I heart Fabric Glue

I found this pair of lamps at HomeGoods, which opened a new and busy store in a nearby town this summer. I'd been looking for gold, round-based lamps for this “entryway table” (for more on the trunk table DIY look here). I'm still working off the inspiration Design Board for this room, but hadn't decided about the shades. The ones on the lamps when I bought them were burlap, which is all trendy and rustic-y and all, but I realized black and white shades would help pull together in the room better. I looked everywhere online and in stores for the exact size of drum shade I needed, but no luck. Everything was either too tall or too wide!

So, a few yards of white linen and a couple rolls of black grosgrain ribbon, along with a bunch of tugging and tucking and trimming and clips from the kitchen later, and I was done! I used the same treatment on my standing floor lamp shade, so now the black trim on all three shades in the room pulls the mismatched lamps together. I'm thinking of taking a little “rub n buff” gold gilding to the {artichoke?} bases of this lamp pair just to glam them up a little more. Either way, I crossed the lamps off The Great Nesting List below, along with a few other things the last couple weeks.

I finally hung a pile of photos in our downstairs hall, along with all sorts of peppy yellow items in the Mudroom. While I had my tools out, I shifted all these plates and the cork-board over to center them over the new buffet we picked up in Charleston this summer. I love this buffet; the color is perfect and it holds SO much. The cork-board was once framed in white, but a coat of pale aqua pulled more colors out of our window treatments. The coral plates are from target. My kids are memorizing a list of verses along with the Westminster Shorter Catechism, so I pin the ones we are working on up here.

I'm going to tackle the rest of the Great Nesting List and knock out as much as I can in the next week or so–the more I finish now, the more I can put my feet up before baby arrives! I'm saving the crocheted trim to the curtains and the piecing of quilts until last, as I can do those from either the recliner or at least sitting down : ) My wonderful husband, whose kindly done all my spray-painting projects during the pregnancy, is going to help me hang the last of the framed items in our Guest Room this weekend, as well as our newly framed diplomas in the Library.

Aside from all the Nesting lately, I've been prepping for my first year of classical homeschooling. My daughter is not even 5 yet, so this will be a low-pressure year. We will be part of a Classical Conversations community (these are growing SO FAST, with campuses popping up all over!!), as well as doing basic math and phonics/reading work in little, relaxed doses. Otherwise, she'll keep up with her cello practice, and my son is starting violin this year. They are both enrolled in a local Suzuki program and the benefits of music training at such young ages has been profound! Anyway, to officially kick off her grammar school years, I got her this desk and painted {via my husband : )} it these charming aqua and yellow colors. Yellow is her current favorite color : ) More on classical homeschooling and the insanity of starting 2-year-old boys on the violin to come : )


You can check out the progress on The Great Nesting List of 2013 below.

The Craft Studio:

  1. Have stock base cabinetry installed in our craft studio, and a long counter placed.
  2. Put the shelves I was previously using in craft studio against the wall on the counter, bolt them to wall for kids safety, and then add some trim around the tops to make them look built in. Oh, and also: caulk around things like crazy to finish the built in look.
  3. Add floating shelf above the sink for paintbrushes to live and dry after washing.
  4. Improve on ribbon storage and thread display storage on wall.
  5. Paint cabinets White Dove.
  6. Add labeled bin pulls to all new drawers and cabs.
  7. Organize all arts and craft supplies into cabs and shelves.
  8. Install kids locks on cabinets.
  9. Add “Create” logo on the wall.
  10. Consider how best to use corner spaces and walls for kid use.

The Mudroom:

  1. Change out ugly knobs on cabs for happy yellow ones.
  2. Improve the Mudroom sink: either paint the base or make a skirt for it. (decided not to change it!)
  3. Set up mudroom diaper changing station.
  4. Hang fun wall art, in yellows and greys. This includes kid's handprint art.

Kid's Bathroom:

  1. Paint walls (going with SW “exciting orange”)
  2. Change out lighting over sinks
  3. Install mirrors
  4. Create/obtain wall art
  5. Change out cabinet knobs.

