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6th Anniversary: OMG girl, RELAX!

This post is a Williams-Sonoma initiative. 
I was not paid to write this post, all the opinions are 100% mine!

Today is me and mah Sweetie's 6th anniversary!! We're celebrating with a (mostly) kid-free weekend, and it is glorious! I've been with this amazing man for 10 years now, including dating, woot woot! Writing this post had me scrolling thru the old wedding photos. I feel like I was so such a little kid then. I looked like a little kid then!
our 6th anniversary! Advice I would have given my pre-wed self #clevernest #williams-sonoma #registry

our 6th anniversary! Advice I would have given my pre-wed self #clevernest #williams-sonoma #registry

Too many good times to count :)
our 6th anniversary! Advice I would have given my pre-wed self #clevernest #williams-sonoma #registry

It's been awesome thus far, and I can't wait for the next 66 years together <3 I love you, Babe!

Looking Back
Don't freak out.

Basically that's what I would have told myself 6 years ago, when I was a couple months shy of becoming a Mrs. Sweetie. I was a total stress ball of planning, details, more planning of more details. Decisions, budgets, registering!!! It was well documented.
our 6th anniversary! Advice I would have given my pre-wed self #clevernest #williams-sonoma #registryour 6th anniversary! Advice I would have given my pre-wed self #clevernest #williams-sonoma #registry

our 6th anniversary! Advice I would have given my pre-wed self #clevernest #williams-sonoma #registry

I particularly remember the day me and Jason registered for all our wedding stuff.

We headed into our local Big Store of Everything You Could Want or Imagine, checked in at their registry kiosk, and were handed our scanners. So much power! So much responsibility! Registering for your wedding is supposed to be fun.  But, for me, this was equivalent to getting a man on the moon. One wrong move, and SPLAT!  or whatever noise you make when you hit the moon.

Instead of relaxed, this was me, in my head.  "Must register for every single item I will ever need in my life, forever. Must find the best quality-slash-best price of said item, no matter how long that process takes. Must decide on my decor style for the next 20 years. Must not forget anything!!"

We wandered through the kitchen section, and dishes, me darting in and out between the aisles with that scanner thing beeping away, like I was in a war, trying not to forget anything, and really trying not to double back. Because, did I mention? Jason hates shopping??

 By the time we got to the towel wing of the store, Jason had had enough. I think it was when he saw my eyes hit the three story tower of towels, and heard me whispering my mantra like a sleeper agent's trigger word. "Must find the best quality-slash- best price thing! Must find the best quality-slash- best price thing! What color towel do I want to look at for the next 20 years?!?!?"

Omg, girl. Re-lax.

I'm not sure why I went all Manchurian Candidate on him. Maybe it was that my mom still owned and used practically all the stuff from her wedding. Or that I was being super OCD. And basically just getting totally stuck in my head about it. Deep breaths, Alyssa. deep breaths.

Besides RELAX, this is what I wish I could have told my pre wedded self.
  • Have fun with it!
  • Don't be afraid to ask for something pricey, if it's what you really want.
  • Don't freak out about bath towels! You will be replacing them within 5 years, and in a totally different colors scheme!
  • It's ok to ask for fun stuff, just because you like it!
  • Know that if by chance you forget anything, you'll be getting a bunch of gift cards, and you'll fill 2 carts full of additional stuff at Target the week after your honeymoon.
My friends at Williams-Sonoma have a fabulous wedding registry, which you can find here, that couldn't be easier or more stress free to use.
our 6th anniversary! Advice I would have given my pre-wed self #clevernest #williams-sonoma #registry

They even have tips for registering, so you'll never have to worry, "did I ask for enough left handed pot holders???"
our 6th anniversary! Advice I would have given my pre-wed self #clevernest #williams-sonoma #registry

followed up with free stuff, just for putting things on your list!
our 6th anniversary! Advice I would have given my pre-wed self #clevernest #williams-sonoma #registry

I highly recommend checking out Williams-Sonoma, and their registry rocks! They have the highest quality stuff you can breath easy as you scan away and build your list!

Looking Ahead!
A lot has changed in 6 years. My oh-so-stressed-out-must-pick-the-perfect towels are long gone, and other stuff from my registry I used daily- hello white dinner plates I love you still! I'm blessed to love my Sweetie way more than I did on our wedding day (muah!!). Off to do some skeet shooting, lunch, and then dinner with our family!

