Saturday Musings 


Happy Saturday from this guy. Things have been rough and stressful this week. My dad is not doing well and we know his time is coming. Thanks to everyone who has found time to send us messages and kind words. We appreciate your prayers and well wishes. 

Despite the difficulties, we have managed to find some smiles.


Speaking of smiles, someone is missing a few teeth…just in time for picture day at school. 


And this kiddo fed her PopPop some apples. 


Here are my girls sharing some mac and cheese at my parents’ house.


And then sleeping in their car seats.

We are spending time with family and enjoying my dad while we have him here still. If things get quiet on the blog in the next few weeks, please don’t worry. 

Here is what I’m reading this week:


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Have a great weekend.

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From nursery to toddler room: transitioning my baby to a big girl room

My youngest daughter will be turning 2 in just a few months. While she is still small, she is getting older and growing everyday, and her needs are changing as well. My goal for her toddler room is to simply upgrade her nursery a tiny bit to make it reflect her changing needs, but without making a lot of changes or spending a lot.

Here is what her room currently looks like:



My dad built matching headboards for both my girls before he got sick. This is one of them:


I am hoping to keep the shabby chic feel of the room but make it a little less “baby.”

I love this bedding at Target:

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I’d leave the same rug and curtain, but I think instead of the chair and end table, I might create a teepee. What little girl wouldn’t love a teepee?

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I also think I’d like to get a small bookcase and paint the back of it light pink. I might use the shelf as a nightstand and use a few baskets to hold her small toys and books.

 

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I also want to do a more updated gallery wall than what she currently has. I love this one!!

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          I am slowly but surely working on her room. I cannot wait to show you the results!

 

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Tuesday Tips and Tricks: DIY wall art

I like decorating that looks costly but I don’t want to pay a lot to get it. I’ve managed to find a few good ways to create artwork for my walls that don’t cost a lot. Some of my favorite DIY art methods are creating subway art, framing scrapbook paper, creating DIY canvases, and printable art from the internet.

I have used MS Word to create DIY subway art three times now, once for Emorie’s nursery, once for Emorie’s new room, and once for a Father’s Day gift. This is pretty simple- just select your margins, create some text boxes, change your fonts and colors, and go!

Michael’s Father’s Day gift. I made a similar one for my Daddy.

Emorie’s nursery art. Love this!
I didn’t water mark this, because it isn’t original to me. Found it on Pinterest.

Framing scrapbook paper also makes great DIY art. I’ve heard of people canvas-mounting it, but I’ve never tried this. I like to frame it. The trick is to cut the paper the same size as your mat. If I try to cut it to fit the mat opening, I usually end up coming up short or cutting it crooked.

This is some scrapbook paper that will soon be cut, matted, framed and hung over Emorie’s new bed in her new room.
I chose this paper, not only for its repetitive pattern, but for the fact that it looked sort of like vintage wallpaper. Antiqued frames completed the “old” look I was going for.

I love canvas prints, but they can be costly. The one in the middle is actually a Faux-wrap canvas from Wal-Mart. The two baby pictures of Emorie were created using a tutorial I found on Pinterest. I used a 10×13 photo I already had. I painted the sides of the canvas black, Mod Podged the picture to the 9×12 canvas I ordered from Blick Art Supply, and hung them on the walls.  I’m actually in the process of making more.

Another great way to get cheap art for your home is to print it off the Internet. If you’re into botanical prints, you are in luck! The Graphics Fairy  and The Painted Hive are two of my favorite sites to use. You can find loads of these things on Pinterest, too.


Got this from The Painted Fairy. It is on one of the bookshelves in my office.


This is a botanical print of a chicory flower, and one of my favorite art pieces in my whole house.


I love these vintage veggie prints in my kitchen, because they look like watercolor paintings. I printed them off the same website with an inkjet printer.

Lastly, this picture hanging in my dining room was a complete DIY. I cut and measured a piece of foam posterboard, used a stencil and a white paint pen to evoke chalkwriting, and wrote a prayer on it. My mother-in-law took it to Hobby Lobby, where they built this rustic frame for me. I love, love, love this. And yes, I know some of the text is crooked. It was done on purpose.

I hope you enjoyed my DIY art! More posts to come soon.

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Make Something Monday: Inspired And Empowered

My oldest daughter is a gymnast, and we are also in the process of updating both girls’ rooms. This quote is hanging in her gymnastics studio, and it’s a quote we have come to use a lot at our house.
I am a fan of anything that is positive, empowering, or promoting trying vs. Quitting. I plan on printing this for display in both my classroom and my daughter’s room. 


