…Far from royalty.

Nail Head Trim Headboard

I’m famous for half started/never finished projects.  It’s not something I’m proud of, it just is, or rather, I just am.  My sister came to hang out with me not long ago, and we tackled some of those never started projects– we actually started AND finished some of them.

I found an old 5 panel door on Craigslist for $15.Wooden door headboard  My original intent was to make a king size headboard for my bed.  I’m not really into stripping paint, so 4 years later, it was still in my garage.  While in Hancock Fabrics one day, I came across their most awesome section of clearanced fabric remnants.  I found 2 1/2 yards of lined and lightly batted micro suede for $4 yd.  A little birdie told me to buy it all, so I did.Future Amazing Headboard

I was checking out some of the amazing posts at Knockoff Decor, and stumbled onto this amazing knockoff.  I knew what I had to do.

My favorite sister Donna, not to be confused with my favorite sister Claudia, used to have an upholstery shop.  She has the most amazing things left over from her business.  One of those things just so happened to be nailhead trim.  So I emailed for backup.  “We need to get together and do some projects…oh and bring the nailhead trim.”  Not exactly word for word, but close.

The door was 74″ long, perfect for my new headboard, so I whipped out my fabric remnant and my staple gun (have I mentioned my love of staples lately?).  And 187 staples later, give or take a few, I have the beginnings of an amazing headboard.A good start to an amazing nailhead trim headboard  I flipped it over, got out a yard stick and a piece of chalk and drew a line where I wanted the nailhead trim to go.  I commenced to hammering.  Fortunately, the trim is on a roll and 90% of the nailheads are fake, and I only had to hammer in about 30 of them.  I’m convinced if I had to hammer each one individually, I would still be hammering this dream headboard would never have come to fruition.

Ok, I have a headboard, now legs…need legs.  Must. have. legs.  I move the furniture around to much to mount it to the wall.  I scrounged around in the garage through my hubby’s half finished projects and found a couple of 1 x 4″ scraps.  I measured from the floor to the top of my mattress and subtracted a couple of inches, since I didn’t want the bottom of the headboard to show.  I cut the 1 x 4″s and painted them chocolate brown with leftover spray paint.  I screwed them to the back of the door and voila, a headboard!  A beautiful, so not $600— but looks just as good, if not better, headboard.My King Size Knockoff of West Elm's Nailhead Trim Headboard  I LOVE IT!  I made it all by myself.  My sister watched, and sometimes coached, but she made me do it all by myself.  Yay me!  I couldn’t be happier with the results.

Cost of the total project, $12 for fabric.  I think there has to be some statute of limitation on the cost of building materials sitting unused in the garage…say like, oh… 4 years.  Either way, $12 or $27, I’ll take it!

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Here are some I posted a while back on FB.

Lillie-isms

I have always called Macy Chicken Little, and she calls me Chicken Big.  Today we were getting out at the Library and I unbuckled her car seat and said, “Let’s go Chicken Little.”  So Lillie says pointing at Macy, “She’s Chicken Little, I’m Chicken Middle, and Mommy’s Chicken Big.”
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Grama and the girls are playing store.

Lillie:  “Macy!, Macy!, you have to pay for that before you leave the store.  If you don’t, it’s stealing.”

Macy ignores her.

“Hello, Police Department?  A girl named MACY just STOLE an apron!”

Macy:  “That’s a pretend phone.”

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Lillie came home excited about being able to check out chapter books at school.  “I’m going to use my new Junie B. Jones book to do my homework tonight, because the harder the book is, the more I have to think.”
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The kids are in the backyard playing…and quiet, so I stand at the screen door and listen.  Lillie is pretending she’s the teacher and tells her friend and Macy, “You two have to decide on one thing.  I’m only one person and I can’t be in two places at once.”

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Lillie came home and asked for a drink.  She wrote her name on a left over party cup, complete with hearts and peace signs.  What does a 7 year old know about peace?  She can’t even get along with her sister.

