Chest of Drawers Remodel

Chest of Drawers Remodel

Chest of Drawers Remodel

This chest of drawers has been there several generations of use.  When I was a little girl it was in my room and then later on it was used for my sister.  Once her and I both out grew it my grandmother stored it till I came up one day needing a small chest of drawers for my youngest daughter’s closet.  It was used in her closet for several years and then I used it to store some stuff for my niece in when she use to stay with us often.  You may have seen it in the girls’ room tour.

I always wanted to refinish this chest of drawers, but I never really got the chance to.  Part of that was because I was scared of stripping all the layers of paint off of it.  When I was about 18 I had a bad experience with paint stripper so I wasn’t not really to try it again until recently.

We picked up some of this Goof Off Sprayable Stripper from Lowe’s.  I ended up using the whole bottle on this chest of drawers.  Now it also had about 10 layers of paint on it.  But the Goof Off got it almost completely off.

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Make sure to use Goof Off outside and I would highly recommend putting some cardboard down on the ground.  It makes clean up so much easier.  I sprayed the Goof Off all over the pieces of the chest of drawers and it immediately started bubbling up and I knew it was working.  Let it set on the furniture for the time recommended on the bottle and then scrap it all off with a paint scrapper.

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If you by any chance get any of the Goof Off on your skin wash it off immediately as it will burn your skin.  The bottle recommends using gloves however, I did not and I just made sure I washed my hands each time I handled the sprayer.

Once I was done scrapping all the paint off, I used my sander and smoothed out all the wood and helped to remove some more paint that did not come off with the Goof Off.  As you can see it almost got all the paint off of the chest of drawers.  It was enough that I was happy with it.

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I repainted the chest of drawers white, replaced the knobs and now its set up in my office.

Before and After

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Back to School Giveaway

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Everyone is rushing around and getting ready for back to school!!  Shopping for school supplies, shopping for clothes, making sure they have all the lunches and snacks ready!!  Today at Sheena Lynn Anderson and Sheena Creates, we want to help make getting ready for back to school just a little bit easier for one of my fabulous followers.  We are giving away one of our back to school shirts from Sheena Creates!!!

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At Sheena Creates there are six shirts in our Back to School section.  Our lucky winner will get to select which one of the six Back to School shirts he/she wants!!

We have shirts for elementary aged children.  These include our Kindergarten Rocks shirt, our Watch out Preschool and our Most Likely to Rule the School shirts.  These shirts are available in a variety of options.

We also have shirts for middle school and high aged children.  These include our Sorry I’m Late and our Teen Life shirt.  These shirts are available in other colors as well.

Last but definitely not least, we have a shirt available for our teachers.  This shirt can be changed to say whatever grade level or subject you wish and we can change the colors to reflect your school’s colors.

Make sure to check out all of our shirts and enter our giveaway on the rafflecopter below.  Also while our giveaway is going on, we are also offering discount to all our followers.  So you can also save 10% off with coupon code BACKTOSCHOOL.  This coupon code is only good till August 1st so make sure to get your orders in ASAP.

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Our Homeschool Bullet Journal

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Everyone who knows me knows I LOVE journals and planners!!  If you remember I even designed my prefect planner a few years back and I made my own homeschool planner last year.  While I love planners made up of all the prefect printables, I also love the hardback planners.

Earlier this year one of my friend introduced me to bullet journaling and I LOVE it!!  I have been through a few of them since I started and I will say by far my favorite one is the Leuchtturm1917 dotted.  I accidentally ordered the lined one for my current one and I love that its pink, but next time I will pay more attention and make sure I get a dotted one.

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Anyway, with my love for my bullet journal I decided this years homeschool planner would be a bullet journal!!  When I ordered my Leuchtturm1917 for my homeschool planner I did make sure and get the dotted one.  I ordered it in black since its for school instead of me personally.  Today I am going to walk you through my homeschool bullet journal!!

