Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Separation of Germs

In the past week or so, real life has completely monopolized my time.  I did realize that this mom canNOT handle a full time job.  I usually avoid personal life on here, but I will just let you in on a bit of my craziness.  In the past week, I have scheduled games for our entire local Little League - 350+ players on 36ish teams in 9 divisions as well as the combined games with the other near by league!  It's been real.  Now they all have a seasons, and I have to get them umps - on going battle.
Oh and I made 70 dozen buns for my cousins wedding!  {Most were in my freezer as I've known for a while how many I needed, but I did save a batch for last week - great planning procrastinating by me}  It was a fun way to be a part of the day, but keep out of the way at the same time.

I have problems in my house, but chief among them is this unsightly drawer...
 ... it gave me twitches EVERY night.  Just the thought of the germs/crusties/stickiness in this drawer was enough to make me pin this (eons ago):

Source: etsy.com via Amy on Pinterest

Well, I finally got around to starting my own version while the kids were on spring break.  They each painted their own rectangle {it was a small and easy enough project for them to handle, plus what kid does not love to slop with paint?}

Then they all picked a font for their letter (first one in their name). At first I was being a bit influential, and then I realized that I did not care AT ALL what kind of letter they picked.
Once we has the letters all drawn in and painted I put eye screws on the back to hang them up, however I drug my feet on actually hanging them up because I could just see my dear kids hanging from/pulling on the hooks and drywall does not hold all that well.  So the next thing I would have was hooks ripped off the wall and gross holes to repair.
So as patient as my best guy is he helped me with a solution: 1/4" think strip of aluminum he had in a 'stock' pile at work (sometimes I love living with someone who has access to this kind of stock).
He then showed me how to drill and make thread for screws in the metal to attach the wood pieces.  I love using power tools and learning new things all in the same day!
{I still have 2 more to make for the littles, but as with the additional scooter, I am waiting for some wood to show up!}
That picture above my project was painted by my grandpa; it was his take on a picture I has taken on our adventure in Norway!
Now we'll discuss photos.  I have a low end 'fancy' camera - the Cannon Rebel dSLR, and I like it, however I do not think that I have reached its potential in photo abilities.  I also have Photoshop elements on my computer, which I use mostly to lighten and fix color casts on my pictures.  Below is the same picture as the first one in this post, I think I did something with this one as well, but I cannot remember for sure what it was.
The first picture is using the PWs vintage action.  I just like how with that action you can read the saying better than in any of the other photos.  I did not save it as a very big photo, so you may not actually be able to read it, however it says: What matters is the person you are when no one is looking.  Maybe if they read it enough times it will sink in; perhaps be that little voice in their head someday that keeps them on the right path!
Have a lovely day.

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