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This summer Luke and I revamped a toolbench for him. I forgot to take a before picture and have searched my phone archives for one to no avail., it was this bench but in blue.  I purchased the bench from a resale for $15 and it sat in my garage unplayed with until Luke was about 18 months old. He played with it that summer periodically when we were outside but not that much. Once he turned two he started playing with it a ton when we where outside as his love of tools and construction have grown exponentially since he was 18 months old.

 

Before Norah was born we started working on it together. It had gotten beaten up in the garage and pulling it out in the sun to play with so we sanded it down and removed the drawer. I then sprayed painted all the parts separately before putting it back together, including the new peg board I cut to attach to the back.  I found some fun peg board accessories including the baskets at Home Depot.  We also added buckets, although we have orange ones now, to the bottom shelf for more storage so his plethora of tools would have a good landing spot.

One of the best parts about the bench is the holes. They were already in it when first purchased so I can’t take credit. ;) But they are the perfect size for play screws and give a real sense of building something.

To say he was thrilled may be a bit of an understatement! From his love of building to the torturous months it took us to finish. I cannot tell you how many times he would ask me if we could work on his tool bench. He was so excited to have it done and inside.  It now resides in our basement play area, which I have a tour of coming up shortly as we have had some changes since the last tour.

Have you built a tool bench for your littles? I would love to check it out. This was such a fun project and simple enough that Luke was able to help at almost all stages.

 

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The living room is done… for now. ;) It is finally to a point where I am 99% happy with it and can sit back and enjoy it instead of constantly seeing little and big things that I want to change.

As you can see I went with the stripe Olin Rug from Crate and Barrel. I loved several of the rugs from price viagra thailandthat I asked you all what you would do, but after my hubby nixed a couple and I factored in cost I went with this striped one to hold me over until I find something that is absolutely perfect. I do like it a lot and it may stick around. It’s currently sitting on top of the old rug for padding since it’s just a flat weave. I do have my heart set on finding a thicker plusher rug someday. But I also realize we may have a bigger living room if/when we move someday so we would need something bigger. Oh the rug drama continues… :) seriously though why are rugs sooo hard for me to find.. at least within my budget constraints. ;)

I still have to fill that last frame above the seatee. Baby Norah is soon to be born, 3 weeks and counting, so I will put her picture in there. One of my ongoing projects is slowly collecting vintage letters to hang above those three frames. I also am still absolutely loving my new chair! I can’t believe I waited so long to get it covered.  The fabric is by premier prints and I got it last fall from Fabric.com.

Luke’s little table area. I have another matching chair in the basement for Norah. But I also have been crushing on these chairs from The Land of Nod. So you never now what could happen If I spot a couple at our local outlet. (yes we are that lucky to have a crate and barrel and land of nod outlet nearby)

Luke’s radio flyer bike I thrifted so long ago fits perfectly under the table…. which is good since he has way to many ride on toys that don’t have a good place to be stored. :)

My globe collection… I still want to find a black globe. I think they are called galaxy globes. The land of Nod bins are still wonderful and holding up great.

The finished sofa! Yay! It’s a little slouchy, which I can tweak with making some of the seams smaller. no biggie, just a time issue. It is so much better looking than the beige ill fitting slipcover it had before. I do dream of a white sofa someday though. So maybe when our kids are bigger and we wouldn’t have to wash it every week….

So that’s that! I am happy it’s at a great point before Norah gets here as I hate having the itch to do things and no time or energy to do them. Which I know I won’t have much of either for awhile. :)

So now onto getting that back yard finished…..

Oh and I may have my new sewing space storage wall to share next week. It’s awesome! I just need to take pictures.

 

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So the Living Room is coming along. It’s a slow process as all you who decorate know. :) I’ve definitely made a couple mistakes, but am learning that I need to go with my gut, and not with what everybody else is doing even when it looks fab in there own homes.

 

Soo the last I shared my living room looked like this. I had just gone from gray/beige to white. You can view the full room tour here.

It was slowly coming to my vision.

I have made a few changes that you may have seen if you follow me on Instagram.

 

I started by recovering our sofa. It just had a slipcover on it, so I took that off and started a Charcoal colored one. I really want white, but after living with the white cushions on the basement sofa that we use a couple times a month at best I knew I would be laundering a white slipcover in the living room every single week, so charcoal it is.  I am almost done. Just the two back cushions left and a few tweaks to make things fit perfectly.

We upgraded our toy storage from all the jumbled baskets and the small cream cabinet in the top picture next to the red sofa. These bins won as the perfect solution because they where the exact, I mean EXACT, dimensions I need to maximize storage on the shelf. They are awesome and from the land of nod if your interested. They sell out fast though.  I also brought up Luke’s little table from the basement to replace the cream cabinet I was able to do away with.  Oh and that kiddo chair is for sure getting reupholstered or slip-covered.

