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Reading Room

This room was originally a dining room with a big ol’ chandelier. Slowly but surely we have been transforming it into our kid friendly reading room. My Dad helped by installing a fan and yesterday, I spent my Christmas cash on this rug. I love it! It brings a lot of light into the room making it a wonderful place for enjoying a good book.
It is not finished. As you see I need to finish hanging up some pictures. I would like to get 2 large bookshelves but instead of holding off until I can afford the ones I want and have the room be empty for who knows how long, why not make do with the bookshelf and stuff I already have? Perfect. Maybe I don’t need those huge white bookshelves I originally imagined after all. 🙂 World of books here we come!

Also, my friend gave me a great idea to cover a bulletin board with cute material and designate it as a place to display kid art. My kids love this and appreciate their art being displayed. To do this, I just found a bulletin board at a local thrift store and covered it with some material I already had. I used a staple gun on the backside to secure the material pulled tight against the board. You should try one!!! They are cute, functional, and won’t break the bank! Plus, your kids will feel special to see their art everyday. You can’t go wrong. 🙂

 

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Time to Get Tough

As strange as it sounds, I have been using this piece of electrical machinery every other day recently. I didn’t think it was a big deal, like maybe everyone does this but my Mom told me it was actually pretty unique and that I should share this on my blog. So here it is!

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In the last week, I have fixed my dryer (I watched youtube videos and figured it out! Thank you Youtube!) , fixed 2 vacuums, put up a baby gate, installed a new door handle with a lock, put up 15-18 baby proofing cabinet & drawer locks, and moved around shelves in my garage using this lovely power drill.

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I am posting this not to say ‘I am so great’ but to encourage others out there that you can totally do this, too!!! Yes, there is a little dirt and grim involved as you can see in the inside of this vacuum, and a little faith as you are venturing to learn something new that might take a little trial and error but it is awesome when you start figuring it out! Practice this willingness to fix it yourself habit and it will be wonderful to 1. not have to call your hubby for every problem who may or may not know how to fix it, 2. wonderful to save money and time by not having to replace stuff right in left with going to stores and calling people 3. wonderful to be able to take the responsibility and then move on with your life without having to wait on others to take care of it.

You can do it!  You can learn to be a just a little more self reliant bit by bit, too. When you have a problem, research it.  Watch some YouTube videos, learn from friends, and pick up a hand drill today.  Ha, ha, no seriously though you have every right to get tough and take charge in your life where possible. You can do this. You are more capable than you realize. Just learn a little bit at a time and you will be amazed what good can come from it!

Marilyn

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Exercise in Creativity

Sometimes all you need is what you have.

I believe this goes for finding joy from within as well as often times for physical/material things. Why not try looking around at the things you have and change something without purchasing anything when you feel this need for a change? With a new coat of paint, some heavy duty cleaning, or organizing, you can greatly transform what you have to be glistening and glowing with good vibes.

Think of life is an art in balance. Sometimes we think we need a new dress or new this or that but what if during those times we think we need something (sometimes just go for it) but other times, more times than not, work on sharpening up what you have.

I mentioned above that it applies to within because it does. Sure it is nice to hear how others are making progress in their lives, and have them tell us what is cool and what isn’t or even see these things on social media/instagram/facebook. I get that and it can be really helpful. You can learn a lot from others and get encouraged to try new things, perhaps things you might not have thought to try on your own. At the same time, realize all you really need, the most essential things, you already have. You don’t need to be in a constant state of searching for more and never feeling satiated. Your gifts, personality, and eternal worth as a child of God that are already set in place are ENOUGH.

So as an act of celebrating what you have and showing gratitude for it, fix up something today within your home. Take even 30 minutes to clean, organize, or revamp something you already have until you feel it sparkling with a sense of satisfaction. Something outside of what you would normally think to do. You can do it! I challenge YOU!!! 🙂

Here is my table I revamped last week. I have had it for years but I decided I wanted to give it a fresh look with a white top. I sanded down the stain with an electric hand sander and painted the top white. I used a roller so the paint would go on evenly and then used a paint brush to even out the texture from the roller. Whoohoo!

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Home Inspiration Series: Fresh White Linen

Last week I got to visit the sunny state of Arizona and see some family and friends! Here is the lovely home of a family friend Karen whom had us over to swim in her back yard with the kiddos. These are some pictures that she so kindly let me take to share with you of some of the amazing crafts she has done to spruce up her already beautiful home!

Some of the ideas include:

1. Buying an antique looking French Flour Bag stencil. Or, I suppose you could even making one yourself from a free printable online, an exact-o-knife, and a plastic folder. You can then stencil it on a pillow case that you make from canvas drop clothe material. This can be purchased very inexpensively at Home Depot or Walmart. I am talking $12 for 4 yards. It is the material that is typically used to catch paint that would drop to the floor while painting. Genius!

2. Next, since you get a lot of this material you can use it on other projects like seat covers as she did here to her lovely white table and chairs set. This originally had a orange yellow stained wood top and she just sanded it down to get the surface smooth and painted it with a few layers of white chalk paint. And whaalaa, it looks gorgeous!

3. I also love the simple art piece that she made to place behind her white table and chairs. She used 4 equal length boards with two short boards across the top and bottom of the back to hold them together. Then she painted it a light blue gray color and topped it with stenciling on a cute design with acrylic paint.

Thank you Karen for sharing your ideas and your home!

Check out more of her designs at her Etsy Shop at sweetcitrushome@etsy.com.

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Paint Makeover

While it was okay before, now it looks a lot fresher and cuts down the over abundant yellow in the room. I am loving this and even wish I would have done it sooner! To cut down on work, I didn’t even move it outside or take it apart to paint it. Although I still want it to look good, I know that I am not working to sell it and that is not an extremely valuable piece in terms of monetary price so I am okay to cut some corners to save time and effort on my part… I  just put down my plastic wrap and cardboard right underneath it and got to work.

This room makeover also didn’t cost me a penny since I mixed paint I already had and yet- has transformed the room!!! yay!

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