Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Seasons of Change

The seasons are changing, the weather is growing colder. This morning the frost was very heavy. It seems this all falls right in with things in my life at this moment. I have not blogged for days, not really wanting to, no desire to, knowing I need to get current posts up for what the baby is doing, but no desire. Do we lose desire in our hearts? Do we fall? Yes, I think we do. I have been reading many wonderful spiritual blogs and reflecting. Reflecting on myself, my life, my relationships, and I am not liking my reflection. I am standoffish toward people, not really wanting people to visit, not really wanting to work. Maybe I am tired, maybe I am weary. Mostly trying to figure things out in my head, needing to draw closer to the Lord, seeking him and asking forgiveness and praising him for his blessings that abound.

Life as a mother is a hard life but a wonderful and truly blessed life. You tend to lose yourself as many of you know. There is no time for you, and you do miss that but still love your children. There are always the what ifs, the not knowings, the guilt, the anxiety, the stress, the sleeplessness and worry. Worry is a big player for me. I am a worrier. The Lord teaches us not to worry but I again do not take heed. I find myself struggling every day with household stuff, work, spending time with my husband, with my older son, keeping all things in balance. I am not sure there is a balance. Lately I am overwhelmed. Overwhelmed with all my duties. Am I trying to do too much. Probably so. I am exhausted by the time the day is up, often forgetting to pray at night or even falling asleep while I pray. Have I learned to just relax, I am trying. Have I learned to trust the Lord that all will be okay, I am trying. You see, I believe the Lord has taken care of us more times than we can imagine. I believe that strongly. I have examples. But still, I find myself worrying about things. I keep telling myself, the Lord's Will will be done. But here I am again, creeping back into this state of mind again. I know the Devil knows my weaknesses and he plays on them. I pray for strength, I pray for guidance. I know the Lord is with me. I seek him. I call out to him. I ask him for forgiveness. I must trust in the Lord with all my might.


Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween with Crawling with a Birthday Shoutout!

Officially on Wednesday evening Aidan began crawling, just like that. He just decided once and for all I am going to go wherever I want if you won't take me. I have video but no time to post much. He is sleeping and I am trying to catch up on housework. Is that possible? I don't think so. It is raining here today and the leaves are falling. We did trick-or-treat on Thursday night and going to again in the city tonight if the rain stops but not looking promising. Aidan has also been for about 2 weeks going from a crawling position or on his belly to sitting, just like that too. And the diaper changes, manic I tell you. He has a full-blown fit when trying to get a diaper changed. He twists, turns, rolls and crawls away exposing his little bottom and front to the whole world. That is a boy for you though. Many diapers these days are crooked, sagged, have the thong thing going on with 1 side up his butt crack. Hopefully they will still catch everything.

Happy Birthday to me and Happy Halloween to you guys.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid




This is my bathroom. This is my bathroom on drugs. Not really. This is my bathroom with a little plumbing issue. Pretty, huh. Yeah right! This is our powder room right off from the garage. We have had a little leak with the sink for a while so he just turned the water off so nobody could use the sink. Last night after I showered Darrell came downstairs to find this bathroom floor soaked with water. Oh no, a plumbing leak at 11 o'clock at night. Whaat next? Anyway he was just bumfuzzled as to where this was leaking. Keep in mind we have had torrential rain all day, and I kept saying this sink backs up when it rains. No, No, that can't be it. Well, long story short, that was it.

We have a new house with a new septic system, a system that was approved by the health department, passed all inspections, and is enough of a system for probably 3 houses, but the crazy thing is they base it on the bedrooms and not how many bathrooms you have; soimething about that shows how many people are living in your house. Makes no sense to me, but whatever, that is what we have. We have these little things called gray water beds, which in the beginning Darrell told the inspector he did not feel were enough for our house. Everything like sinks and dishwater, a dishwasher and I even think your washing machine runs into these. Forgive me if I am wrong. I don't have my plumbing license yet. Working on that though with the low rise jeans though. Back to the story, every time it rains we have a couple sinks back up. What happens is the gray water beds become saturated and cannot hold any more gray water and when that happens the water has to go somewhere, so instead of going into the gray water beds, it just backs up in the line until the line can hold no more and then into this nice little bathroom sink, which by the way is broken now, and the pipe in the wall, broken too. Nice. That means cutting a new hole in the wall and repairing it with drywall. Did I mention I hate drywall. It gets everywhere in your house. All over everything. No matter how much you cover and close doors, dust everywhere. I hate it I tell you, hate it.

