Thursday, January 30, 2014

good grief

I don't like grief. I mean, how many of us do? What a blanket statement.

Grief is always unexpected.

It seems the more time that passes from the passing, the more time you have between each time of grief.

But with the greater amount between each wave, it seems each wave is also slightly more intense.

It comes on at the drop of a hat.

Well, the inspiration to hang a blanket actually. I wanted to use a crochet blanket (that Nanny didn't even make) as a wall hanging for our room. It would fit perfectly above the headboard.

I began searching for ideas on how to do this without ever causing damage to the blanket.

I came across a pinterest board with a few ideas (most of them wouldn't work for our blanket) when I came across this...

So beautiful. I knew immediately I would love for my future child to have such a gorgeous blanket.

And then the wave came.

I wish Nanny could be here to one day share the joy of me having a child, her great grandchild.

These are the times I just want her back.
Jesus, could I have a little more time?

Could she be here to crochet this beautiful blanket for my daughter or son?

Love woven into each square of vibrant color.

One day we will share our joy together.

With more vibrant color than I can now comprehend.

[ I am so thankful to have a blanket she made for me. And some sponges and washcloths. And some dishes, the miniature bunt pans. Her glider rocker. The blanket chest. Ah, so many pieces of her are placed throughout my home. ]

[[ also, no I'm not pregnant ]]

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

DIY Umbrella Holder

Meet our old mailbox.
Hi mailbox

Old mailbox was... ratty. We replaced it around Christmas time (with Christmas moneys! huzzah!). We now have a beautiful mailbox (see end of blogpost for a picture of the lovely new mailbox).

Fast forward to the past couple weeks... I had been wanting an umbrella holder for our entryway. Let me tell you what, those things are stupid expensive (and most of them are tacky!). So I looked into making my own. Came across several ideas including cutting down PVC pipe and bundling them together to make a "modern" umbrella holder. While I liked that concept, I also knew it would be very time consuming and more money than I was willing to spend on storage for umbrellas.

I also saw something genius - using an old mailbox as an umbrella holder. And we already had one! The only cost would be spray paint.
$8ish for both

before: EWWW. this was after scraping/sanding and priming with the primer for plastic
coat numero uno 
coat numero dos 
our new mailbox. it's so pretty. it has another door on the back! 
aw I love our new mailbox. that teal thing by the steps is the old one ;P
and here's the finished product! I just love it!!