Filling in Small Holes

A few months back we removed an old security system from our wall. It was a few screws and a small hole. When we started working on our board and batten it didn’t cover the small hole completely so we had to fill it. I really didn’t want to buy mesh and other things to cover this small hole. So I found this nifty patch for holes it’s all in one so no mess and easy to use.

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Sanding For A Smooth Start

If you have screw holes you may want to sand it down a little. Sometimes they can have bumps left from taking out the screws.  I sanded our screw holes and around the opening of the hole with 220 grit sandpaper. After I sanded I wiped the wall down with a rag.

 

Cut The Patch

The next step you will want to cut a piece of the patch off measure it to the hole. Next, you will peel off the back of the patch and stick it to the wall.  Now take a wet sponge or rag and dampen the patch to activate it.  Let it dry before starting the next steps.

After I let it dry I took some joint compound and filled in my screw holes and around the patch to make it a smoother finish.

Sand

After the compound and patch are dry you will want to sand again. This is to take any excess off the wall and make it as smooth as you can so you are paint ready.

 

Paint

Now you can paint the color of your choice or match the wall 🙂 As you can see with our area I had painted before so the sq is the old color, I had to paint to match the wall.

Finished!

Items you will need

  1. Patch kit
  2. sand paper 
  3. rag
  4. scissors
  5. joint compound if needed
  6. your paint color of choice

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Oogie Boogie Foam Dice

I think this was one of the most fun things I have created from foam so far. I bought some yellow foam dice from the dollar store and carved from there. These are the steps I took to create the Oogie Boogie Dice.

Oogie Boogie Dice

Items needed

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  1. Foam Dice
  2. Dremel Tool
  3. Pencil
  4. x-acto knife
  5. Paint Red and Black

Outline Cut Out

I took a pencil and drew out the skulls for each square. I used this template to get each square just right. The first one I tried to use just the x-acto knife to cut it all out. Found the holes were really wonky and it didn’t work right. My husband then came up with the brilliant idea of using a Dremel tool. Since we have one and a big set of attachments. My thought was why didn’t I think of that duh! It went a lot smoother once I used it.  I found using the x-acto knife to cut around the circles first before using the Dremel helped keep me in the lines.

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Paint The Oogie Boogie Dice

The last step is painting the Oogie Boogie dice. You will want to paint the holes black and the other parts red. If you look at this diagram it helps.  At least this is how I did mine 🙂

A Game My Son Created

My son decided to create a game out of it. It’s kind of similar to Oogie Boogie when the dice land on snake eyes with Santa 🙂

The rules

Take one dice and roll for each person. If it lands on anything but 2 you are safe. If it lands on 2 you are out. The last person to make it not landing on 2 wins!

Final Look of Oogie Boogie Dice

Oogie Boogie-Make Your Own Life Size

Sorry, there has been almost two months since I posted. It has been crazy at work and sports at home so no time lately to work on posts. I still have been working on projects and now that I am getting some more time to post you should see some cool things coming soon 🙂 I had a lot of fun making this life-size Oogie Boogie.  It’s another piece to my nightmare before Christmas Halloween props. I made this one so you can wear it as a costume. I think one of these years I will wear it and give out treats to the kids in the neighbourhood.  My plan is to make our front porch into Oogie Boogies lair black light and all!  It’s a slow process to work piece by piece.

Make your own Life size Ooogie Boogie

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  1. Burlap-I bought burlap sacks from Cal Ranch
  2. Wire
  3. Foam
  4. black fabric
  5. black marker
  6. needle and thread
  7. sewing machine
  8. Play bugs
  9. Black yarn
  10. PVC pipe 3/4
  11. 2 45 degrees 3/4 PVC pieces
  12. 2 90 degrees 3/4 PVC pieces
  13. 2 screw 3/4 PVC pieces
  14. 2-floor pipe holders these were the metal ones 3/4
  15. 3 X pieces 3/4 PVC
  16. 2 10ft pieces of PVC pipe you may not use all of it depending on how tall you make him.I bought a bunch of 2 ft pieces because of my small car

Making Oogie Boogies Head

The first thing you will need to do is get a piece of burlap I took a burlap bag turned it inside out and started towards the bottom middle.  I mapped out where I wanted his mouth and eyes to go by pinching the burlap and eyeing where it would look good. Once I had it all mapped out I took some wire and covered it with black fabric and sewed around it.I think it would be best to use foam and push it through the foam. Make sure you fold the wire at the end you don’t want it poking you.

Now you can hand sew in the wire foam piece where you want it. I did separate pieces for the mouth top and bottom. Also, for both of the eyebrows.

