Valentine Blocks – a few more. :)

The Valentine cubes were so popular, I thought I’d make a few other Valentine sets. 🙂

These are all available for $10 each – just shoot me a message if you are interested.  Oh, and remember, I’m always happy to make custom orders – share with me your vision and I’ll work to make it a reality. 🙂 Thanks!

Hello Again!

Oh my friends…where do I begin???  The last 3 weeks have been about as close to crazy and as chaotic as I can manage.  Between the normal managing a home with lots of people in it + homeschooling 5 kids in 5 different grades + keeping 2 toddlers from climbing the walls and escaping out the door, I have ventured into a small business.  What started out as a small post on a local facebook “for sale” type site, has blossomed into what could turn into an actual business.  Last Friday, as in just 1 weeks ago, I posted the following on the “Richardson County Swap & Talk” facebook site

This was the only I had, but I was curious to see if anyone would be willing to pay $10 for it.  I got quite a bit of positive feedback and requests for me to build and sell, so on Saturday morning I listed this

and got even MORE orders!

Fast forward to today…7 days later… and I now have over 50 orders for a variety of different block styles!  My carport is littered with 2X4 blocks in various stages of completion…raw wood…sanded blocks…primed blocks…painted blocks…etc.

Here are a few pictures of other completed projects from this week!

So… in addition to what had been my normal juggling act, I have tossed in another (rather large) ball.  I am so excited about this, though!  I feel like it has been an incredibly long time since I have done something for me – not as a mom or a wife or a church member or whatever…but for me.  It’s a very good feeling. 🙂

I must admit I am not balancing quite well right now…for as I was writing this blog, I discovered the little guys had found a big soup pot and were filling it with Hot Wheel cars in the living room while watching Dora the Explorer.  I guess it could have been worse. 🙂

SO BLESSED! 🙂

Another Pinterest Inspired Piece

INSPIRATION –  http://pinterest.com/pin/73145672/

MY RE-CREATION –

This piece was one of the first things I found on pinterest that I absolutely adored. It is so beautiful in its simplicity and honesty, I just had to recreate it .  Fortunately, I had everything here – so this project cost me a whopping $0.00 and about 4 hours.

I started out by asking hubby to find me a board approximately 40″ X 28″ – he found a scrap board that was about 60″ X 24″, so he cut it down to 40″ and I made due.  I used my Cricut and the Jasmine font and cut out all the letters at 3″.  I then sanded the board and painted with a blend of leftover paint (a caramel brown from the kitchen, and black from my oldest’s bedroom trim).  I did not spend any time worrying about painting it evenly or neatly – I was going for a sort of rustic/worn look.  Then came the real pain in the bootie work – measuring the board to evenly space the letters.  Pain Pain Pain – you see, I was silly and assumed that by cutting the letters out at 3″, they would all measure 3 inches and everything would be hunky dory – nope.  I didn’t take into consideration that the capital letters would be taller, as well as the tall (like “b” or “h” or “l”) or hangy-down letters (like “g” or “p”) would throw off the measurements.  In the end, I taped off 3 1/2 inch lines down the board and tried to center each row of letters within the taped lines.  I used mod podge to adhere the letters and then painted 2 coats on mod podge (matte finish) over the entire thing.  It’s far from perfect, but I still really like it. 🙂

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