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The first page in my homeschool bullet journal is my year at a glance calendar.  I had really mixed emotions on if I wanted a year at a glance calendar or not, but I ended up deciding it would be the best way to start my homeschool bullet journal.  I did use Kara’s same layout for my year at a glance calendar as she did in her New Year = New Bullet Journal post.  I did make mine run from August until July since its for school and I used a different color for the heading of each month.  You will see through out my homeschool bullet journal I have used these same colors for the months.

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Next I have a page for each child for their curriculum.  A lot of our curriculum we share so I only have to purchase extra workbooks, test books, etc for the other two but because of this I like to have a separate page for each child and they do have separate in some subjects.  This layout was one I designed myself just to fit the need I had.  I knew I wanted to include the subject, curriculum (which will include any info such as versions), cost, received and plan.  Since Alyssa is the oldest when I am calculated cost of new curriculum I put the highest price on her page then when I calculate for Noah and Taylor I just put the cost of the extra I need.  Such as Language Arts, I have the student book and teacher book from last year for the levels Noah and Taylor will use this year.  But I need a new workbook and test book for each of them, therefore, the cost is just for those two books.

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Next I have a two page spread for curriculum shopping.  This is a list of what I need for each subject.  Sometimes I will need stuff other than just the books so I included those items on this list along with the cost of each item.

Next I have a four page spread for future planning.  This is my calendar that has holidays and birthdays listed on it.  I will also add in other events that I want to incorporate into our homeschool year on this calendar.  As you can see I continued with the color coding in this calendar.

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Next I have a two page spread for my goals for the year.  I have a section for each child to include what goals I want to work on with each child for the year.  I tried to pick something for each subject that they struggle with that I want them to master or greatly improve this next year.

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Next I have my attendance calendar for the year.  I used Kim’s layout from her Blog and Business Bullet Journal for this calendar.  I really like how all ten months fit so well on the one page (I left of June and July since we don’t have school in those months).  I am going to shade in the square as we complete school each day and at the end of the month I am going to write the total number of days for that month either beside the month or I am going to make a chart at the bottom of the page for that.

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Then I get into the fun part!!  My lesson planning!!  I like to go through and plan each subject before school starts.  Some subjects take a lot more planning on my part than other subjects.  I’ll talk more about all of this when I share with you what curriculum we are using for this year.

That is my homeschool bullet journal so far!!  Once I am done with all of my lesson planning I will add a page I forget to add before I started my lesson planning (my field trip page) and then I will put together my monthly pages before starting dailies which will include what we do each day as we complete school.  I share an update later on to include those pages!!  I hope you enjoyed seeing inside of my homeschool bullet journal.  If you use a bullet journal for your homeschool I would love to see it!!

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My Office Room Tour

Office Room Tour

Office Room Tour

We did away with our school room.  It was a very hard decision.  I really didn’t want to do away with it, but they truth was we really didn’t use it the way I had hoped and I really needed an office and this room was the only option for my office.  So today I am sharing with you my office room tour!!  This room is totally me with all the pink and black and I absolutely love it!!  I still have some more things to finish before it is exactly how I want it, but honestly I am not sure if any room will ever be EXACTLY how I want it because when it is, I want something slightly different or I want to add something or take something out.

On one wall in my office is my desk Adam made me several years ago with the three sections.  Both of them wouldn’t fit in this room so I had him move my favorite one into my new office and the other one is still in the sunroom.  I am not sure this desk will ever been moved out of this room.  It was quiet a task to get it in there.

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It is organized with my sewing machines in two sections and my silhouette and cricut in one section.  On the top shelf are my big buckets I got from Hobby Lobby and everything is nicely labeled.  In the  sections with my sewing machines is my pegboard with all of my thread.  I also have my storage container for all my cricut cartridges on top of the shelf.

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At the end of my desk is a table that was my great grandmother’s, it has been used for about everything in my life.  I am planning on repainting it, but have you been outside in this Alabama heat??  It will have to wait till fall!!  I have my heat press sitting on top of it.  Then on the shelves I have my label maker and my netbook.  Hidden under it is Alyssa’s sewing machine.  I just didn’t have enough room on my desk for it to sit all the time.

