Sunday, October 30, 2011

Fall Ramblings

Fall is is not my favorite season.   This is mostly because summer is over (boo hiss) and we are heading into the cold winter.   BUT..........

This year I have a positive new outlook on the fall season.  This is largely due to the fact that I've taken up running in the woods.  Yes.  I feel one with nature and it feels great!  Now I can understand why my little sister would talk and sing to trees.  (Arp, you were ahead of your time).

Check out this beautiful waterfall below.  I plan on putting this photo in a frame and hanging it on one of my many blank walls.

This waterfall is in my very own town!  I had no idea.  Goes to show you that by trying something new (running for me) it can lead to other awesome perspectives.  But I digress.....more on running for a later post.......

Okay, now that I was psyched for fall:

We went apple picking:

And to the dairy farm to get pumpkins:

Oh....we had a blast at my brother's wedding:

Made a not-so-scary scarecrow:

Watched my son get a higher belt in Karate:

And got ready for Halloween:

All in all, a very fun Fall!  

Happy Halloween!


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Homework Area in Family Room

Even if your kiddos have desks in their rooms, don't they always seem to do their homework in the kitchen or common area of the house?  Mine do.  Instead of having them fight over the kitchen table, I thought it would be nice to create a homework space in an unused corner of the family room.

This is the space I'm talking about (blue arrows):

There is a desk back there, but nobody uses it because the table lamps take up so much space.  So....lamps are craigslisted (should be a new word....maybe it already is) and I'm left with a desk and a blank wall.

I saw YHL had simply placed colored paper in white frames for their family room art.  Why couldn't I do the same?

So I did with this result:

I went down to Hobby Lobby to pick up some paper (AC Moore, Michael's or any craft store will do). Or you may just have some scrap booking paper lying around to use as your framed art.  I made sure I picked colors having my family room colors of blue/tan/white so I couldn't go wrong!

I had some Ikea frames but any white frames will do.  The chair is not staying.  I bought the lamp a while ago from Joss and Main and had it in my bedroom.  The lamp was a bit short for the space so I placed in on an old woven suitcase thing I had in the basement:

I put my mags and library books in the wall letter holder so it's off the kitchen counters!  Containing clutter is key for me!

Hopefully this corner will get more use now!

Do you have an unused space that could be put to use?