Allergies, Baby Birds, and a Stairwell

So…it’s been a pretty crazy week. My grandmother was in town for her and my mom’s birthday, I was sick for a few days, West made a trip to the vet because he’s been itching like a maniac. In a panic I gave him a little hair cut in attempts to figure out what was causing the itching…

turns out he’s just allergic to the mid-west. Sorry for the shave buddy.

Annnd I’ve been taking care of baby birds…

The eggs in my back yard haven’t hatched yet, in fact it’s gone from 4 eggs to one…I’m loosing hope that that last one will survive. 😦 But there were three baby robins that hatched in my parents front yard. After finding out that only 25% of baby robins make it through the spring due to lack of food and human tampering I took it upon myself to give the mother worms everyday. Had to make sure her babies were staying healthy and growing. She got to the point where she recognized me and would hop over towards me when she saw me cause she was hoping I had worms.

It worked cause in only a few weeks those crazy birds were getting antsy and ready to take flight…

And within a few more days one by one they left…

So cute…going to miss those little guys. I feel like a proud second mother.

As far as the house goes I’ve been busy getting a few projects started. Probably the most exciting for me is, I got a desk! I picked up a free solid wood door, that is ridiculously heavy, and I picked up a pair of saw horses at an estate sale the other day for $4.

Put them together and I have myself a $4 desk!

The door had a gross boring finish on it that wasn’t really my style so I’ve been working on “distressing” it and making it look more natural. As of right now I’ve just been sanding the finish off so the grain the the wood is more prominent.

Still have work to do on it but I’m super excited about finishing this and getting it up in the office.

I also started painting the hallway. I originally was going to do a different color for the hallway. To mix it up instead of having the white everywhere. I decided on a color called silver mink. It was still light and settle but had a pop of color to it…

Naturally the hallway was the same blue that was all over the rest of the house.

Luckily I just bought a tester pint of the silver mink because I ended up changing up what I wanted to do with this area. I had a little chalkboard paint left over from the office and so I decided I was going to accent the actual steps instead of the walls…

With the stairs being black the walls definitely needed to be white so keep it from looking like the stair way to hell.

I went to the craft store and bought some stencils and chalk and decided to number the stairs…

eventually I think I will paint the numbers so they don’t have to touch them up all the time.

I took off the huge iron rail that went up the stairs and patched that as well. I think this will help open up the space which is essential since its the first thing you see when you open the front door to the house.

This is just after one coat of paint. So work is still in progress. But it’s a big difference from the blue. I have custom hand drawn silhouettes of me and my boys that are being drawn by the amazingly talented Michelle Bandach (http://michelleswork.com/ please check out her stuff) that I can’t wait to hang in this stair well.

I apologize that everything about this picture looks drunk. The numbers and the whole picture. Looks like I was falling over as I was taking it. The numbers need to be measured and leveled this was just a rough draft to get a feel for what it will look like. I will try to post before and afters tonight or tomorrow once I finish painting the while and getting the numbers straight! And I promise to take a straight picture.

Until next time, our hearts are anchored in this little cottage we call home…