Saturday, December 27, 2014

Soaking It Up

Ahhh, an uneventful and peaceful Christmas.  The perfect present.  After months of nonstop changes and unexpected events, I completely welcome the calm.  For a while I felt guilty not having loads of presents put together, holiday cards in the mail, or tons of kid-Christmas activities lined up.  And then I gave myself permission to not worry about any of that and suddenly, this holiday season became immediately perfect. 
I did find a little time to stitch up new stockings for myself and Brent to go along with Rio's that I made last year, which was very rewarding.  Mine is still lacking a name but that will happen one of these days. 

The holidays with the kid were a BLAST.  We made a little kitchen for her (I'll focus on it separately in the future) that she's 'making cake' for us in right now.  Hearing her sing her versions of Frosty the Snowman and Jingle Bells could be the best gift this year.  It's amazing how much these little people change within a year! 

We spent time with almost all of our families, took a small road trip, and enjoyed our first Christmas in the new abode.

As I write this disjointed post, I'm sitting in front of a fire with my little family while watching an unexpected snowfall and it's perfection.  I had a list of things to outside of the house today but I have a strong feeling that I'll stay indoors, soaking up this calm, snow-filled day.  It's now blanketed outside.
I'm thankful that I'm able to see the beauty in today, today.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Our Opal

It is with such a heavy heart that I write this post.  Yesterday, our sweet little kitten, Opal, passed away.  You'll probably remember our little announcement and how quickly we fell in love with her.  I mean, how could we not.  She was just precious.
It took us a long time to feel ready to bring a kitten into our world but we knew she was the one when we saw her.  It didn't take long before I starting noticing some odd things with her movements and disposition.  She would sometimes walk with a peg-leg gait and was often much more chill then a kitten her age should be.  Regardless, she was ridiculously sweet, continued to grow, played at her own pace, and ate like a champ.  It wasn't until her first episode that we knew something was really wrong.

Just a week after losing Sammie, Opal's back legs quit working.  Her tail swished about normally and she acted normally but just couldn't get her legs to cooperate.  It was incredibly sad to watch.  Our vet was stumped because things didn't add up and we just couldn't pinpoint exactly what was going on.  We tried a steroid shot and it seemed to do the trick because just 48 hours later, she was the kitten we never had.  It was wonderful and an absolute delight to see her moving about so well and being so active (and so damn entertaining!). 

Things continued looking golden until a few weeks later when she had another episode.  We went with another steroid shot, because it worked so well the time before, and it didn't fail us.  She bounced back within a day and again, seemed to be doing incredibly well.  At that point, we had deduced that something was happening neurologically but weren't sure what exactly was going on. 

I knew it could be a matter of time with her.  She'd been through hell and back.  Coming from a horribly maintained feral colony, being underweight despite our attempts to fatten her up, to random hair loss issues, and then with something happening within her brain, I knew each day was to be cherished with her.  Even though I knew it could happen soon, I just didn't think it would really happen.

This past Sunday, it was obvious she was having another episode.  She seemed to be handling it ok and was eating when presented with food.  I was optimistic because I'd seen her come out of them successfully before.  She did seem different though.  First thing Monday morning, Rio and I rushed her to the vet, hoping we'd leave with a steroid shot and she'd be back to normal on Tuesday.  Minutes after arriving, she started seizing and minutes after that, she passed on the vet's table. 

I am absolutely heartbroken.  Honestly, the end of her life was traumatizing for me.  I've been with many animals through their transitions and nothing was quite like this.  I just wasn't expecting it.  Not then.  Not that way.  After what we witnessed yesterday, we feel that she likely had a brain aneurysm that resulted in a stroke on Sunday.  We don't know if she had a previous injury before coming to us, if this was something she was born with (perhaps due to colony inbreeding), or if it was a fluke happening. 

I was so attached to her, right from the get go.  She slept under the covers with me from day one, was always one step behind me, and helped me through the loss of Sammie.  I'm so grateful for the time we spent together and for the good days that we shared.  I just wish there could have been more. 
 Good night, Opal Bebe.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Three More Days!

