Boys Lounge and an iPad Mini Giveaway!

We are moving slow today. We were out late last night for a double feature movie, The Hunger Games  and then the new sequel, Catching Fire. The boys loved it! Nothing like action films to please the teenage mind. We are lounging about today, slow to begin our tasks.
It also snowed last night. Just a dusting, but enough to remind me that Christmas is just around the corner and I have to get busy with the seasonal decorating.
But, not today.
I have a couple of projects I have been putting off that I need to finish first. The first one, is to rehab the Boys Lounge.

I call it the lounge, because that’s essentially what they do there. Lounge around. This room has bothered me from the day we moved in here.
It’s an awkward L-shape layout. But what really bothers me, is the odd choice of colors. Baby blue on half the wall, and beige on the other half.
My children are not fussy. They tell me they don’t care what color their room is.
I care. I have decided to paint, even though this house is a rental and we don’t know how long we are going to be here. I found a gallon of paint goofs on sale at the hardware store.
For $4.00, I am re-painting this room today. I should have the completed reveal for you tomorrow, so stay tuned!
Part of the boys room, is a wipe off calendar board. I love these things, a completely re-useable calendar and note board! They use it to keep track of their own activities and homework assignments. Usually. Unless a friend comes and draws on it, and it sits there forever and doesn’t get cleaned.
I have seen people throw these boards away when someone writes on them with a permanent marker. Or when erasable markers get left on too long, and they no longer can be erased.
Did you know there is an easy way to clean them?

All you need is rubbing alcohol and some cotton.

Just saturate the board with the alcohol, and wipe it off. It works like a charm, it even takes off permanent markers.
More on the Boys Lounge re-do tomorrow!
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Gifts Wrapped Up Plus an iPad Mini Giveaway!

Here’s the Gifts Wrapped in Glass Wrap-Up! Be sure and catch up on any posts you missed!
Day 6: Dilly Beans
Day 17: Apple Butter
Day 20: Jar of Roses
Day 24: Lemon Jelly
Don’t forget to register for this awesome iPad-Mini Giveaway!
You have 24 chances to win by Liking or Following the
Blogs below on either Facebook or Pinterest.
You only have to complete one entry, but the more you
complete – the more chances you get!
Giveaway runs from Nov 17th thru Nov 24th at 5pm.
Winner will be announced and notified by email on
Monday, Nov 25th.
Good luck everyone!





Gifts Wrapped in Glass: Day 29

This Gift Wrapped in Glass is for the Artist in the house. 
In the past, that has usually been me. Our boys toyed with art for a while, then seemed to grow out of it. 
The other day our son Ted informed me that he wants to learn how to draw.
This came as a real shocker. 
Ted was the boy who HATED ART. He would scream and cry when I would try and get him to hold a crayon. 
Suddenly at age 17 1/2, he wants to learn art?
Wow! I never would have guessed that in a million years!
I took his cue as the perfect opportunity to create The Artists Jar. 

I started with a two quart, wide mouth Mason Jar for this project.

I also purchased a few small art supplies including:
mini art mannequin
charcoal pencils
kneaded eraser
various drawing pencils of different hardness
variety of colored pencils
pencil sharpener

Washi tape for decoration

I gathered a few other supplies such as water color crayons and pastels (these we already owned) and packaged them in little plastic baggies closed with a bit of colorful Washi tape, as they can be quite messy.

I also pulled out some water color pencils, art brushes, and a pad of sand paper (for sharpening the soft pastels and charcoals).
I found this cute little set of charcoal pencils in a carrying box at Walmart. I decorated the outside of the box with a few pieces of Washi Tape.
I love the funky eye glasses print. So festive!
On a whim, I decided to decorate the mini-manni with the tape too. He even got a pair of glasses. He reminds me of our son. Cute and fun!
I think I shall call him MINI-MOE.

Mini-Moe fits great into the jar, along with the other supplies.
There are lots of uses for Mason jars in the art world.
I store all my drawing pencils in them. I always store drawing supplies with the point up. It’s easier to see all the colors and you won’t wear down the points.
You can also use the jars for painting, or for use with water color pencils and crayons. I use them for dipping or for washing my brushes between colors.
Enjoy inspiring your artist!

Gifts Wrapped in Glass: Day 18

Today I tried to calculate how many Mason jars I have used so far in this series. I know I bought two shopping carts full of various jars, but I also used some old ones plus a few more I had picked up at thrift stores here and there. I estimate we are approaching the twelve dozen mark, possibly even more. 
I have jars on every single shelf in the house and am fast running out of room.
Still 13 more posts to go! I think I will need more shelves.
Today’s Gift Wrapped in Glass is not going to be on the shelf though. It has to be refrigerated. This is 
Homemade Maple Syrup.
It does not involve trees, sap buckets or smelly boilers. That is far too complicated. It involves only simple ingredients:

Here’s the proportions:
1/2 tsp. Maple Flavoring (Mapleene is a good brand)
3 cups water
2 cups brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
Bring water to a boil, add sugar, stir until dissolved. Turn heat to low, add liquid flavorings. Simmer for 30-60 minutes until it reaches desired thickness.
Remove from heat, place in jars with lids and bands.
The syrup will keep in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks. Makes 1/2 pint.
I added some colorful faux leaves to the jar by punching the leaf with a hole punch and stringing it on raffia. 
A label for the top was the finishing touch.
No trees were harmed in the making of this post.
Lots more Gifts Wrapped in Glass to come!

More Mason Jar Gifts

Welcome friends! While I am lolly-gagging on the beach in a warm far off place, my blogger friends have come up with some fabulous ideas for more Mason Jar Gifts!

I should have read this post sooner, I could have made a jar like this for the beach!
DeJaVue Designs put together this beautiful wreath with a Mason Jar. Love, Love it!

Inspiration for Moms made these beautiful Neapolitan Deserts, wow!

R & R Workshop made these cute seasonal jars, very creative!
Also by R & R Workshop, beautiful and simple Tulle and Mint Mason Jars. So pretty!
Thanks for stopping by!