Merry Christmas

Cora is loving all of the Christmas decorations everywhere, so we made sure we unpacked our Christmas boxes as soon as possible.  We've had our tree up for a couple weeks and we're loving the little bit of decoration in a house that still kind of feels like someone else's.  We'll be celebrating the holiday by enjoying our family's marathon of events followed by a week off of work.  I can't wait for all of the family time, baby cuddles, food, relaxation, and probably a couple of projects.

Merry Christmas friends!!!


Cora's Room : Progress

I mentioned earlier I'd share some pictures when we finished up Cora's room, but I think it may be a little while before I get to the projects I have in mind.  In the meantime, I thought I'd share the progress.  Here is the before picture:
I originally wanted to do a mint wall, but we quickly realized we needed to paint the trim. We bounced a couple fun color combinations like yellow and turquoise before I remembered Elsie's sunroom.  I sent Ben a picture of the white walls with the light blue trim and told him to pick something similar to that and included some other color swatches that I like... and he knocked it out of the park.  I'm kind of a control freak so letting him pick the color was scary, but it was the perfect color and exactly what I was imagining.  Ben also painted almost the entire room (I helped with some trim on one of the doors) and he did an awesome job.

We moved the gradient dresser upstairs and added another coat of white paint on the dresser with some help from Cora. We also painted her toy box over Thanksgiving weekend. She told me "I love it when I'm painting!"

I came home from work one day and found Ben painting this shelf to match her trim.  I never would have thought to use that shelf in there (it was left by the old owner), but it's the perfect fit.  We added in the bookcase underneath and hung up the castle painting Jazz made for Cora.  Cora picked the other painted canvas out of our stash and decided next to the bookshelf at her eye level was the perfect spot for it.
We also hung up the poms from Cora's baby shower and some paintings that Cora and I worked on together.

Cora was out of the house for most of Friday and Saturday one weekend, so I did a bunch of the unpacking and set up all her books and toys.  When she got home, she was so excited to see all of her stuff.  She called it beautiful and loves going into her room to hang out and play.  There is still a lot of stuff that we'd like to add, but it's nice to have a room that we can hang out in that feels semi-finished.


Toy Box Makeover

We've been working on a lot of stuff since we moved into our new house, so I have lots to share in the coming weeks.  On Thanksgiving, I wanted a small project that I could work on with Cora, so I figured we would do something for her room. Before she woke up I grabbed her toy box from the garage (where we stored all our stuff while we slowly unpack) and sanded it down.  She 'helped' me prime then we took some inspiration from our cardboard house and got to painting. 

We started with some of our darker colors (blacks, gray, dark blue) and we each took a side to put a layer all over the whole thing.  Ben even got in on the action.  When we finished with this layer we just thought "what have we done?!" because it looks like a complete mess.  There is always that point in the project where I completely hate what we've done... and this was that point.  We stepped away to enjoy the rest of our Thanksgiving and have an amazing family dinner.

The following morning, I snuck upstairs with Ida while Cora was sleeping.  I put a layer or two of some whites and blues all over the box to even it out.  It's hard to get a good picture because of the coloring, but it really turned out pretty cute and a fun/funky piece.

Cora loved the surprise of waking up and seeing it all finished and we both love the reminder of a piece we worked on together.  We moved it around her room and found the perfect spot at the end of her bed so it's near her other toys and she can use it to climb in her bed.  Since we incorporated the same blue we used on her trim, it coordinates well with her room without being matchy-matchy.

I joined Thrift Diving's 30 day room makeover challenge with Cora's room.  You can see Cora's room pictures and the other makeovers here.  I'm still working on a couple other projects for her room for it to really be finished (as finished as a room can be), but I'll share those as I work on them and get pictures.


Ten on Ten

 1 sunrise viewing / morning sisters cuddling / 3 Santa high fiving

bouncy house partying / 5 balance beaming / 6 sicky baby napping

7 baby gazing / 8 piggy back riding / 9 toy playing / 10 sister snoozing
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