About sharingmomlife

I am a mother of two who enjoys learning new things,sewing,crafts,crochet,baking,gardening,singing,board and video games,drawing,comics,reading,movies,dancing,growing in my faith, and helping others.

Re-Using & Re-Upholstering Fun!

Does your city or town offer a re-using weekend like our Give-Away Weekend where neighbours put out working/bed-bug free items on the front curb for others to use instead of throwing them away? Well, every year, the kids and I like to go on a kind of scavenger hunt to look for completely useful stuff that others are just giving away to save the earth and money at the same time! And this year, we came across many items, including some bar stools that had clearly been well-used, but had potential for being used again.

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This is one of the stools before I tookΒ them apart – nice pattern but very worn and faded!

So the boys and I packed them up into our van and drove them home. They sat around for a while as I had just started working again and became very busy with that, but one day recently I finally sat down and decided to do some re-upholstering using some pop-culture Batman fabric I had got at the store before.

So I had previously unscrewed the chair pads from the stool frames, used a staple remover to take out all the staples, and took off the fabric and foam underneath as shown below.

barstool fabric mesh liner wood seat

I then washed the foam and fabrics on gentle cycle in the washer so they were nice and clean and wiped down the chairs as well. Next I laid out the old stool fabric onto the new fabric I bought and traced on the wrong side of the fabric the shape of the old one and cut out the pieces. Then I placed the new fabric face down, with the chair pad, and wood bottom on top and asked my hubby to carefully stretch the fabric over the edges of the bottom of the underside of the wood so I could staple gun the fabric onto the wood. Lastly, I placed the black mesh liner fabric on top of the stapled down printed fabric and stapled it down, then re-screwed the chair pad to the stool frame and repeated for the remaining chair. They turned out pretty good and the boys love to sit on them at our homemade breakfast nook! Bonus! πŸ˜›

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So it just goes to show, one person’s trash really is another person’s treasure – it just takes a little effort sometimes. πŸ˜‰

DIY Fall Wreath

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Back when the leaves were just starting to fall off the trees, I finally got around to sitting down and working on a Fall wreath for our door. I had wanted to make one for a while so it felt good to finally do it! I had taken my boys to a playground that evening so my youngest offered to help me find the prettiest leaves (and he did)! After the kids went to bed I got to work using the basic straw wreath I had gotten for free on giveaway weekend, (the best idea ever here in Winnipeg), and started wrapping it half in burlap, and half in ribbon. I had done a general search online to get inspired, then took elements of different wreaths I saw online and combined them to make something more personal. Of course I had to make it a monogram wreath, even more special! πŸ™‚ So I got out my hot glue gun and started gluing all the leaves to the bottom in beautiful array, adding on a craft ladybug on top afterwards since I find them cute! I figure that even though the leaves will dry out and crumble, I can always add new ones on next year so why not? Its nice to have that natural element in there anyways. πŸ™‚

I also took a wooden craft ring I had and made the monogram with a piece of paper trimmed to the same size circle and glued to the back of it. I enjoy drawing so I added some extra touches to the letter ‘F’ and coloured it in. Using a ribbon I had tied around the ring prior to gluing the paper to the back, I tied the ring to the wreath itself, being careful to center it in the wreath. And I wrote a ‘Welcome’ sign on the other side of the circle in case it ever flips over when closing the door. πŸ™‚ Then I got out my wreath hanger, and hung it on the door, all set to be viewed by whoever comes by! Yay! I finally got this done, feels good to do crafts – it’s been too long! I am thankful that I get to do stuff like this still, and that my boys are young enough to appreciate it. πŸ™‚ What have you been up to??

~Roxy~

DIY City!

It’s been crazy over at our house – between re-organizing, DIY, and just overall busyness, yup, crazy! But at the same time, it feels good to get things out of the way that should have probably been done a long time ago, but just never got done. Sometimes I think it takes a bit of frustration to get the final push to be inspired and to do something you’ve wanted to do for a while, because hey, we all get lazy or tired don’t we? Add to that a new job and a busy season, and it’s cause for chaos, but thankfully God is here! I have been praying non-stop, and asking for prayers too on different matters, and God is so Good! He has been letting us know just how much He cares, and though we know this, it’s been rough at times when we’re on the edge of our seats so to speak, waiting for answered prayers. Thank you to all who have been praying with us, you know who you are! πŸ™‚ And so, I’d like to share a couple projects with you that I’ve been working on – here and there.

