Friday, December 19, 2014

The Wielenga Christmas Photo Through The Years

 We've sent out a Christmas picture every year except last, and I thought today it would be fun to take a look at our annual Christmas photo through the years.  
The first few you'll have to forgive the quality - we didn't have a digital camera back in those old days. :)

2001: Obviously packing on some of those early marriage pounds!  
That's when I was a good wife 
and baked a dessert to eat after every four course meal.

2002: When our cats were our kids.

2003: Moved to Erie Road! 

2004: I can't seem to find!!  
I probably will remember what it was sometime in January...

2005: Obviously you can't tell from the pic,

2006: First Christmas picture with a precious little one to join us!

2008: And then there were four!  
This photo was taken in my friend Marie's bathroom.
In case you wanted to know.

2009:  Finally! 
 A baby girl is in mommy's tummy for this one!!

2010:Probably my favorite
 one of all, at my favorite place of all.  Silver Beach in Saint Joseph, Michigan!

2011: Procrastinated too long for the photo so we made a collage with our favorite shots.

2012: Kids are leaving the toddler stages behind!

2013: First year we skipped!  Life must have been too busy?  So much has happened since then I can't even remember! :)

And now for 2014:

A picture of our family at our new home, taken by our  talented friend, Josh Teo, in front of what is hopefully the dwelling we grow old in!

Merry Christmas to all my wonderful Kammy's Korner readers - thank you so much for following along in our endeavours!! 
 May you KNOW the true reason for the season, which is not what we so often make it about - packages under the tree - but the gift of God's son.  Born to a virgin almost two centuries ago, who's only purpose was to allow men to nail him to a tree, where God would punish him for our sins.  What an incomprehensible gift to mankind!

"For the wages of sin is death, but the GIFT of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord"  Romans 6:23

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Embellished School Uniform Jumpers

I saw these khaki school uniform jumpers for girl's at Children's Place one day.  I had absolutely no reason on earth to buy school uniforms... other than the price tag on them was slashed from $24.95 to $1.99 at Children's Place.  And that's all the reason in the world to buy not just one, but a few!  

(Is that just me?! Or would you, too?)

I had found loads of lace once in a Goodwill.  I knew it would come in handy someday!  The buttons are strategically placed since I can't sew a straight line if my life depended on it.  Although, I do think this is the best I've ever done in that department.  Pat on the back.  Ha.

I had saved a scrap of fabric from my spray painted vinyl and zebra chair and it was the perfect piece to make a faux belt to dress up another one of the jumpers.

I still have one left to embellish... I'm waiting for more inspiration to hit! :)

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Trash 2 Treasure Link Party and Features

Ack - It's mid-December!!  Can it be?!  I hope you are all taking time to relax and enjoy the season. :)
Is anyone ready for a Trash 2 Treasure Party?

In case you missed what I shared last week, I had a room reveal!

Some Christmas-y features from last week's party that I enjoyed:

I thoroughly enjoyed the Christmas Home Tour by Little Brags and I'm sure you will, too!
I loved Sandrynka Hand Made's mantel with ornaments hanging from a branch.

Want to see highlights from the party each week?
Follow along the Trash 2 Treasure Highlights on our Pinterest Board here.


Party up, Folks! 

 Just remember to follow the rules!! :)

1.  Your post must be a Trash 2 Treasure, but I'm not picky on the "trash" part!  Please no recipes, advice, etc. 
If you took something and made it look better and it's NEW to Kammy's Korner - link it up, Baby! :)

2. Place the Party button found on the right sidebar on the post or somewhere on your blog.

3. Visit the link before you and leave a comment!

 I do try to visit each and every one of them eventually!!!  It's hard with three little munchkins who need attention and hate mommy's computer time. :)

Link up, Buttercup!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Tori's New Shabby Chic Room Reveal

Welcome to Tori's little bedroom!

Let's take a peek at the condition of this room back in June....

I am so thankful the previous owners stripped the wallpaper from this room!! It made my life so much easier.  And that's also why I tackled this room first - hard part completed by someone else!  I also loved that they left the lightswitch covered just so I could envision what it had looked like before!

The walls had a really dry powdery stuff on them (dried paste?) and it came off easy with sandpaper.

I wonder if this could be one of the reasons Tobin was anxious for summer break to actually be over this year:

Since I couldn't get it to scrub off... I just painted over it.  Thankfully a couple of coats covered it completely and you couldn't see any of the streaks!

Little Miss had to have a go at painting.  Afterall... it was going to be her room!

And when she I insisted on having the roller back, she stayed busy taking crazy pictures of Mom:

I had no plans of keeping the pale yellow trim.  However, once the room was painted the light aqua blue color, I really loved how charming and soft the yellow made the room feel!  It was really peeling and I'm sure it was lead paint, so I took a chip of it in to Lowes and they colored matched it perfectly for me!  The semi gloss covered it really well.  I didn't scrape it all down because I didn't want all the lead dust going everywhere.  I need the few brain cells I've been blessed with, and I thought it probably would be a good idea to keep my kids' brain cells intact as well.

After scrubbing the woodwork good, the Valspar semi gloss paint smoothed right over this in one coat.  Can you see the edges of the unfinished wood floor?  Easy solution: I used a rag and Old English and rubbed it all the way around the floor by the baseboards into the unfinished wood.  Blended it all in perfectly and you can't even tell!

Tori's door was missing, so I went out to the barn where I had seen a stash.  Sure enough, this one was the right size:

I still haven't found a doorknob for it though, but there it is all freshened up!

And now enjoy a little photo tour of her cute little shabby chic room:

Fortunately the hardwood floors were in really good condition in this room and all we did was polyurethane them.  They did however get pretty banged up when we moved in from furniture sliding across them... oh well.  Such is life! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

To see Tori's Shabby Chic room in our previous home, click HERE.

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