It’s Video Time Baby!

It’s Video Time Baby!

Last week when I featured my freshened up kitchen wall, I promised to show you the rest this week.

Instead of lots of photos and written words, I made you a little video.  I intended to make it about 2 minutes long since I know you’re busy and who wants to just watch a person who can’t cook walking around their kitchen?  But I got all lost in the moment and it ended up being almost 7 minutes long.

Take it as a compliment.  I’m expressing my love for you with my brevity.  And my lack of self-control.

Enjoy!

 

Here’s a list of some of the products I used:

Everyday Grain-Free Baking by my real life gorgeous friend Kelly Smith!
Black Lime Wax by Maison Blanche  (it’s expensive, but a little goes a long way)
Bluetooth Speaker for the kids to listen to their music while they work!
Cabinet over the fridge (and all of the other cabinets too!) are from Home Depot and I added trim
Tintable chalkboard paint for the list-wall (sorry I don’t know the color….it was a long time ago and I matched it to something)
My gorgeous shutters are from Blinds.com.  They are FABULOUS to work with!
Stainless Tea Kettle that we love for hot water that the kids can easily make
EAT letters are by Heidi Swapp.  You can get them HERE at Amazon or Michael’s has them (and you can use a coupon!)

If there are any other products you wan to know about, head over to my Facebook page to ask and I’ll try to help!

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to go subscribe to my YouTube channel!

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My Small Budget Kitchen Makeover

My Small Budget Kitchen Makeover

I’m doing the happy kitchen dance over here!  After more than 6 weeks of chipping away at it (with long intervals of doing nothing) we finally finished the kitchen makeover.

It really kind of took on a life of its own.  It started with me innocently wanting to repaint the cabinets and replace the electric range.  Well, I wasn’t able to replace the range (hopefully in the fall) but I did repaint and a few other goodies too!

As I was planning I got inspired by watching a marathon of Fixer Upper.  Her style makes my heart soar.  So I decided to shoot for a modified version of the gorgeous barnwood shelves in her kitchen.

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I mean, why not?  James and I are pretty much just like Chip and Joanna….except without all of the talent and charm.

This is another kitchen that inspired me, which I found listed under kitchens she has designed.  I also added it to my “inspiration and drool-worthy” file.

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Another thing my friend Joanna has that I don’t have is access to old barnwood.  (by the way, I use the term friend loosely here, it may be more like crazed fan/unsuspecting designer)  I decided to experiment by making my own.  I got NEW wood at the hardwork store and played around with it.

First I brushed it with apple cider vinegar that had been soaking with steelwool in it overnight (thank you Pinterest).  It grayed the wood and made it look aged in about 10 minutes.  Then I stained it with Minwax’s “Colonial Maple”.  You might go with a bit lighter stain color, but since my kitchen island countertop was already dark I didn’t want my other wood to be a lot lighter.

In this picture you can see a new cedar piece.  Above it has been washed with the vinegar and below is after I stained it.  When I tried only staining the wood it was very new looking….the gray added flaws and a dark aged look.

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Without further ado, here is my kitchen before I made any changes:

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I was ready to ditch the punched tin cabinet doors and open it up.  Plus I hated the spot over the fridge.  Useless and messy.  HOWEVER, when I looked into the cost of tearing all of those cabinets down and adding open shelves, it was too much.  I’d have to replace the backsplash and re-sheetrock the walls (old house=no sheetrock behind the cabinets).  So I put my thinking cap on and decided to make it work WITH the cabinets.

Here’s how it looks today:

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I removed all of the doors, caulked the holes from the hinge screws and sanded my little heart out so you can’t tell they were ever there.  I knocked out those upper shelves and removed every bit of trim (I was going to replace the swirls in front of the sink, but then decided to make it my goal to replace the whole countertop and sink in the next 6 months, so I left it).

After I did all of that, and here’s where the magic comes in, I wrapped the existing shelves with my experimental “old” barnwood.  Now my shelves look like 2 1/2″ thick pieces of old wood.  Cool, huh?

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I ripped down cedar 1x4s for the front and cheap white wood for the top and bottom.  Even up close it really does look like one whole piece.

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I added a new cabinet over the fridge and I like that so much better!  It holds some of the junk I had in the tops of the cabinets before I took the doors off and it looks SO tidy!

