Archive for July, 2009

Passport Travel Document Holder


My mother-in-law is taking our family along with Ricardo’s sisters’ family to Cancun in a couple of weeks. I don’t know about them, but our side of the family is so excited!

Of course we all needed passports to go into Mexico.  I came up with this idea to hold all of our passports along with the travel documents and a couple of pens for filling out immigration papers.


I did a little embroidery on the front to make it not so plain.


The left side has all the slots for the passports. The right side has a slot for the papers, pens and even two pockets to put a credit card or driver’s license in.



Now I have them all in one safe place and won’t have to fumble around my carry on when it comes time to present either the passports or the other documents.

I might try to work on a tutorial for these. I didn’t really measure anything, that’s why the pockets are a little wonky.

July 27, 2009 at 9:56 pm 3 comments

New Bathroom

Here was the before.


New doorknob.


New brushed nickel hooks.


New light.


Spray painted mirror. The wall color is a light gray. I went ahead and painted the ceiling gray too. I’m usually not a fan of colored ceilings, but I think it turned out well.


New faucet and accessories, brushed nickel. New outlet covers.


You’ve already seen this.


These were supposed to be stick-on vines. Of course they didn’t stick. I tried double sided tape, Mod Podge. Nothing worked. I ended up using the sheet that the stick-ons came on as a stencil. Of course, it bled through. I had to take an artists brush and go over all of the edges. I love it though!




New register cover.


Bike basket turned magazine rack.


Painted vanity with, you guessed it, brushed nickel knobs.


I know the lighting is bad and the pictures aren’t great, but the bathroom is pretty small.


I would love a new shower door, but that will come later.

July 15, 2009 at 6:24 pm 8 comments


Dear company that makes little boys’ underwear,

Could you maybe put characters all over the underwear instead of just on the back? That way my 3 year old won’t insist on wearing them backwards, so he can see the design.

It can’t be comfortable to wear them that way!



July 8, 2009 at 6:56 pm 1 comment

Badge of Honor

A badge of honor for motherhood and childhood is a trip to the ER for stitches.

Nathan was at the pool last week with a friend. He’s gotten so brave at the pool these last weeks. He was doing some “twirl” jumps into the deep end, when he caught his chin on the side.

He split the darn thing wide open.


Showing off his Slurpee cup.


I left the bandaid on for the pictures. I didn’t want to gross anyone out.

I’m pretty squeamish when it comes to that stuff. I had to be brave for him while they were stitching him up. I held his hands, but he didn’t know I wasn’t watching!

July 6, 2009 at 7:29 pm 2 comments

Bathroom Before


Ugly shower door that won’t be replaced immediately.




Bland wall color


Hole where ugly built in medicine cabinet used to be.  Love the mirror, but it has to change for my new decor. Ugly oak vanity with fake brass knobs.

dscn1304Old broken toilet seat.

July 3, 2009 at 7:44 pm 1 comment