Moving to project:haus, permanently.

Getting happy. I mentioned this in January, I think. And now it's June and I am mentioning it again.

It struck a cord with some of you - my getting happy. A fellow mom and friend said to me after I posted it, "Looking forward to seeing where this goes." Guess that's what happens when you actually share your thoughts with others. And since January, there have been a few disjointed conversations that have happened over the sound of playing children that have kept me at least a bit focused on this getting happy thing.

One of them was with one of my favorite women who is also a mom and a wife. She gave me the analogy that as mothers we are often throwing our prana (life energy or breath) away - at others, at our children, at endless to do lists and domestic responsibilities, leaving very little for our own sustenance or passion. It's a lovely analogy for me because it is so tangible to me - I can actually see when it is happening and can actually feel it in my body. So, I am reeling in my prana - looking at all the places I throw my energy away.

And let me tell you, there are many.

Some are conscious and others lie deep in my overcrowded mind - keeping me distracted and discontented. Too many things to do, not enough time. When in actuality, there is time and there is energy. It is just choosing how to use both, wisely. And in choosing and getting clear about what I want to do, it always means I get some idea of what I don't want to do. And though I have loved this blog and am certainly always mentally bombarded with ideas of new projects, part of getting happy for me now is prioritizing and part of prioritizing is simplifying, in all areas of my life.

And part of simplifying is having one blog, not two. So, please, make the shift and start following me over at project: haus, my new home, for good.


The vertical garden!

With construction, come palettes. A lot of them. Some get returned, others end of piled behind Home Depot and some get transformed. Just do a quick search on Pinterest for repurposed palettes and a whole wealth of ideas will appear.

Inspired by this palette garden, I set about repurposing a palette we had left over. I figured it was an easy way to start a mini-garden at my son's preschool that the kiddo's could help with. For the whole tutorial, please visit the original link here.

A few willing moms and I did the prep work, which included sanding, stapling and cutting and took about 2 hours.

We used heavy duty landscape fabric on the back to keep the dirt in place, added 2 cross bars of wood for support and then hauled the whole thing to school.

Heavy duty landscape fabric on back and sides

Kiddos adding the potting soil...

And more potting soil. It took about 3+ large bags.

Kiddos adding water before adding plants

An assortment of ground covers, herbs, succulents, nasturtium and alyssum

Overcrowding helps to keep it all in place (I actually had to add more later). Keep the top space open and plant those vertical plants once the palette is standing right side up.
Keep the palette horizontal for at least 3 weeks (4 is better) so roots can establish themselves. Water 2x per day.

And it's up!

Make sure to secure the palette with wood screws from the back for safety. It is extremely heavy.
I added drainage mesh to keep dirt in place and added more soil and plants to compact it all in place.


"Mama, look what I built..."

There is nothing repurposed about these (except that most of our Legos were purchased used and on ebay), just awe on my part, for the ingenuity and master lego skill of my almost 4 year old.

I am blown away.

And I just don't ever want to forget this moment.


DIY "Fort in a bag..."

It's starting to be birthday season around here. And though I totally appreciate the "No gifts please" suggestion, I have been caught once or twice at a no gifts please party, standing in front of a table full of gifts.

But I still am not thrilled about expensive toys that may or may not be played with. I will choose to give something handmade, every time.

Inspired by this clever idea at Saltwater Kids blog, I went about gathering some supplies to make a few fort bags myself.

The best part: the $10/bag price!

  • Twin sheet $5.00 (Ross, Marshalls or thrift store - I didn't have time to get to thrift store)
  • Rope $1.00 (local dollar store)
  • Clothespins $2.00 (2 packs of metal ones - Daiso, my favorite Japanese dollar store)
  • Flashlight $1.00 (local dollar store)
  • Carrying bag $1.00 (local dollar store)

I didn't have time to make a cute little tag - my hand written had to be good enough...

Twin sheet, clothes pins, rope,  flash light and carrying tote!

Doesn't need any additional wrapping!

Twin sheet, wooden clothes pins, rope, flashlight + carrying case!

On the gift table!


Getting happy

Well, this just about sums it up.

It's 2013 and I have one simple goal: get happy.

And what that means is to start doing things again that make me happy.

And as mundane or unimportant as flipping through magazines is, I love doing it. And I love saving the images and inspirations. And I love that Pinterest lets me do that without having to save all the paper.

So, in a effort to bring back happy, I am starting small.

Would love to hear, what makes you happy?

You can find this happy pillow at Land of Nod.