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Hello! Today is an incredibly exciting day for me! Simon’s Nursery is being featured over at IHeart Organizing as a part of the “Reader Space” series, where Jen Jones features a particular reader’s project in a Q & A format and shares several “feature” photos.

Jen is without a doubt, the DIY & organizational QUEEN and I am so humbled and honored that she reached out to me about Simon’s Nursery. I honestly did a double-take when I first saw her email pop up in my inbox 🙂 She is one of the super talented gals who inspired me to take the leap and actually start blogging in the first place! All I can say is, WOW. Major WOW.

If you are visiting today from IHeart Organizing, welcome! I am so glad you stopped by. Please stay awhile and have a look around! There are plenty of nursery goodies to check out, but if you are looking for other ideas & DIY projects, take a peek here!

If you are in the midst of a nursery project and looking for a little inspiration, then you are in luck!

Here are the links to all of my Nursery DIY projects + photos.

Simon's Nursery Reveal | DIY Nursery | DIY decorations | navy, green & gray - DIY nursery photos & details

Nursery Reveal
DIY Silver Dinosaurs
DIY Curtains from bedsheets
A to Z Bookends
DIY Lampshade
Nursery Mobile

Nursery pegboard gallery wall | diy nursery decor | baby boy nursery | lime green + navy + gray | This is our Bliss

Pegboard Gallery Wall
Free Nursery Word Art Printable
Mustache Shadowbox
“S” Marquee

Baby boy nursery closet | diy nursery organization | navy green gray nursery | diy nursery decor| This is our Bliss

Nursery Closet Makeover
DIY Nursery Closet Part I
DIY Nursery Closet Part II

Looking for more?! You can check out additional kid-friendly space ideas from some of my Playroom projects here.

DIY Playroom Reading Nook + no sew Bench seat cushion + DIY shelves

Thank you for hanging out over here today! Tomorrow I will be sharing the Linen Closet Reveal so be sure to pop in for a visit. If today was your first time here, I sincerely hope you will come back again!

I would love to hang out more often, so be sure to follow This is our Bliss on social media and also, sign up to follow along by email. You can receive new posts delivered straight to your inbox!

   

Thanks again and have a great day 🙂

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Do What Makes You Oh So Happy

Do-What-Makes-You-Oh-So-HappyThis is exactly how I am feeling!  A few months ago, I started this little blogging journey to be able to share my thoughts, ideas, projects and happy moments with anyone out there looking for a little inspiration of their own.  I have a passion for creating things, making old things pretty & new again and experimenting with concepts that are unique and different (and maybe even a little intimidating) to me.  Since I’ve started writing at This is our Bliss, I have been excited, nervous, anxious, disappointed, thrilled and humbled.  Quite the rollercoaster of emotions!  There are days when I am super pumped about a ton of new project ideas and then the very next day, I feel my energy and motivation start to fizzle.  Before I know it, I am in a slump.  I know I can’t bring every idea to life because I would, A – be broke and B – never see my family! So I have realized these are the ups & downs I am going to be faced with if I want to be serious about blogging. The pressure comes along with it…I guess what I am trying to say is, I truly hope I can turn this blog into something amazing – grow a huge following, be featured in some super cool magazine someday and inspire people all over to try something new… an interesting trend, conquer an intimidating diy project or simply have the guts to try a new color in a room of their home.  So even if this little place of mine doesn’t turn into something ultra-incredible, I am learning about myself and abilities and having a great time doing it!

Right now, I am especially giddy because one of my first major blog posts / room reveals, Simon’s Nursery Reveal, showcasing several design and diy elements, has started to gain some attention.  The Pegboard Gallery wall has grown a bit of buzz on Pinterest and was featured here.  And just this Monday, the room was featured on Amazon Mom’s Top 20 Nurseries. Last week, a friend of mine let me know Amazon Mom was looking for nursery photo entries for their contest, so I submitted this one:

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Then yesterday, I saw they posted the top 5 nurseries and I was featured as the 1st place winner!  I was completely surprised since I didn’t even know they were going to rank the entries!  After I picked up my jaw off of the floor, I suddenly noticed so many of my friends and family members were posting congratulatory comments and sharing posts & photos of the room!  I am so thankful for all of my blog readers, social media followers and friends and family for the constant positive encouragement & support. I appreciate every single post “like”, new follower and especially the comments on the posts.  Maybe this will turn into a job one day, but for now it is a really, really fun hobby and like I said, I am doing what makes me oh so happy 🙂

