Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Minecraft Room

As I was sharing the Minecraft room I created for my son on Facebook, I had a friend say, "You are going to Pinterest this Right?"  Well I wasn't planning on it, but OK.  I guess that means I need to write a blog post.

When Aussie wanted his room painted he knew exactly what he wanted.  He drew it out, he had very specific colors that he wanted to use. He was so excited about it.  When it came time to paint Mason's room, he really wasn't sure what he wanted.  He wanted to make it his own, but just didn't have the artistic ability to think it through.  So it started with a quilt.

One day I was in Walmart and I checked the prices of some fabric and just decided to go for it. I made Ashley a quilt probably 6 years ago and said I would NEVER make another one again. Well I ate those words.  With a "little" better sewing skills and better knowledge of how to do it, I went to work on a Minecraft Creeper quilt.

I bought  a yard of 4 different kinds of green fabric. Approximately, 3 yards of black fabric and 3 black bias tape or binder tape (whatever it's called). I intended it to be 15 squares across and 18 squares lengthwise. But I made a mistake on the last row.  Somehow I turned the quilt and started sewing down the side.  It ended up being 16 squares by 17 squares. If you are making this you will want a length of at least 19 squares. The squares are approximately 3" each.

 
He was ecstatic!  So then he was telling me that he wanted his whole room Minecraft. He told me he wanted his room to be painted like oak wooden planks.

Um....ok?
Here is what I went by to try and create his room:

I had Greg do all the hard parts. He taped off the room. We started painting the stripes first. Ashley helped paint as well.

We bought 1.88" painter's tape and made the stripes 2 tapes wide. Greg did his handywork and taped the stripes using a level. See that's the part I would go insane doing.

Then we painted the room with the main light color. And then took down the tape.

Next comes the fun part.
I created 2 stencils using an old plastic 3 ring binder.

Using the picture above as my guide, I used the stencils to create lines with a middle color. 

After doing all the lines, I went around the room again painting the blocks. With all the detail lines and blocks I only used one coat of paint. I wasn't worried about it being perfect because after all it is supposed to look pixalized.
Ta da! It's done!
Next it's time to personalize the room.

I printed off these pictures and Photoshopped them to fit 8x8 frames, which I got from Target in a set of 6 each.  Some of them are screen shots from the game.  One of the pictures is of Mason's Minecraft character.  He helped me pick out the pictures he wanted to use. 

Then I made this light switch cover. I just printed this picture and Mod Podged it on to the plate.

Next I made these outlet covers for all of his outlets using the same technique.


Then I added the surprise!  I bought this Minecraft torch online.  He had no idea I got it.


I think it might be his favorite part of the room.

So here it is all together:

He approves!

I have one more thing I plan to do.  Since he already has red sheets, I'm going to put a white strip with TNT across the pillow case. And he also wants to hang his Minecraft sword and Minecraft pickax.  We will hang those on the opposite wall.

We will be painting Ashley's room next.  I'm thankful she wants something simple.  But knowing me, we will do something fun with it.


Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Sorry! I just have to vent.

When it rains it pours!

I stopped blogging because honestly I didn't have anything good to say and I didn't want to be complaining everyday.

Seriously, I'm stressed.  One bad thing after another keeps happening.

You know when your glass gets so full, that when that next drop comes down, no matter how small it is it still overflows.  Yep that's my life at the present moment.  Except there is a huge puddle under that very full glass.

Todays issue was quite small but just frustrated me to no end.

Tonight is Chick Fil A night.  It's a big deal at our house.  We don't like to miss our CFA night. The whole family can eat pretty cheap on Tuesday nights. The kids had play practice tonight, so we ran out the door, giving us just enough time to go through CFA drive-thru, get our Tuesday night deal and get them to practice.  First, the car doors wouldn't open.  They were frozen shut.  We got 2 of the doors open, but had to figure out how to close the ones that wouldn't open that opened just enough to make the lights go on and the little indicator thingie say a door was open. Then the car wouldn't start. I had to get a neighbor to help.  The hoods of both cars were frozen or being difficult to open. We finally got both open to find that the jumping cables were too short.  We had to push my car out into the street so that he could get his car closer. We got it, halleluiah! We get to CFA wait in a terribly long drive thru line and then they tell me they no longer do the kid's night deal.  They stopped at the beginning of the year. I didn't have time to go elsewhere and I was already stuck in the line and everyone was hungry, so I ordered my very expensive meals.  I got up to the window and the guy asked me how I was doing.  I just told him I was frustrated and asked when they stopped doing the deal.  He told me and then said, "We aren't the first and won't be the last either." I could have done without that comment, but I smiled and took my food and drove off.  Then there were no sauces and no ketchup in my bags.  I didn't have time to turn around but I was quite angry!

