Friday, July 28, 2017

Where are my fuzzy socks??

I started the "productive" part of my morning jumping onto Pinterest to double check a strategy to de-frizz doll hair. I caught site of a photo of a woman lounging in fuzzy socks, alone? on her tidy looking bed with fancy throws, smiling to herself and enjoying a cup of coffee. The caption read: "You too can be a stay at home mom!" I had a good chuckle about that one while dunking Elsa's head in a bucket of fabric softener, making sure #1 wasn't suffocating #2 under a pile of pillows and then proceeding to the bathroom to scrub a toilet.

I had JUST finished scrubbing down everything and was in the kitchen rinsing out the sponge when #1 exclaimed she had to use the bathroom. OK, whatever. I finish putting cleaners under the kitchen sink. #1 flushes and leaves the bathroom and then I hear water splashing onto the floor. Yep, the toilet was exploding EVERYWHERE. Why!? I cannot answer this as I frantically scoop water out of the bowl in hopes of keeping up with the water flow. Why isn't it turning off!? I also cannot answer this and I cannot get a good enough angle through the inch of water under the toilet to turn off the valve. I finally frantically threw off the toilet tank lid and started grabbing and wiggling innards. It thankfully shuts off but my freshly cleaned bathroom is a soggy hot mess.

And Elsa's hair? Still frizzy.

Friday, June 16, 2017

I hate starting my posts with the stereotypical "I am still alive" but I guess it is true, I am still alive! My current project: window shades for child #1 and that has been happening for 6+ months now? Ha! I figured I better check to see if my blog still existed and check in.

I spotted this in my constant snooping of area house listings.

Check out the listing here:

It is a beautiful house and it is huge but I didn't realize just how huge until I came to an attic photo:


I read the listing and it states there are 1750 sq ft unfinished space in the attic!? That is more square footage than my house! (maybe a little less if you want to count in my gross basement space) I can only dream about what I could organize and store in this amount of space! Fifteen Christmas trees of various colors and sizes? 283 boxes of troll dolls which are currently at the back of my closet? Plus it looks like the attic has its own attic if I needed MORE space.

Anyways, I hope everyone is doing well and I do manage to get out to a garage sale or two on the weekends so I am able to leave you with this:

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Toy Proofing an Antique Vent

Does anyone else have this problem? Surely someone else has this problem.

A pretty, decorative vent. On the floor of their small child's bedroom. A small child whose favorite toys include tiny Legos, miniature doll houses and we're also starting to get into Barbies. Basically, anything which will fit down the vent. I have access to the bottom of this vent but it is behind the buffet in the dining room so who wants to move that every time Barbie loses a shoe? I needed some sort of preventative feature which didn't involve completely covering the vent or *gasp* replacing the vent.

The vent pops off pretty easy. It has louvers which open and close that screw onto the back. I guess I didn't get a photo of them but you can hopefully picture them.

I was thinking window screening might work, and probably will but I was worried about it getting clogged with fuzz and fur. I had some square chicken wire (1/2" I think) I used in the garden last summer already which is sturdier than window screening, maybe a little easier to keep clear? I did double it up so what you are seeing is two layers. I just cut it, and then the louvers screw back over the top and keep it in place. Why didn't I get a photo of it with the louvers?

 Here it is set back into the floor. It looks better than I thought it would and has saved a Littlest Pet Shop tea cup so in my mind it has paid for itself already.