Friday, November 12, 2010

Another Chair Makeover...

I finished another fun little chair I thought I would share with you.  I got this little beauty at a junk store for the bargain price of $2.  It was a pityful looking thing, but it was very sturdy. 
After some sanding, painting, and whipping up a sassy cushion, this little chair has a new lease on life. It is living at my in-law's River house.

Walker chose this fish fabric, and since it was going in his room at the river then I thought it would work.  I opted for a stripe on the other side though, so the cushion is reversible.
I love this little chair now, and for the time and money spent I couldn't have come close to buying a new one. Nothing like a bargain!

Thursday, November 11, 2010


Psalm 127:3 "Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward. "
I have so very much to be thankful for, and I always seem to think about it most during this time of the year.  I took this picture of the boys swinging recently, and every time I look at it I realize how fast they are growing up.  I am so grateful that these dirty little boots are mine to clean, that they belong to 2 of the sweetest boys around, and that God chose me to raise these 2 little ones.  Now if I could just figure out how to freeze time and keep them this size!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Changes to the Picture Wall...

One of my most treasured possessions is family photographs, and while I have several places I display them, my favorite is the picture wall in my living room.  This wall has evolved over the past few years, and continues to change.  I have posted about it in the past, but have made some recent changes.  I love sharing this idea because it is affordable and unique.

This time around I took down all of the pictures and painted a tobacco color inside the molding.
I then changed out the pics that were in color to black and white, and arranged how I thought I wanted them on my dining room table.
Next came the hard part, putting all those pictures back up without a real guide.  I more of an "eyeball it" type of girl.  That whole measure twice cut once thing doesn't apply to me.  I just hammer, move, hammer again, etc. 
And there you have it.  My family picture wall.  I'm sure it will eventually change again, but for now, I love it!
What do you think?

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Halloween Recap...

Well another Halloween is over, and I think I have recovered from the sugar rush. I intentionally did not keep all the extra candy bars that the boys don't eat this year (my hips are already thanking me), and I have managed to hide most of the candy they do eat so that I can bring it out a little at a time.

It was another typical Halloween in that we had school parties, trunk or treat, and then trick or treated, but it was not typical in that Walker actually dressed up this year. He is not a fan of costumes, and he has refused to wear one since he was 2. He has always worn a Halloween t-shirt, this year though he decided he wanted to be Billy the Exterminator. If you are not familiar with "Billy" and have an hour or so to spare, you should check him out on A&E Tuesday nights. He's an exterminator that dresses like a rock star. Walker loves him, and I have to admit he is rather entertaining. Here's Walker rocking his Billy outfit.

My friend said I needed to inquire about Walker wearing the shades to school because he was a different man walking around in them. HA! Here's the real "Billy".
Connor decided to be a pirate, again. He actually "decided" on several different costumes, but the pirate was what we went with. He insisted I put a parrot on his shoulder. The only parrot I could find was a cat toy (filled with catnip). I cut the bell off, stuck it on with velcro, and prayed we didn't run into any cats while trick or treating.
I didn't make a lot of treats this year since I am now working full time, but I did manage to make some Candy Corn Bark for the boys' teachers. It was extremely simple and they all liked it. If you're interested in making your own I just melted white chocolate, and then added candy corn, oreos, and peanuts. Spread it on wax paper and then after it cools break it into pieces and bag it up.
I hope you had a great Halloween. I am still struggling with the fact that Christmas is only 48 days away and I haven't even thought about my shopping or crafting!
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