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Pic-bit! September 14, 2012

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Joining Soule Mama in {this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.



DIY Small Chalkboard September 8, 2012

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If you are a Pintrest user or a faithful Facebook user, you have seen this chalkboard idea used to document the first day of school.  I had pinned this idea quite a while ago and of course waited until the last-minute to execute the project.   You could not find a small chalkboard anywhere in town, so what’s a mom to do, but DIY!

I started by walking the aisles of Hobby Lobby and Michael’s looking for supplies.  Here is what I came up with.  This project was quick and easy and turned out even better than a chalkboard off the shelves — I think.


Unpainted Wooden Plaque

Foam Brushes

Chalkboard Paint


I’ve used the chalkboard spray paint before, but wanted to try to Martha Stewart acrylic chalkboard paint this time.  I have to say it was slick!  I felt it worked just as well as the spray paint and your finger didn’t hurt from spraying the can.


All you have to do is brush the chalkboard paint right on the wooden plaque.  Follow the painting instructions on the bottle of paint.  You have to let it dry for certain periods of time between the two coats and before using chalk on it.

After it has dried write on the board with chalk and erase it to get started.

Find yourself a kiddo going back to school!  I can’t believe my first baby is off to school already.

The sky’s the limit for ways you can document the first day of school using your chalkboard.  I liked the idea of adding what the child wishes to be when they grow up.  I had to explain this to Will a bit.  I thought it was funny he came up with Pizza Maker (after his first response of Transformer).  I can’t wait to see the progression of back to school pictures through the years.

(p.s. — Babies, don’t grow up too fast)


Pic-bit! September 7, 2012

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Joining Soule Mama in {this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.



stART ~ Butterfly Butterfly September 3, 2012

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This week for stART we read the book “A Book of Colors: Butterfly Butterfly” by Petr Horacek.  It is a book of fun illustrations.  The illustrator put so much thought and planning into the pictures.  On many of the pages there are cut outs where the picture on the previous pages completes the cut out area on the next page.  Will was fascinated by this.  The last page also has a pop-up butterfly that he just loved.  It is a good book to teach colors with, too, for the really little ones.



This book’s art project came from “Family Fun” magazine possibly the May issue (I’m not really sure since I tore out the page).  It was a fun project, we did in a few steps.  Will enjoyed it.

Take a piece of white paper and fill it full of colors using watercolor paints.  Will and I painted the paper together.  He discovered the less water he used the brighter the color.

Randomly painting the colors will result in a beautiful butterfly in the end.

This was the final product of our painting.  Let the puddles of water and paint dry completely.

Once it is dry fold the paper in half.  Trace your child’s hands with closed fingers as shown above.  Cut along the lines and unfold your paper into a beautiful butterfly!

Will enjoyed the painting part so much that again today he asked for a sheet of white paper and painted random colors all over it all by himself.  He must have enjoyed the project.


Decorating (and Redecorating) the Nursery September 2, 2012

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If you’ve been following me this spring and summer, you know we got the surprise of our life on the afternoon of June 5th.  Our little girl we had been anticipating and planning for with all the frills entered the world as a baby BOY!  So, not everyone gets to decorate both a baby girl AND baby boy nursery in a matter of a few weeks….but we did!  Here is the front seat tour of the before (girl) and after (boy) nurseries.  Enjoy!

So I used polka-dots for both rooms (inspiration from the Pottery Barn catalog).  For the girl’s room I cut white vinyl circles from my Cricut machine and carefully measured them across the wall — every dot in its place.  For the boy’s room my mother-in-law painted three sizes of circle randomly on the wall. I think I preferred the evenly spaced circles, but the random ones are growing on me.  Luckily, I didn’t spend any extra money on the bedding.  The girl bedding was borrowed from my niece and the boy bedding we used with our first son.   Now let’s take a closer look above the crib.

In the girl’s room I painted the shape above the crib where the canvases would be hung.  For the boy’s room I skipped the shape and just used the wrapped canvases.  My great friend, Suzie, of Defined Impressions took Bennett’s pictures when he was six days old.  I had the canvases (20″ x 24″ and 16″ x 19″)  made at Sam’s Club.  This is my favorite part of the room — they turned out so beautiful!  I used my Cricut machine to cut out the “B” and name – Bennett James.

If you read Bennett’s birth story, you may remember my first thought when they told me it was a boy was “Oh no, what am I going to do with those lanterns I spent so many hours making and love so much?”.  Well, I was able to salvage the white lantern and then bought two blue paper lanterns at Target.  The pink ones are down in my office waiting to either be hung or find a new home (sniff sniff).

So I took the pink changing pad cover back to Wal-Mart, but in the meantime they quit carrying those.  I searched and found a blue one with while polka-dots at Target.  My mother-in-law in all her craftiness used the liner from the pink and brown basket and sewed me a blue and brown liner.  I love it even better than the pink version!  The cute little pink garbage can to the right of the dresser is now in my scrapbooking room.  The blue lamp was once in Will’s room and could be used again!

I was able to use the big diaper pin from Pottery Barn (my favorite purchase when I had Will) again.  I really had to talk my husband into painting the circle behind it in the girl’s room.  We are still in “talks” about re-painting a brown circle in the boy’s room.  I WILL WIN THIS BATTLE 😉  See the beautiful quilt on the rocker?  My aunt had made what I’m sure was a beautiful girl quilt that was just waiting for the name and date.  Little did she know she’d be making a whole new quilt.  It is gorgeous, and I can’t believe she had it made in about 2 weeks.

The tu-tu table and feather lamp….these items are still sitting in my basement waiting for a home.  I do admit I’m still using the jeweled pink clock, but it is hidden behind the basket on the changing table.  You will see the pink magnetic baby frame was spray painted blue and is behind the piggy bank.  The area above the dresser is still a work in progress.

So there it is….the decorating and re-decorating of the baby’s room.  I think God has taught me a life lesson in no matter how in control I may want to be HE is ultimately in control.  We are so blessed with our sweet, cuddly, laid back smiley and all BOY, Bennett James!


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