Is This Our First Rodeo?

We are so disappointed in ourselves.

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We got the wrong finish….AGAIN!!!!!!

This weekend our little girl was sick and so was Michael so we were running a sick bay pretty much all day everyday since Thursday.  Finally I was like “somethings gotta give” and I busted out the paint and started rolling (you guys remember that right?) 

After I rolled over everything with the roller while having the utmost confidence that everything was right with the world I realized after sitting down and starting to watch a show that the wall was looking kinda funny.  

Again….

I’m annoyed but hopefully the FOURTH time is going to be the last time we paint these walls. 

The finish was originally Satin and I have no idea why we didn’t seem to nail that down from the beginning.  We like a Satin paint finish because it almost looks like velvet on our walls.  And it’s not completely matte but has a slight hint of texture to it.  Off to the store I go today to see if anything is returnable at all.  Probably not but a girls gotta try right?

Do you guys like painting?  I find it to be nice wall therapy.  Give me an iTunes playlist and a brush any day!

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Have You Ever…

…painted a room while the weather was not so nice outside?  Hmmm??? Everything I have read about painting gives advice NOT to do that, but I’m itching to paint, so I think I’m gonna…

It’s just touchups though, over already painted surface.  That should be fine right?  Can’t I paint my walls even though it’s damp out?  (Fingers in ears while singing loudly “La La La La La Laaaaa……”) I’m going with the yes I hear in my head!  Haha!

And this is why….

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Does anyone recognize that Sesame Street diddy for the number 15? No? This is such a childs crash pad…

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Do you see it?  Yep.  We bought the right color but the wrong finish.  Enter that sad womp womp woooooomp tune right here.  So when we thought the painting was over and done with we stood back and I noticed something was a bit off.  It was dark by then and Michael couldn’t see it, but by the next morning I heard him say in the living room “Uh-oh.  You’re right. How did we not see it?”

Back to the drawing painting board we go and hopefully we can knock this out of the park today.  I say we but really this touchup quickie project will be all me because the house is running at 50% in the sick bay.  There is some wicked stuff in the air these days lately.

Vitamin C tablets anyone?  Oh and has anyone tried Emergen-C?  Is it good for colds at all?  Let me know.

How Not to Go Crazy The 1st Day of School

Yeah I wondered if that post title would fit…haha!

So I didn’t put this up yet because we still have a few touchups to do on the surrounding walls and in the lines as well.  But Michael and I spent the first day of back to school together because he’s such a dear man and took the day off of work in case I had a mental breakdown (like the last 3 years…cough*) the day the kids went back to school.

This year our little girl started Kindergarten and the young man of the home crashed landed into 2nd grade.  The time is just flying right on by.  But we are trying to make the most of it while we’ve got it so we threw a few things around as to what we would do with our quiet day and we stumbled onto kids rooms makeover!  Yes we did.  And we did it up kinda nice I think.

For little mans room we started with a blank blue wall.  The one that has his doorway on it so that when he walked into the room his back would be to it and it would be a pleasant surprise when he turns around everyday.

Hello bare wall – prepare to turn awesome!

It took a few weeks to decide on what to put on his walls and in the end we decided on a chevron pattern.  You know, the zig zag or the Rolling V pattern as I like to call it.  And to accomplish this look we used painters tape, a level, a ladder, a measuring tape and a wwwhhhooooooooooooole (whole) lotta patience.  Here’s the pattern we made and how.

1. Measure out your pattern with a level or with a steady eye and a steady hand. Or a ruler. Yeah, that’ll work too.

2.  Add your tape from points to points.  Use a pencil to make your points because they are easy to cover and erase.

3. We took our razors and then cut out the tape around the design. See the removed tape just stuck to the wall?

4. Above you will see the remaining tape and the part where we painted the white into the design.

And here are a few after shots when it was all said and done…

There are still a few things left to do for the wall and the surrounding walls as well.  What I thought – and tried to sell Michael on – would be a 2 hour job turned out to take almost 6 hours to complete.  We were still pulling tape off and putting the finishing touches as best we could before we had to run out and pick up the kids from school.

We need to still touch up some paint lines that got onto the other 2 walls due to some hurrying on my part.  I plan on tackling that sometime this week.  I dub this week “Get the painting done finally!” on the walls that really need it.  I’m talking to you too living room!

Oh well.  Whatever. Whenever.

This was a project that was fun to tackle together and I wish that I filmed the kids reactions to their new wall art, but alas it’s locked into my cranium for my rocking chair days. Let’s just say there were alot of shrieks, giggles, jumping up and down, and flailing of arms.  Oh and the kids were super happy too. 😉

We still have another room project that we tackled the same day to share with everyone and I’ll get that posted soon too.  But in the meantime I hope you liked this one.  I am still shocked that we pulled it off in one day.  We did a working lunch so as to not lose time.  That helped.

You can do this too!  Or have you done this already?  Let me know if you have or want to and send us pictures if ya got em!

So We Got A Dog

And here he is…names Diesel…because of his black spots.  The previous owner named him.  He was a good dog…until he ran away….

One day later at 3am!

We are currently on the hunt for him to see if we can bring him home.  Looking all over town was the special of the morning.  He is an Australian Shepherd.  This picture does him no justice because was handsome as all get out.

One of our friends said that their dog found it’s way back to it’s old home just by smelling the air and it’s good sense of direction and it wasn’t even an Aussie whose breed is known to be really smart.

I hope craigslist comes through for us on this one.  The kids are pretty sad.  Us parents are pretty sad.  Right now all the memories we have was one glorious dog filled day with him and that’s it.

