String art!

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Please excuse the lack of pictures on this post! I was not anticipating putting it on here and then it was too cute not to!

I made this sign for my living room, because I am slowly filling every room in this house with rainbows ūüĆą I just love it and I’m thinking I’ll do other one for our school room.

What ya need- a board, stain (if you want to add some color to the board), a printer/paper, wire nails, hammer, embroidery thread in desired colors, if you want to hang it you’ll also need some brackets.

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1. If you want the board anything but natural you need to stain it or even paint it. Do this at least 24 hours before you plan to work on the project.

2. Print your text or image the size you want on the board and tape it exactly where you want it to go.

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3. Start nailing! You are nailing right on the paper, directly around the outline of your image. Figure out how far apart you like the nails and remember you’ll be wrapping thread around them all!

4. Keep nailing ūüėõ

5. Pull out the paper, it comes right out.

6. Then tie on your thread and start wrapping…I think random looks better for letters, but for a picture you may want to wrap in some sort of pattern.

7. Finally, if you want to hang it, attach the brackets to the back!

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That’s all! Have fun!

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New journey!

I’m so excited to enjoy this very busy Summer and ready to gear up for our new journey this Fall! We will officially become homeschoolers! I have to admit that I’m both excited and nervous. I was lucky enough to attend a homeschool conference last weekend and learned so much. Things that made me excited and put my mind at ease. I’m also blessed to have found a neighbor who is homeschooling and several other local families who would like to join a co-op. ¬†(Can I say that the sky just opened up and we made a mad dash to close all the windows!)

I’ve also found a curriculum that I’m excited to start! My kindergartner will be using Timberdoodle and my little guy will be joining us with Mother Goose Time! I’m also signing on as a blog ambassador for Mother Goose Time so expect lots of information and super fun reviews of their products.

So I’m pretty much saying my blog will hopefully be picking up steam and changing gears a bit, but you can’t get the crafty heart out of me :) I’ll share what I’m working on, both on here and Instagram. Also anticipate a schoolroom makeover in the near future.

Want to take a peek at Mother Goose Time now? Head here- http://www.mothergoosetime.com

Have a happy Sunday!

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Dining Area Tour

If you follow me on Facebook then you know this has been a long time coming! Sorry it took so long! I haven’t been feeling very well and we seem to have a place to be everyday. After a a super long time of planning and 8 months of building we’re in our new house and slowly getting rooms just the way I (we? Nah, he lets me take care of that) like! So today we’ll start the tour! We’ll begin with the dining area…

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You can see just how close to my parents we live! There’s the view of their house from our dining area! Our little lemon tree isn’t doing so hot, so if you have any tips please share them and save Lou!

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Our dining table and chairs are definitely my greatest Craig’s list find ever. A somewhat local women was selling her nearly perfect Pottery Barn table and was kind enough to even deliver! The seats at the heads of table match, but not really :) one is TJMaxx chair, the other IKEA, both have Target Shabby Chic chair covers on. The small shelves are IKEA too!

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Most of the things in the picture have been painted dozens of times ;) These things have traveled with us!

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My wildest choices in this house go to the lighting category for sure! I am in love with my mason jar chandelier. It looks so pretty on or off! It was a plain light with glass tubes, but we switched the tubes out for wide mouth ball jars. Much better!

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Here’s a not as pretty picture, taken at night…oh well! Also, this was before I “Spring-ified” my buffet and table!

Area Rug- http://www.worldmarket.com

Light- http://www.lowes.com & http://www.freshpreserving.com

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Soon!

We have a date! We know what day we’re moving in and it’s very soon!!! I can’t wait! I’m ready to unpack, decorate, and organize!

My dad hard at work! Over 120 houses have been built by this guy!

My dad hard at work! Over 120 houses have been built by this guy! 

I’ve been planning and buying and getting too excited! I hope to share it all in near future, for now I’ll share some of my favorite finds and purchases!

