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The Office/Homework Room/Entry Way Before & After Renovation Tour 9

It’s the post you have all been waiting for! Yes, even you Razak in Mozambique. I’ve shared glimpses here and there about the renovations and improvements we’ve done with our Office/Homework Room/Entry Way room and I’ve promised a full blog post of the whole project from the before and after. Your patience and dedication as you’ve waited has finally paid off!

I give you…

The Office/Homework Room/Entry Way Before & After Renovation Tour!

We’ll start with…

The BEFORE picture:

As you can see, it was practical enough I guess but very cluttered. I’m allergic to clutter so being in this room made me grumpy. And it’s the room where I help the kids with homework so it didn’t work very well.

Sometime towards the end of April, I said to my husband,

Husband, I’d like to make a few changes to this room now. Would that be ok with you?

Go for it. 

And so I did…

New Paint Color

Before ripping the carpet out, since I didn’t care if it got stained, I gave the room a fresh coat (actually 2 coats) of new paint with my most favorite color – Sherwin Williams’s Copen Blue SW0068.

After painting our guest bathroom this color and loving it, I knew I wanted more of it in the house somewhere.

I spent a lot of time obsessing and deliberating about which color to use – and asking friends and family for advice – thank you! – and trying to decide if I should do one color on top and another on the bottom or keep it all the same.

I finally went with my mom’s advice (cuz mom’s know best, right?), and tried the same color on the whole wall and am so glad I did! I think it would have chopped the room up too much and made it look even smaller if I only did the new color below the chair rail.

I primed it first with primer tinted with the Copen Blue. Many, many thanks to my mother-in-law for coming over and helping me get the room all painted before having to pick kids up from school!

Carpet Removal

Next step,  get rid of the horribly disgusting dirty carpet! This was my most favorite part, well after the new paint color. For a few years, I’ve been taking my sorrows and frustration out on that carpet. Poor thing became the scapegoat for all my problems.

The kids are squabbling again…and I hate this carpet!

No one’s listening to me to me today…and I hate this carpet!

It’s no wonder my Hulk counterpersonality hadn’t ripped the dang thing up earlier and ripped it all to shreds.

This room is the first one everyone walks into from the garage and up to our rooms so, being a high-traffic area, it was no surprise to see how dirty this thing got. My sweet husband tried appeasing me by spot treating the stains but after a while I couldn’t stand (on) it anymore.

Finally,  on an evening in May, the day finally came! My husband and I ripped the carpet out the evening before we put the new floors in. It was a most satisfying feeling.

New Floor!

After ripping the carpet out, we put in new laminate wood flooring.

The previous owners had left a couple boxes of the BerryAlloc flooring throughout the rest of the main floor (except for this room and the living room carpet) and I was able to track down the same exact color at a local home improvement store.

I say “we’, but it was more like my amazing father-in-law and awesome husband who did it all in a weekend.

And it turned out so beautifully!

There’s no way my husband and I could have put the new floor in by ourselves. My husband’s dad is just one of those people who just knows the right way to do things like this – how to measure accurately, where to cut, how to jimmy things so they fit just right, how to “miter” things together, all while making it look like it was all done by a professional (or even better in my opinion!)

Desks

After the new paint and floor, I almost didn’t want to put anything in the room, it was so open and clean. How’s that for minimalism? I wanted to keep the room functional yet as clutter-free as possible. I knew this would be a challenge since the room serves multiple purposes – Entry Room, Office, Homework Room, etc.

I saved a bunch of Office/Homework Room/ Entry Way room ideas to a Pinterest Board and really liked these ideas for one long desk along one wall like this one and this one:

I already have a desk I like so instead of making it exactly like those, I worked with what we had.

Who says a folding table isn’t a real desk?

For chairs, I wanted to find some cute antique-y white chairs or ones I could paint. One day, I took a trip over to our local Re-Store shop to see if I’d find anything for the room and I spotted these two white chairs!

I was so excited, I bee-lined it for the cashier and bought them before someone else could and what a great deal it was too.

They go so well with the room and desks!

Storage

As nice as it would be to only have those two desks in the room, the reality is that we do need to actually use the room. Next up, it was time to look for storage ideas. I knew I wanted something that the kids could access easily enough but that wasn’t just out in the open for younger kids to get into.

