February 21, 2014

Urban Revival Slouchy Beanie

Hello, friends, does everyone want to stand up and give me a round of applause?

Thank you, thank you, oh you're too kind.

I actually followed a REAL crochet pattern.

I...might be a genius.

I found This Crochet Pattern from the Jo Anns website.

Then I spend the next several days forcing my brain to pay attention, count, learn new tricks...and actually follow a pattern.  I also checked out some good ideas on YouTube.

Turns out it was pretty easy and quite fun.


I made this beanie for my husband and was super excited to give it to him.


As appreciative as he was...he declared it "too hipster" for him and said he'd be honored if I'd wear it for him.

I fancy myself a little hipster.  So, here's my new hat.


February 19, 2014

Little Things Go a Long Way

This post is sponsored by P&G and Tide Pods from Target.


 Like most families, we've got a lot going on every day.  Last week, the day before Valentine's day the younger kids and I decided to spend the morning making valentines cookies together. We followed this recipe for Lofthouse Style Soft Sugar Cookies.  The recipe was huge.  We were able to make tons for us, plus six more plates for friends.

And I decided to keep it real, like real, real, while we did it.  The "real, real" I'm speaking of, is the non-combed hair, the real mess, and joys of cooking with a five and three year old, with a one year old watching.


My little sou chefs happily spent their time helping me roll out the dough, cutting out the cookies and getting flour everywhere.  This was a big project and I was happy to be working with such willing companions.



After a quick 8 minute bake, and cooling we got down to the business of decorating our cookies.


Some of us thought the cookies should be equal parts cookie/frosting.

As we nosily worked side by side we talked, sang silly songs, listened to the baby exclaim her desire to help, and were intermittently interrupted by the BEEP of the timer.

  
However, once their cookies were frosted I told the kiddos to enjoy.  

Suddenly-- it was quiet.  

All I could hear was the quiet nibbling of cookies being thoroughly enjoyed. 


And this Mama gave herself a pat on the back.  The sound of happy children, enjoying their spoils is music to my ears.
 It's the little things, like a happy quiet, that go a long way.


Baby had such a good time eating her cookie-- enjoying every bite.  And despite her bib being on, she still managed to get her treat everywhere and all over her cute shirt underneath.


Busy as I was, this dirty shirt was thrown in the hamper, and not thought of again until two days later when I started the laundry.

And out came Tide Pods.  I'd seen them at Target before, but haven't gotten the pleasure until now.

The day of, when we were making the cookies, I was too busy to pre-treat or take any extra care with the messy baby clothes (as per usual).  But with Tide Pods, not only do you get a lovely smelling detergent, it also has stain remover + brightener built right in.  Brilliant! Something every mother of four messy children needs.
It's so simple, you just toss it in the washing tub and you're Done. 


These small pods pack a big punch. 
And that shirt?  Turned out perfect.  The stain booster worked amazingly.


Tide Pods and the new Gain Flings are both at my favorite store ever, Target.  And while you're running around today, remember, it's the little things in life that go a long way, not just in laundry, but in every day life, too.


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February 18, 2014

Of Bow ties and Suspenders

I've been a busy little sewing bee lately.  

Making darling little things, likes bow ties and suspenders that match.  


Getting ready for Spring and Easter and all that good stuff.


I got in contact with a local, darling shop here called O' Child Children's Boutique
And have started selling my bow ties and suspenders there.




This has always been a dream of mine to have something I made, being sold in a real store.


It's pretty much super exciting!


I'll be sewing up some more and selling more on my Etsy shop soon.

The bow ties were made following A Little Gentleman's Bow Tie Pattern, of course.


February 11, 2014

A Man's Manly Apron.



 

So a while ago... Father's day I think....?  My husband asked for a big manly apron to wear for when he cooks in the home.

Simple enough.  Time was getting kind of short and I thought, "Oh, this time I'll just go out and buy one."  So off I set out to check all my favorite stores and came home with 0 aprons.  They were all terrible.  Saying things like "Real Men do Dishes" or weird BBQ innuendos.  So not going to work.  

