House Update

I realized that I have not done a house update in a while.  Mostly because we’re so busy building it that I haven’t had many moments to stop and document it.  The last house update I did, I believe we were “blessing” it.  Well, my friends, I’m happy to say we’ve come a long way since then.  (Not long enough but I’m gonna try to go with the glass is half full today)  We have our HiLine walk through tomorrow and as soon as that is complete (barring anything that needs to be addressed) the house is ours to get started on!  To catch you up, we did a Super Shell package with HiLine, meaning they do everything up to the dry wall.  Then we do the rest ourselves.  Thank goodness for super handy and knowledgeable men like my Dad.

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Here’s the exterior minus the paint and gutters.  I’ll update on those later.

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HiLine sheet rock.

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And finally drywalled and textured.

If you want my indepth opinion on HiLine as a company, let me know and I will give it to you.  If you are seriously considering using them, talk to me first.  Bottom line, is they were/are a pain in the “bumm bumm” (as the toddler says) to work with.  We had special circumstances outside our and their control that amplified the breakdown in customer service and communication.  However, the product so far as been solid.

Anyhow…we are now getting to the good stuff.  The paint, cabinets, floors!  Oh My!  I’m getting excited.  We (or I) agonized over which gray paint to go with.  Seriously…I’m embarrassed to admit that it stressed me so much because we’re talking about paint. PAINT people!  I feel like I need to be slapped.  First world problems, am I right?  Well, we changed our minds last minute…literally 5 minutes before calling in our order.  So until we had it on the walls I was second guessing it.  We almost went with Sherwin Williams Essential Gray but we deterred when the rep told us it tends to go purple and I’m glad we listened.  We ended up going with the super popular SW Repose Gray.  And by George, we love it!  At least thus far.  I would take breaks from working to just sit back and admire the color in different lights.

 

 

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Doesn’t it look pretty?

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Especially in natural light. Sigh…

My boys worked on prepping the floors for the laminate flooring while I put on all the face plates to the outlets. Talk about a tedious job!  Below is our mudroom which is also painted Repose Gray.  You can see that here it looks more brown with our work lamps on.  The light is definitely warmer than what we plan to have in the house but this just shows how versatile the color can be!  You can use browns, blacks or whites in your home and it will all look amazing!  Currently we have brown couches though we’d like to change them up to a dark gray but in the mean time at least they won’t clash.

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Serioulsy….how cute are my boys?  How’d I get so lucky?

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And here’s the Repose again in the great room area with a lot of natural light.

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We decided to keep it simple and do the entire house in Repose except the bathrooms. For the bathrooms we went with a lighter blue called Tradewind from Sherwin Williams.  We were toying with SW Sea Salt which is a beautiful gray/green but we were looking for something on the blue side.  A gal at SW recommended Tradewind and I love it!  Now we have not finished painting the bathrooms but here’s a peek at the color.

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Honestly I don’t think we could have gone wrong with either of these but I’ve always loved the cloudy blue sky color palettes so we went with Tradewind and love it!

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Excuse the little dude.  He’s being a champ and helping us work while he’s got a nasty cold (and apparently chocolate is great medicine for that! 😉 )

We will be working on the cabinets, flooring and trim over the holiday weekend!!  I can’t wait to share our progress next week!

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Zeke’s 2nd Birthday!!!

I can’t believe my little man is 2 already!!  And let me tell you, the switch has flipped.  It has been defiance and challenge all day every day for the last week.  I was super excited to celebrate him a little this morning before work but he was having none of it.  Time out before 6am.  It was one of those days.  But, of course, we still can’t get enough of our Littles even when they are being complete and total jerks.  I took one look at the photo we had done in anticipation of his birthday and I was immediately consumed with overwhelming, soul consuming love for that kid.  Seriously…having kids can drive you crazy in the best of ways!

