Thursday, September 27, 2007

Sneak Peek

Just a little sneak peak for my latest project: an organized craft room. I took everything out yesterday. My messy pictures accidently were taken with my camera's internal memory. Now if I could only find the right usb cord, we'd be good to go. You would think that wouldn't be a problem, since I just cleaned everything, but no, it is evading me. Anyhoo, I have been shuffling, organizing and purging my little heart out. Someone please shoot me if I try to acquire any more crafty type items.

Here is a over the door shoe organizer that I put all my abc stamps and chipboard in.
I had to hunt high and low for a reasonably priced(read:cheap) one. Good ole Pamida came through for me. I think I am really going to like not having to decide if something is a p or a d or a b.

Tomorrow I am going to tackle all the sewing stuff. I moved my machine to a bigger desk and got a few baskets for more frequently used material. I am not sure I will be purging much material. I just barely got it all. But I am putting myself on a vintage sheet restriction. Pillowcases are ok, but no more sheets until I actually make something with one or two of them.

Stay tuned for more pictures soon!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Welcome Fall!

Genna has been talking a lot about the seasons at school. And so this week she counted down the days until it was officially fall. She woke up this morning and looked outside and said, "It doesn't look like fall yet". I guess she was expecting the leaves to change overnight. On our way to church in Lincoln today, we did see a few trees here and there that look like God dabbed them with His paintbrush. Grandma Koski took Genna to pick out some pumpkins yesterday and so they are now cheering up our front steps. I love this time of year. I am ready to start making soups and get out the sweaters. I can't wait to see more evidence that fall is really here!

Check out this cool picture that I found on Flickr. I heart Flickr!

Go Big Red!

We Nebraskans take our football pretty seriously. Jameson has been wanting to go to a game for several years now. He got his wish on Saturday. Troy was able to get tickets to the Ball State VS. Nebraska game. It was a beautiful day and they had a great time, despite the fact that the Cornhuskers barely squeaked out a win. One of the highlights of the afternoon was a picture with Matt Slauson, an offensive lineman, who is one seriously big dude!

Friday, September 21, 2007

F is for....

Field trip....

I got to go with Jameson on field trip to the Living History Days in Table Rock. In 5th grade, it is no longer cool to sit by your Mom on the bus. He did begrudge me a few pictures. Despite that we still had a fun time. There were lots of demonstrations on what life was like during the late 1800's. We also got to watch a flag burning ceremony, which was very moving, but then again, Taps always chokes me up.

Finished projects...

Finally got the entertainment center done. I am pretty happy with the way it turned out. Not bad for a free piece of furniture. The baskets I got for 25¢ a piece at a garage sale a few weeks ago. Now I need to figure out what to put in them. I think videos might be too cluttery. Any ideas? The top needs some decor as well. I gladly welcome any thoughts you might have.

Here's Genna's rocket shirt. It turned out ok- I think mostly I don't love the shape of the shirt and so that is kind of ruining it all for me. But for now she'll have something to wear that will show some school spirit.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Yesterday, Today and 2 days ago...

2 days ago....

I got the first coat of paint on my entertainment center

and we went on a nature hike in Iowa

Yesterday we said goodbye to Dori and Nemo...

and I bought all the stuff to make a freezer paper stencil...

and I got my hair cut off(not a great picture)...

I washed up a bunch of fun vintage fabrics I got from my Mom's stash in her basement...

and we think Jameson has poison ivy or some other weird rash...

and I powdered my entertainment center since it was still tacky...

and I found fun new curtains for Genna's room(couldn't pass them up for $1.99)...

I wonder what tomorrow will bring?

Monday, September 17, 2007

Weekend in Review

Wish I could say I got a lot done on my to do list, but I did get a little side tracked. My SIL, Tiffany, wanted some help with putting the finishing touches on my MIL's living room/dining room area that they had just repainted. We realized we had our work cut out for us when we couldn't move anything without it falling apart. So we spent Friday garage saleing for some sturdier furniture and storage solutions.

Here are a few of my treasures I found for myself that day:

Pottery Barn pillows, eyelet dust ruffle for Genna's bed and cool vintage tablecloth.

A cute vintage hedgehog mug perfect for hot chocolate on these cooler nights.

A tray to put under the laundry supplies. This was in a free pile. My SIL got a gorgeous framed mirror out of the same stuff.

Saturday we finally found time to get the garage cleaned out. It was a pigsty and Jameson was just itching to get it straightened out. I keep going out and marvelling at how much space we really have out there. Once I tackle my pile of furniture redo's it will be even more spacious.

Nebraska played USC on Saturday. We thought we had it all worked out to surprise the boys with tickets to the football game. It was very disappointing when it didn't work out. Genna has actually been the most vocal about it not working out to go to the game. We are still hoping to make it work for another game this year.

Sunday, while we napped Jameson made us a cake. We watched for Take a Chance for FHE.

Well, that brings us up to today. I was excited to find out that our treadmill that we took from our neighbor's curb, actually works. We thought it didn't, but were too ashamed to stick it back on our curb on trash day. So I ran this morning. It's not very high tech. It has knob with a turtle and a rabbit on it. But I think it will do just fine.

It's my sister's birthday today. I am sending her a fun package. I found something I think she will love and I made a few things for her baby. Don't peek, Lor, if you don't want to be surprised. Happy Birthday, little sis!

