Monday, August 26, 2013

Brace Yourself for a Whirlwind Tour Through My Summer Projects!

 One of my first projects this summer was transforming a whole bunch of boring black magazine files into something pretty to look at.  I just happened to have this fabric in my cupboards, so I went for it.  A little hot glue and voila!

 Here they are in on the kitchen bookshelf (where we do some of our schooling)... Also, you can see the chalkboard that I make out of an old frame from elsewhere in the house.

 Another project was to organize the drawers of the kitchen chest of drawers (seen above).  This tends to be a catch-all for all kinds of things.  I went to the Dollar Tree and got some organizing trays and cups...What a great feeling to organize those drawers!  This drawer is the "tool drawer."

 The biggest project of the summer (besides VBS) was painting the kitchen.  I really wanted this done before school started.  I happened to find some clearance paint at Home Depot called "Crisp Khaki!"  It was the perfect color for the perfect price: $7!  Below: Before

I had been wanting to change the wall decor over the table, so this was my chance.  had my husband dig up a pallet and make me a sign.  Then I got busy painting it!  This is our current family motto!

Whew!  Feeling tired yet?  
I also had seen a version of this chore sheet on Pinterest so I decided to go for it.  This is just scrapbook paper with sticker letters and then stuck to the fridge with a sheet of clear contact paper.  The magnets are made from laminated paper and glued on magnet circles. 

The little magnetic metal boxes are from Walmart.  I poked holes in them to drop laminated paper "coins" in them to signify how much $ they earn for their chores.  If they do all their chores on time, they get a dollar to spend at the store the next week.  They can make up for missing some with "Bonus chores".  
So far, so good!


Ohhh, my sewing/laundry room was a mess!  I went through my scrap/mending basket and found stuff I'd forgotten I had!  So I had a little fun playing catch-up.  I also (had my husband) put up this handy-dandy towel bar for my buckets of ribbon and buttons so they are not in my way.

Here are a couple of the sewing projects.  This dress I made for Joanna is a t-shirt maxi dress made from a t-shirt and one of my dresses that I don't wear.  It looks cuter on her!

And this little dress is made out of a super long tunic/blouse of mine!  I love it!

Ok, out of the sewing room and onto the school room.  Almost done! 

Found this ugly purple magazine file with the three sections (which is perfect for my three boys!) at Goodwill for $2.  I didn't want to spend $15 on something like this new.

I then purchased this amazing paint just for plastic!  Covered so well in just one or two coats!

And here is the result.  I am so thrilled with this!

We did take time to have some fun this summer.  We hit the pool about every week, sometimes with cousins, sometimes without.  My kids were pretty pumped to have ALL their cousins (from both sides, even the ones from IN) here for Ben's birthday!  (This is not all of them...there were 12 kids total)


My honey even took me away for a pre-school getaway.  I love him!  We had a blast, basically doing nothing!  It was the perfect way to end the summer. 

Happy New School Year from our house to yours!


  1. Wow, you have been busy but it all looks great! And I love your dinning room table!!

    Amy Miller

  2. Your amazing! Love all of it, especially your sign above your table. Great job! Miss you!

  3. Thanks Amy! And I miss you too, Naomi!