Friday, December 3, 2010

Moravian Stars

We had a few tiny white moravian star ornaments when I was a kid. I loved staring at them and trying to figure out how they were made. Of course at that point the internet was not well known, and while my dad had a modem I was only allowed to occasionally play MathBlaster and other similar games on his Apple IIE. Besides, it is highly unlikely that anyone had an instruction page anywhere on how to make them.

Last month I was looking at some blogs and saw a beautiful moravian star ornament and realized-- I can find instructions on how to make almost anything on here!

I've been making them like crazy, and am going to give some away in my neighborhood ornament swap. Use up some old paper, make some pretty stuff, participate in an ornament swap without spending any money? Check!

Here is the link that first caught my eye. Her stars are so lovely. At some point I am going to try wax dipping some of mine. I have to go to the thrift store and get a pot for wax melting first.

Anyone else make these little stars? Have you done the wax dipping?

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


After weeks, nay months, of fractured sleep and non restful evenings I decided to start sleep training the baby yesterday. See, she will nurse to sleep in the evenings, but the second I put her down she will cry so I was spending hours every evening with her in bed instead of spending a few precious hours with my husband. I was getting cranky and running out of books to read. And she was sleeping very poorly, waking up 5 times in a night sometimes.

She cried for an hour last night, and then fell asleep. Woke up a few times to nurse and slept 12 hours.

Tonight I laid her down and she protested for maybe 5 minutes and fell asleep. Ah, peace.  I hope she enjoys the rest as much as I do.

Monday, November 29, 2010


A friend posted this little ditty as her Facebook status, and it made me tear up a little.

It needs to be hung on a wall, with a picture of a new baby bring cradled by their parents

I hope that my children looking back on today

will remember a mother who had time to play.

Because children grow up while you're not looking.

There are years ahead for cleaning and cooking.

So, quiet now cobwebs, dust go to sleep. 

I'm rocking my baby, and babies don't keep.


Thursday, November 25, 2010

25 Things I am thankful for -- part 4

9.Computers. Wow, the world would be a totally different place without them.

8. Gardens-- this morning I took the toddler out and let her pick tomatos
 and chew on mint leaves, and it was a lovely time. My neighbor's garden is especially nice... we
can check it out, and they kindly share and maintain it... with the two kids I think my own garden would have been long dead this year.

7. Baby bouncer thingamajigs. Lifesavers, they are!

6. Trees. I like them, and they are good. They provide shade, make oxygen, and even look pretty.

5. My best friend "Uncle Matt"... we don't see each other much recently, but that's ok. Now if Lorelei would just stop asking me incessantly to see him (he's out of town for a few weeks)

4. My mom's group. They are pretty awesome, even though my current kid situation (they nap on opposite schedules right now) means I don't get to see anyone as often as I would like. But when my kid raisin' calms down, I know they will still be there!

3. My mother

2. My husband

1. My beautiful girls

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

25 Things I am thankful for -- part 3

14. Coffee!

13. Soft snuggly blankets

12. Sewing machines

11. Cameras

See... there's my camera!
10. Ultra Fine point sharpies-- my drawing and writing pen of choice
Nope.. that's not a sharpie. But it should be!

25 Things I am thankful for -- part 2

19. A nice back yard -- the toddler can get her fill of nature in a secure, friendly place
 where I don't even have to get out of jammies to take her. If she wants to frolic naked, it's not a big deal.

18. Cat litter boxes. To have cats without these would be unpleasant indeed

17. Thrift stores. I may not always find what I'm looking for, but a few trips and I will for sure be able to add to my basic wardrobe
As a plus, the clothes are preshrunk, AND I'm being "green" by not buying new.

16. Tissues. It's cold and allergy season in Toddlerville.

15. My car. It's little, it's old, it's got a ton of miles on it, but it's still running
 fine and gets me out on the days I can't stand another moment in the house with the girls.
Sometimes it even takes me out all by my lonesome! Score!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Toddlers say the darndest things-- fish edition

My toddler loves when we get Drs Foster and Smith catalogues. We get the cat and fish editions, both of which she loves to carry around and look at until they fall apart. Lorelei is flipping through the fish catalogue and says she wants to buy some fish.

I tell her that maybe next year, when she is three, we can get some fish.