By now I’m sure you know Z was a preemie.  He made his hasty appearance at the unripe age of 31 weeks 5 days gestation. At his first post NICU graduation doctors appointment we were told to give him 2 years to be totally caught up and in the clear of possible delays, or complications from being a preemie.  It was naivete on our part to not think about life after the NICU.  We were target fixated and the target was Z’s NICU release!  Anyhow, the idea of just waiting for the other shoe to drop for the next 2 years was a little defeating.  Thankfully for the most part, the first 2 years of Z’s life have been uneventful.  Well, as uneventful as raising a child is…so I guess not at all uneventful…Anyhow. We had one scare with a possible seizure and lots of test later ruled out any delays or damage.  So to celebrate hitting this milestone we decided to capture what the last 2 years have meant for us.  My wonderful friend and talented photographer was able to catch this for us despite the photo taking place after a day at a new daycare, separation anxiety and a 45 min meltdown.  See, preemies DO grow into a normal toddler!!

 

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Come back soon to see Z’s Construction Birthday Party!  Also, if you’re in the Puget Sound area and looking for a great photographer check out my girl at http://www.sharrisamariephotography.com/

 

Happy Partying!

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Building Our House on a Rock

Our little house is moving right along!  We have a roof and windows and doors.  Even siding!  It’s just sitting there looking all housey.  We still have another 2 months worth of long nights and hard work but it sure is looking like our home a little bit more each day.  We even went out and put our stamp on it last weekend.

God is the foundation of our family and he will always be the foundation of our home.  So we decided to put it in writing.  I grabbed a few sharpies and some scripture and we got to work.

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Front Door

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Kitchen window

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Bathroom

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Back door

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Z’s Room


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Front Door

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Great Room

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Even Z got to pitch in.  However, we made it very clear this is a one time only opportunity to draw on the walls!

 

Here are some of he verses we used…

Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. – Matthew 7:24

But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.  – Joshua 24:15

Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. – Proverbs 22:6

Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. – Psalm 51:7

Create in me a clean heart O’ God. –  Psalm 51:10

Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels. – Hebrews 13:2

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. – Colossians 3:12

For this child I have prayed. – 1 Samuel 1:27

My son give me your heart and let your eyes observe my ways. – Proverbs 23:26

I will lie down and sleep in peace for you, alone, O Lord make me dwell in safety. – Psalm 4:8

Love each other with genuine affection and take delight in honoring each other. – Romans 12:10

Above all things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. – Colossians 3:14

Jesus answered, “It is written:  Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. – Matthew 4:4

 

Even though we have had a rocky start (to put it lightly) to building our home, we are reminded that we can stand solid on the foundation of God!

And check out our sided house!!

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4 Year Annivesary and Wedding Throw Back

Today is a very special day for me!  Well, for the Hubs too.  4 years ago today, I married my very favorite person in the universe.  It’s crazy to me that it has only been 4 years.  It’s hard to imagine life before him at this point.  It’s like we always were.  I kind of feel like that’s God’s way of telling me, “Yep, I had you in mind when I made him.”  I recently came across a post in which a woman told the story of how she and her husband came to be.  It’s one of those magical stories where boy meets girl. 1 day later boy and girl profess their love and very quickly after boy and girl get married and then boy and girl become husband and wife and live happily ever after.  I always marvel at these kinds of stories.  That’s just not my personality.  In fact, everything in my very being is the exact OPPOSITE of that.   I’ve never been one to get too caught up in my emotions.  I remember wondering, as a young teen, what that would be like.  That Romeo and Juliet kind of love.   I’m methodical.  I’m cautious.  Even with my husband, who I knew after 3 months I wanted to spend my life with.  We spent 2 romantic, adventurous years dating before we got engaged.  He spent a year working over time to stuff money away for the ring he wanted me to have.  Do you want to know the message that sent me?  I was worth waiting for.  And I love that sentiment.   One of “I can’t afford to mess this up.” People get swept up in the romanticized stories of love at first sight and those statements of “I can’t live another moment without you as my wife!”  And I get it. They’re totally dreamy. Perhaps our language of romance looks a bit different than others.   Don’t get me wrong.  I am not saying one way is better than the other.  I understand both. Ours is not a grandiose love, rather a quiet love weaved into every word and every action.  I know, it doesn’t sound as romantic but take a moment to think about what that means.  Your partner is choosing you. Every minute of every day.  They are choosing you.  That sounds pretty romantic to me.