Have a lovely day!!


    
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Woven Hipster Pumpkins

This post is sponsored by Joann Fabric and Craft, 
but the pumpkins and brilliant pumpkin puns are all my own!

Woven modern pumpkins #DIY4Halloween #JoannFabric #clevernest

I got to participate in Joann Fabric and Craft's A Halloween to DIY For craft challenge! My
 #DIY4Halloween assignment was to make something pumpkiny using supplies I could find at Joann. You can see a bunch more Halloweeny crafts and get inspired at Joann.com!

Woven Hipster Pumpkins 
(because orange is so mainstream)

Supplies:
Strong wire (I used floral wire, but should have used something a lot less bendy)
Thin wire 
1 skein of yarn
2/3 yard fabric, cut into 1 inch strips

I originally wanted to make an all wire pumpkin sculpture. But the wire was particularly uncooperative, so I scaled down my plans and went for a more baskity approach. I like these a lot better!

I made two woven pumpkins, one big and one small. The smaller one is about 16 inches around, and the larger one is about 27 inches.
My "mama" and "baby" pumpkins, at least that's what my toddler would call them. Joann Fabric's A Halloween to DIY for crafting challenge, accepted! #DIY4Halloween #clevernest


I popped off to my Joann and grabbed me some supplies. 
Woven modern pumpkins #DIY4Halloween #JoannFabric #clevernest


To get things rolling, I cut four lengths of wire about 14 inches long out of floral wire and bent them into a pumpkin-esque shape. I figured out pretty much instantly that I should have bought stuff that was a lot stiffer and would hold it's shape better. But it was naptime, I had a moment's peace, and a pumpkin to bring to life! Oh well, let's call this a prototype model!

I tied the wire pumpkins to each other at the base, then bent each wire to "fan" out and make a 3D shape. I tied the wires at the stem with more wire.
My "mama" and "baby" pumpkins, at least that's what my toddler would call them. Joann Fabric's A Halloween to DIY for crafting challenge, accepted! #DIY4Halloween #clevernest

My "mama" and "baby" pumpkins, at least that's what my toddler would call them. Joann Fabric's A Halloween to DIY for crafting challenge, accepted! #DIY4Halloween #clevernest


My "mama" and "baby" pumpkins, at least that's what my toddler would call them. Joann Fabric's A Halloween to DIY for crafting challenge, accepted! #DIY4Halloween #clevernest

My "mama" and "baby" pumpkins, at least that's what my toddler would call them. Joann Fabric's A Halloween to DIY for crafting challenge, accepted! #DIY4Halloween #clevernest

My "mama" and "baby" pumpkins, at least that's what my toddler would call them. Joann Fabric's A Halloween to DIY for crafting challenge, accepted! #DIY4Halloween #clevernest

Yay! a pumpkin...! sort of...? Things were looking a wee bit seedy, pumpkin seedy that is. Safe to say I was seriously doubting the blogability of this little guy at this point. The wire was way too soft and got bent out of shape at the slightest thing, literally. *note to self, buy stronger wire next time! With no way to go but forward, I started in on the weaving, using up a whole skein of fluffy white yarn and 2/3 of a yard of black cotton material between my two pumpkins. This part took the equivalent of 3 Walking Dead episodes (why always Zombies but never Halloween??).
Ta da! It's a woven pumpkin using wire, yarn, and material. All the extremely original pumpkin puns ALONE make this post worth your time. Promise. #DIY4Halloween #JoannFabric

Ta da! It's a woven pumpkin using wire, yarn, and material. All the extremely original pumpkin puns ALONE make this post worth your time. Promise. #DIY4Halloween #JoannFabric

Ta da! It's a woven pumpkin using wire, yarn, and material. All the extremely original pumpkin puns ALONE make this post worth your time. Promise. #DIY4Halloween #JoannFabric

Ta da! It's a woven pumpkin using wire, yarn, and material. All the extremely original pumpkin puns ALONE make this post worth your time. Promise. #DIY4Halloween #JoannFabric