Anyway last night at around 11 p.m. we were trying to figure this all out. After the problem was solved, I said just add it to the list of mishaps around here. But unfortunately all other little projects are put on hold until this is fixed, and I guess it has to be done today. Darn rain. I was wanting my little breakfast nook project finished but I guess we do need a little thing called water.

Moral of the story is, even though you think you have a new house and there are no issues, trust me when I tell you that is not correct. We have a master bath that is still not finished, painting to be finished, trim to be finished, electrical work that was paid for with hard earned money that the electrician skipped out on (we don't have any safety issues thus far unless you mean the lights going on and off on their own and other little bizarre electrical things that happen here like some lights in 1 room going way down and the room just adjacent staying completely bright, we don't have any issues, at least I hope not). We have our issues all the time. Shoulda bought an old house that way we would expect them.


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Baskin Robbins Makin it Right

UPDATE: Seems like I got another Baskin Robbins General Manager's attention. The cake did taste decent, and I have gotten other cakes from Baskin Robbins that were good. We LOVE their ice cream although it is a bit pricey. The ice cream cake I ordered before from Baskin Robbins looked exactly like what we chose from the picture. I mean come on, this cake does not even closely resemble the picture. I think most people would agree with that.

Well I wasn't gonna blog today, just a little down, not much to say, well lots to say just not going to here. Got several emails from Baskin Robbins Company via Twitter expressing their concern, and then a message from the guy that owns our local Baskin Robbins, Eric Clevenger. He was extremely sorry and giving us a 45 dollar gift card. Wow, that is great. At least they stand by their cakes.


Monday, October 26, 2009

The Ugliest Cake Ever

This is the cake I ordered from Baskin Robbins in Louisa, Ky for Gage's B-Day Party. Isn't it lovely. Very nicely decorated. Somebody spent some time on this cake, that is for sure. This is the cake we wanted.
This is the cake we got. Isn't it ugly. Just about the ugliest cake I have ever seen from a professional so-called cake decorator.




I am not sure if you can tell from the pictures but the cake was leaning and just about to fall over, and it was leaning before the 15-minute trip home. I kinda suspected this would happen. When I placed the order the girl kept asking, "Does the spider have to be on the side or can I put it on the top." I told her that did not matter, and she proceeded to tell me some lady freaked out over the spider not being on the side. I got a little worried at that point. Next thing you know the phone is ringing again, and the girl says she is the cake decorator and she is not going to be working on Saturday so she will have to get 1 of the other employees to decorate the cake. My instinct told me to just forget about the cake, but I thought surely since they all work there they can decorate this cake. And she also says she will have to charge extra for the spiders since the girl can definitely not do the spiders on the cake. I got another sickening feeling. I told her I had my own plastic spiders and I would not pay extra for spiders, again she said okay. I worked all day Saturday and Darrell picked the cake up. He was more concerned about the size and said just let it be. Let it be, this cake was 39.99, and she did put the spiders on there and not charge extra for them, probably trying to soothe over the fact the cake looks like a crap. Yep, I said it, crap. She even said the candy corn would be on the roof, well no candy corn. I have emailed Baskin Robbins about this cake, and today, I am posting it to the Cake Wrecks blog. I sure hope she accepts it. Please accept it. It deserves to be there.

