A nano-second away from CRAZY!

I’m exhausted. I spent hours cleaning my daughter’s room last night. Polly Pocket toys have a tendency to scatter in every nook and cranny of the room! Those of you that have only boys should be grateful! What should have taken 20 minutes took over half the night. The crib-turned-day-bed came out and made a huge difference. I’m not sure what we’ll do for a bed, but she seems to like it without one – maybe a tent or big fluffy pillow might do. Well, I’d say Spring Cleaning in her room is complete!

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I alternated between organizing and figuring out how to remove a “widget” from my blog page! My parents are to blame for this one…I inherited my determination from them! I was sure I’d be bald when the sun came up! But, since it FINALLY WORKED, I’ll have to save CRAZY for another day! LOL

Yesterday, I got a late start, which meant dropping my husband and “the crew” off at their jobsite later than usual. This also meant that my daughter and I would be late to school. We missed the 1st activity, but we managed to:

  • play with red balls in the playground
  • have rice cakes, raisins, and red peppers for snack
  • paint rocks

Did you guess what day it was? R-Day!!!

On the way home, we stopped for gas and shared a meatball sandwich at the BP station. I was looking forward to a smooth afternoon. NOT!!! The car decided to die on us (battery was drained). Car problems don’t cease to exist these days. I’m even learning a few things along the way. For instance, I learned that a bad starter causes the alternator to malfunction making the battery loose power. At least that’s my interpretation of what my husband explained to me. I think it’s fixed NOW…whatever the problem was!

Anyway, a very nice BP employee (I should’ve gotten his name – I’ll have to go back and do that!) jump-started the car and off we went. I knew if I turned the car off I would have a slim-to-none chance of it turning back on, so I made FIVE more stops without turning the car off (there went the gas I just pumped!):

  • picked up some t-shirts
  • dropped off a couple of shirts to someone
  • picked up kids from school
  • tried to pick up personalized name plates *not ready yet*
  • stopped for ONE item at the grocery store (my GRAND Adirondack chair!!!!)

plastic adirondack chairI saw stacks of plastic adirondack chairs the last time I bought groceries and fell in love. They had several on sale in bright spring colors (coral, mint, and pink). I was waiting for the price to go down, but worried that they would run out. Bad battery and all, I was (again) determined so, I went inside and found a small stack marked down from $39 to $19. I bought one!!! My son picked out MINT. Yeah, that’s all I could afford right now. Hey, if it’s the ONLY Adirondack chair I ever own, it will be all mine!

Well, we made it home. I backed the car into the driveway and turned it off. Will you guess what happened when I tried to turn it back on? NADA…ZERO…ZILCH…ZIP! My kids looked at me in utter amazement. They probably thought: Mom said this would happen and it did! They thought it was odd that I kept leaving the car on, but they were grateful to have made it home because I used my noodle. Kids.

cake-03-28-07.JPGMy little cook made dinner for us last night. Burgers and Blueberry cupcakes cake! We were out of cupcake cups, so it became a cake.

He did an excellent job! It tasted so good that a big chunk of it was gone before I could take a picture!

While dinner was cooking, I had lots of fun making a display board. I used a large picture frame I had in the laundry room. I got my inspiration from those expensive memo boards at the stores that are now popular – the ones that have a ribbon criss-crossing throughout.

I decided to “take it up a notch”.

It was such a SIMPLE PROJECT!

Step 1: Find an old picture frame (frame only – no glass or anything else). The size of mine was 24×30, but any size will do fine.

Step 2: Clean it up. Prime if needed (I didn’t have to because mine was wood painted with a flat finish).

Step 3: Paint! My daughter and I had “together time” painting it a collage of different colors! We used regular acrylic paints.

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Step 4: When dry, turn the frame over and hammer some nails randomly (or strategically – I’m a perfectionist) to the back, leaving half of each nail exposed. In other words, don’t nail them all the way in.

Step 5: Go ribbon crazy! Tie ribbon (I also used scrap pieces of yarn) to a nail and loop it back and forth from one nail to another in a zig-zag design. Then tie the end and repeat with a different ribbon until you’ve covered it the way you like it.

You should double-knot so the ribbon is secure on the nail.

Be sure to snip off any excess ribbon hanging off nails.

I think it turned out really nice! It will be put to good use at my desk. Check it out…

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I HOPE YOU HAVE AS MUCH FUN MAKING YOUR OWN DISPLAY BOARD – ADD YOUR OWN CREATIVE TOUCHES! Leave me a comment & include a pic if you make one!

Today’s Daysies quote:

“LOVE IS HOMEMADE”

It certainly is! =)

You are beautiful…and more

I came across this site today: YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. (www.youarebeautiful.com) What an amazing project! I got my SASE ready, ordered free stickers and plan to go to town when they come in! You should check it out! I was having a “bad hair day” and this brought a smile to my face. My hair’s still outta whack, but at least there’s hope!!

Yesterday was interesting. For one, I now feel confident that my boys will never go hungry so long as there’s cake mix in the house.

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They made a *yummy* funfetti cake with white whipped frosting – ALL BY THEMSELVES! It was all gone by bedtime! Our family loves to bake! Aaaggghhh! Then we wonder why we have a little extra “cushion” around the waist!

I also had a good time at school with my daughter! It was “P” day. We wore our pajamas, put pennies in playdough, ate pizzas for snack, and stuffed pillows. Oh, and we also planted some marigolds in pots!

Waiting for my husband to pick us up, we admired the wildflowers on the other side of the fence. For all I know, they could have been weeds, but growing together out of one large patch of grass – they looked so amazing!

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OH, and I finally finished my pieces for the 4×4 Chunky Book Swap I’m in – my very 1st AB SWAP! Each participant was to make 26 original or color copies of their creations (26 because there are that many participants), based on the theme – Things that go bump in the night.

I immediately had a vision of this tooth fairy flying around enroute to her next destination. I imagined her getting disoriented and crashing into the side of a house. I know that sound horrible, but in my vision she didn’t get hurt, she just had a little BUMP. Then, of course – like in the cartoons, the rotating stars start going round her head from the impact. I thought it would be comical! If only I could portray that image on paper. Well, I can’t draw to save my life and all my image searches came up with ugly tooth fairies. My husband gave it a try and drew up a very cute fairy, but I decided to use it for something else (it didn’t look disoriented enough – LOL). Instead I took an old picture and altered it on the computer. Here’s the finished product…

dscf5304.JPGI had so much fun working on it and can’t wait to join another swap!

One of my resolutions this year was to make time for myself to work on little projects that allow me to express my creative side. I’m always starting things and not finishing because they require time – uninterrupted, no children around – time! Swaps, for me, seem to fit right in with my style – they are structured, theme-oriented, yet simple enough to do anytime.

I have to admit, I was a bit intimidated at first, but once I got going, I was in a different world…can’t wait for the next one! Now I just have to put them in the mail and wait for the put-together chunky book that I’ll get back from our hostess. It’ll be fun to see what everyone else did. I’m sure it’ll give me all sorts of inspiration!

Today’s quote from my Daysies calendar is:

“IF YOU WOULD BE LOVED, LOVE AND BE LOVABLE.”
~Franklin

Ya gotta love it!!! =)