For the majority of my frames, I still go old school - vnails and band clamps... but... for deeper frames, a vnail just won't hold - Brad Nailer to the rescue! Over the past 3 days, I cut-routed-assembled-filled-sanded 12 mirror frames, 24 frames (deep frames and shadow box picture frames), and 9 wall boxes. That's 45 individual pieces in 3 days.
Thank you Brad Nailer... thank you, Justin Martin, for wrangling the kiddos so I could get some serious work done.... and thank you, Mom & Dad, for the router table (it's serving me so well) and the recent investment!
O is silly this morning. I adore her silliness... and these days she's really in to trying to play tricks on people. Just now, she put her sock on a sippy, sat on the floor (hiding one of her legs) with the cup next to her other foot, and asked me to 'help put on her shoes.' Silly girl... that's not a foot!
Oh, she laughed and laughed... she tricked me!
A light bulb went on.
With 3 kids running around, and especially when we have friends over, it's hard to keep the cups straight. What if each cup had a cozy? Maybe a custom one with a name tag on it? Or just color coded? For now... if we can wrap each kid's cup in their sock, we'll be making some progress.
Someone really should make these (a custom sippy cozy)... For now, I'll reserve the idea for me (patent pending). Cheers!!
We moved in to a new home a few months back and I have been seriously lacking any desire to decorate... the place looks like hell. Books are simply stacked in piles, there are few unopened boxes, the walls are bare.
I'm not sure why... I should have some female urge or need to make my house beautiful, but I don't. I'm just tired and, let's face it... lacking the funds to really get in to decor, motifs, color schemes, etc, etc.
But, my children still deserve a nice place to call their own. A little slice of personal heaven on earth... their own happy place. O always wants to be the Princess... Iz wants to be the Queen (smart girl)... Juju loves cars.
Over the course of the last 2 weeks, with about $100 dollars to spend, I set about making their rooms special.
The girls were easy - they were sharing a beat up old dresser. It's still beat, but now hidden behind some lovely pink sheer curtains (the closet doors had to go - they kept falling off and I was afraid one of them would get smacked by a falling door). Their window also got new HOT PINK curtains - they were on super sale on Amazon... I guess there aren't many takers for silky soft hot pink....
The nightlight is handmade with a vintage (restored and edited) photo of my Grandmother... The cork board was an old one I had in the office - brought back to life with some spray paint. The artwork was picked out by O and printed here at home.
The poms.... LOVE the poms... we're making more. Lot's more. Tulle is so cheap - Fabric.com has 6" wide rolls of 25 yards for $2.50. You can make 2 poms per roll.... and it's so easy, even a 4 year old can make them (and she is now making them all on her own). I used this tutorial from Chintzy Couture - http://www.chintzycouture.com/2011/10/tulle-pom-pom-tutorial.html
Juju....... First of all, Juju needed a new bed. He's 18 months. He'd broken the crib. Time for a big boy bed. I found a blue toddler car bed on Craig's List... for CHEAP. I had some random lumber (always do) to cut some slats to support the mattress.
Juju inherited my dresser... the dresser my parents bought at a garage sale when I was a little girl. A fresh coat of paint is all it needed.... along with some silver spray paint applied to some old cork boards I had out in the office. Juju also inherited my old CD player - a Christmas gift from an ex-beau nearly 15 years ago.
The photographs on his wall are originals... taken on our trip across county. The vivid blues and classic cars are PREFECT for him.... to hang them, I placed 2 screws and strung wire... and clipped the photos to the wire.
I quickly found that they don't make decent curtains for little boys. They have baby ones, and ones for boys I didn't like... maybe I'm just picky. Even searching for the perfect fabric was daunting. There are lots of car fabrics... but not the right one. I settled for the subway map print and lined/wrapped it with a bright teal solid cotton (50% off at Joann's). I LOVE them, and I'm sure if Juju were better with words, he'd let me know he loves them too (Iz even told me "I lub it.")
Soon, the floating shelves will be finished - they're in the shop awaiting a final coat of paint... and more art will come... and more fun. Next? I want to make Juju a hanging nightlight... using an old bicycle wheel and twinkle lights... and I want to use a canvas painters tarp & paint a town on it (roads, etc) for a rug/play mat for his room ;)
Now, what to do with the rest of the house?
This is not a picture of my sofa. I am ashamed to take a picture of my sofa.... unless you come to visit, you will never see it. Promise.
Once upon a time, I had a beautiful new sofa. Elegant lines, a high swooping back, plush but firm, in a beautiful cream... stunning.
Flash forward nearly 14 years:
It is no longer stunning... but still incredibly comfortable and functional. It has a small rip here and there... and it's not quite cream anymore.... It's abused. Spilled milk, dumped coffee, smears of whatnot, and pee (yes, pee), etc, etc.
We're not buying a new one just to be ruined by kiddos - we need to make due for another few years (potty training and all that jazz).... and secretly I LOVE that sofa. It was just so beautiful (once upon a time) and it is sooooooooooooo comfortable.
All in all, I keep it looking & smelling pretty good - and it's not by purchasing fancy cleaners. I do own a steam cleaner (anyone with kids and dogs should - it will pay for itself in the long run and the neighbors will be your best friends if you let them borrow it). The cleaning solution? Hot water, 1 cup white vinegar, couple drops dish soap. Douse the sofa & cushions with baking soda and steam clean the crap out of it.
Fizzy, scrubby, sterilizing goodness.... and if you can, set it all outside in the sun to dry. Ah.... sunlight. Nature's beach.
If you don't have this... you need it.
You'll thank me.
Whether or not you build things, or repair things... every household tool box needs a Grabit set.
We've all stripped screws before, or encountered one at the most inconvenient time (trying to put together a crib at 9PM with a cranky baby who needs to sleep NOW)...
Give yourself 30 seconds to cuss (not out loud if the kids are around, of course), grab the Grabit and get on with it. The Grabit stripped/broken screw extractor will have the bad screw out in seconds. It rocks. Trust me.
Buy a bracelet for your loved ones, for your little ones, for you. Buy a bracelet if you're thankful for your health insurance. Buy a bracelet if you're thankful for your health.
A work in progress