Okay, so since we had that little heart to heart, I figured it would be a nice change of pace to share a few of the projects I've been working on for what seems like weeks. Seriously you guys, I can't get things done. Lazy... that's what I am.
neutrals draw me in over and over again and I always gravitate back to them when I'm tired of a specific shade. Adrain and I have been talking about saving up for a sectional sofa as our children are getting big and we need more lounging room. I keep coming up with different colors until Adrain looks at me and says, "Woman, you change things too often- you'd better go with a neutral color." Oh yeah. That's right. I knew that about myself. Ha! Though I really like denim, I'm not gonna lie. I can't decide if that's the 90's come back to haunt us... if it's going to be a classic (since Pottery Barn has it in the new Fall line-up) or if it's a "color" as opposed to a neutral. I'd better go with tan. Or gray. (But is gray a trendy color that we'll all laugh at in ten years? Hmmm..) (Good thing I have a long time til I've saved up for that baby! Plenty of time to think about it.)
That said, I decided we needed a system. By now I bet hearing those words come out of my mouth totally shocks you. Heh, heh. (Alicia, I know you totally feel me.)
I've got a narrow (8'x3') strip of wall in the laundry room (previously covered in chalk paint) that we pass from the garage into the kitchen. It's wasted space in my opinion but it's also really narrow so our options are limited. What I really wanted and what I had room for were two different things. What we needed, was a memo board system of some kind for each person, but my other challenge was budget. As in... finding something under $5.00.
The cool thing is that clipboards are under a dollar each at office supply stores, they can be removed easily from the wall, and you can attach post-it's, clip up lists, papers, etc.
I printed out the letters in the size I wanted, traced them onto contact paper, cut them out and stuck them down onto the clipboards. I painted the negative space and then carefully peeled the contact paper off and let them dry. (I used "Aloe" from Sherwin Williams, leftover from this project.)
(I have one clear snapping folder for each year, for each child and I save school photos, notes from teachers, awards, special papers, etc in each one. I slip a card in the front of each one that says the grade and year and I add to it throughout the year. I keep a bin with all of them up in their closets.)
I've got Joe's school supply list clipped to his board, and below you can see a the grocery lists and menu pages that I'll be attaching to mine.
And I know. I show this room all the time.
You can totally fire me if you want to.
I stenciled "Breakfast" onto an old pallet board that I found in my garage and used things I already had, like a "B," "&," paint and self leveling hangers. (In the end I used a different "B" than the one I originally thought I would use. I have a lot of "B's." We love our "B's" around here.) The only thing I purchased was an "E" and a "D" ($3 total, at JoAnns). I painted all of the letters a cream color so they would be somewhat streamlined and spray painted the amperstand gray, even though I did like it turquoise. Gray worked better. I didn't like how light the board looked once it was all up, so I used a darker paint and stenciled over the "Breakfast" letters, then sanded it all down to soften it.
It's wonky and imperfect like me.
Now feel free to enjoy many photos of of the same thing because I'm a blogger and that's the sort of unexplainable thing we tend to do.
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Today I am thankful for:
Flowers blooming in our cutting garden.
A few fun things starting to fill up the calendar.
Getting myself organized.
Setting some goals and some plans to accomplish them.
Watercolors on sale.