Big Girl Quilt Top: Done!

i’ve mentioned before, numerous times, the comforter quilt i’m working on for my daughter. it’s going to be comforter sized with some decent draping for a twin mattress (which seems HUGE to me as i’m putting it together). but it’s looking good so far!

lucky me: i got some sewing in over the past few weekends and finally got the top all put together!


Comforter Quilt Top: Done!

i’m super excited, though you wouldn’t really know it since i haven’t done ANYTHING since finishing the top. oh well. my daughter’s not even 2 years old yet, and nowhere near ready for a big girl bed… i’ve got time.

what big milestone have you reached recently?

update: linking up to Lee’s WIP Wednesday! go check out what others have done and leave some love for them! and/or join us and be a link-er-upper too!

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Even though it’s not Wednesday:

i’ve said it before and i’ll say it again: i’m alive, i swear!

schedule? what schedule? HA! i’m lucky if i manage to get enough breakfast in the morning, let alone actually have time to properly brush my hair. how do i use this stuff called “make-up” again? i’ve forgotten.

here’s what’s been happening:

  • finished reflooring the master bedroom — put down some inexpensive wood laminate; maple, it looks nice (you’ll just have to take my word on that for now)
  • lots of visits to and from family — including Oma, Opa, a few relatives from across the pond (Germany) and my sister down from the great white north!
  • finished transforming one of the cabinets in the guest bath into a sneaky cat-box spot
  • recieved, put together, and put in place our new bedroom set
  • AND (sewing related, GASP!) i’ve started sewing all the blocks of the Comforter Quilt into rows! i’m about 35-40% done with the quilt top!

here’s what we’re hoping to do in the coming weeks (or however long it takes!):

  • do some updating in the guest bathroom — similar to how the master bathroom was first updated
  • get a new front door
  • finish the BSU Quilt for Hubs — only have to piece the end-zones and then i’ll be ready to sandwich!
  • have at least a portion of everyone’s Christmas gift be hand-made this year

believe me, the list goes on. and on. and on!

but now i’ve got to get ready for the upcoming food-coma-fest (AKA Thanksgiving) so ttyl!


i’m alive, i swear!

working full time, raising an 18-month-old, and trying to keep my sanity as the holiday season approaches are taking their toll on my schedule.

here’s what’s been happening:

  • finished the master bathroom reno — yes i know i owe you pictures
  • tore out all the remaining carpet in the master — still having urination issues with one of our cats, but slowly getting better
  • visited the LO’s Oma and Opa — that’s grandma and grandpa to you non-Germans
  • (almost) completely emptied the closet in the guest room — it still retains outgrown baby-gear, but it’ll eventually be a kid’s room, so that’s okay

here’s what we’re hoping to do in the coming weeks (or however long it takes!):

  • pick out and put down new master bedroom flooring this week — that’s right, we want to put it in this weekend but we haven’t even finished shopping yet!
  • move the litter boxes into a more discreet location — more on this in a later post
  • replace our peed-on MALM dresser with something that doesn’t smell, then move it into our closet — suggestions welcome! i dont’ really want another MALM, but Hubs wants to keep it cheap
  • down-size the sewing table so it can be moved out of the guest room — sad, i know, but there just isn’t enough time in the day to sew that much anymore!
  • do some updating in the guest bathroom — similar to how the master bathroom was first updated
  • get a new front door
  • replace the sliding door that goes from the master bedroom to the patio with a pair of french-style doors
  • get running on a regular schedule again
  • continue taking advantage of free things available through work — gym access, yoga classes, etc
  • have at least a portion of everyone’s Christmas gift be hand-made this year

believe me, the list goes on. and on. and on!

but now i’ve got to get back to work. so ttyl!

Master Bath Progress

it’s been a while since i’ve updated you with the latest on our bathroom renovation progress. we recently took a long weekend off to visit family, so we haven’t touched it in more than a week! but here’s where we are right now, and what we’ve got left to do:

  • the floor tiles are down
  • the floor tiles are mostly grouted
  • but they’re not done
  • the wall tiles are mostly up
  • the final wall tiles are cut to size
  • they will still need to be grouted
  • the vanities need their faucets installed
  • then they need to be moved into place
  • and hooked up to plumbing
  • and filled with our junk that is currently sitting in laundry baskets in our closet
  • the new mirrors need to be hung

and then we’re ready! i think i may wait on any more update photos until the final reveal. hopefully that will be soon, so check back!

5 Weeks Later

here’s an update on the newest beast of a project that has taken some major steps towards the final product: the renovation of our master bathroom.

