Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Coffee Table Makeover!

Hey guys this is an old post that i did over at The Adventures of Ordy and Joon and realized I never posted it here on my blog so i'm recycling a post if you will :) 
Here is the post from back in May of 2011
This weekend we spent Easter with friends and family and even had time to work on a coffee table we have had sitting in our shed for months!
Here is what we started with. The hubs found it on the side of the road and knows how much i love the sound of free :) so he picked it up for me!
 Then i spray painted it with RustOleums Heirloom White.
I bought this piece of pressed wood from home depot's scrap section. Looking back i should have got a piece of plywood but at the time they didn't have any and at the time i was planning on  doing a fabric top so i didn't think it mattered.
 Anyway, so the hubs cut the pressed wood and put it into the coffee table.
If you have read our blog before you know there is an empty lot near our house where we find materials for a lot of our projects. You can check them out here, here and here.
This time we found 4 pallets that we could use the wood from.
So we took them apart and laid them out to make sure they covered the table.
Then we flipped the coffee table upside down and drew a line around the table.
 That is how we cut out the wood planks.
Then the hubs screwed the planks into the pressed board. 
and i gave it a good sanding.
And here it is!
We used to have this square table in it's place but we needed something with some round edges in the room :)
So here is the project breakdown
Spray Paint $3.50
Pressboard $2
Screws & Tools-Free
So the total was $5.50, that's the price of a cheap lunch! 
Check out up to date pics of our living room here.

Monday, January 23, 2012

39 Weeks

Warning- this post is very long and very wordy and contains no pictures (ok 1 picture)... read ahead if you dare.

I'm 39 weeks today. i just got back from the Dr where I scheduled my c-section for next Tuesday, January 31st. (also Justin Timberlake's birthday) that was not on purpose i was hoping for next Thursday or Friday to give Zi as much time as possible to get out of his breech position and come naturally but they were all booked Wed-Friday next week so Tuesday was the latest i could do. 

Let me back up a bit and give you a summary of my pregnancy the last few weeks. 
(Also the reason I haven't been blogging as much)

At 32 weeks I was up one night with horrible labor pains so i went into the Dr and I had dilated to 2cm so they gave me two steroid shots to improve Zi's lung function in case he came early and put me on bed rest for 3 days. 

Then at 36 weeks my Dr told me that in the ultrasound they saw that my fluid was down to 5.1 (the week before it was at 10) they said that if it was below 5 at my next appt they would induce.-This is around the same time baby decided to go breech...

Week 37-We went in thinking if my fluid went from 10 to 5.1 in one week then it would definitely go below 5 the next week and i would be induced, but they checked my fluid and it was back to 12 which was good so they sent us home.

Week 38-They decided to do an external cephalic version (ECV) which has a 50/50 chance of moving they baby out of his breech position. If he moved they were going to induce me but if it was not successful they were going to do a c section. But since i was only at 38 weeks i asked if he didn't flip if we could just wait. He didn't flip so we waited. 

Now we are at 39 weeks. I went in to my Dr appt today and scheduled my c section for next Tuesday. 

This is not at all how i thought my delivery would go. i know it always happens that way but  i just imagined a little differently.  I would go into labor naturally, hopefully during the night so that my water wouldn't break in public. I would say, "baby i think it's time" we would get to the hospital i would go as long as i could without the epidural so that i could experience labor pains.  Cause I'm that crazy person that wants to know what it feels like. Robby and i would go through the labor process together and we would have that special bonding time and then i would deliver Zion and they would put him on my chest and we would all three have that "moment."
i know, absurd... :)
For one, going to the hospital two weeks in a row thinking you are coming home with a baby and coming home without one is draining. Also, the whole scheduling thing freaks me out. Everytime the dr called to schedule the version or c section I freaked out. In a perfect world he would come on his own with no inductions or "scheduling" i know, again, absurd...