She thinks about it for a while and then says "Yes. Cats will like them"

"You want to get them for the cats?" I inquire. "Cats eat fish, Lorelei."

She thinks about it for a minute and says, "Yes. Cats will like them. Yes. A lot."

I guess that's sweet of her, wanting to keep "her" cats well fed.

25 Things I am thankful for -- part 1

Ye olde obligatory Thankfulness post,
Part one of 5!

25. Washers and driers (I cloth diaper and have 2 kids under age three. Enough said here....)

24. Vacuume Cleaners (see number 23)

23. Snuggly cats

22. The internet. It's pretty darn great, itsn't it?

21. Doors- They keep the out, out and the in, in. They also keep toddlers playing in their rooms until mommy
is really good and ready to get them in the morning. *bliss*

20. Modern kitchens- I'm so glad I don't have to maintain a cookfire in a room detached from the main house
because it is so likely to burn down. And the cold food is right there next to the stove in such a convenient
little box. No root cellars for me, baby.

Yes, mine is outdated.

The appliances aren't the best. The counters are a
weird orange (it's not even longhorn burnt orange... just, dark dirty looking orange)

 But my toddler can take baths in the kitchen sink

while the baby hangs out in her high chair

and I cook meals, and it's overall a pretty good arrangement.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Closet cleaning time! Cloth Diapers for sale!

I've been decluttering while I'm  not feeling well (because that's what I do when seasonal allergy type sicks hit... I clear out STUFF)

Here are some diapers that need homes (I will edit as I find homes for the items):
I will add pictures if anyone is interested-- or as time permits.
Pocket Diapers:

Large Fuzzi Bunz, old style
5 in great condition, one with minor staining on the fleece
stained one is black, others are black, light yellow, orange, light green, and white
$10 each for the unstained, $8 for the one with the light stain

Large Swaddlebees with inserts
8 swaddlebees "boys colors" though I got them for my girl
2light blue
2 dark blue
1 dark green
1 light green
1 bright yellow
1 primary red
$8 each, all for $60

All in one:
Bum genius One Size in butternut. I think it is a 3.0, organiccotton. This is not a pocket but instead has several layers of organic cotton sewn inside of it, the ends are sewn down and the middle is left free so that it washes and dries better. $5 

2 dozen yellow edge prefolds from green mountain, I didn't see any stains on them, but I could have missed one.  $24

Wool Covers:::
Make me an offer!

Little Beetle covers sell for $29.95 and up new!

Little Beetle size 1 (felted)Snaps
Tiny cover, fits newborns better than most wool covers will

Little Beetle size 2 Snaps
Unused by me but bought used at Austin Baby. 
I was sunning it to get out an old stain and left it a bit long in the pollen last spring  so it is a bit brown.
I tihnk this will come out, but I havne't really tried 
since washing wool is more complicated than a toss in the washing machine 

Little Beetle size 2-1/2 Snaps
Unused by me (because of how tiny my daughter is), but I did buy it used from Austin Baby
It looks in perfect condition.

Stacinator Size Small, Natural color, Snaps
Some minor pilling on the outside of the cover
Sells for $26.95 New
Stacinator seems to have been bought by Happy Heineys recently.

Imse Vimse Small cover- MAchine Washable!Velcro
This one is awesome, but it is pretty high rise, which is sort of a strange fit.
It got the most use since it is machine washable, looks the prettiest still because it could be better scrubbed 
(no worry about felting with this one!)
Sells for $25.95 New (on amazon)

LlamaJama size Small, wool knit soaker
Natural brown with natural white contrast
Super cute!
Sells for $34 New

If you get all of the wool items, I'll throw in a bottle of liquid lanolin

Other Covers:

2 Diaperaps for Hempers Size small. Natural color hemp and cotton. They look like the natural cotton on on the webpage. $5 each

Bummis super whisper wrap size small, cream colored. $5
This colorway may be discontinued.

Bummis Super Brite size small, white $5

Blue Penguin POSO size small, minky yellow $10
I don't think they make the minky ones anymore for some reason.
I also have blue and lavender and an extra small blue if you are really interested. I almost don't want to part with them but what am I gonna do, cuddle with them??

