Last week on S.Y.T.Y.C. we had an outdoor themes projects. Mine was “Bringing Outdoors Indoors”. I made a reversible table runner and placemats with embroidered ants on one side and an embroidered ladybug on the other side. I was excited to finally use this ladybug appliquéd but my kitchen has ladybug decorations in it. I choice the colors that I did for the table runner and placemats because it reminded me of a picnic quilt.
Adam helped me make the center piece for the table. I wanted some wood that looked really weathered and what better than the weather wood from our fence that got blown down a while back during a tornado. The wood was warped so it helped with the weathered look. Then I stained it with some ebony stain and the next day sanded it. I don’t completely love the flower vases I got to go in it. They are too short. So I need some taller vases for it. I have debated on stenciling “Anderson Est. 2011”, but I am not sure with the stain being so dark.
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A few days ago I posted a picture of Bradley on Instagram and several people commented on the bookshelves in the background, so I decided I’d do a recap of some of the projects for our sunroom. When we first moved into our house the sunroom was our children’s playroom. Over time that has changed and now we simply have a play area in Mommy’s craft room. But the color scheme is still the same. You see having boys and girls I wanted it to be something that was neutral but still fun and playful.
I had seen this table and chairs at Hobby Lobby and it was what inspired the decoration of this room. Hobby Lobby also has a bookshelf and coat rack to match but they aren’t needed in my area. Later I was looking for something to organize the kids’ toys in and I found this cute set up at Wal-Mart. I am not as fond of the basket now as I was when I first got them. They haven’t held up as well as I would like so I am planning to get some different baskets in the future. Hopefully I can find some plastic ones in the same color scheme that will fit.
I realized when preparing to write this recap that I never did a post on the first project my husband and I did for the sunroom, the picture frames. I will tell you more about them at the end of this post.
The next project I did for this room was the Artwork display. It has been a year since I made the artwork display and while I still love it I have learned a few things about it. 1. My oldest daughter has made lots of stuff to hang on it and I had to reattach her clothes pin. The hot gun didn’t hold up well over time. 2. The sun has faded the cardstock from the lettering, but it still looks nice.
The last project I want to feature in this post is the Pallet bookshelves. It has also been a year since I made them and I still love them. They don’t hold a bunch of books but its prefect for each child to have two books in the sunroom and the rest of their books in their rooms.
As far as the picture frames go, I looked and looked for something that I liked to match the color scheme and I couldn’t find anything. So I decided I wanted to paint some picture frames so that each side was a different color (red, blue, green and yellow). Adam did this for me. He taped off two sides and painted the other two sides, then when they were done he taped off the sides he painted and painted the other two sides. When I bought the paint I wasn’t thinking and I bought flat. So when I made the artwork display and the bookshelves, I put a coat of mod podge on the picture frames to give them more of a finished look. They have gotten messed up some over the years but for the most part they still look good. The pictures of my children that are in the frames were done by Mandi Hutchenson Photography. If you are in the Birmingham area and looking for someone to take pictures of your family make sure to get in contact with Mandi, she does a wonderful job.
Last week Bradley and I spent the week in the office. It was nice being out of the house but man was I tired by the end of the week. Bradley did his fair share of getting into stuff. Actually he got into everything. Hopefully I got everything put back where he goes and Laney doesn’t have a mess to come back to. Bradley enjoyed reading all the law magazines.
For about a year we have been talking about a bigger hot water heater. We had a 40 gallon hot water heater and do NOT try to take a hot shower after the girls because there isn’t any hot water. I finally started making Noah take the first shower because he was always getting left without any hot water. Wednesday morning Bradley got up really early. I opened our bedroom door going towards Bradley’s room and heard Rhino crying something awful. I thought no wonder he is awake so early. As soon as I opened Rhino’s door I understood why she was crying the way she was. Our hot water heater busted and our laundry room aka Rhino’s room was filled with steam and hot water. She generally sleeps on top of the hot water heater, so its very possible she was asleep on top of it when it bust. Our talking about getting a bigger hot water heater became a must do today thing and now we have an 80 gallon hot water heater. Not the way I wanted to get it but I am enjoying the hot water.
Rhino hasn’t been sleeping on the hot water heater anymore either. Actually she is still pretty scared to even go in her room. She has made a bed of the box the hot water heater was in.
As you know from my post Friday Food we had breakfast one day last week. It was the same day our hot water heater bust and that was an all day thing getting taken care of. The man was here at dinner time installing it. So I was trying to get all four kids plates fixed and make sure Adam ate and fix myself a plate. I fixed all four kids a plate and before I realized it Bradley had his plate and was eating his biscuit. He enjoyed it!!
Of course yesterday was Mother’s Day. Hopefully I’ll get to do a full post on Mother’s Day but in case I don’t. I got some lovely flowers from my parents. Adam got me an orchid. I have been wanting one so now I have to figure out how to keep it alive. I also got a coffee maker and lots and lots of art work.
Next week I get a break on cooking. Since Sunday is Mother’s Day I don’t have to come up with anything. Yay!!
Sunday – Mother’s Day! My husband is cooking a surprise for me and while I don’t completely know what it is I know salmon is involved (my favorite).
Monday – I decided I am going to try out a recipe I saw on High Heels & Grills this week called Easy Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas. My husband has been talking about enchiladas all school year. The kids have them at school and he loved them when we were in school so finding a recipe for them has crossed my mind. Then when Sarah posted this recipe last week I knew it was prefect. So perfected that I had to pin it so I’ll be able to easily find it later.
Tuesday – I am really in the mood for light and refreshing, with that in mind I decided I’d make chicken salad and pasta salad for dinner.
Wednesday – I asked my husband what he wanted for dinner and his response was “fried chicken”. My Mom taught me how to make the best fried chicken legs and they always seem to come out just right. So its fried chicken, black eyed peas, mash potatoes and corn bread.
Thursday – I was out of ideas and the kids were getting home from school. I asked them what they wanted and Taylor told me pork chops. I think she was reading my mind. I knew I didn’t want anymore chicken meals and I am not a huge hamburger meat person. We are going to have pork chops, sweet peas and corn.
Friday – It will be just me, Adam and Bradley so I am hoping for another date night. If not I guess I’ll have to come up with something last minute.
Today marks three years since Adam and I started dating. When we met forever was not in my mind, a relationship was not in my mind either. But the more I talked to him and spent time with him I knew he was the perfect guy for me. He was everything I ever wanted or needed in a husband.
We have over come a lot together and through the good times and the bad he is still the perfect guy for me. I love you Adam and I am so glad God gave me you for forever!!
Yesterday was mine and Adam’s one year wedding anniversary. I can not believe its already been a year. Shopping for each other has been hard for both of us in the last few holidays. So much so that we haven’t gotten each other much of anything. The night before Adam was still trying to figure out what to get me. I think he did a great job with this bracelet. I told him he won’t have a hard time shopping for me for a while now. The harder part will be picking a charm to add to it.