Friday, October 4, 2013

New Baby, New Home, New Blog!

I had the baby! We closed on the house! Life is freaking awesome and even more full of artsy, crafty, cool (and crazy!) stuff now!

So in the interest of limited time (obviously I was having a hard time blogging. ha) - I've decided to narrow down my myriad of topics and start a new blog that really focuses on the main things I'm crazy about: motherhood, babies, DIY projects, our (new!) little farm & creative crafty stuff I'm squeezing in.

Please visit me at:


Happy days!

~ K.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Hope everyone's Christmas was wonderful and full of love, laughter and joy!

 
Thomas the kitty loves Christmas

We had a great time and still aren't done celebrating it. Another family dinner tonight. :)

I'll be back to blogging about all my random stuff soon: baby, horses, home decorations and some art projects I've been working on. (I'm really excited about how the nursery is coming along!)

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Nursery "In Progress"

Alright, I'm keeping it real and showing the chaos. :)

Here's the messy "in progress" photo of our nursery. Yup, full chaotic glory! This is mid-action of my sorting/cleaning/washing/folding/unwrapping frenzy. (The rooms a mess, but isn't the pale pink pretty?)

A room full of baby stuff: hand-me-downs, presents, new purchases, stuff to be returned. Where to begin?!
 
I organized the changing table drawers while sitting on the exercise ball because I'm a full blown heffalump right now with my giant belly; my back and feet kill me if I stand for any purposeful length of time. Super annoying. So at least sitting on the ball while I cut tags off baby clothes and folded clean onesies helped alleviate some of the pain. 

Did I mention I probably spent a good two hours cutting freaking tags off things?

I swear some of the outfits and blankets come with close to a dozen of those white near-invisible plastic little tags. (Of course I'd cut one in half, lose the other half somewhere deep in a sleeve only to spend five minutes locating it imagining my future baby screaming in agony because I had left that one tiny plastic pokey fall into a sleeve never to be found.)

After tag cutting I was able to sort clothes by color and get them washed pretty quickly. Luckily I didn't destroy any of the cute clothes and all the super soft items like the Petunia Pickle Bottom blanket that my friend Kailyn gave us came out equally soft as before the wash.



Some of the piles of clothes waiting to be washed - whites, yellows and lots of Pink. I think my baby already owns more clothes than I do! ha ha.
 
This is the dresser we bought at Ikea that's going to be our changing table. I had a hard time picking out one - most that I liked were too long for the future house/new nursery room. But this one is still a decent size.
 
Pile of pinks waiting to be folded.
 
Pink pink everywhere
 
I've finally got all the clothes washed and put away. Now we just need to setup the bookcase, basket cubby, etc. and add all the decorative flair! Finally getting to the fun part! 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Nursery Plannin'

We've started setting up the nursery! Well, shopping for the nursery :)

I was trying to hold out and hoping we'd be in the new house, but considering Baby Girl will be here in 7 weeks, I've decided to just set it up in our current house. I couldn't wait any longer to start organizing all her clothes and feel relaxed and prepared. (To quote my husband: I'm in "full hufflepuff nesting mode". ha ha).

It's been really fun to plan and think about how I want the room setup. Its so neat to think about making a room that's functional but also girly and sweet and cute!

My design plan is to go with soft pinks and natural colors, white furniture, and of course classic Winnie-the-Pooh as my general theme.  (It's actually very surreal to actually think about having a little baby as part of our household and occupying that room. Its been our storage/guest bedroom/secret hoarder room for so long. Now it's about to be "my daughter's room". Feels weird to even say. I'm feelin the butterflies!)

I've been scouring pinterest and finding some great ideas (of course)! Like this changing table setup:

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I love the storage the cubbies give! And ikea furniture is very affordable. Brilliant! I found these knobs on Amazon which I think would look darling on it, or any other dresser we end up choosing.

Check out the bright and fun nursery here:


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Love the rug! Love the elephant wicker basket! And I love the brightly colored dog on the bookshelf.

How awesome is this closet?

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Organized and cute!

And check out this nursery - love the pale colors, splashes of pink. And the chandelier!

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There are so many darling styles and fun setups to do!

After we get the furniture picked out and setup I'll have to figure out what sort of wall art I want around the room. Lots of ideas!

Besides the letter/name art which I've been seeing a lot of, I love the hanging mobile younghouselove did above their changing table. And I love the idea of framed poems or book art or quotes on the wall too.

Our crib arrived the other day. We went with the Bentley 4-in-1 crib which goes from crib, to toddler bed, to youth bed, to a full size headboard. A sort of grow-with-them, hope-you-don't-have-to-spend-anymore-money-cause kids-are-expensive-little-suckers approach. We'll see how we end up liking it.



Now we plan to hit Ikea and figure out a changing table setup and pick up a bookcase. (Its hard to really know exactly what to buy - because we're not sure of the dimensions of the nursery in the new house, so we can't get anything too big or too layout specific.) But after we get the furniture in, then the fun can begin! Decorating and styling and art making and organizing and sorting all the tiny little outfits and blankets and toys. I can't wait!

PS - How is my progress coming on Project-Organize-Before-Baby ? Pretty darn good! Pics soon too.

Quick update:

1. Purging old art supplies I haven't used, won't use. 80% done! Still have to go through painting supplies, but pens, misc scrapbook papers, pencils, art pads have all been purged. (Most obscure item I found - a 10 year old bottle of calligraphy ink that was completely dried up. Nice. Glad I hung on to that.) Results were one big box to goodwill and a big bag in the garbage. Can I get a WOOWOO?!

