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Teach Me Tuesday – Scrabble Tiles

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Hi All!

I saw a funny tweet today about Mondays.  It said “I think God really only created 6 days a week and Satan created Mondays”.  Made me laugh because this is exactly how I felt Monday morning when the alarm went off.  Satan not only created Monday but I think he may have had a hand in my son’s mood Monday morning after the long spring break.  Yikes!

But … now it is Tuesday and time for another edition of Teach Me Tuesday.  Today I thought I would show you some cool things you can do with Scrabble tiles.  Just a side note – have you ever stepped on a Scrabble tile?  I know what I wanted to do with that tile when I stepped on it and it wasn’t a pretty craft project.  I digress …

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I wanted to buy this for my photographer friend – cracked me up! I think most of us have seen these Scrabble tile necklaces. They are everywhere now – craft shows, boutiques and all over the internet. Here are some more super cute examples:

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These would be so cool in your family’s initial. Of course you know I like them – they are burlap!

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Wouldn’t this be amazing in a basement or a game room? You could really make it say anything you wanted … something special to you and your family.

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More burlap pillows with one of my favorites words and activities on them … NAP! Seriously, who doesn’t love a good afternoon nap. I know that for me, a nap can change my entire outlook on the day.

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I think this would be so great in a nursery or a neat little gift to your significant other. Once again, the sayings are endless.

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See what I mean?

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Scrabble coasters – great hostess gift. So easy – just glue the tiles to cork and there you go!

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Possibilities in a nursery are endless. You could also put your family’s names together in your den or foyer. Pretty funky.

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Look what I found … someone with the same idea as the family names. Great minds think alike I guess. Smile!

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Scrabble tiles are the perfect size for wine charms. Have a variety and let your guests pick their first or last initial.

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I am not quite sure what to say about this idea. You would have to be a serious Scrabble fan to put tiles on your wedding bouquet. Not really for me … but then I suck at Scrabble.

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Now this is pretty cool …Scrabble fan or not.

I hope I have shown you that the possibilities of Scrabble tile projects are really endless. Now run down to the basement, dump your Scrabble box and get to work!

Hope your life is more heaven than havoc!

Missi

Fabulous Friday Favorites 3!

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Hello All!

I can’t believe how fast these weeks are flying by … it seems like I just did a Fabulous Friday Favorites (FFF) and now here it is, Friday again.  Do you ever get freaked out by how fast your life is passing by every day, every month and all these years?  I think it goes extra fast when you have children.  I am going to have 4 teenagers this year.  I can’t even fathom that I am old enough to have 4 teens!  I feel like a was just a teenager myself and God knows I still act like one on most days.

Notice I said “act” not “look” like one.  What’s the deal with everything falling on your face and body?  Before I know it my butt will be behind my knees and my boobs ….   I can’t even think about it!  Oh – and what is going on with my eyelids?  AAAARRRGGGHHH!!

Moving on … I hope you enjoy this week’s FFF!

1.  SUBWAY ART:


I can’t say I know for sure the history of Subway Art.  I tried to do some research, but all I came up with is that it originated in the subways in New York City.  Alot of that art was graffiti-based.  The subway art I am loving right now is the word art.  You have probably seen it – it is popping up everywhere.  I remember the first time I saw a piece of subway art was on a show on the DIY Network.  It was a long, wooden and black sign with white words listing out all the stops on a NYC subway train.  I thought it was so cool.  Now you can find any word grouping you can think of:  inspirational, holiday, baby, cities and a whole lot of others.

I got this piece of Minneapolis subway art from my sister for Christmas this year.  I love it so much.  Not just because it is cool and super trendy right now, but because it speaks of home.  I grew up in Minnesota but have been gone for 19 years.  Every one of these words have meaning to me and a memory attached.  I saw the Twins win the World Series in the Metrodome in 1987, my first real job was in a building right off the Nicollet Mall and I nervously merged into freeway traffic for the first time (in a orange Thunderbird) onto 35W.  Art should invoke a feeling in you … this one definitely does for me.

Here are some other examples of subway art that might mean something to you:

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Subway art is awesome! And … you can even do it yourself. More on that on another post. Exciting stuff!

2. LIGHT BULBS:

I know this seems like a weird favorite, but you would be amazed at all the cool things you can do with a light bulb. Besides the fact that the look of the bulb can completely change the feel of a light fixture, bulbs can be used in so many other ways. Take a look …

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Have I convinced you that you should never throw away an old light bulb? So many creative ideas – one is better than the next!

3. FLOWER BULBS

Yep … this is another one of my favorites. I don’t just love light bulbs, but this time of year I am dying over all the beautiful flower bulbs coming up.  Sigh … the pollen is terrible but the flowers make it worth it.

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I have planted all these bulbs in my garden this year. I just hope they come up as beautifully as these pictures. I’ll take some pictures when they start to peek through a little more.

Well that’s it for this weeks edition of FFF. Hope you have a wonderful and safe weekend. See you Monday!

Hope your life is more heaven than havoc!
Missi

One Word …POLLEN!

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Today’s post is about one “dirty” word ….  POLLEN!  It’s killing me and crushing my creativity.  How can I blog when I can’t swallow, see or even breathe?  Here is the hood of my car:

I know you can’t see how yellow my hood is … but those of us who live in Georgia know what I am talking about … NIGHTMARE!

In order to be semi-creative and stay with today’s theme, I have included some Pollen Art for you to cringe over enjoy!

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Has this guy lost his mind?  He doesn’t even have a mask on.  What a show-off!

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This makes the sad face I drew on my car look pathetic.

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Someone has waaaayyy too much time on their hands.  Really.

