Wednesday, June 26, 2013

summer projects

I'm not sure if it's pregnant energy or just that I'm on summer break, or a combination of both, but I have been busy working on DIY projects around the house.  And I still have several on my to-do list before Tucker arrives!  

I blogged a few weeks ago about my necklace holder, but that was just the first to mark off my project list. 


I pinned this photo on Pinterest, loving it as something to do in my laundry room, but at the time didn't have a place for it.  Since we added on to our house, Matt's old man room turned into a workout/exercise room and the taxidermy on the walls were moved and was replaced by A&M and Arkansas sports memorabilia.  So, the Razorback decor that adorned the laundry room wall was moved and left an open wall.  Perfect!   


My original intention was to buy cardboard letters from Hobby Lobby and spray paint them like the source photo, but once I got to Hobby Lobby I discovered these dark metal rustic style letters and opted for them instead. I love how they turned out!  No question as to what this room is used for.  I joked with Matt that I hung the word "wash" to help remind me that I actually need to wash clothes, ha. 



As I was visiting the original post from the source photo, I came across this photo of her laundry room as well.  I love the photos of her child and the laundry basket with clothes!  I have a space above my washer and dryer that could use some tender loving care so...a new project on my hands? 


As I mentioned earlier, the old "man room" in our house has become a workout/exercise room.  Matt so generously offered to let me have one wall in the room to hang my A&M things, but the other wall had to have Razorback decor and if there were 5 A&M photos, there had to be 5 Razorback ones, etc.  There had to be an equal amount of each team on the walls...good gravy!

I had been wanting to do a simple 'whoop' canvas and needed an extra something to have equal amounts of A&M vs. Razorback on the wall.  My third summer project was to paint a whoop canvas and I love how simple it turned out!  


Matt hates it.  

I guarantee you if it was red and said "woo pig" he'd absolutely love it.  

Stay tuned for more summer projects.  There are still several things on my to-do list!  



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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

27 Weeks!

It's so hard to believe I am more than halfway this adventure I call pregnancy!

  • How far along?  27 Weeks as of Monday!
  • How I'm feeling? Feeling great!  I haven't been sick at all during this pregnancy, which is a blessing!  Heartburn/indigestion has started and it's no fun.
  • Total weight gain? 20 pounds as of June 13, my last doctor's appointment
  • How big is baby? Little (or big!) Tucker weights 2 pounds and is 14 1/2 inches long according to my babycenter weekly email update
  • Maternity Clothes? No doubt! And even some of those clothes are getting tight, ha!  I was at Target this week and bought two large t-shirts from the men's department just to fit over my big ol' belly!
  • Stretch Marks? Just a few.  Hoping they don't get worse, but not too hopeful. 
  • Sleep: I've never been one to have problems sleeping and so far, I'm still sleeping great.  I wake up every morning between 2 and 4 to use the bathroom, and sometimes more than once, but when I am sleeping, I am sleeping! I'm fully aware that this could completely change.
  • Best Moment This Week: Getting the nursery painted!  Matt spent several hours on Saturday night painting and wasn't going to bed until it was done!
  • Movement: There has been some thumping going on in there so I'm assuming it's Tucker.  It usually happens when I'm laying on the couch at night. 
  • Food Cravings: All I have really craved is fruit.  
  • Food Aversions: Grilled Chicken.  YUCK.  Honestly, half the time no food sounds good. 
  • Labor Signs: It's a little early for that so no :)
  • Belly Button In or Out?? It's still in for now.  Soon to pop out??
  • What I Miss: Taking a long, hot bath.  And drinking more than my little DDP each day. 
  • What I'm Looking Forward To: Getting the nursery finished! It's a work in progress.  And going to the beach very very soon, but not looking forward to the maternity swimsuit part of the trip.
  • Milestone: Ummm getting measurements for the bedding and getting the wall mural/decal ordered.  Stay tuned for that! 



