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Too many projects at once

18 Aug

I need to focus and execute.  Ever have that problem?  I’m getting very close to my birthday which means I ought to be focusing on my resolution list of things to do before I’m 27.  Which I kind of am, but kind of not ….

I am sewing this duvet cover:

#13 – Jazz up the Master suite… on its way!

Also sewing this quilt (times 3) for my boy’s room:

#16 Grow grass in the backyard = not going to happen!  So I fixed up my boy’s room instead.  These quilts are a part of that, and a much-needed part I might add!

And I’m still knitting this.  Pattern here.

…Started a new knitted throw inspired by this one:

but wait – I haven’t finished this one and #4 on my list!!

  I started to re-finish my dining room table (which is on my list at #18) and I am really forced to finish that one quickly, seeing as it’s difficult to feed my family around our coffee table.  Really difficult.

So that’s basically what I’ve been up to.  School starts on Monday and now I’m busy with haircuts (mine too!  Hurray for #8 being checked off!), finishing up T-Ball, labeling school supplies and last-minute doctor appointments for shots.  Fun, but crazy.

Here’s my friend’s post that seems applicable.  It’s titled, “A Wind Storm?”  And like all of her posts, it is a must-read!





22 Mar

My post titles are great.  I’m quite distracted today by a particular dress I’m trying to get my hands on.  This morning I went on a wild goose hunt to make a similar skirt just in case I can’t get the awesome dress in time for Easter.  Oh, the joys of living in the boonies!

So now I’m writing a post to distract myself from my dress distraction.

Here are some of my favorite things I have on my “want to make” Pinterest board right now.  I love Pinterest, BTW.  And I want to make all of these things….

Just crazy cool.  My friend has already constructed crazy knitting needles to make something like this.  (Found here).

Fabric Worm quilt – here.

I want to make some of these for my boys room – and we already have some crates! (image via door sixteen)

Skirt tutorial found here.

And thanks to this lovely, I need to brush up my embroidery skills.  What would not look better with some embroidered flowers on it?!  I guess maybe a men’s shirt… or pants (!!!).  But that’s about it.  Found here.


I gotta run to pick up a child from Pre-school!  Thanks for helping me get my head out of the cute-dress-cloud!


I’m alive and busy

8 Nov

Bullets are a must on this post.

  • Too much going on
  • No time to eloquently word anything
  • Here we go!
  • Three (adorable) Ninjas

  • Ina Garten’s basic chicken stock recipe
  • Because soup season is upon us!

  • My littlest has graduated car seats… holy smokes!

  • More drywall patching!

  • Advent Calendar making

  • Closet cleaning… before shot:

  • ya, it’s a weird closet
  • and yes, that’s a ninja sword shooting across the picture
  • Closet after cleaning it all day long:

  • I put a microwave cart in there to help organize
  • worked like a charm


  • How do you like that over the door gift-wrap station?
  • I love it, but Martha might think it’s a bit ghetto.
  • Finally some coats hooks!

  • Now we just need a bench to sit on to take off our muddy boots!
  • hmmm… now scheming to get the hubby to make one…
  • I found these old photos of my dad and his parents (Mamoo & Dadoo) in my closet purge

  • I heart old family photos

  • Seriously, how cute is my dad?!
  • The back says, “Happy Mother’s Day!”
  • I would die if my husband staged this as a mother’s day gift!  So funny!
  • And I re-arranged my living room the moment I posted those pictures of it.

  • So, this table got moved to this corner to store and hide my internet cable and router.  Can you spy them?
  • That might sum it up.
  • OH!  The bathroom!
  • We found a secret room
  • And it is a nasty mess
  • We didn’t plan on a remodel until next summer,
  • Now we’re in a wee little predicament
  • Floor painting might be in my future (which I am pumped about)
  • Will post a separate post on that later!
  • Bullets are about to kill me
  • Hope you have a fabulous week!

Adventures in Dumpster Diving

27 Jul

Okay, I’ve never been a huge dumpster-diver before.  However, this year when the students packed up their apartments and threw out all their furniture, I felt differently.  Maybe it was because I was, for the first time, not pregnant and gagging at the thought of college dude furniture.  Not entirely sure, but this year my hub and I had a blast grabbing all sorts of junk that we have cleaned, spruced and now put to good use.  This is the first, a swivel rocker chair that is now, thanks to a new cushion and a couple of screws, very comfy and cozy!

