A bit of progress in the boys’ bathroom

Hi there!!

It has been a minute.  You’d think I’d be done with jerseys – not yet.  And you’d think I’d be further along with the bathroom, but again, you’d be wrong.  I did happen to have a VERY nice birthday (I’m staring down the barrel of 4-0) and I finally met my goal of having 200 items for sale on Chairish!!  Yay!!  I think I actually hit 204 one day, but then some stuff sold, and it’s been varying around 195-200 every since.

I’m happy.

Anyhoo, shall we dive in?  I totally need your help picking a paint color.

I took the side part of the granite off!  It actually wasn’t all that difficult and the wall damage is fixable.  A definite score, in my book.

My little one bought me a heat gun for Christmas and mama finally put that sucker to use.  It. is. fun.  I love new toys that I get to play with.

I heated the stone up and then used that gigantor screw driver as a wedge to pry it from the wall.  Then with a razor blade, I sliced the silicone bonding the two pieces together and bam, stone was buh-bye.

I was able to get the glue remnants off using a spackling knife and my trusty heat gun.

I even took off the old bamboo decals from the shower glass…

 

BEFORE
AFTER

Since then, I’ve been patching holes, testing paint and procrastinating.  My next step is to paint the ceiling and upper part of the wall gray.  I think I’m just going to use a gray that I already have to keep it simple and not have to add another color to the list of things to keep track of in the house.  My plan is to do the walls a green, but leave about 10-12″ of the top gray.  I’m even thinking that the trim and door will be green too…

Here’s where I’m stuck…

  1.  Should I paint the window trim green too?
  2. Both sides of the door?
  3. Which green?  The top color is Cameroon Green, bottom is Juniper Ash
  4. The finish… I want the look of a matte paint, but is that too risky in a bathroom with this many boys??  On a door?

That right there, is the door and it leads out to the triple bunk room.  Here’s an old photo I just dug up, (I don’t have the strength to tidy it up right now… or ever…. hahahha)

There’s actually furniture in there now and bedding, but at least you can get an idea of the wall color.

I’m kinda leaning towards one, so fingers crossed you are too!!

Smell ya later!

Embroidery Tips for Performance Fabric

Insert crinkle nose.

Was that not the most boringest title ever?!  You don’t even have to say anything, I know that it is… well, until you are faced with a 100% polyester fabric shirt that you need to get embroidered.  Then you will be all like, thank you Jessica!  Because of you, I had this seemingly worthless information in the back of my brain muscles.  Win-win.

Sooooo… some of you may know, but twice a year I do a bunch of embroidery and vinyl work on hats and jerseys for my kid’s baseball league.  It’s become quite a little money maker, and gives me a few months of moolah for the snack bar and cleaning lady.  Two things I’m VERY much about.  This season I’ve already done 20 team jerseys and hats, with 12-13 kids each, I’ll let you do the math.

Well, this season my friend was in charge of the actual uniforms for the whole league and asked me if I could embroider shirts for all the umpires.  Of course!  I’m awesome!  No problemo!!  (Give it a minute) Wait, what fabric are we talking about here?

100% polyester.  Slinky, stretchy, thin AF.  Oooobbbvvviiooouuussslllyyy.

Here’s how I got em done on my little SE400 step by step, with photos of my trial and error.  You can try these changes one at a time or all at once for the best result – Up to you!!

GET A THIN NEEDLE

Like a size 10.  On my first attempt, I switched out needles and used a tear away stabilizer.

Yikes!!  So not good.  Actually, it’s REALLY scary.  It’s puckering all over the place.  That tear away stabilizer was a piece of crap and absolutely worthless.  Begone!

GET A CUT AWAY STABILIZER AND USE A SPRAY ADHESIVE

These two changes were game changers.  Finally, the fabric stayed put, without slipping and sliding all over the place.  The stabilizer I picked up was pretty thick and I just grabbed a temporary adhesive they had at Joann’s for embroidery.  The other change I made the 2nd time around was

BASTE YOUR DESIGN

Yes, I basted the design and I was able to do this easily on Embrilliance.  What this does is sews a little square around your design first, and it’s an extra measure to keep the fabric secure.