Once your pieces are all in you can color the mouth and eyes in with a marker or if you really want it black you could put some black fabric in it and sew it in.  Keep in mind if you want to wear it as a costume you would want to leave room to breathe.

I also added wire covered with foam to the inside of the mask so it kept its shape.

The last thing I did was cut out the head and shape it. I had to add a little bit to the end of the head where it’s more tail like.  I put it on my head and cut and tucked where needed.

 

Making Oogie Boogies Chest and Arms

The next step I did was the chest and arms piece. I took a burlap sack cut out the head hole and measured against my body where the arms should go. I don’t use patterns so it’s all my guesswork and comparing the pieces against one another.

Next, I took another burlap sack and decided how long the arms should go comparing the arm ends to the armholes. If you have never used a pattern before its helpful to see how armholes and arms are cut out.

I folded the head hole down and sew it. You do not want any raw burlap edges it falls apart easy and is itchy. I had to remove my clothes and wash them after sewing it all. It’s best to wear levis when working with burlap. I found this out the hard way 🙂 I also cut down the back of the neck to the middle-ish area of the back. I added velcro to make it easier to wear and also dress the PVC skeleton.

Last I added the arms and sewed the sides shut. *When sewing the arms shut I left holes and sew the edges so I had access for my hands to come out. You will only want to do this part if you want to maybe wear it for a costume. If you dont and wear it you are like a child trying to grab things with gloves on 🙂

Oogie Boogie Legs and belly

On this part take the bottom edge of your chest piece and compare it to the top part of your leg pieces so it’s consistent from top to bottom. I made sure the feet cutouts were big enough so I can wear my shoes. I had to cut this out in 4 pieces using the burlap sacks.  If you are using just burlap you can probably do this in 2 pieces depending on how wide the burlap is.

Once you have it all cut out, sew the sides shut.

Leave holes in the bottom of the feet sewing the edges so it doesn’t fall apart. This is so you can slide the PVC pipe through it.

Optional-you can add on a black piece with bugs coming out. This is easier to do now then waiting for the chest piece to be added. You can also line the inside if you plan on wearing it. I lined the chest and some of the face so it wasn’t so itchy.

Now you will want to add the chest piece to the bottom piece sewing it all together.

Finishing Touches to Oogie Boogie

Now you will want to add the finishing touches. I hand sewn around the edges with black yarn doubled on the needle. With burlap, you have to do it double because it will pull through it if not.

Oogie Boogie PVC Body and Base

Base

I took an old table and cut out a square piece with my circular saw. I added a piece of wood to the one end so it makes it a lifted platform. You can easily create this same platform by taking a sq piece of wood and adding wood underneath to lift it.  Make sure your piece is large enough so his legs can stick to the bottom.

Spray paint or paint base let dry.

PVC Skeleton

You can build the PVC skeleton from the base up. Just leave enough room between the legs for the PVC pieces.  Set the pipe floor holders down first I would wait to attach them until you have the body all set where you want. Next, add the screw in PVC piece. Then 2ft pieces next then the 90-degree angle piece. Now you will want to figure the spacing between the legs leaving room for the x piece. once you have cut the middle piece and attache to the X you can do the body piece which I did another 2ft piece. Added another x piece and added the chest pieces 45 Degree angle pieces and another 2 ft piece for each arm. now you can add on the neck piece and the last x piece.

Once you have it all set and space where you want you can attach the floor flanges to the base. Then assemble it from there. You will want to add the costume/prop piece on before you attach the hips and body. I would also put the arm in the costume before you attach it to the 45-degree angle piece.

The last thing you will want to do is add the head to the body I made it as sperate pieces so that it was easier to put on. I added safety pins to help hold it in place.

Finished Oogie Boogie

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Love This Look! Sputnik Room!

Love This Look! So by now, you are probably catching on that I am in love with all the rooms in the parade of homes.  I still cannot get over this light fixture in this room! Hello, Sputnik, you are my new favorite and I need to find a way to make you work in our house 🙂 Where the light fixture and walls are so dramatic you have to keep the other parts of the room simple. This room has a lot of grays and whites to keep the person looking up. I love how they added a fuzzy comfy blanket to the end of the bed. I don’t think white would work in our house, kids ruin white for parents! This contains affiliate links please see my disclosure for more info.

Love This Look! Sputnik Room!

 

  1. Sputnik Light 2.Pendant lights 3. Glass Nightstand 4. White Bench 5. white bedding 6. Fuzzy Fur Blanket 7. Geometric pillow 8. Light Gold pillow 9. Gray Rug  10. modern bed

Other features of the room dark ceilings, feature wall. Recreating this wall would be pretty expensive but well worth it for the pizazz!