Here’s the only before shot I took because I didn’t bring the nasty cushion into the house until I was ready to rip it up.  (Also- pardon the floors, our house is being ripped up in the room all these shots are taken! )


In case you feel the need to replace nasty college dude cushions in your house…

(if you have them, please do!)

(And if you are a college dude, consider vacuuming your couch and all other cushions.  Once a year would be acceptable, but 2-3 times a year would be greatly appreciated!

thanks- your neighborhood dumpster diver)

… here’s what I did:

First I cut open cushion cover to determine that the actual cushion truly was heinous.

Then I purchased a new 2 inch (or thicker) foam cushion from my  local craft supply store.  Be sure to use one of their coupons found on website, newspaper, or in their store- look for the sale ad.  The large cushion I bought was not very cheap, but with coupon it was about $20.  While you’re there, purchase the fabric to cover it if you don’t already have that. For this chair I needed two yards.

Next, bring it home and unroll ‘er!  Place it on the chair for fitting and cutting.  Like this:

Then, I literally took a knife to the foam to cut it to the curve of the chair on the top and bottom edges.  Use scissors to soften the new cut edges as needed.

After your cushion has been cut to the appropriate shape, simply lay it on top of your fabric which is folded in half.   (This way when you cut it you will have two, a front and back)

Trace with a fabric marker.

Then you need to determine how much farther out to draw your cut line.  First measure how thick your cushion is and divide the number in half and subtract 1/4 in.  (My cushion was 2 inches, so half of that is 1 inch, minus 1/4 inch is 3/4 inch.)  Add that number to however much inseam you like (I like 1/2 inch, but a lot of people use a 5/8 inch inseam), and your total number should be added to your trace line and that becomes your cut line.  So – my cut line, with 3/4 inch for cushion and 1/2 inch for inseam, meant I measured out 1.25 inches from my traced line.

*Note- I subtract that 1/4 inch from the cushion measurement so that the cover fits snugly, and not loosey-goosey… consequently, it is tricky to get the cushion in, but definitely worth it!  Your fabric will stretch over time too, so it’s pretty important for it to be super snug.*

Now you’re ready to Upholster!

Cut your fabric and sew it to the inseam measurement you chose.  I did not put a zipper in this cover (because I’m lazy) but that would be a good idea and you’ll want to add that before you sew it all up (here’s a basic tutorial on that).  Or you can do it like me and sew it up leaving a hole to slip-stitch shut after it’s turned right-side-out.

Don’t forget to clip your seams on the curves and corners, and press for smooth seams.

Flip right-side-out and stuff cushion into cover.  Slip-stitch shut if you didn’t add a zipper.

Boom.  You’re done.

Here’s my finished chair in a cozy corner under our stairs…

(don’t be distracted by gross floors! That chair is cute! And super comfy to boot!)

And here’s a close up of my totally imperfect sewing job – just so no one gets too uptight over here!  jk.

So, let’s hear it!  Anyone else a dumpster-diver?  Anyone have some re-upholstery jobs they’ve been sitting on?

Finally off my to-do list!

11 Mar

When I got this awesome rocking chair it was hot pink…

Thanks to my mom and her fabrics she sends me, it now looks like this:

I love it!  Matches my taste perfectly!  

My boys, however, told me they preferred the hot pink.

Do you have your Advent calendar yet??

17 Nov

I made mine last year, you might remember since it was only a couple posts ago… haha.  I stumbled upon this one and had to share.  You could probably make it yourself with a picture you enjoy…cut into a stencil (maybe use some freezer paper?) and use fabric paint to apply it… sew a couple straight lines and you are definitely on your way!  Numbers might make it trickier – you’re on your own there.  :)

It was a fun Halloween!

2 Nov

We brought home this sweet little thing….



“Lily of the Field” is what we named her… calling her Lily for short, of course.

Then we decked out as the Super Hicks Brothers and went to the Fall Carnival….


so cute they nabbed the 2nd place award for group costumes and won 2 huge chocolate bars!  :)  


They were really proud.

Then just after Halloween ended, a new little nephew arrived, Hudson Carroll Wood was born to my beautiful sister-in-law and I can’t wait to meet him!!  :)