Sunday, October 23, 2011
Saturday, December 18, 2010
What in the world is she talking about you might ask? Let me back up a little. About 9 months ago my good friend Wendy introduced me to my favorite new website. If you haven't heard about Ana White yet, well---now you have. She is this AMAZING lady in Alaska who builds furniture and puts her plans and very detailed instructions online for FREE! She makes it so simple and makes having nice furniture a possibility on a budget. So, I have been following her website daily (yes, she puts something new up almost every day) for several months and have wanted to build several things, mostly the Farmhuse Bed . If you have ever been in my bedroom you know the furniture in it. A mattress on a a metal frame; an old antique dresser and a walmart dresser. Very mismatched and while I am grateful I have them all, they aren't very pretty and don't help me feel like my house is a beautiful home. So, Scott and I had been looking at pictures of beds online and wondered if we could make one ourselves and then learned about Ana's website. We found the Farmhouse bed and fell in love. Not only with the look but also the $. Yep, I only put one $ because we will be able to build a whole bedroom full of furniture for a small fraction of the cost to buy it. But, I have just sat and drooled for months and doubted myself, and doubted myself, and doubted myself. Because even though I might have a little more building experience than some, I was still nervous.
Then, Ana put up what I call the "perfect" beginner plan. It is a farmhouse bed-----for a doll. What a perfect thing to practice on for the real thing because it doesn't have to "be" perfect, a perfect thing for Carlyn for Christmas, and it was perfect for my budget. And then, I got thinking about my sister in law and her family who we still didn't have a gift for. And I knew that her two girls ages 3 and 4 1/2 would love these too. So, I raced off to Home Depot and bought my furring strips (remember it is a doll bed and doesn't have to be perfect) and other needed supplies. I got enough wood to make 4 beds, screws and wood glue. All of that cost me about $32. $7.35 per bed isn't bad at all! And, in keeping with the whole idea of being inexpensive I went to the local recycling center for my paint. I don't know if they do this in your area but people drop off their old unwanted paint. The recycle center then mixes it all in 5 gallon buckets and end up with an ugly brown color. But, they have so much they don't have it all mixed so I was able to dig through and find a nice creamy color. I couldn't have picked a better color. It was exactly what I had imagined to go on them. And guess what, it was Behr paint and the gallon bucket was almost full! How's that for saving $25?!??!!
Ana says you can build this in an hour. Well, maybe she can but I am definitely slower. It probably took me about 3 hours to build the first one and a little less to do the others. I was using only one drill and don't have a countersink bit. So, that meant predrilling, then changing bits to countersink, then changing bits again to put in the screws. I honestly think just doing all that took an hour per bed. But I had so much fun. After I made the first one I was on such a high the rest of the day.
Now, they aren't perfect, but I learned so much working on these. They are so cute and I hope all 3 of the girls (Carlyn and my two nieces) will enjoy them.
And just to give you an idea of the size of this. This is no wimpy doll bed. That is your regular 24 oz size bottle of ketchup. It is a really good size. Ana designed it for American girl dolls. But, thankfully I don't think Carlyn knows what they are and she asked for a Cabbage Patch doll. I will say it one more time "Cha-ching!"
So anyway, I hope you will check out Ana's website
because it is truly awesome. Thanks so much Ana! Keep it up.
.................Now if I could just decide what I want to make next.................
Okay, It has been brought to my attention that most of my links do not work. I think I have the very first one in this post working. Sorry, I don't know what I did wrong. But, it is late and I need to go to bed.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
**It started out Monday with the start of a new hobby and I was able to work on the current project for several hours. More details soon.
**The kids and I went on an excursion to a small aquarium and a picnic. We had a good time and got to be with friends. The best part? It was FREE!
**We spent Thanksgiving with our best friends (if you can't have family who better to have?).
**My husband did the shopping on Black Friday while I stayed in bed AND he got everything he went for!
And the real reason I am so happy...............................................................
Saturday, November 20, 2010
About 3 weeks ago I was blog surfing and checked on an old friend through another friend's blog. If the name Cami G. from Greenfield means anything to you then check out her blog for my inspiration. If it doesn't, it doesn't matter other than that I give Cami credit for this inspiring idea. Because of the layout of our house we don't have an option for a "mud room" or anything. I have struggled to find the right, clean, organized system for jackets, shoes, backpacks, etc. I have tried several different things to no avail. I believe I have found the answer.
