Thursday, May 7, 2015

Teacher Appreciation Gift

It's Teacher Appreciation Week, y'all!  I must say that Olivia has had THE BEST kindergarten teacher this year, and I've been racking my brain for weeks now trying to think up a really great gift for her and her assistant.

I found these sweet burlap garden flags on Amazon and instantly wanted one of my very own.  But I resisted the urge to shop for myself, and instead, added only 2 to my cart, checked out, and two short days later (thank you, Amazon Prime!) I had two teachers' gifts on my front porch!!

Now, the flags do not come with the stakes.  They must be purchased separately.  I picked these iron stakes up at Lowes.

I founds these chevron Thank You Cards and printed them for a quick note to add to the gift!

I asked Olivia what she appreciated most about each of her teachers, and she wrote a personal message on each card.

For Mrs. D:  "I appreciate Mrs. D because she never makes me in trouble."

For Mrs. Y:  "I appreciate Mrs. Y because really nice."

Oh how I hope these little gifts make Olivia's teachers smile!!  



Friday, March 27, 2015

A Frozen Painted Pottery Party!

Olivia turned 6 way back on St. Paddy's Day, but I'm just getting around to putting her B-day pics up on the ol' blog.  Mom of the year, here.

We celebrated Frozen style all. week.  long.

Her actual birthday fell on Tuesday, so Baby D and I went to school and had lunch with the birthday girl with a spread of Frozen cupcakes to share with her class.  

Tuesday night, of course, we had a little party with a big cookie cake and some gifts.

Saturday, we hosted all of Olivia's best girl friends from her kindergarten class and her ballet class for a Frozen party!

The girls painted cupcake boxes compliments of Glazed!  I can't wait to see their little works of art once they're glazed and fired!

And what better way to top off a Frozen-filled week than a princess party at church on Sunday and meeting Elsa herself!

It was a BIG week of celebrating!

Now we're all looking forward to Spring Break!



Thursday, February 12, 2015

Easy Peasy and Inexpensive Headboard

Our guest bedroom was still lacking a headboard the last time I posted about it here.

I wanted something inexpensive and temporary since I'm still hoping that Kevin and I will (one of these days when I can twist his arm) get a king size bed and move our queen up to this room.  

Today, I threw together a $13 solution!

I bought two 18" X 24" art canvases at $4.99 each and a pack of  two standard pillowcases at $2.99 (watch out, Big Spender!!) from Ollies.  

By the way, Davis had me laughing so hard on the way to Ollies...

Davis:  "Whur doe in?" (Where are we going?)

Me:  "To a store."

Davis:  "Wuch tore?"  (Which store?)

Me:  "Ollies."

Davis:  "Lollies?"

Me:  "Yes, baby, Ollies."

Davis:  "Lollies?"  
             With great disgust and in much too deep of a voice to be that of a 2 year old...

Me:  Laughing out loud!

I simply cut one pillowcase along the seams to get two identical pieces of fabric.

Then, I hot glued the fabric onto the canvas.

Super easy-peasy!!  If you're replicating this method, be sure your pillowcase is larger than your canvas.  I actually bought two different packs of pillowcases (the patterned ones I used and a solid pair because I couldn't decide in the store.)  Both packs said standard size, but the one I ended up using was WAY bigger than a standard size pillowcase which is probably why they ended up at Ollies (defects.)  But this worked to my advantage because I had ample fabric to glue to the back of the canvas frame.  Make sense?  

Oh, and I ironed the fabric before gluing it to the canvases.

So here's the bed before...

And here's the after...

For $13, it's totally workin' for me!  And it meets all my criteria:

  • Easy
  • Inexpensive
  • Temporary
Done.  Done.  And done!

I've hardly spent any $$$ on bringing this room together.  The "bed" is Kristina's old futon from her early college days.  The "nightstands" were a $12 DIY project.

The armoire is from my bedroom at Mama and Daddy's, and Mama picked up the chair at Salvation Army for me for $4 and some change!

I spent more on paint for the walls than I have on all the accessories, bedding, curtains, and headboard combined!  If and when we move our queen bed up to this room I do want to get nicer bedding for it, but until then, what we have now will work!  I know it doesn't look like a room that fell out of a Pottery Barn Catalogue, but for the minimal money that's been put into it, I think it looks pretty good!

Next on the to-do list is the Salvation Army chair!  

After all, I have a whole pillowcase left over that I need to put to good use!



Saturday, January 31, 2015

100th Day of School

Friday was Olivia's 100th day of school.

To commemorate the milestone, all the kindergarteners dressed as little 100-year-old ladies and gentlemen.

On a completely unrelated note, Olivia can throw out some real zingers that absolutely leave me in stitches!  Here's our conversation at dinner a few nights ago...

Me:  "Olivia, I want you to take a bite of your creamed spinach.  It's really good, and I bet you'll like it!"

Olivia:  Takes a teeeeeeeeennnyyyy bite and grimaces.  "IT TASTES LIKE SOMEBODY PEED IN MY SPINACH!!!!!!!!!!!"

You're a silly one, Baby Girl!



Friday, January 23, 2015

From a Song to a Verse

I just haven't been able to get enough of this song this week.

Big Daddy Weave--Overwhelmed

And after listening to it no less than 100 times, this verse bubbled up in my heart...

Olivia will soon be 6.  Davis is closing in on 2 1/2.  

Everyday when Kevin comes home from work they run to him with open and outstretched arms squealing with delight, "Daddy!  Daddy!  Daddy!"

