Fabric Crayons Kids Bag

I love projects that are pretty easy to put together when it comes to my boys.  I think my type-A personality can take over wanting the end project to be perfect, so I often forget to take a deep breath and let them create.  I usually look for ideas that will not cause me to have a coronary in the process and instead allow me to spend quality time with them. This project did just that…they were creative, mom was calm.  We picked up a couple little totes from Hobby Lobby along with a bottle of puffy paint and fabric crayons. That’s it…provide a space to work on and let ’em go. We had a lot of luck with the Pentel Fabric Fun crayons.  Goes on very easy. The boys had so much fun decorating their bags…and it was stress free for mom.  That is a win-win.

milk paint class

Want to know the perfect girls’ weekend in my world?  It includes a milk paint class, learning how to use a skip-it and going out for sushi.  One of my dear friends owns a local store, The Little Golden Fox.  She recently starting selling Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint and offers workshops on how to use the paint. Have you tried it?  It is AMAZING!  The colors are gorgeous, the prep is easy and it makes anything look vintage. We each brought a project to work on during the class as we learned how to use the paint.  I brought this small wall cabinet with a chalkboard front.  It is a great piece, but I’ve never loved the oak finish. I picked the kitchen scale color and love the way it turned out. And now on to how to use a skip-it.  We had this cutie as our teacher.  With a little…

How to Measure For Custom Panel Curtains

Are you interested in making your own curtains, but don’t even know where to start?  I’ve put together a simple guide to help you pick out the style and measure the amount of fabric needed for each panel. Picking Your Curtain Style: Start out by deciding what look you would like for your space.  The most common curtain with be your floor length curtains. Floor Length Curtains – Usually fall about 1/4″ to 1/2″ from the floor.  This a good length for curtains that will be opened and closed regularly. Breaking Curtains – Think of a man’s trousers hitting his shoes.  It gives a small crease where t will hit the floor.  Usually about 1″ longer than the distance you measured from the rod top to the floor.  This style works well for curtain panels that will NOT be opened and closed much.  This is an example of form, not…

our kitchen on the kitchn

Our kitchen was on The Kitchn.  Now that’s a funny sentence.  A part of Apartment Therapy, The Kitchn is inspiring cooks and nourishing homes.   I was so excited when I flipped it open and saw our kitchen in this post about using a dresser for extra storage in your kitchen. We painted this IKEA Tarva 6-drawer dresser to give extra storage in our kitchen.   Right now, you will find dish towels, play-doh, paint and crayons in those drawers. A big thanks to The Kitchn for including our kitchen!

Hello. My Name Is.

Last year, I attended the Influence Conference in the fall.  And it was. Life. Changing.  It was a whole new way of looking at blogging, on-line community and encouraging others.  About spreading the Good News and living as an example.  So, when they announced an Influence Network I was thrilled.  The ladies behind this organization are REAL and wonderful and full of love and spirit. Before the conference last year there was a link-up for all attending to tell a little about themselves.  The idea was thrown out to do another link up, but this time to get to know other members of the network. Hello.  My name is Kim.  Nice to meet you! (that was my introduction).  Three things about me… I have a bearded collie named Duffy.  She is named after the guy that introduced me to my husband, Duff.  They are both hairy and kind spirited. We…

new season. new hair.

To keep with the theme of change, I also made a pretty drastic hair change.  I don’t know if it was a moment of weakness or a temporary moment of insanity, but I went for it at my last hair appointment.  Pixie it is!  I’m blaming the pixie obsession on Blair over at Wild and Precious. I’ve had a few days of hair cut remorse, but remind myself that it is hair and it will grow back. I’m also attempting to skip washes and having dirty hair.  I’m kind of a clean freak, so this is a challenge.  I’ve been using Dove Dry Shampoo and it seems to be working okay. In the past, I dropped a lot of money of dry shampoo and felt like my hair was greasy all day. I’ve also added a hair mouse back into my routine.  A whole lot of hair care products going…