May 30, 2008

The Blue Room.

Another pre-O project was to move W into his new room with a big boy bed. We managed to get it all done a few months before we became a family of four. We wanted an understated nautical feel to his room.

Todd redid the floors, twice. The first sanding did not quite do the trick. But the second work-over left them refreshed and ready for all sorts of trucks to roll on.

I love the color of the room; it is bright in the morning and changes moods to a relaxing shade at night, well worth the hours of wallpaper scrapping, sanding, priming and painting. As a trained paint chemist I have to say that the Valspar high-end interior latex was disappointing. It sagged quite a bit, requiring extra work to catch the drips while the paint dried. Also, I learned the hard way that it is better to free hand the wall/ceiling corner vs. tape and then paint. The tape leaked/soaked up the paint resulting in Todd having to touch it up with one of my artist brushes. In the end, we think we did a spiffy job. The oar is a growth chart gifted to us by our dear friends in Maine. My Mom found the sail boat at an antique shop, it came with the captain. The desk and drawers were Todd's and his siblings while growing up. We like their big knobs and old memories.

The shades, drapes and hanging them were another project I worked on with my mom and mother-in-law. We took old vinyl drapes and pulled the vinyl off the rod. Backed the cloth and stuck it onto the rods. They keep W’s room nice and dark at night and while he is suppose to be talking a nap. The drapes are made of a natural canvas, which reminded us of sail fabric.

May 15, 2008

Oliver's Quilt.

Little Oliver was born 10 days past his due date, and I have a feeling this quilt had something to do with it. I really wanted to finish the quilt before he was born…and he waited for me and then waited a little longer than I wanted. My advice for nesting-sewing is to get all your projects done months before you are due to give birth, crawling around on the floor with a big belly is rather uncomfortable. The front side of the quilt was based on a Denise Schmidt pattern from this book.

My Mom and I sewed this sweet bunting for the Moses basket while she was visiting in April. I love the Moses basket and I love my Mom for going along with these crazy projects.

May 11, 2008

I am a Mommy again

I wanted to start this blog with the birth of my second son. So here we go. We can not believe what a joy it is to have 2 little boys to hold and love.

Little Oliver, His Mommy celebrating with a BLUE(!) cupcake and the Big Brother.

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Upstate New York, United States
I am a Mother, Chemist, Artist and Athlete. I love my family's little adventures and I love diving into creative undertakings.