Sigh…..

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Diesel where are ya man?

UPDATE: We found him!!!! That afternoon the previous owner whom I had called up and told her the predicament drove down to our place and drove her truck up and down our streets, then she went home and came back with a bowl of his food to jangle out the window so he would hear it and cone.  Before she got to the end of our street, coming from the woods out trots Diesel panting like an elephant (they pant, right?) and then just hops up right into the truck and she brought him right back.  Since then he has run away 2 more times so we have renamed him Deen – as in James Dean, cause he’s a rebel.  And as in Hou-dini, because I have no idea how he could wriggle out of two choker chains to escape the way he did.  Thanks for everyones help on Facebook and craigslist and all your kind, kind words. 

FAIL

My FL State Real Estate Exam actually said that.

No lie.  FAIL.

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Yes that is the current torn floral wallpaper in the kitchen right now.  This thumbs down can be for that too! Haha!

I’m going to allow myself 24 hours to mourn that test and then I am back on that test horse for the weekend and hopefully I can take it again as soon as possible.  The lady from the test company said I can take it as soon as they have their next available space and I’m comfortable taking it again.  What? Did someone say Tuesday of next week?  That’s my plan y’alls.  I’m determined to get the mastery over this thing.

BONUS MATERIAL: Phone call with Michael after I got out of the test…

*ring. ring. ring.*

Me: Hey….

Him: Heeeeey baaaaabe…..

Me: You got my message huh? (The 1st call went to voicemail so I left him a message.)

Him: Yeeeeeeaaaaaahhh……don’t worry, you’ll pass it next time.  Everyone fails tests sometimes.

Me: Not you.  I bet you never failed a test in your entire life!

Him: Ummm….I’m sure I have.  Maybe once.  But I can’t remember it right now….I mean……….nevermind.  Yay you’ll pass next time!

Me: —_—……thanks babe.  Hanging up now.

Is anyone else out there a two time test taker now that they are getting up in years? (I turned 30 this summer so I’m going to try and get away with blaming that for as long as I can get away with it.)

This Is My Brain…

This is my brain on coffee…

In these past two days I have accomplished many great things.  And all thanks to the mighty powers of Java the Cup.  I tackled one major project on my “Get-it-Together-Before-School-Starts-and-you-Have-a-whole-new-slew-of-Projects-to-Tackle” list.

#1!  Get all of our Little Beanettes hair clips in order in one central area so our morning routine seems more like a graceful ballet rather than some herky jerky rave concert from the 90’s.  (Do people even do those things anymore?  No.  Seriously I wanna know…)

#2!  Get the lounging chairs sanded completely and prepped for their new stain.

Now out of these 2 projects I actually was able to completely tackle the 1st one of organizing my daughters hair clips and barrettes into something I can easily maneuver every morning before school like a boss.  So how do you go from this…

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To this…?

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Read on and I will let you in on my madness turned genius.

First, I went to Pinterest to find some inspiration and I stumbled upon this beauty of a thing –

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So with this in my head I set off on my own variation of the same thing.  Here’s the materials list:

  • Scissors
  • Poster board in any color that tickles your fancy
  • Ribbon or material cut into strips
  • Glue gun with glue sticks at the ready
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil (I know you know, but you never know who doesn’t know!)
  • Paint or markers or crayons
  • All of your hair accessories

To start I measured my door space to see where I wanted my name board to call home.  It was pretty easy to settle on a space because earlier in the week Michael took down Little Beans towel bar off her door.  It was completely not functional because she is only 3 feet tall and the bar was installed about 7 feet above the ground and that spelled trouble for her towels drying ways.  Down it came and left this to remember it by:

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I measured from about the middle of the top row of boxes to the top of the 2nd row of boxes for the name plate to rest. It came out to 24″x8″.  I cut out my first piece of poster board to the exact measurement and then made a second piece of fluorescent pink poster board to lay under it and measured it just a smidge larger to create a small border around the white piece.  Like so…

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And then I just let my imagination run wild.  I hand drew about 9 different name options from cursive to block print to robot letters to lips for her i in her name on pieces of scrap paper and she finally settled on what I affectionately call “The Greek” font version of her name.  I painted in butterflies after Michael wrote a few sample ones for me.  I hot glued the 4 corners of each board together and they dried really quickly. Now since I didn’t glob the paint onto the board either that dried rather quickly as well and I was able to just keep moving onto the next step.  Which was finding the right ribbons.  So into my bags o’ fabrics I dove…or we dove because the kids helped too.  Along with playing some midday dressup!

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And this is why I keep random pieces of fabric in bags in the corner of our room Michael.

I picked out 7 pieces of fabric and just cut them down to size and hot glued them to the back of the board.  She picked a few, I picked a few, and now looking back at it I think it would be fun to switch out a few of the colors one day.  Keep it fresh right?Image

Next attach the MacGyver of all tapes – Duct Tape – to the back of the board so you can stick it onto the door. I simply rolled it up into an oval like this and used about 5 of them across…

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I pressed it against the door and then attached all the barrettes I could match and not match up onto the ribbons.  This is where you get to be all crazy creative and put them wherever you’d like.  In the end you will end up with something like this.

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Now if only I can figure out what to do with all the rest of these headbands and other accessories…

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Just kidding.  I’ve already got something brewing up there already.  I’ll let you know when that gets off the ground.

Anyone else working on something crafty in the kitchen?  Share and share alike y’all!

Pinterest photo from ourfifthhouse.blogspot.com