  • the cabinets, counters, sinks, and faucets are all gone
  • the giant frameless mirrors that were above the counters are gone and the wall damage they left behind has been repaired
  • the plumbing has shifted up and to the side (as required for the new vanities that are going in)
  • all the tiles surrounding the garden-style tub are gone and greenboard has been put up in preparation for re-tiling
  • the floor tiles are ALL gone
  • the baseboards are all removed
  • the toilet has been removed
  • the walls behind where the giant mirrors formerly hung have been painted to match the rest of the walls
and most importantly:

what we have yet to do is to:

  • finish tiling the floor (only the little bits on the edges are left to be cut and adhered!)
  • grout the floor
  • research, purchase, and install a new toilet (this step is located as high up on the list as we can get it to minimize bathroom down-time)
  • cut and install the sill surrounding and supporting the garden tub
  • tile the walls surrounding the garden-style tub and the walls behind the vanities
  • grout the wall tiles too
  • install the faucets in the new vanities (one is done!)
  • install the new vanities in their proper places
  • paint and hang the new mirrors (we bought these from World Market, but we want to paint them lighter so they won’t be such a bold part of the room)
  • re-do the baseboards
  • do some touch ups and re-caulking

needless to say, we’ve been busy; and it’s not over yet!

what have you been busy doing?

p.s. check out some progress pictures:

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Nursery: almost 15 months later…

the Cloth Diaper Guru’s post about storing clean diapers got me to thinking about how much the Little One’s room has changed since we first moved her in there nearly 15 months ago! (my how time flies!)

here’s a few before & afters for you:

the crib-side of the nursery

we had the makings of a great nursery wall: storage, just the right amount of color, and lots of wall space for lovely leafy artwork!

Crib Wall - Then

before: the nursery was just starting to come together

Crib Wall - Now

now: there’s carpet on the floor, more leaf art on the walls, more books, and more storage utilized

with the addition of the tissue flower mobile, more leaf art, and more stuff for the wall cubbies, this side of the room definitely looks lived-in! there’s also a covered plastic tub of out-grown clothes on the floor behind the crib.  it, unfortunately, doesn’t fit UNDER the crib, so that’s where it’s living for now… but i’d like to find a new home for it. oh, and it’s difficult to tell, but there are space-y wall clings on the window which the LO is now slightly obsessed about (they’re a very recent addition).

the changing table side of the nursery

it wasn’t even finished when the before picture was taken. you can tell because there’s no actual spot to do diaper changes!  it was also missing a few bins for the TROFAST and wasnt’ using all that wall space or built-in storage.

Changing Pad Wall - Then

before: the changing pad wasn’t finished yet, and the wall was pretty bare

Changing Pad Wall - Now

now: there’s wall art, a bouncy elephant to entertain during changes, overflowing TROFAST bins, and toys all over the floor

but now there’s more artwork (combo of thrifted and handmade gifted), a plush elephant on a spring (super bouncy fun for diaper changes), more bins (though some are missing due to being used as laundry bins, etc) and (of course) the real evidence that this is a toddler’s room: toys EVERYWHERE! the built-in storage still has a couple of empty nooks near the top, but i’m totally not complaining about that. i’m glad to have the space since FL homes don’t have basements!

the closet

way back before the LO arrived, we hadn’t even taken out all non-baby items! and even with all those non-baby items in there, it was still nowhere near full!

Closet - Before

before: the closet had almost nothing in it, but lots of potential

Closet - After

now: the closet is much more full, though there are still empty drawers (which is good!)

now the closet looks like it’s USED! blankets and that big blue suitcase (filled with newborn to 9-mo clothes) occupy the shelves, while current-sized and next-size-up clothes hang on the hangar bars on the left side. only 3 of the drawers are even occupied (yay!) and there are some of the bulkier items hidden behind the perfectly-sized closet curtain (which we still totally love!)

if you’re wondering, we store the LO’s clean cloth diapers in the bin with the red diaper shell hanging off the front of it; they’re just below 2 small bins containing wipes, disposables (for daycare), and various healthcare items like rash cream, thermometers, etc.  the dirty cloth diapers are immediately put into the wetbag to the left of the changing pad. the bag is sitting in a small painted bucket we got for probably $2.50 at target. it helps keep any potential seepage from being absorbed into the wood frame of the TROFAST.

we love how this room has evolved and can’t wait to see future evolutions!

speaking of evolutions, i’ll try to update you soon on the newest beast of a project: the renovation of the master bathroom.