Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Christmas Lego Advent Calendar

Can you believe it's almost December? My, where does the time go? Well if you like keeping track of time, or counting down the days until a certain someone comes with a sack filled with presents, then you’ll love making this little Lego advent calendar :)

My little guy and I had fun putting this together in a matter of about one hour.

Here’s what you’ll need:

One metal cookie sheet

Super glue or E6000 adhesive

Roll of magnets

Various colors/sizes of Legos

Scrapbook embellishments

Scrapbook numbers and days of week

Or Black Sharpie


Drill to drill holes into the cookie sheet


First gather up all the Legos you will use. I simply went through my little guy’s humongous tote of Legos and picked out the reds and whites to use as the background for the numbers. I used some of the skinny tan Legos to separate the weeks as you can see from the pictures. Lay them out on the table to make sure you like the color scheme. I then started piecing them together with a little help from my assistant.

At the top of the calendar, I simply wrote in the days of the week with a Sharpie since I could not find stickers to use. Then I started peeling and sticking the number stickers for each day of the week. What I like about these stickers is that they can be removed and reapplied so we can do this again next year :)

To me the trickiest part was finding enough reds and whites to make the calendar work. I left the top of the calendar bare so that you can see the Lego bricks exposed.

I put in an embellishment right next to the 25th of December and just added some more tan bricks to that week. I took the whole thing and carefully turned it around on its back. I unrolled the magnet roll and cut out some strips of magnets and peeled off the backing, put a dab of the E6000 adhesive on and stuck it to the bricks across several rows to make sure it will stick to the cookie sheet. I put a heavy dictionary on this for about 20 minutes to set.

In the meantime I drilled two holes at the top of my cookie sheet to string the ribbon for hanging.

I cut some ribbon and used the same adhesive to glue it down on each side of my Lego calendar.

I also added more of the scrapbooking “puffy” embellishments for color to the cookie sheet.

I like the ease of the embellishments because they come ready to stick with a peel and stick back.

I am using one of the round embellishments as the count down button so my little guy can move it from day to day.

After the magnets have set carefully place it on your cookie sheet and Voila! Cute Lego Advent calendar for about $10!

We had so much fun making this and we are hanging it on our kitchen to countdown for Christmas.

Have a great week and come back as I show you how to make a really cute wreath I am working on this week :)
And don't forget to enter the $30 Kohl's Gift Card Giveaway below this post!!

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Monday, November 28, 2011

One Stop Christmas Hop Giveaway {$30 Kohls Card}

**giveaway is closed***

I hope everyone had a great relaxing Thanksgiving weekend. I am so excited to bring you my latest giveaway to get you started on a great Holiday season :) 
I am participating in my very first link giveaway


This is a big event everyone! There are lots of bloggers participating and giving away tons of prizes!
When you enter mine be sure to enter their giveaways too!
Click on this>>>Christmas Blog Hop Giveaways to enter all the other giveaways :)
And what am I giving away?? Well, nothing less than a $30 gift card to one of my favorite stores!
That's right! Kohl's!
Enter by commenting below for one chance to win. Make sure you put your email address if you don't have your blogger set with email. 
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This giveaway will end on Dec 6th at 10:59 CST
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

CSI Project Cute Lego Advent Calendar

I am guest posting over at The CSI Project 
where I am sharing a tutorial on making a cute and very EZ Lego Advent calendar!! Go on over there and show me some comment love!!

Come back here tomorrow for some more cute Christmas crafts!!


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Relaxing Time For Us {Lake Conroe}

This past week was hectic and relaxing all at the same time.
At work I had to hurry up and finish all my month end stuff to get ready to attend a conference at Lake Conroe. After all that was done the hubster and I headed down to the conference together. It was nice to be away alone. It was so pretty. We stayed at a really nice resort in a pretty snazzy room . 

{view from our balcony}

We arrived Wednesday evening and after checking in and registering me for the conference we went out to dinner. We found a little Mexican place off the beaten path and enjoyed a nice meal. We always like to venture a little out of the main streets to see what we can find. On the way there we saw this place called Fajita Jack's all lit up with colorful lights and lots of flash. We decided that we wanted a nice quiet dinner...and more authentic if you will.
Hence, this little Mexican place. It was quiet and the food was very good. It was called El Bosque, I think.
The next day while I attended my seminars, the husband had some R&R time and he strolled around the lake taking pictures and making friends with the locals.  I love that he is the total opposite of me-he talks to everybody!!
I tend to keep more to myself, which is why I love having him with me :) At lunch we went to the historic downtown area to look around and ended up eating some yummy chicken fried chicken with all the fixins.

Oh, funny story time. The previous night as I was telling my oldest son to make sure the little guy wrote out his Christmas list, I casually mentioned that all I wanted for Christmas was a pair of roller skates. We both had a nice laugh about that.
Ok, now back to the antiques shop. The hubby and I are looking around this cool shop. The owner is telling us how that shop used to be the post office back in the late 1800's and how I should take a picture of the front counter, etc. 

