Dog Mini Album

One of my favorite people to watch on You Tube is Schell Fabian (BabyTweetums). Her work is so clean and easy to recreate and her videos are very easy to follow. This envelope mini is another one of her projects. She saw Mary’s daughter (Mary of CardsTv on YouTube) make a similar envelope album and I liked Schell’s version so much, I did one just like it, except I used all the stickers that came in the kit for my mini.

How cute and easy to make! Check out Schell’s YouTube video for instructions to make one of these. Here’s what we used:

The Paper Studios (Hobby Lobby)  I Heart my Dog Page Kit

Envelopes- 5 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches (Paper Studios also makes these in several colors) I have white envelopes already, so I used those.


Solid color cardstock that coordinates with patterned papers in the kit.

This album took hardly any time at all to make. The kit makes it easy to decorate and everything coordinates perfectly. Look in the sticker section of Hobby Lobby and you may find extra stickers that coordinate with the kit! What a fun project this was to do!


Little Lamp Update

Here’s a brief update on the lamp. I am finished painting it, and still have the shade to figure out what to do with. I have a couple of ideas and will update the post when I decide.. For now, here’s how the lamp turned out.


The blanket on the right is from the Animal Rescue Site and is the color scheme I am using for the room, not so much black though. I found fabric that will match pretty well, but thinking of doing more than one on each panel of the lamp shade. I will probably pick up some fabric this week. Even if the fabric doesn’t work, I can find a pillow around here somewhere to cover, lol.

The lamp doesn’t look like it, but it is actually close to the blue in the blanket, only shiny. Very happy with those results!



Papaw’s Cutting Board

My grandfather was a Carpenter in his day, and I have a couple of things he made in his spare time. One of them being this really beautiful cutting board. I thought it had seen it’s better days, and decided to hang it instead of using it. (He made it in 1954 which is carved on the back) A company I used to work for had this great oil and cream for keeping cutting boards from drying out so much, so I bought them and began using them. The board has spaces that occurred as a result of the wood drying out, but the oil and cream have been helping. It needs a new coat, so I will do that now.

I used the oil first, then wiped off after 5 minutes. Then I used the board cream, which needs to be rubbed in by hand and allowed to set overnight. In the meantime, just look at the beautiful grain of the wood.

I have no idea what types of wood he used, but it’s just beautiful! I will post more pics after it has set for 24 hours so you can see how gorgeous it turns out.


Ok, it’s done and hanging back on the wall:

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Keep in mind, this board is very old and neglected. The spaces in the center of the board should improve over time as long as I keep treating it. Giving the wood the much needed moisture will help tremendously. I will research online any other things I can do in the meantime to speed up the process, but for now, let’s just look at the beautiful pattern, wood and the overall gorgeousness of my Grandpa’s handiwork.


Command Center

A command center really keeps everything your family needs as a go-to place for communication, notes, and reminders. We use ours often. It is right next to the door going into the garage, a convenient place when coming in or leaving the house.

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I keep 2 calendars on a homemade shelf, (Thank you my sister!) this month and next month, as well as a cork board and a white board. (Which I don’t like the one hanging here, got to get another one) The calendars are blank online print-offs and I added a strip of coordinating scrapbook paper to the top and bottom of each, then placed them inside a couple of old frames. Under the calendars is a rack to hang our keys.

Then I have a cardboard cubbie that I bought at Staples on clearance for a couple of dollars. It was pink and it was hideous! I painted it and added some scrapbook paper and voila! Now I have a place for mini note pads, coupons, scissors and my eraser for the white board. I have 2 clip boards for weekly menus and the grocery list. Can you tell I have chickens in my kitchen?  If I need to add something to my list, it’s right there and convenient. hanging in the corner are 2 tin cans wrapped in scrapbook paper that make great pen holders, one for dry erase markers and the other for pens and pencils.

That’s it! You can make this thing as big as you like, add things that are personalized for yourself, the kids and the hubster. You gotta love anything that can make your busy life just a little easier. It took very little time to plan and hang on the wall, maybe half an hour. (I tend to be a little slower than most, lol) Once again, I found this idea on Pinterest, I absolutely love that place! Have fun putting yours together 🙂





Basement Staircase Update

Almost done, but I can show pics so you can see how it looks when finished, I saw this on Pinterest, of course, and ironically, I bought the same paper border as the person on Pinterest, what are the odds? Anyway I am so glad this is nearly done, so I can finish other things now.

I really like the clean look and the pattern of the paper border isn’t too much. I like how this turned out!