Project Life : Week 34

Project Life 2014

It is week 34. We had a great week followed by an activity full weekend.

Project Life 2014

We had a house guest this weekend. We were dog sitters for Gunnar’s sister-in-law while they went on a little vacation. We had a blast hanging out with this dude. We also tried to take lots of pictures throughout the weekend of the two of us.

Project Life 2014

Gunnar chillin’ at the Farmers Market is one of my favorite pictures from the week. He used to not want to make the trip to the market separate from the grocery store. Now it is something he really looks forward to especially trying the different samples and picking up different spicy peppers.

Project Life 2014Have a great Labor Day weekend everyone!

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DIY – Paper Flowers

DIY Paper Flowers |

I’ve been recently looking around my home for all those craft projects that I have bought supplies for and never got around to actually making, and looking at my supplies to see what kinds of things I already have to decorate my home. This paper flower wall was one of those projects. I chose the colors orange, yellow, gold and white before I thought about them being perfect decor for the fall, this was a double win when I realized it wouldn’t need to come down in a few weeks. 

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I have made tissue paper flowers like this before for several other projects including a hanging display above my bed in college and bouquets for my bridesmaids and flower girls during the rehearsal. You can find tutorials all over pinterest for these and they are really easy to make.

DIY Paper Flowers | happyapple.usHowever, these big white paper flowers were new to me. I found the tutorial on Martha Stewart’s website (here) and I actually had white paper bags to use. So I went to town and started fashioning a wall of flowers to decorate my dining area.

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For the garland I chose three different colors of paper that matched my wall and used a 3/4″ & 2″ hole punch to make a bunch of circles.

DIY Paper Flowers | happyapple.usI then glued them on to a piece of bakers twine with Tacky Glue. And hung them up on the wall with the flowers. Right now this only goes along one side of the window but I’m thinking about creating more of the garland the string there and to balance it out.

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I really like this kind of project because of it’s less than permanent quality. I really like changing things up around my space and don’t want to spend a lot of money and time to do that. It only took about 2 hours to make the flowers and the garland for this project. So as a quick, inexpensive home decor craft I think I nailed it. What do you think?

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You Have A Lot To Give

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5 Cocktails Perfect for Your End of Summer Party


Kiwi Lime Mojitos

This is a very refreshing cocktail especially when the weather is really warm. You can find the recipe here.

Red Wine Sangria

Red Wine Sangria

Red Wine Sangria is a wonderful cocktail to share with friends. It is tasty and the fruit is yummy to snack on. See the recipe here.


Toxic Lemonade

If you are having a large group of people over or even just a few this cocktail is incredibly easy to make and share. Not to mention it is incredibly tasty! See how to make it here.

Whiskey Smash Cocktail

Bourbon Smash

Now this is one of my favorite cocktails from this summer. It has a refreshing taste and the sage blackberry flavors are so good together. Try this for yourself get the recipe here. 


Fruity Summer Cocktail

If you like an orange flavored cocktail then you should definitely try this one. The sprite and the orange juice are great together and perfect for a warm summer day! Get the recipe here.  

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3 Things Making Me Smile


It has been a hard weekend for me and my family, I tried really hard to focus on things that we were doing and I took pictures of Gunnar and I during our activities.


They were cell phone pictures taken quickly and aren’t great quality but having something to focus on really helped me get through the weekend smiling.

Gunnar&I3I hope that on days you don’t feel like smiling that you do find one little thing that can help you through.


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