May 31, 2012

A Day in the Life

This is a post I planned on doing well over a year ago.  I just never got around to it.  Several of you have asked to see a typical day in my life.  So, I took my camera with me today to show you what my day is like.  I am really glad I documented this - even if it's just for me.  It's fun to have pictures of the typical things.

So, if you're usually just here for the crafts, you have a free pass out of here today :)  Today I'm sharing my life.

Wake up time is 6am.  My husband gets up and heads off on a bike ride.  I slip on my sleeper and head downstairs.

I read through my blogroll and check my email.

May 30, 2012

Wake Up Wednesday

Last week's challenge was to learn the names of a few people and to use them in conversation.  I did it!  There were a few people at church that I knew of, but I didn't really ever know their names.  I learned their names and have been trying to use them in conversation.  Using their names helps me to remember them as well.

This week's challenge is recycled from one last year, but I could stand to work on it a bit more.  

May 29, 2012

Vintage Clothespin People

A while back I saw an image from THIS SHOP pinned on pinterest.  She had painted clothespins to look like people.  I thought it was really cute and wanted to try to make one of our family.  

I had some old clothespin from the thrift store so I got out some paint and went for it.

May 28, 2012

Once Upon A Thread

Hey guys!  I've over at Katy's blog, No Big Dill, sharing a sewing project inspired by this book.  

Katy does a series called Once Upon A Thread and each blogger sews something inspired by a children's book.  (She also happens to be one of the most amazing, creative seamstresses I've ever encountered.)  You can find my post HERE.

You'll see what I made my scaredy squirrel.

Thanks for dropping in.  See you tomorrow.

May 27, 2012

Sunshine Sunday - races and umbrellas

Yesterday Mr. Roar had a bike race.  The boys and I went to cheer him on.  It was the first race we've been to this year.  The boys even made signs.

Baden's sign says "Go Daddy" as well, if you can't tell :)

May 26, 2012

Soapbox Saturday - Mod Podge Rocks

While at Snap I got to speak on a panel with Amy from Mod Podge Rocks.  She was really cool and I felt lucky to have the chance to get to know her more.  She has a great business mind and a fun, laid-back personality.  When I heard that she had a book coming out I was excited to review it.  In fact, it arrived in the mail and then later that day I was at Hobby Lobby and I saw it there for sale.  (Yes, I had a nerdy inward I-know-her moment :)

The book is packed with all sorts of projects that use mod podge.  (Sidenote: Am I the only one who has always called it Modge Podge?  I only realized I was wrong a year ago :)

I thought I'd give you a sneak peek of my favorite projects in the book.

May 25, 2012

Feature Friday - Knotted Headband from a T-Shirt

Before we get started, I wanted to remind you that if you are planning on participating in "For the Love" this summer, all entries are due by May 31st.  I've already received some fun ones and I'm looking forward to getting it all scheduled and set up.  If you don't know what I'm talking about, you can read about "For the Love" HERE.

Okay, on to today's post.

Way back in August, Mandy from Sugar Bee Crafts posted THIS adorable knotted headband.  I LOVED it and meant to make one right away, but then I forgot about it until I needed to teach a group of ladies from church how to make something with recycled t-shirts.  Bam.  This was the project.

I ended up making several of them in the process.  I really like them because they are so comfy.

May 24, 2012

Silhouette deal AND a Dairy Man Tee

Today I have a Silhouette promo for you and it's a fun one.  Here are the details.

You get a Silhouette Cameo.....

....and their sweet tote to carry it....

....all for $309.99.
(Or if you already have the Silhouette, you can pick up the tote for $54.99.)

You have to go HERE to get the deal and then use the code "ROAR."  The offer ends May 31st.

They sent me the tote to check out.  I had only seen the pictures online, but I was really impressed by the quality of it.  It's BIG and it has lots of padding and velcro inserts, much like a camera bag.  It holds everything you might need - the Cameo, cutting mats, a laptop, etc.

May 23, 2012

Wake Up Wednesday

First off, thanks for all your feedback yesterday.  I really appreciate your input.

Last week's challenge was to pick someone and do something kind for them each day.  I picked my husband.  Nothing I did for him was huge, but I tried to do little things and think about him more.  (i.e. letting him nap on Sunday, buying a favorite treat, etc.)  It was fun and I think he might have been doing the challenge himself because he's been extra kind and helpful this week.  It's incredible the difference that little acts of kindness can make in a relationship.

This week's challenge is to learn the names of three people and use them in the conversation.  We did this one last year and it was fun.  I think it's really easy to say, "Oh, I'm not good with names."  Frankly, I think few people are really good with names unless they make a concerted effort to be.  Learning names shows we care.  Who doesn't enjoy hearing their own name?  You could learn a new neighbor's name or even the kids in the neighborhood.  

When we did this challenge last time I shared this story that I found.  I thought it was worth sharing again.

