Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Homemade Wall Chalk Board


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Well, yesterday Hubby and I were able to finish up a project I had been working on in the mud room.

I have this one odd wall in there.  It is the wall right out side the half bath that leads into the breakfast nook.

Because of its size and location I could never find anything to display there, that I liked.

Then I came up with the idea of making a chalk board, thanks to the inspiration of fellow bloggers and Pinterest.

Chalk boards seem to be all the craze right now, huh?

Well, I love them too!

Plus I thought it would be the perfect reminder spot to leave notes you’ll see before heading out the door.

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Now because it is a small and kind of dark room it was difficult to get a good photo.

Well, actually impossible, but I did try.

Also I promise it is level and square, even though the pictures may trick your eyes into thinking it’s not. :)


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It was so simple to make.

All I did was go buy some black chalk paint.

I just used the inexpensive kind found at Wal-Mart in the craft department.

I used green painters tape and made a square box, because I wanted it to be positioned centered on the wall.


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Now this part of it I just eyed, which I thought was okay because I knew I was going to add wood trim and would make sure that part was level.

Next time, I think I would do it differently.

I would take the time at the start and use a level with my tape because ….

I wanted the board area as big as possible, so when we went to add the trim and make sure it was actually level, there was a small strip in one of the corners where the white was exposed.

I had to get the chalk board paint back out and add more to this area before we could finish the trim.

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I didn't think to get any photos of us actually hanging the trim, sorry.

We used two pieces of fluted trim and four small corner rosettes, found at Home Depot.

The trim was $9.99 a piece and the rosettes were like a $1.60 something.

I still have a nice size piece of trim left, which was good incase we would have made a mistake when cutting.

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I used some antique white paint I already had on hand.

Hung the trim with some little finishing nails and Poof, my new chalk board.


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I am pretty pleased with how it turned out.

Even Brett likes it, so that is always a plus.

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I get to spend today cleaning. Yippee! :(

We have a house viewing at 9AM.

Yikes, Too early for me, people. :)


Thanks so much for stopping by!

Take Care and Talk Soon,


Sunday, May 12, 2013

Visit To Grandmas – Kortney’s Graduation – And Joyful News


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Do you ever have one of those days where your heart is filled with Love and your eyes are opened to how truly blessed you are?

I am having one of those wonderful days today.

All the hardships and stresses that seem to consume me at times, today don’t seem as important.

My eyes are open and I see…

I am Blessed.

Blessed beyond belief.

Blessed far more than I deserve.

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What a hectic yet wonderful week I have had.

It started with the visit to my Grandma’s.

I spoke briefly about it in my previous post.

And I admit it, in a way I was dreading it.

Only because it was going to be my first time to her home since her passing.

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We met over there to go through her doll collection and some of her things.

A day I was afraid was going to be filled with sadness, Wasn't.

Sure there were some tears, but there was also laughter and memories.

I’m not sure I say this enough but I truly Love my family.

Each and Every one of them.

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You often hear stories of after someone passes it tears a family apart.

You hear of fighting over who deserves this or that.

This is not the family I have.

I am Blessed.

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We all gathered together and everyone was thinking of each other.

Asking if it was okay with everyone if we had this or that.

Or picking out things that another should have.

It is hard to describe, except to say,

A family and a day full of Love.

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The dolls with paper name tags were ones that my Grandma had selected to leave to someone specific.

But there were many, many, many more to go through.

I felt as though my Grandma and Grandpa were there with us and thinking…

“We did a great job!”


You truly did!

You created a family that Loves each other.

You showed each and every day what truly was important.

Each other!

Yes, I am blessed!

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Above is the doll my Aunt picked out for me.

She wanted me to take it because it made her think of the post I made after Grandma passed.

In the post I talked about how my Grandma loved to work out in her yard and I how I know she is now tending to gardens in Heaven.

I have placed my Granny doll in my sewing room on a shelf right above my sewing machine.

This way I will always see it and remind myself of how truly Blessed I am.

*Thank you Avis for thinking of me.  I love you!

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The photo below is a doll I picked out for someone Very Special and someone who is already Loved beyond belief.

It is also the Very Joyful news I have to share.

Come December, I am going to be a Grandma!!!


My oldest daughter is expecting her first child, my first Grandbaby, and I'm so excited I can not contain myself.

I have known for about a month now, but Kelsey wanted to keep it a secret until the first trimester had passed.

Well, in this family, it didn't happen!

So, I figured since the secret was out it would be okay to share with all of my online friends.

This is the doll I picked out for the “Wee-One”, which is what I call my soon to be Grandbaby.

I am blessed!

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This is just one thing I have for the baby.

I have been going Nuts this yard sale season.

We don't know yet if it is going to be a boy or a girl, so I have been buying both!

I am blessed with a daughter who doesn't mind to share this experience with me.

A daughter who includes me in.

A daughter who loves me and wants to share this child and this experience with me.

I am Blessed.

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Yesterday was Kortney’s high school graduation.

What a wonderful day!

My sister, BIL, and nieces traveled home from MO, which thrilled Kort because she adores her cousins.

If it was up to her we would move to MO so we could see them everyday.

Anyway, Vicki, Mom and I got up and went junkin’.

There weren't very many YS but we did have a good time.

