Friday, April 29, 2011

How I Spent My Day


Remember this?


Gross old thing, huh?

Three hours of sanding later:


Then it received a good scrub with bleach (it’s still drying here, hence the darker cracks – it’s clean, I swear):


It needs a bit more sanding with a finer grit sandpaper.  And I’ll probably scrub top and bottom with bleach again before I let my dad take it away to add the legs and a shelf. 

I really expected it to take much longer for me to refinish the top. 

The top will need more love once it’s here and in place (wax and oil) but that will probably be the easiest part of the entire process.


Starting to take shape

It’s slow going.


It took 1 coat of primer (BIN – Kilz has not been working for us in this house.  We’re now BIN all the way.)

Then 4 coats of paint (Champagne Bubbles by Do it Best)


I’ve pulled the boxes back out and am starting to put it together.   Don’t mind the old tube.  Our “new” [7 year old]  television doesn’t fit.  We’re getting a new new one when the man can make up his mind – hence the rather large cubby.  He didn’t think my old stereo would fit - it didn’t all fit in one section together.  I can’t believe I made it fit (I’m tired of “needing” to buy something new just because the old doesn’t work well here – our box spring and tv at the top of the list).  


I don’t know if I’ll ever be done tweaking it. Those tiny cubbies are causing me a little grief.  I’m also missing a few items I had mentally placed in here.  I know I’ve seen them since the move – I just have no idea where they are right at this very moment.

I LOVE the hidden storage.  All of our games, movies and other random stuff we use but I don’t want out fits wonderfully. 

Next step – a big cushion to sit in front of the window and curtains for the speaker cubbies.  I’ve also got new knobs for the cabinets on their way. 

And curtains.  Dear Lord, we need curtains.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Monkey’s First Sleepover

My little girl is having her very first sleepover at my parents tonight. 

Sleepover as in just going to spend the night and not because Mommy & Daddy needed a sitter.

Little Man cried and cried as his big sister left (and for about 40 minutes afterwards).

He soon got over it.  When we called to say good night we found out Monkey is getting ready for the royal wedding.

Yep.  She’s going to get up bright and early with Grammy to watch.

What’s a royal wedding without a crown?

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Queen for a day!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Setting Down Roots


The kids each got their own baby apple tree.


Really, they just look like a big stick right now.


We got them from FedCo.


From the FedCo catalog:

The only known mature tree is on Charette Hill in Fort Kent, Aroostook County. The massive tree, thought to be about 200 years old, is still pumping out large crops. The late Garfield King, long-time northern-Aroostook fruit explorer, introduced it to me and told me the apple had almost certainly been brought south into Maine by French missionaries long long ago.

How cool is that?  (I chose them because of their name.)

We also planted a couple of plum trees.

What’s a little forage into the dirt without finding some slimy buddies?


It was all fun and games until Little Man decided to taste it.

Last but not least, Momma got herself tangled up in the burdocks.  That is a pained expression in my horrible attempt of a self-portrait.


You can see the crown up there if you look really carefully. 

No?  You need a better look?


There was no hair harmed in the creation of this post.  There was 30 minutes of pulling, tugging and combing to get it all out.  The husband was of no help to me because he was laughing too hysterically.

Those burdocks have met their match.  Soon, they’ll be meeting a weed whacker.   

Monday, April 25, 2011

Trash to Treasure

I’m so excited. 

When we arrived at my parents yesterday, my dad had a surprise for me in the back of his pickup.


This rather disgusting looking slab of wood used to be the meat counter years and years ago in my grandfather’s store.

This rather disgusting looking slab of wood is going to be getting some much needed love this week.

A bleaching.  Lots of sanding.  A waxing.  Then legs.

It almost sounds like a day at the spa.

She’ll soon be sitting here – to the left of my stove:


It’s a very badly needed workspace. 

I can’t wait to go get my hands dirty. (And it doesn’t involve paint.  Oh, happy day!)

Hope you all had a fabulous Easter.  Ours was a wonderful day filled with extended family and too much good food. 

Friday, April 22, 2011

Holy Paint, Batman!




Right now:


I’m going to go wash the paint off of myself now.  


(Linked up at Centsational Girl)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

It’s Spring!

Mother Nature has not received the memo.


Someone get on that, eh?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Momma’s Got a New Ride

We’re in town now – close to everything. 

I told T I’d be willing to run errands on bike this summer. 


Obviously, we needed a way for me to bring the kids along.


The trailer finally arrived yesterday.


Monkey loved it (Little Man was having his nap when T put it together and has yet to try it).

*cue Wicked Witch music*

We’ll be able to leave both vehicles parked much of the time (he mostly uses his motorcycle in the summer months – weather permitting, of course).  The kids and I don’t really go very far.  I think this is going to be a great thing.

(I love that I’m wearing my painting clothes – but had on nice jeans to run to the grocery store.  HA!  Real life, people.  Real life.)

PS –Yes, we have helmets.  This was an impromptu quick turn a few houses down to give it a try.  They’ll be finding their way into the kids cubbies by the door  in a few days  - when it’s warm enough to take them both out. 

Monday, April 18, 2011

In need of organization

Life has been…  crazy.  Yep.  There is no other way to put it.  But, we have been loving being near our families.  And the kids are eating up all of the extra attention. 

Unpacking all of our belongings made me realize one thing.  Ok, maybe two.  First, we have a lot of stuff.  (The two biggest culprits would be toys and crafting stuff – though T has quite a bit of hobby stuff too).  Second, I need to do something about the jumbled mess. 

I’m in need of quick projects.  Quick projects may not have a big impact on their own but they add up fast.

Today, I’m making a knitting needle roll to contain the jumbled mess I have tossed into a tote.  They’re nothing new.  Just new to me.  :)


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Sewing School



Crafty Bob 

Oooh…  the possibilities.  It gives me a great excuse to get out of my painting clothes for an hour and I won’t be so discouraged while trying to get scarves and hats knitted up for the kids for next winter!  Win/Win!   

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