Recycle Wreath Challenge: Accepted!

Way back in September (is it really almost November??) I issued a challenge to Cara & our readers to make a fall wreath out of things you already have. I was really excited to see that several of you accepted the challenge and made some very cute (and gloriously cheap) wreaths!

Cara used some scrap fabric, yarn, and an old K that she already had, didn’t hers turn out great? The red “K” really pops against the neutral background, and the flowers are a great touch!

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Slipcover Tutorial {How to Recover Pillows}

This is part of my Slipcover Tutorial Series. Go here to start from the beginning.

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We’ve finally made it to the last step of the slipcover, rejoice! I knew this would be a big project when I started, but I had no idea how much time and energy it would take! I almost gave up when it was time to make the skirt, but I’m glad I pushed through and finished it. Needless to say, it’ll be a while before I tackle another project this size.

Anyway, back to the tutorial. The last step is recovering the back pillows. On my couch, these are just large pillows with piping along the edge. If your couch has boxed cushions along the back, you can use this tutorial to recover them.

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Pumpkin Turkey Chili

Those of you who know me know I’m a sucker for all things pumpkin…especially this time of year! I learned this recipe from one of my new church friends, Leigh, at my first ever freezer cooking party. As much as I love pumpkin, the thought of it in chili sounded weird to me at first. But, oh boy was I wrong! Don’t knock it ’til ya try it!

My recipe has a few changes from Leigh’s. I love to play with recipes until they fit our family’s needs (wants). I encourage you to do the same with any of my recipes I share!

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Reunited & It Feels So Good!

This past Sunday, Steve & I loaded into the car with some friends of ours and headed to up Louisville, KY. If you know Cara or have checked out the meet page, you know that’s where she lives, so we got to spend some quality time with the Kramps for a few days!

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I’d like to think that was our real reason for going, and not because Steve was taking a seminary class and needed to be on campus for a few days last week. Steve has been taking classes for a year now both online and at the Southern Seminary extension center close to where we live. But next month, I’m excited to announce:

We’re moving to Louisville!

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A Kramp Love Story

Well, Lisa said it best…we obviously LOVE fall, but we figured a break from the fall-themed posts was worth it to share our love stories with you. Let’s be honest…if you had to pick something worthy of interrupting our fall ramblings then this has got to be it!

Click here to read Lisa & Steve’s story. And now here’s ours…

Matt & I were introduced by our good friend, Joy, in May of 2009. Matt had just been to North Africa and I was preparing to go that summer. So, in the same sanctuary that we were married in, we chatted for about 5 minutes on the topics of missions and North Africa.  And then we didn’t talk again for over a year.

April 9, 2010 (I’m a girl – we know all the dates) we both saw each other at a local Greek cafe.  Neither one of us was brave enough to walk up and say “Hey, don’t I know you?”.  But shortly thereafter, we began to talk. I’ll quote Matt on this next part:

“I immediately became extremely interested.  Cara, on the other hand, was just really excited to make a new friend.  After a few awkward conversations, and many coffee shop study sessions, Cara began to be interested, and so we began dating.”

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Six months in, Matt came to me and asked if we could fast for a week over our relationship to decide whether or not it should continue. I was willing, but a little confused since everything was gravy on my end. So we fasted and met back up. I still had no reservations with continuing to date, but Matt did. He continued to feel red flags, so he did what he felt was right and broke up with me. Don’t fret, you know how this ends!
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A Kieklak Love Story

Cara & I have been focusing on fall-themed posts recently. We can’t help it, we’re both a little fall-crazy!

So, while this post and the next aren’t necessarily fall-themed, they’re certainly long enough to encourage you to brew up a nice hot drink, snuggle under your favorite blanket, and settle in for a good 10-15 minutes of reading.

So go brew up your drink of choice (or try mine), don’t worry I’ll wait…

Ok, now that you have your drink (and we’ve scared off all the fall haters – who needs them?), this is the story of how Steve & I met, became friends, started dating, and got engaged & married. Continue reading