Thursday, December 30, 2010

Nursery Mobile

Two posts in one day?! Yep, I can't do much else because the sawing and drilling are too loud for me to hear the t.v.!

Here's how I made a super simple mobile for the little guy's nursery.

embroidery hoop
craft paint
fishing line
scrapbooking paper
1 1/2" and 2" hole punch (or you can trace circles and cut them out, but that sounded like waaaay too much work)
glue gun

Here are some pictures during the process.

I needed two coats of paint to cover the wood.

My assortment of scrapbooking paper.

The cut out circles.

I just noticed that I didn't take a photo of actually putting together the circles, but it's pretty self explanatory. Take two circles of the same size and glue one to the ribbon and then glue another one directly over it. Easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy.
I matched the paper colors to the Boodalee fabric that I bought to use in the nursery. You may remember it from the mood board.

Then I glued all of the strands to the hoop. Right now it's hanging by fishing line. You could also use ribbon to hang it up. (I ran out!)


Please forgive my amateur photography skills. I still don't know how to use my new camera!

Kitchen Update

This will be the first of many updates I'm sure. Since I'm on Christmas break from teaching, I actually have time to post!

Here's the status of the kitchen floor:
Oh, hello basement.

But let's back up for a moment shall we? Here's the floor we found under the linoleum.

I know, I know, you're wondering why we tore up all that awesomeness. We thought it was going to be all black since that's what we could see from a portion of it under the fridge. But low and behold, it's got swirls, funky dollar sign looking things, not to mention the red and black border. I know retro is back so if you want it you can come pick it up from the dumpster in our backyard.

Up it comes:

Dave's putting the new subfloor in while I speak,er, type. More to come later, the hardwood's going in tomorrow, possibly.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010


The kitchen renovation has officially started!! Dave started ripping out the old cabinets yesterday and has already made a lot of progress!


Midway through:


And you are probably wondering where all the stuff that was in the kitchen went, well welcome to our studio apartment.

I've been washing dishes in the bathroom sink and it's kinda nice walking across the room to grab a drink or make a cup of coffee. I'm sure it will get old real quick.

What have I been doing during all of this? Making a mobile for the nursery. Photos to come!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Thanks Santa!

I was very excited and surprised that Santa brought me a digital SLR camera for Christmas! I had been hinting for awhile that a nice camera would be great to have when the baby comes, but never thought I'd actually get one! What can I say, I'm spoiled :).
I got the Canon EOS Rebel T2i, whatever all that means. All I know is that it takes great photos without even trying, though I have a lot to learn. Maybe I'll take a class on how to use it!
Dave had more fun with the camera than I did yesterday. Here are some highlights from the day.

And the best photos of all,
Cranberry Stilton Before:

And after:

You can see where that photo is headed. Dave had no idea that he was taking the photo and by the time he put the camera down it was too late. I think Sammy was just doing everyone a favor, no one else would touch the stinky stilton anyway.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Niki was here

This is where we found the lovely photo of Niki, in our third bedroom also known as the attic.

Donny used to live in the upstairs bedroom and I think he had the hots for Niki's feathered hair. Here's what she has to say.

I wonder what happened at Zven's birthday?? We may never know, but I think Donny was one sly devil.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Nursery "Mood Board"

I use the 'mood board' term lightly, since I don't have the capability to make an actual mood board. If you read any design blogs, you know what a mood board is. Mood boards are basically collages of items such as photographs, sketches, clippings, fabric swatches and color samples that designers make for clients to get an idea of what a room would look like. I don't have photoshop or any program in which to make a sleek display of my nursery finds. So I had to make do with what I did have, Microsoft word. Not the best program to use, however, not the worst either.

Here's a real mood board:

And here's my lame attempt at one:

We found out we're having a boy! So out with any frilly pink dreams I had for the room, in with the rough and tough blue.
1. I found the blue/green/grey fabric on Zulily (my new fave site to get mama and kid items on the cheap), that I'll use to make pillows for the chair and a bed skirt.

2. I'm loving these numbered cards from Land of Nod. I'm thinking of hanging them on some wall shelves.

3. I've had my eye on this modern crib for a while. I like the two-toned wood and the white will brighten up the room since I already have two dark wood dressers we'll continue to use in the room.

4. I would love to have a comfy upholstered glider like this one from Pottery Barn Kids. I'm not loving the 1K price tag, since that's the budget for the entire room. Any ideas on where to get a white fabric chair on the cheap, I'm all ears!

5. I have looked everywhere for an eco-friendly rug for the nursery. Rugs made out of non-natural materials leak vocs that are very dangerous for babies and are even linked to SIDS. I coudln't find a rug I liked, so I designed one on Flor in the colors of my choice!

6. I like idea of a hanging pendant for lighting, but I'm not so sure about the brown. I may try to find another color or light all together.

So there you have it. I'm planning on doing some DIY art work by covering large canvases with fabric or wrapping paper to hang over the crib. Details to come later!

And all of this is merely an idea right now since our nursery is still a storage unit. It now has even more stuff in it since Dave ripped apart the basement and attic and anything that was in those two rooms are now housed in the nursery. ((ugh))

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Finally getting around to it.

Those of you who have been over to our house know that we have a lovely entertainment center consisting of the cable box, dvd player, and receiver sitting on top of a beautiful speaker. We had been asked if we were going to get an actual entertainment center. Well, it was on the list. Dave had visions of turning one of the built-ins that came with the house into a cabinet for all the electronics
but now that he's on to bigger and better things (like tearing the attic and basement apart) it got put on the back burner. With baby on the way, I knew these things needed a place to hide. Especially since our little friend Evan came over and tested it out for us and yes, it's really fun to turn the stereo volume up and push all of the buttons. Thanks for the hint Evan!

