Friday, November 14, 2014

Fun Fridays


Right Now, like most people I am in love with all things gold.  So when I was shopping at Target the other day I found a vase that was similar to this vase from Houzz.

I grabbed it and put it in my cart.  The whole time I was shopping I was imagining what I was going to put in my new vase.  I imagined the places where my new vase would look amazing.  I even started to imagined the different types of flowers I could put in it.  

How cute would it look in my craft room with Christmas decorations?  Then it hit me like a ton of bricks.  Why would I buy this vase when I could make it for free?????

I already have lots of white vases around the house.  I have gold paint and I have several mini circle sponge dabbers.  So basically I could create this vase for FREE!

Slowly, I took the vase out of my cart and put it back on the shelf.  I hope I don’t regret it. I always regret putting something back.  However I really am trying not to buy things because I already have so much.  

I went home and found a fun shaped vase and within minutes I dabbed my gold dots on the vase

Andhere it is..........

I think for a two minute project it turned out awesome. I just love it.  It was so easy and it looks amazing and best of all I reused this vase for a third time.  I love giving an old item new life.   

Monday, November 10, 2014

Football Brownies

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Yesterday was my son and his wife’s first Packers Party at their house.  What an exciting party!  A Packer win 55 to 14.  There was lots of great food. I wish I would have taken a picture of a the wonderful food and the Packer jerseys. 

For my dish I decided to try something new.  I found a quick and easy recipe on Pinterest.............Football Brownies.  The link took me to the Betty Crocker website and the directions were super simple.

I ran to the mall to WilliamsSonoma and found a football cookie cutter.

  It made the project super easy.  After I baked the brownies I waited five minutes and cut through them.  I thought they would be easier to cut while they were warm.  

One of the suggestions I read was to cut all the footballs and leave them in the pan.  Then break away the extra brownie scraps and carefully lift the brownies out of the pan. 

This was a super easy and quick project..............and the brownies disappeared off the plate quickly.

The best part of the football brownies is that these football brownies will work with your favorite brownie recipe. 

This will definitely be a staple at our Packer Parties.   

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Planning A Craft Room

Now that I have this empty nest it is time to start thinking about how this house functions for my husband and I.  How do I take this empty house and make it into something that is welcoming, happy, organized, clean, beautiful, cozy and relaxing

I decided to start with my son’s empty bedroom because it is empty.  After some thought and conversation we decided that I should move my craft room upstairs.  Partly because I like to leave my projects out and that looks somewhat messy and I will not have to worry about company seeing my work in progress.

So I have stripped the room down to nothing. 

When I woke up this morning I put on my favorite pink sweater and my plan for my craft room it all came together.  
This pink sweater makes me happy and I thought why not.  Why not make my craft room pink.  I love the color pink and I don't have a pink room anywhere in my house.  

I have my work desk and my quiet desk and a white Kallax shelf from ikea.  I will start with what I have and try my best to create my happy craft/work space.

Here are my ideas:

a:  Benjamin Moore Paint Revere Pewter
b.  Fuchsia Pink Chair from World Market
c.  White Curtains with fuchsia ribbon from Pottery Barn Kids
d.  Kallax Shelving from Ikea
e.  wire baskets from Target
f/g/h  Martha Steward Craft Furniture from Home Decorators
i.  Today I will be the best version of me poster (source)
j.  Pink Area rug from Pottery Barn Kids

I know it will have to happen slowly but I have a plan.  

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Empty Nest

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It is official today.  My hubby and I are empty nesters.  The last of our four children has moved out.  I am not sure what this means for us we have a four bedroom house for just the two of us now.  Right now the house is a complete disaster.  We let the kids take a lot of furniture with them and now we are left we a lot of empty dirty rooms. 

Expect for the first months of our marriage when we purchased our first house we have not really been along without children.  We had our first son right away.  So that has been 29 out of the 30 years we have been together that we mainly focused on the kids.  Now it’s just the two of us. 

I know many people might be thinking of you can concentrate on your cute grandbaby.  Oh…forget that.  She doesn’t like me.  Every time she sees me she cries.  I may have to wait for her to grow a little bit older and hopefully she will grow out of it.  I don’t understand babies usually love me, just not my grandbaby. 

Anyways here’s to the next phase of my life.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Book Review: Holy Simplicity

Holy Simplicity
The Little Way of Mother Teresa, Dorothy Day & Therese of Lisieux
By:  Joel Schorn

After reading the books The Happiness Project and Rediscover Catholicism I developed an interest in St. Therese of Lisieux and Mother Teresa.  So when I saw this book with information about both Saints I thought why not.  It took me a while to read the book mainly because school started and I just didn’t have time to read but I finally made it through the book.  It was somewhat interesting however I thought it repeated the same theme over and over.  I did learn a lot as I read and the book gave me a lot to think about and tried to figure out how I can apply that new knowledge to my life now.
This quote sort of explains my life during the school year.  I really do not have time to take on big projects each day or even each week.  Some times I get so overwhelmed I don’t even know where to start.  However, if I can just start, even the smallest step can help toward the goal.  So if I can do small steps each day they will add up to something big and worthwhile.
God created us to do, “small things with great love,” Mother Teresa said.  It is practice in simplicity, obedience, and satisfaction with the little things and hidden work of everyday.”
 I am at this point in my life when everything in my life is upside down.  My last two children are moving out.   My house is in disarray with so much stuff that I am going through box by box.  Looking for what can be useful and what is best passed on to someone else.  No this is no great project worth posting about however I must go through these steps.

My goal when this is all done is to create a home that is simplistic and honors the love that my husband and I have shared with our children over the years. 

“I’ve got to take myself just as I am, with all my imperfections,”
Therese of Lisieux

We now have three extra bedrooms to create something that is meaningful to us.  Right now we are using the bedrooms as a staging area to sort through the boxes.  What we are keeping and giving we really need it or will someone benefit from it more?  These are the questions I ask myself for each object.  

“That shall be my miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice.always doing the tiniest things, and doing it for love.
Therese of Lisieux


I have given my children as much as possible in terms of furniture and material things.  I know this leaves me with some empty rooms but I know that I do not need to fill up the rooms quickly.  They are just things and if it makes my children happy then I am happy.   I need to remember that things do my make me happy ....people and memories make me happy.  

We Christians hold the power to remake the world, one person and one deed at a time. 

I am finding that even though I have given a lot of our furniture to our kids and we still have more than enough.  Now I am thinking we still do not need all of this, so what can I give to others?  We have so much that we can share and others would appreciate it. 


Smile five times a day at someone you don’t really want to smile at all.

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.Andyou shall love your neighbor as yourself”
Matthew 22:37,39

This is another thought that has been sitting with me.  I am trying to practice this at work.  I am purposely teaching my students about kindness and doing nice things for others.  I am trying my best to be the one who helps instead of complains.  That is easier said than done. 

Mother Theresa has some wonderful words of wisdom to live by: