Thursday, March 5, 2015

So simple, so wonderful

I found this note on my bed last night from my youngest daughter. Something so short, sweet and simple can sure fill your heart in a second. My heart is full and smiling.

Challenge: Leave a quick note to someone you like or love today.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Game Chair Makeover

In the winter when it's cold and windy outside I love to sit next to my fireplace. But just sitting near it in a chair is not enough... no I like to plop myself right in front of it. But over time that's not the most comfortable and my butt or leg would usually fall asleep. So I looked around for some options and I thought these game style chairs would be perfect. Light enough for me to move around and more support than a bean bag. But man are these things ugly, they scream man cave or teen boys room.

I picked up these two used game chairs on my neighborhood swap and sell for $10 each. A dear friend of mine had this perfect fabric that she generously gave to me (I had been looking for the right fabric for weeks and she walks into my house with it! I was meant to be!)

I did not take photos of my process but here is what I did to recover the top of the chair.

1. Cut your fabric a few inches wider that needed and heat up your glue gun. Fold the fabric under and start gluing, holding it a minutes or two until the glue sets. Fold under and glue all the way around pulling the fabric tight as you go.

2. Now I did not think the glue would hold over time with me and the girls sitting on the chair so I reinforced the edging with upholstery nail heads. The frame of this chair was wood so I could hammer them right into the edge. I love the finished look it gave the chair.

Pretty easy right? Now you can make that ugly game chair match our own decor... yes it's still a game chair, but it's a pretty one and super comfy to sit next to the fire.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Anna Plays Violin

Scene: Me hounding Anna once again about practicing her violin.

Me: You know the teacher told you to practice everyday that you eat.

Anna: Then I will not eat on Saturdays.

Ugh, sometimes she is so stubborn... but she also cracks me up.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Happy Go Type - a new etsy shop

   I opened another etsy shop, in my free time... yes I'm crazy!  

But I'm also excited to launch this new shop with instant downloadable prints... it's so easy. 

4 easy steps:
1. Purchase
2. Download
3. Print
4. Display

There are lots of prints to choose from and I am adding new prints weekly, so check back often!

Click here to visit my shop:  Happy Go Type

Monday, September 22, 2014

Laughing Amelia

My husband Brian posted this video of Amelia for me (now age 10). It made my day!!! This is one of my favorite memories of the girls as babies, the darling giggles.

It makes my heart smile.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Green beans and throw up

Girl Scouts April Showers bag drop off.

Scene: Dinner Table (Anna age 8)

Anna: If I eat this green bean and throw up can I not eat the other 9?

Tracy: Sure, if you REALLY throw up all of the food in your stomach. But gaging on a green bean does not count.

The odds were with me for this bet... Anna is good at gaging on her veggies, but has never thrown up while eating them.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Anna's List for Santa

Anna finally decided to write a list for Santa, up until now she did not have any ideas of what she wanted.

In case you can not read the above writing...

Christmas list for Anna
really want
-American girl stuff
-cool movie
-make me fly

want so so badly
Do you know that polly car that we used to play with but Broke? 
I want it so so so badly!

Did you notice the "make me fly"? What am I to do with that request? I guess she figures Santa hands out magic super powers? At least I think we can find a polly pocket car!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Saint Nick 2014

Last week Saint Nick came to our house. At our house Saint Nick is Santa's helper, he plays several roles:

Mailman: you leave him your letter to be delivered to Santa
Stork: he drops of the elf on the shelf
Santa: he leaves little trinkets and treats (this year he gave holiday socks, tree shaped cakes, and a mystery lego figure)

Above is Amelia's note to Santa, this is the short version, she has another LONG list also. Where as Anna has not asked for one thing. I keep asking her what she wants and she says I don't know. It's odd to have them both on extreme ends of the spectrum.

Not sure why Amelia wanted a fat elf, we get a new elf every year and maybe she wanted to mix it up? Before the elf on the shelf was popular I already collected the vintage knee hugger elfs. So as an extra reason to add to my collection Saint Nick brings us a new one each year. This year they named him "Little Wittle". Now the elf antics can begin!