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My daughter’s room

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Dorothy has been living in filth. She’s a hoarder by nature, tucking baggies of rocks and shells and old toilet roll tubes away like squirrels do nuts for the winter. The difference is that squirrels eat all their nuts in the winter, but Dorothy’s room just gets more and more crowded with junk. Telling her to clean her room didn’t even help, because she wasn’t sure where to put baggies of rocks and old toilet paper tubes. I drove to IKEA right after Christmas to pick up some storage furniture to replace daintier but less useful pieces and enlisted  her help getting organized. Fortunately, she got tired of helping after the first hour or so, so I got to spend all my “free” time for the better part of two weeks putting together furniture and throwing stuff away without her there to witness it. I’m sharing my after photos. She’s now one very organized 8-year-old, and my hope is that the new system will help her keep it that way. I bought 3-inch foam to make a seat on top of the shelf under her window. All her doll accessories are now tidily at hand. Don’t notice my measuring “oops” on the side of the seat cover! After spending that much time sorting through 3rd grade ephemera I apparently lost the ability to do simple math.chair

This chair was in her room before, but it got a coat of white paint and a new seat cover. On the wall behind her is a pouch she sewed herself to hold keepsake letters.cubes

This IKEA shelving unit got a little dressed up with pretty glass knobs on the cabinets and drawers. She painted the ruby slipper canvas at an art camp last summer.
earringsI found this earring tree on Amazon.com to keep all her ear candy organized. She had earrings crammed in boxes and baggies all over her room. We put some other pairs in ice cube trays in her top drawer.
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I made labels with a craft punch for all her bins. We use a velcro label system for toy bins all over our house. I staple hook tape to the bin, and glue the loop tape to the back of our labels. I keep a jar of the extra labels on hand for when we want to repurpose a bin. The bins can be exchanged for others in our playroom and in Worth and Daphne’s room when they want to rotate playthings.lamp

I bought a wall-mount lamp at IKEA and spray-painted it to match the room. Putting the lamp on the wall helped free up space on her desk and alleviated my long-standing worry that she’d knock it off and break it. Dorothy made the name banner hanging over her bed.
window-seatHere’s a final view of her new window seat. I left her doll-clothes storage system of a ribbon strung in her window intact because it’s pretty and functional. I think I’ve blogged about her quilt and curtains before. When we moved into this old house, Dorothy fell in love with the bedroom she now occupies and the specific wallpaper hanging on the walls. I removed wallpaper and repainted every other room in our house, but we’ve honored her wish to keep her vintage wallpaper. I collected old bedsheets in similar colors from thrift stores and made her quilt and curtains out of them. It’s made a sweet little-girl room, with a nice blend of old and new. I’ll probably flip out in a few weeks when she lets it get messy again, but I’m enjoying the view from the doorway in the meantime! Because of course, as soon as I was done with the job and turned the room back over to her all sparkly and clean, she shut the door and hasn’t welcomed any other family members in since. C’est la vie.

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Summer

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Has it been a month since I’ve blogged? Summer flies! Been busy around here, but not had many completed projects to share. Here’s some of what my family has been up to.

cherry-ice-creamMade homemade cherry ice cream for a rainy but fun 4th of July. (Add 1 cup chopped fresh or frozen cherries plus 1/2 tsp almond extract to your favorite vanilla ice cream recipe.)

texas 2013 (4)Drove almost 1000 miles to Fort Worth, Texas, with my mom and two kids to visit my aunt. Had a great time relaxing and listening to my son call my aunt “Nana’s sister” while she equipped them to ride horses, rope each other, and stay away from cacti. Then had to drive almost 1000 miles back–eek.

green-bedBought two unfinished bed frames, two unfinished dresses, two metal nightstands, and two tiny tables at IKEA to outfit the room that will be shared by Worth and the new baby. Put them all together, stained and sealed the dressers and beds (green!), and am still working on pulling it all together in a cute shared room.

push-popDrove out to the Kentucky Renaissance Fair, where we ate not-so-historically-accurate snacks and discovered that Renaissance=fairies, for some bewildering volume of the participants. (But it was fun anyway.)

embroidered-bibTurned some plain IKEA bibs into personalized baby gifts for some friends with my embroidery machine.

Hope your summer is fun-filled too!