February 6, 2011

A Valentine's Day Craft


I've seen wooden blocks used in many creative ways, and I've been itching to try some of my own. These were easy to make. I just painted the blocks with some craft paint, mod-podged on some scrapbook squares and painted on letters from a stencil cut with my Cricut. They look great on display on my dry sink. I didn't want to just plop them on the stark black surface, so I put down some doilies that I inherited from my husband's sweet grandmother. Then I broke out one of my decorating standbys--the cake stand! The finishing touch called for some vintage books in the color RED! I'm so happy with how this little V-day craft turned out!

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!

January 27, 2011

Picture Frame Revamp

One of my home goals this year is to properly display my photos. That cutie patootie up there was crammed in a cubby hole in my mail sorter for quite some time, and it deserved better. Problem is, it's wallet size and I didn't have many wallet-sized frames. The last time I went to the thrift store, however, guess what I found?

It's wallet-sized! But, it's hunter green. And this is 2011, not 1991. Luckily, the boys took a good nap the other day and inspiration struck. I started off by painting the frame an off-white color.

After letting it dry (which seemed to take FOREVER and naptime is precious and brief, people!), I found some pretty scrapbook paper and cut it out in the shape of the frame.
I slathered it with some Mod Podge, which I'm all about these days, and dug around in my button tin for some keepers, and the final product is soooooo cute!
No more 1991! It is a frame that is truly worthy of the cuteness that it contains now, and Mama's happy!
Linking up at Fireflies and Jellybeans' Show Off Your Stuff Party.

January 24, 2011

Home Goals 2011

One of my favorite blogs is Nesting Place, and she did a post recently on her home goals for the year. That Nester is one gifted lady when it comes to making your home feel like you. Needless to say, she is an inspiration to me. I decided to follow her lead and create a list of my own home goals, so here goes...
  1. Hang up my pictures. I have so many beautiful photos sitting around in their frames. They're leaning against the computer desk or the wall in the hallway. They deserve better!
  2. Treat the windows. My living room needs real curtains, the doors need shades or blinds, and the boys' rooms need shades as well. Colby also needs some valances or short curtains.
  3. Install new flooring on the first floor. We have yucky carpet that has seen better days. We're in the process of acquiring new laminate box by box. Our goal is to install it in the spring, likely in late March.
  4. Clean up the loft. This is our storage space, and it is the most disorganized space in the house. I want to donate most of the clothing up there to charity and then install the closet organizer that has been sitting there for years. Then I'll get my crafty corner organized. Finally, if there's time (ha ha) I'd like to install some rails for safety.
  5. Landscaping! The fenced-in yard needs some TLC. I'll be spending lots of time out there with the boys, so I want it to be a space that makes me happy.
  6. Paint and decorate the stairwell. This will be a tough job, as the stairwell is super high. I want the stained ceiling painted, the brass chandelier replaced, the walls painted and pictures hung. I think the banister needs a coat of paint too.
That should keep me busy for several months, don't you think? 

December 17, 2010

Handmade Christmas Ornament

I found a tutorial for this adorable half-eaten gingerbread man ornament on elsie marley's blog. He was super easy to make and I think I may try to make more handmade ornaments next Christmas. As for this little guy, he's headed to the MOMS Club ornament exchange tonight. Hopefully he'll add a touch of whimsy to someone's family tree!

December 9, 2010

My First Woodworking Project

Sweet Little Ava Marie turned one year old recently. Her mama said she needed some book storage, and being the book junkie that I am, I loved the idea. I looked around at lots of stores, but all I could find was cheap particle board stuff. I wanted something cute and durable, and I found what I wanted on Ana White's site.

I followed Ana's easy cutting and assembly plans and the final product came out better than I could have dreamed! And best of all, I didn't cut off any of my fingers in the process!

Here they are hanging in Miss Ava Marie's playroom.

So cute! I hope she turns into a little bookworm, too!

March 12, 2010

Glimpses of Home

I love these windows. They let so much beautiful sunlight into our living room. Just a few days ago, it got warm enough outside that we could open the windows. Guess who couldn't resist standing there and gazing at our front yard for what seemed like forever?

I also love this couch. It is my roost. I think its days are numbered because the cushions have lost their "cush", but it has served me well over the past couple of years. Oh, and see that box next to my roost? That's Wyatt's roost. He likes to climb into the very back of it and hide out. I wouldn't dream of throwing it out because it clashes with my decor; that ugly old cardboard box will stay there as long as my boy wants.

Today I'm participating in Glimpses of Home at Chatting at the Sky. If you've never checked out this blog, go there now! The photography and writing are top notch, and Emily, the blogger, makes you feel like she is speaking directly to you with each word.

November 23, 2009

Menu Plan Monday November 23

One of the most stressful parts of the day around here seems to come at 5:30 p.m. That's when the dreaded question is asked by either the hubby or me: What's for dinner? And it never fails that one of us will come up with a good idea only to find that we're missing one...or five ingredients. Argh.

So in an effort to alleviate this daily frustation, I've decided to try menu planning. I've done it in the past, but it was always just a list I jotted down on the fridge note pad. I'd rather try to put it in a more permanent place so that I can refer back to previous plans, so I decided this blog is a great place for it! And there couldn't be a more perfect week to start, seeing as how Thanksgiving is Thursday, so that day is already planned!

Thanks to I'm an Organizing Junkie for putting together Menu Plan Monday!

Okay, so here's my first Life on the 'Throw Menu Plan Monday entry:

MONDAY: Mexican night! Tacos and Quesadillas; salad on the side for me

TUESDAY: Chicken a la Vodka Farfalle, Steamed Broccoli, Garlic Toast

WEDNESDAY: Crock Pot Beef Stew, Bread, Green Beans

THURSDAY: Thanksgiving turkey for lunch and dinner!

FRIDAY: Pizza night

SATURDAY: Steak medallions, green beans, mashed potatoes