Crafts

The Day Is Near

Waiting

How do you describe the day before you know you’ll meet your child?  I am being induced tomorrow.  My mom texted me today and said that today feels different for her; for me it feels the same as the last 39 1/2 weeks — completely normal and completely surreal.

My last post at 34 weeks seems like yesterday and 100 years ago.  Maybe this is the entirety of being/becoming a parent: a constant paradox.

Ironically, since my shingles has cleared up, I’ve never felt better.  Really, these last 2 weeks in particular have been the best of my entire pregnancy.  Don’t get me wrong, my pelvis is about to completely fall apart and I walk like a 2,000 year old person, but mentally I’m finally there.  I’m finally ready to say: #letsdothis!

When I went in for my 37 week check up the doc told me, much to my surprise that I was 2cm dilated and 70% effaced.  The adrenaline kicked in.  At my 38 week check up I was 3cm and 80% effaced.  The adrenaline really kicked in and I thought for sure I would be meeting my monkey over Memorial Day Weekend.  So last Friday at my 39 week appointment I wasn’t sure what to expect; however, my progress has stalled and I’m still the same (3 & 80).

The emotion of it all manifested at the 37 week check up.  My sis came over that weekend and helped us set up the guest room baby’s room.  She and I and B nearly all lost it a few times, but especially during another Target run when I realized that I lost my mucus plug.  It was “gettin’ real in the whole foods parkin’ lot” if you know what I mean.  But we’ve all had time to settle a bit and now I just feel calm — a really weird calm.

I feel really fortunate to have gotten a little staycation weekend with the hubs over Memorial Day weekend.  We thought for sure it was our last together as a family of two so we made the most of it.  We watched like 5 movies (even went to the theater for one of them!) and cleaned the house, played cards, cooked almost all our meals at home together, limited phone calls, slept a lot; it was magic.  Then nothing.  I was all geared up — or rather zen-ed out — and then, nothing.

So I’ve tried to keep that level of internal calm for nearly another two weeks.  I’ve tried to be present to every opportunity — including junky tv, a random breakfast date, “long” walks, watching B cook for me, listening to music and meditations, and just sitting in the quiet of the house staring at my budding lemon tree.  I know that there will never be a time like this again.  As melodramatic and cliche as it sounds, I know life will never be the same again.

But I am ready.  I am ready for this new journey; a chance for renewed self-discovery and connection with my husband and the world.  And mostly, I’m ready to get this squirmy creature out of my body so I can squish it pieces!

Wish me luck!

(another) ikea hack

I had the vision for these chairs before I even knew I could find the base so cheap *ahem* affordable.  First of all — chairs are not cheap people!  Seriously, a good dining chair is at least $100 and more like $150+ if you want something well designed.  And I have been in the market for multiple chairs for the studio.  Thank goodness for Ikea is all I have to say.  Once again, they completely delivered!  This fabulous little number is only $39 and completely versatile, and not too bad on the tush either.

The hack is super simple.  It involved a jar of mod podge (& sponge applicator), pictures from magazines or printed at home from the interwebs,  some scissors or an X-acto knife, and a little sandpaper to finish the edges.  I figured out my layout and then started gluing it all together.  Once dry I trimmed the edges with the knife and the put 9,000 layers of mod podge on top.  To finish I sanded down any rough edges and reapplied more mod podge.  It was all very decoupage-my-college-dorm-furniture-a-la-1996… and still just as fun!  I think I might just have to decoupage a few more things…

Ikea Chair Hack

**I feel that I must make a disclaimer that I was only comfortable using images from the internet because I knew these chairs were for my own personal use.  I would not advocate using someone else’s proprietary work for any resale. 

P.S.  Here is another simple Ikea Hack we did 2 years ago.

DIY pendant light (step by step photos)

It starts like this…

Pendant-Light-DIY-Inspiration

Materials

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Drill (forever without a diamond tip — only 5 minutes with!) | Run the cord through new hole.

DIY Pendant Light How To

Wire the socket.

DIY Pendant Light How To (2)

Test said socket.  (Yeah — it worked!)

(9)-Testing

Pull electrical cord to the top and start to wrap with favorite colored twine/thread/etc. (I just glued the end)

Pendant Light Materials

Hang and admire.

