31 days: using what you’ve got

Day 22: from table to bench

Sometimes I remember something I’ve seen online and it just sits in the recesses of my mind until one day I remember it and act on it. This frustrates the husband (aka the man with the saw) greatly because usually these fits of “creativity” happen when he is in the middle of a project (which is pretty much all the time lately due to the state of our current house). The family budget also tends to dampen these plans too and today I just had to make due.

BEFORE:
my lovely orange table: before

AFTER:
orange table AFTER

I found this table at an estate sale a while back, finally painted it and it has served as a coffee table for the past few weeks. The husband dislikes it greatly due to the fact that you can’t comfortably put your feet on it.

Source: None via Jenny on Pinterest

 

 

I remember seeing this a while back online and knew it was something that I wanted to do in the future, only we didn’t really have a place to put a bench like that so I wasn’t in any big hurry. Until today I had an epiphany…it would fit perfectly at the back door! I carried it in there and it fit like a glove. Of course, the man was deep in the midst of repairing the siding (that’s a post for another day) and didn’t really have time to cut wood for me and the family budget prevented me from spending money on foam.


NOW!

So, today’s post is really about using what you have and making it work for you. We had this great wool blanket that fit great on top and I found this apple crate and put in under the table for us to drop shoes in.

I’m hoping in the next month or so I can actually transform this into a “real” bench, but until then…I’m gonna use and be content with what I’ve got!

 

 

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31 days: the bathroom AFTER

Day 12: the bathroom reveal

I cannot tell you how pleased I am with how this bathroom turned out!

This is the first time I’ve painted with semi-gloss and it was a bit tough, not to mention the fact that this brown was sooo dark. But after everything was hung up in there, the imperfections in the sheetrock were easily hidden.

The only thing new in this bathroom is the little blue shelf. Everything else was something that was in there before, so overall this little re-do cost me a quart of paint, plus the shelf. Basically less than $20. I forget how just painting something can change a room so much!

bathroom after

bathroom after

I think my favorite thing in this bathroom is the shelf I found at Habitat ReStore. This little guy cost me $4.50, plus $3.50 for paint and a little bit of time. I lucked out and found exactly the color of paint that I was wanting too!

Here is the before:
habitat shelf before

And here is the after:
habitat shelf

Yippee for quick room renovations!

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31 days: pumpkins & ghosts

Day 3: Spooky Decorations for your front Yard

Our neighbor has these hanging plastic pumpkins and ghosts in their tree and my daughter has been begging to get some for our house. Ever the frugal one, I thought…we can easily make these.

The hardest thing about making these little guys was finding some cheap balls to put inside. Styrofoam isn’t cheap and I wasn’t going to pay $10 just to buy 8 balls of styrofoam. Then I thought, I’ll find some cheap whiffleballs. They aren’t cheap either. Try $3.50 for one! Then I found this pack of 12 tennis balls for $4.50 and voila…something reusable and finally cheaper.

hanging pumkins/ghosts

Here’s the how to:
First gather your supplies
balls of your choice
13″ squares of white and orange fabric
ribbon or string for hanging
sharpies for making faces
rubberbands
a tree 🙂

hanging pumkins/ghosts

Cut your squares to roughly 13″ and then fold in quarters to find the center and mark it.

hanging pumkins/ghosts

Measure your ribbon or string…we only did ours 13″ long because I was short on ribbon. You probably need it at least 18″ to have a good length for hanging.

hanging pumkins/ghosts

After you have the center marked, sew the ribbon on by hand or with machine. I’m sure you could do this a million other ways, but if you have access to a sewing machine, it’s the easiest/quickest way to go.

hanging pumkins/ghosts

Now you are ready to stuff with balls and decorate!

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Put the ball in the center, wrap a rubberband just under the ball and find a couple of willing helpers to draw on some spooky faces.

hanging pumkins/ghosts

Hang in a tree and enjoy!

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boundaries and frames

So, this upcoming season of my life is proving to be more than I could have ever dreamed of. I am gainfully unemployed (after much effort at attempting to be employed) and it was very obvious that my days as a teacher in a classroom were more than likely coming to an end.

Both of my children are going to be in school five days a week. And I get the amazing opportunity to just be the classroom volunteer mom that I never dreamed would ever happen in my life. We wake up in the morning, walk to school and walk home together. It’s nuts and I’m pretty much overwhelmed. I’ve been given an opportunity to really create something with daisyeyes and also to finally do some long-wanted writing.

In order to bring some order to all the space that has been opened up in my life, I thought I would share what I’ve been doing to help set some new boundaries.

To start with I thought about all the things I would like to accomplish in a week and assigned days to them. There is a lot of grace here, but I needed something to help me set aside time to write, create and take care of our home.

weekly agenda

 

I’m a huge menu planner in process and here is a picture of my table all set up for me to get started on my August menu. It’s been sitting there all week and I need to go to the store tomorrow morning. Like I said, a lot of grace my friends.

menu planning

 

Here is what happens when the menu is planned. I put it in a page protector and as I make things I cross them off. The ones that are circled are ones that didn’t get made. July was a bust. We blew the budget out of the water and didn’t make half the stuff on the menu and what I did end up making was mostly yuck. Like I said…where would we be without grace?

monthly menu

 

My kitchen was redone in the 1980s and it screams “I was designed in the 1980s!” What woman in their right mind would pick cabinets that are 1)melamine white, 2)have a stupid little divot in the front that catches all sorts of ick. Stupid I say. Must have been a man! :0) Therefore, I have started using them as white boards. Here is my kitchen organizer:

my "white board"

 

We are also bringing some structure for the Rooster and Chick also. I found this great app for our iPad called Chore Pad HD and it is awesome. We stink at staying on top of rewards and allowance and this really frees us up to not have to keep up with it.

chorepad hd: homescreen

chorepad hd: chart screen w/rewards

 

The catch with it though, is that there is nothing there to remind the kids of what their chores are. So, I made this little chart for them to look at.

chore list

The catch with it, though, is us and just getting into the routine period!

 

Those are all the boundaries…what about frames?
Honestly, I heard this podcast interview with a couple of women talking about framing your life. Changing your perspective and looking at every little space in your life as if it were in a frame and using it as a reminder of how God continues to bless us. This season, that is my utmost goal. I want to write, I want to sew and create, but ultimately I want to change the things in my life I am framing. I want to stop framing my life as a great status update. You can follow my journey with finding God in the ordinary here every Tuesday. Join me!!

I can honestly tell you that I am more relaxed, at ease and at peace than I have ever been in my life. Are things perfect? Heck no! We just buried our guinea pig this afternoon and the budget is slim pickings for August with a birthday to plan for too! But, I feel more freedom in my life than I have ever had before.

Grace is Amazing.

 

*If for some odd reason you would like a pdf of any of these files for yourself, just shoot me a comment or an email and I’ll be happy to pass them along.

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patterns!

The kids and I visited our new Habitat Restore and at first glance I was a little disappointed…until I rounded the corner and found the motherload of 25 cent patterns. Five crates full!

I found a couple of cool 1960s dress patterns for me:

Some super cute doll clothes patterns (one is actually from the 1960s and the other is a reprint of a vintage pattern)

And a host of patterns for the chick (these are all from 2000 and on up, but can’t be the price!)

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