Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Blog Changes

New Blog Name!
Ahhh
I am so excited.
I have been thinking about revamping this blog
for quite some time.
I just didn't know how or what direction it should go.
I finally decided that I wanted to re-name it
to something that would reflect more what I feel about life.
If you are a follower, you know all the ups and downs I've been through the past couple of years.
How I love to savor every little bit of my life.
And so here it is.
My new blog name and theme:
How Sweet It Is

That's how I feel about life, love, family, and my extraordinary, ordinary days :)

So, come with me and savor all that life has to offer.
I hope that you too will find yourself humming...
How sweet it is....


xoxo

Patty

p.s. the blog address is the same only the name changed. In the future I will get a new domain name and redirect all that is on this blog over to the new one. But that's far in the future. 

In the meantime, check out my facebook page and follow me on pinterest too.

 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

How I Turned a Bedroom into A Classroom {Home School Project}

Here is the promised post!

How I turned my daughter’s old bedroom into a class room

For our home school and a craft room too!




First I must mention that every single thing in this room has cost me nothing.

I either already had it and moved it into this space, or I sold something that I no longer needed/wanted/used and took that money to buy whatever else I needed in this room.



My husband loved that idea. And being that I wanted to create an incredible space, I  got REALLY creative!

I never knew I had so much stuff I could get rid of (thank you facebook online garage sales!)



We started home schooling our then 9 year old son last year and it seemed that no matter where he was doing his work downstairs, it was way too distracting for him. He is easily distracted anyway, so I decided that once my daughter moved out I would turn her bedroom into our classroom!!



Unfortunately I don’t have a before pic, but trust me it wasn’t pretty ;)



First I felt that I did not want to paint this room because we are moving in a few months, so why waste all that time and sweat? Then, like I mentioned above, I had to use what I had or sell my things to get the money to buy new things. At the beginning I wanted to use my cool workbench as a desk space for me but it didn’t fit through the doorway. Soooo I looked up inexpensive desks/tables and came up with these:



 you can find it here:


I liked this particular desk because you can choose the size of the top and just set it on top of different types of legs. I chose the ones above and I chose them in white on black just like the picture. They are inexpensive and easy to set up. Plus very easy to wipe clean.

 There was SO much to do to this space that it took me a looong time. I knew I wanted my mac in here, as well as my two Cricut machines and all my crafting supplies. I also knew I wanted to make a chalkboard so I could use it to teach my son. 
Here is a tour of the room and I will post the how-tos and sources through out the week in posts to follow:



 {art work pictured is original art by local McKinney, Texas artist Ellison Martinez, my daughter}

 Vintage wire basket holds my ribbons
 burlap bunting and burlap covered bulletin board made of an old piece of foam board
 Remember my first chalk paint project? This armoire was moved from our game room and serves this class room just fine :)


 Here you can see the large piece of art work on the wall to add some pizzazz to the room. You can see how I used the ikea desks here.  There is a space for my son to do his work and spread out and one with the computer so he can do all his online class work and I can work when he's not using it :)


 You can see my Cricut machines on this desk and above it I hung this pretty chevron lamp that was so easy to set up. It is from Target.

The chalkboard is large and very useful. It was made from a scrap piece of some type of particle board and painted with chalkboard paint I had on hand. My hubby made me the really cool, distressed frame from scrap wood and painted it.
The burlap bunting was made by me using my cricut to cut out the letters for stenciling. 

 close up of chalkboard
 vintage soda crate holds supplies
vintage suitcases also hold odds and ends
my little guy loves his new classroom

 I hope you enjoyed this classroom/craft room tour. 
Come back and see the tutorials for several things plus where to buy!
Have a great Tuesday

xoxo

patty


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