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La joie c'est le partage
{ the joy is in the sharing }

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Fun For the Kids

I love little, child sized chairs. I always seem to find them at flea markets or yard sales. I even got an adorable ladder back style rocker off of freecycle a couple of years ago. Then, my sister in law found an exact match to that one at a yard sale last spring and picked it up for me. Well, they sat in our basement all this time just waiting for the perfect project. My husband saw them recently and said, "why do we have all of these little chairs? Do we really need this many?" "Of course we do" I replied. "I'm going to do something with them, just wait and see." Okay, now I have to come up with something. So, a couple days later, he sees them again and threatens to get rid of them if I don't find some use for them politely asks me to find a good use for them because they've been sitting in the same spot for 2 years now! Okay, now I've really got to come up with something!
Well, as luck would have it, while digging out the chairs to paint them, I also found an old tool caddy I had forgotten about. An idea was born. Thank you Mr. French Cottage, for the little push I needed!

Here is the old tool caddy. I wish I had remembered to take a picture of it before I prettied it up - but alas, I forgot. Again!

Anyway, I painted it white and added this pretty little fleur de lis. Then I distressed it all over. Now I'm on a roll, so out to the shed I go in search of some clay flower pots and red spray paint.

I painted the pots and then added crayons, stickers, paintbrushes, etc...

The kiddos added the airplanes, trucks, etc

A portable art caddy suddenly appears out of lots of miscellaneous things lying around and it didn't cost me a thing because everything was free or just found around the house!
Yeah me! Yeah kids! Yeah Mr. French Cottage!
Everybody's happy now
and the kids can pull up a chair to the coffee table and do fabulous artwork while I cook dinner!
How great is that?

Have a wonderful day!
xo and God Bless,

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

"She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her...
Proverbs 31:26-28
Happy Mother's Day to you all. May you have a blessed day!
Loving God, our Creator, we pray:
For new mothers, coming to terms with new responsibility
For expectant mothers, wondering and waiting
For those who are tired, stressed or depressed
For those who struggle to balance the tasks of work and family
For those who are unable to feed their children due to poverty
For those whose children have physical, mental or emotional disabilities
For those who have children they do not want
For those who raise children on their own
For those who have lost a child
For those who care for the children of others
For those whose children have left home
For those whose desire to be a mother has not been fulfilled
Bless all mothers, that their love may be deep and tender, and that they may lead their children to know and do what is good, living not for themselves alone, but for God and others.
~Taken from our church bulletin this weekend~

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Sunday Reflections

" I am the bread of life: he who comes to me will never be hungry; he who believes in me will never thirst."
John 6:35
Our two older boys received their first communion this weekend. We're so very proud of them!