Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Fresh Starts and Fresh ideas. . .

Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Happy New Year!  A little late, but heartfelt none-the-less.  I have a confession to make.  My husband has been home on vacation since December 19th. . . the last day I posted.  AND he doesn't go back to work until next week.  When I am trying to work he comes in with an impish grin and says, "Let's go. . ." where doesn't matter--he makes it all sound so fun, even if it is only, "Let's go make homemade bread!" or "Let's go clean the kitchen together."  SO, when I should be saying, "I need to work."  what my mouth actually says is, "Okay!"

See my dilemma?  When we both work together we get things DONE.  But when we both are together doing separate things. . . we get things done, just not the things we should be doing!

Today I am getting back to work, really.  Though, I might try to squeeze in one more house project this week.  But I will take you along and show what we are up to.  I think you might like it.

Just to make it harder to focus, I have gotten the bug to redo my daughter's bedroom.  It hasn't been done since we moved here over three years ago.  I did it up beautifully in Utah when we lived there.  When she was a baby it looked like this:

Then when she got her big girl bed we redid the whole thing to look like this:

Then we moved.  And her stuff made the room look fine, though I didn't paint--even the curtains came with the house.

(I did snatch the chandelier from the old house though--it was a baby gift from my neighborhood friends.)

But the other day Signe saw this picture and decided her room needed a makeover:

(Country Living)

I think since her sister has an antique iron bed in her room I will not do iron.  I am leaning towards a Jenny Lind style bed but all the ones I am seeing are on ebay for fabulous prices but mainly on the east coast and largely local pick-up only.  The search will continue.  It will be sad to take out her twin beds.  We made those when she was two for the whopping cost of $35 each.

While I was browsing the Goodwill the other day I came across this table:

When I was looking it over I spied a big ugly spider on the under side and my husband refused to kill it for me.  So I called over a friendly employee and informed her I was interest in the table, but no so much the spider--and it's two egg sack nests!  So she in turn called over another employee--a boy--who put on a glove and hauled the spider off--ALIVE!  Eww.  I know the idea of saving the spider is nice and all, but if he put it outside in the 25 degree weather. . . but back to the table.

I think I want to paint it and put it in Signe's new room on one side of the bed with a cute little chair.  I also picked up this great frame for not much and the painting itself is on a board rather than canvas.  That will make painting chalkboard paint right over it a snap.  Don't you think that would be cute above the made over desk?

I get so excited when inspiration strikes and I just want to go at it.  But my room make-overs are never quick, unfortunately.  I will keep you posted on the progress, slow though it may be.

In the meantime, I need to revamp the etsy shop and restock the store. . . unless Rob pops down here to ask if I want to go running or something--because as awful as that sounds, he has convinced me to do it the last three days in a row!

Wish me luck--and focus!


Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

I think it's wonderful that you are spending quality time with your hubby. I really look forward to seeing the makeover in your daughters room. You have some great pieces to start with. Good luck!! :)

Amanda said...

i cant decide which is more cute... your hubby asking you to do random things just so you can do them together? or, the items you've scored for your daughters bedroom makeover? hmmm. let's call it a tie, shall we?

i am completely jealous of anyone who comes across a frame, that large, with such a great shape... i paid *cough, cough* $45 just for the empty antique frame i made into a chalkboard. yikes!

i've been thinking of an old iron bed for our master bedroom. just a headboard. wondering if it's too "young" for a master?

can't wait to see your makeovers. i'm working on our little guys "big boy" room....

ChRiS said...

i was just thinking to myself what adorable twin beds and here ya are looking for something new...if i read right you made them? have you considered making her new bed? anyways love the rooms and i am sure the new rd-do will be beautiful.

Stephenie from Decorating Addiction said...

Love this post - I can identify with the husband part. Enjoy your time together - the blog (and your readers) will be here when he is back to work! I cannot wait to see what you do with your daughter's bedroom. I'm loving the little table you bought and thank goodness they got rid of the spider! Yuck.

shannon said...

oooh...I can't wait to see!!!!

Maggie Lowe said...
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Maggie Lowe said...

I am really surprised.But I'm about to paint a mural on a school playground wall. the wall is brick and has already been primed. I drew a sketch on paper and am considering the grids technique. I need to know how to outline the grids and the drawing I use chalk? charcoal? pencil? how do I rub off mistakes?? then, what paint should I use? should I buy all colors or mix- will I be able to make them again if I manually mix them?
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