Thursday, April 29, 2010

I see mice in your future...

Seriously, if I had eaten the Chinese food I'd been craving, I'm 100% sure my fortune cookie fortune would have read:
Mice will be in your future.

Let me explain...
As you may have read, we just purchased our first home! YAY! It was a foreclosure and had been empty for most likely more than a year. We cleaned, cleaned, cleaned the day after we bought it. And let me tell you, I'm not usually a screamer, but I screamed a little when I opened the range drawer and saw a dead mouse.

Eeeeewww! Still, I understood it--An empty house, even in the middle of the city... I get it. But gross! So here I am making plans to stretch our money so we can buy a new stove. I was just so grossed out at the thought of cooking there even after cleaning like a mad woman.

And then...
We went to get our mattress which had been stored in my parents' basement. Pulled it away from the wall to see mouse droppings everywhere. Bad enough? No. A tiny little hole in my mattress.

I literally started jumping up and down saying, "Ew! Ew! Ew!" like a little girl. Yes, I usually think I'm pretty tough, but I couldn't help myself.

What on earth do we do?! What if the mouse is IN our mattress?! Ack! HELP! How do I know if they got in the mattress? I know they're so full of diseases that we'd need a new bed. But how do I know? Somehow, I don't think that's a risk I want to take... but gosh, beds are expensive! :(
I think it will be awhile before I can sleep.
But seriously, if you have suggestions, let me hear them!!!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Closed for a bit...

We close next Friday! Eeee! We are so excited to be home-owners. With settlement fast-approaching, I put my Etsy shops in Vacation Mode while I finish up a few projects next week.
So wish us luck & a happy move! I'll be back shortly!
(And of course, if you're a repeat customer & need something right away, give me a shout.)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

COLORS!

We had an excellent weekend. Since the home we're buying is a foreclosure, we have quite a To Do List! It mostly just needs a really good cleaning and a lot of paint!

So we found ourselves looking at paint samples. Joshua & I have incredibly different taste. I think you could have picked ANYTHING in the store and said, "Do you like this?" and I would have said no and he would have said yes. Or vice versa. Luckily, we usually agree on colors!

Of course these colors will look different on the walls than they do on the computer screen! For our basic color that will be on most of our walls, we're going with a very light neutral. A nice non-baby yellow in the kitchen. Red in the dining room and main level bathroom. Actually, we're planning to do wainscoting in the dining room, so really only the top half of the room will be red.


Yay! Don't they look great together? So we'll keep Bitsy #2's room the neutral & spice it up with fabric wall hangings... Yup. I never got to that project. I intend to now! :) We'll do a dusty rose pink in Bitsy #1's room--she is actually requesting purple, blue, and pink stripes. Yikes! The basement has bead board that we'll paint white and put this aqua on top. We're going to make the main room in the basement my office/play room. It's big enough that we shouldn't have any trouble with that!


And then for the master... we have green bedding and purple bathroom items, so we thought maybe we'd swap those colors. Put green in the bathroom & purple in our bedroom. The ceiling has a lot of character, so we thought we'd just paint one or two walls a dark purple in our room so that the white ceiling really stands out & you can see the architectural lines. So we're deciding still on the shades...


Huge project ahead of us!! Wish us luck. ;)

Monday, April 12, 2010

A Magic Wand

(image from flickr)

One day last week, Bitsy #1 (who is 5 years old) came home from school and said, "Mrs. H broke her magic wand." I told her that was too bad, that she'd have to find a new one.

There was a pause.

And Bitsy #1 said, "I have so many. I think I'll give her one of mine."
I quickly tried to swallow back tears, gave her a kiss on the forehead, and told her what a wonderful idea that was.

So the next time she went to school, she packed up her extra wand in her backpack. When we got there, her teachers greeted her and Mrs. H said, "What is the magic wand for?"

Bitsy #1 stood there for a moment, clearly collecting courage and said, "I had an extra one and wanted you to have this since yours broke."

And of course, there I stood at the doorway... crying like baby, but smiling bigger than I thought possible. What an amazing little girl. The truly remarkable thing is that I KNOW I did not teach her this. It is one of her God-given gifts: to NOTICE that someone has a need, see if she can fill it, and if she can fill it, follow through. I know adults who can't do this and here she is, a sweet and innocent little 5 year old, helping others.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

This is... Spring?

(Beautiful Maryland Cherry Blossoms photo grabbed from Flickr.)


It was 92 degrees in Maryland yesterday. In April. Early April.

Yikes.

The nice thing is that it was a bit cooler this morning, so we all went outside to tend to Grandma & Grandpa's beautiful surroundings.

I'm pretty sure I should e-mail my poor husband at work, though. He needs a warning. Something that lets him know his wife is less-than-beautiful today.

No make-up.
Hair in a messy ponytail.
Dirt from gardening.
A mystery *something* from helping my dad put the mower blades on the tractor.
Various scratches.

The best part? I bet he'll just give me a hug & a kiss and say, "Wow, you had a busy day!"

He knows what I look like all dressed up and clean anyhow. ;)

Monday, April 5, 2010

Some New Logos

I wanted to share the last few logos I designed. It's hard to say what my favorite part of my job is, but I really do believe logo design is at the top of my list. It's so wonderful to work with and get to know new people. Some have become dear friends!








And then here, we're still deciding...We'll probably just use both for business cards, postcards, etc.


So you can see why I've been so busy! I'm glad I could get all of these in before our move, which is fast approaching! YAY! 

Friday, April 2, 2010

Break me off a piece of that...

You must read this article.



Man arrested at Large Hadron Collider claims he's from the future




 My favorite part:
"It is a communist chocolate hellhole and I'm here to stop it ever happening." 


Communist. Chocolate. Hellhole.
Hilarious.


Perhaps I'll cross-stich that and hang it up on my wall. For some reason, I just laughed and laughed when my husband read this to me last night.
Had to share!

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