Well, we have been going through a few ups and downs around here, but we've decided that we're just going to look at it as a chance for a fresh start.
I know blogging has been a part of this funk for me. I haven't really blogged recently (sorry)... I just haven't known what to blog about with all this going on. BUT, like the rest of the things that have had a bit of a downtime recently, I'm enacting a "fresh start" with it. So... here goes. :)
Some positive things have been happening lately despite the negative mentioned before, and I can't wait to share more of that with you. I created and joined a weight loss competition called Reclaiming The Body on Ravelry. I've lost 3 lbs and fit into a pair of jeans I haven't fit in for quite some time.
I have also been doing some Homestead Dreaming, and have started a blog to collect my inspirations and plans for my "someday homestead." You can see the Homestead Dreaming blog here.
I have also been doing a lot of work around the house to bring a "fresh start" to my space. I repainted the mantle my great, great grandfather built so that it can be displayed properly, and I repainted our coffee table to match as well. I will get photos of these items soon to share!
In addition to all of that, I have been working on revamping things for the kids as well. I started with the play kitchen re-do, and then thought I would work on a baby bed for them to play with. I began the project with an old, dirty, scratched up baby bed with plastic "ribbon" and a plastic bear-liner. It just looked ratty with the "ribbon" falling off, a lot of scuffs in the paint, etc. You can't tell how bad it was in the photos below but in truth, it looked like it was <thisclose> to the garbage bin.
(Note our product models: Princess is above, and of course, that's Anna below)
I decided it was time for a makeover.
The first thing I did was rip off all the plastic ribbon and lining. Then I gave it a good wipe down, reinforced the sides with a staple gun, and gave it a fresh coat of white paint. I found a curtain in my fabric stash with a lovely ruffle along the bottom, complete with a lace crochet edging. I thought it would give a sort-of timeless quality to the baby bed. I added a moon and star motif, and painted "Sweet Dreams" on the headboard.
Finally, I sewed up a custom-sized mattress for the doll-bed with a sheet set made from the panel part of the curtains. Then I used a scrap piece of the ruffle and lace to make a matching pillow.
I was really trying to create an heirloom-quality piece for Anna and Abbi to play with, that I might even be able to hand down to my grand-babies someday. What do you think?