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A Little DIY

20 Jun

Josh and I had been discussing putting a big built-in shelving unit in our living room for a while. We both agreed it would look nice, create more storage and make our books more assessable. We never seemed to get motivated enough to actually follow through with the project though. However, a few weekends ago it was pouring rain and we were all stuck in the house. I was perusing some home decor blogs and came across a really good tutorial for bookcases that look built-in. I showed it to Josh and said that we really needed to do that soon. His response was not what I expected. He said if I went I got the stuff we could do it that day. I was bowed over. I knew it was going to be an all day project and that’s not really Josh’s thing. But I took him up on it before he could change his mind.

I went to a few different places looking for the shelving but eventually ended up at Target. I decided on these because they were inexpensive and I knew I needed several. I ended up purchasing 4 of them. Then I headed over to Home Depot to pick up trim, nails and a Dremel (my new favorite tool). By the time I got home it was almost time for Lila’s nap so we were going to try and knock out a big chunk of work while she slept. Yeah not so much. It took us an hour and a half to put the first unit together. It was incredibly frustrating. The instructions were like a huge puzzle and if you didn’t pay super close attention it was easy to turn pieces backwards (which we did several times). But, once we got the first one assembled we used it as a guide and the others went together in about 15 min.

Here is what we started with.



It wasn’t awful but it didn’t feel cohesive to me and there was a lot of wasted room. It looked super cluttered and the black furniture showed every speck of dust, which we have a lot of . We opted not to take the big piece of trim out at the bottom. It saved us a step and since we aren’t super skilled carpenters we were a bit apprehensive about it would turn out. By the time Lila woke up we almost had all the shelves assembled and our living room looked like a bomb had gone off. I didn’t get any pictures during that but just imagine pure chaos and then adding a toddler on top of that. Luckily my parents stopped by and took Lila outside for a bit until we could clean up the mess a bit and actually have a path to walk through. My parents left about 7:30 and we were trying to get Lila fed, bathed and ready for bed so we could get the project wrapped up. We got her in bed, got the bookshelves situated and then started applying the trim. Once the trim was installed, Josh was in charge of rewiring all the electronics and making sure they worked seamlessly. By 11pm this is where we were.



It really doesn’t look like much for a days work but wow it took ALL day. We decided to call it a night and we cleaned up . Over the next few days as we were adding books and trinkets we decided we should do one more shelf on the left side. It would only create more storage and make the most of the space we had. So, back to Target I go to get the additional shelving and then to Home Depot for more trim. I think it was probably 6 days after we started that we finally had it just the way we wanted. If you read the tutorial I linked to it took them 7 hours to do the whole thing. So I think you could say we are beginners.

With that being said I am so happy with the way it turned out. I am also happy Josh and I did a big (for us) project together and didn’t kill each other. Reno can be stressful but for the most part we worked really well together and now we can look at it and be really proud because WE did it together.

Here’s the final outcome.









There are small details that aren’t perfect but I am still happy with it.

Also, you may be wondering where we put all this junk before it moved to the living room.




This is the room that we used for the office. Now that we have taken down all the bookcases in here we will be moving the desk out and making it into more a guest room. When we are home we really don’t have the need for an office. We usually do any work on our laptop or Ipad in the living room so this “office” ended up being a room we just walked through. Also, my mac you see on the desk finally bit the dust. I don’t know what to do with it. It feels wrong throwing it in the trash but it won’t even turn on anymore. Any creative ideas?

So, there you have it…Built-in Bookshelves…kinda.

Some of this and that and a lot of pictures

4 Jun

Hi there, it’s been a while.

I always say I’ve been busy, but who hasn’t been busy…I guess that’s just life.

We are living life with a 2 year old and that is always exciting. You never know what you are gonna get. Some days we get the most-spirited little girl who is go with the flow and the next day brings an opinionated, grumpy little person who you have to stand on your head to get a smile out of. I enjoy a challenge though. She is incorporating new words into her vocabulary everyday and it is making this communication thing a little easier. There are still plenty of things we have to guess at but she lets us know when we hit the nail on the head. My favorite word she is saying right now is water. When she says it, it sounds like “what-errr”….I make her say it over and over again because I love the way it sounds. This kiddo loves being outside. It doesn’t matter if it is raining, 120 degrees or snowing. The elements don’t seem to phase her. I think her favorite climate is rain, she loves to bring us the umbrella each morning and when it actually is raining she is head over hills.

The new daycare is still going really well. She doesn’t want me to leave in the morning and she doesn’t want to go home in the afternoon. I can always tell she has played hard when I pick her up.  Up until recently we would give her a bath just because that’s what you are supposed to do…not really because she needed one. Well, now the baths are definitely out of necessity. I swear, 2 year olds might be the stickiest thing in the world. At the end of a typical day she is equal parts sweaty, grimy, sticky, dirty and sunscreeny <—-made that one up. I cherish our time after bath when she is squeaky clean and smells good, that is prime snuggle time.



