Monday, January 31, 2011

Nicest thing that's happened all week

Woohoo! Kristy from A Little Something gave me a Versatile Blogger Award.  That must mean she likes my spastic, all over the place blog entries. Kristy has one seriously cute little girl, with a face you could just eat up.

 Now for the rules. Because there always has to be rules!
1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you the award.
2. Answer 10 questions.
3. Pass it along to 7 blogs you've recently discovered and enjoy.
4. Leave your recipients a note telling them about the award.

The 10 Questions.

1. Why did you create this blog?

Let's see...I think I was desperate to connect to people outside of my home and family.  Being a Stay At Home Mom is wonderful, best job I could have, but sometimes it's lonely.  It's hard making friends when the person you spend the most time with and talk to is only 2 years old.  And it's even harder when that 2 year old has a condition that sometimes keeps us home bound and keeping weird hours.

2. What kinds of blogs do you follow?All kinds of blogs, most of them are crafty, because I am trying to get inspiration for our house right now, but I also like mommy blogs and blogs that just keep things real about everyday life.

3. Favorite make-up brand?I used to love love love my bare minerals, but spending that kind of money on our kind of budget is hard to justify.  Especially since I stay home a lot and go sans make-up most days.  I basically googled best inexpensive make-ups and one came up a few times on different sites.  Cover Girl CG Smoothers.  I bought a few shades I thought would work at Target and found one that I liked best.  For about $6.99 I had my new foundation.  I also bought a primer to go under the foundation.  I bought mine from Avon, and I LOVE IT.  MagiX Face Perfector, it costs $10 but it's on sale for $8.99 right now. Score. 

4. Favorite clothing brand?I'm not big into brands really.  I shop wherever, but do most of my clothes shopping at Old Navy and Target.

5. Indispensable makeup product?I don't know if you would really count it as make-up, but like I said before, I am a lip balm/chapstick addict. I have tubes of the stuff everywhere.

6. Favorite color?Blue, and there's a tie for second place between white and brown.

7. Favorite perfume?Does baby spit up count as a fragrance? Cause that's what I tend to smell like these days.  That and my trusty deodorant.  At least you know if you ever meet me in real life I will most definitely not smell like b.o.

8. Favorite film?The Goonies!  Attention fellow nerds, you forgot one of your members over here.

9. What country would you like to visit and why?I would love to go to Italy. I'm pretty sure I would never get tired of the food there. Pasta anyone?

10. Would you rather forget to put mascara on one eye or forget blush on one side of your face?I would rather forget the blush. Here's why:
Occasionally I get a bad reaction from wearing mascara.  My eye starts hurting and feeling like there is something in it. So then I start rubbing it, it gets all red and watery, and I am forced to try to remove all traces of mascara from my eye and surrounding area. This unfortunate sequence of events has happened to me out in public more than a few times. And let me tell you, one eye mascara upped and the other not looks terrible.

Now to the awardees:

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Lazy days and Craigslist shoppers

Today was a lazy tiresome day.  Levi only slep from 1am till 5am last night.  So when you add in the time it takes me to fall asleep and the time it takes for me to feed Rian I only got about 2.5 hours of sleep last night. 

I was supposed to clean house, deep clean too.  You know scrub floors, mop, vacuum, dust, do laundry...I still have tomorrow right?  Or maybe tonight, since Levi is sleeping and has been for the past 7 hours and will most definitely be up all night.  I think it's time he learned how to mop the floor, don't you?

Or maybe I could put a towel on the wet tiles, have him lay on it and pull him around telling him all the while that it's a game.  Think that would work?  Stupid Hydro. Disrupting our days and nights.

*Update-Levi woke up and went into full blown cleaning mode.  I  DEEP cleaned our kitchen, dining room, laundry room, small bathroom, and bedroom.  Yay me. 

Oh and I fogot to bring up my other reason for the title of this post.  When coming to look at something you found on Craigslist and you end up NOT liking it, don't make up a lame excuse like "oh I forgot to measure, let me go home and call you in an hour to tell you if it will fit or not."  Just say you don't like it or it's not what you wanted.  No one send you have to buy every item you call and look at.  Goodness people.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Did anyone ever hear of a puke poncho?

You know it's kind of like a puke catching snuggy. I need one of these for my son, honest to goodness.  Since Levi's hydrocephalus and Slit Ventricle Syndrome often give him intense headaches and vomiting we've had countless pukings in our car.  If you're a mom, or dad, or ever been around a kid you know that puke and car seats and kids don't mix well. 

Yesterday Levi had another "episode" where he got sick in the car. We just had our 2 week post op appointment with his Neurosurgeon's office. I told them he'd been doing great, no headaches or vomiting.  Good news for everyone.  Since he still had the surgical tape on his incisions on his head, the nurse practitioner used some tape remover solution/pads to help get them off. UGH!  It would have been a dream appointment if not for that.  Levi was pretty pissed about having them taken off, you could tell it hurt even though she was trying her best to be gentle. 