DIY Breakfast Bar

Every time we’ve dismantled an old TV unit or otherwise, we’ve been keeping the boards for future projects, and being someone who enjoys repurposing, here is one thing I came up with: a mini breakfast bar for our narrow kitchen! It was too crowded with the square table we had in the kitchen so I decided to use that as my sewing table now, and to put up a simple shelf in the kitchen to save space and for the boys to sit at/rest stuff on without taking up all our floor space – and the kids love it! (bonus!) It only took one evening to do too, so even if your time is limited, you can do something like this to free up space πŸ™‚

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Basically, I used my stud finder to locate the wall studs, drew some faint pencil lines to mark where those were on the wall, then drew a straight line across the stud lines (using my level). Next, I held the shelf brackets against the wall at the stud points one at a time as I traced the screw holes onto the wall for drilling points, making sure to put the brackets evenly along the level pencil line. I pre-drilled deep holes into the wall studs, got out my drywall screws, screwed the brackets to the wall, then I found some short screws, layed the shelf carefully on top of the brackets, traced the bracket holes onto the bottom of the shelf, (making sure the shelf was sitting evenly across the brackets), pre-drilled shallow holes into the bottom of the shelf, then screwed on the shelf to the brackets – et voila! A mini breakfast bar!

DIY Inset Bedroom Shelf

My youngest’s room has always had a little nook sort of in the wall, so I finally decided to make it into an inset bedroom shelf to clear up his floor as his room is pretty tiny and it always gets messy. As I layed out the brackets (which were just repurposed baseboards), I got the idea to make the bottom shelf into an inset desk for him to sit at since there isn’t room for a separate desk in his room. So off I went to work measuring, leveling and cutting boards! This was way trickier than the other shelf as one of the walls is at a weird angle so the back of the shelf is slightly shorter than than the front, hence, I had to measure out the exact shape onto the repurposed shelving from my father-in-law. It worked, but it was a lot more complicated than I wanted it to be. However, that’s to be expected with an older house I guess lol! Anyways, in the end I’m quite happy with it, it’s not perfect, but its perfect for my little guy and he likes it so that’s all that matters πŸ™‚

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As you can see, he can fit quite a bit of his stuff on there, plus there’s room enough at the bottom that he can work on his kid computer or play with his mini house. πŸ™‚ Cute!

Hope your DIY projects are going well, and God Bless you!

P.S. – Feel free to share your own adventures in DIY by leaving a msg below. And if you like what you see, please Pin some for me! Thanks!

Keep Going!

~Roxy~

Walking Through Streets Of Life

Hey Folks,

Today, after a nice long (2hr) walk with my hubby talking about different facets of our lives, I just felt like I should write something so here it is: life is amazing even in the most mundane aspects of it. The fact that we’re here, breathing, controlling most of our body by sheer will all through electrical impulses, growing every day in some way, never mind all the unique talents and traits we each have, the list goes on… is all amazing. Many people do not look at the ‘minor’ things, or take notice of how God interacts in our everyday lives, but I am one of those people who is all about the details. Sometimes too much detail for my own good mind you, but still, that’s how I was designed, and it was for a purpose. It doesn’t matter what anyone else tells you with regards to the special traits you possess, so long as God knows you’re doing your best to use those traits for good, that’s what matters. I learned this the hard way, but I guess that’s the only way I would ever have learned it.

