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Refinished Chairs

I crossed another two things off my list!

Remember my dining room chairs that show up in the back of many of my pictures?

They belonged to my Great-Grandmother, and so they are family heirlooms.  When I took the seats off to reupholster them, there were 4 layers of fabric nailed on- all of which were prettier than the orange top layer.  I covered all the layers with red micro-suede.  If you haven’t noticed, we like red.

We spent some long hours sanding (my house is so dusty now!) the stain off the chairs themselves, added some putty where Liz’s dog chewed on them, and Steve painted them black.

Don’t they look fantastic?

Don’t forget to vote for my mom and win cookies!!!

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Vote For My Mom!

My mom made a commercial to try and win a scholarship to get her Master’s Degree paid for, and she did a really excellent job!

Her video made it through the preliminary round, and she is now in the top 10.  Please go take a look at http://www.wgu.edu/wgu/scholarship_contest_2010_vote and vote for “Irene- Everyone Loves WGU.”  If you voted before today, that was the preliminary round and she really needs you to vote again now in the finals.

Bonus- my handsome husband has a cameo appearance, not to mention my dad and my sister!

I’ve decided to send cookies to one random person who comments on this post telling me that they voted.  So go vote and get some cookies!!

Thanks everybody!!

*Voting has ended, my mom didn’t end up winning the scholarship, but we appreciate all your votes!!  I added the comments from my Facebook link to this post in the drawing for cookies and the random number generator came up with #4… so the winner is Rubi Macias!!

Congratulations, Rubi! I’ll get some cookies to you ASAP!

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Here is a peek at my list of things to accomplish before Evelyn is born. I made it a few days ago, and so some things are already crossed off.  I’ll update it as I finish things, and post pictures of those that are worthy of them.  Maybe you can give me some suggestions, a few of these are huge projects.

Can you believe she’ll be here next month?!?

3. Reupholster couch
4. Sew crib bumpers
7. Sew burp cloths
8. Fix sewing desk
9. Fix handle on sewing desk (i.e. borrow bolt cutters)
10. Finish purse (buy lining fabric)
11. Digitize/Scan all my pictures
12. Pack hospital bag
13. Clean car
14. Install car seat base
15. Finish Steve’s quilt- it’s tied now, I just need to bind it!
16. Update baby book
17. Make wedding scrapbook
18. Pack!!! (to move who knows where) NOT MOVING!!!!
19. Gifts made/figured out for Christmas and this year’s birthdays
20. Study Russian!
21. Finish thank-you notes (ongoing process, but I’m caught up, I think!)
23. Make duvet cover
24. Freezer meals ready
25. Birth announcements started
26. Wash yard sale baby clothes
I’ll change the color to red on the things I’ve accomplished, unless I post about them, in which case they will be a link.

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Rocking Chair Redo

When you don’t have a nursery to prepare, the “nesting” instinct finds interesting ways to manifest itself.

I’ve got a long list of to-dos, but a sweet husband who helps me get everything done.  Then again, you’ll still have to pardon my messy house in the background of these pictures.

A few weeks ago I found this rocking chair at a yard sale. The back pieces needed some glue, and we decided the whole chair had much more potential than it was manifesting.

First, we removed all the loose pieces.

Then, I sanded every piece.  It needed to be roughed up, I wasn’t necessarily trying to get all the stain off.

After cleaning off all the dust from sanding I glued everything back together.  And nearly managed to glue the chair to my floor in the process!

It had a few places it needed some putty, so I did that next and let it dry.

After that it was ready for primer, so my handsome assistant gave it a good coat.

Then he added a top coat and we had a lovely white rocking chair!

Of course, you know the Flynns have a tendency to go overboard, so we didn’t stop there.

I sketched a bit with pencil…

Then filled it in with paint…

And then I added some more!

I’m really happy with my cow.  The detail really made the chair fun.

And viola! Our “new” custom rocking chair is ready for Evelyn to arrive.

As soon as we find a place to put it (and her), that is!

P.S. For anyone interested, we added a top coat of spray paint that said it was a non-yellowing protective coat, but it started to bubble in places and to discolor the white paint.  I think it was a reaction with the stain underneath.  Anyways, we don’t really recommend the top coat for that reason.

I’m sharing this post as part of I Made it Thursdays on Everything Etsy and Take-A-Look Tuesday on Sugar Bee!