If only we could all live in lavish homes enjoying our well put together rooms. I can only inspire to have an amazing room like this one day.

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Love this look! Get this room!

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Love This Bedroom Look!

Loving this bedroom all around look. They have taken the flower pillows and matched it with the floral rug. Mixing the geometric pattern with flower pattern through the room with the mirrors nightstand and even the lamps. I love they used the gray in the fur pillow and the baby blue in the throw blanket to all work with the pink blanket. I haven’t found all the components this room. I have no idea what the lamps would be called and looked all over. I also had a hard time finding some same nightstands but the essence of the room is below of what I found. 

1.Black canopy Bed 2. 3 Drawer Night stand. 3. Square circle mirror. 4. Flower rug. 5. Light Pink Blanket.

6. Flower Pillow. 7. Geometric pillow. 8. Glass Lamp. 9. Furry Pillow. 10 Light blue throw.

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Replace Your Door Bell

Replace your door bell

So when we moved into our house our doorbell was one weak ding. When I mean one it was one ding no ding dong. So we missed the door until the dog starts barking lol. With good intentions of fixing it from the beginning we tried but never seemed to get to it. If I would of know how easy it was we would have done it so much soon

Replacing Our Door Bell

Replace your door bell

Turn Off Power

Please start by turning off the power to the doorbell we ended up flipping the breakers to find the right one. Testing the door bell for a ring before we proceeded.

Remove Door Bell From Wall

Take the cover off the bell from the wall. Take the wires that are connected to the bell off. Remove the screws and pull the bell off the wall. Now you will have the exposed wires hanging there.

Connect The Wires To The New Bell

There is a hole in the back of the bell we bought we had to put the wires through the hole turn the wires and pull through the front. This took me a min to get the wires to move to the side once put in the hole.  Once the wires are through and to the front you can screw them down in the proper spots. By the way, we found our old one was hooked up wrong. We figure it was because it was broken and so they only had the ding not the dong going lol. The pictures below show the right way 🙂

Now you can screw the door bell onto the wall

Connecting The Door Bell Button

This part was the most simple you unscrew the doorbell button from the house. Unscrew the wires from the back of it. Next, take the new one screw the wires to the back of it. Now you can screw it back on the house.

Turn Power Back On

Now that everything is all screwed in and connected you can turn the power back on. Test your door bell to make sure it’s working. If it doesn’t you will want to troubleshoot check wires, connections etc.  You may even have to find the transformer and change it out.Finding the transformer may not be an easy feat we were lucky and didn’t need it. If you can’t find it call a professional to change it out. Ours was a simple fix but some may not be.

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Life Struggles of The Working Mom

life struggles of the working mom

I have days where I feel like super mom and others where I just want to cry at my desk at work. Sometimes I really struggle to be a working mom. The option to be a stay at home mom has never really been an option. If we want a house, vehicles, travel I have to work so we can afford to do and have nice things. There are ways anyone could make it work and struggle but I’d rather let my kids have the option to do sports, have nice things, and do things I wasn’t able to do.

I grew up poor and was never able to do dance or sports, go on a nice vacation, go to movies, etc. Our clothes growing up were bought second-hand stores most of the time. New things were bought on sale at a cheap price. Don’t get me wrong I still love shopping at thrift stores and so do my children. Clearance is the first place I check for things but having an option to spend a little more on something new and nice is awesome. Here is a list of some of the things I struggle with and think most moms probably do.

life struggles of the working mom

Life Struggles of the Working Mom

  1. Summer vacation

    For a working mom it’s non-existent my kids get to go to daycare while I am at work dealing with crazy people.  Watching other moms go to local events that are only during the day. Our city does an education type thing at the local library. Guess who can’t go at noon to an event because I work till 3:30 every day?

  2. Daycare

    Making sure your kids are being taken care of while you are at work is always a worry. We had an amazing babysitter when my kids were younger but she had to move far away. Trust me if she would have stayed or moved closer to my work I would of went with her. I cried the day she told me she had to quit because they were moving.  Then we had a sweet Spanish lady watch our boys she was clean and nice and fed the kids well. They had a hard time being there because they were the only ones with occasionally her grandkids.

    They are now at a big daycare center which is good for social aspect learning. It was just hard to go to the big center because I felt they didn’t have as much one on one time. I do feel a little different about it now the ladies that work they are so good with my boys and they love all the friends they make. It’s always hard to know if your kids are being well taken care of with a babysitter you hear of horror stories all the time and it freaks you out.

  3. Playdates

    Um unless you want to do a playdate between 4 and 5 they don’t happen at our house. I’m a lucky one and get home by 4:15 every day but we also leave at 6 am. It’s hard to see other friends with or without kids hanging out enjoying the day with each other.

