It’s All About the Herbs

Good Morning Everyone!  Ok so my  mom and I made some cute herb boxes out of old sewing machine drawers!  My mom had about six of them that she had collected at random locations for various prices.  We used Waverly chalk paint maize and then my mom created her own green shade using plaster and a shade of green craft paint for the boxes.  We used plaster for the words and handles!

We did very little to them prior except cleaning them off and maybe a little sanding on edges.  We applied two coats of paint letting dry for just a bit in between.  After final coat we let dry for about half an hour then we used our stencils to place “HERBS” on one side.   Using sandpaper with a grit of 220 we roughed them up a bit.  This is typically our go to grit level as a side note!  Put handles back in place and viola we have a great 3 large mason jar herb box for our kitchen!  With gardening season quickly approaching these are a great project to do today!

Until next time have a great Monday!  Cheers!

These great boxes are also for sale via etsy at https://www.etsy.com/listing/289008015/herb-container?ref=market

 

Creative Spring Juices are Flowing!


Happy Sunday Friends!

This weekend was a beautiful one here weather wise!  Guess what it is the first weekend in who knows how long that we have had TWO healthy children!  WooHoo!  It was a weekend of goodbyes and a weekend of hellos!

On Saturday we said our final goodbyes to my grandmother.  As I mentioned in my previous post she requested NOTHING be done for her after she had passed.  My mom and her siblings felt something small needed to happen for closure for many of the family.  So our immediate family that was able to join met on Saturday at the cemetery where my brother-in-law said a few words.  It was a great opportunity for us if we wanted to say a few words of goodbye to her.  It was a hard time but felt good to be able to have the time.  I do feel a bit more closure today and am thankful we had it.  Now Joe will go to the stone quarry and pick out a stone and have it engraved for both my grandparents headstone. Once this is set I will feel at peace…or at least more so.

Ok now I am happy to share my hello for the weekend!  As today I had a list of things to do at my house but really wasn’t feeling it😁 Soooo I called mom and asked if she felt like whipping up some Spring wreaths!  She of course was in the same state as me and wasn’t really feeling any house work either!  I didn’t want to do our standard burlap wreath.  I had two straw wreaths laying around.  I’m sure I found them at a garage sale or goodwill years ago!  I am a firm believer in when garage sale or goodwill shopping if you see wreaths even if there is a terrible wreath done on it grab it!

Get the following items together:

-1 wreath; grapevine or straw

-1 package of sewing pins

-3 packages of colorful napkins

I noticed a napkin wreath that I had pinned via Pinterest last spring and never did.  I ran to the dollar tree and grabbed four packages of spring colored napkins.  Mom and I got to it! We weren’t using a grapevine wreath so we used sewing pins.  I did the same method of twisting the bottom and pinning them to the wreath as suggested.  A side note don’t make them too close.  Another note the site we used said you only need one package of napkins.  I used roughly two so maybe mine is even closer than suggested….WELL CLEARLY IT IS IF I HAD TO USE MORE THAN THEY DID! LOL  But, I was liking the way it was coming together.  This was a super simple project and I think it turned out pretty cute for roughly $2.50!

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While I was there I wandered into mom’s craft room and noticed three wine bottles I had painted about a month ago and kind of forgot about😢 They needed another coat of paint and for me to figure out what I was using them for.  I just loved the colors together; grey, yellow and white!  Felt fun and spring/sunny to me when I started.  So I decided to finish these while I was there!  I used Waverly chalk paints (Wal-Mart brand) grey, white, and yellow.  I forgot the stencil for the bunny I searched the internet for a bunny outline and came up with this one.  I may or may not add little tails to these cuties with pom-pons once I find the darn bag in S’s craft supplies!  Otherwise, I will just get some flowers to throw into them and voila another SUPER cheap Spring craft!  These cost me…well I did have to drink three bottles of wine!  But that doesn’t count I actually collect all glass jars beverages and food come in as you never know what or when you will need them for a craft.  I’ve designated a shelf in the garage for them.  The paint mom had and it wasn’t bought specifically for these so we will say this project cost me about $2!

