Psalm 27:4 "One thing have I desired; that will I seek after. That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life."

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Back to Myself – probably to your relief! – and sharing DIMS!

Though I do think my previous reflection is very worth pursuing, at this time, Hubby and I are content to just do some belt tightening.  Much, much easier now that we have over 500 lbs. of our own farm-raised beef in the freezer.

So, I’ve been back in the craft room and being my creative and goofy self. It’s been so fun to do little things again.  I’m knitting up a flurry, but those are all Christmas gifts; so, no sharing just now.

I’m sure that many other people have those little, plastic, 3-drawer, rolling bins floating around their house. I had one that was re-purposed from Kristen’s room to the sewing room. Unfortunately, it came from her former purple life. What’s a Mom to do when the purple box just doesn’t go? Spray paint!! I still had the LEGO color paint that we are no longer using in Kurt’s bedroom redo, so I shot that purple puppy a nice happy, shiny, GREEN!  I transferred my patterns into the drawers (freeing up old pattern boxes for another makeover) and slapped on some chalkboard stickers for labeling. Voila!

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It turned out much better than I was expecting it would.  The white one beside it is holding lots of different glues and miscellaneous craft supplies. I haven’t decided if I’ll paint it or not. My other spray paint options right now are yellow and blue.  Maybe I’ll chalk paint it. Hmmm?

On to those empty pattern boxes. I had 6 all together and Kristen swiped 3 of them for putting her kitchen supplies in – stored in the schoolroom of course because it’s closer to the kitchen. At least her things are out of my hutch.  That left me with 3 boxes, one ugly, really old, blue one, and two, newer, black and white boxes.

I started by gluing the box sides together.

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I totally messed up on the lids, and they were too wide, so I had to break it apart and try again. The seam was really, REALLY well done the first time. The second time not so good, so I covered it with a couple layers of washi tape.  I had a coloring page from a box of Krispy Kreme donuts that I had kept because it had one little bee on it. I thought it would make a really nice front for the new box.

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I had way more fun than expected coloring that thing. I had to trim the border and then re-apply it to make it fit the box, but I think it turned out really well. It now houses all of my soap making supplies in two convenient spaces! (Sorry, I didn’t take an inside picture – I’m bad).

That last box needed a big makeover. It was faded and sad. So, I painted it a nice, bright, happy, yellow.

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The bottom still needs its makeover, but it is, after all, the bottom of the box.

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You can see around the edges of the box and inside the lid, what the old blue color looked like.  I had a sudden burst of inspiration for this little box and gathered some supplies together.

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Aren’t those papers pretty? They were in an old package of origami papers that Karra gave me when she cleaned out all of her craft things to move on with her adult life. The papers are in three different colors and I can’t wait for inspiration to hit with the green ones!.

This project is still in progress, so you’ll have to wait for the finish.

I also have one more crafty thing going on.

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I found this cute idea on pinterest. It’s a ring of canning jar rings. Instead of spray painting, I found a bottle of acrylic paint in a pretty orange and I’m painting it on in thin coats. When I have it just right, I’ll lightly spray the pumpkin with gold spray paint. I haven’t quite decided how to finish it off, stem and leaf wise.  I did glue the rings in place so that they don’t slide all over every time I pick it up. I started with hot glue, but have ended up finishing with tacky glue. It’s turning out really cute.

In other news, we found happy homes for all of the terror kittens in my basement. Mozart, of course, moved upstairs and has taught Catnip that having a buddy isn’t such a bad thing.

Boston, Pepper and Zoe Grace are all out in our barn. The boys are getting their thick, fluffy hair quite dusty. All three are as lovable as ever and Uncle Sage is so chill with them. Old Man Johnny doesn’t like Sage, but he seems fine with the kittens.

Timmy and Tommy went to the horse barn last Monday. By Friday they had been re-named Wrangler and Cinch. I guess I’ll adjust. Wrangler Tommy is everyone’s favorite little love bug. Timmy Cinch is much shyer. He does NOT like it when the horses whinny!

And That’s What I Did by Myself Successfully!

 

Photo Montage

Life has continued at a breakneck pace here at the Happy Palace. I’ll update with photos which include a new winner from the Queen of DIY as well as DIMS from me; the garden and the kittens!

First, the DIY Queen.

We gave a baby shower for two couples that were in our old Life Group. It was great. Such a wonderful peace in our house afterwards. I miss Life Group. So, the next day one of the couples asked Kristen if she would make their crib and changing table. Oh.My.Gosh! What an honor. What a challenge. One week later, the DIYQ had the crib done.

