There’s a really neat store in Waco, TX that I used to love to frequent. My first visit was when Karston was 2 weeks old, and I made several other trips there just looking for treasures. While we lived at TSTC, it was just a couple of exits up from where we lived so it was very accessible. Then they moved to downtown Waco, and I didn’t go as much. And to be quite honest I really liked the feel of the first store much better even though there were still great treasures to be found at the new location. Anyways….here is a chair that I picked up from the original location. It was seatless when I bought it, but I loved the lines of the chair. I could picture it in a clean, white laquered paint with a bright pink seat cushion sitting behind a white and very organized desk. But there is no white, organized desk and there was really no room for a chair anywhere. Especially when we moved to a different apartment down in Woodway, TX. So to storage it went. But it came with us to Kentucky because I still love it. And since there is still no white, organized desk and because the focus is on completion of projects, I left the paint job that was on there, Mark cut a seat of plywood for me, and I covered it in a canvas curtain panel that I had from one of our previous places of living. So here it is, sitting in the corner of our room.
Edited to add: The name of the store is Bloom & Bee Swanky. Go visit them if you’re in Waco!
Around our house we use cloth napkins. We have off and on since we got married but more so in the past year or so. Now I can’t really remember a time using disposable napkins. It’s less to buy and less trash. However, it just seemed overkill for the kids to have a full size napkin. I mean it’s like using a whole dress as a napkin. But they love picking out and using their own napkins. No sharing with mom or dad. It’s not like they add anything to the wash…I really don’t even notice them, but like I said the napkins are just overkill. So here’s some child size cloth napkins I whipped up to fix that problem.
Oh, and for paper towels we use unpaper towels from etsy seller Athena Creates. As I went to get that link, I see she has changed the name to Bird-E Towels (TM). I think I may like them even more now. I highly recommend them.
Since moving to Louisville I’ve been very motivated to finish several unfinished projects. I love projects! I love creating. My mind is always thinking of something new to create, and before I finish a project I’ve already started three more (or more)- which leaves a lot of unfinished projects. Most of them come close to 90% finished. So I was trying to get them all finished before our third baby arrives. I am thinking that is not going to happen. They are not all big projects either. Many of them are very quick and easy- just haven’t done them. Like I said it would be wonderful if all I did all day long was create and then everything would be finished, but in reality I knew I was just going to have to work and work to get as much finished as possible and then stop. There is still one fairly large project I would like to complete. Swollen, numb, and tingly legs have slowed me down a bit. They’ve never gotten this bad before. Just today I was wondering if it was really safe for me to be driving if I could not feel my legs. Probably not. So since I’m slowing down on completing the projects and having to elevate the legs more, I thought I’d post some of the completed projects.
So here is the art display board.
I had been wanting to make one of these for a long time now. I was on the hunt for the perfect frame for such a long time, and then finally found it on a trip to Lawton, OK to visit my grandma. It was in the very back corner of an antique store. It was broken and didn’t have a price tag. I’m sure the man was wondering what I was going to use such an odd shaped, broken frame for when I asked how much it was. It was $5. And actually free to me because my grandma bought it for me! So back to Waco it came and sat. And sat. And then it got painted green because that’s what color Karston wanted it, and I like for my family members to have a say in how things are decorated. Especially something that is going to hold his artwork. But the plain green just wasn’t doing it, so I added some robin’s egg blue, and then some gold, and then some dark stain. And then I bought chicken wire to attach to the back- but the chicken wire never got attached. And then the wire got left in Waco when we moved. I really did like the frame, but once we were here I decided I wanted the kids’ artwork to be the focus and not the frame. So I painted it bright white. And liked it much better. Then not having any chicken wire and trying to finish projects using things I already had, I went to find wire. I did not have enough of one kind to finish the frame so I used two different kinds of wire. (normally that would not work with my personality, and I would stop the project until I had enough of one wire to complete it) But completion is what we are working for right now, right? So away I went stapling the wire to the back of the frame. I hung it the next day in a corner of our dining room. The kids love seeing their artwork displayed. Here’s a close up of their paintings.
The top right is Karston’s which is a painting of Uncle Trey’s truck (yes his truck is black). And while she was painting it Kyrie said hers was Nonna and Papa but now says it is a peacock after overhearing her daddy say that’s what it looked like.
Yes, I’m still here. No, I haven’t had the baby. (still sorting out computer issues, so I didn’t really want to post if I couldn’t post a picture) It’s hard to imagine that Karston was already born at this point. We are very ready and very not….all at the same time. Still several things I want to get done before he comes, but I know that none of it would matter if he did come. And not that I’m all about posting pictures of myself because really I’d rather not. But for my family, especially for my mom and sister who are ready and waiting for the phone call, here’s a few from today.
And here’s one of me and Kyrie. I know it’s a little blurry, but I just think she is so cute.