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(Re:  State Fair October 2010) Me:  let’s go ride some rides, see the animals, and the cars…  Lillie:  “I don’t want to see the cars.  They’re just there to look fashionable.”
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Lillie is listening to her MP3 player.  Mike put a bunch of music on it, one being Rascal Flatts.  She just told Macy, “Do you know what happens when you play a country song backwards?…You get your house back, you get your car back…”  She has no idea what that means, but she thought it was hilarious.
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We  went to the Heard Museum and Sanctuary in McKinney today.  They have a
small, tight parking lot.  Mike made a loop all the way around it, and  then commented about how they could make the parking spots big enough to park in.  Lillie who had just been asleep, snaps back with “It doesn’t  look like anyone else had trouble parking.”  We both burst out laughing,  and Mike says, “We’ll see that on Facebook.”
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(9/1/10) Tacky, but I have to share.  I was cutting out words for Lillie’s class & gluing them to make flashcards.  Lillie had too much glue on the 1st one, the word “white”.  I cleaned it up & set it aside to dry.  She sat beside me & helped. When she stood up ‘white’ was stuck to her bum.  I stopped laughing long enough to tell Mike “I guess that’s what Mom meant by ‘kiss my Lillie white ass.'”
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(8/23/10 1st Day of 1st Grade)
Me:  “So what did you learn in school today?”  Lillie:  “I learned that when you push the button on the paper towels, you only get to pull the handle down two times.  Cause two times is enough to dry your hands.”
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Probably my favorite Lillie-ism of all times…
(8/7/10) Lillie: “Daddy, why do you need that guy telling you how to get home?  As little as I am, I know how to get home.  It’s not like they move everything around when it’s dark.”
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(7/16/10) Me:  “Why is that kitten screaming?”  Lillie:  “Because Macy closed his tail in the microwave door!!!”
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(5/15/10) Today’s Lillie-ism:  “It’s so hot out there, it could make a pig sweat!”
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(5/6/10) I told the girls to clean the playroom before I get a trash bag.  Lillie just sneaked in behind me and set a note taped on a stick on my desk.  It says, “amoste cleen Mommy.”  Even when I’m frustrated, they always manage to make me smile.
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(5/4/10)  Mike stopped on the way home to get the girls a candy bar.  Macy said, “I want JUST CHOCK-LIT.  NOTHING ELSE!”  Mike said, “No nuts?”  Macy said, “Nuts are for sqwerls!”
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(2/14/10)  We took the girls to McDonald’s for Valentine’s Day (Macy’s repeated
request).  They had both been grumpy until we sat down at the table, and then giddiness kicked in.  Mike said, “You girls sure got happy when we got to McDonald’s.”  Lillie says, “Well, now you know why they call it a ‘Happy Meal!'”
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(1/22/10)  My sweet darling children are screaming at the top of their lungs over who drank the last of the PRETEND tea!!!  UGH!
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(12/27/09)
Lillie: I know what one “!” means, but what does “!!!” mean?
Me: It means the same thing.
Lillie:  Then why do you need three of them?
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(11/20/09) Lillie’s homework-rhyming words & a story. What’s the beginning, end, did she liked it?, change the ending. She chose Little Red Riding Hood & a scary ending. “The wolf ate her!” Nighmares @ 11:00 screaming, “No, no, don’t eat her! Run!” I wake her up, calm her down & soon she’s out. 10 min. later, she wakes up yelling……, “shoe, BLUE!”  “cook, BOOK!”  At least she was able to change the channel.
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(11/17/09)  I just asked Lillie what she was doing.  It was quiet and she is supposed to be brushing her teeth.  She responded with, “That’s not me!  Cali is drinking out of the toilet!”
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Macy-isms:
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Daddy, why do we have doors that we can shut and lock, on our bedrooms, if you don’t ever let us shut and lock them?