I had originally thought I’d like to do this:

As “chic” as that is, the reality is I’d constantly be picking pencils up and wiping marks off the wall because the kids wouldn’t appreciate the cuteness factor as much as the practicality factor.

After searching through garage sale furniture and antique/consignment stores for the “perfect” storage cabinet and not finding what I wanted, I went with this cube shelving and cube storage bins from Target:

I like how you can add a shelf insert to convert a cube into a drawer for better use of space.

While I didn’t do much with the floor, my three-year-old and I assembled the shelving unit all by ourselves!  I was pretty proud of that.

I moved my other storage cart I’d used before over by my desk for “my stuff”. It’s not my favorite item in the room but it works and fits perfectly so I’m good with it for now.

Bulletin Board and Dry Erase Message/To-Do Boards

I’m a list maker. I have many lists – Google Calendar Reminder Lists, my phone’s Memo app, Evernote Lists, Trello Lists, and yes, even Paper Lists (gasp!).  I know, it’s crazy and I’d like a more consolidated system but it’s what works for now. I also really like using Dry Erase Boards to jot down quick notes and then wipe them away when I’m done. But…let’s face it, the average Dry Erase Board is a little, well, ugly.

So after some more Pinspiration, I came up with this:

I’d like to find a simple Quote board to hang over the Dry Erase Board.

Made one for the Meal Menu/Grocery List while I was at it.

And a fun bulletin board.

I will write up separate posts for those projects with more details and how-to’s.

Hooks!

Next, we needed to add some hooks for hanging book bags, jackets, and mine and guests’ purses.

For the kids’ book bags and jackets, I searched and searched and bought and returned and finally I found the perfect board – in our storage shed in the backyard. ūüėČ

I got the hooks at Hobby Lobby, painted it the same white as the trim and frames, and had my husband help me drill the hooks onto the board. It looks nice and empty now but come August and 4 backpacks and jackets/coats will hang from it.

Now this next piece is the one I’m the most proud of:

This is something I saw on Pinterest and actually did!

If you noticed in the before picture, there was a door leading into the Kitchen.  So we took that off – which gave us much more space for the desks – and then my father-in-law helped me make the bench, we attached it to the door, drilled in the hooks and ta-da – an Entry Way Hook and Bench!

And there’s just enough space to store our library books baskets!

Accent Frames

Finally, it was time to add the accent finishing touches. Again, I wanted to keep the deco simple but still functional. My friend, Mary, helped me so much with this part and I’m so incredibly thankful!

I absolutely LOVE how it turned out!

I love how this frame turned out to display a special Mother’s Day gift from my daughter.

Of all the stuff I’ve kept over the years, personal cards from friends and family are my greatest treasures. I love receiving special notes in the mail but I also love pretty stationary. So I wanted to find a way to both display the pretty cards I’ve received and continue letting them encourage and inspire me and fill me with joy.  I’ll post more about these ones too later.  Using Pinspiration again, and Mary’s crafty guidance and frame, I came up with this:

People know I love pretty cards with birds and flowers. ūüôā

And this for inspiration at my desk:

The After Picture

And finally, this wouldn’t be a Room Renovation post without a Before and After collage so here you go –

I started this project in May and finished at the end of June, not bad really! I’m super incredibly pleased with how it all turned out. Now I don’t hate coming into this room, it’s my new favorite room! I love coming in here, it makes me feel joyful and happy and a little bit proud with all we accomplished!


Minimize the Mess Winner and Broken Gods Next

Thank you to all who entered the Give Away for Rachel Kratz book,¬†Minimize the Mess: A Mother’s Guide to Simplifying Your Home! I hope you enjoyed either watching¬†or listening¬†to our Hang Out together¬†on the new Simplemama Podcast. ¬†

Congratulations to Laura!

I hope you enjoy Rachel’s book as much as I did and are ready to “Minimize the Mess” around you.

You can find Minimize the Mess: A Mother’s Guide to Simplifying Your Home¬†on Amazon and on Rachel’s blog – EfficientMomma.com


Up next in my growing line of upcoming book reviews is

Broken Gods: Hope, Healing, and the Seven Longings of the Human Heart by Dr. Gregory Popcack.

I had the amazing privilege to Hang Out with Dr. Popcak Monday morning and chat about his book , about our divine longings and about how to allow God to heal our brokenness so we can become the perfect “gods” God originally designed us to be.

