Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Wake me up when September ends

I am not really a huge Green Day fan, but where in the world did September go?!

We have been busy this month. My brother got married in St. Paul, and I took on a freelance project for design consultation. Tony is busy at work and spending lots of time playing with the kids. They love to tackle him and climb all over him. It's awesome to watch.

We also had our block party this past Friday night. It was so nice to meet some new neighbors, catch up with ones we don't see often, and to visit with some that have moved away, but came back for the festivities. They kids had a blast and they capped the night with an epic game of hide and seek in and around our yard.

Avery was taking a little break from bike and scooter riding.

Gavin wandered into our garage and sat in his stroller, waiting for us to find him

The gang of kids on our street.

Saturday afternoon in the park.

It's been a rough start to the week, and I could have sworn it was Wednesday for most of the morning. I accidentally burned my eyes by incorrectly using a new brand of contact lens solution. I didn't put my contacts in the case that came with it, and didn't read the directions close enough. Apparently I am not the only one as this has been a problem for a lot of contact users in the past: Eye burns linked to Clear Care contact solution

When I put my contacts in this morning, the right one burned, so I tried to put the left one in without rinsing, thinking that was the problem, and IT WAS NOT.
...and crying
...and cursing
...and more crying.
I am rocking my glasses today, and will tomorrow too.
My eyes still sting.

Then, late this morning, we get a call that Gavin fell and hit his head, and was bleeding pretty bad. So I rush back to the office from a site visit, get up to our daycare and check him out. The wound was still bleeding, so I took him to Urgent Care to have a doctor look at it.

me and my glasses loving on my hurt little boy

He was acting fine, just had an open wound on the back of his head. He couldn't be bothered with it, and did great while we waited at Urgent Care.

The nurses were so kind and playful with out little flirt, and the doctor determined that he would need 2 staples to help close the wound. They need to stay in a week, and we get to go back so they can remove them. I had staples with my first C-section, and I remember them being painful, so I hope these are better for the little guy.

Life with a little boy. He was so strong and brave. He cried very little, and announced he was "All Done" once the procedure was over.  He was ready to leave and go play. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

behind the scenes of my brother's wedding

Avery doing Hanna's hair in our hotel. God Bless my cousin Hanna. She stayed with the kids while Tony and I were occupied with bridal party duties. She loves them and she is Gavin's new girlfriend. He adores her!

The rehearsal dinner at Bennetts.

The little flirt also loves his Grandma!

Me, my gorgeous mama, and my SIL Breanna!

Little Love bug

Hanging out while we take photo's. The ceremony was held at a beautiful chapel on a college campus in St. Paul. 

Tuckered out after the ceremony. They needed the rest to party late that night. And boogie they did!

me and my girl at the reception.

me and my guy at the reception

Relaxing in the hotel pool before heading home on Sunday...

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Using Target tablecloths to make new window treatments.

I liked my new Target tablecloth curtains so much, that I decided on Sunday to make more. I had my sights set on the kitchen, and had a fancy helper.

I swapped out the valance over the slider door. It was a quick and easy switch, with a basic valance design. Someday I would like a cornice board there, but for now, this works. 

Then I tackled the box pleat valance over the kitchen sink.

This one required math, so it took it bit longer. Oh and starch. 

I had cut the old fabric off the board and re-attached the new fabric, making certain it was centered. I stapled it in place and made sure my "L" brackets were still open for me to re-install.


I love the pattern and it has taken me a while to find affordable fabric that had the colors I was after in a pattern I liked. Tony didn't care for them as much as the old pattern, but liked them since I liked them. 

Target, always good for something in my house!

Friday, September 5, 2014

DIY curtains for an arch window - more details

 I pinned this picture of Gavin's room to Pinterest a while back, and to my surprise, it has been re-pinned several hundred times.

Because of that, I have gotten some email requests to show how I made them. It started out as a similar idea, but evolved as I walked the aisles of JoAnn Fabrics and a light bulb went off in my head. 

Originally, I had planned to put tabs on the back of the curtains and hang hooks from the arch so that I could hang them as they fit the arch. But as I strolled, I noticed that the tape to make roman shades already had rings attached in 10-12" increments, and that I could just sew that on the back of my curtains for it to hand from. It was already made and pretty cheap to buy.

So that is what we did. We had made a template of the arch, so that we could cut the fabric as close as we could to the shape. 

Then, because I am a designer and love driving my mother nuts, decided that I wanted them pleated. To look as professional as possible, but with us doing the work with discounted fabric. It's how I roll...

So we pinned the fabric into pleats and then we applied the template so that we could cut our shape and begin to hem. There may have been several curse words spoken. We also made the error of deciding to apply the black out lining after we had it cut, and pleated. DON'T DO THIS! Add your lining before you put in the pleats and sew. You can't really tell from the front, but I can sort of see it from the front yard looking up to the window, and it bugs me every time. 

I bought small white hooks to install into the wood frame of the window. I started with 1 ring in the center of the top and went down each side. 

I measured how far the rings were on my roman shade tape and used that for the distance between the rings.

Another tip that I learned the hard way is to make sure you measure how far the rings hang down so that you can place the roman shade tape accordingly on the curtain. The picture below will show that I failed to do that, and there is a gap between the arch trim and the curtains, letting in more light that I had anticipated.

Overall, we have been very happy with them. We installed inexpensive curtain hooks to keep them open should we want more light in the room, and they work great.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Throwback Thursday - The one where we were on the Friends set

Fall of 2006, where we were on a Warner Brothers studio tour and found the saved Friends set of 
Central Perk!

In honor of the 20th anniversary of Friends, here is a comprehensive list of all the Friends episodes ranked.

 I pretty much agree 100%. My personal favorite episode is "The one with the embryo's", followed closely by "The one with Joey in a box"

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Not letting go of Summer

All I am seeing lately is back to school posts {guilty; see previous post}, pumpkin spice this and that, fall wish lists, football, and end of summer vacations. 

I don't want summer to end. I love summer, it's my favorite season.

 I love the long days, the hot weather, the stormy rainy days, the blazing sun, the flowers, the pool...need I wax on poetically about summer? We had the best, most fun summer, and I am a little sad to see it go. 

I suppose the cooler weather, cozy Saturdays, Football, school, and upcoming birthdays will have to suffice. Bring it on!