Then the rehearsal schedule changed for tomorrow. Problem with that is that I arranged transportation for my kids because I needed to be home.  Well the person who was going to take my kids, her kids are not called tomorrow. Now I'm stuck at 1:30 AM not knowing what to do and not being able to call anyone.

OK...sorry I had to vent!

I better go do the dishes so I can go to bed.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Christmas party and my massive Buuuuuuuuuuuuuurp

Today's photo prompt from iHeartFaces is Star.  And today's photo assignment from Shimelle is to take a photo and antique it. So I combined the two.
 
Original photo:

 
Antique 1:
 

 
Antique 2: (might be my favorite antique photo)
 
 

 
and Antique 3:
 

I don't typically like to make things look antiqued.  However, I did have fun playing with different textures.

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Last night was bizarre! In the middle of the night I jumped out of bed, taking off my cpap mask but not bothering to turn it off. I ran to the bathroom.  Greg asked, "Are you ok?"  I said, "I think I'm going to throw up."  I made it to the bathroom. I opened my mouth assuming stuff would come spewing out.  However, what came out was the most outrageous, longest sounding, deep guttural burp that I have ever heard in my life! It went on and on and on! Now to most that is disgusting! (Sorry!) But I couldn't help but get tickled over it. I certainly felt better once it was out.  I have to say I went back to bed with a big smile on my face wishing that Mason could have heard it. He is the burping master in our house. Seriously, he can burp words!  Anyway, in the morning I was telling the kids about my massive burp and what seemed like it had to have been a whole minute. Ashley asked me how many seconds it was. So I asked Greg. I was disappointed when he told me it was probably 8 seconds. Surely it HAD to be longer than that! He did say it was impressive though. :)

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Tonight the kids had a Christmas party with church friends.  I remembered in time that they had to be there at 5:00.  They were first going to Walmart to shop for Youth Encouragement Services, so it was important to get them there in time.  They have been collecting money several Sunday's to get toys and clothes for people who are in need.  So on our way there I remembered and said out loud, "Oh boys need to bring a 2-liter".  "Wait, I HAVE 2-liters in the car!"  Then I said, "And girls need to bring a dessert, what are we going to do about a dessert?" I reached over in the passenger seat.  Last Friday we made gingerbread houses in my kindergarten class. I pulled out an unopened tub of Christmas gumdrops.  I said, "This is a crummy dessert, but it is a dessert."  The kids were laughing and Ashley said, "that will do!"  We drive a little further and I say, "Oh crud! $10 gifts. You are each supposed to bring a $10 gift for dirty Santa!" I really don't have time to stop but Ashley suggests stopping at a Walgreens along the way.  I ran in, found a 3-pack $10 gift cards to iTunes. Perfect! Then found a pack of 3 boxes on clearance to put the cards in. Yes! It's amazing how it all worked out in a matter of minutes.

I didn't have time to go through Wendy's like I had promised the kids on the way.  Two of them said that was ok, they would have food at the Christmas party.  I told Aussie that if they didn't have dinner at the party they would at least have junk food.  I know that is not ideal, but it's a CHRISTMAS PARTY! Well they did have dinner.  It was lasagna. Of course Aussie doesn't like lasagna.  Now I know he is extremely picky and it frustrates me terribly. However, there is a time and a place for everything and this was the wrong place for an adult to tell him he couldn't eat any dessert until he ate some lasagna.  She let him have ONE cookie because he was hungry. It's a Christmas Party! Come on! It made me angry, but I didn't say anything.  I did tell Aussie that yes, he makes things very difficult being so picky, but that wasn't the right time for her to do that.

While they were at the Christmas party. Greg and I went to see the new Hobbit movie.