I’ll post that Hang Out on the Simplemama YouTube Channel and include an audio file of it on the Simplemama Podcast. I’m also hosting a Give Away with all of that coming up on June 4th so stay tuned, you really,¬†really¬†want to hear and read this one!!

God loves you so much that not only has he made you in his image, but he was born, lived, suffered, died, and rose again so that you might know how much you are worth to him.¬†And if that wasn’t enough, he loves you so much that he wants to make you a god – a being who is perfect and immortal and intimately united to God so that you can spend all of eternity being loved by him.¬†– Dr. Gregory Popcack

 


Minimize the Mess {Book Review VIDEO} 3

I’m excited to share my next book review today for my friend¬†Rachel Kratz from Efficient Momma. Her e-book,¬†Minimize the Mess: A Mother’s Guide to Simplifying Your Home, is exactly what it says – a simple guide to getting your house under control so you can get back to enjoying your home and family.

Like I said when talking with Rachel, I‚Äôm a self-proclaimed clutter-phobe, who goes into paralytic shock when my house gets too messy. So when I heard the title of Rachel‚Äôs book, Minimize the Mess,¬†I was instantly interested and couldn’t wait to glean any new ideas.¬†I’ve read a lot of books and blog posts over the years about de-cluttering but what I like about Rachel’s book is how simpleand efficient her approach is.

I had the chance to Hang Out with Rachel last weekend and we had so much fun talking in person about her book and how to help Minimize the Mess in our own homes. You can watch our Hang Out together here and now you can also listen to the Minimize the Mess episode on the new Simplemama Podcast! Or you can watch/listen below without leaving this page (at least it should work.)

And! There’s also a chance to read Rachel’s e-book for FREE by entering the Giveaway below starting today, May 15 – Friday, May 22.

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Or, if you can’t wait to¬†Minimize the Mess¬†around you, head on over to Rachel’s blog and you can get her book 25% today through May 22. Use the code:¬†launch.¬† At a price of¬†$2.99,¬†it’s a great deal and all the free printables mentioned in the book can be found at¬†Rachel’s blog¬†also.¬†¬†

I hope you enjoy¬†Minimize the Mess: A Mother’s Guide to Simplifying Your Home¬†as much as I did! I’m off to go declutter that office room I revealed to you in the video – yikes! (that’s actually not even the worst room in the house so I’ve got a lot of work cut out for me.)

 

{Amazon sends my family a neat little gift card when you make any Amazon purchases via the links provided – thank you!}


Joy-Filled Easter & Creativity Fun {Journal} 6

Outside my Window: As I start this, it is a little past 10 p.m. Easter Sunday. It was really a beautiful day. Sure it could have been sunnier but I didn’t mind the little rain we had and at least the wind wasn’t too terribly strong. I loved the feel of the breeze and the smell of the moist air coming into the house through the open windows. 

Joys: Easter!!! I really love this time of year. Winter is coming to a close, I’ve been renewed and strengthened by Lent, there are usually nicer weather days which means we get to spend more time outside. This all brings me joy. Also – spending Easter with our family, lots of yummy food and sweets!!, time with friends we don’t usually get to see, reading with my children, hugs, snuggles, nursing time, naps, family prayer, reading the Bible as a family and with my husband! Life is good, so, so GOOD! 

Kids:

Daughter – she’s growing up so fast! I’m proud and a little sad at the same time. Proud of who she is becoming and sad for the sweet times of the past when she was little and I didn’t have to think about explaining all the complexities of life and people to her. She is such an enthusiastic girl – always excited about something. She got to spend some time this weekend with her bestest friend and her godparents – I love that her and her friend – my goddaughter – have been each other’s greatest friends for so long (since they were babies!) My heart aches for her that they live so far away now but I’m so thankful that they have kept close despite the distance. She is looking forward to fun times this summer with swimming, church camps, and art camp. She was also recently promoted to the next level in her gymnastics! She had been losing interest but I’m not sure what changed because she suddenly decided to try harder and I guess it’s paying off. The promotion really motivated her and it’s been a good extra activity outside of school for her. I enjoy spending that time watching her one night a week. We also started reading The Hobbit! It’s been so long since I’ve read it and we are having fun reading it together. Oh, my daughter. How I love her and am so glad I have my one little girl!