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Ok well there is our super quick, super cheap, super fun Spring projects for this weekend!  Happy Crafting!  Cheers!

By the way while I share with you my fun day S and K are with Joe having a zip lining party with their Barbies & Lego Men! Yes my Yoga mat is water, the basket is where they can get shot by nerf guns and the blocks are the castle!

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Pallet LOVE!

Good Morning!

I know you are probably thinking holy toledo Amanda is on a kick this week!  You are so correct and oddly my days have allowed me to find time to share with all of you what I have been up to!  I mentioned in my last “Let’s Get Crafty” post that I made another pallet project.  I have been loving the cute mason jar bathroom storage pallets people have been doing.  Maybe I am a few months behind on getting around to doing mine but I did it and that’s what matters😋

So let’s talk about what you need:

1 section of a pallet (mine is 32″ long)…So either ladies get your guns out and your hammers and go take apart your pallet or do like I did.  When dad came up to drop something off ask him nicely or have mom to go take the four pallets in the burn pile apart for you😉

4-3-2 1/18 plumbing clamps (I bought a bag of 6 at Lowe’s for about $5)

4-half pint mason jars (I buy them by the dozen in all different sizes; I use them for EVERYTHING! More on that in a few…)

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4-screws about 5/8in (I dug around in my husbands drill box and found!)

2-Wall screws (Again husbands drill box)

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SO here we go! I love rustic if you have ever seen my house in previous posts or at our website www.moonlightmasonry.com (Yes that was a plug! LOL) you would know my home has plenty of old barn around it from ceilings to beams to floors and stairs.  We also have plenty of other textures but in regards to the pallet I wanted to keep it rough so I simply washed it off with warm water and loved the way it looked.

Next I laid my jars on the pallet laying them out and putting a line with a pencil at the locations I liked.

The plumbing clamps were the most challenging part of this project.  Maybe I should have researched more as all other posts I read of people making these they made this seem like a no biggie step.  Maybe my screws were a different width then they used which is why it was challenging. So I ended up taking a flat head and wiggled it until one of the slots popped out.  Oh yea I will mention I did try to previously drill straight through the metal on the clamp to only fail so that is why I went this route.  Now I took my shorter screws and Makita drill and attached them to the pallet.

Now I simply took my flathead and loosened the clamps enough to slip my jars in and tightened them.  Another lesson learned DON’T tighten too much you will chip the mason jar as the screw surface presses against it.  Again, maybe this was just me but if you are like me and have no patients to wait for your husband to suggest maybe a better way and you want the job done you go for it and learn the hard way!

That was it I had this great bathroom storage board!  Now I’m wishing I had like three of them and placed them zig-zagged on the wall as I have a lot of stuff I could put in these little jars.  Another great thing about these clamps is if you want to use pint size mason jars these clamps will work for that too!  This project cost me a total of $5  as all I had to go and buy was the clamps.  Which I still have two clamps left for another project!  Mason jars are a staple item in our house as we have them for water glasses, toothbrush holders, canning, frosty beer mugs, food storage, vases; yeah really anything!  So I have all sizes on hand as you never know.

Let me know what you think or if you have done and any methods that worked well for you!

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Happy Friday! Cheers!

 

 

 

Let’s Get Crafty

Hello Friends!

So today was a great day as my mom and older sister came over for a little crafting!  Well it was going to be a playdate for the kids but I have been on a pallet sign kick.  Researching methods to transfer words, different sayings, etc.  So I really wanted to put it all to the test.  I had originally found a great “Welcome” sign via Pinterest.  So, I suggested the kids play and we whip up a fun sign for our houses!

Prior to their arrival I printed “Welcome” in two different fonts.  I also got some colored chalk and grabbed three of the 32″ pallet boards that I had white washed a few days ago.  Again, I was determined to make a sign this week!  I pulled out the basket of acrylic paints and all my tiny brushes as well as Q-tips.  The original sign did a mason jar with fresh flowers on the side.  Well I only had two pipe fitting rings left from the project I finished yesterday (I will share in a minute).  So I thought we could do dandelions as our boards were a bit longer than that projects as well.  If you know my family you know we all have great minds but not one of them is alike.