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I picked up my friend’s girls for a play date a little while ago.  Macy squeals, “Come see my new bedding!  Oh, but my bed’s not made and there’s a bunch of stuffed animals on there.”
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Macy:  “Mommy, where’s the flashlight?”
Me:  “I don’t know, why do you NEED a flashlight?
Macy:  “I’m gonna make bunny rabbit faces with my fingers (on the tent walls).”
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Macy got into the chocolates today, so I told her “No more, now go brush your teeth!”  She came back a couple of minutes later, so I asked if she brushed them.  She smiled a giant toothy-grin and said, “Ding!”  “That’s means my teeth are clean.”
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“Lillie, when I say abercadabra, you run away like you’re dissing appear.”
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Mike to Macy:  “Where’s your Mama?”  Macy (4): “She’s in her caaaaaave.”
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Quote for the day:  “Look what you did Lillie! I’m never gonna be your sister again.”
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“I want to watch a movie.  What’s that girl’s name who flies?”  Me: “Mariposa?, Tinkerbell?”  Macy:  “”Nooooooooo, Mary Poppins!”
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Macy is playing on the Wii. “Mommy, can you help me get rid of this mustache?” She was editing her Mii all by herself.
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Macy:  “daddy?  Daddy?  DAddy?  DADdy?  DADDYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY​Y?” Me: “What’s wrong baby?”
Macy: “I WANT DADDY!”
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Macy:  “Uh, I can’t do it!”
Me: “Do what?”
Macy:  “Put these shoes on my Barbie.”
Me: “She doesn’t have any clothes on.”
Macy:  “She doesn’t want clothes on, only these (high heeled strappy) shoes.”
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I’m cleaning house and find an empty Zhu Zhu Pet box and a paper plate in a laundry basket.  I pick them up and toss them in the trash.
Macy says, “Hey!  Don’t take that!”
Me, “Why not, it’s trash?”
Macy, “No it’s not, it’s my car!”
How could I be so blind?
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I gave Macy a banana this morning.  She was in the car telling me all the things you can do with it.  It’s a telephone, it’s a unicorn, it’s a happy face, it’s a sad face, it’s a mustache….   I was cracking up.  I love that child!
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(October 2010) I’m getting ready to head to the school for Grandparents Day–Macy and camera in tow.  Macy asked if she could go home with Grama and Grandad so she didn’t have to stand around all day being good while I take pictures.
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Macy is watching the Scooby Doo 2 Movie.  She said, “That place is like ‘Cool-Topia!!.'”
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I walked into the kitchen to find Macy unwrapping an ice cream sandwich.  When I stared at her with that disapproving Mom look, she said, “Well, I ate a good lunch!”
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(8/8/10) Macy just ran in, opened my desk drawer and swiped an envelope.  I said, “Hey, you can just take those without asking!”  She held up 5 fingers and said, “I have 3 more in there.  Can I have them too?”
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(8/7/10) We saw a guy in a convertible tonight with long white hair in a ponytail and a long white beard.  Mike said, “Look girls, it’s Santa Claus.”  Lillie (6):  “Daddy is that really Santa Claus?”  Macy (3):”Of course not, he isn’t wearing a red suit.”
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(7/20/10) Me:  “Macy, you can have a snack if you’ll finish your lunch.”
Macy:  “Um, no thank you.  I just bought the Scooby Snack Factory, I’m good.”
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(7/15/10) Macy: “Mommy can you bring me some toilet paper?  I wasted it all.”
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(7/7/10) I took the girls to Chick-Fil-A this afternoon.  Macy was too tired to climb and play, so she came and sat in my lap instead.  Big tears started rolling down her face and she said, “I wish I was as big as Lillie.”  I gave her big hugs and wiped away her tears and told her I’m so glad she isn’t.
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(6/17/10)  Macy is playing with a magnifying glass and said, “Whoa…Lillie looks HUUUUUUGE!”
