We’re on Etsy!

I have collected a lot of fun and beautiful vintage items, but I do not have space to enjoy them all. So, I am offering them to you on Etsy! Stop by and have a gander. Maybe something will tickle your fancy.

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The Chair

I thought I would post a little something about my chair in Baby Girl’s room.
It started as a #thriftstorescore. I loved the clean lines of this vintage mid-century modern chair. (I actually bought a pair of them, but could only fit one in the space.) The finish needed some love, and any original upholstery was long gone. There were a few remaining scraps of an old floral fabric still attached to the back slats, along with a dozen or more heavy duty staples.


The brown color of the chair was nice, but was worn and not really cohesive with the color scheme of the room. So, I painted it white.
As nice as the lines of the chair are, it wasn’t really very comfortable without a seat cushion. Since it didn’t come with one, I made one. I bought a piece of firm foam at the fabric store, and got my fabric for a steal. The pillow came from the shop.¬† The cushion and pillow made all the difference. I love to sit here and nurse Baby Girl or read to her.


Sometimes I just sit here and blog!

Fancy Mirrors

I kind of like fancy mirrors. Until Baby Girl was born, I didn’t own a single one. All we had were the builder-grade bathroom mirrors. Boring. I decided I wanted mirrors to be part of the collage wall. I kept my eyes open for them at “the shop” (a.k.a. the thrift store).

This was the first one I found.


You are jealous, I know. Who wouldn’t want a neon green mirror? Since the green really didn’t match the room’s color scheme I knew I had to paint it. Break out the spray paint! I painted it a gloss black. It took a few coats to cover up the neon glow. It looks a hundred times better now!


I also found a couple of similar, smaller, ones. One black, one gold, both plastic.


I painted the gold one pink, along with a full-length mirror from the shop, and left the other one black.


Can you spot all three on the wall?


The full length mirror I put on the small closet door, at her height. I can raise it as she grows.

Four Boys and a Princess

I have five kids, four boys and one girl. Until now they have all been sleeping in the same bedroom. You read that right – five kids, one bedroom. It is a large room, and with two sets of bunk beds it wasn’t that bad. Until we had our fifth child. See, our first four are boys. Typically loud, rambunctious, messy boys. Especially messy. Their bedroom is pretty much a disaster at all times. I try to organize things, but there is only¬†so much space in a bedroom that houses four boys. And then, we added a crib. And a dresser for the baby. That really did it, now the room is overcrowded and even when it is “clean” it still looks like a mess. To top it off, that crib belongs to a baby GIRL. Now what girl wants to share a bedroom with four boys? (Even if they adore each other.) We had a problem.

Now, as a bit of background information, we have a basement apartment. We rented it out as a 2-bedroom apartment, keeping the third bedroom as a storage room for us. Every time we needed to access that storage room, however, we had to go through the tenant’s apartment. Not so cool. So, at the end of July our most recent tenant had moved out and we decided to remodel the apartment and convert it to a one-bedroom. Now, at the beginning of September it is finished and we have new tenants moving in this week. Phew! The best part is that we now have two extra bedrooms downstairs, *cue angels singing*, and we don’t have to go through the tenant’s space any more to get to them. The plan is to move the boys downstairs (two to a room) and their current bedroom will be a bedroom for Baby Girl, and an office for me. This project has been the focus of my thrifting trips since then. I will be sharing before and after pictures, and some upcycling projects I have been working on!