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 …
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 –
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.)
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.
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.
The first page I will use are these. I think they’ll be great for the kids school binders.
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.
^ 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.)
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.
And if you need some help knowing where to start in the craziness … start with decluttering!