Well, now that you know my philosophy of marriage let me show you what our wedding was like!  We had it in an old theater so we ran with them theme.  We had program’s made up to look like playbill, however I don’t seem to have a picture of it and it’s boxed up in storage so you’ll have to use you’re imagination.

 

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Okay…I know it’s a weird picture to jump off with but I sent the boys a bouquet shortly before the ceremony.  I had to remind my hubby exactly what had caught his eye in the first place.  His is Jack Daniels girl.  We met at a birthday party and the moment he heard I was drinking a Jack & Ginger…it was all over.

 

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My hubby picked the colors and went with green, black and white.  A little more formal than I would have chosen however, I didn’t much care.  Plus the venue was a bit more on the formal side so it worked.

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My mom made my bouquet and wrapped it with black and white striped ribbon. I loved it!

 

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And here’s a picture of the hubs.   Just because he’s cute.  (But don’t get me started on his lapel flower!)

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I wore my green heels for the ceremony but changed into my converse immediately following!

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We both had our specialized Chuck T.s because live in ours.

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I love adding fun surprises to events so I loved the idea of a colored slip that popped out every now and then.  My sweet mom sewed me a very basic slip and it was exactly what I wanted.

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We had a friend make some movie posters for us and they lined the hall leading to our greeting line.  We had a play on “Meet the Parents” and  “Father of the Bride”.  Honestly…I think the “Father of the Bride” was my favorite.  I will have to find a picture to share but right now can’t seem to find them.  They were all a hit!

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One of my very best friends and bridesmaid gifted us our party favors.  Personalized Jones Soda!  They were totally adorable!  favors

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We also made these candy favors and used these adorable gift tags!  Get them here.  They became they’re very own photo op.


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Our cake!  I loooooved our cake!  We still get cupcakes from the bakery every year on our anniversary which means….YAY CAKE tonight!!


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We used these adorable Wedding mad libs to get some advise from our guests.  You can get them here.  These were super fun to read after the wedding!  We had a few guests that had a lot of fun with these…

 

Until next time….Cupcakes!!

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Free Easter Coloring Pages

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Spring is FINALLY here!  And along with it has come loads and loads of rain.  Oh my goodness you guys… SO.MUCH.RAIN. We are in the framing phase of building our home and which means visits from heavy equipment to the property.  Rain + freshly excavated dirt = a mushy mess and quite a pain in the rear end for us.  Of course the forecast is calling for more rain this weekend so we may be doing our Easter Egg Hunt indoors.  Speaking of…I got the grande idea to “practice” finding Easter Eggs with Z so when Easter finally arrives, he’d know what to do.  I forget how quick that kid is.  It only took 1 plastic egg, containing 1 jelly bean and he was hooked.  He’s been asking and looking for eggs for the last week now! Admittedly, I love it.  There’s something about watching the excitement spread across your kiddo’s face.  Now I can’t wait to give him his Easter Basket!! One of the gifts in his basket will be a home made coloring book.  Yes, I know….you can buy one for a buck down at your local Dollar Store.  But, I will take any excuse to create! Plus, I thought it’d be cute to make some Mommy-Son Easter pictures.  I am no artist but they were simple enough and I thought I’d share them.  Feel free to download and print one or all for you a little Easter art time for you little ones!

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Print Matthew 28:6

 

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Print Jeremiah 1:5

 

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Print John 10:10

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Print Psalm 138:1

 

 

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Print John 10:27

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Print Isaiah 58:11

 

 

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Print Psalms 71:14

 

I’ll be sure to share some of Z’s finished art work.

Happy Easter!!