So Father's day came and went and my poor husband received no apron-- but received an even better gift....The promise that I would make him an apron.  Okay, that's probably not a better gift.  But I did eventually follow through and for Christmas I made him an apron.

It's simple, nice, big, and manly.  It's made from outdoor fabric, so it's thick and sturdy.



As an early Christmas present my husband gave me a serger.  Because he's super kind and thoughtful like that.  So to make him his apron I basically just serged all my edges and sewed them to the inside.


For my top piece I added a second layer so it would look nice and lay flat.


My dimensions are as follows:


And though it took him a half a year to get his apron, he finally has it and really enjoys using it.

  
And I'm always in for a real treat when he uses it.  Like the other night when we had a stay-in date night and he cooked me these delicious burritos made with real home cooked tortillas.  It was fabulous.


See? What a lucky gal I am.



February 5, 2014

Wise words, indeed...



Updated the chalkboard this morning.  
I was inspired by this Chalkboard print found on Etsy.
All You Need is Love Chalkboard Printable Print -- 8  x 10 -- INSTANT DOWNLOAD -- Nursery Art Print, Valentine's Day Art Print




Need more chalkboard ideas?  Check my chalkboard idea Pinterest page.

February 4, 2014

Liebster Award + Facebook Fan Coupon Code

Guess what??  I got an Liebster Award.  Sweet!  Huh?  


Well, the liebster award is a “pay-it-forward” award given by other bloggers to recognize us smaller bloggers. It’s a great way to find new blogs and meet new friends. Freshly Completed was nominated by Stripes and Polka Dots . The rules are: mention the person who nominated you with a link to their blog. Answer the eleven questions given to you. Nominate 11 other up and coming bloggers (that have under 500 followers). Make up a new set of 11 questions for your nominees. 

Here are my 11 questions:

1. Who is your hero?   My mother.  She's the bees-knees.  I strive to be just like her.  She's creative, inventive, intelligent, kind, gospel-oriented, and brave.

2. What is your biggest fear? Loosing a child.

3. What is your favorite food?  Lame...but chocolate.  Or gelato.  

4. What is your favorite book?  My favorite books are the Harry Potter series.  What?  They're awesome.

5. What do you enjoy most about blogging?  I love creating things.  I love sewing up things for my family and for others, but being able to share that love with others and create tutorials is super awesome.  When someone writes me an emailing sharing what they've made from my tutorial?  That's the BEST.

6. How did you come up with your blog name?  I started an Etsy site first called "Freshly Painted"-- so I wanted a blog that started with "freshly"...something.  i really wanted "Freshly Created" since I'm always creating new creations-- but that was taken.  So I opted for "Freshly Completed"-- to share all the projects I've completed freshly.

7. What blog/website are you most obsessed about?  There are a LOT of blogs that I majorly adore.  Top of the list is Made, Make it and Love it, Delia Creates, and Craftiness is NOT Optional.

8. What is your favorite aspect of yourself/body?  I love my eyes.  They look awesome in the summer when I'm outside-- grabbing yellow hues from the sun.

9. What is one thing most people don't know about you?  I would love to write a children's book some day.

10. What is one of your New Year's resolutions for this year?  To read the Book of Mormon.

11. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?  I would LOVE to visit Florence, Italy with my husband some day.


Thanks so much for my Liebster Award from Stripes and Polka Dots.

I nominate:

Rachel from Nest of Eggs
Courtney from Sweeter than Cupcakes
Leigh Ann from Your Home Based Mom
T. J. from Sugar Blossoms
Lizzie from Lizzie Jane Baby
Jennifer from Big D and Me
Kayrn from Dieters Downfall

Here's the 11 questions for my nominees to answer:

1. Where did you grow up?
2. If you had all the free time you wished (with no responsibilities), what would you do?
3. What inspired you to start a blog?
4. What do you love about blogging?
5. What is your least favorite aspect of blogging?
6. What do you wish you knew how to do?
7. What is one of your blog goals this year?
8. If you could attend one conference, which would it be?
9. Who are your blog idols?
10. What are your thoughts about Pinterest?
11. If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be and who would you go with?


Thanks so much, you can follow me here on Facebook and to all my facebook fans:



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