laundry~the beast that slays me

Finally, this past summer I was able to paint the laundry room.  I wish I had taken a before picture.  Picture a sky blue tinged in dirty.  There was also a refrigerator in here.  Beside the hot water heater.  I still need to add all the finishing touches.  I also, was waiting until the laundry was actually caught up and everything was clean.  HA!!  It’s real life over here, not Land of the Perfect that you see in blogland.  Who knows when I will get to make it gorgeous, but I have really wanted to show y’all my “system”.

Granted, I might be the only one in all of the land to care…wait, I take that back!  My cousin, Teah, who was my helper then, helped me accomplish this.  SHE will care.  HAHA.

Anyway, back to my “system”.  On the right is the washer, obviously.  But, also on the right are the DIRTY clothes.  I purchased a 3 basket sorting thingy.  You can see it hiding behind the 2 hampers, there.  In goes colors, pinks, and whites.  (Yes, I have an entire load of pinks.  I also have an entire load of blue clothes and brown clothes.  Because those are Brian and my favorite colors to wear.  But, those stay upstairs until washing time.)  Too much?   The white hamper is for dirty towels.

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To the left is the dryer.  If there are clothes in baskets, they are clean.  Clean clothes are ALWAYS on the left.

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Do you see the closet organizer hanging there?  That was in my closet, I brought it down for organizing the girls clothes as I fold them.  Each girl gets a cube.  I am not sure what else to call it.  But, I tell them to get their clothes out of their cube and put away.  It keeps down the amount to put away each time.  (In theory, anyway.)

I just noticed the laundry coming out to the dryer, as if to attack!

Behind the curtain is the built-in shelves Brian installed.  They are organized in a messy way, I put the curtain up to hide it.  My OCD keeps wanting to rearrange it, so I am hiding it, instead.  The curtain kind of matches.  Who cares, anyway?  It is just a laundry room.  Well, I kind of care.  I spend about an hour a day in here.  I want it to be pretty.

I really like my “system” because once you know it, anyone can go in and take over laundry.  It’s not just my job.  I have a helper.  I like for us to be on the same page.  I am training my girls to do laundry.  They need order and routine.  This totally helps.

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Now that I have totally aired my dirty laundry….hahaha….as I look at this picture, I see how grody that floor is.  Something else to put on the list.  In the meantime, though, I think I will put a big rug in there.  Do y’all have any suggestions for the walls?  I want to put words in there….vinyl wall decals.  Like, “laundry, the never-ending story” OR “wash rinse repeat”, my favorite is the Johnny Cash lyrics~ “you gotta know when to fold ’em”.

What say you? What should I do?

playroom garden

playroom from hall

I have been wanting to show you all the playroom for ages now! When we first moved here 3 years ago, this is what it looked like.

playroom before

From the very beginning I envisioned a garden for the girls to play in. I just wasn’t sure exactly how I wanted it done. The washer and dryer was in a closet (without a door) in this room. So, half the time, the floor was covered with laundry. I couldn’t stand it. The room was so ugly. Hardly any sun comes through those little tiny windows. It was brown. It was drab. It was awful. After I finally got the washer and dryer moved into the laundry room (hallelujah!) I enlisted my daddy to come paint the walls for me. I chose a gorgeous sky blue color. Then it all just came together (over the next year).

flower wall

I hand painted and stenciled the flowers on the wall here. Knowing what I know now, I would cut out the flowers from vinyl and do it. It would look better, I am sure. Thankfully, with a little elbow grease, soap, and water, those flowers can wash right off. So, one day in my spare time, I might just do that.

kitchen

This is the kitchen I played with when I was little. Isn’t it adorable? It is rather small, though. I really want to make the girls a taller play kitchen for Christmas. (Crossing my fingers-that project was supposed to have been last year’s Christmas present.) The other cute things have been acquired through the years. the baby doll high chair-from Grandma Judy. The coffee maker and mixer-different birthday presents. The cute little cupcake stand I think was a birthday present. I made their cooking hats. They have aprons to match. Now Genevieve needs one, and another cute little girl I know needs one, too. Those purple totes are the “quiet time” boxes. They work great, when we use them.