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Nursery Project: Pegboard Gallery Wall

Hello! So I mentioned last week that I am working on some plans for our little playroom just off the family room.  I spent a couple hours last week going through toys – sorting them, pitching them, searching for them.  Lets just say we needed to do some organizing in there or I was going to lose my mind!  I know it is not going to be a room that stays clean, but as long as everything in it has a home, it will eventually make it back there someday 🙂 Along with some organizational strategizing, I began to do some decorative strategizing!  A shelf we had in the room with some art and books on it…well… came crashing down a couple of weeks ago and I am not going to be putting the shelf back up.  In its place, I am thinking I will put together a little gallery wall with a mix of art, photos and typography.  While pondering the design today, it got me thinking… I have had quite a few people ask me about the pegboard gallery wall I did in Simon’s nursery and I never really did a follow-up post with the deets, so thought it might be a good idea to revisit the nursery and give everyone some info on one of my favorite walls in the house.

The photo of this wall has been my most popular pin on Pinterest so far!

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So, here we go…

I first went to Lowes & picked up a 4′ x 4′ pegboard.  I think it was about $8. I also bought a small foam roller and a few paint samples.  I went with shades of dark gray to test out.

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I ended up mixing all 3 of the paints together until I got the color I was aiming for.  It took about 3 – 4 coats of paint for complete coverage.

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Next we cut 2 pieces of plywood (1″ x 4″) and laid them across the back horizontally.  We placed a couple of screws in each piece of wood to secure them to the pegboard.  We then measured our wall, found our studs and marked the wall where we wanted to drill.  We were able to drill into the plywood pieces from the front with long extra long screws, enter the wall and catch the stud.  The plywood allowed us to secure the pegboard firmly to the wall and also act as a spacer between the pegboard and the wall in order to be able to hang things on it from the front.

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We used screws to hang the Bygel rail & basket and we placed them so they hit the lower piece of plywood. Everything else was hung with pegboard hooks (see link in source list below)

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There it is!  We hung the pegboard on the wall before attaching any of the frames, etc.  I am not one to lay out my frames on the floor beforehand and I definitely don’t take the time to trace out the frames and tape them on the wall in order to determine my placement.  I guess you could say I just wing it.  I need to get better about my planning when nailing into the wall, but the nice thing about working with a pegboard as your backdrop is you don’t have to worry about random nail holes in the wall! Not that I ever put 2 or 3 holes behind each picture before I get it where I want it or anything 🙂

Here is my source list from the original nursery post:

 

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S is for Simon {DIY Marquee Letter}

A big thank you to everyone who took the time to read and especially to those who took the time to comment on Simon’s Nursery Reveal post.  The response was huge for me and my little ol’ blog!  I am having such a great time working on our home and now being able to share it with and hopefully inspire others, has made what I do even sweeter.  My next few posts will feature some of the DIY nursery projects that were not posted prior to the reveal.  Today I am going to share the grand “S” Marquee light project.  It was something I saw on Pinterest months ago and just knew I had to have a bright & shining S hanging in the nursery.

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 Here is what we started with:

 22.5 inch Paper Mache Letter “S” – Hobby Lobby

Set of Globe Lights (25 count) – Target

Can of metallic silver spray paint

6 ft. indoor extension cord – Target

Here is what we did:

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Removed backing…it just peeled/ripped off at the creases

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I measured the inside of the “S” and divided the measurement by 25 to determine the placement of each of the 25 bulbs.  It was approximately 1.25 inches, so I marked a small circle every 1.25 inches along the inside of the “S” to indicate to my husband where to drill out a circle to fit each bulb.  The drilling part was definitely trial & error.  He had to go back and increase the circle size on a few holes to fit the light.  There was no science to this part whatsoever!

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Next, I gave the “S” several coats of metallic silver spray paint.  It instantly transformed the cardboard / paper mache look to a metal look.  The metallic sheen helped to hide some of the imperfections from the drilling.

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Then, I removed the globe off of the light bulb & poked it through the “S” from the back.  After it was pushed through, I screwed the globe back on to secure it to the “S”.  I wove the light string throughout the inside of the letter, by using the clips on the back of each bulb to hold the string in place.  Again, there was no science to this part.  I basically just tried to keep the strand concealed and tight within the “S”.

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Lastly, we connected a white extension cord to the end of the light strand and plugged it into the wall to test out.  Each bulb was working properly, so we held it up on the wall where we wanted it placed and then attached the blue shelf to the wall with the white cord running down the wall behind it.