Josh and I attempted our first real DIY together this weekend. We installed several bookcases in our living room and then took it a step further to make them look like built-ins. The good news is we didn’t kill each other. Hopefully I will share the finished product after we get all the final books in place and touch them up with some paint. It has already made a huge difference in the room.

What else have we been up to lately? We got a zoo membership for the year and plan on taking Lila once a week through the summer. I have still been busy with mobile orders and have been sewing pretty much every night…no complaining here, I love it:) I have also been keeping my running up since the half marathon and I am hoping to do another one this month. I have been trying to squeeze my runs in during my lunch break so most afternoons I am a sweaty mess. I bet my co-wokers love me. Luckily I have an office so maybe it’s not too offensive. I also have a trip planned in August to see my brother in Seattle! I am so excited. I have my plane ticket booked. However, I am not that excited about flying. I am hoping I will just sleep through most of the flight.

Here is a little bit more cuteness as of late…









Find A Hobby

13 Oct

Until the past 5 years my hobbies consisted of my friends. Things change a bit once entering the working world, getting married and having children. Everyone is busy and it seems to be harder and harder to get together with friends on a consistent basis. I have found that even though your hobbies may change, it is important to keep something in your life you really enjoy.

I think the one hobby that I incorporate into almost everyday is sewing and crafting. I learned to sew about 6 years ago and it is something that calms and relaxes me. It’s funny because when I was growing up my mom would always be sewing. She always wanted to teach me but I never had any interest in it. I didn’t have the patience to sit down and listen long enough to gain any skill at it. I guess what really piqued my interest was when I started watching Project Runway. I found it amazing how these people could craft the most amazing outfits out of a square piece of fabric. The more I watched the more I wanted to be able to do it myself. I asked for a sewing machine for my next birthday and that’s what my mom bought me. I’m sure she was overjoyed that I had finally found some love for sewing. My mom helped me get started and showed me the basics and then I sat down with the instruction book until I had the machine figured out. I jumped right into creating clothes and trying different combinations I had in my head. They really weren’t that great:( I refused to use any patterns and just tried to draft them myself. That didn’t really make for the most flattering clothing. I think I made one pair of pants from a pattern and I was so proud of them because they looked like real pants! I don’t wear them anymore but I have held onto them so I can show Lila one day. But, based on me though, she won’t care until she is in her 20’s.

I would like to get back into sewing clothes but for now I sew and create birds for my mobiles just about everyday. I love sewing at the end of the day and creating something with my hands. Even though my job is designing and creating this is a different type of outlet for me. I forsee sewing to be a part of my life for a long time and I look forward to all the creations.

Lila’s Nursery

30 Apr

Since we have listed our house on the market I wanted to make sure and document Lila’s nursery and all the loving touches we put into it.

Decorating Lila’s room was one of my favorite things when I was pregnant and I was a little sad when it was all done.

It is probably my favorite room in the house because we were so hands on and really put much thought into every little detail. I hope she looks back on it and loves it as much as we do.

Josh and his papaw installed the french doors that lead into Lila’s room. We wanted her to have a quiet place to rest without our little animal farm roaming freely in and out of her room. I just recently painted the doors and I am happy with how they turned out.

We chose to paint the walls a very neutral color and then incorporate lots of colors through all the accessories .  The rocker belonged to my parents and I remember it from when I was small. We use it for story time, rocking and lots of cuddling.

Having beautiful artwork in the room was very important to us. We picked out several pieces from one of our favorite artist, Charley Harper. I also did several of the prints. We purchased inexpensive frames from Target to house them all in.

I love this part of the room because I really enjoyed all the painting that went into it. I painted the tree along with the birds and name above her crib. I also created the 2 mobiles hanging from the ceiling. I also found the cute curtain fabric online and created them using no-sew products. Towards the end of the pregnancy I didn’t feel like sewing, the no-sew kit was super easy and they look just as good as if I had sewn them.

We had found a really cute owl bedding set but it was super expensive. I was able to find this adorable owl print online and created her bedskirt. Then, we bought a plain white bumper and attached the green fabric on top.

This is Lila’s favorite part of the room. She loves pulling all the stuffed animals off the basket and shelves.

I love fabric and I had so many different prints I wanted to incorporate into the room and I found this lovely idea of displaying them in embroidery circles. Our mirrored closets help make her cozy room look just a bit bigger.

This space above the dresser acts as Lila’s main closet. The girl has an impressive wardrobe and is quickly outgrowing her small space. Josh uses the main closet in the room so we had to get a little creative. Personally I love looking over and seeing all of her cute, colorful clothes. We just have to keep them tidy to make sure it doesn’t become a a big mess.

This is one additional view of  her room that connects to our office/study/library.

This is such a calming place to hang with her at the end of the day. It has been a wonderful room where many memories have been created.