Tuesday, November 15, 2011

My Picker Sister Moment

I found this old cart on KSL.
KSL is an online classifieds site here in Utah. 
 I took a before picture, but cannot find it. 
Just imagine it taller...it was about 36". 
I thought that with a little bit of work, it would be an awesome coffee table. 
 Luckily, I have a neighbor who is a welder.  He cut it down to 18" for me and then welded the top back on.  Then I sanded some boards and added them to the top. 
I'm still deciding what color to paint or stain it or if I should do anything more with it at all. 
I love the aged patina and that it is on casters! 
I'm also trying to decide if I should keep it or sell it. 
I really love it, but it doesn't really fit very well in my house {stylistically, or space-wise}. 
Maybe a patio coffee table? 
What do you think?


I had a busy weekend! 
Every now and then, I get this irrepressable urge to move the furniture around. 
It drives my change-hating husband crazy.
I love moving the furniture around.  It just gives me a brighter outlook on life.  It's also an excellent reason to clean out those corners that I don't usually clean...AND it is excellent excercise! 
Win, win, win. 
Remember when I cleaned and organized my office?  It felt great, but after a while, I realized that it was only a band-aid on a broken room.  So I decided that I needed a fresh start--something completely different...and I had just the space.
This area used to be our office area.  It was right after we moved into this house and it worked pretty well for a while.  This space is just opposite of the tv in the family room downstairs.  After a few years, my husband decided to go back to school and get his masters degree.  He needed a quiet place to study, so we moved everything upstairs.  I also had moved my teaching stuff and paper/scrapbook supplies upstairs, so it would be in the same area as the printer.
He graduated about a year-and-a-half ago, and it continued to be our office, but it was mainly being used for Relief Society handouts, Visiting Teaching Messages, and gift tags, etc.  And the kids would sometimes do art projects in there. 

Translation: mess.  All the time. 
Seeing as how that room is right inside the front door of our house, and how it always looked like a bomb had gone off in there, I decided to move the office back downstairs.  I also hated that I felt really disconnected to my kids when I was working upstairs and they were playing or watching tv downstairs.
Here's what I ended up with:

There's even space for the kids' projects.
...and when if it gets messy, it's not right at the front door for the world to see.
My new work table is one that my friend Julie helped me refinish.  It was free!  {Thanks Jennifer!}
There's still stuff to do, but I really like the way everything is coming together in our new office/work area.
I also love my new view:
Way better than looking at the street.

To help organize my supplies, I needed some shelving.  About 12 years ago, my husband built me a bookshelf {in our apartment in Provo}, that never really found the right spot in this house.  It had been sitting in the garage for the last 6 years--but it fit perfectly in the spot that I needed storage! 

Problem was, it was buried. 
I am embarrassed to say that our garage looked {notice that past tense, thankfully} like an especially bad episode of hoarders.  I needed that shelf, though, so that garage needed to be cleaned and organized.  It's awesome to be able to move around in there again.  We could always park the car in there, but sometimes it got a little scary getting out of the car and walking into the house. 
Now I can do a little twirl. 
With my arms out even. 
With a friend. 

Hopefully with the completion of the shed imminent, we may even be able to move even more stuff out and maybe even park my husband's car in there this winter. 
That'd be something.

I'm sad I didn't take a before photo of that one...it's probably better that way...
I wouldn't want the health department sent out here.  :)

I also finished a project that I'm really excited to share with you all.
But this has gotten really long.
So you'll have to wait 'til tommorrow.
Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


You all know that I have an unhealthy obsession with wreaths...
Remember this one...

 ...and this one...
 ...and this one...
 ...and this one?

For the rest of November, I thought I would try something different.

I just cut some corn stalks from the garden, added a few berries {$2.25 for all three at Wal-Mart} and a little ribbon and rope.
What do you think?
I'm linking up!
DIY under $5

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Our Thankful Turkey

I would like to introduce you to this year's thankful turkey.

This is the third year our family has made a "Thankful Turkey".

We cut out a bunch of feathers and write things that we are thankful for on them,

then we stick them to the turkey.

We have a lesson first on what it means to be thankful, and how we should "...live in thanksgiving daily, for the many mercies and blessings which {God} doth bestow upon you." Alma 34:38

I love seeing what my kids are thankful for...

We have extra feathers so that when we think of new things that we are thankful for, we can add them to our turkey.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

November Visiting Teaching Message

For the Visiting Teaching Message this month, I pulled a few of my favorite quotes from the October General Conference, and attached them to a turkey as the feathers.

To make your own, you will need 4 different colors of heavy paper for the feathers, and 1 brown sheet of heavy paper for the turkey...I like mixing prints, so I did that here, but you don't have to.  If you do, make sure your print is subtle enough that you can still read the quotes once you print them onto the paper.

You will also need a large brad to keep everything together.

To download the feathers, click here.
To download the turkey, click here.

I think I will take a fun autumn treat with me when I go, like pumpkin cookies or bread.

I also plan to go early this month before the craziness sets in.

Happy Visiting Teaching!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Two Things...

Halloween is always fun...
exhausting, but fun.

After a month of finishing Halloween projects,

doing Halloween teacher/classmate treats and gifts,

parades & parties

and actual trick-or-treating,

I'm ready for it to be over.

I saw this on Pinterest the other day...


Shit, If that’s true I’m doing 7000 a day.

Has anyone tried this?

After indulging in a ton of a bit of the Halloween candy floating around the house, I kind of want to try this...anyone want to try it with me?

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