 

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Coping with Baby Girl Envy

It’s no secret that I have always wanted a little girl.  I love crafting pretty things and call me old fashioned, but I’m not gonna craft pretty things for little boys.  Cute?  Yes.  Pretty?  Not so much.  I was confronted with my long going desire for a baby girl this weekend by attending a little girls 1st Birthday and baby girls shower.  I also have another shower next weekend for a baby girl (in which I am in charge of decorations.  Cue ovary explosion here).  Guh!!  Baby girls are everywhere except my womb!  Anyhow…so Baby Girl Envy was in full throttle this weekend.  The hubs and I have talked about having a second in the future but I’m not gonna lie…it terrifies me because I’m convinced we are destined to be a boy family.  Every time I see someone pregnant with a little girl I think to myself “well, they’re taking all the girls!  There won’t be any left for me!”  I know…logical. Can you imagine my inner monologue while pregnant???  But of course, while my ovaries are crying on the inside, I’m smiling on the outside.  The only thing that gets me through it, is creating pretty things for my friends who are stealing all the with baby girls. No that I’ve had myself a little bit of dramatic tantrum, let’s move on.

 

Years ago, before a baby was even a twinkle in my eye, I opened a shop on Etsy called Peek-a-Boutique where I sell crocheted baby hats (and the occasional adult hat when requested).  It’s been on break for a while because, quite frankly, I have been less than inspired in the baby hat department lately.  However, thanks to my friends stealing all the having baby girls, I have been inspired. I made one bear hat last week for one of the showers and since then I think I’ve made 8 or more.  This last week (when I was not making decorations) I obsessed over these cute bunny and bear hats!

 

Here’s my pile!  And yes, that is my work desk.  I take my crochet everywhere!  In fact, I get most of it done during my lunch break.

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So, how do I cope with Baby Girl Envy??  By making all the pretty things!! What should I make next?  (Besides my own baby girl 😉 )

***Disclaimer.  Yes, I LOVE my SON!!  Beyond words.  I’ve always wanted a boy too.  Really, I’ve always wanted one of each and if I could paint our family up any way I wanted, it would be boy first.  So I am incredibly grateful for my sweet little boy who made me a Mommy.  And I must have done something right to be in charge of such a lovable, fun, incredibly smart little boy.

 

Happy Creating!

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DIY Toddler Valentines

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**Please forgive the pictures.  I didn’t think about pictures until we were already started so my camera phone had to do.**

My toddler is going through a, ummm….we’ll say phase. Dear Lord, please let it just be a phase.  Over night my sweet, fun loving, easy going little dude morphed into a crazy Todzilla.  He’s melting down over EVERYTHING.  He asks for banana and then cries because….I gave him a banana.  Along with the tantrums has come a refusal to sleep. Or I guess it’s probably the other way around.  It’s probably the refusal of sleep that has encouraged the tantrums.  Last night he cried from 1-2:30am.  The only thing that would calm him down was me holding him.  I know I’m not the only who struggles with just wanting to bring your kiddo back to bed when they have a bad night.  The struggle is for real. For.Real.  But! I resisted and did not cave.  Instead I compromised.  I laid on the floor next to his crib holding his sweet little hand through the rails until he calmed down.  About 30 minutes and one very sore arm later, I could hear is breath get calm and steady. I tip toed out of his room and back into bed when I looked at the monitor and saw two huge round staring into the monitor.  5 seconds later he looked for me and when he saw I was gone it was full hysteria.  Again.  By this time I had been up for almost an hour and a half.  I told myself…”10 minutes.  I’ll give him 10 minutes.”  At minute 9 he was jumping up and down calling for Mommy (insert pouty lip and teary eyes here…Mine..not his.)  Then all of the sudden he went from full freak out to silence.  Not another sound was made.  He laid down, grabbed his stuffed giraffe and finally, FINALLY, drifted off to sleep.  90 minutes later my alarm went off.  Gotta love Working Mom Life.

