This past couple weeks have been lovely. Full of Family and Friends and lots of new toys! Not a lot of instagramming or online activity over here the last couple of weeks. Just soaking in the season and enjoying the joy of my son.
This is what we’ve been up too…
shopping lists were checked off / Bowties were worn / gingerbread houses were made
gifts were wrapped / snow that never came was watched for / zoo lights were seen
gifts were finished (and given) / music was listened to / water was consumed from my poppy and pearl glass
eyebrows were raised / train table was/is played with / fabricworm fabric was received
I finally took pictures of my Christmas Decor! Just in time to share before Christmas. :) I LOVE LOVE LOVE Christmas and decorating for it. Most of what I have is thrifted, made of gifted. I don’t often buy new decor aside from ornaments. :) Oh and you may notice I put some presents under the tree for the picture. :) I will see how Luke does with them after his nap. :)
I hope all your Christmas shopping is done and you can snuggle family, wrap gifts, and drink hot chocolate. I plan on doing some if not all of those things this weekend. :)
I finally got Luke’s advent calendar done on the 2nd. :) This year I realize he isn’t really old enough to “get” it, but it will be fun and help me to be more deliberate in making the effort to do Holiday things like baking cookies with him, seeing the zoo lights, and donating toys to tots.
I adapted the idea of the ones my mom made for us when we where little. (sorry no picture) They were a fabric strip roughly 4″ wide by 36″-48″ tall with batting in between the layers. She then evenly space yarn strings down the middle and tied a wrapped piece of candy to each strand. Each day we would get to untie the next piece of candy and indulge which was a super special treat since we rarely got candy.
This is a really simple way to make a calendar. You don’t have to sew if you don’t want to. I did however sew a pocket at the top and bottom so there were no raw edges showing and for the string to thread through. But I don’t think that’s even necessary. It’s more personal preference. I then used yarn and a plastic yarn needle to thread the individual strings through the weave and tie in a knot. I spaced them roughly 3″ apart based on how tall my upholstery tape. The weave is nice and loose so it was super easy to do this. If you used a different medium than upholstery tape you make just have to use a sharper needle.
I cut some ornament shapes out with my silhouette to use for activities, and then wrapped just a couple little dollar gifts like a matchbox motorcycle, some glow sticks, a slinky, and a Christmas ornament. I punched holes in the gifts and the ornament tags and tied them onto the individual strings. The ornaments have some things on them like, wrap a present, make a string wall Christmas tree, bake cookies, and a couple cheats like: special treat, and open one of a couple of Christmas books to read.
He has opened/done four already and seams to think it’s fun. :) I am hoping next year I can be more on the ball to have it done early and also incorporate the advent bible verses since Luke will be at a better age for that.
I put together a little wrapping/shipping station a couple weeks ago in my basement. It’s in my creepy not yet remodeled (maybe never will be) laundry storage room. But it is a bright spot in a ugly room and is working great to have things in one place to get things ready to ship.
I painted a square (well it might be a rectangle I didn’t actually measure) on the wall with chalkboard paint. I have had the paint hanging around for months waiting on another project that has never happened. I marked out the squarangle with my level and then bordered it with Frog tape. Seriously, DO NOT use any other tape beside Frog tape if you want a crisp line. I have used a ton of different painters tape in my past years of DIY and working with clients. When I found Frog tape I fell madly in love. I used it for my first project of my Son’s bedroom seen here. That was a lot of stripes at 7+ months pregnant and frog tape was amazing. This is not a sponsored post and I am not being compensated for saying this at all I just firmly believe in crisp paint lines and the easiest way to get them . :) Oh and did you know you have to let chalkboard paint cure for several days and then condition it? Who knew. ;)
Okay moving on from the chalkboard. I found this enamel top table on the side of the road several years ago and have had it in my laundry room for folding since then. It is great and I can still use it for folding in it’s current location/use. The bins underneath have some of my etsy product, and larger boxes for shipping. Oh and isn’t that floor the bomb? I would never even consider taking it out. ;) Those rad metal tubs are from West Elm right before I started this project. They are for planting winter bulbs. :) But I have a black thumb and they where to cool and inexpensive to leave behind.
I’ve had these wire baskets laying around from my oooooold craft room before it was Luke’s room and have never found a place for them. So up they went for pretty supplies I want to see.
Um this idea for storing washi tape came to me as I am pulling everything together on the wall! I think it’s quite genius. :) At least for my use. It’s just the outer ring of an embroidery hoop. I have a drawer full as I can’t seem to pass them up at Thrift stores. Never buy them new, they are seriously less than a dollar at a thrift store.
I hung some bakers twine on a string so it’s easy to roll off and cut.
I brought my lovely little brass fruit in here to keep me and the jingle bells company.
