Kamikaze Computer

About a month ago, I was sitting downstairs enjoying some much needed family time. The only person who opted not to join us was our reclusive daughter, Willow. Her unsociableness, a hazard of her Autism. I was pondering how well the day was going, when a large crash in the room above me jolted me back to reality. I rushed upstairs to find Willow racing wild-eyed out of my bedroom. Not good. It was then I saw the victim of the crime. My beloved computer was gasping for life shattered to bits, lying on my bedroom floor. It has been over a month since I dropped you off at the Computer Doctor. Lover….I miss you. I need you to come home.

Happy Birthday, Baby!


Happy Birthday to you

Happy Birthday to you

You have R.S.V.

Last year it was the flu


My son is cursed.  On my baby’s first birthday, he had the misfortune of coming down with the flu.  But even the flu could not keep him from looking absolutely adorable on camera.  Nor did it put him in a bad mood.   I prepared for a year to make his second birthday special for him.  Despite the fact that it falls on Superbowl Sunday and everyone would rather be watching football, than eating cake with a toddler.  Except his Momma;)  When he started coughing and running a fever over the weekend…I panicked.  I took him in on his birthday and we got the verdict: R.S.V.  Are you kidding me?  What are the chances you get sick for two years in a row on your birthday?  Doesn’t he have enough to worry about with the Superbowl trying to rob him of his glory?  When I started taking pictures, you can tell he felt awful.


  He perked up when the cake was set before him.  You can even see a hint of a smile on his face.  My husband came up with the genius idea of putting the candle on HIS piece of cake so he wouldn’t blow out the candle and spread germs all over the cake.  The cake is from Merritt’s.  The official name is “Snowflake Cake.”  It is affectionately called “Ding Dong Cake” because it is just what it tastes like.  It. Is. Heaven.  Go get one.  Right now.  You won’t regret it.  It is so good that it can even make a grouchy toddler with R.S.V. look like this…

_MG_0370…happy!  Make a wish!!!  Happy Birthday, baby!  I am sure he is wishing that next year he won’t be sick on his birthday;)

My Mom’s Junk…A Frame Update

mom photo

For those of you who are new to my blog I will give a brief summary: my Mom is a hoarder, so I started a blog and a business to fix up the garage full of stuff I inherited.  My Mom has many amazing qualities.  I love my Mom.  She just isn’t the best house keeper.  A year ago, she finally said: “Enough!  All of this stuff needs to go!  It’s overwhelming!!!”  She told us she would rather see us enjoy it while she was alive and to divide it up and take what we wanted.  My siblings and I rescued or got rid of decades worth of stuff from her home to help her fix her house up to sell.  It was a tremendous blessing but emotionally painful for everyone involved and a tremendous amount of work.  Unfortunately, my siblings and I did not have the staff of the show Hoarders to help.  It’s been a process and we still have a very, very long way to go.  When sorting through stuff at my Mom’s items often fall into three categories:

1.) Beyond repair or trash.  It needs to be thrown out and probably should have been thrown out a decade  decades ago.  She is incredibly sentimental and has a hard time letting stuff go.  Which is why the house is packed to the gills.

2.) Needing repair but salvageable.  This is the most emotionally painful.  It is usually something of (former) beauty or (former) value and was neglected to the point of needing to be fixed or putting it out of its misery.  I am the one that usually winds up with these items.  My brother and sister know my knack for painting and re-purposing.  If we can save it we will.

3.) In the original packaging because she bought it and never used it or lost it in the house.  Usually when these items are found you feel like you won the lottery.  I have been known to openly weep for joy upon finding such items.  I have issues.

These frames came from my Mom’s house.  Thankfully, these frames fell into the latter category.  Admittedly, they could be used in their current state but they were a little two formal for me.  So I decided to paint them and make them “Junky”.  These definitely fall into the “sell” category.

