Let’s Talk Shop

Ok so your thinking “WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?” Well, it’s a very easy or many days not so easy answer!  As a mom you are torn thirty direction every twenty minutes of every day.  How do I achieve mom of the day status when I am trying to start a small business with my mom and your husband has a large small business that takes him from home up to 9 hours a day 7 days a week…Oh ya and it’s summer break!  Let’s not forget I really want to sit down and share with you all we have going on!  Well, the struggle is real!  LOL!  I am obsessed with this saying on so many levels and my family and I use it often via all conversation types!  So as you know my mom and I refinish furniture whenever time allows.  Well it’s recently gotten real as we now have clients coming to us with requests for specific pieces we currently have on hand or something they are looking for and want us to refinish.  This is fantastic I agree but then there are the days were you’ve been focusing on pieces  as you have a deadline for three days straight literally coffee in hand sander or brush in other hand or mouth!  Another problem only two hands; darn I need a third most days!  Anyway, I have a four and five year old that have requests, demands, passions of their own they need me to help nourish.  Well, it’s been a juggling act I’m very lucky to have two kids so close in age that adore one another at least 98% of each day!  Daily has been a breakfast of substance pancakes, oatmeal, fruit.  Then the day begins in the shop and when I say shop I mean my garage that is stacked with shit or as I prefer to tell people it is mom and I’s place of controlled chaos!  Country radio is turned on which mom isn’t a fan as I learned just today but she hums to herself most of the time so says it doesn’t bother her😩  This week we turned latex colors of mud puddle and wandering creek into chalk paint!  We also got some Rustoleum Country Grey!  Now what are we about to tackle?  Seems a common question or look we give each other most shop mornings!  The kids hit the legos for a bit!  This week we had a few pieces that we needed to get started as clients had ordered!  Currently we are booked two weeks out to start anything new.  When I say this I have to also say mom and I suffer from the real struggle of staying focused and when we can’t feel a pieces we start or work on another happy place piece.  These are pieces that aren’t ordered or sold but pieces that make our heart happy and allow us to re-group/re-focus so we can get back to the task at hand!  This to us is SO important because if you aren’t feeling a piece it will show in your work.  Crap work results in Crabby clients and that is not ok.  Honestly, we haven’t had this happen and I’m not being pompus but we have always been this way.  If you remember my mom and I had a bakery at one point together and in baking you learn the hard way!  YIKES when your cake crumbles because your were in the wrong mindset so you have to re-do!  Another thing I’m learning as I’m typically the one that deals with booking of the biz is keeping your clients in the know!  I love and so do they love receiving text message updates on their piece and including pictures so they too can see the transformation!  Before and after’s are a must.  With that being said sometimes I get sooo excited to do a piece I start and an hour later say “oh shit” I forgot a before picture!  Well, the pieces we had this week were a dining room table, a living room cabinet, living room dresser turned focal pieces, a patio set, and my fun piece was two wrought iron chairs and table-I had a vision and mom’s was two side tables-she always has visions!  So, below I am sharing where we are as of today!  The dining room table you will have to wait until it is set up in the homeowners house to see with the legs for transporting purposes but you get the idea.  The cabinet it an old piece that had side shelves that slid out but we added a new top on the original laminate top so these will no longer open this still has to be distressed.  Living Room dresser turned living room focal piece was done in Rustoleum aged grey and waverly elephant and our made white chalk paint.  The patio furniture set we have had and threw many ideas around about but always had our version of Annie Sloan’s Arles latex turned Chalk Paint for the color.  The cushions I had and they fit perfect for the table/foot rest we wrapped the foot rests in burlap and added a hole to the table to add an umbrella!  The wrought iron chairs were vomit yellow with black wrought iron in rough shape.  The table was just 80’s this piece still has to have a bit more paint but I have to share!  Mom’s tables while be layered and have a bit of beach feel when completed!  They were done in latex wandering creek which we turned to chalk!  Now your saying and the kids are where when you did all this?!  They bounced around playing school, building zip lines throughout my living room with yarn for their lego guys to go on, to agility training for our two shepherds which they said were amazing at rope jumping!  Dinner each night we had as a family so we could talk about our days and then head to the trampoline to jump before bedtime!