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The only things I bought to put on the shelves were the EAT letters (which I bought at Michaels, Heidi Swapp….adorable!) and the old shutter, which I got at Round Top a couple of weeks ago.

The letters are made of cardboard!  But I spray painted the sides with a metallic bronzish spray paint and they look like vintage marquee letters now.  They come with the lights and everything.  Plus they use batteries so they’re super easy!

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I love seeing the kitchen looking all spiffy and ready for action….

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What’s cuter than a kid doing dishes?

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I’ve got a few more changes to show you next week in the rest of the kitchen, but this wall is where the biggest difference is.  Most of the rest is paint.  Although we did repaint everything, they’re still white so it’s nothing you would notice. Unless, of course, you’d seen the horror of the ugliness which I did not take pictures of beforehand.  You have a good imagination.  Picture worn off paint and grime around every knob in my kitchen and you’ll get the idea.

I’m so happy it’s clean and pretty again!

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Thanks for stopping by and come back next week to see the other side!

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A great kitchen makepver inspired by Fixer Upper Joanna Gaines and her brilliant farmhouse style

A Little Building Up and a Little Tearing Down

A Little Building Up and a Little Tearing Down

The weekend was a frenzy of…well…nothing.  I have been continuing to catch up on rest and just hang out with m’kids.  I barely did anything meaningful and it was the best weekend I can remember in a long time.

On Friday I took one of my girls shopping.  Her wardrobe had some gaps and I had been hoping for some time to spend with her to catch up on her life.  It seems like they grow up and get all busy and doing their own thing and occasionally Mom wants a whole day to hear about their plans and dreams.  It’s one of my favorite ways to build our relationship, just spending a whole day together.  So we shopped all day and found some really cute stuff for her to wear.

I also like to see what the new trends are so we hit lots of shops and she tried on tons of different outfits to see what looked best on her.  It was exciting to see all of the little dresses in the stores.  If you’re looking for a knee length dress for the summer….go get it now.  They’re everywhere!

While we were out we went to see a movie called, “Do You Believe?”  We knew nothing about it, so we took a chance and I have to say….it was pretty good.  It’s a Christian film and we both really liked the storylines and it had some really famous people in it, which was fun.  I like seeing famous people.  I don’t know why.  I’m a sucker for it.  If you get the chance….go see the movie.

On Saturday my boys and I spent the morning tearing down some cabinets in the kitchen.  It wasn’t an enormous job, and the boys really enjoyed aggressively ripping down the moldings and hitting things with hammers.  It’s funny to see their individualness come out in these projects.  One boy would be very tidy about how he took care of the wood scraps he was pulling off while another literally didn’t even notice what he did with the pieces after he ripped them down.  One of them loved just going after it with full force and another liked the detail work….carefully pulling out nails that got left behind and cleaning up the 2″ layer of dust on the tops of the cabinets.

Tell me honestly, do you frequently dust the very top of your kitchen cabinets?  If you say yes, then you will go into my housekeeper hall of fame.

After we finished the demolition and cleaned up our mess, I sat and stared, again, at what was left.  I am challenged to find a creative way to get the look I want without spending much money.  I know I can get close.  But I have to wait on the inspiration to hit me.  It doesn’t always happen as quickly as I want.  Which might become an issue since all of the dishes that used to live in those cabinets are now sitting on my kitchen island.  I have a very limited tolerance for construction messes.

Today I am going to return the paint I originally bought and try a different kind (I can return it because I bought a pre-mixed color).  I found a shop nearby that sells a new brand of paint that I want to try.  So let’s all cross our fingers and a few toes that I like the new paint.  It’s a small company, but their YouTube videos look impressive so I am gonna go for it.  I’ll let you know!

After we get all of the grime scrubbed off of the old cabinets and the dust cleaned up, which we are working on this week, we will start painting.  Some of the older kids are going to help me for a small fee.  I don’t mind paying for this kind of work.  It’s getting my kitchen freshly painted AND I get to spend more time with them while we work.  If it costs me a little moola, it’s totally worth it.

Have a great week!

Staring at My Kitchen Walls

Staring at My Kitchen Walls

It’s been a while since I blogged because I’ve been busy coughing and running a fever.  Don’t be jealous.  It hasn’t been as pleasant as it sounds.

