Back in April, I did a “30 Before 30″ list. It’s been a few months and I was just thinking about what I’ve yet to accomplish. So, it’s a personal-type post today. Fair warning.
My list included:
1. Hit up all the thrift stores in town (not all on the same day, but I want to see if I’m missing any gems!). I’ve definitely tried a few new ones, but haven’t hit them all!
2. Finish the hallway bathroom. We have baseboards to go and then we are done!
3. Survive Disneyland with a toddler. Hallelujah we survived this one. I wrote a tips and tricks post for surviving Disney.
4. Have a family photoshoot done in the snow.
5. Travel to another Chiefs game in an opposing team’s stadium. Tickets booked for December. Any good recommendations for places to eat/visit in Phoenix and Las Vegas?
(We do an annual game with my whole family, which we love, but on my bucket list is to see the Chiefs play in every stadium in the NFL).
6. Be healthy and join a gym. Joined a gym in April and started doing high intensity workouts in July. Feeling more confident that I ever have before.
7. Try to be more compassionate.
8. Have a playdate and let the kids play in the mud.
9. Have a monthly dinner party (with friends or family) at our house. I give us a 7 out of 10 on this one. We’ve hosted all sides of both of the families and our friends so we are doing much better than last year.
10. Have a “Come use our crapper” party once the bathroom is finished.
11. Make weekly date night a priority.
12. Go to a farm-to-table dinner.
13. Continue to be silly with the little guy.
14. Have more dance parties. The little man and I have this one down. =)
15. Hand paint a wall with some cool design (or rather motivate Luke to do this).
16. Get the basement under control. It doesn’t need to look like a dungeon in there.
17. Paint over the hideous coral color in the guest bedroom (eeks… what was I thinking?).
18. Do a brewery tour in KC. Yay! Completed!
19. Start on my studio (more about that coming soon!).
20. Be more content in the phase that we are in.
21. Continue to instill a love of travel in the little one. I think we are doing great with this one. He had a blast in CA and is looking forward to going to Hawaii in the Spring.
22. Have more meaningful conversations with my besties.
23. Get the dang water fountain working on the patio. It’s working now, but we need to do something about regulating it’s color. It can go greenish-brown so quick!
24. Stop to enjoy the little moments more.
25. Make the Farmer’s Market part of our weekly grocery shopping.
26. Get rid of the big dirt pile in our driveway. Done! And yes, our neighbors do thank us.
27. Make a cleaning schedule that I can actually stick with. I’m still sticking with the schedule. Some weeks I don’t get everything done, but it’s a good daily reminder of what to do.
Here’s the free printable if you would like it.
28. Purge my closet. Done (once, twice and am doing it again!). Actually, I’ve decided to stop being that person who buys things on clearance because they are cheap and to start being that person who only buys a few things a year but buys things that they love. I would rather have less (MUCH LESS), but things I adore. I can’t believe it’s taken me almost 30 years to get to this point.
29. Do random acts of kindness.
30. Be in the Moment.
Out of thirty, I can say that nine are completed. But, like everything… it’s a work-in-progress.
Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving!
Did you guys have a great weekend? We had a pretty decent one. The engagement party for my sister went well. The little man won one out of two basketball games, I got some shopping in on Saturday and we had a lazy Sunday finishing up a few things around the house. The kitchen didn’t get touched other than to cook, but I’m ok with it. We will get there eventually.
Ok, so I know you are happy to not see an ornament post today, right? =) Well, I do have one more ‘crafty’ project for you before I take a much needed break from crafty projects. I’m actually pretty in love with how this one turned out. My best friend, Stacey, is having her second little one in December and it’s a boy. Her and her husband are super excited. Her husband is a HUGE baseball fan (Cubs to be exact!) and they decided to have a “baseball-themed” nursery. A few weeks ago, we headed over to help paint the baseball on the wall. It’s funny, but my real-life friends (are non-blog readers) and non-DIY’ers. I find it pretty hilarious. In a good way, you know. But, back to the story.
