Here's a better picture of the french doors and the fabric.
The fabric matches the Stripling Warrior Print we have hanging next to our china hutch on the opposite wall. This is that print.
Then on each side of the doors I've added something fun. If you are facing the doors and to the left of them I've put up my door frame and my giant letter "S".
Then on the right of the french doors is a tray I just finished. I found this old tray and it was the perfect size and shape I was looking for. This is the tray before I painted it.
Pretty ugly, right? I thought so too. So, to bring out some of the yellow in my Stripling Warrior's print I painted the tray a bright yellow.
Then a friend of mine cut the vinyl saying for me. In fact, I've been wanting to do this little project for about a year now. I just didn't want to spend the money. As it turns out, the entire project ended up costing me less than $20.00. The most expensive part of the entire project was the cost of the vinyl and the tray. I used yellow spray paint. There is a lady that lives close to me that does vinyl out of her home and only charged me $10.00 for this little piece, and she had it done in a day. I was thrilled. Here is the final project.
I love it! Eventually I want to take the top piece off of my china hutch and hang my large white shutters and my print of Christ, the Family Proclamation, and the Living Christ, but I can't figure out what to do with my collectibles. Kyle has been buying me piggy banks for my birthdays and sometimes for Christmas for a while now. He even got me a piggy bank when he was in Hawaii. Those are on the top shelf of my hutch. Then I have a few figurines that I would want to display someplace as well. I think the piggy banks could go on a dresser in my room if I ever get a dresser. Right now the only dresser we have is in our closet. Here is the top of my china hutch right now.
It's a bit messy right now, but that's a quick fix. We just need to move the bottles of water and the sign that 's rolled up next to the waters. Below are the piggy banks I have. There is a definite boy theme going on there. I have Darth Vader (he is in the far left corner. He's hard to see.) a Ninja Turtle, the Hawaiian Monkey, a Dinosaur, and Spiderman.
Below on the next shelf, as I mentioned before, are my figurines. The statue of Christ, my praying family, my family sitting around the Mom, and my husband and wife figure, then a couple female figures as well.
Enough about the dining room. I was able to hang the frame I plan to use for important things behind the front door in our home. It fits perfect behind the door and I love it.
I was also able to get out all of the Easter stuff too. I'm telling you, this being able to actually breathe has made a huge difference. I'm still amazed! I cannot believe it. Below is the mantle. It helps having all kinds of things left over from our oldest daughter's wedding. All I had to do was a couple things and we are good to go.
We put eggs on my gold tree and put out the bunnies we have on the mantle and the other hutch.
Then out front we used the banner from Danielle's wedding. The flowers on the wreath are from the wedding as well. The bunny is something someone gave me. We just added the pink ribbon.
These are the sweet words Sister Smith shared on her blog about this group of missionaries.
This is the entire group of missionaries leaving at the same time Curtis left the mission. This photo was taken outside the Manhattan Temple. Aren't they a great looking group of young men and young women?
This is what we saw as soon as Curtis got off the plane. Look at that smile. He came home fast. His flight was early and his friends missed seeing him at the gate. I don't think he spent more than 20 minutes in the terminal. It was very quick pick up. Then as soon as we arrived home he went over to our neighbor's house and talked with our old Bishop and his wife for a bit. By the time he actually made it into our home he had two job offers. Then by that night he received a third job offer. Then the next day he received the fourth. I couldn't believe it. Four job offers in less than a week of being home from his mission. That's pretty amazing. He's even had an interview. So, we are hopeful the one job Curtis wants will be the one that works out. He is a young man with a plan. He told Kevin tonight that he wanted to sit down with us to discuss his one, five, and ten year goals. He is ready to go and get moving on with life and whatever that means. He is determined to work, go to school, and eventually find a wife. We love this kid. He has such a spirit about him and he has brought his sense of humor back into our home. The night before last I heard Kyle laugh like he use to laugh when his little brother would say something funny just out of the blue. I was so happy to hear that. I love it.
Since Curtis has been home Kevin has been up and about quit a bite, as well. Yesterday while I was at my doctor's appointment, Kevin and the boys went out with their cousins to go shooting. Tonight, after the Priesthood session of General Conference, we had a late dinner around the table as a family. We haven't done that in such a long time. It was great. In fact, Kevin and the kids are still sitting around the table talking. Since Curtis has been home we have had more discussions about gospel topics than we have had in a long time. Curtis has brought life back into our family life. Funny how that happens. These talks have sparked some deep conversations between Kevin and I, between Lexi and Kevin, and Kevin and the boys. I am thrilled about that and I hope it continues. Time will tell.
Well, I should get going. We have received so many blessings over the past few days and answers to prayers. I am so grateful for all that we have received. Take care my friends and we will talk again soon.