projects

I feel accomplished.  I just installed a “decorative” curtain rod, the first of its kind in our house!  You know, not just the wide U-shaped metal one… the real one with balls on the end!  So, I feel accomplished–complete with drilling, screwing, mounting and the like.  Husband wasn’t home.  I figured it out.  Call me proud.  I’ve been excited to do some different projects in the house, but I haven’t been able to get to them very quickly.  I’m thinking that tackling one room at a time is the way to go.  I started with Sophia’s room, the smallest and easiest.   I just found an adorable cribskirt for $1 at a garage sale.  Yes, she’s 1 and I finally skirted her crib!  And, the new curtains just went up in her room.  Adorable, bright and cheery.  I have two ideas left.  One is a better storage solution as her changing table is only shelves and no drawers.  So, I’m on the lookout for some brightly colored, modern looking storage bins.  They’re out there but pricey.  The next thing is a creative project.  I want to paint a twin canvas to match the little girl I painted for her room, but this one as a little boy–same size, same color scheme.  The other thing I’m thinking of  is making some flower cutouts for a blank wall above her crib.  There’s so much white in her room now…  white walls, white crib, white changing table, white chest of drawers… Rather than paint, we get creative!  Sounds fun, now for the time… It’s there.  I just need to work for it.

There’s another project in the works.  This one, maybe more imperative, less fun.  It involves cloth diaper repair.  So, in case you don’t remember, we have been exclusively using cloth diapers.  We have about 15 bumGenius all-in-one diapers and about a dozen all-in-one of the homemade variety (thank you sister-in-law).  They have all been great, except that the bumGenius’ have long since begun deteriorating.  The laundry tabs (soft spots to keep your velcro in place through the wash) have worn out, and thus the velcro tabs (those tabs that keep the diaper securely in place) have curled up in a nightmarish fashion.  This has resulted in Baby’s easy escape from the diaper, with just a flick of the wrist… or Mommy’s crafty solution: always a onsie and always a pair of bloomers.  Yes, we’re running out of little bloomers and shorts.  I was going to make bloomers… but, what if I fix the diapers instead?  I’ve thought about crazy velcro solutions, but with a baby on the way, I thought I should fix them for real…  Guess what I found out!  It turns out that cottonbabies.com, from where I ordered the bumGenius diapers, will send you a “tab fix kit” free of charge if you simply ask!  They sent me 15 tab kit sets and 15 sets of laundry tabs.  Now, it’s only up to me.  It shouldn’t be too hard if I can just get started… And, I’ll feel so empowered saving $17.50 per diaper.  I’ll let you know how it goes…