Saturday, January 30, 2010

Chalkboard table

I’ve bought this little metal table when I was still living at my parents house. I used it as a night stand. When we moved Christopher into his room, we put this table in there and I stuck all his magnets on it. It’s easy to move around and we use it for playdoh like here. We went out for pizza the other night after my brother-in-law got baptized and won enough tickets to buy some colored chalk. Well, one day I turned around and saw him using the chalk all over the table. I told him what a good idea that was and decided to spray two coats of chalkboard spray-paint on it. It had been outside since yesterday and he kept telling me it was dry. He saw it agin today and reminded me. I had forgotten about it. We brought it inside and he has been coloring ever since.

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Valentines Pictures

I took some pictures for the Valentines Day cards my son is making. I think they turned out CUTE.  We bought a Canon Rebel Xsi before Ella was born instead of taking the kids to get pictures done. I’m just an amateur, but I’ve been pretty happy with the pictures they we’ve gotten.

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I ♥ them!

And here’s some pictures that my cute hubby took when we were making pizza dough the other night and didn’t want to get our rings dirty.

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He has designed every ring he’s ever bought for me and I love them…


Friday, January 22, 2010

Awesome giveaway!


Linds over at That's So Cuegly is having a giveaway for this…

A Breville Juice Fountain Compact.

Check out and don’t forget to head over to the giveaway!

Go here to take a look at even more awesome stuff.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Coffee Filters? Who knew!

I actually got this as an email from my Grandma. They ideas were just so good I decided to share them!

You can buy 1,000 at the Dollar Tree for almost nothing even the large ones.


1. Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the  microwave. Coffee filters make excellent covers.

2. Clean windows, mirrors, and chrome...  Coffee filters are lint-free so they'll leave windows sparkling.

3.  Protect China by separating your good dishes with a coffee filter between each dish.

4.  Filter broken cork from wine.  If you break the cork when opening a wine  bottle, filter the wine through a coffee filter.

5.  Protect a cast-iron skillet.  Place a coffee filter in the  skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust.

6.  Apply shoe polish.  Ball up a lint-free coffee filter.

7.  Recycle frying oil.  After frying, strain oil through a sieve  lined with a coffee filter.

8.  Weigh chopped foods.  Place chopped ingredients in a coffee filter on a  kitchen scale.

9.  Hold tacos.  Coffee filters make convenient wrappers for messy foods.

10.  Stop the soil from leaking out of a plant pot.  Line a plant  pot with a coffee filter to prevent the soil from going through  the drainage holes.

11.  Prevent a Popsicle from dripping.  Poke one or two holes as  needed in a coffee filter.

12.  Do you think we used expensive strips to wax eyebrows?  Use  strips of coffee filters..

13.  Put a few in a plate and put your fried bacon, French fries, chicken  fingers, etc on them.  It soaks out all the grease.

14.  Keep in the bathroom.  They make great "razor nick  fixers."

15.   As a sewing backing.  Use a filter as an easy-to-tear backing for embroidering or appliqueing soft fabrics.

16.  Put baking soda into a coffee filter and insert into shoes or a closet to absorb or prevent odors.

17.  Use them to strain soup stock and to tie fresh herbs in to put in soups and stews.

18.  Use a coffee filter to prevent spilling when you add fluids to your car.

19.  Use them as a spoon rest while cooking and clean up small counter spills.

20.  Can use to hold dry ingredients when baking or when cutting a piece of fruit or veggies..  Saves on having extra bowls to wash.

21.  Use them to wrap Christmas ornaments for storage.

22.  Use them to remove fingernail polish when out of cotton balls.

23.  Use them to sprout seeds.  Simply dampen the coffee filter, place seeds inside, fold it and place it into a plastic baggie until they sprout.

24. Use coffee filters as blotting paper for pressed flowers.  Place the flowers between two coffee filters and put the coffee filters in  phone book..

25. Use as a disposable "snack bowl" for popcorn, chips, etc.


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Room to eat?

We have a VERY small kitchen. Our house is still under construction, and we have moved our kitchen table to a million different places. I finally realized, we have no room for a table. So, I came up with the idea and building a high bar/table in the open space separating our kitchen from our living room. It’s still a work in progress, and my camera ran out of batteries or I would take a picture of the top. Right now its just a thick piece of plywood.