The bug the kids had last week, I got, and was basically in bed for a week.  I don’t remember ever being so sick and it’s a slow recovery.  The cough is kind of hanging on and I get tired easily, but the worst is behind me.

Today I am taking my four younger boys out for some much needed fresh air and exercise.  Last week all of the older kids were gone to a film festival and I was sick, so the four yung’uns were left pretty much to themselves which basically means lots of wii and eating nachos.  After an early ortho appointment we will do what every red-blooded American boy wants to do on his first day out of the house in week…. see Cinderella and eat froyo.

And we’ll definitely blast some music in the van and rock ’til we drop.  Maybe some show tunes….let the good times roll.

I do have a few reflections on being sick and in bed for a week.  There’s always something good to find no matter what you’re going through.  First, I got my entire DVR cleaned off and watched every show I ever recorded, including The Wizard of Oz, which I don’t remember recording.  But I watched it anyway.

Second, I am pretty sure I caught up on all of the rest & relaxation that I have missed for the past couple of years.  I can check that off my to-do list.

Third, we don’t have to figure out if we are going to take a spring break this year.  That was decided for us.  No school for a week.  Bam.  Done.

In other news, my kitchen makeover got pushed back a few weeks since we have been sick.  Also, in rethinking the project, I feel like I need to drastically reduce the budget for it.  So I have been sitting on the bench in the kitchen and staring at the walls.  I did buy the paint already, but I am undecided as to how to proceed because I originally planned some new cabinets but they’re not in my new budget.  The puzzle I am trying to solve is how to get a well done look for basically, well, no money.

It is kind of my favorite problem to have because it forces me to come up with some of my best ideas by being restricted with a tight budget.  The summer before last I made a great towel holder in the boys’ bathroom out of scraps and I would never have come up with it if I had been able to just go buy something.

great towel bar made with scraps!

I built this cabinet last year that solved three problems in my bathroom for very little money….

A great bathroom cabinet that solves three problems!

While I stare at my kitchen and watch a princess movie with 4 superhero fans, I hope you have a great day.

See ya!

Some Practical Oily Help and a Giveaway!

Some Practical Oily Help and a Giveaway!

I’m so excited to team up once again with some incredible bloggers to share with you more ways to use your essential oils.

When I first started it was a mystery, like I am sure, to many of you!  I mean, I understood that God gave us plants to help our bodies work and that oils were a great way for us to get those plants into our bodies, but HOW to start?!  How to learn?  What do I do with this stuff?!

The very cool thing is that you can’t really mess it up.  You may try things that don’t seem to work the way you want, but unless you have something extreme going on (which you would know) then you aren’t going to hurt yourself playing with the oils and other great Young Living products (they have a bunch of great supplements too!).

So I want to share with you how I use the oils in the Premium Starter Kit.  I know I have shared this before in step by step information, but I get so, so many questions about these oils that I thought I would give you some more ideas! Instead of breaking it down one by one, let’s just walk through a few typical situations.  I won’t be able to be detailed with naming ailments because the FDA has strict guidelines about what I can say.  But you’re smart…you’ll get it.

Situation 1: Let’s say one morning you and your child both wake up feeling kinda cruddy (insert specific ailments here).  You have a full few days ahead and don’t have time to slow down and get sick.  Well first of all, you probably need to slow down anyway because your body needs rest to heal.  There’s a reason you get tired.  Listen to your body.

Second, eat well and drink lots.  Lots and lots of water, cut out sugar and dairy and stay away from junk food.

NOW….the oils.  Look in your reference book (I always send one to my new members that get the Premium Starter kit) and see what oils you have that might help.  Peppermint, lemon, Thieves, lavender, Purification and Melaleuca are all very helpful in germ fighting and you should try them.  If you don’t know how to apply, try on the throat, bottoms of your feet, definitely in your diffuser (it’s a great way for everyone in the family to get the benefits!) and you can also try mixing a few drops in 1/4 c Epsom salt and add that to a warm bath, then soak in it.

The trick here is to keep using them.  Once will probably not be enough.  Keep the diffuser going (you can put more than one oil in your diffuser) and apply them several times a day.   Also, I dilute everything for my kids.  Here’s a post where I share how I do that.

