I don't think you are.
|Picking strawberries in June|
But don't think I haven't thought about you, my dear readers. I have thought about how many times people might have checked in to see what's going on, and been slapped in the eyeballs with the
same. post. over and over again. My apologies. Here is my list of excuses (not the picture, I'm just trying to send some pictures your way to catch you up):
|My birthday "cake" in May|
But we did close on a house that we love about three weeks ago, and have been painting, spackling, moving, buying stuff, installing, uninstalling, and many other very exciting things ever since then.
|Our new house! Ignore weeds...|
ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE CENTURY:
We're gonna have a baby!!!Yes, yes, please swoon and scream. It's completely called for :)
Joe and I are sooooooo excited. Our little bundle is due January 26, so there will soon be some nursery posts and such, along with pictures of our house as we finish up some projects.
No, we don't know if it's a boy or girl, you can all take bets and give me your winnings :)
And for a little taste of our new house, here is a project that I actually finished up about two months ago, but have been waiting to get into our new living room.
Introducing: The Mid-Century Sideboard
Here are a few inspirational shots that I used to figure out what to do:
Via BirdHouse BlogI knew I wanted wood + white. The question was, do I want wood outside and white inside, or the other way around? Wood drawers is by far the more popular choice...but then you're left with a scratch-me-with-anything white top, and I am simply not careful enough for something like that. Also, this sideboard has curvy drawers, so sanding would have been a nightmare.
White drawers won.
Blame it on baby-brain. I blame everything on that now, it's awesome.
But here's the process in a nutshell: Sanded with orbital and hand-sanding; Sealed natural wood with Minwax Polycrylic--2 coats on the side, 3 on the top); Taped off the places that I wanted to remain wood but would be painting next to; Primed painted areas with Zinsser FastPrime2; Second coat of primer; Two coats of a white, semi-gloss paint (actually my paint was flat, so I mixed in some Gloss Polycrylic...worked great!).
After all that, and letting it sit covered up in our basement for a couple months, here she is!!
1. Bamboo I bought awhile back that has fallen over on many people.
2. My beloved record player. You can read all about it here!
3. Antique Fan that I found at a sketchy secondhand store in St. Paul for $5. Joe rewired it :)
And now I know what you're asking. "Where in the world did you get that beautiful picture???!"
Well, actually it's an original photograph taken by the famous Cheryl Lancaster.
Otherwise known as MY MOM!!! Isn't she AWESOME??!!!
This is one of my favorite pictures of hers, and I was always talking about it. So she got it printed on canvas and asked if I might like to have it. Uh, yes, please.
If you want to follow her photography, she posts her new shots on her blog, cherylshootsphotography. Check her out and show her some love. I believe many of her shots are for sale, as well...in case you have crazy picture jealousy ;) Just contact her through her blog.
In case you forgot how NOT awesome this thing was before, here is a reminder:
Now just to have a little one screaming upstairs...
~The Doodle Bug
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