Mommy Moment Monday

Today is the day! My trifecta of happiness started. By some mere miracle, I was able to get Diva into a closer prek (she started today) which was right down the street from our house. So now I can easily walk Bug to school in the mornings and then on our way back home walk Diva to prek. Life is great! Everything has worked out the way I had hoped and the great thing is I have stopped trying to stress over the things I cant control (one small step for me!).

So what did I do with my extra time (I gained two extra hours a day by switching Diva to a closer school!)? I decided to finally update Bugs room. I wanted to surprise him with a big boy room when he got home from his first official first day of kindergarten.

Sadly, it was time for “The Hungry Caterpillar” room to go. It had served us well for the past 4 years. Like the room, Bug has started growing into a handsome butterfly and it was time his room reflected his transformation. But it wont be with out tears. The art in his “toddler” room was hand made by my mom, aunt and I. Of course I am going to keep it forever! I will never be able to part with it. Which is why it will either go in the playroom or the tote of Bugs items I am saving for him. Then it is his choice and I don’t have to be broken hearten with parting with it.

Many months ago I started this project. I knew it would take awhile for me to complete and decided to give myself this day as a deadline. I am happy to say that I did complete the major projects I had planned. His new bedding was ordered; now it is washed and already on his bed. Hubs painted his new art work; and its ready for Hubs to hang when he gets home from work. I also finally finished his new curtain holders. This was a labor of love. It was so much fun to do and I cant wait to show you the projects. But first let me show you the complete finished project!

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DIY Plate Hangers

I hate blank walls. I hate white walls more. I especially hate white walls you can’t paint due to landlord restrictions. So I try to hang some eye candy here and there to make our home moreā€¦ homey. I also hate hanging a bunch of photos everywhere and like to use other art pieces to spruce things up.

With the invention of Pinterest there has been a explosion of ideas to choose from. And I found a simple and cheap one I love and you can adapt to any color scheme.

I had already bought three of the amazing blue plates from Target when they went on clearance a while back. I hung them on my wall and loved the look. When we after I saw a entire wall of plates I loved the idea even more. But the plates were sold out and I wasn’t sure what else to do. And then it hit me. Thrift stores (before they were a fad)! I love going to them and have found a few hidden gems in them.

I went to the china section and bought several plates; different sizes and patterns. For .50 cents a piece I got a great deal and even bought spares.

After we got home I started adding up the cost of plate hangers. The hangers alone would be more than the plates. I also realized I hate how you can see the plate hangers little grabby hands. So I went off and googled alternative ways to hang plates. I found some awesome hangers that basically suction onto the back of the plate and have a picture hook to use to hang on the wall. But just one was $5! With about $15 plates you can add up how costly that would be.

After brainstorming for a few days I came up with a idea; and it worked! So I share with you a DIY plate hanger that cost me about $5 for all 15 plates.

Gorilla glue
Large safety pins

Flip your plate onto the back side and clean off any thrift store gunk.

Put a dollop of glue on the back and press the pin head into the glue. You need to leave the circle end out of the glue. This will be what you use to hang on the nail. The pin will start the fall because the glue is very soft at first. So the pin dried in the glue evenly for hanging, I put a plate under the pin to level it out. It took a few minutes to find a way to do this. I ended up having to find another plate or object to hold the plate in place that is holding up the pin. But once the glue hardens a little (a few minutes) you can remove the plate holding the pin up and move to the next plate. Finally, hammer in a nail into the wall and hang the plate!