You can see that this is a very big improvement.  I still wasn’t thrilled though… do you see the fabric around the stars?  So, then I

REDUCE YOUR TENSION, JUST A LITTLE

You don’t want to go crazy here.  Just move the dial a few clicks.  And when you’re done, put ‘er back.  I hate playing with the tension because I have it right where I like it, but man, I had to fix that puckering some way.  Lastly,

LOWER THE NUMBER OF STITCHES IN YOUR DESIGN

I saved this for last because it’s the most drastic.  Usually, you’re buying a design and it’s not possible to even do this, but I ended up switching out the N.  I went from one that had over 4k stitches to something in the 2,500’s.  The original N was sent to me, but it was just way too thick for the material.

This was the final test before the show and take away my lousy trimming, this shizzzzz looks good, baby!!  Phew, I didn’t have to hang my head down at the field amongst my people.

It’s been a long time since I felt this triumphant.  Dang, I was damn near proud of myself.

Final product!!

THIS GIRL IS ON FIRRRREEEE!  Sorry. I was pretty stoked on this.

And I got to make a teensy bit o’cash.  I’m totally going to blow it on something fun and amazing and I don’t know, but I’ll let you know when I get it.  So. Excited.

Hope this helps one of you out there in the world!

 

 

Totally a Boys Bathroom

Hello world!

How is it freaking February already?!  Uck.

January has ffllloowwwnnnn by and I’ve not done too much.  Remember, when I had this goal of filling up my Chairish shop with 200+ items?  Well, I’ve been hunting and photographing (cleaning and fixing) like a beast, but I’m still a few short.  As of this morning I have 190 items for sale with 6 pending approval.  I’M SO CLOSE!!

But what that has meant, is that I haven’t been keeping up on anything in the house.  Mostly I’ve been doing maintenance which is the most boringest, tedious-est crap in the world.  You try keeping up with the stuff my 4 boys break/ruin and tell me if you don’t notice more grays popping in!!  The thing is, lately I’ve been feeling like I’m missing something…. selling and buying is REALLY fun, but I think it’s about time I got my hands dirty again.

Insert the room I try to avoid at all costs.

My boys bathroom.  Dun, dun, ddduuuunnnn!

Why do I avoid it?  As if you’re even asking me that… BECAUSE 5 GROSS DUDES USE IT!!  Regularly… If you know what I’m sayin’.  Very Regularly.

With that in mind, I want to update it but not put anything too precious in it.  You see that teal Ikea bath mat that was probably like $5?  That is the perfect thing in here… They can ruin it and mama won’t even care.  For the last year or so I’ve been hoarding things that could work.  I have a few mirrors that I didn’t use in the powder room, a new light, a toilet paper holder, etc… My goal is to update it for less than $100.

I will give you all the juicy details – Promise!!

The tile in the room is a chocolate brown with gray grout – it’s not the fanciest, but I really love it in here.  I’ll get a shot of the shower for next time, since I forgot to take one – duh.  Right now it has these bamboo decals on it, which were fun for baby stuff, but now that the boys are older, those will go.

Here’s what’s in my head…

I have it in my mind to paint the room the green color you have seen 100 times already.  I could do a blue… but green would nicely with the room.  We’ll see, it’ll be fun.  I’ve picked up a few samples to make sure that it won’t be too dark with the brown floors and the teal vanity and black granite.  The ceiling will stay gray, but a new coat will go up… For the life of me, I can’t find the original gray that I used in here and I need to do a bunch of touch ups.  Painting ceilings.  My favorite.

Not.

I picked up some sample pots last week, so I’ll snap a few photos of ’em to see what y’all think.

Any ideas on how to remove that granite?  Seemed like a good idea at the time… Oopsie.

I think that’s it for now!  I’m off to patch!!