Monday, July 25, 2011

I Am A Crafting-On-The-Go-Mom

We have really fell in love with all the activities our new community has to offer.  The kids can take classes in anything from Photography to Sword fighting to Culinary classes.  My daughter wanted to take everything, so we did the best we could and filled her schedule with sewing, cheer pom, tennis, swim lessons, decorative art, and jewelry making.  Our son got to take part in a few as well, Bubble Guppies, toddler art, swim lessons, and wiggle worms, dirt, and rocks.  This was five weeks of classes from 8 AM to 2 PM!  Needless to say, July has flown by!!!

While I was on the side line for each and every class, lesson, event, I felt as if I could make better use of my time.  Then I discovered something on Facebook, it was a blog about a studio on the go for another very busy mom. This was exactly what I needed!

Feeling very motivated and excited, I visited an estate sale and found my new "studio".  Here is what I came up with.

It is very PERFECT!  So I began being productive with my time "on the side line".

Since our move to our new home, I have realized I have too much stuff, so I have put myself on a no spending money on scrapbooking freeze, lol!  This has helped tremendously and I am making better use of all my scraps.  Check out what I have come up with... Cards!!!

If you haven't ever visited The Spotted Canary, please do so.  Lots of inspiration, ideas, tutorial, etc.

Have I inspired you to find your own studio-on-the-go?

Sunday, July 17, 2011

My Husband's Study Reno

What sold my husband on this house was the idea of his study, located on the main floor and a very nice space just for him.  While I have been busy this last year taking on one room at a time and making it specific to our style, I saved his study for one of the last to conquer.  This space has 10 foot ceilings and I fear heights, YIKES!!!  Nevertheless, it had to be faced sooner or later and I couldn't keep ignoring it.

My original plan was to start on Wednesday and have it finished on Friday.  Three days, no problem, I have done this lots.  I was wrong...

I started steaming the wallpaper off, as I have done many times before, and it would not come off.  While I struggled to remove this paper, I learned that it was not a prepasted wallpaper, therefore it had been pasted on.  Eventually the wallpaper was removed, but it came off with pieces of the drywall and left a glue residue on the walls.  I was left with a messy, uneven surface.  I knew I had to sand down the wall, and "resurface" the wall.  

After days of sanding, mudding, sanding, patching, sanding, I finally had new walls.  Next was the primer and finally the paint.  YAY!!!

I loved how the colors turned out, I had the swatches hanging on the wall for 6 months, lol.

And most importantly, he LOVES it!  I notice that he keeps going in and just looking and admiring, awwwwwww!