Tuesday, February 25, 2014

That time my man built something...

We got snow this past weekend!  Crazy amounts of snow, falling all day long and though it's half-melted, it's still not completely gone.  My kids had a blast playing in it on Sunday and then we had a snow day on Monday and late start today so I'm way behind in work.  It was worth it though. 
 
 (He's laughing because I had just taken a photo of him catching snowflakes on his tongue.)
 
 Both kids are fighting colds so I really should have kept them inside... they kind of look happy-miserable here, don't they?  Poor things. 
 And now... what we did while cooped up with snow coming down...

If you knew my man in person, you would know that he has an overabundance of fabulous qualities.  I have written posts like this one, talking about this amazing person I get to have my life tied to for eternity, but last week he did something that pretty much surpasses the majority of his finer qualities... he uttered one sentence to me.. but I'll get to that in a minute.
Backstory- Adrain wasn't really raised by much of a present dad, it's a long, private story, but most of what he knows about being a guy, he figured out along the way or by watching other respectable men appearing to "get it right."  That said, building wasn't ever really high on his list of things to learn or do so he's not crazy about working with tools, though he is very capable.  {He built some amazing shelves in our garage that I love to this day, so I kind of brush his "I don't really build things" feelings aside, not because I don't take him seriously, but because I know better- deep down and think, "Eh.. he's got this."}

Anyway.  We have this old (darling) antique-looking cream painted, queen sized headboard.  It's got a few scratches on it from life but it's been our headboard for nearly 20 years and I have been craving something different for a long, long time. (Local peeps, I'm selling our old headboard for $50, and if you're interested you can message me before I list it on Craig's list.) A week or two ago, I found a small piece of paper and sketched out a simple design, showed it to Adrain, and asked if he would be willing to tackle an upholstered headboard project with me.  He shrugged and gave a mostly noncommittal answer but he didn't say "no" so I had hope for a weekend project. 

Then.  One evening last week, Adrain disappeared for a while.  I didn't know where he had gone (and our house is tiny, so one can't really get that lost) and when I called out for him, he was in our office.  He said, "I'm looking up building instructions for our headboard." 

That was it for me.  I suddenly wanted to marry him and have his babies all over again.

I know you get this.

A trip to Lowe's and JoAnn's fabrics and a fun day of project-making later, we've got ourselves a new headboard.  It wasn't that difficult to make, and we got all our boards cut at Lowe's so Adrain just came home and assembled the frame.  He painted the base of the legs gray, using our leftover kitchen island paint,  and I used a bunch of coupons for batting, fabric covered button making kits, and a pretty textured gray fabric.


I couldn't find the site my man used for building this but it's just a few 2x4's and plywood cut to the measurements you want.  We wanted an extra tall one so it's 60" tall. (This site isn't the one Adrain used but it shows the basics.)
 (Please ignore my kids.  They are doing some weird dance routine on the wii.  They had no idea I was taking their photos... cracks me up.) Here is the padding on it.  We did three layers because I wanted it extra soft.
 Once we used the staple gun to attach the batting, we covered it with our gray fabric and stapled that too.
 I made these buttons out of the same fabric.  So pretty!

 Adrain figured out the grid we wanted for our button pattern... we kind of laid all the buttons out so we could get a feel for where we wanted to place them.

 Once everything was measured and marked, we stapled them down with criss-crossing staples.  I know, we should have probably drilled holes into the plywood backer board and then used strong upholstery thread to attach the buttons. 

Yeah. We didn't do that.  

We stapled the fabric down and hot glued the buttons in the tuft indentations.  It worked...
 I did sew the end corners because I wanted a nice finished look there, rather than folded fabric.
I realize we probably did a decorating no-no because we chose fabric that is nearly the same color as the wall but I really wanted this fabric because it goes so well with our bedding and I am very happy with it, decorating rules be hanged! Ha!  




 We also have a Maasai spear hanging over our bed from Adrain's travels to Africa.  (That was Adrain's big part of the decorating.  He is very pleased with himself... )

 You may have noticed that I'm missing my side table.  Sigh.  I really do miss it.  And my matching lamp to Adrain's lamp... We had to rearrange the room this way for other reasons, and this is the only other wall we could put a bed against... sadly it's not wide enough for two side tables so for the moment I've got a stool and no lamp. (I think I'll live.  First world problems, huh?)
These lovelies are still hanging on the same wall they used to be on, however, and they aren't coming down any time soon. 

I suppose if my man gets a Maasai spear, I can hang flowers in there to offset things a bit. Ha!  (Everybody wins.)




(Bedding from Ballard Designs, Paint color "stormy sky" by Benjamin Moore, lamps and shades from Target.)

Sunday, February 23, 2014

One thing from each of my Pin boards...

