Sunday, February 28, 2010

More than enough

This morning was pretty rough. What is it about Sunday mornings that bring out the carnal in us? Seriously- we are on our way to CHURCH!
My oldest was being completely disobedient and arguing about EVERYTHING. My youngest was testing the waters and my middlest was pulling the good ole 'I have my head in the clouds' routine.
We made it to church on time, without daddy because he is sick, but not happily. I bawled them out the whole way there. Okay- MOST of the way there. I wanted to wring their necks I tell ya! I considered threatening them with bodily harm, but realized it was futile as I am not trained in the arts of CIA torture procedures, nor could I really carry them out on my sons. And then I walked into the worship service and was reminded that...

All of You is more than enough for all of me
For every thirst and every need
You satisfy me with Your love
And all I have in You is more than enough

You are my supply
My breath of life
And still more awesome than I know
You are my reward
worth living for
And still more awesome than I know

All of You is more than enough for all of me
For every thirst and every need
You satisfy me with Your love
And all I have in You is more than enough

You’re my sacrifice
Of greatest price
And still more awesome than I know
You’re the coming King
You are everything
And still more awesome than I know

More than all I want
More than all I need
You are more than enough for me
More than all I know
More than all I can say
You are more than enough for me
By Chris Tomlin

I raised my hands and the tears welled. He is enough for me, enough for my weakness, enough for my mommy exhaustion, enough for my heartache, enough for my impatience. And He will give enough to be the momma He wants me to be. Praise God for the reminders given when we need them.
Our day has gone much better, as I laid down my anger, my frustrations and my pride before the one who is more than enough. Are you allowing Him to be more than enough for you, too?
Before I sign off I want to ask for your prayers. Not for me, but for my hairstylist. She was recently diagnosed with brain cancer. Her brain surgery was this past week. Penny will be going through Chemo and radiation. She knows the Lord, and Loves Him dearly. I know she will walk this path set before her trusting in Him. Please lift her and her family in your prayers.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Germies Of the worst kind

My children crack me up. Tonight they were instructed to pick up the large pile of bakugans and put them away before we read Junie B Jones. If you have never read Junie B. to your kids YOU are missing out, and so are they. My husband practically begs us to not read the next chapter without him.
Anyway, as Quin had many more bakugans than hands he announced- "Hey- i can put them in my pants!'. Jackson shrieks' NO! You will get underwear germs on them!'.
Quin replies innocently "But Im not wearing any underwears, Jackson'.
In bursts Brennan "EW! WIENER GERMS! EW! Those are worse than underwear germs!'.
 Jackson in the background 'DON'T Quin, thats gross, I mean it.
I do NOT want you wiener germs on MY Bakugan!."
For the next hour Quintin randomly would say quietly-
"Wiener germs. Now that is uh-lare-ee-us."

They are 3, 5, and 6 in case you were wondering.

7 years ago

I was in labor. 21 hours of labor. 4 hours of pushing with no meds, and a sunny side up baby with his arm stubbornly over his head FINALLY appeared. My eyes were so um, boogered, from pushing that out of my right eye I was seeing multiples of everything.

And it was worth it.

The above is a page in his scrapbook- ya know before everyone had a digital camera?

Happy Birthday to my little big man. My silly, goofy, analytical, scientist in the works, bug loving, A plus on every spelling test, math whiz, Bionicle building, puppy loving, stubborn son.
Love you!

Friday, February 26, 2010


Can  I please just say as a disclaimer, that my living room paint is NOT as Hideous brightly,yet darkly gold as it looks in my pictures. I am perusing old photos, and blog photos and CRINGING, Making faces, choking, and gagging, at how um, hideous gold my walls look. MAYBE one of these days I can get better pictures? Until then, please take my word for it- its not THAT bad. Okay- I feel better. Thanks for letting me get that off my chest.
P.S. Many of you will say- just repaint it. I shall beat you to it. I can't. 'Budget is king' as hubby says, and unless you GIVE me 4 gallons of a more neutral shade it ain't happening this year gals! Praise God for new floor, though, right?

It is HERE!

