Hello Tuesday AND Girls are Like Apples

It’s been a crazy week or so around here.  We spent a lot of time last week getting our ducks in a row for the beginning of our homeschool year which is set to begin next Monday, August 22.   Last Friday, my favorite great uncle passed away.  I think Dale was everybody’s favorite.  He was just that kind of guy.  Anyway, we are preparing to head down to the Branson, MO area for his funeral tomorrow.  We’ll be taking a van full – all of our household + my mom + my gram + my aunt Sherry.  So…the last few days have been busy trying to get everything necessary washed & packed & put away in addition to making arrangements for the dog and paper route (thanks again, BFF Sherry & family!).

Anyway, since I haven’t had the time to craft or create, I thought I’d share a little something I made a few weeks back.  I found this poem on Pinterest (yes, again Pinterest!) and wanted to recreate it in order to print it out sometime.  So here it is…girls are like apples

Feel free to copy it and use as you see fit.  Again, I am not the author or original creator of this poem or its format – I would like to give proper credit and would do so if I could locate the original source.  So, with that being said, please use my version for personal use and do not sell it or attempt to profit from it.  Thanks!

We are leaving about 10am tomorrow and should return sometime Friday evening.  Thanks to friends & family that are helping us by watching the pet & house. 🙂

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. 🙂

My Latest Obsession

Are you on the Pinterest bandwagon?  Oh what a wonderful way to waste spend an evening!  If you are not familiar,  here is the description from the Pinterest website –

Pinterest is a Virtual Pinboard.

Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.

Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests. To get started, request an invite.

I have boards to organize the many things I am passionate about – from FOOD FOOD FOOD to Christmas to Homeschool Misc to My Style…Pinterest is a fantastic way to organize anything you find on the internet that moves you.

Here are a few of my recent pins –

I can lose myself in Pinterest for hours – but I don’t really consider it a waste of time because it is so totally inspiring and I have discovered a lot of clever crafts and projects that will keep the kids and I busy for months – I’ve even got some Christmas presents in the works! 🙂

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