UPDATE: I had to add this. Ice cream and cake start at only 9.99, what for like 2 scoops. My cake was 39.99.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Today Is The Day

Today is the day we have the bonfire for Gage's Birthday. This is slowly but surely getting out of hand as do most of his parties. We did keep the list short but the food was a little more than I wanted to spend to just feed 21 people. The weather was supposed to be rainy but they have changed the forecast. Today only 20% chance of rain so keep your fingers crossed. If it does rain, we will just move inside and grill the hot dogs. Our family does love to have bonfires and roast weenies and make S'Mores. This is definitely on the list tonight, and ice cream cake from Baskin Robbins. I am not going to go into detail about the ordering fiasco with the ice cream cake until I see it. I am thinking it might look pretty pitiful but I hope note, but wait, it better not for $39.99. All this entails a little spider detail. Anyway, lots to do today. Me, I am working today so I need to finish up early if at all possible. Darrell has the responsibility of all the cleaning to be done today plus taking my mom to get her cabinets ordered for her house. And Gage, he is the decor man. Believe me, I can trust him with this. He does not like things to look too tacky, just a little tacky, LOL. I definitely plan on pics of this bonfire and hopefully will get them posted in a few days.

Enjoy Your Saturday and God Bless You All!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Fall Decorations, Show Us Your Life

UPDATE: Make sure to scroll down a bit, I had a little photo blogging problem this morning, and actually could not get Kelly's Logo for Show Us Your Life to show up. I finally gave up. Some of my pictures are in a separate post. TGIF!




These pictures here are from this year but not of the new mums. I am not sure where they were when I took these pictures. LOL






This is all part of Kelly's Show us Your Life post. These are from last year. We never got much fall decorations up this year with the baby and trying to get the house painted still. Are we ever going to get caught up? I don't think so. I did do a few things this year outside but not much, and the mums look pretty bad now, but at least this year we had bigger mums. I love fall decorating and usually we go all out for this, and actually the year before even had more decorations for fall and Halloween, but unfortunately got no pictures of that. She this is all I have.

By the way, today Aidan is 8 months old, growing like a weed. This morning while his bath water was running he was standing next to the tub and raising his little leg to climb in. He loves to bath. We had to give up the kitchen sink a bit ago since he was soaking everything. He still is not crawling forward, just a few little crawls, but goes backward pretty good, but mostly loves to walk around or pull up and stand. He does pull himself across the floor, so maybe that will be all he does. He still has 4 teeth and working on about 3 right now. He loves to eat. Last night in particular a guy in KFC could not believe I was giving him biscuit bites. He said he was not going to give his daughter anything that she could possibly get chocked on ever, and of course we all laughed. I think he thought I was crazy when I mentioned how many crackers Aidan eats. People, they do dissolve, but I too remember thinking the same thing when they asked me if I gave Gage crackers. I was thinking he would choke too death. Nope, he did not. Aidan is mostly wearing 9 to 12 months but lots of things are 18 months and especially nothing with feet in it. He is just too long. And boy can he move that walker. Those little feet with his little cankles (fat ankles for anybody who does not know), can move him like you have never seen. My toes stay sore most of the time. Aidan is still loving to play peek-a-boo.

It is raining here today and supposed to all weekend. Yuck on that, I have a big bonfire planned for Gage's Birthday Party tomorrow evening, so back to work for me so I can finish up.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Happy Birthday Little Man


Today is the day my 1st born son becomes a teenager, a moment forever changed in his life. I have thought about this day for a while now. Will it be any different to be the parent of a teenager? I hope not. Parenting this child has been wonderful. He is an awesome child. He is a great big brother. He is a great student. He is a wonderful helper. How did I get so lucky?