What’s so cool is you will likely feel the beginning and end stages of whatever you are coming down with, but not the middle can’t-get-out-of-bed part.  But you have to be persistent with using them.  I recommend setting them out where they are right in front of you instead of tucking them in a drawer. This is what my bathroom counter looked like for a few days the last time I felt the crud coming on….

Using oils to help when you get sick!

Situation 2: OK, what if it’s not that kind of issue you’re dealing with?  What if your son just can not sleep?!  (or you either for that matter!)  The oil in your kit that is so great for sleep and relaxation is….you know it….lavender!  Use it on the bottom of his feet, on his wrists, in a diffuser in his room.

Beyond the kit, I love Tranquil, RutaVala, Roman Chamomile and Valerian.  They would be my list of go-to oils for sleep.  And YL also has a great supplement called Sleep Essence that I have found to be very helpful!

Look, I know this is a lot of info and costly too….I am right there with you!  So take it slow.  The great thing is that so many of the oils are good for more than just one thing so you’re getting a lot for your money.  Valerian, for instance, not only helps with sleep, but is calming and grounding.

Years ago I had a friend whose father died suddenly.  I went to visit her a few days later and she was a mess.  She told me that she couldn’t shut her mind off and was feeling tortured by the grief.  Not to mention no sleep.  So I gave her some valerian and told her to use it several times a day on the bottom of her feet and behind her ears (no right or wrong really…just what I thought to tell her at the time).

Her husband called me the next day and profusely thanked me for giving her that.  He said she almost instantly felt better after using it and was able to make some hard decisions that she hadn’t felt clear about.  Then she slept.  Which made all of the difference.  I was so glad I had some to give her!

And lavender is amazing!  The last time I traveled I was so thankful I had my lavender with me.  I am a terrible sleeper when I travel and it helps so much!  Between the lavender, my ear plugs and favorite sleep mask I find I sleep well.  (my sleep mask looks like a little bikini top, but I love it because it doesn’t touch my eyes).

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Situation 3: You just did some exercises that have given you sore muscles that you didn’t even know you had.  Or your husband played soccer with the kids and fell (again, I have to be careful what terms I use but you know what kinds of stuff happens when grown men fall). PanAway is the oil in the kit that is so great for these issues.  Just grab it (or your diluted bottle of it) and rub it on.  Do it as often as you like.  I would keep the diluted oil right next to my chair and put it on whenever I felt the need.

I have a bad knee….an old football injury.  OK, fine, I never played football in my life.  I just fell down while walking one day.  No kidding.  Fall.  Splat.  Emergency room.  (welcome to my world)  My knee was never the same after that and when I started exercising I was concerned that it would be a problem.  So each morning I rub diluted PanAway on that knee and I have been shocked that it has never bothered me.  I’m not kidding….it used to bother me from just walking across the room!

Outside the kit I love Valor, Helichrysum and Copaiba.  Again, these are all oils I use for lots of other things too!

Well, I hope this didn’t overwhelm you.  Just let the information soak in and come back and bookmark it or Pin it to read again.  You’ll get the hang of it.  That’s how I learned, just a little at a time. If you’re looking to try some new oils, we have a great giveaway for you!  Each of us are giving away a bottle of oil.  I chose Valor, but the other ladies are giving away different oils so you have a chance top win one of SIX prizes!

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Now go visit the other bloggers to see what greatness they are sharing!

If you’re ready to start using the oils and order your kit, you can click HERE and become a member.  It’s so easy and a great price for so much when you order the Premium Starter Kit.  And when you join through me and get the Premium Starter kit I will send you some extra goodies to help you, including a great book to help you figure out how to use them!

I am just a mom who uses these remedies for my family.  This is not meant to treat or diagnose.  If you have any questions, consult your health care practitioner.

What’s More Important than Balloons?

What’s More Important than Balloons?

Before I talk about important things like the unusual number of balloons floating around my house or how my hands are cracking from washing excessive washing, I want to stop and have a moment of silence for the hour we will lose this weekend.

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Time changes are my nemesis.  Superman has Kryptonite, I have Daylight Savings Time.

Poor adjustment to time changes is one reason I would not make a good world traveler.  That and I basically only like to eat southern cooking or TexMex.