My flooring that is. It is HERE! It is in the garage. It is awaiting hubby to schedule 2 vacation days and me and 3 boys and a dog to vacate the house. If you wonder why I am SO excited let me fill you in.
I have been living on subfloors fo almost a year. Some of you have crazy sympthy for me, like my 1 friend, Karla, who swears she would have killed her hubs or moved out by now, and some of you are thinking' SO what, I'm on subfloors, too." BUT- In our bedroom we have been on subfloors for almost 5 years.
Why? We married young (20-barely) and in the hole. 18 months later I was pregnant, and became a full time mommy. 5 pregnancies in 5 years... Three boys in 3 years, 2 heartbreaks in between... A job working full commission. We ALMOST lost our house when I was 9 months pregnant with our 3 yr old. A new job, starting out at the bottom of the pay scale. Finally made top pay, and then paycuts, taking us back to about the bottom of the scale. SIGH. And well, floors were um, low on the list. Top of the list was food on the table and diapers on little butts. Oh- and electricity is also kind of a neccessity. So- here we are. Many years later, having learned the difference between wants and needs, and as thankful as I am for those lessons, I am SO EXCITED ABOUT FLOORING!!!!!! It is called antique oak. Wide planked beautiful, I cannot wait to get it down.


Who doesn't love some CASH? Linda over at Coastal Charm is doing a cash giveaway! I am SO hoping to win. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to redo Gwenevieres sister chair. She seems sad , lonely, and I think a tad bit jealous of Gwennies new makeover. And, please don't tell her, but she really does stick out like a sore thumb now!) If I win, she will get redone ASAP. If not, poor Rosalinda will be getting a life lesson in longsuffering. Coastal Charm will also be doing Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays parties. Kick off  March 2nd- so get ready gals! I already know what nifty treasures I shall be sharing! Hop on over and peruse Lindas blog, and get yourself signed up for some MOOLAH!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

And it was finished... Almost

I am putting this post up to link to Jennifer Junipers party. And Miss Mustard Seeds Furniture Feature Friday!  Thanks for the invite Jennifer. This woman is 'uh-lare-ee-us as my 3 yr old says. I especially loved her Birds and the Bees saga- seriously I almost peed my pants. But enough- heres the deal. My chair, THe chair, the Abe Lincoln chair as a buddy called it, is ALMOST done. I have upholstered all but the piping on the arm rests. It will have to wait because I need to go to the grocery and do my car pull duties... Here she is in all her glory. Her 'I was made in 1926 by Thomasville, still had the original tags and fabirc' remade glory.

Do you think she feels better?
I must say once it was done (almost) I thought of white wood, and khaki upholstery, OR ticking stripe piping... OR cream wood, and a pattern... But seriously- this is fine for now. I made sure that while she is durable, the pipinbg will come off somewhat easily.

Ah- that splash of color is so much better! Like Noodle the sheepadoodles bear?
(A side note- flooring s ordered!)

Here is the before in case you missed it...

I used a low melt glue gun, staple gun, and regular old machine and presser foot(yes, even for double piping!) I have never reupholstered anything beyond a dining chair cover- which does not count if you ask me! Okay- off to get some kids from school!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Slowly Slowly Said the sloth...

At 1 am last night I finished this boxed and welted cushion. I despise making them. Okay, I DID despise making them. This one went pretty easy. No cursing, only 1 pin in my finger that caused bloodage on the cushion, and no broken sewing machine needle. For those of you that say you cannot reupholster, or do not have the neccessary tools,  I shall show you when this is all over what I used and you will see where there is a will there is a way!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Out of order

My bed looks like an explosion of cream utility cloth, hideous green fabric, copper staples, and screwdrivers. My bedroom has been taken over by this lovely lady.
It was going along beautifully and then I ran out of staples... RAN OUT! AGHHH! So why havent I bought more NOW? I have dinner to put on the table, a child to do homework with and another to read with. Yes, Brennan has begun reading. Out of the blue, he just decided to read. And i love it! And he loves it!
Anywho- thats why I havent gotten staples. I guess that means I have to do the sewing part I was putting off until tomorrow, huh?

Sunday, February 21, 2010

I wonder if this chair will survive me? I wonder if the end job will be imperfectly beautiful or an epic fail? I wonder if i can actually FINISH this without losing a fingernail, finger, dog or my sanity in the process? I wonder if when I am done I will actually tackle the matching chair, or quickly list it for sale? i wonder if the woman who so lovingly ordered this from Thomasville, custom ordered  the tag says, is rolling over in her grave crying tears of anguish as I rip apart her chair. I wonder if cream colored utility cloth was the right choice with a puppy and 3 boys...
I wonder if my to do list is getting to long?
curtains for bathroom
finish shower curtain (after I locate a crisp white sheet with no stain)
finial things sanded/painted, etc
dresser for my room-painted/new hardware
dresser for front room-painted
Knock Off Pier 1's throw pillows
my 7 yr olds birthday celebration(shouldnt that be at the top?)
I don't need to wonder that it is time to be still and know that he is God, and to put my priorities in the right order.

