Sunday, August 31, 2014

Back to School Linky Love

What a Teenage Boy Needs Most From His Mom  I have a 12 year old and 16 year old so I can really relate to this. This is good stuff.

Praying for Clarity from Chatting at the Sky

School Supply List Demystified - this is a post I did way back in 2008 still good info.  Does anyone else think new Crayola's smell like Mommy Freedom.  LOL

The Suburb Where Everyone Can Walk to School

Saving Kids Art Work - I did something similar with Chuck's artwork in preschool.  I love this idea to tame the paper monster.

Leap of  Faith by Floor Pie - I think she says it best how we send our special needs kids to school and we take a leap of faith. I also like the opening that before she knew her son had Asperger's she would bring snacks to play dates to prevent meltdowns.  My friend Mrs Respiratory Therapist would often point out I was the ultimate re director that is what I would do before I knew my son had Asperger's.

Back to School the 70's vs Today - Ok, I grew up in the 70's so I found this hilarious. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Seahawks Inspired Coffee Filter Wreath

I don't know what it is but I am feeling very creative lately.  I want to create. Some things that are inspiring me are wreaths.  I saw these Seahawk wreaths at Micheals.  I would love to try this with the art deco mesh.

However, I have pinned on my wreath pinterest board for a while a coffee filter wreath. The wreath was all white but with a little searching.  I came to find out people were dying the filters. Some people used food coloring but I used diluted acrylic paint. I mixed my paint and water in a plastic shoe box and dyed the filters about 10 at a time.  I didn't even separate them until I started drying them.

With supplies on hand,  I gave it a go and made a Seahawks colors wreath. It wasn't difficult to make but time consuming since I was dying the filters.  I bought the filters at the dollar store. The paint I had on hand. I also had a wire wreath form on hand and I wrapped it in some fabric so I was able to glue the filters to the form.  I only ended up burning my index finger and dying my hand blue. 
Seahawks Inspired Coffee Filter Wreath
Not to mention that the Art Deco Wire Wreath from Micheals cost $39.95 when on sale and mine cost $2.  And I get to say, "GO HAWKS!"

Anyone make a art deco wire wreath or coffee filter wreath?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Booking It - August 2014

I am linking up with Life as Mom and Booking It. Please click on over and check out what everyone else is reading. These ladies are my go to for reading suggestions.

I finally got hold of  The Nesting Place by Myquillyn Smith.  I am a huge Nester fan. I loved it.  I read it in one evening.  There is plenty of food for thought about your home in this book. If you want your house to be a home pick this up.  It will change your perceptions of  home and being happy in your current circumstances.

With enough money, anyone can create a pretty house. But it takes intention to create a home.
Myquillen Smith

I was also drawn into getting the book, The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard Morais after seeing the movie trailer.

It was a decent read.  I think this would appeal to those into the show Top Chef which I love. I think it is an interesting look at what it takes to be Chef. I haven't seen the movie yet so I can't compare it to the book.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Shot to the Heart

Since my hubby has been busy with shot up target frame wood.  Target wood is wood that as been used for target frames at a local gun range. The wood has lots of  bullet holes. We make picture frames with it that we call Match Stick Frames.We had lots of unusable cut offs from frames so  I asked my hubby to make me a shot up heart. He attached this fancy heart hanger he made with some rusted wire that was given to him.  I think it turned out cute and the best part it cost $0 money. I added it to our heart/love/valentine gallery wall. Details about the string heart here and embroidered tree here.
Anyone else got You Give Love a Bad Name by Bon Jovi going through their head?

Friday, August 22, 2014

A New Venture - Etsy Shop

8x10 Keep Calm and Reload
My hubby and I have a small new venture.  We are selling what we call these Match Stick Picture Frames.
8 x 10 Thomas Jefferson Quote 
8 x10 Don't Tread On Me
The wood of the frame has genuine bullet holes in it. The wood is from actual shot up target frames from a local range.  The range normally just burns the busted target frames in their burn barrels during the winter. We are donating a portion of the profits to the Junior Shooter Program at our local range. 
I think these frames would look awesome in a Den, Man Cave, Western Theme Room, or Workshop. Each frame is so unique.  It was fun putting them together making sure that each piece had character with lots of  bullet holes.
Our picture frames are also for sale locally at TENEX and at our Etsy shop Match Stick Frames

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Linky Love

Not Sharing Policy This is an interesting look at whether or not we should teach kids to share.  Some really valid points.

The Danger of Back to School - this article deals with the increase of mental health visits for kids during the school year.  This is really interesting as the visits increase dramatically during the school year.  School is stressful.

What to Feed Teenage Boys?  Oh this is an oldie but has a lot of good suggestions.  I struggle with this topic a lot as I have a 12 year old and 16 year old. My 12 year old has some food restrictions due to braces so it makes it more complicated.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Road Rash Warrior

What a pretty face!
We had a little incident with a boy meeting the asphalt track.  What is summer without some scabs, right? Luckily there were no broken bones.
Road Rash Leg
I am reminded that scars have stories. I remember a bike accident I had on the street of my childhood home.  It was a steep hill and I believe that I loss control going down.  I ended up with a nice scar on my elbow.  I guess it is a rite of passage. Did you have an awesome bike wreck during your childhood?

Friday, August 8, 2014

Point Whitehorn Low Tide

Charlie and Cody
A couple Sunday's back, we had a chance to visit Point Whitehorn Marine Park when there was a -1 tide.  The low tide exposed lots of sandy beach and tide pools.  The beach is normally a very rocky beach.  We arrived before the tide was completely out. 
That was lucky as the beach got very busy.  This beach has to be hiked into.  Though the hike is a small one (3/4 of a mile) complete with steep stairs at the end.
sea life stuck to bottom side of a boulder
Low tide exposed lots of sea creatures. 
I had commented to Mrs Epi on a previous adventure to Point Whitehorn that I haven't seen any starfish lately.  Well, we saw quite a few on our adventure at a negative tide.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


IT is BLUEBERRY season in our neck of the woods. Last week, we picked our bushes almost clean and made some blueberry muffins.  Our bushes were loaded this year but we have been mainly snacking from them.  Our bushes are conveniently located by our back door. Charlie and I decided to make blueberry muffins.

We barely had enough to make our muffins.  These muffins were quickly finished off.  The recipe is from Tammy's Recipes - Best Ever Blueberry Muffins.

Sunday, August 3, 2014


I can't believe I am a Mom to a sixteen year old. I am blessed to have such a fearless son who tackles life head on.  He has taught me so much about patience and expectations.  Happy Birthday Cody.  I hope your day is exceptional.