 Greg called me at 5:15. The movie started at 5:30.  He said he had just parked in the parking garage. I said, "WAIT! Where are you?" He went to the wrong theater! Thankfully they were close enough and there were LOTS of previews so we didn't miss any of it. I enjoyed the movie. Any movie that ends leaving you feel like it is unfinished drives me a little crazy and this movie does that. He told me any Hobbit fan KNOWS there are more movies and they expect that. Bah Humbug! Greg and I don't go on many dates, so this was enjoyable nonetheless!

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Greg shaved his head! What do I have to say about it?

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The kids have auditions on Sunday.  They have been practicing their monologues.  Aussie has his down and he is doing a great job! I picked a section from Bill Cosby's Chocolate cake routine for him to do. I have Mason doing a different section from it as well.  He needs to practice! Ashley is learning a monologue that Greg wrote.  She read it to me and it is really good!  I should post it here if he lets me.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Kitty Kingdom

Today Ashley and I made these crosses.  They were more difficult than I thought they would be to make.  I will use 2 of them as necklaces and the others I made into ornaments to put on the tree.
 

My cats got an early Christmas present.  I started making it last night and finished it up today.  Two of the cats LOVE it!
 
I got some carpet samples and put it on each level and then a strip on the side. Ashley calls it Kitty Kingdom.


Izzy staked her claim in the bottom and wouldn't budge. 
 
 
 Lucky crawled in the middle, played with the ball and then went out the little window on the side.

 
Izzy came out for a little to play with the ball, but then went right back into the bottom and has stayed there most of the night.



We picked up Kiki and put her on the top.  She was less than happy and immediately got down. I think she would have tried out the bottom if Izzy wasn't in it.




 
Then Lucky decided the top was best for her.  She and Izzy stayed in that for a good long time.
 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Happy Birthdays!

I'm struggling to concentrate tonight. Somehow my kids got it in their mind that ANY break from school means they can stay up late.  As soon as I can get my downstairs cleaned up, I'm going to send them upstairs once it hits 11:30 so I can have some peace.  But unfortunately that might be next Spring. It's impossible to get this place clean! Well next week for sure they have to go upstairs so I can prepare for Christmas.

I don't have it together.  I haven't filled the advent box with activities and I'm not sure that I'll get to it.  Today Ashley asked me what today's activity was.  I told her the activity today is that I have to go to the dentist.  She decided to pass.

I suppose we did have an activity though since it is Tuesday night.  It was extra special since we saw some friends there tonight. They couldn't stay long but we sat with them and visited awhile.  They had face painting there and Ashley got hers painted.

 
 
We came home and called Papa because today is his birthday.
 
Happy Birthday Papa!
 
And today was another special BIRTHday! My brother and his wife had their baby tonight at 5:52 PM in Colorado. Oliver James- James after my grandpa. He weighed in at 7 lbs. 10 oz.
 
 
Happy Birthday Oliver!
 
One of Shimelle's photo prompt was to create this bokeh background.
 
 
I used this ornament because I was having a hard time getting this effect with other ornaments.  This is our 1994 "Our First Christmas Together" ornament.
 
Here is one of my other attempts.  Cute but not the same effect:
 
 
 
And today's iheartfaces prompt was- Mittens
 
 
Gee my journaling today is a bit pitiful. I have a couple more pictures.  I asked Ashley to take a picture of me because I was having a good hair day.  That doesn't happen very often.
 
 
Then I got Mason to take another, attempting to get the bokeh affect. Oh well.
 
 
 
 
Something that made me smile today was that I stopped to buy a Contributer from a woman who had a bright green wig on and a Santa hat.  She was so bubbly.  I wish I had taken her picture.  For those of you who don't know the Contributer is a newspaper sold by homeless people.


  The articles are written by them. At least most of the articles are.  It is a way for them to have a job. They purchase the papers I believe for $.50 then sell them for $1.00.  They get to keep the proceeds and any tips that are given to them.  Today this particular paper made me smile. She had written a note at the bottom.


Say a little prayer for Miss Tina and other homeless people.  This winter is going to be brutal according to news reports.




Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Trying to catch up a bit

I am terribly behind with no hopes of catching up. I was looking so forward to Shimelle's journaling and photo prompts. Now I have 8 or so emails that I still need to read and I'm feeling overwhelmed.  I'm wondering if I should just not even try to read those emails and pick up with tomorrow's or if I should read them in order and get to them when I get to them.

Wednesday I made 4 more ornaments for myself. I love them! I should make them as gifts, but I'm having a hard time parting with them. Is that selfish or what?  I did make those penguin ones though- all the same thing. I kept one for myself and gave the rest away.

