Welcome to the 2nd edition of the Shabby Nest's Frugal Friday Linky Party!! So glad you all could join us!
Here are the rules...please link directly to your post...not just to your blog. Please link back to this post if possible. And the most important rule...leave our participants lots of bloggy love...comments, comments, comments~
Now, grab a diet coke (or other beverage of your choice), kick your feet up, and enjoy these frugal decorating ideas!
I am enamoured with chalkboard paint! It is just so much fun! I had seen chalkboards made from silver trays, and although I have a couple of silver trays that I rarely use, I was hesitant to actually paint one of them. Then when I was at the dollar store with the kiddos, I found this little "silver" tray. I loved the beaded edge, and thought it would make a fun chalkboard. So I snatched it up.
The tray was really easy to paint... and I didn't bother taping it off because it had a ridge which formed a natural guide (and I was able to easily scrape away the couple of spots where my hand wasn't as steady as I'd like.) TIP: before using a painted chalkboard...make sure you "season" it by rubbing the entire surface with the side of a piece of chalk and then washing it off. This allows the surface to be written on smoothly without "holding on to" individual lines.
It sure turned out cute...and I love the little bit of "elegance" that it adds to this little grouping on my kitchen counter!
AND Don't Forget The FRUGAL FRIDAY LINKY PARTY is TOMORROW!! Come link up and share your great Frugal Decorating Ideas!! I can't wait to see what all my talented readers come up with this time!! Hope to you see you all there!~
And Don't Forget the Frugal Friday Linky Party this Friday, May 29th!! Meet here and share your Frugal Decorating Genius!!
Such pretty details!
Have a great weekend~
Now on to fun stuff~
It's been a while since I've posted photos for the sake of photos. But since my little camera is back, I've been snapping away....thought I'd share a few images to put us all in a spring-y mood.
These were taken in Maine over the weekend...
And I had to share this portrait of my doggy-niece Lola (she belongs to my brother-in-law and sister-in-law)...isn't she lovely? A natural in front of the camera!
To come this week...
- A wrought iron bed makover and
- Treasures from Brimfield
Have a great Wednesday~
In honor of the coast, I'm sharing this project which I admit was directly "borrowed" from one of my favorite blogs. Problem is, I didn't save the link, so I can't remember which one. If this project was on your blog, please don't be shy about letting me know so I can give you proper credit. (Edited to add: I've had two commenters who have mentioned that they saw this project at My Romantic Home. They're right! Here's the link. )
So simple, but so striking! I love the beachy feel. Just a little starfish, glued on some linen and framed up in a shabby frame. It makes me smile EVERY time I see it. And it took less than 5 minutes...seriously. Great Gift Alert...I gave one to my mother-in-law for Mother's day. She loved it too!
And remember this little beauty. My cutie-patootie niece. Hop over to my little sis' blog and check out some other darling photos of this sweetie and her uber-cute big sis taken by Holly's talented friend! They'll make you smile!
- Get yourself some plywood...figure out how tall you want the headboards to be, and cut the plywood to size. If you don't have the tools at home, they can do this for you right at the home store or lumber yard.
- Get yourself some batting...
- Get yourself some fabric...the fabric I chose was only about $4.99/yd at JoAnn's. (Trick is to find inexpensive fabric that just looks pricey.)
- Get yourself a staplegun.
- I know people who will tell you to use spray adhesive and affix the batting to the plywood before adding the fabric. Not this girl! Nope. I just wrapped the batting around the plywood and stapled it on the back. Then I did the same with the fabric making nice hospital corners. In my case, I also wrapped the fabric all the way up the back so that it completely covered all the plywood... this is not necessary, however.
- I wanted a touch more sophistication for my headboards so I added these great monograms. This was as easy as cutting the letters out of white felt and adding them to the headboards with fabric adhesive. Easy Peasy!
Two headboards for under $40 is what I call a deal!
Have a great weekend~
Second, my camera should be repaired within about a week and a half, and the projects have been building up like crazy around here, so look forward to bunches of new (and hopefully inspiring) posts when good old Olivia Jayne (yes, I named my camera) returns from her absence!
And now on to the decorating stuff...I shared part of this post over at Blissfully Domestic back in September, but it bears repeating so I hope you all enjoy...