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We tacked  1 nail at the top of the “S” and 1 nail in the middle to secure it to the wall a bit better.

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And finally…

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A perfectly lit little “S” for my little Simon 🙂

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>>> Check out the links below In case you missed my other DIY Nursery Projects <<<

Striped curtains | Nursery closet | lampshade | Mustache shadow box | A to Z bookends | Silver Dinosaurs | Nursery Mobile

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you enjoyed this little project!

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Simon’s Nursery Reveal [A Bright & Bold Room for Baby #2]

Now that Simon has arrived and I have finished taking pictures of the nursery, I am finally ready to show you!

If you’ve been reading over here then you know I have been working on this room for months… back in March I was creating the ever-evolving, never-ending checklist which I am proud to say is completed and I couldn’t be happier with how the room turned out. Simon will be sleeping in a bassinet in our room for awhile, but having the room done & ready is such a good feeling.
We change him on the changing pad in his room throughout the night… & T and I have both sat in the glider to rock him to sleep… His little outfits are hung up in the closet & folded in the drawers…And the art and photos are hanging [untouched for now!] on his cute little pegboard gallery wall.
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Mama’s Day Recap & the Nursery Mobile :)

I am pretty sure my heart is still swollen & my cheeks still sore from smiling and laughing. I had such an awesome weekend. Saturday, we bought & planted flowers, shopped for patio furniture, went out to lunch, met friends for dinner and then ended the night listening to music out on the deck eating ice cream (me), while he had a drink :). Sunday was Starbucks in bed, coffee outside and an amazing beverage tub filled with presents & goodies. Ted then surprised me with Mother’s Day brunch reservations, insisted I take a post-meal nap and then picked up my favorite pizza for dinner. I realize I am very preggo, so the fact that I am extremely hormonal & emotional goes without saying, but he made me feel so incredibly special this Mother’s Day. He does an amazing job of thanking me regularly for all I do and telling me how lucky he is, but hearing those things really struck a chord yesterday. I also realized it was my last Mother’s Day as a “Mom of 1″…Sigh… #pampered #thankful #sappy #tearsofjoy haha! That pretty much sums it up.

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 Mother’s Day 2013… my very first…

{My mom, Henry & Me}

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I wasn’t able to spend the weekend with my own mom, but was lucky enough to have her here for a couple of days last week and my mother-in-law was here for a night last week as well. They are both amazing women and I am very fortunate to have them in my life.  Henry and BBB#2 are 2 lucky little boys to have such a wonderful Mimi and GG too.

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My Mom (left), me, Henry & my Mother-in-law (right) taken in AZ, February 2014

Now for this so-called DIY Nursery Mobile I have been talking about & promising to post for weeks now!  It is done AND hung, so I am ready to show you 🙂

I started with the following:

  • 2 sheets each of  gray, navy, lime green & aqua 12″x12″ scrapbook paper
  • a 2″ round paper punch
  • clear thread / fishing line
  • craft glue
  • small round mirror discs (various sizes)
  • 9″ embroidery hoop (inside hoop only)
  • white craft paint
  • ceiling mount hook (outdoor hanging plant hook painted white)
  • *** All supplies were purchased at Michaels except the hook which I had

I will let the pictures do most of the talking for this tutorial…

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I basically did alternating strands of colors and number of circles and sizes of mirrors.  I chose to do 3 circles, then a large mirror, then 2 circles and a medium mirror.  The next strand was 2 circles, a large mirror, 2 circles, a large mirror, 2 circles and a small mirror at the bottom.  I am not sure if this makes sense, but it was a random decision, so I just went with it!  I was able to cut approximately 30 circles per 12″x12″ sheet of paper and since I cut 60 of each color, I had plenty left over.  Each circle was doubled up since I glued the clear strands between 2 circles.   There were 3 strands of each of the 4 colors evenly spaced & tied around the embroidery hoop.  I tied 4 strands from the top of the hoop together in a knot and then made another 3 inch loop above it.  This is the loop that was hung from the ceiling hook.  We hung it just above the side rail of the crib, so it is not directly over the mattress or crib itself.  I think he’ll have a pretty good view, especially with the shiny, sparkly mirrors.  Those will most definitely catch his little eyes 🙂

There are so many DIY Mobile tutorials on Pinterest and the internet.  I browsed several and then combined techniques to come up with my design.  Some people do different colored circles on each strand or varying shades of one color for the ombre´ look. Others do all strands the same length (mine varied slightly)…If you decide to make one of these, the possibilities are endless.  I also realized it doesn’t have to be perfect because it gently sways/twirls/spins from the ceiling so flaws are easy to hide…my kind of project.