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We delivered it the next Sunday (6/26) Here’s Kristen with the eager Mom-to-Be. The crib fits their baseball nursery to a T. They treated us to lunch ( forgot to load the picture). On Tuesday I picked up Kristen from the barn, she opened her phone to a Facebook update and Baby Troy had been born! Phew! Crib just in time. The changing table is still under construction. It will be the prototype of all future changing table/dressers, and our dear friends will have it forever. We can’t wait to visit them this Sunday and see that new baby!

I’ve been working on learning to make a box lining. I failed miserable making a lining for a crate that Kristen made for her friend (who did all of the sanding on my island!)  I had success making interior liners for two boxes. The first box started this way – yes, we’ve bought our share of store beef hamburger patties; I’m ashamed.

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But the box ended up looking like this:

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I’m a sucker for old-fashioned floral prints and have quite a stash of them just waiting for me to use them. Maybe someday I’ll make a quilt with lots of old-fashioned floral squares.

My second box started out like this:

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Yep, good ole Milk-Bones. I’ve been promising the dogs to make homemade peanut butter treats, but they are suffering for my lack of time like everything else! This box became this:

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I’m really happy with the way it turned out. It holds all of my 8×11 cardstock and my shape cutter. I’m thrilled.

I used this tutorial for the outside of the boxes:  here

And this tutorial for the inside liner:  here

I looked at a LOT of tutorials and I messed up plenty of times. I have LOTS of boxes in my stash, so I’ll be using these tutorials until I have them memorized. Measure once, twice, thrice, quatros; then, MAYBE make the cut.

On a more successful note, my garden is looking great this year. The straw has made an amazing difference in the weed level. It’s so nice to look out and seed the garden growing instead of three years worth of weed seeds sprouting.

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And the last little update is our little kittens!

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The best I can do: Back two faces are Zoe and Boston; Middle three are Tonya, Matt’s Cat (going to a friend of Kristen’s), Tammy Rose (who may be a Tommy); front kitty is Pepper Pott. They are the most adorable little fuzz balls. Tammy/Tommy talks and talks. You can hear it meowing upstairs and you’d swear something was trying to eat it. The minute the kitten is in your hands, it’s as quiet as can be. If money were no object, I’d keep all 6 of them. But it is. And I’m not.

On top of all of these wonderful things, it’s Camp Meeting at church this weekend and the girls are both volunteering. Joel’s spending time with his Mom, brother and cousin, and Kurt and I are hanging out together. I’m going to try to start painting my kitchen island – and maybe I’ll make another covered box, too. Daytona Saturday Night under the Lights!

And That’s What’s Happening on the Hobby Farm.

 

 

 

I’m Hanging Up My DIY Hammer

It is now firmly established that I am NOT the real DIYer around here. I don’t know if I’ve claimed to be or not, but it is now fact that I’m not the Queen or even the Princess. The title belongs, hands down, to my daughter, Kristen.

She tore apart the old pallets that I wanted to make into animal feeders. And guess what she did. She ROCKED.THE.BOAT. Or should I say, BED.

Kristen's phenomenal rustic pallet bed.

Kristen’s phenomenal rustic pallet bed.

Yeah, she’s 16. Yeah, she did this off the top of her head. She took careful measurements of her day bed and then went to town. I did suggest the 2×4’s on the edges of the head and foot boards to stabilize them and the 2×6’s for the side rails. That’s all the input I had. My only financial contribution was buying the varnish to seal it with.  For just under $45 she got a brand new bed.

The bed unscrewed into 3 pieces and we took them from the workshop to the basement for sealing. The basement is slightly less messy and dirty than the workshop.

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She wanted a clear finish so that the wood grain and grease marks, etc. would all show through. We were both impressed with how well the pallet wood sanded to a smooth finish.

This morning it was finally time for the big move. She put half of her room into Karra’s room then texted her a picture that said she was moving in! Karra’s response was, “I so hate you right now.” Such loving sisters.

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The before bedroom. She took the back off the daybed ages ago, so it’s been one wobbly twin-like bed for a while. She had already taken down her ribbons and medals from above the bed, but they covered the wall.

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Almost done.

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Lexi was very confused. “Hey, where did Kristen’s bed go?”

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Oh, my gosh, it looks so good in her room!

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Finished product. The quilt she made last year looks so perfect on the rustic bed and all of those pillows are perfect. Even Lexi wasn’t quite as confused anymore. She does have to put some spring into her jump now to get to the bed.

I’m hanging up my hammer and crowning her the resident Queen of DIY. I’ll stick to the sewing machine and glue gun!

And That is Kristen’s DIMS Day Success Story.

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