Perfect laundry room lighting from Grandin Road! http://www.grandinroad.com/metal-and-crystal-pendant/indoor-decor/743358

Perfect laundry room lighting from Grandin Road!
http://www.grandinroad.com/metal-and-crystal-pendant/indoor-decor/743358

Coolest shoe cabinet ever from Ikea! http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20169559/

Coolest shoe cabinet ever from Ikea!
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20169559/

You can check out some my dad’s work at-¬†http://www.silvacustombuilders.com

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I see the light…

at the end of the housing tunnel that is! I cannot wait to move into our new house! This has been a long “journey” of squatting at my parents’. Moving your husband, 2 kids…lets specify BOYS, 5 fish, 2 snails (now 1 :/ ), and 1 dog in with your parents who you have not lived with since you moved out to go to college is…something. I cannot wait to have my own space to decorate, organize, and or not clean. Yes, Mom, the NOT clean is for you!

It seems like it’s been a long time, but over the last few days I’ve started realizing I probably won’t get this time again (insert weepy face). I won’t get to to torture my parents or annoy my mom by being her shadow, but really I’ll miss it. ¬†I know my oldest is going to have a the hardest time adjusting to having our own house again…but we share a front yard ;) I’m sure they’ll be a ton of barefoot trips across the yard in his (and the littles) future! (Insert another weepy face as I think about how they will not be little forever).

So I leave you now to finish watching “fixer upper”, but I’ll make a promise! You’ll see lots more from me in the very near future!

i leave you with a glimpse of the new PURPLE Ball jars <3

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Neglect

You could call the department of… Uhhh Blog neglect(?) on me!

Since moving in with my parents I have just been horrible about updating! I’m not very good at the whole thing, so I’m really not motivated to do it!

Here’s quick word vomit about life…

Our new house! Isn't she cute?!

Our new house! Isn’t she cute?!

Our house is up and will hopefully be completed soon! I love my blue front door despite what others think! :) I have been forced to pick things and make decisions for the house and I hate decision making! My oldest turned 4! I really have no idea how that happened!

I cranked out some rainbow blankets over the summer, but decided not to open my etsy shop back up. I’ve been working on some embroidery hoops for Instagram instead. I’m still an Origami Owl designer, in fact I’m now a LEAD designer ;)

I play with kids and do “school”, cook, clean, and that’s about it! Follow me on Instagram if you want to see more! It’s so easy to throw stuff up there!

Have a fun weekend!

Time to change the light bulbs!

Traditional light bulbs are a thing of the past! Incandescent light bulbs vanished as of January 1st 2014. As the SHOPPER for this family I’ve had to make the switch myself. I’ll definitely be checking Sylvania products out when we get to put bulbs in our future new home (I already have my lights picked out)!

Sylvania is changing with the times. Watch the video and remember them the next time a bulb goes out!

Check out this funny ad from Sylvania.

p.s. you can head over to their site for a coupon =)

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*Disclosure*  I was given  compensation for the writing of this post and sharing information.

My Perfect Nursery

We have two months until we are scheduled to close so I am putting off packing and such for a while longer…but, I’m trying to mentally prepare myself! The other day I was sitting in my older son’s room and I suddenly started to feel super sad. I love that room! Can I just take that room with me!?

Mr.M's Room

I remember spending my long hot super pregnant summer days painting animals all around that room!

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I thought (and still think) farm theme is the best nursery theme!

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I spent the early Fall making this quilt for his arrival. I remember finishing on Halloween night while watching Hocus Pocus! He FINALLY arrived on his due date 5 days later =)

When he was about 10 months old the Thomas invasion started. So we worked in trains!

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Then before Mr.R arrived we took my dresser from when I was a baby and had my brother paint it blue and replaced the knobs with these awesome train knobs and pulls!

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We intended on keeping this in the baby’s (transportation) room , but Mr.M begged me to move it to his room. So there it sits!

Anywho, good bye room and good bye paintings! I’m taking the rest with me =)

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