Friday, February 28, 2014

Photo Friday 2.28.2014

Welcome to Photo Friday where I show my week in pictures! Follow me on Instagram @tristantuttle! These posts are a mix of my instagram photos, pictures taken with my Canon, and photos taken by my friends and family.  For more Photo Friday, click  here.

Jared and I have been working on decorating our bedroom (finally!). I can't wait to show y'all the finished-for-now project!

These two have been my work buddies this week.

My new resolution is to always have at least one live flower in my house. They just make me happy! I stole this one from Melissa's wedding.

I am also working on a funky folk art project to hang in our kitchen. This is the late great Waylon Jennings.

I'm not sure why, but this cracked me up this week.

My wonderful and beautiful friend Kim celebrated a birthday this week!

World's Cutest Dog meets World's Largest Stick.

I'm hoping to make more progress on our bedroom this weekend. What are y'all's plans?

Monday, February 24, 2014

Melissa and Matthew got Hitched!

This weekend was such a blur of wedding excitement, and we've been slowly recovering ever since! Our friend Jess did the photos and she posted a few preview photos to hold us all over until she gets back from L.A. next week.

This family makes me so happy!

I loved the shoes she chose to wear under her dress. And I made her bouquet!

Father and son.

This image just captures the happiness of the moment perfectly.

Jess even had time to take pictures of the our family!

Plus, look at the great photos she got of Mama and Daddy!

I am so unbelievably honored to have been a part of their big day. I love them both so much!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Photo Friday 2.20.2014

Welcome to Photo Friday where I show my week in pictures! Follow me on Instagram @tristantuttle! These posts are a mix of my instagram photos, pictures taken with my Canon, and photos taken by my friends and family.  For more Photo Friday, click  here.

I missed last week's Photo Friday, so I'm doubling up this week! First up, this cute nugget!

I bought a HUGE canvas to do a folk art painting of Waylon Jennings to hang in the kitchen. I might have bitten off more than I can chew.

Jared used Zora to go pick up some wood... Who needs a truck when you've got a Geo Tracker?

Our neighbors have a new puppy, so I made a new friend! Meet Isis!

Ophelia looks mesmerized by her twin.

Jared and I took a nap, and I rolled over to find this staring me in the face.

Last week, we had the Snowpocalypse Part 2.

It cleared up enough for me to wear some cute shoes for Valentine's Day!

These two showed love their own way this week.

We had Jess and Jared over for supper. I love my sunflowers on the table!

And just like that, it was springtime. Ophelia loves it when we open the windows.

We ordered a new mattress, and this is how it came! I almost didn't get it into the house!

I hope y'all have a wonderful and safe weekend. We're off to celebrate Melissa's marriage to Matthew! 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Sometimes You've Just Got to Wear a Weird T-Shirt: Thoughts on Being Happy

Lately, I've been thinking a lot about happiness. Truth be told, I've struggled with it recently. Jared started his new job, and it has been a great opportunity for us as a family. The only downside that I could see was his schedule change. At his previous job, he woke up at 4:30 in the morning, and was home around 2 or 3 in the afternoon. My music lessons coincided with his work schedule, so when he was home, we could be together and enjoy the rest of the day. Even though were were both busy, we were at least busy together. I liked that. Now his new schedule is a regular 8-5 schedule, and I felt like we were missing each other more than we were actually together. 

I was not adjusting well. I had plenty of work to do, bouquets to make, lessons to teach, but I was miserable.

Finally, after a week or two of feeling sorry for myself, I gave myself a stern talking-to. Why are you being like this? Don't you know this is a good opportunity? Don't you realize how glad Jared is to be doing something different? Don't you realize this is what most people's schedules are like and you're just being a baby? Don't you want to pay off the house and be free from that debt?

The answer to all of those things was, of course, yes. I knew in my head that this was a great opportunity for us, and Jared is obviously happier. I knew I was being a spoiled brat about the schedule and that everyone lived like that. But knowing those things didn't change how I felt. I was feeling sad and mopey because I wasn't getting what I wanted anymore. But it's not always about me, is it? (Just in case I forget later, the answer is no.)

So, eventually my bad attitude annoyed me so much, I decided to do something about it. Here's my list of things that make me happy and helped bring me out of my funk. Maybe it can help y'all too. 