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(6/12/10) Macy walks in with dark green bible school t-shirt down to her knees, hot pink socks and a Little Mermaid umbrella.  Mom can you babysit Neyat (her invisible cat)?  Me: Your invisible cat, sure.  She walks out.  Me: How long do I have to watch her?  Macy: “Ummm. 4 days.”
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(6/9/10)  Macy: “No that isn’t right!”  Lillie:”Yes it is, that’s how the rock stars wear it.”  Macy: “Well I don’t want to be a rock star.”
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(6/9/10)  Macy just said “Coodie Coo.”  She saw it on an Orbit commercial.
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(5/31/10)  Macy’s new favorite cartoon is Scooby Doo.  I think she may have seen one too many episodes in the last 2 weeks.  The girls were playing in their pool and she told me I needed to get in there because “the water feels groovy.”
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(5/28/10)  While eating breakfast this morning, Lillie says “I slept like a rock last night.”  Then Macy (who woke up twice screaming, but didn’t know why) says “I slept like a rocket!”
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(5/18/10)  This morning I made Mike a “to-do” list before I left the house..things like replace the thing on the girls toilet that allows it to flush (broke last night).  Only 2 or 3 little things, nothing major.  So Macy asks me, “Can I tell Daddy to fix my Vissy-arr?  “I can’t watch my divvy-deez.”  God I love that child!
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(5/1/10) Lillie is strumming her guitar and singing loudly.  Then I hear Macy yell, “Lillie, I can’t hear myself think!”
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(4/16/10)  Macy: “Mommy, say ‘What are you laughing at?'”  Me: “Macy, what are you laughing at?”  Macy:  “I can’t tell you, it’s a secret!”
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(4/2/10)  Macy:  “Mommy, ballet is my thing.”  (learned from an episode of Little Bill)  Lillie:  “I guess my thing is going to school.”  Macy:  “Mommy’s thing must be washing dishes, cause she does it every day!”
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(3/10/10)  Macy is singing Supercanafralagistics-esspiana​ (giggle giggle giggle) do shus.
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(3/4/10)  Macy and I were talking about tattling today.  “Lillie always tells on me!  She’s RUINING my life!”  I couldn’t contain the laughter.  My 3 year old has watched Barbie’s The Princess and the Pauper movie one too many times.
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(2/13/10)  Macy and Lillie are “ice skating” in the house.  Lillie fell down’ and asked Macy to help her up.  Macy says, “Ok Lillie but I think you might need some ice skating lessons.”
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(2/13/10) Macy:  “Mommy, can I have another piece of candy?”  Me:  “Is your playroom clean yet?”  Macy runs away yelling, “Lillie!  Mommy said I can’t have another piece of candy!”
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(2/4/10)  I asked Macy if she wanted macaroni and cheese for lunch.  She slapped her hand over her eyes, threw her head back and yelled, “Ew yuck!”….  Is that a no in Drama Queen?
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(1/28/10)  The girls are in the tub and Macy starts frantically yelling.  I wasn’t sure what she was saying (they are in the next room).  I run in and and she’s all but crying, and loudly whining, “I look terrible, just terrible.”  I finally figure out that she put bubbles on her face and in her hair, and it made her look “just terrible!”  Oh the drama these girls dream up.
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(1/27/10) Macy to Lillie….”GET OUT OF MY SPACE-SHIP!”
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(1/21/10)  Macy is sitting in my lap “writing her ABCs.”  I keep looking around her & she said, “what are you doing?”  I said I can’t see THROUGH your big head.  She said, “well, I’m tryin to see, too!”
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(12/18/09)  Macy is taking a bubble bath while I’m getting ready.  I turned off the hair dryer and looked over and the wall has foam sliding down…all over the place.  I said, “What are you doing silly girl?”  “Having a snowball fight…and I’m winning!”  LOL, ya think?
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(11/3/09)  Macy is in the tub giggling and laughing.  Then I realize she’s trying to wet Cali (cat).  So I say, “Don’t wet my bathroom floor!”  She pops back with, “I’m not, I’m wetting MY bathroom floor.”

