Monday, September 28, 2009

Grocery Woes

Where is the Buy Low ad?! I need to know what is on sale for Produce Wednesday!

Sep 30 edit: It came today. I guess they switched their sales from Mon-Sat to Wed-Tues, just like the rest of the grocery stores around here except Harmon's. And Buy Low has some pretty awesome produce deals this week, as usual.

New ideas for our apartment

I've been having second thoughts about my plan for decorating our baby's room. I subscribe to a bunch of interior design blogs and they are full of pictures of colorful rooms. I don't really want to limit myself to green and brown anymore. I really like bright yellow. And my mom made a quilt that is blue and yellow. If I stick to just green and brown, how would I ever use a lamp like this?

I'm also getting bored of the rest of the house too. Especially the living room. I worked hard to make sure all my picture frames coordinated by keeping them black and brown, but now I have a great desire to paint them bright colors. And change the pictures. I've realized that the pictures on our walls look like everyone else's at Wymount. Hung with ribbon. Black and white wedding pictures in a black frame. Except ours are sepia. That is pretty much the same thing though.

And I'm getting bored with painting furniture black. Even though I haven't done it yet. I am afraid to paint our other furniture because some of it is wood and wood is really pretty. But the finish doesn't look very good anymore. Sigh...

After I recover the glider cushions, I'm going to make some more pillows for the couch. Maybe something like these:

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Projects from this week

Despite the fact that I took a photography class in high school and several design classes in college, I can't seem to take good pictures. I think I just don't have enough light in our apartment because the carpet is dark blue. But here are some things I have been working on.

The projects in our bedroom aren't actually from this week. I did them a few weeks ago.
This is the bed skirt I made from scraps of fabric from the tablecloths at our wedding that are eventually going to become a quilt for our bed. I just laid them down under the mattress and made a fake pleat in the middle of the end of the bed using two different colors of fabric. No sewing involved! What you can't see is the other side of the bed where I ran out of fabric. You also can't see all the stuff under our bed or our box spring! Perfect! Cost: Free. Time: 15 min
This is the rest of our bedroom. We don't have end tables for our bed, so I just threw another piece of fabric over a big plastic bin. Now we have colorful furniture that also stores things! All of my old school papers are under that lamp. Cost: Free. Time: 5 min

I just finished these curtains for the baby's room. I made each panel out of a twin sheet and sewed tabs at the top. I got the sheets on clearance at Walmart and they are the exact color I wanted. Cost: $5 for the sheets, $6 for the curtain rods. Total:$11 Time: 10 hours? I'm a slow sewer.
This last project was a pillow cover I designed. The gathered part covers where you insert the pillow. I used part of a sheet I bought at DI a long time ago that has already been used to make a skirt and two aprons. And I used an old ugly pillow we had sitting around. Cost: Free. Time: 6 hours? If I did another one, it would go a lot faster now that I know how to do it.

Next project: Recover the cushions on the glider, then paint the frame of a mirror.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

A Picture of Tank

This is me at 24 weeks, one day. I'm starting to get a little bigger.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Happy 1/12 Birthday Evan!

Yesterday I took the fabric off the glider cushions and discovered another color of cushion, followed by another color, with each fabric getting progressively uglier. I also opened up the crib bed skirt and found larvae of some sort plus a spider. Gross. Then I took the fabric off the outside of the bumpers and found another set of bumpers inside. I gave up halfway through and decided to just throw them all out because they were gross.

I took the crib apart all by myself and sanded down the worst side of it yesterday.

Today I am going to the grocery store. Yesterday I also went to the grocery store and bought 6 boxes of saltines because I could get them for $0.18 each with a mail in rebate. After waiting for the guy in front of me to stop making out with his girlfriend and move his cart out of the way, I finally loaded my stuff on the conveyor belt thingy, and he watched me unload 6 boxes of crackers. He must have still been starry-eyed from all the smooching and hugging he was doing in line, because he turned to me and said, "Wow. Someone really likes chips!" Then he proceeded to laugh like he had just made a really good joke and I was a weirdo for buying 6 boxes of "chips."

