Friday, January 22, 2010

Think like a blogger...

So I'm obviously SO not good at this. Not only am I not good at blogging (how sporadically can I update and still be considered a blogger?) but I do things everyday but don't "THINK" like a blogger yet. I don't think... "Ooh, I'm about to make some homemade laundry soap... I should take pictures of the steps so I can post about it..." and I should (cause it was pretty neat!)

Time to start thinking like a blogger, right? I'm gonna play catch up for a bit, I guess.

Here are a few more 'Snuggies' I made just before Christmas. These were actually a paying gig :-)

Dean thought they were nice and soft...

And here's Paige modeling one for me. It's nice a roomy to allow to be tucked up under those chilly footsies.

About that homemade laundry soap... I've read about it online for years, and this year is going to be seriously testing my frugality, me thinks. Hubby was laid off last year and the job market stinks so bad we figured further academic endeavors are the way to go. So he's watching the kiddos during the day and taking evening and weekend classes. We're stretching the budget fo' sure.

I used a recipe found online... but have no lovely photos of the process. How about I promise to take pictures of the next batch... in a few months? Then I'll be able to let you know how well it's working too.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Eggplant.... is the new purple?

No before pictures of this one... but it was formerly my mother-in-law's bathroom painted a soft mauvey-pink with a gauzy white shower curtain. It was pretty... but my 7 year old son wasn't too happy with it being 'his' bathroom now.

I wanted something that was bright and colorful since it's now the 'kids' bathroom, but it's also a guest bathroom so I didn't want to go with a traditional 'kid' theme like monkeys or fish...

I found the shower curtain months ago online and thought it fit the bill. Lots of nice colors and a fun print. I had lots of options for wall color, but had always wanted to try a 'darker' color - go for the bold, right? So I considered many of the options... would love to do red but Paige doesn't really like red... Blake loves orange but it's a pretty pumpkin-y tone in the curtain and I wasn't sure if I'd like that. The deep aqua blue is gorgeous, but we already have 2 tourquise bedrooms upstairs and I wanted something different.

So in looking at paint chips I decided to try the deep purple... eggplant! It's a small bathroom so it was hard getting pictures, but this one shows the wall color against the curtain:

I wanted to bring in as many of the colors as possible, so went with 2 different colored rugs for the floor:And because my kids just aren't the best at hanging their wet towels over the towel bar to dry, I replaced the bar with bright red hooks "locker room" style that I think will be easier for them.

I still need to accessorize... find some kind of baskets or boxes that will fit in the cubbies of the shelves for storage. Not shown, I also painted the light fixture red as well :-)
The kids seem pretty happy with it... as am I.