Monday, October 23, 2017

Word to Your Mother - Magnet Boards

As part of my family command center, I have a magnet board.  Doesn't command center sound much better than where I hang random stuff. My magnet board is an old frame I painted and my husband cut sheet metal to use as the magnetic surface. I like to hang pictures on mine.

There is even a little magnetic poetry.




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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Word to Your Mother - Dry Erase Boards

I like using picture frames with glass as dry erase boards.  I think it is a step above the white board you put in your locker in High School.  Currently I have 2 dry erase boards that have been made out of cupboard doors that have been modified with glass.  The two quotes I have been on there for a while. They hang in my family room. It is difficult to get a good picture because the light really reflects off the glass.


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Not a dry Erase Board but sign made from a Cupboard Door - DIY Hello Fall Sign


Saturday, October 21, 2017

Word to Your Mother - My Little Friend

I think I am a plant lady or a plant hoarder.  I really can't decide which.  I love big plants and I cannot lie.  The pic above is of my aloe.  It is huge surrounded by all its little babies.  I believe my Mother in Law gave me the original plant and I think it is about 13 years old.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Word to Your Mother - Coffee Letter Board


It has gotten so dark and gloomy here in the Pacific Northwest.  Fall has officially arrived with lots of rain.  My coffee drinking increases substantially when the weather is bad.  

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Word to Your Mother - #TBT Secret Facility

This throw back Thursday goes with my post on Monday about sidewalk chalk.  My son and his friend loved playing with sidewalk chalk.  They cracked me up one time with their drawing of their "SECRET FACILITY"

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Haunted House Craft Revisited

19 year old
It seems to be TRADITION at our house to make these construction paper haunted house.  We made these about a week ago. The Halloween Season wouldn't be complete without them. My 19 year old even made one.

Mine

My daycare kid (7)
I have been using the pattern from Sarah Jane Studios. I have done my own pattern in the past.  I don't think the pattern above is especially easy to cut out.  I use an exacto knife for the windows. We used stickers.  These certainly can be elaborate as you want.

Word to Your Mother - Wordy Wednesday

This I put up for the first day of school.  I know a little dark but funny.  My youngest started High School the day I put this up.


*** More information about my letter board can be found here.


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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Word to Your Mother - Mom Quote


The metal sign hangs in my laundry room and it always crooked what does that mean?


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Monday, October 16, 2017

Word to Your Mother - taking it outside

I am a HUGE fan of temporary art and what is more temporary than sidewalk chalk.  There is a tradition in our house to celebrate birthdays by putting messages on the driveway. I usually do this after people are in bed.  I am sure my neighbors find this weird.


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There are some next level people who like to do this as well.  By next level, I mean people who take this chalk stuff seriously as ART. So if you need inspiration.  See below.


Heidi Swapp , scrapbooking/crafting icon has her own spray paint chalk line with stencils



Julian Beaver - 3D Pavement Drawings





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Sunday, October 15, 2017

What I Read October


I am linking up with Modern Mrs Darcy Quick Lit.  Check out what everyone else is reading this month. This is a double link up as I am also doing my Word to Your Mother Series with the 31 day writers.


I have been watching the Oxygen show The Disappearance of Maura Murray.



They interviewed James Renner so I thought I would check out his book called True Crime Addict - How I lost myself in the mysterious disappearance of Maura Murray. This was an incredibly quick read for me.  It is kinda a scary place inside James Renner's mind.  He has an interesting back story and why it led him to this story. It seems that everyone has a theory on what happened to Maura and Renner discusses what might be his. There seems to be a certain synchronicity to James Renner's life and those who lives he investigates. I don't think I totally agree with his theory on what happened to Maura but it was a good read.

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Linky Love


Advent Calendar for Wife - This is pretty over the top

Scary Truth About What Is Hurting Our Kids - I don't think this is new information but a good reminder

Amaze and Inspire Your Nerds with Halloween Science some super fun stuff here

Pretending to Be Batman  Helps Kids Focus On Boring Tasks- I wonder if I pretend to be Super Woman my household chores would get done quicker

How to Play With Your Kids Without Going Insane - This is a spawned podcast.  I loved it and I want to read Meredith Sinclair's book Well Played.  My library has to get it.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Word to Your Mother - Band Wisdom




My youngest son is attending his first marching competition with his high school .  So I thought I would give him some encouragement. He has come a long long way.  Check out my Diary Entry on Dinner Music.

trying on the uniform for the first time
Far Right Front


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Friday, October 13, 2017

Word to Your Mother - Chalkboards Part 2

Mason Jar Chalkboard made by my Sister
I am a big fan of Chalkboards.  For Part 1 click here

I usually use just regular chalk or sidewalk chalk.  However, I am really fond of this type of chalk pen   I found it to be the cheapest at Walmart.

Bistro Chalk Marker
There are also chalk pens that come in colors as well.There is everything from neon to gold and silver.
Metallic Chalk Markers - Craft Smart - Micheals
Neon Chalk Markers  - U Brands

Using the Neon Chalk
Art by Princess of Quite A Lot
There is even chalk pencils.  These don't get dark enough for my liking but are fun to add highlights with the pencil.

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Chalkboard 101 - Clean and Scentsible
How to Write Nicely on a Chalkboard

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Word to Your Mother - #TBT I love you bandit


My youngest has been known to leave me little "I love You " notes.  I nicknamed him the "I love you bandit". Read all about his shenanigans and the rest of my family here.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Can't Stop Creating - Frayed Pumpkins

I saw these frayed pumpkins on I should be mopping the floor.  I couldn't resist these fabric pumpkins. This is one project I had everything on hand - drop cloth scraps, old stuffing, and sticks.

At Flamingo Toes, their pumpkins were made from chenille and some had silverware for stems. These were slightly constructed differently but I love it.

They turned out cute.  I put them in my reclaimed wood box my husband made for me.



Word to Your Mother - Wordy Wednesday (Dear Life)

This is the first quote/saying I put on my Letter Board

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I was inspired by current favorite song - Dear Life by High Valley

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Word to Your Mother - Chalkboards Part 1


I am a long time fan of Chalk Boards.  With chalk board paint, you can turn anything into a chalk board.  Chalkboard spray paint is relatively cheap. I have used scrap board. I have this long piece of scrap wood turned chalkboard that I have used in my outdoor entryway and indoor foyer.






I have a permanent chalkboard with a fancy frame that my husband made over my kitchen window out of reclaimed wood and recycled bullet brass. Details can be found here.



I have used cardboard.  Over time, cardboard isn't the best choice but it was a low investment. (Like a really low investment since it was recycled cardboard) This chalkboard was shaped like a conversation bubble. Kids really like it.

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