DIYP #36 Making a Little Girl’s Canopy & Chandelier

My 9 year old daughter wanted to make a few changes to her room. She’s in between the character bedding stage and the free-spirit teenager bedroom style.
In other words, I can still have my way with her room.
After looking through a couple of magazines (and having a mild heartache at bedding and room decor prices), we agreed she just needed a few big girl touches.
So, I thought a canopy over her bed would be fun.  I bought a long white tab top curtain. (I got mine at Ikea, but they are available just about everywhere). 
I bought different colors of wide ric rac that matched her quilt from a fabric store.
I spaced the ric rac strips out on the curtain. I heated up my glue gun and she helped secure each piece:

I bought two cheap curtain rods and attached the hardware to her ceiling. I threaded the tab top ends thru one rod and hung the other end of the curtain by draping it over the other rod:
I’m really pleased with how it turned out! It gives her bed a canopy-feel and cost approximately $25. 
My daughter saw some cute girly chandeliers in a Pottery Barn magazine that were the price of a minivan, so we made our own.
I bought a cheap beaded candle holder.  It caught my eye because it was a hanging candle holder.

I found some crystal hanging things (I think they were ornaments) to hang on the bottom of the candle holder.

I glued a strand of fake pearls on the bottom to hang it:

Turned out pretty cute:

I think our homemade ‘chandelier’ is pretty cute, especially since it cost less than $10!
{Please note that my DIYP posts will move to Fridays (instead of Saturdays) starting next week}

I Will Not Leave You

“Son, I’m going to grab a quick bath, okay?”
“Uh, huh,” he mumbled from the middle of my bed, surrounded by big pillows and covered in thick blankets.
He was taking a sick day from school and the rest of the family was in the school drop-off line.
I decided to grab the few minutes of quiet because I knew they would be fleeting.
I shut the door with my son on the other side, ran a hot bath and slipped into the tub.
The warm water eased my hurried mind.
In the quiet, I closed my eyes. A few minutes passed….
And that’s when I heard an urgent guttural cry, a scream for help.
I jumped from the water, grabbed my towel and threw open the door. I found my feverish son standing in the middle of my room, shaking and crying in fear.
“What?? What happened? Are you okay?” I glanced around the room with a pounding heart.
Through sobs and snotty tears, “I couldn’t find you. I couldn’t find you, I couldn’t find you,” he repeated over and over.
“Son, I was in the bath! Why did you think I left?” I said with a trembling voice.
“I don’t know. I just forgot. Sometimes, I’m afraid I will be left alone and not have you and Daddy,” he sobbed uncontrollably.
I grabbed him by the arms and glared into his eyes and said with all the love and firmness I possessed, “I will not leave. I WILL NOT leave you. I WILL NOT LEAVE YOU.”
And then I hugged him and we both cried.
Even after I’d comforted him, the words banged around in my heart, I will not leave you.
Settled back in bed, my hubby returned home with our toddler to grab a few items and head to work. I told him what happened.
Understandably, he thought it was ridiculous that my son knew I was taking a bath, only to forget and get hysterical, for no reason. He blamed it on him not feeling well.
I agreed.
But I couldn’t shake those words from my head.
So, I sat down and listened to my heart.
This is what I heard: “I will not leave you, Kristen. I will not leave you. Even though you know I am here, you doubt Me. Some days you feel alone, isolated, afraid. I will not leave you. I WILL NOT leave you. I WILL NOT LEAVE YOU.”
It was as if God grabbed me by the arms, glared into my eyes and said it with all the love and firmness He possessed.
And I believed Him.

*Updated* Would you please pray with me for this family? I met them a few weeks ago, they are staying in Texas to receive medical care for their precious new son. Today, he underwent surgery and this promise is especially needed today. Thank you!

