Thursday, August 18, 2005

Stuff Portrait Friday: Giving Away the "Hobby" Horse I Made Myself...

It's Friday! And that means that it's time, once again for "Show Your Crap Day" (a phrase that gives me the chuckles, which I hijacked from Easily Amused). This fabulous game is sponsored, as always, by Kristine.

Our mission, which I chose to accept, was to find and photograph the following:

1. Something you did or made yourself.

My childrens' nursery.

We moved to this house when I was 7 months pregnant with my first son, and I was highly motivated to decorate a nursery JUST ONCE (read: too lazy to do it more than one time). That called for something gender neutral, but still cute. I couldn't find anything pre-made that suit me, so I thought "Hey, I can sew! I can paint! I can do all this stuff myself." Famous last words.
Yep, made it all: bumpers, valances, canopy, cribskirts, lampshades, paint, border. (Daddy McAustin put together the furniture while I was out of town one weekend, and that served as great inspiration.) I finished the final touches on the wall mural and the slipcover for the chair a mere 7 hours before my water broke. How's that for good timing?

2. The tools of your hobby.

This could have gotten a bit dicey, but hey, this is a family show, so I'll go with what I spend the majority of my "free" time doing/cursing at/playing with.I love photographing my family and our surroundings.

3. What you want to get rid of.

Oh, where to begin........
With the imminent arrival of Princess McAustin (who will inhabit aforementioned, previously-loved, broken-in nursery), we are in the process of moving the boys to a new room, the one formerly known as our guest room, or "Nana & Papa's room". That requires the reincarnation of our current office as the multi-purpose office/sewing/giftwrapping/bookstorage/place-for-all-stuff-without-a-home-that-we-want-to-keep station, where brave houseguests can choose to crash on the oh-so-comfy sleeper sofa - and have free DSL access! And all that stuff from those closets had to go SOMEWHERE, so to the garage it was banished.......

I know. Not pretty. Downright frightening. But craigslist is our faithful friend, we have already gotten rid of a ton, and it.will.all.get.cleared.out. See anything you want?

That does it for me. Did you play? Leave me a comment so I can check out your stuff, and go look at all the other players' at Kristine's. Have a great weekend.

I am publishing EARLY, at 3:31 am to be exact. Little Bit went to bed early last night with one of those sudden, freaky, unexplainable toddler fevers which have no other symptoms except extreme crankiness, and has awakened at this hour needing more Motrin and a cuddle. I truly believe if I could harness the heat energy radiating from that hot little body I could cool my entire house! He's back asleep, and I can only hope I will be so lucky....


Blogger Wethyb said...

The nursery is adorable!! What a great job you did on it!!!

6:24 AM  
Blogger Bente said...

That is crazy how you finished that stuff hours before your water broke!

6:26 AM  
Blogger Renee said...

The nursery is FAB! Great job!!

Nice "stuff" :-)

6:49 AM  
Blogger Kami said...

WOW on the nursery!!! Man!

8:07 AM  
Blogger Candace said...

Wow. You could make some serious money, painting other peoples' nurseries.

8:26 AM  
Blogger MMC said...

OK, I'm soo glad I'm not losing my mind! I was up later than normal today, and NO ONE had posted yet. I began to think I had the wrong day.
As for the nursery:
Bente, I really believe my body was holding off labor, waiting for me to complete the task so Critter could come out and have my undivided attention.
As for the painting, I cheated....used an overhead projector to enlarge the images, then magic there, but I am pleased the way it turned out....and that I don't have to decorate again!

8:43 AM  
Blogger TBG said...

Wow what a stunning nursery you did an awesome job. I played and have all that fun crap like you in a room that I finally cleared out and will be selling at the neighborhood yard sale this weekend. Woo Hoo

10:35 AM  
Blogger Bossy Britches said...

what a beautiful mean wow..

your get rid of pile looks like my

11:10 AM  
Blogger Tee said...

LOL - Funny story about when you finished the nursery. Gorgeous slipcover. WOW!

And you're lucky to have a garage to banish your stuff to! I wish I did!

11:11 AM  
Blogger Monkey said...

the nursery looks awesome!!!



11:53 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

Beautiful nursery. The mural is awesome!

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12:47 PM  
Blogger amanda said...

cute cute cute nursery! so creative!

1:52 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Great job and story of the nursery.

2:21 PM  
Blogger Katy said...

That room is unbelievable. Between you and MamaDuck, I am looking like a complete chump.;)

5:21 PM  
Blogger Mama Duck said...

OMG...I want that toile hamper in your garage!!!!

OK, you totally kicked my BUTT in the cute decorating department! I love that nursery! Absolutely GORGEOUS.

6:57 PM  
Blogger ieatcrayonz said...

Okay, adding one more adorable to the list! I am floored, amazed. You should do that for a living. Seriously.

And your spam is hilarious! Cialis, please!

I need a craigslist.

11:00 PM  
Blogger Random and Odd said...

OMG. I want your talent!!

12:45 PM  
Blogger Easily Amused said...

OMG, the nursery is soooo cute!! The book with things comming out of the pages just astonishes me. Talent is just flowing out of you! Oh, wait, that was your water breaking! hehehe :)

9:34 PM  

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