I Made It! Monday

Well, I wish I had something terribly interesting to report about my weekend, but I don’t. I’ve been quite tired lately as I get closer to my due date, so I did almost nothing. Just relaxed and watched Erik clean the house. Yay for me. :)

Here’s a fun project from last week’s party:

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Love this interesting decor by a. steed’s life. What a fun way to commemorate special places with your special someone!

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Proverbs 24:16–Free Scripture Printable

Proverbs 24.16

I think all of us have difficulties at times. Each of us has a personal struggle or two or three that we must contend with.

It’s for times like those that I created this simple printable. Proverbs 24:16 is one of my favorite scriptures. Because it’s not about being perfect or not making mistakes. It’s about whether or not we get up and move forward. Only if we stay down are we failures. This verse is a reminder of that.

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I Made It! Monday

My parents made it back from Arizona this weekend. Erik and I took a lovely drive to Joseph, OR on Saturday. It was a beautiful day, and we decided to be spontaneous. We packed ourselves some picnic food and took off. We explored all the little shops that were open and went to Wallowa Lake. Right when we figured we probably ought to start heading back home and got in the car, a torrential downpour started. My, was I glad we weren’t outside for that.

Joseph, Oregon

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Olliblocks Review

Olliblocks

Awhile back, I shared how to make a drawstring bag. I didn’t tell you that I used it for packaging up a sibling gift for a baby shower I went to. It seems as if everyone I know is having more babies, and I was looking for a cute and easy gift for the older siblings.

Then I stumbled across these cute Olliblocks. They’re printables that you cute out and attach to wooden blocks. Or make them into magnets. Or any number of other fun and creative projects.

They recommend you have them professionally printed onto adhesive paper. I didn’t have a way to get them professionally printed, nor did I have some adhesive paper. I simply printed them out at home on cardstock and used matte Mod Podge to finish them. Yes, they did smear a bit, but not too bad for gift-giving.

Erik cut the wooden blocks for me, but they’re easily found at craft stores or online.

I think these are a ton of fun, and I’ll be able to make a set for each baby shower I attend this year. And I’ll make some for Olive too, although it will be a bit before she can really play with them.

Olliblocks 2

What’s your usual sibling gift at a baby shower?

Erik & Me–80s Style

At our local university (yay for Eastern Oregon University!), they hold regular concerts, plays, and the like. One event they do every year is a themed concert that is built around a particular decade. Each year they move up. Two years ago it was the 1960s and the vocalists dressed all mod and hippie style. Last year it was the 1970s and we saw a lot of bell bottoms. This year was 1980s, and Erik and I wanted to dress up ourselves.

Really, the concert is a blast. They do a whole show of music from the decade, and you can sing and dance along. Now, I’m not going to lie and tell you these are the best vocalists you’re ever going to hear. Sadly, some of them should probably choose a different major. A couple, though, are amazing, and it’s more about the atmosphere.

Here’s how we added to that atmosphere:

Amanda 1980s

Amanda 1980s close

I decided to go for the pop princess look. I found the orange shirt in the men’s section of the thrift store. I also picked up that jean skirt and those rocking high tops at the thrift store. Can you imagine my luck at finding white high tops in a size four at the store? Bam!

After a trip to the Dollar Tree, I picked up scrunchies, neon bracelets, and those socks. The rest was in my closet. Including my totally awesome authentic crimper that for some reason I still have. It’s probably time to get rid of that thing. I’m not sure crimped hair is ever coming back.

Erik 1980s

Erik Punk Style

Erik, on the other hand, went with a British Punk look. He did not do a very good job of looking tough, but he pulled the style off well, I thought. We got the jean jacket at the thrift store. He then took a whole ton of my safety pins for sewing and pinned various 1980s band logos to it. He asked for some giant pins, so I gave him diaper pins. The rest was all in his closet.

And yes, that is my messy house in the background of these photos. Ignore that.

I cannot wait until we can wear these outfits to something else! A friend of mine, who says that as a person who went to high school and college in the 1980s, she knows what the style was, and we got it perfectly.

What fashion from the 1980s do you either hope comes back or never does?