Tuesday, December 31, 2013

"Later" Shelving

There was been some definite nesting going on over here from both parents. In fact, Nate took a sledgehammer to my nursery. Yeah- tell me about it. I'm a little stressed. But, we will get to that tale later in the week when I am done hyperventilating.

In the mean time, I was looking for some kind of organization system for all of that stuff that we got from baby showers that we don't need immediately. This includes the 18 rubber duckies we got. Yes, we got 18 rubber duckies and they were all used in some kind of bow...type...thing. Adorable. But now I have 18 rubber duckies and a child who won't use them for quite awhile.

So, I did what any rational adult does- I took to the internet in a quest for a mom who has been there, done 18 rubber duckies. When I saw this video about closet organization, I immediately drove to the closest dollar store (and they didn't have the awesome buckets you see in the video- boo) and drug Nate over to home depot.

At Home Depot, I filled Nate in with what we were doing (so frustrating, I thought he was in my head and knew already) and we purchased 3 of the wire shelf kits for $10 a piece. We did not buy the track system because of the inconsistencies of our plaster- you really never know if something like that will hold and we thought we were more likely to have success with three individually hung shelves (good thing too as several holes we drilled crumbled about 3 inch sections of plaster...ugh)

The closet in the nursery is kind of perfect for these shenanigans. For starters, it is HUGE, it has two hanging rods, though one is behind the other, and then a big empty wall. When we were using this room for storage we had a whole dresser in here but I didn't want to deal with another dresser in the room. Call me crazy, but I thought three would be kind of excessive.





We decided to hang the shelves straight in from the door instead of over to the side to keep things feeling more open.

Nate crankily went in with all of his gadgets and got to work (he would rather do ANYTHING than hang things).


Also, if you're ever looking for a small gift for your honey (or yourself) I totally recommend this little magnetic wrist band (and no, this isn't an affiliate link, I honestly have no idea how to do that). Nate uses it for every. single. project.  I got it as a stocking stuffer for him last year and I don't think I could get him to change a light bulb without it now.

After everything was hung up, I loaded up all of the random crap I have right now that I found useful. I'm positive this will all change almost immediately after she actually gets here, but for now it's nice to have stuff out of the main room and have some sense of organization.

And BOOM! I have officially posted one of the like 15 projects we've done that are little but still happened.

How is everyone? Anyone doing anything fun for NYE? I'll be taking a heartburn pill and crawling into bed at about 9:30. Happy 2014!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Merry Merry to all of our readers who celebrate. We hope you have a safe, warm, and happy holiday this year.

Monday, December 23, 2013

So This Is Christmas!


Look! We got motivated to actually decorate the Christmas tree! I hope you all have a happy and safe holiday- we are currently thawing out from a scary ice storm- if I wasn't worried about slipping I'd go out to get pictures to show all of you- there is a perfect encasement of ice on EVERYTHING in mid-michigan. Ridiculous.

We will talk to you guys soon!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Cell Phone Bucket

Note: After getting several comments/e-mails regarding this post, please remember that this is not about mine and Nate's family. It is just something we saw that would make for interesting discussion. Thanks!

In this world of Pinterest and wayyyyy too much available information on the internet- I have heard so much about things I should take/do at the hospital...and honestly not a whole lot about what actually happens at the hospital. I mean, I know I leave with a baby (hopefully), but I'm kind of learning that stuff as we go (though we haven't even toured our hospital yet, and we aren't taking any kind of class...whoops).

Here is one that I can't get out of my mind that I can really see both sides of the argument for. But, I want to see what other people think.

The Cell Phone Bucket

"For all of us paranoid moms that are worried people are going to tell the world before we get a chance to, put out a bucket that everyone has to put their cell phones/cameras in when they come to the hospital." 

This supposedly ensures that the only pictures of the baby in the hospital are on your camera and therefore you are the only person that can IG/Facebook/Tweet anything with the baby's face on it.

I can see this being kind of genius since we did have a friend post a thing on Facebook about how they knew the gender of Wookie (before we'd even had a chance to talk to Nate's mom- we had to put that fire out FAST) so it's nice to know that even if people say on facebook "Wookie Wagner, Born blah blah blah weighing blah blah blah..." at least you get to choose what picture goes along with it or, if you are one of those people that do not want your kids pictures on the internet at all you have control over that as well.

I can also see this backfiring horribly. What if something happens to your camera and you get home to discover you have ZERO pictures of your baby in the hospital. These are the things that keep me up at night.

I feel like this also goes into the whole "do I tell anyone that I'm going to the hospital or wait until we get home?" discussion.

