Laundry Room Doors

So in my front yard there is a spot that was just dirt and durin c the winter it is a muddy mess. To fix this problem I did put in brink paver for a small patio. But my original plan was to put grass in but I didn’t want to have to mow it so I decided to put in a small flower bed to take up some of the dirt space. I made the flower bed out of some old edging that someone was going to throw away I decided how big the bottom ring was going to be and used a saws all to cut the edging to size I then filled the ring with potting soil.i pressed down the soil to get the ring to stay in a circle. I over lapped the two ends and just using hot glue to hold it together. Next I made the middle and the top rings the same way as the bottom ring. Once the soil was all pressed down well I planted NY flowers. After this project my flowers. After this project was completed I decided to make a second small patio and fill the rest in with rock. I think the flowerbed looks so pretty and when the other patio and rock are in the whole thing will be wonderful.

Mountain Lakes

Over the weekend we went up into the mountains to enjoy nature. We went fishing and just enjoyed being outside. A few weeks ago we visited one of the lake that we went to this weekend but it was so beautiful we had to go back. We love climbing all over the rocks and being on the fishing boat. I personally love take photos while exploring the lake not so much fishing. I love looking for wildlife and trying to photograph it. This weekend we spent time at two mountain lakes and will have to go back to do more exploring at both.

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An Entire Laundry Room Updated all Started with some Shelves

As I am nearing the completion of the updating in my laundry room, I thought I would look back on my first project that started the entire journey. Our laundry room is very small and had very little storage space. All the storage space I had was one small shelf that would barely hold my laundry room supplies let alone anything else I wanted to keep handy. Because the the lack of space was not going to work for me, I knew I had to do something. So I decided I would add shelving to the room

Laundry rom shelvesThe existing shelf was black and just did not fit my style. Black is a great color but I prefer things that are bright and colorful. Sense I was not really happy with the black shelf, I took down the shelf and let my kids paint it. Now keep in mind at the time my kids were 1 1/2 and 3 years old. There is no rhyme or reason to their painting, they just picked a color they liked and finger painted it. It took them two days to finish the one shelf. I did have them paint both sides of the shelf and I did do a laundry room shelveslittle touching up to cover any spots that were missed.

Sense I wanted another shelf I needed them to paint a second one to match. I had a piece of plywood that was leftover from another project and decided to use that as my second shelf. They worked on the project for another two days, finger painting the shelf and themselves. The kids had fun painting and did a great job working together to fill a need in our home.

After I finished touching up the shelf I had to make some decision on how i wanted the shelves mounted on the wall. I still had the wall mounts from when the first shelf was black so I went ahead and used those for the original shelf. For the new shelf I had to purchase another set of wall mounts but I couldn’t find a set to matching the first pair of wall mounts. At first I was a little disappointed but then I decided to get the cheapest thing that I could find and just paint them the same color. I was a little nervous because the shelf mounts did not match but once both shelves were hanging on the wall I was not really bothered by it. Both mounts  were painted white and the wall is a cream color so they don’t really stand out.

Once both shelves were up I was so happy to have a little more space for storage and I loved the colors the kids painted them. The shelves entertained my kids for several days and is functional art that I get to look at every day. As the shelves were more my personal style, the rest of the room looked so boring to me. I felt as though the rest of the room needed some decor to complete the look of the room. I felt that the walled needed some touch up paint, the doors needed some TLC, and we needed artwork around the room. It is interesting to he how a seemly simple project could turn into an entire laundry room update.

 

New project

I have many interest but I love making things I can use. I need a new blanket for our bed so I have decided to make quilt. I love the way a quilt looks. They looks so homey but also like artwork too. This may take some time because I will only be working on it while the kids are asleep but I wanted to share the fabric colors.

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I am so excited for this project. I have been wanting to do this for a long time now. I can’t wait to see how it turns out. If it turns out on I hope to make one for each of my kids too.

Trip to Bass Lake

Bass LakeIt doesn’t matter if a trip is several weeks long or just a day trip we long checking things out. We could go to the same place a million times and always a new adventure. We recently spend a few days at Bass Lake, a place we have been countless times. It is so beautiful and it is even more beautiful because the lake is full. Bass Lake has been extremely low for the past several years but after getting a good amount of rain this last winter the docks are back in the water. This year is going to be a great year for boating, kayaking and just spending time at the lake. We spent sometime playing in the water and watching all the birds go by. On our trip to Bass Lake, we got to see enjoyed seeing some wildlife and spending a little time on the water.eagle 1

