March 20, 2018

Theo || 4 Months

We might as well call 4 months 'the month we hear "those cheeks!" more than any other phrase' becuase oh my goodness people can't get over his cheeks.  Which I get, they are plump and squishy.  Ohh man he loves having them squished too, and if you play with his double chin he might love you forever.  
I swear he is the happiest baby around.  He is constant smiles and laughs,  he is such a joy to have around. He started regularly sleeping through the night, which has been awesome.  He wakes up at 8:30 smiley ready to start the day. 

March 5, 2018

Master Reno + Living Room || New Carpet

FINALLY.  This was the day I had been waiting for since we bought our house 3.5 years before.  We got new carpet.  It was 100% Necessary.  We had already ripped the old bur bur carpet off the stairs and refinished them, but we still had the old carpet upstairs in our new room, and in our loving room.
 Downstairs had been cleaned by us several times, and we hired pros to take a swing at it, but it smelled bad.  Like wet old animal, ugh.  There was no way I was going to bring a new baby home have them play on it.  Nope, nope, nope.  The carpet was just nasty. 
So the day the carpet was installed I actually left the house since carpet can be pretty high in VOCs.  Paul said it smelled pretty bad so I'm glad I was gone.  So here is our living room with new carpet.  Oh so nice, and we play on it all the time.  
In our master we chose to do carpet because the room is above the garage and we worried a hard flooring would feel too cold.  I'm very glad we went with carpet, it is so cozy.  We are still working on decorating it, we decided to do Theo's room first.  We couldn't finish our room until Theo and his large crib moved out, but he did and his room will be done in the next few weeks so I am excited!  But first remember where we started.
And now, our new room.
It is a wonder what a coat of paint & new carpet can do to a room in person.  I know the photos aren't all that shocking, but the change we feel is immense.
Honestly this is one of the best changes we have made to our home.  I feel so much better about how we are using our space, and the amount of joy it has brought me is ridiculous.

February 20, 2018

Master Reno || The build

If you haven't read part one of our new master bedroom you can catch it here.

So we landed on a plan for the closet, now the task was mostly was handed over to Paul to work on.  One the agenda was framing, electrical, drywall, ripping out old carpet, finishing and installing pocket door, painting (walls, trim & ceiling) and getting carpet installed.  First thing, he ripped up carpet in the corner of the room where the closet was going, and he starting framing the closet out.  We stored all the carpet in our garage and each trash week we slowly threw some away.
The pocket door track was also installed during this phase.  Honestly the framing was the quickest part of the project.  Next up was electrical.  We needed to move on light on the ceiling to be inside the closet, and we needed to wire a switch for it.  We added a light on the front of the closet because the mini hall we created was going to be darker since we moved a light.  We also added electricity to the side of the closet on the outside so we can hang our TV.  The final electrical work done was moving the main light switches.  We have a door that swings left as you enter the room, and oh they put the light switches behind the door on the left as you enter... it was a minor annoyance but I'm so happy we moved them.  Paul's dad came over to help do the electrical work.  We needed a little extra help in that area to be safe, don't want to start an electrical fire.
Onto the drywall!  This was the longest process for sure.  Our friend Matt came over to help hang the drywall, being 7 months pregnant by this point I was not going to be much of a help lifting drywall and holding it.  Then the finishing began, and the never ending drywall dust.  See, I hadn't cleaned out the room yet so I was pretty screwed.  Everything got covered and I'm still fining it around the house I swear.  Drywall dust is sent from the devil, I swear.  I wipe something clean, and oh look still drywall residue everywhere.
Somewhere along the way we ran into a trim conundrum, we could not find baseboards to match what we had in the room.  Paul looked at big box stores, lumbar yards, and even a specialty trim stores.  Ah, we ended up having just barely enough from the inside of the closet on the original wall to use on the outside of the new wall.  We then put totally new on the inside of the closet to make it easy and not spend $$$ to get it to match exactly.  (Sorry future homeowners if we screw you up in some way "WHY DID THEY USE TWO DIFFERENT TRIM BOARDS THAT LOOK ALMOST THE SAME?!")
Paint time!  We chose Benjamin Moore classic gray.  It worked well with our carpet.  We went with carpet from Home Depot, this is the one that came highly recommended.  I spend my birthday 8 months pregnant on a stool scooting around a room taping to trim to be painted.  Not exactly fun.
Once the whole room was painted it was carpet time, we'll pick up there next master bedroom post.  Oh but first, Theo is getting more blog time because, well he's adorable and we love him.  But our fur-child was not so happy with losing "her" room.  She looks moderately demonic.  
There is so much of the ugly work that has to be done before I can get to doing the pretty work.  But, we're almost there. 

February 18, 2018

Theo's Chenille Quilt

My second quilt for Theo is finally done!  This faux chenille style of quilt has been my go to for years of baby showers, and I have had a tutorial in my blog post drafts for 3 years now.  It is relatively quick and easy to sew, and makes a perfect play mat.  It is a little bit heavier in weight than a normal quilt, but I think it is a great cuddle blanket for those cold winter days for toddlers.  In fact I took the first one I ever made, which was done with pink ombre fabric that I dyed, to the hospital with me as a cuddle blanket for myself.
I searched for quite some time to find the perfect larger check fabric, and settled on a lovely gray shade.  I had originally set out looking for a large buffalo check fabric and found this gingham.  It achieved the look I was going for (fabric).  The binding was done in this really fun dot print from Cotton and Steel (fabric).  The irregular dots worked really well on the binding.  I used gray, white and navy flannel from Joann's.
Theo uses it regularly for tummy time and general lounging, he loves feeling the texture on the back of the quilt while he plays.  Next up on the Theo sewing list are more burp cloths and bibs becuase he is king of spit up.  

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