Way Way back to my first month of blogging in 2006! SEE YA BYE BYE
Earlier this week I was blogging over on the Authentique blog. Thought it was high time I get off pinterest and blog this adorable Mothers Day gift idea here on my own blog.
Seriously.... Isn't Pinterest the best thing ever and the biggest time sucker ever all at the same time! Man, I thought I wasted hours on facebook... that's nothing compared to the time I spend on Pinterest!
I digress... here's my project. Begin by painting the edges of an old book. Remember to paint the insides but don't worry about the whole cover... that will be covered by paper.
Using some Mod Podge attach some pattered paper to the front and back covers of the book. You can sand down the edges to finish it off nicely. Slice an opening in the spine and thread through some seam binding and tie in a bow. Add a button and twine. And a cardstock mat for your photo.
Embellish the rest of your book with some sentiments and rolled roses. Don't forget a special picture.
I used the Grace Line from Authentique... Really pretty line. Check it out!
Alrighty... I'm signing off for today... I've gotta get to Pinterest and you should be finding an old book! Have a wonderful weekend... Smiles
I've been thinking so much about what it is taking to raise up these two girlies of mine. I talked with Kylah the other day... after she had been mad at me for not letting her do something. I shared with her how hard it is to watch them grow and make mistakes and to carry out discipline. She's at that stage where she just wants me to leave her alone and stay out of her business. Sorry girl... that's just not the way it is in our house! I try to let them work a few things out on their own but to my own fault... i'm a little all up in their business. I tried to explain to her that I could just feed her and provide her with clothes to wear. That would be easy! That's not what i'm trying to accomplish here. I'm raising up good girls, with morals, that are kind, who know what's right and wrong, who live and breathe the golden rule. Girls that go after what they want and raise up others with them along the way. Girls that are self starters with common sense who will be good wives and loving moms. That is the hard part, thats the part that takes all the work and I'm sure when she's all grown up she'll understand. Till then...
School starts today... Here's a glimps!
All the clothes are laundered and hung, the pantry is stocked with healthy school friendly food, back packs are washed up and packed up with fresh new supplies, girlies were in bed on time and rested this morning. And this my friends is the last time this school year all those things will happen simultaneously. Heck, it's taken me 13 weeks to make this happen!
oh, and someone is sad... really, really sad!
And this mommy is having a first class breakdown. Distracting myself today with crafting, time to chat and catch up with friends, shipping orders and dusting the above floor!
Did I say crafting? Tags from the September Kit
Look out 8th and 9th grade here we come!
Many many moons ago I found this awesome frame in the trash can at the store next door to the store where I teach classes. I brought it home and proceeded to keep it in the closet for oh, about two years. Then I decided to use it for a trade show, back in January of 2010. It got painted white. Then after the show I brought it home and put it back in the closet for another 2 years.
Fast forward to last week. I decided to paint the insert with chalk board paint. It turned out great and it now lives on a wall in my kitchen. So much better than the closet.
I've been writing messages for my girlies... little life reminders and quotes I love.
This was last weeks quote...
This photo doesn't show the frame all that well. I will be posting some before and after photos soon. I just redecorated that whole corner of my kitchen.
One of the biggest things we are working on in my house this summer is teaching the girlies how to solve problems and find solutions for obstacles they face. My oldest is a natural at this, but still she could use work on getting creative with finding ways to get along and tolerate her little sister (little sis is only 15 months younger, so shes really not that much littler). It's just a matter of reminding Niguel.
My younger daughter Kylah... this is where the "work" and "teaching" comes in. A quote I recently read sums it up perfectly...
" If it's important to you, you will find a way. If not you'll find an excuse"
Everything with Kylah comes down to IF she "wants" to do it. How do you teach someone that they "want" to find a solution to a problem? I'm looking for every opportunity to teach her how to solve problems. It's one of my biggest goals to send my girlies in to the world able to fix things and problems and find creative solutions in not so obvious ways.
It made me think about this particular paper i've been seeing... that I love... that I adore. It's just that I don't scrapbook much anymore and it just doesn't work for card making. Sounds like an excuse right?
Hahaha - not so quick. Time to get creative and find a solution. A circle punch and some papers for my JULY KIT
Attach it all along with some pretty embellishments and you have a perfect scallop border!
Now, if only my daughters biggest problem in life would be to find a way to make a scrapbook paper work for a card then my work would be done and I could eat milk and cookies in the afternoon! But there is work to be done my friends... next problem please, i'm on a roll!
I mentioned last week that my baby was promoted from Jr. high last week. It seems like just yesterday I dropped this little one off at preschool and I cried everyday for the first month and she cried every day for the second month.
Please allow me to brag for a moment... I'm one proud mommy. She was awarded the Principals Honor roll for achieving a 4.0 GPA for all two years of jr. high.
She is funny and sweet and kind and generous. She is intense and hard on herself and driven and controlling. It's almost harder to parent this girlie because she is so grown up. I'm always encouraging her to not worry, to let things go... to be a young girl and not worry about things only grown ups should worry about.
Parenting is hard and usually i'm so sad to see these milestones come and go. I cry and cry for weeks at the mere mention of a graduation or sometimes even a birthday. It's usually Niguel that gets me, she paves the way and all these milestones are new. One year later when Kylah passes these same milestones I'm not nearly as emotional. Could be that i've done it and know what to expect but mostly there is much more of a "whew we made it" associated with it.
Things are changing for me now. I hardly cried this past week and I had a graduation and a birthday! I can feel the tides changing. I'm not so sad and i'm starting to feel more excited for all the things to come. Excited to see how these girls lives unfold and how they soar. I'm excited to see how all this hard work of parenting works out. I'm thinking its going to be amazing!
I just finished blogging for this whole week so stop by and see whats up all week long. Have a blessed week.
Today I wanted to share two things i've tried off of Pinterest lately. These two things worked brilliantly and should be shared!
First up is wrapping your lettuce or celery in foil. This I thought sounded kind of weird but I was desperate to find a solution for wilted browned lettuce. I made tacos one night last week and wrapped the rest of the head of lettuce in foil and never got to it for another week. It was perfect, crisp and fresh! I thought it would taste all metallic but it didn't. My grocery budget will be singing praises for this tip for a long time to come.
Three weeks ago I had a sore throat. One of the worst i've ever had and it was annoying and coming on when I just didn't have time to be out of commission (who ever has time for that). I referred to pinterest and found this solution. Mix honey, garlic and cayenne pepper. Eat 1/2 teas every half hour. I did it for about 7 hours straight. It was hot but didn't taste repulsive like I thought it would. To me it tasted like if you were to eat chipolte seasoning straight up. It was totally worth it, my sore throat was gone that evening and never came back! From what I read the honey coats the throat and the cayenne pepper increased blood flow to the area for healing and the garlic helps combat any bacteria in the throat. I could really care less what it does or how it does it as long as it worked and it did! So happy!!!
Oh, I also tried the old stand by of gargling with warm salt water but this sore throat was way to big for that simple solution. I also tried taking a dose of apple cider vinegar, that was pure gross, also a little bit like swallowing fire! Stick to the above treatment. So much better.
Thats it so far, I have a least 200 pins of things to try and i'll let you know when I try them and how they turn out. Have a great week!