Monday, July 18, 2011

Latest Projects

Even though it kills my wrists to do anything dexterous, it helps (1) keep my mind off my pregnancy and (2) move the rest of my body. So I work through the pain. Although, I can happily report that my attitude is improving. I think weeks 34-35 were so hard because I felt huge, but also like I still had so much time left. But now that I'm closing in on 38 weeks, it feels like I'm huge for a reason. So don't worry about me; I'm surviving. That is, until this week when Maryland kills me with heat.

Here's what's been happening in our house. First, the curtains for the boys' room (oh how fun that sounds!). After some dreadfully wrong calculations and subsequent design changes, I was able to pull off these curtains. I love the fabrics (Kate Spain's "Central Park"), and I think they'll look great next to grey walls. I backed them with blackout fabric and am amazed at how well they darken a room: just what I need for little boys to sleep. Then there is the book sling out of some coordinating fabric.  I found the tutorial at Megan's blog, "Penny Carnival." I know it doesn't look like much now (fabric rectangle anyone?), but just imagine how cute it will be hung next to Rhett's bed. I'm so very excited.

Then this. This is mostly Chuck's project since all I did was measure stuff and sand a bit. He cut, primed, painted, drilled, screwed...everything. It's totally his project. But we both love it. I saw it on Jenny's blog "Anything Pretty" and knew it should be ours. I mean, come on. Have you ever met a bigger couple of math nerds geeks? Rhett loves playing with the extra beads, although to him, they make a better microphone ("Ladies and gentlemen...") and ice cream cone. (oh and you can't really tell, but this is about 2' x 3'. It's pretty big.)

Remember this table runner I saw at that adorable Utah quilting shop? Well, here's mine. I thought about adding something to the middle but Chuck said, "Oh no, that's where all the flowers I buy you will go." Isn't that the funniest thing you've ever heard?! That Chuck, always making me laugh.

And finally, because it's summer in Maryland it's humid (have I mentioned that Maryland is humid? I can't recall). Humidity means sweating glasses. Sweating glasses means stains on wood if there are no coasters. So coasters we must have. I found a couple of tutorials and think these will be great for our house! We haven't finished them yet because I want to use some sort of varnish that could harm the baby. So it's on Chuck's list.


  1. You creative, productive woman! I love all the projects - with the abacus being my favorite. It's sad that you're more productive than I am, whilst you are 38 weeks preggo and sitting in 90% humidity. Wowza.

  2. All your projects look awesome and it's inspiring me to do more! Your curtains turned out so well! I love them. You said you used blackout fabric? Where did you buy that?! I'm going to make curtains for Elise's room when we move and I'd love to invest in some of that...

    Cute stuff!

  3. oh my comment just got deleted. lame. but i said some really great stuff.

    but it all boils down to this: it is all fantastic! i can't wait to see books in the fabric-shelf. the table runner is so adorable. i can't wait to see the flowers there in the center. :) chuck did an amazing job on the abacus. wowzers. and the tiles are great. i love how much stuff you still get done. you pretty much rock.

  4. seriously, you are both WAY to crafty and creative. KUDOS to you.