I know a few people that didn't tell anyone when they were in the hospital and in fact a lot of people didn't know they had the baby for over a week. I kind of secretly love this because you really get time to establish your family dynamic and enjoy your new little clan. However, I can also see Wookie's grandmothers killing me.

With today's "look at me" mentality, I have a hard time saying that privacy is needed when there is obviously that selfish layer of "uhh, if anyone is going to announce that I had my baby, it needs to be me" when really anyone that puts things on the internet are just trying to inform people of your happy news. Does it matter if it comes from you or someone else?

I'm interested to hear what people have to say about this. Do mom's get to say who announces, does it matter if it gets announced, are you too exhausted to care who announces it anyway?

DISCUSS.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Don't Know if We Failed...

So at the beginning of the year we had posted about our favorite things about 2012 and what we wanted to do in 2013. Reading it now I kind of giggle. Little did we know I'd be out of commission for most of this year (I read a post about a woman installing floors a week before her due date and I laughed and took a nap. Not you, Kenz, I support your pregnant floor installing endeavors, but I still took a nap after that one too) we did get the most important thing done, so hey! That's a plus.

Here's all the cute things I thought we were going to do this year.

"5 Bigger Things We Want to get Done in 2013:
1.) GET A NEW ROOF ON THIS MOTHER. Like...ASAP. Like 6 months ago... and gutters and all that jazz.
2.) Build an organization system/work bench/station in the basement
3.) Fix the Garage
4.) Paint the exterior porch/trims that aren't vinyl
5.) Create a dog friendly landscape"


Well...Yay! We got a new roof and gutter system.

...and uh...that's about it. 

Now, it's actually funny that an organization system is on the list, because even though I've mentioned it about a thousand times on the blog (and probably 5000 more to the husband) this is the one thing I am ADAMANT that MUST be completed before the baby gets here. It's my weird and current obsession. I want my buckets up off the floor, the basement cleaned up and the ability to find what I need when I need it. Putting baby stuff that we don't need yet in storage doesn't work if I just forget it's there in six months.

As for fixing the garage- we bought a bigger car to accomodate my giant husband and a carseat, so we kind of...don't need the garage anymore because the car doesn't fit in it. Whoops. Our goals have switched to making it a really good work studio/somewhere to stick a beer fridge (what, that's classy?)

Painting the exteriors desperately needs to happen- and was on the roster until we found out that bending over made me want to hurl for the entire summer. I'm kicking myself for not toughing it out because our porch is very slippery because of it, and since my fucking garage doesn't work it's the only way out of the house.

And as for the dog friendly landscape, the yard looks even worse than it did last year. There will be some serious happenings back there as soon as we pay off some of our other debt including plans we've made for a new porch/patio hybrid. But that's down the road- that shit will not be happening next summer.

I had a much harder time this year coming up with my "favorite" 2013 projects because I had a much smaller selection than last year (and I'm seriously behind on blogging too).

1.) Stupidly, one of my favorite things may be my free denim dog bed that I made for the pooches- they use it every day, have not damaged it AT ALL and it isn't invasive to the decor (because I live in Michigan- denim matches everything)
2.) Also, still madly in love with our plywood art. Both our clock and my ombre vine. I'll combine these into one because they're basically the same project.
3.) The simple update we did to the upstairs bathroom that makes me not want to die every time I walk in there (I'm especially glad we did this since I'm in there a zillion times a night)
4.) I loved creating a garden bed in the dead space of our front yard- next year I promise to take care of it better.
5.) Then you know, I'm DIYing a baby. That totally counts as a project, right? (let me sob in the corner over the lack of real projects in this house)

As for 2014, here are my goals other than...you know, finishing last years goals.

1.) Paint the fucking stairwell (yes, we have been staring at the wallpaper glue since Brenna ripped the wallpaper down without asking)
2.) Birth a happy, healthy baby.
3.) Camp A LOT.
4.) Finish her room
5.) Work on being better grown ups.

I know, not as fun of a list- though it is fun if you appreciate that I consider the stairwell as annoying as me being a crappy grown up. Nate and I really want to work on simple goals next year, like oh, I don't know, not eating out all the time and trying silly things like, grocery shopping before we're out of food, doing laundry before we're out of underwear, and mopping the floor as much as we claim that we do to our friends and family (I swear, the dogs just tracked all this mud through the house...)

Because these are the goals, we are going to be much more of a home blog than a DIY blog next year. Obviously, we're cheap and broke so we will be continuing to DIY everything, but are hoping to venture into DIY cleaners, a lot more sewing, trying cool recipes and hopefully sharing more life posts about the ridiculous things I expect will happen next year ("Nate, don't build the camping fire with the baby IN the Ergo", "SEAMUS GET OUT OF THE PACK N PLAY")

What about you guys? What are your goals for next year? What's your favorite project you've done this year? What are your grown up tips?


