Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A Memo Board

Do you have issues losing important invites or papers like I do? Seriously it's an epidemic. I needed a cure and fast! I searched on Pinterest and found a lot of really cute and easy ideas. I made this one all by myself with the help of Home Depot associates. They will do the cuts for you, all you have to do is ask (I may or may not of had to have Jeremy make a few more cuts, but if you have the right measurements you can skip that step). Everything else was done by me, so I count this project as an easy DIY you can do with minimal skill.

2 longer trim boards (you can find them in building materials at Home Depot)
2 shorter trim boards (about half the size of your longer ones)
The longer ones are about 2 1/2 feet long, and the shorter ones are 1 1/2 feet long.
Red paint (I used Behr's Classic Cherry)
It's the same paint I used for the chalkboard trim.
Paint brush
Chicken wire (found in the garden area of Home Depot)
4 brackets
Staple gun
Philips head screwdriver
Wire cutters

1. Start off by painting your boards with the red paint. I only used one coat.

2. Once your boards are dry, use the brackets to screw your boards together. The wood is really soft, so the screws should go in rather easily without pre-drilling.

4. I don't have any pictures of this step. This was the hardest part. Cut your chicken wire to size with the wire cutters. Cutting wasn't the hard part, it was the unrolling of the chicken wire. It kept trying to roll back up as I was cutting. I have a few war wounds from this step. I recommend using gloves and wearing long sleeves.

5. Staple your cut chicken wire to the back of your frame. Our staple gun is HORRIBLE. It's supposed to not be able to jam, but that's all it does. I got all of one staple in place and then gave up. I screwed the rest of the chicken wire into place. However, if you have a working staple gun, then you won't have to do that step.

6. I turned the frame over and put some weight on the chicken wire, so it wouldn't bubble up.

7. I put a couple of nails into the wall. There's no need for hanging brackets. I just hung it up by the chicken wire. (Which worked out rather well considering I was all out of hanging brackets.)

8. I used clothes pins to hang up my invites and pictures. I found some really cute burlap flower ones in the Target $1 aisle.

I sent a picture of the finished memo board to Jeremy while he was working. He said, "See you didn't need me." To which I said, "I am woman, hear me roar!"

Easy peasy, with only mild hiccups here and there. With the right WORKING tools, you can accomplish anything!

Rebecca Havener, My Little Devils With Wings

Friday, March 27, 2015

A Fun And Easy Chalkboard

I wasn't planning on making this, it just came to me one day. I was lucky to have everything I needed on hand. I knocked this project out in one afternoon, it's that easy.
2 trim boards measuring 1 1/2 feet long
2 trim boards measuring 2 feet long
red paint (I just had a sample made at Home Depot) (Mine is Behr's Classic Cherry)
paint brush
painter's tape
chalkboard paint

1. Paint your trim with the red paint. I only used one coat, because I didn't care if the wood showed through a little. The paint will look pink until it dries.

2. Measure out your chalkboard and line with painter's tape. We used Frog tape. I also used the trim pieces to measure out my chalkboard and used a pencil to mark the area.

3. Paint the area with chalkboard paint. It took us four coats. We let the paint dry 20-40 minutes in between coats.

4. Remove the tape once the paint is dry. It's okay if the paint bleeds a little, the trim will cover it up.

5. Nail in your trim. We actually used a brad nailer for this, so it went up rather quickly.

Now draw a pretty picture and you're done. We also hung up our Ikea planter rod (technical name...not). I'm really happy with the results. It turned out great for a spur the moment DIY.

Rebecca Havener, My Little Devils With Wings

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Greek Turkey Burgers

We made some amazing burgers the other night. They were so delicious. If you want to try something different then the average hamburger, then this is the recipe for you.
For the sauce:
7oz plain greek yogurt
1 medium fresh lemon
1/4 tsp minced garlic
1/4 tsp dried dill
Prepare the yogurt sauce by combining the ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Mix well, then refrigerate to allow the flavors to blend while you make the burgers.
For the burgers:
1.25lbs ground turkey
1 can of fire roasted tomatoes
1 medium red onion (half to mix in the burger, the other half for on top of the burger)
2oz frozen or fresh spinach
1/4 cup crumbled feta
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/3 cup bread crumbs
1 large egg
1 medium cucumber (to put on top of the burger)
6 hamburger buns
salt and pepper to taste
1. Thaw the frozen spinach and squeeze out as much moisture as possible. Roughly chop the spinach to prevent long stringy pieces. Also chop the fire roasted tomatoes and half the red onion.

2. In a bowl, combine the ground turkey with the spinach, tomatoes, red onion, feta, minced garlic, dried oregano, egg, bread crumbs, 1/2 tsp of salt and pepper. Stir everything until it is evenly combined. Shape the mixture into six patties.
 (We got more than six patties, because we made a couple smaller burgers for the little kids.)
3. Cook the burgers on the grill. Spread the yogurt sauce on both sides of a bun, add a warm burger and top with thin slices of cucumber and red onion. Enjoy!

We used onion buns for our burgers. They are my favorite! We served our burgers with homemade pickle chips, grilled eggplant, and salad.

I also put cheese and tomato on my burger. I'll share the pickle chip recipe with you later on. They were so good. I'm craving more of them!

Rebecca Havener, My Little Devils With Wings

Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday Tidbits

I promised awhile ago that I would show you all the newly made over boys' room. However since then; the organizer holding their stuffed animals fell down, Lucas dragged out every toy I had put away, and their crazy sleeping habits completely messed up their nicely made beds. So, after I clean their room up a bit and fix their organizer, I will show you a full room makeover. Until then, please enjoy the pictures I did get a chance to take.

Let's see if I can give you a full item list.

Book shelves - they're the Ikea spice racks
Desk - Target
Chairs - Target
Black magazine holder - Ikea
Metal magazine holders - Target
Lamp - Target
Curtains and rod - Walmart
Desk organizer - Walmart
P scrabble tile - Hobby Lobby
Stuffed animal organizer (on top of the doll house) - Ikea
Black floating shelves (four years old) - Target

The mini foosball table was a gift from my Mom. I'm not sure where she found it. The metal superhero signs were also gifts. They sell similar ones at Gordmans and Hobby Lobby, though. I bought two chairs for the desk, so that both boys could sit comfortably and draw together. They are also very light weight, so Luke can move them to the front of the t.v. when he watches movies in his room. We can also fold them up if needed. The best part is each chair only cost $10.

I put some Walmart organizers in each of the drawers to help keep their desk clutter organized. I don't allow markers or sharpies in there, because a certain little boy sees a blank wall as a canvas. So, those are stored downstairs in the craft room. I also removed the scissors after he decided to cut up his brother's Minecraft poster.

Eventually we will paint the room red, white, and blue to go with the superhero theme. Until then, they are pretty happy with the results and so am I. Now if I could just get Luke to keep his room clean....

In other Friday news, Luke and I are taking a much needed day off from cleaning and running errands.

I'm pretty sure my weekend is jam packed full of things to do, but for the moment I can't think of a single thing I have to do. So, if I made plans with you this weekend, please remind me. I do have a few wedding errands to run, but other than that it should be a nice relaxing weekend. Which is perfect because there is no way I'm staying out all weekend with all the snow we are supposed to be getting.

What are your plans for the weekend? Anything fun?

Rebecca Havener, My Little Devils With Wings
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