Friday, September 26, 2008

Another Special!

Hurray for Friday! Buy 2 items this weekend and get 1 of equal or lesser value free! Don't delay. Offer is good until Monday, September 29th. I know, Monday shouldn't count, but what can I say?! I'm nice for those procrastinators . . . Have a good weekend!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Hurray for Baby Furniture

Well, after a long and tedious process, more than the average pregnant lady, I have found furniture that I pray I am going to be happy with. It all started on craigslist . . . .

I had decided that I wanted a sleigh crib and couldn't decide if I wanted a wood finish or a white finish. I'm not a huge fan of the dark woods, so I had been looking at light - colored, blonde wood, and the occasional white, which was few and far between. After not having much luck and looking obssessively for a week, I found this:

I sing in my head like angels, "Ahhhhh!!" - perfect. Everything matches, it appears to be in great condition. I immediately email the ad letting them know I am interested and she calls 5 minutes later wanting to know when I would be willing to pick it up. I agree to pick it up that evening and with my husband in tow, we set out in two cars to pick up all three items.

When we arrive, the furniture is not disassembled and bigger than life. Oh, and did I forget to mention that there was an enormous flight of stairs to get to the baby's room? Oh yes, my friends. Erik could not be happier! There is just me and two other short and petite ladies within screaming distance to get some help, so he's pretty much out of luck. We both like the furniture and proceed to load it in the car, ahem (cough cough) - Erik proceeds to dolly it carefully down the stairs and to the respective cars.

Only two pieces fit in both cars - the hutch and dresser in one and the armoire in the other, so we give her partial payment and tell her that we'll be back on Sunday before or after church to pick up the crib. This made for a long evening as the lady who we purchased the furniture lived a great distance from the freeway, so we grabbed a bite to eat before we made the long trek home.

A day or two later I begin to have second thoughts about the crib. This is not the crib I had envisioned in my head and I certainly didn't want to go back and get it if I could find something else that fit my ideal crib. And after playing phone tag with the seller for a few days, I get a hold of her and tell her that I just don't think I want the crib. Although she wanted to sell it all as a set, she sympathetically said that if I didn't want it, I didn't have to buy it and she would sell it separately. She didn't want me to buy it for my first baby if it wasn't something I wanted. I thanked her profusely and then went out and purchased my ultimate crib:

Let me tell you, this is the Madison Lifetime Crib by Jardine - I LOVE THIS CRIB. But let me tell you, with the room yellow and the blonde-colored furniture accenting the room, it wasn't much of an accent. Imagine this: the room is 80% set up with all the furniture and supplies one needs to be ready for a baby and your spouse (at 8 months pregnant) decides to have a meltdown and tell you she already feels guilty she bought used furniture for her baby and she's not even born! She proceeds to say that the color of the furniture isn't right, it doesn't match, she doesn't like it. This is all in between tears falling from her face. Yes, it's true. That was me. Poor Erik. Yes, his wife is a bit looney. Nice, consoling husband that he is, he tells me that if I don't like it that I should try and resell it on craigslist and buy something else.

And a few weeks later, that's exactly what I did. With the help from the Choir members at my church who gave me money to buy some new furniture, I purchased this today:

I went with white and as you can see, the crib is very similar to the Madison Lifetime Crib. The pieces above are made by Storkcraft and are made with solid wood. I am really looking forward to it's arrival (as I purchased it from

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Finding Space

My gosh! My husband and I bought a house in mid-March and it was a definite "fixer upper." Because I was in my first trimester (of being pregnant), helping my husband fix it up, made things quite a challenge - for him and me! Fast forward to six months later, our house is looking fabulous. Hubby did a photo montage last night with photos of the house before we moved in as well as the construction photos and we are looking forward to adding photos of the house "done and complete" sometime this week.

This brings me to the title of my post, however. We have a huge house (considering my single life I had a one bedroom apartment) - over 1800 square feet! Three bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, 2 living rooms (formal and informal), 2 dining areas (formal and informal), and of course, the kitchen. I must admit that I have so much stuff. It's insane! I think to myself, "Where did this all come from? How did I get all of this? Why do I still have all of this?" Well, the answer to the last question is that I always have the mentality that eventually, someday, I may need it, so why throw it out? I have this feeling when I know I haven't used something in a while, I'm going to throw it out, and immediately regret my toss because I now, after all these years of not needing it, will be able to use it, and it's gone. Ever feel like that?!

My craft stuff is currently in what we call the "third bedroom" - also known as the craft room or guest room. My scrapbooking stuff is scattered all over the guest bed - being used as a virtual desk. Mind you, there is a real desk, but where do I lay out all of my stickers and photos and other things to view? It looks like a tornado hit this room . . .

The other bedroom is designated for the lil miss (due in mid-October). That photo will be shown later . . .

I currently have my music stuff scattered all over the formal living room in hopes to organize and place in a filing cabinet. The pretty books are on the bookshelves, but the ugly copies and mish-mash of paper could use a home where they are in hiding, so to speak. I'm slowly, but surely, going through them all. Thoughts of "Do I really need this? Am I going to look at this? Can I easily find this if I need it again?" come to mind, again.

And, like I was saying earlier, I'm hoping to find a place for all of this. I'm so young now and I know I have so much more to "collect" in the future, I need to start minimizing and throwing away. That, and creating more stuff to sell on etsy, right?!

Have a great week. And when you're cleaning your house, remember to "throw it away!" (as this is what I will be trying to tell myself this week) . . .

Tuesday, September 9, 2008


I have quite a few sale items up at the moment. Come one come all and buy now! If you look closely, I have some holiday items in there, as well! Have fun shopping . . .

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Right around the corner!

Hi All,

I have not posted in almost a year - yikes! I had lots of fun doing my craft business for the short time I was determined to be crafting away while not teaching music. Holiday season is just around the corner, so I am beginning to post holiday cards. Some that are the same as last year with maybe a few new items thrown in here and there. It should be good.

With a baby on the way, I don't know how much time I will have to do all of my crafting, but while she is still in the "oven," I'm going to try and finish scrapbooking my wedding and trips I took pre-wedding. There is lots to do. I know that when my lil girl comes along, I won't want to scrap anything but her, so I know I must hurry hurry.

If you have lost my craft website address, it is And, don't forget, if there is something specific you want, don't hesitate to let me know and I will make it JUST FOR YOU! Buy 2 items and get a 3rd one of equal or lesser value FREE when you mention my blog. Offer lasts through September 18th.

Have a great week.