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Christmas and Shit.

Uhhh, so shit guys, anyone else suddenly realize that Christmas is 15 days away?

like...1-5.

I feel like December is happening really, really fast. 

Things I've done.

...Well, I've decorated half of the Christmas tree. It looks very nice from arm height to bump height, the bottom and the stop are sketchy as hell- and totally not properly floofed, but what are you gunna do?

I also put the stockings up, but other than that, I haven't put up my other christmas trees, or our outdoor lights, or anything like that. I am kind of thinking it's just not going to happen this year. Not to be a humbug or anything, but I'm 30 weeks preggy and it's cold as hell outside. I don't feel the need to make Nate do all this stuff by himself, only to have to take it down by himself in three weeks.

We're also being super low key about Christmas. We are done with our baby showers now, so I think we might buy some baby stuff off of amazon and tuck that under the tree just to look festive, but it seems silly to drop several hundred dollars with my maternity leave rearing it's ugly head here in two months.

Ugh, logic. Sometimes I hate being an adult."Bills are more important than Christmas" HUMBUG.

I will have some sewing projects to share after those people are given their Christmas presents (I have 3 kid quilts to make by Friday. Let's see how that goes...)

So, with that, I'll leave you with this picture of me in a shark onesie.

And don't judge her for being big. It might have something to do with 10pm milkshakes.


Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Best Mobile Ever.

I have the best mom ever. And combined with her magic powers, I have the best mobile ever.

Like, don't even try to compare. Just get ready for some serious ooohhh-ing and ahhhh-ing. That is your job right now. Here, let's just go right to the eye candy, and then we'll go into the story and how to.


It all started when I told my mom about a mobile I saw on Etsy. It was a really cute felted Where the Wild Things Are mobile with characters from the story. I felt it was a cute and easy way to put the theme of the nursery in without having to paint a mural on the wall. The thing was that the shop person was asking over $100 for the mobile- which I'm sure was WORTH it especially being an Etsy owner myself, I know time plays a big factor in pricing in the stores, but the problem with being a crafter is that you always wonder if you can do it for less. 

I asked my mom if she knew how to do something like that, and she said, "I'm sure I can figure something out."

Fast forward several weeks, and she presents me with the worlds most intricate, amazing, beautiful, heirloom quality, hand stitched pieces for a mobile. (Which I'm sure by the end of it, she wishes she'd just had paid the $100 for the Etsy mobile)

Don't believe me? There are hundreds of embellishments on the sea monster alone.


The fact that these are so beautiful actually presented me with a problem. I didn't want them just for a mobile. They're so gorgeous I felt like they need to be able to stored in a way that they can be passed down, or turned into something else, or something. And since my mom said she has, "spacial issues" she literally handed these to me in a tin and told me to make a mobile.

(By the way, I asked her when she had the time to do these, and she said, "oh you know, they put Buffy on Netflix." My mom is a badass)

Here are the cast of characters for Wook's mobile.


As to how I made this into a mobile. I thought about it long and hard- we even considered something cool like hanging them off a stripped lampshade or something- but I didn't want the focus to be taken away from this piece of art, so I figured that floral wire would be the least "heavy"- visually speaking.

In addition to the floral wire (which I think was $1.99 at Joanns?) I also picked up a pack of Beadalon tags and a pack of jewelry designer clasps. I wasn't sure what I wanted the placement to be, so I thought making them interchangeable would be the best.

I took some white thread and stitched on the tags to the back of the characters. When I don't need them to have tags anymore I can cut the thread with my seam ripper and none of the felt will have been damaged.



Then I got to bending the wires. I ended up using 1 full size wire (A), 1 wire cut in half (B), 2 wires cut into thirds(C), and one wire that I cut a 2 inch piece off (E) and then cut the remaining in half (D).

This is going to be confusing. But I promise it's not. Get ready for a freaking sweet piece of diagram art.



To start off, I took a full length of wire, found the middle and wrapped it around my finger. Then I took a pair of needle nose pliers from my jewelry stash and flipped the ends up. This is the top of the mobile (A).

I then repeated the process, but looped the middle around the pliers instead of fingers for the B pieces.

For C, D, and E pieces, I flipped the ends over, connecting them at the points shown.

Once the mobile was together, all I had to do was clasp the felt monsters onto the open loops on the mobile! I played around with it until the weight distribution was correct and I liked the placement and called it a day.