Now, back to balloons.  For some reason the people around me thought it must be the way to celebrate turning 50.  I got balloons from my kids that they drew fun pictures on, balloons from several friends and last night my besties took me to dinner in the city and what waited for me at the restaurant….a dozen helium balloons.  Plus there were another dozen in the party van that we got to fight with all the way to the restaurant.  I feel balloon nightmares in my future.

One friend left a weighted down bouquet of helium-filled mylar balloons on my front porch on my birthday, which I did not realize were there when I got home after dark and tangled myself in them.  I was carrying a few shopping bags, my purse and a water bottle as I made my way to the front door.  I felt something hit me in the face at the same moment strings started wrapping around my ankles and in seconds I was being taken hostage by this mystery jungle, slapping me left then right and taking me down.

Because I am so good in a crisis, my instinct was to save the bottle of water at any cost.  So I dropped all of the other packages and my purse (which held my phone and other breakable objects) and clutched the water to my chest like my life depended on it.  Brilliant.

Today my sickies are still feeling pretty cruddy.  For the past 4 days I prepare a pot of soup each morning, making it easy to feed anyone who asks for food.  Anytime I have even remote contact with each person, I wash my hands.  If I could boil them I would.  I have also become obsessed with giving every dish in the house a good scrubbing.  You see, our dishwasher AND water softener are both on the blink and our dishes all have a white film over them.  I discovered on Tuesday that if I scrub them with an SOS pad I can get the white film off so I have set my mind to de-filming every dish in the house.

And if you remember, SOS pads quickly rust, so I have to use a whole pad up as soon as I start it.  I don’t want to waste them, so I make a pile of dishes that need de-filming and set about scouring the whole pile as I wash the regular dishes at the same time.  This happens at least 3 times a day.

What does all of this mean to you?

Probably nothing, except that if you ever have a white film issue you will know where to turn for help.

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My hands are not, however, enjoying the process so I have been keeping them coated in lavender lotion and sometimes I rub on a little coconut oil with a drop of frankincense in it.

I wonder if there’s an oil for having trouble adjusting to time changes.

Have a great weekend!

 

Count Your Blessings

Count Your Blessings

It’s been birthday week here.  The day after my birthday was one of my boys’ birthday and that means we pretty much do nothing but entertain ourselves for 4-5 days.  We can’t just stop after 2 birthdays in a row.  We’ll just roooolllll it into the weekend.

I had a nice birthday.  James and the kids really went all out to make it special for me.  What a blessing they are!  They got me some presents and made me a little book that’s filled with their thoughts about me (it’s called “What I Love About Mom” and you fill in the blanks).  I pretty much bawled while reading it.  They took turns filling in answers and really blew me away with their sweetness.  Several of them wrote that they think I’m wise……which makes me consider making a bunch of copies and framing them and hanging them around the house.  You know.  For the other 364 days when they forget they said that.

After the gifts and I read my little book, my oldest daughter handed me this gorgeous, hand painted, half-gallon sized jar.  One of my other daughters painted it and I just thought, “Oh what a cute jar…I love it!”  Then she told me it had notes of encouragement from friends inside.

She had contacted people and asked them to send me a note of encouragement.  That jar was PACKED FULL of the nicest notes a girl could even imagine.  I sat and read them, humbled by not only what each note said, but that my darling girl would go to so much trouble to tackle this project.  I couldn’t believe how crammed full that jar was.  Talk about encouraging!!!

If you’re looking for a special gift for someone, this is it….it will carry me through when I feel low.  I set it by my chair and whenever I want I can just pull a note out and feel the love.

A great idea to encourage someone for a special event or birthday!  #blessingsjar

(the little chalkboard art was a gift from one of my sweet boys and the flowers were from a friend)

You can’t really tell in the photo, but the jar is huge.  I can’t imagine a better way to celebrate and I felt like all of my friends that contributed a note or letter were right there with me.

Thank you so much if you were a part of this beautiful gift.

Now that we are past the birthdays and my husband is busy with tax season, it’s time for my annual project to begin.  I am going to paint the kitchen cabinets and do a small remodel project in there, just moving a few things around.  I have been keeping a list of what is not working for me in the kitchen and I am ready to do some repairs and sprucing up.  This will be my focus for the month of March.  It helps me forget that my husband can’t pay any attention to me and gives the boys a little money since I will pay them to help.

