7.26.2014

MY NEW OFFICE REVEAL! EEEEEEEK!

OOOOOOH my goodness. It's finally done. I did it I did it! I finished my office and I am completely obsessed with it. I am not even kidding, I sat in there for like hours yesterday for no apparent reason. I didn't even have any "officey" things to do, but I just love being in that space. It makes me feel creative and happy. Are you ready to see it? I mean reeeeaaaallllyyyy ready?! Ok, here's the big reveal (resisting the urge to scream "move that bus!")

The view from the door:


My favorite part of the entire room is the chalkboard wall. I am soooo happy with how it turned out. Here's a little play by play of how it was created. I bought three 30 oz containers of Rust-Oleum Flat Black Chalkboard Paint. I ended up only using 2 for the entire wall, but am glad I have the extra for other details around the room. I poured the paint in a paint tray and then just rolled it on like regular paint. It is thicker than regular paint so be sure to stir it reeeeeeally well before pouring it into the tray. The paint can get a bit splashy when rolling (I ended up with little black dots all over me) so I suggest using a paint roller that is thicker and more dense instead of the cheapy kind. I painted one coat completely and let it dry for only about 30 minutes. The container says to wait 24 hours between coats, but I am super impatient and was like nooooo thanks, so I waited 30 minutes. It was dry to the touch at that point so I figured it would be fine anyway. I painted another complete coat and let it dry for another 30 minutes. At that point it was looking pretty solid but I decided to give it one more coat, making it 3 total (in a span of like 2 hours). After painting, I let it dry completely for a few days.

After it was completely dry, I was ready to write. When you first paint a chalkboard wall you have to do something called "priming". If you skip this step, then basically everything you write on your board will be permanent.  To prime, you just lay a piece of chalk on it's side and cover the entire wall with chalk. Rub it in pretty good and then erase it with a rag or eraser. I used a car wash mitt that looks like this:
It worked really well surprisingly. I also used a swiffer sweeper pad to collect all the extra dustiness.
Finally, I was ready to write and OMG I was so excited. I mapped everything out first. I found some of my favorite quotes and inspirational thoughts to keep my space creative. I made a powerpoint document with each of the quotes on a black background and played around with what I would want them all to look like. For example:


I'm actually pretty sad because I ran out of room and couldn't fit that one up there so I figured I would share it here. Once I had my little mock ups of what I wanted to do, I just chose spots for things and free-hand wrote each quote. I was careful to be sure the quotes didn't run into one another. I was quite surprised with how well it went, considering it was all free-hand. I was sure it would be horrible hahaha

Here's how it looks from a few different angles:

 
The view from my desk:

Some of my favorite parts of the wall:


Let's talk about the rest of the room! I worked long and hard to find the perfect pieces for every nook and cranny. Found some pretty fab bargains along the way too!

This chair is from Ikea and is called "Muren". This chair has a very funny story. So I was at Ikea with my family. My dad and my sister were pretty sick of shopping since we had been there all day, but me and my mom were still trucking along. They took a little resty on some chairs while we hit up the clearance "as-is" section. I was in the market for an awesome chair but had no luck so far. As we're walking through the clearance, I see these two women looking at this chair. They were sitting in it, looking it over, reclining it (yes, it reclines! score!). They asked 3 employees questions about it. I was staring at that beauty from across the room and just knew it had to be mine. I whisper to my mom and we pretty much hawk them for like 20 minutes. We pretended to be looking at this beautiful cabinet (cough, piece of junk, cough) next to the char and contemplating whether we should get it. Heh heh. So finally the women said, "Well I'm not sure if we can get it today, we didn't bring the right vehicle. Let's walk around and think about it and come back in a bit." AAAAH! The second they walked away we picked that guy up and put it on a cart. Rolled it away right and it was mine. Mwa ha ha! Maybe I should feel bad about that, but I don't. I'm sorry, but they left it there and it was free for the picking. So we picked, and it was amazing. It was 50% off just because it had been a floor model and was in perfect condition. I just Febreezed the **** out of that guy when we got home. Yes please :) 


So I knew I had to have a pop of color to break up the black, gray, and white. I thought teal would be perfect! I looked allll over for pillows and finally found the perfect ones at Tuesday Morning. That little place is adorable and full of unique things at great prices. I also snagged the little basket in the picture below. The white table is one of my favorite things. It was from HomeGoods. It is actually an umbrella holder, but I loved the look of it so I flipped it upside down and am using it as as table. Cool right?! My kindle case just happened to be teal so it matches perfectly :)


These cute letters are actually stamps that I bought from Hobby Lobby. I love the look of them. The sand timer and candle holder are both from HomeGoods and the tiny clock is from Pier 1.


I am OBSESSED with my printer stand. It is from Ikea and is called "Alex". It was super reasonably priced and easy to assemble. The quality is fantastic. I have all of my colored paper sorted in each drawer. Drawer 1: regular white paper, Drawer 2: white cardstock, Drawer 3: colored cardstock, Drawer 4 & 5: assorted colored paper, Drawer 6: printer cartridges and assorted printer things.


Of course there had to be a special spot for the babies:


This adorable galvanized mail holder is from Target. It makes me so happy :) I also painted the light switch plate with chalkboard paint. I'm planning to write something on there at some point.


CHECK OUT this addddddorable trash can. Is it not the cutest little thing?? It is from HomeGoods also. I love how oscar-the-grounchy it is.


Cute little industrial fan and "bee boxes" are from HomeGoods!