2. Organizing supplies into an easier to find/use system (who knows when I'll have time to paint after the baby. Need to make it as convenient as possible for when I do have time)
About 90% done here....WOO WOO. I didn't want to spend any money on new supplies (again, the same ol' frigging song about 'waiting for the new house and seeing how things will fit in there') but after some of the purging I was better able to combine some supplies.

3. Sort thru old photos, and organize them a little better than the mish-mash of shoeboxes I've got going on right now. Um, there's been no sorting. They are still mish-mash.


4. Cull and organize my photo file folders on my home computer and work computer. ha ha.

5. Back up photos to hard drive. Not even started. Sigh.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Packing Helper

I'm back from a very wonderful Thanksgiving - lots of food and fun and family. Hope everyone had a wonderful time too!

It actually ended up being a very productive Thanksgiving weekend with only a little bit of slothing around.

Since its looking more and more like we won't be moving before the baby, we've been trying to prepare for baby to come home at our current house, so we spent a good chunk of time clearing out the to-be nursery room, packing up crap, and organizing the boxes as best we could in our spare bedroom.

And as you can imagine we had a lot of "help" from our cats. Namely Thomas O'Malley. We dubbed him our Chief Packing Director since he was underfoot helping pretty much 90% of the time.

Here he is handling Quality Assurance of Packing Materials.


Soft enough to sleep in? Soft enough to use for packin! Approved!




And of course he was all over Box Load & Balance Analysis in the closet.

Marked fragile? Let's see about that.
Not to mention Cleaning & Safety Inspector.

COBWEBS?! Someone is fired!

And in typical Director fashion he made sure his Assistant Monkeys were on hand the entire time to be at his beck and call to really get the job done quickly and efficiently.

Lift me down He-Monkey, I am ready to move on to my next job of the day - sleeping.

No one helps with packing better than cats. ;)

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Baby Diaper Cake

Not much to blog about on the "Project Organization" front.....progress has been slow. Ugh.

How do you sort through photos without looking at them and getting all sentimental and nostalgic and taking hours to do it?

So instead of posting about my slim progress on that - I have to share some photos of my Mom's craftiness from the shower she hosted for me because I was so impressed with her handiwork!

(I've been very spoiled and had 2 showers thrown for me and have had so much fun and gotten so many wonderful items.  My friends at work are throwing me one tomorrow too! I can't believe how generous and supportive people have been.)

Here is the awesome diaper cake she made for me! I knew she was making one...she can't keep a secret at all, but I made her keep the theme a surprise. ha ha. It was so darned cute!
 
Not only was it super cute, but it was full of useful items too!
 
 

 
Little washclothes, socks, bows, bibs, spoons, bottle cleaners and over 240 diapers!
 
I don't know what I love more the little ballet socks, or the pink paw print socks - so adorable!
 
Grandma-to-be and the "cake" she made
 

I don't know the specifics of how she assembled it, but she said it was pretty easy. She said you just have to roll the diapers super tight and then use a bow or string to tie around them, and then stack the layers and stuff with the accessories.
 
She also made a really cute diaper caterpillar that was at the entrance. I love that his face has a pacifier in it!
 
 
Didn't she do a great job?! Thanks Mom!
 
Right now the majority of the gifts and baby items we received are packed up in boxes, waiting for the move. I can't wait to unpack and organize them! And then actually use them - January will be here soon!
 
 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Project Organize-Before-Baby!

Lately I've been having terrible insomnia and I just lay in bed my mind racing with everything I have to do before the baby and/or as part of moving.

Moving is one thing, but moving and setting up a barn, and setting up a nursery, not knowing what my physical limitations might be in the future and how much I'll be able to control freak manage help, and the list of everything we still have to do before the baby, before we can move my horse, before we can move us, before we can get renters in our current house - all of it is very overwhelming. Thus the insomnia. (And thus I'm falling asleep at 7pm on the couch not getting anything done only making the situation worse).

A little glimpse of last night at 1am:





So today, I've decided to snap out of it (voice of Cher from Moonstruck) and task-master some of this crap! I'm gonna kick-TO DO-ass and take names!

Initiate Project Organize B4 BABY!

I snagged a nice small notebook I've named "Big Book of Lists" and I'm writing all that crap down: To Buy for Baby, To Buy for New House, To Do at New House, To Do for Barn/Moving Mysti, To Do at Current House, To Do for Nursery, To Do Before Baby and To Do Before Maternity Leave !  And then bird by bird, gonna get it all done.

This week the big 2 on my list:

Get my office/art room organized so I don't cringe when I walk into it AND Get "the photo situation" under control.

Which means:

1. Purging old art supplies I haven't use, won't use. (I'll post some pictures of my hoarder paint area. Its not pretty)
2. Organizing supplies into an easier to find/use system (who knows when I'll have time to paint after the baby. Need to make it as convenient as possible for when I do have time)
3. Sort thru old photos, and organize them a little better than the mish-mash of shoeboxes I've got going on right now.
4. Cull and organize my photo file folders on my home computer and work computer. (I know my camera will be blowing up with new baby and home photos, and if I don't rein in the mess now, its only going to get worse.)
5. Back up photos to hard drive!

Bird-by-bird baby! It's gonna happen.

And then I'm going to sleep for hoursssssssssssssssssss......

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