May 28, 2013

Our Sweet Bub is 5 Years Old!

Our sweet Bub turned 5 years old yesterday.

I cannot believe where this time has gone.  I remember holding Katie for the first time and instantly falling in LOVe.  It is amazing how you just fall right in LOVe with a child.  And no matter what they do you still and always will LOVe them.

Sometimes I watch Katie in wonder.  I LOVe watching her grow and learn.  Trying new things and getting into trouble.  And boy does she get in trouble sometimes and drive me nuts.  But I LOVe her so much and always will!  She is my sweet, Bubba Boo and so precious to me.

 Katie, I LOVe you so much and hope you had a wonderful birthday!

Here are some pictures of Bub from a few weeks ago and they so perfectly capture her.  She LOVes playing dress up and being girly!  This dress is from her Uncle and Aunt's wedding last year that she wears around the house all the time.  Notice all the permanent stains!

May 21, 2013

Chalkboard and Barn Wood Sign for Baby's Room

Man this weather went from chilly to hot, hot, hot!  Crazy.  I just hope this summer is not as hot as it was last year in Chicago.  At least I am not pregnant!  It was hard getting around in that heat before Annie joined us in July.

A few months ago I had the pleasure of working on a couple projects for my friend and her super cute, little boy she was expecting at the time.  She asked me to help her with a chalkboard.  Of course I'm always happy to help but have to admit I was not looking forward to making a chalkboard.  Blah.  They are messier to do and with my specialty being chicken wire frames this was something new in my court.  I knew I could make one easily but it would be a longer process and I did not want to mess it up.

First on the list was to find a frame large enough to meet the request.  I decided to use an old door screen.  The Mr. took out the screen lining for me.  I painted it with Annie Sloan's French Linen, distressed and waxed with Johnson's paste wax.  I thought it came out so much better than using a regular, old frame.  My friend likes rustic and this screamed rustic.  A frame would of looked very traditional.

Next up was making the chalkboard.  I used chalkboard paint in the can and a sheet of particle board from Home Depot.  Nice thing was I bought a super large piece and they cut it into the sizes I need.  Yeah I was smart and had extra made to make more.  Might as well, huh?

I painted the board with two coats of the chalkboard paint.  I did one coat one day and the second coat a second day.  I wanted the first coat to have a full day to dry.  After the board was dry I attached it to the screen using small nails.  I nailed every two inches or so.

What a cutie, huh?

Now I didn't stop with only a chalkboard.  I made a surprise for baby and my friend.  The theme for the baby's room is cars.  I thought it would be fun to make her a barn wood sign to hang over the crib.  I knew she would LOVe the barn wood but I had to come up with a design that would appeal to her and not be cheesy.

I used a piece of barn wood we had left over from my sun sign project that we got from our family farm.  So, YES, I used some good, old, real barn wood.

The word, "VROOM" is what kept coming to mind.  I didn't want just the word, though.  It is a baby's room so needed to be playful.  I wanted more color too.  Drawing is not my forte so I had to keep it simple.  A road.  That was it!

I stenciled "VROOM" with red paint and kept the letters playful too.  I did them in a pattern that mimicked movement.  I made the first "O" large and the second small.

The road I first drew using chalk.  Great thing about that was when I messed up I could wipe away and start over.  Once I liked how it looked I painted it in using black paint.  For the road lines I traced with chalk and then filled in using white paint.  Luckily The Mr. is the artist in our home so he helped me a ton with the perspective of the road to make it look real.  Phew!

Now please let me know what you think.  I miss hearing from you all!  I also want to make sure you all aren't having problems leaving comments on here.  It honestly has been a while.  :(

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May 9, 2013

Visiting Napa, CA

Can you believe it?  I am here two days in a row!  Whoa!

So let's get to business.  I am so excited to tell you about our Napa trip that has sadly come and gone.

Why do vacations always feel like that?  You anticipate it and wish for it to hurry and get here.  Then poof.  OVER!  And it always just flies by.  Days usually feel fast but when on vacation they feel even faster!

Going to Napa was SO much fun.  AMAZING really.  Me and the Mr. had a great time together.  Kids were with grandma, which was nice to have a break but we felt lost at times without all the normal chaos around us.

We did so much while away.  Enjoyed the scenery, ate lots of great food, tried new wines and visited several wineries. What did all that include?

Well, here you go!

Drove around San Fran, stopped at the painted ladies (yep those famous row of houses from Full House) and had some In and Out Burger (Yum.  Yum.  Yum.) at the Fisherman's Wharf.  Stopped on our way to Napa and walked thru the breathtaking redwood forest at Muir Woods.  Stayed at the Harvest Inn in St. Helena.  Eateries we indulged in were Bounty Hunter in downtown Napa,  Market in downtown St. Helena, Gott's Roadside in St. Helena (which we ate at twice because it was just too good not to), and La Condesa in St. Helena.  We had coffee and and yummy treats from Le Bouchon.  Enjoyed a picnic lunch and wine at V. Sattui and wine tastings at Sterling, Stags Leap Cellars, Rutherford Hill and Kuleto.

If you get the chance to go to Napa.  DO IT!  We LOVed every minute of being there and can't wait to go back!

May 8, 2013

May Kane County Flea Market Wrapped Up!

Me and my sister had a great weekend at the Kane County Flea Market.

The weather ended up being AWESOME and we had no rain.  We were allowed more time for set up, which helped out a TON.  Crowds were plentiful and sales steady.

Our biggest seller this time around were of course our chicken wire frames.  We had them in white, light blue, coral and a taupe/grey.  White sold the most.  I usually try to stray from making a lot of whites to be different but next month I will for sure focus on having more.  Now I need to go on the hunt for frames galore! 

Our other big sellers were milk glass bud vases and our newest item to carry, striped paper straws.

The best news I got all weekend is we may be in a permanent spot in the poultry barn.  The person who had the space we've been in the last two times is moving out.  So, up for our grabs.  Our next show is June 1st and 2nd.  We will be in booth #25 which is about midway down in the barn.

Our favorite shopper was this sweet girl.

My sweet Bub!

Well, enjoy yourself today!