Upstairs Halls:

  1. Paint walls (considering yellow and white horizontal strips if I'm brave!)
  2. Hang turquise frames along walls–consider Alphabet Art of some kind in them?
  3. Hang some inspiring word art in the Laundry Room (Make some myself)

Playroom (soon to be turned into my 2-year-old Son's Room, then in a couple years the Schoolroom):

  1. Paint walls (SW Rainwashed)
  2. Improve AC/heating plan.
  3. Put locks on attic doors (don't want a toddler sneaking into the attic!)
  4. Hang blackout Roman Blinds.
  5. Decide on and hang decorative window panels
  6. Weed out old/broken/annoying toys to donate/discard, and move my Daughter's toys to her room, infant toys to nursery.
  7. Organize toys and books remaining in Son's Room. This might entail new storage, but hopefully not.
  8. Set up the Big Boy Bed.
  9. Put up some Wall Art
  10. Install display bookshelves along one wall for Big Boy's books.
  11. Recover two floor pillows to match the curtain panels.

The Great Room:

  1. Change out sconces on either side of front door.
  2. Change out sconce on on stairwell.
  3. Hang drapes.
  4. New shades for lamps.
  5. Touch up wall paint.

The Keeping Room:

  1. Hang rods.
  2. Make drapes (using target panels and I plan to crochet a fun coral frindge/pom-pom ish border)
  3. Hang egg prints in the Keeping Room.
  4. Create and hang a Nest painting in Keeping Room. (my husband is getting me one for Christmas!!)
  5. Make a sign for over the door to kitchen: “there will be a bright tomorrow, all will be well.”


  1. Set up extra twin bed in nursery (bought two matching ones since the boys will share later!)
  2. Make two matching boy's quilts. Nautical theme. I'm thinking nautical flags?
  3. Research and obtain baby monitor with two cameras that I can view on my phone.
  4. Hang wall art, including oars, life preservers, Large letters for Baby's name. (also need to get new letters for my other kids names on their walls!)

Master Bedroom:

  1. Hang items on walls
  2. Organize items on dresser/declutter
  3. Hang Roman Blinds in Master Bath

Miscellaneous House Organization/Projects:

  1. Reorganize linens and sheets in the Laundry Room
  2. Junk Drawer in the kitchen!!
  3. Organize junky corner cabinet in Kitchen.
  4. Reorganize and secure all medications in house.
  5. Move storage ottoman to basement room.
  6. Measure basement room that Darlene is helping me figure out how to decorate: prepare her a file to send.
  7. Major Freezer Cooking: stock up on a pile of healthy dinners and such for the family when I'm postpartum!!
  8. Hang existing art in Guest Room.
  9. Hang photos in Garage/mudroom hall.
  10. Take down last year's old kid's art, Artkive it (its an app) and file the favorites for safekeeping.
  11. Hang the last items in the Library–decide which diplomas to frame hang.
  12. Finish alterations and sewing pile
  13. Fix old desk chair that's in the garage.
  14. Organize and clean out garage. {Not even sure where to start here!}
  15. Repair a few toys and the dollhouse.
  16. Cover/beautify windowblind over the door to garage.
  17. Make a sign with psalm 121 on it to hang somewhere. I love that psalm.
  18. Do all the Christmas Shopping ahead of time that I can!!
  19. Kid Safety Netting installed along deck rails (This got done thanks to my husband!)
  20. Install a chilproof gate/fence around the workout area in basement to keep kids from getting to weights and stuff.
  21. Touch up paint in downstairs bathroom.
  22. Plan a birthday party for my soon-to-be 5-year-old
  23. Get halloween costumes figured out
  24. Decorate house for fall and buy lighted garlands for Christmas if they go on sale at Hobby Lobby


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  • Renee February 9, 2014, 4:30 PM

    Love these projects!! Love the list…impressive!! Hope you made the psalm 121 sign, if so I would love to see it in a future post!

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