Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Exterior Updates

So back in the spring I mentioned some updates I wanted to make to the exterior of our house.  As you can see our black shutters were faded so they needed to be spruced up.  I wanted to go with a blackish brown with a little bit of green undertone.

I decided on Sealskin by Sherwin Williams.  The shutters are plastic (ugh) so the sales man at SW recommended their Super Paint.  It did not require a primer and so far so good.  The shutters were removed, I cleaned them really well and let them dry for a few days.  Instead of painting them by hand, Eric sprayed them and we let them cure for a few days before putting them back up.

For the door I really wanted to go with a green.  I tired several colors out and ended up going with the top one in the photo below, Valspar Willow Leaf.  It really is a pretty color, similar to the boxwood planters on the porch. Before I painted the door I decided to scrape off a little tiny part of paint that was peeling.  Well you can guess what happened, you don't ever just peel a tiny bit of paint.  That front door was then stripped and right in the middle of that I gave up.  Eric took the door down to pressure wash the rest of the paint off.  We then sanded and it is good enough- we'll just call it character!  When people asked how my weekend was I told them I spent the whole thing wrestling with a 64 year old bitch.  Ok not really - I don't really say those kind of things but people it was terrible.

Paint goes on the door- oh and it was the paint that Dutch spilled all over the dining room and living room and it is too close to the brick undertone.  Boo hoo because I love the color and it looked so good with the boxwood planters.  I ended up getting Eddie Bauer's Laurel Leaf.  But they mixed it in HIGH gloss and well no 64 year old biddy looks good all glossied up showing her imperfections.
Sooo I had to go back and buy yet another can of paint.  

FINISHED!  It has taken me a while to get use to the new paint colors.  Honestly the shutters turned out a little to light.  We didn't prime them but I think if we had started with a white background the color would have been more saturated.  The door was a little too something for me, still not sure what and it isn't the best with my planters but for now the shutters and door are staying as is!

This photo below is a little more true to the door color.  Not as Kermit as the other photos suggest.

My poor boxwoods.  Fingers crossed they grow back.  We aren't really sure what happened to them.  Any suggestions?  A freezing winter?

Also did you notice we cut down the confederate jasmine?  I know!  I've talked about those vines for 5 years and then I chop them off.  There wasn't enough contrast in all of the green and it was sort of suffocating.

See what I mean?!  We still need to repaint the columns after taking the jasmine down.  Hoping that will get done sometime this fall.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

My New Lunch

Something strange happened to me over the past few weeks.... I've started to eat sandwiches.  This is big for me as I do not really prefer untoasted bread, sliced cheese, deli meat, mustard, mayo or making sandwiches annnnd that is what makes up a sandwich.  If sandwiches were ever on the menu I would either skip or eat a bowl of cereal.

But a few weeks ago I picked up some really thin cajun sliced turkey from the deli counter, got some really thin sliced cheese (Sargento) and thinner bread (Nature's Own Sandwich Rounds) and it all worked together.  Add 1/2 an avocado and a fresh picked tomato that is still hot from the sun and you have perfection!  I did sub buffalo chicken for the turkey this week to change things up but I prefer the turkey.

Does everyone agree that sandwiches are something that taste better when someone else is making them for you?  Same goes with salad.
Now that a whole new food group is open in my world any suggestions I should try?!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

DIY Nap Mat

A few weeks ago Dutch moved up classrooms at daycare.  It sort of caught me off guard because he had just moved up to the little toddler room a few weeks prior.  He stayed in the infant room until he was almost 1 because he was such a good helper and sweet to the little babies they didn't want to let him go.  And now the big kid room with a cirruclum?!  Anyway in this new room he takes a nap on a cot.  A COT!  I mean we haven't even mastered the art of keeping him in his crib all night long #lazystillnursingmomofaspoiled14monthofbabythatusesmeasapassyproblems, how will they keep him asleep essentially on the floor?  I don't know how but they do and it is so cute.  Since he is sleeping on a cot he would now need a nap mat.  I looked at this as an opportunity to make something special for my son buy new fabric so I decided to make his nap mat. After way too much consideration and thought I decided to go with the wagon and bike fabric since he like wheels.  I still got to use gingham and chambray that I was originally planning on using.  

There are tutorials out there but I decided just to wing it.  Essentially I folded quilt batting over 3 times and sewed it to the wrong side of the gingham so it would be like 1 fabric.  Then I made a pillow from more batting layers and sewed it onto the gingham/batting.  Then I made the attached blanket by sewing the wheel fabric with minky and I did a quilt binding out of red gingham to finish off the edge.  I was so proud of myself for sewing the handle and; velcro fabric onto the chambray backing before putting the layers all together so the seams wouldn't show on the other side.  So proud. Sandwiched the gingham, blanket and chambray backing all together and sewed leaving an opening so I could turn it right side out after sewing.  Did that and realized that I sewed my handle and velcro on the wrong side of the chambray (!@X?).  It wouldn't be a sewing project without the seam ripper being used at least once.  By then I was ready to be finished so I just sewed them on not caring that the seams show on the gingham side.  To finish off the nap mat and keep the batting from shifting I sewed a seam under the pillow and 3 more across the mat. 
Boom done.   

Of course these 2 are on it as soon as I try to take a photo.

Not sure why the right side of the pillow looks curved, it isn't.  That was one good thing about using the gingham, I could easily keep my lines straight.

Here's to many good naps and maybe just maybe one day a good nights sleep ;)

Here's to good naps and maybe one day a good nights sleep ;)

Wheel fabric
Green Gingham fabric
Red gingham fabric is a Pottery Barn crib sheet from the thrift store
Chambray fabric is a Ralph Lauren sheet from the thrift store
Minky is just good ole white minky dot

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