Friday Finds: Mixed Media Love

So if you know me at all you know that Michaels, Hobby Lobby, etc. are some of my favorite places on earth. I adore paints and pretty paper products and glitter. In fact, I’ve accumulated so much crafty goodness that I’ve made myself stop buying new stuff until I can use up a lot of what I already have.

And that was going well until I saw this display at Michaels….

I’ve never really gotten much into mixed media because…well, it’s kind of weird. But this line by Jane Davenport just made my heart happy.  For one thing, TRAVELERS NOTEBOOKS, which are my favorite way of documenting, ever, and I can’t ever find them in stores. (I bought the plain canvas one so I can decorate it myself. Not much into mermaids.) And also, check out these awesome watercolor pens and paint markers.

(Don’t pay full price though, be sure to use a coupon.)

But you want to know what’s sad? I haven’t had a chance to even open any of this stuff yet. Such a busy week, peoples. Can’t wait to play with my new goodies. Be sure to run to Michaels if you like mixed media art supplies! (I would recommend you run there anyway, cause there’s got to be something you need. Right?)

Tuesday Letter (the first of 2017!)

Dear 2017, you’re only a few weeks old, but you’ve already kind of been a jerk. Let’s do better, all right? Dear self, why, oh WHY, would you teach your kids the “greasy grimy gopher guts” song? How stupid are you? Do you hate yourself? WHY?! Dear Ang, BEST. SURPRISE. EVER. (One more week!) Dear self, now that you know how to run the miter saw and have built exactly one headboard (with a ton of help from the Jerm) I feel like you should go into the furniture building business.  Dear Jerm, thank you for all the help and being patient with me and my projects. Especially when they come with faulty instructions.

Friday Finds: All About the Valentines

Friday again, and even though I didn’t get to my two other posts this week (one of which was ready and I forgot to hit publish – nice going, me), well, baby steps, right?

I know I say this pretty much annually, but I adore Valentines Day stuff and it just gets cuter every year. Walmart is not my favorite place on earth, but around February every year I have to admit that they do V-day right. I mean, check out the adorableness this year.

That towel pretty much made my heart do this:

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And all joking aside, I kind of lived by the whole fries before guys motto for most of my 20’s. And those plates and napkins just need to come home with me. It doesn’t even have to be Valentines Day for me to want to use this stuff. My girls and I can find plenty of uses for pretty decorations and party supplies all year round. 😉

How about you guys? Loving the Valentine goodies or wishing it were over already? You can be my friend either way. 😀

 

Friday Finds: Secondhand Goodness

Funny thing, how months can pass by so quickly. Right? I feel a little sheepish cause I keep saying that I’m going to get back to a regular blogging schedule and then I drop off the face of the earth again. (Plus I just like the word sheepish so I wanted to use it.)

Anyway, I truly AM going to attempt (key word, peoples) to get back to blogging more than once every few months. I’m trying to set myself some clear parameters so maybe I won’t feel so overwhelmed with it all the time and consequently not do anything at all. Cause not writing makes me sad.

I thought I’d try something new where I share a few fun items each week. I love to shop (unless it’s grocery shopping – BLECH!) and I always enjoy seeing the treasures other bloggers find so I figured it might be fun to try around here.

I’ve recently started doing a little more frequent secondhand shopping, which I’ve always enjoyed but rarely took the time to do until the last few months. Part of the problem was that I hadn’t found any shops that I cared much for and part of the problem was time/how far away they all seemed to be. I recently discovered a little shop that’s only a few miles from my house that I just adore – they always have interesting stuff, they keep the shop clean (kind of important – right?), and their prices are super reasonable. I’ve found loads of books, name-brand clothing for the girls (and even some items for myself, which I’ve desperately needed), and household items there.

On my latest trip everything in the store was half-off (even furniture!) and I found this gorgeous quilt for under $5. It was dirty when I found it, but a good, hot wash took care of that and although there are a few super tiny spots on the back that didn’t come out they’re barely noticeable. I don’t understand why anyone would throw out a handmade quilt. Don’t they know how much work goes into those things?! I’m totally going to assume a sweet little granny made this one and think kind thoughts about her when I use it.

Mad loves it…she’s always trying to slink off to her room with it.

