Wednesday, January 20, 2010

so excited

Eva is turning 7 this month.  Wow.  7.
Going to do an extreme makeover to her room.  I have had the hardest time putting things together because I am so used to pink.  I like pink.  But this isn't my room.

I have tons ideas in my head and have gathered a bunch of materials.  
But here is one thing that is done and I am so so so happy about the way it turned out.  
I should have taken a before picture of these ugly chairs that were left at this house by the previous owner.  
Paint and primer: about $8
Fabric: my friend Kara (who happens to be an amazing seamstress and artist) 
was so kind to share this discontinued stuff that I love.  I have loved this fabric for a long time.  I do that.  I love fabric. 
The garage floor, my jeans, and my leather boots that I kind of messed up:  Uh, we won't count that.
Total cost:  $8, a bargain.

And the first to sit on the lovely "new" chair...
Something else I am so excited about is my blog book that I got printed.  I did the whole year of 2008.  I used Shared Book.  I tinkered around with Blurb a while back and didn't like it.  Too much work for work that I had already put in when I blogged in the first place.  There was another scrapbooking company that did it too but I can't remember the name and they were a lot of work too.  Shared book just sucked the blog in, let me choose a cover and I was good to go.  They also let you choose if you want to publish comments.  I chose yes because I love them.
I don't love the cover, there were a lot of choices.  
I couldn't change the format or size of the photos so they were all a uniform small size and some of them got bunched in weird formations.
Kind of pricey (but still less than printing all the pictures out and sticking them in an album- so it is just a temporary con)

Family history for 2008, scrapbook for 2008, family journal for 2008 IS DONE!!!!!

This has been great for my kids and my  mom who don't get on the computer to read my blog.  My mom has already scoured the book and loves it.  I will order more copies if there is demand (and this one gets trashed).  


Kara Jane said...

love the chair Christina you did an amazing job! and the books looks fabulous too! thanks for your help last night. *hugs*

Kris Tina said...

Boo-yah - I totally am all over this format. I totally have to suck my blog into a book - it's the only pseudo journal we have and let's face it - I'm a sucker for the comments. Often the comments are better than my post. And the chair? - excellent work. Just excellent.

Nikki said...

Love the chair!!!

pamela said...

the chair is amazing! nice job. i can't wait to see the rest of the room.

Abbigail said...

Good work darling!!!!! So smart to print up your blog. I am still a bit sad about accidentally deleted my blog a while back. At least I didn't lose my photos. Just my stories and peoples comments.
It happened after I was sick so I didn't care that much because I was happy to be alive. A little bit more sad now that I am used to being alive.

Lindsay said...

So fun! Thanks for sharing that web-site...I hope to make a blog book someday and I always wondered how I would do it. Your book looks really great, I love the cover. :)
p.s. Love the chair too!

Pete said...

Great book. How did you do it? I need to do something like that.

Emily said...

oooo. . . I love it. I love fabric too.

I have also been turning my blog into a book. I love blogs.

Alyse said...

I love that. It almost motivates me to be a better blogger so I can print a pretty book too.

Cydnee said...

Sweet journal...the pioneers would be SO impressed! Also, I ADORE the chair...great inspiration piece for her new room--can't wait for a tour.

Malea said...

I will have to check out that site when I do my book. I recently used blurb for an extensive project for my parents Christmas present. I was very time consuming, indeed. I need something a little easier for the book or I'll never do it.

Pete said...

Ok, on actually going back and reading it I realized you put in there how you did it. I guess I was just admiring the pictures the first time.

five-one-and-a-half said...

Good to know you found a good place to do your blog book - I have been thinking about doing one for a long time now. The book looks very cute sitting on your cute chair :)

Michelle said...

That book is awesome! You always do the coolest things! Haven't seen you in a while... we need to get together!

Kathryn said...

What a great idea! I really need to have a copy of your blog.


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