During my second year of nursing school our professor gave us a quiz. I breezed through the questions until I read the last one: "What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?" Surely this was a joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Before the class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our grade. "Absolutely," the professor said. "In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say hello." I've never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy. - Joann C. Jones

 So, did anyone pick someone and do a kind act for them each day?  I'd love to hear about it.  Thanks for reading.

May 22, 2012

Kid Organization Wall (and Things to Come)

Yesterday I showed you the new task board for my boys.  Today I'll show you where I put it.  

I had three frames that I wasn't using anymore, so I sprayed them all gray.  

May 21, 2012

DIY Magnet Board

A long time ago I posted THIS project - the What's Up Weekly Board.  

Then a couple of weeks ago I posted THIS Task Board.  Between the two posts I've had a lot of questions regarding where to find magnet boards.  Well, it's actually crazy easy to make them, so I thought I'd give you a quick how-to today.

May 20, 2012

Sunshine Sunday - growing up, jammies, and wrestling

Lately these little guys seem so be growing up faster.  Rex told me I didn't need to walk him into preschool anymore.  He announced that he could do it himself.  After he told me that I guess my face said it all because he asked, "Why do you look so sad, Mom?"  Because you're growing up too quickly and I don't want you to go to college and get married and leave me, I thought.  Actually, it's fun to see him growing and gaining more confidence.

Baden has officially hit the "asking why" phase.  He's been following me around asking about everything.  I enjoy his curiosity and his sense of humor.  He is so easy-going and happy.

One of my favorite times of day is right before the boys go to bed.  We whip out the in-your-face-character jammies.  (I can handle them at night :)  

May 19, 2012

Soapbox Saturday - Kiwi Crates

We were recently sent a little package from Kiwi Crate to review.  Kiwi Crate is a subscription that sends your kids a fun project in a package once a month.  It's intended for kids ages 3-7.

The first thing they have going to them is the fact that they send your kids something in the mail.  What kid doesn't LOVE mail?  Rex and Baden were so excited that something had arrived for them.

The next thing I liked was that the package contains everything in it that you need for the projects.  There is nothing required from your own supplies.  It's really nice to have a fun activity for kids minus the planning and mess.

May 18, 2012

Five Finds Friday

Here are five things I loved in blogland this week.

1) Check out these Color Block Planters from East Coast Creative Blog posted at Infarrantly Creative.  Aren't they so fun?  What a great entry way look!  Read more about them HERE.

2) And I can't help myself.

May 17, 2012

The Office/Craft Room Reveal

Several months ago I started redesigning our office to be my crafting area.  We moved the piano out of it and put the piano where the dining room table was.  We sold the dining room table and I used that money as my budget to redo both areas.  Well, you've seen the completed entryway, and today I'm showing you the newly finished office.

When you enter the front door of our home, the office sits on the left, with these french doors leading to it.  I vowed to my husband that I would keep this area clean so it wouldn't be an eye sore to entering guests.  So far so good :)

Here's the view as you walk in.

And here's the view as you turn towards the left.  Now I'll break it all down for you.

May 16, 2012

Wake Up Wednesday

Last week's challenge was to send some gloves to a brownie troop.  (Read more about that HERE.)  We gathered up some gently used ones, but we haven't sent them off yet because we wanted to buy a few more.  I can't wait for those sweet girls to start receiving packages.  They will be so excited!

This week's challenge is to do a small kind act EVERY day for someone in your life.  It's meant to be an act to show that person you are thinking about them.  

I am planning on doing this challenge for my husband.  It's really easy for me to do little things for my boys and even for others around me, but I feel like my poor husband often falls to the wayside.  Do you ever feel like that?

photo by Katie Dudley

It can be easy to forget the consistent pillars in your life.  The act might not be huge.  It might be a text during the day or picking up his favorite treat.  It might be doing a job that he doesn't want to do.  I'm excited to plan it out.

So, did anyone get to send some gloves?  I'd love to hear about your experience.  These are always me most favorite comments to read.  Thanks for being here.

May 15, 2012

What You Can Transform with Paint

Today's post is a rerun, meaning it's something I posted on someone else's blog a long time ago, but never posted it here.  I needed a little break, to be honest.  It won't be a rerun week, just a rerun day.  Thanks!  

Today I thought it would be fun to show you some things you might not think to paint.  Here are two examples.

Case #1: You fall in LOVE with this pillow from Ikea.  It has the black, gray, and white you are using in your bedroom, but it doesn't have that mustard yellow you wanted to bring in as an accent.  Bummer!

Solution?  Paint some of it that mustard yellow.  Get out a nice small paint brush and some acrylic paint and pick some of the shapes or lines to fill in.  (Depending on the colors, it may take a few coats.)

May 14, 2012

Mustache Baby Shower

Last weekend I got to host a baby shower for one of my friends.  I gave her a few theme options for the shower and she picked mustaches since she's having a boy.  That was great because I already had some mustache things and ideas from when Rex had that mustache fetish.  

