morning craft + mason jar lids + coffee = full heart*

 The haul x

 find your images x

snack of choice x

 not a bad view! x

Trace around your mason lid x

cut x

choose a theme or maybe a complimentary colour scheme(?) x

glue the top of the mason lid x
 {be very careful with this glue!! so wear disposable gloves if possible}

 attach your colourful cutouts*

modge - podge if you have it

glue the top and fit inside of the mason lid x

 add extra glue x

 let me dry :)

mr coffee is all done!! FUN! p.s the chalk label is from spotlight

xoxo

TAKING ON PINTEREST ONE IDEA AT A TIME!

Keeping it s i m p l e! the best advice + afternoon tea!

I think one of the best little ideas a sister gave me recently was to have afternoon tea ready for the kids when they got home - for me this is after day care for my 2 1/2 year old and 4 year old. 

Before doing this we'd come home and bags would be dumped somewhere {um this still happens ek} and then tears or demands for food would come next and then at some point someone would want something different than what was offered or try help themselves resulting in more tears or tantrums.....and then number three would start crying cause he wanted something too...next minuet everyone's crying lol. {can you tell it was essentially all a bit crazy!}.....

so then entered the simple solution of making sure they had a plate of food ready for them when they came home..... 
add a few surprises here and there and they LOVE IT!!! :)

The first day they were like "ohh wow, what did you do that for?!" and then the next day after daycare in the car Titus asked "do we have our afternoon tea on the table?" ....And I thought "YUS!" and how interesting it is that kids love routine ... {some more than others}



It makes such a difference if I've made the effort to do it before they come home, because rather than scurrying around after them I make myself a cup of tea sit down with them and hear about their day...."nomm nom nomm"

And so this is our new routine after Daycare and it works!! {99% of the time, apart from times where if I'm honest I didn't put much effort into what I gave them and they put up a protest} 

And so if your anything like me, I need S I M P L E otherwise I wont do or stick to it :)
so I hope this little idea helps if its a tricky time of day for you too... x

xoxo

air dry clay = the symbol of the season x





 at this stage you can also place plastic patterned doily's over the top and the pattern is transferred to make the bunting ones I did here here








xoxo

air dry clay + plastic doily's = bunting





There are so many things you can make with air drying clay - here also is a wall hanging I created using the same product
xoxo

test pots + table = perfect table for play


This little table has been awesome its the perfect size for play or morning tea - but it was a bit of a nothing colour so using the remains of test pots I had some fun with it...and went for a mix of Chevron/Mountains/Geometrics :)

HOW TO: Using "Painters Masking tape" mask off your area one section at a time making sure that each is dry before starting the next section. I applied two coats, using Resene paints + for the white a spray paint I made sure I used a seal spray over the top for all the boys messes and it works a treat allowing me to wipe it clean.

TIP: Before applying the sealer spray make sure that its completely free of dust or dirt etc {I didn't think to do this as I sprayed it outside so now it has a permanent layer of dust sealed under the top coat - whoops!!} 

# I cant remember the colour for the grey but I could find out for you if you like it and want to use it for yourself? 



Busyness

this whole idea of busyness has been on my mind for weeks now, I definitely feel like Gods trying to show me how to let different things go, delegate, and be open to change. But gosh its hard sometimes to know how that looks in reality and the right things to do at the right time. So I kind of feel like I'm learning to hear Gods still small voice all over again - but what I realise is this is hard to do if you are running.....and so the journey to be in that place of peace continues...


I dont think God intended that we would live just so that we could chase our tails...


"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.  You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I am coming to you...." {John 14:27-30}


I'm so glad that what he meant when he said I will come to you, was that he would send his spirit - the comforter to us so that we might be able to have an ever present source of comfort and guidance when we ask...this is something I'm still soo learning to do, yet thankful that he has all the answers to unclutter the chaos of the mind and help me work through issues of busyness...and he can for you too!

xoxo 

take love and kindness with you x


"My child, do not forget my teaching,but let your heart keep my commandments;

For length of days and years of life

And peace they will add to you.

 
Do not let kindness and truth leave you;
Bind them around your neck,
Write them on the tablet of your heart.

 
So you will find favour and good repute
In the sight of God and man.