 
The photo prompts for Wednesday and Thursday were to photograph something with a red background and using the rule of thirds.
 
 
This is one of my favorite decorations! I made this several years ago before the kids were born. A bunch of ladies from church got together and made clay angels.  Well #1 I'm not too fond of angels and #2 I can't seem to do anything the same as anyone else. I was so proud of it then and am still proud of it today. I think the angels were intended to be placed at the top of a tree, but my Santa is very heavy.  I'm assuming the angels were too heavy as well. I wonder how many of those ladies still have their angel.
 
 
 
I took 2 more pictures trying to find just the right thing to photograph with a red background.  I've been enjoying some hot chocolate during this cold season.  You know in some of the hot chocolate packets they have those little marshmallows?  I love those things. They've gotten smart and now sell them separately.  Which is MUCH better! One because they always melted before you could enjoy them when you put the milk in the mix.  And also now I can put them in my hot chocolate mix which is much better than the mixes they make anyway.
 

And this was my last attempt. I just thought this looked nice. I still love and collect snowmen.  I didn't put all of them out this year. I only put a few out.  I'm just a little nervous to put my big breakable ones out with my un-Lucky kitty. She enjoys knocking things off shelves.
 
Thursday besides getting hurt, Greg received complimentary tickets to a private viewing of Saving Mr. Banks. From the doctor's office I took the kids to McDonalds for some dinner before meeting at the theater. The boys LOVE to climb on the outside of the playground.  I let them, I don't see how it could hurt the playground.  I understand it is a liability to McDonalds, if the child falls and gets hurt.  However, I am not the type of person to sue if it is truly our fault. I don't allow them to do it if there are small children running around.
 

So there was a conversation at McDonalds.  It went like this:
 
Ashley to Mason: there are signs everywhere that say do not climb on outside equipment.
Mason: I don't speaky sign language.


Now back to the movie. WOW!  This is probably a movie you will want to see. Check out the preview here.
 
 
 
All three of my kids liked it as well, even though parts were emotional. It comes out in theaters on Dec. 20. (Mom- I know you don't go to the theater often anymore, but this one is worth seeing.)
 
 
 
Here are the iheartfaces photos prompts:
 
Day 3- boots

 
Day 4- 9:00
 


Day 5- Elves
 
(Drawn by Ashley)
 

Day 6- Fun
I made hot chocolate mixes for my students.  Wilton makes markers where the ink is edible.  Oh so fun!!! So I drew snowman faces on the marshmallows.
 



 
And packaged them in jars like this.  This is so not my original idea.  I found it on Pinterest of course.  I suppose I should link to the original. Here is where I found it. And I used Alton Brown's hot chocolate recipe. The recipe says to use 1/2 cocoa mix and 1/2 milk.  I think that is way too rich!  I think 1/4 cup cocoa mix to 3/4 cup milk works well.  It still might be a little rich.


 
And Ashley made a few anime ones.
 


Then on Friday in class we made gingerbread houses. 

 
It was extremely MESSY!
 
One thing I didn't mention in my last post was that my kids had such terrible anxieties over what happened during the day that they couldn't fall asleep.  They were up til 2:30 AM and woke up between 5 and 6:00 AM.  Ashley was so scared she slept on the floor in the boys room and asked Aussie to sleep next to her and hold her hand.  I stayed up ALL night. I had so many things I needed to complete for school.
 
One of the things I had to do was finish making the penguin hats for the performance Friday evening.  I'm not sure if I mentioned on here that all those cute little hats I made, more than half of them were too small.  I had made the hats earlier in the week but still needed to add the faces to them, which of course I put off to the last minute.
 
I was pretty much a zombie by Friday afternoon.  I got really nervous that I wouldn't be able to make it home safely.  The program was scheduled for 7 PM and I had no time to go home in between school and the program.  Greg had a weekend job and I couldn't count on him to drive us home.  The weather started looking bad- to Nashvillians.  Seriously, it was nothing but I started praying that they cancel the program.  I am SO THANKFUL they did cancel it.  They will reschedule it in January.  I needed to go home.  I prayed all the way home, cold air blowing in my face, music loud, talking to my kids, everything possible to stay awake.  I got home safely and promptly fell asleep on the couch.
 
And that doesn't catch me up all the way, but enough for now.