Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Quilting, quilting and more quilting

My forth, fifth and sixth quilts!! 

This is my first Jelly Roll Quilt. Wow was it easy! It came together so fast, I love fast projects. And I absolutely LOVE the fabric in this quilt. Surprisingly, this is a quilt I made for myself and kept for myself!! Out of the 6 quilts I have made, I have only kept 2 for myself. 

Quilt number 5 is a quilt I made for my sister and her husband for their wedding. I also love how this one turned out! For this I used Jeni Baker's Side Braid Pattern. This is the mini version.  I love Cotton + Steel fabric. 


And quilt number 6, is a quilt I made for my niece for Christmas. Yet another Jelly Roll Race Quilt. This fabric is Lullaby by Kate and Birdie for Moda fabrics.

I am currently working on quilt number 7 (ANOTHER QUILT FOR ME!!!! And ordering fabric for quilt number 8. Picking out fabric is so much fun! But also so difficult!!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Yet Another Frozen Party

My daughter goes through a faze where every January she becomes obsessed with Frozen, so when it comes time to talk about what kind of party she wants, its a Frozen party! Maybe it has to do with our wintery Wisconsin weather!!! But she has insisted on this theme two years in a row! And of course I did not keep any of the decorations from my last year party.

It doesn't look all that difference from last year! This year I tried to use a little more purple for something different!

I sort of threw it together the day before, I have been sick a lot this winter (see my previous post on my tonsillectomy!!) But Ava loved it, so that's all that matters!!!

Having a birthday right after Christmas makes decorating for a frozen party so much easier. All of these trees are Christmas decorations of mine, and my mother and mother in law!!! I loved the table skirt tutu so much from last year I made yet another one this year (seriously it doesn't take long to make at all, maybe 2 hours!!! and its so cute!!!) But now the big question is, do I sell this one or do I keep it for next year if she decides its got to be another frozen party!!!??????? I think I am going to sell it, its a lot to tulle and takes up a lot of space!!
I didn't realize these balloons were so big, but they turned out awesome!!! They worked very well over the Kids table!
Simple wand favors and tiara headbands also double as table d├ęcor!
What Frozen party would be complete without a life sized Stormtropper wearing a crown and a tutu!!! Ava LOVED that we dressed him up for her party!!!! She thought that was awesome!!!!
Check out the awesome cake that my mom made her!! I love how it turned out!!! And more importantly, Ava loved it!!
My daughter had a great 4th birthday party!!! So that is the most important part! I am glad I could make her day special for her!!! And hopefully she picks something different for next year, because I am all out of Frozen party ideas!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

My Easy Adult Tonsillectomy Recovery

I feel I need to write this because everything I read about adult tonsillectomies, said that it was completely the worst pain and experience ever! I read post after post of, I am on day 10 and its awful. Or I am day 8 and I want to die. I am very sorry if this was your experience, or will be your experience, but I just need to say that it was not my experience and maybe there is hope for other people too!! 

I turned 38 years old on the 3rd of February and exactly a week later on February 10th I had a tonsillectomy. I am writing this post because before my surgery and during my recovery I did a LOT of reading on the topic and I am hear to say that as an adult I had what I would call an EASY tonsillectomy recovery!!!

As I write this, tomorrow will be two weeks since my surgery. And I really have no pain except for when I yawn!

Before my surgery I was very nervous about having my tonsils removed, I did a lot of research on the topic. I even watched a YouTube video on the actual surgery!! Because of my research I thought I was very well prepared for it. I lined someone up to take care of my two kids for the first two weeks, which I didn't end up needing. Below is my list of items I had on hand before my tonsillectomy.

My Pre-surgery shopping list
  • Lots of ice packs - both reusable and instant. Because sometimes you just don't want to walk to the freezer!!!
  • Liquid Tylenol - Although my Doctor wrote me a prescription for this as well.
  • A Humidifier - I still use this and could tell the night we forgot to fill it up!!!
  • Lots of pudding - I enjoyed this later in my recovery, not right away!
  • Lots of Jell-O
  • 7-up or other clear soda
  • Popsicles - In the hospital they gave me two popsicles slightly melted with 7-up. and it was amazing, until it wasn't around day 3!!
  • Root beer - I needed something besides water by day 7!!
  • Lots and lots and lots of pillows. I slept nearly upright for the first 7 days! I probably used about 7 pillows.
I ended up getting strep throat the day before my surgery. Everyone at my Primary doctors said they would probably end up canceling my surgery for the next day. I was very disappointed. But they decided to go ahead with it anyways!!!

I had strep all the time as a kid, all of the time. I am not sure why they didn't take my tonsils out as a kid, but it is what it is. I went years and years without getting strep and then this year, since May I had strep 5 times!! So it was finally time for them to go! Thankfully!!!!

