A DAy iN thE LifE Of thE McMAhOn FAmilY

Tuesday, June 29, 2010


A large white wall in my kitchen needed some help! I had a big framed map that I wasn't using...and I had an idea! First I painted the frame (which was dark brown) with the same paint I used earlier for my thrift-store desk. A sort of grey-teal-blue color. Then I got some chalkboard paint at WalMart for $10.00 (kinda pricey, but I am planning on using it for other projects). If you use this chalkboard paint then do it outside...it's very smelly. I painted right over the glass in the frame. Then I waited an agonizing 24 hours for it to dry before using my mom's chalkboard pen (the coolest invention ever) before playing with it. I got my inspiration for the words from this website.

Do you like how it turned out? My favorite part is that you can change it whenever you want! Now I really want to find more things to use this chalkboard paint on!

Monday, June 28, 2010


A while back I found some plain white plastic garden stakes at WalMart. There were about 25 of them for $4.00!

I spray-painted them a cheery yellow, then wrote veggie names with a black sharpie. I wish I had this many veggies in my garden...these were actually a gift for my dad for Father's Day. He has an amazing garden with almost 25 different kinds of veggies/herbs. I love how the bright yellow stands out from the green when they are in the garden. (Sadly I don't have a picture of it)

Anyway, I thought it was a fun little project and gift for a gardener...I may just have to make some for myself!

Thursday, June 24, 2010


Sometimes the only way to get a good photo shoot is in the car seat....while she's strapped in!


I recently found some pretty fabric at trimweaver.com that I thought would give my living room a little more pop. So I made two new pillows for the couch in a teal-gold-and grey floral:

On one of the pillows I used some gold quilted fabric that I covered my desk chair with:

I was also in desperate need of some curtain tie-backs. So I sewed a strip of the same floral fabric onto each curtain with hidden velcro to loop aroound the curtain. When the curtain is closed, the strip of fabric is easily tucked behind the curtain.

I had to mix some gold curtains with the teal-grey-bluish ones because I didn't have enough of either curtain for all the windows in my living room/dining room. Now they work together welll with the same fabric tie-backs!

I got a yard and a half of this fabric during a half-off sale and made (2) pillows, (10) tie-backs, and a valance for the kitchen window!
...And I crossed another project off the Nesting List:-)

Sunday, June 20, 2010


We celebrated Dad's Day with a trip to the Columbia Airport for the annual Fly-In. The weather was perfect and we all had fun watching the planes zoom by. Madelynn even sat down with us! What a memorable Father's Day...especially remembering that it will be the last one with just the three of us!

My handsome husband...the best Father EVER!

Madelynn thought we were looking at "holicopters!" It was a shame to correct her because the way she said it was too cute!

She loved watching the planes fly by.

I know...such a cutie!

I swear it was an accident that Madelynn is covering my belly...

She loves to give kisses! Most of them went to her Daddy today :-)

Such neat old planes to look at...

Watching another fly-by

We all liked this little yellow one...

Here comes the main event! The super fast (and LOUD) Jet plane!

HAppY FAthER's DaY!

Thursday, June 17, 2010


The "girls' powder room" (or guest bathroom) was in desperate need of a re-do, as these pictures show:

No Life.

No Style.

No Personality.

So I chose a bright, sunny color and added some girly, vintage touches.

I didn't want to spend much money so I decided to make the shower curtain myself. Remember this fabric? Yes...it's the sheet I found at the thrift store for $1.50! I had the shower rod already, but added a large button (or two) to each ring. I picked all different sizes and colors and glued them on.

I found some old hankies from my grandma and put them in yellow spray-painted frames that I already had. The spray paint was about $4.00.

I took an old wooden sign I wasn't using and covered it with another hankie, then wrote "Little Dreamers make Big Achievers" with a permanent pen. I bought the little wire shelf/ towel bar at Hibernation for about $12.00. All the Burt's Bees Baby lotions etc. are from my wonderful Mother-in-law who keeps me in ample supply:0) The colors are perfect with the new theme!

I have been on the lookout for a new rug and some hand towels...but haven't found the right ones yet.

When Madelynn woke up from her nap one day to find her bathroom re-decorated, she exclaimed, "OOOHH Mommy!" Then she went around touching everything saying, "Mommy made this!"
It's nice to have someone appreciate your decorating:0) Now I walk into the bathroom with a bright smile....and I crossed another project off the "nesting list!"

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

BobA FEtt

Last weekend I took on a new challenge: decorating a Boba Fett cake for my nephews' birthdays!
Challenge #1: I did not know what a "boba fett" was! (I have yet to watch Star Wars from beginning to end-pathetic, I know!)
Challenge #2: I have not decorated a cake since a class I took in elementary school!
Challenge #3: deliver said cake to about 25 kids and 2 of the biggest Star Wars fans ever-the birthday boys themselves!

Well thank goodness for the boys' MaaMaa who made the cake AND made an outline of Boba Fett on trace paper for me to copy! And thank goodness for step-by-step directions of how to decorate a Boba Fett cake (also provided by MaaMaa!)

It was a fun challenge and I enjoyed trying something new. The best part was delivering the cake and seeing the looks of delight on my nephews' faces! Happy Birthday!

Saturday, June 12, 2010


Last weekend my mom and sister gave me a beautiful baby shower! Family and friends showered me and the coming baby with such wonderful things as: handmade blankets and burp cloths, diapers, a pedicure, baby outfits, gift cards, and even a family photo session! Of course everything was decorated beautifully, my mom had a make-to-order espresso bar, and we had an amazing cake made by local legend Kim Angel. Thank you so much to everyone...you made a pregnant girl feel very special!