Friday, October 23, 2009

My Home is Full of Music..and Some Refreshed Spaces!

Well, it is not exactly music yet! I asked my Austin, who is 10, if he has ever considered playing an instrument. He said yes, piano or guitar. I then asked him to choose and he chose the guitar! I am very excited about this because I know it is good for a child to play an instrument. We went after school and after careful consideration, he chose electric. We will be signing up for lessons.

Play that funky music, white boy!! :)

Did you know the guitar boxes double as row boats and wooden spoons double as paddles?

We have an acoustic guitar that my Dad gave us and I am excited about learning with him! (or trying to!!)

On to part two of my blog title for this week, the refreshed spaces.
Here is a bare wall in my bedroom. Now that I have gotten over the "Less is more" syndrome, I am trying to spruce up some spaces.

I ordered a shelf from Home Decorators Collection. This is how it came. It took me all afternoon to get this thing put together.

Once I got it all put together, I needed to add some things to it and above it. I had an idea to use my favorite picture I took when we went to the Dominican Republic a couple of years ago.

Here is the picture before...

And after. This arrangement was printed from my home printer, which is an HP that always prints grea pics. There is a glare, but it really looks neat! See me?? The frames were two dollars each, so 18.00 plus the photo paper and my ink!

And here is the finished product with the picture and some added decor, including the flower arrangements I made. I hope you can click and make it bigger. Like it?

Refreshed space project #2 for this week:

I had this idea at Hobby Lobby. I bought these letters. When I bought them, I noticed they did not give me screws or nails. I actually had exactly ten left over from the shelf (does that mean it is gonna fall apart?), and they fit the holes perfectly. They were silver, though.

So, I screwed them into a folder and found some purple paint.

The purple paint matches my little girls' bathroom perfectly! Yay! Finally a place to hang robes and towels at bathtime.
It takes three towels to bathe them. One for the floor because no matter how many times I say "Don't splash", they splash, and two more towels for them! I used to lay the towels across the tub and countertop to dry. I always hated that. Now, a solution!! I love it!

I hope you do too!!

My girls are wearing Halloween shirts to school almost every day this week. The only problem is they keep asking me at night if we are going Trick or Treating after dinner. I explain every night that they are just being "festive". They just want candy! :) I made them some cute hairbows with some ribbon I got for half price at Hobby Lobby (are you seeing a pattern with my shopping choice?).

As most of you know, My Friend's Mom just lost a four and a half year battle with brain cancer. Her church organized a benefit for the family to help with her medical bills. I was astounded to hear the price of chemo treatments and meds. The benefit was a run/walk and golf tournament. Of course, since Christy has been my friend since I was five and she was four, there was NOTHING that was gonna keep my from going to walk! Here we are when we first got there. It was extremely cold and we were crying. I still love the picture.

And here is Mom with Christy. We lived next door to her family and took numerous vacations with them. They are our family!!
Well, we did not run. We had no desire to run. We were there to take in the scenery and chat with old friends.
Well, as I said, it was cold, but when you get going, you warm up and there were some of the steepest hills I have ever walked up on this course! Very hilly, indeed. Anyway, Mom got hot and since she had on three layers of pants, she shedded layers right there on the course!

We liked to pretend we were doing something big, so at every mile, Mom celebrated as if she were running a marathon!

Sponsors of the Golf Tournament were displayed on the road.

I cannot imaging standing alone without my precious Momma.

I am not a golfer but I do know this is a hard hole!

Go Momma, Go!!
Here is Christy, her Step-Dad, Terrill and his daughter Kelly. Terrill was so humble and thankful about this whole event. He was given almost 7,000.00 from this event to help out with bills he has incurred. Is that wonderful or what?! He was so good to Teresa. She stayed at home. He could have had someone else take care of her, but he would not have had it any other way. He loved her until the very end. Marriage vows at their finest. What a MAN! I hope you will join me in saying a little prayer for this family.

