July 22, 2016
July 21, 2016
Hello new jigsaw, you are awesome. I love my power tools!
Here is the bowl set it, just a little liquid nails and some time to set and there ya go!! Sorry, some of these pictures are upside down. Time people, time! ;)
I looked all over for a faucet. Did you know that faucets are pricey? I didn't want to spend more than $10-$15 on a faucet for a play kitchen. I headed to ReStore in Aberdeen to check it out (its awesome!) cue picture...
I could this little bute for $1!!! Can you believe it?? Anyways, I realized you had to have a special tool to drill holes for a faucet, so back to Home D I went. I learn all sorts of stuff while building these crazy things! I came home and again had way too much fun drilled the holes for it! Set it in there, and voila! Look at that thing!
Oh wait, before I set anything in anywhere, I primed, and painted. Then sanded. Then painted and sanded again. And again. This thing needed a few coats. I like to do thin coats, so that means more coats, more drying time, more waiting. THEN I set the sink and faucet in.
The doors were trickier. Well, just the one door. I put the left side back on how it came to me, but I wanted the right side to open like an oven. I bought about 6 different sets of hinges, none of which worked. I really wanted a spring hinge, something that would open an close softly, but none of the ones I found worked will the project. So, I just settled for regular hinges and a magnetic clasp. I may end up changing it because the door opens way too fast and scares Z a little, and his little toes are at risk until he learns how to open it slowly. I'll get there...Anyways, for now it works.
I bought some new hardware and got them on there. I blackboard painted the one side too. I need to get some kid friendly chalk to write on there, but for now he doesn't really care. Oh and I found a stick on backsplash from Lowes on clearance for $4, and the colors were peeerrrrfect! So I brought them home and got them up on the little strip I added to the back for a nice visual effect.
Finally I had to add some little touches. I found the "burners" and knobs at A.C. Moore. I painted them black and attached them with some screws, I love the effect!!! It's so cute!!
I used a chalkboard marker to draw on the details. It's sort of a white-silver color.
I added some details to the sides too. Those two little knobs on the side to hang things on...
And this little diddy for a dish towel (still need to buy one!)
He went right to it!!
Look at that smile. All the frustration and DIYing is worth it for THAT smile!
If I say, "Z go stir the spaghetti," that is his cue to go over to the kitchen. I have no idea how that started or how he even understands that?!?!
July 16, 2016
Recently I was reading one of my mom devotionals and the writer said something so profound, so simple, it totally stuck with me! She was talking about different parenting styles and ways to baby rear, and how there is so much stuff out there about how to raise our children. As moms, we want to make sure we are doing the absolute best thing for our children. Some of us have no freaking clue on how to raise a baby, and maybe someone you know (ahem) may turn to books, online articles on Baby Center or even Facebook (gasp!) to learn how to raise the sweet little monster that may or may not be terrorizing your house at the minute.
June 12, 2016
May 8, 2016
These next two photos right here are real life, why are they my favorite? "Mom, I'm so done with your shenanigans!"
BTW the animal in the picture below is "Snow Luck Bear." I bought him at Target right before Christmas for $5. He is not very sturdy, being a $5 "bear." The funny thing is, he isn't a bear at all, he's a dog. He has a little snowflake on his tummy so I dubbed him "Snow Luck Bear" to bring us luck for a snowy winter (sorry, Maryland!) and after about a month we realized he a dog!!! Oh well, the name has stuck and he is Z's favorite thing ever. You should see him make out with him and sleep on top of him at night, it's hilarious! Oh and I can't even handle that face...
These are just the sweetest ever, aren't they? The photo he is holding is his newborn picture! Wasn't that just yesterday???
This picture is pretty typical of him, always exploring things, me always chasing after him. Le sigh....
"The pigeon wants a puppy" is Zachary's favorite book in the world right now. It's the first book he has ever really shown active interest in. We read all sorts of things to him, but this one I really act out and he loves it! He cries when we are done and will open my hand and shove the book back in. Next years party may have to be the Pigeon party ;)
Thanks for checking out my photos. Hope you enjoyed them!! I totally forgot to get suitcase photos, so I'll have to do those another time!