Treadmill Desk

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A few days ago I overheard a friend talking about a treadmill desk she made herself.  She works a lot on the computer and has found this to be a good way to get some exercise in.  I was intrigued and began an internet search to see if I could make one for myself. There are a lot of ideas out there. My requirements were that it be functional, inexpensive and removable. I’m not the only one who uses our treadmill, so it needs to be quick and easy to remove and set up. I have a couple volunteer projects I’m working on that require a lot of computer time. Why not get some steps in while I work?DIY Treadmill desk on a budget. Exercise while working!

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Harry Potter Quilt – The Project of Doom!

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I am a Harry Potter fan.  I love the books, I love the movies, I love the behind the scenes, interviews and funny memes. Recently I discovered a fabulous new project.  Jennifer Ofenstein has created paper pieced quilt patterns to make a Harry Potter quilt.  Awesome, right?

Jennifer's Finished quilt

This is Jennifer’s finished quilt. I hope mine turns out just as awesome!

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Game On! Organizing the Games.

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Today has been Organizing the Games day at my house.

Do you ever have one of those days where you start cleaning one area and putting things away leads you to another area that consumes at least an hour of your time?  That is what happened to me today.  I started clearing off the dining table and ended up completely reorganizing the games.  It wasn’t on my list, but I just had to finish it.
I decided to add it to my list just so I could cross it off 🙂 .

Our family enjoys playing board games.  Every Christmas we get one or two new ones.  Dominion and Tsuro are new to us this year.  While it is great to have so many to choose from, organizing and storing them all is a bit of a challenge.

I had them all organized when I made this Game Organizing post.  We’ve added a few since then, and I decided I would rather store them out of view.

Board games are a great way to spend time together with family and friends but organizing and storing them can be a challenge. Here are a few ideas!

Organizing Board Games

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Closet Organization

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The last month has been very busy for us.  Between camps and trips it feels like I have hardly been home.  We just returned from a trip to visit family.  26 hours in the car each way is a bit taxing.  We like to drive it straight through, but it takes a few days to recover 🙂  I have spent my time doing laundry and trying to catch up on everything else.  As I was unpacking and putting away my clothes, I kept staring at my closet thinking there must be a better way to organize everything.  I didn’t want to purchase anything, so I started hunting through my house for items I could use.  Here is the the result:

Closet Organization

Closet Organization

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How to clean a stinky garbage disposal

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Stinky Garbage Disposal

The other day I came home from running errands and as I walked into the house the first thing that hit me was a really bad smell.  You know, the kind you get when a potato has gotten pushed to the back of a cupboard and lost until it starts to really stink.  I hunted and hunted for the source of the offending odor.  I cleaned out cupboards, drawers and garbage cans with no success.  The next day as I came down the stairs I was hit with the awful smell again.  The kids and I did a major clean on the main floor to try and find it.  Finally, I realized the stink was coming from the garbage disposal.  There was nothing inside, but oh boy did it smell bad.  I went searching for a way to get rid of it.  After a quick Google search, I decided to try the easiest method and it worked really well.

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A Whimsical Window Garden

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Whimsical Garden

Whimsical Garden

We have an tiered egress window in our basement.  It lets a lot of light into my craft area, but hasn’t been very pretty to look at.  I decided to fix it up with a whimsical landscape.
It is hard to get a good overall picture in a small space, so this post has lots of close up pictures.  Just keep on scrolling!
I started by adding in some potting soil to bring the ground levels up to where I wanted them and to add some good nutrients for my new plants.  I then started with the bottom and worked my way up.  Here is a pictorial tour of my garden!

Whimsical Garden - Bottom Right

Whimsical Garden – Bottom Right

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A little Spring Update with Garden Tiles

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A little Spring Update with Garden Tiles

A little Spring Update with Garden Tiles

Spring has FINALLY arrived here in Michigan.  It seems like we had the longest winter ever.  Yesterday we decided to get out and tackle an area of the yard that has been neglected.  The side-yard.

Our side-yard is visible from the front yard and is a bit ugly.

The before picture

The before picture

  This area does not get much water or sun and ground is pretty sandy.  Last year we pulled all the weeds, added some compost and planted a few hostas.  This year I wanted to do something more.  The landscaping here needs to be very low maintenance.  While wandering through the nursery at Lowes, I came across a new product.

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Monogram Door Decor

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Monogram Door Decor

Monogram Door Decor

I LOVE my new door décor!  Fall is one of my favorite seasons, but decorating my door is a bit tricky.  To begin with, my door is painted a deep burgundy which does not go with many colors.  I also have a glass storm door that is lovely for many reasons, but there is not much room between it and the door.  Certainly not enough space for a wreath.  I saw something similar to this on pinterest and knew it would be perfect. The beauty is that I can switch it up for each season.   I love how it contrasts nicely with the door and you can see it clearly.

The basics you will need:

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Quilting!

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I have been busy making baby quilts for friends and family.  Today my sister in law had a baby GIRL!!  Yes it really does deserve to be all in capitals.  Our family (on my husband’s side) has had 13 grandchildren.  My daughter was the first grandchild and the only girl until today 🙂 There are now 14 and we get to add this precious little girl.  She deserves an extra dose of celebrating!  We are very excited! 

Since we did not know if she would be a boy or a girl, I made two quilts and another girl quilt for a friend.  My other Sister in Law Kimberly described our sewing skills the best.  She said “We can sew squares and rectangles.”  I’m not very skilled with my sewing machine, so I started with the basics. 

Simple Quilts

Simple Quilts

I bought a book called Super Simple Quilts.  It showed me step by easy step how to make these pieced quilts.  It told me exactly how much fabric to buy, how to cut it and how to piece it all together.  I’m really happy with how they turned out.  They really were pretty simple.  I did have my friend Janelle come over and show me how to bind them.  The book does explain this, but I needed a little extra help 🙂

These are a few of the blankets I have made:

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Antique Treasures found at the neighbors yard sale!

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I’ve mentioned before how we like to use antiques in our home for decor as well as function.  On Saturday I stopped by a rummage sale down the street and found a Treasure!  These beauties were priced right and fit nicely into the look I am going for in our Master bedroom.  They are from the 1920’s.  Even the mirrors are in good shape.

Antique Dresser 1

Antique Dresser 1

This one is for me 🙂

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