Friday, January 23, 2015

Bedside Table Reads

As I've been reading through this book, I had the itch to purge and organize just one little space. Whenever I think about which part of my house needs to be made pleasing, I always go to our bedroom first. It's often neglected and cluttered, but I want it to be calming and soothing. Master bedrooms are often last on the list of decorating priorities, and that is sad. 

I trimmed my bedside books down to a realistic stack of what I want to focus on right now (and looking at the stack, I see that I need some fiction in my life). I think there were three stacks of "current reads" which is completely unrealistic. 

Here's my most grabbed books right now:

Bibles: The Message and ESV
The Screwtape Letters
The Nesting Place
Composition Journal (my favorite brand)
Wisdom of God (not pictured)

Now taking fiction recommendations...

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Ode To The Loaf

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes us with a baby carriage, then comes John's homemade bread that changes the way I view the world. For three weeks John fed the starter/researched/planned, and last Sunday he woke up at 3am to make it. I'm just not the person to spend this kind of time on one thing, but I'm glad I found a man who does. 

By dinner we had two beautiful golden loaves. 

The moment of truth finally came when John cut into them. For first loaves, he hit the ball out of the park. He was proud. We took several pictures and sent them to our family: oh my goodness! look at this bread! it's amazing it's amazing it's amazing!!!

Then we tasted. 
Fern liked the soft part in the middle.
Burl said he loved it and it was so, SO good!
John and I were amazed.

After tasting, we sat down for dinner and enjoyed the fruits of all John's labor. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

{Craft-ish} Room Makeover

I just made my new favorite room of the house. Just off our living room is a porch-turned room that has played many parts in the eight years we've lived here. Most recently, it was a grand craft room, but it always became junky quickly. The furniture and the overwhelming amount of "crafts" weren't working. Things needed to change, and I love changing rooms! Since elementary school when I would put my furniture on washcloths and rearrange my room, I love finding the way a room works. This is the story of making a room that I love.

Besides needing a good purge, our furniture wasn't working. Our massive table was collecting everything, our shelves were peaking over the half wall, and our homemade desk had stains and the paint was coming off (and not in the cute way). It was a room full of eye sores. Here are some before pictures:

My first step was to pull everything out and purge. I had so many crafts that I hadn't worked on in a few years, so those things went in the trash. We found some friends to pass on the furniture that wasn't working. Then, I brought in a few cheap pieces that I picked up at Ikea (and got the kids help on assembling). 

Specifically, I bought a simple dresser from Ikea and a new desk system. Ikea has build-your-own desk systems that are extremely affordable. There are so many options. I bought legs for $3, table top for $6, and the drawers for around $50. 

Here are the after pictures:

My favorite is our new little desk. It's cleaner and more sleek than what we had before. I loved it so much that I wanted to keep the surface clean, but the girl in me couldn't help but put some cute little things on top. 

The dresser holds all our crafts. The kids were so excited about the bottom drawer, because it's dedicated just for them. Their tape, construction paper, paints, etc are all stored for them.  The top two drawers are just for me. Ribbons, glue gun, my paints, etc are all in there-a smaller version of my previous hoard of supplies.

There is one eye sore in the room, but it's necessary. I have our two strollers folded up against the chair, but that is really the only place that they can be. We use them often. I guess one eye sore is better than a whole room full of them?

Immediately after we finished the room, the kids were eager to do crafts. I set up their little table (we had one of these when I was a kid and I always loved it!) and they spent a lot of time in the room staying busy. 

I guess technically, this still serves as a craft room. I wouldn't call us a huge crafting family at the moment, but it is nice to have a organized space to keep our things. I'm on an all-things-house kick, so this room hit all the right triggers for me. Even if it means cutting shelves in half, I love figuring out how to make a room organized and work the best for us. This room is working well and it's refreshing to walk into this little corner of our house.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Cheek-Squishing Headphones

Burl is back in "school," so I'm back to having two days of one-on-one time with Fern. We hit our downtown for some coffee shop-bus ride-library action with some friends this week. 

My kids love the library for so much more than the books. One of the biggest draws are the computers set up for toddlers. Fern helped herself to one and the headphones. Bless those headphones and all their cheek squishing abilities. I could not stop laughing at that level of cute. 

We tell her all the time that she's our gem and we treasure her. 
With that cute poncho (thanks, Marmee) and those cheeks, we could eat her up.
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