An Update via Pictures

Sorry for the super long absence! I feel like we have been exceptionally busy lately and, at the same time, the days and weeks seem to go by without even saying hello or goodbye :)

So here’s a selection of pictures from our life as of late…Enjoy!

Redeem and Repurpose

Before

During graduation weekend, we found this ugly dresser at a thrift/antique-type store on Frankfort Ave.  Raymond talked to woman down from $45 to $40…he’s pretty proud of himself for that :) So I decided to try out some more Pinterest-craftiness and repaint the dresser for the girls’ room.  It took almost the whole day mainly because Abigail had the WORST poopy diaper ever, kept trying to finger paint on the dresser, and actually fell in some paint that somebody (coughRaymondcough) spilled on the grass…

Here are some pictures from the day:

Sanding

Priming

Painting…Raymond thinks I’m the next Michaelangelo
Not long after this is when Abigail fell in the paint :)

The stencil on each drawer

After

The color is a little wonky in this picture because the lighting is wonky in the girls’ room :) but I think it turned out really well! I’m leaving the drawers cracked a little for awhile to let the paint dry really well so that the drawers won’t stick to the frame.  Raymond intends on selling this dresser to anybody who will pay $400 for it…

And this frame will eventually become a bow station for all of Abigail and Charlotte’s bows!

And a work in progress…

A Borrowed Sewing Machine and an Urge to Craft

I recently came into temporary possession of a sewing machine since my friend, Rebekah, and her husband were headed out of town for a couple of weeks to visit with family for Christmas.  Again, its this Pinterest thing that has sparked my interest ;) in creating for myself things that would be useful for our home.  I thought I would display the couple of items I’ve been working on over the holidays…

First, I tried my hand at making a little beanie for Charlotte to wear during the first few months of her life which will be in the middle of freezing weather :) This project was probably not the best one to start with considering that I’ve never ever ever sewn a thing in my life!  It turns out that the material used to make the beanie (jersey knit) is incredible difficult to work with, and for that reason, you are viewing a picture of my second attempt, the first one being quite ugly :) My skills could definitely use some improvement, but this one will do…
I am also planning to make some more flowers (and maybe bows?) to go with the hat.  You can see from the picture of the purple flower (which is actually the back) that I’ve included a button, which corresponds with a button hole on the beanie, so that the flowers are interchangeable!

My second project was to make a couple of zipper pouches that could accommodate all the necessary items for Charlotte and Abigail during nursery time at church or any other outings really.  I decided that I didn’t want to be carrying a purse and 2 diaper bags to church 3 or more times a week (and we aren’t super fans of the diaper bag we have right now anyways…don’t worry, it was free), so my solution is to keep these “diaper pouches” in my purse (which is now a big one that can definitely accommodate these pouches and my own personal items…thanks to a dear friend) and just drop the pouches off with each child during nursery time.  Each pouch is about the size of a piece of paper and is about 3 inches deep on the bottom.  The one on the left is Charlotte’s and the right is Abigail’s.

So after becoming slightly acquainted with a sewing machine and successfully (I think) accomplishing a couple of projects, I’ve added a sewing machine to my “I wish I had…” list :) Though I am definitely not even a little bit jealous of all the women before me who had to hand stitch all their family’s clothing, I definitely enjoyed the feeling of making something useful for our family (and its cheaper than buying them!)