Plush-a-holic

Hey...it's me Dawn from www.LookWhatICanDo.etsy.com. I am a self proclaimed Plush-a-holic soooo (meaning I love to make stuffed creatures and collect other handmade ones)I thought why not name my blog that. So I did. I will be sharing my thoughts, the works of other artists I think are amazing, tidbits about my family and my life and of course Plush creations (Love=Creatures) by myself and those that inspire me.

Monday, July 19, 2010

House wish list


We need one of these for hubby's albums...vintage off of craig's list

Love this floor exactly how it is...want it

would be cool somewhere in our place by fermliving

totally WANT

Love these and want to paint it white

Someday a couch like this for basement...something like it if not the same one...from IKEA


So...the house is coming along...working working working.
Going to strip, buff, wax and polish the floors in the basement this weekend....then the painting will begin and boy is there a lot to paint.
Thinking about doing Grey/white/green in the family room....
downstairs bath...maybe a white with a faint tint?
Sewing room...omg I found a great greenish grey...very light and then the rest white?
Shop...white...stairwell grey...
omg how fun...
I will try and be better about before and after photos....:)
I also promise that sooooooooon my Etsy shop will get some new items and Natalie if you are still keeping tabs on me I am going to email you soooon and begin your special requests...also need to redo a trade that I sent to the WRONG address....sorry Jennifer :)

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Soren's room


Soren's crib wall done....have had this fabric forever and FINALLY hung it up.


Soren's shelf wall...finished
Kids in Memphis' room this morning playing train...Soren was putting on his hat his own way....


Almost done with Soren's room...just one more wall to finish but this weekend we FINALLY got the crib wall done. I have had that fabric forever and ever and finally Jason made a wood frame to stretch it on. It was hard because the fabric is not completely straight( I mean the print is a little wonky) but we are thrilled with how it turned out. The last wall to do is the wall to the right when you walk in his door. I want to hang a box shelf low and another cool display shelf I have above it and then his car print that I stretched with an Ikea fabric frame set. I love it....
Anywho...we will get to it soon enough....At least Memphis' room is done minus her desk she will one day have. Our room is a mystery to me. I have a great start but need to finish it up...hmmm
Today Jason is off working at the apartment building leaving me with both kids all day and I still have a cold. Touched up the kitchen paint. Made lunch...did dishes....cleaned up many messes...got everyone ready for the day....Soren napped...woke up ate and then we tried to go outside. Memphis had already been playing out on the deck all morning with her playmobil camper....and bunnies....
So we get out in the yard and Soren decides he wants his swimsuit on after all...so we put on his swimmie diaper and suit. All the while Memphis is standing in the kiddie pool looking sour. Then Soren decides he wants to fish in the pool...with his stick fishing pole and of course then Memphis decides she wants to run in and do canon balls...so she is stomping her feet telling Soren to move and he is saying 'Sissy fish now' and so it goes on this way for about 10 minutes or so and I finally step in and say you guys need to share. Memphis you could have done canon balls while he was getting dressed and Soren you have to share the pool with Sissy. So she decides to stomp her foot into the pool splashing Soren with a really big splash and he of course gets upset.
At this point I say that's it...everyone in the house for a time out.
Well...they are screaming upstairs but you know what...I have a basement now and I am just going to wait it out....
Happy Sunday to allllll!!!!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Summer time summer time sum sum summer time.....






As promised...more photos of our new home....
First up...the upstairs bathroom...3 times as big as our old bathroom...not a huge bathroom but big to us....
It has a peach sink, tub, tile, and toilet.....it WAS also painted peach. We changed the wall and ceiling color to 'string of pearls' a white with the slightest hint of pink...It also has a laminate counter top that is a reddish pink color...so....I went with the Marimekko Unikko shower curtain. It was the only one that really went with the counter top color and I HAD to have a Marimekko shower curtain. Then I bought another print by Nosideup....and put the one I had up and the new one right above the toilet. Then I put my cool purple vase with my silver fake leaves in it and added a makeup mirror. It's not in our budget right now to change the vanity, mirror, tub, toilet, sink or tile. So we spruced it up and are very happy. We love all the built ins and storage space :) ....Happy Weekending all!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

I want I want I WANT...................


Marimekko Puutarhurin Fabric...love

By Seattle Show Posters...LOVE LOVE LOVE

So...we went to Urban Craft Uprising today...loads of great stuff to see. We are on a budget so it was a t-shirt for each kid and a GORGEOUS print from Jill Bliss....omg....and I got to meet her which was so great. She is super duper nice and I loved her prints so much. So now we will have her Elk on our wall sooooooon. I will take a photo to show. Also got to see Kristen ( of Schmancy) and Coco (of Softlife). Nice to see people...nice to be seen...nice to get out. Does'nt happen much these days....
I loved so many things but it was still fun to go and check things out.
It made me feel good about what I make and inspired me to make make make.
We also went in the kiddie pool, washed the car...yesterday got the oil changed.
Vacuumed.....did a butt load of laundry and relaxed in the sun....I am sorry to see the weekend go....
Happy Sunday all...I get to watch Entourage now....:)