Blue Penguin Wrap-n-snap, size small $5
This runs very small

Mother Ease Air Flow Small, cream colored, $5

Mommy's touch One Size, white $7
One of the best one size diaper covers I found! It fit my young baby well, and would probably still fit my toddler if we hadn't switched to pocket diapers.

Fitted Diaper::
Super soft fitted diaper with snap in doubler from "Drool Bucket Baby" $5
This is a fitted diaper, not an all in one-- it must be worn with a cover!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Sunday Sick Again

I've been sick since, oh, Halloween. A lot of things have been slipping including this blog...

I have a ton to share, just... not... right... now.

One tiny tidbit--- My seven month old finally cut her first tooth! Hopefully she will start sleeping better than she has the past week, now!

Time to get another nap and try to sleep off the sick.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Costumes, Part 2

I finally got my dress and Lorelei's outfit completed.
A black tshirt with ladybug wings 

A rather unflattering stripey bee dress

Now on to the details... just need some antennae, and to figure out what Ivy will wear under her monster dress.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Fall Fun :: Sweet Berry Farm

It's that time of year again, I started making costumes and realized it was time to check out the pumpkin patch. The last two years we went to the Elgin christmas tree farm, but this year I wanted to go somewhere different, because I've heard good things about Sweet Berry Farm, and the Elgin patch isn't really that fun to me.

So last Friday, almost on a whim, we bundled up the kids and some snacks and headed for Marble Falls, about an hour away from our house.

The drive was lovely, lots of wildflowers and an overall nice trip. When we got there we were pleasantly surprised by no parking charges! There are no parking charges and there is no entrance fee, just pay for what you do. And there was a lot to do! For free you could take a mini hay ride, wander around the pumpkins, take pictures, head over and check out the goats, and wander around the wildflowers.

 For charge was stuff like paint your own pumpkin, picking zinnias, stuffing scarecrows, cornfield mazes, and of course buying a pumpkin (cheap compared to the stores in Austin!). There was more to do but I didn't feel like typing it all.

First thing we did was take some pictures, making sure to get at least one family photo.

OK, this wasn't the family photo. But it IS a bit amusing, no?
 Then we wandered around all the pumpkins a bit (there were displays set up with many varieties of pumpkins heaped in all sorts of vessels from bathtubs to old speedboats).

We headed over and said hi to the goats, and then waited for the tractor to take us over to the tunnel

The Toddler's version of waiting for the tractor. I think she was tired.

The tunnel would have been creepy if it hadn't been so short.

You go through the tunnel and there are zinnias, basil and marigold planted for picking your own flowers, so we got a cup to fill ($2) and let the Toddler lead the way through the flowers and point out some to pick.

 At the place where you fill the cups with water, we met a friendly farm cat

Then we headed back to the other side of the tunnel and picked out some pumpkins. By this time I was getting sunburned and cranky so we were ready to head out. Three big pumpkins, plus a tiny pumpkin the Toddler picked out came out to be only slightly over $20 ($21.49 to be exact)

There was some lounging while the kiddo ran around too.

Then we headed into Marble Falls for a late lunch, deciding on River City Grille (not bad, but nothing I'd make a special trip for).

All in all, I really liked Sweet Berry Farms and recommend it. It was reasonably prices for all the activities, and there was also enough to do for a while even if you didn't want to do much in the way of activities. I think we will head there in the spring for strawberry picking too!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Costumes... in progress

I worked for a while yesterday on Lorelei's ladybug costume but was getting irritated trying to make the wings work the way I want them, so started on my from-a-pattern costume today. I often do this when I'm working on projects-- let the problem kinda stew in my mind for a while and do something else that it "easier" or at least different while I work the problem out.

Today my husband took the toddler out sailing, so it's just me and the baby.
She REALLY likes the fabric I'm making my dress out of--- check it out!

"Hi Mom!"

"Oh.. I wasn't supposed to have it?"

"Yay! you didn't take it away!!"

Ah, the relative peace of crafting with a non-crawling baby around...

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Costumes, Part 1

I've finished the main part of one of the three costumes I'm making this year. Baby Ivy is going to be a monster, at her big sister's request. This turned out completely different than I originally had in mind, but I'm pretty sure it is better than my original plan.