 

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Let’s Re-do A Room!

So as I mentioned in my last post I was just up visiting my in-laws!  We had a great trip as all family vacations were put on hold so far this year so the kids were so ready to get away as was I.  Joe spent the week in Canada with his brothers.  So maybe not technically a family vacation but we all got a much needed break!  My in-laws at the beginning of the year decided to forego being snow birds and try their wings out in the north woods year round!  I don’t think my mother-in-law intended it to happen so quick but the house sold in the first day!  We on the other hand are so happy to have them closer to us as the kids are getting bigger and they adore all their grandma’s and papa’s in different ways.  Let me quick give you insight on my in-laws then we will get on with it!  My mother-in-law is a beautiful women she will literally give the shirt off her back for her loved ones.  She adores those in her life and is a great support to all her kids.  They all are entrepreneurs in some way or another and pushes them to go after their dreams and passions.  She has been very supportive and pushed me to blog and grow my mom and I’s furniture business.  My father-in-law is just as passionate as my MIL but he also has to have all the facts before moving on his passions.  There is no jumping head first into anything.  My brother-in-law provided him with the nickname “bing” yes like the search engine!  He is a wealth of knowledge and if he doesn’t know he will research the subject and get back to you!  He has a silly sense of humor which I know first hand can help in stressful situations.  So with this bit of insight let’s talk home makeovers!  My MIL said go with whatever you want I know I will love!  My FIL said let’s discuss your thoughts as I deserve a say in what you do to my home!  Which honestly I was and am completely ok with as I wanted him to be happy when I left their home with what I did.

First project up was the kitchen.  My MIL wanted to re-do it but buying all new was not in the budget right now.  So she wanted to paint the cabinets which I thought was great!  She was excited so she got them all done before I arrived.  I suggested going two tone as it seems to be very popular and grey on bottom and white on top I love!  She did just this but called and said “I’m not sold on how this looks!”  I said “leave it until I get there.”  She did and when I arrived in looking at the space I knew exactly why she didn’t love the grey was looking blue as she had a lot of blue details between the kitchen and living room which are open to each other.  Her countertops were grey and I think had a hint of blue in it and there was wallpaper on one wall with little blue flowers.  The grey lost it’s power to all the blue and was looking blue itself.  I then noticed little wood painted pieces behind her sink on the wall.  I asked what this was about.  She said she just put them up as the water kept getting up there and looked terrible so she just added this.  I liked it ALOT but we had to do more.  Her two over the oven cabinets were the ones with glass insets but her’s were very out-dated.  So I knew this too needed to be changed.  Last she had asked before I came up to re-do her dining room table which was too dated so needed to freshen up.  Lastly, they had a space where their dishwasher was but had to be removed so it was just being covered with a curtain; I had to figure out how to make this more-useable and easier on the eye.  So I sat down and came up with a plan!

For the backsplash we would run with my MIL’s idea but we would stagger and stack the wood which hold your seat the wood was shim’s!  Yes, the packs you buy to level stuff out!  They were perfect size and with the layout only required a few cuts.  Which I’m thankful for as my FIL didn’t have ANY power tools; I’ve noted this for my next visit😁!  We went through I believe it was 14 packs of shims at $1.69 a pack so $23.66 and we painted them with white, grey and brown acrylic paints which we had.  To adhere the sticks to the wall I used E6000  which was $6.99 at Wal-Mart which is currently a favorite and Elmer’s wood glue which my MIL had on hand.  I used the wood glue on most of the project put on the few tricky spots I needed the power of the ES6000!  When it was completed I used spray adhesive to just give a final touch of hold.  I doubt I needed this but when I first did them they weren’t laying as flat as I wanted but by morning they were.  So if you go this route know as long as you put glue on all parts you want to lay give it time.  I also was ok with some being a bit raised as I wanted dimension.  So the backsplash cost a total of $30.65 and some change!

