Week In Review

Another week lost on the blog!  Well, I have a good excuse this time.  Really, I do!  The husband was on a business trip to the Chicago area last week, so I was here with the two children and the dog slowly losing my mind.

But seriously, it was a busy week.  I was trying to keep Gus busy so he wouldn't notice too hard that Daddy was missing.  We had the grandparents over, we went over there, we went out to lunch, we went to stores, we visited friends (mine, not his), we took the dog to the dog park, which surprised Gus because we only ever do that with Daddy.  Not suprisingly he still ended up having a meltdown Friday night, mere hours before the hubs was to arrive on Saturday morning, as if he knew he was coming home and he'd just had enough.

In the midst of all that, I was scraping wallpaper (yes, still), spackling all the digs and nail holes we found under the grass cloth, and then sanding it down and making a mess.  Add that to the mess the hubs made before he left- I made him scrape the popcorn off the ceiling and sand it, so there was dust everywhere- which left me mopping the floor five or six times just to clean up all the dust.  However, all the grass cloth is down, the hallway is wallpaper-free, the ceiling got primed last night, and we are well on our way.

Overall it was a fast week, but there were points that were very trying and we are all very glad to have Daddy back home.

The Big Reveal

Ok, here we go!  Even though we still need to do a few more minor things (hello, decor!) it's time to show off the whole master bed/bath project of lore.  Let's step back in time, shall we?

Thursday, July 7, 2011: I showed off our lovely masters, complete with blue wallpaper.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011: Demo and paint choices

And, oh yea, it's March 2012 now.  Yikes.

I actually never got a shot of the bedroom before we started, but I have the listing photo from when we bought the house.  It is not our furniture:

Yea.  Here's what we ended up with:

New paint, carpet, crown moulding, baseboards, closet doors, bathroom door (the old one was a full door that opened into and banged into the window), plantation shutters, and a ceiling fan to help move the air in the summer.

And the bathroom, which opened into the bedroom and into the hallway, like a little walk-through passage way.  There was a door in between the two halves to make a powder room when guests were over, meaning there were 3 doors in this tiny little bathroom.  We removed two of the doors to enclose the bathroom in the bedroom making it a complete master suite.

Yes, that is all brass hardware.

No more hallway door!

Where the door was, a built-in medicine cabinet with full mirrored door.

Hubs closed in the old closet with slider doors and built this instead.  The laundry chute is in the bottom.

Everything is new.  The bathroom was completely and totally gutted and the hubs (and I) did everything except install the shower doors.  We are so happy with this space and love to go in there to relax and get away from our grass cloth living room disaster.

Waste Not....A Smoothie Recipe

In the age of Buy One, Get One Free deals where you end up buying things you may or may not use, I have a simple idea: fruit smoothie.  I ended up with a quart and a half of uneaten strawberries that no one seemed interested in, and I didn't want them to go to waste.  I also found a quart container of vanilla yogurt shoved in the back of the refrigerator that had also gone forgotten.  We clearly aren't taking the time to sit down and eat our food, so I decided to blend it up into a smoothie.

I just put 8 ounces of yogurt into a pitcher, added a half a quart of strawberries that I rough cut, and then added almond milk to thin it out.  A few quick wooshes of the hand blender and it was done, and it's sweet and tasty.  You could use a regular blender, and probably any type of yogurt, fruit, and milk you wanted.  We happen to be loving almond milk right now.

One for me, one for my helper.

One more drinkable solution to getting in all those food groups.

Map Love

A long, long time ago I pinned this photo:

I thought this was a fun idea for wall decor.  Easy and fun to look at without too much hassle.  I also happen to have several old atlases hanging around and thought it would be a great project for one of our too large and empty walls.  The idea- one frame for the place you met, got engaged, and got married.

We are not really heart people, so I just kept the map pages square, and the frames I had were matted to a 5 x 5 opening, so I didn't worry about a background.  I had 6 frames, but one somehow had a chip on it that I missed, so I used 5.

Cape Cod, aka "Where You Met"

I hung them over the headboard in the bedroom to fill in that very large and empty wall.  (And a sneak peek of the finished rooms!)  I love how they came out.  I ended up with where we met, where we got engaged, where we honeymooned, then where we got married/first lived/had Gus and our first house/had Greta.  Connecticut is small so those all got lumped together.

Fill your walls in with anything fun lately?  Destroyed any atlases?

