“Pinterest-y” Project for a Relaxing Summer Weekend.

I recently picked up two identical tables to turn into a coffee table and end tables for the area surrounding my couch. I decided to dive into the Pinterest, DIY insanity for once and even use…ready for it? Chalkboard Paint. It was a lot of fun despite the fact that I feel I may have sold my soul to the DIY & chalkboard painting crafty mommy masses.

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I actually took a “before” picture this time.

But sorry, I took no WIP photos. Sorry to disappoint anyone who might have wanted to see the actual progression of the project. Basically I cut about 10 1/2″ of the legs off and sanded it all down. Then there was a lot of painting. I did two layers of the regular paint and about 5 layers of the chalkboard paint. I let it cure for three days and drug it out of quarantine this morning!

Behold, the chalk dust monster… (fuzzy cell phone photos included)

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Tray found on clearance aisle at Target, vintage origami folding book at a local thrift shop, carved & painted turtle rock also thrifted, and the beautiful mug was made by a local potter who sadly passed away in the last couple years. I can’t remember exactly when but I wish I had bought more of his work when it was available.

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The table has already been put to use by my daughters. They are very excited about this new piece of furniture!

The end tables are yet to be made. I think that will be a project for another week.

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Weekend Unplugged.

I had the opportunity to spend a long weekend in the woods with 5 other women. We camped along a beautiful river and made memories. I challenged myself to only bring along my sketchbook. I missed my camera a lot!

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It was different trying to sketch people as they moved about the campsite. The results were often laughable but I did pull out a few that I am somewhat pleased with.

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Aside from the moments I was dying trying to hike up steep inclines with a backpack, it was such a wonderful and relaxing time. I was able to discover that I am still my old self, just buried deep under my newer identity as a mother and wife. I still long for adventure and challenge and could happily sleep in a tent or under the stars the rest of my life.

I also carved a small piece of… something. I hesitate to show this as it is not finished. Maybe it is. I think it needs to be weighted with a  piece of river stone at the bottom.  It was fun to try something new regardless of how it turned out.

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Whimsical Rabbit Hutch for a Special New Pet.

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Recently we were gifted with this adorable ball of fur. No one really wanted him, especially not my husband. What good is a useless pet? My answer: “To spoil him of course!” My daughters finally settled on the name “Eugene” for him. It took a bit of convincing that he probably wouldn’t appreciate being named “Pwincess Anna of Ary-dale.”

As soon as I agreed to take him in I began searching for rabbit hutch ideas. I love whimsical themed hutches and coops. Especially ones with thatched roofs and round doors! My carpentry skills are nowhere near thatched roofs and round doors so I had to opt for something simpler.

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I did a quick sketch and some rough dimensions based on this tutorial. Then my mom came to visit and help out around the place for a few weeks and she got really excited about helping with the whole process! It would have probably taken much longer and not looked as nice without her help. Thank you mom! And so I give you the finished product!

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My mom and husband built the frame and most of the box as well as most of the roof. I had fun making the doors and painting!

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It is the biggest hutch I have seen in person so far. We would like to enclose the bottom and add a ramp eventually so it can hop around down below as well! The little crooked chimney from the sketch is still yet to be made. ha!

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And here is the whimsical part to it all. What rabbit wouldn’t want to live in a hobbit house?

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This was rather hastily painted but honestly I don’t think he minds. The maple sticks you see on the left are tied together with cotton thread for an edible hay manger.

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With some grass to lure him close, he checks out the entrance to his new home.

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He loves it and it brings a smile to my face every time I check on him!

 

*for those who may have concerns about him chewing on the wood & paint, please know that I was careful not to use the dangerous kind. Also I did not put multiple layers of it on. The interior of the enclosed part is paint free and he has many tasty branches and lots of fresh hay to chew on instead.

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The Mother

“She leans against the porch railing; body tired, shoulders slumped. Her frame rocks soundlessly with miniscule motions, absentmindedly rocking the baby now asleep with limbs flung across her pillow. With no room left to plunge her heavy head into the pillowy sea of comfort, she rubs her sore neck and stares up. Stars, thick and heavy, droop from the black abyss above while a sudden breeze slurrs the sticky night air. Lifting sweaty locks and cooling sleeping necks.
She has come to love the night; soft darkness wrapped in quiet, all hours now familiar and friendly. Coughs and cries bringing her to her feet, feet that swiftly navigate doorjambs and scattered boxes…singing and rocking, and rocking some more. Tiny bodies brought into the world through pain, longing, and love. Tiny souls being cared for by unending sacrifice and long days of longing…for the other side of this. But this…this night. What a night. She closes her eyes and is serenaded by the night birds who have written lullabies just for her.”
-Clara J. Teixeira

Girls Room Remodel (Test blog post with pictures!)

I am not new to blogging but I am new to blogging with pictures. So bear with me as I stumble through the first few posts, learning the ins and outs of this! As a test run I will go ahead and show you the work I did on my daughters’ room. We were in a rush to pick paints and get the old sooty house covered in fresh paint when the whole remodel process began. I knew I wanted some sort of green for their room. Winters are terribly long here and the more summer we can keep in our home the better! But, when we painted the room it somehow wasn’t quite the shade I had been dreaming about. I am not about to repaint the whole thing so I have been taking steps to brighten it up a bit.

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After the paint job. It looks better than soot-covered walls but it was a bit overwhelming.

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The first step was to make curtains. I retrieved all of the white sheets I had in my fabric stash and began sewing a lot of ruffles. This was an excellent opportunity to use up vintage thread I had been hoarding. I edged all the hems with 5 vibrant colors to give the plain white some interest.

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There were so many ruffles. I discovered the fastest way to attach them to the base layer was to hand tuck them. The gathering with the bobbin thread wasn’t working for this amount of fabric!

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But it was worth it in the end. They are gorgeous and add the perfect amount of privacy and muted light for the windows.

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The next step was to paint the furniture. Sadly I did not take “before” photos so you will only see some WIP and “after” photos. This dresser was given to us and was a pretty major eyesore. After sanding and a base coat of Ultra White, it looked worlds better.

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I lined the drawers up and painted a grassy, flowery sort of scene. Had I thought it over beforehand, I would have left 1 1/2″ spaces between them to account for the space once the dresser was assembled. As a result, the whole scene is a bit messed up but my girls love it regardless.

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As a side thought I sketched out a fun swirly design and painted it on a little play table.

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Tada! It still needs some sort of cloth around the edge because the rest of the table is really hideous.

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I then sanded and painted their bookshelf to match their dresser. I actually took WIP photos of this one. So enjoy!

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I did a whole page of tiny house sketches to figure out what would go on the bookshelf. This happened at 2am. I am amazed at what I can come up with at 2am. Some of my best papers in college were written at 2am. hehe.

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A teeny house to discover behind the books!

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The finished product, minus the shelf in the middle.

That is all of the photos and progress I have made on the girls room so far. I hope you all enjoyed my first blog post…with photos. Have a great Sunday!

-Clara J. Teixeira