A Place to Stash All Yo’ Kids.

I come from a family of 8 kids, and My Honeypie comes from a family of 11. Yeah…ELEVEN. We haven’t decided how many kids we want…so far we are just working on the one. About that one kid; it’s a dude (aka a “boy” for those of you who don’t speak Alisha) and he is due January 15, 2012. Yay! We shall call him Baybaycae! (bay-bay-KAY) when referencing him from this moment on-BBC for short.

So the question is this: when you have so many kids….what do you do with all of them? Like, where do they sleep? Our families definitely did not have single rooms for each and every one of their children. With that many kids your house would have to be a mansion. So not practical. Even if you had enough rooms for all your kids, why would you give them all their own room? I’m all for kids sharing rooms. I was lucky enough that I only had to share with one other sibling, so it wasn’t a big deal.

What happens if you have more than two siblings sharing a room? (besides chaos.)

Two words:

For a small, difficult space

stacked three high!

and the thing is, you don’t have to buy the bunk beds. It’s probably pretty hard to find one that exactly fits your space/style/budget. This is where Ana White comes in…

She’s this totally awesome furniture maker and she posts her plans (and lets others post theirs) for free! I love free! If you click here you can find all sorts of plans for bunk beds.

So good!


I Shall Love You Today

“I shall love you today and tomorrow, my love
And in all the tomorrows there are.
I shall love you as long as there lingers a song,
And the sky has a single star.
In the spring when the wind is a gentle breeze
And the rain and the roses are here;
In the summery days when the friendly rays
Of the golden sun appear;
In the lonely lap of the autumn months
Where the beautiful leaves must fall,
And again in the night when the fields are white
In the folds of their wintry shawl.
I shall love you while ever a mountain stands
And the waves of the ocean pass,
And until the sands of the farthest lands
Have run through the hour-glass.
I shall love you as much as my heart can love
Wherever, my love, you are.
I shall love you as long as there lingers a song,
And the sky has a single star.”
-James J. Metcalfe

This has just become my new favorite poem. It’s so lovely! One of my sisters-in-law just had a baby shower and I used this poem to make a mixed media sumthin’-sumthin’ for her and her little girl on the way.

It started as this

then this…(her girl’s color was purple)

purple frame

and a bunch of this mess (not including the syrup)…

That is why I so need a craft room.

The poem. My Honeypie suggested and carried out the burning of the paper:

Some lace-y type remnants, a button, and a star bead that I’ve had for like, five years. The bead is kinda hard to see, it’s that little gray thing off to the upper left of the button.

And we ended up with this:

Haha, I couldn’t resist. He just didn’t want to be in the picture.

Now, I know these aren’t the best pictures, but I was going to be late and I still had to get my face on! Basically, you get the idea–Mixed media gift poem!


Oh My What?

Who knew that part of I-29 was washed away? We sure didn’t! but it made our drive to Utah a little more interesting…if you like two hour detours. There has been crazy flooding in the upper and lower parts of Missouri, missing where we live which is great. We’ve all seen the news with some pictures of the flooding, but we got to see some of it up close before the detour.

That's totally a barn in the middle of a bunch of water.


All blocked off

Not part of the flooding, but totally interesting:

Yup. The tree is inside the silo.

How My Honeypie feels about 2-hour detours

While we were in Utah we went to Deseret Industries (Utah’s version of Goodwill) and I got some sweet awesome chandelier frames:

I want to put pearls on this one...

sally jean chandelier

Similar to this!

...he's wearing my anatomy goggles... 🙂

So cute!

The chandeliers are for my kitchen and hallway…when we actually have walls again 🙂









So remember how I got this awesome rocking chair for free from my wonderful sister-in law?

Notice the hole in the seat. Her husband's bony fanny broke it. Twice.







To fix the seat I just measured the existing seat and cut out a piece of plywood (leftovers from our roof) and nailed it on. Instant seat!

Things I would do differently:

  • Buy a better paint brush. It’s so annoying when the little brush hairs come out all over your chair. Ew.
  • Lightly sand the rocking chair before painting, just to have a smoother surface. Usually, I sand before I paint, but I have come to *loathe* sanding. I thought the wood was in pretty good shape so I skipped it this time. Although it worked out okay, I think it would have been prettier sanded. Sigh. This means I have to go back to sanding.
  • If you have something to fix–like the seat–fix the seat first and then paint. Ugh. I just can’t help myself. I love paint!!!
  • Buy a really big cushion for the seat. Just because the seat is 17 inches across it doesn’t mean an 18 inch pillow is the best choice. Even if it is the cheapest and 50% off.  Boo!
Seeing as this is my first major attempt at making a piece of furniture prettier I’m pleased. Plus, I learned a lot! Yay! That means I hopefully won’t ruin these:
I got four of these bad boys for a whopping two (yes, 2) dollars at a moving sale! Fifty cents each!! I drove by in the morning and they wanted $12.75 for each which isn’t bad considering what a brand new bar stool costs, but I didn’t have any cash on me. I went back later that afternoon to see if they were still there and they were…and so much cheaper!