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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

A Mother's Thoughts

My son, Nick Glassett, has started his own blog called Orign Leadership and I am so proud of him.

This is the boy who once told me that there was no point to reading. (About 16 years old.) He informed me that any good book gets made into a movie and so he could just watch the movie and there was no need to ever read.

Nick Sophomore Year

As a teacher and a READING teacher at that, I was speechless. I simply nodded and let it go. No sense arguing with a 16 year old who knows all about the world. I assumed that if reading was pointless writing was also not necessary.

Imagine my surprise when a few years ago Nick started talking about the books he was reading. I didn't let on about his statements from the past and his thoughts on reading. I listened and even bought a few of the books he was reading. I fascinated that he had changed his mind about reading. 

In July, Nick decided to start a blog. I was intrigued but cautious. periodically he would send me a link to a post he had written and I was always impressed with his writing. It is clear, concise and entertaining. He makes me so proud! I have always thought he was the brightest, funnest son a mom could have. But now, he is sharing it with the world. The world will see what I have always seen!

Nick, Boston and Michelle

So meet my smart, funny, talented, athletic, competitive, son! Click on the Who We Are tab and you can read all about this amazing son of mine, OK, OURS. His Dad had a lot to do with creating this great human!

He is now married to an amazing woman and they have a terrific little boy named Boston. Read his blog by clicking this link or the one above! He is a joy to be around and I can't wait to see what he writes about next!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Skull Earrings

                                          Skull Earrings

 I noticed my neighbors are getting ready for Halloween. Yards are being decorated and so I thought I would join in the fun. I made these skulls earrings this week. I have had these beads in my stash for a LONG time. These are available on my Etsy site.  I bought these skull beads at the Gem Fair in Salt Lake City several years ago. I have seen them at Micheal's, I think. Finding the right small accent beads was a harder task. I ended up using some seed beads and some other beads I also acquired a long time ago.  See these earrings on Etsy and check out my Etsy site here.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Purple and Gold Earrings

College Spirit Earrings
 I created these earrings for local college fans. These are available on my Etsy site and Shopify.
Lots of other items on my sites. Let me know if you have a request. I can ship anywhere is the United States. Maybe other countries too if I can figure it out! ;)

Monday, February 6, 2017

New Adventure


This pair of earrings are for sale! I am now selling my handmade items online at Etsy. My Esty shop is called Bobie'sBaubleBoutique. I am hoping to increase visitors and if you would like to purchase something for yourself, a friend, or family member with no shipping charges use the coupon code NEWFEB.
This is a new adventure and one that I have been wanting to begin for quite a while. I realized that the only real way to find out if something is going to work is to TRY! Not an earth shattering realization but one that spurred me into action none the less.
I have been crafting up a storm lately and I will share some of my new projects later this week. It is fun to be talking (typing, in reality) about crafts again. I HAVE MISSED THIS BLOG! I would love to hear about your new adventures so leave me a comment!


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

DIY Vanity Honey Oak Transformation

I DIYed the vanity in Mark's bathroom and transformed from Honey Oak Yuck into something Dark and Wonderful! We tore out all our old oak cabinets in the kitchen a few years ago but this vanity didn't make it into the remodel budget. It has been on my summer list of things to do ever since.

I didn't get a photo taken before Mark had the door removed. Here is another piece of the old Honey Oak that was EVERYWHERE in our house when be bought it 1996! It was the height of style in 1985 when the house was built, not so much by 1996, and horribly outdated in 2014!  Despite not loving it when we moved in  I learned to just live with it.
This was a pretty quick project. Mark took the doors off on Thursday and we put it all back together on Sunday. If you are interested in doing something similar you will need some supplies.

Supplies I used
Palm sander
Sanding pads
Tack cloth
Black indoor paint 
Paint brushes (one 2 inch and one smaller brush for details and close to walls)

The first thing we did was remove the doors and sink panel. I tried to strip them but all the curved surfaces around the trim pieces didn't come clean. I then got out my palm sander and sanded them. I didn't go crazy here just roughed up the varnish. 
Next, we sanded the face of the vanity in the bathroom. We hung a piece of tarp up to trap the dust into as small of a space as possible. 
Then, I used blue painters tape and taped off the counter and the walls. I wiped off the doors and face of the vanity with a tack cloth. If you have never used a tack cloth before I HIGHLY recommend buying one. I used a wet cloth in the past but it just doesn't work as well. 

Next, I painted two coats on the face pieces and two coats on the doors. 
Finally, we waited for it to dry and put it all back together. 

We had new carpet installed as well and I LOVE how this looks now! The honey oak is gone! This bathroom looks like it belongs in 2014! 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

DIY Refinished 1960's Desk

I refinished a desk that belonged to the Glassett family sine the early 1960's. I truly did this on my own or DIY! It is very stressful refinishing furiture that belonged to the in-laws! I am happy with the results but learned a lot, as usual, along the way.

I didn't take a picture before I started but there are two dressers that have the same finish and it was a set purchased for my husband and his brother when they were just little boys.
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I used a chemical stripper and sanded both the desk and drawers. It was a lot of work since this is an older piece of furniture. In hind sight I wish I had done even more sanding. After three days of working on this my arm and right hand were sore and I had to move on. 
I stained the whole thing three different times and could have done one more. I was out of energy for this project and varnished it. I filled in the holes where the original hardware was but I am NOT happy with the way the stain took on those spots. Still can't decide what to do. I am using the desk now without and handles or drawer pullls. Such is the life of a DIY'er!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Upcycled Broken Binder

I upcycled a broken binder today and wonder why it took me 15 years of teaching to think of this! I will never throw away another binder! This is super easy and free. Got to love that!

I have wanted some kind of strudy writing surface for student to use in class. As an AVID teacher last year, I learned a really effective teaching strategy called a Gallery Walk. Student walk around the room looking at different items and complete an assignment. It allows them to get up and walk around while doing an assignment. It was AWESOME with middle school students. One issue I kept running into was when the kids were trying to fill in answers they had no firm writing surface. I considered clipboards but they are so bulky to store! Even five clipboards are too messy for me. PROBLEM SOLVED with the upcycled binder!

All you need is a broken binder (or you could even go to the dollar store and get binders if you wanted several right away) and a pair of scissors.
Broken binder

Cut the front cover and back cover away from the spine. 

Cut apart binder
The binder I used was a view binder so the front has a clear cover on it.  This is where I will put instructions for my students. If your cover is just a regular cover use a binder clip to attach instructions. The back side has a pocket. This is where I will place the worksheet. 

View binder cover 
Pocket side
Now, this isn't just a teacher thing. This could be used at home for all sorts of things. One idea that came to my mind was spelling lists. A parent could label the view side/front side with each child's name and slip in or attach the list for the week. The pocket on the back could hold flash cards and lined paper to practice on during the week. 
Another use could be a menu planner. Write it on a piece of paper slide it into the view side or use a page protector and attach with a binder clip. You could use a dry erase marker to write in the menu too!  Attach a command hook and hang the menu anwhere you want! On the pocket side you could keep a shoping list and coupons. Below are two photos of what is hanging in my kitchen. 
Menu side
List and coupon side

Give it a try! I would love to see what you create!