I’ll be spending the next week or so gathering supplies that will bring my ideas to life.  I’ll keep you updated….it’s so fun to perk up a draggy room!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a terrific weekend filled with joy and even if you don’t get a huge jar filled with notes, know that you are loved beyond measure by God and me and LOTS and LOTS of other people!

A Burst of Creativity!

A Burst of Creativity!

Over the weekend I planned to get a lot of writing done, but my creative juices were about to burst after weeks and weeks of working hard on my book.  I needed a few hours of moving and creating and organizing.  Release!

So I decided to step away from the computer and do some small projects that I had been mulling over for a while.  You know the ones….easy and won’t take more than half an hour but it takes you 2 years to get to it….

In my bathroom I had been wanting to move my essential oil shelves because they were hanging over my bathtub and I was getting tired of having to climb into the tub every time I wanted something from the top shelf.  But the only other spot in my bathroom that would work had a towel bar which, frankly, I didn’t really use.  I mostly just kept a hand towel there for decoration.

But if I removed the bar, then there would be two gaping holes in the wall and I didn’t feel like taking the time to patch, paint, etc.  Lazy.

So here’s what I did….I pulled out an old map that was a gift from my sweet friend Angie at The Country Chic Cottage.   It had been hanging in the boys’ room, so I snuck in there while they were sleeping and stole it.  Or is it technically stealing if it is something that actually belongs to you but you’re too scared to move it when the kids can see so you do it in the cloak of darkness?

I hung the map on the wall, folding it around the corner and then hung the shelves unevenly over that.  I just love, LOVE how it looks (like I am an adventurer) and I now can reach my oils without stepping in the tub.  Win-Win.

Adorable essential oil shelves!

I could have unplugged all of my cords below the map for the photo.  I thought about it.  But then I decided to leave it because I want you to see the real me and not some unplugged version.

The second project I did, which I am so, SO thrilled with…is a new light in my living room.

When we put up the Christmas tree, I had to remove a lamp by the couch.  After the tree got put away I didn’t want to put the lamp back….I had a new idea. (it always scares James when I tell him I have an idea)

I had 3 strings of bulb lights that I purchased a couple of years ago for a project I never did (raise your hand if you have unfinished projects), so I wanted to use them.  Combine that with an old section of fence I got last summer that is hanging over my couch.

So I attached the string of lights to the fence and, oh.my.word, I LOVE it!!!

Fresh, new light fixture you can make yourself!

I just stapled each light in the gaps and wrapped the extra cord behind and stapled it back there so it would be hidden.

Here it is from the side….

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I got the “love” sign at Hobby Lobby for half price.  Score!

an easy tomake fresh fun lught fixture!

And now that I have my creative outlet fix, I can get to the busyness of this week.  I’ve got to get my book edits wrapped up.  Plus the Summit starts on Friday and I will be working to get ready for that.  If you haven’t registered yet, you can still use my $10 off coupon code!  Code: pennington10

Have a great week!

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My FUN New Christmas Wreath!

My FUN New Christmas Wreath!

I am not planning to go all out with the Christmas decorating this year.  I mean, I love it with a passion, but something has to give.

I just don’t have the energy to rearrange the furniture, put out a tree, dig all of the decorations from the storage building and hang lights everywhere.  I’ll do a few festive things and make sure the kids feel the Christmas cheer, but nothing crazy.

My lack of decorations does not reflect my feeling about Christmas.  It reflects my level of exhaustion.

I decided to make a simple wreath to hang over the couch in the living room.  I may move it to the front door after the fall wreath comes down.  But probably not.  Tired, remember?

It was so easy.  It took me about an hour to make it and I like the playfulness of it.

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I got the chipboard pieces at Hobby Lobby.  I figured out what I needed by finding a corner in the store and spreading pieces all over the floor and playing with them until I found a design I liked.  Sure I was in people’s way.  But a cute wreath at 50% off waits for no man.

The twine is my favorite, favorite twine.  I use it for all kinds of stuff.  Besides crafts I love to wrap gifts with it, tie things together, I even used it for some wedding flowers that I did for a friend.  It’s wonderful.  I get it from Online Fabrics.  That’s also where I got all of the fabric for the new cushions I put on my pool deck last summer.  Great folks over there.

