap: I was at the hospital at 5:30 in the morning on November 3rd. It took the staff four tries and two different nurses to get my IV inserted. I told them I was allergic to surgical tape at least twelve times, but they still used it after I passed out and I woke up covered in hives (awesome). After I was released from the hospital (I honestly have no account of what happened while I was in there), I went home and planted myself on the living room couch. There I slept for four days straight, only to wake up for more medicine. The second week was much better, I limited myself to only one pain pill a day. I was more alert, but still took two - three naps a day. I was taking lots of Benadryl to get rid of the hives. Week number three came around and I was pain free! I still limited my movement, because I would tire easily and would get mild cramping. Week number four and I am back at work!

(This picture was taken by me while in the hospital and I don't remember taking it.)

Other than that, I went to three craft days and can't wait to share those projects with you. We are also slowly but surely putting up our Christmas decorations and I'll have that post after Thanksgiving. It feels so good to be back in the world of the living. Only two more days left of work and I'll be off for another four (gotta love the Thanksgiving break)!

Rebecca Havener, My Little Devils With Wings

Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday Tidbits

Happy Friday my peeps. This is my last day of work for a month. I'm starting to get a little nervous. I'm sure it'll feel a lot like having a c-section and we all know I've had plenty of those. If you are just tuning in, I'm having a hysterectomy on Monday. What it pretty much boils down to is this is just a precaution. I had a little cancer scare a few months ago, I had surgery but it didn't work. So it's just time to remove the infected areas and everything around it. Hopefully the pathologist won't find anything. But enough about that.

Since today is the last day of October, let's see how well we've done on the Fall Bucket List.

We still have a month left, but so far we have....
1. Played in the leaves (the kids have been doing this everyday for about a week).
8. Make crock pot applesauce (click HERE for the recipe).
9. Buy or make costumes (we chose to make them this year).
10. Drink warm apple cider (did this a couple of times).
15. Have friends over for chili (we are all getting together on Sunday at Jeremy's sister's house for this).
18. Go to a Fall Festival (click HERE for this post).

Six out of twenty is pretty bad. I'd better step up my game if we're going to finish this list by next month.

Tonight we are going trick-or-treating. I'm not going to spoil the kids' costumes by telling you about them now. Check out Instagram tonight to see them in all their cuteness.

(Preston and Emily - last year)

Tomorrow is craft day! I'm super excited for this one. I really can't wait to show you what we are doing. Hint: it's Christmasy. 

On Sunday we are having a football chili party. We'll be cheering on our Chiefs and eating delicious chili. We are bringing the dessert, I'm making pumpkin butterscotch bars. If they turn out good, I'll share the recipe with you on Wednesday. 

As for Monday, there will be no post (which reminds me of Harry Potter. There's no post on Sundays...only Monday in this case). That's surgery day. I'm crossing fingers, toes, eyes, legs, and whatever else I can that everything goes well. Plus saying extra little prayers. 

Hoping you all have a safe and warm Halloween! 

Rebecca Havener, My Little Devils With Wings
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