52 Mantels


So badly neglecting this poor blog!!  Hi readers!  Still out there?  How is everyone?

I have been busy.  B.U.S.Y.  Mostly with the horrid grass cloth project.  Here's where we're at:

Wall One: Done!

Wall Two: Almost Done!

 Wall Three: Well....the grass is gone!

So we're making progress.  Turns out that really, really, really wetting everything helps with this stuff, so we moved from the bucket and sponge to the big guns:

 That's more like it, and it helps us move a lot faster.  We're hoping to have the wallpaper down and the ceiling scraped (icky now grayish-colored popcorn) so we can paint next week.

In other news, changes are hopefully coming to the blog and shop soon!  I'm very excited about it all but need more time in the day to get it all done!  And does anyone else really hate the time change?  I'm exhausted!

Why I'm Deleting my Pinterest Boards (gasp!!)

Did the title grab you?

Well.  Let me explain.

You know how much I love Pinterest.  Love, love, love, love, love.  I think it's an amazing idea.  I love being able to see pictures of things I'd like to save for later- so much more lovely and organized than a pile of bookmarks lost in a folder somewhere on my computer.  I love finding projects for inspiration and tutorials and recipes and all the other random stuff that makes Pinterest so much fun.

But there is so much controversy over artists' rights and copying and hurt feelings.  Some people are just not happy having their stuff pinned as inspiration.  And here's the thing: there are some serious possible legal ramifications over pinning someone's work, especially if you pin the wrong person's.

My friend Patti from Easton Place Designs tweeted the link to this article yesterday, written by a lawyer who decided to look into those terms of use and privacy policies we all click saying we've read them even when we haven't.  You should go read the article because I won't explain it nearly as well, but she basically found that Pinterest has a clause in there saying that you acknowledge that you own anything you pinned, and that if anyone sues you, you have to hire a lawyer for yourself and for Pinterest and pay for all ensuing costs.

Um, I don't know about you, but I don't have the time or money to go through a lawsuit for a pretty picture.  So as of yesterday I started deleting my boards.  I want to bookmark some of the stuff (yes, those lost and jumbled bookmarks) into organized categories- sewing tutorials for later, projects for Gus and Greta, recipes.
I'm not immediately getting rid of everything because there is a lot left to go through, and I think I'd like to keep my account in case I find something else I'd like to bookmark.  I have found so many amazing and inspiring blogs and sites on Pinterest that I never would have otherwise.  I know there are lots of people out there happy to share and want their work pinned and passed on, but I just don't want to stumble upon the one who doesn't.

So it's a sad day but I think for me it's the right thing to do.  Hop on over to my page if you want to pin anything you see before it disappears.  And for the record, you are welcome to pin anything you see here or in my Etsy shop.  I think it's a great way to share, so feel free.  My jar shelf amazingly got about 125 pins and repins, for which I am thrilled and humbled.  It makes me happy that someone might like to try and make their own.

I'd love to hear what you think about all this.  Will you keep your boards?  Do you have copyright infringement issues?  What do you think is the right thing to do?

Sew Many Books


1. I've started to get my buttons back in order over there (with some new friends, yay!) but they're not all there.  If you stop in and notice yours isn't there like it should be just let me know.  Or, if you're new and want to swap with me, just leave a comment or send me an e-mail.

2. If you leave me a comment and I haven't been stopping by your blog, leave your blog link with your comment.  I have a long blog roll that I've been neglecting lately, so give me a little reminder.

On to the good stuff.

You know I've talked about how much I love my local library before, and I have to show you what I found:

Oh yes, sewing books.  Lots and lots of lovely sewing books with modern projects and tips and really pretty pictures.  Anna Maria Horner, Amy Butler, Martha....

And there are even patterns inside!

I'm so excited to look through these and photocopy some of the patterns and ideas to use later on.  And really, now I just want to keep them because the spines are so pretty.

I actually went in to find a cookbook.  Oops.

Now here is the best part: our library has been undergoing construction for a major expansion.  It's going to be more than double the old size.  They built the new half, moved everything over there and have been renovating the old half.  Now it's time to put the whole thing together so the library will be closing until the end of April, which means I get to keep these books until the end of April!!  That might actually give me enough time to look through them all.  I also checked out movies for movie night and books and videos for Gus.  I'm proud to say I have 53 things checked out of the library right now.  I actually thought it was more!

Happy Friday!