I hope to see you back here again soon!

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Simple Silver Dinosaurs {DIY for $2}

The days, weeks, months and years… I have no idea how time can slip away so fast.  I am now counting down the DAYS until BBB#2 is here.  It just doesn’t seem possible that our family will be growing from 3 to 4 in such a short amount of time.  Over the last couple of weeks, I have definitely started feeling the strain & struggle of chasing around an almost 2 year old while being this pregnant!  Henry seems to be growing older and wiser by the hour and I am feeling tired and huge!  He has a mind of his own and each trip up and down the stairs or in and out of the car is finally starting to wear on me.  Not to mention, he has a bad cold this week, so I had to lug the poor guy to the doctor today 🙁  There is no reason to be all doom & gloom here… lots to be happy about and thankful for!  My mom was just here for a short visit this week to help with Henry and help me around the house.  We cleaned and organized the baby’s room (which is about 90% complete, yay!), got the guest rooms ready, did 97 loads of laundry, made a drop-off to Goodwill after sorting through massive amounts of STUFF that has accumulated around here and relaxed a little too.  She would move in next door if she could, so her being more than 10 minutes away (ok, 4 hours), can sometimes be tough.  We try to cherish each and every visit & make the most of it!  Now that she is gone, I am looking forward to the weekend and I don’t care if we do nothing at all!  I just want to spend some quality family time together before the newest little man arrives.

As I mentioned, the nursery is oh so close!  It has been such a fun experience working on the design and all of my little projects for in there.  If you’ve missed any of them, you can find them here: Nursery curtains, closet makeover, lampshade, Nursery art and A to Z bookends.

I will have several more project posts to share before he is here, as well as after.  I’ve been taking pictures and working on tutorials, but don’t want to give away too much of the room (especially, one top secret project that would give away the first letter of his name!!)  I will definitely be posting these later on, though.

I did use my Silhouette Cameo this week to make a little piece of word art to sit on my entryway table.  I usually have a holiday wordle in this frame, but decided to switch it up for a little while.  I will post photos of my new art tomorrow!

 Ok, I suppose I can share a sneak peak of a shelf in the baby’s room.

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 No need for a tutorial here!  I basically bought Dollar Tree dinosaurs and spraypainted them silver.  It adds a little fun flare to the room & even gives it a high-end look.  Here are a few places I found inspiration to make them.

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I will be back tomorrow… goodnight!

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How to: DIY fabric lampshade

I have another super quick & easy DIY project for you today >>> a fun, fabric-covered lampshade!  I made mine for little man, but you could make yours for any room in your home.  It took me about 15 minutes and only 5 materials: plain white lampshade, fabric (purchased here on etsy), scissors, spray adhesive & Aleene’s Fabric Fusion.  I already had a silver lamp base with a yellow & gray lampshade and could have recovered it, but was worried the pattern of the old shade would show through my new fabric when the light was on, so I picked up a plain white 15″ drum shade from IKEA.

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Here are the simple steps I followed:

Measure the height & circumference of the shade.  Add 2 inches to the height & 1 inch to the circumference for your are your fabric dimensions. Lay out your fabric & cut accordingly.

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lay your fabric on your shade leaving 1 inch hanging off the top and bottom. lift small sections of the fabric & spray a light coat of spray adhesive underneath, working your way around.  Be sure to smooth the fabric out as you go.  once you reach your starting point, fold the end under 1″, spray and press down to secure it.

Next, you will be using the fabric adhesive to wrap the top and bottom edge of the fabric toward the inside of the lampshade. I did this in 2 inch sections, pressing the fabric down over the strip of adhesive to secure it.

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The inside of the shade isn’t perfect, but no one will see it.

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Let dry & put on base.  That is it!  Turn the light on and your lamp looks brand new!

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I really like the contrast of the funky Ikat pattern (Dear Stella in Fair Isle (Lime) from the Maasai Mara collection) of the lamp against the basic navy & white striped curtains.  I plan to mix lots of prints and patterns in this room and I think these 2 work well together!  There will probably be a slight delay on the nursery mobile post.  We tried to hang it last night and it fell (& broke :()  Nothing I can’t fix, but was a little frustrated it didn’t work the first time around!  It wasn’t hung directly over the crib, so wouldn’t have hurt a little future someone, but we need to tweak our hanging mechanism and patch up the broken piece.  Stay tuned next week for the post on it and a couple of other projects for BBB#2’s room and other areas in our house too!