The basic gist of how I did this was:

1. I traced a jumper of Ivy's for the general shape.
2. Cut two of each side out of this great lime fleece
3. Cut tentacles
4. Sewed the pieces together, wrong sides together with a hole left for turning it right side out. I left the hole in an area where I could easily hand stitch the pieces together since I didn't plan on topstitching them
5. Turned them right side out, using a wooden skewer to help with the tentacles
6. Hand sewed the tops of the front and back together, sewing in the straps
7. Hand appliqued the eye on-- this was easier than a standard applique because I used fleece and felt so I didn't have to worry about it unraveling
8. Hand sewed the front and back together.
9. Tried it on the baby

All in all, it took about 4 hours, not including the scrapped original plan that I started and gave up on. Not bad I don't think.

There are sure to be more finishing touches, but the main part is DONE and FITS. Now on to the main part of Lorelei's.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Made it Monday:: Minky and Flannel baby blanket

For a friend's baby shower, I made her this minky and flannel blanket. The nice thing about making stuff like this is first of all it's pretty easy, and second of all it saves a lot of money.

I made this by simply turning and topstitching. For those who don't know what that means, this is how it works:

  • Cut two pieces of fabric to the same size
  • Place them inside out against each other-- meaning the "good" sides are touching each other and the back sides are facing out
  • Pin around the edges and then sew around the edges leaving a small opening for turning it right side out
  • Turn right side out
  • Sew along the outside again to make a nice edge, making extra sure to catch the edges that were left open when turning it
Then you're done!

There are a lot of different things some people do for each step-- like some people press the fabric after turning it right side out (I only do this with cotton) and some people pin after turning right side out (I only do this with really shifty fabric like satin) but the general concept remains the same for any of it. This technique can be used for so any different things, from blankies to fabric "high chairs." If anyone wants better instructions than this I found this link for you at Prudent Baby

A blanket like this can cost easily $40 with nice fabric if you bought it from a boutique, but you can make it for the cost of only 2 yards of fabric (of course the price varies depending on what fabric what you choose)

Besides the money savings, and complete control over the fabric selection, I also love that it is a simple enough project that little "helpers" can't do too much harm. Lorelei spent as much time as she could petting the minky while I was sewing this, which is the main reason I didn't pin this blanket when top stitching it-- didn't want my helper to get an owie.

Thursday, September 30, 2010


I think I managed to fix the comment weirdness on this blog finally! Unfortunately it meant all my comments that were in that system are gone now. Pretty sad, but half the time I couldn't tell I had comments to respond to anyways so .. at least now I can reply to comments!

I also finally got my new laptop! Back up and running, and working on a TON of backlog. In the works are "made it mondays" again. There's one scheduled to post this monday, and hopefully I will get some others up as well. Without a computer I was crafting a lot, so I have a lot to share.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Still no laptop

But I cancelled that order and ordered a new one through a different company. Hopefully 2 weeks and it'll be here. I still can't believe how long Dell was taking-- a month and a half delay when I gave up on it, with no actual explanation.

I have a TON of projects to share that I have been working on since I've had minimal computer access, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, here's a toddler in a sprinkler, a bowl of ice cream, and a goofy baby on a table.

Friday, August 27, 2010

on the homefront...

I've been having technology nightmares recently, so haven't been online much in a way I can post much.

A while back my house was broken into. Then a great friend lent me a laptop. She hadn't used it much because she never really liked it, and it turns out it was a lemon, and past warranty and it died. I went out of town for a while and as soon as I got home I ordered a new laptop (hoping insurance money will exist soon) and the delivery estimate keeps getting pushed back.

I now have more than a few pictures to edit (numbering in the thousands!), sessions to get put up, a laid off husband at home, and only one laptop between us! As he has said... "I'd rather have only one bathroom than only one laptop"

Here (on my photo blog) are a few vacation pics if you wanna see some pretties... otherwise... I'll be back soon, I hope! I have a baby birthmark treatment story to share..and vacation stories.... and growing baby stories and pictures.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

2 year horrors!

I had to take Lorelei to get her two year shots today. I anticipated tears and screaming and fits. I tried to get someone else to watch Ivy so I wasn't dealing with upset toddler and possibly a cranky baby too. But in the end I was there hauling in a carseat with a three month old, leading in a two year old to a doctors appointment-- her first one where she is old enough to really coherently tell me she doesn't want to do this.

