Sunday, February 15, 2015

Bathroom Re-do

We've been in our house since 2001. So we are currently in the process of re-doing and upgrading.
 
Our master bathroom was our first project in our home. I painted it this goldish, Dejon mustard color back in 2002 (I actually painted it twice. The first time I painted it, it was too yellow, so I repainted it the same weekend with a darker shade).
 
I paired rich cranberry towels and a gingham patterned curtain (from leftovers from the kitchen curtains). I had used jewel tones throughout the house.
 



There I am in my pj's....don't judge. If I'm home, I'm in comfy clothes.
 
I know people say the quickest and cheapest way to change a room is through paint but I disagree. And the reason being the amount of money and time I spend when I paint. I spend tons of money on rollers, brushes, drop cloths, Paint (I tend to repaint immediately if it's the wrong color). And then there's time.....I'm a slow methodical painter but a quick sewer). So choose a color theme and go with that. I already had a Dijon mustard wall....what goes with that? Gray and white! Bam!
 
Having said that, to me, to re-do a room....start with the accessories.
I started with the towels. I added a decorative trim that coordinates with my gray, mustard and white color scheme.
All I did was measure the distance on the towel that would fit a band of color, added the seam allowance. Sewed it on the front.


For the curtain, I just hemmed the edges on the 2 sides. Then did the same on the top and bottom. Then folded over the top to create a path for the curtain rod. Shoved the extension rod through it and hung it up.



Tips on sewing with bath towels...make sure you pre-wash and dry them. I didn't and wished I had. Because the big fluffy towel ate up fabric (once I started sewing I ended up short on one end because it was so fluffy and I didn't pre-wash). The thinner the bath towel or wash rag, the better. It sewed more evenly.

I kept the candle holders I had originally. I had bought the baskets to hold the bath supplies 2 weeks ago. So they are new but still coordinate. I may decide to spray paint the metal part black but for now, they stay rusty. I just didn't want a spray paint smell while soaking in the tub.



By day.......


And the art I already had....my photos from my photog class from my Italian trip. I already had the frame. Free art!
 
As far as time, sewing was definitely the way to go. For me! I tend to take forever on painting (and spend way too much money on it).
 
So to re-do a bathroom...think towels, curtains, rugs. It might be cheaper than paint + all of those things.....

Friday, February 6, 2015

Ice Ice Baby!

Sophia's 1st time ice skating happened in December for her fellow girl scout Jill at Dr. Pepper Ice Center.
 
And to say Sophia was excited would have been an understatement.

She was through the roof with enthusiasm! 
They had an instructor that organized them, gave a few pointers and tips and then set them loose to skate (she stayed with them to guide the party).








Sophia fell quite a bit (was expected which is why I didn't skate...couldn't afford to hurt my back).




 











Sophia says she had a blast. It looked a little iffy at times....

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Christmas Afternoon/Evening

 
So for Christmas Day, Ben and Liz came over (Brice stayed home, and Cynthia was in N. Carolina). We did a roasted lamb, twice baked potatoes, asparagus for dinner....YUM!!!


Earlier that day, Russ played with Sophia.

Then the Kaminski's arrived. And brought her gifts...















They got her games, so it was game time.





Sophia enjoyed playing mousetrap!