Why I never park in the garage

Our garage is a staging area.  Summertime probably makes that worse!  I like having a big open space for the kids to play, to build, organize, etc.  Besides, my car enjoys the rain.  :)  

We are enjoying our summer, have already visited Sacramento (getting a bite of summer weather, unlike the Portland area) and as soon as we got back, made some projects for ourselves!  So in our garage there is a bunny living in a bucket and some huge boards drying out.  

Here's our bunny Pinky.  Just in case we didn't have enough going on, we decided that this might be the ideal pet for us.  It will be living outdoors (no fur in the house or a pet smelling house), the kids can hold it, it lives in a contained part of the yard, and the kids can learn some pet responsibility.  Our betas died after a year and I really think fish tanks are slimly gross.  Rodents stink.  Cats leave too much hair. We have too small a yard for a dog, I'm only okay with an outdoor dog.  Hello rabbit!  The kids are enjoying Pinky and this weekend brings the hutch project to us.  Happy weekend building to you all!

Welcome to our (future) table!  These boards are 10 ft long, but we're going to make it a 9 ft table.  In a couple weeks, after the boards are really dry, we'll be planing them, gluing them together, and then have some legs welded for them.  It will be a rustic modern table.  I'm really excited!  It will fit 10 very comfortably.  So now I'm selling our current table and chairs on craigslist and finding some new chairs for this table...on craigslist.  Exciting times around here.  

Since it's Friday night, we're off for a date tonight.  Tyler has a work dinner and dancing event.  Hello 4 course (*free*) dinner.  It will be fun!  I just need to squeeze in a trip to Target to get him some "business casual" slacks.  Enjoy your weekend!

Free ABC Printable Find

My little girl's room is heading towards the ABC themed room.  I found this free printable from the handmade home and I think you'll love it as much as I do!  This is on her wall right now, but I'm toying with painting large abc's on this wall, maybe in gray, so this alphabet might have to move.  We'll see.

Welcome to my crafting space...and laundry room

I love this space.  My husband wondered why I was spending the time to make it over, saying that we are hardly in it.  Well, the answer is that I am here several times a day!  As the laundry service and sewer/crafter in the house, I love my room.  He likes it now and sees "me" in it.  :)

I found this chair on craigslist and it feels so cozy to sit in.  I recovered the base and really like the fresh look it has now.  On the wall behind my table, are these pictures.  The top left are milk tops found at an estate sale with my mom and grandma and the lower right is a bike print from urban outfitters.

A "someday" wish is to have cabinetry above the laundry machines and my work space.  But for now this does the job.  My green shelf was a free pile find (as was my table), painted blue at first, being used in the boy's room, and now green.

I like that I have a place to hang my aprons now.

For my window treatment, I hemmed the bottom edge of the fabric and then broke out my glue gun.  Our window blinds have plastic pieces that go across the top.  I removed it, hot glued the fabric to it, glued on the pom poms, and put it back up.  Cute, easy, and cheap.  Sounds good to me!  Happy crafting (and laundry)!

FAST White Bean Chili

I've posted a longer recipe for White Bean Chili that was really good.  But for those nights when you have 15 minutes to get something on the table, this is the recipe you want.  I have made this lots of times, thanks to my friend Kate who brought it after my 1-year-old was born!   

I have served this with homemade cornbread (there is almost nothing better!), but this time I served it with corn on the cob.  The kids love the whole meal and it has a great flavor!
White Bean Chili
from Kate Cowan

3 cups chicken broth
2 cans cooked chicken (or 1/2 rotisserie chicken)
2 cans white beans, drained and rinsed
2 cans green chilies
Salt, to taste
Cumin, to taste
Garlic powder, to taste

Heat all together and serve with cornbread and/or corn on the cob.  Can top will sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese.

Comic Book Collage

I love ikea's cheap frames that were perfect for this project!  I took my husbands old comic books, along with some from a garage sale, and stuck them in the frames.  The kids rooms are slowly coming along, neither look very cohesive yet.  But I do love this wall and it is the inspiration for the room.

Apron Variety

At the beginning of April, I sewed one Lotta Apron.  That led to 5 more so far!  It has been fun to do some more sewing again, it tends to go in waves for me.  Thanks to the other dance moms who started ordering them!  The basic pattern for this apron is really easy and I'm excited to switch it up a little, like the cherry yellow apron below.  I have several more ready to make right now.  

 Here's the Cherry Yellow apron!  I wanted to try a different print on the top section and really like the way it turned out.  I also swapped out some of the prints for the straps.  Although I like the hummingbird print, this apron might be my favorite with all the fabric combos.  Another addition I added to this one was pockets!  They are just on the cherry print side.

The first one below was the first one of this series.  I love the hummingbird fabric!  It has so many colors that correspond with it.  I ended up using it for 3 different aprons, all with different contrasting fabric.
This is Apron #1, 2, and 3.  All hummingbird fabric with yellow, orange, and green accents.


Lastly are these 2 floral aprons.  The one on the right is on it's way to my Grandma!  Hopefully she likes it.

The reverse fabric for these two was this aqua.  
Have a happy apron day!  I'm off to make a orange and aqua apron.
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