The Macs

Monday, April 4, 2011

crafting & dirt {our weekend}

There were a lot of other things I should have been doing this weekend,
like organizing papers (which I am still working on).

But Joel was planting corn and I needed something a little more fun to do.
So I decided to make some pillows for my living room.

This was the perfect project for a long weekend without my hubby 
and I am loving how they are turning out.
I have two made and several more to go...hopefully I'll finish this week.

I also did this quick little project.
These are the birdies before (from Hobby Lobby).

And here they are after.
Now a place to hold a few pictures and our keys.

Joel told me that he was surprised I liked the birds.
He said they looked a little grandma-ish to him.
That made me kind of nervous.
No offense to any grandmas who are reading (grandmas are wonderful of course).
But, I am far too quickly approaching the big 3-0.
The last thing I want to do is age myself any quicker.
But I like the birds.
So, I am keeping them up...grandma-ish or not.

Don't worry I didn't spend the whole weekend inside crafting.
The only crafting that happens around here these days is when Mr. Levi is sleeping.
Levi and I spent plenty of time outside too.

We were lovin' the sunshine, but this is how we felt about the wind...yuck!
We tried not to blow away while we played.
(Levi does actually blow over sometimes!)

Since it was too windy to plant anything in the garden,
we got out the shovels to play in the dirt instead.

Levi had to check out every tractor that was passing by.
He thinks every tractor is his daddy's tractor.

Dirt everywhere.
In his shoes, in his pants, in his diaper...

Check out the hair.
The wind is even hard on a little guy's hairdo.

Of course Levi thought he needed to taste the dirt too.
Joel said...why didn't you stop him??
I figured he had to learn somehow.

I warned him that it was going to be yucky.
But he still thought he wanted to try.

He thought it was okay at first.
Just a few funny faces...but he kept eating.

And then he figured out that he should have listened to his mama.
You should always listen to your mama.

How was your weekend?

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Blogger Toni :O) said...

Okay, the picture of him crying over eating dirt is just too funny! I completely agree...they won't learn until they try it and yepo, Mother's do know best!! Your birds are very cute by the way, I love the pictures it holds. Take a photo of your pretty pillows when you're all done, cause we wanna see them! Have a blessed week!

April 4, 2011 at 7:42 AM  
Blogger Andrea said...

The last picture of Levi is priceless :) I think I finally learned why babies put everything in their mouth (we just finished a homeschool unit on the body :) )- apparently our lips have a lot of nerve endings which makes them very sensitive to touch, hot/cold sensations etc. our fingers. So I guess it makes sense that little ones would be drawn to putting things to their lips where they get a lot of sensory info.

Looking forward to seeing how your pillows turn out...and the birds are sweet. :)

April 4, 2011 at 7:44 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Love it! I can't believe Joel is planting is still wet and cold here, but all the farmers are "itching" to get into the fields.

April 4, 2011 at 8:05 AM  
Blogger Jeannett said...

honestly, i just want to squish that boy! he is so cute and you're should *always* listen to your mama. :)

April 4, 2011 at 8:38 AM  
Blogger Marianne said...

While I am not a grandma yet, it's not for lack of wanting to be, but I'll just have to be patient. The birds are not grandma-ish, although some are - like the fake ones sitting in flower arrangements. (I would paint the screw heads white too)

I also love Levi learning about dirt - adorable!!!

April 4, 2011 at 8:41 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

lol. you make dirt look so darn cute in all of your pictures! he is such a sweetie! Love the one of him in front of the old truck! Very cool!

April 4, 2011 at 9:05 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hahah, Levi is too adorable. Love the dirt eating.

April 4, 2011 at 9:11 AM  
Blogger alisha207 said...

Ahahaha!!! That last picture of Levi cracks me up!! And I love the first pic of him too! Gorgeous!
And btw the birds are not grandma-ish, they're awesome!

April 4, 2011 at 9:35 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I love the birds! The joke around church is that everything gets cuter when you "put a bird on it it". I hope your husband grows to like it!

Your little boy is adorable :)

April 4, 2011 at 10:20 AM  
Blogger Meg said...

Such cute pictures, I am heading over to life rearranged to see your post there.

April 4, 2011 at 10:47 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

oooh man, listen to mama is right! that's probably the cutest picture ever :)

April 4, 2011 at 11:28 AM  
Blogger Stef said...

I love the birds! I didn't like them brown at all, but your change did them wonders!
Also, the fabric for the pillows is amazing. I love how bright and cheery it is. Can't wait to see them all finished.

Levi is so cute... and getting so big! It goes by too fast.

April 4, 2011 at 11:33 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

number one: you take the *best* friends.

number two: you have the cutest little boy.

number three: you are so stinkin' creative!

In spite of all you've been through, you still live a charmed life! God has blessed you!

April 4, 2011 at 11:49 AM  
Blogger Gail said...

I laughed when I read how Joel thought the birds were a little "grandma-ish". Rob's grandma actually gave us something almost identical to this several yrs back. I used it for a few yrs, but the hooks were too short and fat to hold much, so I eventually gave it away. Wish I had it now--you make it look cute! Love the pics of Levi--he's a doll!