I felt pretty crumby the morning of my surgery. I couldn't drink anything but still had to take this monster sized Antibiotic with a sip of water. I was so glad to get to the hospital and get a nice big bag of an IV. I felt so much better.

Immediately after my surgery I felt pretty decent. I remember telling the nurse I was at about a 3 pain level. But I read that a lot of people weren't in pain for the first couple days, so I thought it was just normal. (I heard a couple times, wow those were some massive tonsils!!)

I don't remember much from the first 4 days after my surgery. I spent most of my time in bed. I didn't really sleep or watch TV. I just sort of did nothing. But still my pain was very manageable. I kept waiting for it to get worse and it never did. Around day 4, since I wasn't in a lot of pain and I hate taking narcotics I cut back on them to see how things went. I just took the Tylenol. On the narcotic I probably had a pain of 1. On Tylenol it was maybe a 2 but I felt so much better once the fog of the narcotics got out of my system.

Around day 4 was when I randomly threw up twice in the middle of the night. I am not 100% sure what that was about. Throwing up post tonsillectomy isn't the most fun thing you could do. But I survived. My son also was sick, so it could have been related to that? and not my tonsillectomy?

Yes, the back of your throat is disgusting!!! I tried not to look too much. I made my husband look and make sure it looked the same!   And your uvula is going to be swollen and huge!! And yes your tongue is going to look disgusting and white!

At day 7 I went to my son's Hockey game. Even though it was a short trip out of the house I was tired from it. By that point I thought this has been too easy, the scabs are going to fall off now, so now its going to turn painful. And again it never did!!!!

Right around day 7 I think was when my scabs started to bother my gag reflux. Between days 7 and 9 I threw up 3 times because of the scabs feeling like they were gagging me. I still have a little trouble brushing my teeth because of this feeling, but I haven't thrown up since.

But by day 8, I pretty much went back to my normal routine. As my son said, "Mom must be feeling better, because she's downstairs."

One important thing to note is, I am still drinking copious amounts of water each day. And if I wake up in the middle of the night, I make sure to drink several ounces as well!! I make sure to drink well over 60 ounces a day. Before my surgery I bought a 24 pack of water from Target that I had at my bed side. I would drink those at room temperature until I ran out and my mom bought me a massive jug of water!

It does still hurt to yawn!!! It is getting better each day, but the pulling of that really isn't fun!! But breathing out as you yawn does help, or I like to plug my ears. My son also simply said I should just go to sleep before I feel the need to yawn... the wisdom of a six year old!!!

I don't know if I have a very high pain tolerance?? or what, but my pain was never over a 5. (For what its worth I didn't have an epidural for the birth of my daughter and I didn't think that was painful either.....)

I am sorry if this is not your experience!!!  If its not your experience, remember the end goal of getting those pesky tonsils out, and that the pain won't last forever. I feel like it is such a weight lifted having mine finally gone!!! If you are reading this right before your tonsillectomy I hope you have a similar experience like mine! And I just want to give you reassurance that NOT everyone has a horrible time with it! And hopefully that is the case for you as well!!!

Good luck and it will get better!!!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Simple and Inexpensive Kids Monster Bathroom

Wow is my kids bathroom a difficult room to photograph!!!! (Maybe all bathrooms are tricky!!) It is a long bathroom with a pocket door between the sink area and the tub/toilet area. While I like this idea functionally, it makes photoing tricky. 

I spent a lot of time debating on if I should paint this room or not. I decided not to paint it and am very happy with my decision not to paint it. It just looks so bright and clean with the white painted walls!
I love the look of the bright and bold colored prints with the dark frames on the white walls. I love the little Monster artwork I purchased on Etsy!!! They turned out so cute and look awesome in the room! I got their initial letter hooks a year or so back and never had a place for them. So they work out great for hanging their towels!!
More monster artwork!
The inspiration on my monster themed bathroom! A Target shower curtain.
The best part of this bathroom is the extra storage!! There is enough room in the large bathroom vanity to hold all of their towels!! This was part of my spring organization on the 40 Bags in 40 Days!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Our Experiences Building a Home

We recently built a new house, and we love it!! We used a builder that had about 40 different home plans that we could chose from, to build on their lots, in their neighborhood. We then met a Design Consultant at their Design Studio to pick out the exterior colors and everything in the interior, such as lights, fixtures, floors, etc.

We never built a house before and I learned so many things in this process!

Would I do it again? Yes! Would I use this builder again? Probably not. Would I recommend this builder to others? Yes, probably, but I would say you have to be prepared to do it their way.