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I lost it at work today

I’m hormonal.

I’m told thats normal, but I don’t like it.

Yesterday at my OB apt my doctor and I decided that I should monitor my blood sugar because I’ve had some wonky test results.  I was already limiting my sugar for that reason, but I still ended up with some strange results.

This morning my fasting level was much higher than it should have been.  An hour after breakfast it was much higher than it should have been.

So then my mind started racing.  I started telling myself that I need to prepare myself for the fact that my labor isn’t going to be the way I want it.  That I’m just going to have to face the fact that I’m going to need an IV.  And then I started thinking about how much pain my hand is already in and that it just doesn’t seem right that on one of the most beautiful days of my life I’m going to have to worry about my stupid hand when I know there is plenty of other pain to worry about.  And then I started thinking about how important it is to relax during contractions and thinking that there is no way I’m going to be able to relax at all.  And that got me started thinking about the possibility of needing a c-section.

I was spiraling.

To be honest with you, I’m still spiraling.

Luckily, at this point I was the only one in the office and I was able to sit in the bathroom for a minute for a good cry, then text my mom and tell her I was frustrated, and then wash my face and get back to work.

I was able to hold it in when people asked me about whether or not I’ve found a place to live once Evelyn is born (the answer is still no).

I was able to hold it in when someone brought in cupcakes which would not have looked delicious to me except I knew they were forbidden.

I was able to hold it in even though I was sooo hungry but afraid to eat anything.

Then one of the doctors I work for wanted to talk to me about my hand.  He felt that I hadn’t used up my options and that my doctor wasn’t working hard enough to find a solution.  He had me try on a different type of brace and asked me to try working with it on for awhile and tell him how it went.

That’s when I lost it.

I didn’t have any hope in the new brace.  I was frustrated that my hand pain had caused me to not be able to do my job to the best of my ability.  I was attracting unwanted attention from my co-workers.   Every few minutes I was being asked if the brace was helping, and it wasn’t.  In fact, it was doing just what the others had done- caused my fingers to hurt more.

And so, with half the people I work with standing by my desk, I started to cry.  And they all told me that it was just the pregnancy hormones and that God loves me and that I’m in the home stretch and Evelyn will be here soon.  But I needed them to not talk to me about those things.  I didn’t want to cry in front of them and my emotions were too close to the surface for them to be able to say anything that would make me stop.

Thats when I took another, longer, bathroom break.

I kept wearing the brace for an hour because I didn’t want my employers to think I was giving up easily and because I was being watched and didn’t want to be asked about it.   I wanted to go home, but something in me needed to hold out and last just that much longer.

So I told the doctor his brace hurt my hand, he took it back and told me that next time I’m pregnant I need to gain less weight and that between pregnancies I need to work really hard to lose a lot of weight.

And you know what? That didn’t make me feel better.

But taking off the brace felt better, leaving work immediately after that felt better, and having an outlet to write this down feels better.

While these last 6 weeks are going to be really hard, I know that I couldn’t have a better reward for enduring them.

And I wouldn’t trade that for anything.

Update 7/22/10

Its official, today I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes.  It could be worse, and I’m dealing with things much better than I was yesterday, but it still really stinks.

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Just a question for you today…

How big can they get before they pop?

Hope I didn’t gross you out, just keepin’ it real here in the stew!

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Cake Crystals

I had a realization yesterday.  Or maybe the day before yesterday.  And then I remembered it today.

Once upon a time I showed you this:

But I never showed you these:

For Lizzy’s birthday, I made her one owl cupcake, but I also made her some cupcakes with my first attempt at fondant, and in the middle of the flower cupcakes, I featured these:

Cake Crystals.

I was innocently minding my own business on Facebook one day when I noticed an ad on the sidebar for Cake Crystals.  I was intrigued, so I took a look.  Then I was interested.  I sent a pleading e-mail to the company begging them to let me try some and tell you about them, and they happily obliged!

These lovely “diamonds” are edible, too!  They aren’t sticky, and you can polish them with a little cooking oil to make them shine (my photos didn’t do the shine justice).

I think these would be a lot of fun to use as actual diamonds on a cake or cookies, but I haven’t found the perfect opportunity to make that type of cake just yet.  My package came with plenty more, so I’ll let you know what I figure out.  Let me know if you have some other fun ideas for me to use these!

Happy Baking!

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