Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Dresses, Pillows, and a Room Change

Hello...I'm back!! I know, it took me long enough huh? It seems that my Daddy isn't the only impatient family member I've got...my AWESOME SIL came for a quick visit this past weekend, and she let me have it for not updating my blog fast enough!! So I decided to squeeze in a post just for you Kathi!! xo

So, remember back in February when the wonderfully sweet Tammie invited me to share a tutorial with her readers? Well look what she sent me for my effort...

Sweet, right?? Thanks girl!! Love the earrings!!

Speaking of my sweet friends!! Have you been to visit Kindershop lately? WOW!! That girl is busy...and yet, still manages to post more often than me!! HA!! Anyway, you should definitely go for a visit...she has AWESOME tutorials!! Like this one...

The tutorial is so well written and easy to follow!! I had a little trouble with the construction of the yoke, but that had more to do with my unwillingness to use pins...UGH!! AND once I started cutting, I realized I didn't have enough fabric for the back of the dress...so I just worked with what I had.

I think it came out ok...even if it is a little "dress of many colors" like! :D So I decided that one was not enough, after all Beatrix has to do EVERYTHING in twos!

This one is for Ms. Priss. The pattern is a good size 5t or so, and with a little bit of extra finagaling (real word!) I was able to get a size 8/10 from it!! awesome. I made little matchy headbands for them to wear with the dresses, but can't find a picture. I'm sure we will be seeing these dresses again...the size will last a couple of Easters...YAY!!

So once Easter was over and the kiddos were left at my folks for the week, I went home and got to WORK!!

With the help of my 23 yo, I was able to move all of the furniture (including our piano!!) out of the room and rip up the carpet, which was DE-sgustin!! Thankfully, the garbage was going out that night, and it was actually picked up...YAY!! The prep work on the concrete was the hardest, and most time consuming!! I had to clean them really good! I also had to scrape up paint and caulk spills and fill a couple of cracks. Then I had to go back after it was all dry and scrape the excess concrete filler, sand it, then clean it again!! Waiting for it to dry took a day, then I was ready to spray the acid etching stain on. I used a plain ole all plastic garden sprayer, because if you use a sprayer with metal parts, the acid will damage it and cause it to gunk up! Once the acid stain was on, I was waiting again. Then I had to neutralize it with baking soda and water, scrub it, rinse it, wait for it to dry...again, then RINSE it again!! You have to do these "tests" to make sure all of the stain residue is up before you can apply the sealer. Well, I had to rinse it a whopping FOUR times, THEN go over it with some towels to make sure I got ALL of the residue up. Thankfully, I had a wet vac to help the drying times or I wouldn't have been able to finish it before the children returned!! After I was satisfied that all of the residue was up, I started to apply the sealant! I used an outdoor sealer, because the indoor option was a two-part Epoxy mix...I wasn't ABOUT to mess with that!! I just made sure there was adequate ventilation and applied one coat with a roller brush. I probably should have applied two coats, but 1) I only had enough for one coat, and B) after I applied it, there were little bubbles that were not drying clear so I didn't want to put a second coat on if I was just going to have to strip it off to fix it!! So here it is...

I am happy with the results...and was soooo tired that it could have come out SUPER crappy and I would have been like, "it looks GREAT!!" HA! So I am thankful that it came out decent, and if next year I have to apply another coat of sealer because only one coat wasn't enough...so be it!!

The floors looked so "fancy" in fact, that I decided to paint the walls...last minute, of course.

This paint is supposed to be a primer/paint combo that should have only taken one coat, but as you can see...it should have had two!! Oh well, rustic floors...rustic walls!! HA!!

Anyway...the kiddos came home and I had other pressing matters. Like, what to make my Momma!! I saw this tutorial featured on Sew Mama Sew! and KNEW that I had to make these for her for Mother's Day!!

I LOVE how they turned out. Now, originally I tried the old "trace my kids head on wall with a lamp shining on them"...didn't work well. THEN I tried to have them lay on the floor, head on a piece of paper...didn't work either. FINALLY I found a tutorial that explained how to take a photo and using Photoshop making a silhouette out of it...BINGO!! Worked like a charm! :) Sorry, I can't find the exact tutorial I used...it was on my other computer. But if you Google Photoshop tutorials, there are a TON out there...who knew ;)

So, that is all for now. The Middle Child officially graduated from Pre-K, so she is done for the year...next up KINDERGARTEN!! I know, so FAST!! The Boy will start Pre-K 3 in the Fall, if I can get him potty-trained in time...almost there!! He is no longer REFUSING, now I just have to be more consistent and it will be smooth sailing. Ms. Priss has about a week left before she is out for the Summer, so we've been busy with end of year things and will be having our Girl Scout Award/ Bridging ceremony this Sunday. Friday will be our last meeting and pizza party in our home, so I've got to get cleaning!! :) And the third grade class had their annual field trip to our awesome State Capital!!

Hope your school year is winding down smoothly!! Until later...


Allie said...

I just shake my head at all you do, girl. Oh I wish I had a tenth of your energy! I suppose I DID, when my kids were small. The dresses are really lovely, and those pillows, what a GREAT gift! Your floor and walls look incredible - I love the color - love the finish! My friend used that paint/primer stuff too, and it didn't work for her either. I think she ended up with three coats!

Really, really good to see you post, hon! I've missed you!

Amy said...

Wow, that floor was a lot of work! It will be so much easier to keep clean now! Carpets are my enemies :)

craftytammie said...

oh, is THAT all you've been up to? sheesh. our son is kgtn bound too, only two more days of preschool for him. and then our 3 yr. old will start preschool next fall too. i'm not sure i'm ready for all that quiet in the house! love the dresses - i need to get some summer clothes made for the kids!

Beatrix from Kindershop said...

Thank you for the shout out again! Nice job on the dresses. Love the contrast with the dark pink underneath.
The floor turned out great! I am glad you stuck with your original plan.