Our little helper/ hinderer…


I’m excited! It’s going to be such a big help, seems how we don’t have any counters right now.

I’ll be posting more pictures as soon as I get my batteries charged. So, be sure to check back!



Wednesday, January 13, 2010

My Superhero…

I took some pictures of the kids and messed around with the contrast on my computer.

I LOVE this one. Look at those eyes!!IMG_3407IMG_3418




And the little outfit I made for Ella today… It’s actually a dress if the darn girl would just stand up and show it off. LOL. Then I made matching  little booty pants.


That’s it!



Tuesday, January 12, 2010

“Mells Good!!”

I handmade all the Christmas gifts for the family this year. My dad LOVES anything pumpkin. So when I found this recipe for Pumpkin Playdoh at Preschool Education I though it was so neat. Since a grown man doesn’t have much of a need for “Playdoh” I renamed it.

Here’s the label I put on the jar.

pumpkin I think it is too cute. Since the recipe made so much I split it in half and kept half for Christopher.


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He said it “Mells good!”


Pumpkin Pie Playdoh

5 1/2 cups flour

2 cups salt

8 teaspoons cream of tartar

3/4 cup oil

1 container (1 1/12 ounces) pumpkin pie spice

orange food coloring (2 parts yellow, 1 part red)

4 cups water

Mix all of the ingredients together. Cook and stir over medium heat until all lumps appear. Knead the dough on a floured surface until smooth.


I halved the recipe and and since I didn’t have pumpkin pie spice and just did a mixture of ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg until it smelled right. It’s smooth and not gritty or sticky. LOVE it.



I had some really good ideas waiting for me in my comments!

Norma from Norma Lee Good had this great idea- put it in your laundry room for brooms, yardsticks, ohhh wrapping paper!!

Then I read this one that Emily from Emily's World- You could turn it into a quilt holder we some dowls. You could even easily drill holes into it to make them snug and then hang quilts or any other extra blankets.

My hubbs and I were talking about it last night before we went to bed and were thinking maybe a towel rack in the bathroom.

Then this morning I came on and read this comment left by Linda the brains behind the Stumped Party and Craftaholics Anonymous- You could also put dowel/rods across and get J hooks and hang buckets and bins on it to store all your hubby's balls, legos, and oh-so-fun memorabilia.

This is the one that got me soooo excited. It’s perfect because we always need more storage with all the little things my hubbs keeps bringing into the house. You can get little buckets really cheap at the dollar store, for only like… A dollar! LOL. But, we could put it in my son’s room, or an idea that just came to me, the kids bathroom for their little soaps or bath toys, hair things or whatever. Hmmm the possibilities. We’ll just have to wait and see! Thanks so much Linda for hosting such a neat party and the amazing advice!

Monday, January 11, 2010

What do I do with THIS?

Today I’m joining Linda from Craftaholics Anonymous for her Stumped Party.


First off, let me just say my husband will not get rid of any of his childhood things. For example…IMG_3335

This, I like. Christopher likes it. It’s fun.


Chalk?! My husband is 25 years old. Why in the world would you bring 20 or so year old chalk to your new home? In a cookie tin.


Balls. I took out 3 for this picture. There is about 30 more differnt kinds of balls that he has saved. Balls from kids meal toys that he refuses to get rid of.


These are cool. I cannot believe they look brand new. I just wish he hadn’t brought it all in Christopher room at once.


Oh my goodness look at they dust. I have an excuse. We have concrete floors throughout our whole house. Dusting is a daily chore that I don’t have time to do daily. Plus it help me see if he’s been climbing on his bookshelf. LOL. That was just a joke.


I hate this ugly football man. My husband loves it. So here it sits. At least it’s not in our room.


The box of legos my husband brought into my sons room last night.

And this…

This was my husbands.


For guns I guess. I don’t want guns hanging around my house. Not really my type of decoration. The only idea I have come up with is to hang dowels and use it for my ribbon. But, my ribbon is already organized into boxes so it wouldn’t be as useful as it could be.

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It hangs on the wall. Obviously. LOL. Other than that there’s not much I can say about it.

Any ideas please!?


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