Homemade (dry erase) Calendar

This past spring break I needed something to do, so I made a calendar. I was inspired by one of my favorite blogs, Prudent Baby. Yes, yes, David makes fun of me for the name, but I enjoy it. Here’s my version of the homemade dry-erase calendar:

I picked up the frame from Ikea and the fabric, ribbon, and poster board from Hobby Lobby. I chose the green fabric to match my green accents in the kitchen (Like my mixer, YEA! That I’ve finally come to terms with leaving on the counter…It was a processes.).

See...isn't it loverly?? (Thanks mom and dad!)

Onward to the directions:

1. trace frame insert onto cardboard and cut out
2. place cardboard cut out onto fabric and cut fabric an inch or so larger than the cut out
3. mod-podge the fabric onto the cardboard, let dry
4. cut out enough ribbon strips to make desired calendar squares
5. use a ruler and pencil to mark where the ribbon should lay (yes, yes, I’m that anal)
6.  lay ribbon and adhere to back (I just used tape incase I want to change the ribbon out later or change the number of calendar squares, etc.)
7. return to frame and hang
8. enjoy!

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Pain Pillows

I have been on a “how to fill my time” kick these past few weeks. Well, here’s something I did to fill that work void; I made rice pillows. You can buy these at the store or make them for cheaper on your own. I somewhat followed the directions from here, but I kind of did my own thing too, just like cooking.

Directions for Making Pain Pillows
1. cut scrap fabric into squares/rectangles
2. lay faces together and pin three sides
3. sew the three sides together (or fold in half and sew two sides together as pictured below)

4. fill with way with rice (you want this to be 1/2 way if it’s small or 1/4-1/3 if it’s a larger fabric swatch). the amount used will depend on your size of fabric (I used 1/2-1/12 cups of rice per pocket)
5. pin fabric on outside next to the rice (you don’t want to pin too tightly next to the rice or you won’t be able to sew it closed with a machin, trust me ;-))
6. add in some type of spice that smells yummy or else you’ll smell like rice (I used tea, but it does not seem to be quite strong enough to mask the rice)
7.  fill next compartment with rice and repeat steps five and six (repeat 5-7 as needed)
8. turn under the ends, pin closed and sew shut

Directions to Use:
1. place in  microwave
2. heat for 1-2 minutes (depending on size, you may even need longer)
3. test the heat before trying any longer, you don’t want to burn your skin. plus, you can always stick it back in the microwave if it’s too cool
4. place on ailment and enjoy the soothing warmth

I made one long one (pictured above) for use on the neck and a few smaller ones for whatever else may ache (back, leg, hip, the possibilities are endless). I’m not sure if it will work well in the freezer as an ice pack, but I think I might try that too.

Summer’s Half Way Over

Well, I thought I’d give a little update on the things I’ve completed or started working on for my summer to do list. Hopefully they are half way completed…

Things to complete this summer:
1. refinish the buffet – FINISHED!
2. refinish our “new” dresser (from craigslist) – started, I need to figure out the hardware and stain the legs once they come in
3. refinish my childhood furniture and move into the guest room – this is may be put on hold until the bed is done (please, honey :-))
4. complete “art” for office – COMPLETE
5. find a place for all of the gazillion photos in the office – they are sitting on the floor waiting to be hung and a few still need to be filled, it’s a slow process….
6. hang mirror above dresser in bedroom – still hanging above our mantle…I’ll move it once the new dresser is in
7. figure out art for above the mantle – Ordered a picture, waiting for it to come in
8. purchase new duvet for master bedroom (queen size really isn’t large enough for a queen bed, we’re going king…I don’t know what we’ll do if we upgrade to a king though…) – Ordered, waiting for it to come in. The comforter has been sitting our bedroom for a month now waiting on this. I was just a little indecisive (but it paid off, because it was on sale!!).
9. create headboard and footboard for master bedroom – once our dresser’s finished I plan to start this (yes, dear I will need you too)
10.  sew curtains for master bedroom (I need to purchase fabric first) – Postponed. I have yet to find something I really like for in there.
11. get everything on our new computer and consolidate – started, I still need to move things over from my old, old computer and a few more CDs…EKK!
12. be more consistent with budgetting – need to get info from Chase to start this
13. post at least 3 times a week on blog (and keep this up when school starts back) – sort of accomplished this more like 1-3 times a week. I’ll get there…I become kind of boring in the summertime. I think it’s the lack of human interaction (not sure I could do the stay at home mom thing).
14. work out at least 3 times a week – fail…I have been walking/jogging in the neighborhood more though, so it’s progress.
15. catch up on brothers & sisters (I’m on season 3 right now and just can’t stop) – DONE! I just have to wait for season 5 to become available on Netflix to finish the series. 
16. find something to volunteer with (I use to do this ALL the time and now that I’m a “grown-up” I just don’t. I think I shall try to remedy this soon) – not yet
17. read at least one “grown-up” book (being an elementary teacher I tend to read mainly children novels) – fail for now…I’ve got a few ready

I  need start adding a few posts on here since I’ve accomplished a few things on this list and started a few more. I’ve been working on using shutterfly for my photos instead of flickr. I’m about to run out of storage on flickr already…I will be updating the “our house” page once I complete this transition.