Oh, hey there strangers!  You could say I've been a little busy lately with a business move (my family's business), a bajillion house projects, a spunky toddler who has decided to quit napping, and putting the final details of Alliday into place! 

Let's talk about Alliday for today's topic.  I'll fill you in on everything else once I find a minute to kick up my heels!  So the show.  It's THIS WEEKEND and I'm fairly certain that it's going to be all sorts of awesome.  And I'm not just saying that.  Let me tell you why.  First, we've expanded the show to span two days!  Second, we've moved to a new location at Retro Den (cough *vintage heaven* cough).  Third, we've created a more intimate, personalized show of which I'm incredibly proud.  Fourth, it's the FIFTH ANNUAL!   

The show kicks off this Friday at 6 with a ticketed Holiday Preview Party.  We've got a food truck rolling up, a local bar setting up with some libations, live music from three rockin' bands, raffle prizes, folks dressed up in their finest holiday duds, swag for the first 25 entrants, and, of course, the artists!  Tickets can be purchased at Retro Den or on our website prior to the event. 

On Saturday, things get going at 9 with FREE admission, just like we've always done.  We'll be giving away MORE swag to the first 25 in the door, the Tulsa Library will have a story-time at 10:30 complete with a craft for the littles, StreetCats will be providing gift wrapping, and, of course, the artists! 

It's been an absolute pleasure working with the Ashleys of Retro Den.  They are nothing short of spectacular people who I've been honored to get to know better.  I'll be sad when the show is over because I'll miss pestering them constantly!  ;) 

I truly hope you'll come out and visit us sometime this weekend.  I think it'll be worth your while.  But don't take my word for it, see what Tulsa People had to say!  See you on the flip side!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Making and Making

In the midst of it all, I've somehow found quiet moments here and there to spend time making.  And thank goodness (for all of us!) that I have because it grounds me, calms me, and makes me a much more tolerable person to be around.  :)
I've also gotten all of the boxes unpacked in this room and actually put a nail in the wall yet loads of wall art remains leaning against where I maybe, possibly, envision them.  This room was formerly a formal dining room but we're not much into formally dining so we opted to convert it into my lair.  It's perfection.  Once I'm truly settled in here, I'll give a grand tour, complete with those telling before and after photos.  For now, little snippets from our snow day during nap time.
I was truly worried when we first moved that I wouldn't feel like creating for quite some time.  I was just overloaded with house projects and it's all I could focus on.  When we knew we were selling our old house, my workspace was one of the first things I packed up.  I just didn't have the mental energy to make when I had SO many other things I had to accomplish.  I think I was the most surprised when I quickly jumped back into making so soon after moving.  But boy howdy, I'm sure glad I did.  Like I've said before, making keeps things balanced in my noggin.  :)
Not only am I gearing up for a super special Alliday (which is right around the corner!  And for reals, it's going to be something else!) but I'm also getting ready to be a part of Indie Emporium!  I'm actually pretty stoked about my booth this year and have been busy making capes (my first time fully making a pattern on my own!) which I looooove and the craziest, functional jewelry organizers you ever did see.  I'm pretty proud of both creations.  Of course I'll have all sorts of other little surprises there too, because that's how I roll.
Until later, my friends!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

The Littlest Carousel

Well, Halloween didn't go exactly as planned this year but I did get a costume made for a kid and we did do a little trick-or-treating so I'm calling it a success despite the many bumps in the road!

Many of you already know that Halloween is by far my favorite holiday.  I'm alllllll about making costumes without spending any money and being as creative as possible by doing so!  You can see some of our past Halloweens here.  Life's been a little crazy, hectic, and unexpected lately so I didn't want to overwhelm myself so I kept Rio's ensemble simple this year.  When deciding what to make, I tried to think about what Rio likes to do.  Spin.  This kid loves to spin.  When I thought about what things spin, the first thing that popped in my head was a carousel so, of course, that's what I knew I had to pull off.
It was ridiculously simple and only moderately time consuming.  I took a large embroidery hoop, wrapped some vintage trim around it, tied several toy horses from Rio's toy stash, and finally made suspenders to hang it!  The suspenders definitely took the longest but that's mainly because I chose to hand sew them.  I used elastic to give the hoop some bounce and once I had that in place, I stitched on some other vintage trim to cover it up.  That was that!