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Monday, June 17, 2013

Friday, June 7, 2013

Thurber and the Smokestack

It was the largest town between Fort Worth and El Paso, yet it was owned by a single company. It was the most important mine site in Texas, a major manufacturer of paving bricks, and located near the oil field that helped make Texas a worldwide giant in petroleum production. It was one of the first cities in Texas to be totally electrified and one of the few towns in the country to be totally unionized.

It was Thurber, Texas, 75 miles west of Fort Worth.

The entire town of Thurber - every nail, shingle, and doorknob - was owned by the Texas and Pacific Coal Company. Residents lived in company houses, shopped at company stores, drank at company saloons, attended company schools, and worshipped in company owned church buildings. Many people traveled from far away countries including Italy, Poland, Ireland, and Russia to live and work in Thurber. Thurber was the state's major mine site for three decades. At its peak, Thurber produced 3,000 tons of coal everyday for the railroads in Texas and the surrounding states.

And by the 1930's, it was gone. In the midst of the Great Depression, Thurber was essentially a ghost town.

I ate in this ghost town.

My parents and I headed to West Texas for a family reunion and came across The Smokestack Restaurant in Thurber, TX. We simply stopped because my mom saw a billboard and it peaked her interest. I was a little leery considering Thurber now has a population of, wait for it....5. There were two state trooper cars there so we figured it had to be good. State Troopers always know the good places to eat.













According to their menu, their chicken fried steak was voted by Southern Living as the best chicken fry on I-20.




Well, we had to try it! There were two sizes - large and small. In true Dad fashion, he ordered the large. Oh my goodness! It was unbelievably massive.




I got the small too and it wasn't very small. Too much for me to finish for sure. And those mashed potatoes? Yum! This pregnant girl loved those.




They are also known for their chicken tenders so mom tried those and they too were delicious.




All of their food is homemade including those delicious looking homemade yeast rolls. I will go ahead and let you know that they were just that...delicious.

I'm sure if we were in the market for dessert it would have been great too, but after all that food, we were done. Stick a fork in us. Stuffed.

After we left the restaurant we drove down the road to check out the rest of Thurber, which didn't consist of much.

Love this old famous smokestack. And that old fire station.




We saw two houses in Thurber and this was one of them. Considering the population is only 5, what do you bet half of the town lives here? Such a cute, old, yellow house.




So, if you are ever traveling down Interstate 20 in Texas out of Fort Worth, be sure to make a stop in this old historic town. You won't be disappointed. And neither will your belly.

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Saturday, June 1, 2013

DIY Necklace Holder

For as long as I can remember I have had no organization whatsoever when it came to my necklaces and it always stressed me out.  I have several projects on my to-do list, including a necklace holder, to accomplish before our little nugget arrives so I see a busy and crafty summer!  

I had been on the lookout for an already made necklace holder, but never found anything I liked.  One weekend when I was home visiting my parents my mom pulled out cabinet knobs that she had saved from my parents first home together.  Perfect!  Before I left Texarkana to head back home that weekend, I ran by Michael's and picked up two wooden plaques and came home with the knobs and plaques ready to become a necklace holder with sentimental value :)

About a year ago I discovered Martha Stewart Metallic Paint and Metallic Glaze from Home Depot and absolutely love it.  For this project, I used the Metallic Paint in Thundercloud and the Metallic Glaze in Mercury and Black Coffee.  
Martha Stewart Living 10-oz. Metallic Thunder Cloud Paint (2-Pack)
Martha Stewart Living 10-oz. Metallic Glaze Mercury Satin Specialty Finish

Martha Stewart Living 10-oz. Metallic Glaze Black Coffee Satin Specialty Finishes


Once I had the plaques painted, I used hot glue to attach the cabinet knobs.  I could have been picky and precise and do a lot of measuring, but I used the good ol' "eyeball" method and it turned out pretty close to perfect!  The picture is rather distorted on distance between knobs due to me taking the picture from an angle.  To attach the plaques to the wall, I used saw tooth picture hangers nailed to the back.  Overall it was a pretty easy project that turned out super cute and is a great organization tool in my closet!  It's so easy to see all my necklaces now.  Amazing!



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