Ta da! It's a woven pumpkin using wire, yarn, and material. All the extremely original pumpkin puns ALONE make this post worth your time. Promise. #DIY4Halloween #JoannFabric

I covered the wire "stem" with a bit of black material, and tied it off with a knot. The little leaf is the uncut end of the knot that I cut into a leaf shape.
Ta da! It's a woven pumpkin using wire, yarn, and material. All the extremely original pumpkin puns ALONE make this post worth your time. Promise. #DIY4Halloween #JoannFabric

Hey, look! It actually came out! what do you know? I was so excited, I shouted, "Oh my Gourd!" Orange you glad I didn't stop half way? I thought to myself. When it got all jacked up, and looked rotten? Glad I carved out some time in my day, and patched things up on this craft! *eeh, must think of more pumpkin puns.... gourd... uh... seed...hmm... These pumpkins are divine! pumpkin vine that is. They're... smashing!! *wipes sweat from brow. K, I'm out.

All done! Everybody say, Pumpkin photoshoot!
Purdy pumpkins! floral wire woven with yarn and strips of material. Cheap to make, and big impact. They say, bam! I'm a pumpkin. In your face! #DIY4Halloween #JoannFabric #clevernest

*click!*
Purdy pumpkins! floral wire woven with yarn and strips of material. Cheap to make, and big impact. They say, bam! I'm a pumpkin. In your face! #DIY4Halloween #JoannFabric #clevernest
*click, snap!*
Purdy pumpkins! floral wire woven with yarn and strips of material. Cheap to make, and big impact. They say, bam! I'm a pumpkin. In your face! #DIY4Halloween #JoannFabric #clevernest

*click, click!* C'mon, work it, girls!
Hipster pumpkins. They are so modern and hip, they were doing Halloween before it was cool. There's a whole photo shoot of these beauties up on the blog!! #DIY4Halloween #JoannFabric #clevernest

Hipster pumpkins. They are so modern and hip, they were doing Halloween before it was cool. There's a whole photo shoot of these beauties up on the blog!! #DIY4Halloween #JoannFabric #clevernest

Yes, yes! Now, give me the "I was raised by farmers" stare!
Hipster pumpkins. They are so modern and hip, they were doing Halloween before it was cool. There's a whole photo shoot of these beauties up on the blog!! #DIY4Halloween #JoannFabric #clevernest

Just so you know, I only cleared about 3 square feet of crap important items off my dining room table for this shoot. The piles of diapers, dishes, and picture books are nicely piled to the side there.
Hipster pumpkins. They are so modern and hip, they were doing Halloween before it was cool. There's a whole photo shoot of these beauties up on the blog!! #DIY4Halloween #JoannFabric #clevernest

My plate wall and Mighty to Save canvases are photo-bombing nicely in this pic (way to go, self promo!). The mid century buffet that usually lives behind the table is missing. It's off doing double duty in the living room while we refinish our media cabinet. Hopefully it will be done sometime in 2015 or 16, and I can share pictures someday!

That's all from me. Happy crafting. Have a great weekend!


    

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You know it's Fall here in Southern California when the weather goes from hot and sunny, to even hotterwindy and sunny. Anyone who says we don't have seasons here is wrong. We do. Its just that instead of leaf piles, a chill in the air, and sweaters, our Fall brings brush fires, wind advisories, and sun block. Yes, Halloween is upon us!

To kick off the season, I'm partnering with Hometalk to share a round up of 32 cute, easy, and totally non scary Halloween ideas!

Hometalk is the DIY social media site where you can post, ask questions, and collect DIY ideas all in the same place. My Hometalk page is here, hometalk.com/clevernest.

Let the round up begin!

Happy Pumpkins, and 32 Kid friendly Halloween ideas, Clever Nest with Hometalk #toddler #roundup
Ok, these are adorable. How can you refuse these puppy-eyed pumpkin babies from Beauty Through Imperfection? This is a craft that is a great fit for my 3 year old's 10 second attention span and 2 step direction following limit. Perfect!

Mason Jar Witch and, and 32 Kid friendly Halloween ideas, Clever Nest with Hometalk #toddler #roundup
When I'd thought I'd seen every possible mason jar craft imaginable, Giraffe Legs surprised me with this whimsical and friendly witch! We all have these supplies at the bottom of our craft bin. Can you imagine how cute a whole spooky set of Witch, Ghost, and Pumpkin jars would be?

