Another Chair!!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Yay! Another faboulous chair...for 4.00 (of course I haggled :) ) Anyways....I so wish this beauty was finished but as you can see below...there was a little bit more to it than meets the eye....ughh. It will be worth the wait though!
Join Rhoda over a Southern Hospitality for TONS of great treasures that others have found and what they do with it.

Kids behind the Camera

As I downloaded pictures off my camera I notices several (like 30!) pictures that the kids had taken that I didn't know about :)

There was a series of 3 pictures that explained so much to me about some crayons I was picking up the other day.....remember ....kiddos took these :)

Picture 1:
Picture 2:

Picture 3: ah ha! I wondered "why are all these crayons lined up and who did this?" Proof is in the camera buddy! :)

Crazy About Chalkboards

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Gina over at The Shabby Chic Cottage is having a fantabulous Chalkboard Party!!! How FUN :)

This is the chalkboard in our school room. The story is: my dad found four great chalkboards leaning against a dumpster right outside a local bakery. They were changing their displays and were just going to throw them out! Yikes! He gave this one to me.

I wiped it down and proceeded to hand paint several little whimsical designs on the borders, right on the wood. I did this last year before I began blogging so I didn't even think to document the process. :(

I didn't want it to look "perfect" just FUN! :) I just used the paints I had on hand..some craft paints and some off the lids of the cans of paint we have. I used a water-based poly sealer clear coat on top.

Typically it will have the kids' memorization work for the week on it.


Sarah over at Clover Lane did a pretty funny post today that jogged my memory of a picture I had taken while we were on vacation back in May....

Hubby and I went on a trip down to North Carolina. While we were killing time (no pun intended) between checking out of the hotel and arriving at the airport we decided to drive around awhile....which was gorgeous.

We saw this small abandoned building on the side of the road and totally started laughing!!! :) He turned around so I could capture the strange use of the word knife.....not so settling to see it in a verb tense???
ex. to knife something....eek!

Easy Craft Project

Easy Peasy :)

Draw a picture (a rainbow in this case) in pencil on paper.

Tear small pieces of colored construction paper.

Use a glue stick to stick the pieces on your picture!

Children's Book Review: The Wisdom of Solomon by Wanda E. Brunstetter

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

This is a picture of Boone reading The Wisdom of Solomon to little Dubs! :) This can be purchased HERE or HERE online or at your local Christian bookstore.

There is also a fun interactive website:

The following is my review of this delightful book...

The Wisdom of Solomon; A Solomon Lapp and Friends Amish Storybook by Wanda E. Brunstetter, Illustrated by Phil A. Smouse

Ten Stars!! From the smaller size to the hardback cover to the gorgeous illustations on EVERY page and finally to the stories, this is a favorite in our house already.

The book is broken down into 12 stories. One story is entitled "Lazy Bones". It begins with Proverbs 19:15, 'Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless man goes hungry.' Wanda Brunstetter does an amazing job of capturing the deep meaning of why one should NOT be lazy and conveys it in an exciting, delightful story that my children all enjoyed!

My oldest (8) thouroghly enjoyed the stories. There are enough words on the page to seem 'difficult' enough for her...yet the fact that there are colorful illustrations on every page lured my next oldest (6) right in! She is in that 'in between' stage of still loving picture books but beginning to challenge herself with chapter books. And obviously, as you can see in the picture above, my oldest son (4) honestly was captured by the stories and the pictures..he has read through it twice and asks for it often!

Oh ...a bonus is a Glossary of Amish Words and Phrases in the back of the book :)

I SO appreciate and am SO thankful that there are authors willing to write appropriate, honest, Biblical works for our little ones. We are all looking forward to more stories of Solomon Lapp and his family!

If you have read this or will be soon I'd love to hear from you! :)


Thursday, June 18, 2009

{deanie and dubs}
i love you little buddy.

library list

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Today's library picks! ...please print and take this list to your local library :)
(looking at the pile above these are listed from top to bottom)
1. Rufus M. by Eleanor Estes
2. Pinky Pye by Eleanor Estes
3. The Middle Moffat by Eleanor Estes
4. Mary Poppins; In The Park by P.L. Travers
5. Mary Poppins Opens the Door by P.L. Travers
6. Mary Poppins Comes Back by P.L Travers
7. The Moffats by Eleanor Estes
8. Boxcar Children; #43 The Mystery On Stage
9. Plays Children Love edited by Coleman A. Jennings and Aurand Harris
10. Billy and Blaze by C.W. Anderson
11. Cat Goes Fiddle-i-fee by Paul Galdone
12. The Gingerbread Boy by Paul Galdone
13. Best Friends for Frances by Russell Hoban
14. A Birthday for Frances by Russell Hoban
15. Egg Thoughts and Other Frances Songs by Russell Hoban
16. Farmer Palmer's Wagon Ride by William Steig
17. The Amazing Bone by William Steig
18. Potch & Polly by William Steig
19. A Busy Year by Leo Lionni
20. An Extraordinary Egg by Leo Lionni
21. Swimmy by Leo Lionni
22. Mr. McMouse by Leo Lionni
We are especially excited for #9, Plays Children Love......My oldest (8) was looking for play scripts to act out.....they have been rehearsing 'Winnie the Pooh' (one of the scripts included in this book) since we came home from the library!

