Thursday, March 31, 2011

Fabric Message Board

Fabric Covered Message Board

For years now, I have had little sticky notes and reminder notes all over my desk. I shamefully admit that there are at least 15 tiny holes in the wall next to my desk where my calendar hangs because it would get knocked off or the hole would get too big for the tack that I hung it with... so, I would just make a new one. Needless to say, I have some puttying to do before we paint next. I wanted some type of message board and I have been browsing Etsy for some ideas. There are really cute ones on there! Most of the ones that I liked were magnetic and I really didn't want that type of board so I decided to create my own.

I purchased a cork message board that had a frame already on it from Hobby Lobby. I wanted to pull the frame off to paint it and have the fabric inserted around the cork part only but I was afraid I would either break the frame or not be able to get it back on correctly. So, I decided to cover the entire thing.

Things I used for this project:

*Cork Message Board (purchased from Hobby Lobby)

*Cheap Staple Gun (purchased from Hobby Lobby)

*Four different pattern and solid ribbon from Hobby Lobby

*Two different patterns of fabric (1 yard to cover the board and 1/2 yard, quilt square or scrap piece to go with the ribbon)

*3 buttons

*Quilt Batting

I didn't measure anything for this project. I simply layed the quilt batting and fabric on the board and wrapped it around to see how much I would need to cover the front and staple onto the back. Once I cut the extra fabric off, I stapled away.

On the corners, I folded them in like you would do a present. They didn't lay as flat as I would liked, so I would need to trim away some of the batting next time.

Once I had the fabric and batting attached, I cut 3 pieces of ribbon to staple to the back for hanging the message board.

I then cut strips of ribbon and tied them into a knot with a strip of fabric. I attached the ribbon and the buttons with a hot glue gun.

I like the ribbon on the corner, but I think I would have liked a bow added to them. I may still replace that.

Fabric Covered Message Board

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Banana Pudding... Yummers!

Homemade Banana Pudding

I love me some Nanner Pudding! I've tried making my own before and it was good but not great. I had used a recipe that included pre-packaged banana pudding and it just didn't have the right flavor.

My hubby had went grocery shopping for us at HEB and purchased one of the specials that they have there weekly. This one had included Nilla Wafers from Nabisco. I was looking at the box and noticed they Banana Pudding recipe on the side panel.

I had never made merignue before and thought I'd give it a shot. I have to say I was pretty impressed with myself. The merignue turned out perfect and the pudding was delicious!

But, being the ding dong that I am... I forgot to put more Nilla Wafers on the top before serving them. Oopsy.

I would share the recipe here but I don't want to get in trouble from the big wigs, but you will find the recipe on the box... you must try this recipe!

Banana Pudding From Scratch

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Scrapbook Pictures

I've been looking for months to find pictures to replace a few that I had in my kitchen and I couldn't find what I was looking for. I decided to make my own... for now.

I used the frames that I already had.

The pictures didn't turn out exactly like I had in mind but I think they turned out pretty good.

I purchased some scrapbook paper that matched the colors of my kitchen and some scrapbook stickers. I found four kitchen sayings that I liked and printed them out. Then I simply layered them into the frames.

Scrapbook Picture Scrapbook Wall Hanging

Monday, March 28, 2011

Soapy Sudsy Fun

I mentioned before how my children tend to have "mishaps" while doing their chores around the house.

Their chores include taking out the trash, taking up ice, vacuuming, cleaning Mr. Morris' litter box, cleaning their bathroom and a couple more.

Thursday night they were trying to hurry and get the dishes done so they could watch American Idol with their Gammie (she was in town visiting). Next thing I hear is, "Angie, your dishwasher is getting soap all over the floor." Oh hell!

It was my son's turn to fill up the dishwasher with soap. Instead of using dishwasher soap... he used dishwashing soap and filled up both compartments. Ruh roh! He was sure he had the right one.

Needless to say, we spent the next hour or so cleaning up the kitchen floor.

This picture does not show how bad it got. We litteraly had a mound of soap.... and I had lots of towels to wash... lol.

My To Do List Is Growing

I don't know about your To Do List but mine seems to get longer and longer. I think I may be doing something wrong... lol.

Some people have a "Honey Do" list but since my poor hubby is out of commission right now... it's a "Me Mostly" and "Kids Partially" list. Our children have their chores they have to do during the week and most either get partially done or there are "mishaps". Post coming up on that one.