Step one was getting the “Welcome” ready.  So I used the technique of coloring the letters with chalk then placing it on the wood and tracing each letter with a pencil.  I know many tell you to print the word or letters mirrored but I’m not that handy on the computer and didn’t see any mirror options so I printed it as it normally does.  I actually when completed think this way is better.  I simply covered the entire area of the word on the side the letters were not printed on with blue chalk.  As our boards were white washed so white wouldn’t show up.  Then flipped it over and outlined the printed side of the word.  The reason I think this worked better was I felt confident in my tracing with it this way.  Pressing pretty firmly.  I took the paper off and voila the word was on the board!  Not to worry the excess chalk didn’t show up it only comes through were you press with the pencil.  If you like the font it is simply Georgia and at a size of 288 on my mac WordAir program.

Here is the link for where I discovered the chalk transferring method.

http://bywilma.com/diy/diy-inspirational-quote-sign/

Next we had to paint we all chose different colors my sister and I were going for spring colors.  My mom on the other hand well…she went for Americana red!  I was not surprised by this as it’s my mom she does her own thing and damn it every time it comes out fantastic! UGH!  So we painted our letters.  Mine and my sisters were a bit light and I know my hand IS NOT steady so I found a fun blue marker and outlined the letters so they would stand out.  Then we made a few dandelions not flowering but seeding dandelions.  You know the ones you make wishes on in the summer! We did these on either side of the word.  Mom keeping with her Americana red decided to do some blue stars!  I will tell you I love Americana anything and actually she has a lot of red going on in her house so this is perfect!  I will tell you for our dandelions we used Q-tips they make the perfect circles to represent these.

So here is the final product!  I think they turned out great and in the end I’m glad we went the no mason jar route as I’m hanging mine in a location I won’t be able to have fresh flowers!  One other thing I must share this project cost us ummm NOTHING!  Ok yes everything cost something but I had all items on hand so I was technically not required to go to the store for a darn thing!  LOVE these type of projects.

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(don’t mind the random caulk on my mantle; clearly I wasn’t paying close attention when photographing!)

A great one day project for anyone to do as you can make as simple or as detailed as you like!  Let me know any fun signs you have done or methods you have found work great in making signs as I said this is my first but I have a list of about 20 I want to make to use throughout the year and in the garden.  Cheers!

 

Lisenby Week In Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all having a great week!  It’s like once the kids got healthy it’s been a game of catch up on EVERYTHING!  Guess what I am still not caught up!  My house for starters needs a permanent housekeeper.  Joe called Monday letting me know a client would be coming to see the house at 2pm…this gave me two hours to have the main floor spotless or show ready as he says!  My dishwasher always seems to be blinking saying please empty me!  My office is a war zone; if you know me this is a struggle.  I have a slight 😉 case of OCD.  So this is a struggle but sometimes you just have to close the door and say filing, bills, and all other paperwork we will talk VERY soon!  Then there is the “L” word no I’m not talking about the warm and cozy word LOVE!  I have no love for the chore of doing laundry!  The first of the year I committed myself to doing a load a day to avoid the Sunday 15 load day.  Well I make my own detergent and last Wednesday I ran out!!!! So it sat and sat some more than I was able to make more on Sunday so today I’m ALMOST caught up!  Did I mention I’m trying to squeeze working out in to my daily routine?  Yes, I have been sticking to it; I’m shocked too!  Oh yeah and there are two little crazy children running around demanding just about anything and everything from me!  You know feed me, let’s make valentines, help me in the bathroom, MOM, MOM, MOM!  Where did they come from!LOL Then there are the crafts that need to be finished so I can get them to the shop mom and I have stuff at to make some moola!  So guess what this is bumped to the top!  Don’t worry the kids were fed and bathed!  And here I am blabbing to you about this. You are probably laughing but thinking isn’t this every mothers life!  It is I just needed to share!!