That same day I also found a frame that will fit a baby photo of Susannah’s that I’ve been unable to hang for…9 years now. The photo is a really weird size, 10×20, and I’ve looked just about everywhere for a frame that will fit it without any luck. Having one custom made was way too expensive so I was pretty happy when I found this sucker the other day. I’ve learned to carry a little measuring tape around in my purse because they come in handy more often than you might expect. Speaking of which, I’ve since lost mine and need to remember to pick one up. It’s probably for sale at the thrift store because I think I left it there. 😀

Anyway, I took out the super ugly painting that was inside of the frame and although the fit wasn’t perfect, it was close enough to work. I duct taped the whole thing back together on the back, but who’ll ever see it?

Score!

Have you found anything good a secondhand shop lately? Tell me in the comments – I’d love to hear about your bargains!

Tuesday Letter – the “Let’s All Breathe a Sigh of Relief” Edition

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Dear election day, surely the rest of the country is as glad you’re here as I am. Now the ads and ridiculousness and fighting and hatred won’t be daily ruining my life anymore. I mean, nothing will be resolved and everyone will still hate everyone else, but at least now I won’t have to hear about it every second of every day. I even voted, which is why I’m sitting here feeling faintly sick to my stomach right now. Dear America, how on earth, out of all the millions of people in this country, did we end up with the two most obnoxious candidates of all time to choose between? Dear identical silver Nissan Altimas that whipped around either side of me on the freeway at the exact same time, how very Twighlight Zone-esque of you. Like I need more proof that the world’s gone mad. Dear autumn, I didn’t have to use the AC in my car for the very first time this week. Congratulations, you’re a real boy now.

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Tuesday Letter

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Dear Michel on Gilmore Girls, you’re pretty much my sarcasm hero. Dear fellow homeschooling moms (or teachers of any sort), please help a girl out and tell me what you found useful for….reluctant (which is an extremely nice way of putting it) spellers. I’m using Spelling Workout right now, but it just doesn’t seem to be working for one of my girls.  HELLLLP!! Dear Texas, please, please give it a rest with the 90 degree October days. We’re all sobbing into our pumpkin spice lattes down here (not that I drink them, but whatevs). Dear self, you know how you promised yourself that you’d really and truly make a dent in your fabric and paper stash before buying new supplies? YOU CAN’T GO TO JOANNS and keep your promise. You know this about yourself, so Just. Don’t. Do. It.

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Week(s) in Review: October 1-15

It’s been for-stinking-ever since I’ve done a week in review, so long, in fact, that I don’t even think I ever shared Susannah’s birthday party or our summer road trip and maybe not even the big family reunion this past spring. (?)  I obviously have some catching up to do, but for now I’ll just share a couple things we’ve been up to for the last few weeks.

School is trucking right along and I don’t think I’ve even taken photos to document the start of new grades this year. Bad mom!

Some highlights:

Susannah’s learning division and loving it, Madeline is all-around causing me to rapidly age because of her utter lack of interest in ANY subject and her closely-held belief that she’s just “too small” to do well in school. She has decided reading is worthwhile, though, helped along greatly by the Pizza Hut Book It program and the Braums reward program. Still, I count that as quite a victory from last year.  We’re studying American history this year and I’m putting my own curriculum together, which is working very well for us so far and has been pretty fun. Here are a few of the drawings we’ve done to go along with our studies so far:

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We try to go camping in October or November every year since *usually* the hot weather is calmed down to something manageable. I agree to one night per year. 😉 And obviously it wasn’t cooled off quite enough yet since we saw snakes…

Mad fell in right after I took this photo and gave us small heart attacks because the water is pretty deep right off the bank. Thanks a lot, kid.

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I finally, finally, FINALLY made some progress on the quilt-a-long project that already ended months ago, but that I’m determined to finish NO MATTER HOW LONG IT TAKES ME. It’s utterly ridiculous to me that I couldn’t keep up with one block per month, right? Bad seamstress! Anyway, something went wrong on this block (not sure what exactly), but I’m so elated to have finished a few, that I don’t even care. (In my defense, I did try to fix it, but couldn’t figure out how.)

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I saw this adorable woodland creature pumpkin idea here and knew we had to try it out for ourselves. I love pumpkins and we try something new every year. The girls loved making these little cuties.

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So that about covers it, I think. Okay, probably not really, but that’s all I have ready for now, so it’ll have to do. I do hope to catch up on some of what’s been occupying our time very soon.

Your turn! What have yall been up to lately?

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