Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Projects, Projects, Projects

Yeah!!!!!! I finally made my first piece of furniture, from start to finish, using the fabulous plans of Ana White. If you haven't seen Ana's fabulous site Knock Off Wood, be prepared to swoon. There are so many projects I want to make on her site, but I decided it's best to start simple.
I love the simple, rustic yet modern, look of the piece. I emphasised the found wood look of the piece by adding pieces of an old fruit crate to it! Supplies cost around $20.
Wanna try?

Taking on projects with Jack around always makes things exciting. No, I didn't leave open paint unattended. Somehow he got the lid off.

Nothing a little paint couldn't fix. Anyway, this was my belated Valentine's gift to my hubby. He does a lot of work from home and I thought a more organized workspace, with built in shelves would be helpful. They still need be "styled", or, I've also considered putting a floor to ceiling curtain in? Any thoughts?

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Some projects have bigger pay-offs than others

I don't think I'm a natural fit for the stay-at-home-mom role. I always feel like I should be doing more... and so I recover chairs, start an Etsy shop, tackle home improvements... and on and on. Sometimes though, it helps to stop.
So today, I didn't tackle an ugly chair (trust me I have several needing help). Today, I decided I'd tackle a project Jack would appreciate.

I made a track or ramp for Jack's Hotwheels cars using cardboard and duct tape.

The project evolved throughout the day. We added pieces, tried it in different locations, tried different types of cars and generally had a great time.

I know there will be other projects to tackle and laundry to be done, but today reminded me to keep my eye on a certain little guy who has never heard of Martha Stewart. I like her, but let's face it, she needs to loosen up. And so do I.