Married to the Empire

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Feathering the Nest

Things are finally unpacked enough that I can start decorating.  We've still got to put up curtains and paint a bunch of stuff, but that's farther down the road.  (Well, the curtains can be done now, as we finally have curtains and curtain rods, but it's a matter of time and priorities.)  In the meantime, I've had a chance to get a few things on the walls and the built-in shelves in the living room.

These are hanging over the couch.  I've had them for nearly 2 years and never got them up in the old house.  New house, new decor--finally!

Self explanatory

I've never had so many flat surfaces to do stuff with.  I had to go to Hobby Lobby to buy a few tall things to fill the space. I also pulled out the Mod Podge to finish a project I'd started probably a year or more ago.  It's the D monogram in the upper left. 

It's not all done, of course.  There's still the pile of pictures sitting at the top of the stairs:

And Alex is still in his dreary temporary room (the previous owner chose the most unhappy shade of taupe for all the rooms) and sharing space with my craft-room overflow:

But blessedly, we're closer to getting him into his own room.  My parents were here last week, and my dad removed all the painted-over wallpaper and repaired the torn up spots in the walls:

Now we just need to do some sanding, some other minor repairs, then paint.  I'm looking forward to having Alex back in a sunny, happy-looking room. 

And of course, there's still my disaster of a craft room:

In my defense, it hasn't been a priority.  It's also my office space, so I've been having to sort, shred, and file three-months worth of paperwork.  My former shredder died a screeching death before we moved, and I decided to wait to buy a new one until we were in Oklahoma.  So paperwork piled for a few months, in part because I just didn't have time to deal with it.  Nightmare.  But it's slowly being taken care of, and I hope to have this space finished (minus painting) by the end of the week.  

Then there's our newest item for the living room:

The baby cage!  This thing has made my life so much easier!  I can set Alex down and get stuff done, knowing that he's safe and secure.  He enjoys it, too, as no one is pulling him off of things and telling him no.  And the cats adore it, as it means no one is speed-crawling after them!  It's a win-win for every member of this household.

Would you believe he's 9 months old already?!

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