DIY Two-Toned Planter

You know how much I like cheap  thrift items!

Well, one of my second favorite things to hunt for is stuff I already have around my house!

This poor planter was at our old house holding a dead plant.

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I brought it over to our new house and considered painting it black.

A better idea hit when I realized I could spray paint it then paint the rim a different color!

All I did was flip it over, add two coats of spray paint, tuck the boys in, and head back out to paint the rim!DIY two toned planter

Then, to make the project even better my dad split some enormous hosta he had and donated it to us and it fit right in my pot!Two toned planter

Perfect, free, and not too time consuming! My kind of project!

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Dresser Mirror to Chalkboard

You may have realized I have a love for all things “chalkboard.”

Once upon a time, I painted our refrigerator in chalkboard paint.

Remember that Craigslist dresser? Well, the great thing about its $40 price tag was that it also included a mirror!

It seems like for forever that I have wanted to make a big “fancy” chalkboard for our living room without being “fancy” and this was the perfect mirror!

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All it took was a little chalkboard spray paint (two coats)…

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Some tape around the edges (I may have done this backwards) to paint the edges white….

And be sure to prime it with actual chalk before you try to write on it. I promise, it won’t write as well without the priming!

Andddd, here she is today with one of my favorite hymns, “As the deer….”

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It’s perfect for birthday parties or Christmas and a fast and simple project with a lot of impact!

What have you painted with chalkboard paint lately?

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Change of Plans, ORC: Week 3

How about we pretend that I didn’t show you a yellow and purple craft room that I wanted to redo for the One Room Challenge.

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I do have plans, I promise. It’s just that Cray’s birthday is in two weeks and my head is spinning with thoughts of that and getting the deck ready and outdoor space. SO, I promise in a couple of weeks I will have more accomplished.

Instead, let’s pretend I showed you our deck that I mentioned in Week One but thought for sure we’d be finished.

 

Really? Have I not learned by now?

 

Projects take timmmmmeeee. Time that since I went to the beach for a week and I’m trying to throw together carefully plan Cray’s first birthday, the craft room has dropped to the bottom of the list.

 

Here is the new plan: (PLEASE, please forgive my iPad photos. My mom and I had to trade cameras because mine died at my grandmother’s today then I realized my pallet sofa process pictures were on it and she still has it so I tried to take some finished product pictures on HER camera and it died. Cue the wonk/wonk sound here.)

Cray’s birthday party is going to be outside this coming weekend so this past weekend it finally stopped pouring and dropped to slow a drizzle to allow Russ to make this awesome sofa pallet that we saw on SAS Interiors. It was really that easy. Again, I’ll have better pictures next week.

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We plan to paint the deck at some point (probably not before the party because again, it rained off and on for two weeks and didn’t allow the wood enough time to dry).

 

Clean up the beds beside the deck and make this area presentable.

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If we feel really ambitious try some type of bar-ish/counter here…

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And just make it feel comfortable and like people want to actually hang out for a while.

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Anyway, I hope you’ll forgive me and not think I’m totally slack. I just tried to tackle too much at one time and it didn’t really work out.

 

I’m so sorry!

The Paci Parallel

Today, we took Kuy to Build-a-Bear to give up his pacis.

This was a huge deal. Yep, we were those parents that let our almost three year old still have pacis but only in his bed, I promise.

You see, six months ago, he gave them up for good. It was easy. No big deal at all. Until we moved. When we moved, he found one somewhere and he was back in the rut of sleeping with pacis.

I didn’t mind so much and I would check his teeth daily to make sure they were okay (a little vanity issue, I know).

However, he’s about to be three in June and I knew it was time.

Zulily had a voucher for Build-a-Bear and we had heard that you could put the pacis in the bear and they’d sew it up and that way the child got to keep the pacis.

Man, it was so cool. We had never been to Build-a-Bear before (where we learned you could easily spend a fortune) and Kuy was perfect! He stuck his pacis in the tiger he picked out, picked out a heart and rubbed it on his heart, and got it stuffed to be sure those pacis were tucked in tightly.