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Just started watching this last night and of course stayed up WAAAAAY too late watching more and more and more and more.
So good and so weird.....and I was feeling really good yesterday until we started watching it and I was all of a sudden doubting myself. Doubting my mothering skills and doubting the person I am. Not sure what you all are like but I am a person who constantly has to push myself out of my box. My box of comfort and it's hard. I have a hard time with social things. It never looks like I do but trust me I do. I prefer to nest...stay inside my house or yard and rest or get things done. I love to do house projects. I also love to shop for something specific. The thrill of the hunt...nothing better. But..... When you have kids you have to get together with parents to make play dates for your kids. Sometimes there are kids in your neighborhood that you can just let the kids go out and play with but where we lived that was not the case. Not sure about here yet but seems way more likely. So the play dates require that you contact the kids mother...usually and make a date to get together. Usually at your house our theirs. I know most of you know all this already but I don't assume everyone is a parent. So...for those of us with social difficulties this can be super hard. I am so proud of myself for stepping outside of my box so much these last few weeks. I have had tons of people over to our new house and trust me that's BIG. I actually have really enjoyed it....but it has also wiped me out. Don't know if any of you can relate but I hope so. I have so many boxes in my head that are hard to step out of and I have no idea how they all got there.
So...tonight I am raising my beer (Session) to all of you that have stepped outside of one of your boxes. Who knows maybe you only have one you lucky person. I on the other hand have many, many, many boxes to step out of.

Friday, July 09, 2010

Soren speak





Soren smile....hids under his B.

26 months and counting.....

Hey everyone...it's Soren...me two. Me two. I am. I like Mama...I like sissy...I like Dada...I like Dodo (aka Gucci), I like Meme, I like Kat, I like Eleanor, I like Darcey, I like Hazel, I like Leo, I like Ruby, I like Maddy, I like Susan, MR P (Memphis' 2nd grade teacher)...you get the idea. He LOVES to tell us what he likes.
Me big kid. Me walk. Me want truck. Mama car. aaacha (means all done) Oh oh...all wet.
Super Boo...(his super persona) Me play cars...me play Sissy.
He loves trucks and he loves to scream FIRE TRUCK!!! He loves his B's. (blankets) He loves people and says hello to everyone we meet. He loves to say thank you and Sorry Mama...me too. He still takes a two hour nap and needs it. He is always on the go. Going up stairs by himself while I have a mini heart attack running after him. We went to the Point Defiance Zoo this week with good friends and there is a small aquarium and he threw Memphis' binoculars in the tank...they fished them out for us but... he is a mad man. He loves life and is almost always happy...except when he's not. Lucky for us he mostly is. He has a great sense of humor and he loves to make people laugh.
He now says...'Me funny. Make joke...and if you make a joke he does not like he will let you know...not funny joke Mama. He keeps us all on our toes and I can hardly remember what life was like without this amazing little man. We love you Soren...I lub you too Mama.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Home sweet home


Take a look.....


Hey there....so here is a quick photo taken from the car on my way out...okay...so I need a better one...but at least you get the idea. Then there is a shot of our crazy but functional deck....and hey we have never ever had a deck before...ever....
So picture it more modern looking and picture the house a medium grey...with I think white trim? Picture all the kids toys put away...picture a privacy fence to block out the neighbors (who it just so happens are very nice :)) Also in the front picture some cool cement circles that will make up the walk way and I mean big and small and medium...taking up a lot of the grass area...we are now on 1/2 an acre so we don't need grass out front.
Okay now picture this taking a great deal of time and picture how happy we will be to work on our very own house...our home...omg I just love it.
Hope everyone is surviving the heat wave and thanks to all of you that stop by my little blog...I promise this time I really am back :)

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Stayin Alive.............................


Went to the zoo today...I love the polar bears and the walruses....omg






What is known as the GIANT light fixture room..aka Dinning room..
Must picture a bit of a bigger table...will be there someday


Mr Big shot

For Memphis' good pal that HATES Barbies...geezsee...there are cool Barbies...




So...we moved in...
We have been painting...
unpacking....
settling....
I drove Memphis to her old school and back everyday (roughly 80 miles a day)
We had to say good-bye to all the staff we LOVED...the parents and kids and it was SOOOOOO sad. I finally felt good there and Memphis was super bummed. I cried so much...
Okay...a bit of history...back story if you will..
In first grade Memphis was punched in the face in the lunch room by a girl that was older (never figured out who she was) and well the very next day Memphis wore one of the capes I made her to school. I emailed her teacher to make sure it was okay and he said that he thought everyone should wear a cape to school. So....I made him one...I made one for her Kindergarten teacher, the librarian, the PE teacher, the two fabulous ladies in the office, a first grade teacher Memphis had for after school art class and one for two Instructional assistants that were always amazing to Memphis....
Now her school was amazing...really....but the average income was sooooo much higher than ours and it made it tricky for me. So the first two years she went I tried to make friends...to volunteer to be involved but it never really took. I know it was mostly my fault...my baggage but the last year she was there I just didn't care about all that stuff so much and just focused on the folks I knew were nice and it was great. All of a sudden folks came to me...and everyone wanted a cape. Of course I make them as gifts to give to the kids that invite Memphis to Birthday parties and I think...I may have gotten her invited to a few...not sure but...
So leaving her school was not only hard for Memphis but me too. I am a full time care giver so the folks I liked at her school were MY DAILY world. The folks I chatted with daily and it was so nice. Now we are completely cut off from our old hood (that I lived in for 18 years) and it is soooooooooo weird. So weird.
So what I learned is...be yourself...be real (can't help that)...realize that you are sabotaging yourself sometimes...be giving...and it will come back full circle.

and now it's summer.
OMG
where is my life going?
Where????
I am LOVING our new house....LOVING it.
We have soooooooooooo much freakin' space I am in total shock...

I have so much more to share but for now I must go finish painting the kitchen.
I hope to be around here more....
hope to post photos of the house more....
hope to make it thru the summer...