Cozy Coupe

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Hank loves his Cozy Coupe. My sister found it at a garage sale for $5.00! We don't have a lot of room for "extras" in our garage with 5 children.....but I have no regrets making room for this! It must be the fact that it has a roof and an door that opens that makes it so appealing to little ones. Here he is in 'Nana's' Cozy the custom steering wheel? :) :)

Thrifty Treasures Galore!!!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Probably one of the best weeks of thrifting I've had in a long time! :) Real quick, first is another tray that I found at goodwill for $1.00. I will make this a magnet board like THESE for my "craft room to be" or the school room.
Now.....I went to an estate sale...went straight to the garage (where no one else ever goes) and looked in the corner and saw this beauty (the chair on the right) covered in cobwebs and junk. The sweet girl running the sale said, "oh THAT thing...just take it".

"Will do honey." I LOVE the way it sits lower to the ground and is nice and least two little ones could snuggle in there!

The other chair was given to me too and the drawer goes to a desk that I purchased for $20.00. It is going to be my crafting desk...I'm super pumped about that!....but back to the cutest chair ever makeover......
The kids and I washed and scrubbed this down. Then I sanded the thick painted spots....and sprayed a little primer on it.

At this point I began to waiver away from my choices of 'black' or 'heirloom white' and started to think like a crazy happy mom and decided on THIS!

It is so happy and cute in my office slash "soon-to-be craft room" corner. And I think my little pillow looks right at home! Remember it?.....take a look here. My kids love our happy chair already!
Edited to add the color paint i used for the chair:
Rust-oleum Painter's Touch in Satin Aqua
I sealed it, using a foam brush, with:
Minwax Water Based Polycrylic Protective Finish in Clear Satin

Now on to the desk! I found this in the basement of the estate sale (the other place no one goes). It was in the unfinished area piled high with uhlotuhjunk...... I don't have a great before pic...but you saw the drawer and here it is already sanded a bit.
Sanded and sprayed with primer....

Went with a fave...Rustoleum's "heirloom white" ....distressed and poly sealed....

knobs will be coming tomorrow after a quick stop at Hobby Lobby....they'll be 1/2 off. This desk is so quaint and is the perfect size for my sewing machine and craft stuff. I will be working on this area and hope to keep the updates coming! :)

Join Rhoda over at Southern Hospitality for LOTS of fun posts on thrifting!! :)

Tin Tray Magnet Boards

Thursday, June 11, 2009

I saw this idea in...I think Country Living. Super easy! :)

I found two cute tin serving trays at a local antique shop. Wiped them down, and used these mounting strips from 3M to hang them on the wall

and Wa...La!!!

Perfect by the back door for shopping lists, reminders, mail, love notes etc. :)

Father's Day Ideas!

Father's day is quickly approaching and I want more than ever to honor the man that is the father to our children.

Most importantly he loves the Lord and helps to lead our children closer to HIM! He works so so hard everyday so that I can stay home and teach the children. He comes home and loves me and the kids in a way that makes me fall in love all over with him!

I've been scouring ideas to be able to show honor to him this year...without spending a fortune. (isn't that always the fun part?)

First. We made a custom card from shutterfly for just over $1.00. That promo is over now but they still have lots of cute ideas for dad!

Second: I'm going to interview each child and make a little booklet. It will include questions like: What do you like to play with daddy? What is daddy's favorite sport? What gifts has God blessed daddy with? What does daddy do that makes you laugh? etc.

Third: If we have time I want to do all three of these ideas!...Thanks Martha Stewart :) So stinkin cute......our daddy is a BIG time reader, so this bookmark craft is perfect.

This little pad of paper is adorable and great for the little ones to get involved in making :)

and finally this "Date With Daddy" gift! This could go in so many directions .....I see it being from all the children and enclosing a gift card for our favorite ice cream place to go to as a family :)

What a blessing it is to have such a wonderful daddy and we certainly thank our heavenly Father most of all for the blessings HE has bestowed upon us!

Clipboard Giveaway Winner!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

And the Winner is:
#4 !!!

I used the Random Generator and tried to do a screen copy of it....but alas I am not that savvy yet and this is all I could copy:

True Random Number Generator Min: Max: Result: 4 Powered by RANDOM.ORG

So I just looked and the 4th person to comment was GrammyGoo !!!

CONGRATULATIONS!!! :) This was so much fun for me. I was able to connect with lots of new blog friends. Thanks!!

Thrifty Treasures: Footstool Makeover

Monday, June 1, 2009

*don't forget to enter my 1st ever giveaway HERE*
This is an easy DIY project and with Yard Sale Season in full swing an unfinished wooden footstool is fairly easy to come by.
Like this one I've found recently:
after a very quick and light sanding I spray painted it black
and added some rub on letters (found at Hobby Lobby):

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