Friday, September 2, 2011

It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year.......

Well, in my mind it is! Trust me, I love my children.....but I know when it's time for them to be back in a routine, back to a schedule and hitting the books, the field and spending more time away from me with their friends! This summer has been a whirl wind...and to be honest I can't believe it's coming to an end!  There is lots to write about and lots to catch up on...the move for one!  But for now I will share my "Back To School" fireplace mantel!

Reading and Writing and 'Rithmatic........
Most of what you see are things I already had...I did whip up the wreath in the middle of the night this week, I had had the supplies forever just too many other things got in the way!  The banner I made by running dictionary pages through my computer printer and then cutting them out! 

Since the boys are going back to school it is my goal to get back to work and get this house in shape...and to be able to share with you everything I've done!  Have a great last weekend of summer!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

My Greatest Works of Art!

While Mothers Day for me this year was spent keeping my boys quiet so their dad could sleep (price you pay for being a high school principal and having to stay up all night chaperoning prom and the after party) and then driving an hour to watch my middle child play soccer!  The sun was shining and I didn't mind because these 3 boys are my GREATEST WORKS OF ART!


 They've rocked my world!  We took these pictures on a cold day in March...I mean it was like 17 degrees out!  My nephew was actually in a good portion of them too, they were a birthday gift my mom - the pink shirts - in celebration of breast cancer survival!  

The days go quickly - their scoring goals and hitting home runs on the fields and make me proud daily!!

Monday, April 4, 2011

My Idea Has Been Published!

I know I shared it with you....but my idea has been seen by many! Go here to check it out! And here to see the other!  Thank you Garnish for continuing to provide great product and supply us with great ideas! 

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Random Acts of Garnish

I participated in the Random Acts of Garnish

How fun to leave fun surprises for my boys and my friends....with an added little note to put a smile on their face! Using a glassine bag and a fun pre-printed card from Garnish I was able to send some extra lovin' to school with my boys!

Extra special treats in the candy jar!

 Who doesn't want a tub of No Bake Cookies left on their desk? Yum-O!

You to can leave a Random Act of Garnish!  Check out and shop at

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

2 Posts in One day!

I've said before we are living in a rental.....I really don't mind.....but it can get tricky when trying to make it feel like home, here is a simple window cover idea.  I actually am a "no curtain" kind of gal but when the winter winds began to blow I was in need of something to block it out!  So....out came my stash of painters drop cloth!

Easy-Peasy window cover!  if they don't fall off!! I had to add some glue to several of the velcro tabs to keep them stuck to the blind, but so far so good...and they have been up for several months!  You really need to attach the blind to the top, bottom and middle of the cheap blind underneath it, so that it gathers in the middle!

Spring Is Knocking On Our Door!

I am feeling the need.....for sunshine, blue skies and GREEN! 
Can you see the color of our grass?  That is not what I am wanting...I need some green!
SO....since it is St. Patrick's Day on Thursday....I am doing my best to add a little Luck 'O The Irish!

You'll notice....I've been feeling a little crafty too!  See that green and white used to be brown!  I had two of them, identical, not anymore!  And no, I really don't have a green thumb, that grass is from a set of three that I got at Target several years ago, it has been great in various places in the house!  They are just enough splash of color to bring life to any room! The rabbit too....I wasn't feel the love so I grabbed the bottle of Hodge Podge, some dictionary pages and went to town!  Most of what you see in this cabinet I have had either for a long time or it is from resale!  The bird cage, that may not be black for long...when I put it back out I thought for summer it may need to be lightened up?  We'll see! 

I am working on the mantel too...just ignore the cords!  I need to come up with a creative way to cover those!  I am thinking cord burlap!  It is still kind of sparse if you've seen my mantels from the past but never fear....Soon I will be able to add branches to be forced...then we know Spring is knocking on our door! 

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Living in a rented home......

Since the fall of 2006 we pretty much have lived in a home that we didn't own.  It doesn't mean we didn't own a home, it just means we didn't live where that home was!  After 4 years of owning and renting we were able to finally sell our house - thank you Lord!  The first year we lived in a "cabin" type rental that was furnished with the "bear bones" of what we would need.  We knew we wouldn't be living there year round, as the owner was going to be renting it by the week during the summer. But we still loaded a U-Haul and took what we wanted to make it feel like our own!  We needed the boys to feel comfortable and like it was their home - and rugs to warm up the tile floors!  I have spent some time digging but the laptop that has all of the pictures on from that time fried up....I am not even sure I have copies of pictures for our personal use? But never fear....we are still living in a rental house and I would like to share with you some easy fixes to make a house feel like your home....even if you don't own! 

This Cute yellow house....was our "view" for almost 3 years when we lived in a house across the street

Here is the Living Room when the previous renter lived here

This was the living room this fall - after we had lived here for roughly 5 months, the walls in all of the main living areas are painted the same taupe/khaki color - warming up the dark rooms (when there are leaves on the trees the living room is very dark) even though they were painted an off white before it just gave it a more welcoming feeling to freshen the paint!  Note my first attempt at slipcovers, the chair has been covered with a painters drop cloth!  It does the trick for only $14 and several hours of my time!
This is the kitchen least favorite part of the house to say the least!  it was all one color - shiny creamy color the walls and the cabinets!  Take note of that lovely florescent ring light fixture in the ceiling!  Knowing we didn't want to spend a lot of money and that any fixes need to be minor we knew paint would have to do the trick! Along with accessories! 

Here is the kitchen shortly after we moved in - even just painting the walls a shade a couple darker than the rest of the house and the cabinets a fresh white made a huge difference!  Not only did it clean things up it kind of made them feel new again!
Here is part of the kitchen at Christmas!  We added shelving to the empty wall for my numerous collections of "stuff" family heirlooms and antiques that have been handed down! The cabinet you see actually was in my husbands family - after washing it down to remove the dust and years of grime it now houses all the kids school lunch supplies, after school snacks, sports bottles, bread and breakfast food!  And gives some texture and architecture to the kitchen!

The same view but in the fall and we still had one shelf to hang above the stove!  Actually my original thought had been to put 3 shelves where there are 2 but it didn't space out enough to put multiple items on the shelves and have it work visually - so I had to think about where to put the 3rd shelf! 

 There is more before and after  - I just need to take some more "after" pictures!  You will be amazed!  Stay tuned!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

As we begin our journey......

As we begin our journey, February 8th, husband has been selected from a pool of 22 candidates to be the next superintendent in a school district 35 miles from where we currently live.  We've been on this journey, to be honest, for quite some time.  In 2006 shortly after our first son was born Shane was given a gift, a job, in a field he had very little training but much desire!  He became the student services director at a career and technical high school, he spent 9 years there.  While there he was able to obtain his masters in Educational Leadership from a highly accredited university. While we reached the mid way point of our 9th year there he felt his journey needed to continue - after a spring and summer of interview after interview and being the second choice several times he was offered a position in a rural community in Northern Michigan. We knew when we went it would not be the place we would stay - but we never dreamed that our stay would only be one year.  Our journey took us back south - to Shane's home town, the place he was raised and given his values!  The hometown boys was coming back to lead a high school into the future!  In the back of our minds we still knew the ultimate goal was school superintendent, we just needed to take the steps to get to that post.  After 3.5 years here - Shane's dream has become a reality....with long hours, hard work, dedication and commitment he has fulfilled a dream.  And while the job doesn't officially begin until July 1st, 2011 our journey we prepare to move our family, to start another chapter!