Vicki was able to get an old wheelbarrow for a Pinterest project she had seen.

Mom got an old coal bucket and rake for decorating her yard.

Me… I bought baby stuff. :)

We then gathered together at Mom and Dad’s for a lunch time barbeque.

Which bad me, I forgot to take photos!

My M&D only live about two blocks from the HS so Kortney got ready there, we took some photos and we all walked to the Graduation.

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Kortney with her present from her Aunt Vicki.

A two liter Vicki decorated and filled with money.

Yep, another Pinterest found project.

I laughed and said I was going to start calling her the Queen of Pinterest.

She also brought deserts from recipes found on Pinterest.

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Kortney with my Dad, then below with my Mom and Dad.

I told her, “One day you will be so glad you have these.”

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Kortney with Kelsey.

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Below: My three wonderful children!

I am blessed!

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Below: My three wonderful Nieces.

I am blessed!

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Kortney walking up to receive her diploma.

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Kortney receiving her diploma.

Yes, she is a blur.

I laughed because she never stopped.

She walked by grabbing the diploma as she passed. Heehee!

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The moving of the tassels.

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Instead of throwing their caps, her class decided to do this!

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The silly string celebration!!

Then 10:30 last night till 5:00 am this morning was Project Graduation.

A lock-in celebration for the class at the high school.

This was started to give the kids a fun and safe way to celebrate.

Kortney’s class raised a whopping $12,000 for the event!

There were games, food and raffle prizes.

Two IPad minis, two televisions, two microwaves, two mini fridges, two tower fans, many gift cards from places like Best Best, Wal-Mart, Target, 2 sets of St. Louis Cardinal tickets, two sets of tickets to Holiday World, Gas gift cards, and More were given away to the kids!

*Man, I’m so jealous our class never got to do anything like this!!

Kortney came home sooo excited!

She was lucky enough to win this!

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She had planned on buying a tablet with her Graduation money, instead she Won one!

She also co-won the Project Graduation t-shirt design and received a check for $100.

She drew the tiger design and the other young lady came up with the wording.

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So Cute!

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Congratulations Kortney!!

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Oh yes, what a hectic yet Wonderfully Blessed week it has been!

Thank you so much for stopping by and spending a little of your day with me.

Until Next Time….

Take Care and Wishing You All a Blessed and Wonderful Week!


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Thank You From The Bottom Of My Heart!

Hello Everyone.
I hope you all are having a wonderful day.
The last two days here have been beautiful.
Oh, how I needed them.
I wanted to jump on and say Thank You!
From the bottom of my heart and with the upmost sincerity Thank you for all the kind comments here in blog-land, Facebook and via email concerning the passing of my Grandma.
I feel like I am finally getting back to myself.
The last few days I have been, well, off.
Not myself.
Don't get me wrong, I still miss her deeply and most definitely still sad inside but I do feel more like myself today.
Tomorrow we are going to go over to her home and go through her doll collection.
I'm not looking forward to that.
It will be my first time in her home since her passing.
Thank you all again for your kind words.
They meant more to me than words can express.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

New Dining Room Curtains(Again) + Blue Ball Anniversary Jars (Found)


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Good morning everyone!

I wanted to share my new dining room curtains with you.

Well, they aren't “new”, but they are new to me.

They were actually my moms bedroom tab top curtains.

She changed them out and gave these to me.

A couple of weeks ago I moved the linen curtains from here into my bedroom.

There weren't enough of the fish tale design from the bedroom to use in the dining room.

I have moved the bedroom curtains to the upstairs guest bedroom, that I am trying to put together.

These windows sat pretty much bare until Mom said she would bring me her tab tops and I could fix them like I did the ones in the kitchen.

Of course, I loved that idea, plus they were Free, added bonus. :)

I am really pleased with how they turned out.

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Yes, these are simple tab top curtains.

They are displayed upside down.

I took the inner tab on each panel and pull it upward and across then through the curtain rod to hold into place.

I then cut off all the remaining tabs.

That’s it.

Poof!  Simple prim curtains.

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I prefer to take my photos at night but here lately I haven't had the time.

I apologize the darkness of the photos.

Below are some random pictures of the dining room.

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Above and Below: You may notice a little peek of the living.

I have been moving the furniture around, trying something new.

Not ready to share it yet.

The room still needs “something”.

Not sure what that something is yet but definitely still a work in progress.

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Still Loving my yard sale, yarn winder, find!

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The other day I was at Lowe’s and saw these beadboard design light switch covers on clearance.

So, Of course, they had to come home with me.

I’m loving them in the kitchen and bath.

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I also wanted to let everyone know that I found the Blue Ball Anniversary Jars at Lowe’s yesterday.

*Southern Illinoisans: I found them at Mt. Vernon’s Lowe’s.

Carbondale didn't have any.

Price: $9.99 for a set of six.

Not sure what I am going to do with them yet.

Right now, I’m just enjoying looking at them and high fiving myself for actually finding them. :)

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I have been working on a little project in my Mud Room.

I’m so excited, hope it turns out the way I want it to.

I’ll be sure to share as soon as I’m done with it.

Also, coming soon are some photos of my Master Bath, Family Room, Living Room and the tweaks or changes I have done lately.

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit with me.

Now go grab your wallet and head to Lowes for your jars. :)

Take Care and Talk Soon,