  • Open the curtains. I was hiding myself away like a vampire in the daytime. Once I flung open the curtains and let some sunshine in, I felt a little more human.
  • Eat pasta. If someone ever tells you that pasta doesn't make them happy, you need to remove that person from your life. Honestly. You don't need that kind of negativity. In my opinion (and there may be some scientific evidence to back this up, so comment and let me know), eating pasta creates chemical change in your brain and unlocks true and lasting happiness. Seriously. I love pasta. 
  • Figure out what you're actually upset about. I was picking fights with Jared over stupid crap for a week before I figured out that I wasn't really upset with him; I was upset over the change. If you think you've got more going on than just run-of-the-mill sadness, see my next point.
  • Talk with someone about it. Call your mama. Or my mama. Talk to your sister. Talk to your husband. Talk with a stranger on the bus about it. Better yet, talk to Jesus about it. Talk with your pastor for some Godly counseling. And if you're not into that sort of thing, talk with someone in an official capacity(counselor, psychologist, professional pasta-eater) that can help you sort it out. 
  • Sing. To quote a Johnny Cash song, "Singin' seems to help a troubled soul." It's hard to feel sad when you're singing. (note: avoid singing anything by Adele or Eva Cassidy because those two artists will DESTROY you emotionally.) Find something fun to sing and just let it go. If you have someone to sing with, practice singing harmony because once you figure it out you will feel like a million dollars. (Plus, here's a whole Buzzfeed article about it!)
  • Think about how good you've really got it. When I look at my life, I have no reason to complain. Even when things truly were awful, by comparison, my life is wonderful. I have a warm house, a loving family, and pets and people that love me. My wi-fi connection is pretty good, and Jesus is a part of my life. We've all got problems and issues, but things could always be worse. I heard a saying once that was something like, "If we all threw our problems in a pile and then saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back." Sometimes life isn't too bad, and it's important to remember that. 
  • Set up your home in a way that makes you happy. If putting a box of Cheez-its on your bedside table so that it is the first thing you see in the morning and Cheez-its make you happier than anything else, by all means, do that. If putting funky junk on your walls and burning 80 candles at a time makes you happy, then do that. If you spend most of your time at the office, figure out a way to make that a happy space. (I suggest Cheez-its.) Buy yourself flowers. Or pick some pretty weeds if you're broke and can't afford to buy them. Create an environment that is conducive to happiness. 
  • Wear clothes that make you feel good. I was going through my clothes the other day, deciding what to keep and what to get rid of. I' several really cute dresses and with each one that I tried on, I was getting more and more upset. By the time I reached the skirts, I was so sad, I didn't want to keep going, but I did, and I'm so glad because I found my high-waisted skirts hiding in the back of the closet. If you're ever feeling bad about yourself, put on a high-waisted skirt. I've never seen a woman, thick or thin, wear one and it look bad on them. A-lines are from God above, y'all. I looked hot to trot! So ladies, go find one and have it in your closet for those days when you feel sad. (Men, you can too if you want. I don't care/know what you do in the privacy of your own home. It's your life!) I feel the same way about weird t-shirts. That's why I love my Pigcasso shirt. It's funny, I love it, and I feel good wearing it.  Anything that makes you feel like a million bucks when you wear it needs to be a staple in your wardrobe. Some days just call for a weird t-shirt.
Sometimes when you're in a funk, you just have to make up your mind to be happy. In the Bible, when David was being chased by the Amalekites, he was all alone and he had to encourage himself. If he can do it while being run down by a whole army of folks, surely I can do it under significantly less duress. I'm not saying it's easy because sometimes it's not. Sometimes life can really suck. I'm not so naive that I think the world is constantly sunflowers and roses, but I know that the brave and hard thing is sometimes the best thing. Falling prey to our default negative nature is the easy thing to do. So often we focus on the negative. In fact, if you ask someone how their day way, 9 times out of 10, they will tell you what bad thing happened, how someone cut them off in traffic, how the boss doesn't appreciate them, etc... it's our nature, and that really sucks.

BUT! We get to choose how we react to the things life throws at us. We can decide how we let things affect us.  Does choosing happiness change our circumstances? Most of the time, no. But I'm significantly more pleasant to be around in the process, that's for sure. Jared's schedule is still the same. Now we work separately. We still get very limited time together that we have to share with other people, but now I can actually enjoy the time we have together instead of picking petty fights and being generally disagreeable and dumb. I'm a better person for choosing to be happy, even when it's hard. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

ATTENTION! We Are Finally Decorating Our Bedroom!