I installed it with a ceiling hook over the slanted part of the crib. I currently just have it hanging there, but I think we're going to put it on a chain so it can move a little more freely.


It is the first finished Wild Thing piece for the room, so I smile every time I walk past it. You can adapt this mobile pattern to as many tiers as you'd like, and if you have little felt creatures or seasonal decor you have around your house you could try making a mobile with those!

Who says mobiles are just for kids anyway?

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Just Saying Hey!

Hi! I'm the world's worst blogger, nice to meet you. Honestly, I'm feeling a little burned out trying to get everything done before Wookie gets here while juggling the holidays.

So...really there's nothing to talk about?

I figured you would all appreciate the honesty of me saying that what I have done isn't really interesting, groundbreaking, or pinterest worthy- and that with working the sun isn't up to take pictures anyway.

I know, every midwestern blogger's excuse ever.

So I could bore you guys with filler or I could say, "when I have something cool to share, I'll pop in and let you know what's going on."

If you'd rather I post little randoms instead of just big projects, that is cool too- I just really hate getting excited to see a blog post something and you click on it and it is obviously filler (pot calling the kettle...)

So, what is going on with you guys? What would you like to see over the next few months as we near the end of the pregnancy/verge into parenthood? What kind of balance do you guys like to see on blogs?

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Longest Possible Post about Curtains

Well, I am pleased to announce that this room is officially habitable by Emma standards (even with the list of stuff left to do) but after putting the furniture in place, one thing I really wanted to do was hang up some textiles. I really think that adding some fabric to a space makes a huge difference in the coziness of a room.

...Plus, if I hung curtains in front of the playroom I wouldn't have to look at that paneling until I was ready to deal with it.

I was feeling like it would be really easy for the Where the Wild Things Are theme to get really masculine, really quickly, so I wanted to pick a curtain that would keep it girlie. We chose the Matilda curtains from IKEA. They have a very delicate embroidered knot in vertical lines on them that I thought mimicked the bead board well.

The problem is that they needed some serious tweaking. The biggest of which being that tab top curtains make me stabby. I have no idea why- I just hate the way they look (at least when I try to use them- I'm sure someone else can make them work, I just can't.)

Another thing was that since they are white, and the curtain rods we got were white they basically disappeared into the wall. This is what we wanted because the room is so small, but we wanted to add something to make them stick out.

Oh, and because they're from IKEA they needed to be hemmed.

Enter my 60% off Joann coupon from last weekend and our wonderful friend Callie.

Say, "hi" to Callie.


Our mission was simple. Two bitches, two sewing machines, two sets of curtains. It was go time.

First things first, Nate hung the curtain rods. For some reason hanging curtain rods takes my husband A LONG time. I think it's his perfectionist tendencies. I love him anyway. But, we needed them up so we could hem the curtains appropriately. I think it is way easier to hem curtains when they're up then hemming them and trying to hang the rods accordingly.

Then, we sewed the tabs down. Simple as that, fold, sew. By doing this we went from the tab look to pleats. It is probably the easiest way to achieve pleated curtains of all time. If you don't have tab top curtains, Katrina from Chic Little House has a nice tutorial on how to achieve the pleated look.

Once that was done, we hung them up and pinned for the hem. I didn't remove any of the access hem because I wanted to be able to change my mind later if needed.

Here is what the pleats on top look like when hung on the rod. (Excuse the horrible paint on the ceiling- the moldings should cover those up)


Now, we knew that the curtains at least to the play room would be open the majority of the time. I thought some pom pom fringe would be a fun way to trim the curtains.

...then I remembered I hate pom poms. So after talking to Wookie like a crazy lady in the trim aisle at JoAnns we settled on a green ruffle trim. I totally could have made my own trim...but ain't nobody got time for that. (Just kidding, it's really not bad, but with a 60% off a regular marked item coupon at Joanns I thought it was way easier to just get it pre-done) The exchange with this is that it isn't the exact green as the walls. My give-a-damn was running low so I decided it was close enough.

12 yards of trim and $25 later (woo! awesome coupon) there I was, pinning yard and yard of trim onto the curtains. I quickly straight stitched them down (some parts looking like I may have been tired) and then I went back and did a zig zag stitch over that to ensure they were properly attached.


Woo! Curtains done. Pleated, Trimmed and Hemmed. Like a boss.

...Then I put them up and realized I really needed a way to keep them open to be able to fully appreciate the green trim before showing you guys.

I thought about getting some basic white hold backs like these from PB Teen, but with three sets (door, window, window in playroom) It'd be about $45 plus shipping. I figured for $45 there had to be a more attractive option.