I’ve added a few more things on my to do list that I will post about in the following weeks. I really have enjoyed refinishing furniture: I think I’ve found a new hobby (yes, dear, I will try to only work on pieces of furniture we already own for now or I acquire very cheaply).

 

Anyone else accomplished any goals? Or set any goals recently?

Happy (belated) 4th

of July! David and I hosted a wonderful party with about twenty people. Unfortunately, I failed at taking pictures of people, but I have a few pictures of items around the party. And I stole some from the lovely Kim C (yea for smart phones and picture people). I’m working on my photo taking skills. Hopefully I will get better very, very soon…

Before the party we installed an American flag.

American FlagWe are very patriotic around here. We love our country. We love our freedom. And even more, we love our soldiers (both of us have military grandparents and love them dearly).

Now, there were drinks.

Watermelon DrinkPhoto by Kim C.

Some tasty watermelon punch in a cute watermelon drink dispenser that I made (I saw this on many blogs and had to try it out. The spout did not work too well, but it was super cute!). We also had sweet tea, beer, water, and anything else people brought. In this photo you can also see the plate where the jalapeno poppers once were. Man those things are tasty and easy peasy (jalapeno halved and seeded, fill with cream cheese, wrap with bacon, throw on the grill for fast cooking or in the oven which takes a while).

4th of July Food

Photo by Kim C.

Continuing on the same topic, food, we had burgers and sausages for the meats. This would be the center of attention at a backyard party, the grill. Surprisingly, it was pretty nice in the yard (our backyard is shaded most of the day), considering the 100+ degrees weather we’re having this summer. Now, if you were near this bad boy, it was pretty sweaty.

4th of July Table

Photo by Kim C.

The more food the merrier, right?!? At least that’s what we believe here in Texas. You can never have too much food. Potato salad, baked beans, grilled corn, burgers, sausage, buns, lettuce, tomato, cheese, etc.

Food Table

The mostly devoured food and now on to the good sweet stuff…

4th of July Cake 2

Photo by Kim C.

YUMMY!! Just look at that beautiful icing job (thanks Kim!). I had a mild freakout when things started to go wrong and Kim finished the outside icing and sprinkles to help calm my nerves. Such a good friend. Drum roll please….

Cake

IT WORKED!! Without supportive friends things like this would never be possible, HAHA!! It’s my owed to our Independence, a cake. I found it on a blog, where I find most things these days. <insert David eye roll> Love ya honey!

Josie watching Addi

Here’s our sweet little friend we had staying with us all weekend. She’s very adorable and tinsy (6 pounds). And just in case you were wondering, here’s what she’s looking at:

Addi Dog

My baby girl, Addi. The not so tinsy pups.

That about sums up our 4th; food, friends, drinks and ladder ball (I don’t have a picture though). Unfortunately, we did not get to shoot off fireworks or have sparklers this year…we’re under a burn ban :-(. Plus, the fire chief’s assistant at the party, we probably shouldn’t be breaking rules around here 🙂 I hope everyone had an fabulous (fireworks filled, minus you Austin people…) Fourth in celebrate our wonderful, free country!

Advise Needed: Dresser

As part of my summer to do list I am working on our Craig’s List dresser we purchased in May. I’ve figured out what color I’m going to stain it (darker brown with a hint of red, if it goes according to plan…there have been a few kinks, but I’m working on it) and the legs (I think), but I have no clue what type of hardware to put on it. HELP?!?!

Here’s the dresser (before stain):

And I believe I want a leg like this:

Anyone have any ideas? I had been thinking possibly something like this:
1. a ledge on top as a handle like this Crate and Barrel dresser (I think I can recreate this type of pull)

2.  Or some more curvy ledge pulls (I love this type, but have NO idea how to recreate, anyone?!?)
 3. Or add some hardware like these
I just want something that will stay in style for awhile, which is why I think I’m leaning a certain direction already….Anyone else have any ideas (I’m up for other suggestions too)? Or draw dilemmas of your own?