Saturday, November 19, 2011

Decorating Using Silhouettes

I am NOT an interior decorator. I've never been good at buying things to put on the walls or shelves. My style is pretty much just using what I already have on hand and hanging pictures to cover holes that are already on the wall.

When we moved into our new house the previous owner had painted all the rooms and I loved most of them. I love this two tone blue that she used in the bathroom, it wasn't white or tan so it was better than what I would have chosen. Above our toilet in the kids' bathroom were two huge holes that they must have used to hang a shelf. So what did I do??
I hung a quilt I already had on the holes that were already there. I didn't even need Shawn to put new holes in the wall. :)

Two years later, I finally decided to do something different to make this area look a little better. After buying this brown shelf at Good Will for $2 and seeing a silhouette idea on Pinterest I knew what I wanted to do.

I really wanted to do a silhouette of each of the k-kids. I started by trying to trace their heads using a dark room and a light shining their shadow on the wall. This produced three huge head tracings and one child that was crying. I didn't really want the silhouettes to be so big so I went back on-line to get other ideas on how to do it. One page suggested taking pictures of the kids' profile. I took their pictures, printed them out on draft and then cut them out. I used the cutout to trace their profile on card stock that I had chosen from my stash. This worked MUCH better.

K-girl's profile picture.

I ended up using a can of white spray paint that I had on hand to paint some old wooden frames and the shelf. I need to buy/find some cute decor items to add to the shelf, but for right now we using a vase of shells from Nana Yvette and a candle from Aunt Theresa.
I thought the end result was great! I really wanted to do the pictures two above and two below, but I needed to cover the old holes and this was the layout that worked the best. Shawn was a wonderful husband and hung all the stuff while I gave the girls their baths.

Not bad for a $2 project!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Blog Post Share: By Whose Standard?

I love to read other mom's blogs. I love knowing that there are other moms struggling, loving and doing the same things that I'm doing. Laura from Heavenly Homemakers seems like a very down to Earth gal I would love to be friends with. I love her post By Whose Standard? and think it is a good read for everyone.

A Fantastic Idea

One of my homeschooling friends had a fantastic idea this fall. Instead of having friend parties for all three of her boys, she threw a family Operation Christmas Child Party. I loved this idea! The kids had a fantastic idea, my friend doesn't have tons of cheap toys crowding her house and we did some good for children who REALLY need basic supplies. We also love activities where our whole family can be involved. In this busy day and age quality, whole family time can be hard to come by. I may have to see if I can come up with something similar for my oldest two for their birthdays in March.

K-man taking a turn at the paper bag pinata. We may have to do this next week during our study of Mexico.

 K-sis enjoying decorate your own Rice Crispy treat!

 The kids packing their boxes with all the supplies that everyone brought to share!

 K-girl showing off the box that K-baby and her packed.

K-baby adding candy to her box. Or maybe trying to talk daddy in to taking some of it home. ;)

Friday, November 11, 2011

Happy Veteran's Day

As we spent this Veteran's Day together, we spent time reflecting on how thankful we are for all those people who were willing to fight for our freedoms.

THANK YOU to all the veterans out there for your service and sacrifice!

Traveling the World

The kids were pretty excited last week when we finished our study of the U.S and they  finally got their passports. Our first stop for school this year is Mexico!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Is School Really This Tough?

As I homeschool my kids I try to think of all the things that I need to prepare them for...but I'm not quite sure what K-girl thought we'd be doing today.

At least she was prepared for anything tough coming her way today.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011