Once I got home I made my brain try to remember how I laid out the pieces in the store.  My brain doesn’t work as well as it used to, so that took up about 1/4 of my time.

After I figured it all out, I held the pieces, 2 at a time, together and drilled hoes through them so I could tie it all together with the twine.

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I lightly spray painted the separate pieces.  I didn’t want full covereage so I kind of just dusted them.

I also hot glued it together.  I am no dummy.  I know you have to attach crafts together with as many methods as you possibly can.

Here’s a tip for you….to get the twine through all of the holes, dab a teeny line of hot glue on the end of the twine and roll it through your fingers (after it cools off for a few seconds!) to make a stiff end and it will slide right through the holes in the chipboard.  You’re welcome.

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After attaching them all together it was a little wobbly, so I glued pieces of cardboard to the in the back for extra support.

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Once it was all assembled I added some twine and washi tape in a few spots.  And of course, a burlap bow.  Because burlap makes everything better.

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Hang it up and enjoy for the season.

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And some of my bloggy friends have made Christmas wreaths too….lots of ideas and inspiration to get you ready for the holidays.

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(After reading this over it looks like this wreath is small, but it’s actually pretty big.  I’ll post more pics on Facebook during the week.)

 

Below you will find the links to each of the brand new 2014 Christmas Wreaths. To appreciate all the lovely details of each wreath, click on each of the links.

Vintage Wonderland Wreath from Flamingo Toes

Rudolph Wreath from She’s Kinda Crafty

Woodland Tree Wreath by Tatertots and Jello

Christmas Craft Wreath from Positively Splendid

Lumber Jack Antler Wreath from Nest of Posies

Poinsettia Wreath from A Night Owl Blog

Simple Felt Leaf Wreath from The Shabby Creek Cottage

Easy Christmas Wreath from Just Destiny Mag

Rustic Christmas Wreath from Clean and Scentsible

Glitter Holiday Wreath from A Pumpkin and a Princess

Scripted Ribbon Poinsettia Wreath from The Scrap Shoppe Blog

Rustic Glam Holiday Wreath from Sweet Rose Studio

How to make a Snowy Jingle Bell Wreath from Fox Hollow Cottage

Fun Christmas Wreath from The Pennington Point

Christmas Felt Flower Wreath by Bombshell Bling

 

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Rec Rooms and Old People

Rec Rooms and Old People

Being the last day of October I am feeling a little like waxing poetic over the passing of time.

But then I would have to think of rhyming words and watch how long my sentences are and the thought of working that hard makes my dream of becoming the next Emily Dickinson fly out the window.

Today our family will lie low and just be together playing games and hanging out.  We don’t celebrate Halloween at all….it’s just another day to spend with the family.  We may even order pizza and check the Redbox to see if there’s anything fun to watch.

For the past couple of weeks we have been turning what used to be the etsy shop into a rec room for the older kids.  They needed a place of their own to host their friends, watch grown up movies and stay up late.  By late I mean after 9:00, since I no longer have the ability to remain conscious after that.  But the kids like to stay up and talk and make noise that keeps old people awake.  It was either give them their own space or go hoarse calling out for them to “HUSH!” every night.

Good grief.  I have turned a geriatric corner.

I gave them full freedom to fix the room up however they want.  They have been pulling furniture out of storage and dragging junk in there and making it all their own.  I heard whispers of choosing paint colors, so I guess they’re going all out.  Have fun kids!  Mom will be in her bedroom taking a nap.

To be clear, the etsy shop is still in business.  We have just taken a ton of items out of the shop to make it a little easier for the boys. They have taken over the production of our top seller, the essential oil shelves.  It’s a great way for them to earn money and save for college.

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The girls are still making the jar lids and a few other favorite items.  I do all of the customer service and upkeep.  It’s a full fledged family operation.

And since we took our product list way down we were able to move the shop into a smaller space, which left the big room wide open.  I thought I might have a hard time letting go of the decorating and furniture arranging.  But it turns out that I am not struggling with it one bit.  They can turn that place into a sci-fi museum for all I care.  I fully expect a Tardis to be constructed in the corner.  I am just happy they are enjoying it so much!

Our weekend is full of plans to clean the house and get caught up on shop orders.  I also am hoping to get some reading in since I brought home about 20 new books from the conference last weekend.  And to be in bed before 9 every night.

See you in November!

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