Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Chalkboard Window

I love the blogs I read and Pinterest.  They are great places for getting inspiration in my crafting.  Something I kept seeing pop up over and over was chalkboard paint and it looked like so much fun.  So shortly before our trip to Ikea, I was telling my hubby that I wanted to find an old window that I could convert to a chalkboard to put in our dining room.  We agreed that it would be pretty cool and he said he would keep his eyes peeled for what I was looking forward.  Then we went to Ikea and I found my favorite section that I seem to find in every store...CLEARANCE (or in Ikea it was labeled As Is, but we all know that is just another name for clearance).  I was looking through all their "As Is" items and started looking through their "As Is" counter tops just to dream and drool a little when I found the perfect window I was looking for.  It was just the right size, had just the right number of panes, and the instant I picked it up I could picture it as a chalkboard.  I flipped it over looking for the price and I about dropped it because it was only $3.00.  I couldn't believe that I found the exact window I was looking for and it was only $3.00.  When we got back home I picked up a pint of chalkboard paint at my local home improvement store for about $9.00.  So I read the paint instructions and painted my window.  My hubby hung it for me the other week and it works perfectly.  Currently I use it for our menu plans, memory verse of the week, upcoming events, quick grocery list, and goals I am working on.  One day when I paint the wall it is hung on, I will add more decorations to my chalkboard window, but until I paint that wall, I haven't decided what decorations to add....all in due time, right?

The window after just one coat of chalkboard paint.

My chalkboard window on the wall that needs paint :)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Buddy Bear's Bedroom Makeover (Part 2)

Yesterday I posted about Buddy Bear's bedroom makeover.  You can see the before pictures here.  Once I got the idea to turn his room into a lodge and I bought the sign that I found the ideas just started flowing.  We decided that we wanted to get rid of his big, bulky, heavy dresser and replace it with something different.  We knew where to head...one of my favorite places...IKEA!  I spent some time before our adventure to IKEA on their website scoping out the products we wanted and making a detailed list.  We purchased his bed with built in drawers underneath, his rug, his Lego cart,  and his bedding at IKEA.  We debated back and forth about putting carpet back in his bedroom or replacing it with something different.  Ultimately we decided to do wood flooring because Buddy does have allergies and we were curious to see if removing the carpet would help him (so far it has).  Buddy Bear picked the paint color himself and I found many of the decorations at one of my other favorite stores, Hobby Lobby.  We still have one big open wall and I am in search of something for it, but when I see it, I will know what should go there.  So here is Buddy Bear's new room (excuse the mess, I didn't warn him I was taking pictures)....
A new to us door from the Habitat Restore, it still needs to be stained the right color.

Looking in from the door.

The new bed with drawers underneath that replaced the dresser.

The corner where the loft bed used to be.

The new bed again.

Looking out into the hallway.

The sign above the door was my inspiration for the room.

This is the wall that needs more decorations...in due time.

Monday, August 20, 2012

A New Room For Buddy Bear (Part 1)

This summer we finally got around to re-doing Buddy Bear's bedroom.  I think part of me put off this project because I personally wasn't quite ready to let go of the little boy room because letting go of his little boy room signifies that he is truly growing up.  I'm just not ready for that yet, but I guess no Mom is ever ready to let go even just a little bit.  :)  So I just did it anyway because it was time.  I had to suck it up and deal, be we  Moms are pretty good at that right?  Anyway, earlier this year we planned that we would have Buddy Bear's room done by his birthday.  That meant I really started to think about what furniture I wanted in there and what theme to have.  Buddy Bear is a HUGE nature and animal lover.  He has an amazing love for wolves, Alaska  (even though he has never been there), and the outdoors.  This is the theme I chose to work with.  When I started looking around, Nature was too big of a theme and I had a really hard time narrowing things down.  So I just let the idea sit there and roll around in my brain.  One night when shopping with a friend, I found the perfect sign for Buddy Bear's room.  It totally reminded me of a hunting lodge and that is when the idea hit me to turn his room into a lodge.  It was going to be a big change.  We painted his room when we moved into this house which was just before he turned 2.  So here are the before pictures of his room...

Looking into the (messy) room from the door.

Another view from the door showing the loft bed.

Ay yi yi, this place is a disaster

The loftbed with desk (we didn't work at the desk so much).

The bookcase by the door.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

I've Done More Summer Reading

I actually managed to fit in some more reading this summer in addition to what I have already told you about in previous posts.  I am sure this is in part because of our IPad and the Kindle app I downloaded.  I check for free books every day and have acquired quite a few.  I really do love reading.  So here is an updated list of the books I have read.