DIY Pendant Light How To

a bright idea — DIY pendant light

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A few weeks ago at a quick pop into High Fashion Home, I spotted a pendant light that I thought I could hack.  A few craft stores later, we have a light. Ok, so it wasn’t that easy, but it wasn’t as difficult as we I thought it might be.  We the hubs just needed to have a lot of patience using a drill bit for glass and tile that was NOT a diamond tip.  (Have I ever mentioned just how cheap we can be?!)  But instead of taking 5 minutes to drill through the glass it took just over an hour.  No kidding.  (So maybe it would have worth my his time to pay the $25 difference?!)

Regardless, it’s done and it was relatively cheap.  The glass jar was $10 (with a Michaels coupon), the light socket was $4, the (extra thick) cord was $8, and I already had the hot pink construction cord.  We also spent $6 on the now-questionable drill bit.  So for around $30 we made ourselves a pretty niffty knock-off.

Tomorrow I’ll post the photo step-by-step.

modern art DIY

Once the dust settles around here (mid-June) we are going to do a major overhaul of our little space.  And one of the first things we’re going to do is re-do our art situation.  We’ve got many ideas brewing and we were both tickled at the idea below.  I’ve had the George Washington painting (on the left) on my computer for as long as I can remember and then last week or so I came across the Oliver Jeffers painting (on the right).  A mini-trend about to bloom? I can see the DIY-ers taking this one to the bank.  And I might just have to join in…that is, if I can find just the right painting to edit.

DIY ART

weekend scene

I took and unexpected hiatus around here and my contemplative mood continued throughout most of the weekend.  The sunny and insanely pleasant weather would usually make me giddy, but instead I felt like quietly turning my face to the sun.  Quietly and thoughtfully I enjoyed a meeting with my priest, a lunch date with the hubs — picking him up at his office?– and returning home to clean my house like a crazy lazy.  I turned on some tunes, turned off my phone and scrubbed my house!  My ruminative insides made my hands start rearranging things (again).  I always feel like our home is so “junky” and cluttered (and mind you, we have very few sit-arounds), but still, less really is more.  Once I make a few more changes I’ll have to update our space with actual photos.

Cleaning and rearranging lead into a sewing project for the sis.  I was reminded again of why I don’t really sew any more!  Later in the weekend we enjoyed a few good runs, brunch with friends, and a final Homeland marathon (season 1).  Good grief that show is good!  I’m about to take on a few more books and renewed running power, so I’m not sure about my presence in this space.  As always, we’ll see how it goes…

Feb Weekend

(another) handmade holiday

I love that my best friend in the world, the love of my life, is just as crazy as I am.  (I’ve always said, it’s why we work.)  We are makers.  If it can be made, we’re going to attempt it.  His projects are usually larger than mine, but occasionally, I’ll tackle something big too (remember this attic bathroom shower?)  The holidays (and birthdays) provide the perfect platform for us to exercise our insanity.  This year I made a few personalized items for my recipient, but I spent some time this year making my own wrapping paper.  I used regular mixed media paper 14 x 17 sheets and basic acrylic paint.  And since I didn’t have near as many packages to wrap this year (as opposed to last year), it was totally doable in one afternoon.

The hubs however, has had his project in the making for about a year.  While we were off the grid last year in West Texas, he busied himself by hand harvesting a few limbs of Wild Texas Persimmon. He then learned how to turn that wood into beautiful tools of the civilized world.  He made a few pens, pencils, and stylus’.  I think they are beautiful.  The persimmon has unknown markings with each piece you turn and it just so happened that the stylus for his mother had a beautiful black mark, almost like it was painted there.  It was perfect.

He’s so handy.  (And handsome to boot!)

Handmade Holiday 2012

concrete planter DIY

This had to be one of the easiest DIY’s we’ve done in a long time.  We actually made it over two weekends though, instead of just one.  We mixed and poured two weekends ago, and then finally pulled it apart this past weekend.

Step 1. Mix the concrete.  We used one of these Quikrete products (the hubs would have to specify  which one– who knew they had so many?!)

Step 2. Pour wet mixture into a form.  For this we used a milk carton and a smaller whipping creme carton.  We used tape to help hold the shape.

Step 3. Once it dries (times will vary depending on the mixture) pull it apart.

Step 4 (and 4 1/2).  Admire your work.  I honestly had no idea it wasn’t going to have a level top.  I thought we did enough banging and shaking to have everything level off.  But oh well.

Step 5. Give those rough edges a quick rub with some sandpaper.

Step 6. Fill with your desired contents.  This little gem was going to be home for a succulent the hubs brought home some weeks ago.

This was so easy to make I can see giving these out as gifts, especially a housewarming gift.  (Here is another succulent container I made for my sis.)