And, yes I realize I don't have upper hooks. The ones I bought are too tall. But, I have had lots of you waiting to see this so I am putting it up now. I am so excited to be done and get all the jackets off the floor. I think I am also going to get an over the door shoe organizer.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
He ran over that poor skunk with both tires! And of course the little guy had to give Scott a going away present. He showered with tomato sauce (I guess I need to have a supply of tomato juice!) baking soda and lots of soap. He washed and soaked and washed and soaked and washed and soaked his clothes and had to toss his water bottle. He has scrubbed and scrubbed his bike but you can still smell the present that little stinker (no pun intended) left him. So, I guess now he has something to say at those funny getting to know you games. I mean, how many people do you know that have run over a skunk on their bicycle!!
A post just wouldn't be complete without something from the garden. These are called Asian Yard Long beans. Look at those puppies. All you need is 1 per serving.
Once again, my husband decided to be a speed demon. He kept up an astonishing pace and finished the race in 21:10. Good enough for 3rd place! And for those who are wondering yes, I ran it, but I am slow so I didn't win anything. But we all had a great time and enjoyed the beautiful fall morning.
Then, later that afternoon we went to the "Ballunar Festival" held at NASA. It is a hot air balloon show that also celebrates any kind of flight. Ever since we spent a summer in Albuquerque and heard about the Hot Air Balloon Show they have there every year, we have wanted to go to one. So, when we heard about Ballunar we knew we had to go. It isn't nearly as large as Albuquerque but is was still cool. The festival is also an open house of sorts and you can tour some of the NASA buildings, and stuff as well. They had this little photo op. set up for all the kids.
We got there just in time to watch the model airplane show. The kids really thought this one was really cool and how it could fly straight up. We also saw about 40 skydivers land on the field right in front of us, ultralights flying, paragliders, hanggliders and even a flying model lawnmower!
The next day was Sunday. About a year ago there was another Stake formed in our area, but they don't have their own Stake building yet so they needed our church building for their Stake Conference. So, that made us have to go to Sacrament meeting from 8 AM to 8:50 AM. And then we had to leave the building so the other Stake could come for their meeting. So, what do you do when you are done with church for the day by 9 in the morning?!?! We came home and had a lovely brunch of fresh, hot, cinnamon rolls and cheesy eggs, and chocolate milk. Then, we went up to the Houston Temple. We decided that since our children had never seen the Houston Temple it would be a great day to make the 1 hour each way trek.
An impromptu timer family photo.
This is actually one that Carter took. I thought it turned out pretty nice!
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Can you guess where Spencer and I spend most of our time these days?
For our anniversary Scott and I headed to downtown Houston to see some of the sights. Here we are in a pedal boat. I had never been in one before so it was fun. We also went out for Fajitas (I can't get enough of those things lately!), went running together, an art musuem, walked around a "japanese gardern", out for a Vietneamese lunch, did some diamond shopping--you will notice I said shopping not buying. We also walked along the seawall in Galveston and on a ferry ride and saw our first dolphin in the wild. We ended our weekend with Italian food and then home to finish preparing my talk for the next day in church. We were tired from our jam packed 36 hours but it was great to be together. Thanks for the best 10 years of my life. I love you, Scott and can't imagine where I would be without you. Thanks for letting me be the girl that you love.
The kids like to act out scripture stories on Sunday afternoons. Here they were depicting Christ's birth with Taylor as Joseph and Carlyn as Mary and Spencer as baby Jesus. It was so funny that he let them wrap him up in those towels. I think they used at least two. He was pretty hot when he finally got to get out. Notice they even have a star!
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Scott decided in December or January that he wanted to do a sprint triathlon. Being the wonderful husband that he is, he kindly waited until I had done my half marathon so that our children would only have to put up with one parent who was an insane exerciser.
Saturday August 28, 2010 dawned clear and bright, much to our relief because earlier in the week the forcast had called for rain. Some of you may think the end of August would be a great time for a triathlon. That means you haven't spent any time in Houston at the end of August. Whoever picked this time was nuts! It is still so hot and humid, even at 7 am.
Anyway, Scott left hours before sunup to get to the location of the race and get set up and have his body marked (which when Carlyn saw the big black numbers on her Dad she got pretty upset because we aren't supposed to draw on ourselves. The kids and I got there just in time to cheer on our hero of the day.
Still looking good at the start of the 5K run.
Finally, at the end of the run and the entire race he looks a little winded! After Scott had been done for a few minutes a guy came up to him and said, "Wow! You are fast. I was using you to keep pace with in the run. But, that last mile you just took off and there was no way I could keep up!" Not bad for a guy with short legs huh? Scott actually got 5th place in his age group (30-39) for the run, so he really was hauling.