Thursday, July 23, 2015

Semi-Annual Check-in :)

There is a lot going on over here, and when I get a chance to open my computer without a baby banging on the keys (so…in a few years? Hahaha) I have a lot to say!

We’re in the process of moving back to our hometown, (a pretty unexpected life change for us – but hey, what parts of life aren’t unexpected!), so I’d like to actually post some “finished” pictures of rooms (the nursery!) and some thoughts on some of the renovations we’ve done after living with them for a while, as well as some posts about things we’re doing to get our house on the market. Oh well, the posts will come in good time. One day I’ll hopefully blog so much my fingers will fall off.

For now, I’ll cheat and just post some baby pictures I’ve been taking since Porcupine turned one…


Our move is certainly not something we were planning on – I thought I’d be in this house forever! And I was accumulating stuff with that mindset :) I’ve been reading (and listening to) and re-reading/listening to The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, and it is making a HUGE difference in what I’m getting rid of and how I plan to approach moving into, fixing up, and decorating our new house. I can’t wait to share the journey! (if I get the chance!)

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Apparently, I’ll check in every 3 months :)

I have so much to say, but with a little baby and the rest of life, I’ll just have to stick with: I can’t believe that my little Porcupine is about to turn 1 year old. It’s totally surreal and the panic is setting in. It’s hard to believe that last year on Valentine’s Day, I was pregnant and doing some touch up painting in his nursery and our friend was putting together his crib.

And here he is this Valentine’s Day!


I’m looking forward to/dreading his birthday in 3 days! :)

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Monday, November 24, 2014

A 3-Month Update

Time is just flying by! Porcupine is 9 months old and I can hardly believe it. The holidays are coming and then this little guy will be turning one! Everything is a whirlwind, and sometimes I wish I could slow down time (not at night though, because my little guy is always keeping me up!) I have so many ideas floating around, blog posts half written, and baby crafts and projects just waiting to come to life, but none of it seems to happen. Oh well! I will just keep trucking along. :)

In the meantime, here is a quick recap of the past 3 months.

Baby’s first time in Lake Michigan:

toes in the lake

Crawling all over the place and standing up on things:

standing up!

First Halloween (and I made his costume!):

my little jack-o-lantern

And getting ready for winter (thanks, Janis!)

baby in snowsuit

So excited to see what the next 3 months have in store! ;)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Chair Ideas

As if I need another project to remain unfinished (ahem, sewing room dresser, bathroom, nursery, etc), I’ve been thinking about what I can do to update this chair.

20140814_214616 Forgive the cell phone pic!

With new baby in the house, this chair from my mom’s has been a godsend. It’s in great shape (my mom had gotten a new cushion for it a while ago, so it feels new), it’s comfy, and it’s easy to get in and out of while carrying a heavy baby. :)

I think a getting it totally reupholstered in a silver-gray, keeping the tufts, would be gorgeous.  Something like this:

gray tufted chair image via

But truthfully, that is probably not going to happen. So I have been dreaming about a DIY-type covering that I could do. I’ve been toying with the idea of smocking. Wouldn’t something along these lines look cool on the back?

smocked-cushion-detailImage via

Or something like this

But, truthfully again, with a little baby in the house and trying to find that baby/work/life/life-with-baby balance, this project will probably remain one I am just dreaming about for a while…while I spend my time looking at/sitting in this old green chair. :)

So for fun, here is a baby picture. :)


What projects have you been dreaming about lately? I should also attend to my yard at some point…I have big dreams for out there, too. :)

Monday, July 14, 2014

Nursery in Progress

Much like most of the projects in our house, the baby’s nursery is about 90% done. Why, oh why, won’t I complete projects? :)

But anyway, here it is…in progress :)

nursery in progress (polka-dot bedding from Ikea)

nursery in progress (Dream on Me Synergy crib)

changing table (clock and London print from Ikea, Indiana print from Etsy, Zutano Elephants changing pad cover)

crib (I know you’re not supposed to have anything in the crib, but since for a long time, the baby wasn’t actually sleeping in there, these fun guys were its only inhabitants.) :)

And here’s what baby sees when he does spend time in his crib…
alphabet zoo mobile (Skip Hop Alphabet Zoo Mobile – we actually tacked the animals’ legs together so baby could see their faces when he’s lying down in the crib)

I actually already have the art to hang (Paul Thurlby's Alphabet for above the crib, and some cool collected prints/homemade Cricut art for above the bed) but haven’t done it yet! Lazy!

And I just realized as I’m looking at these pictures, that I have made some fun blue striped curtains that are already up…I’ll have to take updated pictures soon.

Anyway, that is where baby officially resides…90% done. But, considering that 3 days before he was born, we were still getting it ready/putting together the crib…

nursery in progress (Thanks to our friend Efren!)
nursery in progress (This is the last pregnant picture I have of myself before the day he was born!)

and that less than a month before he was born it looked like this…

 baby's room before

…I’m pretty happy with how far it’s come along! :)

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Happy Birthday, Shadow!

You are eight and a half, as far as I am concerned :)

Shadow and Baby

Thank you for being pretty chill about our newest family member. I hope you become friends and can really play outside soon!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Happy Birthday :)

 Grounder and baby

A quick happy birthday to Grounder who is 11…and Baby who is three months!

Baby and Grounder

And to my friend Janis’s baby (toddler), Lincoln, who is 2!

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