  4. PTA

    Nope couldn’t even if I wanted to because guess what time the meetings are at? 10 am on a work day. I can’t go to work 30 mins away for a few hours, drive 30 mins to school, then 30 mins back to work. It would end up being 2 and a half hours gone for 1 meeting.

  5. Things Break in your house

    So when your garage door breaks and they are like we can come out today at 12 can you do that? Huh well, I work so let’s schedule it 2 to 3 weeks out when my husband has a weekday off. In the mean time, I am dragging kids and myself through the front door with all our crap.

  6. Sick Kids-

    If we have a sick kid both my husband and I have to decide who has to miss work usually it’s me so it kills my PTO fast. Normally I am lucky to have 5 days of 15 days for actual fun or to do PTO.

    You get called from school or daycare with your kid is sick so it takes you 40 mins to get home and your poor kid has to suffer at school/daycare until you get there.

  7. Daycare Closed-

    You have to take PTO because who else can watch your kids when everyone you know works.

  8. Summer camp

    Unless it’s done by daycare my kids don’t go to summer camp because it starts usually at 8 am or later and is over with by 3 pm while my works hours are 7 am to 3:30 pm 🙁

  9. Helping in Class

    When you child wants you to come and help in class because all the other moms do. You have to decline or just send store bought crap because you can’t even if you wanted to.

  10. Presentations and programs

    When you can make it, it’s usually to the program. When our children do presentations I usually just sent them with a good luck you will do good. Although working for a tech company I do have the skills to make some cool slideshows so they maybe a little better if the teacher allows it 🙂

  11. Feeling like you can’t relax-

    After working a full day I just want to come home and clear my head. Honestly most days I don’t feel like I can. As soon as I walk in the door the dirty dishes, clothes, floors, animals are all staring me in the eyes. So going and just enjoying a show is hard because I need to clean up the house or my kids need mommy loves etc. When we have sports it’s straight to the stove to cook dinner before we go. Most of the time when we are doing sports I am not even prepared for dinner so we end up eating out. We eat out maybe more than we should because I just don’t have time.

  12. Free Things 

    Places give away free things like a free slurpy, free entree, etc. Now if you wake up early enough you might be able to grab one if they are open. Going on a quick break wouldn’t work because the lines would be way too long. Once you get off work get kids etc you are usually too late and they are sold out. I wished I could just go whenever it not be too busy and get a free thing but life doesn’t work that way. We tried to get the free slurpy on slurpy day and missed it they had stopped giving them away. Dang 🙁

While I struggle with all these things sometimes being a working mom is well worth it. My children get to have interactions with other children their own age at daycare. I get to socialize and use my intellect at work. Cool vacations are a must every few years. We have a nice house and some nice belongings. My children seem pretty happy for the most part. Yes, I do hear them complain about having to go to daycare, school, etc but who doesn’t. Sometimes I don’t want to go to work but I have to.

I know the other end of this stay at home moms have their own struggles and I have read a lot of articles on it so I feel you. Things aren’t always greener on the other side!

Who doesn’t wish I could do a little more for my children, home, pets but there is a limit to how much we can do. It’s hard to find the perfect balance of work and play. From the outside, it may seem like I’ve got it all figured out but I promise I don’t.

Love This Look! Sputnik Light Fixtures

So I may have found a new love in light fixtures. After visiting the parade of homes this year I fell in love with the sputnik light fixtures. My favorite is the first picture below.

Sputnik Light Fixture Style

Here are some pictures I took of the light fixtures I saw while on the tour.  For an index of the homes, builders, subcontractors visit my page here.

Evolution Home

Mezza Home

The Josephine

 

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Here are some links for some of the Sputnik fixtures I found.  The options I have below is a range of prices from really expensive to affordable. Most are in the affor

dable range.

  1. Chrome  2. Semi Flush 3. Axis Chandelier 4. Elegant lighting  5. Euro Janae 6. Elegant (cheaper) 7. Sunwe  Light  8. Y Decor 9. Decomust

I love these and hope you find some love in them too! In person they are amazing!

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Here are the light fixtures I saw this year going through the parade of homes. Here is the link for the houses we viewed. I put the names of each home these were in. Going through the houses I really started liking to look up! A light fixture can complement any room.

From Baneberry House

These four above were from the calders home

 From Cascade Estates

From Deer Crest Circle

From Chateau Blanc

 

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1.Black pendant light 2. 4-Lite Pendant  3. sphere pendant light 4. Crystal Pendant Light 5. Crystal Chandelier Ceiling Light 6. Rope lights 6 head7. Gold One Pendant Light 8. Wrought iron chandelier 9.Clear Pendant Light 10. 4 light pendant light

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