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Monday Madness

Saturday was a day of random. I stayed home all day with the baby, which is normal, but for some reason I didn’t feel normal. I blame the weather.

I left a load of laundry in the dryer instead of bringing it to our room to fold. I just grabbed what I needed when I needed it (a towel, Amelia’s favorite stuffed animal…) I even left the door to the laundry area open all day. And maybe even the door of the dryer.

I left the dishes undone until 3pm. Empty pizza box on the counter. Oatmeal spilled on the stove. Mess.

I puttied the holes in the coat closet’s walls and left the putty knife and globs of putty in the sink. With all the dirty dishes. Jar of putty by the coffee pot.

I mopped the living room floor but only the areas that got snow and mud tracked in the day before.

I half decorated the mantel. It had been looking lame since Christmas came down. But now it’s only half lame.

I ate lunch at 12 and again at 2:30.

I walked around all day with a cloth napkin hanging out of my pocket like a bandana. It came in handy a lot.

I got peed on and pooped on but one of those times I didn’t change my clothes. It dried.

It was a weird day. Very spontaneous. Very messy. I liked it. But I wouldn’t like it every day.

Now it’s Monday. Back to our regularly scheduled programming.

Making a coat closet

I wish I could stick to just one project at a time. Remember the guest room redo? Nothing new to report there.

But while cruising around Craigslist looking for a nightstand for the guest room, I found this bad boy.

We have been needing something to hold our water filter for oh, the last 2 or 3 years since we’ve had it. Check it out here on Christmas morning.

Not looking so hot there, water filter.

We’re super happy with the new cart. It also makes a great pantry. We don’t keep to many pre-made or packaged foods around, so we moved our few pantry items from our current tiny “pantry” to the cart.

Yeah, that’s all the pantry space we had. Three shelves. Notice how the breaker box is right smack dab in the middle? That’s fun. Really helps fit lots of shelves in there.

So this lame old pantry is going to become our new coat closet! Remember how we only have 1 closet in each bedroom? I am so excited to have a new closet. Even if it is only 12 inches deep.

The plan is to paint the closet with leftover paint, and hang some pegs or coat hooks like this

Even if it doesn’t hold all of our coats, at least it gives us somewhere other than the back of a dining room chair to hang the coat that we just took off. And the location is perfect. Just inside the garage door.

So a new project is added to the list. And that’s how a new water filter cart = new coat closet. Stay tuned for updates! Shelves are down. Next up…puttying

Hint of Fall

Here at HuYoung Heaven we are Very Big Fans of Fall. Last night we attempted to have our first fall bonfire of the year, but it got rained out. Bummer. Do-over next week. So what do you do on a rainy afternoon when you no longer have to worry about last minute preparations for a bonfire?

Make a fall wreath.

I’ve been feeling very crafty lately (at least for me) and stumbled upon this awesome wreath while cruising around blogland. It was a great excuse to buy a glue gun….for only $2.50! Who knew they were that cheap? I should have had one years ago. I bought a $1 wreath from the dollar store, found an old, shaggy copy of David Copperfield on the bookshelf, and went to work. Dave even joined in the fun. I had him tear out the pages because I couldn’t bear to do it myself. Turns out he’s pretty handy with a glue gun too.

I think it turned out quite nicely for $1/1 hour craft.

Are you decorating for Fall yet?


….I have a few.

The elephant art is finished and waiting to be hung

But first we have to paint the nursery walls.

The bench for the nursery is sanded and ready to be primed and painted, but first we need the mailman to bring us our Home Depot Gift card. Gotta love those credit card points!



Yes, I’m aware that the bench needs new baskets too. Since I only paid $7.50 for this bench at an antique store, I’m willing to buy new baskets.

My other big project is our dining room chairs. They’re solid wood, but as old as Dave. In fact, you can see them in lots of home videos of Dave and his family. Look, there’s 3 year old Dave having birthday cake  – at the same table and chairs we use today. Needless to say, they need a little touching up. I thought it would be (relatively) easy to just sand, prime, and paint them. The sanding, however, is not going so well. Whatever the chairs’ finish used to be is now all gunky and tacky. I can almost scrape it off in areas. It goos up the sandpaper and makes me call it bad names.

So I’m not sure about the chairs. I think I’ll experiment on the one that I partially sanded. Gonna try just primer and paint with little to no sanding. It can’t look worse than it already does. And if it does for some reason look terrible, I’ll just have to sand it back down.

See how it’s all gunky on the knobs? What is that??

My last ongoing project is much less labor intensive, but still time consuming. I’m making a braided rag rug for the nursery. Sounds dorky, I know, but it’s coming out cute. This is the fabric for it.

And this is the fabric after I cut it all up into 1.5″ strips. That was fun.

Here’s where I was a few days ago. I’m either getting faster at braiding and sewing, or just spending more time watching tv (ie working on the rug.) It’s quite a bit bigger than this now.

And that’s all the time we have for today folks! Today’s post was brought to you by the letters D I Y.

Next project….dinner.