We all know someone who gives selflessly, never asking for anything in return.  My niece, Lalainia, is one of those people.  She’s a penny-pinching, coupon-cutting, money-saving wife and mom.  She’s mastered the art of ‘FREE’.  Thanks to coupons and buy one get one offers, she has a stock pile of laundry soap, haircare, toothpaste, and Hamburger Helper.  In addition to knowing how to stretch a paycheck, she is kind and patient.  She has taken on the role of caregiver, for her father-in-law, who suffers from dementia, and changes more than her share of poopy pants–and it’s not always her 3 year old.

About a week ago, her family moved to be closer to her brother and sister-in-law, so they can help take care of James, her father-in-law.  She sent her mom (my favorite sister) an email asking if she had seen any blogs on painting furniture, and what she knew about it.  Donna, forwarded the email to me, along with a link to a blog on painting furniture.  I responded, with “I’m up for a project, let’s have a sanding party!”  Friday night worked out for all of us.  Originally, that’s all it was going to be, sanding and trying out a new painting technique on Lalainia’s mismatched garage sale and hand-me-down furniture.  You know, let her be the guinea pig.

I remembered Lalainia had recently posted on Facebook a photo of a blue and brown comforter set she liked.  I had a blue and brown set in my staging inventory that wasn’t being used so I rounded it up, along with a single curtain panel, some throw pillows and several random pieces of artwork.  I invited myself to come stay the weekend and help work on her furniture.  A quick trip to Michael’s for some scrapbook paper ($5), and Home Depot for paint, primer, sandpaper and a bag of brushes ($39) and I head out.

My sister and I met there Friday afternoon, had a Hamburger Helper dinner, and proceded to get to work.  We started by rearranging the bedroom furniture.  Then we emptied dresser drawers (she had just unpacked a day before) and hauled the furniture out onto the back deck.  We set up an assembly line of sanding, and then moved out into the yard for priming and painting.  After a couple of hours we had the biggest part of the work done!  We worked until we couldn’t see to paint (by headlights) anymore.  Lalainia and I got up the next morning and wiped everything down and gave it one final coat of paint.  I must say, we did a pretty good job for painting after dark.

My youngest daughter wanted to spend the day with her cousin, so Lalainia and I dropped her off at my favorite sister’s house.  Donna used to have an upholstery shop, so she has quite a few materials left over.  Without hesitation, she took us out to the shop, opened the doors and told us to take whatever we needed.  (Now you know why she’s my favorite sister.)  🙂  We looked around, it was hot and dusty and no one really wanted to be in there.  That is, until I spied the perfect headboard for Lalainia’s new master suite.  Well, I saw it as this beautiful padded upholstered headboard.  Lalainia saw it as an old dusty door with water damage on the bottom.  Work with me here.  Donna knew where I was going with this (because she had just helped me upholster a door for my new headboard), so she asked Lalainia to go inside and measure the width of the bed.  60″.  The perfect queen headboard.  We were able to cut the 12″ off at the bottom and get rid of the warped and water damaged portion.  I found an 8 foot 1×4″ in the shop, and since the offer had been extended, I wanted it, too!  We cut the 1×4″ in half and nailed it to the back of the door for legs.  I scrounged around in Donna’s old upholstery stash and found a piece of black vinyl that would make the most amazing padded headboard.  She also happened to have extra batting, and plenty of staples.  I like staples.  A few minutes later, ta-da!  A new, custom-made, totally free (or gleaned, as my favorite blogger, Nike, would say) headboard!

We made a quick trip to GW Boutique for a $2.99 bedskirt in the perfect shade of dark brown.  She needed extra storage, so we also picked up a set of $12 bed risers from Walmart, so she could store things under the bed, and a 5 pack of 11×14″ poster board, and a peel stick wall art (Always Kiss Me Goodnight!) from Dollar Tree, and we were off.  The furniture was dry and ready to be brought back in and put the room together.

After bringing the furniture in and hanging a couple of pieces of artwork, she still needed just a little pop of color over the night stands.  We raided her $1 photo frame collection, and came up with 4 matching frames.  I pulled out the cardstock I picked up at Michael’s for $.69 each and the DT poster board.  I used Lalainia’s scrapbook cutter to make custom photo mats and the cardstock for custom artwork.  It was just what the room needed as a finishing touch.  The sign over the bed was a brown bulletin frame with hooks.  We removed the hooks, painted the frame black and the cardboard back blue, and used the peel and stick “Always Kiss Me Goodnight!” stickers for a one of a kind art piece.

The whole room redesign cost about $125, including the bedding I had orginally found new on Craigslist for $50.  She loves her new space and posted on Facebook  “We made her a hotel bedroom, and it wasn’t one of those $29.95 a night ones either!”    Lalainia finally has a place to call her own, somewhere she can unwind at the end of a mentally and physically exhausting day–she deserves that.