Well, I better get going with the rest of my day. So many projects, so little time!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Checked Off

I can admit it, I have an obsessive personality. I tend to fixate on something and I don't let it rest until I have overdone it. It is a good thing I don't smoke or drink, or I might be dead by now. I just tend to go a little overboard. Which is why the corner of my family room looks the way it does. There are picture frames, shelves, entertainment center parts and a huge pile of thrifted sheets and fabrics. I won't even go into details about the garage right now. In an attempt to remedy the overabundance of items needing TLC before they can find a place to live in my home, I am trying like crazy to get projects off my to do list.

Finished today:

Fabric covered buttons for Genna's bulletin board. Found a tutorial online. They were so easy and fun to make. I only stopped because I ran out of buttons.

Hung redone chalkboard in kitchen. So easy with those command adhesive hangers. This came from the duplex and I just had to buy some chalkboard paint and move the chalk tray so I could hang it vertically.

Genna's new bulletin board. Again, something I got from the basement of the duplex. Painted it pink and added the fun fabric thumbtacks. I also would like to do a clothes line to hang additional artwork on and paint the clothes pins fun colors.

Hung a thrifted Winnie the Pooh picture. This corner is about done.

I actually finished this one yesterday, but I stuck the pins in it today.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Accomplished today

I stayed up way too late last night finishing up my book, A Thousand Splendid Suns. Then it took a while to go sleep because I was thinking about what a wonderful country and family I am blessed to have. So the overcast, rainy off and on day, didn't help my motivation to actually be productive. I would have rather curled up with another good book and had a nap. I fought off those urges however, and besides the laundry, a killer Nemo concentration game and some straightening up around here this is what I accomplished.

Even though they need some help from Troy's level, I got these pretty papers framed and hung up in my office.

I hung the shutters as well and put up some new pictures and inspiration on my bulletin board.

You can see the before pictures on the frames and the shutters in this post.

We were all so excited when our Monarch Butterly came out of it's chrysalis this morning before school. Genna and Connor took turns taking it to their classroom. After it quit raining we let it go. It was so cool to watch it fly away. I am very tempted to plant a milkweed next year so I can attract more monarch caterpillars.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Birthdays, Bargains, Buttons & Butterflies

It has been a fun, but busy week.

A few highlights:

Having Grandpa Bennett over for dinner on his birthday. We gave him a present full of nutty things- different candy & cookies,etc. with a card reading, "We're Nuts About You!"

Last night Troy and I got to go out on a date. We went to Macaroni Grill (yum!) and then out to a drive in movie. Ok, so we drove into Target, bought a movie and some candy and sat out in our van and watched it. It was actually quite fun and cheaper than the regular movie theater.

Today was Troy's birthday. We made a special lunch for him: grilled salmon, fried green tomatoes, corn on the cob, fresh cucumbers and Texas sheet cake. The kids decorated the house and Jameson made a treasure hunt for Troy to go on to find his presents.

Went to a lot of garage sales this week, found a lot of good bargains:

One of my new obsessions: vintages sheets- most of these came from a sale where you can tell they came straight from Grandma's linen closet. They even smelled like Grandma's sheets.

We found this chrysalis in a playhouse that we inherited from the duplex. I carefully removed it and taped it to a branch. It is so exciting to see the butterfly forming inside. We think it will be emerging soon!

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Be at one with the flow

I promise, I am just about to walk away from the computer. I lingered a little too long after finishing up my oatmeal. My productive, kid free time always goes by in the blink of an eye.

Like I said before, I really have so many projects swimming around in my head that I want to accomplish. Last night I tackled the junk drawers in the kitchen.


I painted the picture frames and shutters today. I wanted to start priming my next project.

An entertainment center that sadly is 10x better than the one we bought when Jameson was a baby. It was in the basement of the duplex Troy was fixing up. I took the big door off and I plan on painting it black and putting some fun baskets on the shelves. All the painting stuff is in the work truck, so I will work on something else. Maybe finishing up some thank you cards, maybe some mending, the possibilities are endless.

With those purpose driven thoughts in mind, I wanted to share something that I found on Wisecraft's blog. It is one of my new favorite blogs- she has an amazing sense of style and the ability to capture beauty. She is an inspiring crafter, quilter who has a way with words. If you haven't seen her blog, go check it out. But anyway, back to what I wanted to share. Her kids had been sick and this is what she said:
We were hit with more illness (Emma) and a week-long school break for Ian. I decided to just go with it, slow down, and be at one with the flow. Let the mess happen, pick it up at the end of the day, let the kids lead the way. I should do that more often.
I read that and I immediately printed it out. What a great reminder. I feel badly because I feel like in trying to teach my kids to be responsible and the value of work, sometimes I forget to just play, to just enjoy the precious time I have while they are young.

So while I am going to use the next 76 minutes to get as much done as possible, when Genna gets home I am going to try and be at one with the flow.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Lunch Love

I was feeling a little proud of my simple, but effective homemade lunchable. It was pennies compared to the storebought version and I had another option besides a sandwich to put in the lunchboxes.

Then I found this site. What kid would want to eat hot lunch, if this was an option?

Ok, so I probably wouldn't get that creative on a regular basis. But I am inspired to get out my cookie cutters and maybe some muffin papers and see if I can make lunch a little more fun!

Long Weekend = Yummy Food

Burgers off the grill

Fresh tomato slices from the garden, roadside cucumbers & melted butter

Corn on the Cob from the stand by Topper Popper in Lincoln

Jameson making waffles for breakfast

Crispy waffles with Butter Pecan syrup in my new Pitcher from a garage sale (25¢)

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