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I have wanted a laundry room counter with storage and enough space to fold clothing with this many kids.  The hubby and I hit a place in Grand Rapids named, “Restore”. It is a store attached to Habitat for Humanity and they resell items removed or not used in building new homes.  They make a bit of money to be able to build new homes for people and they also have some awesome deals on things. I found a bunch of old kitchen cabinets and told Macgyver I had to have them.  Next I told him he needed to grab a piece of plywood for my counter top and he didn’t understand why I didn’t just let him get me a normal counter top.  Normal? Me? sometimes I just don’t know who this man is.  I had the image in my mind of what I wanted and refused to tell him other than how the build should go.  I wanted something functional but also a keepsake for me.  Everyone is working on wood with stains and making beautiful pieces of artwork.  They blend stain colors to create flowers and such.  However, that sort of art is way out of my reach. So, I got to thinking how much I love my kids and the age ranges they are right this moment are priceless. I wanted a way to preserve them, something useful, doesn’t need dusting and could live on long after I am gone in the house.  Here is what I came up with…

Here is what I started with.

Here is what I started with.

I recruited help from the 5 year  old, Minnie Mouse.

I recruited help from the 5 year old, Minnie Mouse.

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She insisted we use her left over bedroom paint a seafoam color, it is pretty though.

She insisted we use her left over bedroom paint a sea-foam color, it is pretty though.

All 3 cabinets together, painted and a plywood top srewed down. I gathered all the girls.

All 3 cabinets together, painted and a plywood top screwed down. I gathered all the girls.

Pulled out an old dogfoord bag and smeared paint on it. By this time they were looking at me very strange.

Pulled out an old dogfood bag and smeared paint on it. By this time they were looking at me very strange.

Have them one by one, step in the paint, lift them to the counter and walk down it.

Have them one by one, step in the paint, lift them to the counter and walk down it.

Once everyone but the manchild walked the counter top, I had him dip his hands and put his thumbs together, spread out his fingers like a butterfly would look and he stamped one set of his hands in the corner. It does look like a butterfly but you can see his hands nicely.

Once everyone but the manchild walked the counter top, I had him dip his hands and put his thumbs together, spread out his fingers like a butterfly would look and he stamped one set of his hands in the corner. It does look like a butterfly but you can see his hands nicely.

Next I took a darker stain and brushed over the whole thing. Let it set for about 20 minutes and wiped it down with a cloth. The prints look old antiqute-ish.

Next I took a darker stain and brushed over the whole thing. Let it set for about 20 minutes and wiped it down with a cloth. The prints look old antique-ish

After drying I put 2 coats of polyurethane over it.

After drying I put 2 coats of polyurethane over it.

Then I called it a day.  My new, recycled laundry counter with storage and keepsake footprint top.  Love it!!!

Then I called it a day. My new, recycled laundry counter with storage and keepsake footprint top. Love it!!!

Emotional Eggs


Everyday dose of Reality

There are times that you have to dare to be different or in my case wake my family up when they raid the fridge.  I went to bake something the other day and my eggs were all gone, so I took matters into my own hands.  Funny how a Sharpie marker can change a person’s life and egg count.

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Projects & Recipes

We have been making these Jolly Rancher suckers for years, and if you have little ones they will love making a rainbow.  These are super easy to make and very cool looking.

What you will need:

a bag of Jolly Rancher candies

sucker sticks or coffee stir sticks(that is what we used)

Doing the deed:

Pulled out a cookie sheet, cover it with parchment. Unwrap your Jolly Ranchers and lay 3 in a line.  Mix your colors and flavors some, don’t be shy. Put in and oven on 200 F for 10 minutes or so. They will melt into a stripped pool. Remove from the oven and then lay your stick in each pool.  let them cool completely and enjoy!

A tastey rainbow on a stick.

A tasty rainbow on a stick.