Last night’s (or early this morning’s) Macy-ism.  I put her in bed with me because she was turned sideways and pushing Lillie out of bed.  She woke up wanting to chatter.  I said, “Sssssh.  It’s time to go to sleep.”  Whispering in my ear, “Mommy, sometimes ice cream makes me sleepy.”  Did I mention it was 4:45 in the morning?

You can come in, but…

Normally, my girls play well together.  Yes, they bicker and fight like all siblings.  But, if they can’t work it out, I usually separate them.  After a few minutes, the little one is asking to apologize to her sister, whether she’s at fault, or not.

One day I heard them arguing.  Lillie didn’t want Macy in her room.  I told them to stop it, or separate.  Then nothing.  No yelling, no screaming, no drama.  I must investigate.  Someone’s either being suffocated with a pillow, or they’ve managed to actually work things out.  Hmmm.  Yes, I must investigate.

I sneak a peak into Lillie’s room.  They had come to a compromise and everyone was happy.  Hold on, don’t move, must get camera!

You can come in,

but you can't cross the line.

Macy didn’t care, she made it past the door, and she was smiling like a Cheshire cat.  She wasn’t allowed to cross the line drawn in the sand (pencils end to end in a beach theme room–I’m so clever), but she was happy.  No drama, I’m happy, too.

Now, clean your room!

Macy’s bedroom was in need of a new quilt.  I like quilts.  They’re light weight machine washable, and over all pretty cute these days.  I had been looking for something different, she had a white quilt (not a good idea when your child is messy Marvin reincarnated) with ballerinas all over it.  It was sweet, but had been washed and bleached (oops) so many times that it was looking tired and the threading was pulling apart.  In my many trips to Target, I would always swing by the kids decor aisles and see what was being marked down there.  I had my eye on several that would have worked, but I refused to pay $80 for a quilt, mostly because I’m cheap frugal.  There was a cute brown/pink floral set, a yellow/pink/green set, and a pink/owl pattern.  Well, I guess I waited to late, because everything I had been eyeing was gone, marked down and outta there!  Ok, well I guess it’s back to the drawing board.

In my home staging adventures I am always looking for a bargain.  I had been looking for a few little accessories to pull a kitchen together.  I stopped into GW Boutique (that’s Goodwill for you with your nose in the air).  Over the last few years, Target has been donating their items that don’t sell at 70% and 90% off to GW Boutique.  I’ve found some awesome deals.  Brand new, in package deals, I might add!  I was pushing my cart past the linens and the sky opened up and a ray of sunshine shone down.  Curiosity got the best of me, and I had to see what divine intervention was trying to show me….I was in a hurry, but you know, sometimes you have to make time for divine intervention.  O.M.G!  Still neatly wrapped up in the original packing with the cute little off white ribbon wrapped around it was the bedding I had been watching for Macy’s room.  I thought it had slipped away!  Some things are just meant to be.  Like I was meant to be at the Garland, Tx location, on that particular day, when that particular quilt was sitting there…waiting for me to find it.  Oh, and the best part… I haven’t mentioned the best part, have I?  This full/queen sized, brand new in original packing pink/green/yellow floral quilt was priced at the bargain basement GW Boutique price of $20!  That’s right snooty people who think you have to pay retail and would never darken the door of a GW Boutique, $20!  75% off retail.  Go me!

GW Boutique

Macy's New Bedding

No, not like that!  More like oh no, I’ve run out again….must make another trip to Wal-Mart…now!

It’s been hot this summer.  Sweltering.  I’ve got no energy, and no desire to do anything.  So, in an effort to try to pull my self out of this funk, I had to find something to do.  Since my trip to Tahiti has been put on the back burner for a while, I had to come up with a Plan B.  So I pulled out my mental To Do list, because I trashed the one on the refrigerator a couple of years ago.

