Monday, March 31, 2014

Butler's pantry makeover

We have this little nook between the kitchen and our front room/playroom.  We had 2 IKEA kitchen carts with a table cloth for the last 6 years. It's only 45 inches wide and 27 inches deep. Opposite of this space is our half bathroom.  When we started this project we thought we were going to completely finish it.  We decided that we are going to redo the kitchen this year and all the floors downstairs!!!! So we didn't fully complete this project yet.  I have been wanting to add cabinets here since we moved in 6 years ago!!
This is the before.  The cleaned up before LOL Usually there is a TON of crap sitting on top! 
We cleaned the space out and had an outlet added at counter height.

Then while Hubby was out with PB...

I ripped the carpet, carpet pad and moulding out.  I used a circular saw and surprised them with getting this part done.  PB was super impressed.  

I added some leftover cork from our basement redo.  

And this is where we decided we were going to add the finished counter top when we redo the kitchen and floors.  We wanted to be able to take out the bottom cabinet and kegerator so the new floors could run under there.   

We stuck a top from one of our old kitchen carts on the cabinet.  Now we can use the space! The cabinets hold all our wine and champagne glasses.  The one over the kegerator hold all Hubbys beer glasses!! Now I have extra space in my kitchen!! That has been really exciting.

My mom and I are going to start measuring and planning the kitchen.  These are IKEA cabinets and I plan on doing an IKEA kitchen too.  I can't wait to start the next step!!!!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Moon cupcakes for PB's birthday party

PB had his birthday party at a local science museum.  He chose a space theme so I wanted to do fun cupcakes to go with the theme.  That's where Beantown Baker's Oreo Cupcakes came to my rescue. Oreos in the cake and the frosting! YUM!!  I used a buttercream frosting instead and mixed chopped oreos in there to make it look more like the moon.  I ordered the american flag toothpicks on amazon.  

PB was super excited with how they looked but the best part is how delicious they are!! The kids and adults were having love affairs with these cupcakes.  Get in your car and get these ingredients and make these cupcakes!!! And make them for some friends, they will love you forever!
Birthday boy loved them!
Here is a peek at the food table.  I made homemade mac and cheese and we had a pretzel tray and veggies.  

These are the favor boxes.  I made the rockets in Illustrator and downloaded a free spacey font.  I really love going somewhere for a party.  We did it last year and just ordered all the food. Making the food was a little bit more work but worth it.  I love cooking for people!

Monday, March 24, 2014

So i fell off the internet again...

Well I did it again.  I totally disappeared.  To be honest, I haven't been doing many projects.   I haven't made anything.  We have done a few things around the house, one project I want to share. I wanted to pop in and say hi, everything is ok and I have just been enjoying my family.

Since I disappeared...
Christmas happened.  This is from our christmas card.  

In January I was totally occupied with getting our Disney trip organized and Birthday parties planned. 

We did go to Disney in the beginning of Feb.  It was amazing.  What a wonderful trip.  I hadn't been there in 20 years.  It was so fun and it was a surprise trip for PB, he does not like surprises.  We told him we were going to Tampa and then told him when we landed at 3 am. We had a flight cancellation and there was a flight 3 hours from when we found out at dinner the night before.  We had nothing packed and we shoved everything in the suitcases and ran out the door with dishes still on the counters.  We did make the flight.

We were "those people" in Disney with the matching shirts. I did some interfacing mickey heads and did numbers on the back.  It was a birthday/anniversary trip so PB had a 5 on his back, JB had a one on his and the Hubby and I had 10's on the back of our shirts because we celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary at the end of Feb.  The boys wore matching outfits everyday.  I am obsessed with them in matching outfits!!!

JB turned 1 right after we got back from our trip.  

I did a Mickey party.  Nothing super fancy.  I did not go overboard like I usually do :)

2 weeks later PB turned 5.  He had a space themed party at our local science museum. I made cupcakes that looked like the moon.  I'll share those, they were super yum!

This is today right now as I am trying to type this post.  I think these little snuggles is why I haven't been on here in so long.  This sweet little snuggler just loves to be with me and I love it.  I don't get much done in the day when he is awake and when he is asleep, PB wants to do things with me alone.  My house is a mess, I could really use some reorganizing but that all can wait.  They are only this small once.  Hope you all are well.  I am going to try to try super hard to get the few things I want to share up here.  :)

Friday, November 15, 2013

Cluttersharking the Coat Closet

My coat closet was a disaster.  I reorganized it a few times and even started switching out coats at different times of the year but the closet was still a disaster. 
The before.  This is an old pic, the cluttershark doesn't like to wait to take a before pic when a project starts.  She jumps right in and starts ripping things to shreds.  

Here is the pile of crap from the closet dumped into the playroom.  I love showing off a good mess. Here is the mess I am looking at while writing this post:
It has looked like this for weeks. Hopefully posting this pic will get me to clean it up tomorrow.  Back to the closet.  

