Thursday, December 27, 2012

Meet our new little man, Frankie

We finally had our little boy! {hee hee} His name is Frankie.

The day we got him

K and Frankie the day we got him

 He'll be around 5 months old on January 4th. He's black with a white blaze on his chest and some white on all four of his feet.  He's a rescue dog that's part Basset Hound and part Lab.  That's where those adorable ears come from.  I hope they always look long and floppy. The doc says he'll probably be about 50 lbs of  lazy, hound dog  love. He has alot of skin to grow into. You can grab it and pull on it and he doesn't seem to mind. I like to think he's the long lost  cousin of Charlie, Ree's dog over at Pioneer Woman.  Maybe we should bring him by to visit.  :)

He enjoys eating anything....

 sleeping....



 smelling....

 chewing,  playing with his brother....
playing with the kids....


peeing and pooping( not always in the correct places),  squeezing through the fence,  eating, peeing, pooping.... wait, Am I repeating myself?  Well, he does enjoy those things alot.


He is also a dog of  many emotions:

I know....don't be shocked by his intensity. It can be overwhelming at times. LOL.

He is such a sweetie and you'll be seeing alot more of him  from now on.



 He is one of the reasons I haven't been around here as much.  I have to keep eyes on him at all times! Otherwise  I'm cleaning up a  mess of one kind or another. It's just like having another  2 1/2 year old in the house.

Most days I'm not sure why I did this to myself. Getting a puppy with two small kids but I did and now he's my kid too.  I know it'll  get better but next time , we may rescue an older, potty trained , non-chewing dog.
most recent picture, a week ago.

He already has a bunch of  nicknames:
-Buster
-Pupster
-Little Man ( well, when we first got him)
-Frank
-Frank the Tank
-Puppy
-Franklin
-Stinkster
-No-No bad dog
-Piddles
-King Piddles

Don't worry I'm sure we will think of more.

And in full disclosure, we've had him for two months already and I'm just getting around to this post mostly because.....wait for it.......................................wait for it..........................................................
we couldn't decide on a name for almost that long......GASP!!

I know, bad dog mommy and daddy but this poor little guy was "Puppy" for a whole month.  Geez. I know, indecisive much? 

But now he's Frankie and all is good in the world.  I think  a  post called " the world according to Frankie"  sounds  good. Don't you?

Monday
What is the Gunny Sack -Making the world Cuter -Debbie Doo -DIY Show Off
-I should be mopping the Floor


Tuesday

 Tip Junkie - My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia -The Kurtz Corner
Sugar Bee - Romance On A Dime -The Winthrop Chronicles

Wednesday
 Someday Crafts - Sew Much Ado
 
-SNAP

Thursday

Beyond the Picket Fence - Somewhat Simple - Live Laugh Rowe
- The Shabby Cottage The Taylor House- House of Hepworths 
Two In Diapers-Mommy Brain Mixer


Friday
Naptime CraftersStay At Home Nation
Young and CraftyMy Turn(ForUs)
Delicate Construction
Serenity Now


Saturday


Six Sister's Stuff

Cheerios and Lattes




Thursday, December 13, 2012

Fuzzy Owl Ornaments



 I  was so excited when Erin from over at My Very Educated Mother contacted me to be involved with her " No Ugly ornament " Series over on here blog.  That started me thinking on what I wanted to make.  Maybe my idea of not ugly is someone else's idea of very ugly! Hmm.... what to do?

I was surfing around the net one day when I came across this image from Lilian Vernon.



It was so cute and so simple I knew I could redo it it myself and make it more cuddly and warm for the holidays. I have a new interest in  felt over the past year so I went off in search of a felt ball or something round I could cover with felt.  But then I went to Target and found these sweater ball ornaments for $3 a piece. Perfect!  Done and done.  It wasn't felt but it was sweater material so that worked for me. 



I started to sketch out what colors should go where since I knew I anted to be all Christmas colors.  I bought my felt ans was ready to go.



