Having fun around the house

My little girl has been sick lately. I think I had mentioned our trip to the ER, but she had another bout with it this week. Having a sick kid, on the whole is no fun.

I have however really enjoyed the extra cuddles I get when she's feeling ill, but I look forward to her sleeping through the night again.

Today, we've been having fun at home and I just wanted to share two of my favorite pictures from the day.

 This first one was from our fort this morning under the table. Our cat, who is generally a bit skiddish around my little girl felt it was time to cuddle. It was a sweet moment to catch.

After we had finished with the fort and been playing for a while. She ended up putting on a pair of my heels and grabbing her winnie-the-pooh umbrella. This apparently was hilarious and she was in a fit of giggles over this. Ah, the joy!

Hope you are having an equally joyful day!


A little fun at home: Tea Party

As I had mentioned in a previous post, I was hoping to make my daughter's childhood more fun/memorable as I feel she doesn't get to be as carefree as I would like, since I work from home.

Today, I made a special treat for her while she napped. I set up a tiny tea party for the two of us.

This tea party entailed hot chocolate, shortbread cookies, and marshmallows in the sugar bowl. And yes, I did use real china for this party in combination with a real silver tray and the princess tea set sugar and cream set. She was very careful, so I think she did a wonderful job.

My daughter is also a great hostess. She was just tickled to assist me with pouring the "tea" and giving me "sugars". She also made sure I always had a cookie on my plate, so I can't complain about her taking good care of me :)

Hope you had a chance to have your own little indulgent party!


Project for the Day: An updated jewelry box

Do you happen to have any treasures from your childhood you just can't bear to part with and hope to hand down to your child? I have one that I have treasures for as long as I can remember. I think I got it when I was 6 or 7, but I know I got it from an older cousin who I admired. We were visiting her family in Seattle for her sister's wedding and I was a candy girl (I handed out little packets of candy at the reception - it was the first wedding I was in). My cousin gave me her jewelry box that she had as a child. It is a music one with the little ballerina that spins around and plays a cute little tune when you open the drawer.

The only part of this jewelry box that showed any sign of wear was the little ballerina. The paint that was on it was chipping pretty badly...and it was looking a little creepy anyway. I think the eyes were always a bit large on it. The rest was gold paint I think and frankly her back side was a bit revealing...

So it was time for an update. Here she is before her makeover.

I decided she needed a bit more clothes and while I was at it something a bit fancier. Also decided to fix the eyes...Only issue with that of course was I wasn't able to scratch off the blue eye color from before...So I started by painting over the whole dancer with white Martha Stewart craft paint. This paint is great as it will indeed work on anything.

After I had a base I painted a blue lacy looking leotard and new ballet shoes. Then I painted new brown hair and eyes, as well as some brows and the red lips. I then used a bit of gold paint to highlight the outfit and added hair decorations.

Then I painted a skin tone on the arms and face...I am glad I did it in this order as I was able to cover up any mistakes on the face by painting over. Worked great. Here she is, all dolled up. I decided to leave the legs white as I think they looked nice as tights. It also looked cute on the feet area to have the tights showing.

After she was completely dry, I put her back in her music box, but something was still missing...so I added a new little skirt made out of tulle and some twine.

See, isn't that an improvement?


Another project for my daughter

So I had stated I did a bunch of organizing for my little girl yesterday. In addition to the new shelf, I also reorganized her closet so all her toy bins would fit and be easy for her to get to. So she has been having a blast today playing with everything (and putting it away...I know this will be short-lived, but I'm enjoying it while I can).

As a treat, we decided to paint our nails to match (I also know her wanting to match me will be short-lived as well :) ) She wanted ladybugs. I'm amazed at how well she can sit still while getting her nails done. It is unparalleled by any other activity. The ladybugs ended up looking pretty cute, so she was thrilled.

In other projects, I don't know if I've mentioned that my daughter asked Santa for paints. She was thrilled Christmas morning to received both paints and an easel from the big guy. She has been demonstrating her prowess for watercolors since then.

I was particularly fond of one of her paintings which she informed me was of a mommy, daddy, and {her name} flamingo standing in the water. It's fun and I can definitely see the flamingos in it (which is something for a 2 year old). I decided we needed to frame it. I already had an old frame with a torn mat. To fix the mat, I took some nice paper and recovered the top. Then I painted some extra color on the edge. This was a slight disaster.

