Saturday, May 29, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
So, I have been looking around the Internet all night and I found a few projects that got me excited. The first is baking pan organisation. How simple, right! Find some old bread pans at a garage sale or thrift store and spray paint them. I think this is a great idea to hold the kids crayons and markers and other craft supplies. The second picture is a bee doormat. It costs $24 plus shipping, way out of my price range. I think I could copy this idea with a plain doormat, painters tape, a bee stencil and some red spray paint. I think it would also be cute with a monogram or house numbers....ooh I think this may be a good Christmas gift (if I start now that is).
Thursday, May 27, 2010
I didn't have a new craft to write about so I am going to go where the wind takes me. I don't know how all of the amazing bloggers out there do it. First they think of all the cool crafts, find time to finish them and then blog about them. The more I read here in blog land the more I realize that God gave women a superpower. The ability to multi task.
One of my favorite blogs to visit is Pregnant with power tools. Christin is so amazing! She is a super mom! I totally stole her idea for spray painting my porch sconces, she cuts holes in walls, builds cute boxes (she made the one I have posted ) and she is a nursing mommy to a 6 week old!!! When you get a chance check out her blog I know you will love it.
All my friends know what I think about nursing, but I will tell you again... It is one of the best ways to get close your baby. I mean if you think about it, that little life is completely dependent on you for survival. What an awesome responsibility God has placed in our arms. A nursing mama is a superhero in my eyes. But even with all that we (nursing moms) give up, sleeping through the night, white shirts, cute bras, perky breasts, never being alone. WE have been given the gift...baby milk breath, milk comas, cute sweaty curls, the smallest ear impressions on our arms, tiny hands slapping our cheeks and playing with our hair or earrings, babies who hardly ever cry when they are hungry, and the best 30 minutes to sit and relax and concentrate on each other. This post goes out to all of my nursing mommy's out there, You are doing what God intended for you and yours. If anyone ever needs a nursing pep talk or any help at all please contact me. I am a great listener if you need to vent and a cheerleader if you are feeling down. Thanks for going with the flow.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
We were busy today so I didn't do much around here...I did keep up with my chores (laundry, dishes etc...) A clean house is a happy house, I know I have felt more peaceful when I wake up to a clean and shiny sink :) No crafts for me but I did see something that I want to try. It is a cute wooden heart with a ball mason jar attached with wire. It could be used as a vase or a candle holder I am going to put this down in my someday file.
As for my organizing goal this week the HUGE pile has disappeared and I have a file system for bills and that sort of stuff. It doesn't look that pretty yet but I will work on it when I get to that room. I must declutter before I beautify right? Baby steps. Here is what the paper clutter looked like before...I will post the after photo on Saturday.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
My front porch makeover under $20 is almost finished. Subtract $11.00 on spray paint and a new doorbell that left $9.00. On my front porch to do list I still needed to complete #6 and #7 for under $9.00. I really love a challenge. I started my search at target, but no luck. The cheapest doormat was $12.00. I did find a navy blue pillow cover on sale for $2.49 so I grabbed that. Then I ran over to Ross and found exactly what I was looking for a black scrolly doormat for $5.99! I was shocked because I never go into Ross or the other discount stores with a specific goal in mind because those stores are so random. Anyway I only had $.51 left. So I needed to make house numbers cheap and I remembered a post that had old fence boards painted with words so I copied the look with my house numbers. I think they look great especially when you consider the price!
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Saturday I decided to give our shabby (not in a cute way) front porch a mini makeover. The doorbell was cracked and needed to be replaced, the mailbox paint was chipping and the porch light was so dirty and so full of bug corpses that the light barley shone through. I really wanted to spend as little money as possible. I decided to start a series of projects that cost under $20. What better place to start than the front porch where everyone enters our little house.
Here is the to do list:
1. replace doorbell
2. paint mailbox and porch light
3. hose down spiderwebs and dirt
4. wash window and screen
5. clean front door
6. new doormat
7. new house numbers
So far I have 1-5 finished and I have spent $11.44 ( Rustolium hammered black and new doorbell). This week I am on a hunt for a cheap doormat hopefully black with scroll work. I am also going to search the bloggosphere for cute house number options. Here are a few before and after pictures. Enjoy!
Friday, May 21, 2010
I had this old cork board that my best friend Christina gave me. (She always gives me the best stuff!) It was very country, think yellow checks. The new fabric is very pretty and will match my girls room perfectly.
These are so easy to make, here's what you do:
1. Gather materials- frame, cork sheets or squares to fit your frame, glue or modge podge (I used a combination of both because I ran out of glue), hot glue gun and ribbon.
2. After gluing the cork to the cardboard backing I glued the fabric to the cork and then hot glued the fabric to the back.
3. Next I hot glued the ribbon around the back.
Yea!!! Another project completed.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
This week was filled with chores, chores and a little fun thrown in.
Today I made these cute Popsicle covers for favors for a friends baby shower. I copied the idea from blogger Stephanie Lynn at Under the table and dreaming. They are so easy to make and my kids were so excited to use them. Green craft alert- these are great because the kiddos don't use a ton of paper towels to hold their pops. Many of you know that I am not a huge "tree hugger" but if I can do a little here and there I will. It doesn't hurt that they were sew cute and sew easy to make.
It is one of my goals for the summer to declutter my house from top to bottom and I thought that putting my goals out here for all to see would help me stick to it. I am going to try to conquer one area a week and stay on top of the areas that have been completed so that I don't mess up what I have already finished. Feel free to cheer me on, because I thrive on praise. My goal for the week ahead is paper clutter. I will be posting before and after photos so don't judge me to harshly but realize that everyday is a struggle for me to keep the clutter at bay. What do I hope to accomplish by laying it all out there? I want people to see the real me, messy and flawed but working towards being the best I can be.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
They are so creative.
These pictures capture the beauty they designed but they can't capture the the love that was showered on the precious little boy and his sweet mama. Thank you friends for letting me be a part of your lives.
Don't you just love the strawberries in the flower pot?