Ev"s New (to hime) House

Thursday, July 08, 2010

A New Project

This is the newest project I did this morning before the boys woke up. I have never made one of these before and am still learning the whole zipper and backwards concepts. I made this for Everette to take all his Nintendo DS games to Texas and hopefully keep them all in one spot. My original thought was to fit the DS inside too but with the Nerf covering it doesn't really fit. Everette is so unorganized so I know this is wishful thinking that this will help but its worth a shot I guess. To my sister Abby: I am so trying to help you out while he is there.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Monster Shirts

I have been having so much fun making monster shirts. Maybe just as much fun as Ev has been drawing them. Here are 2 new ones. These are so easy to make out of hand-me-down t-shirts and a little knit fabric from Joann's.

Everette's shirt and drawing:
Emmett's shirt
Anyone want one? Send me your drawing! Heehee

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

The Boys Get To Camp On The Living Room Floor

Mom is chipping and mudding all the cracks in the boys room so their room currently looks like this. Full of dust and only their bunk bed in the room.
We dragged their mattress downstairs and put them in the living room. Dad told them that since it was summer they could stay up and watch TV. They just had to remember to shut it off before they fell asleep. Mom had him say it twice because she couldn't believe what he said. They were so excited. Well at 4 am mom came down and shut off the TV and they were both sound alseep. (why were we up at 4 am? The storm woke up Mackay.) Emmett fell asleep pretty quickly but we have no idea how late Everette was up for. They both slept in till 9 this morning. Yep, 9 am. Mom and dad however were up at 4 am.
Well mom isn't quit done yet so tonight they get to have another slumber party in the living room. Those lucky ducks.

Friday, May 28, 2010

New Porch Chairs

My latest project are these chairs I got at the ISU warehouse sale for $3.00. They were really comfortable to sit in so we bought them with hopes I could figure out how to redo them.
I took off everything and spray painted it white. The next hard part was finding the fabric. I really wanted a bold print with a bright color but I am very limited with outdoor fabric here in the corn fields of Iowa. So I settled on this fabric from Walmart. I thought it was ok and would have to do. I know, not bright nor a bold print. The Top was really easy to do and took me about an hour for both chairs. The bottom on the other hand was pretty hard for this novice sewer. I wanted to put the piping on like they had to give that finished look. It surely isn't perfect but ok if you don't really inspect it and just sit down. The surprise was that there are springs in the seat. I just added a little extra padding wa-la. Now we have 2 new chairs for the porch for under $15.00.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Summer is here!


For us here in Iowa summer has officially begun. The last 3 days it has gotten at least 96 degrees out if not hotter. Today with the mix of rain and heat (wearable air) it was muggy. Will drug out the little pool for the boys to splash in and boy did they love it. Cold water and all.


Emmett started out fully dressed and just jumped right in of course. He then started taking clothing off one piece at a time. Of course caught him just in time as the underwear was coming down.




Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Mackay's turn

Well usually Emmett gives me a run for my money but today is Mackay's Turn.
First we start out with him crawling his fastest to the stairs. When he hears me behind him, he steps it up into a higher gear. Next he has discovered the bathroom. He loves unrolling the toilet paper and flushing the toilet.
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Kitchen Update

Before:































We took out a wall and had to relocate the waste pipe and bathroom. We tore out the really ugly nasty green carpet and laid tile. We started with basically nothing. We had to buy all new appliances and cabinets. Well we are not done with the kitchen yet but I stood back and was amazed on how far we have come in the 3 years. So here are some before and after pictures to compare. We need a new narrower fridge and the micro is then going above the stove and off my counter.

After:

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Kitchen Backsplash

Nan is becoming quite the tiling expert. Check it out.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Almost Ten Months

Well Mackay is almost ten months and is feeding himself already. I have been trying to feed him and it has been getting worse and worse as battling with him. So today I gave him the spoon and bowl and he went right to it like he has been doing it forever. video

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

They like him best!

I have always told Will that my parents like him better than me. My dad calls and always ask me how Will is and if I am taking good care of him. Well today I get a box from my mother today and look what comes for Will! Not just 1 super size box but 4!
Ok I did get something.
(one small bag of 100 calorie cookies)

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Meet the new member of our family!


Thanks to my wonderful sister Abby who has some serious E-bay skills. I have a new fancy sewing machine that I LOVE! I haven't named her yet but it will come soon. Yes a her. Have to have some femininity in this house.

Well here are some projects I have done. I made this t-shirt for me.
After I made mine Ev asked me to make him one with a monster he drew. I said sure. My sister Joanna sent me a lot of Fay School shirts so I thought I would put them to use.
Front of shirt before.

Now after. I put a pocket on it for him.

Back of shirt before.

Back of shirt after. Glad he made a simple drawing for me to start off with. I am having so much fun with this fancy machine.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

You just can't turn your back on that child

I turned away to go and get my phone to text Aunt Abby we got the box and when I came back 10 seconds later I found this...
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Where was Ev? Outside trying to sell his art to earn money for a trip to Texas.
Maybe while Ev goes to Texas I will ship Wood Gnome off to Georgia.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Growing into a wild child like his brother....

His hair is sticking up because he smeared it with jelly and then insisted on feeding himself. He put the spoon in and growled at me and then would laugh. He wouldn't let go of the spoon with his teeth.

Soda Can Bug

Everette got a Soda Can Robo-Bug for Christmas and has been waiting so patiently (well kinda) to put it together. Last night after dinner they finally had time to sit down together and assemble the bug.
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The finished Product.
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Like the big hole in the sock? He told me his toe grew really fast and pushed out.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Proud Mama Video

My babe is crawling, kinda. (army style but fast)
He started out in the living room with the boys and ended up at the kitchen door within a minute.
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Monday, February 15, 2010

Sledding off the deck!

Will decided to make the boys a little sled hill off the deck. This worked perfectly for Emmett's little legs and the boys loved it.

Emmett takes a face plant in the snow but then pops right back up and ready to go again.
Ev had to try going down on his stomach.

You can kinda see how much snow we have gotten this year. It is almost to the top of our burn barrel in the back ground.

A new shirt for Mackay

If you got a stain or hole in your shirt here is a good way to fix it.

Isn't he getting so big? This shirt is a size 24 months by the way.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Another Project

My old planner started ripping out at the seams. I priced a new one and was shocked on how expensive they are. I had gotten this one on clearance about mid-year about 2 years ago. I have to admit I have inherited my father's attitude "Oh I can make that for cheaper." So after I priced out what the cost of a new planner was going to be that is exactly what I said standing in the store staring at the new bland planners.
So I came home and used the fabric I had here and made myself a new one.

Here is the old! Used as pattern and three ring insides.
And here is the new one!
I also made some new envlopes to out in it for our cash budget. I just took an old envlope and used it as a pattern on some scrapbook paper. Taped it, punched some holes, and added some velcro to keep them closed.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

A New Desk


The idea started this summer when we found these doors hidden above our garage. We tried to figure out what they went to but they are very small and narrow. So we brought them in and my ideas started flowing. We really needed a narrow desk but at first I was hating the idea of cutting them up.
Well I took the plunge and sawed one in half yesterday. The lighter colored back brace board is from our butlers pantry we took out to obtain a usable kitchen.

And after a little sanding and a little furniture oil I think it turned out beautiful. We are going to get a piece of glass or plexiglass to put on top of it yet. It looks even better in person.
So there is my cheap (would be free but have to buy glass) desk. And it matches all the woodwork in the house which to me is a huge bonus.