I have to admit … very impressive.

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This is a little more my speed.  Banjo playing stick figures … now that’s art!

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This “piece” is called Five Mountains Not To Climb. Art really is subjective.  I’m pretty sure I could make this on my driveway right now.  I just choose not to (smile)!

Had enough?  Yep – me too!  Gotta go blow my nose and gargle with salt water – I lead such a glamorous life!

Hope your life is more heaven than havoc!  Stay away from the Yellow!

Missi

Fabulous Friday Favorites

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Yipee!  It’s Friday!  I am not sure how I am feeling about this crazy warm weather.  If it is this warm now, what are we in for this summer?  I’m thinking scorching heat, lots of bugs and really bad humidity hair!  Wow … what a Debbie Downer!  Let me start again …

Gosh am I ever enjoying the beautiful weather this week …so much sunshine!  Better.

Today is Fabulous Friday Favorites.  Here is what I am “digging” this week:

1.  BARN DOORS

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I think barn doors in a home are incredible. I tried to put one somewhere in my house, but I did not have enough wall space around my doors to accommodate one. Such a bummer! They add so much character!

2.  PALLET ART:

Pallet art is the new hot thing for art and furniture.  Today I am just going to show you the art.  I’ll save the furniture for another Friday blog.  You can find pallets anywhere from your neighbors garbage, craigslist or landscape/hardware stores.  People are usually trying to get rid of them – so that makes it even better – FREE!

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Pallet’s can be such a great medium for all types of art. They can be taken apart and the individual boards used or left just like they are. I really love how rustic they look, yet can be used in all types of rooms.

3.  BRIGHT FRONT DOORS:

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Painting your front door is one of the fastest, cheapest and easiest way to change the way your entire home looks outside. If you are too scared to go bright, remember it is only paint and can be changed. I think it helps if you pick out a few colors you like and paint each color on a poster board. Tape the poster to the front door and then go out to the street to see what you think. A bright, colorful door is welcoming and says alot about the people who live there.

Hope you enjoyed my Fabulous Friday Favorites!  If you did, I would love it if you could share it with your “peeps” or follow me!    Have a wonderful, warm weekend!

Hope your life is more heaven than havoc!

Missi

Fabulous Friday Favorites

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TGIF!!!  Kids are out of school today – not sure if that is good or bad?  The sleeping late part is good – but the constant bickering … not so much!

I have decided to start a new addition to Friday posts … My top 3 Fabulous Friday Favorites.  I would love your opinions and comments.  What do you think?

1.  BURLAP:

I am so in love with burlap right now.  I love it as a table runner, art, wreaths and pillows and anything else I can wrap up with it!  I think it can work in all types of homes – cottage, rustic, traditional, contemporary and beach.

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Seriously … isn’t burlap the bomb! I love the texture, neutral colors and flexibility. It’s not the coziest thing to lay on – but it sure looks good!

2.  BIRDS:

If you haven’t seen birds everywhere then you have been living in a cave.  From high-end boutiques to Pottery Barn to Walmart – they are on everything!  They can be multi-colored, solid colors (like a silhouette), big or small.   Birds are on wallpaper, pillows, bedding, table dressings, art – you name it!  Here are just a few of my favorites (including my own powder bath)!

I was so thrilled when this wallpaper went up in my powder bath.  I know the colors are kind of hard to see on these pictures, but the background is a gold/mustard color and the pattern is a rustic red.  I seriously hugged my walls when the paper was installed – I was so excited!

These are the bird pictures on the wall in the powder bath.  I picked up the main pictures at an estate sale for $5.00 each – then had them framed.  They look so expensive … I love a deal!  I will be doing another post on the transformation of this bathroom.  This bath didn’t even have a toilet when we moved in!

Cute bird fabric! Would be wonderful in a playroom, nursery or little girl’s room. I think I would also like it on pillows for outdoors – funky!

This is my daughter’s room.  I purchased this tree and bird decals on Etsy.  It was really easy to apply and changed the entire look of the room.  She loves it!

Bird pillows from Pottery Barn.  Google “bird pillows” – you won’t believe what will come up – amazing!

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I want this pillow so bad for the banquette in my kitchen.  I think it is so funky and cute!  I am just afraid the white will not be white for long after 4 kids wipe their hands on it!  Boo!

3.  OWLS:

I know … I know … you are thinking “Are owls not birds? Why a whole category on owls?”  Because they make me happy happy happy … !  These pictures are from my own personal owl collection – Oh my God!  I sound like I am 100!

This is my pride and joy … an antique McCoy owl cookie jar.  I adore it so much that I am afraid to use it, so it sits on a shelf, holding up my cookbooks.  I got it on Ebay!

This is my owl from Mexico.  I like to pretend that I got it while staying in a 5 star resort in Cabo … but I really got it at a garage sale for 50 cents.  Yay me!

Just a little grouping of unusual owls.  When I see them in a picture, I realize I might be a little obsessed.

This was the first owl I ever bought.  I saw it in a magazine spread and was determined to have it.  Now you can find them pretty easily, but at the time, I had to stalk the internet to track it down … not to mention I paid a fortune.  Oops!

Yikes is this a bad picture or what?  This is my rock owl family.  I really am crazy!

And just to prove that I have truly lost my mind … a Wizard Owl.  Really?

This next picture is not in my collection – but I wish it was … Oh no, I think I might need an owl sponsor to “talk me down” from the crazy tree.

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Are you ready for more kitchen remodeling?  See you back on Monday for the Kitchen – DURING post!  Have a great weekend!

Hope your life is more heaven than havoc!

Missi