So, obviously the last thing i want is a csection. But when I got home from the dr today the Lord said, do you really trust me or do you just say and act like you trust me. He has to be pretty straight forward with me. And i realized that by stressing over this whole c section and scheduling and everything not going as planned that i was not trusting the Lord at all. I was trusting in my plan and upset when i didn't go the way i wanted. Then he reminded me that I am so blessed to be able to even carry a child and a healthy one at that and it doesn't matter how he gets here as long as he gets here.
The hubs and i have started reading through the bible as our new years resolution and one of the verses i read today was Exodus 14:14 "The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still." - Just what i needed to hear today.
If you're still reading thanks for listening :)

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Book Wreath Tutorial

i had this book wreath started about a year ago and was impatient and didn't finish it and it has been hanging in my living room ever since. Well today was the day to finish it and i'm so glad i did! Here is the finished product.
Here is what you will need:
Old Book
Glue Gun
Lots of glue sticks!
 Start by tearing out your pages.
There are a few different ways you can fold each sheet. below is the first way.
 second way.
  and the third way.
When you fold it in half this is what the top looks like (below)
Then you just start hot glueing the pages to the wreath. 
There is no right way to do this just start glueing it takes a long time but will be worth it in the end.  So put on a good movie, or 2 and start rolling, folding and glueing. 
 Here is the final product!

Hope that helps if you make one please send me pics i'd love to see them!!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Craft/Guest Room Reveal!

The new Guest/craft room is finished! You can see the "Craft Room Evolution" here for before pics and below are after pics.
You can also read all about the makeover here, here and here.
 The hubs made the bed out of pallets and caster wheels. The bedspread is from Ikea i have had it since college.
Everything on the walls i got from other rooms in the house. 
i got that burlap sack at a garage sale and the hubs made a pallet frame for it. There is no glass all i did was staple the sack onto the back of the frame. 
There was a vent on the floor where i wanted to the trunk so i bought legs for it and lifted it off the ground i will do a "how to" post later. 

Below is my crafting/scrapbooking area. on the right was my inspiration pic.

 This is my sewing area. eventually i would like to make a long narrow desk with storage underneath but this works for now.

 here is the breakdown of the room cost

Fabric-$12-(i bought napkins from world market)
Touch up paint and brush-$7
Trunk legs -$20
Globe for the light- $6
Picture hanging wire- $3
Caster wheels for bed- $14
Sheets- $24
Lamp Shade- $16 (used a giftcard)
Desk- $25
Mattress- $150
Carpet- $120
Total= $381

I also sold a few thing around the house to help pay for it.
Green Desk- $80 
Hutch- $60 
Total= $200

Total paid for the room renovation= $181
The room is so much more functional now i am in there way more than i used to be because i Love the space now. it's definitely my favorite room in the house :)
What do you think??

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Living Room Update

Hey guys i was looking at the Cabin Tour tab and realized i need to update my living room pics! so here are the before and afters.

and after (i appologize for the dark pics it's been rainy here for days and i had trouble getting natural light)

 The hubs and i have some ideas brewing for this bare wall :)
I recently made the couch pillows for a total of $20 bucks. I have had the pillow inserts sitting in my closet for months so i finally decided to use them.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

37 Weeks

How far along? 37 weeks
Total weight gain/loss? 33 lbs
Stretch marks? no
Sleep? not too bad
Best moment last month? this a little lame but my mom and aunt came and helped me clean and that was amazing!
Movement? YES i just wish he would move his little butt out of my pelvis :)
Maternity clothes? Yes maternity pants but i can still wear some of my tops
Food cravings? Pineapple and cottage cheese
Gender? Boy
Name? Zion Riley 
Labor signs?  braxton hicks
Belly button in/out? in
What I miss: not having indigestion!
What I am looking forward to: not having indigestion! and Zion's arrival :)
I also finished Zi's mobile to go over his crib. 
His nursery is so close to being done there are two more things i need/want to do..
1. Make a slipcover for his rocker 
2. Get this light from ikea for the ceiling

Monday, January 9, 2012

Kitchen Open Shelves

If you follow me on twitter you know we did a little kitchen update this weekend. and i am IN LOVE... The cabinet on the left of the stove was was breaking, the bottom shelf was falling down so we have been planning on putting up open shelves for a while. 
On Saturday we headed to Lowes and picked up a 2x12x10 piece of wood and we already had the 2x4s. The total for the wood costs $8 and we had everything else for the project (screws, drill, and we borrowed a router from our neighbor) so the whole thing was only $8.
And here are the after pics...

 Now i just need to convince the hubs that we need to do the same to this cabinet :)

Wouldn't it look so amazing to have open shelves on both sides of the window ;)


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