So our adorable bunny projects have been brought to the shop in time for Spring/Easter sales!  I love the fact that the shop Simply Marvelous here in Wisconsin has allowed us to expand what we bring in as we started with our furniture and now the owner has our seasonal items.  These particular seasonal items are really the only ones she will have for guests to choose from!  Which is great for us plus if you ask me they turned out so cute they are all any home needs.  Ok maybe a great wreath on your door too!

Last week I didn’t share details about our little princesses birthday!  Yes, the one of two above that is constantly needing things:) Ms. S turned 5 and as I shared we ended up having her birthday at an indoor amusement center.  We had 17 kids of varying ages so this location did seem to be very appropriate even though I was hesitant.  I will also say having no mess to clean up was FABULOUS!  The one thing I did do for her day was make her cake.  Since we were at a location we really did away with a theme except for this and her goodie bags.  She loves Littlest Pet Shop so she wanted that as her cake theme.  I ended up doing red velvet cake for one level, chocolate/white for the second and third with buttercream frosting and marshmallow frosting!  For goodies bags I struggled as I hate to just say here is a bag of sugar go drive your parents up the wall!  Again, not being able to do too much else as we were not at home I wanted to make them special.  So we for the girls we did puzzles, the surprise package with a pet shop pet, 3 pieces of candy.  For the boys we ended up doing teenage mutant ninja turtles as LPS doesn’t really offer a boy per-say surprise package.  We did TMNT puzzles, TMNT mini lego’s and 3 pieces of candy.  The older boys we gave them WWE playing cards and also gave them tickets to do bumper cars!  Overall, I think everyone had a great time!

Ok so as promised we need to discuss some good eats over this past week!  There have been a few but the best and HIGHLY recommended one is going to be a pulled pork recipe! I did get this via Pinterest and I am so glad I did because it was amazing.  A few little side notes!  This is a plan ahead dinner as it is a slow roasting one which means prepping dry rubs and brining for at least 24 hours.  It is so worth it!  Also, she recommends using a disposable roasting pan.  I used mine and if you remember from above my dishwasher issues and catching up…well yeah this soaked for two days after as it was caked!  So do yourself the favor and grab a roasting pan they sell them at the dollar tree!  Or foil line your roasting pan.  Lastly, this recipe does not need any sauce but I know that some people have to have a sauce for EVERYTHING!  This was good with a honey bbq but again no sauce is needed.  There is a little kick to it!  The kids did not enjoy this but I’m sure if less spice they would have.  With these I also made baked french fries which yes the kids ate and asked for seconds!  Again, not planning well I had to juggle cooking these at a high temp while the pork was at very low temp but it all worked out.  So next time I will start my pork first thing in the morning as it takes all day this way I can take it out to rest while I make the fries!  So here you are, enjoy!!  Thank you to those that posted for us to enjoy as well.

http://www.kevinandamanda.com/recipes/dinner/perfect-pulled-pork-slow-roasted-seasoned-savory.html

http://www.layersofhappiness.com/extra-crispy-oven-baked-french-fries/

Well, I’m off to empty the dishwasher and fold my 368th load of laundry for the week! Lol!  Have a great rest of your evening.  Cheers!

I’m Crafting!

Ok so if you have been following over the past few months you have noticed I love to have a little controlled chaos in my world. I’m not talking about my toddlers at least today! I am someone who on average has two to five projects going on at once! So over the past few weeks I’ve started a few things and finally completed them. It may also be a case of when time does permit I’m not in the mood. So here we go!
First you may remember the old barn window I bought for $5 at a flea market this past summer well after sanding, chalk painting and adding a little chicken wire I have a great new place to hang pictures or kids artwork!