Next was the dated glass on two cabinets these I wanted to pull the grey and white together.  We went to the local tile store and purchased three stone and glass tile mosaic back splashes.  This was probably the biggest expense at $14.99 each we spent $44.97.   I truly think the end result is worth every penny!  These too I adhered to the glass using the E6000!

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Where they removed their old dishwasher they had hung a curtain and placed an old microwave cart inside.  It just didn’t flow but I understand the reason behind!  So we had my FIL cut some pieces of trim to pull the area together.  Remember NO POWER TOOLS! We pulled the cart forward to be flush with the other cabinet and painted it to match the cabinets.  Then I suggested getting baskets for storage in the space.  I love how this quick fix came together costing $0!

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Next was the dining room table!  There was absolutely nothing wrong with the table it just needed someone to give it life again and bring it in to 2016!  So I painted it with the grey Rustoleum chalk paint.  Then I used spray polyurethane on it doing two coats as the first one was showing the sweeping motion I did too much.  Then after 24 hours we ate at the table and I realized some grease or oil was either pulling through as I did not KILZ the table first.  Or a piece of dinner sat and soaked into the paint.  What’s a girl to do?  WHITE WASH!  So I white washed the top and honestly I like it better than pre white washing!  We went to the fabric shop and picked up two yards of this fantastic fabric and my MIL attached it to the seat cushions.  With the bit she had left over I suggested place mats to bring in the cushions a bit more!  She loved the idea and happen to have two extra place mats so she adhered them with the spray adhesive and viola!  For $33 in fabric (which was costly but when in a small town is expected) and use of the $6 spray adhesive the results are amazing!  Total project was $39!

One other project my MIL was really interested in having me do was re-finishing a hutch as she needed more storage.  Well we had to go out and wheel and deal a bit to get the hutch she had her eye on.  The gentleman wanted $125 and I walked away with it for $75.  I would have liked to get it for $50 but my in-laws were very happy with the price so we ran with it.  I used the eggshell latex paint they had and I brought up my Annie Sloan clear and dark waxes as I knew she wanted me to wax something!  For $75 they now have a fantastic hutch for additional storage and a great new piece for their home!

So day one was complete and when my in-laws arrived home my mother-in-law was in tears she was so happy!  Yes the table was a two day process but the main coat was on!  I have to say I too was really happy with the results!  She then said ok where can I take the kids tomorrow and what else do I need re-done!  I laughed and said well I was thinking your guest bathroom needs me!  She said ok what do you think?  I said nothing crazy but remove wallpaper trim, paint, refinish existing storage, remove large rack shelf unit and put up new decor!  She said ok I’m in!  My FIL said “well can I please have a say in the color?” I said sure so he went online and looked up shades of yep you guessed it!  BLUE! LOL!  I suggested robins egg and he was in agreement but then we got to the store.  We ended up going with an aqua as it just felt right.  They needed some brighter colors and the bathroom seemed like the place to provide that and aqua works well in bathrooms; I think! My mother in law let me run with it.  We removed the large over the toilet rack, towel rods, etc.  I went in there and got to work taping and painting.  The color at first had me nervous as it was aqua!  But I felt once we had pictures, wall hangings and cabinet back in it would come together.  I believe the paint was $20 and everything else we found around the house.  For $20 I’m very happy with the results!

One BIG thing I failed to mention at the start of this project.  This home is a permanent mobile home.  What that means…it’s not on wheels, it has a basement, it’s not going anywhere.  The problem is those that built it didn’t use the highest quality and many of the walls are not perfect.  My in-laws have spent money to re-do many of the walls and ceilings.  There is one wall the kitchen back splash wall that is not perfect hence the use of wall paper.  I had no idea until I started working on it.  The bathroom walls to were a challenge but I think the end result covers any dominant flaws and both spaces have a fresh new look.  As my mother in law was feeling less than excited about living here full time, with so much not “done”.  I felt like if we re-did some spaces she would grow to love this house and accept it as her home.  I think we accomplished this.  I will mention she is on the hunt for a new dining room chandelier and we are working on two additional rooms via phone direction!  Understanding that home renovations are not cheap and sure there are still things they want to up date including the shower and actual cabinets but until the time is right I think we brought life to their spaces!

