we can do hard things {barn owl primitives}

barn owl primitives

home schooling our kids is hard.  and i only do it part time!  over the last 5 years i have fought against how hard it is, wishing instead it were always magical and always went smoothly.  but thats just not reality.  reality is that its hard.  i spent all last year just accepting that this life we chose is hard.  but this year?  this year i am all in.  i have accepted that this is hard, but that doesn’t mean its not good.  we can do hard things.  and you know what?  when we do, it can be beautiful!  both the results and the actual doing.

i got to help at our school (our kids go to school 2 days and school at home 3 days) by fancying up our staff lounge.  its still a bit of a work in progress, but it is so much better than it was!

sloca staff lounge

we love our teachers and staff – they love on our kids so much!  we just wanted to give a little bit back to them, and provide a beautiful resting place for them during their breaks.

sloca staff lounge

the room needed a small kitchenette area, and these crates helped to clean up and organize the area so nicely!

sloca staff lounge

a couple cute canisters and a handful of mason jars did the trick!

sloca staff lounge

we also hung these hooks for bags and coats so they don’t have to be tossed on the floor.

sloca staff lounge

the nicest addition to the room has to be these tufted back benches!  the tables work well for lunch, working alone, or collaborating with other staff members.

sloca staff lounge

and since this room isn’t all about work, but a little reprieve, we installed these magazine holders for some nice distraction time.

sloca staff lounge

i love pieces with a good story:  we needed a new mail sorter, but darn, those things are expensive!  after finding this one on craig’s list a few hours away, struggling for a couple months to coordinate a good pick up time, then finally getting someone to go pick this beast up… the seller heard the story of our school and gave it to us for free!  how great is that?!

sloca staff lounge

i love crates for organization!

barn owl primitives

this sweet sign from barn owl primitives is a great reminder for our teachers!  what they do is so hard, but so worth it.  i hung it right by the door to encourage the teachers as they head out back to the classrooms.

barn owl primitives

every time i see this saying, i am such a dork and say to myself “yeah, i can!”

have you checked out barn owl primitives before?  kristi has so many creative signs – these are a couple of my favorites: 1, 2, & 3.

which are your favorites?  guess what?!  kristi has generously offered one of you $75 to her shop!  just enter in the raffle copter below.  and if you just can;t wait to see if you’re the big winner, she’s also offering a 15% discount with code POPPY15 (good through february 10th)!

 
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rooted in paper {september printable – updated}

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if you’re new here, my friend tina of rooted in paper creates free monthly printables here just for you (& me)!

click here for a pdf to print your own

here are the printables for august and july.

i love being able to collaborate with other artists!  i thought an appropriate theme for september would be books, considering we are all back to school now.  gracie had a fun list of quotes about books that she was using as inspiration for some drawings, and i passed some of my favorites on to tina and she landed on this beauty! i think this will look perfect in our school room!

the rooted in paper shop is full of fabulous prints and invitations.  be sure to check it out!