You see, I was pretty stubborn as a kid, but I can say that God knew better and so allowed me to experience many hardships throughout childhood and beyond in order for me to come to the realization that I was spoiled, I didn’t appreciate what I had, didn’t even realize what I had I guess at one point, until my family hit rock bottom. It was rough, and don’t get me wrong, I hated it, and despised myself for many years afterwards because I felt so ashamed of my life. I was depressed, and that lead to me hurting myself and others in different ways, mostly subtle, but in the end, God knew that it would all work for my own good, so He allowed it. And I’m thankful for that, because now that I’m a parent, I can relate to the feeling of wanting my own children to appreciate what they have, and who they have in their lives, including God. And it would be so easy to continue to spoil them, sheerly out of the desire to show them love, but there is something to be said as well for tough love. As when you know that someone does not appreciate what they have, they need to experience a time of less – not to deprive, but to take note of all that they already have/who is in their lives, and to realize that they have much to be thankful for. Especially in this era we live in, at least in North America, where we have so much, so easily available to us, even those of us who are part of the ‘working poor’, we have SO much. How much do you need to live? Well, coming down to basics, we need to stay hydrated, and we need rest, and nutrients of some sort, and medical care when necessary, as well as shelter/clothing to keep us warm and safe. The rest is gravy really, but you would never say that to someone in our society, they would call you crazy. But really, TV’s, computers, furniture, cars, fancy clothing and devices, games, videos, etc., they are all extras. Sure, in our part of the world, we thrive on living online, using computers in pretty much every industry we have, but isn’t that a dangerous thing? Think about it – if anything was to happen to our electronics or internet, we’d all be in the dark – literally. We probably don’t have much skills to keep going, short of any possible camping skills we may have, or special training, but for many people, when the power goes out, they panic. It’s inevitable when your whole society is used to living off the latest technology. Anyways, where I’m going with this is, I have realized throughout my years of having less than everyone around me, that life will go on if I don’t have everything that everyone else has. That is because God knows what I need, and those things quite honestly, I don’t need. He may decide to bless me here and there with something extra special, (which He does), but He is more concerned about my walk with Him than showering me with the latest trendy stuff. As the responsible Father that He is, He allows me to struggle with some things for a while, usually until I realize that I can’t do it without Him, then He comes alongside of me and holds my hand. And THAT my friend is all the reminder that I need to know that I am blessed. Amen.

~Roxy~

Tough Times But God is Near

Welcome Dear Reader,

How’s life going on in your part of the world? Do you have a story to tell? If so, do you have a blog? Where is it at? I have all these questions and so little time as it’s bed time lol, but you can leave a comment if you wish and I can check it out later! πŸ™‚ The more the merrier as they say…

As for me, well, summer’s been interesting… and tough. I must say, after being off work (outside the home) for two years, it takes some getting used to. I worked all the time at home of course, but now, with working later hours than I was used to before, and getting used to new responsibilities and a new schedule, I know it’s been taxing on my whole family. The kids for instance – they have been acting up more, and I’m sure part of that is due in part to my being away from home. They are used to me making them their lunch, taking them to the park, doing crafts or playing games etc., but now they must get used to doing things on their own, or with Daddy, though he works from home so it’s not too good for him in terms of getting things done. I know it’s hard on him too, as he’s used to me helping the kids out while he works and now he’s constantly interrupted. That’s part of the struggle with working from home with a family, but sadly few people really understand how hard it is. I appreciate that he can do it, because I know for myself, I find it difficult to concentrate on anything when the kids are around, playing, shouting, running around (and I usually end up feeling guilty doing my own thing, ignoring them). I need to wait until they’re in bed to do stuff that requires thinking, but by then I’m usually out to lunch as my brain says, “Okay, you’ve worked the whole day, now it’s time to shut ‘er down!” I’m sure you can at least relate to that little bit. And don’t even get me started on doing math at night, lol! I’ve tried to help my hubby with taxes, but late in the evening never works very well for me, but sadly that’s the only time I have to help out with this stuff. Let’s just say, its been trying. On top of other things, it’s been a rough summer, but I’m still thankful for all that I have, including a job, as it took 3+ solid months of job searching to finally find something, which is odd for me, but a sign of the times we live in. I know that God will use me in my new position, and He already has. Now I just need to adjust to the new type of atmosphere. It’s different being in ministry. I must say I’m not used to it yet, because this is my first real (paid) job for God, and it’s different than what I’m used to. However, it’s been good, just getting busier by the day, which is awesome, but now I need to practice balance and taking my breaks as I know that it’s good for my health and necessary. ;p That’s just the workaholic side of me stepping in, and my customer service ideals, but this girl has to start looking out for her own health too! Hopefully doing some exercise, and getting back into some personal projects will help with balance – that and spending time with God. Have a great week everyone, and don’t give up; God is with you!!

