Sep 30, 2012

K's bed:
conditioning & staining

fish has conditioned and started staining K's bed!!

can you believe the loft-bed is almost a reality?? after months and months of obsessing -- seriously. i started a blog, introduced ourselves, introduced K, then immediately started planning his fort bed.

Sep 28, 2012

etsy love:
lollipop labels

when K started preschool a few weeks ago, i was told his EVERYTHING needs to be labeled. oops!

i could have taken a big fat sharpie to all his worldly possessions...but instead, i did a quick etsy search.

...just to see what was available.

i stumbled upon {lollipop labels} - O.M.G. any kind of label you could ever desire for all of your schoolchild's needs. AND they offer completely customizable graphics, colors, and fonts!

of course i ordered them that night.

K is CRAZY about trucks and {lollipop labels} offers a decent selection of different ones to choose from. i went with a construction theme.

Sep 27, 2012

fish is hard at work!

he's been working long into the night...

...and LOOK at what he's cobbled together!!

it's the staircase frame and landing for one side of K's bed!

Sep 26, 2012

washi tape cross stitch wall mural

<<< psst! you can see a full list of my diy projects here! >>>

time : depends on complexity of design
difficulty  ★  ☆ ☆  
hazards : going cross-eyed from all the little x's
would i do it again? : yes!

Sep 25, 2012

so long, antenna!
...and gutter-junk and cement...

there was a gigantic eyesore of an antenna on top of our house that drove me NUTS. it was just so big...and ugly...and pointless!
   i could deal with it if it had a purpose.
      ...but it just sat there atop our house...taunting me.
not anymore!

fish climbed up there this past weekend and wrestled it down!!

my hero!

Sep 23, 2012

pint-sized construction site!

<<< psst! you can see a full list of my diy projects here! >>>

time : minutes
difficulty  ★ ☆ ☆ ☆  
hazards : small pebbles, weight of gravel
would i do it again? : yes!

Sep 21, 2012

K's bed is
starting to take shape...!

after buying,


and sanding the lumber for K's bed,
fish has now started...




i am DELIRIOUS with excitement.

Sep 19, 2012

gold pinecones

are you looking for an easy and elegant way to bring the glorious fall season indoors?

look no further!

it's as easy as 1-2-3!

Sep 18, 2012

K's bed:
behind the scenes

fish has been hard at work the past few weeks getting all the pieces sanded for K's new bed!

...and THIS is the disaster area our garage has been
while he's been sanding up a storm.

a fine layer of sawdust covering absolutely everything...

Sep 16, 2012

sidewalk chalk village

<<< psst! you can see a full list of my diy projects here! >>>

time : minutes
difficulty : ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
hazards : you may be commissioned to draw on your neighbor's steps
would i do it again? : already have, about fifty times this summer!

Sep 14, 2012

K's bed:
sanding is complete!

this little guy has had quite the workout these past few weeks!

it took a long time to sand all the pieces for K's new bed because fish was only able to steal away an hour here, a half-hour there...due to his ten, twelve, sixteen-hour work days. i volunteered to help, but he ((wisely)) declined. i'm sure i would have messed something up.

the important thing is...all the pieces are now cut AND sanded!

Sep 12, 2012

DIY: thrifty lightbox

<<< psst! you can see a full list of my diy projects here! >>>

time : minutes
difficulty : ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
hazards : strange looks from family and friends when they see your ghetto set-up
would i do it again? : most definitely, even if i had money to blow on the real thing

Sep 11, 2012

we remember.


* mari

Sep 9, 2012

a spirograph gallery!

hooray for fish!! 
he hung my spirographs!

they're up!
they're up and I. LOVE. THEM.

Sep 7, 2012

Sep 5, 2012

scrap-buster playtime beanbags

<<< psst! you can see a full list of my diy projects here! >>>

time : minutes...hours
difficulty  ★  ☆ ☆  
hazards : lentil beans everywhere
would i do it again? : ...if i start accumulating more scraps.

see the full how-to after the jump!

Sep 3, 2012

marathon post:
summer in review

happy labor day, everyone!

well, we survived the first summer in our new house -- it absolutely FLEW by. now that the season has officially ended, i'd like to share a recap of these past few months. i'm really proud of all that we accomplished!

to begin with, there was a LOT of painting: the main floor bathroom, the upstairs hallway, the stairway up, the chalkboard wall in the kitchen, the polka-squared dining room, the upstairs bathroom, the pink-turned-blue room, and fish's study (which i didn't write a post on, but am still including in this tally).


Sep 2, 2012

a spirograph saga

remember when i bought a spirograph set? i decided the huge blank wall in our front room would be the perfect place to display the products of all my practice.

i got to spirographing...