Little Tank is kicking me right now. He is supposed to be about 11 inches long by now if you stretch his legs out. I think he is smaller though. Good news: We finally got one of his doctor bills for about $850 reduced to about $150 or something. And it applies to our deductible now.

Monday, September 14, 2009

New crib and glider!

I found a crib, mattress, and glider on ksl for only $50 AND the people delivered it to me all the way from Nephi (45 minutes away!) for free. Nice, huh? And the crib has a bed skirt and bumpers, so I can use them as a pattern to make my own in the color I want. Plus, I can use the inside of the bumpers so I don't have to buy batting when I make my own. And the glider works perfectly! No squeaking or anything.

I just need to clean them and repaint them and sanitize the mattress.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Washing a down comforter

I know, I know. You are thinking, "Man, Shanna has been updating her blog a lot recently!" Well, it is true. That's what happens when I don't have a job I guess.

Here's the exciting news for today: Even though my down comforter said dry clean only, I washed it in the washer and it came out clump-free. And it doesn't stink anymore! Here's how I did it: I used the double capacity washer and dryer at Wymount and I added racquetballs to keep the down from clumping. Then I dried it for 2 hours with the racquetballs until it was completely dry.

Also, our dishwasher works great! I just have to convince Evan not to rinse his dishes.

Thursday, September 10, 2009


Our dishwasher arrived today! I slept in a today, because I had a hard time sleeping last night because I dreamt I had 5 babies and they all had disabilities and I couldn't feed them and one died and Evan wouldn't help me. Good thing I've only got one baby in me.

Anyway, I woke up precisely at 8am. My body must have remembered that the dishwasher was coming between 8 and noon.

Now it is sitting in the kitchen. I took it out of the box and stuff but I have to wait for Evan to come home so we can tip it over and put the wheels on it. And he doesn't come home until at least 5pm!!!! That is a lifetime from now.

On a related note, I now have a giant box that would be very fun for a small child to play in if anyone wants it.

And raspberries are on sale at Maceys for $0.99. Annnnnd peaches are on sale at Sunflower Farmer's Market for $0.47 a pound. I love Utah where the food is cheap!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The lost crib

Tha past few days I have been checking ksl and craigs list constantly looking for a cheap but nice crib. One finally came up for $20 and it is the color I want and looks great and everything, but I checked ksl one hour too late and it was already sold. Very sad.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

New Apartment

We are in our new apartment and most of our stuff is unpacked. Since we live at Wymount again, it was pretty easy to unpack a lot of the stuff because our apartment is very similar to our last apartment in Wymount. This apartment has a few differences. First, it has two bedrooms. The bookcase is in the living room instead of the bedroom, our pantry is bigger but our coat closet is smaller. Our living room is laid out differently so we can't fit as much stuff and our carpet is a very dark bluish color. The bathroom tile is light blue, which I thought I would hate, but I actually love. We still have a lingering paint smell despite the fact that we keep all of our windows open day and night. Our bedroom is a little smaller so we had to move the dresser to the second room, which means we will have no room for the changing table I was dreaming of making, but that is probably good because I won't have to make it.

Now that I am happily unemployed (but willing to accept a job if it falls in my lap or if I get bored), I have a lot of projects on my list. I bought a slipcover for our chair but it didn't fit, so I have decided to make my own. This may be a project that is too ambitious for me. I'm not that good at sewing and I really don't have a lot of patience for it. But we'll see.

I also am looking for a rug for our living room to cover up a lot of our carpet, but I don't want to buy one unless it is softer than our current carpet, lighter in color than our carpet, and less than $25. Needless to say, I may be looking for a while.

We also have an enormous zucchini in our fridge and I am a little frightened to cut it open.