They're so overcome with joy just to be in his presence.

If we don't see our relationship with our heavenly Father the way my children see their relationship to their daddy...

then...I'm afraid...we've missed the point.

We've missed the point of what being a Christian really means.

We've missed the point of the Gospel.

We've missed the point of Jesus.

All He desires is for us to run to Him with our outstretched arms--to give ourselves over to Him in full abandon--just as Olivia and Davis do with their daddy. 

I think that's beautiful.  

I see Kevin's delight when his children run and jump in his arms, and I know.  I KNOW. that our heavenly Father is that much more delighted when we have that same desire--the desire of a child--to be in His presence.  

Zephaniah 3:17New International Version (NIV)

17 The Lord your God is with you,
    the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
    in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
    but will rejoice over you with singing.”

This is the point.  It's one that I think the world desperately needs.

I'm telling you what, there's not one person on this planet that has taught me more about Jesus than my own two children.  I fall deeper into His arms just from knowing them.  I mean that with all that I am.  



Thursday, January 15, 2015

Kevin's Man Cave: A Work in Progress

There's something about the first of the year that makes me want to tackle lots of projects on my (never ending) Home Improvement To Do List.

We've been working up in Kevin's man cave--doing a little rearranging and trying to come up with a great plan on how to add storage and some work space!

Here's what the room has looked like for a few weeks now since rearranging the furniture...

This morning I hung the curtains.  I picked these up at Ikea several weeks ago on our way through Atlanta to visit Kev's parents.  I hung our diplomas and a picture of Clemson's Tillman Hall above the TV.  I can't say I like them hanging there, but it will do for now.  

We still want to paint the walls (though I don't have any idea on color yet), replace the hanging ceiling fan with a flush mount, add recessed lights (I'm most excited about that!!), and add a L-shaped desk with lots of storage  on the other side of the room.

One of these days, we'd love to replace the couch and love seat, too!  But that's pretty far down on the priority list.  Who knows if/when that will happen.  A girl can dream, though, right!?!

It's far from finished, but this is a step in the right direction!  



Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Back Hallway, Burlap Wreath, and Complicated Hair


I gave our back hallway a redo back before Thanksgiving.

It went from dark, brown-frown, dungeon...

to super bright and cheery...

I added the board and batten and freshened up the lower portion of the walls with Valspar's off-the-shelf semigloss white.  Semigloss because this is a high-traffic hallway with the laundry room, half bath, and garage entrance.  I wanted a paint that would be super easy to clean and would reflect lots of light since this hallway doesn't get any natural light.

The upper walls are painted Benjamin Moore's Quiet Moments in satin.  It's such a pretty color!!

This make over all started with this runner!  Mama and I found it at Home Goods for a steal of a deal!!  Mama said I just had to buy it.  She was confident I'd find a spot to use it!  Soooo glad she talked me into it!  


I may be a little late getting on the burlap wreath trend, but I just love them and have wanted one for the front door for a long time now.  I spent last weekend making one.  

You can make these pretty inexpensively if you shop right!  

Most of my supplies came from Michael's.  

  • 24" wire wreath frame - $4.99 (I used a coupon to get $5.00 off a $25 purchase, so I'm counting the wreath frame as FREE!)
  • 4 rolls of burlap garland - was Buy One Get One Free so $3.50 per roll
  • 1 roll of holiday burlap garland (not pictured) - I found this in the holiday clearance section.  I could only find one roll, otherwise I would have bought lots more!  It was 80% off which made it $2 and some change.  It is a looser weave than the garland pictured below and has a very thin gold foil ribbon running through it.  I added it to the wreath just to add a little extra sparkle and texture!
  • Wooden "WELCOME" sign and black metal "C" came out of the dollar bins (which, by the way, are no longer dollar bins.  They're now the $1.50 bins.  What the heck!?!)  

There are lots of tutorials out there for making these wreaths.  I used this tutorial on YouTube because it was simple, short, and super easy to follow!  If you're making one for yourself, you'll also need wire to secure the burlap to the frame.  I already had some on hand.  I also had the green and natural colored burlap ribbon on hand (got these at HomeDepot of all places in their after Halloween clearance for $1.00 per roll) and used these to make the bow!

I ended up running out of burlap (holy burlap, batman!  A 24" wreath frame takes A LOT of burlap!!) so I picked up a blooming hydrangea bush from Hobby Lobby at 50% off.  I just took the bush apart and hot glued/wired the individual blooms and leaves to the wreath frame. 

I didn't end up using the "Welcome" sign.  And I painted the "C" with gold leaf Rub-n-Buff (that I already had) because the black "C" just got lost on our black front door.  The gold matches better with the house numbers and door hardware, anyway.  Plus it looks really good with the gold foil burlap ribbon in the wreath (it doesn't really show up in these cell phone pics.)

So with everything added up, I spent about $28 on a 24" wreath!  Now, I went with a BIG wreath frame because I wanted a BIG, FULL, FLUFFY wreath.  Our house sits a good distance off from the road, and I've found that a standard 18" wreath gets lost and doesn't have a "presence" from the road. This wreath, though, packs a BIG PUNCH, which is exactly what I wanted!


Thanks for this, Mama!  If anyone knows my pain, it's YOU!!

I wore my hair curly yesterday.  When I picked up Olivia from school yesterday afternoon, the FIRST thing she said to me was, "Mommy, your hair looks CRAZY today!"  To which I said, "Tread very carefully, Little Girl.  Your day is coming, My Dear."