I tried to freehand some circles but that ended in disaster. If you can do that, more power to ya.  I found a pill bottle ( for the eye circles),  a nickel ( for the smaller eye circle), and a princess cup ( for the wings) which I then switched out for a Ziploc container when I realized it would be too small:) I set them up on the felt and cut my circles.




Cut out your circles and make sure they look ok when they are all laying on top of each other.  I did freehand the little beaks and feet.  The feet on the other version were just too hard for me to pull off.


Slowly start hot gluing them ( or whatever way sounds good to you)  onto your circle.  I did this very slowly so I was sure where everything was going.


When I got to the wings, I wasn't sure how to approach them.  I decided to take my large circle , cut it in half, and then overlap them together like a wing or feathers might look. It gave me the smooth look I was going for.



I decided to make two owls, one for each girl.  They are so cute and fuzzy. I love them.



The tree here at our house is nothing but  homemade or store bought but with a purpose.  I try to buy/make  things that the girls are into  every year around this time. It's like a time capsule to look back on.  My mom did the same thing for me and I love passing on the tradition. The girls get at least one new ornament a year that  I will pass on to them when they get their own place someday.

What's on your tree? ( reminds me of the "what's in your wallet? " commercials )

Monday
What is the Gunny Sack -Making the world Cuter -Debbie Doo -DIY Show Off
-I should be mopping the Floor


Tuesday

 Tip Junkie - My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia -The Kurtz Corner
Sugar Bee - Romance On A Dime -The Winthrop Chronicles

Wednesday
 Someday Crafts - Sew Much Ado
 
-SNAP

Thursday

Beyond the Picket Fence - Somewhat Simple - Live Laugh Rowe
- The Shabby Cottage The Taylor House- House of Hepworths 
Two In Diapers-Mommy Brain Mixer


Friday
Naptime CraftersStay At Home Nation
Young and CraftyMy Turn(ForUs)
Delicate Construction
Serenity Now


Saturday


Six Sister's Stuff

Cheerios and Lattes

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Initial Ornament Wreath


I've seen all of the cool ornament wreaths on Pinterest  but I wanted to be different .  I wanted to make mine of our family's last name which starts with an H.

I went, measured the front door  where I want to hang it,  and sketched it out for my hubby who  so nicely cut it out of  a piece of very thin plywood(1/4").

 
 I took it outside, back in July ( I know, it 's been a while in the making. That whole " Christmas in July" thing just never happened) and sprayed it shiny silver so that if any of it shown through , it wouldn't look as bad. I used Valspar  silver metallic spray paint.




I had been hanging on to some old glass Christmas ornaments for years that I bough to go outside on a tree but that didn't happen either.

 When I started to glue them on , I quickly realized that I didn't have enough since I was only using the red, green, and silver ones. I went back to Garden Ridge where I originally got them and bought another container of red, green, and silver ornaments which was the theme I wanted.  Obviously you can do that with any color scheme. Now what should I do with all of those Blue and gold ones?



I just started gluing on different sizes and colors, stacking them  until it started looking full and the way I wanted it to. I did take off  the little hanger "crowns"   that were on the top of all of the ornaments. When you need to glue them top down, it makes it a whole lot easier.



My hubby helped me drill some tiny holes into the plywood and ran framing wire through it and  voila!



Our family initial on the front door for Christmas!



 I'm kinda excited as this is the first wreath I have ever made and  first thing I have hung on this front door since we moved in  almost six years ago.   Please don't send the empty door police after me, I'm trying to get better!  Remember I had  an empty mantel for years and now mantels are fun for me!