We Luke painted a baseball on the wall and it totally looks adorable. You can see the progress shot that I posted on IG.
Stacey really wanted a baseball bat growth chart. She saw one on Etsy via Pinterest and just fell in love. The original Etsy store closed up shop, so I told her I would just make her one. It turned out pretty adorable and would be a cute little present for any little one for Christmas (given they love baseball of course!).
First thing I did was to print out an image of a baseball bat. The key to this project was picking a bat that was simple enough to cut out with a jigsaw.
After that, I gathered/bought supplies. I bought a piece of hardwood at the hardware store. I believe it was white oak and it cost me about $8. I also picked up a thin dowel rod and red paint. I already had white paint and a small piece of thin plywood.
Luke drew the bat on the wood (about 4 ft) by hand but you could enlarge the bat, print it and copy it on the wood that way. After that, I used a jigsaw and cut the bat out. We have a few recent jigsaw projects that explain this process in more detail. Check those out here and here if you would like.
From there, we clamped the wood to a table (making sure to use an extra piece of wood to clamp to first so you don’t indent your project). Then we started sanding. We used an orbital first all over and on the sides.
The orbital couldn’t get everywhere, so we switched to a sanding pad for the sides.
After the sanding was completed, we went to the next step which was figuring out the holes for the baseball to move up on. We decided to make our holes every two inches so we just marked every two inches from the bottom to the top (centered).
When you are trying to be exact, sometimes a drill can be a bit tricky. To be more exact with the holes, we hammered a nail (just to give it an indent) in all the holes.
Then we drilled the holes (using a drill stopper), making sure not to go all the way through the bat. Since we bought a 1/4″ dowel rod we knew to use a 1/4″ drill bit. Just to be sure, we tested a hole out on a spare piece of wood first.
Using a circle form (I used a salsa jar lid), draw your circle on a piece of plywood. This is going to make your baseball.
Using a jigsaw, cut it out and try to do a better job than I did! I had to do lots of sanding on this little bugger!
Sand and paint your baseball.
Cut your dowel stick to however long you want it to stick out of your growth chart.
Glue your baseball on your dowel stick.
Stain your bat and you’re done. =)
This concludes the twelve days of Christmas ornaments. Whew, this has been quite the twelve days! Day Twelve, I never thought I’d see you! Actually, the ladies in my group seem to be split on how we feel about the consecutive days. I told them that my brain is mush and there is not one more Christmas ornament coming out but a few of them had a few more ornaments that they wanted to try. Anyways, Day Twelve is:
I picked up the wooden star from Michaels (.39 each) and then dug out a stamp to stamp it.
With a circle form (an old cd or, in my case, the end of a roll of a ribbon container) and a scrap of burlap, lay the circle form on the burlap.
Tuck each corner underneath the circle form and pull it out in the circle.
After all corners are pulled through, fluff the burlap a bit.
Hot glue the star on the top and add some twine to hang the ornament.
*Some of the products in this post were bought with a gift card provided by Michaels.
Simple Red Bead Ornament | May Richer Fuller Be
Christmas Music Wreath Ornament | Lovely Etc.
Nautical Jute and Rope Ornaments | Thrifty and Chic
Star Pine Cone Ornament | Cherished Bliss
Clay State Ornaments | Whats Ur Home Story
Rudolph Ornament | Mom 4 Real
Fabric Heart Ornaments | Remodelando la Casa
Easy Burlap Ornament | Bigger Than The Three of Us
Kid’s Fingerprint Christmas Light Ornament | The Happier Homemaker
Mini Tinsel Wreath from Canning Lid | It All Started With Paint
Snowy Forest Glitter Ball Ornament | Serendipity Refined
Faux Mercury Glass Ornaments | All Things G&D
We are hosting a link-up for Christmas ornaments and would love to have you link up with us!