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You can see on the wall beside my heat press is the pink frame you may have seen on Instagram.  It is oh so cute, but really not in the best place so I have decided not to use it after all.

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I did decide this time I wanted a longer curtain so I whipped up this curtain one afternoon!!  I am actually pretty happy with it.  I end up leaving it open most days.

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Next I have my cube shelving from Target.  If you come to my house you will learn I LOVE these things!!  I have them in my office, the girls’ room and my school area.  They are filled with all my craft supplies.  Down the center I have the cute pink and black storage cubes to keep stuff hidden and then on the ends I have stuff nice and neatly organized.

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On top of my cube shelving I have a few items that I have been waiting for the longest to display in my office!!  I have an antique sewing machine my aunt gave me.  Its actually a ruffler machine!!  So cool!!  Also I have an iron that was Adam’s Grandmother’s.  We found it after his Grandfather passed away and we were cleaning out his shed.  I knew immediately it would look awesome in my office.

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I still have my filing cabinets with all my fabric nice and neatly organized inside of them.  Maybe one day soon I’ll show you how I did that.  On top of my filing cabinets I have my heat transfer vinyl, my cutting mats and some plastic drawers that holds some other goodies.  Hanging above the filing cabinets is the TV that I never turn on.  Oops!!!  If you look really close you can see one of my babies in the chair next to the filing cabinets.  They all want to lay in that chair all the time.  I did get some good pictures of him when I was taking these pictures though which is rare!!

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Finally finishing up the room is my other photo area I arranged.  It included the chalkboard frame, my mannequin and a chest of drawers that was my grandmother’s.  You may have seen some pictures on Instagram a while back from when I was refinishing it.  Every now and then I will snap a few pictures a this set up, but not often.  My chest of drawers holds some shirts I have made and some shipping supplies.  I will show you more about the refinish later on.

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That’s it for my office tour!!  I have a few things I still want to do in this room.  But I absolutely love it so far.  Hope you enjoying visiting it with me!!  See something you want to know more about??  Feel free to ask and I will be glad to share more about it!!

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Back to School Printables

Back to School

Back to School

We are all getting ready for back to school and what better way to do it then when some cute free back to school printables for our classrooms.  Even though  we did away with our school room, I still have my cute posters hanging up just in a different room that I have not shared yet!!

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But today I am going to share with you some printables that you can see displayed in our school room from last year.  I made these for our classroom when I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for.  Having boys and girls I like posters that are gender neutral in color.  My poor boys are already surrounded with enough pink as it is.

All of these printables that I am sharing are available for download in our member only area.  If you haven’t already joined our site so you can stay connected with us and get all our free downloads then make sure you go ahead and do that now by signing up on the side bar. Make sure to check your email for the confirmation and password.

The first printable I am sharing with you today is my Golden Rule poster.  “Treat Others the way you want to be Treated!”  It is a fun and colorful poster with a very important phrase that we all need to remember in our homeschool classrooms and daily life.

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The next printable I am sharing with you today is my House Rules printable.  While we are homeschooling, it is more of a lifestyle than a small timeframe of your day.  So we want the children to remember the house rules not only when we are not having formal “school work” but also while we are having formal “school work” because it is all going on in the house.

Make sure to head on over to our member’s only area, enter your password and download our free printables!!

I hope these two printables will help you with getting your school room or area ready for back to school.  If you use them I would love to see pictures!!  Follow me on Facebook and Instagram and share your pictures with me.  Happy School Year!!

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Back to Blogging

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Have you missed me lately??  I have been hanging out a lot over at Sheena Creates, but I realized I have really missed it over here so I am back to blogging.  In December I reopened my shop and boy have I learned A LOT!!  I have finally found my niche and while I love it, I will always make other stuff too.  So I am finally back to work on sharing some of the other stuff I have been creating.

If you haven’t joined our Member Only area, make sure you sign up and join our site so you don’t miss out on any of our new freebies that will be coming out.  Right now I have been making a lot of SVG files and the ones I am not going to use over at Sheena Creates I have decided I am going to share them with y’all!!