We got to leave after that.  All seemed to be pretty good so we went grocery shopping at our favorite warehouse, Costco.  Does anyone else take their kids there for lunch with their free samples? No? Um, okay nevermind.  Well, Levi started acting "sick" while in the store...I prayed he wouldn't get sick and hoped he was just overly tired.  We were only 10 minutes away from home so I told Justin to drive fast.  Unfortunately Levi couldn't make it.  So he got soaked with upchucked chocolate milk, fishy crackers, and Costco samples.  I tried to catch everything using my breastfeeding cover but no luck there either.  Car seat, clothes, and cover were looking and smelling funkified. 

This is where my idea for the puke catching snuggy comes in.  It would go over his car seat straps, be water proof like a rain poncho, but have a pocket at the bottom of it to catch all the puke so it doesn't hit the floor.  Sounds good right?  I'll be rich and famous.  Now if only I could sew and start mass producing these things to sell.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Reupholstering A Chair With Caning

Well, I did it.  I finished the chair.  It took me longer to paint and upholster than I thought because of the cold weather and Levi's hospital stay, but I finally finished it tonight. Every time I heard the pop of the staple gun I knew I was that much closer to being done.  It's not perfect, there are plenty of "oops" spots on the chair, but I think it looks way better than the poopy-brown colored vinyl that was on there when I got started.


Stripped down to the frame:

 Cracks filled in with silicone:

Primed with KILZ:


Finished product- painted with Rust-Oleum's Satin White, Sanded a bit for a shabby chic look, and Reupholstered with a smokey lavender velvet fabric.

Total cost-$39.68 
$10 for the chair
$14 for the fabric, on sale at Jo-Ann's
$2.70 for the trim
$5.99 for Kilz spray primer
$6.99 for the Rust-oleum's Satin White Spray Paint


Friday, January 21, 2011

Easy Valentine's Day Decor

I'm not too big on seasonal decor, it's a little impractical for our house since it's small and storage space is limited.  But I wanted to do something to celebrate the big LOVE day coming up.  Something easy and inexpensive, and something I could involve using the little tree. 

I tell you, that darn little tree is like the craft project that keeps on giving.  I've used it in Rian's room, at Thanksgiving, at Christmas, and now for Valentine's Day. 

This was such an easy craft.  I took pinking shears and used them to cut out the felt hearts, two hearts for each stitched heart.  Then I just hand stitched the two hearts together with red embroidery thread, and stuffed them with the felt scraps.  I added a little extra knotted piece of thread at the top, in the middle of the heart, and hung them on the tree.  I'm sure this project would be even easier for the sewers out there.  But even hand stitching them only took me a few minutes for each heart. Each heart is a little different in shape, but I think that's part of their charm.  One of the things I love the most is how inexpensive this craft was.  Felt sheets at Michael's are about 29 cents, and one thing of embroidery thread was 39 cents.  So I spent under $2.00 for these cuties. 

Instead of handing out candy to your kids, co-workers, friends, how about a little heart ornament or two?

I luv LOVE.


Thursday, January 20, 2011

A Closet Organization Way Overdue

When we changed rooms around in September I had to move my crafting armoire into our living room.  It was the only place it could go since all the other rooms were now bedrooms and quite full.  But the armoire is a beast of a piece of furniture, and it looked way wrong in the living room.  It had/still has to go. 

Since yesterday was Justin's day off I did the only thing a good wife could do, I put him to work at home. Hee hee. 

On Tuesday I went and bought all the supplies for shelving we would need, on Wednesday I measured and marked where each shelf would go, and then I made the "Man of the house" hang them up for me.  I could have done it myself but if something went wrong it's easier to blame it on the hubby than myself...JUST KIDDING babe! 

Craft Armoire Before:

 Craft Armoire NOW (empty and ready to be sold)

Our new Craft Closet

 I even get to hang future projects on the wall

Trying to catch up

So if you read my posts you know we spent last week at the Children's Hospital near us.  I feel like every time we stay there for a few days or the week everything at home goes haywire, gets pushed back, and clutter breeds while we're away.  This week was my week to catch up on some things, to declutter, and to finish up on some projects.  Levi is basically back to normal, he is now in the phase of this-surgical tape-is-annoying-so-I-am-going-to-try-to-scratch-it-away.  Bribing Telling a stubborn 2 year old to leave his "bandaids" alone is hard work.

