Category Archives: Washington

PomPom Curtains for a Nursery

 

February of last year, I started to style a little girl’s nursery, and in October of the same year, that little girl stole my heart. G1 and I were so excited to be adding a G3 to our clan and wanted to give her a bright energy filled room to encourage her creativity! We chose a yellow IKEA rug as our base. It has just the amount of movement and color that we needed. Everything else sort of revolved around that rug.

We had quite a few IKEA Vivian curtains on hand. These are a go-to curtain and work wonderfully in any room. I love to use what I have so we mounted the curtains and loved (like always) the light filtering through. Even as a novice parent, I knew I would have to eventually line them with blackout fabric, but more on that another time. Let’s just enjoy the light.

White IKEA Curtains

White IKEA CurtainsArcher even approves. I am always a little concerned when he smiles with his teeth showing- who taught him that?

Always a helpy-helperton!

Always a helpy-helperton!

 

I used one of my favorite sources, ETSY, to find some pom-pom trim. I was so happy with MODERN CLOTH’S Etsy shop and it turned out she’s located here in Washington, too. BONUS! She was great to work with, even digging in her own personal stash and making a custom order from the supplier. She has a great selection of fabric and notions. Long story short, I ended up with 25 yards of baby pom-poms in tangerine. They were perfect!

Easy peasy to apply. Line the trim on the side of your curtain and sew on top.

Orange Pom-Pom Trim Curtain

 

Orange Pom-Pom Trim Curtain

Orange Pom-Pom Trim CurtainThanks for looking!

 

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Waiting to Move

Last Friday we found out we were approved for our favorite apartment! We have been so happy and excited, imagining life in a bigger place and in a new neighborhood! The apartment is officially ours beginning March 1st, but we won’t move until we get back from Hawaii (eek!) the second week in March. We are expecting a mad-crazy-intense move all in one weekend – can’t wait.

Since we found out, we have been discussing our decorating and arrangement options as well as how excited our dog is going to be with a yard.  We will have a room dedicated to an office. Currently our kitchen/living room/entry-way also share a room with our office. We have been dealing with the combo for nearly 4 years, so I’m a little over-whelmed with all the possibilities!

Our new home will also have an extra bedroom! This is an entirely new idea to us. We have always (and we aren’t proud of this) had our guests sleep on the couch or on an inflatable mattress. What makes it worse is that we are living it up in a queen size bed while they do so. We can’t wait to have a guest room!

We started painting the interior of our shelf-turned-hutch a brilliant white. To demonstrate how great it is working in a small apartment I have included a picture of how we make it work. I line the counters with plastic and then use that area to paint. If you have the will, there is a way.

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Our work-bench

But, hey, it works and we have a basement and a yard to look forward to in the next month!

While I had the white paint out, I decided to give a deer antler a coast of paint.

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Shine bright like a white paint.

I was given the antlers from a friend in Montana who found them on his ranch. And when I say he found them, I mean they were still attached to the skull and they were still wearing a bit of fur. This meant that I had to take on the task of de-robing the deer as well as detaching the antlers. I’ll have to get back to that story another time.

The antlers turned out quite nice. I had previously bleached them to try and get them white but wasn’t able to get them the shade of white I desired. The paint did a great job of masking the antler’s flaws and cheering it up.

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White paint + Antler = BFF

I ended up painting a piece of particle board white that I had also acquired in Montana.When I made my JOY sign, my FIL gave me an additional piece of board as I intended to make my own JOY sign. Since that never came into fruition, I have been holding onto it waiting for a great project. I thought I would paint it white to give it a nice base and also because once I get the paint out, I go a little over-board. I won’t include it in this post, but I might have also painted the legs on a bench. ho-hum.

In another demonstration of how great it is to work in a small apartment, I have placed the particle board on top of my work-bench (er, dog crate) to paint it. I don’t mind as much as G1 does. I know it’s only temporary and that after I’m done I can clean up my supplies and put everything away, but its a little stressful for someone who isn’t partaking in the paint-madness.

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Particle board gone white.

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So fresh and so white.

I then taped off the inside of the hutch so the back panel would remain untouched and began painting the interior – you guessed it – white !

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White interior of hutch.

After the painting was done, we let everything dry and got ready for the Superbowl!

With the excitement of our new home, we have had quite a busy week. Of course the Superbowl came and went. We enjoyed that by wearing any form of jersey we had available. Mine was a hand-me-down from my dearest friend. She acquired the BL jersey while working at a restaurant. I was rooting for the Ravens and G1 was rooting for the Niners.

Go Ravens!

Go Ravens!

Thank goodness the Ravens won, despite the Niner’s attempt at shutting off the lights, because we placed a friendly bet on the game. If the Niner’s won, G1 would have had me be in charge of cleaning out the kennel (a job that has thus far been reserved for him) for a month. If the Ravens won, I would have had G2 be the person who gets out of bed at night to do the silly things we forget.

For example: G2- Did you turn off the heater?  G2 – Shoooooot. I forgot.    G2 – No dibs.    G1: But you’re closer.    G2: Ravens.   G1: (shuffles out of bed and turns off the heater in silence while cursing the Niners)

Thank you Ravens!

We gave our puppy Archer all the attention he had been waiting for all week. He is incredibly happy when he knows we are staying home for a couple days over the weekend and we shower him with love, and full body hugs.

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Is it Monday yet?

We were also able to register one of our cars in WA. We are hoping this will lead to an immediate decline in the number of road-rage response incidents we experience as a direct result of our MT license plates. I am being completely honest when I tell you that I witnessed a guy give me the bird in his rear-view mirror as well as pound his fist repeatedly at me after I merged in front of him on an off-ramp. pft.

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If you can’t beat them, join them.

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