Sunday, April 25, 2010

personalized magnet boards

Are any of you like me who have this brand new awesome stainless refrigerator that magnets won't stick to?  How do you post up invitations, birth announcements, fun pictures on your refrigerator if it won't stick....you create yourself a magnetic board.

A few weeks ago when I was in Texas at my parents house my mom and I worked on a new project...then life got busy, we had testing at school, trying to finish up my masters, and I hosted a huge bridal shower at my house.  Hopefully with graduation in two weeks life will slow down and I'll have more time for my new project/hobby and be able to create for you and your friends.

The idea came about because I needed a new cute magnetic board for our desk area at our new house.  Mom and I searched and searched and couldn't find a cute one so we decided "why not make one ourselves???"  So we did. 


We have a good friend who has a sheet metal business so I have a good source for cut sheet metal.  Ken cut the magnetic metal for us and put holes in the top.  You can get the metal at a local home improvement store if you don't have an awesome Ken.  We spray painted the board and then let our creativity juices flow and voila! my new magnetic board.  You would be amazed at how many things you can find at Michaels, Hobby Lobby, etc to make your board to fit your style...and spray adhesive...a new discovery and I love it!

While I was in Texas I found these super cute silver letter magnets so I picked up a K, E, L, L, and Y to use for magnets.  I also have turned buttons into magnets, but don't them on the board in this picture.

Like what you see?  Need a cute, personalized magnetic board?  Let me know!

I have several blank boards in stock that I can make to your liking. Think how great these boards would be for birthday or Christmas gifts?  Or just a gift for yourself :)  I also plan to create a few framed ones too if that's more your style.

The board looks super cute in our mini "office" desk area in the kitchen.  Now we can post the million birth announcements we are getting these days and pin up invitations so we won't be so forgetful :)


{Linking to Funky Junk Interiors Saturday Night Special}

Sunday, April 18, 2010

lose the glitter

The title is referring to Reba on the Academy of Country Music awards tonight.  The woman took a glitter pen to her arms.  And it's just a tad bit much.

I feel like I've been disconnected from the blog world because as it turns out our good ol' six year computer has bitten the dust.  Well, not technically.  It still works fine, but there is a short where the electrical adapter plugs into the computer...or so I think...I've done a self diagnosis.  We've had our fair share of batteries and just purchased a new power cord and neither one seems to do the trick.  You have to wiggle and wiggle to get the green charging light to come on and it only stays on for point five seconds before disappearing again. The farmer wasn't too much for getting a new one, but I frankly see no point in spending $100 over and over to buy replacement parts to spend just as much as we could get a new one for....so, I ordered one last week ;)  Don't get me wrong, if the farmer hadn't just begun to farm I do believe he'd be far more interested so he could find new tractors or combines or browse rivals.com so he could check out the new football starts.  Instead he sits on a tractor all day and crashes when he gets home with no thought of the world wide web.  I on the other hand am quite addicted. 

I pulled out the farmer's old laptop, but it takes a little less than an hour to load one webpage so that just wasn't going to work.  And it's not wireless and hellllllo, why have a laptop if you can't use it on the couch?  Pure laziness, ha!  I've had to resort to doing a lot of blog stalking on a tiny little screen on my iphone, but I haven't really wanted to do the whole iphone blog posting business and I'm not even sure how.

So, I'm so anxious to get my new computer in my hands.  I check the status on it daily even though I already know what it's going to say...expected arrival the beginning of May.  I sure hope it doesn't take that long. 

It's such a beautiful day outside.  I went to Walmart and bought a cart for my water hose.  We finally got a flower bed this week so that means I've got to water flowers.  We seem to be having a drought at the moment.  I can't let the farmer think I'm really going to let all those flowers die.  Brea and I took Lily to the playground at the school today to run around...and we walked there...got a little exercise in today, but this week I've gotta get back on the couch to 5k bandwagon...as long as it's not 95 degrees outside.

