Friday, May 15, 2015

Friday Fav's

It's Friday.

It has been a loooong week.

Look who is ready for summer vacation.

Yep, they are looking forward to having kiddo's at home to hang with.

They are counting down the days until school gets out.

I think they see themselves enjoying day time walks, snuggles and lots of petting.

Maybe even a few extra treats.


Going to admit that I don't watch the news. It's to negative for this sensitive gal.

So, I am always looking for uplifting. Found it here. Was really touched by how sweet these guys are. They have spent the last 7 years helping a lady in their neighborhood with MS, get into bed every night. Sweet!

Our eating habits right now are one HOT MESS!  Crazy food allergies keep me from eating out anymore. One kiddo is now Vegan. Another is plain picky. Well, that leaves one who just wants to eat. I found this neat cookbook. I still can't eat all the recipes. But, simple adjustments would help. I am thinking, if the meat is on the side. Vagan child can eat as well. Then we aren't trying to fix 5 different meals each night. Told you, HOT MESS!

Everyone has their blogging story. I have taken a real interest in reading some in my spare time, as little as it is. Rhoda of Southern Hospitality "s blogging story is very uplifting.  I have enjoyed reading it a little at a time. I am feeling inspired to share my own blogging story.


I got the sweetest card from a dear friend this week. It happened to arrive on a day when I needed it most.  This wonderful woman is someone I admired in high school. She is bold, classic and true to herself. When you meet her, she is very authentic. I still admire that about her today. We became friends on Facebook a few years ago. It has been fun to be in touch with her again. I appreciate her sweetness in sending me a card wishing me Happy Mothers Day!




Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Fabric Covered Bulletin Boards

Emily is moving out! 

Yep, she is planning her escape from our asylum. 

In an effort to have some sort of decor' for the new asylum. 

We did a little crafting today. 



 Okay, let me first say that if I had known that stapling her finger the night before at work should have been a warning NOT to let her use a stable gun.

I won't have let her touch it.

Couldn't get a good picture.

But, let's just say there was a staple in my dinning table for a few hours this afternoon.


I love the colors she picked. 

We used 14 inches of fabric. 

And still had some left over. 

Emily did the cutting making sure there was a generous amount to work with when stretching and stabling it. 





This project didn't take very long at all. 

She practiced laying it out. 

To get an idea of how it will be hung up on the wall. 


Below is how she thinks it will look best.

With a wood "E" in the middle.




Can't speak for Emily. 

But, I can say that I had a delightful day shopping for this project with her and making it. 

Gave us to chance to talk and catch up on things. 

She may live here. But, is rarely around when I am. 

It was nice to finally spend sometime with her. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Inspired House Keeping


Sometimes, I simply lose my mojo to clean house and finish projects.
Right now I need a infusion of mojo, desire and energy. I know exactly when I lost my mojo. Before I lost it.  I was rocking it and had started  my spring dump early. I was going through piles of crap, giving it away. My room was getting re-done and looking great. Then one day we got this nice Ikea futon. I started making plans for one more project, big one.

 Boom!

That was it!

Smack down!

Woke up one day feeling out of my mojo.

 So, of course I started looking for some inspiration. I found that I had the inspiration right in front of me all along, just didn't know how to tap into it, until I read Melissa (The Inspired Room) 's book  Love the Home you Have. It's  one amazing book! I took sometime to explore her web site.

Something amazing happened....

I Welcome back my mojo.

Since it took most of the month of April to let projects pile up, bills, cleaning ignored and I am super busy with a long list of must. I am starting back small and simple each day. A little here. A little there. Tomorrow, I will pick one project to complete by this weekend.

I have always deeply believed that these scriptures were right about small and simple things....

Alma 37: 6

Now ye may suppose that this is foolishness in me; but behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise.
Thats why I was kind to myself today and started out with a few small and simple task. Which will make my morning go easier.  
Spent 15-20 min cleaning  the living room. It's the first room you see when you walk in our house.
Did dishes before going to bed. Which will help with everyone getting breakfast in the morning.
3 loads of much needed laundry....Washed, Folded and put away.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Recycled Quilts




Sitting here chilling. Actually staying awake while scrolling through Pinterest. It's the perfect time to look up information about recycling old quilts or creating quilts from old recycled material. I see this
cute jean quilt. Of course I am pinning it. I love it. The style of it. It's awesome. I want to make one.

Jeans & Denim: Recycled, Up-cycled & Re-purposed @ http://dishfunctionaldesigns.blogspot.com/2012/07/jeans-denim-recycled-upcycled-and.html?m=1

I can't find the pattern! Dang it!  The picture captured my attention. I click to pin it. Then click to go see where and how to create this quilt. I ended up on this web site. Which is full  of great ways to recycle old jeans. Cool. No how to pattern. I scroll down. Find the picture with another link, click it. It takes me here. Once again. I am left hanging, with a sweet taste in my mouth and nothing to satisfy it. As I am still searching to see if I can find the pattern anywhere on those links. I just noticed the links are old. From 2012. So, I am left with a fabulous looking picture of a quilt that I want to make without a pattern. I am up for a challenge.

AGH!

Please, don't hang a temptation out there on Pinterest Peeps, if you aren't going to give us the how to make it. Just saying! This one is going to haunt me for a few days.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Spring Break

It's done. Over. Time to go back to the dolorum of the daily routine, of homework. moaning, and groaning about getting up for school. This happens every year. The children have a week off for spring break. They get a little taste of what summer is going to be like. And they start to crave it. They start yearning for the freedom of no homework, projects and nagging mom. We start to buck up for the final weeks a head. 10, 11 or so.

Let's focus on  the wonderful, and slow pace spring break that we had.

The girls and I saw the movie The Duff. I thought it was a real dud. Crud. Even though we laughed. It's going on my  for sure don't ever see again list. Shhh! Don't tell the girls. They loved it. I didn't appreciate all the crud jokes. Don't think the storyline really needed them.

We shopped all our favorite places.

Target. 
Where we found some interesting chairs. Yep, these pink/ orange things that look like mini trampolines are really chairs. Surprised us too. Becca was kind enough to try them out for us.





Old Navy. 
Flip flops and tank top shopping.
A little playing with the toys in the checkout line.



Oh! I rocked being a mom,when I bought two of Brad's favorite drink, Kiwi - Strawberry Arizona's. 
He sucked it up to grocery shop with me. Even loaded all the groceries into the car by himself. 


 Today, the girls and I just had to make  one last fun shopping trip to our favorite thrift store. Where, I got 20% off your entire purchase deal. Wooohooo!!!

10:30 pm.
Now, we are all chilling out. After a great visit with a special gal. Nothing better than a visit from my grandbaby and having her ask for crackers.


When she went home. Everyone returned to their new favorite activity, playing Minecraft. Brad taught everyone. Minus me. I was a party pooper and refused. It hurts my eyes just watching it.

Awe, such a sweet day!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Cute Boxes

It's spring.

You know what the means.

Time to clean deep clean.

Organize.

Of course everywhere I go there are cute things to buy and organize with.

That's how Annika and I ended up with 5 boxes from Micheal's.

They called out to us as we were shopping at Michaels craft.

 We got 5 boxes for $10.



So, Cute! 

We divided them up.

But, we want more of them already. 


I love these boxes for storing memories. 

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