May 21, 2012

Adding Some Sunshine To My Kitchen

There is a spot above my kitchen sink that i just do not like, at all.

There is an exposed electrical box up there, intended for wiring in a clock, something not all that uncommon for a 60's bungalow like mine.  The problem is, not only do I not have a clock to mount up there...I don't want a clock hanging up there.  So I'm left with the problem of covering up this unsightly mess.

In fall I've got a lovely autumnal spray to hang up there, over Christmas and most of winter I had a green garland with burlap ties hanging around the tops of my cupboards, but I haven't had anything to fit the space for spring/summer.

So last week I finally decided to do something about it!  A few weeks ago one of the ladies from my church very generously gave me boxes and boxes of craft supplies she wasn't using anymore.  She and her husband were moving to a new house and downsizing along the way, so she thought I could make use of her crafty treasures.  What a great blessing!  In all the boxes of supplies she passed my way, there were many, many, many bottles of craft paint, paint brushes, and wooden cutouts to paint.  So I grabbed a good sized wooden rectangle, a brush and some paint and got to work creating a little something to brighten up my kitchen and to cover up that ugly little box.  

I painted my wood a gorgeous sunshiney yellow.  I only did one coat (and I didn't bother priming) because I wanted the wood grain to peek through.  Then penciled in "I've got sunshine on a cloudy day" using some fonts I found online as inspiration.  I just free handed the letters onto my sign, but you could easily use a stencil to do this if you'd want.
 

"I've got" and "on a cloudy day" I filled in with gray paint, and "sunshine" I painted bright white.  Once all my paint was thoroughly dried I roughed it all up with sand paper, sprayed it with clear coat, attached hooks and a wire to the backside, and I was done!



Now my kitchen has a bright note of sunshine above my kitchen sink.  Every time I look at that sign, I'm reminded of all the blessings I have, and how very much I love my children.  It's just what I needed!

Be blessed,

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May 16, 2012

I've got a secret...

Just in case you were wondering, I am, in fact, still alive.  It's true.  I know it might be hard to believe since I've been pretty quiet out here on the Prairie.  

Would you like to know what I've been doing? 

 I have been breathing, savoring time with my family, and just catching up in general.  Both during and after the competition (which I placed 4th in, by the way), I had a really hard time keeping life balanced, it got too busy, I got overwhelmed, and something had to give. 

 So I decided to just give myself a break, take the time I needed to get back on top of things, and to enjoy some of the beautiful spring we've been having.  And I'm so glad I did.  Taking a break has given me the chance to live without self inflicted deadlines for awhile, and wow, am I grateful for that!  I think I'm ready to slowly get back into the blog, but the key word there will be slowly.  I've really struggled back and fourth if I want to continue blogging, and while I have loved the challenge, the reward, and the opportunity to speak outside of these four walls, I want to enjoy myself, and I don't want blogging to be a chore.

So I've decided to take my time, post as I care to post, and not put the deadline pressure on myself of having a very direct blogging schedule.

Now, onto my secret...

I think part of the reason I got overwhelmed with blogging is that I took on a whole lot of new stuff within a couple of weeks' time.  I got news that I made the top 10 of the Sew-vivor competition, I started a twice weekly intense work out class that ran for 6 weeks, my husband was working long hours, and I started a little business.  Crazy much?!?

My little business is called Something Wonderful, and it has been a lot of fun for me.  Something Wonderful is a little shop full of hand made home decor, and simple accessories.  If you'd like to check it out, you can do so at www.facebook.com/somethingwonderful.jen.  

So that's my big secret!  

Thanks for stopping in, and for your understanding :)