Sunday, February 27, 2011
In all sincerity, he's actually kind of helpful and I find myself sometimes *gasp* waiting until after naptime to cook. Just so he can help me. Once you've cooked with Frazier- I'm just not sure there's any going back. All culinary ventures thereafter seem markedly tedious and dull.We did a lot of cooking together on Friday (hence all the pictures)- and he was a real trooper- "sous chef-ing" through two different kinds of muffins and a king cake (which we waited and iced the next morning).The two-handed icing technique:He's also handy in the taste-testing department. :) Love this little chef.
Monday, February 14, 2011
This is Frazier "smiling" for the camera. Why do all kids make this cheesy face?We also made a great batch of Frazier's first playdough...in pink for Valentine's Day (and because red is next to impossible to achieve). I love the smell of homemade playdough.And this was Frazier's Valentine to me. While I was unloading the dishwasher this morning, he climbed on the desk, got the glitter off the shelf above it...and glittered my sofa. Super surreptitiously. Fortunately he skipped the glue step. That's what I get for letting the kid use glitter ONE TIME.
Hope yours was happy!
Saturday, February 12, 2011
These days I feel like I could be snapping pictures every couple of minutes and not capture all the amusing things Frazier does. I love it. Never. A. Dull. Moment. Frazier (and his rice cake) stuck between the mattress and the foot board of our bed. Not the last time that happened, I'm afraid.Talking to Grammie:Frazier put on his own boots yesterday! He came out of his room with them on (the wrong feet). And then he slept in them. :)
I ran with my friend Rebecca who finished just two people behind me. We stayed pretty close together the whole way. We were pretty proud of ourselves (as were our husbands and kids) so we all went out to breakfast afterwards. :)
Thursday, February 3, 2011
There was no stopping me now. I moved on to the rest of the house and over the course of a couple of weeks...I did at least something to almost every room!
Prepare yourself...here comes the rundown.
I'll begin with the dining room because while I was at the Re-store looking for my bathroom light, this chandelier caught my eye. It was brass again, but had great potential. I left without it, but thought about it all the next day and finally went back out to get a price on it and check the wiring. Satisfied with both, I brought it home and set to work repainting it. I began with a coat of spray paint (Krylon flat Ivy) then I finished it with two coats of the paint color I had since decided to use for two accent walls- my foyer wall and the wall just outside my master bedroom. It is Martha Stewart from Home Depot in Dried Camomile (it was very close to the towel color in my new guest bathroom so I also used it to paint the wicker Kleenex holder in there.) I had to add a little length of chain since the one this light fixture came with was too short for my tall dining room ceiling, but that was no big deal. I'm still in search of some bobeches for it, but I like it as is well enough.
Here's the dining room before with the old light fixture:...and after with the new!Since I was all in painting mode, and since I've always wished there was something below that chair rail in the dining room...I painted it too! I taped it off and did white stripes with a white wash between them and finished the whole thing with a wood stain. I also got a new little cabinet that you can sort of see in the corner of the top picture. I'd originally bought it (at Ross Dress For Less) to go in the foyer but decided to use something else in there so it got moved in here and has cookbooks and tablecloths in it. I changed the hardware on it to a glass drawer pull and glass knob. I also took EVERYTHING off those white shelves and rearranged them and got rid of things I don't use and bought a couple of new things for them...but probably no one would notice that but me. :)
And now on to the kitchen. On a whim last Wednesday...I decided to paint it red. Just seemed like a good idea. So I went to Lowe's and picked out a color (Valspar- Red Ochre) which is a very nice tomato-y red that went with most of the red stuff in my kitchen and in particular the rick rack on my favorite curtain above the sink. *And just FYI, most paint companies now offer samples for $1-3 to save you from spending the money on a quart or gallon of a color that doesn't look good in your house. Valspar, Olympic, Behr and Martha Stewart (that I know of) all offer a 7 oz one which is actually quite a bit of paint. 2/3 of one was more than enough to paint this one wall of my master bath (Martha Stewart- Rainwater):(Also got some new his and hers hooks from Hobby Lobby-1/2 off-for the closet doors in there.)It took 2 and a half of the sample containers to paint the two walls in my kitchen I painted, but even buying three of them was cheaper than buying one quart. So there's an idea for painting on the cheap as long as you aren't painting a whole lot.
Back to my kitchen. These are kind of sad before pictures because they're some I took right after we moved in (like, 5 years ago), but it gives you an idea. Obviously, the paint color hadn't changed:And here it is now...I made a new hanger for my aprons out of a piece of wood and some great little colored glass knobs from Hobby Lobby. Unfortunately, with the aprons hanging on them you can't really see the knobs. I also finally found a place to hang this little white spice rack I'd found at a thrift store a long time ago. It fits perfectly on the end of this cabinet under my strawberry sign and is the perfect spot for some of my little souvenirs and stuff. I made the curtain for my laundry room door by sewing together some of my favorite tea towels and this random strawberry cafe curtain I thrifted a long time ago for 25 cents. It's been in my extra fabric box forever waiting for an application. This worked out great because it was just the right width and already had a seam for the curtain rod so that was one less thing I had to sew! I just loosely basted the tea towels to it so I can easily use them as towels again if I ever want to and I finished the bottom (since there were a few inches left between the last towel and the floor) with some of my favorite kitchen-y fabric scraps.I think one of my favorite kitchen projects was the refrigerator. It came with the house and while all the other appliances were black...it was white. Which made it my least favorite appliance and incidentally, just about the only one we haven't had to replace since we moved in. I covered it with chalkboard contact paper. So it's not only black, but you can write on it too! Super easy change...and very cheap, too. The stuff is $6 a roll and this took far less than two rolls. The best part? If I want it white again...I just peel it off.The breakfast room/office (that area at the end of the kitchen with the bay windows) is now an office/playroom. That was actually a project of mine back in the late summer-early fall.It used to look something like this:
"It is the main earthly business of man to make his home, and the immediate surroundings of his home, as symbolic and significant to his own imagination as he can." - G. K. Chesterton The Coloured Lands
So there you have it...our home improvement as of late! That's what I've been up to! And while I'm quite pleased with the results, it isn't really about the house and what it looks like...it's about what happens inside it. That's the part that matters. So, these are the two best things about my house:
...them and the fact that they were playing and singing "What A Friend We Have In Jesus" and "The Crawdad Song". That makes this house my home.
"As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." -Joshua 24:15