 

Where was I going with this…?  Oh yes, since he has been a bit of a terror, I have tried to distract him with different activities.  Monday night we did toddler yoga.  Oh my gosh you guys.  If you have a toddler, try it.  It is the most adorable thing.  No need for a video, or class.  Just look up some classic, simple yoga poses and demonstrate for them.  Z’s favorites are Downward Dog, Cobra (or as he calls it, Sleepy) and Downward Dog Split (in his version, he stands up and lifts his leg like a dog peeing on a hydrant).  We’ll definitely continue with the yoga as long as he’s interested.  The comedy of it alone is worth it.

 

So back to last night.  I decided to distract him with a little art and we made or own Valentines.  Z loves to “watercolor”.  I quote that because he’s more interested in stirring color into the water than actually painting with it.  But, every now and then he makes it onto the paper. We did have 1 meltdown when I told him he could not drink the pretty water though.  (Mom’s can be so mean.)  Anyhow…Here’s what we used.

 

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Watercolor Palette

Paint Brush

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Blank Post cards (I didn’t want to use my nice watercolor paper :/ )

Alphabet Stickers

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So, this is a super simple DIY for the kiddo.  Mommy (or Daddy or Grandma or Auntie or Uncle or Papa…just somebody) pick a phrase and stick the letters on your “canvas”.  Then let the kiddo paint away.  Once they’re done, let the cards dry and carefully peel off the stickers and Viola!  A piece of Art to give to their loves ( aka Their Mommy’s, naturally 🙂 )

**Tip:  Hold on to old plastic table clothes for arts and craft time.  Hello Dollar Store!  I can’t guarantee it’ll help keep the paint of your kiddo but it will help with your furniture! Then again you could always cut one into the shape of an apron and you’re set!

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I personally love the way they turned out.  I tried really hard to let him pick which colors he wanted to use and mix as he wished which, admittedly, is a little tough for me.  Right now every color to Zeke is Yellow, so this is also a great way to practice colors with your kiddo too!

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Be forewarned…You can expect your watercolor palette to look like this when it’s all said and done.  But to me, it’s totally worth it.  And by worth it, I mean the palette was only $2.50 (from Michaels with a coupon)!  Plus, it’s watercolor…the palettes clean up easily enough.  I think this DIY would work great with acrylic paints too or even sponge painting for a different look.

Are your kids DIY’ing their VDay cards?  Have you tried watercolor with them?  I’d love to hear about it!

Until next time…Happy Painting!

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DIY Valentine Mugs

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As you may, or may not know, my husband and I are 7 months into a 6 month 12 month construction project to build our own home.  Things have not gone exactly as planned and due to some unforeseen problems with the seller, the project has doubled in time and exceeded our original budget.  So these days, we are pretty tight with our dollar.  With Valentines Day right around the corner we have alleviated the pressure to buy each other gifts since we’re, momentarily “broke” (but rich in spirit! Haha).  So, we established the “no gifts” rule and then, suddenly, a piercing sound hit my ears.  It was Monica Geller (from Friends) saying “Make the gifts! Make the Gifts!”  Now I don’t have a friend like Phoebe to loan me her sweet sock bunny for the occasion so I turned to a trusty DIY.  The good ol’ Sharpie Mugs.  Did the Friends reference just age me?  I feel like it aged me.

 

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Ceramic Mugs (Dollar Store)

Oil Based Sharpie Paint Pens (I have a Painted by Me ceramic paint pen from Joann’s that works well too)

Rubbing Alcohol (for mistakes as I made many!)

Qtips/Cotton Balls (to wipe up my many mistakes)

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  • Clean the mugs with Rubbing Alcohol
  • Draw to your hearts content
  • For mistakes simply use a cotton ball or Qtip with Rubbing Alcohol and wipe off paint
  • Place the mugs on a cookie sheet in a cold oven.  Set the oven temp to 350 degrees
  • “Bake” for 30 minutes and turn off oven.  Leave the mugs in the oven until the oven is completely cooled.
  • Wait 72 hours, yes 72 hours, before using the mugs.

