Thursday, July 30, 2015

Project Paint: the long hallway

It's been two weeks now without our second car.

I am not going to lie - it's getting ugly. I have tried hard to keep busy, but I am starting to just be physically exhausted from the work of painting. (It is like moving without the truck.) I have four rooms done and four to go. I've basted a quilt, made small sewing projects but LORDY give me back the car!  The back to school stuff is starting with a vengeance and my kids don't even have a pencil yet. The supply lists are miles long too.


Anyway. The hallway went from yellow to white. The last yellow room is the living room.(One of the biggest jobs and the most dreaded.)


 This was the hallway before the remodel - just for fun.

I rearranged all the frames, weeding out ones I just didn't like anymore.

 It's very bright in there now!

Sammi's room is done too. It took FOUR DAYS to clean out the messes in there!  I am waiting on her rug to arrive, then I can show it to you.
 
Jack's room is up next. I have a plan for colors and layout and a few upgrades. I suggested he spend the morning today starting to weed out stuff he doesn't need or want anymore.

Want to know what's in that pile?
 
NOTHING.
 
Good luck to me! LOL
 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Flea market Sunday on Monday

The kids only have one more Friday of summer camp just as I have finally started to get my yard sale groove on. It only takes one good sale, as evidenced by all this loot!

That cellophane bag is holding a super thin ornament, the horns on the bottom are metal. I am not in love with them, but the paint is charming enough to keep them from the donation bag for now.
I am pretty sure I have seen these Santa costumes in my Halloween collectibles book. Finding one has been on my list forever, and when I saw the pic of it in the ad, I got my behind there as soon as I could.
I think this is actual art And not a print, but I thought it would be sweet in sammi's room.  Her room is nearly done and I haven't found a place for it in there yet though.
These cuties are shop bound. 
This little table is adorable. I think it will live in the living room once I make over that room. The can on top is super heavy and totally amazing. I  cannot even believe I scrounged it out of a basement for two dollars. The st Charles dairy used to be located not far from us. 

I am still knee deep in totally redoing our house! I have two more rooms done and will be back with those soon!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Flea Market Sundays

These photos are awful. We are having a very dark, stormy morning here.  Which, on the one hand, is swell because my children who have been waking up at 5 am actually slept until 8. But not so good for blog photos.

This wasn't a great flea market week anyway. The best find of the week was a lot of new old stock cotton birds I scored at a garage sale on Friday.  The photo of those is on instagram. I nearly peed in my pants when I spotted them!

A few random Christmas things.
Very, very tiny cotton Halloween heads. I am plotting a haunted Halloween house already and these will be perfect.
A set of card games just like the ones I used to play with my grandma. These will be used for playing with the kids.
Oh man, these are so awful they are good. German Dresden devils. They are HUGE! As tall as a Ziploc sandwich bag. I can't decide if they are too awful for the Halloween swap or not...but trust me, I am considering it. (evil laugh here, LOL)
4+ yards of this grey 1950s fabric...
and 4+ yards of this turquoise 1950s fabric. I can't decide if they are keepers or shop bound.
This is a keeper - I wish the light was better. It's peach colored with copper glittered dots, also 4+ yards. Even if I have to keep it for a prom dress that will never be for Sam, I will find something to make with this gorgeousness.
Halloween was out in full force this week.  Wooohooo!
And a partial set of Bill Ding stacking clowns for the kids.
 
Happy Sunday to you!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Project paint: master bathroom

This is the room that's been bugging me for a loooong time. 

The pink in here was always a way more intense oink than I had intended, but by that point in the remodel it did not seem wise to suggest painting it again. 

Now that it is a nice bright white, it just feels "right". 

I took down the IKEA mirror and hung a vintage one.
I printed my hippo photo on a canvas. I LOVE HER SO MUCH!
I took a vintage quilt top that Erica sent me and after a million hours of repairs and alterations I had a gorgeous shower curtain. Half is at the foot of the tub -
And the other half is at the head of the tub.
I hung up those folk art ducks from the flea a few weeks ago. I also have a serious crush on those. (Did I even mention those here? Or only Instagram? Who knows anymore.) Isn't it awesome though?
My medicine chest corner is unchanged other than the duck.
And my old door has a quilty curtain now.

Next up on the paint list - basement stairwell. Yikes!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Ginty boy rocks old school


Dave is still working until ten pm, so yesterday Jack and Sam went to Oma's house for a bit.

It's shockingly quiet with just one two year old.

I find myself wondering what to do with all my free time.

