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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!!!

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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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Projects & Recipes

I am sure most of you know how to make tissue paper flowers, but for those of you who don’t, today is your day.  One of my daughters had her best friend over and they wanted to be crafty…enter tissue paper flowers.  Our eight year old, our nature girl, wanted big flowers on her bedroom wall around her headboard of her bed…enter tissue paper flowers.

You start by pulling out 5 or 6 sheets and stacking them up. If you would like the center of your flower a different color, change out a sheet.

You start by pulling out 5 or 6 sheets and stacking them up. If you would like the center of your flower a different color, change out a sheet.

Next you want to fold the paper legnth wise. Remember making the paper fans? Fold forward, then under, forward and under. I had the girls fold an inch or so before creasing the paper.

Next you want to fold the paper length wise. Remember making the paper fans? Fold forward, then under, forward and under. I had the girls fold an inch or so before creasing the paper.

Ah the glory days, the paper fan. When you are don folding, fold your paper in half to find your middle.

Ah the glory days, the paper fan. When you are don folding, fold your paper in half to find your middle.

Use a twist tie, piece of floral wire and tie around the center.  Once I found my hole punch I used that, but you reall don't need one.

Use a twist tie, piece of floral wire and tie around the center. Once I found my hole punch I used that, but you really don’t need one.

Trim your ends in a curve or point. Whatever you think will look good, scalloped...

Trim your ends in a curve or point. Whatever you think will look good, scalloped…

Next, lay your paper on the counter and from one end, lift up 1 sheet to the middle. Remember the paper is thin so try not to rip it.  Lift it up and hold down the other sheets with your free hand.  Gently pull or tug it to the center.

Next, lay your paper on the counter and from one end, lift up 1 sheet to the middle. Remember the paper is thin so try not to rip it. Lift it up and hold down the other sheets with your free hand. Gently pull or tug it to the center.

Repeat lifting the layers for each one.  Once one side is done, turn and do the same to the other side.

Repeat lifting the layers for each one. Once one side is done, turn and do the same to the other side.

This is what you should have when you are done lifting all of the layers from both sides.  Don't be afraid to mash it a little to get a rounder shape to your flower. You will notice when you look at the bottom of your flower, it is mostly flat, perfect for mounting. Go forth and paper flower the world, well in my case an 8 year olds bedroom wall.

This is what you should have when you are done lifting all of the layers from both sides. Don’t be afraid to mash it a little to get a rounder shape to your flower. You will notice when you look at the bottom of your flower, it is mostly flat, perfect for mounting. Go forth and paper flower the world, well in my case an 8 year olds bedroom wall.

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Everyday dose of Reality

For a little while now I have been using one of the old chalkboards in the living room as a “Jobs for Hire” board for the kids.  The board is used for jobs around the house or yard that are things not included in their normal chores.  It lists the job needed to be done, what the pay for that job will be and the person who wants the job, writes their name next to the job.  Living in an old school, let me tell you there is never any shortage of things to do around here.  This gives the kids a chance to earn a little extra money to save for a dance, going shopping or whatever they want to save it for.  As the jobs are completed they come get me and I approve or point out things they missed before a payout is made.  So far, the board has worked well for them and me 🙂  If you are considering a Jobs for Hire board, it can be on paper, poster board, a white board or anything you can come up with to post for the kids to see.  Good luck in your hiring process.

Sorry for the horrible picture, clearly I have had too much coffee.  Is that even possible?

Sorry for the horrible picture, clearly I have had too much coffee. Is that even possible?

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Projects & recipes

Over the last few days the kids & I stenciled our sidewalk that leads up to the front door.  We already know between snow & shoveling there is no paint that will stay and that is ok with us.  We used a cheap stencil and 2 colors of spray paint.  Once it was dry I went back over the designs with glow in the dark paint.  Get creative with your walkway.  We are stuck with concrete that won’t take stain, so the next best thing is an easy design painted on.

First you get a crew together.

First you get a crew together.

Next make sure you clean out the seams.

Next make sure you clean out the seams.

The kids wanted the seams darker, so we painted them black.

The kids wanted the seams darker, so we painted them black.

Lay down your stencil and pounce or use spray paint to get the desired color and effect you want.

Lay down your stencil and pounce or use spray paint to get the desired color and effect you want.

Try to keep smallish people and pets off the designs until they are dry. Good luck with that. To use the glow in the dark paint, you really need to apply it over a light color. Our colors were powder blue and white. Once it was set I outlined the design with a brush and glow paint. At night it looks cool to see the outlines glowing but alas, my camera is to old to capture it for you.

Try to keep smallish people and pets off the designs until they are dry. Good luck with that. To use the glow in the dark paint, you really need to apply it over a light color. Our colors were powder blue and white. Once it was set I outlined the design with a brush and glow paint. At night it looks cool to see the outlines glowing but alas, my camera is too old to capture it for you.

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Everyday dose of Reality

Sometimes the things you see as a parent are strange and scary.  We have a boat load of kids so rest assured I have seen more nakedness than any strip club in the world.  There are times that not only what children say makes you shake your head, but what you see forces you to do a double take.  The other day I was standing out in the kitchen doing dishes and walked out into the dining room to get a forgotten cup on the table.  Amethyst, our deranged fairy came into the living room playing with her remote control car.

The deranged fairy loves her remote control car and plays with it a lot. Once again I had a "moment".  I never thought to question the contents of the car and after all these years, I should have.

The deranged fairy loves her remote control car and plays with it a lot. Once again I had a “moment”. I never thought to question the contents of the car and after all these years, I should have.

Look real close at the car.  Can you see what doesn't belong?

Look real close at the car. Can you see what doesn’t belong?

Yeah, it's not every day you see a toad drive by in a neon pink & yellow car in a living room is it? I can only hope our daughter will get to expeirence the joy of toads driving in her house one day :)

Yeah, it’s not every day you see a toad drive by in a neon pink & yellow car in a living room is it? I can only hope our daughter will get to expeirence the joy of toads driving in her house one day 🙂

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Projects & Recipes

I have been wanting a wood breakfast bar in the kitchen window ever since we moved into this school.  The kitchen window is prefect for it, and didn’t take much convincing on my part to Macgyver.  We used standard 2 x 6’s to build it.  Macgyver used a 2 x 4 for the back brace and under bracing.  Once he screwed it together, routered the trim, we sanded and sanded.  I pulled out my trusty clear polyurethane and went to work.  Finally with it finished, this morning was mounting day.  A few weeks ago Macgyver had de-barked some logs and cut them to size.  I bleached, dried  and  polyurethane them for the side legs.  Next step is to order some bar stools and the kids can eat there before school.

Here is the window I want the breakfast bar at. The lone log to the right is already to go, and there is one for the left side as well.

Here is the window I want the breakfast bar at. The lone log to the right is already to go, and there is one for the left side as well.

Bar has been mounted and already in use without chairs.  My Mother-in-Law gave me some silk ivy, I put it up over the window to help give life to the massive concrete wall.

Bar has been mounted and already in use without chairs. My Mother-in-Law gave me some silk ivy, I put it up over the window to help give life to the massive concrete wall.

And, more kids trickle in to test out the breakfast bar.

And, more kids trickle in to test out the breakfast bar.

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I knew I would find a use for those super long velances I bought at the garage sale 2 months ago.  Lace velances are great table runners and also breakfast bar runners :)

I knew I would find a use for those super long valances I bought at the garage sale 2 months ago. Lace valances are great table runners and also breakfast bar runners 🙂

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