Friday, October 30, 2015

DIY Snowflake Sign

Snowflakes...yes, the first ones fell the other day so it inspired me to make this...ooh so simple snowflake sign. 

First, I was inspired by some felt/wool place mats or sometimes they are a rubber type of material...yes, the kind that you can get at your local Dollar Store for about a dollar or two.  (I always think, wow....what an inexpensive stencil.)

Next, I had a left over piece of wood from a project I had been working on so I sanded it down.  Pallet wood put together would look great too.

I laid the snowflake on the board. 

Next I used the Valspar White Spray Paint to spray over the entire board and snowflake.  I did this in about three different coats, but randomly so it covered but yet didn't get runny.

Lastly, I took the Glitter Blast (which you can get at your local hobby and crafts store).  I shook it up good and sprayed over the top again.  I continued to spray in short spurts until I was satisfied.  I made sure to do the edges extra. 

AND...I took the placemat off and there was my finished product.  Now hang a wall hook on the back.  Maybe add a little saying on it, or just leave it as is.  I coated my with Valspar Matted Clear Coat to help keep the Glitter Blast from getting everywhere.

I am working on some more with different shapes, painting the backgrounds first, and different colored glitter blast! 

Hope you enjoyed this little DIY from Ranch Chic Corral!
Just Painting and Creating in my boots!

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

THAT Crazy week and mom!

Have you ever had one of THOSE weeks?  Well, I just ended one.  But as I sit here drinking my coffee in the early morning in the fall I am thankful that I have a family that tags me as THAT mom.

Yes, I am THAT mom that has rules.
Yes I am THAT mom that is not like everyone else's mom.
Yes I am THAT mom that has expectations for you.
Yes I am THAT mom that will tell you what needs to be told, honest not fluffy.
Yes I am THAT mom that will not tolerate disrespect.
Yes I am THAT mom that works full time and has a husband that work full time PLUS so everything you need or want won't come to you instantly, which your generation is not used to.
Yes I am THAT mom that thinks you should do chores.
Yes I am THAT mom that needs and wants to know who you are with and where you will be.
Yes I am THAT mom that checks in on your grades each week.
Yes I am THAT mom that expects you to give 100% in whatever it is that you are doing. 
Yes I am THAT MOM! 

My kids have a habit of saying sometimes when they don't like what they hear "Oh you are THAT mom!" 

 This last week was a long week for my family as many unexpected things all happened at once AND it is one of the busiest times of year for our ranch, which means, I am pretty much a single mom, during the week.  I am at peace with that aspect as our ranching is what supports our family, however, sometimes my kids need a "reality" check that life does not revolve around them all the time. 

AND when this happened this last week I got the "you work all the time" spill from 2 of my kids.  WHEN in reality, I do not.  I own my own business which gives me the flexibility to attend ALL of their functions, or run them things during the day, like food for their sporting trips, and pick them up usually, not always, as needed. 

I am okay with being THAT mom, as I am THAT mom who believes my job is not to be your friend but to be your parent and parenting is HARD!  It is exhausting when you have an 18 year old who reminds you they are 18 and a 4 year old who can almost out run you but not quite yet, as he has inherited his mothers running genes so I can still keep up or catch!

I am THAT mom that uses technology as a tool for consequences!  Did you know if you are a verizion customer that you can have family base, best thing ever invented.  Every time my children cuss, I shut their phone off for one day!  Every minute they are late, it is one day off AND you can even sign up to have them email you each night what they did on their phone during school hours and YES people your children are not innocent.  School is to be in school and learn NOT to be texting!  You  can also shut it off during school hours (I did this last year for awhile, did let them have it on during lunch and free hour) but now they know I WILL do this if they are using during the day too much. 

I am THAT mom that wants my child to work hard at grades and learning.  I am not saying I always expect A's across the board BUT I do expect them to be in the moment learning and trying their hardest and you can't do that if you are having a conversation with someone while your teacher is teaching!

I am THAT mom that can financially afford things, however I still think you need to learn what you need not want. 
I am THAT mom that makes you do chores in order to have "money" to pay for your phone being on, money for sporting trips, extra activities. 
I am THAT mom that reminds you that you have hard working parents and you need to respectful when they are working and not jump to your I need it now call. 

I am THAT mom that makes you dress "classy" as my kids would say.  No you don't need to show anything off, even if you have it. 
I am THAT mom that makes you dress nicely for church, not because I think you have to, but I think it is respectful and you have the clothes to do it. 
Yes I am THAT mom that will tell you when something looks to inappropriate. 

I am THAT mom that will support you in everything you do.  BUT will not support if you choose to slack in an area or complain about someone else excelling in it over you because they have worked harder than you. 
I am THAT mom that expects when you step into a job, an arena, a court, school that you give your 100% and you are respectful.  THAT YOU will challenge yourself and others around you to be better. 

I am THAT mom that DISLIKES gossip and cattiness so when I see or hear it, it stops. 
I am THAT mom that will teach you jealousy is wicked and learned at home.  RESPECT others for what they are able to do and surround yourself with people better than you, it will make you better!

I am THAT mom that will tell you that God is watching.  As I do believe in this and do believe things come to those who respect their parents. 

I am THAT mom and I am PROUD to be THAT mom and not your best friend.  Someday you will thank me for being THAT mom! 

I am THAT mom that would do anything to help you and I am THAT mom that believes in you more than anyone else and I am THAT mom that loves you more than anyone else! 

To all you THAT moms!..THAT away and kudos to is hard to be THAT mom!
Ranch Chic Corral

Friday, October 16, 2015

Fighting Your Passion

Well I have not posted for a long long time and realized today while working on a project how much I missed it so my speech bubbles (or think bubbles) were going crazy while painting.  SO here we are, giving it a try again.  I have decided I need to journal or blog as my head thinks of so much while I am busy being a crazy paint lady (have you seen all those cool tshirts..that's me...I paint to keep the crazy away.)

I have two major passions in my life: kids (or students) and creativity with furniture. 

It is quite a combo and sometimes I have an inner war on where my journey and heart is taking me.  As I was thinking about this today it made me think of embracing.  I have been thinking a lot about this subject as our oldest daughter who is 18 has battled with this as well.  She has had the opportunity to be exposed to much more than many her age and also is quite mature for her age.  She was able to live in another community for a while and was so embraced by all her friends, classmates, teachers, and community and where she has had her roots since she was 1 and currently lives is such a battle to feel embraced, I am not sure she has ever felt accepted or embraced the same. 

Thinking about this has made me think about embracing all god has given us as individuals and sometimes I think I try to fight my creativity because I am nervous that it won't work.  I have found out that the older I have gotten or maybe the wiser I have gotten...that I love to spend time by myself with just my kids and this is what makes my heart whole.  I feel the most inner peace when I am at the ranch, hanging out, cleaning up and picking up here and there, while doing some furniture projects, AND being able to love on or visit with my kids in between all of this.  Going on bike rides in the middle of the day with your child is what life is all about! 

So anywho...I will try to post more about life, junking, kids, trying to be a good wife, housekeeper (notice I said I think we all struggle with that) teaching, being a business owner, passion, cooking and oh so much more! 

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Painting and Creating in my boots.
Ranch Chic Corral

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