Oldest son – I’m most excited to share that he has been reading more – on his own accord! I decided to try Charlotte’s Web with the boys for a read-aloud. They haven’t shown as much interest – or ability to focus for long enough – but I thought I’d give it a shot with the first read-aloud book my daughter and I read together when she was 3. And they are loving it! The best thing happened the other day when my oldest son went and got the book without me asking and set it on my lap to read. I was overjoyed and of course stopped whatever I was doing to read. Today he excitedly asked if we could read more after nighttime things were done. Even though it was late and had been a long day I couldn’t refuse such an unexpected request. He even asked if he could read some of it out loud. So he’s been a boy after his mama’s heart with this! I’m loving it so much and I think he is too. He has also been spending a lot of time playing basketball on the back patio with our cheap-o garage-sale plastic basketball goal missing the net. We are talking about getting a “real” one for the front driveway. He is going to go to a basketball summer camp and talks about it every day. He was also obsessed with the Rainbow Loom rubber band bracelets. We had a fun afternoon with some of his fellow “loominators” from school as they tried to teach him their awesome “looming” tricks. He was getting a little too obsessed with them to the point where I don’t think there were any other thoughts going on his head except about making bracelets. So we decided him and the bracelets needed some time apart. We’ll get it back out again sometime…maybe. 

The Middle Son – a.k.a “Ninja Turtle Warrior”: That title pretty much says it all. If you know my little 4-year-old, you’ll understand when I say that I love him even if he completely exhausts me every.day. And he talks…nonstop. Asks why about everything and thinks he is old enough to do pretty much whatever he pleases – even if I don’t agree. He wandered off from me at the store the other day and gave me the scare of my life when I couldn’t find him. I finally found him in the bathroom and was equally relieved and infuriated all at the same time. On the plus side, he has helped me pray more and remember to talk to both his and my angels more frequently for protection! As exhausting and annoying as he can be, I gotta say that I really love the kid. His energy and excitement over the smallest things gives me a lot of joy throughout the day and makes me remember what it was like to be a child. He seems like he’s hit this phase where he is super interested in discovering and exploring everything. He loves his “preschool” days at the library and in our little once-a-week coop. He’ll go to a three-day-a-week formal preschool in the Fall. I am excited for him as I think he’ll really love it – hopefully. He loves reading with me and I think would be perfectly happy if I sat down and read book after book with him all day long. Playing football or baseball or any other activity that involved running, throwing, hitting, kicking, or tackling would also thrill him. He’s also been a pretty good big brother, despite the normal fighting over possessions. I love watching him and his little brother explore the back yard together. I’m going to miss him when he’s in school all day in a few years. 

The baby-toddler boy: Oh my baby – do you have to grow up! I love my little baby so much. I’m glad he’s healthy – so thankful! But I don’t want him to grow up either! I’ll miss snuggling him up close, stroking his sweet baby-soft skin, running my hands through his smooth and fine hair. Sigh. He keeps getting cuter and cuter. He’s been talking a lot and has the sweetest little voice. He started saying “yes” this weekend and nods his head. It sounds more like “sss” but we know what he’s saying. Sleep has been kind of hit or miss. He’s been sleeping for longer stretches at night mostly. I say that but then other nights this past week he has been thrashing around all night so I guess I’m too sleep-deprived to remember. He’s also started waking up earlier right around the time I’m trying to get up and get ready for the day. Of course, the earlier I set my alarm to try and get up before everyone, the earlier he starts waking up also. My husband has been super great about keeping him with him and putting him back to sleep while I get up and get ready. He’s also becoming more shy lately and really hates it when people – especially strangers – look at him and try and talk to him. He scowls and tries to hide his face. It’s kind of cute though. My favorite thing about him right now is when he hold toys in his hands while nursing – as long as he doesn’t hit me with them. It’s fun watching him try and nurse and drive his cars on me at the same time. This is cute until it gets annoying of course. 

The husband. Yes, he deserves a slot this time.

I shared his super cool lunar eclipse “Blood Moon” pictures last week. He also taught himself how to make a couple collages with his pictures.