The Random Post

Oh, look there are bullet points!
  •  WFMW Announcement: First of all, thank you for joining in! It should be illegal to have as much fun as I did on Wednesday! I wanted to announce that this Wednesday, March 4th (the first of the month), we will have a themed Works for Me Wednesday: Greatest Tips Edition. Many of you have participated in this carnival for months and even years. I thought it would be fun to share your Greatest Tip (you can republish a tip or share a new one)!  It’s a great resource to have all your best tips in one place, so this is purely selfish.
  • That is all (I learned somewhere that three points are better than two).

Sincerely ‘Fro Me to You: The Next Step

*Update* Congrats to Wilma (#9). Email me your snail mail and I’ll send some cookies your way!
For the past year, I’ve been sharing pictures of my fabulous 80′s ‘fro and the adventures of my over-permed ‘do. 
My perfectly formed helmet of hair has enjoyed the ride.
circa, 1980 ‘fro
And more importantly, your linked-up old pictures and new stories have made it all the more fun!
As many of you know, I’m now hosting Works for Me Wednesday (WFMW) weekly now and I want to devote more of my attention to this new adventure. Plus, I don’t really want to be known as the Carnival Queen.
I’ve decided to pay it forward (just as Shannon did for me). Instead of stopping the weekly ‘fro fun, it will now be hosted every Thursday at The Glamorous Life. Marcy has kindly agreed to take over Sincerely ‘Fro Me to You, starting next week. She’s been a regular participant of this weekly event and she has a personal relationship with Mr. Linky!
I’m sure I will still join in occasionally because some pictures are just worth sharing.
Please join her next Thursday and support this carnival!
And just so none of y’all will be mad at me, I’m bribing you with Girl Scout Cookies! Everyone who links up today will be entered to win 3 boxes of the yummy Cookies!
So, there’s that.
Samoas® or Caramel deLites®



WFMW: The Special Plate

I love celebrations. 

And not just for the cake.

Although…. never mind.

I love nurturing my family. It’s one of the greatest joys I find in being a mother and wife. 

But I don’t leave the celebrating just for birthdays and anniversaries. I pull out the You are Special Today Platefor regular days, days I want to make special. Days that involve awesome test grades, Boy Scout badges or little personal victories like not talking in the school hallway four days in a row. (Not that my kids talk in the halls!)

I inherited my lovely red plate at a Family Reunion from a relative and thought it was a rare family heirloom from Germany. I was surprised to discover you can buy them on Amazon! How sentimental of them!

Toaster waffles and macaroni on a special plate just scream, “I love you. Keep up the good work!”

I love waking up to find my Mother’s Day breakfast on our special plate that normally hangs on the kitchen plate rack. Because, well, even Mommies and Daddies need extra special attention.

These plates make fantastic gifts for yourself or friends, but you don’t even have to buy one! Just take an ordinary plate and decorate it with colorful porcelain markers (bake the plate according to directions to set in the ink permanently).  Or you can assign the honor to a unique plate you already own.

It’s not really about a plate. 

But you know that don’t you?

Making my people feel special works for me!

{Thank you for joining me for my first hosted WFMW! I’m so glad you’re here. You can read the guidelines here. You will find they are exactly like Shannon’s from Rocks in My Dryer. I’m excellent at copying and pasting. Some changes may occur in the future, but for now, the host is the only difference in this carnival.}

Have a Works-For-Me Wednesday tip you’d like to share?  I’d love for you to join us!  Please note that the links will close at 8 pm CST tonight, in order to keep away the spammers!