Well that’s about it! It is much more pleasant to wrap and ship lately. :)
Pardon the odd lighting in the photos, remember it is in my dingy barely lit laundry room. Just keeping it real, although I guess if that was completely true I would show you the rest of the room but that’s not going to happen.:)
It’s been pretty sparse around here lately. The blog that is. I feel like I have been working my butt off on projects though. Stuff I am not ready to share yet as most of it needs tweeking and finishing.
But I walked around the house taking stock after Luke went down for his nap and thought I would share a couple snips of what I have been working on/ prepping for.
Prepping for a Vintage Trunk Pop up Holiday Shop! Details coming soon.
Part of our advent calendar display.
Prepping layout for Luke’s floor train table.
Working on making my shipping/wrapping area extra fun and nice since it’s in my dark basement laundry/storage room.
Making a seed stitch cowl, one skein down, two more to go.
We bit the bullet and bought a closet system from IKEA for our bedroom that has seriously inadequate closet space. Still have to trim them out so they look built in. Oh yeah and that’s my rarely made bed in the background. ;)
Lastly I FINALLY found the perfect fabrics for the Living room that where in stock and on sale. Jackpot. I can’t wait to get these and get started.
Yep, so lots of stuff happening along with the other day to day schedule. You know feeding Luke and such. ;)
It’s Friday and I am actually on time and joining in the Instagram fun. It has been a long couple of weeks and I am tired. In a good way. I have just had a lot of projects that are not share worthy, at least yet. But enough about that. Here’s a little of what we’ve been up to lately.
bath time is always fun for this guy /thrifting luck / sick boy
custom owls/ daddy and chicken luke / Construction Luke – he calls himself Thomas when he puts on that hat
falling backwards on the sofa is too fun / posing? future model? lol / building with daddy
finished the base for my December daily album – I will finish it this year / Luke’s b-day gift came, he wanted to open it /silly boy
Luke got a new coat / riding the escalator with daddy / I finished one dining room chair makeover
“washing dishes” / my new bulldog earrings, LOVE / Eskimo Luke
Linking up with Jeanett from Life Rearranged for her InstaFriday. Check out all the other lovely ladies.
The Dinosaur Tutorial is coming up this weekend. Sorry it’s taking longer than expected to edit. :)
I saw this little bat on Pinterest and used it as inspiration to make a little Halloween bat for my Luke.
The adorable bat above is from udder and can be purchased here.
Here is what I made for Luke. Bobby the Bat…..
He seems to have found a comfortable home in our lights. Little does he know he will be whisked of to Luke’s crib where all Luke’s animals end up by his on accord.
I sketched out the basic shapes for the body and wings on paper and then stitched on some fun eye details, and fangs. I quilted the wings with batting in between the layers for some extra texture. I think he’s a cutie. Plus Luke likes him, and that’s what really matters, right?
A couple weekends ago I painted my living room white.
The below photo is the best before picture I could find. This gray/beige is Toasty Gray by Glidden.
And back to some white…
It all started when I did my picture wall. I loved the white, the contrast, the brightness. I also noticed most of the rooms I have been pinning to pinterest have white walls. Don’t get me wrong, I like the previous color. I was just ready for a change and paint is the cheapest thing to do and change back if I hated it. But I don’t, I love it. :)
I made this large 3 painting by painting right over a thrifted canvas. I also made the garland for A Beautiful Mess tutorial from a couple years ago.
This is my shelving unit I made to look similar to this Restoration Hardware one. It houses my vintage brownie camera collection, some of my globes, and Luke’s toys among other thing.
I hung some vintage wire shade frames and installed a frosted globe pendant in the large one in the center that is hooked to the light switch for extra light. I also brought in this old ladder since I painted to hang quilts on or maybe Christmas stockings. The chair was found at goodwill and I started to take it apart to attempt a reupholster myself. But I think we are just going to have it done. I am on the hunt for the perfect fabric.
This picture is taken with me sitting on the back of the gold chair under the lampshades. The beige wall I haven’t painted yet because it goes all the way up the stairs and the ceiling is high up there. I am now contemplating making that a wood wall like the picture wall. I would probably have someone else do it though. And then you can see into the dining room from here too. Our floor plan is basically a traditional foursquare.
My favorite seat in the house. I found this seatee for $60 at an estate sale about 7 years ago and it has held up beautifully. That wall above the sofa still need something, I am not really feeling the picture we had up there before the paint.
The sofa is getting slipcovered in charcoal gray, I found the sofa on craigslist and purchased it knowing it would be slipcovered. I have the fabric swatch that I think is perfect, I just need to launder it to see how it holds up. I am also going to slipcover the mini wingback chair my mom found for Luke. So yeah it’s not perfect, and I don’t think we have bought anything new in here. But Sarah from Handbags*N*Pigtails encouraged me to share it now, before I felt it was “finished”. :)