This is real progress, y'all. Jared and I have had this house since 2009. I've lived there since 2010. And until yesterday, there was absolutely no decorations in our bedroom besides a mirror I painted. 

I decided to just get something over our bed to jump start this decoration progress. 

I took this window frame, and painted it white. It was originally white, but it was pretty gross, so I just put a new coat on it. I stapled some twine to the corner to make the little banner, and then arranged the pictures and cards inside of the frame. 

I bought the frames on clearance at Michael's a year or so ago, and I've been saving them for something like this. I painted them white to match the window. This photo was taken at Jenny Lake in Wyoming two summers ago.  The cards are by Sark, and I bought the small frame before Jared and I got married at Beale's.

The photo in the wooden frame was from our wedding, and the tiny gold frame was a quarter at Goodwill. The "You are so loved" card is from Katie Daisy.

I really love mirrors in a space because they make every room seem bigger. Originally, it was all dark wood with gold trim, but I painted it white and left a small amount of dark wood showing along with the gold trim to match the small gold frame in the window. 

It's not much progress, but it's some! I'll post more progress as we make it. For now, we are snowed/iced in, so we are staying warm and snuggly with our fur-babies and watching it snow. I hope y'all are staying warm and being careful!

Monday, February 10, 2014

I Dedicate This Post to My Fellow Fat-Bottomed Girls.

Eventually, it happens to every single pair of jeans I own. I can't help it if my thighs are naturally and beautifully thick, and my legs rub together when I walk. So, I end up with holes in the thigh-area of all my jeans. 

Instead of buying a new pair of jeans every time that happens, I decided to fix them! I found a tutorial from a like-minded woman who has similar problems and figured out how to fix it. 

For the patchwork, I used a piece of denim from a pair of jeans that I cut up to use for rags. (Ironically, it was from a pair of jeans that had a thigh hole in them that grew so large, I could no longer wear them in public for fear of indecent exposure.)

I turned the leg inside out and slid a book inside to give me a hard surface to pin my patch on.

Then, I made sure I wouldn't sew the pants legs together, and started sewing around the outside edge of the patch.

So far, so good! It doesn't look perfect, but it could be worse.

The original tutorial said to sew a grid over the actual holes as well. THIS WAS WHEN EVERYTHING WENT HORRIBLY WRONG.

The machine sucked my jeans into it like it was trying to pull it into the depths of sewing-machine-Hell. Fast forward another 45 minutes of trying to disengage my jeans from the machine, I decided to hand-sew over the hole.

I noticed that the other leg was looking a little worn, so I went ahead and hand-sewed the other leg.


So I got mad and decided to try and use the machine again. It went a little bit better this time. I also went over and colored in the white thread with a blue sharpie because THIS PROJECT WAS ALREADY SO RIDICULOUS, WHY NOT?!

My plan was to take a picture of my butt in these jeans to post here to show how you can't tell I patched these pants when I am wearing them, but the picture was extremely unflattering (Not because being fat-bottomed is unflattering because we know that's not true, but because I rushed the photographer, and I was trying to mop up an overflowing toilet at church at the time of the picture-taking. MY LIFE IS SO FANCY.), so I'm not going to subject y'all to that. But just so y'all know, you cannot see this patchwork while I am wearing the jeans. 

So now, y'all patch your own jeans, put them on, and jam out to this anthem. 

Friday, February 7, 2014

Photo Friday 2.7.2014

Welcome to Photo Friday where I show my week in pictures! Follow me on Instagram @tristantuttle! These posts are a mix of my instagram photos, pictures taken with my Canon, and photos taken by my friends and family.  For more Photo Friday, click  here.

My mother-in-law gave me this embroidered deer scene a few years ago, and I rediscovered it in some of my drawers this week. I've officially decided to hang it in a baby's room when the time comes. 

Mama and Katie May are the cutest together. 

One of my students gave me this for my birthday.

I was upstairs folding clothes, and when I turned around, these three were all lined up on the bed.

Katie May's sister Sarah baked this delicious carrot cake for my birthday!

The weather has been so nice, and Buckshot refused to come inside! All he wanted to do was lay under this tree and eat his stick.

I hope y'all have a safe, happy, and productive weekend!