I've meshed together my To Do List with my To Pay List and my Want To Do List. Some of these I have posted before but I haven't gotten around to doing them yet. And I really should organize them a bit better but they are all just jotted down randomly. So.... here it goes... drum roll... my To Do List:

*Go through Kids Clothes (still dragging my bootay on this one)

*Make a Chick Paver for a lady my Mom works with

*Finish up a Towel Dress (procrastination)

*Mop (weekly "to do")

*Dust (weekly "to do")

*Laundry (stays on my "to do")

*Go through crafts (still dragging...)

*Blog (have at least four waiting to be posted)

*Vacuum (weekly "to do")

*Start Cross Stitch project (been trying to do this one for two years now)

*Submit blog to directories (should have already done this one)

*Work on other blog stuff (has it's own mini list)

*Clean Window Sills

*Clean Sink Drain

*Go through shelves in laundry room

*Organize Photos

*Work on Kids Baby Albums

*Work on Kids Scrapbook (still on the list)

*Get extra pics together for Aunt

*Order Vacation album

*Order Digital Pictures

*Life Insurance (have to remind myself to mail it off)

*Pay Bills

*Clean A/C filters

*Car Tags & Inspection

And at the end of my list... which my husband thought was funny... says "Get a longer to do list" :)

Does your list have a life of it's own? Is yours organized by what needs to get done first or is it just jotted down like mine?

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Printable Kitchen Scrapbook Pictures

I wanted to replace a couple of my pictures in my kitchen and couldn't find anything to purchase that was exactly what I was looking for. So, I decided to try to make my own. I haven't printed these out to frame them, just yet, but I did make a couple of others (pic coming soon). After much wasted printer ink and scrapbook paper, they turned out "okay" but wasn't what I really wanted. But, they'll work for the time being.

I've had some 5x7 frames that I purchased from Oriental Trading a few years ago. They are unpainted which is great but they aren't made very well. So they need some sanding and tweaking... ugh... sanding.

Below, is two of the pictures I made using digital scrapbook goodies and a couple of graphics from the web.

There is just something about cupcakes... I love me some cupcakes. This cupcake tower is too cute. I found it at The Bellevue Scene and hope they don't mind me using it since it's for my personal use. The digital scrapbook kit I used is from Shabby Princess.

Kitchen Digital Scrapbooking
I've always liked this cookie saying. I also used a digital scrapbook kit from Shabby Princess for this one.
Kitchen Digital Scrapbooking
I just love the colors and elements in both of these sets.

Friday, March 25, 2011

A Bit Of A Break

My grandmother passed away last Friday. Her funeral was Wednesday. I'm taking a bit of a break. Be back in a day or so.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Busy Little Bee

I can't believe it's already the 15Th and I haven't posted in a while. It's been super busy around here and I just haven't had the time.

My kiddos were out of school for Spring Break and just returned Monday.

My grandmother is back in the hospital.

My aunt had a triple bypass and a heart valve replaced last Tuesday.

So, I've been going back and forth to the hospital most days, taking care of my aunt's cat's for her every morning and organizing.

The organizing has been a bit therapeutic. I've gotten rid of tons of stuff. I even managed to help my daughter start her very first scrapbook and she loves it. I need to go through more pictures for her.

I went through our (hubby and me) closet and got rid of 3 large outdoor size trash bags full of clothes. I still need to go through my kid's closets, though.

I also organized all my paperwork and bills into our filing cabinet with nifty folders. The hubster was impressed.

I also clean and organized the kids bathroom as well as their artwork and school papers that I've collected over the years.

I also made a message board for my desk using a cork board I picked up from Hobby Lobby. Pic coming soon.

Things I still need to do:

Go through my crafts - I've been putting this one off.
Go through the kids clothes.
Laundry, sweep, mop, dishes - everyday things
Go though movies and Cd's
Organize my desk a bit more
Work on my kids scrapbook
Finish reading half of one book and another that I would like to read
Clean under fridge, stove and hopefully washer and dryer
Clean under couches and behind entertainment center

With everything that is going on right now, I'm actually surprised at the amount of things I've actually been able to get accomplished.

I do wish there were at least one more of me sometimes. I could get so much more done and be able to take a nap, too!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Just A Mom... Continued...

Why does it bother me what people that of me when it comes to being a stay at home mom? Why do I care? Why do I feel like I have to prove myself? Why do I feel the need to explain myself? I really don't know the answers. I may not ever find the answers.

At times, I feel like I'm suppose to go back to work. But, is that because other people think that is what I'm suppose to do? Or is that the way that I truly feel deep down inside? Do I make excuses so that I can continue staying at home? Some may say that I do.

Back to the reason why I decided to make this post. I'm going to pull a couple of lines from the book. I hope that's okay with the author.