Today when I opened my email and noticed I had a $10 off at World Market coupon waiting for me I thought I would pop in and see what they have, and of course, I fell in love with something that isn't even a real curtain hold back. I found these in the knob section, and you buy them individually at the store. I got all 6 for $33 with my coupon.

I hung them up sideways like if they were hold backs, and tucked the curtains in. Bam! Instant adorable.


The great thing is that once the play room is done this is a nice way of separating the room, until then I can close them and not have to look at the paneling.

Here's a little peek.


And while I don't want to look at the playroom...


Woo! I think it made a huge difference in the way the room "feels".

Anyone else doing any sewing right now?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Furniture in the Nursery!

Troll! In the Dungeon!!! Or, really, just furniture in the nursery. Now, spoiler alert, there are things in here that I haven't really mentioned yet, so we'll have a tutorial on Friday for things like the curtains.

Now, last you saw, the nursery looked like this.



Remember to forgive me for things that will be covered by moldings and so forth.

First, let's look in from the hallway.


Straight ahead is the doorway to the play room. We decided to hang curtains over the doorway to be able to close off the playroom (especially while it's still rocking all of it's wood paneled glory) the dresser is the piece that was previously brown and yellow that we talked about here.

If you look in from the doorway you see the rug and crib (both from IKEA...there's actually a lot of IKEA stuff in here now that I think about it...whoops) as well as the window.

This room is really dark (contrary to these photos that I was able to snap at just the right moment- I was yelling at a train trying to get home to take these because I knew in less than twenty minutes it'd be horribly dark in here) it only has the one window in the main part of the room which is a whole 15 feet from our neighbors house that is just as tall as ours. Even though this room faces east- I wanted it to stay as bright as possible. We have really nice wood blinds (thank you previous owner) so I decided I didn't need to go with blackout curtains.

Feel free to roll your eyes at me when I complain the baby doesn't sleep.


If you go back towards the playroom and look towards the hallway...


...you see the door to the closet and the little dresser that we'll be using as a changing table. This is just the KOPPANG from IKEA that we put these drawer pulls from World Market on.


And then if you turn back to the playroom...


We have then seen the enormity that is Wookie's room! The space is only about 7 feet by 11 feet so it's not like a palace or anything but I think that by keeping the majority of stuff white, it really keeps the room open.

I love having the room at this point- it makes me smile (and slightly freak out) when I walk by because it looks like someone could actually live there. My mom will be coming up soon to help me make all the bedding so I'm excited to see how the big bag of fabric we bought in July all comes together!

What do you guys think? 

Monday, November 11, 2013

What is left?

We mentioned last week that we finally finished painting the white in the nursery. You'd think that would mean that we're done- YAY!

...but no.

I am the kind of person that always forgets the little crap that happens at the end of the project. This time, I am determined to do all that end bullshit because if I don't do it now, shit ain't gunna happen.

(especially since we are 10 weeks away from full term. excuse me while I breathe into a paper bag)

The good thing is- at this point I feel less panicked about WHAT DO WE DO IF SHE COMES EARLY?! As I feel like we have enough done that we could finish in a few weekends with a newborn in the house. Nate and I, as of now, have every intention of using the nursery from the get-go. I know a lot of people say, "oh, that will change once you have the baby...you'll want her within ten feet of you"...but the nursery is literally the next room over and I'd rather not share my space when either Nate or I are going to be going back to work within 2 or 3 weeks of her getting here.

So, anyway. What is left? What are all the stupid little things that need to happen?

1. Outlets & Light Switches

When we bought the house, the room was that wood paneling, so the previous owners had black outlets with wood covers. Since that is an obvious thing that is easy to fix we will be replacing them. I want to add a dimmer switch to the room as well. As for outlets, we will be jumping the gun and installing childproof plugs. If we're doing it anyways, mind as well right? These plugs have sliding covers built right in. 



 2. Get the electrician in

We need to add a ceiling fixture to the room (we have our eyes on this crown light from Shades of Light) so we need to have an electrician come in and take care of that for us. When we got it priced, it was only going to be about $100- we just need to get 'er done.


 3. Add trim/chair rail

We took down trim that we thing is a little puny for the space- we still have it, but we think we're going to trade it out for the chunkier crown that you can find in our downstairs.

4. Putter!!

We have all of our fabric and ideas- we just need to get everything made and in place. This, of course, is the fun part.

5. The entire fucking playroom

...I guess we'll get there when we get there.

Are there little things at the end of projects that you always forget about until you get there? i'm sure I'm forgetting something else.

