Monday, June 29, 2009

New Picnic Table!



Look what my wonderful hubby made for me! He wants me to decoupage it. Since that is one of my favorite craft mediums I can't wait. But, I'm going to have to. I think its just too hot to decoupage right now. It would probably dry before I placed the picture. My plan is to use pics of my kids, I'll definitely have to get some kind of sealer that is light safe. I haven't decided if I want to do it like a flag or a rainbow. I'm leaning toward the rainbow, it's just so much more colorful.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Where is my staple gun!?


Somewhere in the wreck of a garage my staple gun hides. I don't understand. My hubby comes out here for hours at a time to "clean and organize" his space. See those little sandals? They were too small for our daughter last year. Why are they out of the Goodwill box? They were at one time ready to be taken. See the chess board and the crystal dish? Hand-me down from hubby's boss. We didn't want it, but we are the "just give them our junk" people apparently. How did we become those people? Trust me, if I haven't used it in six months, it's gone. I am not a hoarder. And where the hell did that coffee cup come from? I don't recognize it as one of ours.
Here's more. The stereo? Doesn't work. I want my staple gun. I have plans that need to be fulfilled! I wanted to start my toy box redo project. I have fabric, I have the will, but I don't have my stable gun!


Look! An empty drawer! A perfect place to store my staple gun. Yes, I could go out to the garage and organize it for my hubby. But then he wouldn't be able to find his tools. I would constantly hear, "Honey, where's my...?" Also, there are almost definitely spiders lurking in the depths of all this junk. I don't do spiders. So for the time being or at least until tomorrow night when I send hubby out to find my staple gun, I will be working on my toy box redo Sat. I am staple gunless.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Wednesday Night Freedom

I love Wednesday nights. My hubby takes the kids to his father's house. I get 2 hours of freedom. I can craft, read a book or watch television. Tonight, I am reading. I'm on the fifth Sookie Stackhouse book. Short post, I know, but time's awaistin'!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

My Unique Kids

Jake is our Little Man. Isn't he handsome? You'd never know by looking at him that he has Autism. He's my problem solver. Jake never asks for help, he will work at something until he figures is out... or breaks it. He is compelled to know how things work. I look at the above picture and just know he is figuring out how that flower came to be. Yes, Jake stims, he flaps his arms when he gets excited and he lines up his cars end to end when he's upset. He has meltdowns when he doesn't get his way, but what four year old doesn't throw a tantrum once in a while. He also gives great hugs and kisses, he cuddles and he tries so hard to please the adults in his life. He works so hard, too hard for someone this young. What four year old has a full time job? Jake does. No, he doesn't get paid, at least not in money. His pay off is being able to ask for a certain toy or cartoon or milk. Jake gets up everyday and goes to school for seven hours, he spends time in occupational therapy and speech therapy and ABA. Then comes home to more. It seems harsh like its too much, but for kids with Autism, work is play and play is work. Autism makes it hard for Jake to socialize. Autism makes it hard for Jake to communicate. Autism makes it hard for Jake to do a lot of things, but it does not make it hard for him to love. And it definitely does not make it hard to love him.
The DIVA. Yes, in caps. Ryan, my baby girl. She's gorgeous even with her ragamuffin hair. At two and a half she is wise beyond her years. My mother says Ryan was born old. She wasn't, but she has taken on the roll of protector of her older brother. Somehow, Ryan at her young age decided that her big brother needed someone strong to stand up for him. We didn't push her to do this. It just came naturally to her. Ryan is strong-willed and loyal. One day Ryan will be able to speak her mind, she does now, but I know she will teach others that everyone is different. Everyone has unique talents that should be explored. Every kid has something in them that can and will benefit others as well as themselves. Ryan commands attention everywhere she goes and hopefully someday she will use that ability to teach others about her brother and what Autism means.

Both of my children can be anything. Nothing can hold them back.

I didn't want to use this blog as a soapbox and I will probably (hopefully) never mentions my son's Autism again, but I want people to know that small comments at the grocery store or the park about a child's tantrums are not needed and not appreciated. It hurts. It hurts me but more importantly it hurts my children. Jake has a hard time speaking but he understands everything that is said to or about him. Children with Autism tend to live in the now, words like later or in a little while have very little meaning to them. If that child is having a meltdown because he can't get something he wants at that moment "a good spanking" is not going to help. Luckily, for us anyway, tantrums don't last long. We've worked hard, Jake especially, to get past the meltdowns. Jake and Ryan both understand that they don't always get a treat at the store. But there are parents out there who haven't hit that milestone yet. Please show a little compassion and understanding. As parents to any child, typical or one with special needs, we are just doing the best we can. It is already the hardest job there is and a nod and an understanding smile goes a long way when you are at the store with a screaming child.