baby area

This is where babies are taken care of. We used to pile them all up into the baby bed. That was annoying. The pencil shelf was used somewhere else, I brought it into the playroom for the dolls and their accessories. I like that better. The two brown spots on the wall where the blue paint has peeled off really bug me. I need to touch that up. I used to have a coat rack hanging there, it won’t stay on the wall. So, I just took it off. After I touch it up, I want to paint something cute there. A tire swing? Birds on a wire? The cardboard box has baby blankets and other baby accessories in it. We decorated a box with wash tape and card stock birds we cut out. The little white trunk was a Christmas present from Grandma Judy. It holds all their baby doll clothes. They have at ton more baby doll clothes (that were presents) but I have them put away for now. Too much stuff makes it hard to clean up.

back door view

This is the view from the back door.

reading area

This is the closet the washer and dryer were in. It is now the reading area. I call it the patio off the garden. I picked up that window/mirror at a yard sale. Perfect there. The brick looking stuff on the walls and floor is linoleum I got on clearance at Lowe’s. I thought it was perfect there. The heart garland is leftover decorations from a birthday party. If I weren’t so lazy, I would sew it, then it would hang nicely. On the wall to the right there, around the corner from the door, is a full length mirror-a present from Aunt Jada one year. They use it when they need to see their outfits. (Daily, hourly) The shopping cart is a Melissa and Doug toy. I bought that for one of them for Christmas one year. It is awesome. We take it to the store. They love it.  The two round pillow looking things I made out of corduroy one year. They are great, but they can be better. The girls like them, so that’s all that counts. The corduroy had been given to me, so all I purchased was the stuffing. They need more shape. I should have used piping. Oh, well. Live and learn. I got the pattern from Pinterest.

pallet bookshelf

Our book rack. This is the first thing I think I made from Pinterest. It is out of a pallet. A little more difficult than at first imagined. Brian made it, actually. I just found the pallet for him. HA! The purple basket has stuffed animals and soft books. It’s their reading buddies.

tree

This is our apple tree. We change out this tree according to the seasons. One year we had a fall tree with colored leaves. I am going to switch out the apples for the leaves, when I find them. At Christmas time we always put a Christmas tree there. This is the door to the laundry room.

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These are planes we have collected here and there. The blue one is made from cans, we purchased it at the Jockey Lot years ago. Kate and I painted it. The red plane is actually a book shelf I picked up at a yard sale one year. Love it. The planes are for daddy.

sun

This sun has been hanging up in a room since Kate was a baby. It is a hand-me-down from a cousin on daddy’s side. I thought it was so cute to hang that instead of painting one. Then we added the stuffed clouds. I bought that shiny white fabric at a thrift store years ago. Perfect for some clouds.

sticker tree

This is a vinyl tree I bought. Genevieve won’t stop picking the raccoon off the wall, so I stuck him in a tree.

coat rack

I am particularly proud of this thing. It is a cedar log I saved when we cut down the tree in the yard, one year. I made it into a rack for the girls to hang their dress up stuff, hats, and purses. I made a mess when I took everything off to get it’s picture.

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I sanded the bark off, then drilled holes into the log at a downward angle, then inserted dowels into the glue filled holes. I then put it on a little stand! I used power tools. So much fun to do. It lasted for about a year, then we had company who climbed the tree breaking off my piddly little dowels. So, when Daddy came home, he redid it for me with some thicker dowels.

I didn’t take a picture of the back door. It’s a metal door, have you ever heard of such a thing? I hadn’t until we moved here. Because it is metal, it is magnetic. Awesome. So, we use it to display random things. Drawings, magnetic letter words, whatever the girls want to display at that moment.

I am really pleased with our little playroom. I finally got the toys organized on a shelf in little bins which helps clean up time. We pare everything down about every couple of months. Sometimes we sell things, sometimes I just put it up and bring it back out later. I know the girls really enjoy it. Since our house is so small, I am very thankful to have a designated room for toys.

I hope you enjoyed the tour of our garden.

back door view

the cow jumped over the moon

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This is what false labor looks like:

I have thought 3 separate times that we were in labor. Every single time the contractions have stopped. So, yes. I am still with child. So, yesterday, I made this fabric art wall hanging thing that I keep putting off. For some reason, I have wanted a “cow jumping over the moon” picture. I have seen a few online, but none of them really “speak” to me. (HAHA.) For Christmas Brian bought me the Silhouette Cameo. It is a cutting machine. It cuts out anything. It is the neatest thing. You hook it up to your computer, get your picture, send to machine, and tada! It cuts it out. Granted, I might have simplified it just a bit, seeming as how every time I go to use it, I get just a tad bit frustrated. But, there is a learning curve, and I am pregnant.
But, anyway, what was I saying? I used my Cameo to cut out this cow. I did the rest using printed fabric that I already had.

