I am going to start out by showing you the finished product! Then I will take you inside the drawers and share my storage solutions! Most of the furniture was FREE in this room, so there will be some super fun transformations coming up on JIAD!
Here is the big reveal…
Welcome to our Craft / Playroom!
This is where I spend most of my day:
And if I am not there, then I am most likely here:
Pairing fabrics, cutting away, coming up with new products for you!
(Isn’t that old ice cream churn turned trash can neat?!? I found it on the side of the road!)
Here is a look of the craft/playroom when walking in from the dinning room!
Crayon Rolls, fabric scraps and Bloomin’ items are displayed on the shelf in the corner.
This is what I see when I look behind me while I am sewing.
My cutting table in the corner was given to me by my mother in law a long time ago. It was used as a kitchen island in our old house and now serves as the perfect cutting table! The shelves hold tons of fabrics that are ready to be used! We love our little Sitting Stools! And there is my spray painted sofa – you can see that transformation here!
This is what you see when you walk into the playroom from the foyer:
The top of the filing cabinet turned out to be one of my favorite spots!
I love to display my favorite fabrics because they inspire me!
…And so do happy quotes too!
There it is!
In the next few days, I will let you take a peek inside the drawers (we all love to snoop!)!
And share some of my storage ideas too!
Not too shaby for an room that pretty much cost NOTHING!
I know I usually write about Cliff on Sundays, but this is so BIG I couldn’t wait!
I walked into Conductive Education to pick Cliff up on Thursday and this is what I saw:
What you are seeing is REAL.
Cliff is starting to stand on his OWN!
Even if it is only for a few seconds at a time, the boy is doing it!
On Friday, Cliff was standing a little bit better!
You can see how hard he has to work to hold his body up in this picture:
God continues to work his wonderful miracles right before our eyes!
I am so thankful that my little boy can teach others so much about the Lord’s good deeds!
We are so blessed to live everyday with Cliff, the biggest inspiration of all!
These moments may seem so small to some, but to us, these moments are HUGE, GINORMOUS, BIGGER THAN BIG! In these moments, Cliff’s life is changing. These are the moments when his brain is making proper connections. These are the moments when he realizes “Yes, I can!”
We can not express how much we LOVE Krisztina. It is the best feeling in the world KNOWING that we are leaving Cliff with someone who loves him and truly cares about him just as much as we do everyday. The connection they have is amazing. She can get Cliff to do things that NO ONE else can! The first thing he says every morning is “Do I get to go to Camp with Ms. Krisztina today?!” and the last thing he says before he goes to sleep every night is “In the morning I get to see Ms. Krisztina, right?!” We will forever be grateful for Krisztina. She is changing Cliff’s life in so many wonderful ways. We can not thank her enough!
And I can not celebrate this moment without glorifying the Lord! He is wonderful. His light shines through Cliff on a daily basis. God is using the Boy as a teaching tool and we could not be more thrilled! Although the path we are on is not always easy or perfect, we will forever be grateful to God for his daily work in our lives. The Lord has taught us so much and we know that with Him by our side, anything is possible. He is our rock and we will forever sing His praises!
Psalm 28:7The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped;Therefore my heart greatly rejoices,And with my song I will praise Him.
Thank you for taking time out of your day to read Johnny In A Dress.
Thank you for sending me emails that make me cry happy tears!
Thank you for being there when I need you.
Thank you for encouraging me to “keep going!”
Thank you for sending me a sweet message, leaving the perfect comment or just an email saying “I hope you are having a great day!” when I need it the most (I swear you all now EXACTLY when I need a happy note!)
But most of all, thank you for making Johnny In A Dress become a “community” where we can all inspire each other. Rely on each other. Cheer for each other. You inspire me everyday and I am so thankful for YOU!
I feel so blessed to be surrounded by each and every one of you!
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We all know that potty training the littles is not a walk in the park… and everyone told me that for some reason, boys are more difficult to potty train than girls… Throw a little CP into the mix and one would think Cliff would nearly impossible to potty train….
THEN we went to the beach for a week and accidentally “forgot” Cliff’s diapers.
While Cliff was napping on the first day we were there…
The POTTY PIRATE came to visit!
He sure did!
He even left Cliff a super cool potty map so that every time Cliff went potty he could put a pirate sticker on the X. Once all of the X’s were stickered up, Cliff got a surprise!
The Potty Pirate even left Cliff his very own Treasure Chest filled with all sorts of loot!
Cliff drank a TON of Pirate Juice and his potty went with us EVERYWHERE we went. The first few days we did not go anywhere, except for on the beach and yes, the potty came with us… on the beach. Cliff was super pumped by the Potty Pirate and was pretty much potty trained almost instantly! Once we felt like he was a little more comfortable with going in the potty, we ventured out and took the potty along… Seriously EVERYWHERE…
(Let’s face it… those monster public potties are SCARY. Trust me, just take the little potty with you so when your little one has to go, you can take him to the bathroom and he will be comfortable on his own potty!)
Want the Potty Pirate to visit your little?!
Here is a printable of the Potty Map and The label for the juice:
After you print them out, take the pages to the sink and burn the edges VERY carefully. Make sure to have you water running so you can just run the edges under the faucet to extinguish the fire.
Once all of the edges are burnt, it should look like these:
Next I took a paper towel and balled it up. Then I dipped it in brown acrylic and gold acrylic paint…
And sponged it onto the Potty Map!
Once all of the maps were done, I laid them out on the stove to dry.
I did the exact same thing for the juice label except once it was completely dry, I laminated it and hot glued it to a pitcher (it peeled right off when we were finished!) Jill told me about an eBook she used for her boys that worked for them. You can find the eBook here. We combined this method with the “Potty Pirate” and it worked like a charm!
The biggest advice I can give you is:
STICK WITH IT.
Please feel free to email me with any questions you may have!
Yay for the Potty Pirate!
…I can’t wait until the Potty Princess pays Harper a visit! …until then… potty on!
This time of year Saturday is my favorite day of the week.
Around here everyone is decked out in garnet and black because after all, we live in Gamecock Country!
(ok, ok there is the occasional person who wears the dreaded purple and orange combo… jk! I still love you even IF you are a Clemson fan!)
Most away games, we watch on TV with these cuties and their parents!
We are so blessed to have such wonderful friends who are actually pretty much family!
The Girl will for sure be a cheerleader one day!
She already yells “Goooo Cocks” every time she sees anything USC related…
She can’t help it, it’s in her blood!
On Saturdays during football season, our yard is filled with energetic littles.
The sounds of laughter and excited squeals echo through the neighborhood.
And I smile, knowing all that happy noise is radiating from our yard.
Then there is the food.
Lots and lots of food.
And yes, on Saturdays brownies are considered a side dish, not a dessert.
Ross said is perfectly last Saturday in the midst of the mad chaos when we happened to bump into each other in the kitchen. He looked down at me and said “Our house is messy, chaotic and waaay to loud - this is perfect.”
The boys decided to have a wrestling match in the kitchen floor.
The way that Jill’s boys interact with Cliff warms my heart every time they play together.
Gentle with the perfect amount of roughness mixed in!
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