I remember vividly when 1st thinking I was pregnant with him, how much we wanted a baby. I remember when they told me he was a boy. We knew immediately his name would be Gage. I remember loving being pregnant with him, not having a care in the world and eating myself into an oblivion. I remember laboring forever with him and then ultimately having a c-section to bring him into this world. I remember being scared too death not knowing. I remember when he was actually born, not crying, just looking around at us. I remember thinking to myself my son looked like E.T. with his neck all stretched out and skin wrinkly the way the doctor was holding him. I remember holding him for the 1st time, feeling his skin, looking at all his toes and fingers and just in awe of him. I remember falling deeply in love with this child from the beginning. I remember the nightly feedings, wondering if I was going to survive and this was harder than I had expected. I can remember his little face when he turned 1, how cute and adorable he was. I remember Christmases with him saying "look daddy."

All these memories bring me to tears this morning as I type this. My little man is growing up. I look at pictures from last year and his face has matured, he has grown taller, much taller. This all makes me want to freeze time and keep him with me. I know he will move forward in life, go to college, probably get married and start his own family, but this little man will always be my baby, and I will forever cherish these memories.

Happy 13th Birthday Gage.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Great Pumpkin House and Its 3000 Pumpkins




These are photos of a house in Kenova, Wv. This man, Ric Griffith, has been carving these pumpkins since around 1978, and usually with the help of volunteers he carves a little over 3000 pumpkins a year to put on this display. The pictures here do not do it justice. Seeing this is a remarkable site. Pumpkins are literally everywhere. We visited this in 2007 and were in awe. The pumpkin display is magnificent. They are all lit by clear Christmas bulbs. He even has a display in the back showing how they carve and preserve their pumpkins. There are pumpkins with every design and shape you can imagine. There are even pumpkins playing to the beat of music and according to what instrument is carved on them. People young and old flock to this old Victorian house, and believe me the house in and of itself is amazing. I just called the City of Kenova and Ric is again doing this amazing creation again this year, and we are going. I can't wait, and I will have my camera handy. I do have pictures of this but they are printed, and well, I am just too lazy to scan, as a matter of fact never bothered to install my printers scanning properties on my computer. Oh well.

And tomorrow, come back, somebody in my little family is having a major milestone tomorrow. I still cannot believe it. Meanwhile, get to carving, maybe you can catch up with Ric, Not!
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Getting Rid of the Laundry Hamper


I have always had 2 laundry hampers in my utility room, and well honestly, they both look pretty bad at this point. I decided a couple weekends ago to let 1 of them go, let the trash man take it away. Well, actually we dont' have trash pickup where I live. We have to take all of our trash into the city to the community trash drop off, and even better, it is free. Well not free entirely since we do pay taxes. Anyhoo, back to the story. My thinking was if I get rid of 1 I might keep the laundry done since it would be filled up all the time. Well, needless to say, the laundry is never done. We can do it all and turn around 30 minutes later and have another pile. My laundry machine goes from early morning, one of the 1st things I do when I get up and usually 1 of the last things I do when I go to bed. What is it with laundry. Now mind you, I don't mind washing it, I just hate putting it away. Any given day here we have baskets of clean, folded laundry needing put away, and sometimes it never gets put away until the basket is empty, and all the stuff needs washed again.


Monday, October 19, 2009

Aidan's New Shirt

Yesterday morning while getting Aidan ready for church, I discovered he had outgrown 3 brand new, never worn, still with tags on them Ralph Lauren shirts. I did get these on sale but still paid good money for them. Looks like an Ebay listing or even perhaps here on my blog. We'll have to see. I proceeded upstairs to get another shirt, and thought maybe this 1. What if it is too big, 18 months and all. Nope, he wore it. It fit. Wow, he has grown a lot in the last 2 weeks. I guess it could be all the KFC mashed potatoes and gravy or even the soup beans he loves. No doubt about it, Aidan loves to eat. He grunts this funny little grunt in between every bit. You just can't feed him fast enough.

Needless to say after church I had to get his picture in his new shirt and jeans. He looked like a little man. Well lately all he does is try to crawl away or attempt to, or play with something next to him. He is just not having these pictures lately, so this is what we got, 1 pretty good picture, and the rest, well see for yourself.




And he is gone....


We sat him back up, gave him his pumpkin...



and he is gone again...


back up again with the pumpking again....



and see you later, to which Bailee is in the background just waiting for this kid to drop some good food.


