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Hellllllooooo, March!

Hey, folks!  What have you been up to?!  {Please pardon my absence--it's been busy around here!  We left for our Disney Cruise (which I HIGHLY recommend) last Tuesday night and returned Sunday afternoon, and I have been playing catch up this week.  While we were only gone a few days, A LOT happened.  There was a birth, a death, a brain surgery, and a fall causing a broken back and hospitalization, and all the regular stuff that happens when you are out of town, too!}

I don't have any great projects to share with you today, but I'll give you a look at what has been happening here this week. Even though it is March, it is still the Midwest, and we have mountains of snow everywhere.  It even snowed more this week, and it will likely snow again soon. I am more than ready for Spring!  

I created this little vignette to encourage my spirit and remind myself that Spring.will.come.  It ALWAYS comes!


And remember a couple of weeks ago when I had the CAbi party and stayed up til 3am?! Well, the night before we left for the cruise, my order arrived (all 10 pieces!!!), and I was able to take my favorite new jacket on the cruise! One of my short people snapped a pic of me in the airport washroom, and I just LOVE how it shows off the ruffles on the back!

Also, check out this photo I snapped when we were flying back into Chicago.  That is Lake Michigan folks!  It is about 85% frozen right now! Crazy!!!

It was nice to get away for a few days, but it's always good to be home, too!  I REALLY like having a routine...;)  Speaking of routine, it was back to my shortys' school to help out where ever needed.  I am doing an art presentation next week for my 2nd grader's class, and upon checking the supply bin for this particular project, I found about 300 colored pencils in desperate need of sharpening.  *Random PSA: If you have any time that you can donate to your child's school, DO IT! There are ALWAYS so many small jobs that need to be done.  It might not seem like much to you, but it is a HUGE help to the teachers and staff.*

On Wednesday, I finally gathered enough courage and started working on my master bedroom/bathroom.  That means loads of wallpaper removal.  Gross.  The good news is the wallpaper in the master bed/bath is removable, which means that the vinyl AND paper backing come off in one, giant strip.   The bad news is the glue is thick and nasty.  Eww.  Anyhow, here is the current progress.



I've decided to work in small sections, rather than remove all of the paper in the entire bed/bath, then go back and paint, etc.  I do not think I can handle the nastiness for as long as it will take to finish, and I think that by finishing a small area I will be encouraged to keep going, and I will only have to deal with smaller areas of nastiness. Our room is basically divided into three areas: the bedroom, the closet/suite (which is code for weird closet and sink/vanity space), and the toilet/shower room.  

By working in smaller sections, I am hopeful to firm up my design plans for the master bedroom.  For the longest time, I have wanted a plank headboard.  Then, for about the last year, I have wanted a board and batten headboard.  Last week I came across this image (I only have a screen shot of it) by Tribecca Home on Overstock, and I am once again crushing on a plank headboard.

If you follow my Master Bedroom board on Pinterest, you can check out some of my inspiration pieces.  I am excited to finally be working on this project, and I cannot wait to see how it turns out!

Last but not least, the Creating with the Stars 2014 competition just opened up for auditions. There are already well over 200 projects linked up.  I have entered this competition for the last couple of years, and I will probably enter again this year, because it is a great way to meet other bloggers.  Here is my entry from last year. I don't have anything amazing to enter this year, and I don't even have time to "compete" if I was selected (which I won't be, because there are some AMAZING projects already linked up!), but this contest will give me the push I need to write my "foyer makeover" post, and then I can finally share the whole thing with you!

So, that's what's going on around here.  What are YOU working on?!  I am heading back to my room to finish scraping the glue in the bathroom--fun, fun!

Enjoy the Son!

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