She was a dream all through the appointment, and aside from the little girl who ran up to her and scared her when we first came in, she was a little bubble of happy right up until the shots, going along with everything she was supposed to and even opening her mouth for the nurse practitioner without problem. When time for shots came, I told her we'd get apple pie afterwords. Laid her back and she got the shots and screamed, but only for maybe 10 seconds! It startled Ivy too but she calmed down with only a to rocking her high chair. Moments later we were ready to leave, Lorelei following me down the hallway announcing "apple pie!" to everyone in sight!

I love it when I've braced myself for a bad time but then everything goes so well!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

And where do you store YOUR diaper cream?

Lorelei's 2nd birthday party was yesterday so her room was a mess. She looked around for a moment after I set her down this morning and said "Cream." Not a usual morning word I just stared at her for a moment until she said "diaper cream"... then she went to the fridge of her laugh and learn kitchen and pulled out a tube of Desitin and gave it to me.

One of the kids that was at the party is quite a climber and her mom had found her on top of the changing table throwing stuff on the floor from the shelves above it. I guess Lorelei rescued and hid the cream from the other kids, which I am grateful for.... but the play fridge? hah...

Sunday, June 27, 2010

scale is everything

2010-06-25 22.17.47, originally uploaded by Bakiomau.

I made a late night Walmart run the other night to replace a Rubbermaid tote that was used when people robbed my house .. hard to clean up when there's fabric scattered far and near.

I needed a bit of a pick me up, so I decided to take Ivy through the toy section and discovered this "Newborn" doll. Notice that it is twice the size of my three month old? I'm not convinced of it's newbornness at all.

I couldn't resist taking a picture, which oddly resulted in a bunch of people oohing and ahhing over Ivy.

Now if I could just figure out for what use they took the box that held my portable drafting table (but not the table) Did they take something long and skinny I haven't noticed yet, or did they just stick a bunch of little stuff in it? Pretty weird no matter what they did with it.

Thursday, June 10, 2010


At 23 months my older girl, Lorelei, has just started stringing some multiple word sentances together. The results are sometimes quite giggle-worthy. For example (taken from my Facebook staus updates, so I don't lose them forever)...

This is when I first realized she was trying to string words together more.

Lorelei comes up to me and grabs my socked foot... "socks? off? pully honey pully push pull sock off honey honey push pull off" I help her get my sock off and...... "toes! toes!!"

then a few days later...

lorelei just took a new pair of shoes out of my hands and said "shoes." Then she followed me into her room where I was going to put them on her and corrected herself... "Actually, boots honey... actually, boots."

I guess they were kind of boots. They were these things: Which if you've seen them at Target the answer is "Yes, they ARE awesome." They can be thrown in the washer! Lorelei loves them. Right now she has a black skull and crossbones pair. Before, she had the white mary janes with black soles. I recommend darker colors if at all possible because though they are washable, the details kinda ravel funny when washed too many times. But I digress. On with the sillyness.

Matt's looking at the Dinosaur comic ( and tells Lorelei one of the dinosaurs is a dromiceiomimus. Then he asks her if she can say it. "uh huh" she replies. "Say it", he says.... her reply--- "draaaaa-gon!"

It can only get sillier from here!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

swimsuit, rejected!

swimsuit, rejected!, originally uploaded by Bakiomau.

Summer is here!

This one didn't think she needed her swimsuit in the backyard. Being a private place I decided not to fight the issue.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Cheerful Rainbows

Cheerful Rainbows, originally uploaded by Bakiomau.

Today has, bluntly, sucked so far. Hardly got any sleep last night due to a cranky Ivy, had her 2 month appointment at 7:45 am (the girls usually get up around 9), car wouldn't start, the battery is dead... took Matt's truck, screaming baby shots, projectile vomiting baby after her Rotateq....

But rainbows make anything a bit better, don't you think?

Thursday, April 29, 2010

coffee anyone?

I lean over the bassinet trying to calm Ivy when I smell coffee.

"Ooh, I can't wait to drink some of that," I thought but then came to the sudden realization that I didn't make any coffee today.

One look into the kitchen confirms what I feared-- Lorelei at the kitchen table liberally sprinkled with ground coffee, an empty bag discarded on the floor.

