12/20/14

My baby boy is a wrestler......



He's too young to be on the actual team, but the coach starts them young so they can learn how to do the proper holds and how to be a member of a team. It's pretty amazing actually.  He's just a little guy, and quite a pacifist in real life, but apparently, he's an "animal" on the mat.

12/19/14

A picture so great, I couldn't leave it on my other blog without sharing......

My Mom found this today. That's my Uncle John, me in the middle, and my little brother. According to the back of this picture, we're in my Aunts dorm room at campus. All I know, is that is one hell of a bedspread.  I have to be around..... 6 or so in this picture I'm guessing. And, I remember that pink vest I'm wearing. It was crocheted by my Grandmother. It was my favorite thing to wear for a while.  I don't remember this picture being taken, but I do have memories of that time, so for that, I'm thankful.

12/15/14

37th Street Christmas Lights







This is one of the things I miss most about Austin......

we'd walk the street, wander in peoples yards (totally cool to do, most of these houses have decorated front and back yards) talk to folks and have a generally great night. Then, we'd go off to either have adult beverages or Amy's ice cream. Either, not both. Gross.


12/10/14

Christmas in an elementary school

I teach some art to 4th graders. I'm not a teacher though. Our school doesn't have any money for an art program, so a few of us got together and started "facilitating" art classes. I've been doing it for a couple years now, even though my child is no longer at the school. It's fun. The kids love it, and it's something for me to do.  This year, another mother and I got together and decided to make a "holiday village' scene using 4th grade art pieces.  One class did elves and snowmen, another did buildings, and the third did trees (the trees are fantastic and took a long time). She and I put it together and installed it in the entryway..... here it is in all it's glory.....



There is about 16 feet of holiday board here total, 12 of the village, and 4 of the North Pole. 



Mrs. Clause saying goodbye 

There's a cardinal on the tree top because we're the Cardinals! 

The North Pole board 


Mrs. Shrek is in the woods.... 



67 kids did the pieces for this. It was a lot of fun to help them with this.....

 One student said, "It really speaks Christmas spirit". Another student said, "We all made something to have for Christmas that we can look at and think that we worked together to make this awesome Christmas picture".


11/28/14

Real life. Real rooms.

Two months ago I re did my bedroom.  New fabrics, new paint. New accessories, well some of them at least.  I showed the pictures (even though I am NO photographer) and then moved on. So, sometimes I wonder when I see other peoples spaces- so exactly how long did the room look like the "new" pictures? Did it stay that way? Did they junk it up again?  So, I took some pictures of my bedroom today... and the bathroom I just re-did. All I did to the bedroom was make the bed. Honest.

Now, I have changed out the curtains in the bedroom- it's WINTER here. COLD, snowy. Icky. I put up some velvets, and put the white cotton ones in storage until spring. Plus, there are now two duvets on the bed and a velvet throw because, it's WINTER here. So without further  adieu... ....


The bedroom, almost two months later....


I did put up new art.....

before....



and now..... 



New art......

with the winter curtains and extra duvets... 


So, not too different. We both like it, and that's a huge incentive to keep it nice. 


The attached bathroom... 




yes, it's super tiny.  4 ft by 5 ft. With two doors, and a cheap sink. But, it works, it's clean (er) and it now goes with the rooms around it. Win win in my book. 

11/26/14

The half bathroom -

We have a rambly ranch house with tiny rooms.  The master bedroom has a 1/2 bath attached, that is also accessible via the pantry in the kitchen.  Yep. A Jack and Jill bathroom between the master and the kitchen  

It's TINY barely 4 ft wide and 5 ft long. Also, the walls are stucco. Yep. You read that right. I kept it because it reminds me of my Great Grandparents house- their walls were stucco.... very very expensive stucco- which this is not...but I digress.....

When we first moved in, there was a cabinet over the toilet that honest to God looked like a casket. It was HUGE, solid, and appeared very heavy. I was terrified to use the bathroom, thinking the thing would fall off the wall and kill me on the toilet. When we took it down, we found out how right I was, this giant wood box was held into the crappy walls by 4 screws. I am not even sure they were in studs. I think the layers of paint held it up. Also, the room had no trim and a gold sink cabinet. Pretty? No.

It's been many, many colors over the years. Turquoise, white,  according to my Mr. "fleshy" pink, green, and a horrid tan color.  I bought a new blind for the bathroom last week, and when I went to install it, the color-an ecru- made the walls look like vomit. HORRID. So, what did I do? Not return the shade and buy another color- oh no- that would have been too predictable..... I redid the bathroom. Painted, cleaned, new art, even a new toilet seat.  The Mr. went to deer camp, and I painted all night long..... and I'm pretty happy with it....