The map below is one of my favorites. I bought it for $6 at the Kane County Flea Market and really wish I had the forsight to buy the other 3 or 4 maps the guy had to. :) It’s been in the stairwell for a long time and it actually works perfectly there, but in my “I need something above the red sofa phase” I brought it down and lived with it above the sofa for awhile. Yeah, it just didn’t work. I love maps above other peoples sofas, but I think it is to big for this sofa/wall and to much color. So I admitted defeat and popped up some simple gallery frames and you know what, it’s perfect. I am hoping to thrift vintage letters to spell out a word above the frames. But that will take time and for now it’s just nice to have the openess.

Okay, you may also notice we got a new rug… and in this photo of our living I snapped tonight around 9pm (read:dark & blurry) you will notice I finally got my chair reupholstered! Love it so much! Clearly this picture shows the horibble clashing of the rug now that the chairs is back….. It HAS to go. Don’t get me wrong I like the rug. It was a great match for the room until the chair came in, and since I LOVE the chair and am only in like with the rug it will be relocated or sold.

So this brings me to you all to ask for a little input . :) Have you heard of Olioboard? I signed up for it last year when I was trying to figure out living room fabrics, and it is fun. You can make an idea board with pictures of your furniture, or anything on their site. I am sure you can make a board with Oliobaord better than mine if you want to take more time than I did. Or maybe if you are a wiz at Photoshop you can pop a rug into your own room picture. I can’t. :)

I went back tonight and popped in some different rug options. So let me know what you think. I cropped in pictures of my red sofa, my new chair, a stock photo of a similar sofa and shelf, I cropped in my sofa wall awhile back so it’s changed a bit but the colors are basically the same. And then I popped in some pillows that are similar colors to what we have. So it’s not exactly like our living room but it gives the feel.

Option 1: An over dyed traditional rug in peacock.

 

Option 2: A fun yellow and white abstract rug.

 

Option 3: A lovely Moroccan style navy rug.

 

Option 4: A black and white diamondy rug.

 

Option 5: A black and white striped rug.

 

So what do you guys think? I am not sure. As long as I have been decorating my own home the only rug I haven’t had regrets about is the original (and our first rug) in the living room shown in the very first picture in this post. But it leans towards beige undertones which won’t work in here. My husband just rolls his eyes at me and reminds me that I already bought a rug for in here recently so he will not be footing the bill. :) Luckily I have my own personal money that I will be able to do some damage with. ;)

I thought I would share to a: get some help in the way of opinions and b: to share that if your not happy with it than change it. I find my own home to be so much harder to make exactly as I like than it is to decorate others homes.  Also sometimes it’s just better wait for what you know will be perfect in the long run than to rush into something just to fill space.

 

p.s. I will have much better pictures than these I snapped with the old phone once I get that rug, the sofa cushions down, and the little wing back covered. :)

 

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It’s Friday! Are you excited? I am! Being the weekend means I have completed my 3 hour Glucose test (awful), that we have made it a work week through potty training (going okay), and that we are a work week through our Month of No Sugar (I am craving Chocolate a lot today).

Linking up with Jeanette today over at Life Rearranged.

Luke’s Easter Basket + Car / Easter Best – H&M pants, shirt, vest, Bowtie by me, Childrens place shoes /We started potty training – the first two days where awful. But once we figure out a timer for every 15-20 minutes it started to click. He can now go a bit longer 20-30 minutes depending on his liquid consumption. I’m hoping he will start telling us he has to go soon

He asked me out of the blue to see himself on the phone camera eating a banana, how could I not oblige / My Husband and I are 5 days into the no sugar and aside from a syrupy sweet glucose test drink this morning we are both cheat free. :) I am getting my sweet fix from lots of fruit and smoothies, I still am really craving chocolate though / This year Luke is bigger and apparently he learned how to climb ladder like things super well

He loves to mow and if I could trust him with a real mower it would be on ;) /He also likes to dig and is better at scooping dirt from one pile to another than he is at scooping food into his mouth ;) / New fabrics I received today from Pink Castle Fabrics sale – LOVE -

 

A fun and light of pictures week – potty training and no sugar will apparently do that.

 

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I’ve been trying to put together a comprehensive list of what we NEED for baby girl. :) But all the pretty stuff gets in the way. So for now I share with you my dream list of things to get for baby Norah! She totally wants everything, she told me. ;)

 

The double Bugaboo! We have the single Cameleon and I love it! I wouldn’t change a thing. :) Truth be told we may try and do without a double stroller. When we are out together David usually corals Luke so we don’t use the stroller. I use it mainly for the mall, walks, the zoo, outings that I am unsure of the boundaries (this way he is safer). It will all depend on how well he does with the freedom of being out once she’s born, he currently likes to run away with excessive energy. :)

 

I think these would keep Norah’s toes nice and toasty this fall.