I used it to send a whole years worth of photos to Costco (gasp) and catch up on making two years worth of blog books. Because apparently I can do my regular mother/housewife gig and sew but nothing else. (Like decorate, paint, run a business, organize anything, keep up with photos, blog, etc.)  

Anyway. Digging in the photos and the blog made me realize I miss this space. Two years from now I am going to want to remember something and it won't be here, which is sad. This time passes e dr so quickly and the blog is more faithful than my old brain ever will be at remembering.

My current quilt is  a pain in the ass, so the break is welcome. 

Grant is inching so close to three already! He woke up yesterday with about a hundred new words in his vocabulary. Lately I've been thinking he is scarily like Jack - knows the alphabet, easily counts to twenty, has an advanced vocabulary, is building crazy train layouts, is stupidly intense with the crazy tantrums and frustration.

He has totally different loves though - vacuums and cords and cooking!  And totally different tantrum triggers - "broken" food, injustice, you daring to do anything for him that there is even the slightest chance he could do for himself. 

 I cannot even believe he is about to be three! 

In fact, I am sure that Sam is still only three.  

Speaking of Sam, she is taking a very rare nap at the moment after running around here screaming and crying like a child possessed this morning. This was despite us doing what she wanted to do while grant was with Oma. We played a matching game, made a pie and made a suncatcher she has been bugging me about. 
I do not even like pie (the crust usually put me off), but strawberries were dirt cheap and I have to get them all used up. I had a piece of this after lunch and oh.my.word! I might be a pie convert.

Alright, time to sort out swimming gear I think. My hippo is on the truck for delivery, so bathroom paint tomorrow I think. 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Project paint: the foyer edition

When Dave asked me what I wanted for my 40th birthday, I said I wanted the bathroom painted.

It wasn't the only thing I have been itching to paint though. In fact, my list is six rooms long.

The bathroom is done but I am still waiting on a canvas I ordered to go in there, so how about we look at the foyer instead?

I am just going to say right now I am still unsure about this color. This was the first space we painted what I think of as "my yellow" when we remodeled the house. Seeing my yellow in this space it really start to feel like home.

Six years of kids and high traffic left it a mess and I was getting tired of touching up the paint.  I stuck a blue paint chip up in there over a year ago after seeing a GORGEOUS blue house in Martha Stewart Living.

Spurred on by all the tv ads for how durable the new fangled paint is I took it all down this weekend and painted it.

A blurry before (really only taken to help me rehang all that stuff!).
The yellow was warm and cheerful.

And after:
The color is pale flower from Lowes. I don't know which company because I had them mix it in Valspar Reserve. (It was a historic color, I remember that much.)
I had to repaint the dresser too. I really did prefer that thing in blue.

That shelf is working very well for holding a million messy kids shoes. Each kid knows where his/her shoes are, and they do get returned there. It doesn't exactly look tidy, but whatever.
Hopefully my canvas will arrive soon and I can show you the bathroom!
 
Next up on the hit list - basement stairwell, Grant's room, the living room and Sam wants her room pink.
 
If I live that long? Painting is hard work man!  I knew there was a reason I asked for it as a gift. Hmmmm.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Splish Splash and the Patriotic mantle

Dave is working a lot again this week, it just keeps raining (for more than a month now), Grant sleeps like total crap and therefore, so do I and just blech. All around blech.
 
At some point I will take this down I imagine. I've promised Sam we can put up these pear lights I got at Ikea and I have a blue bird idea churning.
 
 I just scrounged around  my house until I came up with enough to work here. And in the end I liked it quite a bit. Next year when I try to remember what I did here I will wish I had a better photo. Trophies, post cards, flags, mercury glass picks, flags, USA letters, ribbons, tinsel, hats.
 And hatchets! I finally scored some on Ebay. Now I need those tiny ones for the tree.


 Blurry tree. All my photos are blurry. I am becoming too used to the iPad. But for fun let's just say its because I am drunk. That sounds way more interesting.
 Hopefully by next weekend I have this foyer painted blue. I couldn't open the door to make the photo lighter because THE MOSQUITOS are a PLAGUE with all this rain.


 Since it rains every afternoon and our pool is only open stupid hours we went to the splash pad yesterday.

 Looking at the pictures it seems like I only take pictures of Grant, but he is the only child who stands still.


They love that place. Usually I like it too, but it was so hot and I was seriously Hangry. Not a good combo.

I am off to try and survive this day. I have barely slept two hours, I cannot keep my eyes open and I have to take care of the kids by myself until ten pm. (Do not even get me started on the bedtime bullshit around here right now. I have got to drop the hammer on that nonsense. It's making me crazy.)