Monday, November 4, 2013

The Little Dresser

True to form of me changing my mind on what direction the nursery was going to go, I had to redo a couple things that I'd started from when we were going to do the bird nursery.

The first thing I had done was put a coat of yellow paint on the drawer fronts of a home made dresser we had bought off of craigslist. The thing isn't very well made, and because it's home made, it isn't the smoothest thing- but we couldn't beat the price and the size is good.


I had plans to paint the shell of the dresser once we got our wallpaper in so I could color match, but never did it since we never ordered the paper!

When we went a different direction and we painted the room white and green, I decided to continue that onto the little dresser to help it disappear. The room is super small, so I wanted the furniture to be as invisible as possible.


I used the same white and green as I'd used on the walls- you can find the formula for the green here.

All this took was a quick sanding, two coats of KILZ, and a million coats of the fucking Glidden paint from hell, and two coats of Behr Paint and Primer in One.

That's right, we ended up going and getting another gallon of white paint in Behr in hopes of finishing the damn painting and, what do you know, two quick coats later and the painting was done! (After wasting like, two months of our lives on the Glidden.)

I put these glass knobs on from World Market (Clear Floral Glass Knobs) because they matched the knobs (Floral Glass Brass Knobs) we ended up putting on the other dresser (don't worry, we haven't talked about that yet... it was too dark to get a good picture) I figured since the drawer fronts on the little dresser we bought were white, they needed a splash of green, while these drawer fronts were going to be green, so the needed a touch of glass. I thought the clear glass looked like the center of the green knobs. One is brass backed and the other is nickel, but when they're on the drawers you can't see the nickle.

Photos Via World Market

All said and done, the little white dresser is still obviously banged up, but it is much fresher.


I haven't done the mirror yet- I figure it will be easier to spray prime the mirror and it is sadly past spray painting season in Michigan- I'll get it done and attached next spring- it's not like the baby is going to be looking at herself to do her hair every morning anyway.

All in all, I think it is a great improvement from where we started- and honestly, I'm just happy to have something done!!


What did you guys do this weekend?

Monday, October 28, 2013

the time I bought all my nursery furniture before getting pregnant

Before getting pregnant, I announced that I bought all of our "nursery" furniture for our kid guest room we were going to start on.

 It was adorable and Jenny Lind inspired. I even started to work on some of the pieces since I scored everything for so little that it all DESPERATELY needed to be refinished.

 Well...then this crazy thing happened where I got knocked up about a month later.

Yay?

It had already taken us so long that we figured we just knew what we wanted- then we switched from the bird theme for the Where the Wild Things Are theme- mostly out of me having a pregnant moment with OMG NATE THIS FABRIC IS SO CUTE.

Well, then, while pregnant, I discovered it was much harder to find the energy to redo these pieces of furniture. Then, once I finally started feeling better, the weather started changing which meant spray painting was out. Then by the time spray painting was out I had this slight frontal obstruction that made it difficult to bend over and paint and strip all this crap.

So...my husband threw a fit and said we needed to just buy some nursery furniture.

BUY FURNITURE?! HOW DARE YOU.

He had logical arguments for all the pieces but one.

1.) After like a zillion things of spray paint the crib still didn't have the coverage that we wanted and the weather wasn't really cooperating to finish it. We thought we'd have a year of it being filled with stuffed animals getting the stink off of it, but we need a crib in February, so we had to give this one up.


I thought I'd be more upset about this than I actually am. The painting was a pain in the ass- I could only do a small section at a time, and honestly, I was just frustrated. We are keeping the crib to turn into a bench or something. Plus, the crib springs have already proved useful as a dog barrier for projects! (no, not kidding) It will be turning into our command center, but for now we on a random trip to IKEA the cribs were like, half off, so we scored a nice crib and mattress for about $100. Boom. Done. No more painting looming over my head.

2.) This changing table.... Oye this changing table.


I'll put this one simply for ya. After Nate put it back together after getting it off craigslist it just didn't feel...sturdy anymore? Add that with the fact that it is veneer and I'd have to use oil based primer on it and I was over it. Since we weren't using the Jenny Lind crib anymore, we didn't really need the Jenny Lind changing table. We ended up selling it on craigslist for the same amount as we spent on it so it ended up just being one of those bad purchases. I'm more happy than anything that I didn't stress myself out over it by trying to start it. We ended up getting a really basic dresser from IKEA to use for our changing table. We'll be customizing it and whatnot but again, my husband had a "I just want stuff to be DONE." fit. Honestly, I agreed with him on this one.

3.) This rocking chair...