On another note, my hubby and I have finally been finishing up some TV series’s on Netflix – so far, 24 (a long time coming), BBC’s Robin Hood (well done!), and the Netflix season of Arrested Development (was nice to re-visit the family but felt like more could have been done at the end). Now we’re continuing the 4400, which is a neat series to be sure. Gotta love late night TV time. But morning comes too soon! ;p

Many Blessings,

~Roxy~

Getting Back on Track

Hi Readers,

How’s your week going? Good? Bad? So-so? I’ve had a busy week, and while it was good for the most part, I’m glad its the weekend, this mama needs to relax lol! So yeah, while I’m talking about my week, I just wanted to share with all of you something that’s been helping my family feel better – Melaleuca. I’ve been a customer of theirs for over a month, and in that short time, I’ve noticed many little things that have helped make our lives better. One thing – vitamins. I’ve had different stomach pains off and on the previous months, but after taking their vitamins the past 3 or 4 weeks, I’ve noticed how those pains have gone away… interesting. Also, I’ve been using their Mela-gel on mosquito bites and it helps take the itch away for the kids and I, which is handy, especially because not everyone carries other natural mixes with them in their purse – this fits nicely into my bag and works! And another thing that I suffer from has been sore feet. I think its back related, hence why I must get back into Pilates, but tonight I had some friends over for a presentation on Melaleuca (which they love!), and I decided to try some of their menthol rub on my foot just cuz and what do you know? Within 2-3 minutes of using it, my pain is gone is and my foot is relaxed! Wow, me and my friend both tried this tonight on sore spots and noticed how fast the pain was gone (anyone with tendonitis would benefit)! I’ve tried using Rub-A-535 and other stuff and if it works it usually would take like 15 to 20 minutes to do anything. I am stunned. I’ve also been enjoying washing my hair with their salon quality shampoos as my hair has never been so soft feeling; I’ve noticed and my friend has noticed how we’ve each been playing with our hair all the time lol! And the list goes on and on. Quite amazed at how all these little things make me happy, but they do. And I’m also happy that my friends and family can share in the benefits of it. I’m excited to be doing something good for the environment as well for my family and friends, something that I’ve always been passionate about, and now can share with others. If anyone wants to see more or has a success story they want to share with me, I’m open to that as well. After all, we could all benefit from getting back on track. πŸ™‚

Until Next Post,

~Roxy~

Teach Them While They’re Young

Hello Readers,

I’ve been so busy with my new job, just learning the ropes and getting used to working outside the home again so it’s been an adjustment for my family, including learning to take it easy a bit with the chores. I work all day and just can’t finish everything on the list when I get home. So my hubby and I have been teaching our kids to help out more, as not only is it good for us parents, but it’s also good to teach them responsibility and the value of helping out. I never had to do much as a kid so I was pretty lazy and spoiled, not in a monetary way (quite the opposite), but in the way that I didn’t have to learn to do chores. Now that I’m a parent I want my children to know that it’s good to help out Mom and Dad, and to learn how to do this stuff now so when they are older it won’t be even harder to teach them. Yup. gotta start somewhere right? They are both old enough to make their beds, clean up their rooms (sometimes with help for organizing), and to pick up after themselves. They like to help in the garden, with weeding or raking, and sometimes with vacuuming or sweeping in the house. It usually helps too if you offer to give them a “star” on the white board. In our house, that means they get 10 cents at the end of the week. It adds up pretty fast if they help out every day, and teaches them the value of money. I set up “chore day” for Saturdays, so every weekend their rooms get organized/cleaned up once for sure as during the week it’s pretty hectic sometimes so that goes on the backburner.

DSCF1599My youngest just played his last game of soccer for the season the other day. It was a fun game and season. Ah… soccer. Now that it’s over for a while, I’ll have 2 new evenings freed up to do other things, like relax! ;p What does that word mean? Hrmm… not sure, never been good at it as a parent lol! But I’m trying, and that has to count for something right?

~Roxy~