Monday, May 22, 2017

My Big Kitchen Wall

Kitchen --  September, 2, 2012
 This big ENORMOUS kitchen wall has puzzled me for years.  I just haven't found the perfect way to decorate it yet. Ideally I would love to put a kitchen hutch here but there just is not enough room so I'm back to thinking of ways to divide the wall into parts to come up with the best arrangement. 

My must have item was this mug rack from Magnolia to display some of my Starbuck Collection Mugs.  I saw Joanna use this is several of the Fixer Upper Episodes and I really wanted to add this in the kitchen.   
Changes in the Kitchen June 30, 2016
I found this little shelf at Target and a decorative sign at Michaels.  After looking at the sign for over a year now, I felt the sign was just to little and honestly the Kitchen Rules just didn't feel like us.
I fell in love with this chalkboard idea on Instagram by Urban.Farm Girl for $168.  At first I was thinking of buying it, however my wise daughter suggested that I could make it for less and give her the money for shoes.  


So I made my own copycat version for less than $50.  I purchased the black letters EAT at Michael's however it looks like FAT on my shelf.  I went searching around my house to see what else I could use and found this sign Love the Journey my daughter gave me for Christmas.(World Market)  I love the image of the bike on it because biking is something that my husband and I do together and it is something our boys do as well. Of course the large word LOVE is another bonus as well.   
 Now I am deciding if I want to put the letters EAT in the middle of the wall or if that is going to clutter things up.  My goal is to keep things simple.  

Items Used to make the Chalkboard Frame:
  • Frame from Hobby Lobby (on sale of course)
  • Wreath from Barnyard Chicks
  • Chalkboard Contact Paper from Target
  • Ribbon from Steins

Monday, May 15, 2017

Ladybugs in the Garden

I made this red ladybug rock years ago for the front pouch.  But now that I have grandchildren  I think it would be cute to make some rainbow friends for the red ladybug to add to the backyard garden.

My little grand daughter is learning her colors and she loves to be outdoors.  I have been thinking of ways to take the color concept outdoors.   I thought the rainbow friends would be perfect for the garden. 
I found and washed some rocks that were already in my backyard.(Free)  Then I spray painted the rocks with colors I already had.(Free)  Next, I painted the black head and a separation  down the back to make it look like wings. (Black Paint Free, it was already in my stash of stuff.)  Finally I invited my grand daughter over and we painted the eyes on and black spots. (I even had the free circle sponges from a project I made for my classroom!)

I put two coats of  outdoor Modge Podge (free, leftover from another project) and waited 48 hours before I put the ladybugs outside in the garden.

I actually waited for my granddaughter to visit to put them outside. Unfortunately she was more interested in walking in the mud, where my husband had seeded the grass, than posing for a picture with the ladybugs.     

Monday, May 8, 2017

A Quiet Book For My Little Grand Daughter

My mom and I worked hard for several days to get our Quiet Book done for my little grand daughter's birthday.  I couldn't get pictures with her looking at the book because she was overwhelmed with all her other birthday gifts.  However she has taken it to church several times and is beginning to learn about the different pages but that is not a good time to take pictures.  So I can only share my initial pictures.  
   This is the cover of the book.  I picked an elephant and balloons because that is two of her favorite things.  I found the elephant and balloon on google and printed them out.  Then I used tracing paper to create a pattern.  
 Right now we are working on fine motor skills and colors with my little grand daughter so a lot of my pages focus on those things.  I found a lot of patterns on Pinterest. You can find the sources for the pages I used on my planning post.   
I put in this car page and the stop light for her because believe it or not my grand daughter loves cars and trucks.  The stop light is a great way to teach colors to kids.  Stoplights are something she will see every day as she rides back and forth to therapy and preschool.  The little car page is the only noisy page mainly because my quiet little grand daughter makes loud car sounds as she drives the car around.   

I love ladybugs so when I saw this idea I had to put this in the book. It has a zipper down the middle.  This is perfect for her we are working on using the zipper on her jacket.  Inside the zipper she will find six black spots to put on the ladybug's wings.  The flower page is so adorable.  Again here she can practice her colors and counting flowers.   

I made a matching shape page for her with different colors.  Right now I just want her to be aware of matching things.  I talk about the shapes as well hoping to build vocabulary for her.  The rainbow zipper page is so cute and again she can work on her zipper skills and colors.  

Monday, May 1, 2017

Our Little Girl's 3rd Birthday

Our sweet little grand daughter turned three in April and the theme of her party was balloons.  She absolutely loves balloons.  She walks around the house with the balloons tied around her.  So for her birthday invitations we made this adorable hot air balloon picture.  
I made a balloon wreath for the front door out of balloons, stick pins and a straw wreath.  It looked so cute on their front door.
Each year for her birthday I make her a hand made birthday card.(Year 1, Year 2)  I try to tie to birthday card in with her birthday theme.  Inside I write a message about all the things that Papa and I loved about our year with her.  

Each person brought a balloon instead of a card for her on the day of her birthday.  She has so many balloons in her house.  She loves all her balloons.  My son is going to use this picture for her thank you notes.

Who knew you could make an entire birthday party centered just around balloons???  But it was absolutely adorable.  All the balloons were where so colorful and made the rooms so festive.  

Monday, April 24, 2017

April Reading Log

I was able to read five books this month.  I think I am the world's slowest reader.  

The first book I read was Rediscover Jesus.  This was the book I read throughout Lent.  It gave me a lot to think about each day and I started a Prayer Journal.  Read More about my thoughts here.....

Next I finished the book Big Magic.  I felt a little strange about this book because I didn't get that warm and fuzzy feeling that every one else got while reading the book.  There were a couple of nuggets I took from the book:

  • creative things that make you happy
  • network with other creative people
  • as long as I am supporting myself and not hurting someone else I should create what I want
  • don't worry about what others think  

Then I read three fiction books.  The first one was Paris is Always A Good Idea.  This was an adorable love story.  The characters were like-able and Paris as the setting. So Sweet!  Even the little postcard shop is a magical place for the events of the story to occur.  My favorite aspect of the story was the story centered around a children's author and illustrator.  I would give the story 3 stars.

Then I read the Boston Girl.  This was a really good book.  It is a charming story of a Grandmother retelling her life story to her grand daughter.  It is a wonderful story as she starts from the very beginning of her life all the way through her marriage.  I would give it five stars

Finally I read the book The Last Time We Say Goodbye.  It is a book about teenage suicide and how the family deals with all the emotions.  The author keeps you reading and on the edge of your seat throughout the whole book.  I would give this book five stars.