I’m showing up a little late with my Friday Favorites. But don’t worry, they’re still fantastic.
First off, a gorgeous canvas from whatever that was created by her daughter. Wow.
This is such a beautiful piece of art. It is worthy of display in the main rooms of our house – yet can be made by my little girl (or my little boys…but they wouldn’t want to make it – I just didn’t want to leave anyone out)! And it’s so colorful! And you all know how much I like color. Just a homemade watercolor painting, a paper punch (you could do any design, but I love the butterflies), a canvas and some paint.
Over at Positively Splendid, May has been positively FULL of summer ideas with her Summer Survival Guide. One of my favorites is Painted Rocks.
Ellie has collected rocks ever since she could carry them. She would have a ball painting some of them and finding a super cool way to display them. This project is definitely on our summer list.
Every summer my family makes a list of things we MUST DO. Stuff like “Climb a Tree”, “Eat Ice Cream Together” and “Make S’mores”. Jen includes pdf versions of her bucket list AND blank cards you can personalize. When we make our list we have some parameters. 1. The activity must include the entire family. 2. It must not involve an airplane ride or a large sum of money. I just love planning the summer with my kids and filling our days with things that make us happy.
This summer one of our huge projects will (probably) be tearing out the wall that separates our kitchen and dining room. I want to replace the wall with a funky island or small farm table. I’ve been watching craigslist for inspiration but couldn’t really find what I wanted. Then I saw this:
I found it on Pinterest, but it was originally found on Small Place Style, a blog for small home inspiration. How simple! A painted dresser with a countertop added. I love the paper towel hanger and hooks for utensils too! I wonder if we could get a butcher block counter top from Ikea that hung out further over the back of the dresser. I could add extra legs to support it and my kids could pull some stools up. Did any of that make sense? Hmmm…another summer project.
And I would just LOVE my kids’ room to look like this:
Wouldn’t it be great to use maps as wallpaper? I love everything about this room down to the Eiffel Tower on the toy shelf. If only my kids’ room was this big.
Now that summer’s almost here, winter treats like hot cocoa will be hard to come by and probably not very enjoyable. Luckily, I found this oh-so-yummy looking frozen hot cocoa on Pioneer Woman’s Tasty Kitchen Blog. It would be perfect for a hot summer afternoon.
I can just picture it. Me, a tall glass of frozen hot cocoa, a good book and our coziest patio chair. Better throw in some sunglasses and a huge straw hat for good measure. Ahhh, summer…
Speaking of Pioneer Woman, I’m reading her book and I can’t put it down! Ok, I can put it down…but only because I have to so I can make dinner and change diapers and bandage wounds that were incurred while I had my nose buried in my book.
It’s the story of how she met Marlboro Man, fell in love and became a rancher’s wife. It’s called “The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels To Tractor Wheels” and it is captivating. It’s hilarious and heartfelt and real and somehow I think we can all picture ourselves in her black spike-heeled shoes (at least, all of us women can). This is one of those books I look forward to picking up again after a day away from it. And I don’t do that a lot. Remember, I’m a book quitter. I know this specific favorite isn’t from a blog or anywhere on the internet, really. But sometimes it’s good to read something that’s printed with real ink on actual paper.
Happy Friday…um…I mean…Saturday!!