Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
I started with pennies.
We counted out the 10 pennies I had and I put them in Alexander's ramekin. Daniel and I told him that he gets all of them but one and that the one is tithing and needs to go to Jesus. He got that and put it right in and we congratulated him and told him good job. Then I did the next example that I thought he would understand more.
I had 10 skittles and I put them in the ramekin this time.
His eyes got all big and he tried stuffing them all in his mouth. I told him first he had to give one to Jesus and then he could have all the rest to himself. He wouldn't do it until Daniel helped him and then her was ok with it and continued to put the rest in his own mouth. I think he learned a bit of a lesson. He was cute and he made me laugh.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
My favorite piece of art is the one that Unnur did for me years ago.
I believe it was a graduation gift (high school) I love it and always have it up and this time I love the frame I stuck with it too. It goes over the computer screen to encourage creativity. Alexander looks at it and says "Miriam Miriam Miriam (to get my attention) Beautiful." He usually just says Pretty but this one wins beautiful. Then I put the a painting in the hall.
I find it appropriate. Either that or a mirror. I didn't want to take pictures of all the pictures so I chose the favorites.
The color on the toy box is fabulous. You can't see it well on here because my camera isn't that fantastic but its a green blue color. I just love it.
However, the best part about this box is its purpose.
Now there is a place to hold the toys. Alexander is actually willing to help clean up the toys now and that makes a lot more order in my house which is what I desire. It seems to be the end of projects now at least for awhile until I find something I want to refinish. I do have an old roll top desk in the garage but it is not top priority so it will probably not start up until mid summer. I am kind of sad to not have projects but Daniel has put me on the eBay pay pal committee. I will let him explain that when he feels like blogging again.
The only problem with not staying super busy and having projects come out of my ears is that it generally brings on a calling when I stop being busy. I know the lightning will strike any minute. oh well.
Procter and gamble
I only use the grocery coupons. Anyway last week was my first time saving 54% at smiths by using their buy 10 get 5 dollars and combining it with coupons. Its a lot of fun when you start saving.
Oh another funny thing. In the coupon lingo there is a word called stockpilling which is really just food storage when you find a really good deal. Oh and look at these I found from a site I use.
This is when you should stockpile on things!
Cereal - $1.50/box or less
Toothpaste/Toothbrushes - Free
Hair Products - 25¢ or less
Fresh Boneless Chicken Breast - $1.87/lb or less
Pasta/Pasta Sauce - $1 or less
Dish Liquid - 25¢ or less
Cookie Mixes/Brownie Mixes/Frosting - 25¢ or less
Boxed Potatoes - 50¢ or less
10 lb bag of potatoes - $1.97 or less
Bread - 50¢ or less
Lysol Cleaning Supplies - 50¢ or less
Pizza Rolls - 50¢ or less
Frozen Pizzas - $3.00 or less
Read more: "15 Days of Couponing Day 10: Stockpiling | Bargain Briana" - Bargain Briana
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
This is going to be my favorite project: FRAMES.
I love frames and matching them to my collection of things that need to be framed. These are from the box of frames I bought at auction. I like frames to be black, gold or silver and white is starting to grow on me. I am very particular with frame color and even photo album color (black or baby colors for baby pictures). I am letting Daniel have one remain natural wood because its his print that will be going in it but otherwise I keep to my color scheme. I am closed minded I know but I believe it looks better in my house. I might do different fun colors in the kids rooms but that is yet to be determined.
My chairs are finished. The winning color was water scape (Meleofa and Ralphs vote). In the end I wanted a bolder color ( I googled 'painted blue chairs' and didn't like the lighter look. I primed them all white and then put the blue on. It took a long time because of all the scrolls and the inability of my brush to fit. I believe it looks like a bit of a distressed blue chair and they are growing on me. Daniel likes them a lot so that is a good sign. I will take a picture of them with their table when they are all dry.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Eva wants to eat everything, well that's not true only everything we are eating. If she sees I am giving her something different than what we are all eating she will throw it down and wait for the good stuff. We have been teaching Alexander to share the toys with Eva because she loves cars just as much as he does so he is getting better. The only problem is that he doesn't understand not to share food with her. He gives her candy and everything.