Friday, October 16, 2009

Halloween Jammies



Lately we have been stuck in the house with rain and cold weather and even a chance of snow. The leaves are turning their awesome colors and the wind is picking up. We have no local pumpkin patch here so after I picked these up at Wal-Mart, a big 1 for Gage and a little tiny 1 for Aidan, I thought I would just snap a few shots in the house just for the sake of it. Aidan was freshly scrubbed, hair in a faux hawk, which is what we have been doing lately to it and having a great laugh at his expense, and wearing his new Baby Gap glow-in-the dark Halloween jammies.
Aren't they just the cutest. He likes to roll his little pumpkin and stand by Gage's pumpkin. Standing is something he is doing a lot lately, and boy can he make that walker go. His little feet carry him as fast as they can, and he can turn it on a dime and back it up, and even looks behind to back it up. Still now crawling yet but Gage did not crawl until around 10 months. He is definitely a mover. He throws everything in the floor to get you to pick it up or let him down in the floor. Aidan is loving him some table food right now, bean, bread, toast, backed potato, cooked potato, sweet potato, you get the drift, basically any kind of carb he can find. He is a kid after my own heart with all the carbs. Hopefully we will have some nice weather in the next few days so I can get some good fall pictures. Gage will be 13 years old on October 22 and Aidan will be 8 months on October 23. I am hoping and keeping my fingers crossed for pictures of them together. This is hard to do as Gage does not want his picture taken and Aidan just wants me to give him the camera. And last but not least, Aidan is becoming quite the mocker. He mocks you if you cough, laugh, squint your eyes and several other things. I tried desperately to get a video of this but my battery was dead so maybe next time.

TGIF and hope everyone has a great weekend.


Crumcakes Creations and The Dusty Attic

Crumcakes Creations is not my business. This belongs to a friend of mine. I asked her nicely yesterday if I could showcase her business on my site, well before I knew this was what Kelly was posting about today. Anyway, Michelle is a very nice girl and does some awesome work. I have seen this work first hand and I usually comment always on what her girls are wearing, and always something she has created. She is a very talented lady with some great skills and great clothes. She is always very busy creating and coming up with new ideas. You can check her out at I am sure you will be very pleased. She can do just about anything you want, and if you don't see it their, email her and she can do it. And the best thing about Michelle's creations, they are cheaper than most I have seen on the Internet. I have been trying to get her to sell on Etsy for quite some time, so hopefully this will help her and give her the nudge she needs to move on over to etsy. I was going to post some pictures of her creations but just could not get them to copy, and I did have her permission.

Now me, as far as making anything, I love to, but unfortunately I just don't have the time. But I do know someone else who is a creator. Lately this person has been doing chalkboards since they are all the craze, and distressed benches, distressed cupboards, and unfortunately I have no pictures except for these very few as everything has sold already, and even things straight out of my house. You can click these pictures for more detail and make them larger, and if you live around the Morehead, Ky area, visit Old School House Antiques as some of these are in my shop, as long as I can keep them there.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Infant Loss and Remembrance Day Oct 15-I am thankful

I think for many of us who have never experienced the loss of a child, we just seem to forget about this day, and to be honest, I knew it existed but never knew the exact day. Well, today is the day, October 15. For those of us who have never experienced such a pain, it might be hard for us to imagine what they are going through. We cry for them, we pray for them and we support them, but then we go on our way, back to our home, back to our family and back to our baby, leaving them alone and arms empty. We need to take the time to be more supporting of these families and never let them leave our thoughts.

I have never lost a child, and I pray that I never do. Both of my children are healthy, and I pray they stay healthy. But this is real and it happens every day. The statistics are unreal when you look them up. This is something that can happen to any of us.

Today hug your children harder and tighter, love them all you can, soak up their energy, kiss their little heads and pray for those who have experienced such a loss. Today, be thankful.