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The weekend is here, yet I’m still here. =( LOL. If you’ve made it this far, we are now to Day 11 of the ornament blog hop. Just one more day (insert Angels singing!). I’m kidding for the most part! This collaboration has been super fun. Everyone has been helpful and just positive. It’s great meeting new bloggers who are inspiring as well as uplifting.
Ok, so today’s ornament…
You need: a printout of a Christmas tree (sized to approximately your canvas size), a blank canvas, red marker and thread and a needle.
Print and cut out your Christmas tree.
Using a marker, draw around the Christmas tree to get your form.
With your thread and needle, start on the back of your tree and come through the canvas (going back and forth across the tree).
Don’t be like me when you buy the canvas! Look on the back to make sure you have enough open real estate to get your needle in and out easily. Or be like me and struggle with it. It works both ways.
Glue some ribbon on the canvas to hang it.
Decide you don’t like the ribbon and just take it off. Set the canvas in the tree and enjoy. lol.
Gold Leaf Polka Dot Ornament | The Happier Homemaker
Polymer Clay Snowflake Ornament | Remodelando la Casa
Clothes Pin Snowman Ornament | Serendipity Refined
3D Deer Head Ornament | Cherished Bliss
Glitter Monogram Ornament | It All Started With Paint
Simple Canvas Tree Ornament | Bigger Than The Three of Us
Painted Grinch Ornament | Mom 4 Real
Cupcake Sprinkles Ornament | All Things G&D
O Little Town of Bethlehem Ornament | Lovely Etc
Frosted Hot Glue Snowflake | Thrifty and Chic
Globe Ornament | Whats Ur Home Story
Felt Flower Ornament | May Richer Fuller Be
I can’t tell you how excited I am that it’s Friday. Seriously, so excited. This weekend is the first weekend in quite awhile that we aren’t crazy busy. I’m hosting a family get together tonight to celebrate my sister’s engagement! She got engaged earlier in the week and she’s so excited. Then, tomorrow, Greyson has back-to-back basketball games starting at 8am! But, I LOVE basketball and he’s taking a major interest so I’m kind of excited! After that, we have NOTHING on the agenda. No DIY, No projects, no nothing. Whew. That will probably last until about 10 am on Saturday when I tell Luke that I can’t NOT do a project over the weekend. Hmm. =) So maybe kitchen progress work should be in the cards. I’ll let you know how that goes down.
Back to ornaments, this is now Day 10. Can we all shout hooray! I have a rather simple one for you today.
Gather your supplies. You need what you see below and a little water.
Swirl the nail polish and the water together. Make sure to not over-mix.
Dip your ornament in the mix and slightly roll around (Krispy Kreme donuts are optional).
Hang to dry and enjoy.
Fabric Scraps Christmas Ornament | Whats Ur Home Story
Chalkboard Christmas Ornament | Remodelando la Casa
Marbled Ornament | Bigger Than The Three of Us
Painted Pinecones Ornament | All Things G&D
Bottle Brush Tree Ornament | It All Started With Paint
Wood Slice Noel Ornament | Cherished Bliss
Glitter Inside Glass Ornaments | Mom 4 Real
Mason Jar Ring & Recycled Card Shadowbox | Serendipity Refined
Monogrammed Wood Slice Ornament | May Richer Fuller Be
Glitter Paper Ornament | The Happier Homemaker
Wooden Photo Ornament | Lovely Etc
Mini Woodland Wreath Ornament | Thrifty & Chic
Linking up to:
Found and Foraged, Your Designs This Time, The Makers, The Winthrop Chronicles, Home Stories A-Z, Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Outside the Box, Work It Wednesday, Think and Make Thursday, Fry Sauce and Grits, Liz Marie Blog, The Inspiration Gallery, Creativity Unleashed – The Bold Abode, Remodelaholic, Whipperberry, The Creative Collection, Tatertots and Jello, and Frugal Crafty Blog Hop.