He also still  has the original "air conditioning" unit hanging from the ceiling! How cool is that?! (no pun intended hee)

So I have in my mind that I want to find a neat vintage suitcase but I can't see anything I like in this shop.
When lo and behold my husband points to something over there->  A pair of roller skates!!!!!! They are awesome! Except I am not too excited because what are the chances they'll fit me right? He examines them for the price figuring we can sell them when he shows me the inside of them. Size 8!!!! My size !!!!GAhhhhhhhhhh I can't believe my luck.
Then I look down as I take them to the register and I spot a super-dee-duper vintage suitcase!! Ahhhhh The LORD is good :)
The shop owner says he'll give me a good deal on both. I agree to his price and I walk out with both. I can't wait to get them home and try them on and skate around my house :)
It was such a relaxing time just the two of us but by night #2 I was already missing the kids. (isn't that always the case?)

 {boats by the lake}

On the way back home we cranked the radio up loud and sang songs and smiled like we were kids. I felt 16 again riding in the car with my sweetheart. 
One of the best feelings in the world is being with him.
Just the two of us.
How was your weekend?

Friday, November 11, 2011

Thankful Thursdays {Can't Make It Without His Support}

The title of this post refers to two "Hims" - if that makes any sense.
First Him, is of course my Father in Heaven who knows me beyond compare.
This leads to the second him-my husband.
And let us not forget how God knows me so well He sent me this fine man to take good care of me.
I can't make it without his support.
I am thankful that the Lord loves me so much that He created this wonderful person to hold my hand (literally) through eternity.
My husband is a special man.
He doesn't make hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.
He doesn't run a multi-million dollar corporation.
Fans don't adore him or shout his name.
He isn't on a cover of a magazine.
He has a reading disability.
He drives an old little truck.
He prefers to work with his hands.
He likes to work "behind the scenes helping others"
He is a good listener.
And a great father.
He often puts himself down.
He calls himself a lucky guy to have married such a smart person ;)
He says "I lucked out that you married a stupid guy".
I don't agree with that sentiment.
For it is I who lucked out with him.
This man cooks for me.
When the water heater breaks he heats the water for me and has the tub full just right so I can take a hot bath. He takes my towels right out of the drier so I can have them warm and wrapped around me.
This is a man who bathed and dressed me when I couldn't right out of the hospital, who would make me special made-to-order yummy breakfasts so I would feel special.
This is the man who in the middle of the night gets up out of bed just because I am craving chocolate cake and drives out to the Wal-mart (or wherever) to get it for me because he doesn't "want me to go without" (any time not just when I was expecting).
Yes, it is indeed I who "lucked out".
This man has supported me in more than monetary ways.
Every time I come up with a career idea he is my biggest cheerleader-my biggest fan.
He is right there besides me passing out flyers, standing for hours at crafts fairs, watching the kids and doing dishes while I blog ;)
This is the man who went with me to a new church "just to check it out" (and this one was a HARD one for him, who NEVER went to church!) and sits and prays with our family and prays with me at night.
Yes, indeed I am lucky.
No matter what hard luck, trial, good fortune or bad news befalls us, this man has been there for me.
I could not have made it this far without his support.
I could not have made it this far without HIS support.
Thank you Lord for knowing me.
My strengths.
My weaknesses (of which I have MANY).
And sending just the right soul to guide me through
this life --- and the next.
Thank you for supporting and uplifting me with this man
whom I call-HUSBAND.
My heart is full.
And it is filled with gratitude.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Black Friday Sales and Ads

With Thanksgiving right around the corner
all the merchants are busily readying themselves for the Black Friday shoppers!
Following are some links you may find
helpful in planning your shopping day and scoring some great bargains. I have even read where some retailers are starting their sales early.
My daughter and I love to wake up early on Friday morning and try to score some good deals. I don't know if we'll be doing that this year.
We'll just have to wait and see :)

As soon as I find Target's and the rest of
the most popular ones I'll post those too.
Happy bargain hunting!

 All these links were obtained from Black Friday Ads.net

Friday, November 4, 2011

Making Pretty Glass Bottle Arrangements

I don't know about you but I love to make pretty arrangements out of ordinary things. This past summer
while I was home convalescing from my ailments, I decided to try some simple projects but I just never got around to posting them on my blog.
One of them was making small pretty arrangements out of Starbucks painted bottles.