The Bell Has Rung!

We did it we made it through our second week for S and first week for K of school!  The first day for S provided a few emotions I didn’t expect.  As we were so excited for the day when she said she was nervous it instantly made me nervous for her.  Walking up she was a super shy kid; not her usually bubbly self.  After we said goodbye I felt terrible made it to the car to have a few tears.  I was scared for her!  I hadn’t planned on having this emotion which is silly why wouldn’t I she is still only four years old.  Three hours later I picked up a beaming little girl who had an amazing day and has been excited to go back every day.  Now the bummer has come for me…Five days in and S has had an opportunity to go in the drop off-line with the older kids now she doesn’t want me to get out of the car and walk her up.  I asked why she said “mom I’m getting older, just drop me off.”  When I get out to give her a kiss she says “mom what’s with all the kisses?”  Is this seriously happening?  My best girlfriend is over me and now part of the too cool for mom club. Sigh!  Wait till I start helping in her classroom!

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K finished his first week of school this week and he did fantastic!  I was a bit concerned as he and S are very close but he was super excited to start “big kid” school!  On day two he requested I just drop him off as we do S!  Umm No!  He is still super loving but I will say on day two he gave kisses and said “ok see you later mom!” sigh, my little sweet boy is getting too big too fast!  For a split second I truly thought I wish I had another little one but the thought quickly left and I came to my senses!  The two we have are amazing and we look forward to watching them grow into amazing adults!

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Other Lisenby news!  Our poor puppy Duke has had a rough  almost ten days.  We took him in for his neuter last Thursday and unfortunately we ended up back at the vet on Saturday and at the Vet ER on Sunday having him stay the night.  The ER when brought in determined he needed an immediate scrotal ablation as he had an absyss started as well as bacteria.  He came home Monday evening with two drains in and stronger antibiotics.  He will have to be in his cone for at least fourteen days which let me tell you.  These things are a total joke!  We were originally provided a comfy cone; NEVER would I recommend this to a pet owner.  He was going gonzo with this thing on.  They wanted him to be still to slow the bleeding well this did pretty much the opposite.  Saturday they had to re-laser and increase his sedation meds.  Being a holiday weekend we had plans pretty much all weekend.  Sunday we woke to quite a bit of bleeding after doing all we were told by our vets.  After multiple conversations with the ER team we ended up taking him in.  Timing with anything is never when we want so we were dressed to go to a wedding but ended up at the ER office.  They took him in and let us know it couldn’t wait until our offices opened on Tuesday.  So they kept him overnight and did the surgery at 2 a.m.  His drains came out on Wednesday and we have another follow-up tomorrow.  Needless to say Joe and I are pretty upset about the entire situation.  Our poor Duke is hating this calm thing.  He truly is a mellow dog but he also is one of two and wants to play when he wants to.  I mean he is only nine months old!

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Let’s get back to something fun and happy!  DIY projects…That’s fun, right?!  I mentioned my kids popasan chair that I recently purchased at a flea market.  It needed to be re-done completely.  So here it is I used Dutch Boy white chalk paint.  Removed and replaced the inside padding and cover on seat of chair.  Made new cushions and viola!

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Next on the docket was a small end table.  I used white indoor/outdoor paint.  I sanded it a bit and mixed my Waverly clear wax and antique wax about 50/50.  I applied it initially just lightly but then I got going and couldn’t stop!  Going in to this I had no plan on doing it so dark but now that it’s done I love it.  I apologize I don’t have an initial picture this table was blue when I purchased.  I also don’t think the pictures show how dark it is.  It is actually about a shade and a half darker than it appears in the pictures.

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Lastly for my painting projects are my two frames.  They are great frames but needed something they were previously oak with the burlap accent!  I went with Annie Sloan violet chalk paint on these.  I used Dutch Boy white on top and then Annie Sloan clear wax.  I will mention many times they say other chalk paints do not adhere to Annie Sloans but Dutch Boy so far has seemed to adhere to all brands!