Monday
What is the Gunny Sack -Making the world Cuter -Debbie Doo -DIY Show Off
-I should be mopping the Floor


Tuesday

 Tip Junkie - My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia -The Kurtz Corner
Sugar Bee - Romance On A Dime -The Winthrop Chronicles

Wednesday
 Someday Crafts - Sew Much Ado
 
-SNAP

Thursday

Beyond the Picket Fence - Somewhat Simple - Live Laugh Rowe
- The Shabby Cottage The Taylor House- House of Hepworths 
Two In Diapers-Mommy Brain Mixer


Friday
Naptime CraftersStay At Home Nation
Young and CraftyMy Turn(ForUs)
Delicate Construction
Serenity Now


Saturday


Six Sister's Stuff

Cheerios and Lattes



Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Where should you print your pictures?


(F.Y.I..... I did all this research to find good quality on the consumer-not-pay-too-much side of photos. Just my o-pin-ion. Just another option{smile} )


Imagine you just paid to have some great photographer :)  take your family pictures.  You purchased your  15-20 digital images on a disk and now it's in your hot little hand. You can't wait to go print them out somewhere, but where? Not all photo labs are created equal.  I noticed a while ago that some of them gave me different results so I wanted to share that with you.

I decided to print out one picture at six different labs, some in town and some online, some in town BUT with online access too. Confused? I hope not.

The labs  I tested this time were:

Walgreens ( nationwide in-store/online 1 hour lab)

Sam's Club ( nationwide in-store/ online 1 hour lab-Does every state have them? )

Creve Coeur Camera  ( in town/online access STL camera store/lab)

MPix ( online only consumer division of Millers Pro Lab)

Shutterfly ( online only)

Diversified Lab ( professional photo lab here in the STL)

You deserve to get the most consistent results from your digital files that you can. You should see the same color and quality in your prints as you do when you view them on your computer screen.  That being said...the pro labs will always give you the best color and  quality. Getting prints through your photographer is always the best way to go.

I understand the need to save some moola so that is why I did this test. I know most the folks I take photos of now ( here in the STL)  want the digital files and want to go get prints out and about.

Here are some of the things you should be looking for when you print your images:

Type of paper
Do you want your picture to be glossy or not glossy? It really does change the look/feel  of most images. Some photo places give you a choice, some don't.  Don't be surprised. If you don't know or can't tell from their site, throw them an email and ask.

Cropping preview
( again... a whole other blog post)

When you print anything above the size of 4x6, there is going to be some cropping that happens. If you are ordering a vertical picture, the cropping will be on the top and bottom. If you are ordering a horizontal image, the cropping will be on the left and right.  You may lose some of the image that you don't necessarily want to . That's why previewing your crop is so important.  Look for a place that let's YOU decide where you want to crop and then let's you preview it.

Too Dark or too light or weird color

 You don't want your images to be way darker than you intended or way lighter.  Like I said , they should look very close to what you see on your computer screen ( for the most part). Test out a few places yourself, you might be surprised like I was. Some you will definitely notice a color whether it's yellow, red, or blue.



I used the picture of  Louie above to check for color, clarity, and lightness/darkness in my prints. I sent the same exact file that I had corrected to six different photo labs. I wanted all of them to print as is but as you will see, that  didn't always happen.  To be fair,  I also think my monitor needs to be calibrated.  That just means that you buy a little contraption that helps you to make your screen as neutral as you can so your prints don't have too much of any one color at any time. But I digress, that's a whole other blog post.

Here are all of the prints laying together so you can see the differences with them close up.


1) Walgreens

The only option you have as far as paper goes for a  one hour print in any size is glossy.  Now, I'm not knocking glossy but sometimes you want it and sometimes you don't. My image came out dark and I lost alot of detail in anything that was even sort of shaded.  I usually only use them in situations where I need something asap like a school poster for K.  You do get the option on how you want to crop your picture so make sure you use it. ( see image below)


2) MPix

This one was pretty good. It was a little on the warm (orangey) side compared to my screen but all of the details were in the shadows. And it was in a matte  (non-glossy) paper which I wanted. They offer the cropping tool as well. ( see image below)

