A few details: picture frames

There were a few comments I wanted to make on the Valentine’s Day pictures but in my hurry to get something up before it was embarrassingly late, I just posted pictures. Now that it’s Winter Recess (YEA!) in New York and I have the whole week off, I thought I’d take time to elaborate.

Did you notice the white frames in the picture of the Valentine wall?

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Those are the two frames I got at the thrift store when I did the challenge I posted about here.

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I spray painted them white.

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Jesse and Sophia and I ran to Lowes while Novella was in ballet last Wednesday. We raced home after picking Novella up and I had barely enough light outside to get it done. In my haste, however, I forgot to take off my wedding rings and got white overspray on the backs of them. 🙁 Luckily, I caught it in time and was able to wipe the paint off with a rag. Kenny found it hilarious that I nearly ruined my wedding rings on the night before Valentine’s Day. It was also a miracle the frames even dried because it was far too cold outside to be spray painting!!

I was very lucky when I bought the frames. The two pictures I had in mind for them worked perfectly. I couldn’t have done better if I had gone to Michaels and bought new ones.

The first thing I wanted to frame was a free Valentine’s printable from Nest of Posies. I printed the black and white version at home but wasn’t happy with it. I’ve bought some cheap ink for my copy machine and it wasn’t worth the savings! Plus I really liked the pink version and I only have black and white printers. So I downloaded the file and had it printed in color at Office Max for $0.49. Not bad and I love it! I’ll probably let the girls hang it in their room when I get sick of looking at the Valentine wall.

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The other big frame didn’t have any backing. I thought about leaving it off and not worrying about it, but the picture slipped around too much. It needed a backing. Thanks to my eldest son, fondly known around here as the pack rat, I had extra cardboard hanging around. I had a piece from the inside of a calendar that was the perfect width. I slipped it in and cut another piece into a couple pieces to fit. I then taped it all together with packing tape. Perfect!

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(yes, the back of the frame looks messy where I spray painted. I suppose I should have painted it, too, or at least taped it off. But what you can’t see can’t hurt you, right?)

The picture in this frame is special. It’s actually commissioned art! Novella has been learning “doodle art” in her homeschool co-op class. She showed me a small heart she made and I asked her if she could make a bigger one for me for Valentine’s Day. She happily obliged.

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I was almost finished but I needed a mat for the picture. I didn’t want to buy one for a picture I might only have up for a day plus if I ran to the store I’d use up all of my energy and no one would get heart cookies. That wouldn’t be good! 😉 So I made one out of construction paper. It took me a few minutes to wrap my brain around the math of the whole thing.

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It worked out just like I had hoped.

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I still have the Valentine wall up because I love it! The sparkly heart is something Novella picked up for her room from Michaels but she’s letting me borrow it. And the little flower in the vase? Mr. John Elijah made that in his art class. It’s origami. He also made the lego heart that’s on the printer.

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I thought I could wrap up all the details in one post but this post is feeling plenty long for now. I’ll post more later! I still want to talk about the Valentine pillows we made and the Dr. Pepper sign!


Valentine’s Day Fun

I haven’t had time to write a good post lately, but wanted to share some pictures of the fun we had yesterday on Valentine’s Day. I absolutely LOVE Valentine’s Day and yesterday was one of the best! We crafted, we sewed, we baked, we partied, and we took Wesley to the doctor (plus x-ray) for a possible broken ankle (turns out it is just swollen soft tissue). We even got a wonderful surprise package in the mail from Grandma with movies and Valentines for all of us. Oh, I almost forgot. The kids got Valentines in the mail from their best friends in Alabama, too!! Like I said, it was a great day. 🙂

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A Look Back Before Going Forward!

Happy New Year! All during the holidays I wanted to post about Christmas decorating and couldn’t get to it to save my life! I’m going to post it now because, well, it’s my blog and that’s what I want to post. Happy-Grin I’ll post about the new year and goals and all the things rolling around in my head later. For now, here are a few of the scenes we’ve enjoyed the past few weeks:

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Fall decorating

(*another technical update: I can’t figure out how to re-size the photos on photo bucket. I’ve switched to Picasa but it’ll take a few more days to get all the photos re-sized!)

So… I pretty much fell off the Flylady wagon… again. 🙂 And I know it’s because I don’t have my routines in place well. sigh. One day I’ll get it.

Despite the fact that I haven’t been flying, my house hasn’t been too bad. It may be because Bishop Council Nedd was coming for a visit. 🙂

I’ve been loving reading decorating blogs for months now. And, of course, they are all going crazy doing fall decorating. In the past, my fall decorating has consisted of hanging a very sad wreath on the door that I made when I had my first apartment (16 years ago!!!!!) plus a few Halloween things that usually went up around October 25th.

This year I had more fun. 🙂

I tried to keep costs low although I did spend a little.

Here’s the mantle:

I had all the candle holders and the orange candle. The pumpkins we picked up at the Apple Orchard. I found the grapevine pumpkin in the dollar bin at Target a couple of weeks ago (it was actually $2.50) and the black pillar is actually a tall basket I found on clearance for $2 at Michaels. The main splurge was the awesome wooden owl. I dashed in Kohl’s one day before the Bishop came looking for some new placemats. I saw the owls on clearance for 40% off but I didn’t get one. I was being good and not spending money I didn’t need to spend. But I couldn’t quit thinking about it. The next day I was out with John and Jesse and Sophia and we dashed in super quick and grabbed an owl. It was about $11 and worth it because I love it. I smile every time I pass the hearth.

The Target dollar bins were a treasure trove the day I was in there. In addition to the grapevine pumpkins they had tea light lanterns for $2.50 each. I put one on the piano…

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and one on a side table by the couch.

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The awesome hanging pumpkin tea light thingy came from Kohl’s clearance rack last year:

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The final step was to do something about the awful 16 year old wreath. I don’t have a picture of it, but picture a straw wreath with fall leaves wrapped loosely around and a couple of fake pumpkins glued on with a hot glue gun and half falling off. The only redeeming quality was a nice bow that my sister made for me that was tied on the bottom. I saw a tutorial on Thrifty Decor Chick on how to do a simple pumpkin wreath. Being somewhat creatively challenged, I pretty much copied her wreath as closely as I could.

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Here’s a shot of the whole front porch. I got the hay bale at Walmart for $5.97, and Kenny got the pumpkins for me for $3.88 each.

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Quick funny story: Kenny liked the wreath so much that he volunteered me to make another one for the church to raffle off at a Fall Festival. (YIKES!! Did I mention I’m creatively challanged?!) One lady from church gave me a strand of fall leaves, and I pretty much bought the same stuff I bought before. Here’s how the church one turned out:

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Before I put it up, Jesse saw it and helped himself to some “fruit”:

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I exchanged it and kept the “special” pumpkin for my own wreath. I crack up every time I see it!!

Have you all had any fun with fall decorating? I still need to get out my jack-o-lantern before Halloween!