We emptied the closet and took off the doors.  We also removed the hanging shelf that went across the top of the closet and patched the holes.  

My Mom is the best and for my birthday she got me the stuff to hang in the closet to organize it. She gives the best gifts!! Here is a look at what we installed.  I also got to use a circular saw to cut down that shoe rack so we could fit them both into the closet across the floor.

Here is the after:

So much better!!! I did send a few pairs of shoes up to my closet and some went to the big shoe store in the sky.  PB also has a space to hang his coats.  He has a little coat rack in our foyer but it was full.  Now he just has the one coat he wears most often on his little coat rack. I have even been putting my shoes away in the closet.  There is no giant pile of shoes in the hallway.  It's been really awesome! Happy Friday! Hope this inspires you to take on a problem area in your house this weekend!!! 

Friday, November 8, 2013

Baby gift

I did some sewing!! It felt so good!!! AND PB was watching me and was so impressed with every little thing I did.  An impressed audience is a fun thing.
A friend of mine from college is having twins!! I got her a bunch of registry stuff and added 7 burp cloths, 2 crinkle taggie toys and 2 pacifier clips to the basket. 
Here is the finished basket.  I am pretty sure she doesn't know I have a blog so I am going to risk posting before i give her the gift :)
(I like this pic because my house doesn't look like the disaster that it really is LOL move the camera an inch in either direction and you can see piles of crap.)
I am so excited for this shower, I haven's seen my friend since PB was a baby.  She gets to meet JB too!! Hope you all have a great weekend!!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Halloween costumes

I love making Halloween costumes.  I have been looking forward to it all summer.  PB decided in July he wanted to be Batman.  When I asked him if he wanted his baby brother to be Robin, his whole face lit up with excitement.  
My hubby had the best idea for a photo shoot location.  It turned out to be the perfect backdrop. 

PB's costume was pretty simple.  It's basically black leggings and a black long sleeve t-shirt. I used black felt to make "boots" and arm cuffs and yellow felt to make his belt.  They are all attached with Velcro.  I sewed him a cape using black knit.  The Batman logos are just yellow knit attached with wonder under. I found his mask in July on clearance at Kohl's, it was a lucky find!
JB's costume was easy too.  I bought the red onesie (it was free with my coupon at Carter's!!) I made the knit pants using a pair of his pants as the pattern.  There is a yellow band at the top of the pants to look like his belt. His pants are sewn shut at the bottom so his little feet wouldn't get cold. The cape is just held on with Velcro.  I attached the Robin logo with wonder under.  

JB needed a second costume. His first costume couldn't be a superhero, it needed to be food!! PB was a carrot his first Halloween. 
We sometimes call JB the banana grabber.  He gets his hands on everything!!! So a banana costume just seemed to fit him! He did not want to take pics so I took them anyway.  I had everything set up so I quick took a few pics even though he was the saddest banana. I used fleece and the black is knit fabric.  I just made the pattern up and used one of JB's sleep sacks to get the arm holes the right size.  It is attached to some PJ's with Velcro so it stays up.

We got some amazing pics with the boys in their superhero gear.  PB didn't know about the mask until we started taking pics.  He was so excited, he had the biggest smile on his face!!

PB is so excited about his costume.  He loves to do fighting poses in it.

I made him a trick or treat bag to go with his costume.  I didn't finish it in time for our neighborhood trick or treat but he got to use it at school and at the zoo trick or treat.  

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Disappearing act

Sorry I disappeared off the internet like that.  I really thought when preschool started for PB, I would be a wash in free time.  I have 4 mornings a week where I have one less kid and I still manage to do nothing creative.  
JB turned 7 months                                      He just turned 8 months

I am in a funk.  I don't feel like sewing or even cooking new recipes.  I have made a few but they weren't worth sharing. Maybe it's because I feel like I spend my entire day feeding a baby or making food for the kids.  I am nursing 5 times a day, making his baby food and he eats that food 2 times a day.  And then there is the bottomless pit that is PB, he is always talking about what he wants to eat next or is eating.  Sometimes he does both at the same time.   

My free time has been focused on family activities.  We crossed everything off our Summer Bucket List and I made a mini Fall Bucket List.  We have been spending our weekends doing some fall fun.  Today we are crossing another thing off the list.

While I nurse, I think of all these great ideas and then I see my disaster house and know those things have to wait.  

How can you spend a whole day cleaning only for the house to look no cleaner the next morning?  I have been reorganizing closets and getting rid of my maternity clothes and somehow it looks like a tornado hit our upstairs even though we have less stuff.  

I guess if I could solve all these things I wouldn't be in a funk.  I do have a project planned with my mom this week.  We are installing a closet organizer! Also I made Halloween costumes and I will share those this week too.  

I woke up early this morning for no particular reason and decided to come down and write this post.  Within 30 seconds of me sitting down at my computer PB was on his way downstairs and made a huge giant noise and woke the baby. Awesome. Guess the day of constantly feeding humans starts again!
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