3) Diversified Lab

They offered me some test prints to test the color between my monitor and their printers. It was still off , a little too yellow/orange compared to my screen.  Over all the lightness  and details of the picture were good. They also got it to me very quickly. They offered many different types of paper: matte, glossy, metallic, etc.  Lots to choose from based on the kid of image you would have. As  I chose any given size , they had a very easy to use  cropping tool that left nothing to the imagination.  What I saw, was what I got. They also have the option to  not( see image below)

4) Creve Coeur Camera

This one was one of the top three for me. It was probably the best as far as looking like my screen. It was the right lightness and the details were all there.  They have the crop tool  along with a setting that says " no color correction" .  That is important when you receive digital files from your photographer as they have taken the time to edit and enhance all of the images they have given you. They also give you a choice of paper.

5) Sams Club

Again, just like Walgreens, very dark and I lost all details in the shadows. yuck.  That being said I have used them for 4x6 album prints in the past but know I'm wondering  how good my prints would have looked from somewhere else. I would only use them in  pinch if I really had to. Someone told me Costco was really good but I don't have a membership there so I don't know.( see image below)


6) Shutterfly

This one was again very close  to my screen....good lightness, good details and decent color.  I got the glossy here and I don't know whay I chose that.  You only have the choice of matte in prints bigger than 11x14 here in case you like the gloss.I would definitely order other images from them. And as they seem to always be running some kind of special, it would be good for  your wallet as well.( see image below)
Can you see what  I am taking about with the details? And the color?  Look at his eyes... only in some images can you tell there is some brown in there.  Or that you can see the pattern of his fur.


I think I would rate my favs as  Creve Coeur and with a tie between Mpix and Shutterfly.  I hope this helps you decide on where to take your pictures.  I know there are so many other photo labs you can go to and this is all just my opinion. There might even be some better than these.  I just know that I do my best to take awesome pictures and when they  don't turn out awesome being printed.  I get  kinda mad.

So where do you go for pictures and do you love them? Tell me so I can go try them out and report back to you.  Happy photo taking!

Monday
What is the Gunny Sack -Making the world Cuter -Debbie Doo -DIY Show Off
-I should be mopping the Floor


Tuesday

 Tip Junkie - My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia -The Kurtz Corner
Sugar Bee - Romance On A Dime -The Winthrop Chronicles

Wednesday
 Someday Crafts - Sew Much Ado
 
-SNAP

Thursday

Beyond the Picket Fence - Somewhat Simple - Live Laugh Rowe
- The Shabby Cottage The Taylor House- House of Hepworths 
Two In Diapers-Mommy Brain Mixer


Friday
Naptime CraftersStay At Home Nation
Young and CraftyMy Turn(ForUs)
Delicate Construction
Serenity Now


Saturday


Six Sister's Stuff

Cheerios and Lattes

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Furry Kids Photo Session

I was honored enough to photograph the dogs of my godmother and godfather a few weeks ago. I've tried to for years but usually with my kids near by...it doesn't work out so well.  The dogs get distracted and you know how that goes :)

Having had dogs since I was born ( my first dog Trinket was 1 when I was born) I love taking photos of  anyone's furry family members.  I know how they work and what to try to get them to behave as best as they can.

Click the link below to see more cute pictures of their furry kids.

Furry Kids Photo Session with the Schafer Dogs



Monday, November 12, 2012

Where's Entirely Emily been?


Hey y'all!  It's been a long while. For some reason or another I lost the urge to blog three times a week and then it was hard to do 2 times and then  even one time was just too much.I flat out just didn't' feel like it. My kids seemed to need me more and when I heard the little voice in my head saying " You HAVE to go blog about something."  I told it to shut the hell up and go away.

I love blogging but something had to give and it was the one thing I didn't HAVE to do.  I just don;t know what changed and why I didn't feel the urge as much but it was good to get away for while but....