In the book, the author (Angie Peters) gives an example of a conversation that she thought could happen at a wedding reception for one of her husbands colleagues. A man that works with her husband asks a wife of a man that is standing beside her what she does for a living. She describes this fancy position that she has. They then have quite a nice conversation. Then... the man turns to Angie and asks what she does. She proudly says she is a stay at home mom. Uncomfortable silence.... He then says, "Well, I'm sure that keeps you busy." She assumes he's thinking, as he walks away, "She's just a mom; what does she have to talk about?"

The writing continues on and then she said something that really popped out at me. "If you don't get paid for doing it; it's not important." I think this statement would get any stay at home mom riled up. But, I think it's true. Some people really feel this way.

The other thing that I fight on an almost daily basis, in my little brain, is that we are not wealthy. We do not live in a huge home. We struggle to pay our bills. Some would say, "Get off your butt and go get a job." This bothers me because in some ways I think they're right. In other ways, I'm thinking "Who the hell do you think you are?" Money and stuff isn't everything. You can't take it with you when you go. So, I should just enjoy what I have and be thankful for it!

Pulled from Celebrate Home:

"I will give up every material possession that I own because I know that I can't get to heaven pulling my little red wagon full of all my things. But, maybe, with the grace of God, I can get there with my children." - Diana Ferrell

Shari, mother of two "Critics don't really bother me," she remarks. "I usually tell them the truth: I work more now than I did when I was employed outside the home. I also tell them the same thing: 'I'd go crazy if I had to work elsewhere all day and then come home and take care of household and family needs.' I just wish more people would respect our decision and appreciate our position. Raising my children in a Christian home is more important to me [than a career], and I truly believe the saying, 'The and that rocks the cradle rules the world,' Who do we want rocking our children's cradles?"

I may never find the answers to my questions or figure out how to cope with how people feel about me as a stay at home mom, but that's okay. I just wanted to write this so that other stay at home moms out there that may be feeling the same way knows that they are not alone.

This book as been an inspiration. If you would like to pick up a copy for yourself, you can click the link below to order it for a great price from Amazon.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Just A Mom

I've often struggled with the thought of others thinking of me as "just a mom". Some think that I do nothing but sleep all day. I have to admit.... there have been days like like. Due to stress and depression. I've also been known to get upset when someone says, "Oh, Angie can take care of that. We work and she doesn't."

In the back of my mind, way back, I do realize that what I do is important. I'm here for my children whenever they need me. I'm here for my husband. Which is perfect, right now, since his accident. Yet, the comments people say make me feel like I'm "less than", not "as important" or that I've "done nothing with my life" as far as a career goes or financially.

Some feel that I should have already gone back to work or back to school to get a degree. After all, my children are 10 and 12.

This is what they don't understand:

My children have never been in a daycare. Well, I can't say never. We tried to put my son in one when he was 2. He was there one day and had pink eye in both eyes, an ear infection and was congested really bad. At that moment, I decided that I would not put my children in daycare. I'm not saying that daycare is bad. It's just not something that I want to do.

I have no degree. When I was 18-19, I went to college. I was in school for 1 1/2 semesters and I dropped out. I hated going to college. I wasn't even taking classes towards my degree. I had to take the basic courses before I could begin working on my degree. Along with going to college, I had to work to pay back my loan, car payment, car insurance, etc. I know... I know... people do it everyday. But I failed at it. Which makes me feel like even more of a failure at times for not sticking to it.

I have not worked in 10 years. From the time I was in high school and could work up until the time my daughter was about to be born... I worked. The thing is, every single place that I worked at is no longer in business. How would that look on a resume? They cannot contact or verify any of my previous employers. Not only that... the thought of going back to work after 10 years terrifies me. I don't know why. It just does.

Lastly, but definitely the most important: I'm here for my children. That's where I want to be! It's Spring Break this week and my children are out of school. If I worked, I would have to put them in some type of program or daycare so that I could work. What about the other days they are out of school for teacher workdays, early out days, Christmas Break or all summer? We could not afford to put our children in the care of others so that I could go to work. I would not make enough.

What is the reason for me laying this all out on the table? I'm reading a book called Celebrate Home. It's ideas and advice for stay at home moms. I've never read these types of books before and I'm not sure why I was drawn to this book. But I've enjoyed reading it and it has been quite inspiring.

I stopped reading it to make this post because something that I read really popped me upside the head. It really made me think...

Stay tuned for the continuation of this post tomorrow....

P.S. Please forgive the typos... for some reason the spell checker on blogger doesn't want to work with me today.

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