Thursday, March 31, 2011

Couch Redo, and Decorating

We have moved in and I'm working on making things homey. I managed to get pictures on the walls, and decorations on horizontal surfaces. Then I worked on repurposing the couch cushions. Our landlords/friends brought down some old couches for us to use/keep, and they said that I could do whatever I wanted to them. So here is the outcome.The before on the couch. Kind of plain, plus the back cushions would squish down and become uncomfortable. So I made new linings and covers, then took the stuffing out of the old cushions and put them in the new ones.Here is the after. I still have to make new accent pillows (I just used my old ones from Arkansas until I get it done.). I had four yards of this cute brown and white damask, so on half the pillows I did a center brown ruffle, and on the other half I did a stripe with some tan suede and green jersey.Here is the love seat. They had red pillows that came with them, but red isn't in my color scheme, so they went.Here is the after on the loveseat. The result is great. They are a lot more comfortable, and they brighten up the room.
Here are some pictures of the decorations and pictures I put up. They already had these beautiful entertainment center and movie cabnit, so I utilized them.Hubby bought me fresh flowers about a week ago, and they have opened up and are still looking good. I love fresh flowers! I am also missing some candles for my candle sticks. I keep forgetting them when I go to the store.Here is the movie case. We still have a clock that we are going to put on the wall, but it's still at the old house, and I always forget it when I go back and get another car load.d (Don't mind the cords, they go to the entertainment system, and we just deal with them there.)Here is my family wall. I put all my family pictures and family related stuff on the wall. Plus my awesome paper lunch bag wreath with the new ribbon. I used Command Hooks for hanging all these (I used the velcro picture ones-large and medium, and decorating hooks for pictures that had a spot for the hook). It was nice because I rearranged several things and it didn't leave any unwanted holes in the walls. I still have more walls to decorate, plus my bookshelves to organize and decorate the tops, so I'll post more pictures later.
And just for fun, here is a picture of the Dog on the LovSac that we put inbetween the two couches. He loves all the room we have.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Art of Moving, A Lot!

Last weekend we moved into our new place. It's so good to be here. Basement living it fun! The dog loves the kids, and the kids love the dog! He did really well meeting them. He's a jumper, so we were worried about it, but the kids took it in stride. The cat hid the first day or so, then she decided to be adventurous and explore her new home. She is curious about the kids, but keeps her distance. She's always been that way.
We just brought over the necessities to get through day to day stuff, but hopefully we'll be able to get our books, food storage, and all my decorations over soon. I'm so excited to have a normal sized kitchen, a living room with comfortable couches and a real TV. I have been working on getting the stuff we did bring, organized. There is so much space compared to the trailer in Arkansas, that I just keep rearranging everything to see how it fits best, and it's not all overstuffed and stacked on top of itself. We've been making mini trips and just loading up the car and moving it. Next on my list is the rest of my kitchen stuff. Because of my need to plan and organize, I have been dreaming about where I want to put everything, and how I want to decorate. Hubby just listens when I tell him my ideas. Occasionally he has some ideas, but he mostly just lets me do my thing. I'll post pictures as soon as I have something to take a picture of.
So, in the end {number} eleven is still in the process, but it's all good.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Holy Crochet

Here are the projects I worked on this week. I wanted to get something done, but not anything too involved since we are moving, again.
One of my besties wanted a new beanie for her little girl, she had some yarn, and here is the result. I wanted to try a different pattern. I think I redid this one about seven or eight times, trying to get the right size and look. But it's cute and hopefully it will fit for a while.

And here is my pet project. I was looking for crocheting patterns with my mother-in-law, and I came across these. I got the patterns from Itsy Bitsy Spider Crochet. Oh My Heck, they were such a labor of love! And Hubby loves them too. I weighted them with dried beans and they are fun to throw at each other, and the dog.The pig is my favorite. I just love looking at it and tossing it around.Here is my very angry Cardinal.And here is my angry Goldfinch.
They are all about 5-6 inches across. It took a while to get them all put together because I had to use such small stitches, but it was totally worth the back ache and crochet hands (imagine arthritic grandma hands.). If any of you are crocheters, the Cardinal pattern was free, and the pig and goldfinch pattern were $2.00 each. They had two other bird patterns, but I liked these three the best.

Monday, March 7, 2011


We have some exciting news!

I know what you're thinking!

Are they going to have a baby?!?!

Well. . .

Not yet, but we are Moving Again!
I know everyone thinks we are crazy to move again, especially in such short amount of time. Hubby and his work colleges need to be in the same office and that isn't panning out in the way they hoped, so we are moving in with him and his family. Well, when I say moving in, I mean they have a finished 'mother-in-law' basement and we are renting it from them. We are very excited because they are such a wonderful family and have some adorable kids, and they live right by an LDS Temple. No excuses not to visit frequently.
Hubby said that I don't have to lift anything. I told him I would help and pack the boxes we need to take with us. The nice thing about this move is that we don't have to get it all done in one day. We are going to do it piecemeal. We are taking the necessaries first, like: bedroom stuff, bathroom stuff, computers, and kitchen stuff. Anything like books, and storage can get moved as we have time.
We just have to laugh at ourselves for being nomads whenever we live in Utah. In the end I don't care where we live as long as we are together and happy.
So here is to {number} eleven!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Crafting Time: Wreaths!

I have been trying out some tutorials that I've been staring at for quite a while. Here is the outcome.I found this cute tutorial, and had to make my own version. It took some time, a lot of paper bags, and two trips to the craft store to get the right punch, but I managed to get it done. I might add some different ribbon to give it some more contrast then just brown on brown. Hubby likes green, and since that is my color scheme for our living room, I was already leaning in that direction anyway. But I sure do love when Hubby gives his opinion on my projects. It makes me feel good that he takes and interest in my hobbies and wants things to look nice too.And I found this cute tutorial here. It was a little tricky to do this without a cutting machine or an easy way to crease lines to fold the stars, but I managed.
For manning my glue gun for the last week or so, I only got one burn and that is when Hubby distracted me in the middle of the paper bag wreath. It didn't hurt to bad, more shock/startled than anything. I hit up the fabric store last week and got some super cute fabric to make some pillows and some other for I'm not sure yet, maybe a table cloth or something. I'll post pictures as soon as I get those projects done.