I really started to miss you guys.  I miss my blog friends and  the conversations we would have. I feel like I don't even know what's going on in the blog-o-sphere anymore.

I have been busy getting out there and taking photos for friends and family to start a photo business. But again,  kids come first and I can't even get as into that as I would like. I see some of you doing it all and I wonder why I can't?   Maybe I'm not built that way. I want to be but maybe I just can't handle it.

I have so many ideas and things I want to blog  about  and SO not enough time in which to do it. This isn't something I should get stressed about but I was.  I want to be at the same level as some of you but have come to realize that I can't...just not right now.  When my kids are in school more often, I feel like then I will rock this shiz-nit! But for now, I will  blog and then I will break  and then I will blog and find a good place for me to be.

I have lost some of my followers but I hope there are some of you out there that will stick with me.  I always appreciate your comments and your friendship even if I go missing for a few days/weeks from my blog.

I know you understand and I hope you're still there  listening to my ramblings.


Monday
What is the Gunny Sack -Making the world Cuter -Debbie Doo -DIY Show Off
-I should be mopping the Floor


Tuesday

 Tip Junkie - My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia -The Kurtz Corner
Sugar Bee - Romance On A Dime -The Winthrop Chronicles

Wednesday
 Someday Crafts - Sew Much Ado
 
-SNAP

Thursday

Beyond the Picket Fence - Somewhat Simple - Live Laugh Rowe
- The Shabby Cottage The Taylor House- House of Hepworths 
Two In Diapers-Mommy Brain Mixer


Friday
Naptime CraftersStay At Home Nation
Young and CraftyMy Turn(ForUs)
Delicate Construction
Serenity Now


Saturday


Six Sister's Stuff
Cheerios and Lattes

Monday, October 22, 2012

9 Couples Costume Ideas over the years


Ever since my hubby and I met pretty much, give or take a few, we have gotten dressed up for Halloween.  It was alot of fun and we get really into it. Now it's really more fun to dress up my kids because I get these grandiose ideas for myself that I never seem to have time or the sewing talent to pull off.


Let's start at the beginning shall we....

2001- Fred and Daphne from Scooby Doo
scanned photo from my scrapbook- predigital days
  I started for the first time thinking of ideas that a couple could do together.And for some reason, I thought of  Fred and Daphne from Scooby Doo.  Don't ask me why.  J was game to be Fred.  We figures all he needed was:

- Orange scarf
-Ligth blue Jeans ( coutersy of Wlamart)
-Blue shirt
-White sweater

Mine on the other hand was  A little harder but thanks to my mom , she whipped up an old pattern she had from the 60s  or 70s and made me the purple dress, the headband, and J and I the scarves.  I had the shoes and earrings. We both had to go  spray our hair in the parking lot of the costume store on the way there.


2002- Elvis and Priscilla
Pre-Digital.....yucky quality
 J had been joking around that he kinda looked like Elvis...but more of the 70s, a little bit of a belly Elvis. So we went to the local costume store here that rents ,early enough, and rented this beauty of a costume. We also rented the shoes which were white pleather  booties that you can't see which is a shame. We bought the glasses and he grew his sideburns super long for over a month . People were staring to wonder about him and his questionable  facial hair choices.

For me,  I bought the bouffant black wig but the  dress and coat belonged to my mom.  Awesome, right? My pretty silver eye shadow was also da-bomb. We got alot of great compliments that night. If your man can pull off an Elvis,  I say do it.


2003- No Party= No Costume


2004- Trailer park Rednecks ( I think Ashley from "Sorry kids your mom doesn't play well with others"has seen some of these folks as soccer games around here :) )


 Well, I hate to say it but we live very close to a bunch of folks who look and act just like that.  What can I say Saint Louis has an ecceltic group of folks that live all over.

