Friday, January 30, 2015

DIY Chalkboard Canvas

Chalkboard stuff is totally in right now. Or maybe it's on its way out and I'm just behind. That's a good possibility since I've been seeing chalkboard all around for a while now. Chalkboard walls, framed chalkboards, chalkboard jars...all super cute! It's very easy to make anything into a chalkboard with a little bit of $3 chalkboard paint!

DIY Chalkboard Canvas for $5 using Rustoleum Chalkboard Spray Paint!

I have a few little chalkboard things here and there, but nothing big. Pretty much all our walls are textured so no chalkboard walls, and I haven't tried turning a big picture frame into a chalkboard because I'm accident prone and clumsy. Moving a giant, heavy piece of glass around to paint just sounded like a bad idea. Seriously, I scare my husband when I use kitchen knives. My other option was a regular old art canvas.

DIY Chalkboard Canvas for $5 using Rustoleum Chalkboard Spray Paint!

Buying an art canvas at a craft store can be pricey, especially for the larger ones, but if you rummage around at thrift stores enough you will find a few here and there. Most thrift store canvases are rather ugly so I don't feel bad about painting over them. I found the above canvas at Goodwill for less than $3. It wasn't too ugly and I actually liked how the colors were used, but I wasn't a fan of the yellowy cream color.

It sat around the house for a couple months until it hit me: chalkboard spray paint.

To prep my canvas for painting, I ran a damp cloth over it to get any dust off. I didn't sand it, but I would recommend it if there are any really big blobs of paint on it, or if you just want a much smoother surface on which to use your chalk. I ignored the big blobs of paint on mine and just went straight for painting after letting the surface dry.

After prepping, I sprayed on two coats of Rustoleum chalkboard spray paint. Chalkboards have to be seasoned before they can be used so, after the canvas was dry, I rubbed the side of a piece of chalk all over it then wiped it all off. Chalk dust everywhere! You may have seen the finished project already in my Christmas Tour.

DIY Chalkboard Canvas for $5 using Rustoleum Chalkboard Spray Paint!

 About $3 for the paint and $2 for the canvas gave me a nice little chalkboard for $5! I love how it turned out! Hubby thought I'd done gone out and bought something again. It totally had him fooled!


Happy weekend y'all!



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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Top 10 New Year Goals for 2015

I am not a New Year's Resolution person. I have never understood them. The logic escapes me. Especially when only 8% of the folks that make resolutions actually keep them. Why would I want to make a resolution that, ultimately, I'll feel terrible for not keeping anyway?

I don't deal well with resolutions. I see a resolution as set in stone and unchangeable. Something that throws off my groove.


It is exactly like that.

I much prefer using the word goal. I can totally aim for a goal. With the added bonus of zero guilt if I miss it. A goal can be flexible and forgiving. It may be a matter of semantics, but it's what works for me.

Taking a few moments to jot down a few goals for the year at the beginning gives me direction. I happen to be the most intense list maker ever so it's oddly therapeutic. It's also the only way to make sure I get anything done.


I've broken my goals up into two lists: one list for the most likely accomplishable things and a second for the maybes. We are changing some of the money around because of our big ER visits last year that still have to be paid for and the washing machine is going out any day now.

Some on the list are as cheap and easy as actually hanging up frames that I already have and others are as big as a new bed(see what I did there?). Some are fun, some are practical. I'm very good at starting but not so great at finishing so I'm hoping if I put them up here that I'll be a bit more motivated to get them done.

Accomplishable:

  1. Mattress for boys to share. Our boys seem to sleep better with a person beside them. We're hoping that it works as well with each other as it does for mommy and daddy. Because I'm tired.
  2. Container garden. We did this in 2013 without a ton of success. I'm hoping with some more research that it turns out better this year. But I've managed to kill three aloe plants in the last two years so don't hold your breath.
  3. Hall/stairwell gallery wall
  4. Organize craft/exercise/guest room.
  5. Clean out shed. 
  6. More storage for downstairs powder room. A simple renter-friendly option like a behind the toilet shelf should work.
  7. New washing machine.
  8. Paint downstairs powder room. One to mark off the list already! I'll post about that soon!
  9. Window guards for boys' room.
  10. Put finishing touches on boys' room. Because I've been working on it for over a year now. I should probably finish it.

Maybe:

  1. New blinds and window treatments for kitchen.
  2. Repaint upstairs bathroom. Yes, the one I just painted a couple years ago. The color just isn't working.
  3. New bed for craft/exercise/guest room.
  4. New bathroom hardware and light fixtures.
  5. Paint craft/exercise/guest room.
I've also decided that I may never have a rug for any room ever. Rugs are soooo expensive! We have carpet but some rugs to pull everything together would be nice. That's on my definitely not happening this year list.