Okay today is just for FUN!  I went through and found my current most favorite thing from most of my Pinterest boards... (and I've got a LOT, let me tell you, which is why I didn't do every single one of them.) Don't you just LOVE Pinterest?  It makes life so inspiring. My only problem is that I almost always forget (or feel too lazy) to change the caption when I pin.. so often it's not ME who says whatever you read below the image.  Oops!  Do you do that too?   I do laugh when I say something and then see other people pinning the same image with MY words because they didn't change it either... Somehow kind of feels like a group hug.  I can't explain.  Okay... It's so hard to choose my top favorite pin in some cases but I did my best to narrow it down and select my most favorite.  If you want to follow along and see all my pins, you can visit me here! 
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From my "Gorgeous Photography" board- If you haven't checked out this Russian mother's photography yet you MUST check out her Flickr.  I can't help but drool... She shoots with a Canon (Yeah!) 5DMarkII and a 135mm lens.  Sigh... maybe someday.... 
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From my "Summery Outside" board- When it comes to outside decor I am just lost.  We haven't ever done much with out yard... we have a fire pit and picnic table and I'm more drawn to how it feels than how it looks when I'm outside.  I want a kick back and stay up late feeling.  This is very "me" in every way.  I could do this every night of the summer.
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 From my "Style me Pretty" board- If you know me... you know I could live in cowgirl boots no matter the season.  I think my style me pretty board has been helping me through some mid-life style confusion.  Is anyone else having that?  I knew exactly who I was and what my style was not even ten years ago but then some things changed- my body, my tastes, my age, my stage of life and now I'm just confused.  I'm afraid I'm at the four way stop/intersection of frump-street, letting to of youth-drive, classy-avenue or trendy-parkway.  It's a confusing place. I'm almost 40.  Like... in 19 more months.  I don't know what I really like anymore so I'm working through it but the one thing that hasn't changed is my love of cowgirl boots.  So at least there's that.

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From the "From my blog" board- One of my most pinned posts so far and I just shared it... apparently we all want a cute way to organize our jewelry without breaking the bank.  Huh.  We're kindred spirits, you and I.  (And how about that darling Stephanie Creekmur "Hey Y'all" print I've got going on in there?  Doesn't she do fabulous work?)

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From my "A few of my favorite things" board- Mistah Bates.  When he was younger.  So adorable. If you don't watch Downton Abbey I think we can still salvage our friendship... just go find it on Netflix and get yourself all caught up, then we can talk about Bates and Anna.  M'kay?

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From my "Garden" board- I'm about to go crazy with spring planting y'all.  I am feeling galvanized tubs, garbage cans, and all things metal, in a big way!  
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From my "Christmas" board- I want to have this party.  The deer, the eats, the wall, the ornaments and framed words.  All of it.  Wanna come? 
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 From my "Packaging and Little gifts" board- Not only to I love the tape... I love the sentiment.  It's kind of the point of gifts...

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From my Photo-know-how" board- free photoshop actions.  I need more... love them!

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From my "Yum" board- I need these in my life. That is all. No I don't.  Don't let me have them.  Yes.  Let me have them.  No.  YES dangit! I'm just going to run away now.
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From my "Joe"board- I need to remind myself of this sometimes.  It's a good one to tuck away.  As a mom sometimes I've found the best solution to obnoxiousness is a really long hug because they often want attention but don't know how to get it.
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From my "Laundry room" board- I have my eye on this idea... you just wait...
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From my "I love ecards" board- First of all, I love ecards. I have been known to bury my head in my pillows at night because I was laughing so hard over them.  (Because I tend to go on Pinterest right before turning my beside lamp off for the night.) This one goes out to my husband.  And he knows why he deserves it too.
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From my "Farmy" board- maybe my very favorite board ofalltime since I wish my husband would become a farmer someplace, and we could have an old farmhouse B&B and you could come stay with us and we could go collect eggs together at sunrise.  (This is where my man would add, "And you could hold hands and eat cookie dough." If you love the movie Elf you just got that.  If not, you probably think I'm a freak-wierdo and no way would you come stay at my farmy bed and breakfast. Ha!) Oh and I was just kidding about the sunrise comment.  I don't do sunrises because I still need something like six more hours of sleep after that. But you're welcome to go get the eggs if you want, in my fictitious little narrative...
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From my "Pinter-DONE!" board- I like to move things I've tried or done to this board.  Sometimes I forget. This has been my favorite thing.  Keeping all my Instagram photos printed and current with the use of Prinstagram.  I've got a growing wood bowl filled with our life moments.  I love that.
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From my "Ava" board- Just wait for it... I've got a plan...
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 From my "Bed and Breakfast" board- All I can say is... one day...
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From my "Closet Makeover Ideas" board- because you know, someday, it will have some order in there.
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From my "It's my Party" board- Because if I could, I'd make every occasion a pretty one and we'd celebrate everything.
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From my "New Year's" board- every year I want to throw a party.  And every year I don't.  And every year for that party that I want to throw, I want to make fun hats like these.  There's always next year...
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From my "Twenty" board- we will celebrate twenty years of marriage in November of 2015... so, we're talking about taking a trip someplace.  We'll have a 12 and 14 year old along with us... so we're debating a few possibilities.  It's fun to dream.
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From my "Hair?" board- eventually it will be this long again. And the color will have all grown out.  And it will be just me, and my waves and curls.  I can not wait for that day but until then, this is my hair "goal" picture. We've all got one, haven't we?
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From my "Thanksgiving Dinner" board- I just love the simplicity.
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From my "Blogging layouts and branding" board- such prettiness.  Very inspirational.
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From my "Inspire me" board- pretty much in love with all things painting and flowers these days. 
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From my "Studio of my dreams" board- There will come a day (mark my words) when I will go full-girly on my studio.  For now... I am just creating the perfect Sasha space in my head and in my Pinterest boards.  I know exactly what I want and what I will do when I have more than a corner of my bedroom... and it's going to be so girly you won't be able to stand it.  Think pinks and pretty EVERYwhere.  Cause that is ME to my core. 

Did you enjoy that?  Any favorite pins or pin boards you want to share?!