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He even picked out some cool boxers and a Clemson t-shirt. Not the cutest outfit you’d ever seen, but it was he wanted and we wanted to make the transition as seamless as possible.

I even texted my best friend how great the experience was!

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Until it was naptime.

And from that point forward my heart was shattered.

He cried and cried and cried and cried.

He cried, “I want my pacis! I want my pacis!” Over and over and over. It didn’t matter what I did or said or how I talked in a tiger voice or what I sang or what I prayed.

Nothing was going to change his mind.

He wanted those pacis.

It was truly heart-breaking.

I was almost at the point of tears until he finally calmed down briefly and wanted to sleep in Cray’s crib. Again, I didn’t care what it took. Except ripping open the tiger or going to the store to buy more.

But at the perfect time, Russ walked in with tears in his eyes and leaned over to him and said, “I have never been so proud of you. You are going to be the greatest big boy ever. I’m going to tell you this a lot, but today, I have never been so proud of you.” And as I sit here, choked up, I can’t help but think watching him cry his eyes out until he couldn’t breathe is not even AN INCH of what Mary felt watching Jesus give everything up for us.

It’s no coincidence Kuy gave his pacis up today to remind me.

To remind us.

How heart breaking it truly is to think, to read about the crucifixion. What a miracle.

How GOD TRULY feels that he GAVE UP HIS SON.

Kuy gave up his pacis and I couldn’t control myself!

God watched His son in anguish on the cross. Jesus even cried out but even His tears were unselfish, “Father, forgive them!” Them! US!

And even though this is such a small comparison, it was all I could do not to cut those pacis out of the tiger.

I can’t imagine how badly God must’ve wanted to reach down and pull Him off that cross. How badly Mary must’ve wanted to go and hold on to Him as He cried. Because I wanted to hold on to Kuy. I wrestled with him as he cried and all.I.wanted.to.do.was.hold.him.

Because in that moment, I wanted nothing more than to rip those seams open to pull those pacis out of the tiger.

Because in that moment, God could have ripped open the gates of heaven to reach down and save His son.

But He didn’t. The veil was torn for us.

He saved us.

He saved you.

He saved me.

Jesus died on that cross to save you and me from what we could not see.

As much as I wanted to give those pacis back to Kuy, I know it’s what’s best for him.

God knows what’s best for us.

But instead of something small as a sacrifice, He chose His son.

 

 

 

 

 

You should know that Kuy only cried for about ten minutes. But those were the longest ten minutes I’ve experienced thus far as a mother. When I went to check on him, he was asleep peacefully and all is well….until he goes to bed tonight, I’m sure. But again, I’m reminded of how long the time must’ve been for Mary, for Martha, for Jesus in His agony as He prepared Himself to see His father the way it was supposed to be.

 

Liebster Award and Nominees

I was SHOCKED, OVERJOYED, and completely humbled to be nominated for this award!

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Thank you to one of my favorite DIY couples over at DIY Passion and for a blog I just discovered that is precious, Designing Dee for this nomination!! I was seriously over the moon to be nominated. But, go check them out, along with my other nominees because they write some pretty amazing stuff!

What does this mean? I’m still not exactly sure but what I do know is that you are nominated by other bloggers to help recognize other small blogs, you are to nominate other small bloggers with less than 500 followers, and answer some questions about yourself and your blog plus five random facts . Other rules are floating around, too, but these are what I have found to be consistent.

Now, for five random facts that are so hard to come up with…

1. I thought about starting a blog for a year before I actually bit the bullet.

2.Instead of coffee, I drink Diet Coke in the morning (don’t worry, only one throughout the day).

3.I still kind of love sleeping in but always feel better when I get up early!

4.I’m that person that will take something back if I find it cheaper somewhere else or before I even go, spend thirty minutes trying to find it cheaper somewhere else (hence, why I pray about my shopping ventures) because I don’t want to make the trip back to town so I need to make the right decision the first time.

5. I have a hard time making decisions.

And the sixth random fact is that I let my husband read these and his response was, “Wow, you sound like the most boring person ever.” Awesome. Hopefully, you find me more interesting. J

And the questions from other bloggers…

What do you like most about blogging?