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I told you I was working on pajama pants and Monster High were the first ones up!  S loves them and they look super cute on her.  I had to make some adjustments from the pattern as it was a bit long for her.  But after finishing I realized that I went a bit too short on the inseam but she loves them and they are super cute on her!  Now it’s on to Minions for K!

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K is obsessed with fire trucks these days!  So when we were recently checking out the clearance fabric at Wal-Mart he spotted fire truck fabric and wanted it.  They also had chenille on sale so we grabbed that too!  I made him a little blanket as he loves his blankets!

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On to my mom and my recent endeavor in selling some of our goods!  Mom and I love to dabble a bit in small business stuff together.  With companies like Etsy out there it allows everyone who has a creative bone to have an opportunity to make a business of it.  We have opened SidsShoppe which we are offering baby gift sets and we are using Etsy!  We currently have just a few of our products up but over the next few days will have more!  Our gift sets include a handmade hat, handmade bib, and matching burp cloth.  We will be offering travel taggies and changing pads as well.  Please take an opportunity to look at our shop and if you or anyone you know is in the market for baby goods please look to SidsShoppe for your items.  If there isn’t an item or color you are looking for let me know we can likely do it for you!  I’m very excited and looking forward to this endeavor with mom!

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Happy Friday to you all and I hope you have a great weekend and be well!

 

 

DIY…It’s All the Craze!

Here I am under mounds of fabric in a variety of textures from burlap to cloth to corduroy!  As well as a variety of chalk paint, spray paint, and home paint!  I have the DIY itch and I’m loving it!

Something I have been DIY’ng for almost a year now is our laundry soap!  I am in love with the recipe I found via pinterest which works in our HE machine it also is gentle on our skin which in this house all of us have very sensitive skin.  I have made this now three times.  Yes, I have only made it three times and the third batch I just made Saturday.  So I have spent $50 on detergent in the past 10 1/2 months.  I love the fact that I never have to remember to buy soap at the store and I also know all the products that are going on our clothes.  A few things I want to share as the link for the recipe I use I am including.  I have made this with both zote and fels naphtha and I do love the smell of the zote pink bar and it comes in the larger size so you only have to buy two but it is pretty time-consuming to shred.  I have done the explode the bar in the microwave which works but I always burn my fingers as I’m trying to get done quick and am not patient to wait to pull to pieces.  The fels comes in the smaller bar so I think it comes to a bit more than 5 bars you need to do but…I cut these bars put in microwave for one minute and then throw in my baby size electric chopper for a quick second.  It went so much faster than with the zote.  So my only suggestion is to use the fels for at least your first time to avoid finger burning and allowing you to do it quick so you can move on to another fun DIY project!

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Moving on my mom came over and shared her DIY hand scrub recipe she made with my sister recently as a wedding shower favor.  It’s great I have it in my shower and I used it on my hands and then use on my heels with my pumice stone!  The only negative of this scrub as it smells like lemon poppy-seed muffins which are my absolute favorite so every day I’m craving these muffins!  We stored our scrubs in small ball jars.

Continuing with scrubs and such…It was our last day at summer camp on Thursday so for two of the three teachers I put together a gift bag with a few well-being items.  I made a Brown Sugar and Coconut Scrub, Peppermint Lip Scrub, and Oatmeal and Cinnamon Bath Soak!  Below are the ingredients for each for you!  I also included a small candle.  For K’s teacher which he was with a bit longer than S’s I made a bag for her and filled it with a bunch of back to school goodies!  As the bag I thought was cute and for her but she was always so great with sharing with the kids that I thought giving her a fun stuff for the start of her new year she would enjoy or she could bring home and use with her grandkids on their next visit!  I will say I am a very new sewer and this project I found to be pretty simple and super cute!