I am thankful,

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Giveaway #2 Winner Announced


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I posted the random integer numbers from the site just in case no one believed me, but Amber won again. She is a faithful follower and looks like it has paid off for her. And Amber, since I have your address already, looks like you will be getting 2 great pieces of jewelry coming your way.

Thanks to all who entered, and keep watching. I am working on a great giveaway in the next few days.


Monday, October 12, 2009

Giveaway #2

I was just too busy to get this up this weekend. But here we go. In honor of my dad's B-day this is giveaway #2. I kind of hated giving away jewelry for his B-day but I just did not figure you guys would want camo pants or shotgun shells or even fishing lures. Well, some of you might, but I opted again for jewelery. Honestly, and I can be honest with ya, it is cheap to ship.

Anyway, here we go, this is a nice little silver bracelet with little settings all over the bracelet. The pictures do not do this bracelet justice. By the way, this is about a 20 dollar value.

Just leave me a comment and that is all you have to do. Easie peasie, lemon squeezie.

By the way, I am eating leftover calzone for breakfast. Is that weird? Not here. Yesterday I had cheeseball and crackers. We are kind of weird like that around here.

I will use random integer to draw again for this bracelet on Tuesday morning. All comments will be taken until 8 a.m EST.

By the way, you can always click on the pictures to see a bigger image.


Sunday, October 11, 2009

Giveaway Results

It's official, Amber won the necklace. Random integer chose #2, and well Amber was #2. So Amber, just send me an email at with your address so I can get this to you. Thanks so much everyone for entering. I enjoyed all the comments and hearing everyone's stories about breast cancer. Don't forget, another giveaway hopefully posted today if Aidan cooperates.


Friday, October 9, 2009

Oh My Orange and Green

I just can't imagine what someone was thinking when they painted this old dressed orange and green. I mean this is like fluorescent green. Oh well, it can be repainted or stripped, and is in great shape. We picked this up for 35 dollars, which is not too bad. If we strip it, we will probably have 35 million in stripper, no just joking. This bring me to the conclusion that some people have some weird paint choices.


Don't Forget the Giveaway Ends Today

Don't Forget, the giveaway ends today at midnight EST. Here is the link.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Cheap Cotton Sheets and Old Chippy Windows

I have a thing for old windows. Darrell says I cannot have anymore, but these, well I gave 2 bucks a piece for these, and ctually had more and gave a few to my aunt and sold a few for around 10 dollars, not bad, hey. Anyway, thse my friend are going to become th edoor to my hutch in my dining room. I have big plans for this, and will post a picture of the big reveal, as soon as someone builds this for me. Now that, that could be a while. Don't mind the other junk on the table, just some recent auction finds, more junk for me.

We have lived in this house now about 4 years with no curtains. We are way out from the main road so really did not need them for privacy, but we have wanted them for a more aesthetic look. I really have not been bale to fine what I wanted. I wanted cheap, simple and something that screamed old farmhouse. Well what about cotton sheets. I just bought cheap cotton sheets at Wal-Mart, washed them cause I wanted them to have that cottony look and not a fresh pressed look, bought curtain clips and a rod I liked and there if you have it. I do like curtains to pool on the floor but my little doggie girl Bailee seems to like to pee in the dining room right where the curtain would be. Ugh, gotta love her. What I did to the top was just flip the top of the sheet down where the banding is and clipped there. This allows you to adjust for your length or however long you want them. This was cheap and easy, and no sewing. Can't beat that. I do plan on using these pretty much everywhere in our house. I like things to match that way.
Anyway, as you can see the dining room is a work in progress. It is painted and waiting for the furniture to get placed if I can ever find the time to paint my dining room table and get busy accessorizing. I chose cottage linen as the paint color of choice and will probably follow this through the entire downstairs, but not sure yet.
By the way, don't forget the giveaway below.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