This is the only picture I could find of the bathroom before this weekend. I find this very hard to believe, as I have taken many, many pictures of  this house in the past 10 years, and good, bad and ugly, I have posted them.  Maybe, this bathroom is so small I just didn't feel like it was worth it.... but again, I find that hard to believe.  This is the "fleshy" pink the Mr. didn't like. You can hardly tell in this light, but it was pink. Technically, it was called "march ice" but whatever.... this is the before....

This is the bedroom it comes off of..... 


and this is my new bathroom ..... 





More pictures tomorrow!! 



11/24/14

My new dressing room/ closet.

First off I have to admit this. It's not done.  I need a new rug, which I have to buy. I am going to change out the curtains, and the art isn't right. BUT. The "closet" part is done. Because it's so close to Thanksgiving, and then we just roll down the hill the Christmas (which I am totally unprepared for) this closet might not get the rug and curtains until after the holidays. I chose to "unveil" this room today though, because it's ALMOST there..... and it's useful again.

Here is where I showed you what this room used to look like....



and here is where I remind you that for the past 10+ years, THIS has been my closet. 3 ft wide and right off the dining room is the space I had my clothes in.... 

And now, this is my room...

See, I need a different rug.... The grey is boring, the red is too small... 


The art and pictures need to be changed around...... 



BUT, I have room for my clothes, and when I put in the bottom shelf, all my shoes will also have a place to stay......

and, I kept my sewing machines in here, and behind the white curtain is a closet that houses my craft supplies. It all fit.  


So, even if I'm not quite done.... art, rug, shoe shelf.... I have closet/dressing room that is usable. and no longer an eye-sore. 

Happy Thanksgiving! 

11/22/14

Before. Really before. My spare bedroom/ dressing room project.

This is honestly what this room looked like.  It has never been a "spare bedroom". It was the boys nursery (10 years ago) and it was supposed to be a crafting room, but that just never actually worked out. It did though, become a dumping ground.  Extra furniture? Put it in here. Fabric or clothing? Throw it in here. Extra art that has no wall?  Well, you get the picture. And what pretty pictures they are, huh?  I figured I shouldn't sugar coat this mess.  Do you know what's actually the worst part? This room has NO DOOR. This mess was open for all to see. I am hanging my head in shame.....





So, I started by removing the bookshelves under the wall shelves. They were cheap, Target shelves I bought as a stop-gap measure 10 years ago. They are in the garage waiting to go to Goodwill as I type this..... We took down the wood supports on the bottom shelf and replaced them with these metal ones that hold a rod. 



The wall was pretty damaged by the support removal, so I had quite a lot of patching and repainting to do. 


Next up, cleaning, moving excess stuff to either storage (I have a basement storage room), donate it, or throw it away. I've taken out 4 boxes of donations, 3 bags of garbage, three bookshelves and two floor lamps to the donate pile, and 4 tubs of books to storage.  I hope to have pictures of the new dressing room/craft storage space tomorrow or Monday. 

Then, I start work on the jack and jill bathroom off the master bedroom. My husband doesn't like it's color....he says it's "fleshy". 

bonus.. 


This tiny thing? This was where I kept my clothing. In the dining room hallway. For the past 10 freakin years.  So, yea, I want a dressing room. 



11/8/14

a new closet is my next project

I am going to take the third bedroom, which has never been much of anything other than a dumping ground, and make it into a dressing room/closet.  More soon

10/27/14

American of Martinsville project table.

The Mr. bought me a new project table..... it's pretty rough. Ok, really rough. BUT, no gouges, or deep scrapes, no burn marks....it needs a good sand and a stain. It's sturdy, not wobbly, and it will be fine when I get it done. It also was VERY cheap....  It actually looks better than the coffee table we bought and refinished....

I don't have a before picture of this, because I didn't think. But, this turned out just fine and it was worse than this table.....





It's bad. But not TOO bad.  The second picture is the drop leaf. The other side looks pretty much the same. There were no leaves though..... so that's sad. But, it will be a nice table when I'm done with it.
  


I just don't exactly know what I am going to do with it when it is done.

9/18/14

The bedroom project is complete...

I'll get a series of photos up soon, but I'm still waiting on one piece of artwork for the large wall...

Here is a taste...

Before.....



After ...









I think it's a pretty good change for a gallon of paint, removing some items and bringing some new textiles and other items in from other areas of the house.   The entire cost was 37.00  (gallon of paint and a roller) + tax. And, I'll get 10 bucks back via a rebate for the paint. Not bad I think, for a SUPER tiny little room.