Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Wild: Cheryl Strayed

Just finished reading this beauty of a book. I know about 5 years too late, but better late than never. I
really liked this book. Cheryl is a wonderful writer and tells her story amazingly. I was motivated at times to hike the Pacific Crest Trail myself. I now want to watch the movie with Reese Witherspoon which I also haven't seen but now is the perfect time.

I would recommend this book. It is about adventure and love and lost and finding yourself. Going into the unknown and doing something big and brave even if you are scared or nervous.


Sorry I haven't been around more lately. My leg has been hurting pretty bad the last 3 days and that has thrown me off and we are also waiting to see if some of our travel plans get approved which has also thrown me off. Just in general not a great November so far but I am looking forward to the holiday season. I have withheld from putting up any decorations yet but I have deep dived into my xmas shopping and I have also ventured into the Christmas section at stores to take a peek haha.
love, Carlee

Monday, October 29, 2018

Scarecrow, Corn, Tractor: Family Farm Costume DIY

Happy Halloween! My favorite holiday of the year. I love to dress up and make costumes and celebrate the weirdness that is the Halloween holiday. Italy doesn't really do Halloween all crazy. It is becoming a little more popular but not as much as I would like. I will enjoy being back in America next fall to enjoy all the autumn things America loves! Anyways the military base here does try and do Halloween all up for the kids and Italians come too which I think they really enjoy. So I reserved a spot in the Trunk or Treat festivities and our theme was farm and we dressed up like a scarecrow and corn on the cob. Unfortunately Knox couldn't come to the event but I still made him a costume and then added a front panel to use the tractor with our trunk decorations too. We had a blast. 

Corn on the Cob:
9 - 12 egg, egg cartons
Big felt
Green leggings
Green long sleeve shirt

Felt part:
1. I bought 3 large pieces of felt at my local craft store. They measured 27 x 20 inches. Two green and 1 yellow. 2. I sewed the three pieces together. Overlapping the green a tiny bit on the yellow on both sides (this comes in later.) 3. I measured and cut armholes. 4. I then cut six more pieces of green felt (I had scrapes) into long triangle shapes and hot glued them to the sides of the green/yellow felt.

Egg carton part:
1. Cut the back side of the egg carton off. 2. Paint each egg carton yellow, might take a couple of coats of paint. 3. Once dry, tape the egg cartons together in two rows of four. I used duct take and takes the edges together on the back side. 4. Hot glue the egg cartons to the yellow felt. I hot glued each side under the little flap of green felt that overlapped the yellow. I also went back and glued in a few other spots to give it more strength.

Hat: 1. Sew two pieces of felt together and either sew or hot glue rope and/or fake hay to the top.

2 Jeans to make overalls or 1 pair of overalls
Plaid Shirt
Straw Hat
Sunflowers for pockets
Makecup for face: eye liner, blush, lipstick,

The scarecrow was rather easy.
1. I hot glued hay on the inside of my shirt sleeves and pant legs and hat. I also added hay to my pig tails. 2. I followed a similar tutorial to this one for the overalls. But if you already have overalls then no need for that. 3. I hot glued fake mini sunflowers to my overalls. 4. I used this makeup as inspiration for the scarecrow face.

Big cardboard box
Toilet paper rolls
Duct tape

1. I found one big cardboard box that I painted green. Leaving a thick strip down the side for the yellow. 2. I can't give to much detail on this as I didn't write down my exact directions. But I cut out a big horse shoe shape for my dogs head so we could kind of just set the box over top of him. 3. I had painted the yellow stripe and then the letters for John Deere. 4. I cut out wheels and painted those and taped them to the side of the tractor. 

Total cost for our farm family costume:
Egg cartons: $0 (Been saving sense July from eggs I would have bought anyways)
Felt: $4.50
Hay: $1.50
Overalls: $2
Paint: $4
Bandana: $.25
Hat: $0 (from last year)
Sunflowers: $0 (from last year)
Makeup: $0 (already owned)
Plaid shirt, green leggings, green sweatshirt: $0 (already owned) 
Cardboard box: $0 (got out of recycle bin) 

Total: $12.25 
This has been one of my favorite costumes so far, it was actually very simple but effective and those are my favorite kind. Let's take a look back at costumes from Halloween's pasts.. all DIYed by me I might add.

2013: Princess and the Pea couples costume
2014: Ketchup, Mustard, Hotdog.... and our most popular family costume to date
2015: Castaway costume : Tom Hanks, Wilson, and Fedex box
2016 : Smore's family costume
2017: Gnome, Flower, and Bee family costume

love, Carlee

Monday, October 22, 2018

Capri, Italy + a video

Just some photos from our day spent in Capri, Italy yesterday! Plus a fun video I put together at the end. Clark convinced me to get the new GoPro and it is awesome. It is so small too that you can just set it up and it is not like obnoxious. So that is the real gem of this post… scroll to the bottom for that.

We did this trip with a  tour offered via an organization on our base and I am glad we did. We had a tour guide most of the time although we had time to ourselves as well. But he gave us lots of good information and we handled all the public transportation for us which was awesome. Beware the island of Capri is expensive! It was like 4.50 for a soda and 3.50 for a coffee which in Naples both of those are under 1 euro. But it was still a lovely day and we had a blast and it is so cool that we have such a beautiful island just a short ferry ride away. 

This is the only time we have been to Capri before so we hadn't really explored the mainland so this was a great trip. Also the weather was nice. A little cloudy in the morning but by the afternoon the sun came out and we were glad we wore shorts! If you ever get a chance to visit Capri, I 100% recommend taking the chairlift to the top for 360 degree views of the island and the sea! Breathtaking. 

Tank: Thrifted
Shorts: Old Navy
Cardigan: Thrifted
Shoes: Adidas
Glasses: Firmoo
Purse: JCPenneys