Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Toddler Room Sneak Peak- Giant Wall Art

Sam's room is progressing and I'm pretty happy with the progress.  Thought I'd give you a little sneak peak at the progress.  Its a little hard to tell what you're looking at here, I think, but its a giant map behind his bed.  It's plastic, yes, but I love the colors in it.  Can you guess what its meant to be?  I thought it was pretty great when I found it about a year ago in Target, on sale, so I snagged it up knowing I'd find SOMETHING to do with it.  I figure a dry erase marker might work on it???? Something surely will.  Also great that its easy to clean.  I have very clear memories of depositing little green goodies on the wall whilst laying in bed as a kid (don't tell anyone).  I guess you could say I'm taking preemptive measures:)  Oh yeah, in case you haven't figured it out yet, its a shower curtain.  Woot, Woot for $11 giant wall art!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Sketchbook and Plans

Glimpse of my rainy day endeavors. As you can see, its a bunch of experimenting at this point.
Fun times.  What about you?  Any hobbies you're working on these days?  

This week will hopefully be a productive one.  Hubby and I have a date to move Sam's dresser into the garage and I'm hoping to finish painting the basement stairwell (oh joy).  I'm also hoping to get my bedroom painted a nice beach-y/cottage-y color (Salty Tear) AND I want to get a raised bed kit ordered for outside.  That doesn't even scratch the surface of my to-do list, but it will make me feel like things are underway, at least.

Let's see.  What else do I need to do?
Paint the bathroom and I've got a good idea what I want to do, thanks to this bathroom paint job I saw on Young House Love.
Pick a color for Sam's dresser. PRONTO.  Honestly, what do you guys think about green?  The walls are now ALL white in there and the room is in need of some COLOR!
Weed (can you even believe the weeds are ALREADY growing?).
Order gravel for the garden, next to the house, and the driveway so we don't have so much weed wacking to do.
Order mulch for all my beds.
 Come up with a plan for the front of the house.

Wish I could do list
Buy a new screen door
Put in a patio
Finish the attic
Enlarge my house by about 600 square feet:) and move it to the woods.


How do you feel about that:) 

Whats goin on with you all?  Any fun news/plans for the future?

Hope all is well.  I'll be back at cha again soon:)


Friday, March 23, 2012


Big Sky by Jeanine Malaney
Hello!  Thought I'd write a little note to you guys on this very rainy Friday afternoon.  Sam's pooped after a late boys night and will be taking a long nap, I think.  I went to the Jason Aldean concert with the girls and aside from a rather, ahem, unsavory, bathroom problem at the Nutter Center, we had a really, really good time.  I remembered why I love country music so dang much. It just makes me want to have a bon fire, chew on some straw and drive a truck whilst causing a ruckus. 

I have to admit, I'm recovering a little from the late night, myself.  The rain has been a nice little excuse for me to sit here and play with my watercolor set.  I'm just trying to get a feel for them.  I also did a little image search because I like to learn by looking at other people's work.   Thought you might like to see, too. 

Fishing Boats, Key West by Winslow Homer
 I'm in love with watercolor.  I think its amazing.  I love the way, depending on your style and technique, that the paint itself can decide the fate of the painting.  The way the water moves, and where it moves, how it carries the color.  I find that when I'm trying to paint, I often over do it because I'm trying so hard to make it perfect (same with writing, same with life:).  When I look at these images I admire, it seems effortless.  They are powerful, not because they are perfect, but I would argue, because they aren't and don't intend to be.
Beech Tree by Andrew Wyeth
My lessons from these images are to exercise restraint, reserve white space, pay attention to shadows and trust.  That last one might prove to be difficult:) 

Blue Boat by Winslow Homer
Mountain Water Scene by Monte Ellis

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  I'm laying low, I think.  I may lug Sam's dresser out and do some to-do list ninja, but I'm not entirely convinced. 

Have a great one. 


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Soft Pretzels

Finally made the pretzel recipe I got from Sloe Gin Fizz and they were a hit!  Very, very good and not too difficult.  I did make a major goof (cold butter instead of melted) and they turned out alright- so I guess that means these are semi idiot proof:) I'm looking forward to trying them again, the right way this time, and noting the difference. 
Enjoy the weather!


Sunday, March 11, 2012

DIY Bean Bag Chair

those poor curtains didn't know what was coming.

Hello all.  Its Sunday night and I'm feeling a little ambitious.  A little excited too because I ACTUALLY finished a project this weekend.  Oh yeah, dog.  I'm feeling good about it.  Its been awhile.  I had to dust off the sewing machine.  Literally.  But its done and usable and really cute.  Oh.  And the best part about it is, I didn't spend a dime.  Double awesome.  AND I used a pattern.  What up?!  I'm so proud of myself for not diving in all know it all-y thinking I can/should be able to figure it out on my own.  Its really good I did too, because I would have done it all wrong.  After a little search on the net I found two really helpful sites and I took some from both.  The first is a great step-by-step tutorial with pictures and a pattern (which I used).  Click here to download the pdf instructions and here to go to her site full of sewing tutorials (I think I might take a gander at the soft basket tutorial). 

The second is a video demonstration (yes please) making a bean bag out of old t-shirts (super cool idea, btw).  It is from this video that I learned that foam core can be cut up and used as filling.  Are you serious, Clark?  I happen to have one of those chillin' out in my basement doing NOTHING.  That little bit of wisdom is what sealed the deal for me.  After that I was a woman on a mission. 

I happen to have a bunch of blue denimish fabric since I've decided not to use floor length curtains in Sam's "new" room and for awhile it was between making a teepee or a bean bag with it.  The second finally won out mainly due to space constraints (but so help me, we WILL have a teepee if we EVER move:) But I think the bag is equally cute and fun.

And super bouncy too.  Look how its holding up those books like a beef cake no problem.  I MAY have filled it a little on the full side.  Its more like a very bouncy (very thick) pancake than a mailable foldy chair.  But I love it just the way it is.  We don't discriminate in our house.  Sam played with it a bunch whilst I was making it (can you picture filler cubes going in via mom, filler cubes coming back out via small boy?).  He took a few leaps onto it and in my world, leaps=success.  I finished it while he was at Grammie's for a very fun overnight and I think he's been a little too tired/cranky to really notice it much.  Tomorrow will be the true test.  Its there, in the corner, beckoning to him softly- come sit on me. enjoy a book.  bounce.  anything. So he better! play with it:)
On a side note.  If you use this trick, be prepared for a me-e-esss.  Also, be prepared for sore hands.  AND make absolutely sure you have one of these:
That's all I'm gonna say on the subject.  Hope you like. 

Have a splendid Monday, folks.


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Watering the Sprouts

We were each occupied
I with cleaning (blah)
he was listening to Winnie the Pooh on tape (OH I was, too...  I LOVE the silly old bear)
while playing with cars
I saw him get up, lug the stool from the bathroom,
it was an awkward maneuver, 
and without any prompting from me
he watered the sprouts very conscientiously. 


Happy Wednesday.


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