Isn’t it adorable? The chickens are cheering the cow on.

I used this ugly canvas thing I bought when I was pregnant with  Kate. I don’t think I have ever hung it. I never liked it after I got it home. I covered it with fabric.

Added some rolling hills.

Ironed “wonder under” onto all the other pieces, then cut them out.

Ironed them onto the canvas, where I thought they should go.

Found some googly eyes for the cow, to make me laugh, admired it, called it “art”, then hung it over the baby’s bed.

Since I had everything on hand, it was practically free. I really like it. By the way, what do you think of the big, fat chicken? Doesn’t it just make you smile?

Well, I sure hope I have this baby before I get the urge to blog again, don’t you?

baby preparations

clothes

I am finally getting around to showing you some of my baby things, I have made. I know it would probably be easier to buy these things, but I sure have enjoyed making them. I have just been sitting around enjoying false labor, sewing, trying not to be too impatient while waiting on this little munchkin to make an appearance. I don’t remember really thinking about the babies, necessarily. I remember worrying about labor. (HA!) But, this one, all I can think about it holding it. I can hardly wait. I can’t wait to find out what gender the baby is, either. I keep thinking it is a boy with curly hair OR a really fat girl. We will see soon enough, I reckon.

Okay, you didn’t come here to read my rambles, today….here are my baby things:

The blanket I made. One side is minky squares, the other is just a quilting cotton that I liked. In hindsight, I wish it was flannel, but oh well. It is still so pretty.

At least, I think so. This was the first time I have ever used satin blanket binding. I did it the “right” way, as opposed to the “cheater” way I bound the blanket I made Brian for Christmas. It turned out so nice. Granted, I had to find a you tube video showing me how, but I did it. Woo hoo!

The next thing I made was this swaddle wrap blanket. I used the teddy bear for the model. He looks happy in it, huh? This is basically just a triangle shaped piece of flannel with ties sewed to the back. I got the pattern from the book One Yard Wonders.

I learned how to use this kind of binding AND how to sew a french seam on this blanket. Brian is a big swaddler of babies. He can make the blanket perfect around that little squirmy baby. I, on the other hand, can’t get it on there good enough to stay. So, since he will be leaving and won’t be around to help me swaddle, this blanket is going to come in handy. I really like the colors, especially the orange, for some reason.

I made a bib to match the swaddle blanket. This was the first time I used piping, the buttonholer on Lucy, and the button threader on Lucy! So exciting to learn new things. The back is a soft brown minky, very luxurious.

Here are the “big sister”shirts I have been stressing about! This picture really isn’t a very flattering one of them, but the girls wanted to pose with them. I even made head bands to match. New baby has a coordinating bib, with brother or sister able to be put on with velcro once we know what it is. I will sew it on permanently later. The girls are so very excited about their new sibling. They are constantly kissing my tummy/baby.

Here is a little bit better of a picture. I used my new Sihouette Cameo that I got for Christmas to cut out the letters and flower. That is why the letters look so professional. *grin*

I covered the wipes box with fabric. Because I am silly. I just used fabric and hot glue.

Here is the baby’s corner. Since I don’t have a dresser, I am using the bottom drawer of the crib for stuff. But I also covered some boxes with coordinating fabric to put on the changing table shelves. They have the baby’s clothes in them. One box even has baby toys. Everything has turned out so very cute. I still have to hang the mobile. Well, Brian does.  I am happy with our little baby corner. Thanks to my sister for letting me use her beautiful crib.

Here I am in all my big belly glory! I cannot believe how huge my tummy is. Let us hope it is all baby and fluid….not the other that will be so hard to get rid of.

Now I am working on presents for the girls to receive when they come to meet the new baby. I am making crayon rolls and new skirts. I bought them each a puzzle, coloring book, and new set of pj’s. I also still want to make the diaper bag before the baby comes. We will see. My due date is for Monday, March 5. I am betting that I go at least another week after. Fun, fun.