We are almost done with the school year!!  It has been a trying year.  We have debated on going back to public school next year.  But after lots of prayer we have decided we are not going back to public school.  So I am going to continue sharing some homeschool post.  Along with some freebies for our members of some goodies I have created through out the school year for our classroom.

With our homeschooling debate we ended up doing away with our school room.  Maybe you saw that on Instagram??  Well, that room has been completely remodeled, so I have new room tour to show along with several new projects that have been made for that room.  Shhhh..you some of you may have seen a sneak peek of that room on Instagram.

That is just a little bit of what we have to come!!  Make sure you follow us on all our social media pages so that you can keep up with our sneak peeks and don’t miss any of our new updates!!

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Snow Themed Sensory Bin

Snow Themed Sensory Bin | Sheena Lynn Anderson

Ever since Bradley graduated from EI and started doing tot school and now preschool at home we have loved sensory bins.  In January we had a snow themed preschool so we had a snow themed sensory bin.  If you missed my post about preschool last month make sure to check it out here.

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I totally goofed in planning for this post and forgot to take pictures of this sensory bin when I put it together.  I took pictures of it when I took it apart to prepare for February’s sensory bin, but its jus not the same.  Sorry, I promise I will do better with the next one.

For this sensory bin I decided to use cotton balls to resemble “snow”.  I was just over the mess the rice makes and the cotton balls were really a good change.  In the sensory bin, I included some marbles that are blue, some bells that are blue, some snowflake shaped beads and some snowflake shaped clipboard.  Basically I went to Hobby Lobby and picked up everything I could find that reminded me of snow and since I was doing this after Christmas, I didn’t have a ton of luck.  Reminder for next year, prepare for January before Christmas because afterwards everything becomes spring stuff.

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Then instead of using measuring cups and spoons for Bradley play in the sensory bin, I used these tools I got from Amazon a few months back.  When I got them I wasn’t completely sure what I would use them for, but I knew they would be prefect for fine motor skills and they ended up being prefect for this sensory bin as well.

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Does your toddler play with sensory bins??  I’d love to see some that you have put together.  Share your link below so I can check them out.

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Valentine’s Decor

Valentine's Decor | Sheena Lynn Anderson

This year I kept my Valentine’s decor rather simple.  I have noticed that the more I decorate the more my children seem to think they are suppose to get for that holiday and I can trying to cut back on stuff and make it more about experiences.  So I didn’t do a ton of decorating for Valentine’s, but I still wanted to put out some of my Valentine’s decor.

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I always decorate the huge opening in my entertainment center.  I am telling you one day I am going to get rid of this huge piece of furniture and find something that works better for us, but until then I will make it work.  Even since I made the letter marquee, I have used it in all my decorating in the this big opening.  But since it is red, it seems to really go with everything so far.  Then I used these mailboxes I made a few years back.  Actually I had to repair almost all of them and then Bradley ended up breaking one of them rather quickly, so they may not stay around for next year.  But I really like them so who knows.  Then I added my heart shaped dish with pink silk rose petals, two heart shaped candle holders and two pink candles.  It is really simple, but really cute.

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Then by my door, I have this little table that I always decorate.  I hung up my “Countdown to kisses” above the table.  I didn’t like it hanging high above the table so I hung it lower and it covers the light switch, but it really hasn’t been an issue.  Then I added a picture from mine and Adam’s engagement pictures on the table along with some light up roses I picked up a few years ago at Dollar Tree.

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The next area I decorated has really been one of my favorite areas in our living room lately. Recently I moved this bookcase into the corner in our living room because I had no where else to put it and really needed the space for books and then I ended up hanging some pictures of the children beside it in frames they made for me years ago.

But for Valentine’s, I added a chair that is normally in our kitchen for when we have an extra person at the dinner table.  I put my heart shaped pillows in it with the kiss kiss bears in front of the pillows.  The kids always say something about me having all the kiss kiss bears.  I have had them since I was in high school when Hallmark use to give them out with the purchase of so many greeting cards.