To download the printable, please right click on the printable, save to your device, and print it. 

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Scripture Sunday: Galatians 6:9


Photo from YouVersion.

Do you ever feel like no one notices your good deeds and no one appreciates you

I have often felt this way. I can assure you that not only does God notice, but he’ll later reward you in secret. (Matt 6:3)

Don’t be discouraged if you think no one sees or appreciates the good you’re doing. God sees it, and if you don’t give up, you’ll see the fruits of your harvest. 

Have a wonderful week. 

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Saturday 

Happy Saturday! 

This past week, we were headed up to WV to see our family. It was a short trip, but a great one.


Aubrey thoroughly enjoyed her sister’s vocal stylings.


And Emorie got schooled at the School of Rock via her great uncle Michael. We went to my other uncle’s house where we had a cookout. We saw cousins, grandparents, aunts and uncles, great aunts and uncles… and we had tons of good things to eat all weekend long!! We had a blast, but like always, the visit wasn’t long enough. 

This weekend, we are helping some friends celebrate their birthdays and we are getting a few things done around the house. I’m also doing a little reading:


Real Simple: Decorate and Organize your bedroom

18 clever items to simplify your life
Have a wonderful weekend!
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Wordfull Wednesday 

I’m taking a different direction these days with Wordfull Wednesday. I can definitely see how my blog is moving away from personal and more professional. 

This week, for Wordfull Wednesday I’m sharing some of my favorite typographic art pieces.

I am loving this fall pillow:


Amazon Fall Subway Art Pillow 
And this sign wants to live at my house:


Hobby Lobby: slate art sign
And I really want this:


Shabby Chic Decor

I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!

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New uses for old things: how you can use a shoe organizer in every room

Most people own an over the door shoe rack, or have at least seen one. They’re cheap, they’re easy to find, and they’re strangely versatile. 

Most of us use them just like this:

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Did you know you can use them in almost every room?


Life Hacks

You can cut them and affix them to the back of your bathroom cabinets to hold extra toiletries. 


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You can use them in your laundry room to store bottles of cleaner.


Better Homes and Gardens
Use one for extra storage in your kitchen pantry.


DIY Village
How about in your mudroom or coat closet to store winter hats, gloves and scarves?


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How about in the playroom to store art supplies?

Or in your craft room to store your own crafty supplies?


Once Upon A Hive
I have three of these things right now. I can’t wait to show you how I’m planning to use them.

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Make Something Monday: Fall Crafts and Printables Roundup

Fall is my favorite time of year. I love football, pumpkins, big sweaters and boots. All year I look forward to this season. Our leaves aren’t doing much yet but our temperatures are starting to cool off and we can finally sit outside without sweating buckets.

This week, I’d like to share a number of fall prints, fall decorating ideas and fall crafts. All of these are super cute and cheap to make. 


Free fall printable from Ann of Green Gables

Simple fall wreath

And then after you finish your decorating, you can make this easy fall chicken noodle soup. 


Easy chicken noodle soup

Happy fall, y’all!! I am so excited that it’s finally here. 

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Back to school: how we save time in the morning 


Preparation is key to a less stressful morning. Do Anything you can do ahead of time to get yourself prepared for the next day. Some people are far better at this than I am, but I still want to take the time to share what works for us.


1. Use an agenda to be more organized overall

I like to read my agenda the night before to make myself aware of any to do list items for the next day, and any appointments or meetings we might have. This way I don’t have any “surprises” and I know what I’m facing (for the most part) when walking out the door.


2. Get your clothes ready the night before. 

I like to lay out everything I’ll need AND make sure it’s ironed the night before so I’m not scrambling in the morning. This includes workout clothes and my work outfit, down to undies and shoes. I do this for my kids’ clothes as well.


3. Use grab and go breakfast items. 

I like to make several breakfasts ahead of time and freeze them. Then I just grab them, heat them and eat them. It saves a lot of time.

4. Put everything you’ll need by the door. Then you can just grab it and walk out.

5. Pack lunches the night before so you aren’t scrambling to do it in the AM. 

6. Unload your dish washer at night so you can put your dirty breakfast dishes in the dishwasher before you leave. 

7. Check your bags the night before to make sure you aren’t missing anything you need. 


Lastly, don’t forget to say goodbye to your loved ones!! I hope this list has been helpful! What do you do to prepare for your day the night before?

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