Tip For Baseball Moms

This post is a little random.  But, as I was doing this laborious, but somewhat rewarding. chore the other day I thought maybe this might be a useful post for someone out there so here ya go.  I have been doing a lot of this lately.
my boy playing baseball
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{Forced} Tulips

It’s rainy and gray outside today.  Don’t get me wrong, I love rain – but I LOVE the sun more.  So, I thought I would share with you a little sunshine and happiness today in the form of tulips 🙂
Tulips speak spring to me.  I haven’t planted bulbs in years.  I just can’t seem to remember!!  But when I saw this post by Kim at Sand and Sisal I knew I had to try it.  I love the looked of forced tulips in glass vases.  I love that you can see all the parts, and I love that you can have that early bit of spring inside.  But, you know I have told you that I am not a patient person….so when Kim also shared her “cheater” version I was on it.  I found my perfect specimen at Aldi for $3.99!! Love it.  Everything else I needed I had.  So, here is what I started with.



I wasn’t sure how many bulbs I would find or how big they would be so I pulled both vases, but in the end I went with the bigger one.  



The first step is to remove the bulbs from the pot and the dirt.  I was certain that I was killing them as I ripped apart the roots to free the bulbs.  But, I just had to try.  Hey, if it didn’t work – I only lost $4 ;).  




I did my best to get all the dirt off and trimmed the roots down as Kim instructed and then I started putting together the masterpiece.  First place a couple of handfuls of glass stones (or whatever you have or like – some sort of rock).  
Add water just to the top of the stones.



Then place the bulbs on top of the stones and voila…


Well, hmmmm.  That doesn’t look like Kim’s.  So, I used some stones that I had leftover and placed them around the bulbs to help them to stay in position.  There that’s better. 




And what glory I saw a few days later…


I’m soooo happy this worked!!  Please be sure to check out Kim’s post for the real way to force tulip bulbs and for her full instructions on how to do it the cheater way ;).  
Trying to get organized today on a plan for some spring cleaning.  Hoping to have warm, sunny, open windows kind of weather soon so I can get started!!
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It’s Friday…

But Sunday’s Comin.

Today is Good Friday – the day we remember the sacrifice that Jesus chose in the cross.  I am so very thankful that Jesus chose to be obedient to The Father and die on the cross for my sins.  I found this video a couple of years ago, and maybe you’ve seen it or heard the sermon before but it is so powerful, and I love it so I am sharing it.  Feel free to share it with others, it is such a good testimony to the whole celebration of the crucifixion and the resurrection.  


What a blessing for us, that we know Sunday’s comin.  Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend celebrating The Risen Savior!!
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Springified Mantel

Well, all the chicks have returned to the nest and we are back in our routine.  The weather here has been like a yo-yo.  One day in the 70s next day in the 30s.  Since I can’t dig in the dirt yet I decided to springify the mantel.  


I showed you last week my chevron backdrop project,



and showed you my burlap wreath here.



The rest of the things on the mantel I already had.  
You’ll see something different with the wreath – the accessory.  The cross was cute, but something about it was bugging me, so it found a new home.  


I just added it to the heart wreath that I keep on my door year around.  I can never get the color on the front door to photograph well, but it’s the same as the inside here.
I was at Hobby Lobby looking for something to put in its place and the feather just spoke to me ;).  


Most of the time when I have a weird idea I tend to avoid it, but this time I went for it and I really like the look, it brings softness to it all.  



 Here it is all together again.


Simple enough that it will most likely stay like that for a while!!  Very excited about the chevron backdrop and the potential.  The command hook works perfectly to hold up the wreath – and I’m already thinking of other things I could hang on there when I get tired of the wreath!!
Blessings to you this week!  Take time and prepare your hearts for the celebration of the resurrection of our Lord!!
The crowds going ahead of Him, and those who followed, were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David; BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD; Hosanna in the highest!”
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DIY Chevron Backdrop

Okay, so like a week ago I shared with you my burlap wreath.  And, my frustration over how well it blended in with the brick.  I was so bummed and had hit a brick wall {ha!}.  Then, as I walking in the back yard, I spotted this.
This was our attempt at building a “door” for our small shed to keep the dog out.  It never stayed together the way we intended, the dog ran away :(, and we took it down.  I asked my husband not to throw it out last summer because “I might use it”… and here it has sat since then.  {have I mentioned our back yard needs lots of work?}
So, I started in tearing it apart.
And then cutting it up.  I decided I didn’t really want it that long, so I thought I would cut the pickets in half.  But, then I didn’t want only one end to have the points, so I decided to cut those off too.  And then I put it back together using the same 1×2’s to anchor the pieces together.
Remember this wood wasn’t perfect to begin with and it had been sitting outside for months through all the elements.  Perfectly imperfect!!
I had grand plans for this piece.  I love the look of chevron and you remember I shared this picture with you.  
source: MadeByGirl
So….I read several tutorials on how to make chevron stripes and finally thought I had it figured out….sorta.
For the background color, I used the white paint that I used to paint my built-ins, and doors for a cohesive look that I might be able to use year around.  Remember, I’m not worried about it being perfect so I just slapped the paint on there, not bothering with the holes, or getting complete coverage.  
Then for the chevron design.  I’m so not one for measuring more than necessary so I decided to use the planks for the vertical lines and use a yard stick for the horizontal lines.  Honestly I wasn’t sure how wide I wanted the stripes to be.  I’ve told you before I’m a VERY visual person.  So I decided to just use the width of the yardstick to make horizontal lines across the whole piece.  I would decide after which ones to use. 
Then I brought out the tape and starting making the angles.  Simply choose how many “rectangles” wide you want the stripe to be and how many “planks” long you want the stripe to be and you have your angle.  Okay – seriously – I was majorly winging it.  🙂  The taping part can get a little tricky – don’t get in too big of a hurry.  I’m soooo impatient so yes this was hard for me, but luckily it was a small piece.  The big spaces are where you will paint, and the small spaces will stay the original color.  Make sure you press down the edges of the tape to prevent the paint from seeping under.
I decided to use the wall color that I used in my living room, again to achieve a cohesive look.  Again, not worried about perfection, {but not wanting the paint to bleed under the tape} I painted on a fairly light coat.  By the time I got to the end of the board I was almost giddy!!  I couldn’t wait to pull the tape…
so I didn’t!!!  Look at the finished product!!
It is exactly how I envisioned!!  

I was left with quite a few pencil lines on the white paint.  

Nothing that a damp rag won’t remove, especially if you make your lines as light as possible.

Now, it is fairly heavy so I plan on mounting a nice picture hanger wire to the back.  My hubby had installed a screw into the brick years ago for me to hang things on.  Then I will use a command hook on the board to be able to hang things {like my wreath} on the front of the board.  Perfect imperfection!!  LOVE!! 

This will give you an idea of what it will look like.

I hope to get my mantel spruced up sometime this week, so I can share with you the complete look.  But, let’s get real folks – it’s spring break ;)!!

Blessings to you and yours!!

Linking up 

at Beneath My Heart
best of march

and here at

Time to Shine Party

and at It’s Overflowing
Overflowing with Creativity

and here

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