Wednesday, September 18, 2013

the garage revolution has begun

When we bought our house it came with this remodeled garage, correction, poorly remodeled garage. 


I'm actually surprised looking back three years later how not- horrible it looks in these pictures, but trust me on this one.


Alas, we painted it and it became my spacious studio. A definite improvement over sharing a space with a guest room and Dana's office at our old house.


Within our first year here it flooded. The whole rug had to be torn up and we discovered there was no sub-floor. Just carpet on cement, lovely.

Having been able to save all of my sewing things because I was home with a newborn at the time, we put down some cheap throw rugs, had the water issue resolved, and carried on.


The space worked fine but it was actually more square footage than I required and was becoming a catch-all for extra furniture and other homeless objects, or you could just call it a mess.

In preparation for a big garage-y overhaul I happily moved my studio to the smallest bedroom in our house this past March, you can read about that task here.


Then we had a yard sale for all of those extra objects. It was a miserable, rainy day but we popped up our tents and went through with it. Smartest yard sale move ever!!! 
The little guy loved it too.


Shortly after, the walls came down. Goodbye crappy faux wood paneling. 



We enlisted my Dad to pull all of the remaining nails from the studs, there were over 100, yikes. Somebody really wanted to keep that paneling in place, like, forever.


And, oh the electrical work that needs to be done in here. For starters the two baseboards needed to come out. The old relics  weren't being used and just collected dust, yuck, so out they came.


Dana also moved all of the outlets down toward the floor, like say, a normal room would have. Ours were at waist height, like a garage would have, because it was a garage after all, we have oil stains on the concrete floor to prove it.


So, here is where we stand now. The walls are off, the old, low R-value insulation is out. Baseboards are out and outlets have been moved. We have batts of new insulation waiting to go in and a "to do" list a mile long.

I am still storing some miscellaneous items in this room, as you can tell if you look to the bottom right corner of this pic. Mostly Christmas decorations and a, um, couch. Nothing that can't be protected by old sheets. 

It's going to be a long road to revolution in here, it definitely won't be done by the new year as we had hoped, but we'll get there.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

bicycle birthday

I am aware that the blog has been a little Desmond-centric lately but starting next week I'll be catching up on all of our house projects.

For now, let's recap some of the making that happened for the little guy's big day.

Let me start out by saying that, unlike last year, I did not design Desmond's invitations. I printed them, yes, but left the designing to kojodesigns.  I tried, I really did, but nothing I made was coming close to being as cool as these.



Having a set color palette also helped me to reign in some of my ideas and stay focused. The one idea I was set on was a bike wheel wreath. After much searching for the perfect size wheel in town I was lucky enough for my Dad to find one in my their basement.

It's from my pink ten speed that I got when I turned 10. After a brief encounter with a mountain bike in my late teens I returned to pinkie and rode it all through grad school.


I had originally thought to paint it but just couldn't bring myself to do it. In this condition it can always go back on the bike. Plus, we like rustic around here. 

A mini garland was enough to make it festive for the day, err, month, err, when I replace it with my Halloween wreath. It's just so us, it makes me smile every time I come home.


I love garland and since it's so easy to make I whipped up a bunch. One big one for the front bay window and 5 smallish ones for over the buffet.

I bought a half yard of the bicycle print fabric at 60% off and the rest was in my fabric stash, bias included. This is exactly why sewists keep a fabric stash!


The multiple layers of garland worked great on this wall to help disguise our 2 thermostat boxes for base boards that are no longer in use. Yes, removing base boards is one more project that is on the list.


With my folks here a couple of days before the party I was able to enlist my Dad to drill some holes for these Ball jar drink glasses. It was a little trial and error to get it right and I am so thankful that he saved me the frustration.


I made the same Vegan Oreo Cupcakes as last year even though we are way more liberal with Desmond's diet now that his dairy allergy is waning. They were a hit as always.

I was going sans cupcake toppers until the night before the party when I realized that the stickers my Mom had bought for the kids were actually scrap-booking stickers. This meant they were 3D and cardboard and only had a teeny tiny foam sticker that peeled right off. 
Perfect for cupcake toppers!


It was a total bonus that one of the stickers had a baby bike seat...


...and a double bonus that this one looks just like the bike we actually ride together. 

No, I don't regularly ride with those streamers on the handlebars and I don't have a pink seat either, but it's a pretty good match.


Desmond also got to wear his (my) new favorite shirt to the party. It's by rebbermade and I kinda sorta want a matching one.


Despite his look of "why are you bothering me?" in this photo he had a great day. We all did.

But enough about the little guy, more posts about the house, right. Updates coming soon, I promise.