Saturday, February 20, 2010


I spent some time treasure hunting lately looking for fixtures and hardware for our bath remodel. And boy oh boy did I get blessed!

My light fixture, toilet paper holder, and towel racks. Total cost?
$19.00! NINETEEN DOLLARS!!!!!!! That includes the $3.00 for paint, folks. WOO-HOO!
The toilet paper holder was $4.00 at Goodwill- it was still in the package, with all hardware, and the price tag of $30.00 was still on it.
This light is $34.58 at Lowes

And I am sure anything Oil rubbed bronze would be more!
My shower curtain is still in the works. Slow, but steady, right?

I am confident that it will be fabulous when it is done! We shall see. Now- can I get those shower clips and curtain rod for pennies? Hmm....

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

a sneak peak of what I like, what I am currently working with and what I am working on.

All of the above are from Anthropologie.

All of the below are from my local thrift store. Many sheets, pillow cases and curtains. All shades of white/cream- NOT yellow- the lighting is bad- sorry!

Now- this is my mad pinning skills in action!
Still looks yellow- not in the least finished... But an idea of where it is heading...
As far as the painted fabric curtain goes- I am sure you have figured out that painting is one idea I have tossed out. Now- to make my sewing machine sing!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Obsessive much?

I am obsessed. With shower curtains and bathrooms. It seems I can NEVER find what I want in a store or catalogue. I find ideas and then I jump off of them and make them my own. My man laughs, and delights in the fact that I have creative ability while also groaning, sometimes in wardly, sometimes ouwardly, at the mess, and the process of me creative decorating. I have found some more pics that I like, and alas no shower curtain is screaming 'take me home baby!'
BUt I DO have a grand idea. Muslin, linen, paint...
Do you see where this is going?
 Anthropologies curtains got my mind a workin...

Some of this is pottery barn, some Ballard.
I have NO CLUE where this is going to end up...But i have a feeling it will be with some $1.99 (half price couponed added to that of COURSE)102" wide Muslin, and my acrylic stash... At that price I can afford a major disaster, right? ;-)

A bathroom done, and a bathroom begun...

We are restarting our remodeling. I am excited and dreading it at the same time. Excited for the changes. dreading the process with 3 lil boys, and 2 very different yet stubborn people. I have not shown  you all picturs of our bathroom redone. It took me some time to figure this one out. I wanted a touch of red, a pale green, and some sort of checks or stripes. We went from deepr ed walls and cabinetry with an OLD UGLY sink to this

Yes i realize the wondow is unfinished- once the snow melts my new window goes in and THEN it will be trimmed and curtained.

The most frustrating ything Ive ever sewn! Thsi shower curtain took some figuring after I had some odd sizes of fabric to work with, lol

Am I insane having a shower curtain drag the floor in a BOYS bath?!

Hubby did the tile, I just adore this goose neck faucet.
The leaves on the wall is actually a towel holder- my sweet sons have dirtied all my handtowels and they are currently spinning in the wash.

rocks, nests, feathers, art

Love me some birds and a touch of nature.

I do like the funky fungi and such but this arrangement needs some help. Some grounding, some depth... SOMETHING!

I really like the detail on the antique knobs. I scored 7 knobs for all of $0.50- my friends hubby sandblasted them for me at work, and they then were sprayed.

Graphics fairy and the vintage moth outfitted my art for FREE!
As I was fixing my kids lunch This idea came to me....

Better? Maybe?
Anywho... THIs bath is pretty much done- it's tiny, it is hard to take good pictures of UNLESS you stand in the closet. I am especially proud of the fact that while Hubs was out of town, and I was home with 3 boys, I measured, cut, with a hand saw i must add,  nailed up with the nail gun, painted and finished the trim myself. I was rather proud. So was hubby. He said he was going to go out of town more often. I said okay, just teach me how to use the table/circular saw.
Now- on to inspiration for my next bath. This bath is long and narrow. I refuse to show pictures in its current state because I am just not ready. Yes, it is THAT bad.
 I want it to flow with my current bedroom.
I somehow have lost the folders of bedroom pictures.
I have blues, crisp white, a splash of red( OF COURSE) and a khaki/gold in there. I was considering a straw/oat color for our bath with white cabinets/molding and beadboard ceilings. I have a framed mirror and would love a vintage light. As for the shower curtain I am toying with plain muslin, with a border of something along the bottom... Anyway here are some inspiration pics...
I have requested about 20 boks from the library, and am listing and breaking down our budget... Remodel here we come!