So what about y'all? Do you have any big plans for this year? Do you prefer the term goals or resolutions? Helpful or Not? I'd love to hear what you're up to and what you think! 



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Friday, January 16, 2015

'Twas the Month After Christmas...

'Twas the month after Christmas and all through the house
   The lights were still glowing, everyone was a grouse.
The stocking still hung with a complete lack of care.
    The tree was still up, the lights were still there.


The new presents were strewn about on the floor
    and I didn't think I could take anymore.
Too fatigued to pick up, too tired to think,
    and then from the next room there came a loud shriek.


From the bathroom I ran to see what was the matter,
    and what I beheld made me much sadder.
The new folded laundry was dumped in a heap
    and one little brother piled beneath.
Big brother had left the scene of the crime
    while the TV played Everything is Awesome for the 16th time.


Projects to do, blog posts to write,
    a big house to clean, and no end in sight.
Today I survived. So did my kids.
    A whole lot of cuddles is all that we did.
A lightsaber fight, a tower of blocks,
    and yes, the Christmas decor is still up.
The children are nestled all snug in their bed
    and visions of painting dance in my head.
Then on the monitor, I hear a small squeak.
    Upstairs I creep to take a quick peek.
Nothing's accomplished, try though I might,
Happy New Year to all, and to all moms a good night.


*Inspired by Clement Clarke Moore's, A Visit from St. Nicholas.



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Monday, January 5, 2015

December Review {2014}

Happy New Year!

I'm baaack! Mostly. I am still so worn out from December. Part of me wants to just sit back and enjoy vegging out and binge watching Parks and Recreation for a bit longer. But then I won't ever get anything done.

Y'all are my motivation.

Looking back at December, I didn't get a whole lot of posts up. I had plans but then we all got sick and it was all I could do just to handle Christmas. The Munchkin was on antibiotics all the way up to New Year's. A month of sickness and scary ER visits are not my thing. I am done.

Hopefully.

We did have a pretty great Christmas anyway. My big, loud, crazy family was even bigger and louder for the week. It was so great because my brother and his family came to visit which meant I got to meet a new niece! My grandparents live a few states away and they managed to make it too. After Christmas we took off to the In-Laws to spend New Year's with them.

The most exciting part was Little Man receiving a drum set for Christmas. It is his favoritest thing ever. I have never seen him so excited as he was that morning. He had been asking for drums for a while so we couldn't resist when we found a kid's set at the thrift store for $15. We had a slight scare when it fell over and popped one of the drums off, but hero Hubby and YouTube came to the rescue and the drums are back together again, thought slightly off in sound.

So we have drums, the house is loud, laundry is everywhere, and the kids are so happy to be home and in their routine again. Overtired, Christmased out kids are not for the faint of heart. I'm ready to sleep for a week.

Anyway, here are the very few posts that I managed to eke out in December. It's a quick read and I hope you enjoy!










In case you're interested, I also wrote a short post about the different ways to follow along with the blog. I would hate for you to miss seeing my posts if you were really interested in whatever random things I have to say. So check it out if you want to make sure that you're following!

I hope you all had a great holiday season! I'd love to hear about it in the comments or by email! Do you have any exciting stories to share?



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Friday, December 19, 2014

'Tis the Season to Rest

Rest. It's what we all long for. The thought of it is what gets us through our long week. Rest is a beautiful concept; work finished, and there is time for self and others.

I believe that Christmas should be a time of rest. If no other time of the year, than Christmas it should be. Is there no better time to rest than during the season in which we celebrate the birth of the One who said, "Come to me, all that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest"?

Christmas is crazy, exciting, and wonderful. And, dare I say, magical? It is a season of hustle and bustle. Shopping trips, road trips, kids tripping over the Christmas tree branches as they go by; it's so easy to get caught up in it. This year, on top of it all, I've had some majorly sick kiddos.

I had such high hopes for this Christmas. Little Man's at that wonderful age where he's really starting to get holidays and birthdays. I wanted this, his first memorable Christmas, to be magical and amazing.



But, ultimately, it is my attitude that can determine whether we have the magical Christmas or not. It's when I stepped back, realized how much I had to be thankful for, and got my priorities straight, that I really was able to let go. I was able to lavish grace and love on my sick family. I reevaluated my Christmas expectations and simplified.

Simple Christmases are my favorite anyway.

I still had my moments. I get overwhelmed and tired. But what Christmas memory do I want to make for my kids? Everyone was sick and Mommy was stressed over every Christmas cookie and broken light strand, or everybody was sick, the decor was simple, but Mommy was peaceful, loving, and gracious, even if the cinnamon rolls were store bought instead of homemade from scratch?




I choose to rest this year. To be thankful. To set my mind on things above, on the grace of God that reaches down to man. Because that is what we're celebrating anyway, right?

'Tis the season to rest.


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