Feeling Pinteresty….

My friend Shawna sent me this link the other day and it inspired me to try something similar in the little girls’ room.  I am itching – ITCHING! – to get Ellie and Amania’s room done.  It may or may not have been part of my “mama-meltdown” last Friday.  I just hate unfinished projects; they make me nutty.  And as the Lord would have it, we just moved into a giant one.  See, He’s refining me.

Anyway, it feels like we have been working on their room for at least six months, even though when I look at a calendar I realize it’s only been, really, three or so.  And we’ve been a little busy with life and unpacking and other little things here and there, so, again with the showing myself grace.  But, we are soooo close to finished.  A ceiling fan, some paint on a few pieces of furniture and maybe hanging some of their artwork on the walls, and that room is done.  Woot!

So, back to the Pinterest project.  We had two different family photo sessions this year with wonderful, talented photographers.  But because of all the crazy the past few months, I’ve done nothing with the photos.  Until now.

I tried the engineer print as suggested in the post.  However, our local printing company couldn’t print that large and the quality of the Kinko’s engineer prints in black and white were very poor (as in, whole sections of the photo wouldn’t print).  I could have done them there in color, but they charge by the square foot, making a 24″x36″ print close to $45.  Mmmm….no.  So, back to planning my cheap enlargements.

Enter, Sam’s Club.   They offer very reasonable color enlargements and their print quality is usually good – certainly good enough for the girls’ bedroom walls.  The first print I tried was of the two girls together.  I didn’t want it quite as large, so I did their “poster board” print (I can’t remember the exact name and I’m not finding it online).  They print the photo directly on some sort of super-thick stock, so it was ready to hang when I got it.  The 16″x24″ print was less than $15.

Happy with the way the first one turned out, but wanting larger prints for the individual photos, I opted for “poster prints”.  They were about $9 each for 20″x30″ prints.  Then, I headed over to Hobby Lobby as directed in the original post, where I had them dry mounted while I waited, for about $15 each.  I then bought the 3M Command picture hanging adhesives, so as to not put holes in the prints or the walls.

I have to say, I love them!  They may not be the same quality as a canvas or more expensive prints that could be done, but for the price and the way they look on the wall, I will definitely be doing more of these.  (Our photographer may be cringing in the corner right now. 😉 )  And they look so fun on the girls’ wall.  The other thing I like about these over the engineer prints, is the fact that they are in color.  Black and white would have been lovely too, but I just love the color.

I also tweaked their bulletin boards, mounting them inside open frames to make them look a little more formal.  I’m not sure I love them, but it did help dress the room up a bit. Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug

 This is the smaller poster board print I had done at Sam’s. The next two are the larger poster prints mounted on foam board. You can also see my “framed” bulletin boards above Amania’s bed.

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Next up – chevron stripes or marigold furniture?  The jury is still out, but hopefully I’ll be posting about that finished project soon!

For His Glory ~

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Week in Review and Links to Share

The past two weeks have been a good kind of crazy.

Last week started off with me feeling very overwhelmed.  More activities were starting up and school was still taking way too long each day and I felt like I was drowning in all the stuff that wasn’t getting done.  I dropped the only thing I felt like I could drop (one morning run) and prayed for strength through the rest of it.

On Wednesday we got the incredible news that our dispensation had been signed and our time in IBESR was coming to an end.  We also confirmed what I had come to suspect – that two of our children have pertussis.  A strange relief came from finally figuring out what was causing their unrelenting hacking.  I’ve decided that it’s just not Back to School around here unless we have some weird infestation or illness that forces us into relative isolation for weeks on end.

As we reached the end of last week, it finally felt like we were finding our rhythm with school and activities.  On Thursday, I finally made my family dinner and cleaned the house and we did school.  This week has continued much the same, keeping our heads above water for the most part, and it feels really good.  We turned the page on Week 6 of school this week, so it definitely took some time, but hopefully we’ll be able to keep it all in balance in the coming weeks and months.

Last weekend we celebrated my birthday.  Matt took me out for a wonderful dinner and we sat long outside on the patio enjoying a glorious evening.  They all treated me well and spoiled me royally.  I am blessed!

This week has rolled along quite smoothly and for that I am thankful.  A third child seems to be coming down with whooping cough, so she is on antibiotics.  Hopefully it will stop with her and not work its way through the entire family.

This is a “recovery week” in my race training, so a friend and I did my long run this morning and we rocked that trail.  After an entire summer of struggling up the same hills on our normal route, it was very encouraging to see how much easier a flat route was!  I’m looking forward to not having a long run to do this Saturday – like giddy excited.  Hopefully we’ll be able to go to the local Farmer’s Market and I can tackle an organizing project, then we’re going out to dinner with friends.

That about sums up the past couple of weeks around here.  Below I’m sharing a couple of links I’ve found worth reading recently….

The semi-annual clothing swap is my least favorite time of the year.  As the days begin to turn cooler, that dreaded event looms closer and closer.  For a couple of years now I have been praying about how to simplify this process by refining exactly how many clothes came into the house to begin with.  This post is fantastic at laying out fairly specifically how to help your kids maximize their outfits while minimizing the number of articles of clothing they need.  Love!!!

I shared from this one of Ann’s yesterday.  I just love it.

I think that’s it for me today.  The girls are all watching the third (very, very long) Lord of the Rings movie.  I may go take a nap!  Have a glorious weekend!

For His Glory ~

~ Sara

Week In Review and Links to Share

Ahhhh….Friday.  One of the best days of the week.

This week was a bit rough – school wasn’t what it should be and neither were attitudes if we’re honest.  It was one of the best running weeks I’ve had in quite some time, though.  This morning’s run kicked my rear; that’s always a good feeling!  Allergies are flaring up today and I can’t.stop.sneezing.  Which is also making me a little foggy and unable to remember many details of this week, so I’ll move on….

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Here are a few links to things on the “interwebs” that I have found interesting of late.  Some of you might enjoy them too.

A great post by Ann on How To Really Live.

I haven’t read the Fifty Shades of Gray series, but Christy over at Crayon and Camels has a really interesting perspective on it in this post.

April at Coal Creek Farm is great.  And she regularly makes me laugh out loud.  Moms (and Dads) will enjoy this one.

I realize the Olympics ended a couple of weeks ago, but I still really enjoyed this article on how we are all inspired by the Olympic spirit and why the games are so captivating.

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That’s it for me.  I hope your weekend is amazing and that you find time to bask in the love of a Savior who died to set you free.

For His Glory ~

~ Sara