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?


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?


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?