Monday, May 31, 2010


We spent a few nights down in Colorado City, where my in-laws live, over the weekend. I'm sure we kinda wear Gramma out, for me, it's always a nice respite from the everyday craziness here. (The craziness is made crazier because we're preparing to move, I'm sure a lot of you can relate!) It is soooo beautiful where they live and makes for a great photo backdrop :) The kids wore themselves out playing outside.

There was a tractor digging in the front yard for several hours to put in a natural gas line and Kelby stood and stared for a loooong time, just like this...

The sunset. Gorgeous. Our God is certainly a God of beauty!

I love this one of Natalie running...

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Denver fabrics

It was brought to my attention that the picture of my transformed chair in the previous post was not showing up, soooo, here it is again, now that both chairs are finished! Vast improvement :)

Today, my mom and I went down to Denver Fabrics and I scored some awesome deals on fabrics for our new living room. We have a couple of farm-style chairs that need cushions and I found this great upholstery-weight yellow gingham. Yellow is my favorite color and I am always drawn to gingham so this fabric is perfect. (Don't worry, everything fabric in our house gets a good coating of scotch guard :) Then, I found the floral print for 97 cents a yard!!! Our living room will have two huge widows, so I got a whole 10 yards to make curtains. The stripe will be for a cushion for the kids' toy box, which my father-in-law built and is absolutely beautiful. I thought a cushion would sort of disguise it as more of a window-seat. I'm so excited to start painting and decorating! Only a few more weeks!!!!! :)

I also found fabrics for pillows for the master bedroom and curtains for the girls' room. If you live anywhere near the Denver area, Denver Fabrics is toooootalllly worth your time. Epecially for home-dec purposes, although they have an awesome assortment of buttons, trims and patterns. Just FIY :)

Thursday, May 20, 2010

house things

SO, has it really been over a week since I last posted?? Sorry about that. We are well on our way to getting into our new house next month, but during all this waiting around, I decided I needed some projects to keep me busy. So, I started painting. First, I painted this chandelier that we scored on Craig's List for $10. It has whimsical, frosted glass thingies that go on it and are in beautiful condition. It was wood and brass before and this looks so much better, take my word for it because I didn't think to take a before picture :)

Then, we got these two awesome chairs at the thrift store because the owners or the house are leaving a beautiful banquette table in the kitchen with an L-shaped bench on two sides. These chairs will go on the other two sides. Here's the before (but without the padded seat, obviously...)

...and here's the one I've painted! I had this fabric on hand from a few years ago so I recovered the seat and painted the chair white. So cute.

And my biggest project.....I painted my dresser black! this was a dresser from the 70's that came from Casey's family (I'm not quite sure who) and it looked....well 70's :) I painted it black and added these awesome knobs (that look like Anthropologie, but really came from Hobby Lobby) and I cannot even believe the difference it made! I love it now and am really excited to do some more furniture makeovers :)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

all done!

I finished Layla's quilt! Can ya believe it?? This is definitely the most time-consuming quilt I've ever made, but it never felt tedious because there are so many different elements so it wasn't like I was doing the same thing over and over. I love how it turned out. I love the scrappy look, I love the red polka-dot parts and I love the hand-quilting. Love it. So does Layla, it's perfect for her new twin bed!

Since I finished Layla's, I've been plugging away on Natalie's. I think now that all the cutting is done, it will go pretty quickly. Here's what I've done so far:

Since the hand quilting on Layla's went so well (and so much faster than I thought it would,) I might attempt to hand quilt the entire thing on this one. We'll see :) We do have a move coming up, after all, so I may not have much TV/hand quilting time in the coming months!

Monday, May 10, 2010

The Lord's Work

I had a pretty great Mother's Day! Casey called it more of a "Mother's Day Week" since he ran here and there for me, picking up some great lights I found on Craig's List for the new house. After church and lunch yesterday, I got out for awhile by myself and scored some Pottery Barn curtains at the thrift store, yay!!

At church, in the bulletin, there was an insert on Amy Carmichael that I finally go to read this morning. It's worth the time, you can find it here. At the bottom of the page, there was a quote from her book, If:

If by doing some work which the undiscerning consider "not spiritual work" I can best help others, and I inwardly rebel, thinking it is the spiritual for which I crave, when in truth it is the interesting and the exciting, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
Amy Carmichael

Also this morning, I was blessed to read this post on Femina about being a wife of valor. Great post, you should read it if you have a minute :)

And....I couldn't help talking a picture of this wine Casey bought on Saturday night. Pretty funny. But not very tasty, as far as wine goes :)

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

the new homefront

As promised, here are a couple picture of the front of the house we're buying! We think it's awesome :)

I started a home notebook this last week. I picked a color palette and sort of went from there, picking out paint colors, etc, based on the furniture and things that we already have.

I found this picture in a Pottery Barn Kids catalog and would like to try to make a cool map-wall like this in Kelby's room. Kelby will have a room! Right now, he sleeps in our basement, poor guy.

This one is from the same catalog. The girls would love tents like these and Casey doesn't think it would be hard. But, he's not the sewer, now is he?? It could be doable, though, with a good deal on some sheets from a thrift store.

Since I have all these great ideas, but no house quite yet, Casey hauled my soon-to-be-dresser out of the basement for me and took it out to the garage, so I can paint it black and make it look like this...

...I love this look, even the cool frames and knobs with the jewelry. Hopefully this will keep me busy for awhile, until I can get my hands on that house!!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Good Newssssssss

So, after seeing more houses the day after we lost our favorite one, and not liking anything enough to go after in time for the tax credit, we received a call from our Realtor that the other buyer's financing was not in place and the owner accepted our offer instead!!!!! We are SO HAPPY about this house, and the way everything fell into place could only have been God's intervention. Two things I've learned in the last year (a year of serious waiting): God's timing truly is perfect and worth waiting for AND He does not forsake those who love and seek after Him. A verse I clung to:
"I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread."
Psalm 37:25
and one I cling to now:
"And I will cause showers to come down in their season; they will be showers of blessing." Ezekial 34:26
Praise the Lord! Our inspection is on Wednesday so I'll take some pics of the house to share then.

In the mean time, I couldn't not share a picture and I came across this picture again today, even though I made him a few months ago. My mother-in-law asked me to make her a "friendly-looking-snake" for her VBS plans this year and this little guy is what I came up with. Layla really fell in love with him, so Gramma said she'd try and take extra-special care of him so she can have him back when VBS is over. :) He is made from flannel scraps and has a film canister with beans in his tail so it rattles. Pretty cute idea.