Being the frugal person that I am, there’s always some kind of project laying around for years waiting to be redone.  Macy, my 4 year old, has been asking me for a year or so, why she doesn’t have a footboard on her bed.  I didn’t have the heart to tell her the truth…”because mom never actually finishes anything she starts.”  Well, I have good intentions, it just doesn’t always work out right.  For instance, I found a bedroom set at a garage sale for $85 a couple of summers ago.  There was a queen size headboard, footboard and side rails, a dresser, mirror and a nightstand.  I started out sanding and painting the dresser, but soon realized my painting skills sucked and needed honing it was too big for her room.  So the most beautiful dresser I had ever seen was sold on Craiglist for $160 (that’s right almost twice as much as I paid for the whole set).  I did manage to paint the headboard, but never actually got the second coat of paint on the bed rails or footboard.  Not just because I’m lazy, but because it was a queen size bed, and Macy’s full size mattress and box springs wasn’t going to work, since the bed wasn’t adjustable.  So, this my dear Macy is why you didn’t have a footboard… until now.

In my staging antics endeavors, I did some bartering for a full size, antique bed.  It had a headboard, and a footboard.  As soon as it hit the garage, in February, Macy decided she needed it in her room.  It was quite dirty, and needed a whole lotta cleaning before it was going to be dragged into the house.  So, fast forwad to July, a short 5 months later…I’m scrounging around looking for something to do.  Lillie’s room is almost finished, and Macy’s bugging me to redo hers, too.  So I invite my partner in junking sister over to come hang out and help motivate me to do something.  I have grand ideas, just no follow-through.  So we spent couple of hours in my kitchen sanding furniture…did I mention it’s a bazillion degrees outside?  I found a tarp and some cinderblocks to hold it down and prop up furniture while I paint.

We take a lunch break and eat some yummy Mexican food, and then make a trip to Wal-mart for some spray paint.  Originally, this was going to be a cheap project.  We were gonna buy the $1 and something cans of paint.  Well, I didn’t want glossy white furniture, more of a satin look was what I had in mind.  So, what had I envisoned as a cheap project soon tripled in price.  Donna and I had done some rumaging through the garage earlier, and she spied a comforter she wanted.  I paid $12 for it, so she said she’d buy me $12 worth of spray paint.  Sounds like a plan, so $24 later (have I told you lately you’re my favorite sister?), we head home and start painting.  It’s hot outside, but we were on a mission to get something done, and now we were armed with paint!  Lillie’s desk, and Macy’s headboard and footboard got a couple of coats of satin white paint.  We decided it needed to cure out in the sun all day, and maybe add another coat of paint the next day.  Sounds like a plan.

I ran to Wal-mart and picked up a couple more cans paint, and gave everything a once over.  I leaned the headboard against the gate and fence to sun bake, shut the garage door and went inside while everything dried.  My friend called and asked if the girls could come play with her kids.  Sure they can!  So, we grab our shoes and head out the back door and out the back gate…you know the one with the headboard leaning against it on the other side….  I open the gate and give it a push, because it always drags a little, and SLAM! “What was that?” my kids yell.  My heart sank, I knew immediately that 2 days of sanding and painting on this perfect piece of furniture, was all for not.  I picked up the headboard, surveyed the damage, leaned it against the fence.  I dropped the girls off…and then swung by Wal-Mart…again.  I got home did some minor cosmetic surgery, with a little sand paper and wood filler, and another can of satin white.  (Dear Krylon, Just doing my part to help out the troubled stock market.)  Ok, so 27 cans of paint later, I get Lillie’s desk and chair in her room, and take Macy’s headboard and footboard into her room.

After drying all night and most of the next day, I set up the headboard, attach the metal rails, then the footboard.  I put the box springs on, and then the mattress. Oh crap!  I forgot the eyelet dust ruffle.  So, I scoot the mattress off to the floor, put the dust ruffle on, and start sliding the mattress back on top.  Klunk!  the box springs fell to the floor.  “Dang it!”  So I pick up the phone and call my hubby.  “Mike,  I need you to cut me some slats for Macy’s new bed!”  Being the awesome Dad that he is, he came home and pulled the box springs out of the rails where I had left it in disgust, measured for the boards, and made a trip to Lowe’s.  By the time dropped the girls off at VBS and got back home, he had already gone and gotten the slats, and put the bed back together.  Thank you, dear!  I just had to put the sheets and quilt back on, and take a picture, or two.

My baby has a footboard