To be honest, she wasn't quite sure what to think at first.  She was a little upset that she couldn't remove the horses but then once she figured out that moving her body made them spin, she was sold.  The kicker?  She wouldn't even spin once while wearing it though!  Ha!  She did, however, happily wear it all night while we went to the new neighbors' houses which made this mom pretty happy.
So here's why Halloween didn't quite pan out as planned.  Firstly, we had five trees removed so that day (More on that business later.  Ugh.), I took the mutt and the kid with me to work.  We'd had a bit of battery trouble with the car but my dad was able to get things back working again, or so we thought.  On our way home during rush hour on a Friday holiday in bumper to bumper traffic, the car completely quit working.  Like, not even the hazard lights would flash.  Dead.  I was absolutely panicked.  Brent was working late, which rarely happens, so my dad rushed my direction.  There was really nothing I could do with Rio and Mondo with me so we sat and waited.  At one point, a car stopped in front of me and two young men of the cowboy variety came to save my sanity while my dad sat in traffic trying to get to us.  Tears me up just thinking about it!  They quickly starting trying to figure out why the car just quit and kept cars from getting too close to us.  After my dad arrived, they helped him push the car across three lanes of traffic to a parking lot and then gave him a ride to meet us at the safe location we were waiting.  They wouldn't accept anything but a thank you.  I wish I could tell them now how much their help meant to us!

We made it home later than planned, but we made it home.  I quickly finished stitching the suspenders and Brent got home just in time to hand out candy while us ladies did our first official trick-or-treating.  Rio was down with that!  Taking her out was definitely the highlight of the day.  We were blown away by the amount of kids that came to our door in the new 'hood and actually ran out of candy!  Completely the opposite from our old hood!
My best friend and I were set to do a duo costume for a party Saturday night but one of the hosts came down sick so party was cancelled.  There were other parties we could have hit but ol' bff wasn't feeling the Halloween spirit so for the first time in many, many years, I didn't dress up for the holiday.  Insert major sad face.  Next year I'll be back full force!

As much as things didn't go as planned, it was still a great holiday and I'm thankful for everything that did go well!  At least we had our non-spinning carousel.  :)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Sweet Sammie

I was hoping with all of my heart that we were through huge transitions and events in our world for a while but life apparently has had different plans.

Last Friday, we said goodbye to our dear, sweet Sammie.  While she only lived with us for five years, she immediately became a part of our family.  We took her in after our elderly neighbors at our old house passed away and jokingly called her our 12 year old kitten because, unbeknownst to me, Brent was planning on welcoming a kitten into our home around that same time.  She was part of our world for many huge moments - preparing for a baby, life with a newborn-turned-toddler, and moving into a new house.  With each of those changes, she took it all in stride.  I truly have never met such a laid-back, easy-going cat.  I admired her for her constant calm demeanor.
About a year ago, she was diagnosed with pancreatitis which we learned to manage with quick reaction time, meds, and fluids.  Over the past year, she had many crashes but she was always able to pull herself out of them with our help.  This last one was different.  I knew she was getting close months ago; I could tell by her coat and she had lost her hearing some time ago.  To our knowledge, she was at least 17 years old and even two weeks ago, I caught her playing like she would when we first got her.  I think if she'd had her way, she'll still be around, but her body just wouldn't allow it.

We made the decision to take her in, which I haven't had to do in over a decade.  While it's something I wish nobody ever had to deal with, it's part of having pets sometimes.  I cried buckets that day, along with our torrential rains, but knew it was right.  It will always be hard for me to think about though, as evidenced through my current stream of tears.