Speaking of beautiful....my new front door wreath is beaaaaaautiful.  Take a look for yourself.


Krista at The Gathering Place Design made it for me and I'm in love.  Mom came across it one night while she was checking out Funky Junk's Saturday Night Special do it yourself-ers (I think that's where she found her??).  I immediately fell in love, emailed Krista, and she had it to me within the week!  I smile everytime I pull in my driveway and look at my front door.  It's just so unique ;)  I have searched and searched for a Spring wreath and had no such luck, but thank to Gathering Place the search is over.  Check her out if you need a new wreath! 

By the way, I'm watching the Academy of Country Music awards and may I say that it is so sad that the end of Brooks and Dunn is near. 

I'm not good with change.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

green thumb

This week I suppose I got a green thumb and decided to make the outside of our house look a little more cheerful and Springy :)  We are in the process of getting flower beds put in, but since it's rained all we have is the green metal edging and tilled up dirt. 

Mom and I found this rocker at a consignment store for $70.  I wasn't sure if the farmer would like it for the porch, but all he had to hear was "mom bought us..." and he's perfectly fine with it!  I'd really like more than one rocker on the porch, but I think I want them all to be unique so they will have to come as we find them.  The rocker was a little awkward sitting by itself so I added this super cute planter next to it that I picked up at market a few months ago.  Bringing out the planter started my green thumb shopping spree! 

I had no clue what coconut liner was, but alas, I do now!  It worked perfect as a liner for the planter. Word to the wise - don't try cutting it.  It was super tough to cut and then I realized you can just tear it apart. Geesh louise.  While at Lowe's I also picked up an impatia? and a few english ivy plants to use as filler.  I used leftover brick stacked up to sit the hanging basket on for height, but after my second project today I have quite a bit of potting soil left so this week I plan to take the plants out of the baskets and re-plant them in soil in the pretty iron coconut lined planter.


The green thumb extended to today.  The farmer and I went over to his parents house for Easter lunch and our Easter baskets were sitting in the garage...two Easter geranium baskets!  I thought it was a pretty clever idea.  She thought our new house needed some new pretty plants.  Love the plants, but these pretty Easter baskets ended up costing me $85 after another trip to Lowe's!  I came home with two pots, two trays to sit the pots on, a bag of potting soil, and a bag of gravel...apparently you need the gravel in the bottom to help drain...sure didn't know that beforehand!

I had the cute little cart at the shop as one of our display pieces and since the shop closed it has been sitting in storage so with my Mom's brillant idea I loaded it up and brought it home to use on my backporch.  Mom's really a smart lady because look how cute it looks on my backporch!

The other day I was shopping at The Full Moon, just about my FAVORITE store in Little Rock and they had the cutest made of rock gardeny looking pig. I've decided the pig needs a new home and that new home is on my porch cart.  Can't wait to shop for cute gardeny outdoorsy things to finish this project.  I know you can't wait to see what I have up my sleeve...truth is, me either! HA. 



I've never been one to be excited about flowers or my yard.  I guess it's because I've never really had flowers or a yard that I've cared about too much.  Just as I was starting to like it at my house in Texarkana I met the farmer, sold my house, and moved.  Moved to a pink house that had an over abundance of plants and flowers, I'm talking way out of control insanely crazy green yard.  Poor old lady that lived there before us must have spent millions on plants and flowers for her yard, but it was just a little too much for me.  So, I ignored it. 

Today it was so beautiful outside and I had so much fun fixing up my little pots!  The farmer laughed at me and wanted to criticize my techniques, but I told him to come do it himself or let me do it how I want to do it!  I told him that I am no farmer, I'm just married to one!

Now the big question is.....can Whitney keep these three plants alive?  Guess we'll see.  Although I'm doing a pretty good job so far.  Granted one is just two days old and the other not even a day old.  The farmer is shocked I haven't killed them yet.  Ye of little faith.

He also told me that I need to "water these plants because these are our plants and we have to be responsible and keep them alive". 

Are these plants or kids? 

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