Picture Frame-1Tune in tomorrow to see what I did with these two babies;)

DIY New Years Resolutions…Update

First item at River City

First item to sell at River City

I managed to get one of my DIY 2014 projects off my wish list.  I painted my hutch Duck Egg Blue by Annie Sloane and used  ceramic rose knobs from Hobby Lobby.  I even managed to get them 50% off.  Yea!!!!!  I finally got off the waiting list at River City Trading Post  in downtown Jenks.  I have a booth that I am sharing with my Cousin and Sister-In-Law.  So this will be my first item I am selling.  I love it so much that I hate to see it go:(

Ceramic Rose Drawer Pulls

Ceramic Rose Drawer Pulls

I have to tell you that I am in love with this color!!!!

Hutch In Duck Egg Blue, Rose Knobs

Hutch In Duck Egg Blue, Rose Knobs

My DIY New Years Resolutions (A.K.A. paint, paint, and more paint;) Update!

1. Paint my kitchen cabinets.

  • Update on this project…I got a quote in hopes of doing it sooner than later.  It was was very high.  I have used this paint company before and I know they are good and their prices are fair.  I definitely know that I can’t get these to look the way I want if I do it myself.  The prep work is insane (they cover everything in plastic) and they use a sprayer.  It is also fast drying oil based paint.  Which is extremely hard to work with.  So I am going to have to bite the bullet.  It just might have to wait until next year.

2.  Paint my living room bookcases

  • The quote on this project was a little more reasonable since it was smaller.  I might go ahead and have them painted this spring.

3. Paint my hutch in the living room (Duck Egg Blue?)

4.  Paint my master bedroom and bathroom and clear out the clutter from my closet.

  • This is a definite DIY and on my hit list.

5. Decorate Willow’s Room

6.  Paint and decorate Krystiana, Alex, and Landon’s rooms.  The flat Lambswool by Pratt and Lambert is just getting GROSS!

7.  Have our foyer painted or figure out how we can DIY it with a 16 foot ceiling.

  • Got the quote.  Yikes!

8.  Do some minor (is it ever?) remodeling in out master bath and laundry room.

9.  Tame the clutter beast!

10.  Start cooking more!

  • Well…I bought some cookbooks;)

Times Are A Changin’


The Denham kids.  Clockwise from top: Tommy (Dee's Dad), Jimmy, Danny (my Dad), Shirley, David.

The Denham kids. Clockwise from top: Tommy (Dee’s Dad), Jimmy, Danny (my Dad), Shirley, and David.

I’ve been on a little creative sabbatical.  Not a peep from me in weeks.  So much has changed around here, I wouldn’t know where to start.  I think I’ll collect my thoughts before I share details.  The first, most important change, is that I am joining forces with my beautiful and incredibly creative cousin, Dee.  Our fathers are brothers.  I think that makes sense?  Maybe not;)  There is a camaraderie forged from being a part of the same dysfunctional family.  We are kindred spirits.  Our tastes are similar and I really believe she will be an asset to my vision of what I want My Mom’s Junk to be.  We are looking to set up shop at River City Trading Company and participate in a local sale called Vintage Market Days.  Also will be setting up an Etsy Shop.  More details on that later.  I will start posting consistently by the end of next week.  Can’t wait to share some DIY tutorials and updates around the house.



DIY New Years Resolutions


My husband has 3 weeks of vacation per year.  Traditionally, he takes one week off during Thanksgiving (in preparation for us hosting Thanksgiving for The Schifflis at our house) and 2 weeks off at Christmas (to get a head start on our house).  It always comes about the time that we are struggling to finish homeschooling, falling behind at the house, and the kids and I are also needing some attention.  It is a good way to end the year.  We start the new year with our batteries recharged and a clean, organized home.  For a family of 7…this is no small task.  