Sammie was an absolute delight to share our lives with.  I wish we'd known her sooner.  I'll never forget the first day I saw her.  Hap, our wonderful neighbor, was tending to the rose garden he kept for his wife, Helen.  Beside him as he worked was the most beautiful fluffy kitty I'd ever seen.  As he'd move to the next plant, she'd move along with him.  An occasional back pat here and there was their only form of communication from my view but they needed nothing else.   I'd love to be able to tell them both how much peace that scene still gives me.

While we reflect on the passing of Sammie, we've found ourselves dealing with more kitty crisis.  Our kitten Opal has just had a tough time all around and just within the past 24 hours, her back legs have given out.  We're working to figure out what exactly is happening and how we can make her better.  She's in good spirits and in good hands so for now, we wait.  If you're the type to send out good vibes and the like, we're in the market for all you can spare.

Monday, October 6, 2014

The First Gathering

Regardless of how crazy our worlds may get, our lives still move on and people still age.  Even those little people that feel like they were born just yesterday.  Last week, Rio turned two.  Sane people who had just moved probably wouldn't have opted to invite over a ton of people but, as we all know, we're not that sane so decided to throw a party and invite the masses.
Even though we invited a crap-ton of people, we kept things mega simple.  And it helped that only a small portion of the crap-ton of people we invited actually came, making survival that much easier.  We opted for a late afternoon fiesta so the kid could get her nap in (which, of course, she played and sang through) but since I pay no mind to football, I didn't even realize I was scheduling right in the middle of game time.  Football played while presents were opened and a few hours later after the game was over, wave two of guests showed up just in time to welcome the evening.   To those who joined us, thank you SO much for making it such a fantastic time.
For actual party business, I did very little.  I took the '1' banner that I made last year and updated it for this year's birthday.  After unpacking the banner and realizing that this party would be super low maintenance, I made the decision to have this banner be a recurring decoration for Rio's birthdays to come.  Literally an hour before the party, I unpicked the '1', quickly eyeballed a '2' about the same size as the previous number, cut it out, and sewed it on.  I foresee one day putting together the 1 and 2 to create a 12, when that day comes too soon.  This was the extent of our decorations.
For grub, I went along the same lines as last year's build-your-own-grilled-cheese theme.  This year, it was build-your-own-personal-pan-pizza!  I thought it up last minute, bought everything even more last minute, and crossed my fingers it would all work out...and it did, even better than I expected!  I already knew I wouldn't be making my own dough (who has time for that business?!) and thought that these sandwich rounds would hopefully suffice.  As luck would have it, they were perfect AND they were on sale!  Score!  We used those for our crust, had all of the stereotypical toppings for pizza, and encouraged everyone to build their own pizza on a cookie sheet.  After that, we popped them in the oven for about 10-15 minutes at 400 degrees and, voila, personal pan pizzas!  We will DEF be doing this again, with crazier ingredients and suggested combinations.  
This particular gathering officially made this new house feel like a home.  For the first time in weeks, I kicked my heels up and thoroughly enjoyed hanging out at the new abode, dreaming of what it will become in the coming years.  I mean, if we love here this much already, just think how it will evolve even more to truly be our home.  Sitting outside, watching friends play hilarious rounds of basketball and shooting the shit was pure perfection. 
The night was so wonderful that several of us decided that it had to continue the next morning so we planned a brunch for the next day.  After a very filling and delicious brunch turned lunch and some frisbee out back, I bid adieu and took a nap while the kid slumbered as well.  Lord only knows when the last time that happened was.  After awakening, our family of three said goodbye to the sky while doing some hammock lounging, tree scouting, and lazy memory making.  I think we're going to like this place.  I think the memories will be plentiful and profound.  I think we'll have many wonderful birthday parties here.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Moving Along

I'm not even quite sure where to begin.  The past few weeks have been an emotional roller coaster of goodness, sadness, and just pure exhaustion.