I take full blame for this one. When I wasn't pregnant and I sat in it I thought, "hey, this is really nice!" so we bought it. Now that I am pregnant the balance in this thing is off just enough that I feel like I'm going to tip out of it. When we would get out of it the chair would keep going and you'd almost have to catch yourself to get up. I think the problem was the wood treads with the wood floors...I was worried about either falling out of it with the baby or, more likely, waking the baby up when I would try to finagle my way out of it.  It'd probably work great for a carpeted nursery, but not in ours. Again, we sold it on Craigslist for what we paid for it, so it was a wash other than the footstool that we bought as-is at Home Goods to go with it (I think we paid like $20 for the footstool?) I may have already replaced this with an awesome retro recliner that I'm trying to air the stuffy-ness out of (it was covered in that plastic covers so it just smells stuffy)

4.) This dresser

WE ARE KEEPING.

I know, I had you worried right? We decided to keep this one because I hadn't finished what I started with it and with it being wood I can easily paint it. I'm actually on my last coat of paint for it and we should have some pictures for you by the end of the week. 

I do feel kind of ridiculous that we bought all of this furniture and ended up keeping one piece of it- but at the end of the day, I just didn't know what I wanted when I started. I don't regret buying them because they would have been really cute if I'd had the energy to finish them- but I don't. I'm trying to work on forgiving myself for not getting done everything that I thought I would and this has been one of the big steps in that. 

I'm actually dying to finish painting the bead board so I can get furniture put together and start getting stuff put away (my dining room looks like a baby bomb went off). I want to see it all together!

Have you guys ever preemptively started a room and then went way off course half way through? You feel me?

Friday, October 25, 2013

Vacation, Shelter Dogs & a Giveaway

It is no secret that Nate and I are completely mildly obsessed with our dogs. We never thought we'd be those people, but we totally are- they're like our kids.

We worry about them when we're gone, we worry about our sitters, we worry about their health, we worry if they'll "make any friends", we are constantly worrying. I think the root of us worrying so much comes from the fact that our babies did not have the best life before they came to us. You look at them now and think, "who would throw you out of a moving car?" or "why were you in a shelter for TWO YEARS?" and it breaks our hearts. 

We are constantly trying to help our Humane Society in our area to try and help as many animals as possible because, obviously, we can't house 40 dogs in our urban home. You can support your local shelter in a million different ways, whether it is donating pet items, helping to socialize the animals, or participating in various charity events.

When we were approached by DogVacay.com about their Adopt A Shelter Dog Month campaign we knew we wanted to help somehow. Especially since mentioning the site to our readers might expose you all to a site you didn't know about before (and will be useful with the holidays coming up)

DogVacay is a really cool service that helps people find in home dog boarding across the country. This means that if you want to go home for Christmas, you can find someone locally to watch your dog for a fraction of the cost of putting them in a kennel- and if you have shelter dogs like me, kennels don't tend to go over well with my guys.

This link will take you over to a sign up page for the dog-vacay newsletter (looks like the image below). For each of us that signs up, Dog Vacay will donate food to shelter animals. We all want to make sure that our human friends don't go hungry this holiday season, please take a moment to think about our scruffy counterparts.

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When I mentioned this over to my buddy Anthony at Indestructible Dog (Which, if you've never shopped there, get on it, we fully talk about them here) to see if there was a way I could bribe you all to give up your e-mails, he offered up a Galileo Bone to one of our awesome brokies.


I may have inappropriate love for my Galileo Bone- it has helped my dogs so much when we leave them at home for the day (knock on wood, I have three dogs and I've never lost a shoe...) so I hope you all consider not only going over to DogVacay, but stopping in to say hey to Anthony too to use the awesome coupon code he gave to all of us (expires 11/8).



So what are you waiting for? Let's help some dogs, let's stuff their puppy stockings, and let's get into gear for this holiday season.

a Rafflecopter giveaway Please note that I wasn't compensated for anything mentioned in this post. I didn't get free dog sitting, I didn't get a free bone- nothing. This is all done for my love for dogs, and my love for Indestructible Dog.  

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A Pin That I Pinned That I Did: Cleaning a Shower Door

Can we talk real life for a second?

I feel like there's something about pregnancy that no one talked about and yet everyone I talk to now is like, "oh yeah, that totally happened to me- I hated it"

Why does NO ONE talk about how you will not have any energy to clean your house?

And, if you do have the energy, you can really only clean one thing at a time with breaks in between because damn girl. Your shit is soooo dirty and those cleaners smell a lot worse than they used to.