Freshly picked metallic Moccasins. I have been obsessing about these ever since I discovered them. I think Luke is to hard on his shoes for them to be a good choice for him. I need to decide quick if I am going to get some since they are limited quantities currently.

 

 

This DIY light is amazing!

I stumbled across this picture on Pinterest. Which led me to the DIY for this awesome Happy Girl Light/sign and the lovely blog of Mandi of Vintage Revivals. So inspiring. I think I need to make something similar for above Norah’s bed. Love the sign and the room soooo much!

 

Hair cuteness!

Craftiness is not optional has tons of great flower tutorials for hair wear.  Loving all the cuteness I can create for the little lady with these. :)

Oh and have you seen all the super cute Geranium Dresses Delia Creates made for her adorable daughter.  I have one in the works for Norah. I hope to share that soon. :)

 

Thanks for stopping by!…. oh and if you feel like buying anthing for me…hmm Norah, I included all the links. ;)

 

 

 

 

Easter was fun this year. Luke has no expectations about anything yet but can still join in the fun. My Parents came into town for a couple days to give me a little free time and enjoy Luke before Easter so that was really nice too. My Dad is a pastor so they didn’t stay through Easter but anytime with them is always a blessing.

We went to a local Church Easter Egg Hunt since our Church took the year off from hosting one.

Luke met the Easter Bunny! No fear in him. He just leaned in for a rather loooong hug. :)

It was a really funny to watch him “find” the eggs. He filled his basket half full twice and proceeded to dump them out twice while running and jumping around. It didn’t phase him at all and there where so many eggs that he still managed to fill it up a third time before we left. I think the turning point came when one broke open accidentally and he realized there was candy in it. We don’t allow sweets or treats very much at all and I suppose he thought he would get to eat it all. One piece made it in the mouth and the rest was confiscated. :)

The Easter Bunny was attacked mid hunt when Luke abandoned his basket and ran towards the bunny saying he wanted to hug him. He was rewarded for his persistence.  And as we were walking towards the car, after the hunt to find a park, he told me he just wanted to hug the bunny one more time. He cracks me up!

I whipped this little bunny up the night before Easter using this Pinterest Pin the Original source ( that I can tell) is completely in Japanese? It was super simple and fast, and was passed over pretty quickly for the bulldozer and car. But I wouldn’t change making it for my little man.

He thought it was pretty cool to come downstairs to his basket and car. I am thankful for his innocence and naivety, I hope I can help him keep that, or just be super grateful for what he does get in future years.  I found the cool car at a local resale I do about a month ago and have keep it hidden till now. Since his birthday and Christmas are kind of far away we decided to give him the car for Easter.

And here is my little man in his Easter Outfit. Complete with a mommy made bowtie and a fresh haircut. Man I love that kid.

 

How was your Easter? I Hope it was a wonderful day filled with Family and remembering the amazing sacrifice Jesus made for us.

 

This week we are potty training! Also David and I are embarking on a sweet / sugar based food free month.  I am totally inspired by what Jami from thenatos has been doing since the beginning of Lent and decided that I needed to do this and try and make better choices for my health.

Wish my good luck as cutting sugar and potty training together while 6+ months pregnant might just be the end of me. ;)

 

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It’s done! :) As you may have noticed from some of my recap posts or Instagram if you follow me there. (woollypetals on instagram)

I couldn’t be happier aside from how long it took me to finish it. I purchased the pattern from Denyse Schmidt’s site last may in anticipation of it being my first project I would use my new Machine for.

I used Kona in Aqua I believe  for the base and pulled lots of random prints from my stash for the rings. The fabrics where purchased in many a online store and some local stores as well. If you see any prints you would like to know the info on I can try and figure that out for you. :)

The rings are all the same configuration of fabrics, I just rotated the rings as I sewed them together so it wouldn’t look exact. Overall I am please with how simple this project was. It’s the first project I had official sewn curves on and wasn’t as scary as I was initially thinking.  The most tedious part was cutting out all the tiny pieces. I think that if I was to make this again I would try making templates to cut from.

I tried to quilt it like the pattern called for and Denyse Schimdt’s version is with rings offset from the rings on the quilt. But I couldn’t get the quilted rings to be as nice as I wanted and I didn’t care to turn the quilt continuously to get the nicely spaced rings. Sooo I went with varying spaced straight line quilting.  I LOVE straight line quilting on other quilt but have never tried it in a more dense look like this. It take Forever, but is worth it. I really love the look, and the crinkle.

