Friday, January 31, 2014

Snow Jam 2014....it finally happened!

Well, the snow FINALLY came to North Georgia this week. The highly anticipated snowball fights, building a snowman and trying to decide what to use for a mouth and catching snowflakes on the tongue....... really happened.
And sadly, the kids really lasted only about 5 mins playing in it. 
After all that hype, talk and decision making, 5 mins was all they could stand.

Luckily, the kids, dogs and donkeys did give me enough time to get the camera out, and take a few pictures so we can all remember..... Snow Jam 2014.










Who knows, maybe next year we will make it to 10 minutes. 
How long can you last out in the snow?

Stay warm!


Grateful~
Beautiful snow day with the kids




PS- I hope you will come back tomorrow when I share a special post on love....ahhhh. 
In the meantime join these other bloggers who have shared beautiful love stories of their own.
hearts at home_3


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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Heart Burlap Wreath Ideas and ......A Snow Storm

I knew the storm was coming, days before it got here.....to bad Atlanta didn't.
My kids were about to get their wish.....a snowman and a snowball fight. 
Milk...check
Bread....check
Firewood...check
Burlap.... Specifically with red polka dots......no check


So it seems as the city came to a gridlock yesterday, any chance of me running back to get some extra burlap (in either color) wasn't going to happen. Rather then waste a break between the kids thawing out their little toys and fingers from snow ball fights, I made two..... Two perfectly mismatched burlap heart wreaths.


Truth be told, I actually thought they may look good paired up on my front doors, mismatched and all. But after looking at the pictures, I realized that anyone who came to my door, would know that there was a gridlock of burlap going on, in red polka dots or in solid red....and say something. 


So to avoid that conversation about running out of burlap in the middle of a snow storm and the embarrassment of having two perfectly mismatched wreaths on my front doors, I will find a home for the red polka dots and......


the solid red one.
In the meantime, if you do come to my door.....I am not here. I am at the store buying some more burlap.



Have you had any project gridlocks lately?
For the tutorial on how to make the wreaths, click here and here.

And if burlap's not your thing and boxwood is, check out my heart boxwood wreath here.



Grateful~
That all the stranded school children in Atlanta made it home safely to their families





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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Easy Boxwood Heart Wreath

I must admit, I am in love..... with my husband, children, family, friends, life, donkeys, dogs, teachers, you and a boxwood wreath!




Typically Valentines Day is not some blown out hyped-up holiday in our house. We try to celebrate and teach our children that love, affection and happy hearts should happen everyday.
But in the spirit of creating something special that I could admire and look at all month, I created this heart boxwood wreath. 



You may remember, I made this wreath last month ( which still hangs in my bedroom) and every since then, couldn't help venturing out to the backyard and picking up a handful of boxwood clippings for another one. 




Other supplies you will need:
Wire heart shaped wreath form  (I got mine at Hobby Lobby)
Floral Wire
Ribbon






At the risk of sounding redundant, you can follow my full tutorial for making a boxwood wreath here.



I found that keeping the boxwood wreaths in a colder environment and misting it with water every so often, helps it from not drying out so quickly. If anyone knows the secret to preserving boxwood please let me know.


I hope you will enjoy a surplus of love, affection and happy heart today and everyday!

If you like burlap, you may like one of my heart burlap wreaths here.




Grateful for~

A little mom time out on Saturday with this blogger


For more valentine inspiration be sure to visit the other bloggers listed below.



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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Weekly Wow's

Happy Weekend friends! The chill is back on. Last week shorts, this week parka.  It just may be a good weekend to work on my craft room that I told you about here or maybe I will start on the 70 Valentines for the kids classmates. 
Found some inspiring projects and ideas this week, that I thought you should see.


Brilliant idea


Love the look of this rustic chalkboard idea from here


Amazingly beautiful from  Craftberry Bush


I love the idea of intentionally bleaching a tee shirt to do this. Directions here.

Speaking of Valentines...... 
my little guy years ago


I will be back next week with some Valentine projects and participating in a fun party starting on Monday.

What are you up to this weekend? Stay warm and have fun!




Grateful for~
children with kind hearts






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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Project Craft Room 2014- Part 1...The Vision

As soon as those 2013 projects got completed a couple of weeks ago here, my husband and I couldn't wait to work on the first project of the year, which was long overdue.....My craft room/ His Office. 
This space is above our garage and when we were building our home it wasn't being used for any of those purposes, so it was one big room...until we were ready to use it.
Years later after the kids arrived, I wanted a craft room and my husband wanted to move his office to a quieter part of our home. That's when we decided to use the space and split it. His half and my half.

Note: these are not the most pin worthy photos that I have ever shown you, and hence will not be including a pin button, but shamefully it was the reality of what the space became and looked like.


The space is a bit messier (well kinda) in this photo which shows my side, the craft area.
His side, the office (at the other end) is always neat.


except when I pile all my stuff on his side! This is the start of the renovation, so I had to pile the stuff somewhere.

So what are my grand plans for the space (s)-

Husbands office~

Since we are limited with wall space, we will be putting a divider wall between craft room and office. We will also be putting up another wall as you come up the stairs.

I will be taking my existing craft table, which I have had for 15 years and turning it into my husbands desk, after I paint it. He is not a big fan of polka dots...that are green.



I will be modifying a file cabinet and hutch that we have had for many years, into a credenza.


The office will be painted using Mindful Grey and white.

I will make some new curtain panels and pillows for the couch.

Reupholster current office chair using a brighter fabric.

Craft Room~

Since organization and storage are priorities, I will be installing shelves along both walls in the room.

Walls and ceiling will be painted- not sure on color. Probably neutral with pops of color in my accessories. Using this as my inspiration for the colors.

Add task lighting and electrical outlets in the new walls.

I will swap out my husbands current desk ( which use to be our kitchen table) and paint it  for my new craft table.

Install a wall going up the stairs that lead into this space.


We are hopeful that I am crafting and he is working in our new spaces in a couple of weeks. 
To see the during click here.

What about you, start any big projects with big green polka dots in the New Year yet?



Grateful for~
A wonderful and hard working husband











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Monday, January 20, 2014

4 Easy Valentine Projects

Love shouldn't be complicated or hard...either should the crafts. I have pulled together 4 of my favorite Valentine projects that I have done, that are so easy.....and made from the heart. 





Valentine Burlap Wreath


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