Sunday, June 28, 2009
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 :)
Thursday, June 25, 2009
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. :(
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....
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
There is also a fun interactive website: www.solomonlappandfriends.com
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! :)
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
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!
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.
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!! :)
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
Perfect by the back door for shopping lists, reminders, mail, love notes etc. :)
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!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
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!!