Friday’s Favorites – Things that make life a little better.

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There are just so many disconnected things I want to tell you about lately, I just needed a blog post to cover it all instead of one at a time.

But, before I tell you about some of my favorite things lately, I wanted to let you know that today is the last day of the bundle sale in my shop. Lots of good stuff in here …

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Friday’s Favorite Things

If you’ve read along the last few months, you’ll know that my move to Texas has been anything but smooth. I’ve battled two home floods, health issues, and of course, all the normal learn-the-new-school-system and find-a hair-stylist-dentist-doctor-stuff with a family of six that includes small children. And I’m torn, because when I get time for projects I feel the need to do home-projects so we can get more settled AND work-I-get-paid-for (I need to pay for all the home projects), and I feel so torn in each direction. And I definitely don’t feel like I’m doing anything at my best. I know many of you feel this way and are working through your own chaos, so for a few minutes … let’s just focus on things that have pleasantly surprised us and made us happy!

Here are a few of my happy things –

Furniture Sliders

My husband and I decided to save some $ and use our own muscle to move all our furniture off and on ALL the wood floor ourselves (both times it was re-done in the last few months). This move involves some of our heaviest furniture, including the humungous game cabinet in the dining room and my husbands enormous desk.

The 2nd time we did this, I was smart enough to do something differently. I bought some furniture sliders to help us move everything around – it was a miraculous difference! We were just easily pushing these big things around the house instead of carrying them!

We had to mess with some cords behind our entertainment center this week and used the sliders again. Seriously, these have definitely been a highlight in a crazy time. (And maybe this picture highlights the fact that the entertainment center needs some TLC. Pictures don’t lie.)

Fridays Favorites - furniture sliders

Progress at Last

It’s been hard to feel like I’m making a lot of progress settling in to our new house when I have to tear up my whole house every other day for some kind of construction happening (maybe an exaggeration, but only a slight one).

It has been rolling around in my mind for a few months to display some plates in my dining room. And I finally just did it! It felt so good to just make some progress and start to really decorate.

Fridays Favorites - Plate Wall

I used these plate hanger things and was sure to wait overnight for them to really stick, then it was very easy to hang all the plates from these picture hangers.

Fridays Favorites - Plate Hangers

Happy Book!

My friend Kristi from I Should Be Mopping the Floor came out with a book about organizing! It is so fun to watch people you know accomplish big things. Plus, how awesome is it the book is of tear-out Printables for organizing.

Her new book is Home Organization Tear Outs for the Whole Family.

Fridays Favorites - Kristis book

The first page I will use are these. I think they’ll be great for the kids school binders.

Fridays Favorites - Kristis book 2

Favorite Quote

Last week on Instagram and Facebook, I shared this quote. Many of you could agree, which was another highlight for me …

Clutter - the stuff you hate until you try to get rid of it - Mary ORGANIZES

Favorite Family Time

Last Saturday we painted roosters for the Chinese New Year. My oldest were born in the year of the rooster, so it seemed especially fun to do this together. One of their Christmas gifts was 12 canvases each, because we paint together every month. This was the first time my son, who turned four this month, painted with us instead of joining us when he found us painting post-nap.

I look for project inspiration throughout the month. I saw a colorful elephant canvas on a white background at World Market and it got my wheels turning.

Fridays Favorites - Rooster Paintings

^ For these roosters, I cut removable vinyl and used the “outside” of the rooster silhouette as the stencil on the canvas. We painted inside and then removed the vinyl stencil. (I kind of miss seeing some of my son’s drawing. He drew on every inch of the canvas because he didn’t get the stencil thing. Now his stick figures and space ships are blended into decorations on a rooster.)

 

That’s It

What have been your favorite things lately? Any highlights? I hope if your life is crazy too, you can find some good in it.

There is definitely good if we’ll look to find it.

 

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8 thoughts on “Friday’s Favorites – Things that make life a little better.

  1. Wow! I’ve never seen those plate hangers. Those things are awesome. So much better than those wire and spring hangers.

    I’d love to know how you did the rooster canvases! I love that they are all different designs inside the rooster, but the main rooster shape is the same, which unifies them. I, too, collect hobbies. lol

    1. I just added a paragraph, because this is a popular question today!

      ^For these roosters, I cut removable vinyl and used the “outside” of the rooster silhouette as the stencil on the canvas. We painted inside and then removed the vinyl stencil. (I kind of miss seeing some of my son’s drawing. He drew on every inch of the canvas because he didn’t get the stencil thing. Now his stick figures and space ships are blended into decorations on a rooster.)

  2. Ha! I thought the same things. I’ve never seen the plate hangers and where did you find a rooster stencil? They all look fun and beautiful! My 9 year old asked last night if we can paint together today after she gets home from school. Roosters would be fun! Endless possibilities! Thanks for the happy reminders and thoughts. : )

    1. I added a paragraph about how we did the roosters. Have fun painting with your daughter today!

      ^For these roosters, I cut removable vinyl and used the “outside” of the rooster silhouette as the stencil on the canvas. We painted inside and then removed the vinyl stencil. (I kind of miss seeing some of my son’s drawing. He drew on every inch of the canvas because he didn’t get the stencil thing. Now his stick figures and space ships are blended into decorations on a rooster.)

  3. Your timing is perfect. We’ve been getting rid of some big items or just moving things around during your 91 Day Declutter Challenge (mostly getting rid of so we can enjoy that “empty space” you’ve mentioned before).

    And hubby and son were literally just asking me if we had any of these furniture movers! So I have sent hubby your link and said “Buy this!” Yay! I think they’ll come in handy when we get to the family room, haha. ;)

    Also, love the rooster art. So cute.

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