I've started a little side business for myself. Well, actually it's so I can help contribute to our family of 8's finances.
We would LOVE to get out of debt and build a home of our own. So Felt balls is what I'm doing right now and I so hope and pray that it takes off. I/we really need this to work. I will be selling 100% Wool Felt Ball Garlands and some holiday banners as well.
Here are a few that I have made. All are available to purchase in my (Click Here Etsy Shop) or you can find my Etsy shop widget over on the right hand of your screen. :) ALL Felt Ball Garlands are $15.00 for a 6.5-7 foot Garland.
The colors are more vibrant than the photos show. I took these pics with my sad cell phone. I also have some Fall & Christmas Garlands ready to post as well. Just need to get the pictures up. :)
So he went and turned 1 on me. It's okay really, i'm really liking this bigger grown up baby stage. He's more independent on his own and less dependent on me. It's a win, win for both of us! I had great ideas about doing his 1 yr shoot but he was less than cooperative, so we really only got 1 shot of him that was semi-decent and he wouldn't wear the headdress I had made. He's a little stinker but I love his guts!
Did I ever mention that we planked our bathroom ceiling?
Mostly likely not.
Anywho, we have 1 bathroom in this house of 8 people. That's right I said 8. Yes, this bathroom most days is like Grand Central Station. I kid you not. We so need another bath or maybe we just need to move.
I say move, what? did I just say that out loud?
Anyway, focus Rachel! This bathroom used to be part of a porch. This old farm house never had an actual bathroom until the 1960's. They had used an outhouse up this point. I'm so envisioning an episode of Alaska the Last Frontier right now.
The ceilings are SUPER low and the bathroom is VERY small. In fact to make the bathroom even smaller, when we moved in there was a wall with a door in the middle of the bathroom separating the sink from the tub & toilet. We removed the wall and door and put in a new sink vanity and tile etc. But that left a nasty line in the ceiling where the stud was from the wall So the only thing I could come up with to hide the ceiling and all it's imperfections was to plank it.
Here are the before pics:
We used some leftover wood pieces (very thin wood might I add, as to not add to much bulk to the ceiling- the ceiling is low enough as it is) from my husbands work. So this project cost us PENNIES we used some nails (air nailer) and a dab of wood glue here and there. We have since painted the planks white with some leftover paint we had and I LOVE IT. It's holding up great, even with all of us who shower on a daily basis.
We also want to trim out the ceiling but are on hold as we may be doing a major remodel of the bathroom all together. We want to remove the tub and put in a walk in shower. That means new tile, new floor etc...
I promise to take some after pictures here soon.
We are still working on a few things like a light fixture, you would think we could get that one up, but no......
I'll post some updates soon!
And, then we got to celebrate Miss Brinley's 13th Birthday!
She was more than happy to become an official teenage.
I have 3 teenagers in the house, pray for me.
No, really Brinley is a happy girl.
And you know what they say, happy girls are the prettiest!
She's super responsible.
She's an over achiever.
She's a 4.0 student.
She's an awesome helper.
She had 3 Birthday requests:
A washi tape banner for her cake, She made it. :)
A rainbow cake, I made it.
Paper straws, I bought it.
She's so easy to please.
Happy 13th Brinley Girl! We love you bunches!
We had a great Christmas, my older kids were kind to Santa Claus in their wish lists, the younger 2 still believe Santa has deep pockets and can supply any toy they desire.
Luckily, we pull the Santa doesn't give really expensive gifts.
We played with Chalk Boards, Lego's, Video Games, Fashion Plates, Model Car Engines, & Activity Tables.
All and all Christmas 2014 was a complete success.
The boys rounded off the day by going and watching They Hobbit at the Movie Theater.
Christmas 2014 was pretty dang awesome!
Yes, I have 5 other kiddos...
Yes, this blog has a mass of Ledger overload at the moment.
Yes, he is the only one that will sit still long enough for photos.
And yes, he and I are the only ones home during the day.
Hence la' photo of la' Ledger overload.... :)
Jentry went to Fall Ball with his friend Katelyn last November, how is it that I have children old enough to go to such events as these?
Don't blink, high school goes by sooooo much faster then the toddler/younger years.
He is just ending his Junior year this year and is preparing for his Senior year which he doesn't like to talk about. He said it's going too fast for him and he is going to miss all of his friends once graduation hits. It will be here before we know it!