Friday, March 13, 2015

A Little Rant

You know that moment when you feel like you've had an amazing idea, and you work really hard on that idea, and it turns out better than expected?
Then you decide to share it with others because you want everyone else in on the fun?
What you didn't realize was that eventually, no one would know that it was your idea in the first place, and your feelings are just a little bit hurt.
This is where I am right now...my feelings are just a smidge hurt.
 
Almost 2 years ago, I turned a little old $5 yard sale table into this LEGO Table.
And for those of you who may be concerned...the table had been sanded down by the previous owner, and it wasn't a priceless antique that I decided to butcher and then paint;-)
It was cheaply made, and thus, I felt completely justified in giving it new life.
 
Since then, I have seen this table EVERYWHERE!
At least weekly, I see it on a blog, Facebook or Pinterest.
When you search "Lego Table" on Pinterest or Google, it's one of the first images to appear.
 
I find this truly mind-boggling...especially since my blog only gets a little over a thousand page views a day.
 
What bothers me, is when my images are taken from my blog without permission...altered...and then sent across the internet with no recognition of who the owner is. This is a common thing, I know, and comes with the blogging territory, but it's still slightly irritating.
 
Case in point.
I have seen this picture over and over again on Facebook.
It's exciting to see at first because I see how many "likes" and "shares" it has under the picture(sometimes a few, sometimes hundreds of thousands).
But then, I notice that something is missing.
My water mark.
Big thumbs down.

Now obviously, if someone really wanted the complete tutorial, all they would have to do is type "Lego table" in any search engine, and they would come across it in no time.
But that's not the point.
It's my work, and I'd like for people to be directed to my blog...plain and simple.
Like I said before, I realize that's the nature of the beast...got it.
I will say this...for those of you who have found me, whether it be from Google, Facebook, Pinterest, or any other search engine, and have commented on the post, shared the post, sent emails asking for permission to use my photos, or sent words of encouragement, I thank you for that.
It means so much to me to know that I am inspiring others to turn "trash into treasure", to give new life to an old piece, to be creative when you start with something small.
That is what I love to do, and if I can help someone else develop that same love, then it's been a good day.
 
And for those of you who say that this table obviously belongs to someone who doesn't have "a real Lego collection," you'll be happy to know that all of our Legos do not fit in this table, but we don't have a huge collection either. We have enough, and the kiddos seem to be completely content with what they do have:-)
 
Rant over. :-)

 
 
 


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Mulan Themed Family Night

 
In January, I reinstated our family nights, and I am so glad I did.
Since last August, our evenings had been filled with soccer, American Heritage Girls, chess club, basketball, church, and all sorts of other functions.
It was so nice to finally slow down and spend more than one night at home.
The kids begged me to start doing family nights again, and I was happy to oblige.
 
We listen to a Disney station on Pandora quite a bit...because I'm kind of a Disney freak...and we kept hearing the songs from Mulan over and over again, so I took my cue, and ran with a Mulan theme.
 
Fortunate for me, Party City had a few things for Chinese New Year, so I grabbed some paper dragons, two hats and two fans.
All of the other items I used to decorate with were leftovers from parties that I have hosted in the past.
In fact, you may even recognize a few ;-)
 The kids loved the hats and the dragons.
When needing help in the inspiration department, I usually turn to Pinterest(I mean, who doesn't, right?) and almost all of the parties I came across had Chinese paper lanterns hanging from the ceiling.
My paper lanterns have just about bitten the dust...they are so OLD, but they got the job done. A few of them are barely hanging on. Thank goodness the Dollar Tree carries them frequently! Where would we be without the Dollar Tree?!?
The paper umbrella was a new addition from Hobby Lobby, but has since met an untimely death due to over extension :-( It was definitely fun to use while it lasted though!!
 For seating, I used some old outdoor cushions I had up in the attic, and I covered them with table cloths and table runners to make floor cushions.
In theory, this was a great idea...but when you have a husband who is 6'3", chairs really are the more practical solution;-)
I relied on Pandora once again to help set the mood, and we listened to Chinese Flute music(the kids love listening to this station while doing school...they say it relaxes them!).
 
On the menu was obviously Chinese. We were in the middle of our Whole 30 journey, so ordering take out wasn't an option. Here again is where Pinterest came through for us.
You can check out my Whole 30 Pinterest Board, to find some great recipes! Especially the Sunshine Sauce....YUMMM!
Once we finished dinner and dessert, we blew out the candles, piled onto the couch and watched Mulan. I had forgotten what a good movie that was.
 
I hope I can inspire you to take the time to slow down and spend time with your family. It doesn't have to be elaborate, but your kids will definitely appreciate the time that you spend together, when it's just you, alone, doing something that you love.