Archive for January, 2012

  • She’s movin’ on up!

    Date: 2012.01.04 | Category: homemaking, parenting | Response: 0

    Otherwise titled “How I Spent my Christmas Vacation” or “The Yellow Room Gets a Makeover”.

    Since Baby #3 is coming sometime in the next two months we needed to get cracking on cleaning out Kate’s new room so we could move her out of the nursery.  Unfortunately, the yellow room was not only serving as a guest room, craft room and wrapping room, but it had also become the dumping ground for things we didn’t know what to do with.  Papers from the closing of my condo in 2001?  Yup.  Yearbooks?  Yup.  Old financial records?  Yup.  3 boxes labeled “Chris junk”?  Yup.  14 years of bible studies?  Yup.  I vowed that I was not going to lug all those boxes down to the basement until they had been purged and sorted and organized.

    Here’s how the room looked this Spring…

    Totally out of control.  So embarrassing, really.  Not particularly inviting for guests or a relaxing place for crafting.  We made a little bit of progress over the summer, but things kind of stalled when the school year started.  So, Chris and I spent 3 or 4 evenings after Christmas sorting paperwork and hauling things from the second floor down to the basement and from the basement up to the second floor.  The desk and file cabinet had to go down to make room for a dresser (the one I painted months ago- I am so glad I did that before I got big pregnant!) and chair (an extra we had in the basement).  Thank you Matt and Robb for helping us haul the furniture- it was a bit much for this pregnant lady!

    Here’s Chris about halfway through the great purge of 2011.

    Don’t be fooled- that’s totally a fake smile.  This was not a fun task!

    But look how cute Kate’s big girl room turned out!

    I LOVE the letters that Auntie Kristin made for Kate- they double as hair bow storage and I think they’re so fun!

    We ended up adding black out curtains OVER our black out blinds because this room is much brighter than Kate’s old room and she was having a hard time napping in here.  We’re big fans of sleep at our house, so we fixed that problem quick!

    We debated about setting up our second crib in here for Kate, but decided to give the bed a try- so far so good!  Bedtime has been easy, naps are a little harder, but we still have the pack n play as a back up in case we need it.  I’m still looking for a headboard for her new bed, hopefully something will come up on craigslist soon!

    Doesn’t she look tiny in her full size bed?  Sweet girl.

    We decided against decorating her room with any kind of a theme- in a few years when we have an idea of what Kate likes and wants we may change things around for her, but for now the existing yellow floral bedding and some of the decor from her old room work just fine.  She is thrilled and loves running between the nursery and her new room and saying “hi bed”, “hi Katie’s room”, “hi chair”.  It’s so cute.

    I’m calling this project a success!  Now to put the nursery back together and to tackle the mess in the basement…

  • Rock Star Jeans

    Date: 2012.01.02 | Category: crafts, parenting, saving money | Response: 1

    While wasting time online several months ago, I stumbled upon this idea for adding a guitar patch to holey jeans.  I thought it was pure genius, and perfect for my 3 year old who is obsessed with all things music.  I pinned the page on Pinterest and then when I came across two pair of jeans with holes in the knees in his laundry I knew it was time.  I am not artistic AT ALL and I am so pleased with how these came out!  I used her guitar and amp as inspiration for the first pair, then I decided to go crazy and come up with my own pattern to make drums on the second pair.  I searched google images for drum sketches, but really ended up coming up with my own design on paper which I then used to freehand the actual patches.

    JT opened up the box with these on Christmas morning and he was so thrilled!  Of course I couldn’t get him to stand still for a picture for anything- he was literally jumping around with them.  I did get a picture of him wearing the drum pants the next day.  Please note the glow drum sticks in his hands and the fake smile!

    Here are some close ups of the patches-

    Sadly, the ironed on edges have already started to come up after only 1 wash, so I’m going to have to stitch all of the edges down to keep them on tight.  I was hoping to avoid that since I can’t fit those little legs over the arm of my sewing machine and will have to do it by hand.  Ah, the price we pay to keep our kids happy.  And looking like a rock star.

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