Friday, April 23, 2010

Teepee and Other Misc. Projects

Making one of these is on my list of sewing projects for the boys. Doesn't that look like a fun place to play?

It looks simple enough, I just need to figure out the most cost effective fabric to use - painter's drop cloths, burlap yardage, thrift store sheets? Where to get the bamboo poles?

Lately, I've been thinking about lots of projects that I'd like to get started- however, plans for them invade my mind right when I'm getting ready for bed and then into the middle of the night. Having crafty ideas is really fun, I just wish the inspiration wouldn't strike when I should be sleeping.

Some other projects keeping me up at night include: contouring a bunch of prefolds for the new baby, putting together a night diaper stash for Oliver (the BG 3.0s are leaking on us), replacing all the velcro tabs on our stash of BG's (Cotton Babies sent me 24 kits for free!), making a compost bin, spreading grass seed in the back yard, building some small beds in the front yard and transplanting a few plants, finishing up the hook rack in the laundry room, cleaning out the area under the stairs and making a play area out of it for the kids, installing safety latches on all the cabinets, and culling through and simplifying all of the household chemicals. Whew!

After going to bed last night at 10:00, I think I finally fell asleep around midnight. Perhaps this is why I'm blogging about my list of projects - if I get it all written down, hopefully I won't have to go through it in my head every evening. We'll see....

photo from here.

Monday, April 19, 2010


Oliver is really into riding his stick horse. The only thing missing is his hat. He loves hats too.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Oliver's Maiden Wagon Voyage

He LOVES the wagon, passed down from his big sister Quinn. Looking forward to many, many trips through the neighborhood in it.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Bunk Beds

Even though it will be a few years before we will need these, this is what I have in mind for the boys' room. Bunk beds that we can separate early on and then stack later as they get older. Great price, which will leave some for the bedspreads that I have in mind from Utility Canvas. Beds from here.

Kill Your TV

Of course I have a running list of things for the house come payday. This is now at the top. Things I aspire to -

from here.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Take-Out Lids

Package design is pretty interesting - especially drink lids. I've always wondered who designs those things. I think it comes from wanting to push in all the little bubbles on my soda lid as a kid - you know the ones that indicate diet, root beer or other, etc...

from here.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Ikea Rugs and Nesting

I've been thinking about rugs lately - our living room really needs something other than that sad little brown rug. I have that nesting thing going on where I spend way too much energy making plans for the house in my head. I'm convinced that nesting is a mechanism to remove annoyances since I'm kinda touchy lately. For example, I have been compulsively straightening the house, being a maniac about the laundry, wiping down baseboards (????) and making sure the paper towel roll is always on the holder which is actually a big pain. Normally, I would let all of these things go (and more). I feel driven to do it, because if I didn't it would drive me nuts and it's all because I'm pregnant. That's my theory anyway...

So, back to the rugs - that first one would go by the couch. The second in the front music room and the last I'd put in the boys' (plural!)  room. Love those stripes.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Au-Jardin Poster

Someone should snap up this cute poster for their kitchen - here.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


Oliver is getting big enough to play on the playground with the older kids. It brought me so much joy to watch him run around and laugh with excitement at everything the playground had to offer. We all had a blast.

Oliver in the kitchen

He loves to dump his sippy cup out when he can sneak in the chance. I decided this time to just go with the flow and let him play with the mess as long as it would keep his attention.