The backing was a vintage sheet I found some time ago, it’s a simple white with coral polkdots and is the perfect compliment to the front. I bound it in this white and gray houndstooth that I have yards of in my stash from Joann’s. It’s a perfect neutral fabric.

So yep… I am super happy I made it and finished it. And I would love to make another. I have seem some that the background is low volume prints and I think that would be rad.

 

As I mentioned earlier this was the first project I started on my new Janome Machine.  I received the Janome Horizon 7700QCP for my birthday and well it was supposed to be part Christmas Gift too but my hubby out did himself. Now lets just say this did not come as just an easy gift. While I would have gone out and bought it in a heartbeat. ;) My husband doesn’t have that same viewpoint, so a deal was struck with my husband so I could get it.

This sewing machine has been a dream to sew on. I love the extra arm space for bigger projects. The automatic sewing is really nice if you need it. I love all the different feet that it comes with and use the 1/4″ foot, the walking foot, and the free motion quilting foot the most aside from the normal foot.  It has so much going for it that I haven’t even tapped into. But I know that I sew faster and more acurately with it and wouldn’t trade it for the world.

If this machine is a possibility for you I say GO BUY IT NOW!  I have had my last Janome, just a simple model a step or two up from the most basic. And it has been a lovely machine for the past 8 years, but I do different sewing now than I used to and I doa lot more sewing now too, almost everyday my machine gets used.  I also have a Janome serger that I love. I have had both my old machines serviced periodically for simple things and tune ups but they have been great machine overall.  I do believe though that most sewers find that machine that works for them and they stick with that brand.

So hows that for an impromptu non paid review?

 

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I guess I blog through instagram lately! :)

New Toms for Luke and I (Luke’s first pair) / Finally got Liberty Love (it’s Amazing – go buy it) / Luke offering me his after nap snack

the yummiest sandwich pitas – Brownberry I think – / Luke fell in the mud, all I could do was laugh since we were at the park with no diaper bag ( he got striped down before getting in the car) / relaxing

My single girl quilt is quilted / having an impromptu birthday party / a motor train with friends

Luke posing with his Lego excavtor / My single girl quilt finally finished ( I will blog about it soon along with how much I love my Janome) / Luke and I (mainly I) made our first apple pie

Luke and Daddy at the Circus to watch his Uncles’ perform /  I started Norah’s quilt inspired by this lovely Dear Lizzy arrow paper

Stop by Life Rearranged and check out all the lovely Instagramers. I’m linking up are you?

 

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Lately we’ve been hanging out at home a lot more. I’m tired a lot! :) But growing a human will do that to you.  Lucky Charms have been a staple in our diet lately. I crave cereal, and only eat it when I’m pregnant, this time around it’s Lucky charms. Hmm…now I want some lucky charms. ;)

Luke got his first taste not to long ago and has started requesting them for breakfast. :) I indulge him occasionally. He’s getting really good at drinking the milk at the end.

 

But even though we are taking it slower lately I do have some things to share later this week. A tutorial, a single girl quilt, and hopefully I can get a post up about my project life this week or next, a project that I am seriously loving. See you later this week!

 

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Most of the quilts I make end up being gifts. But I have made several that hang around our house. A couple in the living room, one of the foot of our bed for our feet, and one for Luke’s crib. Which I realize after typing that is only 4 actual quilts in our house that I have made. I have gifted over twice as many as I have kept. Hmm.. I guess that’s good. ;)

But anyway…. when we are in the living room cuddling, or “pretend” napping Luke gives us each our own quilt. Since there are three of us it doesn’t always work out. ;) So I made Luke a patchwork quilt for the living room.

 

I used mainly Lotta Jansdotter’s Bella Line. Not all the prints, but most. I added in a couple Kona solids.  Don’t hold me too these colors, but I think they are Kona, Buttercup, Carribean, and Coal, and bound in Ash. I can’t remember specifically if these are the colors, but I think so. ;)

I cut 6.5″ squares and used 1/4″ seams as usual for a final measurement of 4′ x 5′.

 

For the back I used a polka dot sheet I used and added some roads onto the back for Luke to play on. Isn’t that such a great idea? Lindsey from That’s what Lindsey said did this on the back of one of her quilts for her son and should it to me via Instagram. So awesome! :)

I quilted it with zig zags using the points of the squares as my guide. Super fast and simple especially on a smaller quilt.

He like’s it! :)

 

This is the first quilt I have made that is purely squares in a random layout. It was super fast and I finished this in two short night sessions and one naptime. I need to make more simple quilts. :)

 

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