Thursday, January 29, 2015

Kid's Barn Craft

If you have kids, you are no stranger to the "what can I get them for a present?" question.  As you look around at the cemetery of toys forgotten, those ones they had to have, would keep them busy and couldn't resist, you just don't want to add to the chaos.  Well, that is our house.  So at Christmas, when my mom asked what Atticus might enjoy, she suggested this barn craft and it was just the ticket! She picked it up for him (at Tractor Supply of all places), and he loved it.


The kit came with paint, the barn, a fence and these adorable little animals, and was just $14.99!  If you can't find this specific one, AC Moore has many wood crafts with basically the same idea.  It was great, because it kept him busy for a long time, and he had a toy to play with in the end.  

The only thing I didn't like was the lack of brown paint (he asked about this many times "where's the brown for the barn, mom?"), and the colors that were included were sparse, so you may want to pick up some extra at the craft store. 

Ada enjoyed watching the craft, and has since enjoyed the little animals!  There are also a lot of bird house varieties that look fun, so luckily I now have a great idea the next time someone asks what he likes.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Home Sweet Home


When I first came to upstate NY, it was to visit some family friends.  I had only been there a few times, when in August of 2007 I went to attend a bridal shower.  After the shower, it began to rain, so we ran down the road to my friends grandmother's house.  I had known grandma Joy for many years, since they all came to our family cottages in Maine each summer.  I knew a lot of the family from their vacationing, but when I entered the house, there was a group of people (family members) I didn't know.  This was the day I first met my husband.  He offered me clams and I notoriously laughed at him that no.  As the daughter of a lobsterman and someone who worked with Maine lobster and clams every day, I do not want your NY clams, thank you very much.


A few short years later, we moved to this house with a newborn Atticus.  This move was prompted by a few things, but mostly it was a way to be directly in the middle of both sets of our parents so we weren't too far away from any of them (four hours is better than eight).  After settling in, and deciding this is where we are going to stay, we started our DIY updates on the old family home.

The hallway was quite the undertaking, but under the five layers of wallpaper, so much history was revealed, including these treasures from when my husband's father and his siblings left their mark on this wall before their dad did work on it back in the 60s.  Now, so many years later, Atticus was able to do the same with his dad.


The dining has remained mostly the same, and this wallpaper is not going anywhere.  Eventually, as the budget allows, we will be taking up the rest of the carpeting and replacing what needs to be replaced, but we've been surprised with what lies behind those carpets.  The living room was done somewhat on a whim. I said one afternoon, "lets just pull up those carpets and see whats under there," and my husband jumped up and went for it.  I was thrilled to find gorgeous original hardwood, we think circa the 1800s.  Sure, its scuffed and imperfect, but I wouldn't have it any other way. 

(Living room, before & after)


We knew the carpets in our tiny, but wonderful bedroom needed to come up, so we saved our pennies, found some great hardwood on sale, and prepared ourselves for the work that was needed.  But here another surprise was hiding. More gorgeous floors!  These ones were in better condition than the living room and we couldn't believe our luck.  Money saved, and a room I love.

It was in this house that we discovered we had a new bedroom to prepare, one for our baby girl!  This was a dream come true in so many ways, and I knew I'd have a blast creating a room for my tiny lady.  To see details on her room makeover, check out this post all about it.


 This house has been more than just a place to live.  It's been an adventure, and that isn't always a good thing. Old houses mean old walls, old plumbing, old electrical, and new costs.  But I would take old over new any day.  My husband calls it my Yankee Mentality.  I love the memories we are creating here, and it's exciting to think of the future generations who will leave their mark on this house.  Our time is now, and as we begin taking down wall paper or tearing up carpets, we are reminded of the history and memories of our house, and feel blessed to be creating our own in such a special place.  Family members have been born here and died here and though we can make cosmetic changes to make it our own, the history will always be a large part of what makes this home.  I had no idea, the day I refused the clams here, that it would someday become the home I've come to love so much.

If you're on the market for your first apartment, or home, there are some really neat avenues you can take to lead you right to it.  Urban Compass has an amazing online Neighborhood Guide for NYC, where you can take a look around and determine which one best fits personality and lifestyle.  Find out everything from commute times, affordability, and changes in rent over time.  You get an in depth look at the type of people you would be surrounded with, what business are around and the overall vibe of the part of the city.  Another perk: you get a brief on what not to expect. 

What are you waiting for? Go find your perfect home.


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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Customer Appreciation Sale

I don't know about where you are, but here in upstate NY, its been cold. Like, freezing.  The other day I went outside and said to myself, "wow! It's nice out today." It was 16 degrees.  I figured, what better way to deal with the cold then to have something cozy to look forward to wearing, and that is why this sale is here for you!

Everything in the shop is handmade by me, and I cannot tell you how much I love working my fingers doing this.  What started as a hobby has grown to, dare I say, a job, a business.  My husband often comments how incredible it is that yarn can be made into such neat things, and you know what? He's right! It is neat. And I love it. 

Here are some of the items in the shop, but there's more, so be sure to stop on by:

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Etsy Roundup!

As you can probably guess, I am obsessed with Etsy.  Because I'm on there so much with my own business, I am always seeing amazing items and I wanted to share some of my findings with you.  So here it is, my Etsy Roundup for this week:

1.I love this Mama Bear shirt so much! Available here.
(photo borrowed from Maisonwares)

Mama Bear with Heart Women's TriBlend Heathered Navy Blue TShirt with Aqua Blue print 

2. A little obsessed with this tea towel! Available here.
(photo borrowed from Crafts Gone Awry)

Homies Be Trippin' Hand Embroidered Dish Towel

3. This little friend! Available here.
(photo borrowed from Moffit Plush Co.)

Grey Stuffed Plush Felt Cat, Gray Cat Pillow, Smarty Cat Stuffed Animal With Bowtie 

4. We have these bunnies and they are so soft. But even better, these ones are monogrammed! Available here. 
(photo borrowed from Designs by April)

Monogrammed Jelly Cat Easter Bunny  

5. The perfect artwork display hanger! Available here.
(photo borrowed from Shellyka)

If you have an item you think I'd love, please feel free to contact me!
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