Thursday, September 29, 2011

Thrift store love

I have a new favorite store here in Colorado and you will never guess what it is.  The Good Will, that's right a thrift store with tons of treasures waiting to be transformed or simply perfect as they are.  The Good Will here is amazing, full of awesome stuff and not over priced.  I have found so many vintage and not vintage but still totally cool things there lately.  On the bonus it is 100% in our budget :)  Here is one of the cheerful pretty treasures I was lucky enough to find.

A table cloth so delicate and pretty:) I just love it.  This beauty was $1.99 although it may not be the most friendly linen for pb&j's  I still adore it.

The ball mason jar and flowers were brought over by a friend.  I am in love with the jar/vase although I will have to return it with some different flowers soon:) It compliments the table cloth so perfect. Every time I look at this sweet little arrangement I can't help but think of the kind family we now have in our life.

Happy Thrifting

Monday, September 26, 2011

Homemade Play-dough

Today we made homemade play-dough to occupy some of our time inside as the weather outside is a bit chilly.  Ryden is learning to recognize his letters and we are working on his name too, so we incorporating this into our play dough activity.  Here is a simple recipe I found online although I had to be creative when it came to the food coloring because I did not have any on hand.  Plain beige play dough probably would have worked fine but I looked in the fridge and did notice some beets that could help me out in this situation.  I simply peeled and cut up the beets and added them to the 3 cups of water the recipe called for.  The play dough came out pink so if you would rather have red I would leave the beets in a little longer,  I left them in for about ten minutes. Here is the recipe:

3 cups of flour
1.5 cups of salt
6 tsp. cream of tarter
3 tbsp. oil
3 cups of water

Continually mix ingredients together over medium heat until it balls up into one big piece of play dough. This step took about 5- 10 minutes.  Let cool and then store in a air tight container or zip lock bag after playing with it.

Have a HAPPY day.

              Love Apryle

Sunday, September 25, 2011

A feminine twist for my hair.

Basically the only accessories I wear in my hair are plain bobby pins or the gorgeous creations from Maddie Lu's, you can visit her etsy site by clicking the following link  In desire of a little something different I  headed to the hobby lobby wear I found some amazing buttons layered with delicate doilies. Now this DIY project took me ten minutes tops and I love how simple yet girly they turned out.  The needed supplies consisted of a hot glue gun, buttons, and some crafty bobby pins ready for accessories to be added to them.  Here is the little craft complete and how I wore it with my bangs twisted back.

Delicate doily buttons.
My usual twist of the bangs with a new accessory.

Blessings, Apryle

Saturday, September 24, 2011


The past two days have been amazing and full of beauty.  Beauty in the sights we visited, beauty in Gods grace over our family, and beauty in forming new friendships.  This past week was a little ruff for me as feelings of being homesick and adjusting to change really sank in. I think I may have even had a melt down or two but because of my loving husband we were able to talk about my feelings and preserve forward.  I began to see the beauty of where the Lord has perfectly placed us and am most grateful for his provision upon our lives.

Handsome Hubby of mine.

Olympic training center.

By far the best ZOO we have visited yet.


The castle we were able to visit and explore.


Breath taking views from the top of the castle.

Our sweet family.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Design on a dime.

Violets room is looking very plain jane with only a crib and chair, kind of boring if you ask me.  All of her frilly decorations, curtains, and other furniture were left back in California when we decided to only bring the essentials.  I think I may attempt to give her room a little love especially since most of our time is spent at home and cute decor makes me happy.  To do this update on a  frugal budget I headed to the thrift store and found two fabrics happily waiting for me to repurpose them. These perfect finds only cost me .99 cents each.  The next order of business was sorting through my craft box and what did I find? A couple fabric hoops and lovely pieces of lace calling my name ......YES.  In the days to come we will be doing our normal routine which consists of pre-school, walks, the park, playing, and I am hoping to squeeze in some crafting with my soon to be designs on a dime.

Vintage meets flannel.

Plain room begging for some love.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Breakfast for Dinner.

It is a breakfast for dinner kind of night.  On the menu is soaked homemade english muffins, eggs, Applegate bacon, and Raw milk cheese. Put it all together and you get a delicious healthy egg sandwich. I'm not sure which part I am more excited about, the Raw Milk Cheese or the english muffins that turned out so plump.  You see my bread always comes out of the oven flat no matter what I do and for the first time in two years my english muffins rose so beautifully. As for the raw milk cheese  I am particularly stoked that there is still some sort of raw milk products available for consumption since real milk is illegal in Colorado. The recipe for the sourdough english muffins is one of my favorites and I am very thankful for the fellow friends who have passed it along. You can find the recipe at the following link labeled sour power along with some of health benefits from soaked/sour dough bread.

Some fresh homemade ginger-ale to wash it down.

Saturday, September 17, 2011


                                 Free fun at the skatepark!
Well we have finally arrived in Colorado and are enjoying our family time together before school starts.  Mostly we have been worshipping God, skateboarding, and making new friends.  

Jason is loving riding his skateboard, getting his heart rate up, and teaching Ryden how to skate.  Violet and I watch the boys from the side and cheer them on! Notice the Rockies in the back ground?

Sometimes if nobody else is there she roams the skatepark like she owns the place.

Here is Ryden in his full element.