apple Our Fifth House: May 2012

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Building a Home for TinkerBell

We have a house guest this summer.


Well, really she's a garden guest that was invited to live in our back yard by my almost 6 year old daughter.

She needed a home.

At first I thought I could transform a craft store bird house.


But TinkerBell was too big.  You can't live in a house that is shorter than you are.

So, I pulled out my hot glue gun and used some wood shims to build her a fairy shack.


Then I covered the roof with flat moss and painted it hot pink with some outdoor craft paint.


And now she lives at 123 Pixie Lane.  She climbs the rope ladder to get to work even though she could probably just fly up there. 


She works at the Fairy Power Plant............


........where they grow cabbage. 


My favorite part is the potting bench. 



My daughter's favorite part is the rope swing. 


TinkerBell is getting settled in her new home.


There's something magical about this place.


I hope my daughter has lots of fun hanging out 123 Pixie Lane this summer. 


I put up a sign to warn the "big people" to be careful in this area of the garden. 



That's one check on our summer list


Here are the deets in case you're wondering and want to invite a fairy to live in your garden: 
 - house was made from wood shims (we already had) 
- flat moss can be found at the Hob Lob ( we already had that too)
- manilla rope was used to make the swing and the ladder (Lowe's) - hot glue works well to hold it together
- the windmill was bought at Michaels, it's actually a bird house but I covered the hole with a broken wood shim - I used a plastic plant container that I spray painted white to make the windmill taller
- the potting bench was also built by hot gluing broken pieces of wood shims
- wood shims were used to make the raised garden bed
- miniature pine cones were painted green to look like cabbages
- small garden marker is a tiny broken piece of a wood shim hot glued to a nail
- the lantern and small plant hook came from a local garden shop
- the table, chairs, terra cotta pots, wheelbarrow, and tools all came from the Hob Lob
- I planted spanish moss, thyme and one little succulent 

If you have any questions let me know in the comments!  

Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust - you had to know that was coming.  ;)

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

What the What?!

With the kids out of school, I have less computer time.  Yesterday I checked a few blogs in the morning and then I was off to run errands with the kids.  When we got home we spent the rest of the day outside in the backyard.  I sent the kids to bed at around 9:00 p.m., and I didn't come back in until after 10 p.m.  I left my phone in the car when we got back home, so I hadn't checked my e-mail since around 5:00 p.m.  Why am I telling you the boring basics of my day?  Because at 11:00 p.m. when I sat down in front of the computer to check my e-mail and write my blog post for today, I opened an e-mail from one of my Haven Conference roomies, Sarah aka The Thriftress.  Here's what it said:

Girl I saw you on Apartment Therapy!  You rock!  That headboard is amazing.  Congrats!


I think my head might have popped off at that very moment!  I've been reading Apartment Therapy for what feels like a lifetime so when I clicked over to see the featured post I was beyond thrilled!


Honestly, I still can't believe my eyes.  This little blog brings so much joy to my life.  I've made so many wonderful friends - many of whom I'll be meeting in real life in just a few weeks at Haven - and I feel so blessed to be a small part of such a wonderfully creative and supportive community!

Thanks Apartment Therapy for featuring my son's pegboard headboard!  And thanks Sarah for delivering the best news ever yesterday!

Thanks to all of you who read, visit, lurk, comment, e-mail.......you already know I think you're awesome!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Dealing with a Hot Mess

I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!  It was HOT here, so I didn't feel too bad about staying inside on Sunday in order to deal with the hot mess in my bathroom.


This is so embarrassing, but ever since we had the bathroom painted and then had new carpet put in the master bedroom our bathroom has looked this way.  Basically it became a dumping ground, and it was starting to give me hives.

The cabinets and drawers needed to be cleaned and reorganized.  I found this pretty drawer liner.......


and lined the drawers and cabinets.


I left about half an inch in the back so it would be easy to remove later on if I get tired of this liner.  I've been known to change my mind.

My cabinet went from this......


to this with the help of a few accessories from Target and Lowe's.


The wire shelves from Lowe's really help to maximize the space and that wire bracket thing (no idea what you call it) is pure genius for holding my flat iron, curling iron, and hair spray!  Big thanks to my hub for putting it in for me.


This utensil caddy from Target works great for holding my makeup. 


The hubs cabinet went from this......


to this.


I reused the baskets that were in my cabinet in the hubs cabinet to hold toiletries and travel supplies.  I raided the kitchen and found these melamine bowls/ramekins for the smaller stuff.  

I found that ramekins and bowls worked well to organize the drawers as well. 


This.......


is so much better than this. 


The secret to a happy marriage - his and hers bathroom drawers/cabinets.   ;)  


I really love this drawer liner.  It makes theses drawers and cabinets look so clean.  

Now that the inside of this cabinet is clean and organized I can finish putting our master bathroom together!


I found the rug at TJ Maxx and the knobs are from Hobby Lobby. 


So what did you do over the long weekend?  Anyone else have any hot messes to deal with? 

Friday, May 25, 2012

Celebrating Lasts

Years ago I bought a book that has become one of my favorite children's books of all time  - Let Me Hold On Longer by Karen Kingsbury.



You can buy it on Amazon here.  The very first time I read it - I cried, and I've never been able to read it all the way through without tearing up a bit.  It's a good reminder for all parents no matter what age your children are to slow down and cherish your days - the good ones and the bad.  It reminds me to not just celebrate the firsts  - first steps, first words, first time riding a bike without training wheels - but to celebrate lasts as well - last time they needed a pacifier, last bottle, last sippy cup, last night they needed a night light.

