Friday, May 5, 2017

~petite farmhouse sign~

What do you do when in the midst of spring cleaning you come across a random block of wood?  You turn it into a petite farmhouse sign!
And that's just what I did.  I gave it a few coats of white spray paint and then glued on some Tim Holtz cardstock letters (after painting them black).  Sand a bit for a more aged look...
And voila: instant farmhouse decor that cost $0.

Jeanine

Monday, May 1, 2017

~french script candles~

The best-selling item in my Etsy shop is hands-down my French script candles.  Problem is, I'm a type-A personality and if there's even something slightly off with them, I will not sell them.  So what do I do with all the cast-offs?
I add some here and there.  This is an upcycled zinc watering can.  I cleaned her up and added some French stickers and a bunch of my candles tied with twine.  Can you see them at the tippy-top????
And since it was so nice here today, I got around to spray painting some old soup cans that I plan to use as little planters.
I found my images on The Graphics Fairy and used some Mod Podge to add them to the front of the cans.  But back to the candles...
Here are a few more tucked away in a vintage flour sifter that sits in my tea room.  They are literally everywhere!  And since I don't mind the imperfections, I happily display them wherever I can.

Jeanine

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

~earth day~

Every year in school around Earth Day (Saturday, April 22nd this year), my boys come home asking how they can do their part to help save the earth.
This year, I sent away for the seed packets Cheerio's was giving away in an effort to "bring back the bees."  Since, we plant wild flowers every spring, I didn't pay too much mind to the newspaper articles criticizing the seed packets.  On Saturday - weather-permitting - we'll be planting those babies.

And speaking of Earth Day, I wanted to share some recent eco-friendly finds.
My little guy love, love, loves this Live Clean Liquid Hand Soap, which is good news for this mama because 9 year olds aren't always the best hand-washers.  I love that it's eco-friendly and that it smells divine.
I never tried this brand before: Macadamia Professional, but I have high hopes that their Weightless Shampoo and Anti-Humidity Holding Spray will work wonders on my flat, frizzy and perimenopausal hair.  Again, eco-friendly.
And I adore Aveeno's Positively Radiant daily moisturizer because it contains SPF 15 and doesn't make my skin freak out. I've been using it for years and now that we'll be outside more, I have to protect my fair, freckled face.

What are some of your favorite eco-friendly finds and how will you be observing Earth Day?

Jeanine

Note: I was provided with free samples from some of the companies mentioned above.  However, all opinions, photos, text, etc. are my own.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

~nesting~


The weather is finally beautiful here.  The boys are off from school for spring break, and I'm starting to prep for Easter company.  I found this petite basket at the thrift store last week and turned it into a little nest to add to my Easter table.  Now back to planning my menu...

Jeanine

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

~porch vignette~

April showers are in full swing today in New York, but that didn't stop me from putting together this sweet spring vignette for our porch.
Don't you just love that bunny from Home Goods?!  I picked him up a couple of years ago.  I'm tempted to leave him out all year.
I love the look of a bundle of candles.  I tied a bunch of my French script candles together with twine and added them to this little lantern.
I've also been busy making some of these little guys.  I have them all around the house.

The weatherman is calling for 60 degree weather here tomorrow, and I'm looking forward to getting outside to do some painting.

Jeanine

Friday, March 31, 2017

~why i'm not letting my son play with your son~


A bit of a departure from my usual posts, but it's been something we've been dealing with.  And you know sometimes writing it out makes you feel better.


Why I’m Not Letting My Son Play With Your Son

My son can be a jerk.

Sometimes he doesn’t share.  He’ll quit a game if it doesn’t go his way.  He’ll rat you out in a heartbeat.  Some might argue this is typical behavior for a 9 year old.  I say, no, he’s being a jerk.

While that statement certainly won’t win me any Mother of the Year awards, it still gives me comfort.  How?  Because I know each episode is a teachable moment.  He’ll be punished.  He’ll lose privileges.  He’ll cry and tell me I’m the meanest mother in the world.  And I’ll smile because I know that one of my jobs as a mother is to help make him a productive member of society.

I’m a realist.  I don’t sugarcoat much.  If you’re acting like a jerk, I’ll call you out on it. 

But along with the negatives is a little boy who says “please” and “thank you.”  He has a laugh that is contagious.  He will ask you if you’re okay if you get hurt on the playground.  He’ll protect a helpless bug or animal, and he will give you a shoulder to cry on.  He’s a good friend to have.

So when your son – a now former friend – took to tormenting him daily in school and on the bus, it hurt.  Big time.  It hurt me as a mom and it hurt my son who didn’t know why or how it was happening.  He stood his ground though and gave back as good as he got.  Yet, when I let you know what was happening, you turned the tables.  Your son became the victim.  You believed every word that came out of his mouth – even after you were told other people confirmed what was really going on.

I’ve heard excuses like, “He’s sooooo smart and that’s why he doesn’t get along with other kids his age” or “Well, he was born in November so he’s younger than everyone in his grade.”  I’ve heard “My son doesn’t use those words” or “He does his homework on the bus, how could he be bothering your son?”  I’ve heard it all and I cry B.S.

So Mom, YOU are the reason I won’t let my son play with your son anymore.  If you had just acknowledged that your son could be a jerk too, we could get past this.  But you can’t accept that your son might not be perfect (I know mine isn’t).  Your son might use words like “idiot” or “stupid.”  Your son might be poking and pushing other kids.  Your son might actually be the cause of some problems.  Yes, I know it’s a bitter pill to swallow.  But if you could just get out of your state of denial, you, too, might want to take advantage of these teachable moments. 

Yes, my son can be a jerk.  But yours can be too.  It doesn’t mean you’ve failed.  It means you’re a mother.

Jeanine

Monday, March 13, 2017

~here we go again~

Sigh!  We're expecting a major snowstorm/blizzard/nor'easter tonight.  Just when I thought winter was over, Mother Nature throws me a curve ball.
School is closed tomorrow, so my boys will be home.  Luckily, I did manage to get in a few craft projects last week.  Hard to tell but this is an Easter book stack.
I also dressed up these faux dollar store plants by placing them in bunny peat pots.  I have them displayed on my Antique Farmhouse scale.
How cute are these candy jars?  They're actually upcycled food jars.
I used the shipping tape transfer method to get my images on the front of each jar, and filled them with some Easter chocolates.
Surprisingly, we still have a lot of the candy left.  After tomorrow though that could all change...

Jeanine