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My other fun project has been painting!  I have enjoyed spray painting, chalk painting and using home paint on many different surfaces from a metal bistro table and two chairs, to end tables, popasan chairs and frames!  I have 100% completed two end tables and the bistro table and chairs.  The other items have a few final touches left before I can share!  I am very new to using chalk paint and so far I’m learning a lot with each piece I do.  I started using a brand from Wal-Mart which seemed to be great but I have come across a few things with this brand.  The main being that my tables that I used the clear wax to seal them with doesn’t do the job quite as well as I hoped.  The one table had gotten cup rings on it which was a big disappointment.  The dark wax is not quite the same consistency as other brands so I am excited to try my new one out on my frames!  In the meantime here are a few pictures of what I have completed so far!  The bistro table is painted in Mermaids Song.  The chairs are spray painted in creamy white Rustoleum satin finish spray paint.  The larger table I spray painted with the same color spray paint and did the center with Waverly chalk paint color Agave .  The second table I did the base paint with Waverly chalk paint color Agave.  I used Waverly Antique Wax to give some dimension to the piece.  Finishing it with Folk Art clear wax.  As I mentioned I have purchased some new chalk paint by Annie Sloan which I’m excited to see how these pieces turn out with this product and I look forward to sharing this with you!

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I also had a request for a unique wedding cake to be made for this past weekend!  My client LOVES Starbucks coffee.  As in she drinks it once if not twice a day!  So for her wedding day she wanted a Starbucks mug cake.  I am happy to say I think I accomplished this task.  We are always our worst critics so I know exactly what is not perfect but she and her guests loved it and it went great with her groom’s donut hole cake!  I did a caramel macchiato cake with fresh whipped cream frosting.  Fondant for the shell!

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My in works sewing project is pajama pants for the kids as this is one item I dread buying they are so expensive and you go through so fast so my first pair cut out ready for sewing are for S in Monster High theme!  Look forward to sharing them in a few days!

Other than these few things I’ve completed and the multiple things I have started and am working to finish I encourage everyone to get out there and give the DIY craze a shot it is a lot of fun!  Plus who knows you may end up turning a piece of furniture you were ready to throw away in to a new-found focal point in your home!

Until next time be well!

Oatmeal & Cinnamon Bath Soak

1 1/2 cups powdered milk

3/4 cup baking soda

3/4 cup oatmeal (finely grind it first)

3 TBS cornstarch

2 tsp cream of tartar

2 tsp cinnamon

Peppermint Lip Scrub

1:1 ratio of Coconut Oil and Granulated Sugar

4 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil

Brown Sugar & Coconut Body Scrub

1 Cup Brown Sugar

1/4 Cup Coconut Oil

1 tsp of Pure Vanilla Extract

Where do the Days go!?

HELLO Friends!  Things are crazy busy and I do think a big part of this is due to the fact that our summer just started July 1st!  So for us we are sucking up every day of hot weather we can.  S starts 4K in just a few short weeks and K starts 3K.  I truly can not believe I am going to have a child in “real” school!  I am also so very excited for her to start her journey in life of learning all the world of school has to offer…First best friends, first homework assignment, first field trip!  K will be heading to the Montessori school S attended last year.  With him being my child that appreciates perfection I think he will do great.  Tonight was his first time doing a new chore of putting his laundry away.  He did amazing and was so proud of himself.

Besides what’s ahead let’s chat about what we have been up to!  The 4th of July party was a huge success!  Unfortunately I was so wrapped up in the day I failed to take pictures of the set up but do stay tuned I will get these to you!  I think every kid went home on a sugar high and holding a small glass bowl with a goldfish as well as having a subtle hint of camel smell attached to their clothing.  We are so very excited for next year’s party.  Now the challenge is topping this year!

As I mentioned our summer truly began in July so that meant it was time for us to hit the beach we are fortunate to have passes to our local beach so it has become a once if not twice a week hot spot!  Usually Grandma and Papa join us one of these days!  We have also spent many days with our cousins doing fun things including swimming, sleepover, farms, rodeo’s and bike rides!  We have had a lot of fun!  Joe has been working like mad so all projects that require him at our house are completely on hold.  Yes I agree BOO, BOO, BOO!  But as I know but still like to pretend I don’t being a business owner can sometimes or should I say always have you putting your projects on the back burner.  We are grateful that Joe has been such a success but the up at 530 and home at 11pm has been rough.  We are almost through it.