Let's start with the house.  A week ago today, we officially said goodbye to our first house and passed it along to a dear young couple just starting their years together.  I shed tears reflecting on the memories we made in that house (a proposal, Rio's first home, to name a few) and shed a few more thinking of leaving Pimmy there.  We worked long, hard hours packing up our (my) many possessions, taking carload after carload to the new digs, and cleaning until our first home was sparkling clean.  It was sad to say goodbye to but we were also very ready to be on the other side of buying and selling homes.  Plus, we really, really liked our buyers so we knew we left it in good hands.  Yes, I was emotionally attached to this house.

During all of this, we were working on replacing all of the floors in the new house, figuring out the new place's quirks, and trying to maintain our heavy workloads (I should have gotten a sub!) with a toddler nipping at our ankles throughout it all.  Then, not even a week before we were set to move, the death of my former boss turned mentor turned friend knocked me, and everyone else who had the pleasure of knowing him, flat on my ass.  It's still very, very hard for me to think about and is still hard to believe.  That week I cried more than I've cried in a long time due to so many huge life changes.

Another change that we're also in the midst of right now is my family's business is moving locations after being in the same space for 30+ years.  You may remember that I work in the office there (when I'm not teaching) with Rio by my side and that my mister also works there.  In fact, just a few weeks ago, he passed a massively important technical exam also thrown into the moving madness.  Leaving a place that has been a second home to me my entire life is a little crazy as well, to say the least.  All of my home bases are changing and it's a bit surreal.

And finally, I turned 35 two days ago and the kid turns 2 next week.  I don't know where the time has gone for either of us.  It just feels like lately, everything has been huge.  Birthdays, deaths, family surgeries, bizarre trials, two moves, tests, stressful work loads, and just keeping our heads above water.  But here's the deal, we're through most of that now.  We ARE breathing easier.  We're not constantly going and have even taken a few evenings off to not do a damn thing.  I even have a haircut scheduled for today.  That, my friends, is huge in a different way.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Fuzzy Friday: Big Sis, Lil Sis

Sure, there has been a lot of house talk lately but be assured that there's been just as many kitty snuggles and cat chatter within our walls.  Nervous about moving the herd but so excited for them to explore new closets, to discover the large windows prime for bird-watching, and to continue making our hearts full.  I lurve those cats.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Ultimate Estate Sale Purchase

We did it.  Last Friday, we bought a new house.  Here's that crazy story.

Just a little over a month ago, we had decided to tough it out and stay in our current home for a few more years, finish some house projects, and get ready to move our family.  Literally 48 hours after coming to that decision, we found the house we would soon buy.

In early July, I hit a random estate sale like I regularly do.  When I pulled up, I quickly realized that I was in a neighborhood that I'd had a crush on since I moved back to Tulsa after college.  Beautiful ranch style, mid-century houses, homes lived in with pride, large lots, and a great location.  I'd never been in this part of the hood but was quickly won over.  As I walked up to this particular sale, I quickly noticed the For Sale by Owner sign but didn't really think twice about it since we'd chosen to stay put just a few days before.  Just a few minutes into the sale, I got a text from my dad who told me that I had to see these available digs.  We were randomly at the sale at the same time.  After finding each other, we marveled around the house together and ended up talking to the son, who was taking care of the sale and got some general answers about the house's history.  Brent did a few tours through the house the next day, with the estate sale going on, and also saw the potential.  We made an offer just 48 hours later.  Remember, not looking to move.  It was a bit impulsive.

Things continued to progress.

Being a For Sale by Owner (FSBO) house, I learned LOTS.  I mean more than I ever thought I'd know about real estate.  Talk about a crash course.  While I do think it would have been easier on the buyer's (our!) end to officially have a realtor involved in the process, there were also some really cool parts to FSBO.  In the short time that this all happened, we got to know all about the only other family that has ever lived in this house.  That's right, this is our second house to buy from original owners.  We LOVE that.  It's a quirky house that needs some TLC in many spots but more so, it's a house filled with SO much potential.  Not only is it twice the size of our (very) cramped current home, it's a house with tons of history, gorgeous mid-century modern features, an amazing yard that we can't wait to personalize, and so.much.more.

We hope to spend many, many years in this house.