Well, I've been trying my darndest to keep up with stuff...but I failed. And now I feel so far behind and like I'm digging myself up out of that hole from 300. Nate is really sweet and tries to help but he really is good at tidying, not so much the deep cleaning. So while I've been going around and trying to clean stuff I'm shocked at like... 3 week old bread in the bread box, or slime under shampoo bottles. That kind of thing.

Like I said. HOLE.

So I'm starting the deep cleaning process (though I'm seriously tempted to just buy a package with a maid service if it comes up on Groupon) and I'm trying out some pinterest stuff while I do it.

I couldn't find the exact pin for this, but I read somewhere that you should clean your glass shower door with, get this, a used dryer sheet.

I figured, eh, what the hell, the thing hasn't been "cleaned" in a disgustingly long time and if it doesn't work it's not like I'm out any cleaning supplies.

All it said you needed was water and used dryer sheets- so I ran around the house gathering them up (does anyone else's dogs steal dryer sheets, or is Bridget just a freak?) and headed into the bathroom.

Since there were really no instructions to it, I wet the sheet and I started just rubbing it on the inside of my shower door.

And uhh....wow. I'm embarrassed to post this on the internet...


I kept going along and was noticing that it would get really streaky, so I'd wet the dryer sheet again and go over it one more time. This seemed to really only work when the dryer sheet still had stuff on it and was really wet.



I was also left with a delightful pile of soggy dryer sheets as I kept using fresh ones when it would get too streaky. (Warning. Gross hair gets on the dryer sheets) So does water marks or the starts of rust on your shower...


In the end I was really surprised at how well this worked. My door was cleaner than I'd seen it in a long time, and I almost felt like it repelled water a little better than it used to. After all, it's not the best door as my creepy animals lay outside the door and lick the water up (yum, hot, soapy tap water?)



We also just switched out our shower head again- my tall husband kept knocking into it and something came loose causing water to spray onto the ceiling. When he came back to take it down and add more plumbers tape to the inside of it, the whole thing snapped in half! We'd only had that head on there for...9 months? I was amazed.

Joys of home ownership. I don't know what was more amusing. Hearing Nate singing "Roar" by Katy Perry while he was in the shower, or hearing it turn into a slew of cuss words when water started spraying on the ceiling.

It's the little things that make life fun.

Back on topic, I have also heard that dryer sheets are good to dust baseboards with- so I'm going to have to give that one a try, has anyone ever had success cleaning with dryer sheets?

Monday, October 21, 2013

The Longest Painting in the History of Painting

When we began our nursery painting adventure, we thought it would take us about a week to get everything painted. That means, multiple coats of primer, paint, color, and ceiling, as well as molding for the ceiling and the chair rail. Oh! And the playroom. Silly me, it was only going to be white- how hard could it be?

Well...that was beginning of October.

Between both of us working full time, as well as Nate being broken from manual labor all day, and me being broken from the slight frontal obstruction I have, we are on day 5,323 of painting. ...or something like that.

So far, we have 3 coats of primer up to mask the mud/tape from drywalling, as well as un-knotting the bead board. We also have three coats of color, two coats of white and a coat of ceiling paint up.

...and we haven't even thought about getting to the playroom yet.

This process has been so. slow.

Let's remember what it looked like when we started...


And then when we got it looking like a...relative blank slate...



I don't know why my photos turned out so weird...probably has something to do with the fact that it's been storming here for over a week. But here is where we are at. We had a green color matched from the piece of fabric I have (my mom took a whole bolt of it back to Chicago to work on textiles for me) 





To get a "more true" version of the color (since light can get through fabric) we put a very light green paint chip behind the fabric before we scanned. It's almost like a key lime color? Here is the lid from Home Depot.



And here is how it looks in the space. It's actually a little bit more...mellow than this. I think the storm outside messed with some pictures. Hopefully we'll get some better ones soon.





The three bead board walls are staying solid white, so the green is just a splash of color that you can see from the hallway. We're going to bring the green around in other ways (like some awesome drawer pulls you may have seen on IG yesterday)

The one thing I am really considering doing is some kind of paint treatment on the ceiling since the rest of the room is so tame- though I don't know if I want to start something when we both are having a hard time being up on a ladder right now.

It's very interesting to me that when we first started this room, I thought it was going to be like blue guy from Wild Things.

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It was going to be steely and moody with rustic accents, though now, somehow, the room is going more towards orange hair guy.

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We picked up a few orange accents this weekend while we were out shopping and I'm loving the way it looks with the green.

Hopefully we'll be done painting the nursery this week- I have baby showers coming up in about 3 weeks and I would love to have everything in place so we can just put things away right after the shower.

How is everyone doing?