Thursday, November 22, 2012

laundry machine makeover

So, here's the deal.  This is in no way an original idea of mine. In fact, I can honestly say that I never would have thought up this little gem on my own.  Where did I find it? You should be able to answer that for yourself at this point. Pinterest. It is it's own Subject, Predicate, Noun, Verb, Adjective, and Adverb in that sentence.

Here is the link to the original blog that housed the idea I found on Pinterest.

Now, to the project...

I wanted to find a way to "spruce" up my house because I cannot paint the walls yet, but everything seemed so boring.  So, I was clicking around and found this great way to liven up my laundry room, as it is the room through which I exit and enter my house on the daily. 

Here is what I saw every day....


So, I went to Target (which is quickly becoming my favorite store) and found this cute wall decal that was a silhouette of a tree with some birds standing on the branches.  I bought it, and waited a month and a half to try my luck...what? I get busy and certain things fall to the way-side.

When I finally had the time to apply the BEAUTIFUL decal...the final product left me less than enthused.  Observe...


Back to Target I went, and this time I found a more VIBRANT decal.  One that had a lot of colors, including the color that I am going to be painting the laundry room next Summer!

I ran (err...drove) home and waited 2 days (Seriously, I have a problem.), and finally ended up with this colorful and eye-catching final product:

Here's a better angle of it...


And I love it.


the craft rookie

Sunday, November 18, 2012

well hello there...

Okay, so there has been a lot of things that have happened in the past few months that I need to write about - things that have been happening at school and at home. At school, I have been trying out a new style of classroom for my Instructional Technology Support person (she is the staff member who pushes technology integration into our classrooms). This new project has had my head spinning with nerves and excitement and anxiety and anticipation (while those may seem the same...they are totally not for this girl)! So far, it has been about 95% successful, so I'm still working on a few tweaks here and there. I intend on posting about it soon :)

The MOST important thing that I want to share with you all is that I got a new puppy :)

Her name is "Roo" as in KangaROO and she's an Australian Sheperd that is about 6 months old.  I don't know her exact birthday but I got her on November 9, so it's been exactly 9 days since she came home with me :)

Here's my attempt at getting a photo of me and Roo...and since it's just us with a computer to take a picture for us, this was fun...haha

 My first attempt...Roo looks great. I look like I was caught off guard by the 3,2,1countdown my computer gave me.  Is it evident I didn't get a lot of sleep last night??

 The 2nd attempt. I'm paying attention, but now Roo isn't!  She'd rather attempt to sneak a kiss...

 I decided to switch to just a picture of Roo because clearly getting one of the 2 of us was NOT an option! she is, looking at me instead of the camera...

 Now she'd rather play with her toy...

And, this is when I officially gave up!  

So, there's Roo. 

We worked really hard yesterday and today and learned 5 new "tricks" or "commands." She already knew how to sit, and now she knows how to lay down, sit up, shake, give high 5, and stay.  She HATED stay when we first started working on it...and she still does, but at least she listens!  

We are still working on getting housebroken.  She's totally crate trained, but the second I let her out of the crate, I really have to keep an eye on her to make sure she doesn't have an accident in the house.

Learning a puppy level of patience,

the craft rookie