Monday, January 19, 2009

Weekend Update

As my previous post might lead you to believe, we had a crazy, busy, sickening week. The kids were better in time for their grandparents to visit for an early birthday party for Elijah, but Dan suffered most of the weekend with his own, albeit less explosionary, sickness. Even so, we had a nice, quiet visit that even allowed my mom-in-law, who is an excellent seamstress, to help me with a project that had been rattling around in my head for a few weeks now.

We have this wicker/rattan type box in the living room that I use to store the toys. It's a little more "decorator-friendly" than a typical toy box. It came with a brown fabric lining, that was held on by an elastic top. Well, over the 4 years we've had this toy box, the elastic has been stretched and stretched until it wouldn't stay in it's place anymore. So I had been trying to figure out the best way to replace it, without having to buy a ton of fabric that would just be hidden under toys, or just replacing the elastic, which would be utilitarian and economical, but boring. Since one of my new year's resolutions was to add a little more color into our life, I decided to add fabric on the outside of the box, covering about half of the wicker/rattan exterior. And I just happened to have enough of Heather Bailey's Pop Garden fabric to finish the job. So my wonderfully talented mom-in-law figured out how exactly to do it and then took over and finished it herself. Thanks mom!
Here is the final product:

Fun, huh? I love it and it only inspires me to do more with fabric in my house! Stay tuned for pics of my memo boards . . . another way to incorporate some delicious fabric into your decor!

Oh, and I must not forget to share the most exciting, exhilarating part of our weekend. Anyone who knows me should know that my game-playing skills are lacking, to say the least. I play games because I can lose and still have a good time, which is a good trait for one who loses as often as I do. But this weekend . . . this glorious weekend . . .while playing games with my husband and in-laws . . . I won in THREE different games. I won in a 4 round game of Blokus (first time I've used all my pieces!), Rook, and in Rage. I went to bed glowing, and told Dan that this weekend alone would be enough to carry me through a 6 month streak of losses, although I think I'm on a roll . . . :)

Hope your day is great!


sara's art house said...

LOVE that basket liner!!! The fabric is gorgeous!

mitchells2000 said...

You know how to play RAGE?!!?!? I think you're the first person outside of all the people that we've taught to play that has even heard of Rage! We played Rook and Rage with friends this weekend, too! :-)

Gretchen said...

That fabric is just GORGEOUS! I love the way that looks. You're so clever, it kills me!

I also know how you feel about games, except I actually have to fight to be a good loser. Most of the time, I can take it, but sometimes I just want to BEAT those competitive trash-talkers! :) My own dear husband is not competitive, and he does not rub in anyone's losses, so I struggle with those friends who do! :)

Miscellaneous From Missy said...

Woo-hoo! Congrats on the winning streak! I love the new toy box liner.