When we arrived at the lake and we were walking down to the beach we saw the coolest thing. A bold eagle flew by with a eagle 2large mouth bass in his talons I wish I was able to get my camera out faster so I could have a picture of it. The sight of the bold eagle was like something seen in a movie or a picture in a magazine. A few minutes after the bold eagle flew off, another eagle flew over and landed in the tree right next to us. The kids and I were jumping up and down yelling at my husband, “LOOK!!!!” I think this eagle is a Golden Eagle but I am not sure on that. I am definitely not a bird expert.Bass Lake Lady Bug

While the one eagle sat in the tree, our kids played in the water. I don’t know what it is about water but it seems to entertain kids for a long time. The kids like splashing in the water and throwing rocks into the lake. This is a free activity that we can do with the kids and it is a guarantee my kids to have a great time. Our kids always have so much fun playing in the water they are never ready to leave.

Bass Lake MayaA few days after the eagle sighting we went back to Bass Lake to go kayaking. I was hoping to see the eagles again but no luck. This was our first kayaking trip of the season and have many more trip planned for the summer. My kids love being out on the water and our dog even goes too. The kids loving looking into the water for fish, being splashed by the waves, and going exploring. The water was so nice and the weather was perfect. The sky was so blue and there was a nice breeze. As the water level is higher than previous years it was like kayaking in a different lake. We could see streams flowing into the lake that we had never seen before.

The eagle sighting was so exciting and made the trip that much more memorable. Going toBass Lake Creek Bass Lake was a last minute decision and if we hadn’t gone we would have never seen it. The only way to see these awesome sights is by getting outside. We are planning on going back to see if we can see the eagle again and next time I will have my camera ready. We love kayaking. We move through the water slower and can take in all the lake has to offer. We can feel the water, stop and see the bird, and kayak into a little cove we could have never gotten to with a boat. I am excited to back to Bass Lake later on this year and see what we can find.

 

Blue Heron

There are so many adventures to be had in the yard and so many things to see. I love our yard and we go looking for different creatures all the time. Most of the time we find bugs, and lots of different types of birds. Most of the time we see the same thing but this morning we had a great surprise. We had a blue heron in our backyard. My kids were so excited to see it. I think this bird is so pretty and it was a great way to start our morning. It was nice to see an amazing creature enjoying my yard as much as I do.Blue Side view

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This was so exciting to see in our yard and I can’t wait to see what we will see next. My family and I love to see animals in the wild. It is so interesting to thing of our backyard as being part of the wild. Animals are not care about property lines or fences.

Switch and Plug Covers

My laundry room is full of signs and artwork that I have created but there was one spot on my walls that just didn’t look right. My switch and plug covers looked so boring in comparison to the rest of the room. I decided I needed to do something with them so I painted them. I had two Harry Potter themed ideas that I wanted to do on my switches but I had a plug cover that needed something as well. I knew I wanted a quote but I felt it needed to be a Harry Potter theme to match. I started looking for a quote to inspire me in some way. Here are the three covers I completed:Harry potter

1. Lumos/Nox: I like to make things that make me smile so I decided to make this cover. It is fun to have something that a fan of Harry Potter would understand but other people just think it is weird.

harry potter 22. “…one only remembers to turn on the light.” I love this quote. It is inspiring and Albus Dumbledore always seems to know what he is talking about. I like to surround myself with things that inspire me to keep being me and to let life get me down.

3. harry potter3“What’ Comin’ will come…” This a quote by Hagrid and I feel like it is so true to life. Life will present situations and there is no need to worry and it will be met as the situation progresses.

I really like my switch and plug covers. The hand writing is not the best but it was still fun to make. I think it looks better than the plain covers. I like having quotes to inspire me to life a positive life surrounding me. It is always fun to find something to inspire a happy life.

 

 

 

 

 

Monterey

Traveling is an amazing adventure to do with family. Discovering new things and seeing

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Thanks to my sister in law for taking this picture.

the unexpected is one of the best parts of going somewhere. I tent to travel with a plan but the unplanned things are the most exciting. The ocean is a great place to visit and Monterey is such a beautiful place. Monterey is a great place to see with kids.  Monterey Aquarium is always fun and Cannery Row has some good shopping but my kids like playing on the beach. Playing at the ocean, being in the sand, and seeing all the animals is just as fun for the my kids.