Monday, June 22, 2009

I love Mod Podge

My wonderful brother-in-law brought me some 12x12 scrap wood from his cabinet shop, this is what I did with it. This one is for my niece, it isn't finished. I still need to add knobs on the bottom to hang necklaces or whatever she wants to hang on it.
For Little Man. This one isn't finished either. It needs the knobs for his hats and a few more embellishments.
The Diva. Again not finished. I hate spending so much on knobs. Why are they so expensive? And it also needs a couple of embellishments. Any suggestions?
Finally one that is finished! This is for my other niece, her birthday is coming up. Can you see the knobs? She's going to be sixteen and she loves pink and black.

Here's the basics of what I did. I sanded the board and drilled holes for the knobs. Painted the edges, this one is a black gloss. Then I painted the letter and added her name with paper letters. I covered the board with the cute black and white paper and used Mod Podge Gloss. I Mod Podged the K with the same gloss. Once everything was dry I used tacky tape (that really strong tape) to add the K to the board. Super easy and a fun craft for her to hand in her room.

I love Mod Podge! It is my favorite craft tool!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Summer Fun



Little man and The Diva had a blast yesterday playing in the water. No its not raining, I turned the sprinkler on and placed it so it would shower them on the trampoline. With temps nearing the 100s it was a great way to cool down.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

To refinish or not to refinish?



Here is a toy chest my grandmother had made for me when I was about five years old. I have held onto it for thirty years and now it sits in my daughter's room. I'm torn about whether I should refinish it. I thought I could put new fabric on the lid, change the name to my daughter's name and paint it. Oh and add a few safety features. The lid has nothing to keep it from falling on my kids! What were they thinking thirty years ago?! The paint is chipping off (for all I know it's lead paint) and the fabric is tearing.

So my oh so helpful mother says that I may wish someday that I hadn't altered it, but to do what I want to. I hate when people tell me that. I'm gonna do what I want to do anyway I don't need their permission. I just thought she could help me decide by telling me something like "Oh your grandmother would hate that idea or your grandmother would think that was so sweet!"

I just thought it would be nice for my daughter to have something that was mine, but has been altered to be just for her. I don't know. What do you think?

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

My Crafty Area

Here is a big part of my craft area. My worktable. Well, technically its my husband's worktable, but like most of his tools, I've taken it over. My kids can spend hours playing outside or swimming so that's where I do most of my crafting.

The pyramid thing of the shelf is my pen/marker/paintbrush holder. I got the idea from Creative Cricket over at Two Peas in a Bucket and she got the idea from Peppermintpatty. Its PVC pipe cut into 5 in lengths. The shelf it is sitting on came from my brother-in-law. He has a cabinet shop so it's fairly easy for me to get wood, which is Awesome. He also made my desk for me. The cabinet under the shelf and the one hanging on the wall both came from Goodwill (my favorite store). I sanded and painted them. I'm pretty handy with a paint brush.



I had a craft room, but when my daughter was born I gave it up. Now I have a nice view of the backyard. I can see my kids playing outside if I need to be inside to work on something. Since my craft area is now in a section of the kitchen I can work in between stirring dinner. I can even paint something, go clean while I wait for the paint to dry, then add another coat. It's great! Yes, I wish I had more space, but maybe someday.

It's not pretty, but it is functional. I've seen some gorgeous craft rooms, but if I can't see it I tend to not use it or forget I have it. Hope you enjoyed the tour. I don't really make cards, I scrapbooked for awhile, but I really love working with wood.



Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Go get messy!


So I told my kids "Go get messy! Paint!" I put up a giant piece of paper on the fence, put a ton of different colored paint on a plate (one for each to avoid arguing) and gave them foam brushes. I thought this would be hours of fun for the kiddies. It last about 10 minutes give or take. I think they thought I was punishing them for something! "Go paint? Mom, it's hot out here." So they ended up in the pool. I guess neither one of my kids got the crafty gene.
Hi, this is my first post! I'm excited to share a little bit of my world with the world. My name is Rachael and I'm a stay at home mom. I have two children, one boy and one girl. I have a wonderful husband who puts up with my crazy, sometimes bordering on obsessive craft ideas.

I think of myself as a fly-by crafter. I get really into a craft for a while then move on to something new. But that doesn't mean I won't ever go back to the original craft, it might just take awhile. Right now I'm repurposing or giving old items makeovers or upcycling, whatever you want to call it. I really like this one. I'm learning to use tools I've never used before, my father-in-law even gave me an electric sander. I just love that man, he's so good to us! So once I figure this blogging thing out, I'll post some pictures of what I've been working on. Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you real soon.

Rachael