Lately...

Hey guys! Lately we've been super busy, but not with too many things you'd want to read about! Mother's Day weekend was spent with family and last week we had a garage sale which ate up a lot of time.

We managed to squeeze in some yard work and went see how the bun is cooking.


He's so handsome! Also, my indoor and outdoor gardens are coming along nicely.


I'm currently working on finishing up a few projects that are never ending.

The first is a recipe book that Eddie bought for me for Christmas a few years ago. The binder and pages are from Martha Stewart's line at Staples. I'm finally getting around to writing everything on pretty cards and collecting new recipes to add to the rotation.


I found these adorable recipe cards here! It's a simple project, but writing a million recipes cards can put your arm to sleep and also drive you a bit mad if you sit there for too long. What I really should do is set aside 5-10 cards a day so this task isn't so daunting. I've also thought about rewriting cards as I use them and whatever cards I don't use for a while I will just toss.

I'm also working on getting all of my mom's pictures out of boxes and into photo albums. I started off by sorting the photos by year. Then I went year by year scanning each photo into the computer to have digital copies for myself and my siblings. Finally I put each year of photos into a book and tried to label important events.


 I've gotten about 4.5 years completely done, but I've run into a dilemma. I started this project in 2012 and only bought 4 photo albums to start off. I worked on this for a long time, but when I got busy with work and moving everything just sat in a box in the basement for a year and a half. Now that I've started this project up again and I'm on my 5th year, I need more albums. Unfortunately, Walmart does not carry the same albums anymore. I'm super bummed because I've already attached metal bookplates to the albums I have. I'll have to come up with another solution, so in the meantime this project is on hold.

Finally, I'm making a cover for a piece of foam I bought at JoAnn Fabrics. This will be a cushion for our "bench" in the playroom. The shelving unit is from Ikea and the cloth baskets are from target.

The problem with this project is that I started sewing on adhesive Velcro to the back of the cover so I could slip it on and off for easy cleaning, but the adhesive on the Velcro gummed up my needle on the sewing machine! Duh! So now I have to figure out a way to sew the darn thing without it jamming. Someone suggested using nail polish remover. I will get back to you on the validity of that method. So, this project is to be continued as well.

And since my sewing machine is out of order due to that last project, all other sewing projects have come to a halt (baby blankets, burp cloths, boppy covers, bed skirt). Oh joy. ;)


Baby Gavin's Room: Progress

So lately we've been wrapping up various projects in baby Gavin's room. Before we bought the house, his room was a sewing/ crafting room and it looked like this: 


After the previous owners moved out it remained vacant until we found out we were expecting.


Then we got to work. The first step was painting! We decided to paint all of the walls gray except one accent wall. When we initially painted we hadn't found out if the baby was a boy or a girl so we left the accent wall white. 

Next up was furniture. And if anyone knows us, we LOVE IKEA!!! Well, it's kind of a love-hate relationship. We love their cute and affordable furniture, but we hate their instructions! Gavin's dresser probably took a good 1.5 to 2 hours of scratching our heads trying to assemble about 1000 pieces that all looked the same. The crib was a breeze, but that's because it's Graco! Ha! 


The crib is actually a gift from Eddie's great-grandparents who passed away in October and January. Their love of life and family is something we hope to embody in our home as we start a new little family of our own!


After putting all the furniture together the room began to look a bit more like a nursery: still empty and plain, but at least we got the ball rolling! We picked up a nice glider-recliner from Ashley Furniture which is oh-so-cozy! You can literally fall asleep in it! We plan to use it in the next nursery and then eventually retire it to the living room for lounging. The book basket is from TJMaxx and the wall shelf sitting on the floor is from IKEA like 15 years ago. 




Once we found out that our little bean was BOY, we painted the accent wall navy blue and went all out with a rustic garage/vehicle theme! Below is a mood board  I created to help me gather ideas.




I thought this map from Hobby Lobby was a perfect representation of the colors we wanted and it sort of ties in with the theme, like a road-trip map! I'm hoping to pinpoint locations we take Gavin on his map someday.



We went over to Eddie's parents' house and dug through a bunch of his favorite old matchbox cars. I put them in a shadow box and it's now sitting on the dresser until I find a better home for it. The street sign decor and rustic box are also from Hobby Lobby. 



With help and inspiration from Pinterest, we also made an alphabet wall and incorporated traffic signs to tie in with the theme. I decoupaged scrapbook paper onto the letters and we hung them on the wall with command picture-hanging strips. I plan to paint the white letters a hammered-metal color in the near future.



Going with the garage theme, we had to have a pegboard!! We started off with a simple frame made of 1" lumber that we cut to size and painted gray. Then we just screwed the pegboard on, which we also painted gray. Ta-da! The rug is from IKEA and the changing pad cover was found on Etsy. I plan on hanging frames, decor and some baskets on it. A shelf will eventually make its way above the pegboard, as well.



Finally, we have our current project for Gavin's room. We are constructing a rustic wall decor piece to hang behind the crib using pallet wood. Last week I took to the sander and cleaned up the boards a bit. Then I cut the boards off the pallets by sawing  behind the boards at the nails with a reciprocating saw. The next step is to nail the boards to a frame and stain. Then, I will probably add Gavin's name nice and big in orange letters. It's still a work in progress. 


More updates to come once we get around to finishing some more projects!



Weekend Warriors: Front Updates

Since the baby will be here shortly, our DIY home renovation list never seems to end! We really enjoy it, though! It's become a hobby and it gives us time to spend together while still being productive (because we're busy bees and just can't sit still! Ha!).

Actually, we love DIYing so much that we keep adding things to the list! Like this weekend, for instance. As usual we tackled quite a few projects, but none of those projects were even our our list! Oh brother!

This weekend we focused mostly on the front yard. Besides the typical pulling weeds and mowing the lawn, we added a new rhododendron bush, stained the mailbox, changed out light bulbs in the front and cleaned the fixtures. Those things were so filthy! I'm hoping to upgrade to some new, less-faded, dusk-to-dawn lights in the future.



Eddie also added decorative hinges to the garage door. I LOVE them!!! It adds a little detail to an otherwise boring garage. And they're just so rustic and cute! They were super easy to put on (a few screws) and we bought the kits from Home Depot for $40! Not too shabby!




New Beginnings

Hi all! I wanted to get a fresh start with this blog and share what we've been up to for the past year!

For one, we MOVED!


We moved just across town, but from a town home to a single family home! We've been busy painting and pinteresting ever since! I'll be posting some of our projects and a house tour soon! 

As for one of our current projects, we're EXPECTING! 


And it's a BOY! We're super excited to welcome the little guy in just 3 short months! Nursery pics to come!