Chronicles of the Kings Series by Lynn Austin
-Gods and Kings -  READ  It took me a little while to get into, but once I did I couldn't stop reading.
-Song of Redemption
-The Strength of His Hand
-Faith of My Fathers
-Among the Gods

Made to Crave by Lisa Terkeurst - currently READING - This book is wonderful and exactly what I have needed to help me towards my health goals for a long time.

Stuck in the Middle by Virginia Smith - currently READING

The Money Saving Mom's Budget by Crystal Paine

Creative Chaos by Kate O Lynch - READ  Loved this novel about my favorite hobby.  I even did a review of it to help promote a new, self-published author.

Just the Way You Are by Barbara Freethy - READ  A good romance story, could have done without the handful of curse words in the book, but that is a personal preference I guess.

Refiner's Fire Series by Lynn Austin - READ - excellent fiction series set in the Civil War
-Candle in the Darkness
-Fire by Night
-A Light to My Path

The Resolution for Women by Priscilla Shirer - READ This is an absolute must read in my opinion.  It is life changing if you let it be and definitely something I will be re-reading again.

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks - READ I love Nicholas Sparks and the sappy, always makes me cry love stories he writes.

 Sophie Trace Trilogy by Kathy Herman - READ - excellent fiction mystery series
-The Real Enemy
-The Last Word
-The Right Call

Midnight (A Novel)  by Steven Wise - READ - a little slow to get into, but a great overall read

Let me know if you read any of these books and what your opinion is of them.

Friday, August 17, 2012

My Craft Room

So I am sure that I have talked about my craft room several times on this blog, but I don't think that I have ever shared pictures of it.  Now before I post the pictures of my craft room, I must tell you that it is sort of a multi-function room because we keep part of our office stuff in there and it is where I store our school stuff too.  I must also tell you that it is really, really unorganized at the moment because I haven't been able to spend much time down there putting things away and reorganizing.  I will also warn you that I have a lot A LOT of craft supplies, but please don't think that I bought them all.  I got a lot of supplies from my mom when she started digi-scrapping plus I have gotten lots of supplies from friends or when they have been on clearance.  A couple of times a year, I go through my room and take out stuff I am not using or stuff I don't have plans for and either give it away to friends, schools, or try to sell it.  So without further ado here is my craft room...
My work bench (it is pretty much always this messy)  :)

My storage shelving system.  I love having my supplies in the open.

Corner between the work bench and storage shelves.

Homeschooling totes

Another view of my chaotic work bench

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Back in School

I can't believe how fast our summer flew by this year.  It seems like just yesterday we were on our last day of 3rd grade and now we are already a week into 4th grade and Preschool.  That's right, we have officially started our school year.  I was all prepared to start school last Wednesday (okay, you got me, almost all prepared), but last Monday morning as I was sitting drinking my coffee and checking email, Buddy Bear came out of his room with groggy eyes and asked to start school that morning.  I told him that we had plans for the afternoon, fun plans even, but he still wanted to start his school day.  So I said okay and sent him off to shower with tears in my eyes.   I was shocked that Buddy Bear was the one asking to start school because this was just so unlike him.  Last year he dreaded school every day and kept asking why school mattered (I admit that we had a pieced together curriculum that even I didn't care for).  Even earlier this summer anytime anything was said about school, Buddy Bear just groaned.  One day though, J, my hubby, had a chat with Buddy Bear about what his new curriculum was like and what our school days would look like and since then Buddy Bear started getting excited for school.  He was excited to switch to Sonlight which meant that we would be working side by side a lot of the time and that we spend a lot of our day reading from books that are interesting and exciting for him.  It was such a huge blessing and answer to prayer to have him ask to start school and really, truly it meant that I dropped my plans for last week and started school.  Buddy Bear is really loving his new curriculum and is pretty excited about it still.  He is excited that we work together to learn and excited for the projects he gets to do.  Although J was pretty excited last week that he got to come home from work and help with our first science experiment.  It was pretty cool.  J volunteered to do all the science experiments with Buddy Bear if he can and I was pretty geeked about that because I have never been super excited about science.  J came in the door this Monday after work asking "Do we get to do a science experiment today?"  I had to let him down gently and tell him that there wasn't an experiment planned until this Thursday, he was a little bummed, but J will survive.  We are a family that loves learning and that is a good thing.  We are only a little more than a week into school, but we are loving it and excited about what else this year will bring.