Friday, February 28, 2014

5 thing Friday - wine, roses, crates, brownies, cat

Is it ridiculous that I bought this wine just because it has my name on it?  Ok, how bout cause it was $1.62 on clearance at Walgreen's?  I drank it in one night.  THAT might be ridiculous.
It was decent. And I got some new library books - they are so-so.  I really need a good novel.  Suggestions?
My Valentine's roses from Hubby.  When he saw that I had left a sussie in his chair on V-Day his exact words were "Oh. Crap."  I take it he forgot.  But he made good with roses, (more) wine, and a nice Chinese dinner out.
I am so glad every time I get rid of something from my kids' babyhood.  I want the memories, not the cargo.  I am selling these on Setonville for $15.  I want them out of my house.
These brownies were delish - not the least of which because I used dark chocolate chips and added pecans.  They were full of brown sugar and butter.  Warm from the oven they were diabolical.
Cat snob.
Feed me and I will let you pet me.
Onward, to March...

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Cubicals storage and closet clean-up for Scout

Looking into Scout's closet made me twitch:
I don't know how he ever finds his clothes, he can barely get to them.  And those primary colored stacking baskets are from when he was a toddler.  A TODDLER. I told him I would get him a bookcase for storage so he could reclaim the closet for clothes.  And here is the perfect space:
I had a disc chair at the foot of his bed, but he moved it to over by the window, leaving a gaping hole in the room layout that frequently is a dumping ground for clothes, books, you name it.  It was high time to cross this off my list of projects.
 I started by emptying the closet out and giving the shelves a fresh coat of paint, then vacuuming the carpet. (then I went to a blood donation appointment, so I let the fan blow on it a couple hours)
 I think the Cubicals system by Closetmaid is perfect in here.  It's not fancy furniture, but Scout will not mind.  I'm not into building my own furniture and I'm ok with him taking this to college one day and never bringing it back!  I chose the espresso color with two beige fabric bins and a seagrass bin, just to make it interesting.
 Look at all that glorious hanging space!
 It took me about 30 minutes or so to "build" and its a perfect fit.
Organized and neat.  A thing of beauty, people. 
He already had two small fabric bins so I added them in here, too. 
 Three of the stacking baskets can stay in the closet, since they do not obstruct the hanging things.  And the basket on the floor is his dirty clothes hamper.
Everything got dusted, trash emptied, bed made, the room got vacuumed.  He's old enough to do all of that for himself, but I love having it all spiffy for him when he gets home.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Mealplan Monday #99 and my Spiderman

On  my days off this week I thought I would spiff Bubbie's room a little - it looks stuck in middle school land.
November 2012 
What better art to decorate with than the boy himself?
 Playground, Aug. 2012
Some of these are from my camera, some from Scouts'.
Elgin Tree Farm, Dec. 2013
 What a treasure Bubbie is!  Smart, funny, still lets me hug him...
Monday - (freezer) Chicken Marsala, pasta, green beans
Tuesday - Quesadilla Casserole, salad
Wednesday - BBQ Chicken French Bread Pizza
Thursday - Million Dollar Spaghetti, broccoli, garlic toast
Friday - Chipotle Chicken Tacos, Mexican rice
Saturday - Camporee Weekend
Sunday - Hamburger Helper, corn (yes, I am phoning it in, but everyone will be tired including me!)
Dessert this week is Pecan Bars
 Independence Day, 2013
 Port Aransas, 2012
 Self portrait, 2013
Spiderman, 2012
I've got the prints, just need to get them into frames and on the wall...
and maybe Scout can take some new ones as Bubbie has gotten so much taller!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Beautiful custom greeting cards

Scout got a deal from Shutterfly for a free 100 prints.  I could not resist buying some of them from him to make my own unique greeting cards.
I bought these craft paper cards and envelopes at Michael's with a 40% off coupon.  I think the color is great as a background for the vivid prints.
Then I gathered a ruler, utility knife, glue stick, and a cutting board.
I spread the photos out before me.  Some of them will be lengthwise, some crosswise.  The cards are smaller than the prints, so they must be trimmed up a smidge.
I love all of them.
This one I also had made into a canvas print.  Its one of my favorites.
I'm biased, but I think they are so beautiful.  Scout is a gentle soul - it shows in his work.
This one he took just for me!
When I was done trimming and pasting I had quite a pile of scraps.  I hate that they had to be trimmed, but the next size card was HUGE.  These are just the right size for birthday cards, thank you's, etc.
Even the black and white ones are so lovely against the brown craft paper. 
On the back of each of them I wrote the name he uses for his photography:
I can't wait to use these for friends and family!

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Shower spiff for the boys

I came across these Command Shower caddies on another blog, then as luck would have it, saw them on a recent trip to Tarjay.  I thought they would be perfect to corral all of the boys' shower stuff.
 Their shower isn't messy as is, but what's not to love about a caddie large enough for all of their supplies?  And it will keep the sides of the shower a little cleaner.
Can you believe that at one point there were FOUR kids using this space?  Everyone used community shampoo and soap until The Girl became a teenager.  Then it was mayhem!  Showers seemed to take forever, even with my five minute rule.
Oh, I see mold.  I started out by scrubbing the whole area down and washing the shower curtain and liner.  I figured it might as well get a thorough once-over.
The instructions are precise, but easy to follow.  Once you clean the area with the alcohol wipe provided and let it dry, you apply the strips of adhesive to the plastic thingies that hold the caddies up.  You use the shower once, then wait 24 hours to attach the caddies.
Here they are, full of Axe (the boys are not wild about Axe, but they got so much of it at Christmas!) waiting on the counter until the next day.
I also hung a hook for each bath sponge.
There's plenty of room in them and holes for drainage.  Plus, you can slide them off and run them thru the dishwasher if they become really grungy. 
A clean and fresh shower.  Near and dear to my heart, if not theirs.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Mealplan Monday #98 and sewing my stash

On one our recent inclement weather days I did some sewing for the den.  See that little remote control caddy on the coffee table?  It was a Christmas gift.  Perfect since I wanted to stop using the dough bowl which was getting more wear and tear than I liked. It isn't thrifted, handmade, or upcycled - but it is handy for this table.
It's just the right size with a swivel base.  And it had that center slot that was the perfect size for some coasters.  So I made some out of my fabric stash.  Now, if I could just get the menfolk here to use them!
Monday - (freezer) Rosemary Chicken, rice, carrots
Tuesday - Taco Skillet, salad
Wednesday - Tilapia Tacos, cabbage slaw, black beasn
Thursday - Apple and Sage Pork Chops, masheds, peas
Friday - Sloppy Joes, chips
Saturday - Dad grill
Sunday - Hamburger Helper (Bubbie cooks), corn
Dessert this week is a Chocolate cake with s'mores frosting and vanilla ice cream
No two are exactly alike, tho all of them have a natural color fabric on the back.  Go here for a short tutorial - they're really simple to make. Kinda like a tiny potholder.
Sometimes these little sewing projects help chase the boredom away on dreary days...


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