Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Pillow Covers

I have been wanting to purchase new pillows for my couches, they are in dire need of some color. Well all the pillows I loved (especially Pier 1) where out of this stay-at-home mom's budget. So I decided to make my own.

Something inside of my was stirred to work with my hands and create when I had Payton. I have heard that a woman is most creative after having a child, not sure how creative I will ever get, but this is my first home made project. My mother-in-law has generously let me borrow her sewing machine for the time being. I got the manual out and figured out how to thread the machine and figured I could teach myself to sew straight lines.

I found this great tutorial on how to make covers for throw pillows. I went to Hancock Fabrics and found a great fabric %60 off, I paid under $5 a yard. The novice in me got way too much material. The inside of the pillows aren't pretty, but luckily those aren't seen when you are done. Here are the pictures of the couch before and after the pillows! I do have to say that I am proud of myself :) Maybe I will do some different ones for different seasons.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Riverfest and Arboretum

Friday we went with our neighbors to Parkville's Riverfest. A fun outing for a Friday evening. Team Southards went to the Arboretum today, it was absolutely beautiful weather, perfect day to be outside. I am learning how to touch up pictures, here was my first go round.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Pics of Payton

Here are some new pictures of Payton! She is 7 months in these pictures.

Looking for a change

I wanted a change, waited for the hair color I have used before to go on sale, and used a $4 coupon, so I spent a whopping $2 for a new color! Steve still isn't sure about it. I figured I would try dark before I got real pale.


I don't consider myself that creative of a person. Once in awhile, I will surprise myself. The other day I bought these earrings from World Market for $1. I thought they would be larger than I desired, but I loved the color, so I thought I would take them home and give them a try. Sure enough, they were a little too large for my liking. Then I thought, "I have small wrists, why don't I try them as bracelets." I went digging for some tools and a couple minutes later, I had new blue bangle bracelets!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Monday Morning Reflections

Steve did an amazing job yesterday. I know I am a bias wife, but I love sitting under his teaching. He spoke about unstoppable community. We were challenged to see ourselves as the church, therefore, we are called to make disciples. Disciple making is not left up to the "church" that people attend on Sunday morning, but it is all of us, pouring into others and pointing them to Christ as we do life. Steve spoke about Paul and Timothy, stating that we each should have a Paul (someone who is pouring their wisdom into us) and a Timothy (someone we are pouring into) in our lives. At ICCC the best place for this to happen is in Community Groups. Sunday was the kick-off to the Fall Semester for community groups. I know personally, our community group has made such a difference in our lives. Moving across the country, not knowing anyone, our community group is who we do life with. You can listen to Steve's sermon here (I hope this work, first time trying).