Have an awesome weekend & thanks for being here with me.

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A-MAZING Gallery Wall Inspiration

The final 4 week countdown is on for BBB#2’s arrival and the room is well underway.  All of the furniture is in place (bookcase, rocker, crib, dresser & closet), so now it is time for the fun part—decorating, of course!  I have been busy at work on several DIY art projects, including this DIY nursery mobile (sneak peak below).  I am hoping to post the details this week.  It is finished, but I have to get it hung and finish editing photos!

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In addition, I am currently working on the layout for the gallery wall above the dresser.  Here are some amazing spaces I am pulling inspiration from.  These blogger/designers are so amazing and not only share beautiful photos of their work, but they give excellent tutorials as well.  I have been chipping away a little each day and can’t wait to show you what I have been working on.

A few Inspirational Gallery Walls

{There ARE other people out there who are just as in love as I am with a wall that displays photos & art & tells a beautiful story}

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Aren’t they amazing?!  I can’t help but want to incorporate a little of something from the rooms pictured above as well as hundreds of others from Pinterest.  I am hoping it comes together and looks as well-executed as I view these wonderful walls.

Check out my original design / inspiration board for the nursery here. Some things have remained the same, but many aspects have gone through a transformation.  You have to start somewhere though, right?  Thanks for reading and I hope to see you back here soon.

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Nursery update… what else?!

Here we are on a Monday.  After such a fun-filled, busy weekend, I am abnormally full of energy for a typical Monday.  Normally, I have zero energy to do much of anything.  Maybe it was the extra 1/2 cup of decaf coffee I drank, or adrenaline or excitement or… I am not really sure, but I guess I’ll take it while I can get it!  So, the weekend.  My parents were in town to celebrate my mom’s birthday on April 4th.  We of course, celebrated all weekend!  We had such a nice time all together and I plan to share the details in a post this week recapping all of our festivities 🙂

Although I haven’t posted too many new nursery projects lately, I do actually feel like we are making progress.  The room is really starting to look like a baby’s room!  My dad and Ted moved all of the guest room furniture out and set-up the baby’s dresser on Saturday.  The room is full of light and feels quite spacious (for now).  We still have to wait on the crib and glider delivery, but I love how its starting to come together.

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They had a 3rd set of hands to help if they needed it!

I have my projects plotted out for the week & an errand and to-do list for the Mr. for next weekend, so we’ll both be plugging away one little bit at a time.  If you remember back to this post, Operation: Nursery #2 {the never-ending checklist}, you’ll see I have been busy as my To Do List now looks like this:

Baby B #2′s Nursery To Do List:

  • Decide on color scheme
  • Create inspiration board for furniture and accessories
  • Remove current closet shelving/bars
  • Patch & sand old screw holes
  • Pick out new closet system / design
  • Purchase closet system / shelving
  • Order crib, glider & dresser
  • Buy bookcase & fabric bins for cubbies
  • Find rug
  • Get carpet cleaned — scheduled for this week!
  • Buy new ceiling fan / install it — decided to flip current fan blades over & keep the one we have!
  • Pick out fabric for window treatments
  • Order changing mat cover
  • Pick out fabric for extra fitted crib sheet(s)
  • Pick out fabric for glider pillow
  • Sew curtains 
  • Sew pillow
  • Purchase crib bedding
  • Buy 2nd camera for monitor
  • Decide on wall design for above the dresser
  • Decide on wall design for above the crib
  • Other random accessories {nursery art, picture frames, trinkets, etc.}
  • Misc. DIY project ___________________
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  • Misc. DIY project ___________________

New items:

  • Put together bookcase
  • Install closet system
  • Buy materials for wall design over dresser
  • Paint metal bins for bookcase
  • Paint closet
  • Misc. painting project(s)
  • DIY Art piece #1
  • DIY Art piece #2

I told you it was never-ending!  That is the story of my life though… constantly making lists & (hopefully) checking things off.  Have you ever seen that someecard about making a checklist and adding things to it that you’ve already completed, just so you can put a checkmark by it?  Yeah, that’s totally me.

Busy week ahead with projects, as well as 32 week Dr. appt. & some “me time” (manicure, a Mom’s Night Out with some ladies in my mom’s group and coffee with a girlfriend).  Trying to squeeze in what I can in these last few weeks!

Hope you all are having a good Monday too!

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