Saturday, February 20, 2010

Headboard Dilema...

A couple of weekends ago, I painted our bedroom. Between my stomach bug and work, I have been unable to finish the touch ups - I plan on doing that tomorrow evening. I have several "finishing" touches that I would like to add but there is not enough time ---EVER.
Brandon's parents gave us their bedroom suite when we moved in to this house. They bought it when they were first married and the pieces are very dated but solid for sure. The detail is intricate and with some new hardware and a coat or two of paint, I think that they will be perfect.

With that being said, I'm tired of the "matchy matchy"... Its just not my style. I had Brandon remove the mirror that is attached to the dresser. We are going to hang some kind of mirror above the dresser but I'm not exactly sure of where I want the furniture right now. The dressers are fine but I will paint them --- probably white but the headboard is where I am having my most major issue. Like I said, I don't "hate" the furniture because it is certainly vintage and it was a gift but I'd like some variety.

I've been researching DIY headboards for a while and I stumbled across this slip covered headboard.
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What do you think? I can't decide on what I really want and to be honest - I don't want to purchase an old door or make a padded headboard because I just don't know what I want. I just know that I don't want what I have. Does that make sense? This gives me a very good alternative that can easily be reversed if needed.
I hope you all enjoy your weekend!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Sew...A Dress??? or Two or Three???

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My current day job as a Human Resources Professional, requires me to wear a suit or some sort of professional "ensemble" five days a week. This can be tiring and boring because there are only so many ways to "dress up" a business suit and quite frankly, I'm sick and tired of pant suits.

A few years ago, I had a different job, and not to mention the fact that I was A LOT smaller than I am these days. I used to wear cute dresses with sweaters all the time and it was appropriate - maybe even overdressed for that particular company. I was comfortable and professional at the same time.

With spring right around the corner - I'm thinking that maybe I could try my hand at making a couple of very basic dresses to wear with sweaters or a blazer depending on the day. I found these vintage patterns in my stash. There's only one problem - I have no idea as to how I am supposed to use a pattern. Well two, these dresses are a little more "intricate" than I want to make.

I've thought about going to Goodwill and picking out a $4.00 dress that I like and tearing it apart to make my own pattern. Will this work??? I really hope that it will because I have a tremendous amount of vintage polyester fabric that I practically stole from a thrift store that I could definitely picture as a dress.
Do you use patterns? Any tips?

Monday, February 15, 2010


My mother and I went thrifting the other day.... Look at all of those vintage threads and buttons! The colors are all so bright! It reminds me of Spring!

My Second Step....

Here's where I laid out my patterened pieces.... I must say - IGNORANCE IS BLISS. At this point, I still don't realize how bad this is going to be.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Sneak Peak

Look at those crooked strips... I'll post my progress later - It is really sad but it has been a very valuable learning experience for me. I am currently cutting more strips trying to be as precise as possible.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Did Anyone Miss Me this Week??

O-M-G... This has been the week from - well, you know. Sunday as in "Superbowl Sunday", I went to a small party and brought the kids home at half time. We were in bed by 9:08pm and before I knew it, it was 5:00am and I had been hit with the worst stomach bug in history.

Needless to say, I have not been up to blogging. I did however work on my quilt and it is pitiful! I am my seam rippers new bff as we have spent a tremendous amount of time with each other. I will post photos later. This house is upside down!

Have a GREAT weekend!

Saturday, February 6, 2010


Good Morning party people... This weekend, the agenda is BIGGGGG --- and LONNGGGG but guess what, I have a sitter so I could stay up all night if I need to. But that is highly unlikely because I require sleep to function.

Yesterday, Loren and I took a lunch trip to Hobby Lobby to purchase the fabrics for our "Easy Lap Quilt(s)" from the book Bend the Rules Sewing by Amy Karol. First of all, the sales lady was rude but whatever - we were pretty giddy from finally finding the fabric that we wanted to use. It was raining terribly and we had to scarf down hamburgers in her car before we went in but whatever--- we just wanted our fabric.

It was less of a challenge to choose once I got in there. I decided that whatever theme that I picked for my boys would be the theme that I used for their room. I went with cowboys! Is this fabric not precious?? I can't wait - I'm not sure that I will get it right away but hopefully I will be patient enough to get through the first quilt and the second will be a breeze. These will be at the end of their bed. I haven't decided whether to use navy or red comforters but I have plenty of time to think of that since I will be painting our master bedroom this weekend!

I hope you all have a lovely weekend! Hopefully, I'll be able to check in with updates!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Dutch Boy Paints

Has anyone ever used this brand? I bought this at Walmart in the "oops" section for ten bucks! I love the color and plan to paint my bedroom with it this weekend!
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I cheated...

