Thursday, July 9, 2015

Three Children in a 10’ by 10’ Bedroom

DSCF9049When we moved into our rental, I had some information on the home that led me to believe that the 2nd and 3rd bedrooms were each 10’x12’ (3.05 m by 3.66 m).  Then after having lived here for a few years, I decided to use my measuring tape and found out that the rooms are not that size at all!  The dimensions are actually 9’10” by 10’4” (2.99 m by 3.15 m).

We like to have a separate room for our guests (we don’t live close to our family), so we decided we’d put the three children in the same room (it’s a great way to train kids and babies to get used to noises and to sleep through them.  I’m sure it doesn’t work for every kid, but it has worked for us so far).  How can we fit three little people in a little room?

The traditional solution is a bunk bed.  What a great way to conserve space!  I love that the kids are able to make use of the vertical space like that.  The ceilings are 9’, but they just need to watch out for the ceiling fan.  I learned that no matter where you put a bunk bed in a room that size, they will have the ceiling fan encroaching on their space! (Rule #1: No standing on the bunk bed!)

We also have two little dressers from Ikea (Ikea RAST) which we painted, that don’t take up as much space as your traditional dressers do.  Those little dressers are the perfect size for small children clothes.

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Their toys all go in the other room, so we didn’t need to worry about space for those in this room.  There is no changing table in this room.  We just don’t have room!  Half the time I end up changing the baby on the floor or using the crib (don’t worry, I use a changing mat!), so we decided we didn’t need that furniture.  I have a nice little shelf in the closet that holds the diaper-changing essentials.

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Also in the closet I have set up kid-friendly access to their hanging clothes.  This has been a great decision! Every morning they can get dressed in whichever type of clothes are right for the day, even on Sundays when we wear our Sunday best.  They don’t need help reaching the clothes anymore, just maybe some help with a button or zipper.  They feel so fancy when they have such easy access to their belongings.  The rod is just an extra shower curtain rod I had hanging around.

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It’s still a cozy set-up, but it worked.  We actually have changed things all around again before I even got to write this post.  But I thought I’d share some of what I’d learned.  How do you manage the bedrooms in your home?

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

New Kitchen Curtains!


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Three years ago I blogged about the curtains I had made for my kitchen.  I really liked them for all that time.  My only complaint was that since the windows weren’t covered all the way and then the sun would peak through those little holes in the blinds (where the string is threaded through to operate the lift system).

So I decided to cover up those holes a little better.  I was inspired by Christina at The Frugal Homemaker.  I have tall windows, so this seemed like a solution that would work, look great and not cost a lot of money.

New Curtains - AnnaVirginia FashionLooking at my walls, I decided that I would do white curtains to contrast the light beige walls.  I also measured the window widths and figured that I could do a pair of twin flat sheets for each window.  I ran to my local Walmart and was disappointed that there were NONE in stock!  Maybe everyone else was already doing the same project?

So as soon as I could, I ran to the next closest Walmart and found four flat sheets.  Only four, which wouldn’t be enough!  I bought the four anyway and hoped that I would find the rest soon.  I started with the four I had and washed and pressed them.  Then I measured out the cuts I wanted to do to follow the link to see how Christina made them) and then hung the curtain rods up high (95 inches/ above the ground!).  I decided to use the simple white rods that I already had, because they allow the curtain to go around and hide the light from peaking through on the sides.
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I eventually found two more pairs and finished those up.  It took me a couple weeks to finish mainly
because of having a hard time finding the sheets!

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After hanging them up I felt that leaving the cuts unsewn was not a good idea.  I have kids who run through the kitchen right behind that table and they just *have* to pull on the curtains as they go zooming past and I could just envision the slit ripping.  I did a basic stitch at the same level as the tops of the slits I had made and re-hung them.  You can’t even see the stitching! 

I love how simple these curtains were to put together!  Too bad it was so hard to find at the store, though.  And they can’t be purchased online, so you just have to do what you can.


Check out the before-and-after picture… I think it looks super stylish!  I also think my staging and photographing skills have improved!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Totally Retro Crochet Sweater-Jacket

steph3My church has a program for the young girls (ages 12-18) to participate in.  As a member of this group (appropriately called “Young Women”), we had goals to achieve and projects to complete to help build character, develop talents and deepen our faith.  We could cater the projects to our interests and learn new things in the meanwhile (if you’re curious about the program, visit: Young Women Personal Progress).

One of the projects I decided to do was to make a patchwork crochet sweater (sounds so cool already, I know!).  I found one to use as a guide in this amazing book, Illustrated Patchwork Crochet by Bella Scharf (c. 1976).  The pattern uses crochet squares to make a pullover sweater, but I decided that I would like mine as a jacket with a strap across the waist.  I drew up some plans on graph paper and counted how many squares I would need…. a whole bunch!

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I did a basic square (called Granny Square Two in the book) in one of two different colors.  I used what yarn I had on hand, since I’d acquired a lot of skeins of yarn from my grandmothers after they each passed away.  I believe they were Red Heart Super Saver in Aran and Rose (these were shades that were available in the 1990s).  After I completed all the squares, I sewed them all together according to my plans.  Then I crocheted a sash and when I wore it to school the first time, people were impressed! Thanks to my sister who modeled it for me!

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This may have been my first clothing item that I had crocheted.  It was quite a project for a high school girl, but it turned out pretty neat.  Over time the yarn began to pill, which would really be my only complaint.  Oh, and that it’s way too warm to wear in Las Vegas, where I now live!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Easter is Near!

Quick EasterHey Friends!  I’m sorry I’ve really slacked off in writing posts.  I was hoping to be rolling these out every other week, but three sick children (one was a baby who contracted pneumonia!) took all of my energy.

I’m not sure I’m recovered yet, so this post will pull in links from past posts and other sources.

So, here are some quick Easter projects you can make yourself for you or your kids!

Spring is such an inspiring time that I feel like making all kinds of colorful and fun things.  I’ve made all these, so they are tried-and-true! And to top it all off, the patterns are all free:

Summer Sun Hat by AnnaVirginia Fashion

A quick project that you can make for babies and small girls.

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Bunny Easter Baskets by Lily/Sugar’n Cream (requires free membership)

The cutest Easter-egg-hunters use these bags!

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Baby’s Gone Hunting Vest by Karla Hastings

A quick project for a little man’s Easter outfit! Check out my mods here.

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Crocheted Flower: Irish Rose by Lion Heart Brand (requires free membership)

Add this flower to a headband, hat, hairclip or anything you can think of!  You can make many different sizes depending on your hook and yarn!

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Could any of these be handy for filling an Easter basket for loved ones or for putting those finishing touches on a new Easter outfit?  I hope they help you out!