Remember when I made those awesome custom mattresses, mattress covers, waterproof sheets, and custom bed sheets for the girls' bed in our studio apartment?
The girls loved that bed, and so did we. It was the perfect way to give them their own space in a tiny-living footprint. But, apparently people were genuinely concerned when they heard we had moved to a new house. I got six private messages, two emails, and half a dozen people who asked me in person about why we moved.
The gist of their concern, "but you spent so much time making their beds!"
I'm a bit flummoxed, I have to admit. I love sewing for our girls, and at the time I worked on their bed, we weren't sure we'd be moving into a new space. Doesn't everyone want to make the place they are living in feel comfortable for their family? Even if you plan on moving later? We had had enough uncertainty for the year. The last thing I wanted to do was throw some blankets down and tell the girls, 'hey, stick with that for awhile. We might move again..."
Plus, I love sewing and creating things. Especially unique, custom jobs like their little bedroom.
Our new place has more room for me to spread out and work for Sew Sew Sew Your Boat.
It also has a safe, enclosed yard for the girls to play outside in, and it is small enough so we can keep our minimalist life style alive and kicking.
While the bed project at the old studio was time-consuming, I can't imagine using the work I put into the bed as a reason to not move to a place with a safe yard and a floor plan that lets me do canvas work.
Lo, if you were one of many of the concerned, be ye not worried any longer. Yay, for I have gone forth and conquered our new space and I shall present you with a multitude of images that showeth this abundance.
Damn, I'm good with scripture talk. (Ye can take the girl out of the Mormon, but you can't take the Mormon out of... the girl?)
Also, the mattresses I made for their bed are now temporary "couches" for us until we get around to making a custom couch.
We are keeping things simple, as always, chez Kaufman.
When we first moved in, a friend gave us an old, dirty ladder.
The girls and I cleaned it up and used it to make this:
Bonus? When Christmas is over we have a nice, clean ladder for use around the house.
I'm so enamored with the ladder tree that I think I may never go back to a regular tree again. It's the magic and warmth of the lights that really makes it work. Plus, no pine needles, no dead tree to dispose of afterwards, and I can move the ladder around if I need access to that space.
When we moved on board, years ago, I gave my older brother my large-bulb, vintage-style Christmas lights. He kept them. And this season, he gave them back to me. He also kept my box of Christopher Radko ornaments too.
My brother, Rich, is awesome.
My attempts at taking Christmas photos of the girls reinforced how much I love professional photographers, and how useless I am at doing anything even remotely professional-looking when it comes to kids and photos.
I turned my back for a second and she had found Scotch tape and was using it to wrap up everything.
TAPE ALL THE THINGS. I tell you.
See those stockings? They are custom-made for us by Good Wishes Quilts.
We can officially not have any more kids, because, custom stockings, folks: the next kid would be totally left out of the fun!
See that painting? Anyone recognize the image? (Hint: Cora, circa Christmas 2012).
That is an original oil painting in board by Kelly Paige Standard. My next blog post will be about that painting, and the other work I have commissioned from her. Needless to say, to have that painting as an addition to our home this Christmas season is a true gift.
We are happily surrounding ourselves with handmade gifts from friends like that Rudolf, from our friends Renee and Dan.
And we're using the Christmas cards sent from friends to make the whole house merry. Thank you, friends.
For whatever holiday you celebrate (or don't) this season, I wish you a happy December full or love and hygge.