Now, I don't drink coffee, but here's where freecycle.org came in handy: I simply put out a request for someone who drinks those Starbucks frappuccinos to save the empty glass bottles for me and I'd be glad to pick them up. 
Well a sweet lady emailed me saying she had a big box of them for me :)
So here's what you'll need:
*Several of those Starbucks frap glass bottles or any pretty shapped glass bottles
*any type of paint (I used plain white latex paint)
*ribbon and any other embellishments
*fresh or silk flowers
First I took all my bottles and soaked them overnight in warm, soapy water to remove all traces of the coffee and to soften the labels. I did this in my kitchen sink.
The next morning I peeled off all the labels and scrubbed off any adhesive residue left over.
Don't worry too much about the residue because you can cover it up later.
I dried them inside and out with a dishcloth and then let them air dry for several hours.
After they were dry, I simply put down several pieces of newspaper and got a plastic cup and poured some paint (french white) into it. 
I then poured a little bit into each dry glass bottle and swirled it around very well, taking care to coat the entire inside of the bottle. I turned it upside down over the plastic cup to drip down any left over paint back into the cup and tap, tap, tap to make sure there are no drips.
Set your glass bottle aside to dry.
Repeat with remaining bottles.
After you are all done and they are completely dry, I let them dry all day then you can decorate them :)

Aren't they cute even like this?

I simply took some lace ribbon, some silk flowers, and some ribbon and other embellishments and hot glued them on the bottles. You can even put real flowers in them I just didn't have them on hand. Can you picture these as table markers at a wedding with a cute little chalkboard tag on them?
Or on a bed side table with real flowers in a guest room on a pretty silver tray?
So many uses for these pretty glass bottles.
I had so much fun painting these I also made some chalkboard ones.
Except I spray painted the outside of them so I can write on them over and over again! I'll have to show you those next time ;)
So many cool uses for these little glass bottles.
I am planning on getting more from this lady and just washing them and wrapping some cute labels on the outside filling them with milk, and sticking colorful striped straws and having a milk and cookies party for my kids!
What kind of uses can you think of for these fun little bottles? 

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Kid's Homework Space-Room Redo

Happy Friday everyone! This is a project  that has been long overdue! My little guy's homework space!

When we first moved into this house, his room, which he shared with my older son was covered in hideous wallpaper. We removed that and painted it a celery green color. Well after my older son moved into his own room I decided the little guy needed a room revamp and so this project was born :)
Here is a before pic:

My little guy is always doing his homework downstairs in our dining room, but he is easily distracted, as most nine year old boys are, so I decided to make him his very own space to do his homework.

I started by painting his room in a calming blue-gray color, courtesy of the folks over at Dutch Boy paint. This shade is called Surfin USA-how fun is that?

I then sketched out how I wanted his space to look on a piece of paper. It always helps me to jot down ideas as they happen so I won’t forget later on. I have a notebook in which I keep all my ideas and sketches. I noted down possible color schemes that could go with this paint color along with items that I already owned and accessories I had on hand. I always try to incorporate all these things when I redo a room or redecorate.

I had a vintage child’s desk that I had bought last Spring on Craigslist for $10. I spray painted that red so I knew I was going to have reds in the room. I left the top intact because I love how it has all those nicks and scratches. Who knows what little guy got into trouble while sitting at this desk?
 Anyway since I know my little guy is into old planes I knew I was going to have that in his space as well. He loves to check out books and videos (on WWII planes!!) from the library but often forgets the due dates (YIKES) so I had to incorporate that in as well. I had also gone junkin’ the previous weekend and scored a really cool vintage wooden ammo box. I knew I wanted to use that.

So after taking all that into consideration this is what I ended up with:

He has his journal and pen in his basket along with his favorite flashlight and a nice quiet area to read and do his homework during the week. The ammo box holds his books but the baskets under the chalkboard hold library books and videos with the due dates clearly written above. This way he remembers when we need to return them! Goodbye late fees! ((fingers crossed))
I then took some painters dropcloth, made some pillow covers and stenciled them with craft paint. The little baskets are from the Dollar Tree and the labels are simply black vinyl, scallop punched and tied with twine. I wrote on them with erasable chalk pen so I can simply wipe them clean and re-label if need be. The curtains I had before, I simply tied them back with some rope I already had.

The little lamp is from Target ($10) and the F-L-Y letters are from Hobby Lobby spray painted metallic silver and nailed to the wall. The shelf is a piece of pine stained and fastened to the wall with iron brackets I had on hand and the art is made by my little guy. I am on the lookout for a cute little chair for him to sit on and I can’t wait to show you the completed room complete with a propeller my hubster made for him :)

This was a fun project that my sweetie is already enjoying. I have some more work to do on his dresser and the rest of his room. You’ll have to come back to see how that is coming along.

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More the Merrier Monday

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

One Stop Christmas Hop Giveaway

I wanted to give everyone a heads up on a really cool Christmas giveaway that I'll be participating in a few weeks.
It's called the One Stop Christmas Hop Giveaway.
I'll be giving away a $30 Kohl's giftcard.
The cool thing about this is that many, many, bloggers will be participating so when you come enter mine, you'll be able to enter all of theirs too!
Yay! More chances to win cool prizes :)
So come back on the 29th and let the fun begin!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Kid's Homework Space-Guest Post

Hey everyone! Today I am guest blogging over at
"Create Something Inspiring!"
A very cool blog where I am showing off my little guy's new homework space :)

Hop on over there to read all about it and while you're at it enter to win 2 gallons of Dutch Boy paint. The same kind of paint I used on his room :)


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