A Friday List

I'm feeling a little bit random today and I like lists lately. So I've made one for you, sweet folks.

#1. Buying a fixer upper means you are always fixing something up. I'm told this just goes with the territory of home ownership in general. But I dunno. It sure seems like this house has a lot of projects-like you didn't know that already. I mentioned in my last post that we had a new project. And it has to do with the room below.

Naturally I had the room somewhat organized before my husband tore into it. Now it's a tornado. We are in the process of semi finishing this room. And making the toilet actually have it's own space. You an actual room, I think they call it a bathroom? Yeah, that's it.

#2 We found a use for the 234 samples of beige paints that came with the house. That's all I'm gonna say on the project now. Except that the dust has has spread throughout my house. Making a nesting mother C.R.A.Z.Y. The disorganization is making me I.N.S.A.N.E. But the progress is making me G.I.D.D.Y. It is so gratifying to see the potential of this house come to life.

#3 I love watching my husband work in the basement. Oh the skills I didn't know he possessed when I married him! He is seriously awesome. In his overalls. And cleanly shaved face. I say that now after he tried to grow a mustache for 9 days.  It wasn't cute. Thanks for shaving hun. One of at least should be using our razors. Which brings me to my next item.

#4 The cute has left the building.

A long time ago actually. I am large. I am carrying this babe so low I find myself holding my baby belly every time I get up, for fear that the kid is just going to fall out. I took this silhouette to prove I was pregnant. I'm officially camped out in my husband T-shirts. His response? "Wow, I didn't know I was that big." Did I mention his mustache was bad? Anyway, at 39ish weeks we are ready to meet this babe. And I'm ready to wear my own shirts again. 

#5 I am so thankful for a healthy and happy pregnancy. All joking aside, once again the Lord has blessed us with a fantastic pregnancy experience. Healthy, low risk, exceptional care, and joy! Our first girl is loving feeling the baby karate and listening to heartbeat at home on the fetoscope. 

#6 February weather is crazy! Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday we lived like this. 

Today I'm back in my fleece leggings and sweaters. But we all know by now that I'm ok with that. Because I love Winter. Go ahead throw them 'maters at me. I don't care! Warmer weather is predicted for next week which will be good if we end up traveling for you know, labor and stuff. 

#7 My two year old is almost three. She is up she is down. She is sassy, she is sweet. In fact she just said to me "You know what Mom? I really love you." Oh, Sweetie Pie. I can't wait to see her be a big sister. 



A DIY Window Seat Cushion

I've been going a little cookoo for cocoa puffs over here. Call it cabin fever, call it nesting, call it whatever you want. But Momma's getting stuff done. And it's well overdue. My husband has been saying a lot of "Yes Dear" and for that I am thankful! 

Remember when we bought this house and I did a house tour? Well these built-ins had me swooning the first time we entered the home. And finally I'm finding some inspiration, vision, and the time for decorating them. 

So pretty. So perfect. So dramatic. 

I wanted an upholstered cushion on that bench seat. But I needed it permanent of sorts. I kept picturing small children pulling it off the seat. Lord knows I didn't need one more thing to pick up. Or an injury, we already are pretty rough and tumble. We had some scraps of bead board. But it was too thin to screw into the corners of the seat. -Think another sort of the tush. So my husband figured out a solution you will see below. 

My Materials
Beadboard cut to size of seat
2 inch foam
Quilt batting
Spray Adhesive 

Now usually tutorials or other posts like this are done in the daylight hours. With pretty natural lighting. Making you think that those blogger's lives are always beautifully lit. Not this blogger. Sorry guys. I try sometimes. But sometimes? Sometimes you do projects in the dark. Because the dark is when your husband is home. Dark is when you can use that husband as a distraction, sometimes that distraction is wielding a light saber at your two year old. Don't worry she has one too. We make it a fair fight. 

Sometimes dark is good. 

Now, on to the project. My seat was just the right width for the two inch foam- 14 inches. Kismet! I cut the rest of the pieces to fit the board length and around those funky little wood pieces. I used the spray adhesive to keep the foam in place while I adjusted them and flipped the piece over. 

Then I covered the whole thing with quilt batting. 

Staple. Staple. Staple. 

And then I...well then I covered the cushion with my fabric which happened to be a Hobby Lobby remnant of upholstery fabric-love when that happens! I just forgot to take pictures of that step. The battle between the light sabers must have been getting intense. 

My husband then fastened the seat in its place and I added my homemade flour sack pillows and a couple more pillows I made from again, a Hobby Lobby remnant or two. And now it's extra seating. Bonus-it helps with the echo that is our whole house. So much wood. So many hard surfaces. It's getting cozier though. Day by day. 

Ah,  a pretty place to read. Or watch the cars go by if you are two.

Not sure who won the light saber battle. Probably depends on who you ask.