May 31, 2012

• READING NOOK • Book of the Month

Now for the pick of the month. Several of my friends are going to see the stage production of this next book. 

Those of you who have grown up watching the "Wizard of Oz" and can probably recite it word for word, this next book may or may not be want to read it. I read it, I liked it but I wasn't over enthused with it. It was just to far out in left field for me and it was SLOW! However, some of you might enjoy or may have enjoyed it. So without further ado.............

4. "Wicked" 'The Live and Times of the Wicked Which of the West', BY: Gregory Maguire

May 13, 2012

• PROJECTS • Birthday Display Plaque

NO! I am not going to sing, talk about the movie 'Sixteen Candle' nor is it my birthday. I am going to talk about the birthday display plaques that I have seen on pinterest. They are the cutest and not to mention it makes keeping up with birthdays a lot easier. Especially for me. :o)

I am sure many of you have not seen the message center that I have in my kitchen. If you would like to read the how-to click here.... The instructions aren't very clear, since it was installed before I started blogging but you will get the basics if you want to make one your self.

Now every month I fill out the above calendar with all the events, Dr. appt, comings and goings, etc of the household. Usually, I run out of room for any up coming birthdays and I or 'my precious' have to write them on the chalk board.

When I saw these I knew I needed to make one.

here for more info...Cricut

I already had the wood and a few other supplies on hand. I asked DH to cut and router the plaque. The size: 23.5 in x 1in x 6in, you can make yours any size, this is what will fit within the chalk board area of the message/life center.

I took a trip to Hobby Lobby and purchased two packages of wood tags ($1.69 per package of 10)

plus three drawer knobs that were 50% off! I chose the clock face knobs, it just seemed to fit.

I sanded any rough edges on the plaque, painted a base coat of brown paint, over that I painted it white, then distressed it.

I added "Birthday" across the top, then applied poly.

I set to work on the tags next. I sanded, painted them white, added names and dates, add some water downed brown paint to distress them, then added twine to use as hangers.

I marked off and drilled the holes for the knobs. After attaching them I marked and drilled holes in order to hang the plaque, anchors were inserted and the plaque was hung. Since I was moving the chalk board, I painted the area below the plaque the same color of the surrounding wall.

I taped off an area on the magnet board and painted it with the chalk board paint.

I then added a piece of decorative molding to separate the two areas. The nice thing is I can still use the entire area as a magnetic board!

Hope everyone has a wonderful day!


May 9, 2012

• READING NOOK • What I've Read, 5

'THE OVERTON WINDOW': Now I have read this book twice; books of this nature always bring the question to my mind "does life imitate art or does art imitate life?" This question is kind like asking which came first the chicken or the egg; it is a matter of who you are asking, in my opinion.

       (Editorial review)

 "After five back-to-back #1 New York Times bestsellers, national radio and Fox News television host Glenn Beck has delivered a ripped-from-the-headlines thriller that seamlessly weaves together American history, frightening facts about our present condition, and a heart-stopping plot. The Overton Window will educate, enlighten, and, most important, entertain--with twists and revelations no one will see coming."

May 8, 2012

• READING NOOK • Holiday Reads

'THE CHRISTMAS SWEATER': Although it isn't Christmas this is a very    
        sweet and inspirational story based on true events. (Editorial Review)

"Based on a deeply personal true story, Glenn Beck’s bittersweet tale of boyhood memories, wrenching life lessons, and the true meaning of the giving season has touched the hearts of readers everywhere.If you could change your life by reversing your biggest regrets, sorrows, and mistakes . . . would you?When Eddie was twelve years old, all he wanted for Christmas was a bike. He knew money had been tight since his father died, but Eddie dreamed that somehow his mother would find a way to afford that dream bike.What he got from her instead was a sweater. “A stupid, handmade, ugly sweater” that young Eddie left in a crumpled ball in the corner of his room.Scarred deeply by the fateful events that transpired that day, Eddie begins a dark and painful journey toward manhood. It will take wrestling with himself, his faith, and his family—and the guidance of a mysterious neighbor named Russell—to help Eddie find his life’s path and finally understand the significance of that simple gift his mother had crafted with love."

May 6, 2012

• Reading Nook • What I've Read, 4

This first book is for any young baseball fans. Back during 'Black History' month my grandson did a report on Jackie Robinson. I downloaded this book for him. He really likes it, in fact he has read it twice!

1."Who Was Jackie Robinson?" BY: Gail Herman, Nancy Harrison

Back when my middle son 'pretty boy' was about 10 or 11, I bought these books for him. Now, I am going to tell you right off the bat, it was difficult to purchase books for this child; you never knew what he would like or dislike. Well, I struck gold with these next selections.

2."The Red Badge of Courage" BY: Stephen Crane

   3.'White Fang" BY: Jack London