Monday, October 25, 2010

Project Nursery

The nursery is 95% complete, so it's time to share some pics to show off our work. I'm pleased with how it all turned out. The shelves still need some decorations but that will come with time.

The long frame with my ultrasound pictures is something I've been brainstorming forever. I have been racking my brain for months to think up an idea of what to do with my ultrasound pictures and finally came up with this. We actually had the frame (from Target) in the bathroom downstairs and I put 8 u/s pictures in it, from oldest to most recent, and at the top I plan on putting a picture of Baby Mills when he's born and then hanging it up in his room.

The dresser was quite the project. We found it on Craigslist and it previously belonged to a hoarder (funny story if you haven't heard it). It was a strange cream, off white color, and Josh insisted it didn't need to be painted since it essentially matched the rest of the room. I was not havin it (um, yeah it came from a hoarder, remember...we're painting it for sure).

So, we picked out this fun turquoise color and then sanded and stained the edges to shanty it up a bit. Then I topped it off with a Ralph Lauren glaze. Lastly, we added the zebra knobs I ordered off of This was my first time refurbishing a piece of furniture and it was so much fun! I'm already wondering what piece I can work on next!

And, of course, I have to throw in a picture of Murphy. She has adopted this rug as her own, sleeping here every night. It's pretty cute.

Now all we need is a baby...come on Cletus!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Make Room For Baby

We have been very busy the past few weeks turning our office into a nursery. I think it's been a much more involved process than we had envisioned. Our computer still does not have a permanent home but it's currently in the guest bedroom in the basement until we find a desk and more permanent place for it. So, in the meantime, our house is in a bit of disarray.

The nursery project I have definitely had the most fun with so far is making the crib bedding. I decided to take on this task for a couple of reason...Not only do I love Amy Butler fabric, but I have a hard time finding typical "baby" themed things that suite my taste. So, the only way to satisfy this was to make the darn thing myself! It was quite a cumbersome project but I truly enjoyed it and sometimes look at the finished product and can't believe I actually sewed it!

I got my pattern from and went from there. Her pattern is not very self explanatory, especially if one has never worked with zippers or ties before. So, if you decide to tackle this project yourself let me offer you the pointers I learned along the way before you get started!
I have my wonderful husband to give credit for doing such an awesome job painting the nursery. I absolutely love how the color turned out and pulls the warm tones from the bedding.

We are still on the search for a dresser. So, if you know of anyone looking to get rid of one that could double as our changing table please let me know.
In addition, I have a couple other nursery projects in the works that I can't wait to finish and blog about!

Friday, June 11, 2010

I love Amy Butler

Whenever I do a sewing project, I more often than not use fabric by Amy Butler. Now with the little guy on the way I have lots of projects in the pipeline! Here's a sneak peek at what I'm currently working with. I think I'm in love...

More to come on this exciting project...

Saturday, April 17, 2010

What's cookin...

A bun in the oven!
We are happy to announce we are expecting our first little one around Halloween and could not be more excited!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Snausage Fest


A couple of weeks ago we ventured down to Uniontown, WA for the 57th annual Sausage Feed. I had never heard of this event before and we were not quite sure what to expect. Josh, Fay and Lyla and I all piled in the car and took the 2 hour car ride to the Palouse.
The "feed" was quite the event, taking place in the community hall. It included a beer garden and vendors selling lots of random items, like this find...
Thank goodness, because we waited in line for 2 hours before we got to the sausage eating part (and had consumed about $50 worth of beer). We met lots of random interesting people in line too and with the Mills' being the Chatty Cathy's they are, it was quite entertaining. People from small towns are so nice and friendly! However, we did meet an older couple from Spokane so looks like we weren't the only ones who drove 2 hours to eat sausage.
We learned that there are a few locals who get together the Wed-Fri before the Sausage Feed and make sausage for three days straight. Every year they make a new recipe so it's always a surprise what you are going to get. About 1500 people come out for this event every year! I didn't think that many people even lived in that community!

The sausage is served with mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls, and a few accompaniments like applesauce and sauerkraut. They don't hold back. Did I mention it's all you can eat!? Little helpers walk around refilling your beverage, loading you up on more sausage and bring you pie. It was quite the experience and I highly recommend you try it next year. Here's my feast:

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Shab to clock revamp

There's a second hand/ junk store on Monroe that I've been wanting to go inside forever. It's the one with the crazy looking metal animals out front. I want to say maybe a dinosaur or zebra, or something else similar but completely random.

Anyway, I finally made it in there over the Holidays and I'm so glad I did. Not only did I find the coolest old trunk (that now serves as our "new" coffee table in the basement) but I found this beauty...

And I had to have it! It was screaming for a makeover. Kindof hard to tell from the picture, but it's rather large. I had to put it in the bathtub to clean it...

I think I was drawn to the intricacies of the details. Initially, I wanted to paint it black but decided to really give it some personality with a bold color. Then I painted the face and gave it some updated numbers. I think it turned out pretty well, although I have not yet hung it up and won't be surprised if I paint in black in a couple of months! It will have it's home in the basement on one of the many bare walls.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Yummy Nog

Mmmmmm...eggnog. This has to be my favorite Holiday food...yes, food. I try not to buy it becuase it only lasts about 2 days, which is sickening when you look at the nutritional label. I do allow myself 2 Starbucks eggnog lattes (which I had already redeemed by Thanksgiving) every year to get my fix and it's a day I celebrate when Starbucks brings out the red cups at the beginning of "the season".

You can imagine my excitement when I came across a recipe for eggnog pudding. Seriously, why didn't I think of this before!? This has been my saving grace for getting my eggnog fix the past month and thought I'd share the recipe so you can make it too. It really does taste like eggnog, I was pleasantly surprised!

1 package instant vanilla pudding (I used Jell-O sugar free, fat free)
2c. Milk
1 tsp. rum extract
1/4c. cool whip

Wisk together the pudding, milk, and rum extract until well blended. Fold in cool whip. Put in the fridge until pudding has set (2 hours?). Enjoy eggnog bliss.