 
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
 
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight."
~Proverbs


x o x o

 

reclaiming an old frame x



I replaced the old canvas backing with thin MDF and painted with Blackboard paint and used a Gloss Enamel Spray Paint for the frame. Done!

{we use if for a "quotes"
 board at our mums group} 

xoxo

Relishing the ordinary moments ~ everyday...

I recently watched a Movie called "About Time"....it was perfect!!


 without giving away the plot one of the themes within it was  living each day to the fullest as though you are living the best version of that day ~ and the way I saw it ~ to Relish the ordinary... everyday moments and see them for something extraordinary..

wow simple right!? But maybe not so much when you are about to loose it at your kids or have too much on your place that day...

But it really challenged me to GIVE IT A TRY!...because I so often feel a bit lost in the everyday routine... I felt like it spoke to the inner child - we all have this.


Because the eyes of a child see the world through the PRESENT, they live fully in what's happening right in front of them - with all the highs and lows of it.

 for a child finding a tiny insect is a BIG deal, it captures their imagination - yet for us Big kids we don't give it a second thought...

So when I intentionally tried it the first time, I remember sitting with Leeland on my knee the other two playing and I felt to look out the window and just take in what I saw...and in doing so I found myself saying to the boys 

"look at the way the sun is shining on the trees the leaves are glimmering and glistening, and swaying in the breeze"...and immediately they both jumped up to the window saying "ohh where?... Oh there! yeah I see it!"

The next time I noticed the way the grass sparkled in the morning with dew and before I knew it two little people were pressing their faces up against the glass to see for themselves this wonder out our window...Relishing the ordinary...

{my little diy chalk board that I will often write a quote on to remind me of something special to think upon that week}

then I started noticing things like smell, texture, the feel of the sun or a warm space and began catching myself midway through doing something ordinary and allowing myself to soak in the moment....this is great to do with kids even by just prompting with simple questions like "how does the wind feel on your face...can we see anything in the grass we are sitting on...anything to take a moment and live in that moment a little bit more...


Yes its a simple thought "Relish the ordinary moments within a day..." but when you start reminding yourself to stop and soak up what's really happening right then and there - being in that moment, that's when unexpected, and surprising things start to happen...




  {a simple way I like to do this with the boys is make something simple like morning tea into an extra-ordinary event ie have it outside on the picnic blanket, put their water in teacups, chat about the birds "can you hear them...can you see any nests..." take a moment with them and just be present...I think they appreciate it too - and it helps break the day up...}





# Here's a little challenge for you, sit and close your eyes for a minuet at the computer... or have a look around... let yourself look beyond the ordinary and what do you see?...maybe it sparks a thought?...maybe it just reminds yourself to catch up on being in the present?...maybe it does nothing...and that's OK too...

often we get too busy to remember to do it just "once" but when we do, it can make all the difference in the world to that day...


"Look beyond the ordinary...
what do you see... 
for it is the ordinary everyday moments, that make up our lives... so they may as well
 be Extraordinary..."


Watch the movie "About Time", you'll love it!!

xoxo

banishing the black! + paint + spray + sheepskin = comfy!!

I bought this chair from our local dump for $2, I was drawn by the shape and took some inspiration from Pinterest {as you do!} 



I painted the top then sprayed with a clear gloss sealer and spray painted the legs in Gloss enamel + added the $4 op~shop sheep skin and voilĂ ! 



I'm enjoying keeping it simple when it comes to colours etc! trying to stick to the the take the last thing OUT before you leave the room idea - aka stop before you go a bit O.T.T crazy!!!

This was my pinterest inspiration x 

PS sometimes us perfectionists see an idea on pinterest and dont even attempt it as you can almost picture the end result - but actually I tend to think the enjoyment and learning comes through the trying and retrying not so much the end result x so take one of your {probably many} pinterest ideas and see it through to completion even it takes a week + and see what happens!

ENJOY!

Mocka chair + restyle

I hardly ever buy new stuff cause I'm more of a vintage kind of girl but I did splash out and get Titus a little throne cause all little boys need their special seat to have morning hot chocolates on or watch Wall-E....

  home sweet home - every little boy wants their familiar place




{I used Material from Spotlight}

 I covered the cushion insert then used the envelope fold to attach it to the chair both top and bottom...which means I can still take it off to wash when it gets too sticky from little boys spills...

xoxo