Total Lunar Eclipse 4-15-14 Collage Line 16x9

Total Lunar Eclipse 4-15-14 Collage

But the most exciting news by far that you may or may not know yet is that this picture –

Total Lunar Eclipse 4/15/14

has had 53,323 views!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’m so incredibly proud and happy for him! He has been on Cloud 9!!! It’s so exciting. I try not to brag about myself – too much – but I have no problem bragging about my awesome husband. Wives don’t do that enough. He also was #1178 of the top Flickr photographs for April!!  

It’s been fun and motivating for him. He’d like to continue improving his skills and knowledge with astrophotography. It’s just too bad it’s a bit of an expensive hobby and the “next level” would require some extra money we don’t really have. We are starting to think about maybe looking for ways to let his hobby pay for itself somehow. I know others sell their photography but I’m not sure yet how to go about doing this so we are going to start researching that option. 

Lastly, even though this post is already getting close to novel-sized and you’ve got some drool…there…right there…. yes you got it now. Anyway, I had some fun playing around with some other cool “down-to earth” flower blossom pictures my husband took for me and I came up with this –

The Fruit of Silence is Prayer

I printed it and stuck it in the frame I bought for our bathroom. I also printed a few others he took and put them in the other frames in there. Now my bathroom really is a peaceful retreat from the chaos!

I had a lot of fun making that and I’m going to see if I can learn more about that type of graphic design and maybe play around with typography poster art and other wall art. If I’m any good, maybe I’ll have finally found “my craft” and I could set up an Etsy store like these ones: Longfellowdesigns and KdesignAndPrinting, BWPrints, etc.  Of course, at one time I had this great idea that I’d make girl hair bows and boy bow-ties and call my store – “The BowTie”. Yeah, that didn’t pan out. So we’ll see if this idea materializes or not. I’m really really good at coming up with ideasNot so much though on actualizing it always. I do have fun dreaming them up and trying though!

Ok, now I stayed up way later than I “planned”. That’s what happens when there’s no school the next day and I think I’ll get to “sleep in”. hahhahahaha.

I hope everyone had a GLORIOUS Easter Sunday and that your Lenten sacrifices will produce much fruit this Easter season!  


Getting Creative Around the House {Journal} 2

Today, Monday, April 7, 

Out my Window: Today was slightly warm, still cool especially with the wind and it sprinkled a little but nothing substantial by any means. I love the smell of rain in the air and seeing ours and all the pear trees blossoming! 

Feeling – Exhausted and accomplished after a long “Laundry day”. Mondays are my day I pretend like I’m superwoman and do all our clothing laundry and sometimes even some towels or sheets. I also do catch up work on the computer for bills and budgeting and emails, etc. It makes for a long day but I’m so glad I can enjoy the rest of week without the burden of laundry hanging over me. 

Joys: Family confessions followed by a game of tag on the church playground, snuggling under a cozy blanket with my daughter while watching a movie (Inkheart) together with just her and my husband, enjoying a dinner out with my husband and his parents and brother (I don’t remember the last time we’ve gone to dinner with them and no kids since before we had kids!), time for some painting and creativity, writing, blogging, reading alone and with kids, Holding 4 year old’s hand while walking on the walking track together, watching and hearing the kids giggle and squeal when I or daddy tickles them, my baby taking my hand to show me something he’s excited about it, his new-found vocabulary – “mama, dadda, doggie (sounds like doddie), up, cup, stop (or just “p) dat, hi, bye.” All said in the cutest most adorable sweetest baby voice ever of course, and lastly, watching my 4-year-old run around the backyard pretending to be Superman.

What was that? A bird? A plane? No! It’s…Superman!

This was where he came to change back to “Clark Kent” and keep an eye out for the bad guys.

They were “hunting” bad guys together.

Around the House: It’s been a little bit since I’ve done any house decorating.  I have such a hard time making decisions and hate nailing holes in the wall and then changing my mind. So I just don’t do anything for a loooonnnng time. But it had been too long so I decided it was time to cover some of our bare walls.

My artist aunt Cristi had a few paintings for sale when we all were together in Mexico so I brought a couple home with me. I happened to go to Michael’s last week and scored major with their buy one frame get the other FREE! I was overjoyed. The only problem was I came out with a lot more than I planned on going in for. But I definitely saved more in the long run since I would have spent double later. Here is one I got for our bedroom of one of her paintings –

It connected that empty space between the mirror/dresser area and the door. I like looking at it from my nursing chair and bed.

