Abe’s Very Busy Spider Party

Throw a Very Busy Spider toddler party

post contains affiliate links Abe has long been a fan of Eric Carle’s “The Very Busy Spider.” And of spiders (or “pie pies” as he calls them) in general. So I’ve been planning on this party theme for a few months now. In my ambitious, pre-holiday burnout days, this party was going to involve a larger guest list and perhaps … Continue reading

Abraham Barry is TWO! (at the ZOO)


Abe turned two on Saturday. I’d say some stuff here about how sad it is that I don’t have any babies anymore, except he is TOTALLY STILL A BABY AND ALWAYS WILL BE. I thought maybe I could get away with one Abe is two now post, but then, predictably, there were a lot of pictures. So I’m dumping all … Continue reading

Whale Print from Artollo and the Toddler Nursery One Year Later


Thanks to Artollo for sending this whale print for me to review. I wasn’t otherwise compensated for this post, and all opinions are mine. Abe’s been in his new room for nearly a year now, so I thought it’d be a good time to check back in on the room and talk about how it’s working out and what’s changed … Continue reading

Our New Ikea Karlstad Sectional: A Love Story


Here’s what I wrote nearly two years ago about wanting a Karlstad sectional: Yes, I know….EVERYONE has a Karlstad sofa from Ikea. But you know what? Sometimes everyone is right. Because where else am I going to find an attractive sectional, with a cover that I can replace if/when the evil cats destroy the first one, for $900? Since then, … Continue reading

Thrift Score Thursday


Woot! I’m guest hosting Thrift Score Thursday again this week! It’s my very favorite thing in the whole world to guest host, and I’m not just saying that because it’s the only thing I’ve ever guest hosted. The way it works is you share your thrifty finds (from garage sales, Craigslist, flea markets, thrift stores…..wherever!) all week long on Instagram … Continue reading

Build, Organize, and Party!

Kid Closet Organization Ideas on Hometalk

I have three quick things today, as suggested by that title. 1. I continue to be obsessed with things one can build out of plywood, especially out of one sheet of plywood. I came across this book (affiliate link), from way back in 1987, called From One Sheet of Plywood, apparently written by a guy who had the same obsession. … Continue reading

DIY Modern Birch Table from One Sheet of Plywood

modern plywood table top

post contains affiliate links When we last left the basement to go spend a month and a half doing Thanksgiving/Christmas stuff, one side of the room was looking pretty finished: And the other side….wasn’t: There’s still a lot to be done in here, but we’ve finished one major component: the big table for games and puzzles that I’ve been talking … Continue reading

2015 Goals and Plans (of the House-related Variety)


Wow. 2015. That didn’t take very long to happen. Here is where there is supposed to be some navel-gazing type stuff about the past year and the passage of time and all that, but I can’t really think of anything much to say about it. Things were crazy and loud and busy and pretty fabulous around here in 2014. I … Continue reading

Fourteen Goals for 2014: The Final Analysis


Round about a year ago, I was feeling really ambitious and made a list of fourteen house-related goals to accomplish in 2014. And now it’s time to revisit the list and how see how we did. I don’t take the goal list particularly seriously; I like making plans, and I like making lists, but if we get sidetracked and don’t … Continue reading

Looking Back at 2014: 10 Favorite Projects

cane chair makeover with white paint and squirrel print fabric

When is Thanksgiving next year? Has anyone checked? Because it was far too late this year, and I feel like the Christmas season got all compressed in an unpleasant way, causing me to feel rushed while it was happening, and emotionally overwhelmed when it was over. I took the ornaments off the tree today and nearly had a breakdown looking … Continue reading