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Works for Me Wednesday Participants

1. NUTRITION Q & A – Kelly the Kitchen Kop
2. Living With Lindsay (Two Second Decorating Fix)
3. Betty Beguiles (Custom Made Vintage Dresses)
4. Audra Krell (Books)
5. Upstatemomof3
6. “Cents”able Momma (Roboform to save time on Freebie Signups)
7. Smockity Frocks (Funfetti Cake from Scratch)
8. Home School Dad (A Place For Gloves)
9. Laura @ Heavenly Homemakers (Pause Your Nose! again)
10. The Salty Momma (Chicken Overnight)
11. The Diaper Diaries (online protection)
12. Amy @ Finer Things (less me, more Him)
13. Muthering Heights – Online Check-In For Air Travel
14. Heather @ Just Doing My Best (saving on newspapers)
15. Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates (momfaves.com)
16. Homemaker Barbi (Must-Have Baby Shower Gifts)
17. This Side of Eternity (budget veggies)
18. PASS THE TORH (Everglades travel tips)
19. TrentTribe (Cold Sore Home Remedy)
20. Mother Hen (Homemade cheese garlic biscuits
21. Rina@Into Still Waters (Raising Helpful Children)
22. Keri (Level Mt. Magazine)
23. Green Baby Guide (Secondhand Cribs)
24. Nicol (storing tax documents)
25. Living Locurto (Home Office Closet)
26. It Feels Like Chaos (a timer)
27. mombrud (velcro in the laundry)
28. Hillary @ Dunham Diaries (Consignment Sale Tips)
29. MamaMay (Finding Playgrounds!)
30. A Simple Walk (lard and sugar)
31. Weird, Unsocialized HS\’ers (avoiding library fines)
32. Kaycee (Home Flu Remedies)
33. Cooking During Stolen Moments (30 minute meals get real)
34. Lisa@BlessedwithGrace(feeding a sick toddler)
35. Nicole @ Here\’s The Diehl (cutting boards)
36. The Happy Housewife ~ Date Nights at Home
37. Kristen (barley chili)
38. Happy to be at Home ~ Seed Chart
39. Tasha @ Hectic Calm (uses for vinegar)
40. warillever (home preschool)
41. Mulberry Spot (Composting)
42. Frugal Girls! (Homemade 409 & Shout)
43. Rachel (Great Granola and Measuring Honey)
44. Daiquiri (help constipated baby)
45. Bake at 350 (Shapely Cut-out Cookies)
46. Working Mom (Toy Bag)
47. Kirsty @ Momedy ~Tips for Surviving \’til Spring in Style!
48. Not So Perfect(sleepmask)
49. Mom of Faith~Frugal Laundry Softening
50. Raise Them Up (Toy Box Idea)
51. Holly@Homebody(Lunch Bag Microwave Popcorn)
52. Creative2xmom (Nutritious Pumpkin Smoothie)
53. Elizabe
th (Wiggle for Energy)

54. Kayren (Keeping Cut Potatoes From Browning)
55. Making Money Keeping Money (Free Breakfast)
56. ElizabethG (mix it up)
57. Audrey (Olive Oil Bottle)
58. Katie (Color Dice Learning Activity)
59. Kristin -The Goat (Fabulous Felt)
60. Nicole (free dvd rentals)
61. NerdFamily Food (Zuppa Toscanna Soup Knockoff)
62. Melanie (Kid\’s Basket)
63. NerdFamily (Sheet Storage)
64. Carolina Mama (Virtual Prayer & A Giveaway)
65. Tracey * Personal Pens
66. Gennaro
67. Tonya (iTouch Education Apps)
68. the BLAH BLAH BLAHger (laser levels)
69. Innkeeper Seely (warm winter fruit part 2)
70. Sandra @ A Lot Of Savings (Recipe for Mexican Rice)
71. Kendra @FamilyMgrKendra (many uses of clothespins)
72. Cary@anewpath (The Drying Line)
73. se7en (book nook – calming the chaos)
74. Tina in Thailand (great group game)
75. BumbleBabyMommy – `$158 saved so far this year w/ coupons
76. Col @ life by muse (Being fully and radiantly YOU in relationships!)
77. Kirstin: copying from video to DVD
78. Jenni @ grueling homeschooling (vocabulary)
79. Linda C
80. Tina (laundry space saver)
81. Mommy Bee (movie content info resources)
82. Simply Sweet Home (recipe binder tips)
83. Miche @ Coordinated Chaos(Lent Ideas)
84. Modern Molly Mormon (Cheap Beauty Tips)
85. JanMary (yummy chicken stock)
86. Liza\’s Eyeview (Italian Greyhound)
87. Shelley@MyTreasureHunt (mural on baby/kids wall)
88. Heidi @ Blue Eyed Blessings (scalloped punch – craft challenge)
89. momstheword (Managing kid\’s toys)
90. Broke Girl (Beauty products from your Kitchen)
91. HealthBeginsWithMom (Winter Blues)
92. Mom2ThreeAdoptedSibs(Give it all away!)
93. Kate (Home Remedies)
94. momsfrugal (GUEST POST)
95. TuTu\’s (Sibling Rivalry)
96. MemeGRL (bake it in a bar!)
97. BusyMom (Birthday Treats)
98. Help! Morning sickness…
99. Jen@Balancing Beauty and Bedlam(Cooking with kids)
100. steadymom (intentional cleaning system)
101. Mary Ann(recycled WFMW tips)
102. Tracey @ Girls to Grow (Organizing Paper)
103. Anne @ Teachng Two (kids stuff)
104. Mari (vegetable chopper)
105. Organizing using baskets – a roundup
106. Kim (Affiliate Links)
107. Lori ~ Simple Life at Home (Brining Order to Life!!)
108. Tara @ Feels like home (Lil Rinser for shampooing)
109. Mandy @ N\’ Stitches Desig
ns

