Sunday, February 27, 2011

Creatively Stressing or is it Stressing Creatively?

There are two things you can always count on living in Ohio. The first is that you can never predict the weather. This particular subject is causing quite the ruckus in our parts. Blizzard warnings which turn out to be nothing but a forecast of a few measly few inches of snow and a light dusting turns into 8 inches of thick and heavy snow. Oh! and did I mention the ice?  Added to the wonderful decision to cut our school calamity days from 5 to 3...well, you get the picture. I love my kids, they are wonderful little beings of pure energy. That being said, my recent {non-life threatening} ice injury has left me hobbling around with YES three wildly homebound creatures that used to resemble my children. Mix in my inability to carry laundry baskets either up or down steps...sigh...I need a release of some sort.

Which brings me to the other thing you can count on in Ohio. Now, I know it is February. The Super Bowl was just a few short weeks ago. We are still watching basketball and hockey and low and behold...some even like racing. But. The one sport Ohio holds above all else is......yep. Football. The best thing about Ohio is college football Saturday. EVERY Saturday during college football season, you can find somewhere to go and eat awesome food, drink some ice cold beverages, hang out with your friends and just enjoy some ball. There is one small misconception about Ohio. Did you know, not everyone is a Buckeye fan? GASP! It's TRUE! In my little corner of the world, we have the biggest mix of football fans. Our conference is one of the best in the nation, and I don't {fully} mean by winning records. {this is the part where I step back to say, this is not a post about the awesomeness of the Big 10...I really do have a more inspirational point than that!} If you have ever watched a pregame segment, you know it is more than just about the game. Players' lives, good and bad, are showcased, coaches thoughts, opinions and backgrounds are discussed. There are wonderful stories of overcoming the odds on every team. This past season was no exception. Now, I admit, it has been a tough few years for my college football team. When this idea came to me, I just couldn't even imagine plugging in any quote from Rich Rod. {hee hee} So, I went with a quote from Mark Dantonio. Yep, that would be Michigan State's head football coach. And if you aren't familiar with his story, I strongly suggest you Google him and learn for yourself. So here's what I came up with...

I found the quote online, put it into a Word doc and played with it all for a while. Sent it to the printers and picked it up in less than 2 hours. Total print cost... $0.50. Sweet deal. I now have ideas for Penn State and I MAY even hook up a couple Buckeye fans I know. {and that is sayin' a lot!} I hope you like this quick little project. I bet you could even get your kids to do about a Disney Princess?     

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Brain Freeze

Wow. It has been well over a month since I have blogged anything. Maybe it's because it has been so stinkin' cold lately and I can't spray paint anything... A few weeks back, I had about enough of this cabin fever and I grabbed a chair and the paint brush. Soon after, I remembered WHY I like spray paint and WHY I don't paint in the house. This chair is special to me. When I was expecting my {unexpected} third child, my friends and I were strolling around downtown after lunch and I spied this cute little chair in the window of an antiques & collectables shoppe. In passing, I said how a lil chair like that would be nice to set in the bathroom, next to the bathtub. Ideally to relax in and read a book while the kids bathed. Fast forward a few weeks to the lunch my friends brought me to meet our new addition. The last gift I opened was this chair. What a unique gift, and so thoughtful too.  

So when cabin fever kicked in and the lack of sunshine started making me feel 'blue', I grabbed my can of paint, paintbrush and some odds and ends I had around the house.

I attempted to remove the seat base from the chair, but years of rust and previous paint layers hindered my not so muscular upper body. Lucky for me, I have  a wonderful woodworking friend who whipped me up a perfect circle to set on top of the chair. I covered it with batting and fabric and glued the whole thing to the seat. Perfect!

The chair, however, is now in my kitchen as the kids are loving the new-ness of it and fight over who gets to sit in it. The weather is improving and I am hoping to bust out the spray pain in the next few days. Hope you all are having a wonderful winter : )