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FO: A Living Room

4 Sep

Oh, hello! We moved. Five days in hotels, one insanely hectic day of closing, and then weeks of chaos, and we’re finally kind of settled in. Oh, and I also started a new full-time job and have about three weeks to finish my dissertation. It’s been awesome.

But I have been doing some sewing in the mornings before Abby’s school. She hangs out in my office/ craft room, and I sew. I used to feel a little guilty about sewing instead of playing with her, until I asked myself what Ma would do–more on that in another post, since evidently what I thought Ma would do is a little different from what she actually may have done. Anyway, obviously Ma would not have followed a toddler around catering to its every whim, right? Right.

But that’s not the point of this post, which is to show off the very large FO that is our living room floor. Backstory: when we bought this house, it smelled like dog. Really smelled. Smelled to the point that we asked the sellers to rip up the carpet, which they did, but which left us with a pee-soaked subfloor.

So we primed the floor, bought a table saw, and begged my parents to come up.

Then we laid down a LOT of wood laminate.

(Oh yeah, and we painted, too.)

And promptly scattered sh*t everywhere, like we do. But I think it came out pretty well! Abby has a nice little play space, and we’ve got (in theory) separate areas for conversation and TV-watching, not that there’s been a whole lot of that going on what with my crazy schedule and Chris in his first semester of law school. But we’re holding it together. (Barely.)

And yes, the picture are totally unedited. I’ve been putting off posting because I feel like I don’t have time to 1) take nice pictures or 2) edit them, but, eh, I’d rather keep moving forward. Forward!

New Household Addition

14 May

No, not another baby, thank god, although I did have a very vivid dream the other night that I was pregnant. The horror!

A couple of weeks ago, our neighbor invited us over to meet some of his friends. We fell into chatting with another couple with a young baby, and later that night I friended the woman on Facebook. A few days later, she posted looking to see if anyone was interested in adopting their piano. Yes please!

She warned us that it was not in great shape–had character, as they say–and was in tune with itself but about a half tone off from A 440, or whatever. Chris checked it with his iphone tuner thingy, and turns out it’s actually about a whole and a quarter tone off. Fortunately I am, despite years of music lessons, basically tone deaf.

Getting it in the house was a challenge, but a manageable one. And now we are the proud owners of a well-loved piano.

My favorite was going through the stray music in the bench and finding this:

Someone didn't study.

It’s a mimeograph!

And here’s the post’s craft content (also, slight TMI warning!). We have a number of wood surfaces (table, coffee table, piano, dressers), but no coasters. Until the other day, when I set my cup down on a stray one of these in Abby’s room.

Can you tell what they are? Here’s a hint. They’re round, absorbent …

Yep, they’re breast pads! I pulled out my stack, which I don’t use anymore, and sewed some embroidery stitches on to liven them up and make them look a little less like, well, what they are. I guess you wouldn’t necessarily recognize them unless you’d used them or been around someone who had, but I’m still not sure I’d have the nerve to bring them out in company. For everyday furniture-saving use, they work fine–a simple solution to a problem, and a great second life for some unused stuff!