Friday, 30 September 2011

Friday Five *Weezy Edition*

  1. Woken up at 5am to a weezy 4 year old
  2. Gave a Nebulizer treatment to said 4 year old and took to Grandma's for the day so I could teach art.
  3. We painted in art class, all grades, even my K-1 (8 little boys), it wasn't a good idea.
  4. Got a desperate call from Grandma that the 4 year old wasn't doing well and needed to go to the Doctor's 
  5. Went to the Doctor's, and found out that Gaius has Asthma. Long story short after 2 neb treatments and a steroid shot he's doing much better. Long story long, 4 year olds and steroids should not mix. He was literally crawling all over everything in the house! We'll see if we get any sleep the next 5 days.
And that's my Friday, wanna trade?!

Monday, 26 September 2011

"They Call Me Mello Yellow"

Here's your chance to give me your 2 cents!
Which color should I paint my bedroom?
You can leave me a comment OR click on the poll in the sidebar!
BTW "C" is my front runner at the moment!

Friday, 23 September 2011

Remember when you were 11? I think when I was 11 my main interests were playing various games outside with the neighborhood kids after school, playing with my baby nephew, having sleepovers, and playing Barbies.

Here's a conversation I had with an 11 year old today.

L- "Is that a Blackberry Mrs. Steele?" -while looking at my phone

Me- "Yes"

L-"How do you like it?"

Me- "I actually don't like it that much. I'm waiting for the iPhone to come to Sprint."

L- "What?! Why don't you have Verizon?"

Me- "Well because Mr. Steele uses a lot of data so we have to have a good data plan"

L- "Oh!" - Shrugs in complete understanding and walks away.

I guess it's a sign of the times, but it still made me laugh to think about having that conversation with a child.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Gaius just came in looking for barn boots so that he could jump in mud puddles. After i told him he needed to check the coat room I hear him talking to himself saying: "Okay, you're okay. I'm fine. It's not too scary!" It made me smile!

Friday, 16 September 2011

Movable Window Pelmet

This is my first ever tutorial.
I'm sorry in advance and I'm sure someday I'll look back and cringe at this post.
*Man am I having 4-H public presentation flashbacks!*

I started with:
  • a very large sheer window panel
  • fabric glue (FYI: The "Ok to Sew" brand is not my favorite because it dries with a slight blue cast)
  • 2 spools of 7/8" wide black grosgrain ribbon
  • 1 spool of 7/8" wide antique white grosgrain ribbon
  • 2 yards solid black cotton
  • duct tape
  • 2 cardboard boxes
  • a curtain rod with a very deep arch (bend? pocket? whatever you call it).

The first thing I did was split the panel in half and hem the raw edge. Then I glued the black ribbon over the seams all the way around. *Why I didn't just sew it is beyond me and next time I'll just do that because the glue took FOREVER to dry*

Next I split open the boxes
Since my pelmet was going to be exactly the width of the side of the box I just cut them down each fold and I cut off the top and bottom flaps on all but 2 because I wanted it to be as stiff as possible.
For this particular project it took 4 and half sides. I actually don't know the measurements of this window because I used the rod as my guide. After I measured and double checked I duct taped all of the box sides end to end leaving one flap on each end.
Then I taped my black fabric onto the cardboard trying to keep it as tight and smooth as possible.
After that I took a ruler and chalk and marked the lines for where I wanted to glue the white ribbon on. I did this because I KNEW I would never be able to keep it straight that whole distance. After I glued the white ribbon on and let it dry all night I found out that my glue was showing through even though it was dry. So to cover that up I used some black satin ribbon I had on hand and glued it on top.

Then I taped the daylights out of the back of the pelmet and the rod.

After I hung it up I realized that the corners were pulling away slightly, and although probably no one else would notice I knew it would annoy me. So I bought some corner brackets.
I ended up just taping these on too because the screws were too long and would poke through to the front.
Then I hung the whole thing up on the existing curtain rod brackets.

I really, REALLY love how it turned out! And I'm starting to get a vision for what else I want to do for this room!
I'm planning to paint the walls a Terra Cotta color which will hopefully be done by Thanksgiving! I also have a lot more ideas but you'll have to wait to find those out later! :-)

*You may be wondering why I didn't just make the pelmet out of wood. The answer is. 1.) I don't have a saw, 2.) I wasn't sure I'd like it and it would be permanent, and 3.) I wanted to be able to craft it!*

Happy Friday!

Thursday, 15 September 2011

It's Coming!!!...

My very first tutorial that is!
I refashioned some old curtains and made a pelmet!
I can't wait to show you because I really love how it turned out!
But it still needs a little more tweaking.
And FYI having to keep stopping and taking pictures while you're in the middle of a project is super annoying, but I did it anyway just for you! I hope all 3 of you feel special! :-)

Stay tuned!

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

What do you know. I start a new blog and then life goes and gets busy so I have no time to post anything.

So far this week has been both heartbreaking and beautiful all rolled into one. One of my friend's 17 year old son died late last week in an ATV accident. The last few days have been filled with funeral and burial services.
Death and sorrow are very interesting topics to explain to children... this year it seems like I've been explaining it to them a lot.
One thing I do know for sure is, I have so much awe and gratitude for my Lord Jesus Christ.
I was talking to my kids today and we were talking about how Jesus knew 2000 years ago that "Aunt Ren" was going to feel this way today and that his death made it possible so that she wouldn't be separated from her son for forever. Jesus made it so that we could all be together again someday because the people we've lost this year have also been children of God.
It is kind of nuts to think about it from a mother's point of view. To think Jesus cared enough for this one mother and son (out of the 106.5 billion people who have lived on this earth *take the number with a grain of salt*) enough that he made it possible for them to be reunited one day. Blows my mind!
How much love is that?
John 15: 13
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for a friend.

I feel hopeful for "Aunt Ren" and her family. Because death really is not the end, in fact I think it might be just the beginning.
And I'm praising Jesus for his love tonight!

Romans 15:13
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Friday, 9 September 2011

The Week Known as Crazy

This week has raced by so quickly I was barely able to keep up.
It start with the deep cleaning of the Gingerbread House for our "tenants" (a.k.a. Marc's brother and his wife). Then there was soccer, soccer, soccer, and some prayer meeting thrown in. It's taken all week but I DO have my bedroom all rearranged and unpack *YAY!*. Which also resulted in me finding the other half of wardrobe! *It's almost like Christmas!*
I'm back to teaching Art at a local private school. At first I was dreading it but I'd forgotten how fun it is! Even my K-1st grade class of 6 little boys wasn't too scary they were just happy to be cutting and pasting!
Now I just need to make it through the weekend! :-)

Friday, 2 September 2011

Friday Five

  • We received our first tax bill for this house. *YIKES* Signing up for STAR asap.
  • I stopped at a random garage sale today and it happened to be all complete outfits from Gymboree in Leia's size!!! SCORE! And the woman running the sale was really nice so I invited her to MOPS!
  • I'm ready for the weather to stay consistently cool so I can change over everyone's wardrobes.
  • I REALLY need to unpack our bedroom so I can find all my clothes (in fact I think I'll work on that as soon as I post this!)
  • The Gingerbread House is rented! *Yahoo!*