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Aug 30, 2012

third windows estimate


we had a third estimate for windows. their quote was right in the middle of the first  and second estimates we received.

Aug 25, 2012

ikea expedit as toy storage

before i stole them for craft storage, our ikea malm dressers were being used in K's room for toy storage. they worked quite well for that purpose -- and they held a LOT of toys.
how many megabloks can one boy need??!

Aug 23, 2012

best fruit dip ever?

i had the opportunity to make the "best fruit dip ever" for a playdate recently...and i decided to whip up some lemon sauce as well.
   both were pretty darn yummy!

my version:


Aug 19, 2012

stain your doors darker!


our house is filled with dirty, ugly orange wood doors. this is why i have absolutely no reservations about painting them ((here and here...so far)).

after i painted the upstairs bathroom a very light blue, the orange doors seemed even more orange and i decided to try staining them.

Aug 18, 2012

collection of washi-taped
lightswitches and outlets

once i started washi-taping the switchplates in our home, i couldn't stop.

see the easy step-by-step here,
as featured on {apartment therapy}!

be warned...it might start an addiction with you too.

here's our collection...so far...

see individual pics after the jump!

Aug 16, 2012

fun with spirograph

i've wanted to hang a grouping of framed spirographs for FOREVER...and i finally bought a complete set of gears and wheels to make it a reality!


Aug 15, 2012

potty prize basket

after i used two of these baskets to organize my flats and sandals, are you curious to know what happened to the third one?

Aug 12, 2012

DIY: dress up your switchplates
with washi tape!

<<< you can see a full list of my diy projects here! >>>

[SNAPSHOT]
time : minutes
difficulty  ★ ☆ ☆ ☆  
hazards : washi tape addiction
would i do it again? : again and again!


this is a fast, fun, and EASY project!

you can see our collection of washi-taped switchplates here.

Aug 11, 2012

construction has begun on K's bed!

...well, not really.

BUT, fish and i finally agreed on a plan we both love.

   we bought the lumber.

Aug 8, 2012

DIY calming jar

<<< psst! you can see a full list of my diy projects here! >>>

[SNAPSHOT]
time : minutes
difficulty : ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
hazards : glitter everywhere
would i do it again? : yes - for MOTHERS of toddlers.


Aug 5, 2012

more room for shoes

the built-ins in our front room made much more sense for us as shoe storage instead of displaying knick-knacks or books. 

however...i have a lot of shoes. i don't think i have an excessive amount  -- just too many to fit comfortably in the built-ins. aaand since i'm not willing to get rid of any of my shoes...i asked fish to add a shelf.

Aug 4, 2012

upstairs bath:
before and after

after much hemming and hawing, i finally chose a color for the upstairs bath. 
i debated between keeping it light blue-gray or painting it sage green or taupe.

what did i do?

is the suspense killing you??

Aug 2, 2012

log off. go run!

after seeing this photo on pinterest, i was inspired to add a motivational message to the walls of my new workspace:

i omitted the "shut down" because it seemed redundant.