Remember my list of stuff to do from last week? One of the items was to redo my daughter’s room. She’s going to be three years old in a couple of weeks and her room needs a little updating. Getting rid of the big nursing chair, the diaper area, the toddler bed, etc. Furniture needs to be rearranged. The problem areas need to be dealt with.
The two big problem areas are book and toy storage. Right now they are just lying all over the place. Not very organized. At one point I had bought the supplies to make one of these hanging book shelves, but like so many of my projects, I just lost the motivation and they never got made. I guess I could still make them, we’ll see how the room starts to shape up.
Here are some of my ideas.
Some things are elements that are already there (pale sage wall color, dresser, lamp, posters, birds and bed). Other are things I’d like to incorporate (cubes, bed tent curtain idea, the Marimekko fabric). Anna likes everything so far and is really excited about having curtains on her bed. I’ve already ordered the cubes from Way Basics. Taking a little bit of a chance on them, since I’ve never seen them in person, but I like what I read.
Tomorrow we are going to rearrange the furniture. The cubes should be here Tuesday and I already have the fabric for the bed tent.
Notice that I haven’t mentioned anything about her closet. There is a small one in the room, but it’s currently being used as a holding area for my old purses that I can’t seem to bring myself to get rid of. They aren’t even good purses. I don’t know why I hang on to them. The closet will be next years’ project. Or I’ll just wait until Anna gets old enough to be like, “Uh, Mom, do you think I could use my own closet now????”Read More
A couple of weeks ago, we had our very first garage sale. My husband and I have been together for about 7-8 years and between the two of us, we’ve accumulated an impressive amount of stuff, not too mention the stuff we both still had from before we met. So after deciding that our house badly needed a good decluttering, I looked for some helpful garage sale tips to help us unload our stuff to our neighbors.
All the advice I had seen said to give yourself at least a month to get organized. Hahahahahaha… yeah, we didn’t do that. My husband had an unexpected week of vacation that week, so we did the majority of all the work then. We were in pretty decent shape until Friday. That’s when we realized that Iron Man 2 was opening and since Anna was in daycare, we were both free to go and see it. Guess what we did? The movie was awesome, but we were very behind schedule on Saturday.
The weather was pretty crummy. Cold, really windy and teetering on the verge of rain. I thought no one would come. But we went ahead and got most everything set up by 8am. Except for the clothes. There were just too many to hang. We put up our big tent in front of the garage in case of rain and put the signs out. And then got some big ass coffees and some donuts and sat and waited. And the people came. In the cold crappy weather. And bought stuff. It was great. We got rid of a good amount of crap including the big heavy dresser that we’ve been moving around from house to house. It’s gone now!
We even had a table of free stuff that included the set of encyclopedias from the sixties that my husband hates, but I love having. I was willing to part with them for the sake of house harmony.
No one wanted them. And making jokes about having their own set to rid of. Har har… I got tired of that freaking joke after about the tenth time I heard it. But someone came by and took them all. And seemed very happy to have them so I felt good about letting them go.
All in all it was a successful sale. Since we’re sort of on the edge of becoming hoarders, we still have a lot of stuff to purge. There’s another sale planned for a still yet to be determined weekend in June. Whatever doesn’t sell then is going to be donated and then we can have our garage back. Hopefully we’ll have some better weather. I want to sell everything now. Purging feels good.
And the best customer we had was the big bearded dude that came by with a t-shirt that said, “This one time, at bear camp…” Which made me giggle because I’m not that mature and I know what a bear is.Read More
Hey Kris, WTF is that on your door? It really clashes with the maroon and beige color scheme.
Oh, I was feeling a little festive today and made a spring wreath for the front door. Here’s a closer look.
Yes, those are marshmallow peeps. Anna and I went to Michael’s today to pick up some egg decorating stuff and I thought it would be fun to make a spring wreath for the door. After being inspired by this wreath, I decided to come up with my own interpretation. So while Anna napped, I slapped this bad boy together. Doesn’t it look like it took hours to make? hahaha… I’m not sure how long it will last, it might be coming down when my husband gets home. Something tells me he’s not going to be a fan of today’s creative burst of energy.
I think I like the one that I was inspired by better, but I didn’t have enough peeps to go that route unless I opened up the bunny ones. And you never want to mix your peep creatures. God only knows what sort of unholy union will become of that.
I bet this little guy had no idea of what his fate was going to be when he left Wegman’s today.Read More
My Christmas tree is losing the stare down contest with our neighbor’s Christmas tree.
I wish my tree wouldn’t be so intimidated by those fat puffy needled trees.
Why do I feel the sudden urge to break out my Rush albums?Read More
Ok, let this be the last of the Christmas posts. According to my updated project to-do list, these were the projects I needed to finish before Christmas morning.
First on the list: Stockings.
After creating a pattern out of a brown paper bag, I used the felted wool I made from thrift store sweaters to sew these bad boys up. I even added an inside liner to all three.
They aren’t really totally done, I want to add some sort of finishing to the top and embroider our names on them. But hey, I have almost a year to do it…
Second on the list: Play Kitchen.
Status = DONE!
Check out yesterday’s post for the picture proof. This was mostly my husband’s skill. I mostly provided critique and beers.
Third on the list: Husband’s present.
Status = DONE!
I ended up making my husband a bucky for Christmas. Using this tutorial, I whipped one up pretty quickly. It came out pretty well, I want to make one for myself after borrowing it for a migraine. The buckwheat groats inside the bag keep the heat for about 20-30 minutes. It’s nice.
I caught a little flak from some people (message board friends, some grumpy scrooges who shall not be named), saying that this was a lame gift to give to my husband. I was worried a little about that, but my husband said he loves it and I’ve even seen him use it so I’m going to go with he’s happy with my gift.
Last on the list: Consumable Gifts
Status: DIDN’T HAPPEN
Yeah, I was sick the day before and on Christmas Eve. I’m lucky I got the other stuff done. No bourbon balls, no chocolate pretzels, no chai tea loaves. I felt a little bad about it, but got over it pretty quickly. There’s always next year.
There was one bonus project that I did one night while watching tv. I saw these wreaths and thought they were just so festive and pretty. And more importantly, easy to do. My wreath came together fairly quickly using some extra ornaments I had lying around, the one wire hanger left in the house and my trusty glue gun. Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough ornaments to make a full sized wreath, so mine is a little smaller than and not quite as lush as the one I linked to. And I didn’t cut off the extra wire hanger, so that looks a little ghetto, but hey, the extra bit gave me the opportunity to hang it off one of the rocks in our fireplace.
Here’s the entire mantel with stockings, wreath and of course, the Christmas Trout.
And with this post, we’re done with Christmas stuff until next November. Ho ho ho…Read More
One of the Christmas projects on my list was to complete Anna’s play kitchen before Christmas morning. I am happy to report that it was finished a couple of hours before midnight on Christmas Eve. Whew! My husband did such a fantastic job, I wish I could take credit for more of it.
Here is the finished kitchen!
And the other side:
The sink and the fabulously adorable apron that my mom made for Anna:
So, I bet you are wondering what my contribution was? I made the curtain below the sink.
An interesting bit of trivia about the fabric I used, at least interesting to Project Runway dorks like myself, is that the fabric was designed by Jay McCarroll, the winner of season one of Project Runway. I really loved the colors and how fun the design was.
I am so happy with the way the kitchen turned out and more importantly, Anna totally loves it and has been happily playing with it since Christmas morning. I’d say it was her favorite present. Although the Elmo book with the CD player is giving the kitchen a run for its money.Read More