Olaf candy bucket and 32 Kid friendly Halloween ideas, Clever Nest with Hometalk #toddler #roundup
You've got to one up the 20 other Elsa's on the block. Stuffed Suitcase showed off her spot on Olaf head candy bucket. And the directions make it look not that hard! Know why Elsa always spills her Halloween candy? 'Cause she let it gooooooo! let it gooooooooooooo! ba dum psh.

Quick and easy Witch tutu and 32 Kid friendly Halloween ideas, Clever Nest with Hometalk #toddler #roundup #costume
Speaking of costumes, A Thrifter in Disguise shared this awesome, and awesomely simple Witch Tutu (and could easily be any manner of tutu by swapping out the colors). I'm dyyying to have a little girl in my life to make this for! hashtag mamaoftwoboys, hashtag boysareawesome, hashtag lovemyboys... hashtag iwanttomaketutus... hashtag ineedagirlsomedayple-he-hee-ze.

Thumbtack ghost pumpkin and 32 Kid friendly Halloween ideas, Clever Nest with Hometalk #toddler #roundup #costume
This is a great one for the slightly older kiddos. You know, the ones that don't think thumbtacks look delicious anymore, and you can trust with a Sharpie. Creating Really Awesome Free Things shared not one, but 2 no cut, no mess pumpkins. Love it!

I can't tell you how much I love her blog name by the way, lol. Did you see that it spells out CRAFT too?!?! Jealous.

Owl paper treat bags and 31 other Kid friendly Halloween ideas! Clever Nest with Hometalk #toddler #roundup #costume
Laughing Abi made these cute Owl treat bags. What a great way to portion control the grabby ones that come to your door! You know who you are. You come to my door taller than me, and I'm pretty sure you and your friends are all 21 and over, wearing your regular clothes and maybe a pirate patch to show you tried, gripping sleeping bag size candy bags as you scoop an armful of my candy. Mm hmm. So onto you.

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Something cute for the inside! How clever are these Jack O' Lantern pillows from Confessions of a Plate Addict? The felt face pieces are removable for endless swapping. Hello toddler entertainment, I love you.

Jar O' Monsters and 31 other Kid friendly Halloween ideas! Clever Nest with Hometalk #toddler #roundup #costume
Wooden spoons, glass pebbles, and paint. Bam! Suzys Artsy Craftsy Sitcom knocked it out of the park with this kid approved, Monsters Inc. inspired craft.Well done, Suzy!

Tape Spider Web and 31 other Kid friendly Halloween ideas! Clever Nest with Hometalk #toddler #roundup #costume
Electrical tape spider web! Easy to do, easy clean up, big impact decor from My Creative Days! Also handy if you're expecting a tornado or hurricane around Halloween season.

Pumpkin scented Play Dough and 31 other Kid friendly Halloween ideas! Clever Nest with Hometalk #toddler #roundup #costume
Who doesn't love Play Dough? Your Modern Family added a simple ingredient to turn simple dough into tricked out Halloween dough. Might be good for the over 3 year old category too, as even I would definitely be tempted to eat this!

Wood block ghosts and 31 other Kid friendly Halloween ideas! Clever Nest with Hometalk #toddler #roundup #costume
I am in love with this set of wood block ghosts from My Repurposed Life. This would be super fun for kiddos to create their own ghosty faces! Wood blocks, paint, and some scrap vinyl make them easy and cheap! Could I make snow men on the other side?? Ohhhhh!

Mr. Potato Head 99 Cent store pumpkin 31 other Kid friendly Halloween ideas! Clever Nest with Hometalk #toddler #roundup #costume
Haha, You Are Talking Too Much shared this little guy, perfect for October 30th when it's down to the wire. Grab a 99 Cent store pumpkin and Mr. Potato Head parts, done!!


That was only 12. Are you ready for more? Make the jump over to my Hometalk board for the rest of my ideas like these! Click on the image or the hyperlink above. See you over there!
32 Kid friendly, no scary Halloween ideas. Clever Nest on Hometalk

Thanks for checking out my round up. Do you have any kid-friendly DIYs you'd like to share? Post a link in a comment! 

I hope you have a great weekend!

    

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