Monday, July 29, 2013

Summer Baseball has come to an End...

I absolutely love to watch my boys play their sports but I won't lie... I'm absolutely thrilled  over the moon that this summer travel season is over! This was our first venture into a private travel league and although we were proud of Caleb it's a world we're not ready for!

I encourage and yell for my boys (sometimes too much-I know) but some of the parents in travel baseball must think their children are ready for MLB. I'm a realist...Caleb is good and he loves playing baseball but he's no Joey Votto or Brandon Phillips! Did you catch that one?! Yes, we are huge REDS fans in our house!

Anyway, back to Caleb and his baseball. The team had a few issues: a couple obnoxious boisterous coaches (thankfully not my husband this year), a continuous losing streak, and over 50 games between May and July 20th! Exactly!! Tough! All in all, we learned a lot and he still loves the game of baseball so it's not a fail...

Most importantly, we have a few weekends back before school starts!! Woohoo!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

DIY Pallet Creations

Well I hinted at this, but I bet some of you (much like my husband) said "what in the world is she doing?" I'm being creative! I love to make myself treasures from other people's trash and recently I began seeing so many people making cool things from old pallets and barn wood so of ourselves, I thought...I can do that!

I started by having my husband bring me some pallets from his work and then the hard part began.  Some pallets, I completely tore apart and others I just cut to my desired size with the circular saw.

Once I decided what shape I wanted I hammered it all together and got the belt sander and gave it a good smooth finish. The first thing I made was a bench. I knew I wanted something fun...a different look than just  plain old  boring wood. I taped, I painted, I let dry, then I put a coat of polyurethane on the whole thing. Now I'm in love (and my girlfriend wants one too!)

I also got a little crazy and made myself a rustic looking wine rack from a pallet. Bottles of wine fit into the shelf and wine glasses hang from the bottom. Too fun!

Lastly (for now because I'm out of pallet:), I bulked up some plain picture frames.  I've been experimenting with layering multiple frames to create extra dimension so now I added some pallet pieces behind for just a little bit more...

I have had soooooo much fun with my creations! My husband thinks I'm crazy a little different, but he seems to be impressed.  I've got plans for a few more creations so stay tuned! How about you? What do you think about my creations? Have you made any similar things from pallets? Share with us all!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Yes, I'm still Alive

Part of me feels like I've fallen off the face of the earth...the physical part of me, on the other hand, feels like I've been chasing my tail! The past two weeks have been a whirlwind- vacation then living at the baseball diamonds. But if I'm being honest, I wouldn't have it any other way!

Now here's a sneak peek of my most recent craft adventures:

Now that I have your attention...I can't wait to show some of my finished projects! Promise I'm almost ready to show them off...

Have you been working on any new projects? Share ...