Forgive me fellow bloggers for I have sinned.... It has been about four days since my last confession....

I said that I would not spend a DIME at Thrift Stores in the whole month of February and I lied... Oh boy did I lie - I spent $2.62 on three magazines and a book of quotations...

What shall my penance be?

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Our "Inspiration Wire"

Working 40+ hours per week outside of our home allows little time for me to connect with my boys on a creative level but I honestly try my best. There were many nights in the very early days when Drew was just an infant that I would finish my work day in the office only to go straight to a classroom in effort to finish my Bachelors Degree. Luckily, my parents helped when Brandon was still working third shift but I have still always felt incredibly guilty over the time that we spent apart during his first year of life.

After I graduated (one month after Drew's first birthday), I wrote him a letter explaining why I did what I did. I want him to be a hard worker and appreciate a little sacrifice and elbow grease. With that being said, there are still times that I think about how empty I felt sitting in a room full of strangers while my husband or mother was caring for my infant. While pushing myself to finish that degree, I promised myself that no matter what happened, I would continue to build a family, work full time and complete my MBA. Well, baby number two came along a year after I completed my Bachelors and he is now 18 months. Would you believe that I haven't even thought about starting the MBA program... Its funny how priorities change.

Despite the fact that we did spend many evenings apart, Drew and I are very close and always have been. Amongst many activities, we read together, draw together, take walks together and still at three years old Drew even sleeps in between his father and I every night. His imagination never ceases to amaze me and I am almost fascinated by his child-like dreams but yet he is still such and old soul.

Samuel, who I hope to one day be the "middle child" is the baby right now. Unlike his older brother, I hold back on pushing him too hard because I realize that he will be grown up oh too soon. Sammy is creative in his own rite - we use kitchen utensils and old tins as drums or empty boxes as cars. Sam loves to put things in his mouth so we have to be careful about giving him small items but I love to fill plastic containers with dried beans so that he can shake them. He really entertains himself well!
At the end of the summer, I purchased the book "The Creative Family" by Amanda Blake Soule. In the first chapter she talks a lot about inspiration... In our home we have mimicked her "inspiration wire" by utilizing what was meant to be a Christmas Card Organizer by Hallmark. It is in our living room and works perfectly! Anyone in the family can put any item up there whenever they want. At Drew's preschool they focus on one letter a week so if Drew wants to, I often will place photos of items that start with that particular letter - if you notice, I said, "if Drew wants". I also carry a ton of guilt about this full time job that I have to work - I enjoy my job so that makes me feel even worse. Drew spends a full, very structured day at preschool so I do not push him to continue to talk about his "letter of the week" if he'd rather forget about it for the few precious hours that we have to spend together in the evenings.
As I grow as a mother, I realize that every family functions differently. What works for one family might not work for another and I try very hard to allow other moms to inspire me. In our family, we love the outdoors. Most weekends through the spring, summer and early fall, you can find of at a variety of Kentucky or Indiana State Parks soaking up sunshine and the nature around us. We are so very inspired by nature and wildlife - away from the T.V., we love to play games, visit various nature centers and hike many of the easier trails throughout the park.

What are some things that inspire you and your family? How do you keep it interesting?

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Hello Blue....

This tray was .75 cents.... yes that's right I felt like I was stealing. It is going to fit right into my blue bedroom that I haven't painted but have all the supplies to get started.

Don't judge me. I'll get it done. Before the end of February. This is precisely why I did not set "resolutions" for the new year - my follow through isn't what it should be.

Tell me something....Should I paint the walls or the furniture first???

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Dolly Partons Imagination Library

What a GREAT program! My kids participate and they each get a brand new book every month! In my opinion, you can never have too many books. I love that our county allows us to add to our collection free of charge! This is especially great for children who live in low income households who may not have the extra funds for recreational items.
I encourage you to visit the website! If your community isn't involved see what you can do to get it started!

Monday, February 1, 2010

What do you think??

So I have 3 options here.... I want to apologize ahead of time for the poor photo quality. This project has knocked the breath out of me. It has thrown me head over heels into spring fever and there is no turning back.

Option 1. Ruffle the fabric and sew to the panel - see the left panel in the photo below.

Option 2. Sew the fabric on as is and embellish with a ribbon where the two fabrics meet. (I like this one).
Option 3. Ditch the teal fabric all together and lower the panels.

IF I decide to add the fabric - I will probably opt for stitch witchery instead of actually sewing them together - this way I can change it if I get sick of it.

Hubs hates the fabric option but he just doesn't understand where I'm coming from on this... In this case, his opinion doesn't exist.