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Here’s a few pictures of what Joe has been doing…A salon, a lake house, and a hand forge which K was able to go help one evening!

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We had planned to head to one of our favorite spots of Door County for his birthday a few weeks back but unfortunately had to post-pone.  But new grandma came down from Hayward to give us a night out which was fun and we are happy we were able to do but our time with her is always too short.  The kids had a blast as new grandma spoils them rotten!  S ran to the grocery store with her to grab me hairspray when she arrived.  They were gone for what seemed to be FOREVER!  Well, they came back without the hairspray.  My mother in law said we couldn’t find the kind you like we went to three places.  I said “oh my gosh, I’m so sorry I will use whatever I’m not picky”  she said “ok we will run back.”  Well they came home and S had worked her four-year old magic on grandma…As they were in the grocery store S told her “usually when we come to the grocery store with mommy we get a little something”.  My mother in law said “Oh you do?  What would you like?”  S said “I would really like some chocolate”  So what does S come home with two milky way bars!  Then she told grandma she needed a little something more as she hadn’t seen S in a long time!  WHAT!  So grandma also bought her new hair clips!  I mean seriously who is this girl!  After Joe and I left for dinner she took the kids to their favorite restaurant where they have a game room.  New Papa was recently very sick so he had to forego coming down but he made sure to send Grandma with a roll of quarters for each kid.  I know they are too good to these two!  Then Grandma even took them to the park to play for a bit before coming home.  Which unfortunately Grandma was doing underdogs and slipped and hurt her leg/foot.  Grandma had to leave pretty early the next morning to get back to Papa but the kids had an amazing visit which is what matters!

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As I said Joe isn’t able to work on any of our home projects so I am here enjoying my landscaping duties!  I love mowing the lawn when I can’t go running this is my other mind off life activity.  Some say pulling weeds is a stress reliever for them which I completely get but I find pulling vegetables out of my garden and fruit off my trees way more rewarding.  Everything here has been crazy late in arriving except our snap peas or green beans.  Those two I have an abundance of.  My tomatoes are now to the point of letting me share with family as well as bell peppers.  My lettuce I didn’t give proper attention to on its first growth but second round has been wonderful and we are now producing our third batch.  Our pear tree has produced a good amount this year but our darn puppy runs past the tree enough to knock them off and enjoy them himself!  We also discovered that we planted two plum trees as they began producing this year.

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I know I mentioned my transplanting of many flowers as we were due to start renovating so I had to do a quick fix around the back of our house before our 4th party.  I love the way it ended up looking with just a few bags of medium height wildflowers, twelve clearance pansies at Wal-Mart, and sunflower and marigold seeds we got from a friend!  Patients is key with these bags of seed…

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We just were able to complete the walkway off the bridge in the backyard as well.  So I guess Joe has been able to help me a bit!  I transplanted all my hostas (which get a daily trample by the dogs) and we grabbed some geraniums and lilies to do along the walkway!

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I don’t think I ever shared the completed play set project either.  So here are a few pics of this space.

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My current projects include chalk paint and my sewing machine!  My mom has done a lot of furniture with this and I have bought furniture over the past year for VERY cheap but haven’t gotten beyond sanding.  Joe is asking if my furniture purchases will ever move out of his shop and to a completed project home!  So I did my first end table.  I purchased the table at a garage sale a few months ago and just got to taking the time to complete it!  I do like the final product and it has gotten me excited to do more.  Maybe get the two chairs in the shop done!  I did however purchase a kids papasan chair today that I started while at mom and dad’s this afternoon.  Picture of this completed soon!  We have friends expecting their first bundle of joy in October they do not know the sex of their baby but they own a local boat rental company so I decided to make a few items for them in a nautical theme!  Here is the reversible bib, burp cloth, and changing pad.  I also made bibs and burp cloths in three other fabrics!

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Well I know so much to share I promise to check in as soon as I get these projects complete.  We have planned to head to the zoo and I’m sure a few other things before summer ends.  I look forward to sharing with you!  Until then be well!