costume progress and more house snippets

I have had a very productive three days!! I don’t know why this sudden burst of energy, but I hope it sticks around 🙂  After being sick last week, I was extra motivated to get my house back from the hurricane that had devoured it, hahaha, then I moved on de-wallpapering our hall bathroom, which is getting painted and bead-boarded this weekend, yay! And, I’ve managed to whip out the boy costumes. Here’s Obi-Wan:

It turned out pretty awesome.  We just need to find gray pants at black boots at a thrift store and Casey is good to go.  Oh, and see that pretty stair case to the right?  I finally painted those risers yesterday and I can’t prove it, but they look so much better than the patched-up mess they were before!

I took the easy way out on Kelby’s Yoda costume.  The only good cloak pattern I could find was two sizes too big and required a whopping 6 yards of fabric (more than Casey’s! What????) So I bought an extra small women’s v-neck, long-sleeved shirt and cut it up until it resembled a toddler’s Yoda robe, hahaha.  A black ribbon and a flannel designed-by-yours-truly Yoda hat later, and we had this:
(terrible picture, I know)

So, it turns out I have time to make my clown costume after all!  Thankfully, I was able to use several pieces of the fabric a dear lady at church gave me, otherwise I probably couldn’t have afforded to make all the pieces involved!

Since there was a rare moment this week when this media wall in our house was not a complete disaster, I went ahead and snapped a picture.  Let’s face it, though, technology is ugly and not everyone’s book spines are the same color (ahem, Crate & Barrell catalog), but this is where our family spends a lot of time and this is also the room in our house that required one of the greatest amounts of work, so I will show it off even if it doesn’t look like a magazine!  Here is what this side of the family room looked like before:

And here it is now:

The wood panelling was around the entire perimeter of this room and we removed and retextured everything except for this area.  We didn’t want to destroy the built-ins so we simply painted the paneling and the fire place white.  Even though there’s a sliding door to the left, this room doesn’t get a lot of light, so the changes we made made a huge different in the brightness.
Here’s another before view:

And here’s this door after:

This door used to be brown (to match the lovely paneling!) and so I painted it white and made a Roman shade (my first attempt, not bad!)  So there you have it 🙂

5 thoughts on “costume progress and more house snippets

  1. Wow! Everything looks great…the living room looks so colorful, and the costumes are amazing! What about Cheerio? Will he be taking up a permanent residence at your home?



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