April 4, 2011 at 12:14 PM  
Blogger Janine said...

I don't think your birds look "grandma" at all. In fact I think they look very "pottery barn"! Your son is so cute.

April 4, 2011 at 12:24 PM  
Blogger Bethany said...

I absolutely adore that picture of Levi with the Chevy truck in the background. So precious. You have a great eye with your camera.
Those birds are cute. I'm not that creative, but I love what you did with them.

April 4, 2011 at 2:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha Love the last picture but he looks sooo big in the first picture :(
Congrats on the new baby Mac to come :)...and Thank you for continueing to share your life with us!


April 4, 2011 at 3:09 PM  
Blogger Mindy Harris said...

levi wears very cute clothes, even for playing in the dirt. wilder's play clothes are very, uh, well loved.
i like the birds. when are you 30? mine's may 12th.

April 4, 2011 at 3:19 PM  
Blogger meg duerksen said...

not grandma-ish.
tell joel to be quiet! i have almost the same hooks and i am not grandma-ish either....i am sure of it.
i love it.
i have that card too.

oh disappointed.

maybe you should make him eat dirt.

ha ha ha

just kidding...i feel bad....i'm sorry joel....can we still be friends?

April 4, 2011 at 4:21 PM  
Blogger Ali said...

You take such amazing pictures! I love reading your blog =) congrats on #3!

April 4, 2011 at 8:03 PM  
Blogger Brittny said...

I can't wait to see the new pillows! Please show them when you are finished. I'm a beginner sewer and so I'm always looking for new projects to try. Levi is so beautiful and precious and adorable and hilarious! I remember watching my little boy do all the same things when he was that age. He got his first "digger" when he was 14 months old and he hasn't looked back. He's five now. You have a beautiful family!!

April 4, 2011 at 9:18 PM  
Blogger Brittny said...

Oh! I forgot! Tell Joel that next time he wants to use the word "grandma' when describing something you just picked out, repainted and attached to a wall to use the word "vintage" instead. And with a positive tone. That takes the "grandma" out of it! (And I love all grandmas too!) : )

April 4, 2011 at 9:20 PM  
Blogger k and c's mom said...

This is one of your cutest posts yet. You totally "caught" Levi at this age. (Love the birds!)

April 4, 2011 at 10:27 PM  
Blogger Allen and Debby Graber said...

Joel probably thinks they look grandma-ish because I have birds all over our house. Sheesh. Never really knew how he felt about that! (ha ha)

April 4, 2011 at 10:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OH Jess, he is too cute! Yup, we should all listen to our mamma!

April 5, 2011 at 12:07 AM  
Blogger The Moffats said...

OH MY GOODNESS - Levi just keeps getting sooo big!! He looks really old in these pictures :( So funny that you let him eat the dirt...I was laughing really hard. Total role reversal for JOEL to be the one saying, "why didn't you stop him?" hahahaha. I love all your craftiness. Maybe you need to come teach your friend some of your skills! And I REALLY love that "think of you" print by Cora's picture. So perfect. Love and hugs. We should be semi-sane by the weekend when we are moved in! :)

April 5, 2011 at 10:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That "eating dirt" last pic MUST be saved for when the boy is about 16!!
Absolutely too adorable. Be sure to show us the pillows!!
love ya all Sharley

April 5, 2011 at 2:27 PM  
Blogger Courtney R said...

Love the photo of Levi eating dirt! He sure is all boy. :)

You always have the most beautiful fabrics -- can I ask where you get them?

April 5, 2011 at 5:43 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

my heart skipped a beat for a second...thought you were making dresses!

pillows are super cute, too!

April 5, 2011 at 8:46 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Cutest pic's of your little man. :)

April 5, 2011 at 9:02 PM  
Blogger Sadie said...

I love the birds, and I'm 21, so we're approaching old age together, apparently. :) my brothers approach to things like dirt when it comes to his son is "i bet he won't do it again" ... don't think Levi will be trying it again soon!

I love the words of that card posted next to sweet Cora. you're a beautiful mom

April 5, 2011 at 10:33 PM  
Blogger Mrs. H said...

Girl I LOVE the birds! I may now be making a trip to Hobby Lobby! Love them best white!

And love your little guys pics! Priceless!

Hey I have a question. Is that a chalkboard wall you are standing in front of in the week 13 pic? Did you use spray paint or regular chalk board paint (does that make sense?) I'd love to have a wall like that in my laundry room!

April 7, 2011 at 4:58 PM  
Blogger Martha said...

Oh, the dirt-eating! So funny. A future gourmet. At least it's not as painful as chomping on sand!

April 8, 2011 at 6:29 PM  
Blogger teresa said...

oh buddy, you should ALWAYS listen to your mama.

April 8, 2011 at 8:40 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Those pictures of him eating the dirt are too funny. Our oldest (now 10) went up to a short wall of sand that someone had fashioned at the beach and it was just the right height for her to stand, put her hands on it, and take a big bite out of it. She didn't do that again! Hilarious the things they do, but as you say, maybe he'll learn. :)

April 8, 2011 at 10:24 PM  

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