Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Adding Shelves To A Cabinet

In our kitchen, there are cabinets that have wire fronts that I love.

It was hard to pick out a wire because they didn't have samples to choose from. Just like the doors, they had hand-drawings to choose from. I studied the drawings and picked a wire. Good thing I loved it!

The cabinets with wire fronts were built with the purpose to display my mom's plates and things. We were combining two households and I liked her pottery better than mine, but I would treat it like the special occasion China while I have kids at the house!

I don't have many "before" pictures, but the cabinet only had one shelf! That gave us two surfaces in the cabinet to display the pottery. We made it all work, but it continued to feel "off." I thought about calling the cabinet guy to build us another shelf, but as time passed, I figured he wouldn't want to do such a small job and would probably not have my paint anymore. (I am still wishing I would have asked for his leftover paint. I cannot get a match.)

I went out and bought wood and mimic'd the current shelves. I was limited on spacing of the shelves because of the outlets in the back. I couldn't space them evenly, so the tall things go toward the bottom and the short items are on the top.

I am very pleased! With only one shelf before, I used  other items to lift up the display (Bowls turned upside down with a plate to look like a cake stand; Bowls stacked on top of stacked plates, etc) Now the display didn't feel lacking.

I had fun creating symmetry with the display.

Without too many things stacked on each other, they are easier to access. Now it is hard for me to remember how I arranged it without the extra shelf. It must have been a mess!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Trim Around the Dryer Vents

This might be boring to some, but I don't like to leave details out.

Back when we designed the house, I saw where you could have recessed dryer vents.

You hear horror stories fires starting because of vents being clogged because of the direction of the vent and the length of the vent to the outside, so we paid attention to that part of the design. But, the recessed vent allows you to put the dryer close to the wall.

Typically, the HVAC contractor installs the large PVC pipe prior to inspection of the foundation, but our plumber did it for us (we ran our dryer vent down through the foundation). When the framing was going up and the HVAC contractor was installing the tubing in the attic, I asked if we could have the recessed vent and showed in the picture above. He said, "Yes, that's what we do. That's what you'll have."

I don't think that's what I got! haha. There is a little bit of a box, but it was definitely handmade with thin metal.

It was sheetrocked and left with an unfinished look. I guess my trim guy was waiting for me to ask for it to be done, and I thought it was part of my package.

A year went by in the house. It only sort of bugged me, because it was hidden, but I think it really bugged Mom. She kept asking what I was going to do about it. So, I bought some trim that had a "lip" and used my new nail gun to install.

This is where I could tell the box was definitely homemade, as no edges were alike. I originally thought of doing a little more work and buying those boxes I originally wanted at Lowes/Home Depot, but after studying them, it was not going to work in our situation.

Trim gives it a finished look. It was really easy to do and glad it is finally done.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Little JCrew Graduates Kindergarten

Oh, boy... what a year! Little JCrew looked forward to and talked about graduation for weeks.

The first day of school and the last felt a few days apart.

First Day of School - August 10, 2017

Little JCrew developed so much this year. He had great teachers. One thing he learned this year was how to listen! He was always repeating to me the instructions his teachers gave.

Graduation day was exciting. The teachers' instructions were to wear a collared shirt. But on the morning of graduation, Little JCrew informed me that he wanted to wear a bow tie. The iron and ironing board came out and Mr. Brigglesworth also requested to wear a bow tie to school.

Little JCrew was made to perform. He gets so much enjoyment out of it.

This is where he reminds me of me! The stage is our happy place.

The first song they sang was, 'He's Still Working on Me.' This was my solo at my kindergarten graduation!

They also sang, 'Fruit of the Spirit,' 'Adios Amigos,' 'I Am A Promise,' and 'Pass It On.'

All of those songs were perfect and precious!

As Little JCrew walked to get his diploma, you could see his excitement.

Can't wipe that grin off his face!

When presented his diploma, he was asked what did he learn in kindergarten. His answer, "In Kindergarten, I learned how to subtract."

He was eager to get that tassel tossed to the opposite side by his teacher.

They then had a Candle Ceremony.

The kids all threw their caps on the stage, and of course Little JCrew was meticulous to find his afterwards.

I think all the kids got excited to throw their caps.

And Mr. Brigglesworth's teacher, Ms. Becky, made Cake Pops with graduation caps!

Mimi came into town just in time for graduation. She had been in Florida for a week for the high school graduation of my niece.

Little JCrew is so excited for his new adventure in First Grade. There were some other kids sad to not be returning (our school only goes to Kindergarten) and not seeing their friends, but Little JCrew is energized and excited to make new friends and have new teachers. He was so eager, that he thought he was going to meet everyone at the new school on Saturday. Mr. JCrew had to tell him it is okay to take the summer off!

Little JCrew makes life fun. I have no idea where his future will lead him, but I know the path will be an adventure with him. I am excited for the ride!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Mr. Pfitzer's First Birthday

Mr. Pfitzer had a low-key first birthday. The brothers showered him with love from the minute he woke up. My mom baked him cupcakes and used Christmas sprinkles!

While at work, I thought of the boys and how they would want to give him a present. So, on the way home from work, I stopped by the store and picked up some bath toys for the brothers to give him.

Mr. Pfitzer was so excited for the cupcake but also impatient.

The brothers helped him blow out his candle.

He then grabbed the cupcake from me and went to town.

He finished and wanted more.

The dogs were patient in waiting for crumbs.

On Sunday, we had the family over to celebrate. My sister, Kerry was even in town for the occasion. I baked an Italian Cream Cake, since Pfitzer is my foodie.

It was delish.

The cousins helped him unwrap his gifts.

The favorite toy was the hammer / peg.

He loves that hammer

Hard to believe a year has gone by. Even harder to think he is a few weeks shy of the age Little JCrew was when we welcomed Mr. Brigglesworth. Mr. Pfitzer still feels like a baby since he is not walking and has no teeth. But with each day, we are seeing his personality shine through. He loves his brothers and loves to be right there playing with them.

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