Okay, so I managed to finish up painting the trees for Rian's room yesterday.  Definitely not a project to start when you have minimal free time to begin with... unless you aren't OCD like me, and every time you walk into your daughter's room and see the unfinished trees on her wall you won't get beads of sweat appearing on your forehead because you are that stressed out about seeing her walls so unfinished.  So yeah, if you're not like me, I say paint away.  If you are like me though, send the kiddos to Grandma's house for a couple of days and work in peace.

 Quick bedding change in the last two, the above bumper used to be just green, then I tried to dye it purple to match her room decor, and only the one side took.  Bleh, it came out looking like someone had skinned Barney.  So I bought a new bumper off of Amazon.

Wish I could paint that crib white....but as soon as she's in a big girl bed that crib has got other plans.  And no I don't mean another baby! Geez, let's give it a few years.

Anytime I take pictures Levi always tells me to take pictures of him, instead of what I am trying to get an actual picture of.  But of course when the camera is pointed at him this is what happens.

Yep, no love for the lens.  His sister on the other hand, well she loves the camera.

Right before I tried to give her oat cereal for the first time

She hated the food, not one drop stayed in her mouth.  Can't say I blame her though, oatmeal was always hard for me to get down too.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Hospital Stays are Hell

We spent this week living at the hospital.  It was not fun. 

Last week Levi had a pretty bad time.  He threw up only once but was getting headaches everyday, and was extremely tired and cranky. On Sunday it got even worse, he was in a lot of pain from his head hurting and the back of his neck.  He wouldn't even lift his head up to eat.  So Monday morning I got him in to see his Neurosurgeon at the Children's Hospital.  We waited almost 3 hours before talking to her, then she came in like the whirlwind she is and decided to tap his shunt to get an idea of his pressure.  After the tap she said to call her tomorrow at 8 because she wanted to go ahead and get him "in."  In meaning she wanted to do surgery on him.  Here we go again is what I thought...

Monday night was a hard night because Levi had taken a nap from 4:30 to 7:30pm and then refused to go to sleep that night until 7:30am on Tuesday! I was only able to get about 30 minutes of sleep before his Neurosurgeon's office called and wanted him to come in for the surgery right away.  UGH.  I rushed around to get ready, pack some stuff up, and then got the kids up to leave for the hospital. 

We had about a 3 hour wait before they actually took him for surgery, it felt like forever.  Then I handed him to the nurse while trying to hold back tears. 

His surgery was to replace the ventricular catheter in his shunt, and to add a small lumen tubing to help slow down his shunt's drainage and correct the pressure levels in his head. The surgery went well, and after getting a CT we went to his room.  The hospital had visitor restrictions due to flu and RSV season, so no one under the age of 12 was allowed in patients' rooms.  I was worried about Rian, not being able to stay, but luckily the nurses were sympathetic to me and my breastfed baby and agreed to let her stay in the room with us.  As long as we didn't take her out of the room while we were there. 

Wednesday and Thursday were hard days for Levi, he got two really bad headaches and threw up within minutes.  After getting sick he would want to sleep for hours and hours.   Thursday afternoon the doctor adjusted the valve on his shunt and told us she thought that would help him. By Friday, or I guess today I should say, he was feeling much better and was able to come home around 8pm.  He woke up at 4am this morning and stayed up until 1:30pm.  Since then he's been sleeping.  I know it's a long shot but I am hoping he stays asleep and allows us to get some rest.

Justin and I are exhausted, sleep deprived zombies that need our rest.  Such a long week, we're so happy to be home.

Monday, January 10, 2011

An award...for me?

Some one likes me y'all.  No really, someone does.  I didn't make this up.  Karen at Goodbye City, Hello Suburbs nominated me for a stylish blogger award.  Just when I thought I about lost everyone with my lack of posting, and when I do post they are crazy long and scattered.  But nope, she wasn't scared away. :)

So here's how it works...

There are RULES to this stylish blogger award:
1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award. 
2. Share 7 things about yourself. 
3. Award 10-15 recently discovered great bloggers. (Um, I'm just tellin' you now, I am cutting this down to 5 or can too.)
4. Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award.
Okay, 7 random things about me...
1. I used to have a crush on Kevin Bacon, I saw Footloose when I was 6 or 7 and I was hooked.  I used to like the older men ;)  Two of my other childhood crushes, Scott Baio and Ralph Macchio (wouldn't touch either of them now.)
2.  I have curly hair but straighten it as much as possible.  I would hate to be without my flat iron.

3.  I often never leave the house without chapstick.  Doesn't matter what brand.  Chapped lips are a no-no.
4.  I hate doing dishes and laundry.  I hate dusting and cleaning toilets.  I hate picking up the endless piles of toys, taking out the trash, and hanging up clothes.  But I really really hate having a dirty house even more.  It feels like I can't breath when stuff piles up or gets dirty so I clean and pick a lot.  My husband is not like me, he can care less if things are messy or dirty and doesn't get bent out of shape when the house looks like a tornado hit on the inside.  He only helps clean because he loves me and knows I get a little nutso when things look bad.

