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Friday, July 29, 2011

Feature Friday

Today, I am featuring a nursery piece. I knew all along I wanted a short chest of drawers dresser to act as my changing table and also just a statement piece in the room. I had an idea in my mind of the style and knew I was unlikely to find it in a store. So, we of course went to Craig's List. After searching for a few weeks, I finally found one that wasn't already claimed and drove immediately to get it. CraigsList is less popular in this area, so it takes longer to find a good find, and I thought this was pretty good at $90. The only hangup it was painted a hideous lavender flat paint color (in what looked like several coats).

*** WE DID NOT TAKE A BEFORE PICTURE, I don't know how we missed it, but here was another piece they "threw in" to the sale, and it was the same color. So, you get an idea.


Here is the full piece without drawers, it had actually taken weeks of work to get to this stage. The paint had several coats of lavender, then white or prime, under that part of it had red. So, Jake actually used an all natural paint melter-- it wasn't a stripper, just something that softened the paint, so you could sand and pull it off. Jake had to sand for weeks because of all of the crevices.





The drawers all had multiples holes and needed lots of puttying and mending after sanding.


And there it is in the nursery all baby blue, glossed and smooth, it looks pretty good.
I just wish I had a before pic, (I even went back and tried to find the CraigsList ad, lol)


Got these knobs at BRU on clearance, there was only one pack, the woman there helped me round up 2 more packs from other stores. She went to soo much trouble for me. So appreciate her.


And a little closer up


So, that's my feature this Friday. Much more to show from the nursery. Do you have anything you're working on?

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

32 weeks = 8 months!

Ok, so maybe I am 33 weeks pregnant now, but I have just not been able to find the time to blog (bad Stacia). However, when I do find time blog, it will be loaded with good stuff, since I've been so busy.
Things feel like they are finally coming together as we prepare for K's arrival. And my carseat comes in the mail tomorrow, so now I know that if I went into early labor- I could at least get my kid home, and I'm sure we'd be good from there. :)
Having said that, I don't expect any early labor, I have a lot of work planned up until his arrival, so a timely arrival (not early or late would be ideal), but only time will tell.
Ok, well enough chit chat. Here's the bump, though it might have grown since then...



Saturday, July 2, 2011

I actually can D-I-Myself

So, nesting has pittered out on me. Now, I just feel the feelings of nesting without actually doing anything about it. It's not as successful as being motivated to work every waking moment of the day... this is why you haven't seen any more recent pics of my nursery. THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH MY OBESSION WITH PINTEREST AND THE MANY HOURS I WASTE EACH DAY "PLANNING" to nest. :)

If you haven't checked out pinterest it's a wonderful virtual idea. Every single day for years I have bookmarked ideas, sites, recipes on my computer. My bookmarks were out of control, well now with pinterest you can simply "pin" the idea to their site. Which is really nice because you don't have to have YOUR COMPUTER to show it to someone else, or look it up.

Anyway, I got off on a little pinterest tangent. I actually have been doing some things around the house. I just haven't blogged about them. I have several sewing projects going, along with a few things for Keaton's room. It can become easy to start a project and harder to finish. However, I finished one, so I'm excited to share. I made a cute little envelope fold pillow cover. I won't tell you I "whipped it up in 30 minutes" like some blogs online. But I finished it in two sit down settings using this tutorial from HowDoesShe? and it really was pretty easy. I want to add a button to the envelope fold on the back, but am leaving that for the do it later pile as I've never made a button hole and find myself scared to try.

Here it is:


Me sewing it up


Front


Back- this is where I want to add my button


Here's the new addition-- I also would like another new addition in some orange fabric. I've posted my favorites and they can be seen on pinterest. :)
See, how that came full circle.
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