Saturday, January 29, 2011

Project 52, Week 4

This week was so busy I could barely fit it all in!


and here's how it's all looking together :)


Here's to another great week! :)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Purple Is The New White

It's unusual for me to be posting two days in a row about home craft type stuff...but here I am again! Winter always gives me the blahs and for some odd reason, my solution is always to paint something.

Regardless of why my brain works this way, the good thing is it always works! I am instantly cheered by a fresh wall.

I don't have any before pictures, but it looked pretty much like this without the photo project and the white walls :) I loved the black and white theme I had going in there, but the walls needed something! I painted a few coats of Kilz Poets Purple on the walls (This color makes Mr. G happy since he's an English professor and quite the poet himself). He forgives me the purple part ;)

First thing's first...I know the purple looks different in some of the different photos. These are SOOC and I didn't edit them...some were take with the flash and some without so that's why...Sorry, but I'm not a photography expert so you get what you get! :D

The photo project was simple and cost only a couple of bucks...I had the yarn and clothespins sitting around...I spent $2 to print the prints and $1 for some white acrylic paint. I doodled designs on the dried painted clothespins using a fine Sharpie.

I used leftover chalkboard paint for the other project. I recycled a frame (pitched the glass and just hung the naked frame on the wall over the painted rectangle :)

I had to giggle that even our mouthwash matched--a total fluke I assure you ;)

And yes, I use lamps in my bathroom...I find overhead lights a bit offensive LOL.

The sconces were also recycled from my hallway, and everything else was already in there! (shower curtain, rugs, hamper, towels, jars, etc).


So there you have it...our tiny little apartment, white and purple all over...kind of just like before, but better! ;)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

What's On The Menu?

So generally, my crafts are born out of a basic need. Because of our work schedules, James and I have to share the cooking. Every Sunday morning, we sit down and make a menu for the week, and then go grocery shopping. On James' cooking days, though, he was often calling me and saying, "What am I supposed to be making again?" And of course, I would remind him...but it got me to thinking that a solution was needed!

I was just going to buy a calendar and put it on the wall but in the end I decided to use this piece of wall we have in the hallway that was otherwise plain. It's right next to the kitchen, kind of in the entryway. It's hard to describe its location, but you get the picture. :P

I went to Hobby Lobby and bought the supplies I would need for less than $20 and spent the next week working on it.

I sanded the unfinished wood circles, then painted 3 coats of chalkboard paint on them. I nailed them directly in the wall, then painted over the nail heads. Two coats of Mod Podge over the letters, and it was missing something.

The little portion of wall behind it was white, and boring! So, I went to Wal-Mart and picked up an $8 quart of paint that had been mistinted. I spent $4 on it, bringing my project total to just under $25. The berry red color was perfect!

My favorite part are the blank spots for doodling and notes.

That is our actual menu for this week...our food isn't always very fancy (LOL!) but I figured there was no reason to change it up for the least now we will always remember what is on the menu for the day!




Sunday, January 23, 2011

Picture Share!!!!

It's been awhile since I just shared some current family here goes! Here are some photos of all 5 of us taken within the last few weeks...they're pretty self-explanatory....enjoy! :)









Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Project 52, Week 3


Another week is almost over and I've put together my Project 52 page this morning. This week has had a lot of admin stuff and appointments, but we made a lot of time for fun, too! Here's to another great week, friends!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Vampire Weekend

Have I mentioned I love Vampire Weekend? Well it has rubbed off on the kids,too! So I took this funny little video of the kids back in December...but I keep forgetting to post it. The kids really love to dance, and this makes my heart happy :) Mr. G took a few headbutts to the groin during the making of this video, but I assure you he is ok! ;) Parker is always so rough and tumble!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Project 52, Week 2

It's week 2 already of my Project 52 :)


For the record, I'll be sharing my layouts together every week and this is what I have so far :)


I'm really excited about this project, I think it's going to turn out beautifully!

Hope you are having a great week, friends! :)

Friday, January 7, 2011

Project 52, Week 1

First of all, a little about *my* Project 52.

I've attempted P365 a few times. I like it, but I'm smart enough to know that right now, I cannot commit to taking a photo every day.

I wanted to do a P52 this year instead, one page a week that epitomizes my week.

Well, I'm not sure it's possible for me to sum up my week in just one photo.

Instead, what I want to do is be sure that I capture one photo of Naomi and one photo of Parker every week. They change so frequently when they are little! And on one page per week, I want to capture those photos of my two littles as well as writing a little blurb about what our week was like.

I saved out an additional spot on the page...some weeks that spot will have a picture of Nathan (when he is here with us, for a visit or during the summers). Some weeks the spot will be a pic of Mr. G & we are a part of this family too! :) Sometimes it will be a quote or a doodle I like, or just a pretty paper! I want to use this opportunity to express myself a little, and play with different fonts, and expand my photography horizons, too. A project 52 for me. With my rules. My plans. My chance to play around and have fun and capture all the smiles I can. :)

With that, I give you our first week!


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Over the Ocean to Reindeer Land

This is why we spend so much money on Christmas our adorable kids can spend their time playing with a laundry basket! I love their imaginations! :)

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Meet The Cast =)

No blog would be complete without a cast of here we are!


This is our happy family. We do spaghetti night. We do impromptu trips. We do second chances. We do 5 minute clean ups. We do card games.We do silly faces. (see above for example)


Ahhh sibling love. They tattle. They fight. They piggy back ride. They get along if no one is looking.


Mr. G and I met on It started with a wink ;) and turned out...a dream come true :) We were a true serendipity story. I had been a member for only 6 days, and he had been a member for considerably longer...I agreed to meet him for a date and the rest is history!


Nathan is 11. He is smart. He reads way above his grade level and is interested in science and math. He plays football (varsity!) and is on the drumline. He is responsible, and sweet, and the BEST son I could ask for.


Naomi is 4 (almost 5!) and she is precocious. She has an amazing memory, a cute little sense of humor, and is the sweetest thing you'll ever meet. She is gorgeous and knows it, and is the girliest girl on the planet!


Parker is a ball of energy. He knows that all he has to do to get his way is flash his fetching smile and curl up in your lap. He loves cars, cartoons, and tunes! (You should see him dance!)