First, I managed to cut the paper slightly too small. This was going to be covered by the paint so it was fixable. Then I used frog tape. This stuff is awesome if you are painting on walls...totally tore up the paper though so then I had to do patching. So it didn't look as wonderful as I would have hoped. Probably should have done normal painters tape or drafting tape instead, but Can't do anything about that now.

From further away than 2 feet you can't really tell that the paper has been patched, so it's ok (or at least good enough). Once that was done I taped the painting my daughter did to the back of the mat. As the painting is a standard easel pad size, and the mat is a standard frame size (and they aren't the same, I was lucky enough that the length of the fixed mat covered the very edge of the painting. So I had to tape it if I hoped to not have the edge move or show.

Then I stuck it back in the frame, fixed the edges and wha-la! A new masterpiece. My daughter was rather tickled that her painting was "on the wall like the art museum". Isn't it charming! It's so fun and colorful. I adore it. Now all I need to do is find a place to get custom glass for the front so it can stay perfect forever!

Hope you're finding time to craft in this New Year!


New Year: New Goal

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and are going to be blessed with the best year ever!

I must say, I am slightly pessimistic about the upcoming year...which is generally not like me, but I know what caused it, so that's half the battle right?

My husband and I had been commenting on Thursday the 27th how laid-back and low-key 2012 was (this was our first mistake- never discuss the previous year until it's over). We didn't have any huge personal milestones or big bills and were steadily plucking away at our financial goal of becoming debt free...then on the 28th, my daughter wakes up in the middle of the night gasping for air. This of course, resulted in a mini-panic attack, a visit from paramedics, trip to the ER, and some impressive steroids to control a very bad case of croup for my daughter! I am thrilled that she is ok and only has a mild cough and some congestion, but I am not looking forward to that bill. (Does it make me a bad mom that now that she is totally fine, I am annoyed that I will be getting a bill? I hope not.)

As you can imagine this won't help us get out of debt anytime soon...especially since one of the major reasons for a previous debt was health bills, so our goal has shifted slightly on that to just not spend anything we don't have to while we continue to chip away at the mountain of bills. This is a rather disappointing turn of events for me as I am a worrier and I can't start saving for that much longer. Obviously I can't do anything about it so, I shouldn't worry... SEE totally pessimistic! Must stop that.

So, as it is a new year I feel I should re-assess things and determine what I would do differently. Sure, I have the financial goal I am going to continue working on, and the always useful "get in shape" one everyone has. But the big one for me was focused on my daughter. She is a huge part of my daily life, but with me working at home I feel like her childhood may not be as fun as I would want. I want her to have a fun and enjoyable childhood that she can look back on with tons of fond memories (since I know mom working will be part of it, I want all the time I'm not working to be more fun for her). I have a feeling this goal stems from some deep-seated guilt, but oh well :)

So with this in mind, I started new years eve off right with a cute snack for her. See- isn't that adorable? I happened to come across some mini cookie cutters. She was thrilled.

Then on the first I managed to do a few things for her. One was converting her room from the baby one to a big girl room. She had long ago changed from the crib to a toddler bed, but now the changing pad is gone. In addition I reorganized the closet to store all her toys and converted an old TV stand we had into a shelf for her toys.

First I started with the old stand. I took off the casters, and legs on the bottom (as I don't want it to move and be sitting height). I added rubber pads to the bottom as I also don't want it to scratch the floor :)

Once that was done I fixed the middle center portions of the console so that I would have 8 equally sized areas. These actually are exactly the right size for sterilite bins for when she is older, but currently it works great to organize all the large toys that just didn't fit on the book shelf she used to have in the room.

I was originally planning on painting the outside white, but when I put it in the room, the pine wood blended nicely with the rest of the room to where it nearly looked built in, so I decided it wasn't necessary. I did however decide I will be painting the dresser in the near future. I wish it had come in chocolate or white (as I would have selected those when getting it, but I can fix that easily enough).

Because I removed a bookshelf there were several displaced books laying around. My little girl loves books and has to have at least 4 in her bed whenever she is in there. On many occasions we have peeked in on her in the middle of the night and she is sitting with her glow seahorse (similar to the old school glow worms) reading a book by it's light. I rather admire her dedication... anyway, since she doesn't have a changing table anymore her dresser was open on top, so that became a book storage area.

Well, my little girl has woken up from her afternoon nap so it's time to go play! Have a great day!