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The Table of Love

It all started with a pile of wood and a picture:
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“Honey, you can do this. Right?” <-- famous last words in this house. I am very lucky to have such a handy guy around.

Most of these picture have already been posted on Instagram, but I thought I'd make a post of the table's progress from a pile of construction lumber to a bonafide piece of heirloom furniture.

He had a little help with the heavy lifting.

And here is a dining room, “before” picture:
Still an awesome table. I have loved every second of it being in our dining room for the last 15 years! It’s going to live in the playroom from now on. The kids were out growing their little tables in there. It was given to us from family friends of The Hubby’s family. It’s an original 1950’s table. The chairs were recovered when it was passed on to us. And are still in excellent condition. Once we get replacement chairs, they will join this table in the playroom.

Progress from wood pile to structure:

I decided to give the man a break and help with parts I could. This is the first time I’ve ever used stain. I’m not sure if I am a fan yet. I do however, like the end result, so the effort was worth it.
It gets better with the second coat

We added some personal touches:
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And the man helped with the staining when the last of the table was sanded smooth as a baby’s butt.
Then he waxed it with in an inch of it’s life. It was an important step considering this is going to be our every day table and is about to see many years of abuse.
Coming in just over budget with a $135 total (not including the new belt sander we had to buy, or the can of paint for the wall because I got a bug up my booty and decided the new table needed new walls to match). Certainly much less than the Anthropologie table. Or even the Pier One table I saw locally for $900.

Aaaaand….Drumroll Please:

The best part about this picture is the craftiness that went in to each component.
The Man built the table (obviously), and the side table and the cat food table. He also built the two shelves above the side table.
My oldest daughter painted the one picture. The photograph is a photo I took in college of a local business and landmark of many years until the building was torn down a few years ago. I also sewed the curtains and *just* finished painting that wall today. I am so proud of the creativity in this room. I am looking forward to posting even more “finished” pictures very soon.

In the mean time, I ask you, is a room ever really “finished” being decorated?

End of Weekend #1

We are all feeling a little nutty at this point…
Heh, see what I did there?

#HobbyRoom2013 is in full swing. We accomplished all we had planned and then some. Our weekend goal was to get the framing up and windows roughed for inspection. While framing on Saturday, we had a visitor. Our good friend, Woody, came to check up on us. Then he made more work. We were still unsure what to do with an area of the carport that backs up to our living room, via an ugly and mostly unfunctional fireplace. I bet you can see where I’m going with this. Yep, we busted that sucker out. We will forever blame it on Woody, but the fact is, he was just the little push we needed. I think it’s going to be a great thing. Thanks, Woody! Plus, he came over on Sunday and made a mess, helped bust it out. It never really occurred to us what to do with it, just that is was kinda in the way in my hobby room and we were going to have to do some creative framing and stuff to get around it. With it gone, I gain a closet space and possibly a wall to relocate our TV to in the hobby room. (The jury is still out on the relocation of the TV to my hobby room. It then won’t be my hobby room, it will be the tv room, with my craft junk in it and it will have more traffic and hence won’t really be the fortress of solitude I was aiming for. On the other hand, the TV location now is also very inconvenient as it is RIGHT next to the World’s Loudest Air Conditioner Return Vent&#0153. We sometimes have to pause a movie or turn on subtitles to watch when the a/c runs).

Also, we live in Florida. We used the fireplace four times in our old house in eleven years, and never in this house. SO…..


Don’t worry folks. We have plans for the hole in our living room. A custom seating bench anyone? I will now have a closet in my hobby room. It will be a win-win once it’s complete.

As for the actual work done on the room this weekend.
End of day 1 (upper and lower joists and studs in place):

End of Day 2 (windows roughed out and room possibly ready for inspection):


There were also cute kid moments:

And it’s been an experience:
From the first board cut…

…to the last beer on Sunday evening.

Weekend Warriors rule!

movie geeks, we are

This past weekend, among all the birthday festivities, we went to see the Avengers movie that came out on Friday. We have been waiting with bated breath a long time for this movie to release. We even re-watched all the other super hero movies leading up to this one all last week.

Last week I found this blog post, and thought it’d be a great way to subtly show off our mad craft skillz when we go to the movie. I say “our” this time because it’s a project I can not do alone. I need my husband’s patience to cut out the stencils from the freezer paper. We totally can not take credit for the art as we pulled it directly from the blog. Why mess with something that is already great! Thank you I Am Momma for a wonderful blog post!

We’ve done freezer paper stencils before. We are always amazed at how magical the process is and how they come out looking so close to actual professional silk screening, it’s amazing.

The only down side to this particular project is that I didn’t get very nice photos to share. but here is the finished product and the best geeky family photo in a while:

The process was fun and mostly simple. The hardest part was that we had to make 5 of the same stencils since they can not be re used and we were making a shirt for each family member.
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I’m not going to add a tutorial because there are a ton out there on the google.

Here are some close ups of the finished shirts:
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and of course an action shot:

Hubby and I were actually the only ones who went to the movie wearing our shirts (nerdy couple alert). The littles obviously have to wait a few more years to see it and the teenager went with her boyfriend separately from us and I guess didn’t want to be all geeky fangirl in front of him.

PS the movie was awesome.

PPS the movie kicked @$$.

PPPS best movie I’ve seen in a long time. I love Joss Whedon.

My husband was born on the best.day.ever.

Cinco de Mayo
Free Comic Book Day
Avengers Movie weekend
day after Star Wars Day

does it get any cooler then that? He’s a geek. That’s why I love him.

I wanted to make him a nerdy cake for his birthday. His favorite Avenger is Captain America. All the Captain America cakes I have seen on the webz had icky fondant on them. I needed to find a way I could do it without fondant (because fondant is of the devil, and well just plain gross) and also without a crap-ton of food coloring. I was playing around with the idea of using sprinkles, but had basically talked myself out of that deciding that I could never get sprinkles to go to their right spots and not make it look dumb. I wanted it to be as perfect as a fondant one would have looked, only taste a billion times better. My teenager said, “Just do it, Mom! It’ll look fine.” I guess, even if the sprinkles came out dumb, it would still taste ok. I knew Hubby would have loved it no matter what.

To make his cake extra special, I did a fancier chocolate cake. After all you only have 1 birthday a year, so make it super yummy cool. Hubby likes chocolate. He likes raspberry. I made him a Chocolate Ganache Raspberry Capatin America Cake! D.e.c.a.d.e.n.c.e.

I added dark chocolate ganache and raspberry fruit to each layer:

I used parchment paper and cut out the different parts of Captain America’s shield. After frosting with just plain white buttercream frosting I stuck the different rings on the cake to block out where I didn’t want the sprinkles to stick. and voila! a Captain America cake:
(and a ton of sprinkles that didn’t make it on the cake).
The cake took a long time to make, but I had fun doing that for my husband. I can’t make dinner, but I can sure build him a cake!
I decided to just go with the Super Hero/Avenger theme all the way and got him a Captain America t-shirt to wear to the movie. He recently started taking knitting classes, and had been carrying his stuff around in a ziploc bag. I made him a cool (and very manly) project bag to carry his knitting.
I know the yarn isn’t “super Hero” themed, but hey it’s STAR WARS yarn! <-- it doesn't get any cooler than that. I bought him the yarn from HaldeCraft. His first “good” yarn. I’m going to help him make a hat with it. Just to keep the nerdiness well rounded, he also got the extended version of the Lord of the Rings trilogy on Blu-Ray.
Our super talented teenager comic-book-ified him and drew this great card:
Happy Birthday to my super cool geeky Hubby. I love you.