Monday, October 31, 2011
The thread and bias tape was around $5 and I purchased three comic book sets for $6. Total, $11.
|double wide bias tape (and my new pink pin cushion)|
|other than the paper being a little delicate, this was super easy|
I added it to Young House Love + Bower Power's (unofficial) Pinterest Challenge. I read about it last week and it enough to nudge me to finish the banner. Love!
What fall traditions do your neighborhoods have?
ps. I did something a little out of my comfort zone today. I linked up with a bloghop from muchloveilly. If you are visiting today, welcome!
Friday, October 28, 2011
We have family in town! Lee's brother, Uncle Mike, is visiting us for a few days, then my parents (Grandma + Papa) are visiting for a week. We love having visitors. In all the preparation I haven't blogged about our bedroom progress. Consider this a small pause, and hopefully you'll see a post or 2 next week.
(ps) our 6th anniversary is tomorrow! We met in Savannah 8 years ago...I'm so happy we wed there. I can honestly say I had no clue we'd end up in Minnesota. Lee Fain, you are my best friend. I love life with you!
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
|closet space (love the grey crib and yellow mobile)|
|gold + white wilderness wallpaper (a designmom house tour)|
|cheerful swedish bedroom. and proof that wallpaper can go on a window wall|
|gender neutral shared bedroom|
|chalkboard and wallpaper.|
I love this trend. Do you have a favorite? You can also find these on my kids@home and accent wall boards...
Monday, October 24, 2011
Lee and I both have a background in product design and often each our own taste in new purchases. So Friday as we wandered through the IKEA lighting department we came across this red brasa pendant. And we both liked it! So of course we bought it...under $50 and it gives our landing some personality. We had a plain ceiling-mount light before. Also, we also purchased a bedframe for our room! Will post pictures soon.
In other news, our little guy's room was on Ohdeedoh last week! You can see it here. If you are visiting from Ohdeedoh, welcome...
Thursday, October 20, 2011
We have a $60 store credit to Pottery Barn Kids or any of its affiliates. We've had it for several months and I can't decide how to use it. Here are my top picks from Pottery Barn Kids, Pottery Barn Teen, and West Elm. We could definitely use more storage. Or a good lamp. What would you buy?
|24x36 Batman Puzzle $19. Medium Wire Crate Storage set of 2 $55. Chalkboard Storage Bin $19. Gray queen fitted sheet $32.|
|Benjamin Moore Ben Paint $35.95. Perch Glass Lamp in yellow $69. Glass Bubbles $9-24. Large Basket $54.|
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
A few months ago I painted a chalkboard for our kids. It took on a decidedly different look after our little guy dumped water on the still drying chalkboard. (You can read part 1 here...)
To give the artwork some depth we glued wood strips to the back. After finding the studs (no pencil handy so I used a white washable crayon--worked great!) To hang it we used a product called Hangman. It was designed with a built in leveler and was so worth it.
Friday, October 14, 2011
2. Check for images. For example, this sale has 72images with a lot of stuff...including some trains, cars, a few old signs. More stuff sometimes means cheaper prices.
3. Go to the sale. The best way to judge condition. Were they smokers? Was the basement water-logged? I noticed antique books at a sale a few weeks ago, but they were covered in mold and bindings were broken (and for resale, condition matters)
4. Divide and conquer. If you have kids, try to go solo. The sales are usually on multiple levels so strollers won't work. One of my favorite estate sale visits was with Lee on my birthday, he sat in the car with our kids while I looked then we swapped.
5. Take a risk. If its $5 and you like it, buy it! Its a fraction of what you would spend at the mall. If its a big ticket item, throw out a lower price. A few months ago I spotted a mid century curio cabinet. I offered $80 in cash. He moved his price down $20.
6. Go the last day. If you aren't looking for anything in particular, go on the last day. Prices are usually marked down 30-50%.
7. Reflect. Its humbling to walk through years of a family's life. I often see their faith in the material they owned. When we find old Bibles and theology books, we buy them. By buying an old book or piece of furniture you are preserving its future.
Any other tips? I'd love to hear them!
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Lee's been hard a work in our basement. With the old storage and walls gone, he will paint drylock on the outer walls and will add a wall around the furnace/water heater. We also have 1 more wall to remove (it currently houses a built in workbench)...
Meanwhile I will help organize. I have bins and bins of baby + kid clothes, any ideas for storing them? We're probably going to need a few of these.
|wall + storage Lee tore down last month (notice the brown paneling on the left?)|
|yep, he removed all of it Saturday. good thing we have a dumpster in our backyard!|
|notice the concrete? thats new square footage|
|and lost treasure unearthed... (a toy gun and wooden nickels. one from stone mountain!)|
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Baby girl and I visited a sale friday at a nearby church. Didn't find much in the toy, art, or kitchen departments...then I discovered the books. Great, old, classic books. Right now our classic kid books are on a top shelf in B's room. I'd like to display a few on his wall--any ideas for that?
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
I stopped by an estate sale in our neighborhood last Sunday. I found a box of old books (and I love old books) but noticed the bindings were gone and the book covers were stained. I was seriously tempted on the coffee/sugar/tea/flour set but it needed a new coat of paint which would destroy the charm of the containers. Can anyone give me background on Red Wing Pottery? I've come across it a few times now and wonder how collectible it is.