Beginnings are great but so are endings.  Yesterday was my last day of being a mom to a kindergartner and a second grader.  This was their first day of school.


This was their last. 


I'm amazed at how much they've grown in a year (and how much of a difference having a good camera and learning how to use it makes!).  I just now realized that my son is wearing the exact same shorts and now (while you can't see this) they come to above the knee!  

Ice cream is always a great way to celebrate, so we dove right in. 


Here's a little mom advice for any of you that haven't reached the last day yet - feel free to take it or leave it: 

- Have your kids give their teacher gifts the day before the last day.  It makes the morning of the last day a lot less hectic.  
- If your daughter wants a crazy looking side pony tail just go with it. 
- Be prepared for crazy town.  I think the teachers gave them crazy juice because they were bouncing off the walls before we inhaled our sugary ice creams! 
- Don't forget your camera.  You will want a picture of them on their last day.
- Don't cry.  Growing up is a good thing.  Cherish the time God gives you so that you don't regret anything when they're too big to think that getting ice cream with their mom is a cool thing to do. 


Celebrating lasts has become a tradition in our house and it's one of my personal favorites.  Do you celebrate lasts too?  Can I get an amen to celebrating the last day of diapers?!  Oh my - now that was a celebration!  

I hope you all have a wonderful long weekend!  I'll see you on Tuesday! 

***Don't forget today is the last day to enter the Homes.com Spring Into The Dream contest. There's $500 on the line so be sure to get in on that Pinterest action! 

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Last Minute Teacher Gift Idea

Today is my kids last day of school!  It crept up on me this year.  It's the first year since my son started school that we don't have any snow days to make up for, so they're getting out in May instead of June.  With all of the activities we've had going on around here (my boy's birthday, soccer games, and a graduation party to attend) I sort of dropped the ball on the teacher gifts this year.  I had a couple of diy, crafty ideas floating around in my head, but I ran out of time.

So instead of making something special, I put together these sweet little summer gift bags with the help of Bath & Body Works.


I put together a collection of orange summer items and tied them up with a hand written gift tag.


Yes, it's a tad "cheese-y".  How many cheese-y jokes do you think a kindergarten and second grade teacher hear in a school year?  I think the gift tag makes these bags look more like they were well-planned rather than they were picked up at the very last minute, so we're going with cheese via oranges.  


As for the specific contents, I grabbed these crabs because they were too cute and summery not to buy - and they were orange.  These scentportables are on sale right now- buy 6 for $24, so I got one for all 4 teachers and one for me and the hubs.  Mine isn't a crab, it's a leopard peace sign -the girl picked it out for me.  They come in tons of different scents, and they really are great for the car.  Now my car smells like vanilla rather than a locker room (soccer playing boys are stinky).  Also included in these bags is a purse sized antibacterial hand gel in the Fresh Picked Tangerines fragrance - which I LOVE.  These were 5 for $5, so I got one for me too!  Last but not least I included a travel size lotion, Boost - Tangelo Woods, which is currently my favorite body lotion.  I just love the smell of citrus in the summer!  These were 3 for $10 so I bought 6.  Now I have some yummy scented travel stuff too!  

This means each bag cost around $8.50; my goal was to keep them under $10.  Not a bad price for a sweet, easy, and totally last minute way to say thanks for a great year!  The girl at Bath and Body Works also gave me the bags and ribbon, so all I had to do when I got home was put them together and add the gift tags!  


I wish I had more time, but sometimes your best ideas come to you when you're scrambling.  ;)  

We've been blessed with some of the most caring teachers.  Our teachers deserve a million dollars for all they do.  But since I don't have 4 million just lying around, these little bags will hopefully let them know we care and we're very thankful for all they've done this year!  

Orange you glad summer is here?!  

You knew that was coming right? 

Do have any great last minute gift ideas?  It's good to have some go-to ideas when you're in a pinch! 

***This was not a sponsored post.  However, if someone at Bath & Body Works wants to send me a collection of Boost Tangelo Woods body products I'd be more than happy to write another glowing review!  ;) 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Put A Label On It

What can I say really, I like labels..... a lot.  If loving labels is wrong..........I don't want to be right.

So I decided that these canvas storage bins (Target) needed a label.  


I've had these in the boy's room for over a year now, and I'm quite impressed with their durability.  

To label them I raided my craft closet and found these unfinished wood frames that I purchased at Ikea years ago.


I busted out some red paint and mixed it with water to give these frames a wash of color.  


Iced coffee makes any project better. 

While the frames were drying, I went inside and cut out some card stock. 


Then I borrowed a blue crayon from the art center


Then I hot glued some velcro I already had on hand to attach the frames to the front of each bin.  


The velcro holds them in place really well and makes it easy for me to change the labels down the road if needed.  Oh and I forgot to mention I wrapped the handle of each bin with some twine. 


And now they look like this. 


Yeah that's right, I liked it so I put a label on it.  ;) 

I love the look of the hand writing in crayon; it's so fun for a kids room.  And thanks to the velcro, it's an easy change to make.  The fronts of the Ikea frames are plastic not glass which protects the card stock but is still safe for a kids space.  



It's always crazy to me how the smallest detail can make such a big impact.  


The best part is now he has no excuse to stuff these bins full of random stuff.  Do you see a label that says "Stinky Shinguards"?  Yeah, me either.  

Are you a label lover?
 
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