Even though it’s technically March 1st, it’s been 29 days since the start of February and thus today marks eight months since Jack was born.

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He cut his first tooth this month! See it there on the bottom?

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And learned to sit unassisted. Sorry for the blurry photo. He’s a busy boy!

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And went to his first LSU baseball game.

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He’s also been learning to feed himself. It’s a very messy affair.

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It’s pretty much the best thing that’s ever happened to Juliet.

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Life is good for the little man. He’s sleeping better, eating all kinds of good food, and learning so much about the world around him. He even got to pet Sheila the other day! He’s starting to scoot around on his belly, but he mostly just pivots–no traveling yet. Which is just fine with me. I’m totally savoring these last few weeks or months that he stays where I put him.

I didn’t have a hot glue gun for the longest time. I never wanted to buy one just for that one project, so I made do without. But once I finally got one I realized it was so worth the small investment because I’ve used it literally dozens of times since. I use hot glue like other people use duct tape. Here are some of the projects I’ve used it for just in the last few months: gathered burlap flower, burlap pennant banner, dresser hardware repair, brown paper gift wrap, diy canvas and felt Christmas stockings, book page poinsettias, fabric covered box. I even once used it for upholstery. There are many, many more links to my hot glue adventures on the How To page.

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Chalkboard paint is the same way. I can’t remember exactly how much it cost, but I remember thinking it was kind of pricey for just a quart. But so far I’ve used it to paint the side of an armoire, turn vintage silver trays into message boards, make cute storage bins out of cardboard boxes, and create cute little menu boards for my sister’s wedding (there was no catering staff, so little signs identifying everything on the buffet were super helpful). I’ve still got at least half a can left.

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And this third one may surprise you. This can of spray adhesive was $7 at Hobby Lobby (though you could get it cheaper if it was on sale or with a coupon–if you’ve got an iPhone you can pull up the coupon anytime with their app). I don’t remember what I first bought it for but I use it all the time. Here are a few projects made possible by Elmer’s + aerosol: punched paper garland, acorn silhouette art, embellished fabric box, paper doily embellished gift bag, upholstered rocking chair seat, doily + embroidery hoop art, glittered pinecones, doily patched Toms (though admittedly I later had to come back with my friend Mr. Hot Glue to make those more sturdy). It seems from this list like I am really into doilies. I am.

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There are definitely plenty of craft supplies I’ve wasted money on (hello, yarn collection. You tempt me with your beautiful colors and then sit unused for years), so it’s nice to look around and realize that a couple of things I may have thought I was buying for just one project have actually stuck around through many an inspired moment. And if you’ve been thinking about getting a glue gun but putting it off maybe this will inspire you to invest ten dollars or so into making it a reality.

I posted last week about how the yellow rug in our office/playroom has not exactly stood the test of time. The pile is matted and dingy, and it was time for it to go.

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Thank you so much for all of your suggestions in helping me choose a new rug! After reading your comments and personal messages I was kind of loving the idea of the rug below in khaki (pictured in the top right).Hand-hooked Alexa Moroccan Trellis Wool Rug (570x570)

Unfortunately the khaki was sold out, so I was torn between this rug in navy and another one in charcoal. I really couldn’t decide, so I asked Nick what he thought. He usually has little to no opinion on matters of home decor but for some reason he was really digging the navy. And since I preferred the pattern of that rug as well, into the cart it went. But not before I googled a coupon code. It was already on sale and then I got another $17 off. Winning!

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Imagine my delight when I got to the next page and realized I had a $20 store credit! It was from the last time I bought a rug from Overstock and it went on sale right after. I emailed them and they gave me a credit for the difference, but I’d forgotten all about it until now.

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I waited allllll dayyyy on Monday for my new rug to arrive. Totally a first world problem, but the FedEx guy didn’t show until nearly 7pm.  I had to work yesterday, so today is the first chance I’ve had to snap some pictures and share it with you!

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The existing rug pad was shaped a little differently than the new rug, so I just trimmed it where needed with some scissors. This afternoon I’m going to experiment with hot gluing the extras onto the sides where it’s a little short, but if it doesn’t work it’s no biggie.

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I looove the way it looks in here. It’s so soft and cushy underfoot and Jack is happily playing on it at this very moment. The dark blue really balances out the green undertones in the wall color. And hopefully it will hide a multitude of kid and pet disasters (though I think it will be a little higher maintenance in the pet hair department thanks to the saturated color). My only regret is that I didn’t get it sooner! And as for the navy ottoman, it’s been relocated to the living room since navy ottoman + navy rug was a little too much navy for me. It’ll get much more use in there anyway. Would you believe it if I told you the room actually feels bigger now? I think maybe it’s because there’s a few more inches of space between the rug and the shelving unit. Or maybe it’s the large-scale pattern. Who knows. All I knows is I likes it.

Welcome to the ugliest spot in my house.

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This is the far right corner of the laundry room. It’s right off the kitchen, and it’s where we stow all of our pet accoutrements. The litter box, dog and cat food, a large crate, etc. It’s my least favorite part of the house. Below you can see it from a little further back. This is right before I painted the laundry room walls white.

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It’s basically a nook that’s about three feet deep and five feet wide, and for the longest time I’ve dreamed of turning it into the world’s tiniest half bath (it’s just large enough to meet local building codes). The main bath downstairs is accessible only through bedrooms, so I thought adding a powder room that was more conveniently located for guests would be a good move for resale. But bathrooms are expensive and I never figured out where I would move the displaced litter box.

So then I started thinking about how to improve the existing function of the space. A skirted table over the litter box would obscure it from view and provide a surface area for pet food in nice looking canisters. I thought maybe I could place a piece of painted plywood atop two small filing cabinets, then hang fabric from a tension rod across the front. But the more I mulled it over in my mind, the more I thought maybe I should go for something a little more built in. Like this:


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The photo above encompasses nearly everything that’s been swirling around in my mind. The wood counter, skirted front, shelves above. I don’t think I’ll be going for something as bold as those stripes, but I do feel inspired to use a patterned fabric for the skirt. And instead of a sink the counter will be solid. I think I might copy those shelves exactly because I hadn’t quite figured out how to work around the window until I saw this photo. It’ll be like a butler’s pantry of sorts, but if we get an electrician to drop an outlet over there down the line it could also be used as a desk or sewing nook.

I’ve found several tutorials online for DIYing wood countertops, and since I’d only need a section about five feet long, with no cutouts or anything, I think I can handle it. Glue a couple of boards together, stain and seal, and mount the whole operation to the wall. Voila, wood countertop.

So what do you think? Should I go for it? I figure even if it’s a massive flop I’m out only about $30 in lumber and some wasted time.