{at the craft table} vintage wreaths

my holiday crafting is in full swing.

while i am not ready to decorate for christmas, i am definitely getting ready to decorate for christmas

this weekend i pulled out some of my vintage stash and made some really whimsical wreaths…


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looking forward to sharing more holiday craftiness…including some pics from our {mother-daughter} crafternoon from last friday!

home is…playing reindeer games.

hello, november!


october is now just a memory.

and, here we are…

dark at 5 pm.

wearing jackets and rain boots.

flag football season is over.

thanksgiving is coming.

christmas displays and merchandise are all over the place.

my husband and i celebrated his fantastic year at work and our 15th anniversary at a fabulous resort near playa del carmen, mexico.

it was our first kid free getaway in over 6 years.

i have been blessed enough to go on some pretty fabulous presidents club vacations that my husband has earned through his hard work. this one was, by far, the most amazing one we have ever been on.

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it was a quick trip…three full days in paradise. one full day of travel on either end.

my parents came to stay with the kids and the dogs.

we returned to happy {but tired} kids and tired {but happy} grandparents. i know they all had a fun adventure of their own together.

the first week back was filled with hours spent volunteering at the kids school.

art lit.

baby girl was star of the week.

normal volunteer hours.


finishing up the rest of our family halloween costumes…

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it was a dark and stormy halloween night here in portland. we braved the downpour to go up and down the street.

ryan was the yellow brick road, the little guy was the tornado that landed dorothy’s house on the wicked witch of the east, i was the wicked witch of the west, and baby girl was dorothy.

one of my favorite family costumes to date!

i was hoping to have some much needed “normalcy” in our routine this month, but the kids had three days off from school and then we have thanksgiving late this month!

so, we’ll just be THANKFUL for our extra time together…i figure there will be nothing “normal” about our routine until next year given the coming holidays…but that’s what makes life fun, right?!

{october 21} happy corners of our home

these letters and this print have found themselves in many happy corners of our home throughout the last few years.

now they reside in the playroom next to a thrifted light from our 2014 trip to kamiah.

dogs and words have a prominent place in all happy corners of our home.
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{october 20} happy corners of our home

large letters spelling out a favorite word cam e into PLAY in our playroom years ago.

they have moved down the wall, but are still there…with rainbowtized books and baskets full of toys…along with our PS4.october 20

  • lights: IKEA {discontinued}
  • shelves: IKEA {discontinued}
  • letters: joann fabric {painted them black}
  • xylophones and tennis ball basket: thrifted
  • books: thrifted
  • chair and fisher price toys: thrifted

{october 19} happy corners of our home

my newest addition to my barn owl primitives collection has found a home in our kitchen.

this way, we see it first thing in the morning, all day long, and before we head upstairs to bed.
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{october 16} happy corners of our home

our office supply wall outside of ryan’s office is still one of my happy corners of our home.

we display our favorite art, school and sport schedules, homework charts, etc. right here where everybody can see them.
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  • ruler growth chart: DIY
  • clipboards: goodwill

{october 15} happy corners of our home

this corner isn’t IN our home…it’s in the backyard.

it’s the playhouse that my dad and i built for the kids last march.

i still have some work to do out there (painting), but it has been such a happy space for the kids and their friends to play in all spring and summer!

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lanterns: IKEA

{october 14} happy corners of our home

my globe collection.

it has to be one of my very happiest corners of our home.

i recently moved this barn owl primitives sign from a different corner of our home to this spot near the craft table.

i think this is the perfect spot for it!

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  • globes: etsy, goodwill, value village, garage sales
  • shelving: IKEA {no longer available}
  • creativity takes courage sign: barn owl primitives
  • pumpkin garland: DIY found honest to nod

{october 13} happy corners of our home

our playroom used to be filled with vintage fisher price.

while i loved that version of our playroom, we quickly grew out of it. it was fun while it lasted.

i still have most of what i collected during that time period, and have it scattered throughout the house.

the kids still play with it once in a while, and it is always a hit when younger kids come to our home, so i keep a bucket filled with the smaller pieces and the kids pull the larger pieces off of shelves when they want to play with them.
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