I did lots of research online to find the right size cabinet. I searched C&B, West Elm and Target. We found the cabinet we liked at Target not only for the price (a huge plus!) but also for the dimensions. Our stereo receiver is pretty deep and the cabinets we found at the other stores were just not wide enough. I also liked the feature the cabinet had to close half of it off so you don't see the cable box.

Now I just need to figure out what to put on top of the cabinet and also on the shelves, it looks a little too matchy-matchy right now. And to answer your question, yes everything we own is green.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Happy Turkey Day!

It's just Sammy's dropping in with some Thanksgiving cheer. No she didn't get any of that turkey like the Bumpus Hounds, but she sure was excited to swipe 5 biscuits off the table while no one was paying attention. One small victory for doggy-kind.

This year I was very excited for the magically expanding waist pants I got to wear. Let's just say, it was awesome. Even if you're not preggo, I highly suggest you buy a pair of maternity pants for the holiday season. This is a 19wk. before-the-meal-shot. Sorry but I opted out of an an after-the-meal-shot.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Raise the Ceiling

No, I'm not talking about the debt we'll be in once the kitchen is finished, I'm talking about literally ripping out the ceiling. I've always wanted to live in a house with high ceilings, but the basement was not the place I envisioned this would happen. Dave is taking the ceiling down so that the electrician can get to all the wiring when he comes to add outlets, a new electric panel and lights to the kitchen.
I haven't ventured into our basement for over a week, so I actually don't even know what it looks like down there firsthand. Here's a photo journey of the room formerly known as our basement.

And I thought upstairs was a mess..

All cleaned up

Only one casualty

And now Dave's working on the laundry room ceiling. Please pretend you don't notice that I'm in the same clothes as last week. Febreeze may be my best friend.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Need to sell anything?

Send it our way. Apparently, we're pretty good at selling things. Yes, I just tooted our own horn. Dave said that we're good at buying things. Which, really is the truth. We had an offer on our condo after the first showing, so we knew that was a good investment.

I recently sold a pair of shoes on ebay for 100 beans (and only bought them for 80!). And this weekend we sold our old couch and Dave's car. What can I say we're on a roll.
We listed our C&B sofa for 500 last weekend with no interest, when we lowered it to 375 we had a bunch of people interested. It's all about pricing things right and buying something classic that won't go out of style. It is a big sleeper sofa that we replaced with our sectional. We'd like to have a sofa upstairs when we turn it into a rec. room, but there was no way it was going to make it up our steep attic stairs. Someone got a great deal on a sofa, what they don't know is that we bought it at the outlet and made all our money back! ha!

Next we sold Dave's car. Yes, we're buying a baby mobile. And,no, its not a mini-van. Dave listed his 4runner on Saturday and with in 2 hours we had 5 emails and someone who drove by the house who was interested. On Sunday after the first test-drive, it was sold.

It feels good to have sold all these items so quickly! We never expected it! Maybe we'll have a yard sale next, I have a bunch of junk in the attic.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Welcome Dumpster

We live on the North Shore and we have trash in our yard. Last week we got a dumpster delivered and it will remain in our backyard for another few weeks. So far it's filled with the ugly hollow varnished doors we took down and any wood scraps in the basement left from the stair project. As soon as we get our building permits, we'll (and by we'll I mean Dave) tear down the basement ceiling to expose the electrical wires so it's easier to get to them. We're putting in a new electrical panel and are adding more outlets to the house and re-wiring the kitchen. So the basement ceiling will go in the dumpster as well as the paneling from our second floor.

I don't even have a photo for you of our actual dumpster because this mama is too lazy to walk the 50 feet out her back door to take a photo. Yes, that's how lazy I have been. Simple everyday chores seem like climbing Mt. Everest.

Maybe we won't get rid of the dumpster once we're through with house projects. I've always wanted a hot tub.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Well hello there.

It's been a while. Yes, I've been majorly slacking on my blogging duties. Well there is a good reason for it. For the past four months I've been in a black hole. Sleeping for 12 hrs at a time, feeling dizzy and nauseous, and generally crappy. Yes, you guessed it, I'm pregnant! I'm 15 weeks and just starting to feel better, but teaching 5 year olds for 7 hrs a day doesn't help. DVR has been my best friend as my bedtime is 8 or 9 pm and I miss all my favorite shows. I made cookies last weekend, the first time in months I cooked anything that didn't require a microwave. I feel like I am slowly turning back to my old self.
Here's the bambino in utero at 11wks.

So after I peed on a stick and got the plus sign, Dave quickly realized that he had to get his ass in gear on the kitchen. There are many house projects on the list, but right now we're focusing on getting the kitchen finished before we welcome a little one into the world. I'm not sure that sawdust and paint fumes are good for a baby.

Also on my mind is the nursery. I've been waiting to decorate the nursery since we moved in! I already started this summer, but it came to a halt when the nursery turned into a storage facility. The room actually looks much worse now that I have put all my summer clothes and ones that don't fit me anymore into tupperwear bins (aaaand they're stacked to the ceiling). We won't find out if it's a boy or a girl for a few more weeks and once we do I can decorate accordingly!

Hopefully I'll be able to keep up with the blog and update you on all the reno going on over here. But please forgive me if you don't see a another post for a while, I have learned that it's a lot of work to grow a baby.