Crafting galore

Crafting galore

This was the weekend of nesting.  The major renovation projects are dwindling in number.  Only one room left to paint and a few pieces of furniture to build.  That leaves just one thing left to do:  nest.

Nesting project one:  Mail-holder-thingie


I found the idea for this project from the Palletso shop on Etsy.  Despite the fact that I wasn’t eager to pay for this particular piece, the shop does have some beautiful items for sale.  I recommend checking it out.

Not really sure what else to call it.  I was perusing Etsy (which is just as dangerous as Pinterest for a new homeowner) and found a mail holder that seemed unique but simple.  The Etsy builder wanted $65…a tad outside of my budget considering the purpose of the item was to simply hold pieces of paper.  Twine and clothes pins could accomplish the same task.  I showed it to my handy man, and he knocked it out of the park.  I am so pleased with how it turned out, and it gave us something to put on the kitchen wall.  It also got some clutter off of the counters, which is a huge accomplishment given the limited kitchen space.  It was a quick craft, but I am tickled with the turnout.

Nesting project two:  functional décor


It is amazing how simple of a thing can make for a happy heart.  

The laundry “room” is actually more of a closet and doesn’t allow space to hang clothes that can’t be tossed in the dryer.  I was trying to think of a way to create hanging space without it being insanely obvious or tacky.  I got an idea off of Pinterest (See!!  Dangerous.) to use a ladder.  The post I saw had the ladder hanging from the ceiling in a laundry room, but that didn’t seem realistic given that the laundry closet is in the downstairs hallway.  Instead of hanging it from the ceiling, Bradley crafted the whole thing so that it hangs flush with the wall when not in use.  When I need it, I can lower the ladder so that it is parallel with the floor.  Viola!  I now have a space to hang laundry that also looks pretty cute on the wall.  Bradley also completed this idea for me.  Have I mentioned that he is handy?

Nesting project three:  pictures go on walls

We finally got around to putting some pictures on the walls.  We put a few pieces in the living room, kitchen, downstairs hallway, and guest bathroom. It is incredible what pictures on a wall can do for creating a homey environment.  The walls look like people actually live here.  Which is nice considering that people really do.

The next nesting project will consist of turning a dresser into a bench seat.  I’m pretty pumped about this one!

A few minor details still need to be done:  scraping paint off the floor, painting a little trim here and there (perhaps this should be done before the former), and finishing the guest rooms.  Everyone keeps telling us that the hard work will pay off, that we will be proud of this work.  Until now, it has felt primarily like work and less like pay off.  This weekend seemed like we were turning the corner.  The list is still there but, as we mark items off, we create time for the things we enjoy.  We had time on Saturday to visit a brewery we had not been to before.  It was so nice to get out, do something new, and do it together.  We also took the girls out for a walk through the local outdoor trails.  This is why I moved to Virginia – to enjoy the little things with Bradley without having to worry about when I would have to leave.  And given the amount of time, energy, and sweat that I have put into this home, I think it is safe to say that I won’t be leaving anytime soon.


We went to O’Conner Brewing Company in Norfolk, Virginia.  I was really into the vibe – reminded me of Fullsteam Brewery in Durham, North Carolina.  They host oodles of events and had a great selection of beer on tap.  We will definitely be going back. 

Next blog will be about my adventures with embroidery.  It’s going to be bloody exciting.  Literally.

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