Alpha-1 is a relatively common (but fairly unknown) genetic liver disease affecting an estimated 100,000 people in the United States although to date only about 10,000 people are officially diagnosed with Alpha-1. I will explain more about the details of the disease as I tell you my story.
Mr. Three at 6 months
All Pictures by the Hubby
Almost 3 years ago, the Hubby and I learned that we were expecting our 4th child - a boy. My pregnancy was normal and the delivery was fairly easy. Shortly after delivery, however, things changed.
Just before the hospital was going to release us to bring little Mr. Three home, the pediatrician-on-call came into our room. He informed us that Mr. Three had jaundice. Jaundice in and of itself isn't necessarily scary, so I wasn't particularly worried at the news. He then proceeded to explain to us that there are two kinds of bilirubin (the cause of jaundice). The first is indirect bilirubin. It is the common cause of infant jaundice and isn't usually something to be overly concerned about if kept in check. The second is called direct bilirubin. Whenever there is an elevation in direct bilirubin, it is an indication that something more is wrong. The cause of Mr. Three's jaundice was an elevation in his direct bilirubin, so our doctors were concerned.
And the testing began. Test after test for what seemed like an eternity. Poor Mr. Three didn't have anywhere on his little heels that didn't have a tiny scab from a heel prick for bilirubin level testing. He wasn't gaining weight even though he ate constantly, and we went to the pediatrician daily for weigh-ins.
And still the testing continued. What I considered to be the scariest of the tests was one they performed for a condition called Biliary Atresia which would have required almost immediate surgery. They strapped my poor, tiny, yellow baby to a huge table and gave him something (it's been two years and I'm fairly good at suppressing painful memories, so I don't remember what it was) through an IV, then put him in what I think was an MRI machine (suppression again) to watch and see if it passed from his liver into his intestines. After two hours, barely any of it had passed through. But "barely any" was enough. And one of our amazing GI Docs called as soon as he heard the news to relieve us. He was relieved too.
"WHAT? What's that?" We'd never heard of it, and I bet most of you haven't either.
Alpha-1 is a genetic liver disease that must be inherited from both parents. Alpha One Antitrypsin is a protein that is produced by the liver. It's function is to protect the lungs from the body's own enzymes. So the disease can actually effect both the liver and the lungs. If there is not enough Alpha-1, the body can't adequately protect the lungs and they suffer from increased problems with COPD, emphysema and other related illnesses. There are two reasons why Alpha-1 can be deficient in the body. Either the liver doesn't produce enough of the protein, or it produces a deformed version of the protein that gets trapped in the liver causing liver damage.
Many times, the disease isn't caught during childhood because the person doesn't have difficulties with their liver per se. The fact that we discovered this diagnosis in Mr. Three during infancy gives him an increased chance for cirrhosis and possible liver transplant because obviously his liver isn't working as well as it could.
As scary as this was, it got even scarier when our GI docs urged us to have our other three children tested. Prior to Mr. Three's diagnosis, my husband and I were not even aware that we carried the gene for Alpha-1. So at this point, we weren't sure what to expect. Of course, statistically speaking, the likelihood of our other children being anything but carriers of the disease was low since neither my husband nor I showed any signs of the disease, and we already had one child with a confirmed diagnosis.
But, then the results came back and we learned that our family is an anomally. BOTH of our other sons also have Alpha-1 - with a ZZ allele. We were devastated. We learned that my husband and I are each only carriers of the gene, however, because although there is no known gender link, our three boys all suffer from this disease while somehow our daughter escaped without even being a carrier of the gene.
Mr. One at 18 months
Right now, all three of my boys are fairly healthy. Our wonderful docs have told us to simply treat them like any other children. But, sometimes I worry. Okay, I worry a lot. I look at their beautiful angel faces and wonder what this disease will mean for their futures. I worry that their impending liver biopsies will indicate cirrhosis. I worry that although they are healthy today, liver transplants may loom in their futures. I worry that even if they make it to adulthood without much liver difficulty, they still have the possibility of lung problems. I just worry.
Right now, Alpha-1 has no cure, but research continues. Here is a link to the Alpha One website. Please take a minute to go to the site and learn what you can do to help.
Everyday I look at these little faces and pray for a cure. ~