She opted to have the shower be an open house, which I think is always nice for everyone.  People could stop in when they wanted to.  Because of the open house style, it was a little tricky to think up some games.  I bought some butcher paper and drew this baby so people could play "Pin the 'Stache on the Baby."

May 13, 2012

Sunshine Sunday - being called mom

Today I am extra grateful to be called by "mom" by this little guy....

...and this little guy.

They are so different.  

One would like to save the world and fight bad guys.  One would prefer to be locked in a small room with only mommy and daddy in it.  

One will snuggle me anytime.  One will run every time I say the work snuggle.  

One will do anything in this world for a toy.  One will do anything in this world for food.

But, both were meant for me and bring me inexplicable joy.  Both call me "mom."

Happy Mother's Day.  Thanks for reading.

May 12, 2012

Soapbox Saturday - Cost Plus World Market

Yesterday we took a little trip over to Cost Plus World Market to do a little Mother's Day shopping (for me!).  It's a store I love because it has a huge variety of beautiful, unique things.  And if you still need to get a mother's day present, it's the place to go. Here's what caught my eye.  (Actually about 40 things caught my eye, but I deleted some so this post wouldn't be ridiculously long :)

They have really cute jewelry.

If my ears were pierced I totally would have snagged these.

I am a sucker for pretty scarves.

May 11, 2012

Five Finds Friday

Alright.  It's time to spread the love as I show you five things I found in blogland this week that were awesome.

1) Heather from Dragonfly Designs made these adorable super hero beads (and even sent us some, which my boys were crazy about.)  We made two into bracelets already and the boys have begging me to let them buy clay make some too.  You can even enter a giveaway she has going on with them HERE.  Thanks Heather!

2) Ashley at Mommy by Day, Crafter by Night (who I met at Snap and oh was she cute) had this cute and inexpensive teacher appreciation idea.

May 10, 2012

Scrap Garland

This weekend I'm having a baby shower for a friend.  I've tried to make some decorations without breaking the bank.  Here's one thing I made that didn't cost me a thing and it was really quick to make.  It's this scraptastic garland.  (Sorry.  I once worked as an office manager at a scrapbook company and we put the word "scrap" into every word we could think of.  We had some time to kill :)

I was able to use up some scraps I had and create a colorful, fun decoration.  I really like free.

I dumped out my scrap bin and tried to pick some fabrics that would kind of coordinate.

May 09, 2012

Wake Up Wednesday

It's Wednesday!  Yay!  (I thought we needed a logo for it, so I made one.)  Last week's challenge was to report a job well done.  I found an email address for customer service at Waste Management so I could write a thank you to them regarding our awesome garbageman.  Hopefully it will be passed onto him, but if not we have other plans to say thank you to him.

This week's challenge is.... 

May 08, 2012

A Freezer Paper Stencil Party

The other day we celebrated my niece's birthday.  She's a crafty one, so I thought it would be fun to let all the kids make their own t-shirts.  It was a little messy, but it was a real hit with the kids.  I think freezer paper stenciling would be an awesome activity for birthday parties.  Just cut some stencils ahead of time and purchase shirts for $3.  It beats the little party favors that no one really wants at the end :)

May 07, 2012

The Newly Painted Faux-Armoire

So I did it.  I painted the faux-armoire.  This is what it used to look like.

This is what it now looks like.

Here's how it went down.  We removed the doors.  

May 06, 2012

Sunshine Sunday - monkeys on the bed, my bum, and teamwork

I love having a lazy Sunday morning.  Last week these little monkeys put on a jumping show for me.  I love it when they actually want me to take pictures of them, because it's so rare.  They love checking out their poses and moves on the camera screen.  

This week Rex gave me a great laugh.  He was watching me as I was searching what had been pinned from my site.  It was the day we posted the Avenger tee.  I showed him the screen and explained that when people really like something they pin it.  "See how much they like your shirt?"

May 05, 2012

Sharing Saturday

Alright.  We have some fun Sharing Saturday questions lined up today.  I think the responses will be pretty entertaining to read.  Here we go.

1) What's the worst first date story you ever had?

May 04, 2012

Two Fun Announcements - Twitter and For the Love

We break from our normal Feature Friday to announce two fun things today!

1) This is the less exciting announcement, but I'm now on Twitter.  Yes, call me a social media junkie :)  I can't promise that I'll be tweeting hourly with outrageously funny lines, but I will keep you updated on my posts here....with an occasional extra bit of something.  You can find and follow me HERE.  And to be honest, I'd love it if someone went over there to start following me so I don't have to be the cheese that stands alone :)  Thanks.

2) As I've mentioned, I've been thinking a lot about how to help promote newer bloggers AND I've been trying to find a way to do more good here.  It think I've finally come to a solution.  Here are the details.


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