The other aunt Crisit artwork was a unicorn ‘stamp’ that I got for my daughter and will eventually hang in her room – 

I also worked with my daughter to create some door hanging picture display boards. She wanted to display pictures of our family on her door but I didn’t really want her taping pictures all over it so I came up with these:

I just pasted some pretty scrapbook paper onto some poster board, glued on the ribbons and clips and voila! Instant picture board door hanger. It was fun working on something together with her without being interrupted too much by “the boys”. 

This weekend we worked on the guest bathroom that I painted last year. I was very hesitant to mark up my beautiful painted walls but I couldn’t leave them bare forever. I put my “Grace” art deco on the wall by the sink instead of just sitting in the corner getting knocked over by little hands all the time. –

“Grace is when God gives us what we don’t deserve, Mercy is when God doesn’t give us what we do deserve.”

Then I found this nice frame to match with the browns of the oil-rubbed bronze sink and light fixtures. – 

I have a plan for what I’ll put in there. For now, the rocks look pretty. I’ll be like my friend, Mary, and just leave the store-display picture in there for months. Oh well, at least the frames are up now.

I also found this pretty picture frame with the bird theme – perfect for what I envisioned for a little “bird garden” bathroom.

I should definitely keep the dress-making iron form in there just to make people wonder what it is.

Next, I really love the “distressed cottage” look but wasn’t sure if I could mix and match with the other darker frame. I found the one here and put it on the opposite wall and like how it turned out. It’s kind of funny, my husband doesn’t share my love for “distressed cottage”, it makes him think of haunted houses. I’m sure it’s the same thinking of not understanding why one would pay lots of money for tattered jeans. 

I think the frame I found isn’t too “haunted” looking though, right?

Again, I don’t mind the picture in it but I’ll probably put my own in there…eventually. I might try and paint something like this that I saw at an art display – 

I’m not sure I could pull it off as well but I have no idea who painted this or how to contact the artist so I’ll have to give it my own go.

To add to the bird theme, I transferred a few of my bird stuff I’d been keeping upstairs and brought them down here instead. Here’s the bird house I painted for my daughter’s first bedroom when she was about 2. I’m still trying to decide if I like it here. Maybe it’s a little strange knowing there’s a bird perched over the toilet?

And I finally put up the pretty bird cage my family got for my birthday a few years ago! Along with another artwork of Cristi’s that had also once been in my daughter’s “garden” room. –

My daughter helped put the birds on the cage. She was so proud.

Lastly, to even out my “buy one get one free” deal I bought this lovely leaf hook. I wasn’t sure what to do with it. 

Thankfully, my husband is a genius.

Now I’ll always be able to brush my hair right before he comes home through the door next to where this hangs. ūüėČ

I’ll update when and if I ever add my own photos to those frames. For now, I consider it a great success that I bought the frames and hung them on the wall in less than week’s time!

Crafting – Yes!! Speaking of doing my own painting – guess what I did last weekend? I painted! By myself! I received some water color colored pencils for a birthday not long ago and haven’t given much time to use them so after bedtime one evening I got them out and played around to see how they work. I like how they give the look of both colored pencil and a little watercolor but I think I prefer the regular water color paints still.

I must have been daydreaming of Spring!

 I also painted this for my sister’s confirmation while the two little guys came up with their own painted finger creations:

It’s my favorite Holy Spirit prayer. O Holy Spirit, beloved of my soul, I adore You. Enlighten me, guide me, strengthen me, console me. Tell me what I should do; give me Your orders. I promise to submit myself to all that You desire of me and to accept all that You permit to happen to me. Let me only know Your Will.

It was so wonderful and exhilarating and energizing painting and creating again! I’m going to try to give more time to rekindling my love for art – somehow in between naps and evenings. I might sign up for a painting class sometime too.

A “mess” that brings me joy knowing I gave time to paint and create with my kids and myself!

I also had some fun making a simple display for our parish Respect Life Group my friend Monica asked for help with. I thought and thought and looked for an idea and finally decided to look for something that would tie in the “from conception to natural death” aspect of Respect Life and came up with this –

The image isn’t mine, I only added the banner text. I was so excited when I found that picture – it conveys the message perfectly!

Well I think that’ll be enough “Crafting” and “Around the House” updates to make up for my lack of those in the past and for many to come! 

Enjoy your weeks everyone!

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