 

Driving along the coast is so pretty and there are so many places to take pictures. I just love driving along the water and the rock formations are so beautiful. One place that provides some great photo opportunities is Asilomar.  The weekend we were in Monterey it was very windy which made it hard for playing in the ocean and the sand but the kids did love climbing on the rocks and looking at the water. Next time I hope to be able to take a long walk on the beach and climb on as many rocks as we can find. 13087875_10209186687646956_4459743958798962845_n

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Even though it was very windy we were not going to let that stop our adventure. We drove along the ocean and found a small beach. This was the place to do the typical beach activity, look for seashells. The ocean looked so pretty and we found some awesome seashells. There were so many little seashells and pretty rocks to look at. The kids love to look for treasures in the sand so we will have to plan on coming back to this beach. Next time we are in Monterey we will be stopping here and bring a picnic to this little beach and spend more time looking for treasures.

13071815_10209197529437994_4386464560677847704_oWe planned to go for a walk but we were pleasantly surprised along the way. We went for a walk on the bike trail and as we went along the trail there was a section of beach that a fenced off. As we walked closer to the fence we saw why the beach was blocked. The seals had babies. There were mommies and their pups on the beach sunning themselves. My children stood there for a long time just taking it all in. The pups were so cute and it was amazing to watch. We got to see the seals go swimming, scoot around on the beach, and we even go to see a seal mom 13043724_10209197530958032_3678947214205853911_nprotect her baby from another baby seal. It was so interesting. It was as if the mom was telling the other baby to go away her little one did not want to play. My kids didn’t want to leave the seals when we did. They truly enjoyed seeing the animals in the wild.

The ocean is an amazing place and is a wonderful place to take a family. It is a natural playground with all the rocks to climb on, sand to play in, and animals can be seen all over the place. We are hoping to go back to the Monterey area within the next few months to hike around Point Lobos and there are some other areas near there that I would like to visit also. I think there will be many more trips to the Monterey area in our future.

 

Artwork in the Laundry Room

There are so many projects that I have going on around my house and the one that have almost completed is my laundry room. I have done several projects in my laundry room and a few weeks ago I shared some of the signs I have created. Now that the room is coming together nicely I thought it would be a good idea to share some of the artwork that I have drawn or painted. I also have some artwork my kids have created as well.

DSCN5940Many of my drawings are inspired from pictures I have taken. I love it when I see something that inspires a project and I love it when I know just where I want to put it. Animals are fun to draw because my children also enjoy looking that the pictures too.

As time goes on I will share many other pictures that I have drawn of animals but this owl is DSCN5941probably my favorite. The owl took me a few days to draw because of all the grey. I had to make the bird stand out against the background.

Doodle art is so much fun and just about everyone has doodled on a paper. Well this is one of mine that I haveDSCN5942 hung on the wall.This picture was largest doodle art that I have ever drawn and I painted it instead of using ink. I plan to do more of these for around our house in the future.

This last picture that I am going to show you today is some artwork done my kids. The kidsDSCN5944 had fun drawing the pictures and they also colored on the frame. I made the frame out of popsicle sticks. I love seeing the kids artwork it makes me smile.

Art is so much fun. It can really brighten up a room and can improve a rooms looks. If you like to draw or doodle then you can add art to your walls pretty inexpensively and if you have kids you can get art on a daily basis. All of this art is in my laundry room and I love seeing the pictures on my walls. It makes it so much easier to work on laundry when I have something nice to looks at.

 

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Garden Rock Craft

Many of my project that are done in the spring are for the garden. I love spending time with getting my hand dirty but sometime there are project that need to be done to complete a section in the garden. In my garden needed some markers to indicate the peppermintdifferent types of plants I have growing. When I am doing any project I try to include my kids. The craft project that I decided would be best for my garden is a rock marker. Including my children in this project was so easy, and they had fun. All I used was semi flat rocks I got at the dollar store, paint, and a permanent market.

The bag of rocks I got at the dollar store was small and I pulled out IMG_20160418_124513all the rocks that would were flat enough to write on. As I like to include my kids in my project I let them paint the rocks. The kids had so much fun painting the rocks. The kids painted these rocks for at least an hour. Some of the rocks were painted with a brush and others were finger painted. I had a certain color scheme that I was going for but when I do this in another garden I will give the kids more colors.The kids would have preferred it if I had let them choose the colors like I normally do but they still had a blast. As the kids used a lot of paint on the rocks it look several days for the rocks to dry.

Once the rock were dry I used a permanent marker to write on the rocks the different typesIMG_20160418_124404 of plants. I have started with just the herbs but I will be doing this with all my veggies, fruits, and even the flowers. I have many flowers that I started the previous year and
cannot remember the variety of flower. I would like to purchase the same flower and I do not know for sure what it is called. I will be using the painted rocks to fix this problem. It is always awesome to be able to use a craft to entertain the kids and fix a problem.

 
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