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Jul 28th, 2014 On The Homefront

Hey babe, I did it!! I did it, I mowed the yard!!!!  I was so proud of myself for starting the lawn mower, I was grinning from ear to ear the whole time. Dad came over after I started it, […]

Jul 25th, 2014 On The Homefront

    Hey babe, I was having coffee on the backporch, like we normally do, and ran across this video that I knew you’d get a kick out of.  I’ve watched it 4 times and I laugh every-single-time! Love ya! […]

Jul 21st, 2014 On The Homefront

Some time ago, my husband came home from Reserves with the news that he’s 90% sure he’ll be deployed.  For the first week and a half I experienced all the stages of grief over and over again.  I grieved for the […]

Latest Blog Posts

Jul 31st, 2014

I’ve recently had the conversation with my kids about “Make vs. Buy” when we decided to make chocolate covered pretzels rather than buy them. The cost of make vs buy is two fold: Time is Money: which do you have […]

Back to School Grade Announcement
Jul 24th, 2014

    Who’s thinking about back to school?!  ME! For years I’ve seen other mom’s posting Facebook pictures of their kids with placards saying what grade the kids were entering and I’m the slacker mom who didn’t make a sign, who […]

Promise by Stephanie at Grinning Like An Idiot-0101
Jun 30th, 2014

This painting started out in my mom and dad’s back yard.  I literally sat outside for a bit and painted – it’s called a Plein Air technique.  Plein Air you use a quick drying medium like Liquin and Turpenoid so […]

Jun 22nd, 2014

I did it…I can’t believe I just did it…I have serious butterflies in my stomach, tears are in my eyes because I’m so nervous.  What if they don’t like it?  What if I’ve been kidding myself for 13 years?  What […]

Jun 16th, 2014

This post is the second part to Teaching my 5 year old how to refinish furniture.  We finished painting and decorating the trunk.  I also added a neat feature to the trunk, a false bottom! Again, surprisingly easy – this […]

How to Make a Window Box by Grinninglikeanidiot-0051
Jun 9th, 2014

If you saw Em’s surprise bedroom makeover, then you saw the pretty window box that I made.  Now here is the thing, it took me about 45 minutes of hands on time to make the window box.  Hands off time […]

Apr 21st, 2014

Hey guys, It’s been a while since I’ve been on my regular schedule of Monday posts, but I swear I’ve been busy with crafty stuff.  As a matter of fact, I’m pretty sure I have issues.  So I’ve put together […]

Bedroom Makeover by Grinninglikeanidiot-0214
Apr 15th, 2014

It’s been a while since I posted, I didn’t mean to take a break, but it just happened.  Two vacations and disruptive news did it for me – I was completely distracted.  But I’ve been dying to share this with […]

Mar 31st, 2014

Your power tools will last for years, if taken care of correctly. To properly take care of your power tools, you need to clean them about every six months. You must follow a strict cleaning process to ensure your power […]

Bedroom Makeover by Grinninglikeanidiot-2
Mar 10th, 2014

After a month of planning and sewing we did it!  The whole family was in on Em’s surprise bedroom makeover: Grandma, Grandpa, Ben, LilMan and Mammaw.  Everyone had a hand. The Plan We had to get Em out of the […]

Mar 5th, 2014

Before you start your next DIY project, take a look at this handy infographic from UK Oak Doors, and answer the questions on the flow chart truthfully. Some DIY projects make a lot of sense, but not everyone has the […]

Developing My Daughter's Passion
Mar 3rd, 2014

So, I lied to to my daughter.  I felt bad about ‘tricking’ her, but I wanted her to be part of her surprise bedroom makeover.   It took me a while to figure out how we are going to make […]

What is your passion?
Feb 24th, 2014

Some people have a passion for creating, law, art, designing, decorating, medicine, teaching etc.  How do you know when you have passion?  Passion is when you you start something and suddenly the day is gone and you’ve forgotten to eat, […]

Silhouette Promo 2_20-2_28
Feb 21st, 2014

Silhouette is having another promotion this month!!  (the dust cover would have been handy – I had a wine/crafting accident ). ·         1 CAMEO, 1 stamping starter kit, 1 light hold cutting mat, 1 teal CAMEO dust cover for $269.99 […]

Feb 17th, 2014

One of my fondest memories is when I was about 5 years old. My brother and I had spent a week at my Grandma and Grandpa’s farm in the early 1980s. And while Steve and I had a great time, […]

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