110. Stop the Ride (use toilet paper tubes)
111. Raising Olives (cloth napkins)
112. Girls in White Dresses
113. Girls in White Dresses (treasuring kids\’ artwork)
114. Lamp Unto My Feet (Journal & Giveaway)
115. A Happy Heart at Home (should have done)
116. flexible dreams (car tip and giveaway)
117. Fairion – Craigslist
118. Sarah (list of memes)
119. mideastmom (Homeschool Organization
120. Aunt LoLo (Fleece blanket tutorial)
121. Counting Sprinkles (Extracurriculars)
122. A Full Heart (Closet Organization)
123. Lynette3boys (hiccup remedy)
124. Allyson @ A Heart For Home (Making Money at Home by Writing Articles for eHow)
125. Julie From Inmates (Wrinkle Help)
126. Tree Climbing Mom (peace at the dinner table)
127. Suzanne (Need Info—Samaritan Ministries)
128. Donielle @ Raising Peanuts (Natural Cold Remedies)
129. Kimm at Reinvented (lettered signs)
130. Bailey\’s Leaf (Top Load Washer Maintenance)
131. Jennifer @ Joyful & Graceful Living (Keeping Colds at Bay)
132. KLee (babysitting co-op)
133. Alicia (early bed time for kids)
134. Sandra (date night)
135. Jenna @ Newlyweds (Love)
136. Stephanie (Batch Cooking)
137. In…Fence (Toddler Handwashing)
138. Camian Academy (Wii Rules)
139. Apples and Jammies(character with Dr. Seuss)
140. Karen @ Living Well on Less (where do you sell unwanted items online?)
141. Nichole @ A Call to Higher Places (Freezing Meals for when Baby comes!)
142. Jean Stockdale (How Not to Lose Your Mind!)
143. Stephanie @ The Coupon Game (Easy Natural Peanut Butter)
144. MC (Group Excercise)
145. UnfinishedMom (Help for New Bloggers )
146. Susan @ Practicing Thrift (Try TVP!)
147. Vanessa @ Simple Bliss (easy recycling)
148. Erin (productive afternoons)
149. Parenting the Tiniest of Miracles (My Wipe Warmer)
150. Buffie (Uses For Spaghetti Sauce)
151. Abbi @Proverbs 31 Living (searching a blog)
152. Joyful Johnsons (iGoogle)
153. Regina (making homemade bread easier)
154. FamilyMakesCents (Save $ eating out)
155. Beth/Mom2TwoVikings (EZ small motor/writing practice
156. Laryssa @Heaven In The Home (Healthy Birthday Cake)
157. Leanne @ SettheWoods (Getting Kids to Eat)
158. Everything Moms (LAUNDRY SANITY!!)
159. songbirdtiff- pretty & free jewelry display
160. Lisa (Turn a Cake Mix into something special!)
161. pennypinchinmomma
( 40 day menu plan)

