Sunday, October 4, 2009

Better Homes and Gardens...and Husbands?

Happy Harvest! I love fall! Not only is it the most beautiful season of the year, but it smells nice too! I love love love the smell of crisp fall air mixed with pumpkin bread in the oven! Nothing better. In the spirit of fall and the fact that we just got cable (hello HGTV and food network!) I've been inspired to do some DYI home projects. Lynne and Melanie Greene gave me a Better Homes and Gardens cookbook that included a year subscription to the magazine and I LOVE IT. I'm always looking forward to getting the mail every month so I can see what is in store! Anyway, on the cover of October's mag, there was a really cute idea that I wanted to try. As you can see I made candle holders out of squash and gourds. Then I bought some cheap candles and tied bows around them. They are currently display on our ledge outside to welcome the harvest to everyone who walks by. (We live on the 3rd floor, so not many people walk by, but that's okay.)

I think it turned out pretty cute and it was really inexpensive.
Total cost for entire project: $10.

I keep telling myself that not only do these self-indulging projects improve our "Home and Gardens," aka "Tiny apartment and doormat," but they also help my husband. How is this possible, you may ask? I'm not really sure, but I'm hoping that someday I can come up with an answer so I'm not forced to forgo my silly antics. Maybe I'll start a magazine funneled after Better Homes and Gardens and I'll just tack on Husbands as an after-the-fact so that people feel better about their projects. Nick just never gets excited about my projects like I do! BUT, maybe if the magazine acknowledged the husband's role in "the projects," then they would feel that they were worthwhile? I hope so.

Speaking of husbands. Mine is the greatest. I think he deserves a shout out here. There is simply not a harder working guy out there.

Here's what we do when my hubby isn't working:

Salt Lake Temple Sesh.


Tim and Norma Rose said...

Sydney! Cute crafts. You need to do everything you can to make those little apartments feel like your home. Married life is the best, even if you can't turn to them for the shared excitement in decorating. Oh well . . . there men.

sheila said...

Martha Stewart should be shaking in her pointed black witchy boots!!!!!
P.S. Loved the Temple, and the "BYU fans" pictures, keep them coming. Love you two!!

Nick said...

Can I put two ice axes out on that ledge to welcome winter? If so I may show a glimpse of excitement.

Sara said...

Hey I get that magazine too, and I loved that idea. You have inspired me to go make mine. I don't really know why but I promise husbands secretly love that stuff (they just can't admit it). I would love love pics from the wedding your photographer was awesome. Our address is
6894 Rovato Pl.
Alta Loma, Ca. 91701

Darrell said...

I wouldn't go so far as Sara and say that "husbands secretly love that stuff," but they certainly love a nice home and living with a beautiful homemaker and you are providing both in spades! And yes Nick does deserve a shout out and a fabulously decorated porch. Great job!