5.  I have a Craigslist addiction.  It's bad.  If they had a Craigslist addicts support group I would join.  Heck I could be president of the club!

6.  My son has been watching Bolt and Up almost everyday for the past 2 weeks.  He just started being interested in movies and he watches those ALL the time.  The other day instead of being irritated that Up was on for the 20th time that day, I was happy because I was able to shower without him getting in to stuff.  He watched the movie and kept me updated on what was happening while I was in the shower. 

7.  I kind of like the smell of pipe smoke.  It's strangely more comforting than nauseating like cigarettes are.  My great grandfather smoked a pipe, he was such a nice man, and that's one of the things I remember about him from my childhood.  He always sat on his porch outside and smoked his pipe when we would visit.  Anyone else associate good memories with certain smells?

Other great bloggers I enjoy reading

Sorry to have been MIA

It feels like I need a bad blogger award, er an un-reward, well something that labels me a sucky blogger.  Since announcing the chair project I have been completely absent from my blog, and I feel awful.  Instead of concentrating on just one project this past week I began working on 5 projects!  You see, starting a project is way easier than finishing one.  

I started on the chair last weekend and worked on it quite a bit, but stopped again when I got as far as it needing to be primed. It is awfully cold in my garage and I am worried about painting in there.  I hate that it takes paint so long to dry in the cold and don't want to ruin this chair by painting it and then have problems with it drying right.  Does any one have any tips for spray painting in the cold?

Here it is ripped apart, sanded, cleaned, and I filled in some cracks with paintable caulk.

Then I also decided to paint on the walls in my daughter's room. Have any of you seen Mandy's blog post about her oldest daughter's room over on U Create?  It was love at first sight for me.  And I knew that it was just what I wanted in my daughter's room.  I love trees.  And painting them on the walls seemed like such an awesome idea. So I borrowed an overhead projector from my childhood church (I went there from the age of 5 till about 19), and some transparency paper (thanks again Vicki), printed out my image onto the paper and set up shop in Rian's room.  Working with the overhead projector was easy peasy, and so was drawing the trees.  It's the painting of the trees that's a freaking hard thing to do.  And it's not so much hard as it is time consuming.  I chose white for the trees in my daughter's room, and have had to do about 2-3 coats on the tree trunks and about 2 coats on the branches.  I love how they are coming along, but hate that it is taking the amount of time that it is taking.  And really, it's only taken me about 6-7 hours so far, and that's from start (drawing the trees) to the point I am at now (half way done), but it feels like forever and a day when you're up on a chair. 

And did I mention that when my son saw me drawing trees on my daughter's walls he wanted a tree in his room too?  Yeah, a "booh tee, mommy. ry now. pee-ah!"   So how could I not oblige such a heartfelt plea?  Oh and if you don't speak toddler, that was, "A blue tree mommy, right now, please."  So I skillfully used the projector to draw a tree in his room on Monday too, and on Tuesday we picked out the paint for his room and Rian's from Home Depot.  He wanted blue so I picked out several paint sample colors and then asked him to choose.  And yes, this slightly OCD, control freak of a mom let her 2 year old toddler choose from about 6-7 blues on his own and went with the one he picked out.  Then Tuesday night I did his tree when he was off spending the night with my mom and dad.  (If it weren't for my mom taking him almost one night a week I would never get half of my projects done.) 

Levi's tree is a very dark blue, the color is Wrought Iron from the Martha Stewart's Color Performance line of paints at Home Depot.  I bought one of the small cans of paint samples and just had it tinted to the color he chose.  It's awesome paint, low odor and low VOC, covers well (I did one coat for Levi's tree and it came out really well), and I only used about a 1/4 of the amount in the sample can.  The samples cost $2.94 at my Home Depot, pretty cheap huh?

I used the same paint samples for Rian's room but didn't get them tinted so they are pure white.  I bought 2 sample cans but so far I have only used 1 and will probably end up using only half of the other can to do the rest of the trees in her room.  Again, this paint is awesome, low odor to Martha Stewart is practically no odor. Really important to me when painting in a babies room.
Rian's partially done trees:

There are 4 of them across her wall.  And I have done a bit more since taking the pictures.

And if I weren't doing enough already and as if this post wasn't long enough, I also managed to make a baby mobile for my cousin who is having a lovely little girl in just a few short weeks, do a piece of art for our room, and stalk and buy two dressers off of Craigslist (can't wait to fix them up too!). 
Sneak peak for you all

They might look bad, missing knobs, missing pulls, chipped paint and scratches, but when I get done with them they're going to be beautiful. (oh and these are the Craigslist pics, hence the poor quality)

If you've made it to the end of this post, thanks for reading and sorry for any spelling or other grammatical errors.