We officially became this home's new owner last Friday.  We did some urban camping sans kid and cleaned into the wee hours of the morning.  We have SO much more to accomplish before we move in but luckily, we have about four weeks before we have to turn over our current home to its new owners.  Yup, our house is set to sell in just a few more weeks, hopefully.  Our luck with ALL of the house stuff has been insane...   If everything continues to progress as wonderfully as it already has, the house that we've built a family in will belong to its third family.  We're absolutely thrilled and astounded how everything has unfolded.  So surreal.

The countdown has begun and we've got a lot to accomplish before we move into our sea of harvest gold and pink.  It's crazy exciting, a little overwhelming, and quite hard to believe.  Throw work, back to teaching, and a toddler into the mix and you've got yourself a lot on the plate.  But we're always up for a challenge.  I hope.

Friday, August 15, 2014

My Dream Kitchen

And now, I welcome you to my favorite room in our house, the room I will undoubtedly miss the most, the room that made me fall in love with our first home:  the kitchen. 
When we first began looking for a house to buy, Brent and I were living in different cities.  In fact, we'd spent no more than five days straight together.  Buying a house together was certainly a leap of faith.  We had our wants and had been looking on the weekends while he was in town for a few weeks.  We did our best to only look at houses while we were in town together but we hit a point where we were really ready to move so I started looking with our realtor during the week nights.  We definitely wanted an older home but everything we looked at made me feel claustrophobic and seemed like too much money for such a small space.  That's when we broadened our searching horizon a few miles and found this house.  It was a single owner and hadn't been updated for many, many, many moons.  For the first time, I didn't feel like the walls were closing in and the idea of buying a house from the original owner just felt right.  Then I walked into the kitchen.  Love at first sight.  I HAD to have this house. 
I would venture to say that even those that barely know me, know that I'm slightly obsessed with the color green.  Always have been.  I like all shades but one shade in particular really revs my engine - avocado green.  Yup, these kitchen cabinets sealed the deal.  In the early 70s, the original homeowners expanded the kitchen and had these cabinets installed.  Pretty dreamy, right?  A HUGE kitchen filled with cabinets in the color of my dreams?  Tell me more.  And yes, that's an avocado green sink surrounded by avocado green counter tops.  They weren't messing around with their green.

Believe it or not, these cabinets have always been a point of contention between the mister and me.  You see, to me, they are perfect.  Not a thing to change.  To a man who was once a trim carpenter, these were basic, outdated cabinets that desperately needed a facelift.  See, we're not perfect!  We bicker and it's mostly about our decor styles!  Ha!  Alas, we did nothing more to the cabinets than remove more shelf paper than one could ever imagine and added new hardware.  We had finally agreed to keep the cabinets, install new countertops, and replace the sink with a stainless number but lo and behold, an unexpected move jumped in and the kitchen remained relatively untouched.
A few years back, we did paint the walls that bright yellow color.  To me, green and yellow just belong together.  We ended up accenting in red and black, adding to our rainbow house.  Nothing wrong with adding color to a home, amiright
I wish I could have seen what the original stove looked like since the vent hood is so killer.  While we don't have the fanciest of stoves, I have always LOVED how easy ceramic cook tops are to clean.  The easy clean up is so desirable to me that I prefer these stoves over others.  Call me crazy.  :)
One of the stranger aspects of our kitchen is the brick corner.  When we moved in, there was a wood-burning Benjamin Franklin stove there, vented through the ceiling.  It was massive but cool.  When inspections went down, we learned that the vent was capped, leaving the stove unusable in that location.  We decided to remove it and make the space more usable for our household.  For us, this space has typically functioned as animal central with feeding areas and storage for pet-related goods.  We had plans (and have actually already started) to build Rio a play kitchen of her own to sit in this space.  Project postponed. 
Sometimes, I (often) get in a fury of reorganizing and cleaning out of nowhere.  The artwork above the dining table happened in one of the fits and was really a happy accident.  I was just placing them on the wall on existing nails to see if I liked the colors and the pieces together.  I took two steps back and absolutely loved the composition and left it like that.  Who says that art must be centered on a wall?
Once a mobile child started scooting across the floor, it was time to find hooks to hang my bag hoard up.  With as many different things as I tend to, I have tons of different bags that shuffle around with me.  Above that lifesaver is one of my earlier online DIYs, a floating vintage matchbook display.  
Our kitchen window above the sink faces west, something that I absolutely love.  Actually, I just love and appreciate a window above any kitchen sink but make it west-facing for sunset watching and I'm in heaven. 
While I was packing up some in the kitchen last night, I mentioned to Brent that this may be the hardest room to pack.  A few days earlier, I had said that same thing about Rio's room.  When I was packing up the workroom, I'm sure I made that same statement.  I knew that once we decided to move, it would be an emotional process but with as quick as everything has happened for this move, it feels like those emotions are intensified.  Moving is tough work physically, mentally, and emotionally.  For sure. 

