June 30, 2013

Pigeon Forge / Gatlinburg Mini Vacation

First off, we had a BLAST!!!! From the cabin in the woods to the aquarium to the NASCAR Speedpark. LOL

Here are a few pictures. I actually took over 300..... LOL

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Our view from the cabin.

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Having fun in the cabin.

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At Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

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At NASCAR Speedpark

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These are the only pictures I took at the NASCAR Speedway. I was riding the other rides with the kids! LOL Well, with Deanna and Colin. Joshua wasn't feeling well after the aquarium so he didn't ride anything. Cailey gets motion sickness sometimes and only rode the tamer stuff. She did love the roller coaster, though. ;)

We had soooooo much fun!!!! I want to do it all over again! ;)

June 29, 2013

Will You Sew Along??

It's almost time for Skirting the Issue!!!  I can't wait!!! I do believe that this was the very first sew along where I was a participant.

It is always such a blessing to me to be able to serve others through sewing. It brings me such joy to know that I can touch a child's life. With Skirting the Issue, the skirts (or shorts) will go to children in foster care of all ages. There will also be other ideas of where you can donate your sewn items.

I also have some news of my own...... JACOB IS HOME!!!! He moved back in this week. I can't tell you how THRILLED I am to have him home. It has been like a knife in my heart since last November.

We have also been having TONS of company and having TONS of fun!!!

This past week we went to the Smokies to enjoy some time with my dad and stepmother. We stayed at a cabin in the woods and went to the Ripley's Aquarium and NASCAR Speedway (a small amusement park). We all had a BLAST!!! I will be posting pictures from our trip very soon. I think I took around 300! LOL It takes a lot of time to go through them all..... ;)

Next week we have company coming for the 4th! YIPPPEEE!!!

ANYWAY, I really hope that you will all consider sewing along with Skirting the Issue.

Before I get started, I will be making Colin a few items AND redoing our chest of drawers to match the headboard. ;)


June 25, 2013

The Headboard Is Up!!!

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It's UP!! It's UP!!! YIPPPEEE!!!!!! And now seeing this I realize how badly we need more decorative pillows! LOL Another thing to add to my make list!

I am thrilled with it, though! THRILLED!!! I can't wait to get started on the chest of drawers, nightstand and blinds! LOL

BUT I am going to have to wait. We are headed to the woods this afternoon!!! We will be staying in a cabin for a few days and doing some fun stuff around Pigeon Forge with my dad and step-mother. YAY!!!!! The kids are very excited!!! I think the first thing we will do is hit the pool! ;)

I will be away for a few days but when I come back I should have some great pictures to share!

If you want to see the steps I took to make the headboard click HERE!!




June 23, 2013

DIY Door to Headboard Upcycle

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We recently gave the girls our old bed set and changed out our bed clothes. Now we needed something to match!

I have been seeing a lot of DIY headboards on Pinterest and knew that I wanted to give it a try.

The simplest way seemed to be the door to headboard upcycle. I knew we had an old door in the garage so that was PERFECT! All I needed was the paint! ;)

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We had some plain white paint sitting around in the cupboard under the stairs, so I grabbed that! Then I got some Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch in Colonial Red. It has Primer built in! Then I grabbed a sample of Glidden Rich Navy for the stencils.

The stencil I picked up at Home Depot. It had 3 different designs but I was partial to the fleur de lis.

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First I sprayed 2 coats of the Colonial Red. No sanding, no priming. Just painting! ;)

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After the red was good and dry,  I taped around the middle sections and added 2 coats of the white.

I had a bit of an issue with the tape. I used Scotch brand and expected good results. Instead, the white bled through the edges and the tape left a sticky residue on the red paint. GRRR!!!!!!!

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I did a little bit of touch ups.

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Next I added the stencil.

That was a bit harder than I imagined it would be. SIGH... I still have some touching up to do but I am pleased with the way it turned out over all.

Advice - Tape the stencil very securely and start with just a small amount of paint. ;)

I wish I could show you how the headboard looks actually on the bed, but we can't  seem to find our screws!! ARGH!!! I will be getting it up in a day or two and will be sure to take some pictures then! :)

I hope this all made sense! I am up at 2 am writing it all out! LOL

June 21, 2013

June Fly on the Wall

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 14 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.


Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

Baking In A Tornado

Just a Little Nutty                              

Follow Me Home                       

Stacy Sews and Schools                  

The Sadder but Wiser Girl                      

Menopausal Mother                 

Moore Organized Mayhem                 

Hypnotic Bard                       

The Momisodes                                

Spatulas on Parade   

Dates 2 Diapers 2             

Not Everyone Can Be a Mermaid

The Rowdy Baker

Evil Joy Speaks

There's the line-up!! Be sure to check them all out. They are some seriously funny ladies. ;)

Oh, boy! Do I have some good ones for you!!! LOL

Here lately anytime someone does something funny or silly, the rest of the gang will yell, "Well, THAT'S going on the Fly on the Wall!" Even The Hubby has gotten in on the act. ;)

Apparently Deanna wants to go to Poohru. Like Peru only I bet it doesn't smell very nice.....

I would like to introduce you to Donny Jepp. Yep, that one was me....

This one should be titled, "The Night I Almost Died!"

I have VERY short legs. My PJ pants tend to go over my feet. Now, add in the fact that I tried to step over a laundry basket and I bet you can guess what happened. I went flying through the air while carrying my laptop. I landed on one of Colin's toys and rolled! The laptop was fine. My shin was NOT. I still have a knot there.

SIGH.... I could trip over nothing.....

The Hubby was impressed, though.

SIGH.... I may never live it down.

Colin - I can see sooooo great!! I have the eyes of a tiger!

So, I went to pay our rent online. Apparently they want to charge $56!!!!! TO PAY THE RENT ONLINE!! WHAT??? I don't think so.... I drove it out to the management company. Yeah. That's CRAZY!!! I almost had a heart attack!!

Pudding was the source of a great debate in our house over the past few weeks. Yes, pudding.... The Hubby thought that ALL pudding was sugar free. He just wouldn't hear otherwise. Well, we all know what happened next, don't we. I just HAD to prove him wrong. I bought a few packs of sugar free and NOT sugar free. LOL

Cailey - It must be sooooo cool to have your own site!

We were all sitting out on the porch one evening when we heard Deanna scream bloody murder. Loki had just peed on her leg! ROFLOL!! She was completely mortified. We thought it was hilarious! ;)

I LOOOOOOOVE Yankee Candles. I mean LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE them!!!! BUT what is up with the pushy sales ladies??? OH MY GOSH!!! Joshua and I were at the mall when I decided to just stop in. Now, I have been in candle withdrawal. 2 moves in 6 months doesn't leave a lot of extra for candles, y'know. But I wanted SOMETHING. They were having a sale on tarts and I figured I could justify that. ;) But the lady just would NOT leave me alone. Joshua called her a candle pusher! ROFLOL!! It's enough to make you want to order them online and never set foot in one of the stores. Do they work on commission????

This is very close to what the 2nd floor and stairs looked like one morning. Apparently the girls' room was just as bad judging by Deanna's screams.  There was also yarn involved. I say, dog = TP, cats = yarn. It just makes sense. ;)

We were all sitting watching TV when I noticed that Deanna was petting one of my black socks.... I asked her why. She freaks out. Apparently she thought it was the kitten. No, she wasn't wearing her glasses. It reminded of a movie where a lady thinks she's petting a cat only it's a rat instead.

Hmmm, would that be terrible?? Noooo..... I think it would be great. Hee hee hee hee!! ;)

The kids and I were talking about a bunch of crazy stuff that's happened in the past. They encouraged me to share some of it with you.

See, Hubby! It's THEIR fault.

Oh, who am I kidding, he doesn't even read the blog. ;)

About 10 years ago The Hubby and I went on a trip. He was going to check out jobs in New Jersey and Virginia. We stopped one night in a small town in Virginia to eat and get a room.

We decided to go to Shoney's. Yummy!!!

The Hubby loads up his plate and sits down, ready to dig in. He takes a heaping spoonful, "Hmmm. Banana pudding!"

The next thing I know he is spitting it out all over the place. "Iss nah puddin!! Iss nah puddin!!!"

Nope! Not banana pudding! It's BUTTER!!!

I am DYING!!!! I can't breathe!! I look over and our server is dying. The lady at the buffet is dying.

It was a very long time before I could get him to step into a Shoney's again.

Last year the girls and I were at a church picnic. The Hubby calls and is freaking out. He went to smell the bottle of CHLORINE and nearly passed out!!! OH MY GOSH!!! I freaked out!

He completely missed the warning on the side of bottle in GINORMOUS letters.

Why would he smell it you ask??? He loves the smell of chlorine. EWWW!!!!

Good grief.

Years ago Jacob was reading something for school.

Jacob - Momma, what's a dork knob?

Me - A what?? Let me see that.

Jacob, that says DOORKNOB!!!!

Jacob (about 12 years old and playing a video game) - I'm moving so fast only your eyes can see me!

- I'm so good! I have acid reflexes!!!

Ok. I think I will save the rest for latter.  ;)