Monday, January 30, 2012

I've been watching my nephew and my own son growing up lately, and I'm led to wonder: are babies really as happy as they seem, or do they smile all the time because they only see people smiling at them?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Floating Shelves--Done!

The floating shelves are done! We're trying to figure out what to do with the wall, now. I don't know what to do with decorative shelves since I have nothing to put on them.

But have no fear! I have a few things in mind that I'd like to try. We found a box of antique books in our attic when we cleaned it out (one of the few non-junk items) and I have some vases that might work. I'll be switching those items and more in until I find something that looks like it might actually belong.

In the meantime, here's a photoshopped version of what our room could look like in the future. We'll be working on it.

And for my next trick, I found a sign that I think would look very nice in my newly-painted beige laundry room.  I'll be making it while I try to figure out how to fix my sewing machine.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Our Little Chunk

Gideon is the cutest thing. He's been working on growing quite the mane, lately. I miss being able to kiss his bald head, but I suppose it's nice to have a baby with hair.

He sleeps all night (about 10pm-6am) usually and I am SO glad, because I'm ready to get some sleep around here. We just had his two-month checkup, and according to the chart, he is in the 99th percentile for weight and 95th for height (14 lb 8 oz and 25-3/4 in). That's about the size of an average four-month-old. And my, he feels like it, too!

All the pregnancy sites/forums tell you to get some cardio/aerobic exercise in because it'll help you have an easier labor and delivery... I had a relatively easy time with the L&D stuff, even though I was in poor shape. But I wish I had taken the advice of my sister to weight train for carrying around this squirmy baby! I should have been hefting ten pound bags of flour around to train for motherhood. Flour doesn't wiggle as much as a baby, but it's a good approximation of my little chunk in the beginning!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Floating Shelves

Our living room needs some decor. It's beautiful, but plain. Since Daniel and I are new to home ownership, we don't know much about decorating. I decided to trust the Rule of Thirds for the long wall and knew I wanted floating shelves in my last third.

Scouring the internet brings up options from $20-$200. But here in Ruraltown, USA, the nearest IKEA is three hours away, and I want something a little better quality than the blue store's finest without spending a fortune. So the project got put off. Maybe when we have more in the budget.

Cue my discovery of Ana White, HomeMaker: she has actually built a house. With her husband. They built their house together. She knows how to build floating shelves! And she does it with super cheap cuts of wood! And my husband loves woodworking so he can teach me! I pretty much ran into the trifecta of project get-up-and-go. I went to the lumber store and had them cut all my pieces for me. What gentlemen! Then I got home, measured the cuts with Daniel, and we re-cut every piece. So much for saving time on the saws! Together, we sawed, glued, screwed, nailed, puttied, and sanded.

Gideon even got to help!

But he's easily distracted.

The fully assembled setup, ready to paint and install.

We'll screw the frames into the wall then slide our box-shaped covers right over them. I'm sanding and putting the final coat of paint on today, then Daniel will help me install them tonight. Pictures soon!

New Face!

We're in the process of slowly redoing our whole house, it feels like. Adding a shelf here and there, painting this wall and that; the work will probably never be done (at least not with the current home improvement budget!).

One of the projects I am really proud of is our front door. When we moved in, the door was a rusty brown color, complete with dents and scratches--complements of the years of life the door has seen.

 I contemplated replacing the whole shebang with a brand new door set, (hah!) but the price of a new entry door and window ensemble would about equal what we have spent on home improvements in the last year. My solution: paint it!

I love daring doors. I have always had a soft spot for glossy red and funky purple doors. My husband, though, will have none of that on his front door. The next best thing? Black, for sure. I told the husband, then forgot about it for awhile while we demolished the jungle that was our entire yard:

Then one day after the yard had been barren for a while, the itch got too much to bare. I had to get rid of that awful door color! So off to the paint store I went. While I was there, I called the husband at work to confirm: "Honey, you remember how I mentioned wanting to paint the front door black? Well I'm at the paint store. Did we want eggshell or semigloss?"

"Um, you want to paint the door? Black?" Whoops. Should've communicated better on that one. "...sure, I guess. Probably eggshell is best. It's an old door."

And so I gleefully told the paint man to give me a quart of his blackest black. After a morning spent sanding, (in the freezing cold! why didn't I get to this in late August or mid-Septemberish?) we carefully filled, sanded some more, then finally painted that old door.

Me, 7 or 8 months along with Gideon
The result is phenomenal!

Those windows will get a makeover someday.


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