162. Homemaker\’s Cottage (homemade baby food)
163. Alison (Easy Workouts)
164. Lynn(cooking with kids)
165. Sheila ~ To Love, Honor and Vacuum (organizing photos & mementoes)
166. melissa * 320 sycamore (quick fix for ribbon)
167. kristen@PajamaMama(family rules)
168. Kelli @ Country Life is Best (Best Cornbread Ever!)
169. Kristen@PajamaMama(homemade butter)
170. Susan @ Sinner Saved (stop stuff sticking to baking tins)
171. LFinn(using the library)
172. samvach (grammar with mad libs)
173. Michelle @ Saving Some Green (Activity box)
174. Frugal Carol – My Book Pile….
175. Phoebe @ CENTS TO GET DEBT FREE (GARDEN SPREADSHEET)
176. Nicole (coffee)
177. TidyMom (Magical Pie)
178. Stacey @ Mom Must Write (Occupying Toddlers While Cooking)
179. Katie @ Listmaker\’s Life (Towel Saver)
180. Kim (Quilting tip)
181. LANA- Starting your own home daycare
182. Molly Green (think outside the box)
183. Sonshine(lunch containers)
184. Jeni (Cleaning Motivation)
185. Giving Up on Perfect (once a month cooking)
186. *Michelle* (GOD\’s pharmacy)
187. Organizing Mommy (roasted veggies)
188. Calico Zak(Pic Nik)
189. Taylor@ HM 101 (instilling the reading habit in your kids)
190. Kristin (online giveaways!)
191. Tanna (WordPress Plugins)
192. The Glamorous Life!
193. Elena @My Domestic Church – Men\’s necktie pillows
194. Paula@Organizing Tips (Before You Organize)
195. BerryMorins Bits and Tips – Favorite Things
196. Christi @ Jealous Hands (math games)
197. Saving Money…Living Better (Weekend Getaways on a Shoestring)
198. Joni (Blending Baby Food)
199. Beth (Pancake Syrup Recipe)
200. Kara(variation of a good thing)
201. Many Little Blessings (Choosing Your Lenten Sacrifice)
202. Tracie @ livethelifeyoudream (Lost Card)
203. Sarah (using credit cards for good!)
204. Julie @ Organizement (making time for yourself)
205. Saver Queen (SAVE on your warehouse membership)
206. Teresa-Fabric Organization
207. HoustonMom (clothes resale)
208. Nichole (brushing teeth)
209. Milehimama (Get kids drink powdered milk)
210. Sandwiched (Great Wii game)
211. Brenda (A Home Page)
212. Kama (Naked Thursday)
213. Rebekah @MundaneMusings (scheduled blogging)
214. Kari (Uses For Mustard)
215. sarah (paint touch up)
216. Hadley – children\’s art area
>217. missy@missysthrifty (FREE Entertainment)
218. Petersonclan (Kitchen Hint)
219. Ginger (7 Ways His Word Works 4 Me!)
220. Beulah (Easy Snacks)
221. Wani (dinner game show idea!)
222. What\’s Cooking (Organizing Your Pantry)
223. mama2tlc (breastfeeding)
224. Lori (pizza cutter tip)
225. Aunt Murry (I need some advice)
226. mama2tlc (red envelope day)
227. Sharon
228. kc jayhawk (lent)
229. Kolfinnas Korner (labels for cash)
230. Lori @ Outside the Laundry Rm
231. Nikki (pregnancy)
232. Muses of Megret (natural solution for heartburn)
233. Amber @ The Fruit of Her Hands (Dress Form from ducktape)
234. Thia
235. kcjayhawk (free shutterfly photo book)
236. angie
237. Missy@Simply Red(picture album purse organization)
238. Bloom Where You\’re Planted!
239. The Prudent Homemaker (Honeybaked Ham)
