Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Almost Completed Table!!

table finish1 by jo_549
table finish1, a photo by jo_549 on Flickr.
After many weeks of work the table is almost complete. We have stained it with Minwax Fruitwood oil-based stain, 2 coats. Then we waxed it with Briwax in light brown. I will probably spend more time buffing and then may add a second coat of wax to the table and bench tops. Comment people!! I am so excited to finally have it done. We still have to finish the extensions. You can see them in the background leaning up against the back wall. They needed a bit of wood fill in a couple of the deep knot holes. Next up is the wall of cabinets, cubbies, and workstations for the kids. I should put up a before pic next to this one so you can see the difference...maybe after we get a new basement door and put the trim back up.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Stencil Giveaway

For all you avid DIYers out there I just thought I would share a fantabulous giveaway offer over at a lovely blog called Knick of Time. She did a fantastic tutorial on a stenciled pillow and is giving away a $50 credit for a stencil at Cutting Edge Stencils. Here is a link to her blog so you can enter too!


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

There were pics...and then there were none.

I haven't posted in awhile since we recently decided, ( wait..almost 6 weeks ago, really!) to tear apart our dining room. The hope was to at least get the walls and ceiling torn out, re-wire, rehang the drywall and paint before the school year kicked into full swing. And then to do a wonderful post of all the pics of the destruction and beautiful new walls. But then life happened. The wiring took forever as we sorted out the jumbled mess that was our wiring and replaced all the buried junction boxes we uncovered. Then the mudding of the drywall has been a slow process. We had gotten to the primer part when hubby decided, good thing, to go back and redo a seam that had cracked and looked not so hot. Well, that is still in process waiting for the final sand. So I think I see the light at the end of the painting tunnel but it is still quite dim and off in the distance.
But that is not the title of this post...lost in remodeling get my drift. No the event that sent my brain into anto-blogging mode was the loss of a years worth of pics from our memory card. I know, you are screaming at me, "Why the hec would you have that many pics on your card and not have moved them to a safer place?" I screamed that at me too but life happens and the urgent usually takes precedence over a few pics safely stored on a card in a bag. So, when I finally went to make this lovely post replete with awesome pics....they vanished...80 out of 263 photos into the download and then...bam! NOTHING!!! No pics on the card, none on the computer, no record at all. The silly butterfly is memorialized on my science blog but no CAP ball, no robotics competition, no CATS show with the kids on stage, no dining room photos. I did take the time, and so did hubby to research a bit and found maybe one program to rescue the images off the card. I know they are hiding on there somewhere. I just haven't had the time to do it.
So now you know where I have been. I will now return to my temporary schoolroom/dining room to set up for another day of teaching on the folding chairs and table. I will get those pics, I hope and share with you the wonderful transformation or else I will just give you a glimpse of the new place. If anyone has a way with stubborn memory cards who won't share their contents, please drop a comment!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


Another way to save a few they have Crocs for 70% off.

My home away from home this summer

I wish I could say it was a quiet little beach house or a quaint summer cottage but has been my old stomping ground, the local high school. My little home town has a wonderful Summer Youth Theatre program. Unlike other municipalities ours is FREE! Yup, free, well, other than the time and the cash I have dished out at the rehearsal concession stand! Oh, we had to buy new dance shoes for the dd. My 8 year old dd and 6 year old ds are both in the show. So, most of my summer evenings have not been spent lazily roasting marshmallows out by the fire listening to the waves lap the shore of that quaint cottage on the lake but rather spent in the auditorium listening to a lot of kids and young adults sing the same songs over and over until I think I could probably stand in if one of them breaks a leg. This year they are putting on CATS! Here is link to a video of one of the kids being transformed into a CAT. I must proudly say I transformed 9 kids the other night. It was really fun!!

Monday, August 15, 2011

I am officially in serious like...

I just recently stumbled on to a website put together by one very handy mom and I am officially addicted. I am absolutely smitten and very soon hope to share some of my first creations!! Here is the button so you too can be equally amazed and addicted!

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Home Educating Family Publishing

Home Educating Family Publishing

Check out their site today and enter to win awesome homeschool t-shirts for your whole family!! Then get your photo posted on their page!!

Friday, August 12, 2011

I love Groupon!!

I can't rave enough about a good deal! How about you? Groupon rarely has good stuff in our little town. The deals usually require a 30 minute drive or more and with gas prices near $4 a gallon the deal usually isn't worth the gas!! But, today folks the groupon was within walking distance!! Groupon also sent me an e-mail with a free $5.00 off my next groupon. So this chick just scored $24 worth of beer at Angotti's for $7 bucks. Now I just waiting patiently for my groupon to arrive and happy hour to commence!! CHEERS!!! is the link to the awesome deal!!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Free Spelling Books on Kindle

Just a quick FYI for all you Kindle owners out there. Amazon has two free Kindle books today with Spelling Lists for your upper level students. I added a My Favorites widget on the side bar and linked to those books this morning. I can't tell you how much I love FREE curriculum!!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Large Family Logistics

I know a lot of you were interested in this book this year and Vision Forum has them discounted 55% !  You can get your copy for $10.80 plus $4.04 media mail shipping.  Shop now...price only good until 12/31/11!


I have been swagging for a bit now and just wanted to share...I just earned enough to redeem my bucks for a $50 Amazon gift card!!  Now I just have to figure out what to spend it on.  I am going to try to figure out how to link swag bucks referral here for just might take me some time to actually figure it out.  Until you know what I should spend it on?  Have you scored any great deals on Amazon lately?

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