She loves him and wishes she could follow him around all day getting his treats. I got her her first set of sippy cups today (I don't know why I have taken so long with solids and sippy cups with her, its like I forgot when I was supposed to do it). I just put bottled water in it and she doesn't quite get it but I am sure she will be sucking it down by tomorrow morning. Alexander got jealous so he has digressed to the sippy cup also and is even willing to drink water out of it like Eva.
I took this picture to show that the little kitchen table I had been working on is finished. We found the chairs at a garage sale to go with it. I need a picture to put up above it now. I am contemplating which picture to put there. The picture also shows Alexander drinking out of one of Eva's sippy cups.
Eva is rolling around like a ball these days. She is almost crawling. She cries and cries and stretches to reach for things sometimes it works and she pushes forward with her toes but she will usually just roll back and forth until she finally gets close enough to reach it (it usually takes 3 minutes of rolling back and forth)
Oh random note: On Saturday we went to an all day auction. It was a lot of fun. There was a dust storm in between though so it was rough in the end. I bought a box of 10 large random wooden frames for 3 dollars. My favorite purchase of the week. It also came with 5 prints which I plan on using around the house. I just need to clean and paint some of them and I will be set. Daniel bought an electric acoustic guitar for 35 dollars and I think he likes it. Who knows really. All in all it was a fun day.
I still have a huge furniture and now frames to do and finish list. I found a toy box at a thrift store that I am now refinishing. I am almost ready to paint my Ethan Allen chairs. It all keeps me busy in the days so I like it. Other wise I would realise I am in New Mexico and not know what to do.
That was our week oh and it rained which is the first time. It drizzled all day. Kind of like in Iceland it was even pretty cold.
I will take a picture of the dining room table and the finished chairs when they are in fact finished (hopefully in two days)
Bye for now
Friday, March 6, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
We have decided to paint the chairs a blue color. First we were going to try to strip them and stain them but there is no way I have the patience this year to do that. Plus I would have to use some kind of chemical and I have yet to find one that I like. Then I was thinking they would look good white. But Daniel said he wants them exactly as they are except he wants them blue. I usually get the end decision in the furniture colors but the fact that Daniel was willing to steer away from his traditionalism when it comes to furniture was amazing so I immediately agreed. Thus we need to find a blue that will not date anytime soon. So I decided I want a cold blue lighter but with a grey tone rather than a green or white undertone. I need help. I think I have narrowed it down to these:
(left to right: top row yacht club, Newport blue
middle row winter lake, Bo29, waterscape
bottom row b030, shale Gray
I put the samples on the table that the chairs will be going with so that is what the wood looks like.
I need some opinions. What do you think?
I have been sanding none stop for days it seems and I am finally done with the three layer peach colored drop leaf table. I need to go over it one more time on certain parts with the finer paper but I think I will ask Daniel to do it because I am sick of sanding. We bought a stain last night. I still have a few little parts to hand sand but I am staining today if it kills me. We chose a stain called golden pecan and it should go on rather nicely. Here are some pictures
Monday, March 2, 2009
1. Why is a person who plays the piano called a pianist but a person who drives a race car not called a racist?
2. Why is the man who invests all your money called a 'broker'?
3. Do bald men wash their head with soap or shampoo?
4. What hair color do they put on the driver's licenses of bald men?
5. Why are the obituaries found in the "living" section of the newspaper?
6. Are one handed people offended when police tell them to put their hands up.
7. How can sweet and sour cause be sweet and sour at the same time?
8. I thought about how mothers feed their babies with tiny little spoons and forks, so I wonder what do Chinese mothers use? Toothpicks?
9. If Fed Ex and UPS were to merge, would they call it Fed UP?
10. What if you're in hell, and you're mad at someone, where do you tell them to go?
Sunday, March 1, 2009
I don't like the color so we are going to paint them a gray blue color so we have been sanding quite a bit. We are almost done sanding them for painting purposes.
We are also redoing a small round drop leaf table that has 3 THICK layers of paint on it.
The last layer is peach and acrylic so it is bubbling up with the sander and difficult to get through. Here are the pictures of where we are right now. I think we are going to stain the drop leaf table. Its going in the kitchen. We will post a picture of them both when we are all done (It will hopefully only take 2 weeks. I work on these in my spare time and out in the yard with the kids in the day when its warm. They love it. Oh and one of the pictures is of the splinter Daniel got from sanding the drop leaf table. Its a bare bones table and gives huge splinters. I have already had 2 but they were tiny compared to this one.