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I happen to have 2 cats that would have nothing to do with catnip, until the new homemade toys.  Their minds were changed by the catnip ball and they have been having a blast ever since.

What you will need:

yarn

pair of socks – for a small child

dried catnip

Doing the deed:

Take one sock and stuff the toe with catnip until you have enough to form a ball with the sock, about the size of a golf ball.  Once you have the ball size, twist the sock tight and tie the twist with yarn and cut off the extra yarn and sock above the tie off.  Next take your second sock and  put your catnip ball inside the toe area, making sure to put the tie off of the ball into the new sock toe first.  Twist the new sock tight again above the ball, tie off with a 6 foot piece of yarn.  Trim the extra sock hanging and trim the yarn.  Leave enough yarn to have a string to pull, to play with your cat on the floor.  I have 4 of these on the floor right now and the cats love them!  They will do anything they can to avoid loose catnip but these toys they attack and play with.  Happy catnipping🙂

Finished catnip ball.

Finished catnip ball.

Mr. Tom guarding the toys from Miss LuLu Bugginsworth. She takes them and hides them from Mr. Tom, so in turn, he tries to guard them from her.

Mr. Tom guarding the toys from Miss LuLu Bugginsworth. She takes them and hides them from Mr. Tom, so in turn, he tries to guard them from her.


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Sometimes you stumble upon a great find, such as a headboard to a bed.  Recently I found one and thought to myself, it would be perfect as a plant stand.  As it turns out, I was right.  Luckily the shelves were already attached, but it wouldn’t take much to add them if needed.

As you can see it holds quite a few plants and would also be easy to move outside for the summer months.

As you can see it holds quite a few plants and would also be easy to move outside for the summer months.

 


Projects & Recipes

There is an easy way to make a dish scrubber and you can use an old shower puff or some tulle.  I used an old shower puff that was coming un-puffed.  Here is what I did.

Take your old shower puff.

Take your old shower puff.

Find the cord at the center and cut it free.

Find the cord at the center and cut it free.

Stretch out all the tulle.

Stretch out all the tulle.

Take one end and cut a slit in the middle. This will allow you to rip the fabric into two pieces legnthwise. Stop about 3 inches from the other end.

Take one end and cut a slit in the middle. This will allow you to rip the fabric into two pieces lengthwise. Stop about 3 inches from the other end.

Now that you have doubled the overall legnth of your fabric, crochet the entire thing into a chain. I used a size 10 hook and was not going to fight with the fabric to crochet a circle.

Now that you have doubled the overall length of your fabric, crochet the entire thing into a chain. I used a size 10 hook and was not going to fight with the fabric to crochet a circle.

Once you have a long chain, start to coil it into a circle and use some yarn and needle to stitch each coil in place.

Once you have a long chain, start to coil it into a circle and use some yarn and needle to stitch each coil in place.

Here is your new dish scrubber that is great on teflon pans, without the fear of wrecking them.

Here is your new dish scrubber that is great on teflon pans, without the fear of wrecking them.


Projects & Recipes

Next time you make some double chocolate chip muffins, make them mint.  With your normal muffin mix/recipe, add 1/2 teaspoon of whatever flavoring you would like.  Here is my tried and true double chocolate chip muffin recipe, I make this every week for the kids to have before heading off to school.  To mix it up I added Creme de’ Menthe and they are to die for.

What you will need:

1 & 3/4c. flour

1/2c. sugar

1/4c. coca

1T. baking powder

1/2t. salt

1/2c. chocolate chips

2 eggs

1/2c. veggie or canola oil

1c. milk

1t. of vanilla or any other flavoring you would like

My family all loves the raspberry.

Doing the deed:

Dump everything in a bowl and mix it up until it is smooth and creamy.  Add the chocolate chips last so they don’t all sink to the bottom.  Pour into a muffin pan, filling each lined cup only halfway.  Bake at 350 for 13-14 minutes.  Enjoy!

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