Man, I'll miss this kitchen.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

No Longer a Nursery

So, um, we're moving.  Like in a few weeks.  It's a crazy story that just sort of happened and we're just going with it!  I'll go into more depth soon but know that it's all super positive and exciting!  That short little teaser to introduce another room tour, Rio's Room!

The last time we toured this room, the kid was still cooking and having a child in the house was something we hadn't experienced yet.  Fast forward almost two years later, and we're old pros!  Or something like that.  ;)  Things have changed in her world since those newborn days which, of course, means that her room has evolved some as well.

One of the most popular features of Rio's room are her lockers that we configured to work as a tiny closet for her tiny clothes.  I've had some inquiries as to what we use the lockers for so here we go.  Obviously, they are the framework for the hanging clothes but they also serve as invaluable storage.  Toys that are too old for her, crib sheets, changing pad sheets, hand-me-down books, and other miscellaneous kid goods all live within those lockers.  I've already been dreaming up how they'll function in her new space since she'll actually have a true blue closet of her own!
Once we were done with co-sleeping and the kid started sleeping on her own, we quickly decided that her crib had to move.  It began on the wall that also houses our lone bathroom's plumbing which meant that anything that occurred in the bathroom was easily heard through that wall.  The crib was moved and we've never looked back since.  The hanging swaddling blanket on the window blocks out sunlight during naps and early bed times at home.  It's not the fanciest solution but it sure works!

The book tree has worked well but I don't know that we'll use it in the same form in the future.  What rocked about it was its mobility.  While I get ready in the morning, the kid often hangs out in the crib reading.  All I have to do is move that book tree next to the crib and she then has a stash of books to choose from!  It's easy for books to get lost within it though so I'm hoping to utilize more shelf space for her readers in the future.
We made the area next to the crib a reading/play area which has functioned quite well.  That rocker gets tons of use by us and the kid (I'm still impressed by her ability to climb on it!) all throughout the day which makes me all sorts of happy since it's such a dear family heirloom. 
The trunk functions as a sort of table top while storing the loads of blankets we have.  Next to it is another one of those basic storage shelves that we seem to have amassed a lot of!  I have plans for those in the future as well.  :)  Try as I might to keep her toys well organized within this space, it always seems fairly disheveled to me.  If parenthood has taught me anything, it's to be ok with the chaos, something I truly struggle with.  As much as I am ok with a little disorganization in this space, I can't help but be optimistic in our future plans to make her new space function even better and more organized! 
I still do love our wallpapered wall.  We never hung anything on it but it was a statement all its own.  I have a feeling that the changing table situation won't be around much longer as we're on the cusp of saying good bye to diapers.  After the move, of course.
So much of our house is now in boxes.  In fact, my entire studio is just a shell now.  Artwork is coming off of the walls, closets have been cleaned out, filled boxes are multiplying, but only one little section in Rio's room has been dealt with.  I think this will be the most difficult room to pack up and say good bye to.  As sad as it may be to say adios to this home, I think about how exciting it will be to start fresh in our new abode.  I can't wait to share more of it and its evolution so very soon!
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