240. Denise @ Full Nest (Ditching Cable
241. AliAnn (faster grocery shopping)
242. His Girl (Survival for the Single Working Mom)
243. Jenny Lynn (Simple financial peace)
244. Michelle (diapers.com)
245. Ann (cleaning a George Forman grill)
246. Farm Fresh Jessica
247. Susan @ Fruitful Words (baby steps to change)
248. Amy @ MOMSTOOLBOX (helping kids remember)
249. Julie Stiles Mills (mom coping strategy #1: sleep)
250. Garibay Soup (Get out of a slump)
251. Lynne
252. Lynne(Weight-Excercize)
253. Katie @ Making This Home
254. Our Nifty Notebook (Branson, the new Disney)
255. Sandy@TheDailyPoop
256. ChickyMama (3-for-1! cleaning tips)
257. Samantha (1st grade writing)
258. What\’s Cooking (Homemade Croutons)
259. Kate\’s kitchen: broccoli and cheese soup
260. Shannon (benefits of nourishing foods)
261. heather (dixie cup alternative)
262. The Cozy Country Home (What Works For YOU question?)
263. SIG (Get Amazon Gift Cards and time sensitive SWAGBUCK CODE!)
264. Trixie @ Farmhomelife (Six Top Websites for Free Samples)
265. Penny Raine
266. hotomom
267. Cyndi L. (Free is good!)
268. Michelle
269. Stacey- Getting rid of Cradle Cap
270. Sweetie on Blended Family Communications
271. Tracy (Manual HD Switcher)
272. Alexandra(MP3 Old Time Radio Shows for Homeschooling and Family Listening)
273. Kara (Thrifty Table Makeover)
274. Julie Stiles Mills (all natural sinus help)
275. Richelle (free food)
276. FamilyMakesCents (Kmart Clearance!)
277. Simply Catholic (I\’ll pray for you)
278. Amyswandering (Veggie Stix Chips)
279. Havingfunathome (cheap and easy laminating)
280. Amy Quinn
281. Tons of Sons ~ celebrating Lent and Easter
282. New Diva – Help for Winter Skin
283. Sharon B (No Laundry room)
284. Kristine (Free Labels and Business Cards)
285. Amber @ Classic Housewife (Pimple Home Remedy)
286. Vanderbilt Wife (baby must-haves)
287. Suburban Matron (free ice cream at chick-fil-a)
288. Kaye (teaching kids important info)
289. Louise and Sean (Easy, free way to highlight your blog\’s archives)
290. Alisa-The Sweet Life (storing kids keepsakes)
291. Saving Money Ideas (Swagbucks)
292. Lynnet (easy cheap garlic bread)
293. Flowerpot – Tortilla Soup
294. Linda\’s Lunacy(Homemade Laundry Detergent)
295. Free 2 Be Frugal (THAT blue envelope)
296. Tifffany (Restaurant.com Coupon Code)
297. Janet @ Home Is Where God Sends You (Keeping in Touch)
298. Heather
299. Katie (cleaning with Bounce sheets)
300. Michelle
301. Wendy (Bible Study w/kids)
302. Jennifer (furniture dents in carpet)
303. Holly/Domestic Dork (adult allowance)
304. Susan @ Feeling Frugal (Watch TV for Free)
305. Sarah@VintageChicHome
306. saverchic – No More Lost Socks!
307. Robin Rane\’ All Things Heart and Home
308. exhale. return to center. (laundry basket clean-up)
309. Christine (taming tantrums)
310. Sara@Learning the Frugal Life(Craft Cabinet)
311. Jo Ann @ Just As I Am (cutting onions)
312. Mozi Esme
313. Catherine (my grey flannel shirt)
314. Tiff
315. Martia (Good Grammar)

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