Friday, February 28, 2014

Window Framed Baby Clothes

 Our local Habitat for Humanity ReStore is my personal Wonderland. I seriously love that place. I bought the door that I hung on my living room wall there. I buy leftover paint there. I just...I love it.

Anyway, I picked up a couple of (heavy) old windows over there a while back, with a general idea of what I wanted to do with them, and this week, I finally got around to cleaning and scraping down the glass and completing the project I had in mind. It turned out even better than I'd hoped.

I put the windows on the wall going up my stairs, using them to frame a favorite baby outfit from each of my kids. The dress that Miss V wore (in the white window) was actually mine when I was a baby. I kind of have a disease of wanting to put something on EVERY WALL lately, and I'm sure I'll eventually get sick of it and want to pull it all down, but at the moment, I completely love this. It makes me smile every time I walk up the steps.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

This Thing I'm In

So I've been working on this concert with some friends, and we're putting it on this Saturday. It's all folk and rock music, and it's going to be pretty fun. My friends are really great, and I get to sing some as well. If you happen to be in the area and feel like a fun night out, it's $5 admission with free child care and dessert. Come on out!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

More Snow

Our "snow day" turned into several days of being snowed in. We ended up with about a foot of snow - fairly rare for our little corner of the world. "Snowed in" isn't really accurate, actually. We could leave, but most everything's been closed. Restaurants, churches, schools - even the MAX line closed down due to the weather. James and the kids have been in HEAVEN. There's been lots and lots of playing out in the snow (with all the donning and doffing of snow clothing that requires - "Raaaalphie! I caaaan't get uuuuup!"), two snow forts in the back yard, homemade hot chocolate, snow cones made from real snow, ice marbles (water and food coloring frozen in balloons), and the Beckers trekking over from a few blocks away to hang out with us. We all laugh and watch the Olympics on TV and make food and eat like we're going into hibernation because of all this cold - not exactly like the pioneers.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Snowmageddon 2014

It doesn't happen often in our corner of the Pacific Northwest, but we do occasionally get snow, and yesterday, the flakes started to fall. I'm not a particular fan, but my kids are, of course, enchanted. The J-bird's school closed early, and class is canceled today. We ended up with a little over six inches yesterday, and then it snowed some more in the night. I've got some fun things lined up for Snow Day, and it makes me smile to see how excited the kids are every time they look out the window.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Let's Get Together And Organize

 We have a bonus room upstairs in our house that we've made into a home theater. In a perfect, HGTV world, that room would be sleek, showroom perfect, and clutter free, but let's be serious - we have two little children, and the toys have piled up. Years ago, I bought a little shelving unit and some canvas boxes to hold toys, and that worked for a while, but we just acquired too much stuff, and it turned into this horrible mess.

I've had a vision of how I wanted to streamline this area for quite some time, and I've been on the hunt for just the right thing at just the right price. I've looked and looked and passed up several options, and then, yesterday, the heavens parted and the angels smiled down upon me. My little town has a Free Classifieds page on Facebook. It's a common thing for lots of towns - check it out and see if your town has one. They're like giant garage sales, and you can get amazing deals. Anyway, the perfect thing for my space popped up on our page, and I jumped on that baby like a duck on a june bug. (Good thing, too, because there were several other interested parties.). I messaged the seller and ran across town to fetch m'prize, shoving it in the back of James's Subaru, tying down the hatch, and then gleefully (and slowly) driving home, cackling all the way. Here's the "after":

And HOW much did this majesty cost me, you may ask? TEN AMERICAN DOLLARS. That's right. $10. I sorted through all the toys and made a big pile to give away, and the rest went into the GIANT drawers of this perfect thing. I'm pretty sure I'm in love.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Memory Quest

When I was a kid, my mom had these heavy, brown mixing bowls in her cupboard that she used for making cookies. I mean, I'm sure she used them for other things, but I was a child, so to ME, they were cookie making bowls. When I learned how to bake - a hobby I still love - I started out using those heavy, brown bowls. They were sturdy and easy to use and wash. Perfect for cookie making. As it turns out, those bowls were part of a set of something called Marquest, and, over time, my mom acquired the whole collection. After years of using it though, she's gotten bored with it, so now she's selling it off. I was a little sad to see it go, and she knew it, so she sent me a mixing bowl. I opened up the box I received in the mail and unpacked a million childhood memories. I may have gotten a little something in my eye.
Perhaps it was a packing peanut.