The connections and awareness I have gained from blogging has been humbling and eye-opening. We live in such a great big world that truthfully, is so small. Thanks to the benefits of the world wide interwebs connections are being made all over the world. Knowing this platform reaches that many is humbling. The first couple that nominated me is from Nova Scotia! I would have never made a connection without them and formed a friendship had it not been for this blog.

This irony is what is so amazing to me. I realize just how small I am when I see the hundreds of thousands of blogs…it seems like I learn about a new one each day. But then, simultaneously, I see the power it has, too…which leads to this question…

What do you find to be the most challenging thing about blogging?

Whew. It’s like everything else in life. It takes time, energy, and patience. I read once that the number one blogging tip was making connections. This baffled me because it’s something we do every day but sometimes, we give media too much power and lose that connection between real life relationships and lose sight of the fact that life is about making connections and connecting with the One who created all of it that surrounds us.

This truly has been the hardest to grasp. This is real life. Real life is happening around us. It is NOT an accident. It is NOT a coincidence. The creation of every real moment around us should be cherished, recognized, and supported with the essence of the connections formed.

How do you explain your hobby to people when they ask what you do?

Honestly, I just feel like I’m sharing something that I love to do. I love to make old things new. I love to share what God is teaching me through our little family. I love to create beauty out of the ordinary because I see God creating it all around me. Therefore, this explains itself. It is hard when people think (because I was one of those people!) that it doesn’t take time and effort but again, it’s just like life. People are always going to judge. But slowly, I’m learning I’m not here to please them.

What’s the worst DIY fail you’ve ever had?

This is the easiest question because I completely failed at trying to paint a wing back chair. I have been scared to show pictures because I feel like I ruined these chairs and they were a gift from some dear friends and I didn’t want them to be upset! (Fingers crossed I can still recover it! Any tips would be much appreciated!)

Who has been the biggest influence in your life in terms of your creativity?

Without a doubt, my husband. He talks me into everything or out of everything in a skinny minute. I look to him for advice, ideas, and just to talk things through with him. Bless his heart, I’ve called him in from watching a basketball game just to ask about a paint color. He is by far the most creative because he sees things for what they are and understands how together, we can make them so much better! He’s the one that showed me what my style really is. Thankfully, his is similar so when I want to paint everything, most of the time, he’s on board!

If you could have a dinner party with you and five other guests (dead or alive) who would they be and why?

This has been the hardest question. Only five people??? I would choose these people that I ordinarily would NOT have the chance to meet (but I have to start with Russ because he’s way better at starting conversations that I am so I need him there for moral support):

  1. Russ Tysl
  2. Shannan Martin
  3. Jen Hatmaker
  4. David Platt
  5. Francis Chan or  Lysa TerKeurst

 

What’s the one place in the world you haven’t visited but would love to see?

Uganda so I could meet our Joshua!

Do you have a guilty pleasure? What is it?

Yes….Scandal! Please don’t tell but I’m obsessed with Olivia Pope!

Is white chocolate really chocolate? :)

Hmmm. Yes? Anything dealing with chocolate works for me!

If we were in a parallel universe, what would your job be? As in, what’s the one job you think you could have done, but didn’t pursue?

Without hesitation, I would be a dance teacher. My husband still thinks I should pursue this dream but with two boys, I can’t seem to make the hours work in my head to support their events and be at the studio!

What’s your favourite knock-knock joke?

Not.a.clue. I love to laugh but my husband is the jokester in our family. :)

Without further ado, here are my nominees:

Elizabeth Joan Designs

Little House of Four

D.D.’s Cottage and Design

Dream and Differ

The Thankful Heart

Eve Isle Studios

Love My Simple Home

 

And my questions for these nominees:

1. Why did you start your blog?

2. What is the most important thing you have learned through the blogging process?

3. What is your biggest pet peeve?

4. What is your favorite room in your home?

5. How do you balance it all? Blogging, social media,pinning, link parties, etc.??

6. Where did you get the name for your blog?

7.  Describe how you decide what to post.

8. What gets your creative juices flowing?

9. When do you complete your projects?

10. Where is one place you would live other than where you live now?

Let the fun begin!