It's Official and a Giveaway

This weekend we made the trek to Farmers, Ky. I now have my own little shop in a huge antique mall. We did not get much accomplished as far as decorating goes but hopefully this week we will get all things squared away and decorated. I am truly excited about this as I have dabbled in this stuff for quite a while. I have another little shop that is strictly in another shop and I sell on consignment but this is all my stuff in this little corner of the world. That is actually what it is an 11 x 13 corner of the world. This shop is in an old schoolhouse in Farmers, Ky around Morehead, Ky around the Cave Run Lake area. Saturday we priced and priced, Aidan was dirty from all the sitting in the floor, trying to eat everything he could and Gage was completely and utterly bored out of his mind. Hopefully days to come will not be so bad as we got the bulk of the stuff in there.

October is a favorite time of the year for me. My birthday is in October, Gage's birthday is in October, my dad's birthday is in October, my best friend who passed away from breast cancer her birthday was in October, my beloved uncle whose truck fell on him a few years ago, his birthday was in October, and the list goes on and on. Do you think all babies are born in October. Sure seems like it. I guess those winter months people were kind of busy while stuck in the house, LOL. Anyway, the 1st giveaway is in honor of breast cancer awareness month. This is for Tina who died at the young age of 32. Tina was a wonderful person and a friend I will always cherish. I miss not having her here to talk to daily. I miss getting to share Aidan with her. Tina fought her cancer with a strength beyond compare. She never go up fighting. Her faith was stronger when she passed away than ever. When we go through valleys God will always bring you out stronger than when you went it. So, in honor of Tina and in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the 1st giveaway is a breast cancer awareness necklace. I hope all who enter the contest wear this with pride and in remembrance of Tina and in remembrance of someone you might know who is fighting breast cancer or has lost their battle with breast cancer.

All you need to do to enter is leave me a comment. The comments for this will end at midnight on Friday, October 9, 2009, with a new giveaway to start that day in honor of my dad so keep checking back. The giveaways will get better and better, I promise.


I know this is not a great picture, but I don't have a macro lens for my camera yet. This is a cute little necklace, probably 18 to 20 inches in length but is adjustable with the clasp closure. It has the breast cancer logo with pink little stones in the breast cancer logo

Monday, October 5, 2009

Old Door Turned Headboard

What is going to happen? I made the bed on Monday morning. Well, the reason be, to show you my headboard. This has been done for quite some time but I kept waiting to post pictures after I got the entire bedroom done. You know, curtains hung, not just bought and laying in the floor, and do I have a great idea for curtains. Hopefully post that tomorrow. Well still not finished with working and taking care of my babies and housework. So here is the headboard. This is an old salvaged door from an old house we remodeled. I had tons of these doors but Darrell got in a throwing away mood 1 day, and well, needless to say, the doors went. I hate when he does this. Some of this stuff is good junk. And now he has a project in his head and no doors. It involved using these as the bottom walls for a little greenhouse. I told him he should keep them. Anyway this door already had this patina to the door. The other side is crackled paint but unfortunately the previous owners had used a lot of enamel paint on the door, and well, enameled paint just don't crackle so good. What we did here was take a soft brush and just brush off any loose or excess paint or dirt, wipe it down real good and then use a clear finish over the door, not polyurethane as it tends to yellow over time. Find something water based and I always choose a not so shiny finish but at least something easy to wash off like maybe a satin. We cleared this to keep the color and finish there. Next was the hanging, this door turned headboard MUST, I REPEAT MUST GO INTO THE STUDS in the wall. We used a stud finder for this. Basically we measured the center between the windows, found the center of the door, held it above the bed where I wanted it to go (this did take 3 people as these are quite heavy, 2 people to hold the door and 1 to do the drill) and then with some long screws we screwed the door into the studs around where the raised panel trim is so the screws are hidden that way, and Voila, a new headboard. I have also seen these hung up straight just like if it was an actual door, screwed into the wall and used for twin size headboards. And if you don't have an old door, go buy a new wood door and finish yourself. You could paint solid, distress with stain, use some of the neat crackles finished paints, the possibilities are endless.

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