My GrandpaT always said at nearly every meal to at least one of us grandkids "Why don't you eat and leave the food alone?" Which, to a 5 yr old, is pretty confusing. I think I have it figured out, but don't tell my family. We all believe what we want about Grandpa's words of wisdom on just about everything in the world.
For me, I will simply say - it makes me wonder what in the world I really have eaten myself into...

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Ladies Love Country Boys

I saw this picture and thought "Yes, yes they do." Then it hit me the line said "Ladies". That word makes me smile. My Daddy raised me to be a lady. I learned how from my mom. There are certain things that a lady does and does not do. Ladies never sweat; we perspire, or glow. Ladies never pass gas. Ladies never belch. Ladies never wear white before Memorial Day or after Labor Day (Thank goodness that is not necessarily true anymore). And the list goes on....

What is funny is the most lady like lady I ever met was my mom's best friend. She also happened to be the mom of my best friend. She also did every one of those "never's" and then some when we were at the house, just the family. I still found her to be a tremendous lady. Through her, her daughter, my mom and our collective friendships, I learned how to be a true lady and still be true to myself (I also learned how to be a good friend to my mom while still being a daughter, but that is another blog). I learned the biggest key to being a lady is loving one's self, and having respect for your self. Because no matter how respectable you behave, if you don't respect yourself, no one will respect you.

And as for those Country boys? They come in all shapes and sizes, and all backgrounds. It's finding one that respects you that's the most important.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Sleep blogging

In my sleep, I am pretty sure I write really awesome blogs. I am always so surprised when I look at my blog and realize they don't exist. But now I have more ideas! Book Reviews! Naps! Talk Shows! Cats! Freecycle! Swapportunities!

All sorts of stuff. So be on the lookout! I'm excited!

I see evolution in this blogs future, lots of it. But slowly...


Monday, May 14, 2012

What you don't know...

What you don't know is that I tried another blog for a bit and posted quite a few other things since December of 2011.

I started this blog for the purpose of journaling a weight loss journey... but it's not what I was hoping it would be, and well... it's not me. I mean, I need to lose, but I'm not all that successful, and I still really like myself. So, It's hard to push myself!

My bad girl Favicon.. I kept this.
I switched because I wanted to try something new/different. I went a little darker, a little bad girl, but that isn't me either.  So. Here I am. Back to this blog and it's general theme, but with a little more soul searching, a lot more of who I really am, with a bit of DIY thrown in when I feel like it.

Will this become a money maker for me? It could. Will I be offering prizes and giveaways? I might. Will I review stuff? I would! It's evolving as we speak and will continue to do so for a long time to come. So please... journey with me and we'll see what we see.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

DVD Art Kit Lap Desk

If you’ve been Pinterest’ing long enough, you’ve seen this particular DIY, which is a super cute idea for those long car rides, like ours. 10 hours. One way. At least 2 times per year. With an 8 yr old. And a 9 yr old. This summer Peaches will be road tripping for 5 hours with us, then another 5 with my niece and her hubs and 3 boys… so I made one of these for her and one for the oldest boy (4 yrs old). 

I’d like to introduce you to the DVD Art Kit Lap Desk! I found the DVD Art Kit on Pinterest. Pinned it. But I felt I could make it better. How annoying for small hands with small laps to have that small case slipping all over when it could be the best place to do your doodling!?

I made my DVD Art Kit. You can find instructions on it here: Instructables or with Stacey Vaughn. I chose to use Contact Cement as my adhesive for the entire project. It was what I had in the house, and it worked fine. In fact the whole project is from things I already had in the house. 

  •  DVD Case
  • Manila Folders (as card stock for the art kit portion, and base for the lap desk portion).
  • Contact Cement (well ventilated room, and a disposable sponge brush)
  • Scissors
  • Scrap Material
  • Rice
  • Poly-Fiber Fill

I then recalled to my poor scattered brain a few tutorials I found on making lap desks. I didn’t bother to look them up. I like to just wing it on this sort of stuff. You can too! Or you can do what I did:

It got all bubbly!
First, instead of reiterating the whole DVD Case tutorials for you, I will just tell you what I did different. Where the original DIY leaves the clear plastic free for the child to decorate front and back, I only needed the front to be decoratable (is that a word?). I put contact cement on one side of a piece of manila folder and the back of the case, inside the clear plastic (following adhesive directions). Then I opened the case to invert the clear plastic and put contact cement on the inside of  the clear plastic, and the outward facing part of the manila folder and adhered them. This leaves the back of the case well secured, but the front and spine free to have a decorated paper or whatever placed inside. I flipped the DVD Case’s movie slips and used them for both the cases I made.

Now for the lap desk portion:

I laid the DVD case on my material and cut the material about 3 inches bigger. I pinched the corners of the material and ‘sewed’ them into a box like shape with Liquid Stitch from Wal-Mart. I’m a Girl Scout Mom… I glue patches on all the time. The stuff is WONDERFUL! I cut a piece of manila folder the same size as the DVD case (I cut it on the fold so I had a double layer).

Pour a handful or so of rice into the center of the material, then a puff of poly-fiber fill over that. On top will go the manila folder, apply your adhesive to the edges.

Fold the material up over the edge of the folder onto the adhesive. You will probably have to keep pushing the fiber fill under the folder so it stays out of the way.

When the material edges are secure, apply adhesive as directed to the entire manila folder piece, and materials edge.

Apply adhesive to the back/secured portion of the DVD case as well.

Put the two together!

You now have your very own DVD Art Kit Lap Desk. What a mouth full!

Decorate, as you will. Sophia calls hers a doodle box, and I decorated Marek’s with Cars items from the insert inside the scavenged DVD case. I will be looking for chubby coloring pencils for Marek, and Sophia already has quite a collection of colored pencils to use in hers. Hopefully these will keep them busy, and they will keep each other busy. That would be a miracle!
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