My husband works with computers and is extremely right-brained.  He is analytic, organized, and consistent.  So…pretty much the opposite of me.  Which isn’t a bad thing.  I am creative, passionate, and in constant “nesting” mode.  I am creating the childhood for my kids I always wanted.  I often tell people the reason why Chris and I  work is: “We are alike in our values and opposite in complimentary ways.”  It is very, very true.  I have a 17 year happy marriage to prove it.  I am a dreamer and will come up with the ideas and plans and Chris will break it down into pieces and help me carry it out.  He will also hold me accountable and often has to be the voice of reason.  Don’t tell him you want something done and expect it to get done in 10 minutes.  My beloved says there are two ways to do things; “The right way and all the other ways.”  When it comes to out big DIY projects we reserve the most time-consuming and daunting tasks for the end of the year. So neither of us go crazy;)

Over break we:

1.  Cleared out our “Homeschool room” and turned it into a spare bedroom.  This included clearing out EVERYTHING and making a usable closet for that room.  It was packed to the brim with whatever junk we couldn’t use.  It was a mess!  This was one side of the room:(


2.  Repaired our oldest daughter’s bed frame and bought her a new bed (on clearance.  Score!) and moved her queen bed to the new “guest room”

3.  Repaired this drawer:


4.  There were a total of 3 drawers broken.  In a cramped kitchen, I don’t need anything taking away precious storage…


5.  Cleared out clutter

6.  Used Leather Honey on our couched in the hopes of keeping “Old Leatherface” as long as needed.




8.  I finally hung up this:


I am on the lookout for the fabric to make new pillows.  I like this project:

Photo Pillows

and this project from Positively Splendid.

photo pillow 5

So out with the old…in with the new!

My DIY New Years Resolutions (A.K.A. paint, paint, and more paint;)

1. Paint my kitchen cabinets

2.  Paint my living room bookcases

3. Paint my hutch in the living room (Duck Egg Blue?)

4.  Paint my master bedroom and bathroom and clear out the clutter from my closet

5. Decorate Willow’s Room

6.  Paint and decorate Krystiana, Alex, and Landon’s rooms.  The flat Lambswool by Pratt and Lambert is just getting GROSS!

7.  Have our foyer painted or figure out how we can DIY it with a 16 foot ceiling.

8.  Do some minor (is it ever?) remodeling in out master bath and laundry room.

9.  Tame the clutter beast!

10.  Start cooking more!

Best of 2013

Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.

William Morris

I am looking back on the past year and the things that are “useful or beautiful.”  Here they are…


1.  My love affair with Chalk paint started.  Don’t ever quit me…


2. My Buffet re-do

Vintage Hunt Print

3.  My Great Grandma’s record player turned buffet:)


4.  My Mom’s mirror that I glued 20 pieces together.


5.  My ASCP chairs.  Although they might not count.  They aren’t quite done yet.


6.  The Hutch.  Love.



7. Vintage glassware.  Still in the original packaging!!!!


8.  Alex’s dresser.  ASCP Napoleonic Blue.



9.  Cottage table I painted in CeCe Caldwell’s Red


10.  Rosaries.  I made about 30.


11.  Gift for my sister;)


12.  Taking this picture of my nephew which was priceless.

Quote of the day…


Landon Bap 041

My gift to myself this year was Miss Kay’s Duck Commander Kitchen.  The first quote in the book is from the Bible.  I had never heard it before and it seems appropriate to share.

Pray for us.  We have no doubts about what we’re doing or why, but it’s hard going and we need your prayers.  All we care about is living well before God.

Hebrews 13: 20-22

The Message Bible

Writers Block

My kids are being affectionately called “The Anti-Craft.” Not only have they sucked up my time but it seems the wee ones have stolen my inspiration too. My husband is off work for two weeks. Mama’s gettin’ her paint on. I have been staring at Pinterest for hours. My eyes are glazing over. Tomorrow we will see what this Midwestern Mama can do….

Bird wood-grain Silhouette Vintage Bread Box painted with Annie Sloan Antibes green chalk paint. Includes Anthropologie knob and AS Provence blue paint inside.

I have this beautiful recipe box calling my name.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Ideas | / Antibes Green,

Antibes Green…I love you!

Annie Sloan English Yellow @ https://www.facebook.com/Paintedpiecesand

English Yellow.  You had me at “Hello.”

gold leafing over Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan,  Emile and Old White...divine!

This is just stunning.  I am stuck in the house with 5 children and my husband due to an ice storm.  I will be painting to keep sane.  Pray for me;)