Having a little girl who as my mother says is definitely mine as her strong-willed personality at times can be challenging. Which I have now apologized to my mom for! She suggested I make her some activities to do at home or when out and about as she is very smart and loves school. So continuing to challenge her when not at school might be a good idea. So I noticed so many great quiet books being created and patterns, etc. on Pinterest! I was borrowing my cousins sewing machine so figured I mine as well try my hand at making one. Prior to making K’s Halloween costume I maybe used a sewing machine once. I am also not good at using patterns so I just ran with my own ideas. Some yes inspired by ones I had seen. By no means is the end product perfect. But what made me feel especially great about my work is when I showed S. As we looked at it she didn’t look too enthused so I said “do you like it?” She replied “Are you kidding mom, we don’t like it…We LOVE it!” This girl! Love her!
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Back to my mention of the original reason I borrowed the sewing machine. The kids wanted to be Elsa and Olaf for Halloween this year. As did every kid age two to twelve! My mom rocks at sewing and S knows this. So she called grandma to create her Elsa costume. I was determined to do Olaf. I again researched patterns and ideas for inspiration. The day of Halloween I was sewing the final costume I created. Never had made one I think it turned out pretty good. He looked cute as a button! Plus I stuffed it with my felt scraps so there was no waste and he was warm as it was pretty chilly. S had her snow pants on under her dress. I also made S’s hair piece as I wasn’t about to spend twenty-five dollars on something she may or may not wear and I was sure I could whip up! This too turned out and she actually wears it all the time!
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Not sure about your house but mine has packed up Halloween and started Christmas decorating! I know we are crazy. You’re thinking what about thanksgiving which I do love decorating for but if you remember a few posts ago I put all that up with my ghosts and goblin decorations. So I left some of those rustic items up but slowly moving out. My mom gave me a large wreath actually I was at their house and said I like that. Mom took it down and gave it to me! She has my dad making shadow boxes for I think every inch of free wall space they have so this freed up more room for these! Anyway, I love wood letters and so I’ve wrapped, glittered, painted and found a smaller wreath for my “O” creating NOEL! I think it turned out great and cost me $10!
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Joe too has had his hand in on the crafting this week! We try to get a few family pictures when we visit Georgia as my sister-in-law is a photographer and does beautiful work. In hopes of squeezing in a few pictures at this years visit once joe heard of my idea for clothing and props he had to take it a step further! I have the family all in some type of buffalo plaid item. Would love to have a picture of the kids pulling a small pine. Joe said I will bring the ax and I want to carve a stump too. Well we have a few of these around our property so he brought one in. Shaved some bark off, carved in a “L” and took the torch to it! I will admit he is pretty creative and do think this will look great incorporated into our picture!
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Last I had to quick share Joe put the siding on the garage today! We are going to use the Eco Wood product I mentioned in a previous post. We will wait until spring to add this product but I’m happy to see the siding up. Here are a few pictures.
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I have one or two more things to complete this week and look forward to sharing. Until then have a great Sunday and if you had snow like we did today stay warm and safe!

Lisenby Week In Review

Hello Everyone!
Well here we are Monday and we have finally found summer…it’s only mid July! We are pushing over 85 today! The kids have finally been able to do what I loved as I kid hanging out in their swimsuits playing in the yard all day ( I mean minus nap:)) anyway, it was a very busy weekend and last week even sick we snuck in a few crafts! Joe’s thirty-fifth birthday is at the beginning of August so we made/started a gift for him. I have been busy working on the details of the party. We are doing a beer tasting themed party! I’m super excited to plan and have!
Since play dates were at a low last week we did a lot of walks and runs as well as park visits! This weekend I worked so Joe was super dad! Graduation party Saturday and a 2nd birthday party Sunday! I’m pretty sure S said “this is the best day ever!” multiple times!

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As we explored around the yard last week finding all different textures and smells I decided to pick some of these out and do a painting craft!  Here’s how S and K did!  They loved the fun of picking different flowers, grasses, and tree branches.  The great thing was we didn’t have to leave the house for supplies!

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Then the kids wanted to continue picking the following day…what mom doesn’t love fresh wild flowers from their kids?

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Last we did a little present for Joe as mentioned his birthday is approaching.  Spray bottles, paint, painters tape, skewers and voila!

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Well off to swim and pull weeds!  Have a great day friends!