I created a new piece for me, and it is awesome. If you did not already know, I have a thing for maps. (As seen Here and explained Here) I was looking for a way to put together a world map piece and stumbled upon this etsy ad. I am really glad that I found it, as it made my piece super easy to do.
This piece is going above the cabinets that I have in the living room – so I had Dave cut a piece of wood to match the top that we did for the cabinets. I prepped by sanding and rounding the edges. I then measured out my placement and started painting.
I used the same Valspar white that I have on my trim and other accents throughout the house.
I got my poly on, with a light sanding in between coats.
So pretty –
Last thoughts: ignore the TV (it’s football season!! I gotta have it out here) and the shadows…it has been overcast the past few days and I didn’t want to wait for pics.
I have a ton of ideas on more map projects, but I will use my projector for those as I will not be able to use the stencil again. sad face.
Depending on who you follow on Pinterest…this could be a topic you have seen so many times you could puke. Well…me too. Until I came across this site and this article.
Now, over the past couple of years I have heard the terms downsizing, decluttering, small living, etc. It sounds so freeing….for other people. I never thought I would drink the Kool Aid. A few articles that I was drawn into later and I realized that there are things in my house that I haven’t touched for months. I decided to take a step and worked on my closet.
Here is my ‘After’:
Not gunna lie…..I let it get super messy again. BUT I have not added to it, which is good. I was able to get it cleaned up in 10 minutes which is a miracle and a testament to keeping only the things you wear.
So – I have decided to start working on each room in the house. I hope to get through the whole house by mid October. My plan is to do an initial run through that mimics this……http://redefinedmom.com/how-to-declutter-your-house-in-five-minutes/ and then do a second round that is a more cut throat.
My garden is exploding in tomatoes…which I love…..I am just adjusting my plans with the tomatoes that are ripening as I go. I have only had a handful ripe at one time, so I have been able to easily make meals and/or snacks with them. This past week, I have had too many to work into our meals and not enough friends who like tomatoes (hello!). Hopefully, towards the end of summer – my mom and I will be canning together….but now I am making a frozen tomato puree to use in future meals.
Like my hard water??
- 20 roma tomatoes
- 6 heirloom tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon basil, oregano, thyme
- 2 tsp salt
- 1/2 chopped extra large onion or 1 small onion
- 1 tablespoon garlic
I used my blender to puree all the tomatoes with a cup of water and added that to a large pot…..um..that pic doesn’t have all of them.
At this time, I started sauteing the onion with a dash of salt and pepper. Just towards the end, I added in the garlic….being careful not to burn it.
Then it all goes into the pot with the tomatoes. Then add the rest of the spices and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes.
I taste tested mine as I went to ensure that it was not overpowering on the spices and still maintained a strong tomato taste. I want to use this as a base in future meals and since I have different options as to what those meals will be….I want to keep it loose.
After the mixture cooled, I poured it into some freezer bags and placed them in the freezer.
All in all – I am happy with the result and will let you know what meals I end up using this for.
Right off the bat, I am thinking – spaghetti, barley soup, chili and chicken makhani.
Part of my to-do’s has been to get some stuff done for the girls in the playhouse….last November (??) Dave and I moved our old shed to the other side of the yard, up a hill and started work.
We had some extra flooring left over from a project that we never got to do….so we put it on the floor of the playhouse….we still have some left over – so Dave is contemplating putting some on the loft.
I made a sign using some old plywood and the left over paint from our front door.
The girls had their first sleepover in here last weekend. Good times were had by all.
There is still some work to do on the loft and the wall that the door is on….but holy cow – what a difference.
What do you think??