While it was nice as a first time builder having limited options, I feel at times there were options that were not offered to us, which now being in the house and seeing other houses I wish our house had!

There are things I wish we would have added that we didn't. I wish I had payed more attention to the window configuration in the basement. When we go and finish our basement, we are going to have to add and change around the windows.

Pay attention to electrical, and where they put your outlets and your switches. I knew what was going to be my craft room and I knew I wanted an extra outlet, because you can never have enough outlets for your sewing machine and glue gun and whatever else is running, so I added another outlet!! And I knew we wanted to mount our TV in our bedroom, so I had them place an outlet for that! But the electrician asked me where I wanted my switches for my island pendants. I had no clue, why would I know that? He said we will never use our island pendants, so he told me to put the switch in a completely odd spot. If we leave out of the garage door, there is not a switch to turn off the island lights, because you have to walk to the other side of the kitchen.

Be prepared to make sacrifices. Because it all adds up! I still wish we had spent the extra $350 to add a tray ceiling in our master bedroom. But really is that necessary? Probably not?? It is a lot of compromise. I wanted to spend the $4,500 to add a fireplace, my husband wanted to spend the money to add white cabinets. While yes, technically we could add a fireplace later, it was easier to add that at the beginning and change out the cabinets later!

At one of our early walk through the placement of the island didn't seem right. It seemed way too close to the mudroom door and too crowded to the dinning area. My mom, realtor and I spent a good 30 minutes at the house brainstorming how this could be fixed. Did the island have to be made smaller? We eventually decided the island had to be pushed a foot out into the living area. BEST DECISION EVER! When I called to talk to the builder, he originally told me it was going to cost an additional $400 to move it, since the island was framed. I stuck with what I wanted, they moved it, and it didn't cost me anything additional. I am so glad I stuck to my guns and didn't let them scare me with the additional cost. It was WORTH IT!

I wish I had asked for a gas stove. I know before hand I said I wanted a gas stove, but some how I still do not have one. I was so overwhelmed with all the decisions, I forgot to ask for a gas stove. I will probably add a gas line before we finish our basement so I can add a gas stove in the future, but know what you want and make a list so you don't forget!!

I feel like I have complained a lot. There are a lot of things I love about my new house!!! I LOVE the space. We have so much more space. And it all good functional usable space. We have a Butler's Pantry. Which is great for organizing bills and other things you don't want out on your kitchen counter. We have an AMAZING mudroom. We had custom shelving put in and it is AWESOME. We have never had a mudroom before so just having this space to begin with is a huge plus. We now have an upper level laundry room!! It is right in between both of the kids bedrooms. I feel like I do so much more laundry now than I ever did before. It is life changing!! I love that we have 9 foot ceilings on the entire first floor. It makes it feel so open! I never knew I wanted 9 foot ceilings until I saw this house, but it is a must!!!

Do your research and don't be afraid to speak up for yourself. You are spending a lot of money and you have to love it. So make sure you get what you want. I would love to build again (I am not sure my husband will let me - but if we do move, it will be to a house we build) and next time I will be more prepared and have a better understanding of what I want.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Small Bathroom Reveal and Free Artwork

Wow it is hard to photograph a small bathroom!!! Especially with a dark wall and a bright window and a reflective mirror.... 

Immediately I knew that I had to paint our small main floor powder room. And it didn't take me long to make the bold move and paint the whole thing a dark navy! I am so glad I did, I love this room!!! (A side note, it too forever to paint this room navy, it took so many coats and with it being a small room with unmovable items in it, it just took a long time!!!)

I knew I would need some fabulous artwork in this room, I gave my kids paper and a couple colors of paint in the colors I wanted, and yeah instant FREE artwork!!!
Being a small powder room, there is not any storage, so I thought this Ikea shelf would not only complement the navy wall color but be a perfect small storage space!
I also didn't want a basic builder grade mirror in all of my bathrooms, so I found this pretty mirror which works perfectly with the dark navy walls!
I love my small little navy bathroom!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Should You Paint Your Cane Chairs?

 I debated and debated. Consulted with my sister who did not paint the cane chairs she acquired. And decided YES, YES you should, or in this case, I should!!
 I bought the pair of cane chairs from Craig's List for $30!! They needed to be reupholstered, that was a given. The previous owners had cats and the fabric was white and nasty. The cane was ok, but they were very worn and chipped, so I decided yes I was going to paint! And I am so glad I did, they look AMAZING!

I splurged on the fabric, and purchased this fabric at $25 a yard!!!! I never spend this much on fabric, but since I only needed a little, I splurged. 
 Aren't they pretty?? I am so happy with how they turned out!!
 And for about $25 a chair, you cannot beat that!!! Take the risk, paint your cane chair!!!