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Garden Sign

I have a deep infatuation with Pinterest.  I found this great garden sign on Pinterest last year, or maybe the year before (the years really start to blend together).


Last year was a mess, with us moving and all.  This year, I decided that I needed to have some decorations.  I used a pallet I had picked up about three months ago and painted my own sign.

Honestly, my biggest struggle with doing anything that is done like something I see on Pinterest, is that is doesn’t look like the object I am copying.  I had to just let it go.  My sign turned out pretty flippin’ fantastic.  I love it.  And the best part about it is that it isn’t a copy, but it is unique.  And that is one thing I really love:  original, unique.



Gymnastics Board Part II


So here it is.  The finished project with a slightly blurry picture to boot.  I ended up using 3M hooks rather then drill through this material.  I’m sure I could have done some digging to find out how to best drill through it, but I decided to take the easy road.  And I think it still looks pretty darn good!

I was going to put pictures of E doing gymnastics, or with her gymnast friends, but in collaboration with E, we decided to make a collage to put on on of her walls along with the medal board.

I think I am more proud of the fact that I actually finished a project!

Gymnastics Medals: Part I


So I started this project several months ago, but stuff gets in the way.  Really my brain comes up with new projects all the time.  I find it hard to finish anything!  It’s pretty frustrating.

I figured if I wrote about it then I would finish it.

I glued together a bunch of colorful paper and then cut out the letters for gymnastics, along with two gymnasts.  I used this plex-glass sort of material I found at Menards.  It was fairly cheap and I only used about a quarter of a sheet.  Maybe a third.

Anyway, my biggest issue has been trying to screw on the hooks for her to hang her medals on.

I tried ironing it to heat it up so it would be a little bit more pliable.  It worked.  However, I still ended up with a crack on one of the places where I was going to put a hook.  Oh well, can’t always be perfect!

I intend, in Part II to put pictures of my beautiful daughter doing gymnastics behind the word gymnastics-in a collage of some sort.

Minimizing Days 2, 3 and 4

I have to admit that doing this challenge is not easy.  It would be really easy if I were getting rid of other people’s things.  But I am not.  I am trying to stick to getting rid of my own crap first, set a good example and all that good stuff.

Anyway, so I started off Day 1 with the VCR/DVD player.  That was easy enough because we really don’t use it, it’s been sitting next to my husband’s dresser since we moved in.

Now it’s on to something else.  I decided to start in my closet.  Which is pretty difficult because, even though I typically alternate wearing about the same five things every week, I don’t want to shed clothes from my already bare closet.  I have clothes in there that I had in highschool.  Pretty sad.  It’s actually just one thing and I am holding onto because I really like it.  It’s this comfy wool sweater that I like to wear once in a while.  Although I have been thinking about felting it and making some nice mittens out of it.  I am getting off track.

So, I missed Day 2 and 3 and I am making up for it here.  I haven’t gotten to Day four yet, but the day isn’t over yet.

For Day 2, I decided to get rid of this shirt that I kind of liked, but when I wear it I look like a box.  And the other is this sweatshirt wrap thing that I never really quite got down the right way to wear it.  I chose to show off some pictures, well, because I can include how ugly they are too-or not.


Day 3, I decided that I have enough shoes and I need to get rid of a few tennis shoes/running shoes.  One pair I used mostly for mowing the lawn, another I have run multiple races in, including a half marathon in Gettysburg, and the last I just thought they looked cool but I don’t wear them so what’s the point in keeping them?


Okay, so there is day 2 and 3.  I will have to move on to day four later today, but I have lots of other things to do-namely get on with my day and quit dwelling on the crap I am going to get rid of.

Minimizing: Day 1

So I ran across this “challenge” of sorts on Pinterest, and I thought it would be a good idea.  I also thought it would be a good idea to start on the first of the month, which happens to be today!

So on May 1st, I am going to start getting rid of things that I no longer need or use and try to minimize the amount of stuff in my world.

The challenge comes from a blog called Making It Home.  If you follow the link, it will take you to the challenge.

I am going to break it down to what I think of it: essentially you get rid of things every day.  On the first, one thing.  On the second, two things.  And on and on.  The goal is to get rid of stuff so that by the end of the month you have gotten rid of 456 things, which is hard to imagine that you could do that and still have too much crap.

Anyway, I am here to start today.  And today I chose to get rid of a VCR/DVD player that we have yet to plug in and use in our new house (we’ve lived here for 10 months).  My plan is to have a garage sale in two weeks, so here is one thing going on the chopping block, or the seller’s table.

I am going to reminisce just a bit.  18 years ago, I moved to Portland, OR with two pillows, a blanket and a bag of clothes.  It got me by.  Of course, I was 19, I didn’t have kids, and cell phones didn’t really exist to the peon existence I lived in.  I was happy with a notebook, a deck of cards and a good buddy to play cards with.  I didn’t need anything else.  Matter of fact, we didn’t have furniture for the first two or three months we lived there.  Those were the days.  But now, I really love my bed, so there’s that.  I hope to continue!  Crossing fingers and toes!

Entering A New Phase

I initially started this blog to showcase stuff I did with my kids.  Instead, I am going to showcase stuff I make.

I also wanted to ‘showcase’ a terrific charity organization I just found out about and am making blankets for this year.  It is called the Linus Project.  The chapter I am working with is the Greater Twin Cities Chapter in Minnesota.

The Linus Project is a non-profit organization that creates blankets for various other charities and distributes them throughout the year.  I think it is fantastic.

Prior to finding the Linus Project, I had been thinking about what I could do.  I have always had a pull to helping out those less fortunate then me, and I wanted to utilize my talents as well.  So, I decided to start making blankets.  At first I was going to directly send them to Sharing and Caring Hands, because I absolutely love everything about that place and it’s found, Mary Jo Copeland.  Sharing and Caring Hands is one of the organizations that the Linus Project sends blankets to.

I had thought about my own children and how having a blanket of their own was really very comforting.  That is where my inspiration comes from.  It’s not much, but it’s enough for now.

Anyway, I am done with two blankets, but I have about 50 (not really) in progress.  I just need to find the time to fire up my sewing machine, and the energy to do it too.

Pictures to come soon of the blankets I have created!

Fonts by Miss Tiina

I don’t generally download fonts.  But I decided to try my hand at creating my own to do list via publisher and I love a cute font!  Anyway, since I am a pinterest addict, I looked at some fonts on there and came upon mtf cutie patootie.  After looking at all of Miss Tiina’s fonts on dafont, I think I downloaded about 15 of them.  Here is a sampling of a few of them:


mtf fonts



1)   Cutie Patootie 

2)  Camp Out Letters

3)  mtf whimsy

4) mtf pork chop

5) mtf kim

I have never tried this before, so I apologize for it not looking spectacular.  Anyway, I ended up donating to Miss Tiina because I loved her fonts so much.