My sweet little chair :) Adorbs. Snagged this guy at ikea also. It is the Skruvsta!


My sparkly lamp is the perfect girly touch to balance the industrial pieces throughout the room. Found it at Tuesday Morning!


MY HEADQUARTERS:
This is where the magic happens people.


Isn't that the cutest?


And my final touch is the smell. Literally my FAVORITE smell in the entire world is the Mahogany Teakwood candle from Bath and Body Works. Oh my word, it smells amazing. This candle will make the entire room smell good.


VOILA! I did it! This is my new happy place. I want to live in this room. It makes me feel inspired, creative, and relaxed so mission accomplished!

I want to see your happy place too! Where is your favorite place to be?!

Love you all!
XO Khrys

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7.22.2014

Kindergarten Award Ceremony!

I did not sleep last night. I am NOT kidding, I literally never went to sleep. I tried, I really did, but sleep would just not come. I read for a while (The Maze Runner - have you read this? You really should if you haven't, it is amaaaaaazing, I'm like super obsessed right now), then I put the book down (well, the iPad) and watched tv, then laid there flopping around like a fish trying to get cozy for like 2 hours. I hate that flopping business. My legs get all restless and then my arms are all awkward, so I keep flipping. UGH. And not a wee bit tired, no dozing at all, not even a wink.

Finally I just got out of bed and busied myself around the house. Ate some crap, super delicious ice cream and chips, which made me feel guilty and is ultimately crap. But I never went to sleep, so I am telling myself it's ok to eat that at 4 AM when you don't sleep, it won't turn into fat immediately. 

Surprisingly, I am not even tired right now. WHAT is wrong with me?!? Why can't I always have this much energy? Must be the summer time schedule throwing me for a loop. Or maybe I'm just a fruit loop, who knows?

Anywho, I am so excited because I am redesigning my home office!! EEK!!! I have been wanting to do this forever and am finally doing it. I saved up the cash money flow and got all my ideas together and started about two weeks ago. I am almost finished and can't wait to share it with you!! Maybe tomorrow I will post the finished product. Here's a tiny sneak peak:


AAAAH! That is all I am showing you for now, you'll have to be patient :) hehehe! I am so excited!!!

Let's talk about school people. You know, that thing we are almost going back to?

I must tell you, after this year I feel like I could be an official party planner. No joke. I'd been planning celebrations left and right, so when the Kindergarten Award Ceremony rolled around at the end of this past year, I was prepared. More than prepared, really - it was in my blood. Themes, decorations, gifts, and more were racing through my brain. Here's the rundown on our celebration!

It all starts with the invitation! I sent home these little guys a few weeks before the special day. I attached it to a letter informing parents with everything they would need to know about that day. I had a cut-off portion on the form where families wrote whether they would be able to attend and how many guests they would be bringing.


My adorable intern (read all about that experience HERE) helped me set up for the big day. It was a half-day and we started decorating around noon. We stayed at school until after 9:00 pm getting things prepared. It was a loooooooong day! The next morning, it was all ready for the special occasion!! Here's how it looked:


Aren't these posters adorable?!? I had them made at Staples. I created a PDF and saved it as an image, then just uploaded it to the Staples website and picked them up from the store the next morning!


The tiles were such a sweet idea. My bestie teacher friend, Amanda (the one who moved away sadly), came up with this idea the previous year and I loved it so much! She shared the idea and I was so excited to do it with my kids this year. It is like the easiest thing to do ever. All you need is tiles, mod podge, a picture of each kid, and a printer! One of the ladies on my team shared the tiles with us for free, she had them left over. I know you can get them for a reasonable price at Lowes or Home Depot too. I printed the pictures in black and white and put a bit of mod podge on the back. Center it in the middle of the tile and stick it on. Then just use a little sponge brush or paint brush and brush a thin coat of mod podge over the entire front of the tile! Amanda suggested using the mod podge that is safe for outdoors, definitely a good idea!


We made memory shirts together and I set them up on each of their chairs so they would know where to sit. The pink and green papers under the chair were used during our song that we sang for their families. The song was a variation of Frozen's "Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?" and it was called "Do You Wanna Go To First Grade?" I made up the lyrics and we practiced singing it to the background music from the song. It was ridiculously precious!!


Here are the ribbons and awards, all ready to be passed out!


In the back of the room, the tables were displaying the end-of-year gifts for the students and their parents!


 The snack table!! I totally forgot to get a picture of the cake before we dove into it, but here's a shot that one of my kid's parents sent to me!!


In the front of the room I had my gift buckets that I love giving my kids each year! I fill them with summer-themed goodies, write their name on the front with puffy paint, and attach a cute little label!


The students also make a memory book that they wrap and share with their families!


Here I am, ready to start the show!


I call the kids up one at a time to pass out their awards.


After they have all received their award, I turn on the graduation song (you know, the one that goes "duuuuh, duuh, duuuh, duuuh, duuuuuuuh, duuuuuuh" - hopefully you can sing the tune to that hahaha) and they each come up to get their kindergarten diploma!


We all cheered and clapped for our new kindergarten grads and it was all over!!!


 This was one of the happiest and saddest days for me. I was ridiculously proud of them and how smart, kind, and awesome they are. I loved my kids so much and was seriously depressed that the year was over. We had been through A LOT together and were part of each other. I know that we are forever bonded and I cannot wait to see them again once the new year begins.

What do you do with your little ones on graduation day!? I'd love to hear all about it!!

I am off to finish up my office. I am so excited to see the finished product!!

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XO -Khrys