July 8, 2013

Jumping on the (Chalkboard) Wagon

DIY chalkboard

Chalkboards were popular, like, 3 years ago.  I know.  I’m late to the party.  But three years ago, I had no need for a chalkboard and it would’ve been an odd little organizer with notes like “Next month: bread” or “Check milk box” literally every day of the week.

Now, though, I have a use for a chalkboard!  I have a munchkin, we have a summer mommy-and-munchkin “bucket list”, and I’m keeping track of our activities as we cross them off. 

And it was a cheap find too.  I found a $6 pink swirlygirly butterfly corkboard at HobLob…

Hobby Lobby girly girl corkboard

…painted the cork front and back with homemade chalkboard paint, slapped some (leftover from the porch bench) mustard yellow over the frame, sanded it down and roughed it up, swiped some Restore-a-Finish (to give it a little depth) on top, and called it good.

Turning this corkboard to a chalkboard

And, sorry, I’m not showing a whole lot of it at the moment, since it’s full of very identifiable places/things and I kinda like the idea that the whole world doesn’t know exactly where I live.  Or something like that.

Here’s a little bone, though:  I actually did something with the dining room wall, and I’ll show you in an upcoming post, including a full shot of the fancy schmancy new chalkboard.  I don’t think the wall is done yet, but we’re at least off the starting block.

Thanks for reading!

June 20, 2013

In Which I Return to the Keyboard…and Steampunk?

So…..HI!  I say that a little sheepishly, because I’m slightly embarrassed.  I’ve been away much longer than I anticipated. 


After my (shockingly distant) last post, I fully intended to start yakking at my favorite internet audience again.  Then at the last minute, I decided to pick up where I left off a couple years ago with a professional designation and try to wrap it up.  It took ALL my free time.  YUGG. 

But, for now, I DO have free time again, and the wheels are a turnin’.  Not to say that I have a ton of time, but Avery is getting a little more independent and able to play by herself a little more.  Today, I was even able to cut some fabric while she played!!! <GASP!>  She only takes about an hour nap each day, so things get done bit by bit.

I also have managed to start a cute, easy little project.  It started with a super clearance HobLob find and it just received its third coat of paint in the basement.  A little more paint, and it’s ready to go.

On a mostly unrelated note, I recently learned about the “steampunk” style, and I totally dig it.  I’m not sure it would work in my house…but I’m going to keep my eyes out for steampunk-y components for the garden (!).  Not sure how that will turn out, but we’ll see.  I figure it’s a good place to start.

Not familiar with steampunk?  Well, let me introduce you!  It’s a combination of Victorian elements and futuristic components in a sort of “machine” look.  Think classic literature like HG Wells’ The Time Machine, or Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.  It’s the look of Victorian science fiction.  I’ve run into a lot of it lately, even including a steampunk book of clothing patterns at JoAnn yesterday.  To me, it’s cogs and gears, gauges, copper, rivets, pipes…and I’m not even sure what else yet!

Source: polyvore.com via Carla on Pinterest


Admittedly, a lot of it is pretty over the top.  But here are a few garden ideas that are more casual attempts at steampunk:


Pretty interesting, no?  Some of these pins come with DIY instructions, too.  I’ve recently discovered a cool flea market, so I’ll be keeping my eye out for old iron gears or wheels or implements or whatnot.

Anyway, welcome back.  To you.  To me.  Keep a lookout for my little paint project.  It’ll be done soon! 


January 1, 2013

And It Begins Again…!

Happy New Year!!

Is your head full of new year’s resolutions?  Are you busting at the seams to get your new workout program going? Get your life organized? Streamline your finances?  Move? Travel? Do something different?

Me too!  Well, not really the workout thing.  I’m not much of a worker-outer.  Walks with Avery in the stroller are good enough.  And not really the organization part either, since I can’t help but tackle most chaos as I encounter it throughout the year.  Sometimes I wish I had more scary closets to pounce on and organize.

But….getting rid of some junk is on the list. 

Going on a vacation is also on the list.  We didn’t go anywhere last year (other than a couple of weddings) so I think it should be a priority this year.  I’m kind of leaning toward the Seattle area.  Never been.  Sounds pretty.  Not too far.  It could be a winner!  But I’m only half of the decision, so we’ll see.

Picking up my blog posting again after two crazy-busy months in which I completely neglected my readers is another priority for 2013.  I know there aren’t a ton of you (relatively speaking), but you’re my peeps, and I love that you stick around to read my nonsense, so I want to make sure you have plenty of nonsense to read.  Even if it’s really truly nonsense, like how much junk I found in the junk drawer to toss, or how I need to find some scent-ey oil stuff so my homemade floor cleaner doesn’t make my house smell like pickles once a week.  You know.  Gems like that.

So.  WELCOME BACK.  I’m still your average twenty-something mom who mostly “stays home” with a 14 month old kiddo while trying to make a few bucks on the side, help out with the mom’s group, and somehow find time to blog, keep my house sorta clean and organized, and occasionally do something fun for myself, like shop.  I like home improvement projects, switching out d├ęcor, obsessing over curb appeal, and being super stingy with all of it. I also have an unusual amount of internal snark aimed at my neighbors’ cats, I cook with recipes a couple nights a week – sometimes successfully, I haven’t had a haircut in almost a year (yikes), I’m a fanatic about budgeting, and I should probably consider getting my big toe waxed. 


Looking forward to a new year! 


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