Angry she was caught..

and back to the fun once she realized I wasn't going to take it away.

Saturday, April 24, 2010


My baby smells sort of like cheese. I guess she needs a bath soon.

That is all...

Thursday, April 22, 2010

A little too literal

My toddler is starting to actually understand what the TV is saying. Today she was watching Yo Gabba Gabba and drinking from a bottle of water when a song came on about flowers needing water. She ran over to her pitcher of big fake fabric flowers (one of her favorite toys sent to her by her grandmother) and was about to pour some of her water in it when I realized what she was doing.

Wow.. comprehending toddler. Need to watch what I say and what she sees on TV more!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Dementia Sucks

My dad has dementia. He has for years, but now, there is no denying it. He isn't just "a bit wierd".. he is blatantly and obviously ill.

He's had 2 brain surgeries, many many knee surgeries, surgery for colon cancer, and surgery to have more than half his liver removed.

What did it to him? I don't know. But the brain and liver surgeries are the most likely culprits.

The liver filters poisons from the body. He has less than half of his now. Ammonia builds up in the body when the liver can't remove it.
He drinks over a 6 pack of coca cola a day. Eats packs and packs of cookies. More sugar than I can ever imagine eating. I'm betting that makes it a lot worse. He could probably keep it partially at bay by eating a veggie heavy diet with a lot of whole grains but I've never seen more than a few veggies ever leave his plate to anywhere except the trash can. I keep looking at reasearch about ways to help this particular brand of dementia but all of the things that could help it are things he would never do.

Right now my parents are visiting ostensibly to help take care of my kiddos while I get used to having a toddler and a newborn. But my dad is like another toddler himself in attitude and maintenance.

He has developed all the common hallmarks of dementia. The wandering. The paranoia. Loosing things. Sundowners.

Sundowners is particularly strange. For some reason people with dementia almost always get worse when the sun goes down. He can seem just a little slow most the day, but when the sun goes down that's when we get to see how truly sick he is.

I don't know why I'm posting all this here, except out of pure frustration. There's no one else to talk to it about so I'm letting it out to float around the interwebs. For anyone who made it this far, thanks for "listening." Time to go check on the newborn.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Friday, March 26, 2010

Nesting, derailed

I had so much planned to do, as my energy level permitted, in the next month. So I'm still kind of reeling because my little bean decided to come rather early. At first possible chance to be born at home, really. She was born at 36 weeks, but the gestational age worksheet my midwife filled out put her at 35 weeks. She was 5 pounds 6 oz, 17 inches long, and her head was only 12 inches around!

She had a little trouble breathing at first, but luckily we got it cleared up without having to take her to the hospital. Now, she's tiny but doing just perfect.

Now if her dad and I could just agree on a name for her!

edited to add: a few more portraits I took, more "professional" style are here at my photo blog.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

New room for the big sister

Here's a rather picture heavy post for you, about the state of some of our baby preparations (possibly better called Big Sister preparations really)

We've decided with the new baby to give her Lorelei's current room and move Lorelei into a room that is slightly further from our bedroom. Her current room shares a wall with our bedroom so I don't need to use a baby monitor. Also the changing table and crib are already in there so it makes more sense to move her out as she progresses to the big girl bed (or at least we HOPE she progresses to using it soon.) Right now she and the cats use it as a play place

In the works, painting the little room, adding a larger area rug (the room has big white tiles), changing out the light fixture and in general dolling it up in a way that Lorelei will hopefully love it.

The color I chose to use for her room is sort of a robins egg blue. Yes, blue for a little girl's room-- because so many accessories and toys and such are pink. Her current room is a nice limey green for similar reasons.

I'm trying to figure out what shade of blue I want to use. I'm leaning towards the darker one, because I want to paint a white tree mural, and I don't think it will show up well in the lighter blue.

She already has this stripey rug which she loves, so I got her some polka dotted sheets in the same colors.
As you can tell the room is already being used as a play room.

That's all we have for now though. I'll be getting a solid colored fitted sheet to cover the box spring, and at some point she will get a dresser, blinds (there are already white curtains) and a cleaned out closet.

I have a lot to do...
including convincing the cats that it's not "their" room...