Archive for September, 2011

Three steps forward and another step back

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

First step back was here. Second step back … well, we may have a fourth trip back to the flooring stores in our future, because it seems like hardwood may not work. The playroom used to be the garage, and when the wooden floor was built above the old cement floor there was no moisture […]

Work has begun

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Work has begun on the bookshelves! Two super-nice guys from Carterworx – a small local company – have been here all week. I gotta say, my inner cheapskate really cringed at having to pay someone to do work that really, I could have done myself… but I’m so, SO glad I did. Because these guys […]

21 week sonogram

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

We had the 21 week sonogram yesterday and this time, I remembered to bring the video camera along with me! If the embedding link isn’t working – I’m having some problems with it – click here to watch the video on YouTube. If you don’t want to know the gender, just turn off the sound… […]

Old made new

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

A sweet relative driving cross-country was generous enough to bring along my late grandma’s old sewing chest and deliver it to me. Made by my grandfather, I remember it as a fixture in her sewing room. I’m not sure what all the nooks and crannies were for, but he sure worked hard on it and […]

Bookshelf plans

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

Work on the new bookshelves starts on Tuesday, so I spent all morning designing the final layout. Thank goodness for tracing paper. It makes things very easy for the scale-disinclined. I came up with two final layouts. One, where the crown moulding continues straight across the front of the shelves, linking the two cases on […]

Flower girl

Friday, September 16th, 2011

I never got the chance to be a flower girl while I was growing up (bridesmaid, yes). But there’s just something so sweet about flower girls, isn’t there? Though I guess now I’m too old (and too pregnant probably too). We’re delighted that SofĂ­a has been asked to be a flower girl in an October […]

One step back

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

Y’all can just ix-nay most of that last post about the playroom remodel – we had to backtrack to the flooring stores today (sigh) because it turns out we can’t put down hardwood planks after all. See, the contractor came and checked under the carpet**, and our subfloor is not actually plywood, but some ghetto-grade […]

Birthday purse – Allison

Friday, September 9th, 2011

I’ve shown you a couple of the birthday purses I’ve made before (here and here). And though I haven’t blogged them all, I’ve kept right on making them all year because I love them! They’re recycled from designer bridal fabric, they’re individual and unique and even fairly quick as far as sewing projects go. Since […]

Playroom renewal

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

It’s happening! It’s really happening! It’s taken two years of dreaming about a new, fresh den/playroom (you may remember some of my past posts about it). Two full years of cussing at the old carpet and putting up itchy allergy attacks every time I spent any time in there (it’s 30 years old, you see, […]

State Fair 2011

Monday, September 5th, 2011

This year the state fair was just perfect. Cool weather and low on the crowdage scale, plus tickets were half off because of Irene! We saw plenty of animals, some of which were only 2 hours old: And played in the straw maze: And in a big sandbox full of soybeans! (When we next went […]