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Shortcut Apple Dumplings!
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Randoms

I feel that it’s time for a little life-update of sorts. Lots of little things going on ‘round these parts, but nothing substantial enough to deserve a dedicated post.

I’ve had these fabric swatches (from Online Fabric Store) on the trim in the dining room for 3 WEEKS, and cannot make a decision on curtains. The hardest part for me is making the dining room feel cohesive with the living room and the gray/gold pattern above the board and batten. Will a pattern be too clashy and busy? Will a solid feel too blah? These are the things I think about.

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I’ve been making all kinds of lofty plans to continue my kitchen overhaul. I say ‘overhaul’ because it’s certainly not a remodel. And also, I’m doing it by myself since Nick has been spending a lot of time in the bathroom lately. (HAHA! I love how that sounds!) Here’s a little rough pencil sketch of what I want my kitchen to look like. Extend cabinets to ceiling, built-in mudroom area with hooks/baskets/cubbies, yeah that’s about it. But it seems like a lot for little me. (You can click on the image to make it bigger).

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Speaking of Nick spending a lot of time in the bathroom/laundry room… we finally have a vanity. It is without a counter, sinks, and faucets. But nonetheless, it’s in place, so let us finally rejoice together. For Nick has spent mannnny many many hours building this thing to be so strong and durable that it could fall out of an airplane at an altitude of 30,000 and remain flawless. Aren’t I a lucky girl?

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Here’s a little mood board to better help you visualize the finished vanity (hopefully SOON)… would love to wash my hands in the bathroom again!

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Moving right along.

Dear friends? YOU ARE THE BEST EVER. We’ve been having sooo  much fun receiving swatches of fabric from each of you in the mail. Nick even gets excited to see them and read your sweet notes. And the girls Oooo and Ahhhh of how ‘super cute’ each one is. This baby quilt is going to be so precious! I hope my non-existent quilting skills will do it justice, because it must be perfect! (if you have no idea what I’m talking about, read this post and send us a bit of fabric from your stash!)

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And finally, let’s discuss the children.

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They are wild, independent, loving, defiant, creative little crazies… and we just can’t get enough of them. They love to color and paint, dress up in many layers of brightly colored clothing, terrorize the cats, and ‘help’ mommy and daddy with whatever project we’re knee-deep in. This is both adorable and inconvenient at times. But we love their jubilant little spirits, and much prefer this over their synchronized whining.

So this is all just a little window into what’s happening on our homestead lately! We’re gearing up for a cold and blustery winter, and have an endless number of indoor projects to keep us busy. Thanks for following along on all our ‘adventures’!

AND HAPPY WEEEKND!

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Dipped Paint Brush Starburst Clock

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One of my favorite blogs to read is A Beautiful Mess. There’s always so much inspiration, DIY projects, recipes, and phenomenal photography to be had. Awhile back, I saw this amazing Wooden Spoon Clock and fell in love. It’s so bright and cheerful and creative! I really wanted to recreate something like this… but I’m no Martha Stewart in the kitchen, so the wooden spoons didn’t really feel like it fit with the theme of my life. And that’s when I decided to use PAINT BRUSHES, and add my own … [Read More...]

DIY Wooden Paper Doll Tutorial

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As much as the girls love to dress up, I knew that making some sort of ‘paper doll’ would be right up their alley, AND likely provide hours without whining of entertainment for the littles! And based on the changing season, indoor entertainment ideas are becoming very important these days. I had purchased this wooden tray from Target awhile back to put cupcakes on at a baby shower I was hosting for a friend. And since then, it’s just been a project WAITING to happen. I started out … [Read More...]

Shortcut Apple Dumplings!

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Hey hey! It’s Meghan with Cupcakes with Sprinkles! Its almost Thanksgiving and so I am getting ready to start making pies but I had to share my new favorite fall desert. It is one of the easiest things I think I've made in a very long time. These are a shortcut version of making apple dumplings but are so amazing you'll make them over and over again. I promise! The outside is crispy and flaky, the apple is soft and a little tart, and the sauce, oh the sauce, its sweet, creamy, and tastes like … [Read More...]

Wood-Disk Table Lamps {& Wiring Tutorial}

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I’ve been really pushing myself to step out of my comfort zone lately (namely with the breakfast bar). I don’t know what came over me… it’s not like it’s even New Years yet. I just resolved to do more on my own without relying on others to do things FOR me. One such thing that would have normally intimidated me is ELECTRICAL ANYTHING. I don’t wire lamps, I don’t wire outlets, I don’t wire light switches. And why would I when there’s a perfectly capable and willing (not to mention SEXY) man-child … [Read More...]

Breakfast Bar Counter {Live-edge & Lacquer}

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Oh man, I just returned from a super fun trip to North Carolina, and I’m BUGGERED OUT! It was a huge honor to be invited to the Lowe’s Home Improvement Headquarters in Mooresville, NC… and such a blast to hang with some other fabulous bloggers. Who knew that this little blog would open up so many doors and fun opportunities?! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ But today I’m hear to share the final chapter in my Breakfast Bar build that I’m tacking BY MYSELF! As you know, I framed in a wall to the … [Read More...]

Quilt Inspo and Baby Bump {23 weeks}

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It’s hard to believe I’m 23 week pregnant already! It seems like it’s gone fast… yet at the same time, March 1 seems sooooo far away. As you can see from the photo above, my butt is growing pretty much in proportion to my belly. This is a mystery to me, because I’ve never had much ‘bass’ if you know what I mean. I’m sure this phenomenon is directly related to my constant hunger pangs and everything-bagel cravings. I’ve still got tonnnns of energy, and am trying to get the most out of … [Read More...]

Adding stone to the breakfast bar!

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Are you ready for the next step in my Breakfast Bar build? So far, I showed you how I sawed off part of the island and framed a wall, then made my own corbels! A lot of you have been asking me what color I’m going to paint the actual island. I’m guessing there are a handful of people that are worried that I was going to leave it as plywood since I recently wrote this post. But… YOU’RE ALL WRONG! I actually first considered beadboard to add some texture. But that’s a little trendy for me, … [Read More...]

Sometimes they snuggle.

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The girls shared a crib for the first 2 years of their life, and separating them pert’near ripped out my delicate mommy-heart. But it had to be done because they were picking on each other and keeping each other awake. One slept in the crib and the other slept in a pack-and-play a few feet away (and we alternated every night)… far enough that they couldn’t touch each other, but close enough that they could throw objects at each other (which they totally did). This arrangement went on for … [Read More...]

DIY Corbels for a Breakfast Bar

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You guys were so sweet last week when I told you about my reckless abandon and tackling the breakfast bar project on my own last week! I’ve been having A BLAST. This is where I left you. It’s almost done! And today, I’m going to show you how to make your own corbels! But first, let me back up and share how I came upon this design. I knew I wanted something chunky and detailed, but I’m not very good at just coming up with these things out of my head. So, naturally, I turned to Pinterest. I … [Read More...]