 

**Hand wash mugs only.
***I did notice that the gold Sharpie still chipped off even after using this method.  If you’ve figured out a better method for the metallic sharpies, spill!

 

Here’s my final product!  Obviously I just can’t resist a cute Pun.  The bacon one is sure to be a favorite!

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Have you tried the Sharpie Coffee Mugs?  Did you learn any good secrets?  Please dish!

 

Happy Crafting!

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DIY Watercolor Canvas

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OH MY GOODNESS!!  We finally have our permits back to start building our home!!  I’m beyond thrilled with this new. We purchase a lovely piece of land back in June and we have been working to get the permits approved ever since.  We ran into a snag when originally applying for them, we discovered that the previous owner had put in a driveway and not had it permitted.  Unfortunately, there are just bad people in the world who try and take advantage of others to make a dime (or in his case to make about 100 million dimes!  Seriously, he’s cost us about $10,000 OUT OF POCKET!  No, I’m not bitter at all. Why do you ask?) and he did exactly that with us.  Long story short, he lied on our contract about permit violations and because we are not Mr. & Mrs. Money Bags, we didn’t get very far when speaking with a lawyer about it.  In the end, we found that it was cost more than we have to obtain the lawyer and bring a case against the seller as we will end up out for the the whole ordeal.  And it gave us no guarantee that we’d get everything that was wrongfully taken. Moving on…. now that we’ve done the work to fix everything that was done, we FINALLY got permitted to pour our foundation.

Now that we are finally making progress I am allowing myself to plan the fun stuff, like wall art.  My dear sweet husband has had to adjust over the last 4 years to having a wife that is cheap quite the penny pincher.  I am THAT person who says “Why pay so much for it when I can make my own?”  And sometimes that works and sometimes that doesn’t.  Honestly, I’m still unsure if this DIY worked or not.  I think we’ll have to wait until we’re in the house to decide.  Take a look and tell me what you think…

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Canvas (Walmart $6 for 2)

Thin Washi Tape (I had it on hand but it came in a pack of 4 for $3)

Water Color Palette

Small to Medium Paint Brush

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I began with the blank canvas, decided on a design and taped it off with my Washi Tape.  The reason I chose the Washi Tape had entirely everything to do with the width.  It was the only tape I could find that was as thin as I had wanted it. I tested to see if the Washi Tape would bleed by doing a trial run on water color paper.   On the watercolor paper it did not bleed and worked perfectly.  However…I learned at the end of this project that the water color will bleed through on the canvas.  My cousin used this technique with acrylic and hers bled as well, however not as bad.

I picked a color palette and randomly painted triangles.  I think now, that it may have better to work out a pattern with the colors.  It’s purely a matter of taste though.  I let it dry and peeled back the Washi Tape to reveal A LOT of bleeding. From the little experience I have with water color, my first thought was Alcohol.  It totally worked!  I wish I had taken a before picture to show you but I was too focused on cleaning up the bleeds to stop for a pic!  Using Q-tips dabbed in alcohol, I gently rubbed the areas with bleeds and they began to wipe up quite a bit.  However, the bleed of color into the triangles were pretty much a done deal.  Well, I mean it’s watercolor, so I could’ve gone back and fixed it up but it would’ve taken FOREVER!  So no.

The result was a grungey version of what I had originally imagined.  I kind of like though.  So what do you guys thinks? Will you be trying your own canvas art?  There’s just so much you can do with a little bit of paint and a touch of creativity (or an active Pinterest account!).  I’ve also been working on some hand lettered pieces for our Master Bedroom which I’m kind of excited about.  I’ll be sure to share those with you when I’m all finished with them.  Even my husband is excited about them, so that must mean they’re at least interesting. 🙂 Ha!  Until next time….

 

Happy DIY’ing

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P.S.  For those of you curious about the previous owner and his legal responsibility we are filing a formal complaint with the Attorney General upon completion of the home.  It’s only at that point that we’ll have all the information and the dollar amount he has costs us.  Prayers for resolution/peace is much appreciated!