It all started with this number plaque I bought YEARS ago for $3.00.
I wasnt sure what I was gonna do with it but I held on to it. I finally decided that I wanted some numbers on my dining room baskets. I went back to the store I bought them and of course they don't stock them anymore because its retail and they change every season. I searched online and found them and ones similar for $9-15 EACH!
I needed three. No way I was dropping $45 on tags!
So I got to thinking that I could make them.
Here is what I came up with.
I used cork, sticker numbers, paint, and glue.
I traced the plaque I already had since I liked the size.
Then I painted the cork white, painted the numbers black and glued them on.
Here is the original on top and mine on bottom.
I put brads on and secured them to the basket.
This also allowed be to use meaningful numbers (our area code - 254)
Its been awhile and we have already made some progress on our dining room so I thought I had better put Before pictures up.
The dining room is much more space and storage that we ever thought we'd have.
It is a great place to put out all the pretty dishes. The red hadn't really bothered me but you can see the paint samples up on the wall already. This room meets up with the living room and has access to the guest room and kitchen.
We bought the table in our other house because it folded down to be only 12 inches wide.
Well, fully extended, it is much too small in this new space. Scale is one thing we have had to learn about since moving in.
Today, at 2 years old, Reyna started her first day of Montessori School.
Its all day. 8am to 3 pm. That is not much different than last year but this is SCHOOL.
She is in a classroom with 2.5-5 year olds. no diapers. nap. structure. lessons.
I am so sad I could not drop her off because I teach at 8:00am but she was excited this morning!
I can't wait to pick her up and talk about her first day of school over ice cream, just like my mom used to do with us.
She asked to wear her polka dot shirt and two pigtails.
When we found und out we were moving into this house we started enthusiastically referring to her room has her "Big Girl Room". This was part of our plan to transition and potty train. She picked up on the enthusiasm and the transition went pretty smoothly.
(potty training is a story for another day)
We did not buy anything new. We basically rearranged her nursery to fit the space. This is the room I set up first. I thought it would be helpful for her to have this small piece of consistency while everything else was up in the air. This is also my favorite room so far.
Welcome to Reyna's room.
Her dream catcher was made by me. The newest addition is this metal "I'm Gorgeous Inside" sign. I found it in a junk store. I don't know what it could have possibly belonged to but its part of our daily message that what matters most is "your head and your heart".
This is the view from her door.
The curtains are new. They are long pieces of fabric tied to the rod. I've always wanted to do this in a room and a kids room is just the space to try something unconventional. Plus, it was free. This was all fabric I had lying around - I know, I have a problem...
I'm working on it!
We transitioned her to a big girl bed.
The crib we had converts multiple ways. It actually only had a 4 inch brace to keep her from falling out but that was not gonna work. I used a closet shelf between the slats and it works perfect!
The hoop art over her crib is a new addition but again, free. And incomplete. The large center one will be a globe when it is complete. I make the bedskirt with existing fabric as well.
I also had the little star lights hanging over her crib already. She loves to read herself to sleep to they work great as a night light.
To the right of her dresser is another nook.
I put out some pieces from her old room and included the fortune cookie painting I did.
This is special because, if you are not familiar with the story, we announced our pregnancy to our family with a fortune cookie.
Her room has two closets. One we use for clothes, the other for books. I'm not kidding when I say she has a closet - floor to ceiling - of books. The girl loves her books.
My favorite part of the room is her letter r.
We have had this for more than 5 years as part of a set that spelled "bears". Again, always something I wanted to try in the house.
When you make it to visit, she will be so happy to show you her Big Girl Room. and every toy. and every book.
every box is unpacked.
my goal was to unpack before school started. now comes the fun part -decorating!
I thought I would start a little tour of the house for all my family and friends who are interested.
I'll share the three entry way today.
Also, these will make for good before pictures.
this is the view as you walk through the door.
The double doors lead to the kitchen.
fireplace is technically in the next room but its one of the first things you see.
I put out a few of my favorite things.
Our entryway is beautiful in itself but I added this sign.
(the view from the double doors)
here is a close up.
this is one of my favorite pieces now. I ran across a frame on clearance for $5.00 and used paint sharpie for the letters.
It was a long process and so much blood sweat and tears went into this move.
We have the BEST parents. We literally couldn't have done it without them. in the physical sense. in the mental sense. Literally and figurately. Both sets traveled to Waco and spent their vacation days, hauling boxes up and down multiple sets of stairs. Babysitting, cleaning, all in 100 degree heat!
It was both emotional and gratifying to leave our "little blue house", as Reyna says.
We fit our entire house in a single uhaul.
Let me tell you. We left that house better than we left it and that feels pretty good.
We made our trip across town to our new home.
Move in day was a mess. Literally.
We got there with our move in crew only to discover that there were tons of their boxes yet to be moved. Nothing had been cleaned.. I don't mean 10 moxes, I'm talking a moving van worth of stuff!
You know what we did? we ignored it. We brought our stuff in as they took their stuff out.
It was a LOOOOONG day but we managed to get everything into the house in one day.
We had to think of a way to keep Reyna occupied so we put on a movie, a fan, and pillows down and she took a nap! What a trooper!
Our parents worked their tails off!
Now, we get to spend our days, getting the home together. Lots of work has already happened and I'm sure that you'll get a glimpse of the process!
For now, just know that we are loving our B&B and making it ours.