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Then on top of the bookcase, I put out my little sign with different Valentine’s words on them.  I don’t totally love that the colors don’t match my lamp, but when I moved the bookcase into the living room I wanted a lamp on top of it and that was what I had.

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Did you decorate for Valentine’s??  I’d love to see what you did!!  Share your link below and I’ll check it out.

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Permission Page

Permission Page

My first design in my art journaling Bible was my permission page.  I hear a lot of people talking about “covering the words”, “drawing in your Bible” and other similar things just not being something they can do.  I’ll be honest before I started using my art journaling Bible I had similar thoughts about it as well.  But I realized something, I have been writing in my Bible for years.  I have been highlighting in my Bible since I was a child.  I have been taking notes in my Bible since I was a child.  But now my notes in my Bible are “pretty”.  I spend more thoughtful time thinking about what I am going to to write, how I am going to write it and what I am going to write about.  Now don’t get me wrong, I still have a journal that I take notes in when I am doing my Bible study.  But when I am doing my Bible study if God is telling me to illustrate my study then I do in my art journaling Bible.  But before I could do any of that I had to give myself a permission page.

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My permission page was very freeing for my heart.  It was basically my way of getting my thoughts about my art journaling Bible on paper and out of just in my head as to what I would do in my art journaling Bible.  I wanted to remember why I am using an art journaling Bible in the first place, but I also wanted to remind myself “mistakes will happen” and I will mess up and that is ok.

Bible journaling is for spending time with God.  Its for growing in God’s word.  I enjoy Bible journaling because its chance for me to give my talents back to God.  Bible journaling isn’t just about drawing pretty pictures I wanted to be reminded of these things with my permission page.

I used the front cover and the first page for my permission page.  I decided to to cover the two pages with cardstock and to place washi tape down the center to make it look like one large page.  On the right side I used stickers to label it as my art journaling Bible.  Then on the left side I used stickers to label it as my permission page.  After that I used my sharpie pens to write reminders to myself about what my art journaling Bible is for.  I am not going to list all of them but you can see those in the pictures below.

If you are on the fence about art journaling in your Bible, I recommend you spend time with God in prayer about it.  God will lead you to do what he wants you to do as long as you ask him and listen to him.  Remember while some people do illustrate the whole page, you do not have to illustrate the whole page.  You illustrate what God draws you to illustrate.

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Prayer Journal

Prayer Journal

Do you tell people each day that you will pray for them and then when you sit down to pray, you can’t remember everyone and all their needs??  Yeah, that use to be my issue too.  Then I decided to start a prayer journal.  Actually while I’d love to take full credit for this idea I can’t.  My sweet sister in law gave me this idea about a year ago.

You see its that time of year that everywhere you go they have cute little pocket size calendars for really inexpensive.  While you are out and seeing all these cute calendars pick one up.  You don’t need anything fancy, just something with a few lines for each day.  I picked this one up at Target on their dollar aisle.  The size of it fits perfect in my purse or in the pouch that I keep in my purse with all my pens so its always with me and I always have a pen to use with it.

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Since I am working on hand lettering, I did some hand lettering on the inside of the front cover.  I wrote “Prayer Journal by Sheena Anderson” then I hand lettered a verse “Love Your Neighbor as Yourself” Mark 12:31.  To me praying for your neighbor/friend/family/etc is showing them love as you love yourself.  So I thought this verse was very fitting.

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Then each day whenever I tell someone I will pray for them, I write their name and why I am praying for them.  When I get ready to pray I can read over what I have wrote down that day and for the past few days/week so I remember to pray for everyone.  Also then when I talk to them later on I can ask them about the situation and I can remember how long ago it was because while I will remember this was going on with this friend, I won’t remember the date or how long ago it was.  Even if it is an unspoken prayer request I still write down the person’s name because while I don’t know the situation God does and I do love my friends and want to remember to include them in my prayers.

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If you decide to keep a prayer journal also I would love to hear how you keep up with your prayer request.

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