If you are going to be a good redneck  trailer wife around here, you have to have:

-more kids than you can carry...see the one on my leg
-bad hair ( mullet wig)
-missing teeth
- be preggos again ( soft pillow)
-and course be smoking while with all of your kids

J only had to have:
- the mullet ( yep, another awesome wig)
- a NASCAR shirt , of course
- stone washed jeans
- A  big ugly tatoo with my name on it


2005- Hugh Hefner and a Playboy bunny



Now don't get all excited. This was the scariest outfit for me to wear EVER. First off it's freakin cold here  in Saint Louis this time of year and I'm not crazy about showing off  my thighs at all.

We had a heck of a time finding black satin PJs for J to wear. We had to get him some in the bigger ladies section of Target ( shhhhh)  We also bough the smoking jacket and borrowed the pipe.Sprying his black hair white was also quite challenging.

I got to buy another wig, the body suit,  The ears/collar/ wrist things were all together and then the fishnets.  I used some old slutty looking shoes I had. Why did I have them?  It was the late nineties. I think alot of them looked slutty.


2006- The couple from the American Gothic farm picture



I think I kinda pulled this one out of my butt. Why did I want to do this?  Again, who knows. But it looked kinda cool when it was done and it was a "couple" idea.

Again,  my mom sewed me up a plain brown dress with some rick rack on it  and I had the black and white shirts. I put brown eyeliner on my face to make it look like deep wrinkles from a distance.

J had to buy some overalls, some old man glasses, and a wig that we had to cut the hair on the sides and spray it gray.  He used his own blazer, shirt and we borrwed the pitchfork.

2007- Bunsen and Beaker from the Muppets



 You guys know all about them . They were alot of fun and really warm. Check out their post.

2008- Farmer and  a cow



J had a friend at work who told him he had a cow costume.... hey why not.  I got on my overalls, my boots,  borrowed a straw hat and threw on some plaid and J wore the  cow suit with creepy udders.  Don't look too long,  they are disturbing. We even borrowed a little cow costume for K.  There apparently was no picture taken of me . Oh well you get the idea.

2009- Some old time Greek People



Easy Peasy... two twin size white sheets and  some white t-shirts.  I added the gold leaves from Michels or walmart ...I can't remember.  It was the theme that night so that made deciding what to wear very easy. and K was a cutey pa-tutey ladybug

2010- No party= No costume

2011- Kenny Rodgers and Dolly Parton



Where do I come up with this shtuff? They were a singing duo so that was enough for me.  I put on my Playboy bunny wig  and made it look  big hair-ish and borrowed a much bigger bra than mine and stuffed it with pantyhose stuffed with pillow fluff. Yep....that's all fluff..trust me. I got felt up all night  by our friends.  I tried to not be offended  because it really wasn't ME they were grabbing.

Went to Goodwill thrift store to  get J some  plaid and  used the vest from his three piece suit. His hat was mine that was too small but  you got the idea. The beard was actually was very long  but it was the only white beard we could find so we cut it to  semi- normal looking length. K had to get into the picture as well.


2012= ???

I kinda  don;t think we're doing one this year but I'm ok with that because it's so much more fun now to see the kids dress up and take them out.

What are you or your kids going to be for Halloween?

Monday
What is the Gunny Sack -Making the world Cuter -Debbie Doo -DIY Show Off
-I should be mopping the Floor
Great Fun 4 Kids

Tuesday

 Tip Junkie - My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia -The Kurtz Corner
Sugar Bee - Romance On A Dime -The Winthrop Chronicles
Lil Mrs Tori Wednesday
 Someday Crafts - Sew Much Ado
 
-SNAP

Thursday

Beyond the Picket Fence - Somewhat Simple - Live Laugh Rowe
- The Shabby Cottage The Taylor House- House of Hepworths 
Two In Diapers-Mommy Brain Mixer


Friday
Naptime CraftersStay At Home Nation
Young and CraftyMy Turn(ForUs)
Delicate Construction
Serenity Now


Saturday


Six Sister's Stuff
Cheerios and Lattes





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