The Miracle Field

I would like to start out by saying thanks to all of you that have taken the time to read and share my post. I appreciate it more than you’ll ever know!
If you have been following my blog you may have noticed that for the most part, this blog has been about Interior Design, DIY, Remodeling, Repurposing and Reinventing things. There is a common thread throughout my blog and that would be, things that I love. Things that I love to do, to create and things that I do on a daily basis. Well, today’s post has nothing to do with Interior design and everything to do with something that I love, a place that I love and people that I love!

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The Miracle Field!
Opening day of the new season starts in just a few days. On April 16, 2016 The Miracle Field will be filled with joy, smiling faces, and happy people!

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It is one of the sweetest sights you’ll ever see!
If you’re not familiar with The Miracle Field it is a barrier-free, handicapped accessible baseball field with a cushioned, synthetic surface that accommodates wheelchairs and walkers, while helping to prevent injuries. The Miracle Field enables children and adults with physical or mental challenges the opportunity to play baseball by providing a level playing field where they can hit, run, and catch.
It’s one of the most magical places you will ever see! Adults and children that have never been able to play baseball before because of restraints are now able to do just that.
The Miracle Field is special to me for many reasons, one of which is this beautiful blonde headed, blue-eyed girl, Peyton Hicks! Peyton’s smile will light up a room; she holds a very special place in my heart!

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She is the daughter of my friends Chip and Millie Hicks. Years ago Chip and Millie heard about the Miracle League. They visited several fields, Conyers, Douglasville and Alpharetta to see what they were like. They wanted children and adults of Whitfield County on the surrounding areas with special needs to be able to play baseball. After countless hours of hard work and fundraisers, what seemed like only a dream became a reality!

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I’ll never forget opening day and ribbon cutting at The Miracle Field Whitfield County. It was such a great day for so many people.

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This little boy was so excited, after he crossed home plate he ran straight to his Dad and gave him a big hug!
Last year spring opening day just so happen to fall on my 23rd anniversary and my oldest son Beau’s 19th birthday. (Yes, he was born on our fourth anniversary!)
April 11 is always a great day at my house! Lots of fun and activities on this day!
My day started out going to watch Blake my youngest son be a buddy at The Miracle Field.

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At first I was making pictures and just being a spectator.

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Then the last game of the day was about to start. The announcer said “We need 5 more buddies before we can start the game.” I thought about it, but I wasn’t sure exactly what to do, and I’m sure someone that knows more than I do about sports will volunteer. Then a few minutes later the announcer said “We need 1 more buddy before we can start the game.”
I knew that buddy was me! I went out on the field and met my player.

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She played for the Angels!
As I stood in the field and looked all around me, I noticed there were Angels everywhere!

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Precious people that put more effort into getting out of the bed every morning than most of us do all day. Sweet people that only want to love and be loved, kind people that have been secluded from sports their whole life, until now. Now for about 1 hour a week they get to shine, and Shine they do! Everywhere you look smiles are shining! Players, coaches and buddies alike, they’re all smiling! It’s truly Magical!
One of the coaches said to me “I’m not sure who enjoys this more, us, or them.”
I’m so thankful for the Miracle Field and for the coaches and volunteers that give their time every week to make it happen. I’m also thankful for each and every player out there, they are such a blessing to everyone they meet!
I left there feeling so blessed to have been a small part of it!
The Miracle Field gives a whole new meaning to Angels in the outfield!

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“Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein”  Psalms 96:12

Buddies are always needed at The Miracle Field. If your Small Group, School Team, Sunday School Class, or any other Organization would like to volunteer they would love to have you. For contact info Click on the link below:

http://www.whitfieldcountymiracleleague.com/contact-us.html

Or if you want to volunteer on your own, you can just show up, let one of the coaches or other volunteers know your there and they will find a player for you.
Whitfield County Miracle League is going into its fifth year! I have put together some of my favorite pictures from groundbreaking ceremony throughout the years in this video.

Dream Big Because Miracles Do Happen!

Leann

Shutter made from Laminate Flooring

I have a great project to share with y’all! I recently made this cool shutter out of something you would never expect!

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It’s Laminate flooring! No joke! I used Armstrong’s Architectural Remnants Collection Laminate flooring for this project. The color is Antique Structure Milk Paint L3100.

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 Isn’t it great???

https://www.georgiacarpet.com/products/architectural-remnants-antique-structure-historic-element-milk-paint-white-l3100-armstrong-laminate-flooring.html

When my friends at Georgia Carpet Industries showed me the samples of this product I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I could think of so many things I would like to make out of it. It has such a beautiful white distressed finish it would be gorgeous as wall-to-wall flooring but there are so many things I would love to use it for in addition to that.
I have several other projects that I will be posting soon that are made out of this awesome product. There are so many pretty patterns and colors to choose from it was hard to decide which project to do first!

I really love the look of this wide plank; it’s also really easy to work with because it’s so wide.

The first step in this project was to decide what size I wanted my shutter to be.
I found this beautiful Metal wall sconce at the Meander Shop. It pretty much helped me determine what length I wanted to make my shutter. I knew I wanted to center the sconce on the shutter and still have some room on top and bottom. I took the length of my Metal sconce and added about 10 to 15 inches to each end.

 

Each piece of this laminate flooring is 7.59″ X 47.83″ X 0.47″ . I wanted my shutter longer than that I cut four other pieces two for each end. Since this product is made to go on the floor, it has interlocking grooves on each side and each end. You want to make sure when you cut your pieces you leave that edge and that should interlock. Cut off the opposite end to get your length correct. (This will leave the outer edges smooth.)

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Here are the pieces I had cut. 2 long pieces for the center, 4 pieces for the ends and 2 slender pieces to cover the seams. The two longest pieces for the middle were only cut on one side, just to remove the interlocking piece.

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Once I had all of my pieces cut I was ready to put them together.

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I reinforced each seam with gorilla tape. This step was probably not necessary; I just wanted to have that extra hold.

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I used wood glue in each seam.

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Put the pieces together at an angle just like you were installing them on the floor. You’ll know they’re in correctly because you’ll feel them kind of click together.

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First the middle pieces.

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Add all 4 end pieces, then press down to make the tape stick.

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Add glue to the strap piece.

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Measure to make sure the strap is straight. Let the glue dry.

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Measure and mark where each screw needs to go.

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Next screw the strap piece in place. Pre-drill the hole first then add the washer and the screw. I used the washer for more of an industrial look. I liked the way it made the screw look bigger.

(If you skip pre-drilling it will cause your shutter to bow out.)

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After the glue is dry and the straps are on turn the shutter over and reinforce with 2 flat brackets on each end. I placed these on each end. One side of the bracket on each side of the seam.

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Dry brush the outer edges with white paint.

If you want to hang your shutter, you need to place hangers on the back as soon as the shutter is dry.

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I nailed one small nail into the shutter and placed the sconce on top! Yeah!!!

 What other projects would you do with your left over Laminate?