We always have moments that truly make us laugh! There were 30 walkers/runners. We, as I said before, walked and talked and took pictures. We enjoyed each others' company. We also came in 26th and 27th (If I remember right) out of 30! The funny thing was when they had the award presentation, they gave awards to the top two runners in each age group. I am 35 and there were a ton of 30-40 year olds, but only two 50-60 year olds, so Mom won an award! She was the top two, the only two, but still the top two!! And here she is showing off her prize.
My Autumn and her softball team were invited to the County Board of Education meeting so that they could be recognized for winning the Newton-Rockdale softball championship! She is in the front with tan pants smiling so big. She pitched every game of that tournament, 22 innings in one day! Go Autumn!

Thanks for reading my blogs. I am really enjoying this. Take care and have a great week!
Read my food blog sometime and add your recipes. Click the cupcake!!
.................until next time.


Michele said...

I love the beach picture!! I might try that idea somewhere in my house. I need to go to a tropical island first!! I am going to make your pumpkin cookies this weekend to share on Sunday with Sunday School teachers. They are so yummy! Enjoy your weekend!

Cindy Lou said...

Austin will enjoy the guitar! Justin sure loves his!! I love the row boats...too cute!! The girls are excited about getting candy!! I just went and bought them some need to make them wait!!lol!! I love all your new deor! Have a great week! I love you!!

Kelli said...

I love the guitar and I hope my little boy will one day play. The beach picture is gorgeous and the arrangement above the shelf is perfect!! The shelf is just right for that empty spot. Not bland any more. Also, I know you're proud of Autumn. Softball is so challenging...well any sport is challenging for me! LOL!! Have a great relaxing weekend!!

Theresa said...

I love all of the pictures, Austin and the guitar, the girls playing with the boxes and your re-dos are just wonderful. Even better in person:) Bath hanger-dangers are precious and functional!

Fun pictures from our walk and did you have to post the one of me dropping my drawers on the golf course, seriously? :) We did have fun and 5K is further than it sounds, whew. I am also proud of Autumn for that win! HUGE:) She is a chip off the old block, hehe! Too bad you posted this morning or you could have posted our afternoon mirror hang:)

Love you Gank

Kelly said...

Okay. I must know how you did that with the picture. That looks awesome. Hairbows, too cute! You're just the domestic goddess, aren't you? You can cook, you can make crafts. Is there anything you can't do?

Anyway, thanks for such a good post.

Tracychele @ The Week-Ender said...

Kelly, my printer has a poster option and you can choose from many different sizes (3,6,9 prints) and just load the paper. I love it. I am going to try another one. Thanks for the compliments. Blogging has really inspired me.

cindy@cottage instincts said...

I love reading your weekly updates. Your sprucified wall looks absolutely fab...and you are brave for putting that shelf together, girl! The framed shots, wow. Painting those screws was pure genious...I much prefer hooks to bars in the bathroom.

Loved reading and seeing all the pictures from the fundraiser walk. Such a great thing, and soooo great to share it with your mom.

My son, who is a musician and got a minor in classical guitar, started learning to play at age 10. I taught him till he surpassed me by leaps and bounds! Your son is at a great age to begin. And the rowboat shot cracked me up. Seriously, are kids the best or what? And congrats to your beautiful softball-toting daughter!

Great roundup for the week!

Fifi Flowers said...

Lovely family life is what I see in this post... ENJOY!

Domestic Goddess..Diva sometimes said...

Ok, the first thing I thought when I saw the guitar box was "Perfect for a Halloween decoration! A coffin!" ;)

Thanks for sharing all those great photos and your children are really cute! :)

Also, thanks for visiting my blog. :D

Its So Very Cheri said...

Love the guitar-all 3 of my boys have guitars but have never taken lessons and they aren't electric.
Life long friends are so special and definitely family.


The DIY Show Off said...

What a great week! I love catching up on your weekly posts. Thanks so much for sharing a look at the girl behind the blog. I love the wall art - it's gorgeous! Great job!


deborah said...

This post is just chock full of great ideas! Love the art work & the change to the room. You have a beautiful family! Enjoyed it all! Deborah