This is Jane and her best friend Kenzie. They love each other :) Kenzie spends almost every day at our house and has become part of our family. But that isn't what this post is about. It's about Jane. I LOVE Jane. She makes me smile all of the time and makes me laugh a lot of the time. Sunday was the primary program in our ward. Katy had been prepping Sammy to give a whiz bang performance. They asked each sunbeam to tell what they loved about the creation, and his line was "family". Easy enough. Well, Katy taught him to say "I love my family, except Jane, she's an L7 Weanie (from sandlot)". No matter how I chastised her for teaching him to say that, he kept saying it. That or "jane's a square". As luck would have it, Casey's birthday was on Sunday and insisted on having Sammy and taking him hunting. I was secretly relieved. Again, I diverge from the point. Jane was to introduce the entire theme for the primary and had written her own part after saying the theme. We went over it and over it, as she was asked to have it memorized. She knew it so well and I was certain of it. In the back of my mind there was that little devil saying "give her a notecard with her part on it", and I kept thinking "no, then she will read it. She can do it, and if she forgets, she will improvise and it will be great". Here is what she said:
Monday, October 31, 2011
Posted by soapstarmom at 7:36 PM
Saturday, October 29, 2011
HEre is a picture of the little table after I put an antiqueing glaze all over it and sanded the edges. I am really happy with how it turned out. The color isn't quite as green as the dresser, but I actually love the color it turned out to be better than the dresser. It adds a great pop of color to my front room.
Posted by soapstarmom at 2:32 PM
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
This was my piano that I got for free. Jen's neighbor was giving it away, and so I spent about $150 getting it tuned and fixed up. However, I never played it and the kids don't play. I didn't play it because it just isn't a great piano and so keys stuck and it was frustrating. So, I decided that as pretty as it was, I wasn't in love with it.
The mirrors were already above the piano and there are HUGE anchors holding them up, so I didn't want to move them. I had the black frames with kids photos already sitting in a stack with nowhere to hang them, so I made what I had work. All the decor on the table was stuff I had already, so I spent nothing on finishing the project. The only expense was the table, and it was only $30 out of pocket after the piano sale.
I do want a new centerpiece for the table, and this table in ANCIENT. It was a lovely oak table that I got while I was going through my divorce with Mike (11 years ago). I painted it black and it was the craft table for the kids until I needed an actual dining room table. I love the table, and love that the kids can ding it all they want and I don't care. Eventually I would love to get a really beautiful table and chairs, but it's not on the list since I have kids that would destroy it! But the centerpiece is on the list of purchases that will be happening.
All in all, I love how it turned out and I'm so happy with how my house continues to evolve. I'm me, what can I say, I am Clara Boren's grand daughter, always making home improvements, and I'm so grateful that I have the talent of making my home look like it does. I know it's not everyone's taste, but it's mine and I love it. I smile every time I walk in the house (as long as it's clean) and am so proud of what I have provided and done. My life is pretty good and it's great when a $200 purchase can make someone this happy! Now if I can just figure out how to round up $300 to take the kids camping this weekend that would be great.
Posted by soapstarmom at 3:18 PM
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
I go over to other peoples houses and admire what they can make cause I just don't have the crafty talent. And typically, other than Christmas, I don't really decorate much. When it comes to christmas, my house is decked out! This year I decided that I wanted more, that I needed a little more, and that I wanted to make things. So Melissa (sis-in-law) had a craft day during conference on Saturday. I gladly went, and made the most adorable wreath, that is now hanging on my front door, and decoupaged some of the pumpkins you see in the pictures. I LOVE them. However, Melissa and our good friend Angie, were working on adorable witch boots. I wanted some, so we schedule another craft day and you can see what I made. Not only did I make two witches boots, but I managed to make a BOO also. I even covered some creepy bugs with glitter and stuck them on; oh my heck, what is becoming of me!!!? The kids are pretty happy that I have decided that there are other holidays to decorate for other than christmas! You never know, I may even decide to decorate for Thanksgiving!
Posted by soapstarmom at 3:37 PM