Hey there! Remember me? I know it’s been months since I last posted, I’m going to try and do better. But I do have lots of exciting news, updates, and projects to share with you, so maybe you will forgive me this one time?
First of all, I am so excited to tell you all about the newest member of Monday Morning Press.
Her name is Olivia and she will be joining us at the end of March…
I’m sure it will take us a little time to learn how to work together and get into a routine but I am completely over the moon that she will be joining us!
…isn’t she cute? :)
She is 22 weeks old and so far has been very good to her mommy.
Her daddy has been very good to her mommy as well, despite some emotional rollercoasters along the way ;)
We found out the Little Olive was a “she” on Halloween.
I dressed up as and Angry Bird with some co-workers at the office… and had a blue and pink baby bird on standby for the big gender reveal.
It was a fun day and I was very excited to start brainstorming nursery ideas!
Not that I hadn’t been browsing Pinterest for months (duh!)… but knowing the gender made everything more real and also made it easier to start making some decisions.
Here are my favorite inspiration photos for Olive’s nursery.
I’m loving the combination of all the mints, creams, whites, grey, blacks, oranges and corals!
We have a very small room for her (9’x10′) but I think that we can make it nice and cozy.
Here is a priliminary mock up I did for her space.
The room is a blank slate right now, but I will definitely keep you posted on the progress! I’m very anxious to get started.
Now that I’ve regained some energy in the second trimester, Nick and I have been busy with projects around the house.
This past weekend, Nick started our big Fall project of 2013! Last year he built an awesome patio in our backyard…this year, he is enclosing our side porch to be used as a sunroom/craft/print room.
Here is what we were working with…
and here is the model I did of the vision for the finished space…
I’m thrilled to get this project under way and finally get my letterpress out of the dining room and into it’s own home.
I think this will be a great addition to our home and I’m so impressed and grateful for Nick’s skills and willingness to take on a project of this size…
…at 6:00 am…
…on a saturday…
…in the rain…
He and our good friend Josh made some great progress this weekend.
aren’t they adorbs?
And here is how things looked by the end of Sunday… all the framing is almost done!
Thanks Hubby- you are a superstar :)
While Nick was working on the addition, I tried to knock out a few furniture projects. It’s been harder to find the energy lately and also more difficult to manuever myself and heavy furniture pieces. Therefore… I dont have any staged shots of the finished products, but here are a few shots of what I got accomplished this weekend!
A cool bar/buffet I bought unfinished from Susan at Uniquely Yours or Mine.
I had to strip the original wood veneer of the top because it was in bad shape, but luckily the wood underneath
was stain-worthy and it turned out beautiful!
I found a little wicker basket to slide in the top opening and brought the piece over to Orange!
I also worked on this set of side tables… the first pieces in a 5 piece bedroom set that I found on
Craigslist. Of course I don’t have any before pictures (sorry!)
There is a queen headboard, a long dresser, and a wardrobe that complete this set.
I plan to paint everything in the same way.
I’ve been trying to work outside as much as possible for good ventilation when painting.
Luckily, the Chalk Paint I use most of the time is very pregnant-lady-friednly with low VOC’s but I do wear a mask when staining or waxing or working with latex paint.
Here are a few other projects I’ve (slooowly) completed over the last few months!
And the 2013 christmas cards! I’m selling in sets of 4 with red envelopes at Orange.
Go check out all the other fun holiday items at the shop!
Annnnnd last, but certainly not least… I became an AUNTIE in August and have been spending as much time as possible squeezing my ADORABLE little nephew, Connor.
He really, honestly, is the sweetest, most happy little boy I’ve even seen.
And hanging out with him has been great training for our own upcoming little bundle. We called this day “Daddy Bootcamp” although Nick somehow managed to dodge changing a dirty diaper :)
Anyway, we LOVE him and love his parents. In fact, the 3 of them are visiting this weekend! Cant wait :)
I hope you’ve enjoyed this update and I hope you will bear with me over the next few months as I have a baby and learn how to be a mom! I’m looking forward to sharing this new adventure with you as well as some of our prepartion projects along the way. I will defintely be back in the furniture business next summer, and while I dont expect Olivia to be picking up a paint brush by then, I do suspect she will be making a few guest appearances :)